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De novo centriole formation in human cells is error-prone and does not require SAS-6 self-assembly

  1. Won-Jing Wang
  2. Devrim Acehan
  3. Chien-Han Kao
  4. Wann-Neng Jane
  5. Kunihiro Uryu
  6. Meng-Fu (Bryan) Tsou  Is a corresponding author
  1. National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan
  2. The Rockefeller University, United States
  3. Academia Sinica, Taiwan
  4. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2015;4:e10586 doi: 10.7554/eLife.10586

Abstract

Vertebrate centrioles normally propagate through duplication, but in the absence of preexisting centrioles, de novo synthesis can occur. Consistently, centriole formation is thought to strictly rely on self-assembly, involving self-oligomerization of the centriolar protein SAS-6. Here, through reconstitution of de novo synthesis in human cells, we surprisingly found that normal looking centrioles capable of duplication and ciliation can arise in the absence of SAS-6 self-oligomerization. Moreover, whereas canonically duplicated centrioles always form correctly, de novo centrioles are prone to structural errors, even in the presence of SAS-6 self-oligomerization. These results indicate that centriole biogenesis does not strictly depend on SAS-6 self-assembly, and may require preexisting centrioles to ensure structural accuracy, fundamentally deviating from the current paradigm.

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  1. Won-Jing Wang

    Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Life Sciences, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
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  2. Devrim Acehan

    Electron Microscopy Resource Center, The Rockefeller University, New York, United States
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  3. Chien-Han Kao

    Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Life Sciences, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
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  4. Wann-Neng Jane

    Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
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  5. Kunihiro Uryu

    Electron Microscopy Resource Center, The Rockefeller University, New York, United States
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
  6. Meng-Fu (Bryan) Tsou

    Cell Biology Program, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, United States
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    tsoum@mskcc.org
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.

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  1. Tim Stearns, Stanford University, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: August 5, 2015
  2. Accepted: November 25, 2015
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: November 26, 2015 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: December 31, 2015 (version 2)

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© 2015, Wang et al.

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