Mar. Drugs 2010, 8(8), 2417-2434; doi:10.3390/md8082417
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Pharmacological Analyses of Protein Kinases Regulating Egg Maturation in Marine Nemertean Worms: A Review and Comparison with Mammalian Eggs

Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, MSC03 2020, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA
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Received: 21 June 2010; in revised form: 24 July 2010 / Accepted: 20 August 2010 / Published: 24 August 2010
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Abstract: For development to proceed normally, animal eggs must undergo a maturation process that ultimately depends on phosphorylations of key regulatory proteins. To analyze the kinases that mediate these phosphorylations, eggs of marine nemertean worms have been treated with pharmacological modulators of intracellular signaling pathways and subsequently probed with immunoblots employing phospho-specific antibodies. This article both reviews such analyses and compares them with those conducted on mammals, while focusing on how egg maturation in nemerteans is affected by signaling pathways involving cAMP, mitogen-activated protein kinases, Src-family kinases, protein kinase C isotypes, AMP-activated kinase, and the Cdc2 kinase of maturation-promoting factor.
Keywords: GVBD; AMPK; MPF

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Stricker, S.A.; Escalona, J.R.; Abernathy, S.; Marquardt, A. Pharmacological Analyses of Protein Kinases Regulating Egg Maturation in Marine Nemertean Worms: A Review and Comparison with Mammalian Eggs. Mar. Drugs 2010, 8, 2417-2434.

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Stricker SA, Escalona JR, Abernathy S, Marquardt A. Pharmacological Analyses of Protein Kinases Regulating Egg Maturation in Marine Nemertean Worms: A Review and Comparison with Mammalian Eggs. Marine Drugs. 2010; 8(8):2417-2434.

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Stricker, Stephen A.; Escalona, Jose R.; Abernathy, Samuel; Marquardt, Alicia. 2010. "Pharmacological Analyses of Protein Kinases Regulating Egg Maturation in Marine Nemertean Worms: A Review and Comparison with Mammalian Eggs." Mar. Drugs 8, no. 8: 2417-2434.

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