2008 Volume 23 Issue 4 Pages 346-349
Anabaena cells develop regular one-dimensional filaments through cell division in planes parallel to each other. A gcvP mutant displayed morphological defects such as filaments with sharp bends and/or branching and irregular cell clumps. The defects probably result from depletion of S-adenosylmethionine (AdoMet), because they were rescued by the application of methionine, an AdoMet precursor, and because sinefungin, a strong inhibitor of AdoMet-dependent methyltransferases, caused morphological abnormalities in wild-type Anabaena similar to those of the mutant. AdoMet-dependent methylation is involved in the spatial regulation of cell polarity in Anabaena.