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Electron cryo-tomography provides insight into procentriole architecture and assembly mechanism

  1. Sam Li  Is a corresponding author
  2. Jose-Jesus Fernandez
  3. Wallace F Marshall
  4. David A Agard  Is a corresponding author
  1. University of California, San Francisco, United States
  2. Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia, CSIC, Spain
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Cite this article as: eLife 2019;8:e43434 doi: 10.7554/eLife.43434

Abstract

Centriole is an essential structure with multiple functions in cellular processes. Centriole biogenesis and homeostasis is tightly regulated. Using electron cryo-tomography (cryoET) we present the structure of procentrioles from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. We identified a set of non-tubulin components attached to the triplet microtubule (MT), many are at the junctions of tubules likely to reinforce the triplet. We describe structure of the A-C linker that bridges neighboring triplets. The structure infers that POC1 is likely an integral component of A-C linker. Its conserved WD40 β-propeller domain provides attachment sites for other A-C linker components. The twist of A-C linker results in an iris diaphragm-like motion of the triplets in the longitudinal direction of procentriole. Finally, we identified two assembly intermediates at the growing ends of procentriole allowing us to propose a model for the procentriole assembly. Our results provide a comprehensive structural framework for understanding the molecular mechanisms underpinning procentriole biogenesis and assembly.

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  1. Sam Li

    Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
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  2. Jose-Jesus Fernandez

    Macromolecular structures, Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia, CSIC, Madrid, Spain
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  3. Wallace F Marshall

    Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
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  4. David A Agard

    Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
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    agard@msg.ucsf.edu
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Funding

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

  • David A Agard

National Institutes of Health (GM031627)

  • David A Agard

National Institutes of Health (GM118099)

  • David A Agard

National Institutes of Health (PO1 GM105537)

  • David A Agard

National Institutes of Health (GM113602)

  • Wallace F Marshall

Fundacion Ramon Areces

  • Jose-Jesus Fernandez

Spanish AEI/FEDER (SAF2017-84565-R)

  • Jose-Jesus Fernandez

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Sriram Subramaniam, University of British Columbia, Canada

Publication history

  1. Received: November 6, 2018
  2. Accepted: February 10, 2019
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: February 11, 2019 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: February 21, 2019 (version 2)

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© 2019, Li et al.

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License permitting unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.

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