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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638003/molecular-and-cellular-events-during-blastocyst-implantation-in-the-receptive-uterus-clues-from-mouse-models
#1
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/28579579/regulation-of-zygotic-gene-activation-by-chromatin-structure-and-epigenetic-factors
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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
#6
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/28515391/advanced-glycation-end-products-regulate-interleukin-1%C3%AE-production-in-human-placenta
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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
#12
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
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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/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
#17
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...
April 21, 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
#18
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)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163265/significant-heparin-effect-on-bovine-embryo-development-during-sexed-in-vitro-fertilization
#19
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...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163263/decrease-in-body-surface-temperature-before-parturition-in-ewes
#20
Hisashi Nabenishi, Atusi 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...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
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