The germ line produces gametes that transmit genetic and epigenetic information to the next generation. Maintenance of germ cells and development of gametes require germ granules-well-conserved membraneless and RNA-rich organelles. The composition of germ granules is elusive owing to their dynamic nature and their exclusive expression in the germ line. Using C. elegans germ granule, called P granule, as a model system, we employed a proximity-based labeling method in combination with mass spectrometry to comprehensively define its protein components. This set of experiments identified over 200 proteins, many of which contain intrinsically disordered regions. An RNAi-based screen identified factors that are essential for P granule assembly, notably EGGD-1 and EGGD-2, two putative LOTUS-domain proteins. Loss of eggd-1 and eggd-2 results in separation of P granules from the nuclear envelope, germline atrophy and reduced fertility. We show that intrinsically disordered regions of EGGD-1 are required to anchor EGGD-1 to the nuclear periphery while its LOTUS domains are required to promote perinuclear localization of P granules. Together, our work expands the repertoire of P granule constituents and provides new insights into the role of LOTUS-domain proteins in germ granule organization.
All data generated or analysed during this study are included in the manuscript and supporting file.Source data files are uploaded to Dryad: https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.q2bvq83k9Scripts for data analysis are uploaded to Githubhttps://github.com/benpastore/TurboID
Data from: Proximity labeling identifies LOTUS domain proteins that promote the formation of perinuclear germ granules in C. elegansDryad Digital Repository, doi:10.5061/dryad.q2bvq83k9.
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- Wen Tang
- Wen Tang
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