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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531375/mouse-minipuberty-coincides-with-gonocyte-transformation-into-spermatogonial-stem-cells-a-model-for-human-minipuberty
#1
Ruili Li, Amanda Vannitamby, Sarah S K Yue, David Handelsman, John Hutson
As the transient postnatal hormone surge in humans, known as 'minipuberty', occurs simultaneously with key steps in germ-cell development, we investigated whether similar changes occur in the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis of neonatal mice at a time that would coincide with gonocyte transformation into spermatogonial stem cells (SSC). Serum and testes were collected from C57Bl/6 mice at embryonic Day 17 (E17), birth (postnatal Day 0; P0) and daily until P10. Serum FSH and testosterone levels in both serum and testes were analysed and gene expression of FSH receptor (Fshr), luteinising hormone receptor (Lhr), anti-Müllerian hormone (Amh), octamer-binding transcription factor 4 (Oct-4), membrane type 1 metalloprotease (Mt1-mmp), proto-oncogene C-kit and promyelocytic leukaemia zinc finger (Plzf ) was quantified by real-time polymerase chain reaction...
May 23, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521851/regulation-of-interleukin-11-expression-in-ovulatory-follicles-of-the-rat-ovary
#2
You-Jee Jang, You-Jee Jang, Jae-Il Park, Jae-Il Park, Seong-Eun Jeong, Seong-Eun Jeong, You-Mi Seo, You-Mi Seo, Phuong T M Dam, Phuong T M Dam, Young-Woo Seo, Young-Woo Seo, Bum-Chae Choi, Bum-Chae Choi, Sang-Jin Song, Sang-Jin Song, Sang-Young Chun, Sang-Young Chun, Moon-Kyoung Cho, Moon-Kyoung Cho
The aim of the present study was to examine the regulation of interleukin (IL)-11 expression, as well as the role of IL-11, during ovulation in gonadotropin-primed immature rats. Injection of equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG), followed by human CG (hCG) to induce superovulation stimulated expression of the Il11 gene in theca cells within 6h, as revealed by northern blot and in situ hybridisation analyses. Real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction analysis showed that the IL-11 receptor, α subunit gene was expressed in granulosa and theca cells and that injection of hCG had no effect on its expression...
May 19, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521850/differential-gene-expression-in-porcine-oviduct-during-the-oestrous-cycle
#3
O S Acuña, M Avilés, R López-Úbeda, A Guillén-Martínez, C Soriano-Úbeda, A Torrecillas, P Coy, M J Izquierdo-Rico
The oviduct undergoes changes under the influence of steroid hormones during the oestrous cycle. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying oviductal regulation are not fully understood. The aim of the present study was to identify the gene expression profile of the porcine oviduct in different stages of the cycle using microarray technology. A systematic study was performed on animals at four different stage: prepubertal gilts, and sows in the preovulatory, postovulatory and luteal phase of the oestrous cycle...
May 19, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502309/effects-of-vitrification-of-cumulus-enclosed-porcine-oocytes-at-the-germinal-vesicle-stage-on-cumulus-expansion-nuclear-progression-and-cytoplasmic-maturation
#4
Ruth Appeltant, Tamás Somfai, Elisa C S Santos, Thanh Quang Dang-Nguyen, Takashi Nagai, Kazuhiro Kikuchi
Although offspring have been produced from porcine oocytes vitrified at the germinal vesicle (GV) stage, the rate of embryo development remains low. In the present study, nuclear morphology and progression, cumulus expansion, transzonal projections (TZPs), ATP and glutathione (GSH) levels were compared between vitrified cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) and control COCs (no cryoprotectant treatment and no cooling), as well as a toxicity control (no cooling). Vitrification was performed with 17.5% (v/v) ethylene glycol and 17...
May 15, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448789/development-of-pre-implantation-porcine-blastocysts-cultured-within-alginate-hydrogel-systems-either-supplemented-with-secreted-phosphoprotein-1-or-conjugated-with-arg-gly-asp-peptide
#5
Taylor D Laughlin, Jeremy R Miles, Elane C Wright-Johnson, Lea A Rempel, Clay A Lents, Angela K Pannier
Although deficiencies in porcine blastocyst elongation play a significant role in early embryonic mortality and establishment of within-litter developmental variation, the exact mechanisms of elongation are poorly understood. Secreted phosphoprotein 1 (SPP1) is increased within the uterine milieu during early porcine pregnancy and contains an Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) peptide sequence that binds to cell surface integrins on the uterine endometrium and trophectoderm, promoting cell adhesion and migration. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the development of preimplantation porcine blastocysts encapsulated and cultured within alginate hydrogels either supplemented with SPP1 or conjugated with RGD...
April 28, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442026/neuromodulatory-effect-of-oestradiol-in-the-metabolism-of-ovarian-progesterone-and-oestradiol-during-dioestrus-ii-participation-of-the-superior-mesenteric-ganglion
#6
Adriana Vega Orozco, Cynthia Bronzi, Sandra Vallcaneras, Zulema Sosa, Marilina Casais
The aims of the present study were to determine: (1) whether oestradiol (E2) in the superior mesenteric ganglion (SMG) modifies the release of ovarian progesterone (P4), androstenedione (A2) and E2, the activity and gene expression of 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (3β-HSD) and 20α-HSD and the expression of P450 aromatase (Cyp19a1) and (2) whether any such modifications are related to changes in ovarian nitric oxide (NO) and noradrenaline (NA) levels during dioestrus II. Using an ex vivo SMG-ovarian nervous plexus-ovary system, ovarian P4 release was measured following the addition E2 plus tamoxifen (Txf) (10-6M) to the ganglion, whereas A2, E2, NA and NO were measured following the addition of E2 alone...
April 26, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442025/protective-effects-of-polydatin-on-experimental-testicular-torsion-and-detorsion-injury-in-rats
#7
Huilian Qiao, He Ma, Wanjun Cao, Hao Chen, Jinhua Wei, Zhen Li
Oxidative stress plays a critical role in the process of testicular torsion and detorsion (T/D). The purpose of the present study was to investigate the protective effect of polydatin (PD) on testicular T/D injury. Rats were randomly divided into three groups, a sham group, a group subjected to 2h torsion followed by 24h detorsion and a group subjected to T/D and injected i.p. with 20mgkg-1 PD 30min before detorsion. Unilateral orchiectomy was performed after 24h of reperfusion. Half the testes were prepared for histological examination by haematoxylin-eosin staining and the terminal deoxyribonucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP-digoxigenin nick end-labelling (TUNEL) technique...
April 26, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442024/intracytoplasmic-oxidative-stress-reverses-epigenetic-modifications-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
#8
Fatemeh Eini, Marefat Ghaffari Novin, Khojasteh Joharchi, Ahmad Hosseini, Hamid Nazarian, Abbas Piryaei, Arash Bidadkosh
In polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), substantial genetic and environmental alterations, along with hyperandrogenism, affect the quality of oocytes and decrease ovulation rates. To determine the mechanisms underlying these alterations caused specifically by an increase in plasma androgens, the present study was performed in experimentally-induced PCOS mice. As the study model, female B6D2F1 mice were treated with dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA, 6mg per 100g bodyweight). After 20 days, oocytes at the germinal vesicle and metaphase II stages were retrieved from isolated ovaries and subsequent analyses of oocyte quality were performed for each mouse...
April 26, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420480/comparative-analysis-of-granulosa-cell-gene-expression-in-association-with-oocyte-competence-in-fsh-stimulated-holstein-cows
#9
David A Landry, Chloé Fortin, Anne-Marie Bellefleur, Rémi Labrecque, François-Xavier Grand, Christian Vigneault, Patrick Blondin, Marc-André Sirard
Ovarian stimulation with exogenous FSH followed by FSH withdrawal or 'coasting' is an effective means of increasing the number of oocytes obtainable for the in vitro production of cattle embryos. However, the quality of the oocytes thus obtained varies considerably from one cow to the next. The aim of the present study was to gain a better understanding of the follicular conditions associated with low oocyte developmental competence. Granulosa cells from 94 Holstein cows in a commercial embryo production facility were collected following ovarian stimulation and coasting...
April 19, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420479/andrographolide-disrupts-meiotic-maturation-by-blocking-cytoskeletal-reorganisation-and-decreases-the-fertilisation-potential-of-mouse-oocytes
#10
Hong-Xing Liang, Sheng-Sheng Lu, Zheng Yan, Yan-Ping Kuang, Xiang-Xing Zhu, Zhi-Guang Yan, Tong Du, Wei-Ran Chai, Hui Long, Qi-Feng Lyu
Andrographolide (AG) is a diterpenoid lactone isolated from the stem and leaves of Andrographis paniculata Nees that is used for the effective treatment of infectious diseases in Asian countries. Previous studies have reported adverse effects of AG on female fertility in rodents; however, the underlying mechanisms are unknown. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of AG on the IVM of mouse oocytes and their fertilisation potential. Immature oocytes incubated for 6, 14 or 24h in medium containing 5, 10 or 20μM AG showed time- and dose-dependent decreases in maturation rates compared with the control group...
April 19, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416050/proteomic-analysis-of-the-endometrium-during-early-pregnancy-in-the-domestic-pig
#11
Justyna Kolakowska, Serhiy Souchelnytskyi, Ravi Kanth Rao Saini, Anita Franczak
Reproductive processes in domestic pigs have been studied extensively. Pigs are one of the main sources of meat for human consumption and are an established model for investigations into mammalian, including human, reproductive physiology. Studies of the uterus during early pregnancy will lead to a better understanding of mechanisms governing pregnancy. Proteomics provides the possibility to explore endometrial functions in an unbiased way. The aim of the study was to compare endometrium harvested from Days 12-13 and 15-16 of pregnancy with the corresponding days of the oestrous cycle...
April 18, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403915/the-egg-coat-zona-pellucida-3-glycoprotein-evolution-of-its-putative-sperm-binding-region-in-old-world-murine-rodents-rodentia-muridae
#12
Christine A Swann, Steven J B Cooper, William G Breed
In eutherian mammals, before fertilisation can occur the spermatozoon has to bind to, and penetrate, the egg coat, the zona pellucida (ZP). In the laboratory mouse there is good evidence that the primary sperm-binding site is a protein region encoded by Exon 7 of the ZP3 gene and it has been proposed that binding is species specific and evolves by sexual selection. In the present study we investigate these hypotheses by comparing Exon 6 and 7 sequences of ZP3 in 28 species of murine rodents of eight different divisions from Asia, Africa and Australasia, in which a diverse array of sperm morphologies occurs...
April 13, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399989/endo-sirna-deficiency-results-in-oocyte-maturation-failure-and-apoptosis-in-porcine-oocytes
#13
Wanxin Liu, Qi Zhao, Shanhua Piao, Chunsheng Wang, Qingran Kong, Tiezhu An
Both microRNAs (miRNAs) and endogenous small interfering RNAs (endo-siRNAs) play key regulatory roles in gene expression. Some studies have demonstrated that the function of miRNA is suppressed in mouse oocytes, suggesting that endo-siRNA, not miRNA, is essential for female meiosis. This finding has yet to be confirmed in other species. In this study, by knockdown of DICER1, DROSHA and its cofactor DiGeorge syndrome critical region 8 (DGCR8) in porcine oocytes, we found that the proportion of oocytes with DICER1 deficiency that developed to meiosis II (MII) stage was significantly lower than oocytes with DROSHA and DGCR8 deficiency (39...
April 12, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390473/differential-effects-of-high-and-low-glucose-concentrations-during-lipolysis-like-conditions-on-bovine-in-vitro-oocyte-quality-metabolism-and-subsequent-embryo-development
#14
J De Bie, W F A Marei, V Maillo, L Jordaens, A Gutierrez-Adan, P E J Bols, J L M R Leroy
Lipolytic metabolic conditions are traditionally associated with elevated non-esterified fatty acid (NEFA) concentrations, but may also be accompanied by hyperglycaemia in obesity or by hypoglycaemia during a negative energy balance status. Elevated NEFA concentrations disrupt oocyte and embryo development and quality, but little is known about whether the effects of lipolytic conditions on oocyte developmental competence are modulated by glucose availability. To answer this, bovine cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) were matured under different conditions: physiological NEFA (72µM) and normal glucose (5...
April 10, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390472/pannexin-channels-increase-propidium-iodide-permeability-in-frozen-thawed-dog-spermatozoa
#15
J L Torres, J Palomino, R D Moreno, M De Los Reyes
Pannexins (Panx) are proteins that form functional single membrane channels, but they have not yet been described in dogs. The aim of the present study was to detect Panx1, Panx2 and Panx3 in frozen-thawed dog spermatozoa using flow cytometry and immunofluorescence analyses, evaluating the relationship of these proteins with propidium iodide (PI) in frozen-thawed spermatozoa. Fresh and frozen-thawed dog spermatozoa from eight dogs were preincubated with 3μM PI with or without 15μM carbenoxolone (CBX) or 1mM probenecid (PBD), two Panx channel inhibitors, and then incubated with rabbit anti-Panx1, anti-Panx2 and anti-Panx3 antibodies (1:200)...
April 10, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390470/supplementation-of-culture-medium-with-l-carnitine-improves-the-development-and-cryotolerance-of-in-vitro-produced-porcine-embryos
#16
J L Lowe, L K Bartolac, R Bathgate, C G Grupen
Porcine oocytes and embryos contain substantial amounts of lipid, with little known regarding its metabolic role during development. This study investigated the role of lipid metabolism and the interaction between carbohydrate and lipid substrates in porcine embryos. Following in vitro fertilisation, presumptive zygotes were transferred to culture medium supplemented with L-carnitine, a co-factor required for the metabolism of fatty acids. In porcine zygote medium-3 (PZM-3), which contains pyruvate and lactate, 3mM L-carnitine was the only dose that improved cleavage rates compared with the control...
April 10, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384430/low-doses-of-bisphenol-a-can-impair-postnatal-testicular-development-directly-without-affecting-hormonal-or-oxidative-stress-levels
#17
Fernanda M Ogo, Glaucia E M L Siervo, Géssica D Gonçalves, Rubens Cecchini, Flavia A Guarnier, Janete Ap Anselmo-Franci, Glaura S A Fernandes
Bisphenol A (BPA) is considered a potent endocrine disruptor, causing changes in the endocrine system due to its oestrogenic activity. Male individuals may be susceptible to endocrine, morphological and physiological alterations during testicular postnatal development. The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether exposure to BPA during the peripubertal period can damage testicular development. To this end, male Wistar rats were treated with BPA via gavage at doses of 20 or 200µgkg-1 on Postnatal Days (PND) 36-66...
April 7, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380326/sex-specific-differences-and-developmental-programming-for-diseases-in-later-life
#18
Deepali P Sundrani, Suchitra S Roy, Anjali T Jadhav, Sadhana R Joshi
Epidemiological data indicate that developmental programming of various non-communicable diseases (NCDs) occurs as a consequence of altered maternal metabolic and physiological status due to a number of environmental insults during pregnancy. Sex-specific differences have also been reported in most NCDs. Evidence suggests that beginning from conception, the maternal and neonatal metabolic environment, including hormones, contributes to sex-specific placental development. The placenta then regulates the sex-specific differences in NCDs via the epigenetic mechanisms that are further affected by hormones...
April 6, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376314/endogenous-lysophosphatidic-acid-participates-in-vascularisation-and-decidualisation-at-the-maternal-fetal-interface-in-the-rat
#19
Micaela S Sordelli, Jimena S Beltrame, Elsa Zotta, Natalia Gomez, Ganna Dmytrenko, María Elena Sales, Sandra M Blois, Carlos Davio, Silvina Perez Martinez, Ana M Franchi, María L Ribeiro
Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) affects several female reproductive functions through G-protein-coupled receptors. LPA contributes to embryo implantation via the lysophospholipid LPA3 receptor. In the present study we investigated the participation of endogenous LPA signalling through the LPA3 receptor in vascularisation and decidualisation, two crucial events at the maternal-fetal interface. Pregnant rats were treated with diacylglycerol pyrophosphate (DGPP), a highly selective antagonist of LPA3 receptors, on Day 5 of gestation...
April 5, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366192/melatonin-potentially-acts-directly-on-swine-ovary-by-modulating-granulosa-cell-function-and-angiogenesis
#20
Giuseppina Basini, Simona Bussolati, Roberta Ciccimarra, Francesca Grasselli
Melatonin exerts well-known reproductive effects, mainly acting on hypothalamic gonadotrophin-releasing hormone release. More recent data suggest that melatonin acts directly at the ovarian level, even if, at present, these aspects have been only partly investigated. Swine follicular fluid contains melatonin and its concentration is significantly reduced during follicular growth. Therefore, the present study was undertaken to examine the effects of melatonin, used at physiological concentrations, on cultured swine granulosa cells collected from small (<3mm) and large (>5mm) follicles on the main parameters of granulosa cell function such as proliferation and steroidogenesis, namely oestradiol 17β and progesterone (P4) production...
April 3, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
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