Activation of oocytes by latrunculin A.

Actin depolymerization by latrunculin A (LAT-A) in mature starfish oocytes induces a massive calcium mobilization that results in the discharge of the cortical granules and in the elevation of the fertilization envelope. The Ca2+ liberation starts as a circumscribed subplasma membrane hotspot, which is followed by a flash of Ca2+ increase restricted to the… (More)