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Altered, Meiotic chromosome dynamics leads to Altered, Chromosome number
Key Event Relationship Overview
AOPs Referencing Relationship
|AOP Name||Adjacency||Weight of Evidence||Quantitative Understanding||Point of Contact||Author Status||OECD Status|
|Chemical binding to tubulin in oocytes leading to aneuploid offspring||adjacent||Low||Francesco Marchetti (send email)||Open for citation & comment||EAGMST Under Review|
Life Stage Applicability
Key Event Relationship Description
Chromosome dynamics refers to the ability of chromosomes to congress at the metaphase plate before segregation and attach in an amphitelic orientation [Mailhes and Marchetti, 2010]. Amphitelic refers to the proper attachment of homologous chromosomes to a bipolar spindle and their orientation to opposite poles. Each daughter cell is then expected to receive one chromosome (composed of two chromatids), resulting in a haploid state. Cells have the SAC that monitors chromosome dynamics and should prevent anaphase from occurring in the presence of misaligned chromosomes, however, especially in oocytes, the SAC is not always able to arrest meiotic progression in the presence of misaligned chromosomes.
In this KER, alterations in chromosome dynamics lead to incorrect congression and alignment. In addition, the SAC fails to prevent chromosome segregation, resulting in an aneuploid cell.
Evidence Supporting this KER
The weight of evidence for this KER is weak. The mechanistic aspects of chromosome dynamics are well understood [Bennabi et al., 2016; Touati and Wassmann, 2016]. It is broadly understood that correct chromosome alignment is required for to produce an egg with the correct number of chromosomes and that the probability of an aneuploid egg is increased when chromosomes fail to align correctly. However, chromosome misalignment does not always lead to subsequent errors in chromosome segregation. This may be due in part to the important role of the SAC in blocking chromosome segregation when chromosomes are not correctly aligned [Amon, 1999; Musacchio and Salmon, 2007; Polanski, 2013; Musacchio, 2015]. At this time, there is not complete mechanistic understanding of every step in this process.
Uncertainties and Inconsistencies
Although there are no inconsistent results reported, it is important to note that very few studies have measured chromosome dynamics and induction of aneuploidy in oocytes.
Data are available on the dose-response relationship for aneuploidy induction in oocytes (KEdownstream) treated with colchicine [Mailhes et al., 1988; Mailhes et al., 1990], vinblastine [Russo and Pacchierotti, 1988; Mailhes et al., 1993] or 2-methoxyestradiol [Eichenlaub-Ritter et al., 2007], which are consistent with the threshold relationship established in mitotic cells [Elhajouji et al., 2011]. Unfortunately, dose-effect relationships have not been established for chromosome dynamics alterations (KEupstream) at the first meiotic division. Thus, it is not possible to establish the shape of the response-response relationship between chromosome dynamics alteratiions (KEupstream) and altered chromosome nubmer in oocytes (KEdownstream).
As noted before, chromosome dynamics on the metaphase plate of oocytes may last a few hours before anaphase onset. The first meiotic anaphase lasts about 25 min equally distributed between anaphase-1, characterized by increased spindle length and movement of chromosomes towards the poles, and anaphase-2 at the end of which chromosomes reach the poles and aggregate into condensed clusters [Wei et al., 2018]. Thus, it is expected that alterations of chromosome number in the oocyte (KEdownstream) would lag alterations of meiotic chromosome dynamics (KEupstream) by hours, although no studies have been carried out until now to specifically address the time-scale of events linking chromosome dynamics alteratiions (KEupstream) and altered chromosome nubmer in oocytes (KEdownstream).
Known modulating factors
Due to the lack of information about the shape of the response-response relationship, modulating factors cannot be identified in this KER.
Known Feedforward/Feedback loops influencing this KER
In mitotic and meiotic cells, anaphase onset and ensuing chromosome distribution is under checkpoint control that may delay anaphase onset until chromosomes are correctly aligned on the spindle equator, as signaled by specific molecular events [Nagaoka et al., 2012; Musacchio et al., 2015; Webster and Schuh, 2017]. Although the SAC in mammalian oocytes is deemed to be more tolerant to the presence of unaligned chromosomes, its role in preventing aneuploidy is proven in genetically modified or silenced systems [Mailhes and Marchetti 2010]. These checkpoint and signaling mechanisms therefore are expected to act as feedback loops, which may influence the time-scale of the KER between KEupstream (altered chromosome dynamics) and altered chromosome number in the oocyte (KEdownstream).
Domain of Applicability
Although this KER has only been measured in mouse oocytes, the process of meiosis, spindle formation and chromosome congression in eggs is thought to be similar across mammalian species.
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Eichenlaub-Ritter U, Winterscheidt U, Vogt E, Shen Y, Tinneberg HR, Sorensen R. 2007. 2-methoxyestradiol induces spindle aberrations, chromosome congression failure, and nondisjunction in mouse oocytes. Biol Reprod 76:784–793.
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Ou XH, Li S, Xu BZ, Wang ZB, Quan S, Li M, Zhang QH, Ouyang YC, Schatten H, Xing FQ, Sun QY. 2010. p38alpha MAPK is a MTOC-associated protein regulating spindle assembly, spindle length and accurate chromosome segregation during mouse oocyte meiotic maturation. Cell Cycle 9:4130-4143.
Polanski Z. 2013. Spindle assembly checkpoint regulation of chromosome segregation in mammalian oocytes. Reprod Fertil Dev 25:472-483.
Russo A, Pacchierotti F. 1988. Meiotic arrest and aneuploidy induced by vinblastine in mouse oocytes. Mutat Res 202:215–221.
Shen Y, Betzendahl I, Sun F, Tinneberg HR, Eichenlaub-Ritter U. 2005. Non-invasive method to assess genotoxicity of nocodazole interfering with spindle formation in mammalian oocytes. Reprod Toxicol 19:459–471.
Touati SA, Wassmann K. 2016. How oocytes try to get it right: spindle checkpoint control in meiosis. Chromosoma 125:321-335.
Webster A, Schuh M. 2017. Mechanisms of aneuploidy in human eggs. Trends Cell Biol 27:55-68.
Wei Z, Greaney J, Zhou C, Homer H. 2018. Cdk1 inactivation induces post-anaphase-onset spindle migration and membrane protrusion required for extreme asymmetry in mouse oocytes. Nature Comm 9:4029. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-06510-9.