Publication of IMPRS-LS student Adrián Merino-Salomón

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Merino-Salomón, A., Babl, L., and Schwille, P.
Curr Opin Cell Biol, 2021, 72, 106-115, online ahead of print.
doi: 10.1016/

Self-organized protein patterns: The MinCDE and ParABS systems

Self-organized protein patterns are of tremendous importance for biological decision-making processes. Protein patterns have been shown to identify the site of future cell division, establish cell polarity, and organize faithful DNA segregation. Intriguingly, several key concepts of pattern formation and regulation apply to a variety of different protein systems. Herein, we explore recent advances in the understanding of two prokaryotic pattern-forming systems: the MinCDE system, positioning the FtsZ ring precisely at the midcell, and the ParABS system, distributing newly synthesized DNA along with the cell. Despite differences in biological functionality, these two systems have remarkably similar molecular components, mechanisms, and strategies to achieve biological robustness.