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Cell. 2019 Oct 31;179(4):909-922.e12. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2019.09.030. Epub 2019 Oct 24.

Structure of the Decorated Ciliary Doublet Microtubule.

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1
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA.
2
Department of Genetics, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA.
3
Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Blavatnik Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
4
Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Blavatnik Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Electronic address: alan_brown@hms.harvard.edu.
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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA. Electronic address: zhangrui@wustl.edu.

Abstract

The axoneme of motile cilia is the largest macromolecular machine of eukaryotic cells. In humans, impaired axoneme function causes a range of ciliopathies. Axoneme assembly, structure, and motility require a radially arranged set of doublet microtubules, each decorated in repeating patterns with non-tubulin components. We use single-particle cryo-electron microscopy to visualize and build an atomic model of the repeating structure of a native axonemal doublet microtubule, which reveals the identities, positions, repeat lengths, and interactions of 38 associated proteins, including 33 microtubule inner proteins (MIPs). The structure demonstrates how these proteins establish the unique architecture of doublet microtubules, maintain coherent periodicities along the axoneme, and stabilize the microtubules against the repeated mechanical stress induced by ciliary motility. Our work elucidates the architectural principles that underpin the assembly of this large, repetitive eukaryotic structure and provides a molecular basis for understanding the etiology of human ciliopathies.

KEYWORDS:

axoneme; cilia; cryo-EM; doublet microtubule; tubulin

PMID:
31668805
DOI:
10.1016/j.cell.2019.09.030

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