CENP-V is required for proper chromosome segregation through interaction with spindle microtubules in mouse oocytes

Nat Commun. 2021 Nov 11;12(1):6547. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-26826-3.


Proper chromosome segregation is essential to avoid aneuploidy, yet this process fails with increasing age in mammalian oocytes. Here we report a role for the scarcely described protein CENP-V in oocyte spindle formation and chromosome segregation. We show that depending on the oocyte maturation state, CENP-V localizes to centromeres, to microtubule organizing centers, and to spindle microtubules. We find that Cenp-V-/- oocytes feature severe deficiencies, including metaphase I arrest, strongly reduced polar body extrusion, increased numbers of mis-aligned chromosomes and aneuploidy, multipolar spindles, unfocused spindle poles and loss of kinetochore spindle fibres. We also show that CENP-V protein binds, diffuses along, and bundles microtubules in vitro. The spindle assembly checkpoint arrests about half of metaphase I Cenp-V-/- oocytes from young adults only. This finding suggests checkpoint weakening in ageing oocytes, which mature despite carrying mis-aligned chromosomes. Thus, CENP-V is a microtubule bundling protein crucial to faithful oocyte meiosis, and Cenp-V-/- oocytes reveal age-dependent weakening of the spindle assembly checkpoint.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chromosome Segregation / genetics
  • Chromosome Segregation / physiology*
  • Female
  • M Phase Cell Cycle Checkpoints / physiology
  • Meiosis / physiology
  • Metaphase / physiology
  • Mice
  • Microtubule-Organizing Center / metabolism
  • Microtubules / metabolism*
  • Oocytes / metabolism*