The CDC14A phosphatase regulates oocyte maturation in mouse

Cell Cycle. 2009 Apr 1;8(7):1090-8. doi: 10.4161/cc.8.7.8144. Epub 2009 Apr 11.


The final steps of oogenesis occur during oocyte maturation that generates fertilization-competent haploid eggs capable of supporting embryonic development. Cyclin-dependent kinase 1 (CDK1) drives oocyte maturation and its activity and actions on substrates are tightly regulated. CDC14 is a dual-specificity phosphatase that reduces CDK1 activity and reverses the actions of CDK1 during mitosis. In budding yeast, Cdc14 is essential for meiosis, but it is not known whether its mammalian homolog CDC14A is required for meiosis in females. Here, we report that CDC14A is concentrated in the nucleus of meiotically incompetent mouse oocytes but is dispersed throughout meiotically competent oocytes. During meiotic progression CDC14A has no specific sub-cellular localization except between metaphase of meiosis I (Met I) and metaphase of meiosis II (Met II) when it co-localizes with the central portion of the meiotic spindle. Overexpression of CDC14A generally delays meiotic progression after resumption of meiosis whereas microinjection of oocytes with an antibody against CDC14A specifically delays exit from Met I. Each of these perturbations generates eggs with chromosome alignment abnormalities and eggs that were injected with the CDC14A antibody had an elevated incidence of aneuploidy. Collectively, these data suggest that CDC14A regulates oocyte maturation and functions to promote the meiosis I-to-meiosis II transition as its homolog does in budding yeast.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • CDC2 Protein Kinase / metabolism
  • Cell Nucleus / enzymology
  • Dual-Specificity Phosphatases / metabolism*
  • Female
  • Meiosis*
  • Mice
  • Oocytes / cytology*
  • Oocytes / enzymology
  • Oogenesis*
  • Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases / metabolism*


  • CDC2 Protein Kinase
  • CDC14A protein, mouse
  • Dual-Specificity Phosphatases
  • Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases