FtsZ collaborates with penicillin binding proteins to generate bacterial cell shape in Escherichia coli.

@article{Varma2004FtsZCW,
  title={FtsZ collaborates with penicillin binding proteins to generate bacterial cell shape in Escherichia coli.},
  author={Archana Varma and Kevin D Young},
  journal={Journal of bacteriology},
  year={2004},
  volume={186 20},
  pages={6768-74}
}
The mechanisms by which bacteria adopt and maintain individual shapes remain enigmatic. Outstanding questions include why cells are a certain size, length, and width; why they are uniform or irregular; and why some branch while others do not. Previously, we showed that Escherichia coli mutants lacking multiple penicillin binding proteins (PBPs) display extensive morphological diversity. Because defective sites in these cells exhibit the structural and functional characteristics of improperly… CONTINUE READING

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