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Self-organization of the cilium: the role of the tubulin code

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 1˙986˙406 €
 EC max contribution 1˙986˙406 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2018-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-03-01   to  2024-02-29


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 Project objective

This project aims at understanding of the role of the tubulin code for self-organization of complex microtubule based structures. Cilia turn out to be the ideal structures for the proposed research. A cilium is a sophisticated cellular machine that self-organizes from many protein complexes. It plays motility, sensory, and signaling roles in most eukaryotic cells, and its malfunction causes pathologies. The assembly of the cilium requires intraflagellar transport (IFT), a specialized bidirectional motility process that is mediated by adaptor proteins and direction specific molecular motors. Work from my lab shows that anterograde and retrograde IFT make exclusive use of the B-tubules and A-tubules, respectively. This insight answered a long standing question and shows that functional differentiation of tubules exists and is important for IFT. Tubulin post-translational modifications (PTMs) contribute to a tubulin code, making microtubules suitable for specific functions. Mutation of tubulin-PTM enzymes can have dramatic effects on cilia function and assembly. However, we do not understand of the role of tubulin-PTMs in cilia. Therefore, I propose to address the hypotheses that the tubulin code contributes to regulating bidirectional IFT motility, and more generally, that the tubulin code is a key player in structuring complex cellular assembly processes in space and time. This proposal aims at (i) understanding if tubulin-PTMs are necessary and/or sufficient to regulate the bidirectionality of IFT (ii) examining how the tubulin code regulates the assembly of cilia and (iii) generating a high-resolution atlas of tubulin-PTMs and their respective enzymes. We will combine advanced techniques encompassing state-of-the-art cryo-electron tomography, biochemical imaging, fluorescent microscopy, and in vitro assays to achieve molecular and structural understanding of the role of the tubulin code in the self-organization of cilia and of microtubule based cellular structures.

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