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J Cell Biol April 1, 2004; 165 (1): 63-75.

Ca(2+)(cyt) negatively regulates the initiation of oocyte maturation.

Ca(2+) is a ubiquitous intracellular messenger that is important for cell cycle progression. Genetic and biochemical evidence support a role for Ca(2+) in mitosis. In contrast, there has been a long-standing debate as to whether Ca(2+) signals are required for oocyte meiosis. Here, we show that cytoplasmic Ca(2+) (Ca(2+)(cyt)) plays a dual role during Xenopus oocyte maturation. Ca(2+) signals are dispensable for meiosis entry (germinal vesicle breakdown and chromosome condensation), but are required for the completion of meiosis I. Interestingly, in the absence of Ca(2+)(cyt) signals oocytes enter meiosis more rapidly due to faster activation of the MAPK-maturation promoting factor (MPF) kinase cascade. This Ca(2+)-dependent negative regulation of the cell cycle machinery (MAPK-MPF cascade) is due to Ca(2+)(cyt) acting downstream of protein kinase A but upstream of Mos (a MAPK kinase kinase). Therefore, high Ca(2+)(cyt) delays meiosis entry by negatively regulating the initiation of the MAPK-MPF cascade. These results show that Ca(2+) modulates both the cell cycle machinery and nuclear maturation during meiosis.

PubMed ID: 15067021
PMC ID: PMC1289150
Article link: J Cell Biol
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Genes referenced: ccnb1 cdk1 mapk1 mos tmem11 tub

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Arslan, Cytosolic Ca2+ homeostasis in Ehrlich and Yoshida carcinomas. A new, membrane-permeant chelator of heavy metals reveals that these ascites tumor cell lines have normal cytosolic free Ca2+. 1985, Pubmed

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