DNA-membrane interactions can localize bacterial cell center

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In actively growing bacterial cells, the DNA exerts stress on the membrane, in addition to the turgor caused by osmotic pressure. This stress is applied through coupled transcription/translation and insertion of membrane proteins (so-called "transertion" process). In bacillary bacteria, the strength of this interaction varies along cell length with a minimum at its midpoint, and hence can locate the cell's equator for the assembly of the FtsZ-ring.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-496
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 21 Dec 2003


  • FtsZ-ring assembly
  • Nucleoid occlusion
  • Symmetry in cell division
  • Tug of war

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology (all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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