In vivo β casein phosphorylation was analysed in Xenopus full-grown oocytes arrested in the prophase of the meiotic cell division. The phosphorylation was inhibited by the protein kinase inhibitor (PKI) and also by heparin (3 μg/ml; final concentration). β casein phosphorylation was increased by spermine (2 mM). Therefore, protein kinase A and casein kinase II are both active in vivo in full-grown oocytes and may be involved in the prophase arrest of meiotic cell division.

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