IFT25 Links the Signal-Dependent Movement of Hedgehog Components to Intraflagellar Transport

Program in Molecular Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA 01605, USA.
Developmental Cell (Impact Factor: 9.71). 05/2012; 22(5):940-51. DOI: 10.1016/j.devcel.2012.04.009
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The intraflagellar transport (IFT) system is required for building primary cilia, sensory organelles that cells use to respond to their environment. IFT particles are composed of about 20 proteins, and these proteins are highly conserved across ciliated species. IFT25, however, is absent from some ciliated organisms, suggesting that it may have a unique role distinct from ciliogenesis. Here, we generate an Ift25 null mouse and show that IFT25 is not required for ciliary assembly but is required for proper Hedgehog signaling, which in mammals occurs within cilia. Mutant mice die at birth with multiple phenotypes, indicative of Hedgehog signaling dysfunction. Cilia lacking IFT25 have defects in the signal-dependent transport of multiple Hedgehog components including Patched-1, Smoothened, and Gli2, and fail to activate the pathway upon stimulation. Thus, IFT function is not restricted to building cilia where signaling occurs, but also plays a separable role in signal transduction events.

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    • "During IFT, large particles are transported along the axonemal microtubules from the cell body to the tip of the flagellum and then back to the cell body, where there is a large pool of IFT particles. The IFT particles carry cargo for assembly and maintenance of cilia and flagella (Piperno et al., 1996; Hou et al., 2007; Wren et al., 2013; Craft et al., 2015) and also carry signals between the cilium and the cell body (Pan and Snell, 2003; Goetz and Anderson, 2010; Keady et al., 2012; Liem, Jr. et al., 2012; Eguether et al., 2014). The anterograde, base-to-tip movement of IFT particles is propelled by the microtubule motor kinesin-2 (Kozminski et al., 1995; Scholey, 1996). "
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