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Biology of Reproduction

Emanuele Pelosi, Laura D'Ignazio, Marc Michel, Melissa Beyer, Kassimier Thompson, Antonino Forabosco, David Schlessinger
Following proliferation of oogonia in mammals, great numbers of germ cells are discarded, primarily by apoptosis, while the remainder form primordial follicles (the ovarian reserve) that determine fertility and reproductive lifespan. More massive, rapid, and essentially total loss of oocytes, however, occurs when the transcription factor Lhx8 is ablated-though the cause and mechanism of germ cell loss from the Lhx8-/- ovaries has been unknown. We found that Lhx8-/- ovaries maintain the same number of germ cells throughout embryonic development; rapid decrease in the pool of oocytes starts shortly before birth...
January 10, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Xiaona Lin, Yanling Zhang, Yibin Pan, Shilin He, Yongdong Dai, Bingqing Zhu, Cheng Wei, Liaobing Xin, Wenzhi Xu, Chunsheng Xiang, Songying Zhang
Intrauterine adhesion (IUA) is characterized by endometrial fibrosis, which ultimately leads to menstrual abnormalities, infertility and recurrent miscarriages. The Shh/Gli2 pathway plays a critical role in tissue fibrogenesis and regeneration; Gli2 activation induces profibrogenic effects in various tissues, such as the liver and kidney. However, the role of Gli2 in endometrial fibrosis remains unknown. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that activated Gli2 promotes endometrial fibrosis. Endometrial samples from moderate and severe IUA patients exhibited significantly enhanced expression of Gli2 compared with normal endometrial samples and mild IUA samples...
January 10, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Sylvia Lui, Cyntia Duval, Farkhondeh Farrokhnia, Sylvie Girard, Lynda K Harris, Clare L Tower, Adam Stevens, Rebecca L Jones
Background: Preterm deliveries remain the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Current therapies target only myometrial contractions and are largely ineffective. As labor involves multiple coordinated events across maternal and fetal tissues, identifying fundamental regulatory pathways of normal term labor is vital to understanding successful parturition and consequently labor pathologies. We aimed to identify transcriptomic signatures of human normal term labor of two tissues: in the fetal-facing choriodecidua and the maternal myometrium...
January 10, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Yi-Liang Miao, Andrés Gambini, Yingpei Zhang, Elizabeth Padilla-Banks, Wendy N Jefferson, Miranda L Bernhardt, Weichun Huang, Leping Li, Carmen J Williams
Understanding factors that regulate zygotic genome activation (ZGA) is critical for determining how cells are reprogrammed to become totipotent or pluripotent. There is limited information regarding how this process occurs physiologically in early mammalian embryos. Here we identify a mediator complex subunit, MED13, as translated during mouse oocyte maturation and transcribed early from the zygotic genome. Knockdown and conditional knockout approaches demonstrate that MED13 is essential for ZGA in the mouse, in part by regulating expression of the embryo-specific chromatin remodeling complex, esBAF...
January 9, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Lan Wang, Hui Yang, Linli Hu, Dan Hu, Shuxia Ma, Xuejiao Sun, Liu Jiang, Jianyuan Song, Licheng Ji, Jackson Ferdinand Masau, Hanwang Zhang, Kun Qian
Decidualization is regulated by crosstalk of progesterone and the cAMP pathway. It involves extensive reprogramming of gene expression and includes a wide range of functions. To investigate how cell cycle regulatory genes drive the human endometrial stromal cell (ESC) exit cell cycle and enter differentiation, primary cultured ESC was treated with 8-Br-cAMP and MPA and cell cycle distribution was investigated by flow cytometry. High-throughput cell cycle regulatory gene expression was also studied by microarray...
January 9, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Michele R Plewes, Jessica C Cedillo, Patrick D Burns, Peter E Graham, Jason E Bruemmer, Terry E Engle
Progesterone is a steroid hormone secreted from the corpus luteum (CL), which is responsible for establishment and maintenance of pregnancy. Early embryonic mortality often occurs due to inadequate regulation of uterine prostaglandin (PG) F2alpha secretion, leading to decrease in progesterone and loss of pregnancy. The objective of the current study was to determine the effects of fish meal supplementation on luteal sensitivity to intrauterine infusions of PGF2alpha. Non-lactating beef cows received corn gluten meal or fish meal supplementation for 60-days...
January 9, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Kristin L Connor, Christel Chehoud, Adam Altrichter, Luisa Chan, Todd Z DeSantis, Stephen J Lye
Malnutrition is a global threat to pregnancy health and impacts offspring development. Establishing an optimal pregnancy environment requires the coordination of maternal metabolic and immune pathways, which converge at the gut. Diet, metabolic and immune dysfunctions have been associated with gut dysbiosis in the non-pregnant individual. In pregnancy, these states are associated with poor pregnancy outcomes and offspring development. However, the impact of malnutrition on maternal gut microbes, and their relationships with maternal metabolic and immune status, has been largely underexplored...
January 9, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Michelle D Warthan, Sonya L Washington, Samone E Franzese, Ronald M Ramus, Kyu-Rae Kim, Timothy P York, Efstratios Stratikos, Jerome F Strauss, Eun D Lee
Gestational choriocarcinomas are derived from placental trophoblast cells, with HLA-C being the only class I polymorphic molecule expressed. However, choriocarcinomas have not been profiled for endoplasmic reticulum aminopeptidase 2 (ERAP2) expression. ERAP2 trims peptides presented by human leukocyte antigens (HLA) have shown to modulate immune response. Over 50% of choriocacinomas we screened lack ERAP2 expression, which suggests the absence of ERAP2 expression allows immune evasion of choriocarcinoma cells...
January 9, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Svetlana Dambaeva, Sylvia Schneiderman, Mukesh K Jaiswal, Varkha Agrawal, Gajendra Katara, Alice Gilman-Sachs, Emmet Hirsch, Kenneth D Beaman
Preterm birth is widespread and causes 35% of all neonatal deaths. Infants who survive face potential long-term complications. A major contributing factor of preterm birth is infection. We investigated the role of Interleukin 22 (IL22) as a potential clinically relevant cytokine during gestational infection. IL22 is an effector molecule secreted by immune cells. While the expression of IL22 was reported in normal non-pregnant endometrium and early pregnancy decidua, little is known about uterine IL22 expression during mid- or late gestational stages of pregnancy...
January 5, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Jing Xu, Fuhua Xu, Maralee S Lawson, Olena Y Tkachenko, Alison Y Ting, Christoph A Kahl, Byung S Park, Richard R Stouffer, Cecily V Bishop
Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) plays a key role during ovarian follicular development, with local actions associated with a dynamic secretion profile by growing follicles. While results for AMH effects on antral follicle growth and function are consistent among studies in various species, any effects on preantral follicle development remain controversial. Therefore, experiments were conducted to investigate the direct actions and role of AMH during follicle development at the preantral stage. Macaque-specific short-hairpin RNAs (shRNAs) targeting AMH mRNA were incorporated into adenoviral vectors to decrease AMH gene expression in rhesus macaque follicles...
December 27, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
Julian C Ochoa, Francisco Peñagaricano, Giovanni M Baez, Leonardo F Melo, Jessica C Motta, Alvaro Garcia Guerra, Rina Meidan, João C Pinheiro Ferreira, Roberto Sartori, Milo C Wiltbank
In ruminants, uterine pulses of prostaglandin (PG) F2α characterize luteolysis, while increased PGE2/PGE1 distinguish early pregnancy. This study evaluated intrauterine (IU) infusions of PGF2α and PGE1 pulses on CL function and gene expression. Cows on day 10 of estrous cycle received 4 IU infusions (every 6h; n = 5/treatment) of saline, PGE1 (2 mg PGE1), PGF2α (0.25 mg PGF2α), or PGE1 + PGF2α. A luteal biopsy was collected at 30 min after third infusion for determination of gene expression by RNA-Seq...
December 27, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
Alexandra R Willcockson, Tulip Nandu, Cheuk-Lun Liu, Shanmugasundaram Nallasamy, W Lee Kraus, Mala Mahendroo
With half a million babies born preterm each year in the United States and about 15 million worldwide, preterm birth remains a global health issue. Preterm birth (PTB) is a primary cause of infant morbidity and mortality and can impact lives long past infancy. The fact that there are numerous, and many currently unidentified, etiologies of PTB has hindered development of tools for risk evaluation and preventative therapies. Infection is estimated to be involved in nearly 40% of PTBs of known etiology; therefore, understanding how infection-mediated inflammation alters the cervical milieu and leads to preterm tissue biomechanical changes are questions of interest...
December 21, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
Amanda K Jones, Maria L Hoffman, Sambhu M Pillai, Katelyn K McFadden, Kristen E Govoni, Steven A Zinn, Sarah A Reed
Inflammation may be a mechanism of maternal programming because it has the capacity to alter the maternal environment and can persist postnatally in offspring tissues. This study evaluated the effects of restricted- and over-feeding on maternal and offspring inflammatory gene expression using RT-PCR arrays. Pregnant ewes were fed 60% (Restricted), 100% (Control) or 140% (Over) of NRC requirements beginning on day 30.2 ± 0.2 of gestation. Maternal (n = 8 to 9 ewes per diet) circulating NEFA and expression of 84 inflammatory genes were evaluated at five stages during gestation...
December 20, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
Mengsi Xu, Chunsheng Xu, Fuyuan Liu, Xiaoyun Shen, Jimeng Meng, Hongli Chen, Jinquan Yang, Ping Zhou, Rui Gao, Shangquan Gan
Immunocastration via vaccination against gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is an effective alternative to surgical castration in livestock. In this study, male mice were immunized with eight GnRH peptide derivatives. Two, which exhibited highly significant effects in mice, and one which exhibited the least significant effects were selected for active immunization of 13 month-old bulls. The effects of these GnRH vaccines on sexual development and meat quality in bulls were evaluated by examining testis length, serum hormone and GnRH antibody concentrations, observation of sexual behavior and testicular tissue sections, and evaluation of meat quality indexes...
December 20, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
Stephanie L J Lee, Julia A Horsfield, Michael A Black, Kim Rutherford, Neil J Gemmell
Sexual behaviour in teleost fish is highly plastic. It can be attributed to the relatively few sex differences found in adult brain transcriptomes. Environmental and hormonal factors can influence sex-specific behaviour. Androgen treatment stimulates behavioural masculinisation. Sex dimorphic gene expression in developing teleost brains and the molecular basis for androgen-induced behavioural masculinisation are poorly understood. In this study, juvenile zebrafish (Danio rerio) were treated with 100 ng/L of 17 alpha-methyltestosterone during sexual development from 20 days post fertilisation to 40 days and 60 days post fertilisation...
December 20, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
Nicole L Botteri Principato, Juan D Suarez, Susan C Laws, Gary R Klinefelter
Exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals have been associated with compromised testosterone production leading to abnormal male reproductive development and altered spermatogenesis. In vitro high throughput screening (HTS) assays are needed to evaluate risk to testosterone production, yet the main steroidogenesis assay currently utilized is a human adrenocortical carcinoma cell line, H295R, which does not synthesize gonadal steroids at the same level as the gonads, thus limiting assay sensitivity. Here, we propose a complementary assay using a highly purified rat Leydig cell assay to evaluate the potential for chemical induced alterations in testosterone production by the testis...
December 20, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
Rui Yang, Huan-Huan Sun, Chang-Li Ji, Jie Zhang, Hong-Jie Yuan, Ming-Jiu Luo, Xin-Yong Liu, Jing-He Tan
Mechanisms for post-ovulatory aging (POA) of oocytes and for spontaneous activation (SA) of rat oocytes are largely unknown. Expression of calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) in rat oocytes and its role in POA remain unexplored. In this study, expression of CaSR in rat oocytes aging for different times was detected by immunofluorescence microscopy and western blotting and the role of CaSR in POA was determined by observing the effects of regulating its activity on SA susceptibility and cytoplasmic calcium levels of oocytes...
December 18, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
Ahmed E El Zowalaty, Rong Li, Weiqin Chen, Xiaoqin Ye
Seipin is an integral endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane protein encoded by Berardinelli-Seip congenital lipodystrophy type 2 (BSCL2/Bscl2) gene. Most litters (59%) from Bscl2-/- dams mated with WT (Bscl2+/+) males didn't survive PND5 and pups (Bscl2+/-) lacked milk in their stomachs. The survived litters had reduced pup survival rate at PND21. It was hypothesized that seipin was critical for lactation. Bscl2 was upregulated and highly detected in the lactation day 1 (LD1) WT mammary gland alveolar epithelial cells...
December 11, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
Verónica M Negrón-Pérez, Peter J Hansen
The morula-stage embryo is transformed into a blastocyst composed of epiblast, hypoblast and trophectoderm (TE) through mechanisms that, at least in the mouse, involve the Hippo signaling and mitogen-activated kinase (MAPK) pathways. Using the cow as an additional model, we tested the hypotheses that TE and hypoblast differentiation were regulated by the Hippo pathway regulators, YAP1 and AMOT, and MAPK kinase 1/2 (MAPK1/2). The presence of YAP1 and CDX2 in the nucleus and cytoplasm of MII oocytes and embryos was evaluated by immunofluorescence labeling...
December 8, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
Serafín Pérez-Cerezales, Priscila Ramos-Ibeas, Omar Salvador Acuña, Manuel Avilés, Pilar Coy, Dimitrios Rizos, Alfonso Gutiérrez-Adán
The mammalian oviduct is the place where life begins as it is the site of fertilization and preimplantation embryo development. Recent research has highlighted the important role played by the oviduct both in sperm selection for natural fertilization and in the genetic and epigenetic reprogramming of pre-implantation embryo development. This review examines oviduct fluid composition with a special emphasis on exosomes and the role played by the oviduct in sperm selection, early embryo development, and in reshaping the epigenetic landscape of the embryo...
December 8, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
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