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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636231/orchestration-at-the-beginning-mitosis-in-sea-urchin-embryo
#1
Giselle A Abruzzese, Nae Tanpradit, Renata S Tavares
Development of multicellular organisms is driven by a series of mitotic divisions after fertilization. Total cytoplasmic volume does not increase during this process, resulting in an increasing number of smaller daughter cells. Cell divisions are initially synchronous in an early embryo, but this ends at the 16-cell stage in the sea urchin. Orchesterated mitosis does, however, continue in subpopulations via the coordination of two different processes: karyokinesis and cytokinesis. Part of this asynchrony is due to the differentiation of lineages...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636161/infinity-sperm-storage-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving
#2
Gauthier Schang, Beatriz Fernandez-Fuertes, Samantha C Lean, Alexandra L Nguyen, Osvaldo Bogado Pascottini
Female Drosophila retain sperm for up to two weeks post-copulation in a network of storage organs includng the bursa, the seminal receptacle, and the spermathecae. This image shows the seminal receptacle of a Drosophila melanogaster female, 2-hrs post-copulation between a LHM (wild-type) female with a Protamine B (green), β-Tubulin (blue) fluorescently tagged male, whose sperm can be visualized within the female. This 'infinity' structure of the seminal receptacle resembles the tubular coil that allows for the storage of very long sperm relative to female body size -up to 20 times the length of the female in some Drosophila species...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636144/preface
#3
EDITORIAL
Cheryl J Ashworth
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 21, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628266/embryo-maternal-dialogue-during-pregnancy-establishment-and-implantation-in-the-pig
#4
REVIEW
Agnieszka Waclawik, Monika M Kaczmarek, Agnieszka Blitek, Piotr Kaczynski, Adam J Ziecik
Porcine conceptuses secrete pregnancy-recognition signals (estrogens, including estradiol-17β) that inhibit luteolysis, thereby prolonging progesterone production by corpora lutea. The supportive mechanism by which the conceptus also inhibits luteolysis is by shifting endometrial prostaglandin (PG) synthesis to luteoprotective PGE2. Progesterone stimulates endometrial production of factors that are essential for conceptus development. Priming the uterus by progesterone and loss of progesterone receptors from the uterine epithelium by D1ay 10-12 after estrus are key for achieving endometrial receptivity for implantation...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628264/controlling-lactation-oestrus-the-final-frontier-for-breeding-herd-management
#5
REVIEW
William H E J van Wettere, Alice C Weaver, Emma C Greenwood, Robyn Terry, Paul E Hughes, Karen L Kind
Lactation anoestrus limits the flexibility of modern pig production systems such that any increase in lactation length reduces farrowing frequency, and thus profit. This review focuses on post-partum development of the sow's reproductive system, the physiology of lactation anoestrus and how it can be overcome, as well as the fertility of sows mated while lactating. The propensity for sows to ovulate spontaneously while lactating is high (24-31%), and a high proportion of sows will ovulate rapidly and synchronously in response to combinations of altered suckling (split weaning, interrupted suckling), daily boar contact, exogenous gonadotrophins, and group housing...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628258/tankyrase-inhibition-regulates-corpus-luteum-development-and-luteal-function-in-gonadotropin-treated-rats
#6
Accialini Paula, Irusta Griselda, Bechis Andres, Bas Diana, Parborell Fernanda, Abramovich Dalhia, Tesone Marta
Tankyrases are physiological regulators of Axin, a protein involved in several cellular processes, including Wnt signaling. Here, we investigated the effect of a specific Tankyrase inhibitor (XAV939) in follicular-luteal dynamics, and its possible relationship with ovarian vascular development. Studies were designed to analyze the effect of intrabursa administration of XAV939 in gonadotropin-treated prepubertal rats. In particular, we examined follicle and corpus luteum development, steroidogenesis, angiogenic markers, and apoptotic parameters...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621496/adrenomedullin-regulates-the-speed-of-oviductal-fluid-flow-in-cattle
#7
Yuka Yoshimoto, Takumi Nishie, Sayaka Ito, Yoshihiko Kobayashi, Yuki Yamamoto, Kiyoshi Okuda, Koji Kimura
Unidirectional flow of oviductal fluid from the ovarian to uterine side of the ampulla plays a significant role in successful pregnancy, and is produced by ciliary beating. Various systems regulate ciliary beating, such as paracrine, autocrine, and endocrine. We hypothesized that Adrenomedullin (ADM) - a peptide hormone that acts via its receptors, which are complexes of Calcitonin receptor-like receptor (CRLR) and Receptor activity-modifying protein (RAMP) 2 or 3-promotes oviductal fluid flow in the ampulla of bovine oviducts...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608609/artificial-insemination-with-frozen-thawed-boar-sperm
#8
REVIEW
Marc Yeste, Joan E Rodríguez-Gil, Sergi Bonet
Artificial insemination with frozen-thawed semen in pigs is not a routine technique; its use is restricted to specific cases, such as preservation of valuable genetic material (germplasm banks), safety strategies in case of natural disasters, long-distance transport of sperm, and in combination with sex-sorting. Cryoinjuries resulting from freeze-thawing protocols are a major concern with regard to the fertilization capacity of the treated sperm, which is lower than that of liquid-stored semen. Here we provide an overview of artificial insemination using cryopreserved sperm, and summarize the factors that influence cryopreservation success before, during, and after freeze-thaw (i...
June 13, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600885/immunolocalization-of-tar-dna-binding-protein-of-43%C3%A2-kda-tdp-43-in-mouse-seminiferous-epithelium
#9
Hari Prasad Osuru, Patcharin Pramoonjago, Mayuresh Abhyankar, Eric Swanson, LaToya Ann Roker, Helen Cathro, Prabhakara P Reddi
TDP-43 (TAR DNA-binding protein of 43 kDa) is an evolutionarily conserved, ubiquitously expressed, multi-functional DNA/RNA-binding protein with roles in gene transcription, mRNA splicing, stability, transport, micro RNA biogenesis, and suppression of transposons. Aberrant expression of TDP-43 in testis and sperm was recently shown to be associated with male infertility, which highlights the need to understand better the expression of TDP-43 in the testis. We previously cloned TDP-43 from a mouse testis cDNA library, and showed that it functions as a transcriptional repressor, and regulates the precise spatiotemporal expression of the Acrv1 gene, which encodes the acrosomal protein SP-10, during spermatogenesis...
June 10, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586125/sperm-motility-initiating-substance-may-be-insufficient-to-induce-forward-motility-of-cynops-ensicauda-sperm
#10
Tae Sato, Misato Yokoe, Daisuke Endo, Masaya Morita, Fubito Toyama, Yuuki Kawamura, Yuni Nakauchi, Eriko Takayama-Watanabe, Akihiko Watanabe
Sperm motility-initiating substance (SMIS) is a key protein for internal fertilization of the newt, Cynops pyrrhogaster, and commonly enhances forward sperm motility in some amphibian species, including external fertilizers. SMIS action varies among different species in correlation with a species-specific reproductive environment. In the present study, we identified the gene of C. ensicauda SMIS (CeSMIS) and examined the mechanism of SMIS action with reference to that of the closely related Cynops species. The CeSMIS was identified by a 176-amino acid sequence including 7 amino acids critical for the initiation of sperm motility...
June 6, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585705/ganglioside-gm3-induces-cumulus-cell-apoptosis-through-inhibition-of-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-mediated-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathways-during-in-vitro-maturation-of-pig-oocytes
#11
Hyo-Jin Park, Sung-Kyu Chae, Jin-Woo Kim, Seul-Gi Yang, Jae-Min Jung, Min-Ji Kim, Gabbine Wee, Dong-Seok Lee, Sun-Uk Kim, Deog-Bon Koo
Gangliosides are components of the mammalian plasma membrane that help regulate receptor signaling. Ganglioside GM3, for example, plays an important role in initiating apoptosis in cancer cells; however, physiological roles for GM3 in normal processes, such as during pig oocyte maturation, are not clear. The aim of this study was to investigate the functional link between GM3 and cellular apoptosis in porcine cumulus-oocyte-complexes (COCs) during in vitro maturation. Our results indicated that denuded oocytes possess less ST3GAL5, a GM3-synthesizing enzyme, than cumulus cells or COCs after 44 h of in vitro maturation...
June 6, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577317/the-path-of-the-sperm-to-the-oocyte
#12
Florenza A La Spina, Mariano G Buffone
Not long ago, the zona pellucida of the egg was broadly accepted as the main trigger of the acrosomal exocytosis. Recent evidence, however, demonstrated that most fertilizing mouse sperm undergo acrosomal exocytosis before binding to the zona pellucida of the eggs (Jin et al, 2011. PNAS; doi 10.1073/pnas.1018202108). These findings raised the question of where fertilizing spermatozoa initiate acrosome exocytosis (Buffone et al, 2014. Biol Reprod; doi 10.1095/biolreprod.114.117911). This article is protected by copyright...
June 3, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569396/mir-100-promotes-the-proliferation-of-spermatogonial-stem-cells-via-regulating-stat3
#13
Yong-Li Huang, Guan-You Huang, Jing Lv, Li-Na Pan, Xi Luo, Jie Shen
Micro RNAs play important roles during mammalian spermatogenesis, but the function(s) of specific miRNAs remain largely unknown. Here, we report that miR-100 is predominantly expressed in undifferentiated murine spermatogonia, including spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs). We utilized a miRNA mimic and inhibitor to knock down and overexpress miR-100 in cultured SSCs, respectively, finding that the miR-100 promotes the proliferation of SSCs in vitro. Furthermore, signals promoting SSC maintenance induced, whereas retinoic acid repressed, expression of miR-100...
June 1, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548684/origins-of-anterior-posterior-polarity-by-localized-activation-of-disheveled
#14
Jeff Chieh-Fu Peng, Lingyu Wang, Athula H Wikramanayake
Most animal eggs have a primordial polarity, termed the animal-vegetal (AV) axis, that frequently predicts the anterior-posterior (AP) axis of the embryo and adult. Transformation of the AV polarity of the egg to the AP polarity of the embryo in many species is mediated by the localized activation of canonical Wnt (cWnt) signaling in vegetal blastomeres by maternal determinants. In the sea urchin egg, cWnt signal transduction is facilitated by localized "activation" of the Disheveled protein, a central regulator of Wnt signaling...
May 26, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513911/sperm-capacitation-pretreatment-positively-impacts-bovine-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection
#15
L Águila, F Zambrano, M E Arias, Felmer R
The efficiency of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in bovines is low compared to other species due in part to inadequate egg activation and sperm nucleus decondensation after injection. We hypothesized that this low efficiency is due to the lack of complete sperm capacitation, so we evaluated the effects of isobutylmethylxanthine (IBMX) and methyl-β-cyclodextrin (MβCD) on bovine sperm capacitation and on the preimplantation developmental potential of bovine embryos generated by ICSI. Treatment with IBMX and MβCD decreased sperm viability (between 13 to 30%); nevertheless, 0...
May 17, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513901/transcriptomic-profiling-reveals-disordered-regulation-of-surfactant-homeostasis-in-neonatal-cloned-bovines-with-collapsed-lungs-and-respiratory-distress
#16
Yan Liu, Yifan Rao, Xiaojing Jiang, Fanyi Zhang, Linhua Huang, Weihua Du, Haisheng Hao, Xueming Zhao, Dong Wang, Qiuling Jiang, Huabin Zhu, Xiuzhu Sun
Respiratory distress is a major cause of mortality in cloned neonatal animals, but its pathogenesis remains poorly understood. Here, we used necropsy and histology procedures to evaluate the lungs of cloned neonatal bovines dying of respiratory distress, finding incomplete lung dilation, alveolar collapse, and thickened alveolar walls. Comparison of the transcriptomes between collapsed lungs of cloned bovines and their normal counterparts revealed 1373 differentially expressed genes in collapsed lungs (p < 0...
May 17, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500669/anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-signaling-is-influenced-by-follistatin-288-but-not-14-other-transforming-growth-factor-beta-superfamily-regulators
#17
Yui Kawagishi, Michael W Pankhurst, Yoshio Nakatani, Ian S McLennan
The hypothesis that, in contrast to other transforming growth factor-beta (TGFβ) superfamily ligands, the dose-response curve of Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is unmodulated was tested by examining whether known TGFB superfamily modulators affect AMH signaling, using a P19/BRE luciferase reporter assay. AMHC and AMHN,C activated the reporter with an EC50 of approximately 0.5 nM. Follistatins (FS) produced concentration-dependent increases in AMHC - and AMHN,C -initiated reporter activity, with FS288 being more potent than FS315; however, the maximum bioactivity of AMH was not altered by either follistatin...
May 13, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481043/novel-agents-for-sperm-purification-sorting-and-imaging
#18
REVIEW
Jean M Feugang
The stringent selection of viable spermatozoa ensures the transmission of high-quality genetic material to the egg during fertilization. Sperm heterogeneity within or between ejaculates and between males obliges varied post-collection handling of semen to assure satisfactory fertility rates. The current techniques used to assess sperm generally detect non-viable and non-fertilizing gametes in the ejaculate, but do not permit the investigation of semen for improved of fertility outcomes. Advances in technology, however, have spurred the search for new approaches to enrich semen with high-quality spermatozoa and to track intra-uterine sperm migration...
May 8, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481028/preservation-of-chromosomal-integrity-in-murine-spermatozoa-derived-from-gonocytes-and-spermatogonial-stem-cells-surviving-prenatal-and-postnatal-exposure-to-%C3%AE-rays-in-mice
#19
Hiroyuki Watanabe, Atsushi Kohda, Jun-Ichiro Komura, Hiroyuki Tateno
Pre- and postnatal male mice were acutely (659 - 690 mGy/min) and continuously (0.303 mGy/min) exposed to 2 Gy γ-rays to evaluate spermatogenic potential and chromosome damage in their germ cells as adults. Acute irradiation on Days 15.5, 16.5, and 17.5 post-coitus affected testicular development, as a result of massive quiescent gonocyte loss; the majority of the seminiferous tubules in these testes were devoid of germ cells. Acute irradiation on Days 18.5 and 19.5 post-coitus had less effect on testicular development and spermatogenesis, even though germ cells were quiescent gonocytes on these days...
May 8, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475264/rfamide-related-peptide-3-and-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-ii-are-autocrine-paracrine-regulators-of-testicular-function-in-the-boar
#20
REVIEW
Clay A Lents, Jennifer F Thorson, Amy T Desaulniers, Brett R White
Widespread use of artificial insemination in swine requires millions of doses of boar semen each year. Subfertility of boars remains a major constraint, which can impact the reproductive efficiency of thousands of sows, so a better understanding of testicular function is needed in order to develop methods to improve semen production. With this in mind, the effects of RFamide-related peptide 3 (RFRP3) and Gonadotropin-releasing hormone-II (GnRH-II) on gonadotropin secretion and testicular function of pigs are reviewed here...
May 5, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
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