The dynamics of protein localisation to restricted zones within Drosophila mechanosensory cilia

Wangchu Xiang, Petra zur Lage, Fay Newton, Guiyun Qiu, Andrew Jarman*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

The Drosophila chordotonal neuron cilium is the site of mechanosensory transduction. The cilium has a 9 + 0 axoneme structure and is highly sub-compartmentalised, with proximal and distal zones harbouring different TRP channels and the proximal zone axoneme also being decorated with axonemal dynein motor complexes. The activity of the dynein complexes is essential for mechanotransduction. We investigate the localisation of TRP channels and dynein motor complexes during ciliogenesis. Differences in timing of TRP channel localisation correlate with order of construction of the two ciliary zones. Dynein motor complexes are initially not confined to their target proximal zone, but ectopic complexes beyond the proximal zone are later cleared, perhaps by retrograde transport. Differences in transient distal localisation of outer and inner dynein arm complexes (ODAs and IDAs) are consistent with previous suggestions from unicellular eukaryotes of differences in processivity during intraflagellar transport. Stable localisation depends on the targeting of their docking proteins in the proximal zone. For ODA, we characterise an ODA docking complex (ODA-DC) that is targeted directly to the proximal zone. Interestingly, the subunit composition of the ODA-DC in chordotonal neuron cilia appears to be different from the predicted ODA-DC in Drosophila sperm.
Original languageEnglish
Article number13338
Number of pages16
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • cilia
  • ciliogenesis
  • cytoskeleton
  • protein transport


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