Components of the intraflagellar transport (IFT) system that regulates the assembly of the primary cilium are co-opted by the non-ciliated T cell to orchestrate polarized endosome recycling and to sustain signaling during immune synapse formation. Here we have investigated the potential role of BBS1, an essential core component of the Bardet-Biedl syndrome complex that cooperates with the IFT system in ciliary protein trafficking, in the assembly of the T cell synapse. We demonstrate that BBS1 allows for centrosome polarization towards the immune synapse. This function is achieved through the clearance of centrosomal F-actin and its positive regulator WASH, a process that we demonstrate to be dependent on the proteasome. We show that BBS1 regulates this process by coupling the 19S proteasome regulatory subunit to the microtubule motor dynein for its transport to the centrosome. Our data identify the ciliopathy-related protein BBS1 as a new player in T cell synapse assembly that acts upstream of the IFT system to set the stage for polarized vesicular trafficking and sustained signaling.

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