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William Dentler


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.
Protocols by William Dentler
  1. Deflagellation and Regeneration in Chlamydomonas
  2. Ciliary and Flagellar Membrane Vesicle (Ectosome) Purification