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Structural studies of the Bacillus stearothermophilus's ZapA protein

Grant number: 12/24916-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2013
Effective date (End): October 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Biochemistry - Chemistry of Macromolecules
Principal Investigator:Ana Carolina de Mattos Zeri
Grantee:Maria Luiza Caldas Nogueira
Supervisor: Glenn F. King
Host Institution: Centro Nacional de Pesquisa em Energia e Materiais (CNPEM). Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovações (Brasil). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Queensland, Brisbane (UQ), Australia  
Associated to the scholarship:12/15123-8 - Functional and structural characterization of the Bacillus's ZapA protein, BP.DR


The bacterial division occurs through a citocinetic apparatus that shrinks, resulting in two daughter cells. This apparatus, also known as divisome, is a macromolecular complex responsible for the change in growth direction of the bacterial envelope (membrane and cell wall), creating the division septum. A key step in the division is the Z-ring formation, a prokaryotic tubulin polymer, FtsZ, which surrounds the cell membrane forming a ring in the central cell. Once this ring is formed, it recruits other important proteins for the cell division, establishing functional divisomes. It is known that there are two major groups of protein comprising the divisome, the first group is responsible for cell wall synthesis, which form the split septum, and the last group modulates the dynamics of the Z ring through the spatio-temporal regulation of its formation. This group is divided between positive and negative modulatory proteins, which act aiding or inhibiting, respectively, the formation of the ring Z. The ZapA protein (Z ring associated protein A), is a positive modulator by assisting the polymerization of FtsZ and stabilize the interaction between the formed protofilaments of the protein polymers. It promotes lateral association of FtsZ filaments by helping with the continuous ring formation of relatively short polymers. Our aim is to characterize the ZapA structure in order to understand its function and to analyze their interaction with FtsZ protein to unravel molecular mechanisms of interaction between those proteins. (AU)

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NOGUEIRA, MARIA LUIZA C.; SFORCA, MAURICIO LUIS; CHIN, YANNI K. -Y.; MOBLI, MEHDI; HANDLER, AARON; GORBATYUK, VITALIY Y.; ROBSON, SCOTT A.; KING, GLENN F.; GUEIROS-FILHO, FREDERICO J.; DE MATTOS ZERI, ANA CAROLINA. Backbone and side chain NMR assignments of Geobacillus stearothermophilus ZapA allow identification of residues that mediate the interaction of ZapA with FtsZ. BIOMOLECULAR NMR ASSIGNMENTS, v. 9, n. 2, p. 387-391, . (12/15123-8, 12/24916-1, 10/51866-0)

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