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Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534463/gene-expression-analysis-of-bovine-embryonic-disc-trophoblast-and-parietal-hypoblast-at-the-start-of-gastrulation
#1
Peter L Pfeffer, Craig S Smith, Paul Maclean, Debra K Berg
In cattle early gastrulation-stage embryos (Stage 5), four tissues can be discerned: (i) the top layer of the embryonic disc consisting of embryonic ectoderm (EmE); (ii) the bottom layer of the disc consisting of mesoderm, endoderm and visceral hypoblast (MEH); (iii) the trophoblast (TB); and (iv) the parietal hypoblast. We performed microsurgery followed by RNA-seq to analyse the transcriptome of these four tissues as well as a developmentally earlier pre-gastrulation embryonic disc. The cattle EmE transcriptome was similar at Stages 4 and 5, characterised by the OCT4/SOX2/NANOG pluripotency network...
May 23, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534450/population-estimate-and-morphometry-of-ovarian-preantral-follicles-from-three-recently-recognized-squirrel-monkey-species-a-comparative-study
#2
Gerson P Lopes, Regiane R Santos, Débora V Almeida, Adriel B Brito, Helder L Queiroz, Sheyla F S Domingues
We describe morphological and morphometrical characteristics of preantral ovarian follicles from three recently recognized Saimiri species: S. macrodon, S. cassiquiarensis and S. vanzolinii; the last one a threatened species. Ovaries from four adult monkeys were evaluated: one pair from a pregnant S. macrodon, two ovarian pairs from S. cassiquiarensis females (one of them pregnant), and one left ovary from a senile S. vanzolinii, applying classical histology. Follicular preantral population was quantified and morphology and morphometry of primordial, primary and secondary follicles were evaluated...
May 23, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399947/survival-of-macrobrachium-amazonicum-embryos-submitted-to-cooling
#3
Arthur Vinícius Lourenço Ferreira, Moisés Fernandes Martins, Míriam Luzia Nogueira Martins de Sousa, Aldeney Andrade Soares Filho, Célia Maria de Souza Sampaio
Cooling techniques have several applications for reproduction in aquaculture. However, few studies have sought to create protocols for cooling and cryopreservation of Macrobrachium amazonicum embryos. Thus, the objective of this work was to verify the survival of M. amazonicum embryos and the correlation between embryonic volume and mortality of M. amazonicum embryos after cooling. Embryo pools were collected from three females and divided into two treatment groups: dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) 3% and ethylene glycol (EG) 0...
April 12, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300526/effects-of-bone-morphogenetic-protein-4-bmp4-on-in-vitro-development-and-survival-of-bovine-preantral-follicles-enclosed-in-fragments-ovarian-tissue
#4
Ellen de Vasconcelos da Cunha, Glaucinete Borges de Souza, José Renato de Sousa Passos, Anderson Weiny Barbalho Silva, Andressa Minussi Dau, Márcia Viviane Alves Saraiva, Raimundo Nonato Braga Lobo, José Roberto Viana Silva
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of different concentrations of BMP4 on activation, development and mRNA expression of GDF9, BMP15, PCNA, Bax and Bcl2 in cultured bovine follicles enclosed in ovarian tissues. Ovarian tissue fragments were cultured for 6 days in α-MEM+ alone or supplemented with different concentrations of BMP4 (10, 50 or 100 ng/ml). Classical histology was performed to analyze follicle growth and morphology, while real-time PCR was used to analyze mRNA levels in fresh and cultured tissues...
March 16, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274301/extender-supplementation-with-catalase-maintains-the-integrity-of-sperm-plasma-membrane-after-freezing-thawing-of-semen-from-capuchin-monkey
#5
Danuza L Leão, Adriel B Brito, Stefânia A Miranda, Karol G Oliveira, Débora V C Almeida, Regiane R Santos, Sheyla F S Domingues
We aimed to evaluate the effect of supplementation of ACP-118® extender with the antioxidant catalase (10 and 50 µg/ml) on Sapajus apella sperm motility, vigour, and plasma membrane integrity during the processes of seminal liquefaction, cooling, and freezing. Catalase did not affect any of the evaluated parameters after semen dilution or cooling. Cryopreserved sperm in the presence of 50 µg/ml catalase presented a plasma membrane integrity similar to that fresh sperm, however.
March 9, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274295/quality-of-pinzgau-bull-spermatozoa-following-different-periods-of-cryostorage
#6
P Chrenek, E Spaleková, L Olexikova, A Makarevich, E Kubovicova
The aim of this work was to examine the influence of cryostorage duration of Pinzgau bull's insemination doses (IDs) on some sperm traits. The IDs were frozen by a slow freezing method and stored in liquid nitrogen for different periods: less than 8 years (group 1), 8-13 years (group 2) and 14-18 years (group 3). Motility (CASA), pathological sperm rate (Giemsa staining), apoptotic (Yo-Pro-1-positive) and necrotic (propidium iodide-positive) cell occurrence and fertilizing ability (penetration/fertilization test) of spermatozoa were evaluated post-thaw...
March 9, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274294/mitochondria-during-sea-urchin-oogenesis
#7
Maria Agnello, Maria Carmela Roccheri, Giovanni Morici, Anna Maria Rinaldi
Sea urchin represents an ideal model for studies on fertilization and early development, but the achievement of egg competence and mitochondrial behaviour during oogenesis remain to be enlightened. Oocytes of echinoid, such as sea urchin, unlike other echinoderms and other systems, complete meiotic maturation before fertilization. Mitochondria, the powerhouse of eukaryotic cells, contain a multi-copy of the maternally inherited genome, and are involved directly at several levels in the reproductive processes, as their functional status influences the quality of oocytes and contributes to fertilization and embryogenesis...
March 9, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264757/supplementation-of-sperm-media-with-zinc-d-aspartate-and-co-enzyme-q10-protects-bull-sperm-against-exogenous-oxidative-stress-and-improves-their-ability-to-support-embryo-development
#8
Vincenza Barbato, Riccardo Talevi, Sabrina Braun, Anna Merolla, Sam Sudhakaran, S Longobardi, Roberto Gualtieri
High levels of reactive oxygen species in the semen of infertile patients or spontaneously generated during in vitro sperm handling may impair sperm quality, fertilization and embryo developmental competence. We recently reported that zinc, d-aspartate and co-enzyme Q10, contained in the dietary supplement Genadis® (Merck Serono), have protective effects on human and bull sperm motility, lipid peroxidation and DNA fragmentation in vitro; furthermore, in bovine, treated spermatozoa had an improved ability to support embryo development...
March 7, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264754/effects-of-ghrelin-on-activation-of-akt1-and-erk1-2-pathways-during-in-vitro-maturation-of-bovine-oocytes
#9
Thomas-Markos Chouzouris, Eleni Dovolou, Fotini Krania, Ioannis S Pappas, Konstantinos Dafopoulos, Ioannis E Messinis, George Anifandis, Georgios S Amiridis
The purpose of this study was to investigate the possible molecular pathways through which ghrelin accelerates in vitro oocyte maturation. Bovine cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs), after 18 or 24 h maturation in the absence or the presence of 800 pg ml-1 of acylated ghrelin were either assessed for nuclear maturation or underwent in vitro fertilization in standard media and putative zygotes were cultured in vitro for 8 days. In a subset of COCs the levels of phosphorylated Akt1 and ERK1/2 (MAPK1/3) were assessed at the 0th, 6th, 10th, 18th and 24th hours of in vitro maturation (IVM)...
March 7, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264735/the-serine-106-residue-within-the-n-terminal-transactivation-domain-is-crucial-for-oct4-function-in-mice
#10
Atsushi Mitani, Atsushi Fukuda, Toshiyuki Miyashita, Akihiro Umezawa, Hidenori Akutsu
Pou5f1/Oct4 is a key transcription factor for the induction of pluripotency and totipotency in preimplantation mouse embryos. In mice, loss or gain of function experiments have demonstrated an important role for Oct4 in preimplantation and developmental ability. In this study, using mouse preimplantation embryos as a model for the evaluation of Oct4 function, we constructed Oct4 overexpression embryos with various mutations at the N-terminal transactivation domain. Developmental competency and molecular biological phenotypes depended on the type of mutation...
March 7, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264730/seminal-cell-free-dna-levels-measured-by-picogreen-fluorochrome-are-associated-with-sperm-fertility-criteria
#11
F Costa, F Barbisan, C E Assmann, N K F Araújo, A R de Oliveira, J P Signori, F Rogalski, B Bonadiman, M S Fernandes, I B M da Cruz
Previous investigations suggested that elevated cell-free DNA (cfDNA) can indicate non-healthy states. However, the potential association between cfDNA seminal plasma levels and fertility sperm parameters has not yet been determined. Therefore, the present study evaluated the association between seminal cfDNA levels and sperm fertility criteria to determine the use of seminal cfDNA quantification. An in vivo protocol quantified cfDNA levels of semen samples obtained from 163 male patients using fluorescent PicoGreen dye staining...
March 7, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245889/comparison-of-different-extenders-on-the-recovery-and-longevity-of-epididymal-sperm-from-spix-s-yellow-toothed-cavies-galea-spixii-wagler-1831
#12
Andréia Maria da Silva, Patrícia Cunha Sousa, Lívia Batista Campos, José Artur Brilhante Bezerra, Arthur Emannuel de Araújo Lago, Moacir Franco de Oliveira, Alexandre Rodrigues Silva
The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of cavy (Galea spixii) epididymal sperm following addition to TES or TRIS extenders and using a thermal resistance test (TRT), as well as fluorescence analysis as a complementary method to predict the viability of these gametes. Nine testicle-epididymis complexes were used for sperm collection using a flotation method. Epididymis tails were sliced and one was immersed in 3 ml of TRIS buffer, and the other in 3 ml of TES, for 5 min. After sperm recovery, the samples were subjected to a TRT which involved incubation in a water bath at 37°C for 3 h...
March 1, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264747/oocyte-morphology-and-embryo-morphokinetics-in-an-intra-cytoplasmic-sperm-injection-programme-is-there-a-relationship
#13
Azita Faramarzi, Mohammad Ali Khalili, Sareh Ashourzadeh
The aim was to investigate the relationship between the morphological parameters of metaphase II (MII) oocytes with morphokinetic variables of embryos following an intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) procedure. Morphokinetic behaviour and abnormal cleavage patterns of 334 zygotes were analyzed using time-lapse monitoring (TLM). In addition, oocyte morphology was assessed in relation to embryo morphokinetic (absolute time point, including time to second polar body (PB) extrusion (ESPB), pronuclei (PN) appearance (PNA), PN fading (PNF), time to 2-cells (t2), 3c (t3), 4c (t4), 5c (t5), 6c (t6), 7c (t7), 8c (t8) and relative timing parameters (S1, S2, CC2 and CC3)...
April 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088929/morphologic-analysis-of-sperm-from-two-neotropical-primate-species-comparisons-between-the-squirrel-monkeys-saimiri-collinsi-and-saimiri-vanzolinii
#14
Wlaisa V Sampaio, Karol G Oliveira, Danuza L Leão, Maria C Caldas-Bussiere, Helder L Queiroz, Fernanda P Paim, Regiane R Santos, Sheyla F S Domingues
Sperm morphometry can be applied to identify different animal groups and species and to evaluate sperm quality. Furthermore, knowledge on species-specific differences will help to enhance biological information, as well as to develop efficient reproductive technologies. The aims in the present study were to describe sperm morphometry from the recently characterized species S. collinsi and S. vanzolinii, to verify if the morphometric sperm patterns are similar or different between both species, and to determine if the sperm morphometry is affected by the levels of sperm defects using the S...
April 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069092/reduced-competence-of-immature-and-mature-oocytes-vitrified-by-cryotop-method-assessment-by-in-vitro-fertilization-and-parthenogenetic-activation-in-a-bovine-model
#15
Daiane L Bulgarelli, Alessandra A Vireque, Caroline P Pitangui-Molina, Marcos F Silva-de-Sá, Ana Carolina J de Sá Rosa-E-Silva
This study aimed to evaluate the embryo development competence, the nuclear maturation and the viability of germinal vesicle (GV) and metaphase II (MII) oocytes vitrified by the Cryotop method. Cumulus-oocyte complexes were derived from bovine ovaries and three experiments were conducted. In Experiment 1, GV oocytes were vitrified and underwent in vitro maturation (IVM) or not and their nuclear maturation was assessed by orcein staining. In Experiment 2, GV oocytes and MII oocytes were vitrified or not and the viability was assessed by calcein/ethidium homodimer-1 staining...
April 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007046/maternal-effect-gene-expression-in-porcine-metaphase-ii-oocytes-and-embryos-in-vitro-effect-of-epidermal-growth-factor-interleukin-1%C3%AE-and-leukemia-inhibitory-factor
#16
Marta Wasielak, Teresa Więsak, Iwona Bogacka, Beenu Moza Jalali, Marek Bogacki
Maternal effect genes (MEG) play a crucial role in early embryogenesis. In vitro culture conditions may affect MEG expression in porcine oocytes and embryos. We investigated whether in vitro culture medium supplementation with epidermal growth factor (EGF), IL-1β or LIF (leukemia inhibitory factor) affects the mRNA level of ZAR-1 (zygote arrest 1), NPM2 (nucleoplasmin 2) and DPPA3 (developmental associated protein 3) in porcine MII oocytes and embryos. Cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) were matured in NCSU-37 medium (control) or in NCSU-37 with EGF 10 ng/ml, IL-1β 10 ng/ml or LIF 50 ng/ml...
April 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185602/impaired-hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular-axis-activity-spermatogenesis-and-sperm-function-promote-infertility-in-males-with-lead-poisoning
#17
Jason Gandhi, Rafael J Hernandez, Andrew Chen, Noel L Smith, Yefim R Sheynkin, Gargi Joshi, Sardar Ali Khan
Lead poisoning is a stealthy threat to human physiological systems as chronic exposure can remain asymptomatic for long periods of time before symptoms manifest. We presently review the biophysical mechanisms of lead poisoning that contribute to male infertility. Environmental and occupational exposure of lead may adversely affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis, impairing the induction of spermatogenesis. Dysfunction at the reproductive axis, namely testosterone suppression, is most susceptible and irreversible during pubertal development...
February 10, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955719/promotion-of-glucose-utilization-by-insulin-enhances-granulosa-cell-proliferation-and-developmental-competence-of-porcine-oocyte-grown-in-vitro
#18
Nobuhiko Itami, Yasuhisa Munakata, Koumei Shirasuna, Takehito Kuwayama, Hisataka Iwata
In vitro culture of the oocyte granulosa cell complexes (OGCs) from early antral follicles (EAFs) shows granulosa cell (GC) proliferation, but to a lesser extent than that observed in vivo during follicle development. As the number of GCs closely relates to energy sufficiency of the oocytes, enhancement of GC proliferation influences oocyte development. GC proliferation depends on glycolysis and insulin-mediated AKT/mTOR signaling pathway; therefore, addition of culture medium containing insulin and glucose may potentially promote GC proliferation and hence improve oocyte development...
February 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955714/selection-of-porcine-oocytes-in-vitro-through-brilliant-cresyl-blue-staining-in-distinct-incubation-media
#19
Elisa C S Santos, Jorgea Pradieé, Elisângela M Madeira, Miriane M Pereira, Bruna Mion, Rafael G Mondadori, Arnaldo D Vieira, Ligia M C Pegoraro, Thomaz Lucia
Staining with brilliant cresyl blue (BCB) may be used for oocyte selection, but BCB staining itself and the most commonly used selection medium (DMPBS) may compromise the development of porcine oocytes in vitro. This study evaluated DNA fragmentation, nuclear maturation, the area of migration of cortical granules (CG) and embryo development for stained (BCB+) and unstained (BCB-) oocytes incubated in DMPBS and in a modified medium (ReproPel) tested for the first time. Unexposed (UN), BCB+ and BCB- oocytes were incubated composing six groups: DMPBS/UN; DMPBS/BCB+; DMPBS/BCB-; ReproPel/UN; ReproPel/BCB+; and ReproPel/BCB-...
February 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928979/feed-restriction-and-insulin-like-growth-factor-i-igf-i-affect-the-oocyte-maturation-in-matrinx%C3%A3-brycon-amazonicus
#20
Luís Henrique Montrezor, Elisabeth Criscuolo Urbinati
The feeding and nutrition of breeders are crucial aspects in the reproductive process. During the maturation period, metabolic changes occur aiming at mobilizing energy for growth and follicular development. The involvement of IGF-1 in metabolic and reproductive events is important. The aim of this work was to evaluate if alternate feed restriction and re-feeding have permissive effects on in vitro actions of IGF-1 on oocytes development of matrinxã. In vivo experiments were performed during vitellogenesis period...
February 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
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