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Centrioles are conserved organelles fundamental for the organisation of microtubules in animal cells. Oligomerisation of the spindle assembly abnormal protein 6 (SAS-6) is an essential step in the centriole assembly process and may act as trigger for the formation of these organelles. SAS-6 oligomerisation is driven by two independent interfaces, comprising an extended coiled coil and a dimeric N-terminal globular domain. However, how SAS-6 oligomerisation is controlled remains unclear. Here, we show that in the Caenorhabditis elegans SAS-6, a segment of the N-terminal globular domain, unresolved in crystallographic structures, comprises a flexible loop that assists SAS-6 oligomerisation. Atomistic molecular dynamics simulations and nuclear magnetic resonance experiments suggest that transient interactions of this loop across the N-terminal dimerisation interface stabilise the SAS-6 oligomer. We discuss the possibilities presented by such flexible SAS-6 segments for the control of centriole formation.

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