TitleThe Min-protein oscillations in Escherichia coli: an example of self-organized cellular protein waves
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsWettmann, L., and K. Kruse
JournalPhil. Trans. R. Soc. B

In the rod-shaped bacterium Escherichia coli, selection of the cell centre as the division site involves pole-to-pole oscillations of the proteins MinC, MinD and MinE. This spatio-temporal pattern emerges from interactions among the Min proteins and with the cytoplasmic membrane. Combining experimental studies in vivo and in vitro together with theoretical analysis has led to a fairly good understanding of Min-protein self-organization. In different geometries, the system can, in addition to standing waves, also produce travelling planar and spiral waves as well as coexisting stable stationary distributions. Today it stands as one of the best-studied examples of cellular self-organization of proteins.














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