Dominant C-terminal Deletions of FtsZ That Affect Its Ability to Localize in Caulobacter and Its Interaction With FtsA

Mol Microbiol. 1998 Mar;27(5):1051-63. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2958.1998.00752.x.


The cell division protein FtsZ is composed of three regions based on sequence similarity: a highly conserved N-terminal region of approximately 320 amino acids; a variable spacer region; and a conserved C-terminal region of eight amino acids. We show that FtsZ mutants missing different C-terminal fragments have dominant lethal effects because they block cell division in Caulobacter crescentus by two different mechanisms. Removal of the C-terminal conserved region, the linker, and 40 amino acids from the end of the N-terminal conserved region (FtsZdeltaC281) prevents the localization or the polymerization of FtsZ. Because two-hybrid analysis indicates that FtsZdeltaC281 does not interact with FtsZ, we hypothesize that FtsZdeltaC281 blocks cell division by competing with a factor required for FtsZ localization or that it titrates a factor required for the stability of the FtsZ ring. The removal of 24 amino acids from the C-terminus of FtsZ (FtsZdeltaC485) causes a punctate pattern of FtsZ localization and affects its interaction with FtsA. This suggests that the conserved C-terminal region of FtsZ is required for proper polymerization of FtsZ in Caulobacter and for its interaction with FtsA.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Bacterial Proteins / chemistry
  • Bacterial Proteins / genetics*
  • Bacterial Proteins / metabolism*
  • Caulobacter crescentus / genetics*
  • Caulobacter crescentus / growth & development
  • Caulobacter crescentus / metabolism
  • Cell Cycle
  • Cell Division
  • Conserved Sequence
  • Cytoskeletal Proteins*
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial
  • Genetic Techniques
  • Immunoblotting
  • Phenotype
  • Sequence Deletion


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Cytoskeletal Proteins
  • FtsA protein, Bacteria
  • FtsZ protein, Bacteria