Cilia are complex cellular protrusions consisting of hundreds of proteins. Defects in ciliary structure and function, many of which have not been characterised molecularly, cause ciliopathies: a heterogeneous group of human syndromes. Here, we report on the FOXJ1 target gene Cfap206, orthologues of which so far have only been studied in Chlamydomonas and Tetrahymena. In mouse and Xenopus, Cfap206 was co-expressed with and dependent on Foxj1. CFAP206 protein localised to the basal body and to the axoneme of motile cilia. In Xenopus crispant larvae, the ciliary beat frequency of skin multiciliated cells was enhanced and bead transport across the epidermal mucociliary epithelium was reduced. Likewise, Cfap206 knockout mice revealed ciliary phenotypes. Electron tomography of immotile knockout mouse sperm flagella indicated a role in radial spoke formation reminiscent of FAP206 function in Tetrahymena. Male infertility, hydrocephalus and impaired mucociliary clearance of the airways in the absence of laterality defects in Cfap206 mutant mice suggests that Cfap206 may represent a candidate for the subgroup of human primary ciliary dyskinesias caused by radial spoke defects.
Cilia are projections found on the surface of many eukaryotic cells. They are essential for development and adult tissue homeostasis. Cilia can be non-motile (or sensory) or motile, and cells can carry a single (motile or immotile) cilium or up to several hundred motile cilia (Takeda and Narita, 2012). The ciliary core, the axoneme, consists of nine peripheral microtubular doublets and may or may not possess a central pair of single microtubules. Cilia consist of hundreds of proteins, many of which are common to non-motile and motile cilia (Arnaiz et al., 2009; Gherman et al., 2006; Inglis et al., 2006). Non-motile cilia often sense environmental cues, whereas motile cilia move extracellular fluids or mediate cell motility. In early fish, amphibian and mammalian embryos, the rotation of single motile cilia of left-right organizer cells (LRO) generates a leftward fluid flow in the extracellular space. The resulting left-asymmetric gene expression establishes left-right asymmetry and drives asymmetric morphogenesis and placement of visceral organs (Blum and Ott, 2018; Hirokawa et al., 2006). Wave-like beating of cilia on airway epithelial multiciliated cells (MCCs) is essential for airway clearance throughout postnatal life (Jain et al., 2010; Stannard and O'Callaghan, 2006). MCCs on ependymal cells lining the brain ventricles are responsible for cerebrospinal fluid movement (Banizs et al., 2005; Jacquet et al., 2009; Lee, 2013; Spassky et al., 2005). Motile cilia in the fallopian tubes contribute to movement of egg and zygote (Lyons et al., 2006), and the sperm flagellum is essential for its motility (Afzelius and Eliasson, 1983). The central pair and its accessory structures, namely radial spokes that connect the central pair to the outer microtubule doublets, are crucial for the planar beating pattern of 9+2 cilia (Shinohara et al., 2015) as well as regulation of dynein motor activity and microtubule sliding (Lindemann and Lesich, 2010; Satir et al., 2014).
The evolutionarily conserved transcription factor FOXJ1 plays a central role in motile ciliogenesis (Choksi et al., 2014). Loss of FOXJ1 leads to non-functional rotating cilia in the LRO of the mouse, the ventral node (Alten et al., 2012), and to complete absence of motile cilia on multiciliated cells (MCCs), such as airway epithelial cells or brain ependyma (Brody et al., 2000; Chen et al., 1998).
Defects in motile ciliary structure and/or function can lead to primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD, OMIM 244400), a syndrome that affects about 1/10,000-1/15,000 humans (Lucas et al., 2019). PCD is a heterogeneous disorder; patients suffer from recurrent infections of the airways, male sterility, laterality defects in 50% of cases and – more rarely – hydrocephalus (Praveen et al., 2015). Nonsense or frameshift mutations in FOXJ1 that cause an autosomal dominant form of PCD have been identified (Wallmeier et al., 2019), and dysfunction of direct or indirect FOXJ1 targets are implicated in the development of numerous human PCD cases (Mukherjee et al., 2019). In microarray screens, we identified additional cilia-associated target genes of FOXJ1 (Stauber et al., 2017). We have started to evaluate selected evolutionarily conserved candidates by descriptive and loss-of-function analyses in two vertebrate model organisms, the frog Xenopus laevis and the mouse. All of these candidates were co-expressed with Foxj1 throughout embryonic development in mouse and frog, including the LRO (mouse and frog), MCCs of the ependyma (mouse and frog), airways (mouse) and larval skin (frog) as well as sperm cells (mouse). These genes were found to have distinct context- and species-specific functions in motile cilia (Beckers et al., 2018; Weidemann et al., 2016).
Here, we report on the analysis of Cfap206 as an additional evolutionarily conserved FOXJ1 target gene that so far has only been analysed in single-celled eukaryotes. FAP206, the orthologue of CFAP206 in the green alga Chlamydomonas, is a potential component of the nexin-dynein regulatory complex (Lin et al., 2011) and interacts with radial spoke protein 3 (RSP3) (Gupta et al., 2012). FAP206 in the ciliate Tetrahymena is required for anchoring radial spoke 2 (RS2) to microtubule doublets and for generating the waveform of ciliary movement (Vasudevan et al., 2015). We show that the vertebrate homolog CFAP206 localises to the basal body/centrosome and to cilia, and its expression correlates with and depends on Foxj1 expression. Genome editing in Xenopus resulted in moderate ciliary defects during larval development, namely slightly increased ciliary beat frequency of epidermal MCCs and slightly impaired bead transport across the skin epithelium. Knockout mice postnatally developed hydrocephalus, revealed impaired mucociliary clearance of the airways and were characterised by male infertility. As in Xenopus, CFAP206 loss affected beat frequency of cilia on tracheal MCCs, while sperm were largely immotile. Electron tomographic analysis revealed that CFAP206 was needed to establish the repetitive pattern of RS1, RS2 and RS3 in the sperm flagellum, reminiscent of the function described in Tetrahymena. Immotile sperm, impaired mucociliary clearance of the airways and hydrocephalus are hallmarks of PCD. Our analyses of Cfap206 as a thus far uncharacterised Foxj1 target therefore indicate that this gene may qualify as a new PCD candidate gene worth studying in human PCD cohorts.
Cfap206 is co-expressed with and dependent on Foxj1 in mouse and frog
The mouse Cfap206 gene (http://www.ensembl.org/Mus_musculus/Gene/Summary?db=core;g=ENSMUSG00000028294) gives rise to two transcripts by differential splicing that encode proteins of 622 and 504 amino acids (Fig. 1A). The shorter protein (CFAP206 S) lacks the C-terminal region and is characterised by six unique amino acids at its C-terminus, while the remaining protein is identical to the long variant (CFAP206L). CFAP206 is an evolutionarily conserved protein (Table S1). It lacks known motifs or domains, except for a unique 280 amino acid domain of unknown function with conserved motifs GFC and GIL. Expression analysis of mRNAs by RT-PCR demonstrated that both variants were co-expressed in adult tissues (Fig. 1B). This pattern coincided with Foxj1, supporting the identification of Cfap206 as a target gene (Fig. 1B). In situ hybridisation of adult tissue sections using a probe detecting both transcripts (Fig. 1A) revealed mRNA expression in cells carrying motile cilia of the male and female reproductive tract (sperm and oviduct; Fig. 1Ca,a′,b,b′), the airways (lung and nasal cavity; Fig. 1Cc,c′,d,d′) as well as brain ependyma and choroid plexus (CP; Fig. 1Ce,e′). During embryogenesis (E17.5), mRNA was found in airway epithelia (Fig. 1Da-c′) and brain ependymal tissues, i.e. correlated with MCCs (Fig. 1Dd,d′). Early in development, Cfap206 mRNA was confined to the LRO (ventral node) of 8-day-old embryos (E8.0; Fig. 1Ea). Expression in a number of cell types carrying non-motile cilia was also detected (Figs S1 and S8). The dependence of Cfap206 expression on the activity of the transcription factor FOXJ1 was analysed in Foxj1 knockout mice (Foxj1−/−). Cfap206 transcripts were severely downregulated or nearly absent in Foxj1 mutants (Fig. 1E), corroborating that Cfap206 acts downstream of FOXJ1.
During Xenopus embryogenesis, cfap206 mRNA transcription also paralleled that of foxj1, with few exceptions. Prominent cfap206 signals were seen in the Xenopus LRO, i.e. gastrocoel roof plate, the floor plate (FP) of the neural tube, MCCs of the larval skin, the nephrostomes, the branchial chambers (BCs) and the stomach (Fig. 2Af,g,h′,h″), i.e. in cells and tissues that harbour motile cilia. Expression of foxj1 transcripts were detected in the same tissues (Fig. 2Ab,c,d-d‴) except for the LRO (Fig. 2Ab′; staining in b reflects expression in the FP). Foxj1 signals, however, were present in the LRO precursor tissue of the superficial mesoderm (SM; Fig. 2Aa), where no cfap206 signals were found (Fig. 2Ae). In the brain, foxj1 and cfap206 were expressed in the zona limitans intrathalamica (ZLI), in the sub-commissural organ (SCO) and in the FP (Fig. 2Ad‴,h‴), where foxj1 signals were much stronger than those of cfap206. Ectopic expression of foxj1 on one side of the larva, following unilateral injection of synthetic mRNA at the four-cell stage, resulted in strong induction of ectopic cfap206 transcription on the injected side (asterisk; Fig. 2B). The dependence of cfap206 transcription on foxj1 was analysed in specimens that were genome edited at the foxj1 gene locus by CRIPSR/Cas9 (Rachev et al., 2020). Signal intensities were greatly reduced in crispants (Fig. 2C), corroborating data in the mouse. Together, these experiments in mouse and frog demonstrate that FOXJ1 is the decisive transcription factor for cfap206 activation in cells carrying motile cilia during embryonic development and likely also for its expression in adult tissues.
CFAP206 localises to the ciliary axoneme and basal body
To study CFAP206 localisation, we generated polyclonal antibodies in rabbits and monoclonal antibodies in rats. One polyclonal antibody was directed against a peptide (pepI: amino acids 194-207; encoded by exon 6; green box Fig. 3A) present in both protein variants, a second one was specific for the long CFAP206 protein (pepII: amino acids 576-589; encoded by exon 13; orange box Fig. 3A). Both polyclonal antibodies detected Flag- or GFP-tagged CFAP206 overexpressed in CHO cells (Fig. 3A). The monoclonal antibodies were directed against a peptide largely overlapping with pepII (ORF2:amino acids 574-586; cyan box Fig. 3A) and therefore also specific for the long CFAP206 protein variant. Endogenous CFAP206 protein was detected in western blots of testis lysates (Fig. 3A) as well as in cell lines carrying non-motile cilia (Fig. S1C). As the α-pepI antibodies gave rise to high background in immunofluorescence staining, the subcellular localisation of CFAP206 was assessed using the long form-specific α-pepII antibody on sections of the nasal respiratory epithelium and adult mouse testis (Fig. 3B). In motile cilia of the adult nasal respiratory epithelium, CFAP206 staining largely overlapped with acetylated-α-tubulin (ac-TUB). Signals were also detected proximally to ac-TUB (arrowheads in Fig. 3Bd,d′), reflecting a potential localisation at basal bodies, which was clearly observed in mIMCD3 cells (Fig. S1Da-d). No clear overlap of CFAP206 staining with ac-TUB was observed at the distal tip of cilia (arrows in Fig. 3Bd,d′), suggesting that CFAP206 was present throughout the axoneme except for the tip region. In spermatozoa CFAP206 was co-detected with ac-TUB in the flagella (Fig. 3Be-g). Expression in differentiating spermatids was found from the earliest stages of spermiogenesis onwards (Fig. S2).
In Xenopus, the polyclonal rabbit antibodies (pepI and pepII) against mouse CFAP206 did not give rise to any staining (not shown). In order to assess ciliary localisation in an indirect manner, fusion proteins were expressed by targeted injection of mRNAs into the epidermal lineage at the two- to four-cell stage. A GFP-fusion protein with murine CFAP206 was used (GFP-CFAP206), which – when injected at high levels – labelled defined spherical structures throughout the cell, resembling previously described liquid-like organelles (not shown; Huizar et al., 2018) (Fig. 3C). GFP-CFAP206 partially overlapped with RFP-tagged centrin 4 (Cetn4-RFP) (Cetn4; Zhang and Mitchell, 2016) at basal bodies of epidermal MCCs (Fig. 3Ca). The orthogonal projection depicted in Fig. 3Ca′ revealed a defined succession of domains, with proximal (i.e. closest to the axoneme) centrin 4 staining, followed by a small zone of centrin 4-CFAP206 overlap and a distal CFAP206 domain. Basal body localisation was confirmed by co-staining of GFP-CFAP206 with the basal foot marker tubulin γ1 (Tubg1; Fig. 3Cb). GFP-CFAP206 partially overlapped with Tubg1, both in the plane parallel to the cell surface (Fig. 3Cb′) as well as in an orthogonal projection (Fig. 3Cb″), where GFP-CFAP206 extended towards the distal end of the basal body, at the level of the sub-apical actin network (Fig. 3Cb″). The GFP-CFAP206 domain, therefore, appears below the basal body in relationship to both centrin 4 and Tubg1, potentially localising to the rootlet or at the junction between the basal body and the rootlet. GFP-CFAP206 was also expressed throughout the axoneme, although at a lower level, as demonstrated by co-staining with an antibody against acetylated α-tubulin (ac. Tuba4a; Fig. 3Cc-d).
Functional analysis of cfap206 during embryonic development of the frog Xenopus
The use of morpholino oligomers (MOs) to interfere with cfap206 mRNA translation (TBMO) or splicing (SBMO) yielded variable results. Occasionally, hydrocephalus and MCC motility defects were observed, which were not consistently encountered, nor could they be rescued by co-injection of full-length murine Cfap206 not targeted by the MOs (wild-type and GFP-fusion constructs; not shown). We therefore turned to genome editing and designed two sgRNAs targeting exon 2 and exon 5. Genome editing was confirmed via direct sequencing of PCR products with pooled DNAs from 10 F0 crispants (Fig. S3A,B). Crispant specimens were analysed for laterality defects, and nephrostome and ependymal cilia function by assessing organ situs, formation of kidney cysts and development of externally visible hydrocephalus in stage 45 tadpoles. No deviations from uninjected wild-type control specimens were observed (Fig. S4A-D).
To address potential changes in ciliary beating of cfap206 crispants, motility of epidermal MCCs was analysed in high-speed time-lapse videos recorded from wild-type and crispant larvae at stage 32 (Movie 1). Ciliary beat frequencies were calculated as previously reported (Rachev et al., 2020) and found to be significantly elevated, from 22.5 Hz in wild type to 24.5 Hz in sgRNA1 crispants and 26.5 Hz in sgRNA2 crispants (Fig. 4Aa; Table S3). Representative kymographs illustrate these differences (Fig. 4Ab). In order to investigate whether the function of epidermal MCCs was altered in crispants, fluorescent beads were added to stage 32 larvae and bead transport was assessed in time-lapse movies (Movie 2) as described previously (Rachev et al., 2020). In comparison with wild-type specimens, bead transport was significantly reduced, from 550 µm/s in wild type to 460 µm/s in sgRNA1 crispants and 410 µm/s in sgRNA2 crispants (Fig. 4Ba; Table S2). In summary, ciliary phenotypes during embryonic frog development up to metamorphosis were restricted to the mucociliary epithelium of the larval skin, where a slight increase in ciliary beat frequency resulted in a significant reduction of cilia-mediated bead transport.
Cfap206 knockout mice suffer from hydrocephalus, defective mucociliary clearance of the airways and male infertility
To analyse the function of CFAP206 in mice, we generated a conditional allele by flanking exon 4 by loxP sites (Fig. 5A). Deletion of exon 4 by Cre-mediated site-specific recombination leads to a frame shift after amino acid 64, resulting in a stop codon 30 bp downstream in exon 5, which should prevent translation of a functional protein. To delete CFAP206 in all tissues, we excised exon 4 (Cfap206Δex4) in the female germ line using ZP3:Cre mice (de Vries et al., 2000). Homozygous Cfap206Δex4 mice were born at Mendelian ratio (wild type 147, het 306, hom 118; χ2=5.89, P=0.0526) and initially showed no obvious gross abnormalities. Western blot analyses with polyclonal antibodies α-pepI and α-pepII did not reveal any CFAP206 specific signal in Cfap206Δex4/Δex4 testis lysates (arrows in Fig. 5B), demonstrating that both CFAP206 protein variants were present in wild type and deleted in Cfap206Δex4/Δex4 testes. Likewise, the α-pepII antibody did not detect CFAP206 protein in sections of the mutant testis and the respiratory epithelium (Fig. 5Ci,l). These data indicate that deletion of exon 4 effectively abolished translation of CFAP206 protein, i.e. that Cfap206Δex4 very likely represented a bona fide null allele deleting both protein variants. Therefore, the description of CFAP206 function below refers to the function of both protein variants.
Beginning 2-3 weeks after birth, 79% (118/150) of homozygous Cfap206Δex4 mice developed externally visible enlarged cranial vaults, suggesting ventricular dilatation and hydrocephalus (Fig. 6Ab). Dissected brains of Cfap206Δex4 mutants showed severely dilated and fused lateral ventricles (Fig. 6Ad). Dilated ventricles were already observed in homozygous mutants without external signs of hydrocephalus on postnatal day P1 (n=3/3) and P6 (n=4/4) (Fig. 6B). Hematoxylin-Eosin (HE) staining of mid-sagittal brain sections of P6 mutant brains revealed stenotic or closed sylvian aqueducts, which connect the 3rd to the 4th ventricle (Fig. 6C). In high-speed microscopy of P7 lateral ventricle explants, we did not detect a reduction in ependymal cilia generated flow (CGF, Fig. 6D; Movie 3; Table S5). The stenotic or closed sylvian aqueduct therefore appears to develop despite the establishment of postnatal flow. We further analysed whether CFAP206 might be important for the function of motile cilia in other contexts. In PAS staining of nasal cavities, we noticed mucus accumulation in mutants at different ages (3 weeks, n=2/3; 2 months n=2/2 and 8/9 months n=3/4; Fig. 6E). Isolated mTECs from 3- to 4-month-old wild type and Cfap206Δex4 mutants did not show obvious differences in cilia presence and length (Fig. 5D; Table S4). However, high-speed video analysis of ciliary beat frequency (CBF) of tracheal explant MCCs from 10 weeks up to 3-month-old animals exhibited a significant increase in CBF from an average of 12.6 Hz in wild type to about 17.3 Hz in Cfap206Δex4 mutants (Fig. 6Fa,b; Movie 4; Fig. S11; Table S6). The analysis of bead velocity, however, revealed no significant alterations of CGF in mutants compared with wild type in this assay (Fig. 6Fc; Movie 5; Fig. S11; Table S7), and changes of the waveform could not be assessed.
No defects in the establishment of the left-right asymmetry were observed in Cfap206Δex4/Δex4 mutant animals (n=150), although Cfap206 expression was prominent in the ventral node (Fig. 1Ea). This finding indicated that CFAP206 was dispensable for the rotational movement of cilia at the LRO. Homozygous females that did not develop hydrocephalus were fertile and raised litters normally. In contrast, homozygous males (without hydrocephalus; n=5) did not give rise to offspring even after prolonged matings to wild-type females. Analyses of HE-stained testis and epididymis sections showed no obvious morphological differences. The structures of seminiferous tubules and lumina-containing sperm were unaltered in mutants (Fig. 7A). Sperm quality of Cfap206Δex4 mutants was addressed by computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA). Sperm cell concentration of 2- to 3-month-old mutants was similar to wild type (Fig. 7Ba; Table S8). However, the motility of mutant sperm cells was significantly reduced compared with wild type (Fig. 7Bb; Table S8). This defect was also observed by video microscopy of isolated sperm (Movie 6). Mutant sperm were unable to move effectively; motion appeared rolling or tumbling, with mutant sperm cells not moving across greater distances. In IVF (in vitro fertilisation) experiments, 57.8±2.8% of eggs (n=656/1132; three experiments; Table S9) in contact with wild-type sperm initiated embryonic development. In contrast, hardly any (0.7±0.7%; n=11/1657; three experiments; Table S9) eggs incubated with Cfap206Δex4/Δex4 sperm developed into blastocysts (Fig. 7Bc; Table S9). Cfap206Δex4/Δex4 sperm did not efficiently move towards and attach to the eggs (Fig. 7Bd,e; Movie 7), indicating that even when brought into close proximity, sperm lacking CFAP206 were unable to effectively fertilise wild-type eggs.
Sperm isolated from cauda epididymis had long flagella containing microtubules, as indicated by staining for ac-TUB (Fig. 7Cg′-i′,l′). The size and shape of nuclei (DAPI staining) and acrosomes (stained by PNA lectin) were indistinguishable from wild-type sperm (Fig. 7Cg′-l′). Staining of the fibrous sheath (by AKAP3), mitochondria (by COXIV) and annulus (by SEPTIN7) revealed the presence of distinct mid- and principal pieces (Fig. 7Ch′-l′). However, only 55% (626/1170) of mutant sperm had an extended flagellum, compared with 85.8% (1102/1274) of wild-type sperm. 40.5% (496/1170) of mutant flagella displayed a sharp bend (wild type 12.5%) and 4.6% (48/1170) were coiled (wild type 1.6%) (Fig. S5A; Table S10). Structural abnormalities were not detected by immunofluorescence staining using common markers. However, transmission electron microscopy of epididymis sections revealed highly abnormal axonemal structures. Circular (Fig. 8Ad) and bent (Fig. 8Ae) flagella were observed, which most likely represented spermatozoa shown in Fig. 7Cg,g′ and k,k′, respectively. We rarely observed normal microtubule doublets (green arrows in inset of Fig. 8Af). Most flagellar cross-sections contained variable numbers of irregularly arranged single microtubules at different flagellar levels (Fig. 8Af,f′,g,h). Groups of axonemal profiles (white asterisks in Fig. 8Af) that were surrounded by a common plasma membrane (dark blue arrows in Fig. 8Af′) were also observed. Therefore, coiled flagella found in sperm isolated from the cauda epididymis, at least in part, reflected bundles of axonemes within a common plasma membrane rather than folded or clustered flagella. The vesicular material next to the axonemal profiles (red asterisks in Fig. 8Ad,e,f′) were indicative of Golgi remnants, which might explain the structure detected in coiled flagella using the acrosomal marker PNA lectin (arrowhead in Fig. 7Cg′). Electron tomography on cryo-conserved sperm flagella from cauda epididymides revealed defects in the repetitive pattern of radial spokes (RS; Fig. 8B; Fig. S5). In wild-type sperm, RS1, RS2 and RS3 were arranged in 96 nm repeats (Fig. 8Ba; Fig. S5B). Mutants displayed one RS per 96 nm repeat (Fig. 8Bc; Fig. S5B) and an absent or incomplete RS in between, indicating that CFAP206 was needed for the establishment of radial spokes in mammalian sperm flagella.
We identified Cfap206 in a screen for genes that act downstream of FOXJ1. Consistent with its direct or indirect regulation by FOXJ1, Cfap206 expression correlated very well with expression of Foxj1, both in Xenopus and mouse. Ectopic foxj1 expression in frog embryos induced cfap206 transcription, and loss of FOXJ1 in mouse and frog embryos led to severe downregulation of Cfap206 mRNA expression. Here, we show that the evolutionarily conserved CFAP206 protein is essential for sperm motility in mice and modulates ciliary beat frequency of MCCs both in the Xenopus larva and mouse trachea. Ciliary defects during embryogenesis in Xenopus were restricted to the mucociliary epithelium of the larval skin, which was unexpected given the co-expression with foxj1 from the earliest developmental stages onwards (Fig. 2). Several possible mechanisms could underlie these differences. Phenotypes may only become evident at later stages, during metamorphosis or in adult frogs. The observed mouse defects revealed themselves postnatally, in line with this reasoning. The long generation time and legal restriction to raise adult frogs prevented us from analysing this possibility. As another option, in a laboratory setting lacking environmental challenges such as poor water quality or the presence of pathogens and pollutants, Cfap206 function may not reveal itself, particularly in the mucociliary epithelium of the larval skin, which serves as a first line of defence in much the same way as the mouse airway epithelium (Dubaissi and Papalopulu, 2011; Hayes et al., 2007; Walentek and Quigley, 2017). Loss of cfap206 gene function may also be compensated for by upregulation of related genes (El-Brolosy et al., 2019; Rossi et al., 2015). Ciliary phenotypes in morphants, including cysts and hydrocephalus, seem to support such reasoning; however, we were unable to successfully rescue these phenotypes and prove MO specificity, which is why we did not include these datasets in our analysis. The maintenance of cfap206 transcripts in crispant specimens (not shown) also argues against this possibility, as nonsense-mediated mRNA decay has been shown in several cases to be a prerequisite for compensation in zebrafish (El-Brolosy et al., 2019), which might be a cell type-specific phenomenon in mice (Hall et al., 2013). Short of a biochemical understanding of Cfap206 function, we cannot discriminate between these and other possible explanations at this time.
In mouse, Cfap206 gives rise to two transcripts that were detected in all analysed tissues and cell lines. Whether both transcripts (and the resulting protein variants) are present in the same cell remains to be determined. As CFAP206L was detected in apparently all cilia of respiratory MCCs (e.g. Fig. 3B), and both transcripts were present in this tissue, it is reasonable to assume that both proteins co-exist in cells carrying motile cilia, the functional significance of which is unknown thus far. CFAP206L is more similar in length to FAP206 from Tetrahymena (622 versus 635 amino acids), which might indicate that this protein is the fully functional variant. To analyse whether CFAP206 S is sufficient to substitute for CFAP206L will require the generation of a mutant allele that specifically removes CFAP206L. Notwithstanding potential functional differences of these two protein variants, our null allele should delete all CFAP206 functions, because both protein variants were effectively eliminated.
In Tetrahymena, FAP206 acts as a microtubule-docking adapter for RS2 (Vasudevan et al., 2015). The knockout of FAP206 in Tetrahymena resulted in the loss of RS2, in some cases absence of RS3 as well, leading to an abnormal flagellar waveform and a reduction of the swim rate to 30% (Vasudevan et al., 2015). This function appears to be conserved in mouse sperm cells, as one or two RSs were missing in mutants (Fig. 8B; Fig. S5B,C). The resolution of our tomography does not allow to unequivocally identify the consistently present radial spoke as RS1. However, given the specific function as an adapter for RS2 in Tetrahymena, it seems reasonable to assume that the RS consistently observed at 96 nm distance in mutant mouse sperm is RS1. A RS-related function of CFAP206 is also supported by its absence from the ciliary tip that apparently lacks radial spokes (reviewed by Osinka et al., 2019; Reynolds et al., 2018; Soares et al., 2019) and would be consistent with the lack of laterality defects in mouse and frog, as motile cilia at the LRO lack the central pair and RSs and show a rotational movement (Nonaka et al., 1998). The absence of LR defects is also a characteristic of individuals with PCD with defects in radial spokes and the central pair (Edelbusch et al., 2017; Lucas et al., 2019).
Loss of RS2 in Tetrahymena FAP206 mutants caused compressed ciliary cross-sections but did not disrupt the central pair or outer microtubule doublets (Vasudevan et al., 2015). Disruption of RS assembly in mouse ependymal cells by depletion of RSPH9 abolished the central pair but left the outer doublets largely intact (Zhu et al., 2019). RS deficiency in Chlamydomonas resulted in a lateral shift of the central pair, without impact on the outer doublets (Sivadas et al., 2012). This contrasts with defective microtubular doublets that we frequently observed in mouse sperm flagella, suggesting that CFAP206 has additional microtubule-stabilising functions in the specialised cilium of mammalian sperm. The identification of these functions should be aided by the identification of CFAP206-interacting proteins in sperm cells. With this aim in mind, we identified potential interaction partners by immunoprecipitation of CFAP206 from adult mouse testes and subsequent mass spectrometry. These analyses led to a number of promising candidate proteins (Table S11) that – following validation – should provide further insights into CFAP206 function.
In contrast to the largely immotile sperm cell flagella, cilia on multiciliated tracheal cells were motile and even showed an enhanced beating frequency. Although we cannot exclude the possibility of subtle deviations in the ciliary beating patterns, the motility of these cilia suggests that they do not have major structural defects. In line with this notion, individuals with PCD with defects in RS function show very subtle ciliary beating abnormalities, and cross-sections of respiratory cilia can reveal normal ultrastructure (Burgoyne et al., 2014; Castleman et al., 2009; e.g. Frommer et al., 2015; Knowles et al., 2014; Ziętkiewicz et al., 2012). The increased beating frequency of Cfap206 mutant cilia was accompanied by a reduction of the speed of cilia-generated flow to about 80% in the frog larval skin (Movies 1, 2 and Fig. 4), but had no apparent effect on the speed of cilia-generated flow in mouse tracheal explants (Fig. 6F). This differs from Tll1 (Ikegami et al., 2010) and Cfap43 mutants (Rachev et al., 2020), in which an increase in beating frequency was associated with reduced cilia-generated flow. Although loss of CFAP206 clearly affects ciliary beating in respiratory epithelium, it remains to be seen how this relates to mucous accumulation. It appears plausible, however, that mucous accumulation is causatively linked to the altered ciliary beat frequency. Altered frequencies may result in subtle alterations of the ciliary wave form and/or changes of beating asymmetry, which might reduce efficient flow in the native lung and lead to mucus accumulation over time.
Similar to flow generated by MCCs of the trachea, ependymal flow in explants of postnatal lateral ventricles (P7) was apparently unaltered, although enlarged ventricles were present accompanied by obstruction of the aqueduct (Fig. 6C). It is unclear whether apparently normal flow is maintained in older animals (which could not be analysed due to restrictions by animal welfare regulations). Aqueduct obstruction, maintenance of flow generated by ependymal cells of the lateral walls of the lateral ventricle and build-up of pressure might all contribute to the highly penetrant progression of ventricle enlargement after P14. The basis for the development of hydrocephalus in Cfap206 mutants already at P1, prior to the presence of motile cilia on the lateral ventricular walls (Banizs et al., 2005) and the onset of postnatal flow, is less clear. It suggests that CFAP206 function is required early on, during embryonic development. Consistent with this notion, Cfap206 was already detected at E16.5 in the developing brain, although at low levels (Fig. S6). Analyses of Ccdc39 mutant mice revealed that ependymal MCCs with motile cilia are present on the ventro-medial wall of the lateral ventricle around P1. Functional impairment of these motile cilia led to enlarged ventricles shortly after birth (Abdelhamed et al., 2018), prior to the emergence of motile cilia on the lateral ventricular walls (Banizs et al., 2005) and the onset of postnatal flow. Loss of CFAP206 might therefore impact on early flow and lead to early aqueduct obstruction, which blocks drainage of cerebrospinal fluid causing subsequent progressive lateral ventricle enlargement. A requirement of ependymal flow to keep the aqueduct postnatally open has been established in Mdnah5 mutant mice. These lacked directed ependymal flow at lateral ventricles and developed hydrocephalus beginning at P6, with subsequent stenosis of the aqueduct at P12, which was attributed to the absence of postnatal ependymal flow (Ibañez-Tallon et al., 2004).
In conclusion, our descriptive and functional analysis of Cfap206 in mouse and Xenopus demonstrated that this highly conserved ciliary gene functions in defined ciliary contexts, predominantly at post-embryonic stages in both species. Male sterility caused by severe flagellar malformations in mice suggests that mutations of CFAP206 may also underlie male infertility in humans. Mutant alleles might lead to milder forms of PCD, without clear ultrastructure cilia defects and only subtle changes of ciliary movement, which might complicate diagnosis of patients.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Ethics statement and husbandry of mice and frogs
Mice and Xenopus laevis were handled in accordance with the German laws and regulations (Tierschutzgesetz). All procedures were approved by the ethics committee of Lower Saxony for care and use of laboratory animals LAVES and by the Regional Council Stuttgart, Germany (A379/12 Zo, ‘Molekulare Embryologie’, V340/17 ZO and V349/18 ZO, ‘Xenopus Embryonen in der Forschung’). Xenopus embryos obtained by in vitro fertilisation were maintained in 0.1× modified Barth medium (Sive et al., 2000) and staged according to Nieuwkoop and Faber (1994).
Mice were housed in the animal facility of Hannover Medical School (ZTL) as approved by the responsible Veterinary Officer of the City of Hannover, Germany. Animal welfare was supervised and approved by the Institutional Animal Welfare Officer.
Multiple sequence alignment of CFAP206 proteins
Sequences were aligned using ClustalW (v1.83; multiple sequence alignment; Pairwise Alignment Mode: Slow; Pairwise Alignment Parameters: Open Gap Penalty=10.0, Extend Gap Penalty=0.1, Similarity Matrix: gonnet; Multiple Alignment Parameters: Open Gap Penalty=10.0, Extend Gap Penalty=0.2, Delay Divergent=30%, Gap Distance=4; Similarity Matrix: gonnet).
Generation of Cfap206Δex4 mice
Cfap206loxP mice were generated by Cyagen Biosciences. The positive selection marker (neo cassette) was flanked by FRT sites and removed by FLP-mediated recombination. Germ-line deletion of exon 4 was achieved by crossing of Cfap206loxP; ZP3:Cre (de Vries et al., 2000) double heterozygous females to wild-type males. The floxed allele was originally generated on the C57BL/6 background. Breeding to FLPe and ZP3:Cre mice generated a mixed genetic background (predominantly 129Sv/CD1), on which the strain was maintained. The phenotype of Cfap206Δex4 mice was analysed on this mixed genetic background. Foxj1−/− mutant mice (Foxj1lacZ) have been described previously (Brody et al., 2000) as have FLPe mice (Rodríguez et al., 2000).
Genotyping of mice
Cfap206 mutant and wild-type mice were genotyped by PCR with allele-specific primer pairs: Cfap206-loxP-F1, 5′-ATCACGGAGTCAGGGCTAAGTTG-3′; Cfap206-loxP-R1, 5′-GGCAAGCAGTCTACCAACTGAGG-3′ (producing a 238 bp wild-type and a 299 bp Cfap206loxP product); Cfap206-loxP-F1, 5′-ATCACGGAGTCAGGGCTAAGTTG-3′; Cfap206-R1, 5′-CCAACCAGCCCATACTATTC-3′ (producing a 246 bp Cfap206Δex4 and a 1225 bp wild-type product).
Reverse transcription-PCR from total RNA
Total RNA was isolated from dissected mouse tissues using TriReagent (Zymo Research). cDNA was synthesised using SuperScriptII Reverse Transcriptase (Invitrogen), according to the manufacturer's instructions. PCR was performed using primer pairs: Cfap206_Ex8for, 5′-TCCCAAGTCTTCCCCATCTTCG-3′; Cfap206_Ex12rev, 5′-TGTGTGTATCTGTCTGTGTGCCG-3′ (specific for the Cfap206 mRNA encoding the long protein, 619 bp product; shown in Fig. 1B); Cfap206_RTex9for, 5′-CGATGGCGTCGTCGTGAAAAG-3′; Cfap206_RTex13rev, 5′-CCCACGAAGGCCAGCTATGAA-3′ (specific for the Cfap206 mRNA encoding the long protein, 697 bp product; shown in Fig. S1B); Cfap206_Ex8for, 5′-AAAATCTAAGACGGCGGTCCC-3′; Cfap206_Ex11rev, 5′-AGTCAGGAGTTACAAACCCAGGTG-3′ (specific for the Cfap206 mRNA, encoding the short protein, 619 bp product; shown in Fig. 1B and Fig. S1B); Hprt_RT_for_ex7, 5′-GCTGGTGAAAAGGACCTCT-3′; Hprt_RT_rev_ex9, 5′-CACAGGACTAGAACACCTGC-3′ (specific for the Hprt mRNA, 248 bp product); Foxj1_RT_for_ex2, 5′-CTTCTGCTACTTCCGCCATGC-3′; Foxj1_RT_rev_ex3, 5′-TCCTCCTGGGTCAGCAGTAAGG-3′ (specific for the Foxj1 mRNA, 432 bp product).
Tissue collection, embedding and sectioning
Mice were killed by cervical dislocation and dissected tissues were fixed at 4°C in 4% PFA or 100% methanol overnight. If necessary, materials were decalcified in 0.5 M EDTA for several days up to 2 weeks, with EDTA changes every other day. Subsequently, the tissues were dehydrated and embedded in paraffin according to standard procedures. Embedded tissues were sectioned at 5 or 10 μm. Sperm cells were isolated as described previously (Rachev et al., 2020).
Histological staining was performed on 10 μm sections of PFA fixed and paraffin-embedded tissues. HE staining was performed according to standard procedures. Periodic Acid-Schiff (PAS) staining was carried out using the Sigma Aldrich PAS staining kit (395B).
Section and whole-mount in situ hybridisation
Section in situ hybridisation was performed on 10 μm paraffin sections of formaldehyde-fixed tissues that were dewaxed, hydrated, digested with Proteinase K, fixed with formaldehyde and hybridised overnight at 70°C (Moorman et al., 2001). The DIG-labelled RNA probe was synthesised from Cfap206 cDNA (Fantom clone accession number AK005650, coordinates ZX00119D08), using the Roche DIG RNA labelling system. Whole-mount in situ hybridisation was carried out using standard procedures described previously (Stauber et al., 2017). Section and whole-mount in situ hybridisation results were documented with a Leica DM5000B microscope with Leica Firecam software.
Isolation and processing of sperm cells for video microscopy or immunofluorescence staining
For isolation of sperm cells, cauda epididymis was collected and cut into 2-3 mm pieces that were transferred into HTF medium (101.65 mM NaCl, 4.7 mM KCl, 199.5 μM MgSO4, 370.5 μM KH2PO4, 25 mM NaHCO3, 2.7 mM CaCl2, 2.8 mM glucose, 0.33 mM sodium pyruvate, 18.3 mM sodium lactate, pen/strep, 0.0002% Phenol Red and 4 mg/ml BSA). The dissected epididymis was agitated for 15 min at 600 rpm. For video microscopy, sperm was incubated in HTF containing 0.5% methyl-cellulose for 1 h before documentation. PBS containing sperm was spread on glass slides and dried before further processing.
Computer assisted sperm analysis (CASA)
Sperm cells were isolated from the cauda epididymis in 150 µl HTF medium and capacitated for 90 min at 37°C. Aliquots of 3 µl sperm suspension were analysed in a Leja Standard Count 4 Chamber Slide using an Olympus CX41 (Zuber Optik) and the QualiSperm software (Biophos optimised for human sperm), which measures motility rates and concentration of sperm. Statistical analysis was performed with Prism (GraphPad) using a two-tailed t-test.
In vitro fertilisation (IVF)
Sperm cells isolated from the cauda epididymis were capacitated for 2 h at 37°C in 5% CO2 and 5% O2 in HTF medium. Eggs were isolated from wild-type females, incubated in HTF in groups of 40 with sperm for 6 h at 37°C under oil, washed in HTF and after 24 h transferred to KSOM medium. Development of embryos was tracked until day 7.5 after IVF. Statistical analysis was performed with Prism (GraphPad) using two-tailed t-test.
CHO, mIMCD3 and L-cells were maintained in DMEM/F12 (Gibco) containing 10% FCS, pen/strep and 2 mM Glutamax. Transfections of CHO cells were performed using Perfectin (Genlantis) according to manufacturer's instructions.
Generation of CFAP206 specific antibody
Rabbit polyclonal antibodies detecting CFAP206 were produced by immunisation of rabbits with mouse CFAP206 peptide IRLFNRDSGKGGEG (pepI; amino acids 194-207) and KEASTQSKREGSSR (pepII; amino acids 576-589). The antibodies were generated by Biogenes. Peptides were selected according to: hydrophilicity (according to Kyte-Doolittle); surface probability (according to Emini); chain flexibility (according to Karplus-Schulz); secondary structure (according to Chou-Fasman); and antigenicity index (according to Jameson-Wolf). CFAP206 antibodies were purified using the respective CFAP206 polypeptide and SulfoLink coupling resin (Thermo Fisher Scientific). Purification was performed according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against mouse CFAP206 epitope PLKEASTQSKREG (ORF2; amino acids 574-586) were generated as described previously (Rachev et al., 2020). mAbs that reacted specifically with CFAP206 were analysed on western blots. In this study, α-ORF2-2A7 (rat IgG2a) 1:1 and α-ORF2-4F5 (rat IgG2c) 1:1 were used.
Paraffin sections were deparaffinised and rehydrated, and antigens were unmasked by boiling for 20 min in 10 mM Tris-HCl (pH 9.5) and 1 mM EDTA. Dried sperm were washed in PBS. To block unspecific binding, 5% FCS in PBS was used. Primary antibodies were incubated overnight at 4°C, secondary antibodies for 1 h at room temperature. Antibodies were diluted in blocking solution. The following primary antibodies were used: anti-acetylated α-tubulin (ac-TUB) Clone 6-11B-1; (axoneme; Sigma Aldrich, T6793) 1:1000, anti-gamma-Tubulin (γ-TUB) Clone GTU-88; (basal body; Sigma Aldrich, T5326) 1:4000, anti-CFAP206 (pepII) testis 1:50; nasal cavity and lung 1:10; anti-AKAP3 (fibrous sheath; Proteintech, 13907-1-AP) 1:200; anti-COXIV (mitochondria; Abcam, ab202554) 1:200; and anti-SEPTIN7 (annulus; IBL international, 18991) 1:200. The following secondary antibodies were used: anti-mouse-Alexa555 (Invitrogen, A21424) 1:500; anti-rabbit-Alexa555 (1:1000, Invitrogen, A21429); anti-mouse-Alexa488 (1:1000, Invitrogen, A11029); anti-rabbit-Alexa488 (Invitrogen, A11034) 1:500. DAPI (0.5 µg/ml, Applichem) and PNA-lectin-Alexa488 (1:250-500, Invitrogen L-21409) were incubated together with secondary antibodies.
All images were processed and analysed using Fiji (ImageJ). Brightness and contrast were adjusted with Fiji and in immunofluorescence staining the red channels (Alexa555 detection) were changed to magenta to make images accessible to colour vision impaired readers.
Isolation of mouse tracheal epithelial cells (mTECs)
mTECs were isolated by tracheal brushing as described previously (Rachev et al., 2020).
Ex vivo imaging of mouse tracheal multiciliated cells: flow tracking and beat frequency analysis
Tracheas of 10 weeks to 3-month-old wild-type and Cfap206Δex4/Δex4 mice were dissected and analysed as described previously (Rachev et al., 2020) using a method based on that described by Francis and Lo (2013).
Determination of ciliary flow in lateral ventricles
Explanted P7 mouse brains were analysed as described previously (Rachev et al., 2020).
Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
Caudae epididymides were dissected from 3-month-old wild-type and Cfap206Δex4/Δex4 littermates, fixed, embedded and analysed as described previously (Rudat et al., 2014).
Epididymides of wild-type and Cfap206Δex4/Δex4 males were freshly prepared and high-pressure frozen as described previously (Guzman et al., 2014). Sections (300 nm) were imaged in a Tecnai 20 operated at 200 kV. Two tilt series with 90° rotations were recorded from −60° to +60° with an increment of 1°. Tomograms were generated using imod (Kremer et al., 1996), using 10 nm gold beads as fiducials, applied to both sides of the sections. The final tomogram was displayed in the slicer window with a section plane parallel to the central pair of microtubules.
Immunoprecipitations for mass spectrometry
CFAP206 was immunoprecipitated from mouse testis (excluding epididymis) using the Pierce crosslink IP kit (Thermo Scientific) with anti-pepII antibody. Immunoprecipitation was performed according to the manufacturer's instructions with some modifications. Lysebuffer (150 mM NaCl; 50 mM Tris-HCl, pH 7.4; 0.55% Nonidet P40; 1× Halt Prot/Phos Inhibitor Mix) and Washbuffer (150 mM NaCl; 50 mM Tris-HCl, pH 7.4; 0.12% Nonidet P40; 1× Halt Prot/Phos Inhibitor Mix) were optimised for anti-CFAP206-pepII. For elution, 60 µl Neutralisationbuffer (1 M Tris-HCl, pH 8) was added per reaction tube, and elution was carried out three times using 200 µl Elutionbuffer (200 mM glycine, pH 2.5). For mass spectrometry analysis, 10 independent wild-type and 10 independent Cfap206Δex4/Δex4 IPs (technical replicates) were used, collected from three different animals (biological replicates).
Eluates were precipitated with chloroform and methanol followed by trypsin digestion as described previously (Gloeckner et al., 2009). C-MS/MS analysis was performed on Ultimate3000 nanoRSLC systems (Thermo Scientific) coupled to an Orbitrap Fusion Tribrid mass spectrometer (Thermo Scientific) by a nano spray ion source. Tryptic peptide mixtures were injected automatically and loaded at a flow rate of 30 μl/min in 0.1% trifluoroacetic acid in HPLC-grade water onto a nano trap column (300 μm i.d.×5 mm Pre column, packed with Acclaim PepMap100 C18, 5 μm, 100 Å; Thermo Scientific). After 3 min, peptides were eluted and separated on the analytical column (75 μm i.d.×25 cm, Acclaim PepMap RSLC C18, 2 μm, 100 Å; Thermo Scientific) by a linear gradient from 2% to 30% of buffer B (80% acetonitrile and 0.08% formic acid in HPLC-grade water) in buffer A (2% acetonitrile and 0.1% formic acid in HPLC-grade water) at a flow rate of 300 nl/min over 117 min. Remaining peptides were eluted by a short gradient from 30% to 95% buffer B in 5 min. Analysis of the eluted peptides was carried out on an LTQ Fusion mass spectrometer. From the high-resolution MS pre-scan with a mass range of 335 to 1500, the most intense peptide ions were selected for fragment analysis in the orbitrap, using a high-speed method if they were at least doubly charged. The normalized collision energy for HCD was set to a value of 27 and the resulting fragments were detected with a resolution of 120,000. The lock mass option was activated; the background signal with a mass of 445.12003 was used as lock mass (Olsen et al., 2005). Every ion selected for fragmentation was excluded for 20 s by dynamic exclusion. MS/MS data were analysed using the MaxQuant software (version 220.127.116.11) (Cox and Mann, 2008; Cox et al., 2009). As a digesting enzyme, Trypsin/P was selected with maximal 2 missed cleavages. Cysteine carbamidomethylation was set for fixed modifications, and oxidation of methionine and N-terminal acetylation were specified as variable modifications. The data were analysed by label-free quantification with the minimum ratio count of 3. The first search peptide tolerance was set to 20, the main search peptide tolerance to 4.5 ppm and the re-quantify option was selected. For peptide and protein identification, the mouse subset of the SwissProt database (release 2014_04) was used and contaminants were detected using the MaxQuant contaminant search. A minimum peptide number of 2 and a minimum length of 7 amino acids was tolerated. Unique and razor peptides were used for quantification. The match between run option was enabled with a match time window of 0.7 min and an alignment time window of 20 min. For each genotype, eight technical replicates derived from three wild-type and three mutant males were analysed. The statistical analysis, including ratio, t-test and significance A calculation, was carried out using the Perseus software (version 18.104.22.168; Tyanova et al., 2016). The full mass spectrometry proteomics data have been deposited with the ProteomeXchange Consortium via the PRIDE (Vizcaíno et al., 2016) partner repository with the dataset identifier PXD018554.
Xenopus laevis embryos were injected at the four-cell stage into defined lineages to target neural (hydrocephalus), axial mesodermal (laterality), paraxial mesodermal (kidney) or epidermal cells. Drop size was calibrated to 4 nl per injection. Alexa Fluor 488 dextran was added as a lineage tracer (MW 70,000 or 10,000, 0.5-1 µg/µl; Thermo Fisher Scientific).
Whole-mount in situ hybridisation
In situ hybridisation was performed using standard procedures. Histological sections (30 µm) were prepared following embedding of embryos in a gelatine-albumin mix using a vibratome (Leica).
Statistical analysis of Xenopus phenotypes
FIJI was used for all measurements. χ2 analysis was performed to calculate significances of occurrence of organ situs defects and kidney cyst.
CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing
The CRISPRscan algorithm was used to design single guide RNAs (sgRNAs; Moreno-Mateos et al., 2015). sgRNAs targeting exon 2 and 5 were transcribed using the MEGAshortscript T7 Kit (Invitrogen) from synthetic DNA oligomers. sgRNAs were purified using the MEGAclear Transcription Clean-Up Kit (Invitrogen). Embryos were injected at the 1-cell stage with 1 ng Cas9 (PNA Bio) and 300 pg sgRNA. Following injections, embryos were cultivated at room temperature. To confirm genome editing, direct sequencing of PCR products was applied. DNAs from pools of 10 stage 45 embryos were isolated and gene-specific primers were used to amplify targeted cfap206 sequences. Genome editing efficiency was calculated using Synthego ICE (https://tools.synthego.com/#/).
High-speed video microscopy of larval epidermal cilia
Control or crispant stage 32 embryos were analysed for epidermal ciliary beating patterns. Specimens were placed into a rectangular chamber constructed from duct tape that was mounted on a slide. Ciliary beating was recorded for 1 s at the ventral-most aspect of the embryo using high-speed Hamamatsu video camera Orca flash 4.0 at 800 fps (frames per second). For analysis of ciliary flow, fluorescent beads of 1 µm diameter (Invitrogen FluoSpheres; 1:2000) were added to the culture medium. Embryos were imaged using a Zeiss Axiocam HSm camera at 175 fps. Evaluation of CBF and ciliary flow was as described above in the respective mouse section.
We thank S. Brody (Washington University, St Louis, MO, USA) for Foxj1 mutant mice, M. Menon and M. Gaestel (Institute for Physiological Chemistry, MHH, Hannover, Germany) for anti-SEPTIN7 antibody; D. Conrad, C. Schippert and P. Hillemanns (Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, MHH, Hannover, Germany) for the access to the CASA instrument and their help; and R. Bauerfeind for help with monitoring tracheal cilia. We thank A. Heiser for his assistance with mice care and genotyping.
Conceptualization: A.B., L.T., T.O., M.B., A.G.; Methodology: A.B., K.S.-G., L.T., T.O., J.H., K.B.; Formal analysis: A.B., C.A., L.T., T.O., F.F., J.H., K.B., K.S., E.R., M.B., A.G.; Investigation: A.B., K.S.-G., L.T., T.O., F.F., J.H., K.B., K.S., E.R., L.A.; Resources: E.K.; Writing - original draft: A.B., L.T., M.B., A.G.; Writing - review & editing: A.B., C.A., K.S.-G., L.T., T.O., F.F., J.H., K.B., K.S., E.R., L.A., E.K., M.U.; Supervision: M.U., M.B., A.G.; Project administration: M.B., A.G.; Funding acquisition: M.B., A.G.
This work was financially supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (GO 449/14-1 and BL285/14-1) and by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Cluster of Excellence ‘REBIRTH’ to A.G. T.O. was supported by a PhD fellowship from the Landesgraduiertenförderung Baden-Württemberg.
The full mass spectrometry proteomics data have been deposited with the ProteomeXchange Consortium via the PRIDE (Vizcaíno et al., 2016) partner repository under the dataset identifier PXD018554.
Peer review history
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The authors declare no competing or financial interests.