Plant Diversity ›› 2009, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (05): 415-420.DOI: 10.3724 SP.J.1143.2009.09175

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The Conservative Function of Chloroplast Division Associated CrMinD Protein

LEI Qi-Yi , ZHOU Jiang-Ju , ZHANG Wen-Hua   

  1. College of Life and Environment Science, Kaili University , Kaili 556000 , China
  • Received:2009-09-07 Online:2009-10-25 Published:2009-10-25
  • Contact: LEI Qi-Yi

Abstract: The interacting of MinD and MinC and MinE proteins of Escherichia coli are required for proper placement of the division septum at midcell, The MinD protein plays a key role in the course of bacterial cell and plant chloroplast division. The over production of MinD protein can block the normal cell division and lead to a filamentation cell . In plant cells, There are clear similarities between bacterial and plastid division, but limited information exists regarding the mechanism of plastid division in higher plants . Here we constructed a expression plasmid encoding the full-length CrMinD, an
Chlamydomonas reinhardtii homologue of the bacterial MinD . In agreement with cell division studies in bacteria over expression of CrMinD in E. coli results in filamentation cell formation . The sesuggestion that CrMinD is an evolutionary conserved cell division protein .Meanwhile , the result lays a certain foundation for studying on the division mechanism of plant chloroplast.

Key words: Chloroplast

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