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J Bacteriol. 1990 May;172(5):2765-8.

FtsZ regulates frequency of cell division in Escherichia coli.

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Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, and Immunology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City 66103.


Cell division is regulated so that it occurs only once per cell cycle. In Escherichia coli, a rod-shaped bacterium, division normally takes place at the center of the long axis of the cell; however, in the minicell mutant, division can also take place at the cell pole. Such divisions take place at the expense of normal divisions, resulting in an overall increase in nucleated cell length. We report here that increasing the level of FtsZ can completely suppress the cell length of the minicell mutant by increasing the frequency at which cell division events take place. This result suggests that the level of FtsZ controls the frequency of cell division in E. coli.

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