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Dev Biol. 1983 Oct;99(2):489-501.

Activity of the maturation-promoting factor and the extent of protein phosphorylation oscillate simultaneously during meiotic maturation of starfish oocytes.


Maturation-promoting factor (MPF) activity and the protein phosphorylation pattern were monitored throughout the time course of meiotic maturation following hormonal stimulation of prophase-arrested starfish oocytes. MFP activity disappeared or decreased dramatically during the first and second meiotic cleavages. MPF activity came back to a very high level after the first but not the second meiotic cleavage. The state of protein phosphorylation was monitored using both tracer experiments and direct measurements of the absolute amount of phosphate in phosphoproteins. High and low levels of MPF activities were, respectively, associated with high and low levels of protein phosphorylation. It is suggested that the turn over of phosphate already bound to proteins in prophase-blocked oocytes does not change following hormone addition.

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