G alpha s levels regulate Xenopus laevis oocyte maturation

Romo, X; Hinrichs, MV; Guzman, L; Olate, J


Progesterone, produced by follicular cells, induces Xenopus laevis oocyte maturation through a very early event that inhibits the activity of the adenylyl cyclase effector system. The participation of a G-protein has been implicated, based on the fact that the inhibitory effect of the steroid is GTP-dependent, and it has been proposed that progesterone acts interfering with G?s function at the plasma membrane. Here we investigate whether the change in oocyte G?s levels affects the maturation process induced by progesterone. Overexpression of X. laevis wild type (wt) G?s and the constitutive activated G?s(QL) mutant, both blocked progesterone-induced maturation, G?s(QL) being much more effective than the wt protein. On the other hand, depletion of G?s, by the use of antisense oligonucleotides, caused spontaneous maturation measured as MAPK activation, indicating clearly that the presence of G?s is necessary to keep oocytes arrested. Overexpression of three different G-protein coupled receptors (GPCR), the ?2-adrenergic receptor and the m4 and m5 muscarinic receptors, all caused inhibition of MAPK activation induced by progesterone. These receptors, upon their activation with the respective ligands, might be inducing the release of G?? from their respective G?, which together with endogenous G?s-GTP, activate adenylyl cyclase. Our results indicate that Gas plays an important role in the maturation process and support previous findings of G?? participation, suggesting the presence of a mechanism where a constitutively activated G?s subunit, together with the G?? heterodimer, both maintain high levels of intracellular cAMP levels, blocking the G2/M transition. © 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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Título según WOS: G alpha s levels regulate Xenopus laevis oocyte maturation
Título según SCOPUS: G?s levels regulate Xenopus laevis oocyte maturation
Volumen: 63
Número: 1
Editorial: WILEY-LISS
Fecha de publicación: 2002
Página de inicio: 104
Página final: 109
Idioma: English
URL: http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/mrd.10150