The GMAP210 homologue SQL 1 modulates intraflagellar transport in C. elegans
© Rademakers et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2012
Published: 16 November 2012
The development and function of cilia require a specialised transport process, called Intraflagellar Transport (IFT). In amphid cilia of C. elegans this process uses two kinesins, kinesin II and OSM-3, which are loaded with complex A and B particle proteins and cargo molecules. We have previously shown that expression of a dominant active G-protein (GPA-3QL) in amphid channel neurons affects the coordination of OSM-3 and kinesin-II and results in shorter cilia. We performed a genetic screen to identify mutants that suppress the gpa-3QL cilia length defect and identified sql-1 (supressor of gpa-3QL), which encodes the homologue of the mammalian Golgi protein GMAP210. GMAP210 has been shown to play a role in vesicular transport from the Golgi apparatus to the cilium. SQL-1 is ubiquitously expressed in C. elegans and localizes to the Golgi. sql-1 loss of function (lf) mutants show wildtype length cilia, while animals overexpressing SQL-1 have longer cilia. Speed measurements in sql-1(lf) animals showed that OSM-3 moves faster and kinesin II moves slower, suggesting that the two kinesins are partially uncoupled. Complex A and B proteins move at the same speed as OSM-3, suggesting that IFT is predominantly mediated by OSM-3 kinesin. Interestingly, in the gpa-3QL; sql-1(lf) double mutants the speed of OSM-3 is decreased. We hypothesize that SQL-1 plays a role in routing or post translational modifications of proteins that are required in the cilium for proper IFT.
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