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Res Microbiol. 2001 Jan-Feb;152(1):3-10.

Cell division protein FtsZ: running rings around bacteria, chloroplasts and mitochondria.

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Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Deakin University, VIC, Australia.


Of all the proteins involved in prokaryotic cell division FtsZ is one of the earliest acting and most widely distributed, being found in all but a few species. We discuss several recent discoveries of FtsZ in eukaryotic cells and the protein's role in the division of chloroplasts and mitochondria, organelles that are of bacterial origin.

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