Changes in endolysosomal organization define a pre-degenerative state in the crumbs mutant Drosophila retina

Autoři: Rachel S. Kraut aff001;  Elisabeth Knust aff001
Působiště autorů: Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Pfotenhauerstrasse, Dresden, Germany aff001
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(12)
Kategorie: Research Article


Mutations in the epithelial polarity gene crumbs (crb) lead to retinal degeneration in Drosophila and in humans. The overall morphology of the retina and its deterioration in Drosophila crb mutants has been well-characterized, but the cell biological origin of the degeneration is not well understood. Degenerative conditions in the retina and elsewhere in the nervous system often involve defects in degradative intracellular trafficking pathways. So far, however, effects of crb on the endolysosomal system, or on the spatial organization of these compartments in photoreceptor cells have not been described. We therefore asked whether photoreceptors in crb mutants exhibit alterations in endolysosomal compartments under pre-degenerative conditions, where the retina is still morphologically intact. Data presented here show that, already well before the onset of degeneration, Arl8, Rab7, and Atg8-carrying endolysosomal and autophagosomal compartments undergo changes in morphology and positioning with respect to each other in crb mutant retinas. We propose that these changes may be early signs of the degeneration-prone condition in crb retinas.

Klíčová slova:

Cell membranes – Drosophila melanogaster – Light – Lysosomes – Photoreceptors – Retina – Vesicles – Retinal degeneration


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