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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515391/advanced-glycation-end-products-regulate-interleukin-1%C3%AE-production-in-human-placenta
#1
Kotomi Seno, Saoko Sase, Ayae Ozeki, Hironori Takahashi, Akihide Ohkuchi, Hirotada Suzuki, Shigeki Matsubara, Hisataka Iwata, Takehito Kuwayama, Koumei Shirasuna
Maternal obesity is a major risk factor for pregnancy complications, causing inflammatory cytokine release in the placenta, including interleukin-1β (IL-1β), IL-6, and IL-8. Pregnant women with obesity develop accelerated systemic and placental inflammation with elevated circulating advanced glycation end products (AGEs). IL-1β is a pivotal inflammatory cytokine associated with obesity and pregnancy complications, and its production is regulated by NLR family pyrin domain-containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasomes...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496019/age-associated-changes-in-granulosa-cells-and-follicular-fluid-in-cows
#2
Hisataka Iwata
Age-associated decline in oocyte quality is common in mammals. Oocytes take a long time to reach their full-grown size in large animals, and maternal physical conditions profoundly affect follicle development. Aging affects the oocyte itself as well as the surrounding environment, such as granulosa cells and follicular fluid. This review discusses age-associated changes that occur in granulosa cells and follicular fluid in cows and suggests that age-associated decline in granulosa cells and follicular fluid hampers proper oocyte development...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496018/effects-of-heat-stress-on-bovine-preimplantation-embryos-produced-in-vitro
#3
Miki Sakatani
Summer heat stress decreases the pregnancy rate in cattle and has been thought to be associated with the early embryonic death caused by the elevation of maternal body temperature. In vitro cultures have been widely used for the evaluation of effects of heat stress on oocytes, fertilization, preimplantation, and embryonic development. Susceptibility to heat stress is present in developmental stages from oocytes to cleavage-stage (before embryonic gene activation, EGA) embryos, leading to a consequent decrease in developmental competence...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484201/epigenetic-analysis-of-bovine-parthenogenetic-embryonic-fibroblasts
#4
Masahiro Kaneda, Masashi Takahashi, Ken-Ichi Yamanaka, Koji Saito, Masanori Taniguchi, Satoshi Akagi, Shinya Watanabe, Takashi Nagai
Although more than 100 imprinted genes have already been identified in the mouse and human genomes, little is known about genomic imprinting in cattle. For a better understanding of these genes in cattle, parthenogenetically activated bovine blastocysts were transferred to recipient cows to obtain parthenotes, and fibroblasts derived from a Day 40 (Day 0 being the day of parthenogenetic activation) parthenogenetic embryo (BpEFs) were successfully obtained. Bovine embryonic fibroblasts (BEFs) were also isolated from a normal fertilized embryo obtained from an artificially inseminated cow...
May 6, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458301/ultrastructural-characteristics-of-human-oocytes-vitrified-before-and-after-in-vitro-maturation
#5
Yolanda Segovia, Noemí Victory, Irene Peinado, Laura M García-Valverde, Magdalena García, Jon Aizpurua, Ana Monzó, María José Gómez-Torres
The development of an effective program that combines in vitro maturation (IVM) and cryopreservation for immature oocytes would represent a novel advance for in vitro fertilization (IVF), especially as a means to preserve the fertility of women in unique situations. The aim of this study was to analyze the ultrastructural characteristics of human oocytes, obtained after controlled ovarian stimulation, to determine whether IVM is best performed before or after vitrification. To this end, we analyzed the following features in a total of 22 MII oocytes: size, zona pellucida and perivitelline space, mitochondria number, M-SER (mitochondria-smooth endoplasmic reticulum) aggregates and M-V (mitochondria-vesicle) complexes, the number of cortical granules and microvilli, and the presence of vacuolization using transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
April 30, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458300/rna-associated-protein-lsm-family-member-14-controls-oocyte-meiotic-maturation-through-regulating-mrna-pools
#6
Teng Zhang, Yuanyuan Li, Hui Li, Xue-Shan Ma, Ying-Chun Ouyang, Yi Hou, Heide Schatten, Qing-Yuan Sun
LSM family member 14 (LSM14) belongs to the RNA-associated protein (RAP) family that is widely expressed in different species, and whose functions include associating and storing mRNAs. In the present study, we found that LSM14b was essential for oocyte meiotic maturation. Lack of LSM14b caused oocyte meiotic arrest at metaphase, and misalignment of chromosomes, as well as abnormal spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC) and maturation promoting factor (MPF) activation. Cyclin B1 and Cdc20 mRNAs, whose contents changed with LSM14b expression, were likely direct targets of LSM14b...
April 30, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413176/investigating-right-ovary-degeneration-in-chick-embryos-by-transcriptome-sequencing
#7
Jianning Yu, Leyan Yan, Zhe Chen, Hui Li, Shijia Ying, Huanxi Zhu, Zhendan Shi
In asymmetric chick gonads, the left and right female gonads undergo distinct programs during development, generating a functional ovary on the left side only. Despite some progress being made in recent years, the mechanisms of molecular regulation remain incompletely understood, and little genomic information is available regarding the degeneration of the right ovary in the chick embryo testis. In this study, we performed transcriptome sequencing to investigate differentially expressed genes in the left and right ovaries and gene functions at two critical time points; embryonic days 6 (E6) and 10 (E10)...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392504/defects-in-the-first-wave-of-folliculogenesis-in-mouse-xo-ovaries
#8
Kento Miura, Chiharu Murata, Kyoko Harikae, Hitomi Suzuki, Masami Kanai-Azuma, Masamichi Kurohmaru, Naoki Tsunekawa, Yoshiakira Kanai
In mouse ovaries, the first wave of folliculogenesis perinatally starts near the medullary region, which directs the initial round of follicular growth soon after birth. At the same time, cortical primordial follicles start forming in the ovarian surface region, and then some are cyclically recruited for the second and subsequent rounds of follicular growth. Recent studies suggest different dynamics between the first and subsequent waves of follicular growth in postnatal ovaries. However, the phenotypic differences between these phases remain unclear...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381667/decrease-of-lactogenic-hormones-induce-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-via-tgf%C3%AE-1-and-arachidonic-acid-during-mammary-gland-involution
#9
Haolin Zhang, Yuning Liu, Ji Weng, Kento Usuda, Kazuki Fujii, Gen Watanabe, Kentaro Nagaoka
During mammary gland involution, the epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) process plays an important role in tissue remodelling and in the termination of milk production. Transforming growth factor β (TGFβ) has been known as a central inducer to EMT and contributor to the mammary gland involution. However, the whole mechanism has accomplished the EMT process in mammary gland is still unclear. Here, we show that arachidonic acid, one of the major products in milk, is new player to control the EMT together with TGFβ during mammary gland involution...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367907/high-resolution-profiles-of-gene-expression-and-dna-methylation-highlight-mitochondrial-modifications-during-early-embryonic-development
#10
Likun Ren, Chao Zhang, Li Tao, Jing Hao, Kun Tan, Kai Miao, Yong Yu, Linlin Sui, Zhonghong Wu, Jianhui Tian, Lei An
Well-organized mitochondrial functions and dynamics are critical for early embryonic development and are operated via a large number of mitochondria-related genes (MtGs) encoded by both the nuclear and the mitochondrial genome. However, the mechanisms underlying mitochondrial modifications during the critical window between blastocyst implantation and postimplantation organogenesis are poorly understood. Herein, we performed high-resolution dynamic profiling of MtGs to acquire a more detailed understanding of mitochondrial modifications during early development...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367932/inhibition-of-casein-kinase-2-blocks-g2-m-transition-in-early-embryo-mitosis-but-not-in-oocyte-meiosis-in-mouse
#11
Fei Lin, Shi-Bing Cao, Xue-Shan Ma, Hai-Xiang Sun
Casein kinase 2 (CK2) is a highly conserved, ubiquitously expressed serine/threonine protein kinase with hundreds of substrates. The role of CK2 in the G2/M transition of oocytes, zygotes, and 2-cell embryos was studied in mouse by enzyme activity inhibition using the specific inhibitor 4, 5, 6, 7-tetrabromobenzotriazole (TBB). Zygotes and 2-cell embryos were arrested at G2 phase by TBB treatment, and DNA damage was increased in the female pronucleus of arrested zygotes. Further developmental ability of arrested zygotes was reduced, but that of arrested 2-cell embryos was not affected after releasing from inhibition...
March 26, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344192/effect-of-investigational-kisspeptin-metastin-analog-tak-683-on-luteinizing-hormone-secretion-at-different-stages-of-the-luteal-phase-in-goats
#12
Larasati Puji Rahayu, Mohammed El Behiry, Natsumi Endo, Tomomi Tanaka
This study aimed to examine the response of luteinizing hormone (LH) secretion and ovarian steroid profile to TAK-683, an investigational metastin/kisspeptin analog, through treatment during different stages of the luteal phase in goats. Nine cycling Shiba goats (4.4 ± 2.3 years old) were assigned to early luteal phase (ELP, n = 4), mid-luteal phase (MLP, n = 4), and control (n = 5) groups. The ELP and MLP groups were administered 50 µg of TAK-683 intravenously on either day 5 or between days 7-14 after ovulation, respectively...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344194/an-administration-of-tak-683-at-a-minimally-effective-dose-for-luteinizing-hormone-stimulation-under-the-absence-of-the-ovary-induces-luteinizing-hormone-surge-in-ovary-intact-goats
#13
Nahoko Kanai, Natsumi Endo, Satoshi Ohkura, Yoshihiro Wakabayashi, Hisanori Matsui, Hirokazu Matsumoto, Kaori Ishikawa, Akira Tanaka, Tatsuya Watanabe, Hiroaki Okamura, Tomomi Tanaka
The present study aimed to evaluate hormonal responses and their association with the TAK-683 blood concentrations in goats administered TAK-683 at a low dose, which had been previously determined as the minimally effective dose for luteinizing hormone (LH) stimulation in ovariectomized goats. In Experiment 1, 5 µg of TAK-683 treatment had no significant stimulatory effect on LH secretion in ovariectomized Shiba goats (n = 4). In Experiment 2, cycling goats received the treatment of prostaglandin F2α and progesterone-releasing controlled internal drug releasing (CIDR) to induce the follicular phase, then they were treated with 5 µg of TAK-683 (hour 0) intravenously (n = 4, IV) or subcutaneously (n = 3, SC) or with vehicle intravenously (n = 4, control) at 12 h after CIDR removal...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331165/tim-3-and-pd-1-regulate-cd8-t-cell-function-to-maintain-early-pregnancy-in-mice
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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