CKIδ Decentralizes the Centrosome

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When a T cell encounters a target antigen-presenting cell, the lymphocyte's centrosome relocalizes to a specialized contact between the two cells called the immunological synapse. Zyss et al. reveal that casein kinase Iδ helps to reposition the centrosome in activated T cells, perhaps by working with the microtubule plus-end binding protein EB1 to regulate microtubule growth. This biosights episode presents the paper by Zyss et al. from the November 28, 2011, issue of The Journal of Cell...

Tying the Golgi Ribbon to the Centrosome

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The mammalian Golgi apparatus exists as a continuous ribbon that clusters around the centrosome, but the significance of this organization is unclear. Hurtado et al. identify truncation mutants of the protein AKAP450 that differentially affect Golgi integrity and positioning, and use these mutants to investigate how the Golgi's organization contributes to its function in cell polarization, migration, and ciliogenesis. This biosights episode presents the paper by Hurtado et al. from the May...

Seeing organelles live in concert

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Centrosome positioning is thought to be important for both neuronal migration and axonogenesis. To investigate centrosome dynamics in vivo, Distel et al. develop a new method to simultaneously visualize multiple subcellular compartments in live zebrafish embryos. This biosights episode presents the paper by Distel et al. from the November 15, 2010 issue of The Journal of Cell Biology, and includes an interview with senior author Reinhard Köster (Helmholtz Zentrum, Munich, Germany). Produced...

Pulling centrosomes to the forward position

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Most migrating cells place their centrosome in front of the nucleus, facing the direction in which the cell is moving. Manneville et al. identify a signaling pathway that moves the centrosome into position by recruiting the motor protein dynein to leading edge microtubules. This biosights episode presents the paper by Manneville et al. from the November 1, 2010 issue of The Journal of Cell Biology, and includes an interview with senior author Sandrine Etienne-Manneville (Institut Pasteur,...