Trafficking activity of myosin XXI is required in assembly of Leishmania flagellum

S. S. Katta, T. V. S. Tammana, A. A. Sahasrabuddhe, V. K. Bajpai, C. M. Gupta
2010 Journal of Cell Science  
Actin-based myosin motors have a pivotal role in intracellular trafficking in eukaryotic cells. The parasitic protozoan organism Leishmania expresses a novel class of myosin, myosin XXI (Myo21), which is preferentially localized at the proximal region of the flagellum. However, its function in this organism remains largely unknown. Here, we show that Myo21 interacts with actin, and its expression is dependent of the growth stage. We further reveal that depletion of Myo21 levels results in
more » ... ls results in impairment of the flagellar assembly and intracellular trafficking. These defects are, however, reversed by episomal complementation. Additionally, it is shown that deletion of the Myo21 gene leads to generation of ploidy, suggesting an essential role of Myo21 in survival of Leishmania cells. Together, these results indicate that actin-dependent trafficking activity of Myo21 is essentially required during assembly of the Leishmania flagellum.
doi:10.1242/jcs.064725 pmid:20501700 fatcat:64zou4t5tbaz7fyd5brthr5gji