Dynamin A as a one-component division machinery for synthetic cells

Nicola De Franceschi, Roman Barth, Sabrina Meindlhumer, Alessio Fragasso, Cees Dekker*

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Membrane abscission, the final cut of the last connection between emerging daughter cells, is an indispensable event in the last stage of cell division and in other cellular processes such as endocytosis, virus release or bacterial sporulation. However, its mechanism remains poorly understood, impeding its application as a cell-division machinery for synthetic cells. Here we use fluorescence microscopy and fluorescence recovery after photobleaching measurements to study the in vitro reconstitution of the bacterial protein dynamin A inside liposomes. Upon external reshaping of the liposomes into dumbbells, dynamin A self-assembles at the membrane neck, resulting in membrane hemi-scission and even full scission. Dynamin A proteins constitute a simple one-component division machinery capable of splitting dumbbell-shaped liposomes, marking an important step towards building a synthetic cell.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-76
Number of pages7
JournalNature Nanotechnology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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