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PLoS One. 2012;7(10):e48196. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0048196. Epub 2012 Oct 24.

CEP90 is required for the assembly and centrosomal accumulation of centriolar satellites, which is essential for primary cilia formation.

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Department of Biological Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.


Centriolar satellites are PCM-1-positive granules surrounding centrosomes. Proposed functions of the centriolar satellites include protein targeting to the centrosome, as well as communication between the centrosome and surrounding cytoplasm. CEP90 is a centriolar satellite protein that is critical for spindle pole integrity in mitotic cells. In this study, we examined the biological functions of CEP90 in interphase cells. CEP90 physically interacts with PCM-1 at centriolar satellites, and this interaction is essential for centrosomal accumulation of the centriolar satellites and eventually for primary cilia formation. CEP90 is also required for BBS4 loading on centriolar satellites and its localization in primary cilia. Our results imply that the assembly and transport of centriolar satellites are critical steps for primary cilia formation and ciliary protein recruitment.

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