Caenorhabditis elegans germinal center kinase (Gck-1) is a p-body component that inhibits precocious ectopic MAP kinase dependent meiotic maturation
The Caenorhabditis elegans germline is an excellent model system for studying meiosis, as the gonad contains germ cells in all stages of meiosis I prophase in a linear temporal and spatial pattern. To form healthy gametes, many events must be coordinated. Failure of any step in the process can reduce fertility. Here, we describe a C. elegans Germinal Center Kinase, GCK-1, that is essential for the accurate progression of germ cells through meiosis I prophase. In the absence of GCK-1, germ cells undergo precocious maturation due to the activation of a specific MAP kinase isoform. Furthermore, GCK-1 localizes to P-bodies, RNP particles that have been implicated in RNA degradation and translational control. Like two other components of C. elegans germline P-bodies, GCK-1 functions to limit physiological germ cell apoptosis. This is the first study to identify a role for a GCK-III kinase in metazoan germ cell development and to link P-body function with MAP kinase activation and germ cell maturation.
Schouest, Katherine Roeder, "Caenorhabditis elegans germinal center kinase (Gck-1) is a p-body component that inhibits precocious ectopic MAP kinase dependent meiotic maturation" (2006). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI3249212.