GTPase activity of mycobacterial FtsZ is impaired due to its transphosphorylation by the eukaryotic-type Ser/Thr kinase, PknA

Thakur, Meghna ; Chakraborti, Pradip K. (2006) GTPase activity of mycobacterial FtsZ is impaired due to its transphosphorylation by the eukaryotic-type Ser/Thr kinase, PknA Journal of Biological Chemistry, 281 (52). pp. 40107-40113. ISSN 0021-9258

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Official URL: http://www.jbc.org/content/281/52/40107.abstract

Related URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1074/jbc.M607216200

Abstract

FtsZ, a homolog of eukaryotic tubulin, is involved in the process of cell division, particularly in septum formation in bacteria. The primary amino acid sequences of this protein are fairly conserved in prokaryotes. We observed that a eukaryotic-type Ser/Thr protein kinase, PknA from Mycobacterium tuberculosis, when expressed in Escherichia coli exhibited cell elongation due to a defect in septum formation. We found that FtsZ either from Escherichia coli (eFtsZ) or from M. tuberculosis (mFtsZ) was phosphorylated on co-expression with PknA. Consistent with these observations, solid phase binding and in vitro kinase assays revealed the ability of PknA to interact with mFtsZ protein and also to phosphorylate it. We, therefore, ascertained mFtsZ as a substrate of PknA. Furthermore, the phosphorylated mFtsZ exhibited impairment in its GTP hydrolysis and polymerization abilities. Thus, our results highlighted the ability of PknA to phosphorylate as well as to regulate the functionality of FtsZ, the protein central to cell division throughout the bacterial lineage.

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