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Physics Colloquium

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. 




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