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Gli2a protein localization reveals a role for Iguana/DZIP1 in primary ciliogenesis and a dependence of Hedgehog signal transduction on primary cilia in the zebrafish

Kim, H.R., Richardson, J., van Eeden, F. and Ingham, P.W. (2010) Gli2a protein localization reveals a role for Iguana/DZIP1 in primary ciliogenesis and a dependence of Hedgehog signal transduction on primary cilia in the zebrafish. BMC Biology, 8. Art no.65. ISSN 1741-7007

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Abstract

Background: In mammalian cells, the integrity of the primary cilium is critical for proper regulation of the Hedgehog (Hh) signal transduction pathway. Whether or not this dependence on the primary cilium is a universal feature of vertebrate Hedgehog signalling has remained contentious due, in part, to the apparent divergence of the intracellular transduction pathway between mammals and teleost fish.

Results: Here, using a functional Gli2-GFP fusion protein, we show that, as in mammals, the Gli2 transcription factor localizes to the primary cilia of cells in the zebrafish embryo and that this localization is modulated by the activity of the Hh pathway. Moreover, we show that the Igu/DZIP1 protein, previously implicated in the modulation of Gli activity in zebrafish, also localizes to the primary cilium and is required for its proper formation.

Conclusion: Our findings demonstrate a conserved role of the primary cilium in mediating Hedgehog signalling activity across the vertebrate phylum and validate the use of the zebrafish as a representative model for the in vivo analysis of vertebrate Hedgehog signalling.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2010 Kim et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Intraflagellar Transport Proteins; Zinc-Finger Protein; Transcription Factors; Smoothened Functions; Encodes; Drosophila; Pathway; Complex; Embryo; PHOSPHORYLATION
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > School of Biological Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Biomedical Science (Sheffield) > Centre for Developmental Genetics (Sheffield)
The University of Sheffield > University of Sheffield Research Centres and Institutes > Centre for Developmental Genetics (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2010 08:46
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 00:28
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1741-7007-8-65
Status: Published
Publisher: BioMed Central
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1186/1741-7007-8-65
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/11198

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