Mitochondrial FtsZ in a chromophyte alga.

  title={Mitochondrial FtsZ in a chromophyte alga.},
  author={Peter L. Beech and Thao V Nheu and Thomas Schultz and Stephanie Herbert and Trevor Lithgow and Paul R Gilson and Geoffrey Ian McFadden},
  volume={287 5456},
A homolog of the bacterial cell division gene ftsZ was isolated from the alga Mallomonas splendens. The nuclear-encoded protein (MsFtsZ-mt) was closely related to FtsZs of the alpha-proteobacteria, possessed a mitochondrial targeting signal, and localized in a pattern consistent with a role in mitochondrial division. Although FtsZs are known to act in the division of chloroplasts, MsFtsZ-mt appears to be a mitochondrial FtsZ and may represent a mitochondrial division protein. 

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