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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413176/investigating-right-ovary-degeneration-in-chick-embryos-by-transcriptome-sequencing
#1
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
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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
#12
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
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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