FtsZ Protein (Staphylococcus aureus recombinant plus 6xHis tag)FtsZ Protein (Staphylococcus aureus recombinant plus 6xHis tag)
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FtsZ Protein (Staphylococcus aureus recombinant plus 6xHis tag)

Product uses

  • Identification and characterization of FtsZ binding proteins
  • Characterization of FtsZ dynamics
  • Developing FtsZ ligands that may be used as anti-bacterial agents.

FtsZ is a bacterial cytoskeletal protein that is essential for cell division many prokaryotes (1).  It has been shown to be a bacterial homolog of eukaryotic tubulin, based both on a low sequence identity and a striking structural similarity (2).  Just like eukaryotic tubulin, FtsZ polymerizes as well as binds and hydrolyzes GTP in a polymerization dependent manner.

Staphyloccus aureus FtsZ protein has been purified after over-expression in E.coli. S.a. FtsZ has a 6xHis tag and an approximate molecular weight of 55 kDa (Fig. 1). FTZ02 is provided as a lyophilized protein with buffer and stabilizers.

Protein purity is determined by scanning densitometry of Coomassie Blue stained protein on a 10% polyacrylamide gel.  FtsZ protein was calculated to be >90% pure.

Biological activity
The biological activity of FtsZ can be determined in two ways, first from its ability to efficiently polymerize into protofilaments and sheets in vitro in the presence of Mg2+ and GTP, and secondly to hydrolyze GTP to GDP and Pi.  Polymerization with Mg2+:GTP in the presence of a crowding reagent (e.g. carbohydrate polymers Ficoll or dextran in "Sheet Buffer") results in sheets of FtsZ protofilaments that sediment at 100,000xg, analysis of the pellet and sup by protein assay or SDS-PAGE indicates the proportion of polymerizable FtsZ protein; the batch of protein passes Quality Control when the pelleted amount is greater than 60% of the total and the supernatnat protein is in agreement with its known critical concentration for assembly.  GTPase activity is determined in a "Protofilament Buffer" by measuring the Pi released over time by using the MESEG phosphate detection kit (Cat# BK052) or an endpoint assay (Cat. # BK054). The batch of protein passes Quality Control when a specific activity greater than 0.05 mol GTP / mol FtsZ / min is obtained in Protofilament Buffer.

Cat# Size Price Qty Buy
FTZ02-A 1 x 1 mg
FTZ02-B 5 x 1 mg

Additional Information

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Manufacturer Cytoskeleton, Inc
Storage 4°C

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