2001 年 66 巻 4 号 p. 421-425
FtsZ protein is essential for bacterial cell division, and is also involved in plastid and mitochondrial division. However, little is known of the function of FtsZ in the mitochondrial division process. Here, using electron microscopy, we revealed that the mitochondrial FtsZ (CmFtsZ 1) localizes at the constricted isthmus of a dividing mitochondrion on the inner (matrix-side) surface of the mitochondrion. These results strongly suggest that the mitochondrial FtsZ acts as a ring structure on the inner surface of mitochondria.