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Septin Assemblies Form By Diffusion-Driven Annealing On Membranes, Andrew A. Bridges, Huaiying Zhang, Shalin B. Mehta, Patricia Occhipinti, Tomomi Tani, Amy S. Gladfelter Feb 2014

Septin Assemblies Form By Diffusion-Driven Annealing On Membranes, Andrew A. Bridges, Huaiying Zhang, Shalin B. Mehta, Patricia Occhipinti, Tomomi Tani, Amy S. Gladfelter

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Septins assemble into filaments and higher-order structures that act as scaffolds for diverse cell functions including cytokinesis, cell polarity, and membrane remodeling. Despite their conserved role in cell organization, little is known about how septin filaments elongate and are knitted together into higher-order assemblies. Using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, we determined that cytosolic septins are in small complexes, suggesting that septin filaments are not formed in the cytosol. When the plasma membrane of live cells is monitored by total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy, we see that septin complexes of variable size diffuse in two dimensions. Diffusing septin complexes collide and make ...