Monday, 13 January, 2014
Harold P. Erickson, the James B. Duke Professor, Department of Cell Biology at Duke University Medical Center
How FtsZ assembles the Z ring and generates a constriction force to divide bacterial cells
FtsZ is a bacterial protein that forms a ring at the center of the cell. This Z ring constricts to pinch the bacterial cell in two. We have made a major advance by reconstructing the Z ring inside liposomes (artificial bacterial membranes) from purified FtsZ.