Failure of centrosome migration causes a loss of motile cilia in talpid3 mutants

Louise A Stephen, Gemma Davis, Katie E McTeir, John James, Lynn McTeir, Martin Kierans, Andrew Bain, Megan G Davey

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BACKGROUND: Loss of function mutations in the centrosomal protein TALPID3 (KIAA0586) cause a failure of primary cilia formation in animal models and are associated with defective Hedgehog signalling. It is unclear, however, if TALPID3 is required only for primary cilia formation or if it is essential for all ciliogenesis, including that of motile cilia in multiciliate cells. RESULTS: FOXJ1, a key regulator of multiciliate cell fate, is expressed in the dorsal neuroectoderm of the chicken forebrain and hindbrain at stage 20HH, in areas which will give rise to choroid plexuses in both wt and talpid(3) embryos. Wt ependymal cells of the prosencephalic choroid plexuses subsequently transition from exhibiting single, short cilia to multiple long motile cilia at 29HH (E8). Primary cilia and long motile cilia were only rarely observed on talpid(3) ependymal cells. Electron microscopy determined that talpid(3) ependymal cells do develop multiple centrosomes in accordance with FOXJ1 expression, but these fail migrate to the apical surface of ependymal cells although axoneme formation was sometimes observed. CONCLUSION: TALPID3, which normally localises to the proximal centrosome, is essential for centrosomal migration prior to ciliogenesis but is not directly required for de novo centriologenesis, multiciliated fate or axoneme formation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)923-931
JournalDevelopmental Dynamics
Issue number8
Early online date24 Apr 2013
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • FOXJ1
  • choroid plexus
  • ciliogenesis
  • centriologenesis
  • basal body
  • prosencephalon
  • telencephalon
  • diencephalon
  • transition fibre
  • distal appendage


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