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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331165/tim-3-and-pd-1-regulate-cd8-t-cell-function-to-maintain-early-pregnancy-in-mice
#1
Yuan-Yuan Xu, Song-Cun Wang, Yi-Kong Lin, Da-Jin Li, Mei-Rong DU
During pregnancy, CD8(+) T cells are important regulators in the balance of fetal tolerance and antiviral immunity. T-cell immunoglobulin mucin-3 (Tim-3) and programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) are well-recognized negative co-stimulatory molecules involved in viral persistence and tumor metastasis. Here, we demonstrate that CD8(+) T cells co-expressing Tim-3 and PD-1 were down-regulated in the deciduae of female mice in abortion-prone matings compared with normal pregnant mice. In addition to their reduced numbers, the Tim-3(+)PD-1(+)CD8(+) T cells produced lower levels of the anti-inflammatory cytokines interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-10, as well as a higher level of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interferon (IFN)-γ, relative to those from normal pregnancy...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331164/immortalized-prairie-vole-derived-fibroblasts-vmf-k4dts-can-be-transformed-into-pluripotent-stem-cells-and-provide-a-useful-tool-with-which-to-determine-optimal-reprogramming-conditions
#2
Masafumi Katayama, Takashi Hirayama, Tohru Kiyono, Manabu Onuma, Tetsuya Tani, Satoru Takeda, Katsuhiko Nishimori, Tomokazu Fukuda
The cellular conditions required to establish induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), such as the number of reprogramming factors and/or promoter selection, differ among species. The establishment of iPSCs derived from cells of previously unstudied species therefore requires the extensive optimization of programming conditions, including promoter selection and the optimal number of reprogramming factors, through a trial-and-error approach. While the four Yamanaka factors Oct3/4, Sox2, Klf4, and c-Myc are sufficient for iPSC establishment in mice, we reported previously that six reprogramming factors were necessary for the creation of iPSCs from primary prairie vole-derived cells...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320989/differentially-methylated-cpg-sites-in-bull-spermatozoa-revealed-by-human-dna-methylation-arrays-and-bisulfite-analysis
#3
Kumiko Takeda, Eiji Kobayashi, Satoshi Akagi, Kagetomo Nishino, Masahiro Kaneda, Shinya Watanabe
The methylation status of sperm DNA differs between individual bulls. However, the relationship between methylation status and bull sperm parameters is not well elucidated. The present study investigated genome-wide methylation profiles at 450,000 CpG sites in bull spermatozoa by using a human DNA methylation microarray. Semen samples from three adult Japanese Black bulls with different in vitro fertilization (IVF) results and from a young Holstein bull through sexual maturation (at ages 10, 10.5, 15, and 25 months) were used for the analysis...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321005/the-concentration-dependent-effect-of-progesterone-on-follicle-growth-in-the-mouse-ovary
#4
Kouji Komatsu, Satoru Masubuchi
Follicle growth in the mammalian ovary is coordinately controlled by multiple factors to sustain periodic ovulation. In this study, we investigated the role of progesterone on follicle growth in the mouse ovary. As the concentration of progesterone changes during the estrus cycle, we cultured the sliced mouse ovary in a medium containing 10 ng/ml, 100 ng/ml, and 1 μg/ml progesterone. Progesterone promoted the growth of primordial to primary follicles at 100 ng/ml, while it suppressed the growth of secondary follicles at 1 μg/ml...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302936/cryotolerance-of-porcine-blastocysts-is-improved-by-treating-in-vitro-matured-oocytes-with-l-carnitine-prior-to-fertilization
#5
Jenna L Lowe, Louise K Bartolac, Roslyn Bathgate, Christopher G Grupen
Sufficient generation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) by oocytes is critical for fertilization and embryo development. The objective of this study was to determine the effects of supplementing media with L-carnitine, a co-factor required for the metabolism of fatty acids, during the peri-fertilization period on embryo development and energy generation. Firstly, in vitro fertilization (IVM) porcine oocytes were co-incubated with sperm in IVF medium supplemented with 0‒24 mM L-carnitine. The blastocyst formation rate of the control group was greater than those of the L-carnitine groups (P < 0...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239027/estrous-cycle-stage-dependent-manner-of-type-i-interferon-stimulated-genes-induction-in-the-bovine-endometrium
#6
Takahiro Shirozu, Hiroki Iwano, Takatoshi Ogiso, Toshiyuki Suzuki, Ahmed Z Balboula, Hanako Bai, Manabu Kawahara, Koji Kimura, Hitomi Takahashi, Bai Rulan, Sung-Woo Kim, Yojiro Yanagawa, Masashi Nagano, Kazuhiko Imakawa, Masashi Takahashi
Interferon tau (IFN-τ) is a ruminant-specific type I IFN secreted by a conceptus before its attachment to the uterus. IFN-τ induces the expression of IFN-stimulated genes (ISGs) via the type I IFN receptor (IFNAR), which is composed of IFNAR1 and IFNAR2 subunits in the endometrium. However, expression patterns of IFNARs during the estrous cycle have not been reported. We hypothesized that the response to a type I IFN changes along with IFNARs and the IFN-regulatory factors (IRFs) driving transcription of IFN signal-related genes and modulating a type I IFN signal during the estrous cycle...
February 26, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239026/ectopic-expression-of-meiotic-cohesin-rad21l-promotes-adjacency-of-homologous-chromosomes-in-somatic-cells
#7
Mei Rong, Sachi Miyauchi, Jibak Lee
Pairing, synapsis, and crossover recombination of homologous chromosomes (homologs) are prerequisite for the proper segregation of homologs during meiosis I. The meiosis-specific cohesin subunit, RAD21L, is essential for such meiotic chromosomal events, but it is unknown to what extent RAD21L by itself contributes to the process since various meiotic genes are also involved. To reveal the exclusive contribution of RAD21L to the specific regulation of homologs, we examined the effects of ectopic RAD21L expression on chromosome dynamics in somatic cells...
February 26, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228615/levels-of-cyclic-amp-and-cyclic-gmp-in-porcine-oocyte-cumulus-complexes-and-cumulus-free-oocytes-derived-from-small-and-middle-follicles-during-the-first-24-hour-period-of-in-vitro-maturation
#8
Yuichi Okudaira, Takuya Wakai, Hiroaki Funahashi
The objective of this study was to compare the cAMP and cGMP levels in cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) derived from the middle follicles (MFs, 3-6 mm in diameter) and small follicles (SFs, 1-3 mm in diameter) of pre-pubertal gilts during the first 24-h period of maturation in vitro (IVM). Both cAMP and cGMP levels in MF- and SF-derived oocytes did not change during this period. Although the cAMP levels increased in the COCs at 10 and 20 h after the start of IVM, the levels of cAMP were significantly higher in MF-derived COCs than in SF-derived COCs at 20 h after the start of IVM...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216513/cellular-localization-expression-and-functional-implications-of-the-utero-placental-endothelin-system-during-maintenance-and-termination-of-canine-gestation
#9
Aykut Gram, Alois Boos, Mariusz P Kowalewski
Utero-placental (Ut-Pl) angiogenesis and blood flow are fundamental for successful outcome of pregnancy. They are controlled by numerous vasodilator and vasoconstrictor systems such as endothelins (EDNs) and the renin angiotensin system. Dogs possess an invasive type of placentation, classified as endotheliochorial. Despite increasing knowledge regarding canine Ut-Pl function, little information exists on uterine and placental vascular activity during initiation, maintenance and termination of pregnancy in this species...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190810/visualization-of-the-spatial-arrangement-of-nuclear-organization-using-three-dimensional-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-in-early-mouse-embryos-a-new-easi-fish-chamber-glass-for-mammalian-embryos
#10
Masataka Nakaya, Hideyuki Tanabe, Shingo Takamatsu, Misaki Hosokawa, Tasuku Mitani
The fertilized oocyte begins cleavage, leading to zygotic gene activation (ZGA), which re-activates the resting genome to acquire totipotency. In this process, genomic function is regulated by the dynamic structural conversion in the nucleus. Indeed, a considerable number of genes that are essential for embryonic development are located near the pericentromeric regions, wherein the heterochromatin is formed. These genes are repressed transcriptionally in somatic cells. Three-dimensional fluorescence in situ hybridization (3D-FISH) enables the visualization of the intranuclear spatial arrangement, such as gene loci, chromosomal domains, and chromosome territories (CTs)...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163265/significant-heparin-effect-on-bovine-embryo-development-during-sexed-in-vitro-fertilization
#11
Li-You An, Sanjeev A Chaubal, Yanhong Liu, Yexiang Chen, Tshimangadzo L Nedambale, Jie Xu, Fei Xue, Juan F Moreno, Shenghong Tao, Giorgio Antonio Presicce, Fuliang DU
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of different heparin concentrations in the course of sexed in vitro fertilization (IVF), on bovine embryonic development and development to term following embryo transfer (ET). With a total of 9156 oocytes for IVF, sorted as well as unsorted sperm from four bulls had different heparin requirements for achieving the highest rate of development in vitro. However, when optimal heparin concentrations were used (40 to 80 µg/ml), the performance of X-sorted sperm (0...
February 5, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163263/decrease-in-body-surface-temperature-before-parturition-in-ewes
#12
Hisashi Nabenishi, Atushi Yamazaki
This study investigated the correlation between the body surface temperature (BST) and core body temperature of ewes and changes in BST during the prepartum stage in pregnant ewes. Four non-pregnant adult ewes were used in the first experiment. The BST of the upper neck, vaginal temperature (VT), and ambient temperature (AT) were measured every 10 min for seven days and analyzed for correlations. The mean (± SD) BST and VT of ewes during the study period were 35.4 ± 1.7°C and 39.1 ± 0.4°C, respectively, with a correlation of r = 0...
February 5, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132978/positive-correlations-of-age-and-parity-with-plasma-anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-concentrations-in-japanese-black-cows
#13
Motoya Koizumi, Hiroya Kadokawa
Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is secreted from the preantral and small antral follicles. It regulates follicle development and inhibits follicular atresia. This study examined how age, parity, and time after parturition affect plasma AMH concentrations in Japanese Black cows. We measured plasma AMH concentrations in primiparous, secundiparous, and multiparous (third parity or higher) cows at four time points: day 2 (day 0 = parturition), day 8, 2 days before first postpartum ovulation (pre-1stOv), and 12 days after first ovulation (post-1stOV)...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111381/establishment-of-dna-methylation-patterns-of-the-fibrillin1-fbn1-gene-in-porcine-embryos-and-tissues
#14
Yoshikazu Arai, Kazuhiro Umeyama, Kenta Takeuchi, Natsumi Okazaki, Naomi Hichiwa, Sayaka Yashima, Kazuaki Nakano, Hiroshi Nagashima, Jun Ohgane
DNA methylation in transcriptional regulatory regions is crucial for gene expression. The DNA methylation status of the edges of CpG islands, called CpG island shore, is involved in tissue/cell-type-specific gene expression. Haploinsufficiency diseases are caused by inheritance of one mutated null allele and are classified as autosomal dominant. However, in the same pedigree, phenotypic variances are observed despite the inheritance of the identical mutated null allele, including FBN1, which is responsible for development of the haploinsufficient Marfan disease...
January 22, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090002/easy-detection-of-hormone-secretion-from-l%C3%AE-t2-cells-by-using-gaussia-luciferase
#15
Kazuhiro Satou, Yuta Mochimaru, Takashi Nakakura, Tomoyuki Kusada, Jun Negishi, Shiori Musha, Nanaka Yoshimura, Yukio Kato, Hideaki Tomura
Reproduction is regulated by gonadotropins secreted from gonadotrophs. The production and secretion of gonadotropins are mainly regulated by gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). Agonists or antagonists that influence GnRH action on gonadotrophs are important to regulate reproduction; however, these factors have not been fully characterized due to the lack of simple and easy-to-use techniques to detect gonadotropin secretion from gonadotropin-producing cells. In the present study, we found that Gaussia luciferase (Gluc), which was expressed in LβT2 cells, can be secreted like a luteinizing-hormone (LH) upon stimulation with GnRH...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070055/superovulatory-responses-in-cynomolgus-monkeys-macaca-fascicularis-depend-on-the-interaction-between-donor-status-and-superovulation-method-used
#16
Ji-Su Kim, Seung-Bin Yoon, Kang-Jin Jeong, Bo-Woong Sim, Seon-A Choi, Sang-Il Lee, Yeung Bae Jin, Bong-Seok Song, Sang-Rae Lee, Sun-Uk Kim, Kyu-Tae Chang
The current study was performed to investigate the effect of oocyte donor status, including age and body weight, on metaphase II (MII) oocyte recovery using two superovulation methods in cynomolgus monkeys. The use of Method A [recombinant gonadotrophin (75 IU/kg, 3×, 3-day intervals) and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)] led to great increases in ovary size and the mean number of MII oocytes retrieved in age- and body-weight-dependent manner; in contrast, both the parameters were similar in Method B [recombinant gonadotrophin (60 IU, twice daily, 6 days), recombinant gonadotropin and recombinant human luteinizing hormone (rhLH) (60 IU, twice daily, 3 days), and hCG]...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049872/involvement-of-calcium-channels-and-intracellular-calcium-in-bull-sperm-thermotaxis
#17
Md Anisuzzaman Mondal, Yuji Takagi, Shoji A Baba, Koh-Ichi Hamano
Thermotaxis that sperm migrate to higher temperature area has been confirmed in rabbit and human. In this study, we examined the migration ability of bull sperm in a temperature gradient to confirm thermotaxis and elucidate the involvement of calcium in such thermotaxis, as well as the relation between sperm capacitation and bull fertility. Thermotaxis was evaluated in a temperature gradient of 34-42ºC using a cross-type column 22-mm long, 40-mm wide, and 100-μm deep. Significantly more sperm migrated to the high-temperature area of 39ºC in a 2ºC temperature gradient, and to 40ºC in a 1ºC temperature gradient...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163264/effects-of-exosome-like-vesicles-on-cumulus-expansion-in-pigs-in-vitro
#18
Yuta Matsuno, Asuka Onuma, Yoshie A Fujioka, Kazuma Yasuhara, Wataru Fujii, Kunihiko Naito, Koji Sugiura
Cell-secreted vesicles, such as exosomes, have recently been recognized as mediators of cell communication. A recent study in cattle showed the involvement of exosome-like vesicles in the control of cumulus expansion, a prerequisite process for normal ovulation; however, whether this is the case in other mammalian species is not known. Therefore, this study aimed to examine the presence of exosome-like vesicles in ovarian follicles and their effects on cumulus expansion in vitro in pigs. The presence of exosome-like vesicles in porcine follicular fluid (pFF) was confirmed by transmission electron microscopic observation, the detection of marker proteins, and RNA profiles specific to exosomes...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904015/deletion-of-conserved-sequences-in-ig-dmr-at-dlk1-gtl2-locus-suggests-their-involvement-in-expression-of-paternally-expressed-genes-in-mice
#19
Takeshi Saito, Satoshi Hara, Moe Tamano, Hiroshi Asahara, Shuji Takada
Expression regulation of the Dlk1-Dio3 imprinted domain by the intergenic differentially methylated region (IG-DMR) is essential for normal embryonic development in mammals. In this study, we investigated conserved IG-DMR genomic sequences in eutherians to elucidate their role in genomic imprinting of the Dlk1-Dio3 domain. Using a comparative genomics approach, we identified three highly conserved sequences in IG-DMR. To elucidate the functions of these sequences in vivo, we generated mutant mice lacking each of the identified highly conserved sequences using the CRISPR/Cas9 system...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904014/male-infertility-related-molecules-involved-in-sperm-oocyte-fusion
#20
Lisha Mou, Ni Xie
Male infertility has become a very serious problem in the human reproduction system, but the molecular mechanism of infertility remains largely unknown. Fertilization is the phenomenon in which a sperm and oocyte find each other, interact, and fuse. Sperm-oocyte fusion-related factors on the sperm side play crucial roles in male infertility. For example, IZUMO1 is well-known as a sperm protein essential for fusion of a sperm and oocyte, but its dysfunction or mutation can result in male infertility. Recent studies showed a novel sperm protein named Bactericidal/permeability-increasing protein (BPI), which takes part in the sperm-oocyte fusion process...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
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