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    The requirements for oocyte meiotic cytokinesis during polar body extrusion are not well understood. In particular, the relationship between the oocyte meiotic spindle and polar body contractile ring dynamics remains largely unknown. We have used live cell imaging and spindle assembly defective mutants lacking the function of CLASP/CLS-2, kinesin-12/KLP-18, or katanin/MEI-1 to investigate the relationship between meiotic spindle structure and polar body extrusion in C. elegans oocytes. We show that spindle bipolarity and chromosome segregation are not required for polar body contractile ring formation and chromosome extrusion in klp-18 mutants. In contrast, oocytes with similarly severe spindle assembly defects due to loss of CLS-2 or MEI-1 have penetrant and distinct polar body extrusion defects: CLS-2 is required early for contractile ring assembly or stability, while MEI-1 is required later for contractile ring constriction. We also show that CLS-2 both negatively regulates membrane ingression throughout the oocyte cortex during meiosis I, and influences the dynamics of the central spindle-associated proteins Aurora B/AIR-2 and MgcRacGAP/CYK-4. We suggest that proper regulation by CLS-2 of both oocyte cortical stiffness and central spindle protein dynamics may influence contractile ring assembly during polar body extrusion in C. elegans oocytes.

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    Aleesa J Schlientz, Bruce Bowerman. C. elegans CLASP/CLS-2 negatively regulates membrane ingression throughout the oocyte cortex and is required for polar body extrusion. PLoS genetics. 2020 Oct 07;16(10):e1008751

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    PMID: 33027250

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