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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070055/superovulatory-responses-in-cynomolgus-monkeys-macaca-fascicularis-depend-on-the-interaction-between-donor-status-and-superovulation-method-used
#1
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
#2
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/27980237/prediction-of-blastocyst-development-and-implantation-potential-in-utero-based-on-the-third-cleavage-and-compaction-times-in-mouse-pre-implantation-embryos
#3
Jihyun Kim, Seok Hyun Kim, Jin Hyun Jun
Cytokinesis and cell division during pre-implantation embryonic development occur as an orchestrated spatiotemporal program. Cleavage, compaction, and blastulation in pre-implantation embryos are essential for successful implantation and pregnancy. Their alteration is associated with chromosomal imbalance and loss of developmental competence. In this study, we evaluated the time of cleavage and compaction as predictors for in vitro pre- and peri-implantation development and in utero implantation potential by time-lapse monitoring...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980236/expression-of-uterine-lipocalin-2-and-its-receptor-during-early-to-mid-pregnancy-period-in-mares
#4
Shingo Haneda, Kentaro Nagaoka, Yasuo Nambo, Masato Kikuchi, Yasuko Nakano, Junyou Li, Motozumi Matsui, Yo-Ichi Miyake, Kazuhiko Imakawa
From previous cDNA subtraction studies analyzing gene expression in equine endometrium, high lipocalin 2 (LCN2) mRNA expression was found in the gravid endometrium. In the uterus, LCN2 may transport hydrophobic molecules and siderophores with iron, or may form a complex with another protein, however, the expression of uterine LCN2 beyond day 20 of equine pregnancy and its receptor has not been characterized. To study the expression and potential roles of uterine LCN2 from pre-implantation to mid-gestation period, stage-specific endometrial samples were obtained from day 13 (day 0 = ovulation) cyclic and days 13, 19, 25, and 60 to 131 pregnant mares...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941302/effects-of-downregulating-tead4-transcripts-by-rna-interference-on-early-development-of-bovine-embryos
#5
Nobuyuki Sakurai, Kazuki Takahashi, Natsuko Emura, Tsutomu Hashizume, Ken Sawai
Transcription factor TEA domain family transcription factor 4 (Tead4) is one of the key factors involved in the differentiation of the trophectoderm (TE) in murine embryos. However, knowledge on the roles of TEAD4 in preimplantation development during bovine embryos is currently limited. This study examined the transcript and protein expression patterns of TEAD4 and attempted to elucidate the functions of TEAD4 during bovine preimplantation development using RNA interference. TEAD4 mRNA was found to be upregulated between the 16-cell and morula stages, and nuclear localization of the TEAD4 protein was detected at the morula stage, as well as in subsequent developmental stages...
December 11, 2016: 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
#6
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...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904014/male-infertility-related-molecules-involved-in-sperm-oocyte-fusion
#7
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...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890874/development-of-a-lipopolysaccharide-lps-supplemented-adjuvant-and-its-effects-on-cell-mediated-and-humoral-immune-responses-in-male-rats-immunized-against-sperm
#8
Junko Noguchi, Shinya Watanabe, Thanh Q Dang Nguyen, Kazuhiro Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Kaneko
Supplementation with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) from non-pathogenic Escherichia coli was found to enhance the adjuvant effects of a veterinary vaccine adjuvant (ISA 71VG(®)). Sperm immunization using 71VG as an adjuvant in the immature period induced infertility in 25% of male rats, whereas this increased to 62.5% after immunization with 71VG + LPS or Freund's complete adjuvant (FCA). Mean testicular weight of non-sterile males in the 71VG + LPS group was significantly lower than that in the 71VG or FCA group...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890873/overabundance-of-sika-deer-and-immunocontraception
#9
Junko Noguchi
The impact of deer overabundance is a worldwide problem. Along with habitat expansion and population increase, damage by sika deer to the forest ecosystem and agriculture has become a serious issue in Japan. Deer also transmit a number of diseases and parasites to humans and livestock. The overabundance of deer is a result of their strong fecundity, and therefore the present situation should, in theory, be tackled by experts in reproductive biology.
November 28, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867162/a-unique-mechanism-regulating-gene-expression-in-1-cell-embryos
#10
Ryoma Yamamoto, Fugaku Aoki
After fertilization, the genome of zygotes is transcriptionally silent. The timing of the initiation of transcription is species-specific and occurs at the mid-1-cell stage in mice. Recent analyses using high-throughput sequencing (HTS) have identified thousands of genes transcribed at the 1-cell stage, and the pattern of expression among these genes appears to be unique. In this article, we show the result of an additional analysis using HTS data from a previous study, and present the hypothesis that an extremely loose chromatin structure causes promiscuous gene expression in 1-cell embryos...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867161/departure-from-optimal-o2-level-for-mouse-trophoblast-stem-cell-proliferation-and-potency-leads-to-most-rapid-ampk-activation
#11
Yu Yang, Zhongliang Jiang, Alan Bolnick, Jing Dai, Elizabeth E Puscheck, Daniel A Rappolee
Previous studies showed that cultured mouse trophoblast stem cells (mTSCs) have the most rapid proliferation, normal maintenance of stemness/potency, the least spontaneous differentiation, and the lowest level of stress-activated protein kinase (SAPK) when incubated at 2% O2 rather than at the traditional 20% O2 or hypoxic (0.5% and 0% O2) conditions. Switching from 2% O2 induced fast SAPK responses. Here we tested the dose response of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in its active form (pAMPK Thr172P) at O2 levels from 20-0%, and also tested whether pAMPK levels show similar rapid changes when mTSC cultures were switched from the optimal 2% O2 to other O2 conditions...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853050/long-term-changes-in-plasma-anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-concentration-and-the-relationship-with-superovulatory-response-in-japanese-black-cattle
#12
Hiroki Hirayama, Akira Naito, Shigeo Fukuda, Takashi Fujii, Masatsugu Asada, Yasushi Inaba, Toshiro Takedomi, Masakazu Kawamata, Satoru Moriyasu, Soichi Kageyama
The concentration of circulating anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) in cattle is a useful endocrine marker for ovarian response to superovulation. Although the AMH concentration undergoes little variation throughout the estrous cycle, its long-term changes remain incompletely understood. Here, we investigated the relationship between superovulation response and plasma AMH concentration in Japanese Black cattle and the long-term changes in plasma AMH concentration of embryo donor cows and heifers. The median, 25th percentile, and 75th percentile of AMH concentrations in 222 mature animals were 0...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27840375/hypoxia-inducible-factor-1-mediates-hypoxia-enhanced-synthesis-of-progesterone-during-luteinization-of-granulosa-cells
#13
Fadhillah, Shin Yoshioka, Ryo Nishimura, Yuki Yamamoto, Koji Kimura, Kiyoshi Okuda
Hypoxia has been suggested to enhance progesterone (P4) synthesis in luteinizing granulosa cells (GCs), but the mechanism is unclear. The present study was designed to test the hypothesis that the hypoxia-induced increase in P4 synthesis during luteinization in bovine GCs is mediated by hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1). GCs obtained from small antral follicles were cultured with 2 µg/ml insulin in combination with 10 µM forskolin for 24 h as a model of luteinizing GCs. To examine the influence of HIF-1 on P4 synthesis, we determined the effect of changes in protein expression of the α-subunit of HIF-1 (HIF1A) on P4 production and on the expression levels of StAR, P450scc, and 3β-HSD...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795465/improvement-of-the-developmental-competence-of-porcine-oocytes-collected-from-early-antral-follicles-by-cytoplast-fusion
#14
Thanh Quang Dang-Nguyen, Ruth Appeltant, Tamas Somfai, Shinya Ishihara, Nguyen Thi Men, Elisa Caroline da Silva Santos, Junko Noguchi, Hiroyuki Kaneko, Kazuhiro Kikuchi
In the present study, we propose an alternative technique called cytoplast fusion to improve the maturation rate and developmental competence of growing oocytes collected from early antral follicles in pigs. We examined whether the fusion of a growing oocyte with the cytoplast from a fully-grown oocyte (CFR group) could better promote maturation and developmental competence of the growing oocyte compared to germinal vesicle (GV) transfer (GVTR group). After 44 h of in vitro maturation (IVM), most growing oocytes (GR group) were still arrested at the GV stage (64...
October 29, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773888/%C3%AE-aminobutyric-acid-suppresses-enhancement-of-hamster-sperm-hyperactivation-by-5-hydroxytryptamine
#15
Masakatsu Fujinoki, Gen L Takei
Sperm hyperactivation is regulated by hormones present in the oviduct. In hamsters, 5-hydroxytryptamine (5HT) enhances hyperactivation associated with the 5HT2 receptor and 5HT4 receptor, while 17β-estradiol (E2) and γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) suppress the association of the estrogen receptor and GABAA receptor, respectively. In the present study, we examined the regulatory interactions among 5HT, GABA, and E2 in the regulation of hamster sperm hyperactivation. When sperm were exposed to E2 prior to 5HT exposure, E2 did not affect 5HT-enhanced hyperactivation...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773885/involvement-of-dna-methylation-in-regulating-rat-prop1-gene-expression-during-pituitary-organogenesis
#16
Hiroto Nishihara, Saishu Yoshida, Naoko Kanno, Naoto Nishimura, Hiroki Ueharu, Jun Ohgane, Takako Kato, Yukio Kato
PROP1 is a pituitary specific transcription factor that plays a crucial role in pituitary organogenesis. The Prop1 shows varied expression patterns that promptly emerge and then fade during the early embryonic period. However, the regulatory mechanisms governing Prop1 expression remain unclear. Here, we investigated whether Prop1 was under epigenetic regulation by DNA methylation. Bisulfite sequencing was performed on DNA obtained from the pituitary glands and livers of rats on embryonic days (E) 13.5 and E14...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773884/efficient-mutagenesis-by-crispr-cas-system-during-meiotic-maturation-of-porcine-oocytes
#17
Asuka Onuma, Wataru Fujii, Koji Sugiura, Kunihiko Naito
Genome editing using the CRISPR/Cas system can induce mutations with high efficiency, and allows easier production of genome-modified animals than that offered by the conventional method where embryonic stem cells are used. However, studies using CRISPR/Cas systems have been mostly limited to proliferating somatic cells and pronuclear-stage fertilized eggs. In contrast, the efficiency of a CRISPR/Cas system in immature and maturing oocytes progressing through meiosis has not yet been assessed. In the present study, we evaluated the genome-modification efficiency of the CRISPR/Cas system during meiotic maturation of porcine oocytes...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27725347/lack-of-calcium-oscillation-causes-failure-of-oocyte-activation-after-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-in-pigs
#18
Michiko Nakai, Junya Ito, Shun-Ichi Suzuki, Dai-Ichiro Fuchimoto, Shoichiro Sembon, Misae Suzuki, Junko Noguchi, Hiroyuki Kaneko, Akira Onishi, Naomi Kashiwazaki, Kazuhiro Kikuchi
In pigs, the efficiency of embryo production after intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is still low because of frequent failure of normal fertilization, which involves formation of two polar bodies and two pronuclei. To clarify the reasons for this, we hypothesized that ICSI does not properly trigger sperm-induced fertilization events, especially intracellular Ca(2+) signaling, also known as Ca(2+) oscillation. We also suspected that the use of in vitro-matured oocytes might negatively affect fertilization events and embryonic development of sperm-injected oocytes...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27725346/efficient-pig-icsi-using-percoll-selected-spermatozoa-evidence-for-the-essential-role-of-phospholipase-c-%C3%AE-in-icsi-success
#19
Michiko Nakai, Shun-Ichi Suzuki, Junya Ito, Dai-Ichiro Fuchimoto, Shoichiro Sembon, Junko Noguchi, Akira Onishi, Naomi Kashiwazaki, Kazuhiro Kikuchi
In pigs, the damaged sperm membrane leads to leakage of phospholipase C-ζ (PLCζ), which has been identified as a sperm factor, and a reduction of oocyte-activating ability. In this study, we investigated whether sperm selected by Percoll gradient centrifugation (Percoll) have sufficient PLCζ, and whether the efficiency of fertilization and blastocyst formation after intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) using Percoll-selected sperm can be improved. Percoll-selected sperm (Percoll group) or sperm without Percoll selection (Control group) were used...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27665783/meiotic-cohesin-subunits-rad21l-and-rec8-are-positioned-at-distinct-regions-between-lateral-elements-and-transverse-filaments-in-the-synaptonemal-complex-of-mouse-spermatocytes
#20
Mei Rong, Atsushi Matsuda, Yasushi Hiraoka, Jibak Lee
Cohesins containing a meiosis-specific α-kleisin subunit, RAD21L or REC8, play roles in diverse aspects of meiotic chromosome dynamics including formation of axial elements (AEs), assembly of the synaptonemal complex (SC), recombination of homologous chromosomes (homologs), and cohesion of sister chromatids. However, the exact functions of individual α-kleisins remain to be elucidated. Here, we examined the localization of RAD21L and REC8 within the SC by super-resolution microscopy, 3D-SIM. We found that both RAD21L and REC8 were localized at the connection sites between lateral elements (LEs) and transverse filaments (TFs) of pachynema with RAD21L locating interior to REC8 sites...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
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