How Cilia — Organelles Key to Good Health — Get Organized

February 19, 2013

Ken Downing and Puey Ounjai of the Life Sciences Division used electron microscopy to identify a key component of cilia, microscopic organelles that are critical to good health. The newly discovered structure, called the “ciliary partitioning system,” appears to have all the features required for cilium partitioning and compartmentalization, which is critical to proper cilia functioning. This CPS might one day provide a prime target for pharmaceutical ciliopathic therapies. Also contributing to this study were Keunhwan Kim, Haichuan Liu, Ming Dong, Andrew Tauscher and Ewa Witkowska. More>

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