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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436551/genomics-and-metabolomics-of-post-weaning-return-to-estrus
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REVIEW
Lea A Rempel, Gary A Rohrer, Danny J Nonneman
The weaning-to-estrus interval is a multifaceted trait that has the potential to substantially improve production efficiency in today's global swine industry, if variation in this measure can be reduced. Systems-biology approaches should help close the knowledge gap and increase selection tools and management strategies - such as gilt development programs, farrowing, and lactation feeding programs - to decrease the weaning-to-estrus interval. Metabolomics, the study of small compounds within biofluids and tissues, provides links between genotype and phenotype...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436137/insights-into-in-vitro-spermatogenesis-in-mammals-past-present-future
#2
REVIEW
Amir Fattahi, Zeinab Latifi, Tohid Ghasemnejad, Hamid Reza Nejabati, Mohammad Nouri
Considering the self-renewal and differentiation ability of pluripotent stem cells, some studies have pointed out the possibility of stem cell-derived sperm production. Most studies that test this hypothesis have been conducted on rodents, with some promising results; however, studies on humans are progressing slowly, and have encountered technical and ethical hurdles. Established methods to differentiate stem cells - including embryoid bodies, co-culturing, and various feeder cells - may provide a niche that is similar to in vivo conditions and resolve epigenetic abnormalities, but a gonadal-like three-dimensional structure is still required to produce germ cells with the correct imprinting...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418610/localization-patterns-of-the-ganglioside-gm1-in-human-sperm-are-indicative-of-male-fertility-and-independent-of-traditional-semen-measures
#3
Cristina Cardona, Queenie V Neri, Alana J Simpson, Melissa A Moody, G Charles Ostermeier, Eric K Seaman, Theodore Paniza, Zev Rosenwaks, Gianpiero D Palermo, Alexander J Travis
Semen analysis lacks a functional component and best identifies extreme cases of infertility. The ganglioside GM1 is known to have functional roles during capacitation and acrosome exocytosis. Here, we assessed whether GM1 localization patterns (Cap-Score™) correspond with male fertility in different settings: Study 1 involved couples pursuing assisted reproduction in a tertiary care fertility clinic, while Study 2 involved men with known fertility versus those questioning their fertility at a local urology center...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418600/validation-of-a-laboratory-developed-test-of-human-sperm-capacitation
#4
Melissa A Moody, Cristina Cardona, Alana J Simpson, T Timothy Smith, Alexander J Travis, G Charles Ostermeier
Sperm must undergo capacitation to become fertilization competent. Here we validated that monosialotetrahexosylganglioside (GM1 ) localization patterns, which were assessed in the Cap-Score™ Sperm Function Test, reflect a capacitated state in human sperm. First, we defined patterns representing sperm that do or do not respond to stimuli for capacitation. Sperm with "capacitated" patterns had exposed acrosomal carbohydrates and underwent acrosome exocytosis in response to calcium ionophore (A23187). Precision was evaluated by percent change of the Cap-Score measured for 50, 100, 150, and 200 sperm...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418219/alpha-2-macroglobulin-as-a-region-specific-secretory-protein-in-male-reproductive-tract-and-its-dynamics-during-sperm-transit-towards-the-female-spermatheca-in-the-blue-crab
#5
Thanyaporn Senarai, Rapeepun Vanichviriyakit, Shinji Miyata, Chihiro Sato, Prapee Sretarugsa, Wattana Weerachatyanukul, Ken Kitajima
A 250-kDa protein was isolated from fluid in the middle spermatic duct (MSD) of the blue crab (Portunus pelagicus). N-terminal and partial amino acid sequences revealed that this MSD-specific protein is high similar to the plasma-enriched protein Alpha-2 macroglobulin (α2M). The P. pelagicus ortholog (Ppα2M) is a large glycoprotein possessing mannose and N-acetylglucosamine chains. Ppa2m mRNA was detected in the spermatic duct, androgenic gland, and hematopoietic tissue, whereas the protein was primarily observed in the apical cytoplasm of MSD epithelium and in the matrix of the acrosome of MSD sperm; however, distally within spermatic duct, Ppα2M was lost from the sperm membrane but remained in the sperm acrosome...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407435/sl15-a-seminal-plasma-derived-lectin-from-the-sperm-of-llama-lama-glama
#6
Renato Zampini, Sabrina Sequeira, Martin Eduardo Argañaraz, Silvana Andrea Apichela
The oviductal sperm reservoir of South American camelids is formed when sperm bind to N-acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc) on the surface of oviductal epithelium. The aim of this study was to characterize the GalNAc-binding proteins on llama sperm, and to establish their origin. Sperm-adsorbed proteins were extracted with 0.5 M KCl in Hepes-balanced salts. Sperm-adsorbed and seminal plasma proteins were then subjected to ligand blotting for their GalNAc affinity, and the labeled bands were identified by mass spectrometry...
April 13, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407335/in-vitroporcine-blastocyst-development-in-three-dimensional-alginate-hydrogels
#7
REVIEW
Jeremy R Miles, Taylor D Laughlin, Catherine N Sargus-Patino, Angela K Pannier
Appropriate embryonic and fetal development significantly impact pregnancy success and, therefore, the efficiency of swine production. The pre-implantation period of porcine pregnancy is characterized by several developmental hallmarks, which are initiated by the dramatic morphological change that occurs as pig blastocysts elongate from spherical to filamentous blastocysts. Deficiencies in blastocyst elongation contribute to approximately 20% of embryonic loss, and have a direct influence on within-litter birth weight variation...
April 13, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407326/maternal-lactocrine-programming-of-porcine-reproductive-tract-development
#8
REVIEW
Carol A Bagnell, Teh-Yuan Ho, Ashley F George, Anne A Wiley, Dori J Miller, Frank F Bartol
The lactocrine hypothesis for maternal programming of female reproductive tract development is based on the idea that non-nutritive, milk-borne bioactive factors (MbFs), delivered from mother to offspring during nursing, play a role in determining the trajectory of development with long-term consequences in the adult. Porcine female reproductive tract development is completed postnatally, and the period during which maternal support of neonatal growth derives exclusively from colostrum/milk defines a window of opportunity for lactocrine programming of reproductive tissues...
April 13, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394093/genome-editing-technologies-to-improve-research-reproduction-and-production-in-pigs
#9
REVIEW
Kevin D Wells, Randall S Prather
The ability to directly manipulate the pig genome through genetic engineering has been available to the research community for over three decades. This technology has progressed from the random insertion of foreign DNA, via a variety of techniques (pronuclear microinjection, sperm mediated gene transfer, and integration of mobile genetic elements), to manipulation of endogenous genes, via homologous recombination in somatic cells followed by somatic cell nuclear transfer. Over the last few years, designer nucleases facilitated the development of techniques that provide efficient ways to introduce foreign DNA or to modify endogenous genes in eggs, zygotes, or somatic cells...
April 10, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394035/rapid-conceptus-elongation-in-the-pig-an-interleukin-1-beta-2-and-estrogen-regulated-phenomenon
#10
REVIEW
Rodney D Geisert, Jeffrey J Whyte, Ashley E Meyer, Daniel J Mathew, María R Juárez, Matthew C Lucy, Randall S Prather, Thomas E Spencer
Establishment and maintenance of pregnancy in the pig involves activating many physiological, cellular, and molecular signaling pathways between the developing conceptus and hormonally regulated maternal endometrium. Rapid elongation of the pig trophoblast allows for the establishment of sufficient placental surface area for the transport of nutrients to the fetus throughout pregnancy. Estrogens secreted by the conceptus during elongation act on uterine epithelia to induce secretion of uterine factors required for conceptus development and for preventing endocrine secretion of prostaglandin F2α, which would cause luteolysis...
April 10, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390193/functional-amino-acids-in-the-development-of-the-pig-placenta
#11
REVIEW
Guoyao Wu, Fuller W Bazer, Gregory A Johnson, Cassandra Herring, Heewon Seo, Zhaolai Dai, Junjun Wang, Zhenlong Wu, Xiaolong Wang
The mammalian placenta is essential for supplying nutrients (e.g., amino acids and water) and oxygen from the mother to fetus and for removing fetal metabolites (e.g., ammonia and CO2 ) from fetus to mother. Thus, placental growth and development are determinants of fetal survival, growth, and development. Indeed, low birth weight is closely associated with reduced placental growth. Providing gestating gilts or sows with dietary supplementation of arginine and glutamine, however, increases placental growth (including vascular growth), improves embryonic/fetal growth and survival, and reduces the large variation in birth weight among litters...
April 8, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390187/prediction-of-male-fertility-using-capacitation-associated-proteins-in-spermatozoa
#12
REVIEW
Md Saidur Rahman, Woo-Sung Kwon, Myung-Geol Pang
Infertility and subfertility account for huge economic losses in the animal industry; indeed, 50% of animal breeding failure is associated with male infertility. Approximately 70% of cattle and 90% of pig livestock are currently produced by artificial insemination. Therefore, breeding-male selection is extremely important for the genetic benefits of progeny. Although conventional semen analysis provides an initial measure of male fertility, its clinical value is questionable. Proteomics approaches recently identified candidate protein markers in spermatozoa for evaluating male fertility...
April 8, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390179/gene-editing-as-applied-to-prevention-of-reproductive-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome
#13
REVIEW
Kristin M Whitworth, Randall S Prather
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) causes severe reproductive failure in sows, as well as transplacental transfer of PRRS virus (PRRSV) to late-gestation fetuses, resulting in abortions, early farrowing, increased number of stillborn piglets, and weak neonatal piglets. PRRSV-infected boars present with anorexia and lethargy, and have decreased sperm quality. The gene for the cellular receptor that the PRRSV uses, Cluster of differentiation 163 (CD163), was edited using Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 gene-editing technology to create biallelic DNA edits to the CD163 gene in 100% of the offspring...
April 8, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387970/mutation-of-the-xist-gene-up-regulates-expression-of-x-linked-genes-but-decreases-the-developmental-rates-of-cloned-male-porcine-embryos
#14
Yang Yang, Dan Wu, Dewu Liu, Junsong Shi, Rong Zhou, Xiaoyan He, Jianping Quan, Gengyuan Cai, Enqin Zheng, Zhenfang Wu, Zicong Li
XIST is an X-linked, non-coding gene responsible for the cis induction of X-chromosome inactivation (XCI). Knockout of the XIST allele on an active X chromosome abolishes erroneous XCI and enhances the in vivo development of cloned mouse embryos by more than tenfold. This study aimed to investigate if a similar manipulation would improve cloning efficiency in pigs. A male, porcine kidney cell line containing an EGFP insert in exon 1 of the XIST gene, resulting in a knockout allele (XIST-KO), was generated by homologous recombination using transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs)...
April 7, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383772/aberrant-expression-of-mico1-and-mico1os-in-deceased-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer-calves
#15
Guan-Nan Wang, Wen-Zhi Yang, Da Xu, Dong-Jie Li, Cui Zhang, Wei-Na Chen, Shi-Jie Li
Incomplete reprogramming of a donor nucleus following somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) results in aberrant expression of developmentally important genes, and is the primary source of the phenotypic abnormalities observed in cloned animals. Expression of non-coding RNAs in the murine Dlk1-Dio3 imprinted domain was previously shown to correlate with the pluripotency of mouse induced pluripotent stem cells. In this study, we examined the transcription of the bovine orthologs from this locus, MICO1 (Maternal intergenic circadian oscillating 1) and MICO1OS (MICO1 opposite strand), in tissues from artificially inseminated and SCNT calves that died during the perinatal period...
April 6, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379636/conserved-insulin-signaling-in-the-regulation-of-oocyte-growth-development-and-maturation
#16
REVIEW
Debabrata Das, Swathi Arur
Insulin signaling regulates various aspects of physiology, such as glucose homeostasis and aging, and is a key determinant of female reproduction in metazoans. That insulin signaling is crucial for female reproductive health is clear from clinical data linking hyperinsulinemic and hypoinsulinemic condition with certain types of ovarian dysfunction, such as altered steroidogenesis, polycystic ovary syndrome, and infertility. Thus, understanding the signaling mechanisms that underlie the control of insulin-mediated ovarian development is important for the accurate diagnosis of and intervention for female infertility...
April 5, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370733/inheritance-of-extracellular-nutrition-and-information-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#17
Julia Marre, Antony Jose
Silencing by RNA interference, triggered using double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), is transmitted from parent to progeny in some animals. We examined the mechanism of this inheritance by delivering fluorescent dsRNA (magenta) into the body cavity of the worm Caenorhabditis elegans. The fluorescent dsRNA permeates interstitial spaces between cells, and can be seen within invaginations of the syncytial germ line and between sperm within the spermatheca. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 30, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370610/size-dependent-isolation-of-primordial-germ-cells-from-avian-species
#18
Kyung M Jung, Young M Kim, Tamao Ono, Jae Y Han
Primordial germ cells (PGCs), the precursors of sperm or ova, could be used to generate transgenic animals and interspecies germ-line chimeras, which would facilitate the recovery of endangered species by making their access and manipulation in vitro easier. During early embryogenesis in avian species, PGCs are transported via the bloodstream to the gonadal anlagen. PGCs of most avian species-particularly wild or endangered birds-are not readily isolated from the embryonic bloodstream because germ-cell markers have not yet been defined for them...
March 30, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370545/molecular-mechanism-of-feedback-regulation-of-17%C3%AE-estradiol-on-two-kiss-genes-in-the-protogynous-orange-spotted-grouper-epinephelus-coioides
#19
Yin Guo, Qingqing Wang, Gaofei Li, Meng He, Haipei Tang, Haifa Zhang, Xiaoli Yang, Xiaochun Liu, Haoran Lin
Kisspeptins are considered critical regulators in the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis because they can stimulate secretion of Gonadotropin-releasing hormone in mammals, and may also mediate the feedback regulation of sex steroids in the hypothalamus. Two kiss1 paralogues (kiss1 and kiss2) were identified in teleosts, hinting at their increased complexity of signaling for sex-steroid feedback regulation. In the present study, molecular pathways by which 17β-estradiol (E2 ) exerted feedback regulation on two kiss genes, via three types of estrogen receptors, were investigated in the protogynous orange-spotted grouper (Epinephelus coioides)...
March 30, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337831/interleukin-1-alpha-deficiency-increases-the-expression-of-follicle-stimulating-hormone-receptors-in-granulosa-cells
#20
Shiri Uri-Belapolsky, Irit Miller, Aviv Shaish, Mattan Levi, Dror Harats, Lihi Ninio-Many, Yehuda Kamari, Ruth Shalgi
Follicle-stimulating hormone receptor (FSHR) is a pivotal regulator of ovarian response to hormonal stimulation. Inflammatory conditions have been linked to lower FSHR expression in granulosa cells (GCs) as well as an attenuated response to hormonal stimulation. The current study aimed to reveal if deficiency and/or blockage of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin 1-alpha (IL1A) increased Fshr expression in rodent GCs. We found elevated Fshr transcript abundance, as assessed by quantitative PCR, in primary GCs isolated from Il1a-knockout compared to wild-type mice, and that the expression of FSHR is significantly higher in Il1a-knockout compared to wild-type ovaries...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
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