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Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712378/treatment-of-allicin-improves-maturation-of-immature-oocytes-and-subsequent-developmental-ability-of-preimplantation-embryos
#1
Sang-Gi Jeong, Seung-Eun Lee, Yun-Gwi Park, Yeo-Jin Son, Min-Young Shin, Eun-Young Kim, Se-Pill Park
Allicin (AL) regulates the cellular redox, proliferation, viability, and cell cycle of different cells against extracellular-derived stress. This study investigated the effects of allicin treatment on porcine oocyte maturation and developmental competence. Porcine oocytes were cultured in medium supplemented with 0 (control), 0.01, 0.1, 1, 10 or 100 μM AL, respectively, during in vitro maturation (IVM). The rate of polar body emission was higher in the 0.1 AL-treated group (74.5% ± 2.3%) than in the control (68...
July 17, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712374/parthenogenetic-activation-and-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer-of-porcine-oocytes-activated-by-an-electric-pulse-and-azd5438-treatment
#2
Xiao-Chen Li, Qing Guo, Hai-Ying Zhu, Long Jin, Yu-Chen Zhang, Guang-Lei Zhang, Xiao-Xu Xing, Mei-Fu Xuan, Qi-Rong Luo, Zhao-Bo Luo, Jun-Xia Wang, Cheng-Du Cui, Wen-Xue Li, Zheng-Yun Cui, Xi-Jun Yin, Jin-Dan Kang
We examined the in vitro developmental competence of parthenogenetic activation (PA) oocytes activated by an electric pulse (EP) and treated with various concentrations of AZD5438 for 4 h. Treatment with 10 µM AZD5438 for 4 h significantly improved the blastocyst formation rate of PA oocytes in comparison with 0, 20, or 50 µM AZD5438 treatment (46.4% vs. 34.5%, 32.3%, and 24.0%, respectively; P 0.05). Furthermore, 66.67% of blastocysts derived from these AZD5438-treated PA oocytes had a diploid karyotype...
July 17, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701237/flow-cytometric-sex-sorting-affects-cd4-membrane-distribution-and-binding-of-exogenous-dna-on-bovine-sperm-cells
#3
William Borges Domingues, Tony Leandro Rezende da Silveira, Eliza Rossi Komninou, Leonardo Garcia Monte, Mariana Härter Remião, Odir Antônio Dellagostin, Carine Dahl Corcini, Antônio Sergio Varela Junior, Fabiana Kömmling Seixas, Tiago Collares, Vinicius Farias Campos
Bovine sex-sorted sperm have been commercialized and successfully used for the production of transgenic embryos of the desired sex through the sperm-mediated gene transfer (SMGT) technique. However, sex-sorted sperm show a reduced ability to internalize exogenous DNA. The interaction between sperm cells and the exogenous DNA has been reported in other species to be a CD4-like molecule-dependent process. The flow cytometry-based sex-sorting process subjects the spermatozoa to different stresses causing changes in the cell membrane...
July 13, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693648/optimal-doses-of-egf-and-gdnf-act-as-biological-response-modifiers-to-improve-porcine-oocyte-maturation-and-quality
#4
Mehdi Vafaye Valleh, Nahid Karimi Zandi, Mikkel Aabech Rasmussen, Poul Hyttel
It is well documented that both epidermal growth factor (EGF) and glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) are critical for porcine oocyte maturation, however, little information is known about their mechanism of action in vitro. To gain insight into the mechanisms of action of the optimum doses of EGF and GDNF on porcine oocyte maturation, porcine cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) were matured in defined porcine oocyte medium supplemented with EGF, GDNF or a combination of both at varying concentrations (0-100 ng/ml) for 44 h...
July 11, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693645/morphometrics-and-allometry-of-the-larvae-of-five-characiformes-species-in-the-para%C3%A3-ba-do-sul-river-basin
#5
Guilherme Souza, Erica P Caramaschi, Leandro R Monteiro
The aim of this study was to analyse the morphology and allometry of larvae belonging to five potamodromous species. Five breeding species belonging to the order Characiformes [Salminus brasiliensis (Cuvier, 1816), Leporinus steindachneri, Eigenmann, 1907, Prochilodus lineatus (Valenciennes, 1837), Prochilodus vimboides (Kner,1859) and Brycon insignis, Steindachner, 1877] were used to obtain larvae samples during the pre-flexing, post-flexing, and juvenile developmental stages. When we observed the degree-hour (DH) amplitude time values, we found three developmental groups based on allometry and morphometrics within the period between the pre-flexing and post-flexing phases...
July 11, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693635/acetylation-and-methylation-profiles-of-h3k27-in-porcine-embryos-cultured-in-vitro
#6
Luciana Simões Rafagnin Marinho, Vitor Braga Rissi, Andressa Guidugli Lindquist, Marcelo Marcondes Seneda, Vilceu Bordignon
Methylation and acetylation of histone H3 at lysine 27 (H3K27) regulate chromatin structure and gene expression during early embryo development. While H3K27 acetylation (H3K27ac) is associated with active gene expression, H3K27 methylation (H3K27me) is linked to transcriptional repression. The aim of this study was to assess the profile of H3K27 acetylation and methylation (mono-, di- and trimethyl) during oocyte maturation and early development in vitro of porcine embryos. Oocytes/embryos were fixed at different developmental stages from germinal vesicle to day 8 blastocysts and submitted to an immunocytochemistry protocol to identify the presence and quantify the immunofluorescence intensity of H3K27ac, H3K27me1, H3K27me2 and H3K27me3...
July 11, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693630/developmental-competence-of-dromedary-camel-camelus-dromedarius-oocytes-selected-using-brilliant-cresyl-blue-staining
#7
Mohamed Fathi, Mohamed Ashry, Ali Salama, Magdy R Badr
The objectives of the present studies were to investigate the developmental capacity of dromedary camel oocytes selected by brilliant cresyl blue (BCB) staining and to investigate the expression of select transcripts in germinal vesicle (GV) stage oocytes. These transcripts included BMP15 and GDF9 as important transcripts for folliculogenesis and oocyte development, Zar1 and Mater as maternal transcripts required for embryonic development, Cyclin B1 and CDK1 as cell cycle regulators and Oct4 and STAT3 as transcription factors...
July 11, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693629/resveratrol-has-dose-dependent-effects-on-dna-fragmentation-and-mitochondrial-activity-of-ovine-secondary-follicles-cultured-in-vitro
#8
T J S Macedo, V R P Barros, A P O Monte, B B Gouveia, M É S Bezerra, A Y P Cavalcante, R S Barberino, V G Menezes, M H T Matos
The worldwide consumption of red wine, nuts and grapes has resulted in increased human exposure to resveratrol, which could affect reproductive function. However, the effect of resveratrol on in vitro culture of early-stage ovarian follicles has never been investigated. The aims of the present study were to evaluate the effect of resveratrol on sheep secondary follicle morphology, growth, DNA fragmentation, intracellular levels of glutathione (GSH) and active mitochondria. Secondary follicles were isolated from the ovaries and cultured for 18 days in supplemented α-MEM+ (control medium) or in control medium containing resveratrol (2, 10 or 30 µM)...
July 11, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693627/morphofunctional-evaluation-of-the-testis-duration-of-spermatogenesis-and-spermatogenic-efficiency-in-the-japanese-fancy-mouse-mus-musculus-molossinus
#9
Guilherme M J Costa, Marcelo C Leal, Luiz R França
Japanese fancy mouse, mini mouse or pet mouse are common names used to refer to strains of mice that present with different colour varieties and coat types. Although many genetic studies that involve spotting phenotype based on the coat have been performed in these mice, there are no reports of quantitative data in the literature regarding testis structure and spermatogenic efficiency. Hence, in this study we researched testis function and spermatogenesis in the adult Japanese fancy mouse. The following values of 68 ± 6 mg and 0...
July 11, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673369/the-yolk-syncytial-layer-of-loach-misgurnus-fossilis-teleostei-during-early-development
#10
Ekaterina Kondakova, Irina Neklyudova, Vladimir Efremov
The yolk syncytial layer (YSL) of Teleostei is a dynamic multifunctional temporary system. This paper describes the YSL structure of Misgurnus fossilis (Cobitidae) during its early developmental stages, studied using histological methods. YSL formation is prolonged. From the late blastula stage, the basal surface of the YSL is uneven and has protuberances, but becomes smoother during development. There are syncytial 'islands' with 1-2 yolk syncytial nuclei in the yolk mass. During epiboly, gastrulation and early segmentation, loach YSL is of different thickness in different regions along the dorso-ventral and antero-posterior axes of an embryo...
July 4, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669375/morphogenesis-related-gene-expression-profile-in-porcine-oocytes-before-and-after-in-vitro-maturation
#11
Joanna Budna, Adrian Chachuła, Dominika Kaźmierczak, Marta Rybska, Sylwia Ciesiółka, Artur Bryja, Wiesława Kranc, Sylwia Borys, Agnieszka Żok, Dorota Bukowska, Paweł Antosik, Małgorzata Bruska, Klaus P Brüssow, Michał Nowicki, Maciej Zabel, Bartosz Kempisty
Mammalian oocyte maturation is achieved when oocytes reach metaphase II (MII) stage, and accumulate mRNA and proteins in the cytoplasm following fertilization. It has been shown that oocytes investigated before and after in vitro maturation (IVM) differ significantly in transcriptomic and proteomic profiles. Additionally, folliculogenesis and oogenesis is accompanied by morphogenetic changes, which significantly influence further zygote formation and embryo growth. This study aimed to determine new transcriptomic markers of porcine oocyte morphogenesis that are associated with cell maturation competence...
July 3, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669364/expression-of-markers-for-germ-cells-and-oocytes-in-cow-dermal-fibroblast-treated-with-5-azacytidine-and-cultured-in-differentiation-medium-containing-bmp2-bmp4-or-follicular-fluid
#12
José Jackson do Nascimento Costa, Glaucinete Borges de Souza, Joyla Maria Pires Bernardo, Regislane Pinto Ribeiro, José Renato de Souza Passos, Francisco Taiã Gomes Bezerra, Márcia Viviane Alves Saraiva, José Roberto Viana Silva
This study aims to investigate the effect 5-azacytidine (5-Aza) during induction of pluripotency in bovine fibroblasts and to evaluate the effects of BMP2, BMP4 or follicular fluid in the differentiation of reprogrammed fibroblasts in primordial germ cells and oocytes. It also analysis the mRNA levels for OCT4, NANOG, REX, SOX2, VASA, DAZL, cKIT, SCP3, ZPA and GDF9 after culturing 5-Aza treated fibroblasts in the different tested medium. Dermal fibroblasts were cultured and exposed to 0.5, 1.0 or 2.0 μM of 5-Aza for 18 h, 36 h or 72 h...
July 3, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669362/putative-germline-and-pluripotent-stem-cells-in-adult-mouse-ovary-and-their-in-vitro-differentiation-potential-into-oocyte-like-and-somatic-cells
#13
Yashar Esmaeilian, Arzu Atalay, Esra Erdemli
According to classical knowledge of reproductive biology, in the ovary of female mammals there is a limited number of oocytes and there is no possibility of renewal if the oocytes are lost due to disease or injury. However, in recent years, the results of some studies on renewal and formation of oocytes and follicles in the adult mammalian ovary have led to the questioning of this opinion. The aim of our study is to demonstrate the presence of putative germline and pluripotent stem cells in the adult mouse ovary and their differentiation potential into germ and somatic cells...
July 3, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669357/mbd1-and-mecp2-expression-in-embryos-and-placentas-from-transgenic-cloned-goats
#14
Ruoxin Jia, Guomin Zhang, Yixuan Fan, Zhengrong Zhou, Yongjie Wan, Yanli Zhang, Ziyu Wang, Feng Wang
DNA methylation is an important form of epigenetic regulation in mammalian development. Methyl-CpG-binding domain protein 1 (MBD1) and methyl-CpG-binding domain protein 2 (MeCP2) are two members of the MBD subfamily of proteins that bind methylated CpG to maintain the silencing effect of DNA methylation. Given their important roles in linking DNA methylation with gene silencing, this study characterized the coordinated mRNA expression and protein localization of MBD1 and MeCP2 in embryos and placentas and aimed to analysis the effects of MBD1 and MeCP2 on transgenic cloned goats...
July 3, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651653/influence-of-nitric-oxide-and-phosphodiesterases-during-in-vitro-maturation-of-bovine-oocytes-on-meiotic-resumption-and-embryo-production
#15
Ramon Cesar Botigelli, Katia Lancellotti Schwarz, Fabiane Gilli Zaffalon, Maite Del Collado, Fernanda Cavallari Castro, Hugo Fernandes, Claudia Lima Verde Leal
This study aimed to examine the effects of nitric oxide (NO) and different phosphodiesterase (PDE) families on meiosis resumption, nucleotides levels and embryo production. Experiment I, COCs were matured in vitro with the NO donor S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine (SNAP) associated or not with the soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) inhibitor 1H-[1,2,4]oxadiazolo[4,3-a]quinoxalin-1-one (ODQ), meiotic resumption and nucleotides levels were assessed. SNAP delayed germinal vesicle breakdown (GVBD) (53.4 ± 1.2 versus 78...
June 27, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635583/cigarette-smoke-is-associated-with-altered-expression-of-antioxidant-enzymes-in-granulosa-cells-from-women-undergoing-in-vitro-fertilization
#16
Maria Cristina Budani, Erminia Carletti, Gian Mario Tiboni
This study was undertaken to evaluate whether cigarette smoke is associated with changes in the expression of antioxidant enzymes in granulosa cells of women undergoing IVF treatments. For this aim, the expression of three antioxidant enzymes (SOD1, SOD2 and catalase) in non-smokers (n = 20) and smokers (n = 20) was analyzed. There was a statistically significant overexpression of SOD2 and catalase mRNA levels in smokers in comparison with non-smokers. Cigarette smoking was associated with a lower fertilization rate, implantation rate and pregnancy rate in comparison with non-smokers...
June 21, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635582/protective-effects-of-ethanol-extracts-of-artemisia-asiatica-nakai-ex-pamp-on-ageing-induced-deterioration-in-mouse-oocyte-quality
#17
Hyuk-Joon Jeon, Seung Yeop You, Dong Hyun Kim, Hong Bae Jeon, Jeong Su Oh
Following ovulation, oocytes undergo a time-dependent deterioration in quality referred to as post-ovulatory ageing. Although various factors influence the post-ovulatory ageing of oocytes, oxidative stress is a key factor involved in deterioration of oocyte quality. Artemisia asiatica Nakai ex Pamp. has been widely used in East Asia as a food ingredient and traditional medicine for the treatment of inflammation, cancer, and microbial infections. Recent studies have shown that A. asiatica exhibits antioxidative effects...
June 21, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635581/first-report-on-the-successful-hybridization-of-pangasianodon-hypophthalmus-sauvage-1878-and-clarias-gariepinus-burchell-1822
#18
V T Okomoda, I C C Koh, M S Shahreza
Breeding and larval performance of novel hybrids from reciprocal crosses of Asian catfish Pangasianodon hypophthalmus (Sauvage, 1878) and African catfish Clarias gariepinus (Burchell, 1822) were investigated in this study. Spawning was by hormonal injection of brood fish, artificial fertilization, and incubation in triplicate aquarium tanks (0.5 × 0.5 × 0.5 m3) with continuous aeration. Reciprocal crosses (♀C. gariepinus × ♂P. hypophthalmus and ♀P. hypophthalmus × ♂C. gariepinus) had lower hatchability (≤50%) than their pure siblings (≥75%)...
June 21, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631588/spawning-performance-of-clarias-gariepinus-burchell-1822-induced-with-ethanol-preserved-and-fresh-catfish-pituitary-extract
#19
V T Okomoda, L O Tiamiyu, D Kwaghger
This study was conducted to determine the efficacy of preserved and fresh pituitary extract of Clarias gariepinus (Burchell, 1822) to induced spawning in the same species. Growth performance of fry was also monitored for 15 days to determine the possible effect of natural hormone treatment on the fry. Pituitary glands (PG) were obtained from 12 male broodstocks, six extracted PG were preserved in 96% ethanol 24 h before injection, while the other were extracted and used in their fresh state. The PG solutions (1 g ml-1 of saline water) were injected at 1 ml kg-1 of the female broodstock...
June 20, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592345/the-effect-of-kinetic-heat-shock-on-bovine-oocyte-maturation-and-subsequent-gene-expression-of-targeted-genes
#20
Krishna C Pavani, António Rocha, Erica Baron, Joana Lourenço, Marwa Faheem, Fernando Moreira da Silva
The exposure of oocytes to heat stress during the maturation process results in harmful effects to their internal organelles, low fertilization capability and higher embryonic losses. In the present experiment the effect of heat shock (HS) during the maturation process was assessed. In Assay 1, oocytes from winter (December-March; n = 100) and summer (June-September; n = 100) months were collected and matured to analyse their HS tolerance. Total RNA was extracted from matured oocytes and cDNA synthesis was performed, followed by qPCR for selected genes (Cx43, CDH1, DNMT1, HSPA14), compared with two reference genes (GAPDH and SDHA)...
June 8, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
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