William Dentler
  • Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Kansas, USA
Research focus
  • Plant science
  • 2 Author merit


Ph.D. in Cell Biology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1973

Current position

Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
Research Interests: Regulation of ciliary and flagellar assembly; Role of membrane dynamics in ciliary length regulation; Microtubule-membrane interactions


  1. Gaertig, J., Wloga, D., Vasudevan, K. K., Guha, M. and Dentler, W. (2013). Discovery and functional evaluation of ciliary proteins in Tetrahymena thermophila. Methods Enzymol 525: 265-284.
  2. Dentler, W. (2013). A role for the membrane in regulating Chlamydomonas flagellar length. PLoS One 8(1): e53366.
  3. Dentler, W. L. (2008). Microtubule-membrane interactions in Chlamydomonas flagella. In: Witman, G. B. (ed). The Chlamydomonas Sourcebook, 2nd edition. Academic Press, 283-301.
  4. Dentler, W. (2005). Intraflagellar transport (IFT) during assembly and disassembly of Chlamydomonas flagella. J Cell Biol 170(4): 649-659.
  5. Song, L. and Dentler, W. L. (2001). Flagellar protein dynamics in Chlamydomonas. J Biol Chem 276(32): 29754-29763.
  6. Dentler, W. (2000). Fixation of Tetrahymena cells for electron microscopy. Methods Cell Biol 62: 323-331.
  7. Tuxhorn, J., Daise, T. and Dentler, W. L. (1998). Regulation of flagellar length in Chlamydomonas. Cell Motil Cytoskeleton 40(2): 133-146.
  8. Dentler, W. L. (1995). Isolation of cilia from Tetrahymena thermophila. Methods Cell Biol 47: 13-15.
  9. Dentler, W. L. (1995). Isolation and fractionation of ciliary membranes from Tetrahymena. Methods Cell Biol 47: 397-400.
  10. Dentler, W. L. (1995). Nonradioactive methods for labeling and identifying membrane surface proteins. Methods Cell Biol 47: 407-411.
  11. Wang, W., Himes, R. H. and Dentler, W. L. (1994). The binding of a ciliary microtubule plus-end binding protein complex to microtubules is regulated by ciliary protein kinase and phosphatase activities. J Biol Chem 269(34): 21460-21466.
  12. Wang, W., Suprenant, K. and Dentler, W. L. (1993). Reversible association of a 97-kDa protein complex found at the tips of ciliary microtubules with in vitro assembled microtubules. J Biol Chem 268(33): 24796-24807.
  13. Dentler, W. L. and Adams, C. (1992). Flagellar microtubule dynamics in Chlamydomonas: cytochalasin D induces periods of microtubule shortening and elongation; and colchicine induces disassembly of the distal, but not proximal, half of the flagellum. J Cell Biol 117(6): 1289-1298.
  14. Suprenant, K. A. and Dentler, W. L. (1988). Release of intact microtubule-capping structures from Tetrahymena cilia. J Cell Biol 107(6 Pt 1): 2259-2269.
  15. LeCluyse, E. L., Frost, S. K. and Dentler, W. L. (1985). Development and ciliation of the palate in two frogs, Bombina and Xenopus; a comparative study. Tissue Cell 17(6): 853-864.
  16. Dentler, W. L. and LeCluyse, E. L. (1982). Microtubule capping structures at the tips of tracheal cilia: evidence for their firm attachment during ciliary bend formation and the restriction of microtubule sliding. Cell Motil 2(6): 549-572.
  17. Sattilaro, R. F., Dentler, W. L. and LeCluyse, E. L. (1981). Microtubule-associated proteins (MAPs) and the organization of actin filaments in vitro. J Cell Biol 90(2): 467-473.
  18. Dentler, W. L. (1980). Structures linking the tips of ciliary and flagellar microtubules to the membrane. J Cell Sci 42: 207-220.
  19. Dentler, W. L. and Rosenbaum, J. L. (1977). Flagellar elongation and shortening in Chlamydomonas. III. structures attached to the tips of flagellar microtubules and their relationship to the directionality of flagellar microtubule assembly. J Cell Biol 74(3): 747-759.
2 Protocols published
Ciliary and Flagellar Membrane Vesicle (Ectosome) Purification
Author:  William Dentler, date: 06/20/2014, view: 9191, Q&A: 0
Eukaryotic cilia/flagella are ideal organelles for the analysis of membrane trafficking, membrane assembly, and the functions of a variety of signal transduction molecules. Cilia are peninsular organelles and the membrane lipids, membrane proteins, ...
Deflagellation and Regeneration in Chlamydomonas
Author:  William Dentler, date: 06/20/2014, view: 13822, Q&A: 0
Eukaryotic cilia/flagella are one of the only cellular structures that can be removed without injuring cells, can be highly purified for biochemical analysis, and, in many cells, can be completely reassembled within 90 minutes. Following ...
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