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FtsK acts at the bacterial division septum to couple chromosome segregation with cell division. We demonstrate that a truncated FtsK derivative, FtsK(50C), uses ATP hydrolysis to translocate along duplex DNA as a multimer in vitro, consistent with FtsK having an in vivo role in pumping DNA through the closing division septum. FtsK(50C) also promotes a(More)
In bacteria with circular chromosomes, homologous recombination can generate chromosome dimers that cannot be segregated to daughter cells at cell division. Xer site-specific recombination at dif, a 28-bp site located in the replication terminus region of the chromosome, converts dimers to monomers through the sequential action of the XerC and XerD(More)
Homologous recombination between circular chromosomes generates dimers that cannot be segregated at cell division. Escherichia coli Xer site-specific recombination converts chromosomal and plasmid dimers to monomers. Two recombinases, XerC and XerD, act at the E. coli chromosomal recombination site, dif, and at related sites in plasmids. We demonstrate that(More)
Crossing over by homologous recombination between monomeric circular chromosomes generates dimeric circular chromosomes that cannot be segregated to daughter cells during cell division. In Escherichia coli, homologous recombination is biased so that most homologous recombination events generate noncrossover monomeric circular chromosomes. This bias is lost(More)
In Escherichia coli, chromosome dimers are resolved to monomers by the addition of a single cross-over at a specific locus on the chromosome, dif. Recombination is performed by two tyrosine recombinases, XerC and XerD, and requires the action of an additional protein, FtsK. We show that Haemophilus influenzae FtsK activates recombination by H. influenzae(More)
A theoretical approach to the cooperative process of evaporation of volatile liquid droplet arrays is proposed which combines the equation of the liquid-gas interface with a Landau-type description. The spatial and temporal behaviors of the process are shown to be governed by the spontaneous symmetry breaking mechanism of a parent droplet configuration. The(More)
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