Int J Biol Sci 2019; 15(11):2408-2418. doi:10.7150/ijbs.34718 This issue

Research Paper

PAK4 Regulates Actin and Microtubule Dynamics during Meiotic Maturation in Mouse Oocyte

Ya-Ting He1, Lei-Lei Yang1, Shi-Ming Luo1, Wei Shen1, Shen Yin1✉, Qing-Yuan Sun1,2

1. College of Animal Science and Technology, College of Life Sciences, Institute of Reproductive Science, Key Laboratory of Animal Reproduction and Germplasm Enhancement in Universities of Shandong, Qingdao Agricultural University, Qingdao 266109, China;
2. State Key Laboratory of Stem Cell and Reproductive Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China.

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He YT, Yang LL, Luo SM, Shen W, Yin S, Sun QY. PAK4 Regulates Actin and Microtubule Dynamics during Meiotic Maturation in Mouse Oocyte. Int J Biol Sci 2019; 15(11):2408-2418. doi:10.7150/ijbs.34718. Available from

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Meiotic maturation of oocyte is an important process for successful fertilization, in which cytoskeletal integrality takes a significant role. The p-21 activated kinases (PAKs) belong to serine/threonine kinases that affect wide range of processes that are crucial for cell motility, survival, cell cycle, and proliferation. In this study, we used a highly selective inhibitor of PAK4, PF-3758309, to investigate the functions of PAK4 during meiotic maturation of mouse oocytes. We found that PAK4 inhibition resulted in meiotic arrest by inducing abnormal microfilament and microtubule dynamics. PAK4 inhibition impaired the microtubule stability and led to the defective kinetochore-microtubule (K-M) attachment which inevitably resulted in aneuploidy. Also, PAK4 inhibition induced abnormal acentriolar centrosome assembly during meiotic maturation. In conclusion, all these combined results suggest that PAK4 is necessary for the oocyte meiosis maturation as a regulator of cytoskeleton.

Keywords: oocyte, meiosis, PAK4, cytoskeleton, centrosome.