Cooperative ordering of treadmilling filaments in cytoskeletal networks of FtsZ and its crosslinker ZapA

P.R. Dos Santos Caldas, M.D. Lopez Pelegrin, D.J.G. Pearce, N.B. Budanur, J. Brugués, M. Loose, Nature Communications 10 (2019).

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During bacterial cell division, the tubulin-homolog FtsZ forms a ring-like structure at the center of the cell. This Z-ring not only organizes the division machinery, but treadmilling of FtsZ filaments was also found to play a key role in distributing proteins at the division site. What regulates the architecture, dynamics and stability of the Z-ring is currently unknown, but FtsZ-associated proteins are known to play an important role. Here, using an in vitro reconstitution approach, we studied how the well-conserved protein ZapA affects FtsZ treadmilling and filament organization into large-scale patterns. Using high-resolution fluorescence microscopy and quantitative image analysis, we found that ZapA cooperatively increases the spatial order of the filament network, but binds only transiently to FtsZ filaments and has no effect on filament length and treadmilling velocity. Together, our data provides a model for how FtsZ-associated proteins can increase the precision and stability of the bacterial cell division machinery in a switch-like manner.
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2019-12-17
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Nature Communications
Volume
10
Article Number
5744
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Dos Santos Caldas PR, Lopez Pelegrin MD, Pearce DJG, Budanur NB, Brugués J, Loose M. Cooperative ordering of treadmilling filaments in cytoskeletal networks of FtsZ and its crosslinker ZapA. Nature Communications. 2019;10. doi:10.1038/s41467-019-13702-4
Dos Santos Caldas, P. R., Lopez Pelegrin, M. D., Pearce, D. J. G., Budanur, N. B., Brugués, J., & Loose, M. (2019). Cooperative ordering of treadmilling filaments in cytoskeletal networks of FtsZ and its crosslinker ZapA. Nature Communications, 10. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-13702-4
Dos Santos Caldas, Paulo R, Maria D Lopez Pelegrin, Daniel J. G. Pearce, Nazmi B Budanur, Jan Brugués, and Martin Loose. “Cooperative Ordering of Treadmilling Filaments in Cytoskeletal Networks of FtsZ and Its Crosslinker ZapA.” Nature Communications 10 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-13702-4.
P. R. Dos Santos Caldas, M. D. Lopez Pelegrin, D. J. G. Pearce, N. B. Budanur, J. Brugués, and M. Loose, “Cooperative ordering of treadmilling filaments in cytoskeletal networks of FtsZ and its crosslinker ZapA,” Nature Communications, vol. 10, 2019.
Dos Santos Caldas PR, Lopez Pelegrin MD, Pearce DJG, Budanur NB, Brugués J, Loose M. 2019. Cooperative ordering of treadmilling filaments in cytoskeletal networks of FtsZ and its crosslinker ZapA. Nature Communications. 10.
Dos Santos Caldas, Paulo R., et al. “Cooperative Ordering of Treadmilling Filaments in Cytoskeletal Networks of FtsZ and Its Crosslinker ZapA.” Nature Communications, vol. 10, 5744, Springer Nature, 2019, doi:10.1038/s41467-019-13702-4.
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