Distribution of the Escherichia coli structural maintenance of chromosomes (SMC)-like protein MukB in the cell
Article first published online: 13 JAN 2002
Volume 42, Issue 5, pages 1179–1188, December 2001
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Den Blaauwen, T., Lindqvist, A., Löwe, J. and Nanninga, N. (2001), Distribution of the Escherichia coli structural maintenance of chromosomes (SMC)-like protein MukB in the cell. Molecular Microbiology, 42: 1179–1188. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2958.2001.02691.x
- Issue published online: 13 JAN 2002
- Article first published online: 13 JAN 2002
- Accepted 31 August, 2001.
Fluorescent polyclonal antibodies specific for MukB have been used to study its localization in Escherichia coli. In wild-type cells, the MukB protein appeared as a limited number of oblong shapes embracing the nucleoid. MukB remained associated with the nucleoid in the absence of DNA replication. The centre of gravity of the dispersed MukB signal initially localized near mid-cell, but moved to approximately quarter positions well before the termination of DNA replication and its subsequent reinitiation. Because MukB had been reported to bind to FtsZ and to its eukaryotic homologue tubulin in vitro, cells were co-labelled with MukB- and FtsZ-specific fluorophores. No co-localization of MukB with polymerized FtsZ (the FtsZ ring) was observed at any time during the cell cycle. A possible role for MukB in preventing premature FtsZ polymerization and in DNA folding that might assist DNA segregation is discussed.