Bacterial division: Finding the dividing line

Curr Biol. 2000 Mar 23;10(6):R249-52. doi: 10.1016/s0960-9822(00)00376-6.


Division of a cell - whether eukaryotic or prokaryotic - requires accurate spatial coordination. Recent work on the bacterium Escherichia coli has shown that correct placement of the cell division site at the midcell position occurs by a combination of selection against potential polar sites and selection of the midcell site.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenosine Triphosphatases / genetics
  • Adenosine Triphosphatases / metabolism*
  • Bacterial Proteins / genetics
  • Bacterial Proteins / metabolism*
  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • Cell Division
  • Cytoskeletal Proteins*
  • Escherichia coli / physiology*
  • Escherichia coli Proteins*


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • Cytoskeletal Proteins
  • Escherichia coli Proteins
  • FtsZ protein, Bacteria
  • MinC protein, Bacteria
  • MinE protein, E coli
  • Adenosine Triphosphatases
  • MinD protein, E coli