Spatiotemporal regulation of Aurora B recruitment ensures release of cohesion during C. elegans oocyte meiosis.

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The formation of haploid gametes from diploid germ cells requires the regulated two-step release of sister chromatid cohesion (SCC) during the meiotic divisions. Here, we show that phosphorylation of cohesin subunit REC-8 by Aurora B promotes SCC release at anaphase I onset in C. elegans oocytes. Aurora B loading to chromatin displaying Haspin-mediated H3 T3 phosphorylation induces spatially restricted REC-8 phosphorylation, preventing full SCC release during anaphase I. H3 T3 phosphorylation is locally antagonized by protein phosphatase 1, which is recruited to chromosomes by HTP-1/2 and LAB-1. Mutating the N terminus of HTP-1 causes ectopic H3 T3 phosphorylation, triggering precocious SCC release without impairing earlier HTP-1 roles in homolog pairing and recombination. CDK-1 exerts temporal regulation of Aurora B recruitment, coupling REC-8 phosphorylation to oocyte maturation. Our findings elucidate a complex regulatory network that uses chromosome axis components, H3 T3 phosphorylation, and cell cycle regulators to ensure accurate chromosome segregation during oogenesis.

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Cited Authors

  • Ferrandiz, N; Barroso, C; Telecan, O; Shao, N; Kim, H-M; Testori, S; Faull, P; Cutillas, P; Snijders, AP; Colaiácovo, MP; Martinez-Perez, E

Published Date

  • February 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 834 -

PubMed ID

  • 29483514

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5827026

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2041-1723

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2041-1723

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41467-018-03229-5


  • eng