Mar 20, 2020

The BBSome assembly is spatially controlled by BBS1 and BBS4 in human cells

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A. PrasaiM. Huranova


Bardet-Biedl Syndrome (BBS) is a pleiotropic ciliopathy caused by dysfunction of primary cilia. Most BBS patients carry mutations in one of eight genes encoding for subunits of a protein complex, BBSome, which mediates the trafficking of ciliary cargoes. Although, the structure of the BBSome has been resolved recently, the mechanism of assembly of this complicated complex in living cells is poorly understood. We generated a large library of human retinal epithelial cell lines deficient in particular BBSome subunit and expressing another subunit tagged with a fluorescent protein. We performed a comprehensive analysis of these cell lines using biochemical and microscopy approaches. Our data revealed that the BBSome formation is a sequential process including a step of the pre-BBSome assembly at pericentriolar satellites nucleated by BBS4, followed by the translocation of the BBSome into the ciliary base mediated by BBS1.

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