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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757527/rad51-maintains-chromosome-integrity-and-mitochondrial-distribution-during-porcine-oocyte-maturation-in-vitro
#1
Zhe-Long Jin, Nam-Hyung Kim
DNA repair protein RAD51 homolog 1 (RAD51) plays a central role in homologous recombination (HR) repair of DNA breaks. HR depends on the formation of a RAD51 recombinase filament that facilitates strand invasion. However, the role of RAD51 during porcine oocyte maturation is unknown. The objective of this study was to investigate the expression and function of RAD51 during porcine oocyte maturation in vitro. RAD51 was mainly localized to the nucleus at the germinal vesicle (GV) stage, and was widely distributed in the cytoplasm between the GV breakdown (GVBD) and metaphase II stage...
July 30, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701622/effects-on-glycocalyx-structures-of-frozen-thawed-bovine-sperm-induced-by-flow-cytometry-and-artificial-capacitation
#2
Kohei Umezu, Yuuki Hiradate, Takashi Numabe, Kenshiro Hara, Kentaro Tanemura
Sperm sorting by flow cytometry is a useful technology in the bovine industry, but the conception rates after artificial insemination using sex-sorted sperm are lower than when using the un-sorted sperm. In this study, we have investigated the causes for these low conception rates. We have focused on changes caused by flow cytometry to the glycocalyx, which forms the outermost surface of the sperm membrane. We have also evaluated the effects of capacitation on the glycocalyx since capacitation involves a redistribution of the sperm membrane that is vital for successful fertilization and conception...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690291/geminin-deletion-in-pre-meiotic-dna-replication-stage-causes-spermatogenesis-defect-and-infertility
#3
Yue Yuan, Xue-Shan Ma, Qiu-Xia Liang, Zhao-Yang Xu, Lin Huang, Tie-Gang Meng, Fei Lin, Heide Schatten, Zhen-Bo Wang, Qing-Yuan Sun
Geminin plays a critical role in cell cycle regulation by regulating DNA replication and serves as a transcriptional molecular switch that directs cell fate decisions. Spermatogonia lacking Geminin disappear during the initial wave of mitotic proliferation, while geminin is not required for meiotic progression of spermatocytes. It is unclear whether geminin plays a role in pre-meiotic DNA replication in later-stage spermatogonia and their subsequent differentiation. Here, we selectively disrupted Geminin in the male germline using the Stra8-Cre/loxP conditional knockout system...
July 9, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652559/expression-of-thyroid-hormone-regulator-genes-in-the-yolk-sac-membrane-of-the-developing-chicken-embryo
#4
Hanny Cho Too, Mitsuhiro Shibata, Masato Yayota, Veerle M Darras, Atsushi Iwasawa
Thyroid hormones (THs) are essential for the correct development of nearly every structure in the body from the very early stages of development, yet the embryonic thyroid gland is not functional at these stages. To clarify the roles of the egg yolk as a source of THs, the TH content in the yolk and the expression of TH regulator genes in the yolk sac membrane were evaluated throughout the 21-day incubation period of chicken embryos. The yolk TH content (22.3 ng triiodothyronine and 654.7 ng thyroxine per total yolk on day 4 of incubation) decreased almost linearly along with development...
June 25, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638003/molecular-and-cellular-events-during-blastocyst-implantation-in-the-receptive-uterus-clues-from-mouse-models
#5
Hiromichi Matsumoto
The success of implantation is an interactive process between the blastocyst and the uterus. Synchronized development of embryos with uterine differentiation to a receptive state is necessary to complete pregnancy. The period of uterine receptivity for implantation is limited and referred to as the "implantation window", which is regulated by ovarian steroid hormones. Implantation process is complicated due to the many signaling molecules in the hierarchical mechanisms with the embryo-uterine dialogue. The mouse is widely used in animal research, and is uniquely suited for reproductive studies, i...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603222/bovine-embryo-induces-an-anti-inflammatory-response-in-uterine-epithelial-cells-and-immune-cells-in-vitro-possible-involvement-of-interferon-tau-as-an-intermediator
#6
Anup K Talukder, Mohamed S Yousef, Mohammad B Rashid, Kensuke Awai, Tomas J Acosta, Takashi Shimizu, Kiyoshi Okuda, Masayuki Shimada, Kazuhiko Imakawa, Akio Miyamoto
Recent observations suggest that the bovine uterus starts to react to the early embryo immediately after its arrival from the oviduct. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of the early developing embryo on the immune-related gene profile in bovine uterine epithelial cells (BUECs) in vitro, and to further examine the impact of conditioned media (CM), either from embryo-BUEC co-culture or embryo culture alone, on gene expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). First, BUECs were co-cultured with morulae (n = 10) for D5-D9 (D0 = IVF), and gene expression in BUECs was analyzed...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603221/modification-of-mitochondrial-function-cytoplasmic-lipid-content-and-cryosensitivity-of-bovine-embryos-by-resveratrol
#7
Takahito Abe, Ryouka Kawahara-Miki, Tomotaka Hara, Tatsuo Noguchi, Takeshi Hayashi, Koumei Shirasuna, Takehito Kuwayama, Hisataka Iwata
Resveratrol is a potent activator of NAD-dependent deacetyltransferase sirtuin-1 (SIRT1) and affects lipid metabolism and ATP generation in somatic cells. In the present study, the effects of supplementing culture medium with resveratrol on lipid metabolism, ATP generation, and cryosensitivity of bovine in vitro produced embryos were investigated. Bovine early cleaved-stage embryos were cultured in medium containing 0 or 0.5 µM resveratrol for 1 or 5 days. Resveratrol treatment for both 1 day and 5 days increased the expression levels of SIRT1 and phosphorylated AMP-activated protein kinase (pAMPK) in the embryos...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603220/mir-6539-is-a-novel-mediator-of-somatic-cell-reprogramming-that-represses-the-translation-of-dnmt3b
#8
Fujia Wu, Li Tao, Shuai Gao, Likun Ren, Zhuqing Wang, Shumin Wang, Jianhui Tian, Lei An
Global DNA hypomethylation has been shown to be involved in the pluripotency of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. Relatedly, DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) are believed to be a substantial barrier to genome-wide demethylation. There are two distinct stages of DNMT expression during iPS cell generation. In the earlier stage of reprogramming, the expression of DNMTs is repressed to overcome epigenetic barriers. During the late stage, the expression of DNMTs is upregulated to ensure iPS cells obtain the full pluripotency required for further development...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579579/regulation-of-zygotic-gene-activation-by-chromatin-structure-and-epigenetic-factors
#9
Satoshi Funaya, Fugaku Aoki
After fertilization, the genomes derived from an oocyte and spermatozoon are in a transcriptionally silent state before becoming activated at a species-specific time. In mice, the initiation of transcription occurs at the mid-one-cell stage, which represents the start of the gene expression program. A recent RNA sequencing analysis revealed that the gene expression pattern of one-cell embryos is unique and changes dramatically at the two-cell stage. However, the mechanism regulating this alteration has not yet been elucidated...
June 3, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579598/rabbit-models-for-biomedical-research-revisited-via-genome-editing-approaches
#10
Arata Honda, Atsuo Ogura
Although the laboratory rabbit has long contributed to many paradigmatic studies in biology and medicine, it is often considered to be a "classical animal model" because in the last 30 years, the laboratory mouse has been more often used, thanks to the availability of embryonic stem cells that have allowed the generation of gene knockout (KO) animals. However, recent genome-editing strategies have changed this unrivaled condition; so far, more than 10 mammalian species have been added to the list of KO animals...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552886/administration-of-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-agonist-on-day-5-increases-luteal-blood-flow-and-improves-pregnancy-prediction-accuracy-on-day-14-in-recipient-holstein-cows
#11
Tomomi Kanazawa, Motohide Seki, Keiki Ishiyama, Masao Araseki, Yoshiaki Izaike, Toru Takahashi
This study assessed the effects of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) treatment on Day 5 (Day 0 = estrus) on luteal blood flow and accuracy of pregnancy prediction in recipient cows. On Day 5, 120 lactating Holstein cows were randomly assigned to a control group (n = 63) or GnRH group treated with 100 μg of GnRH agonist (n = 57). On Days 3, 5, 7, and 14, each cow underwent ultrasound examination to measure the blood flow area (BFA) and time-averaged maximum velocity (TAMV) at the spiral arteries at the base of the corpus luteum using color Doppler ultrasonography...
May 28, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552864/development-related-changes-in-the-expression-of-the-ovarian-kiss1-and-kiss1r-genes-and-their-sensitivity-to-hcg-in-prepubertal-female-rats
#12
Mikio Yamasaki, Akira Kuwahara, Takeshi Iwasa, Yuri Yamamoto, Yuka Taniguchi, Yuya Yano, Sumika Matsui, Toshiya Matsuzaki, Minoru Irahara
Kisspeptin, which is encoded by the Kiss1 gene, and its receptor, the G protein-coupled receptor 54 (Kiss1r), play important roles in the regulation of reproductive functions in mammals. Several studies have shown that the Kiss1 and Kiss1r genes are expressed in the rat, primate, and human ovaries, and that the ovarian kisspeptin system plays a pivotal role in ovulation at the proestrous stage in adulthood. The purpose of this study was to evaluate development-related changes in the expression of ovarian Kiss1 and Kiss1r genes and in kisspeptin levels, and to identify the regulatory factors for these genes during the prepubertal period...
May 27, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552887/selection-of-viable-in-vitro-fertilized-bovine-embryos-using-time-lapse-monitoring-in-microwell-culture-dishes
#13
Satoshi Sugimura, Tomonori Akai, Kei Imai
Conventionally, in vitro-fertilized (IVF) bovine embryos for transfer are morphologically evaluated at day 7-8 of embryo culture. This method is, however, subjective and results in unreliable selection. We previously described a novel selection system for IVF bovine blastocysts for transfer that traces the development of individual embryos with time-lapse monitoring in our specially developed microwell culture dishes (LinKID micro25). The system can noninvasively identify prognostic factors that reflect viability after transfer...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413176/investigating-right-ovary-degeneration-in-chick-embryos-by-transcriptome-sequencing
#14
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)...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392504/defects-in-the-first-wave-of-folliculogenesis-in-mouse-xo-ovaries
#15
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...
June 21, 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
#16
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...
June 21, 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
#17
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...
June 21, 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
#18
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...
June 21, 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
#19
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...
June 21, 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
#20
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...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
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