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Localization of the cell division proteins in filaments resulting from a lack of S-adenosylmethionine in Escherichia coli K-12

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Localization of the cell division proteins in filaments resulting from a lack of S-adenosylmethionine in Escherichia coli K-12

Wang, Shan (2004) Localization of the cell division proteins in filaments resulting from a lack of S-adenosylmethionine in Escherichia coli K-12. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The metK gene of Escherichia coli encodes S-adenosylmethionine synthetase, which catalyzes the biosynthesis of S-adenosylmethionine (SAM), the primary methyl group donor. A partial defect in metK expression caused by a point mutant in its promoter leads to a decrease in the cellular SAM concentration, resulting in a block in cell division. Thus metK mutants form filaments with regularly distributed nucleoids. This thesis aims to find out the division step at which cell division process stops. Herein I examine localization of 8 division proteins in metK84 filaments. The results show that early division proteins, FtsZ, FtsA and ZipA, are able to establish themselves in the septum, while the late proteins, FtsQ, FtsW, FtsI and FtsN, fail to localize. FtsK localizes to the septum at some extent, but the result is uncertain. Further study of FtsK localization in metK84 filaments is required. This localization study suggests that metK84 filamentation is caused by the failure of FtsQ or FtsK to localize to the septum during the cell division process.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Biology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Wang, Shan
Pagination:xiii, 112 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Sc.
Program:Biology
Date:2004
Thesis Supervisor(s):Newman, E. B
ID Code:8071
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:14
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 15:48
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