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MinC protein shortens FtsZ protofilaments by preferentially interacting with GDP-bound subunits

Autor Hernández-Rocamora, V. M. ; García-Montañés, Concepción; Reija, Belén ; Monterroso, Begoña ; Margolin, William; Alfonso, Carlos ; Zorrilla, Silvia ; Rivas, Germán
Palabras clave Biophysics
Cell division
Escherichia coli
FtsZ assembly
Min system
Protein complexes
Protein-protein interactions
Fecha de publicación 23-ago-2013
EditorAmerican Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Citación J Biol Chem. 288(34):24625-35 (2013)
ResumenThe interaction of MinC with FtsZ and its effects on FtsZ polymerization were studied under close to physiological conditions by a combination of biophysical methods. The Min system is a widely conserved mechanism in bacteria that ensures the correct placement of the division machinery at midcell. MinC is the component of this system that effectively interacts with FtsZ and inhibits the formation of the Z-ring. Here we report that MinC produces a concentration-dependent reduction in the size of GTP-induced FtsZ protofilaments (FtsZ-GTP) as demonstrated by analytical ultracentrifugation, dynamic light scattering, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, and electron microscopy. Our experiments show that, despite being shorter, FtsZ protofilaments maintain their narrow distribution in size in the presence of MinC. The protein had the same effect regardless of its addition prior to or after FtsZ polymerization. Fluorescence anisotropy measurements indicated that MinC bound to FtsZ-GDP with a moderate affinity (apparent KD ∼10 μM at 100 mm KCl and pH 7.5) very close to the MinC concentration corresponding to the midpoint of the inhibition of FtsZ assembly. Only marginal binding of MinC to FtsZ-GTP protofilaments was observed by analytical ultracentrifugation and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. Remarkably, MinC effects on FtsZ-GTP protofilaments and binding affinity to FtsZ-GDP were strongly dependent on ionic strength, being severely reduced at 500 mM KCl compared with 100 mM KCl. Our results support a mechanism in which MinC interacts with FtsZ-GDP, resulting in smaller protofilaments of defined size and having the same effect on both preassembled and growing FtsZ protofilaments.
Descripción 12 p.-8 fig.
Versión del editorhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1074/jbc.M113.483222
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10261/155080
DOI10.1074/jbc.M113.483222
ISSN0021-9258
E-ISSN1083-351X
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