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Primary cilium-dependent cAMP/PKA signaling at the centrosome regulates neuronal migration

Stoufflet, J.; Chaulet, M.; Doulazmi, M.; Fouquet, C.; Dubacq, C.; Métin, C.; Schneider-Maunoury, S.; Trembleau, A.; Vincent, P.; Caillé, I.

Science Advances 6(36)

2020


ISSN/ISBN: 2375-2548
PMID: 32917588
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aba3992
Accession: 078960801

The primary cilium (PC) is a small centrosome-assembled organelle, protruding from the surface of most eukaryotic cells. It plays a key role in cell migration, but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. Here, we show that the PC regulates neuronal migration via cyclic adenosine 3'-5' monosphosphate (cAMP) production activating centrosomal protein kinase A (PKA). Biosensor live imaging revealed a periodic cAMP hotspot at the centrosome of embryonic, postnatal, and adult migrating neurons. Genetic ablation of the PC, or knockdown of ciliary adenylate cyclase 3, caused hotspot disappearance and migratory defects, with defective centrosome dynamics and altered nucleokinesis. Delocalization of PKA from the centrosome phenocopied the migratory defects. Our results show that the PC and centrosome form a single cAMP signaling unit dynamically regulating migration, further highlighting the centrosome as a signaling hub.

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