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Curr Opin Microbiol. 2002 Dec;5(6):553-7.

Assembly of cell division proteins at the E. coli cell center.

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Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


Cell division in Escherichia coli requires the coordinated action of at least ten proteins. In recent years, substantial progress has been made in understanding the assembly of these proteins at the cell septum. These findings suggest a largely stepwise appearance of cell division proteins at the centre of the cell.

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