Mammalian Oocytes: X Chromosome Activity

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Science  07 Mar 1969:
Vol. 163, Issue 3871, pp. 1078-1079
DOI: 10.1126/science.163.3871.1078


The glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase and lactate dehydrogenase contents of oocytes from XO and XX female mice have been measured. The activity of the former in the oocytes of XO mice is half of that in the oocytes of XX mice, whereas the lactate dehydrogenase activities in the two groups of ova are the same. These results indicate that glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase from a mouse oocyte is an X-linked enzyme, that its synthesis occurs in the oocyte and is dosage dependent, and that inactivation of the X chromosome does not occur in the mouse oocyte.

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