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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126233/endothelin-1-promotes-human-germinal-vesicle-stage-oocyte-maturation-by-downregulating-connexin-26-expression-in-cumulus-cells
#1
Long Cui, Jiajie Shen, Li Fang, Xiaodan Mao, Hanzhi Wang, Yinghui Ye
STUDY QUESTION: Does endothelin-1 (ET-1) promote human oocyte maturation and by what mechanism? SUMMARY ANSWER: Addition of ET-1 to the medium in which human germinal vesicle (GV)-stage immature oocytes are cultured enhances the GV breakdown (GVBD) rate; the resumption of meiosis may be initiated by ET-1 downregulating the expression of connexin-26 (Cx26) in cumulus cells via endothelin receptor type B (ETRB), leading to decreased cAMP levels in the oocyte. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The paracrine factor ET-1 is secreted by ovarian somatic cells in pre-ovulatory follicles and regulates oocyte maturation in mice...
November 8, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126204/proteomic-analysis-of-germinal-vesicles-in-the-domestic-cat-model-reveals-candidate-nuclear-proteins-involved-in-oocyte-competence-acquisition
#2
P-C Lee, D E Wildt, P Comizzoli
STUDY QUESTION: Do nuclear proteins in the germinal vesicle (GV) contribute to oocyte competence acquisition during folliculogenesis? SUMMARY ANSWER: Proteomic analysis of GVs identified candidate proteins for oocyte competence acquisition, including a key RNA processing protein - heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein A2/B1 (hnRNPA2B1). WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The domestic cat GV, which is physiologically similar to the human GV, gains the intrinsic ability to resume meiosis and support early embryo development during the pre-antral-to-antral follicle transition...
November 8, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126140/zona-pellucida-binding-protein-2-zpbp2-and-several-proteins-containing-bx7b-motifs-in-human-sperm-may-have-hyaluronic-acid-binding-or-recognition-properties
#3
F Torabi, O A Bogle, J M Estanyol, R Oliva, D Miller
STUDY QUESTION: Are there novel hyaladherins in human sperm? SUMMARY ANSWER: Zona pellucida-binding protein 2 (ZPBP2), containing a Link-like hyaluronic acid (HA)-binding domain, and several other proteins containing BX7B motifs, such as ADAM32 and Midkine, may be novel hyaladherins with HA-binding properties. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: HA-binding proteins (hyaladherins), which can bind HA surrounding the cumulus-oophorus complex, are distinct from hyases such as PH 20 (SPAM1) and are expressed by mature spermatozoa...
November 8, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121349/naringenin-induces-mitochondria-mediated-apoptosis-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-by-regulating-mapk-and-akt-signal-transduction-pathways-in-endometriosis-cells
#4
Sunwoo Park, Whasun Lim, Fuller W Bazer, Gwonhwa Song
STUDY QUESTION: Does the flavonoid naringenin inhibit proliferation of human endometriosis cells? SUMMARY ANSWER: Naringenin suppresses proliferation and increases apoptosis via depolarization of mitochondrial membrane potential and generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in human endometriosis cells. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: For management of endometriosis, hormonal therapy is commonly used to decrease production of estrogens by the ovaries, but that has limitations including undesirable side effects with long-term therapies...
November 7, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069483/protein-profile-of-mouse-ovarian-follicles-grown-in-vitro
#5
Amandine Anastácio, Kenny A Rodriguez-Wallberg, Solenne Chardonnet, Cédric Pionneau, Christian Fédérici, Teresa Almeida Santos, Catherine Poirot
STUDY QUESTION: Could the follicle proteome be mapped by identifying specific proteins that are common or differ between three developmental stages from the secondary follicle to the antrum-like stage? SUMMARY ANSWER: From a total of 1401 proteins identified in the follicles, 609 were common to the three developmental stages investigated and 444 were found uniquely at one of the stages. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The importance of the follicle as a functional structure has been recognized; however, up-to-date the proteome of the whole follicle has not been described...
October 23, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040653/regulatory-mechanisms-of-sperm-flagellar-motility-by-metachronal-and-synchronous-sliding-of-doublet-microtubules
#6
Gen L Takei, Masakatsu Fujinoki, Kaoru Yoshida, Sumio Ishijima
STUDY QUESTION: What is the role of metachronal and synchronous sliding in sperm flagellar motility? SUMMARY ANSWER: Both metachronal and oscillatory synchronous sliding are essential for sperm flagellar motility, while the change in mode of synchronous sliding between the non-oscillatory synchronous sliding of a specific pair of the doublet microtubules and the oscillatory synchronous sliding between most pairs of doublet microtubules modulates the sperm flagellar motility...
October 11, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117333/oleic-acid-stimulation-of-motility-of-human-extravillous-trophoblast-cells-is-mediated-by-stearoyl-coa-desaturase-1-activity
#7
Changwon Yang, Whasun Lim, Fuller W Bazer, Gwonhwa Song
STUDY QUESTION: Do fatty acids regulate development and motility of human extravillous trophoblast cells (EVTs)? SUMMARY ANSWER: Oleic acid is a promising lipid molecule that has beneficial effects on motility and development of human EVTs. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Fatty acid uptake into trophoblast cells is important for maintaining cellular events during pregnancy, but the molecular mechanisms of action of various fatty acids, including trans fatty acids, saturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty acids, in EVT cell lines are not clear...
November 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040674/evaluation-of-apoptotic-and-autophagic-related-protein-expressions-before-and-after-ivm-of-fresh-slow-frozen-and-vitrified-pre-pubertal-mouse-testicular-tissue
#8
L Dumont, F Chalmel, A Oblette, B Berby, A Rives, V Duchesne, C Rondanino, N Rives
STUDY QUESTION: Do freezing and in vitro culture procedures enhance the expression of proteins involved in apoptotic or autophagic pathways in murine pre-pubertal testicular tissue? SUMMARY ANSWER: IVM strongly modified apoptosis- and autophagy-related relative protein levels in mice testicular tissue whereas the impact of cryopreservation procedures was minimal at the end of the culture. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In vitro spermatogenesis remains a challenging technical issue as it imposes to find a very close balance between survival and death of germ cell natural precursors (i...
November 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040664/coumestrol-induces-mitochondrial-dysfunction-by-stimulating-ros-production-and-calcium-ion-influx-into-mitochondria-in-human-placental-choriocarcinoma-cells
#9
Whasun Lim, Changwon Yang, Muhah Jeong, Fuller W Bazer, Gwonhwa Song
STUDY QUESTION: Does coumestrol inhibit proliferation of human placental choriocarcinoma cells? SUMMARY ANSWER: Coumestrol promotes cell death in the choriocarcinoma cells by regulating ERK1/2 MAPK and JNK MAPK signaling pathways and through disruption of Ca2+ and ROS homeostasis. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: A number of patients who suffer from choriocarcinomas fail to survive due to delayed diagnosis or a recurrent tumor and resistance to traditional chemotherapy using platinum-based agents and methotrexate...
November 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28962017/treatment-with-aicar-inhibits-blastocyst-development-trophectoderm-differentiation-and-tight-junction-formation-and-function-in-mice
#10
Michele D Calder, Nicole A Edwards, Dean H Betts, Andrew J Watson
STUDY QUESTION: What is the impact of adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation on blastocyst formation, gene expression, and tight junction formation and function? SUMMARY ANSWER: AMPK activity must be tightly controlled for normal preimplantation development and blastocyst formation to occur. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: AMPK isoforms are detectable in oocytes, cumulus cells and preimplantation embryos. Cultured embryos are subject to many stresses that can activate AMPK...
November 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28961924/glycerol-and-testicular-activity-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly
#11
Luís Crisóstomo, Marco G Alves, Giuseppe Calamita, Mário Sousa, Pedro F Oliveira
Over the past decades, there have been several studies suggesting that semen quality is declining. Interestingly, these observations are paired with a significant increase in the number of individuals diagnosed with metabolic diseases, including obesity and diabetes mellitus. Hence, it is tempting to hypothesize that obesity and its associated comorbidities and risk factors (such as a hypercaloric diets) impair the homeostasis of the male reproductive health, with a possible direct effect on the testes. The blood and interstitial fluids of obese individuals usually have increased levels of glycerol, notably due to triglyceride and phospholipid catabolism and high fructose intake...
November 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044421/heterogeneous-hcg-and-hmg-commercial-preparations-result-in-different-intracellular-signalling-but-induce-a-similar-long-term-progesterone-response-in-vitro
#12
Laura Riccetti, Danièle Klett, Mohammed Akli Ayoub, Thomas Boulo, Elisa Pignatti, Simonetta Tagliavini, Manuela Varani, Tommaso Trenti, Alessia Nicoli, Francesco Capodanno, Giovanni Battista La Sala, Eric Reiter, Manuela Simoni, Livio Casarini
STUDY QUESTION: Are four urinary hCG/menotropin (hMG) and one recombinant preparation characterized by different molecular features and do they mediate specific intracellular signaling and steroidogenesis? SUMMARY ANSWER: hCG and hMG preparations have heterogeneous compositions and mediate preparation-specific cell signaling and early steroidogenesis, although similar progesterone plateau levels are achieved in 24 h-treated human primary granulosa cells in vitro...
October 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044420/characterization-of-a-novel-role-for-the-dynamin-mechanoenzymes-in-the-regulation-of-human-sperm-acrosomal-exocytosis
#13
Wei Zhou, Amanda L Anderson, Adrian P Turner, Geoffry N De Iuliis, Adam McCluskey, Eileen A McLaughlin, Brett Nixon
STUDY QUESTION: Does dynamin regulate human sperm acrosomal exocytosis? SUMMARY ANSWER: Our studies of dynamin localization and function have implicated this family of mechanoenzymes in the regulation of progesterone-induced acrosomal exocytosis in human spermatozoa. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Completion of an acrosome reaction is a prerequisite for successful fertilization in all studied mammalian species. It follows that failure to complete this unique exocytotic event represents a common aetiology in the defective spermatozoa of male infertility patients that have failed IVF in a clinical setting...
October 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28961951/the-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-associated-gene-yap1-is-regulated-by-gonadotropins-and-sex-steroid-hormones-in-hyperandrogenism-induced-oligo-ovulation-in-mouse
#14
Shu-Yan Ji, Xiao-Man Liu, Bo-Tai Li, Yin-Li Zhang, Hong-Bin Liu, Yu-Chao Zhang, Zi-Jiang Chen, Junping Liu, Heng-Yu Fan
STUDY QUESTION: What is the physiological function of Yes-associated protein-1 (Yap1), a susceptibility gene for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), in ovarian granulosa cells (GCs)? SUMMARY ANSWER: Physiologically, steroid sex hormones stimulate follicle growth by activating YAP1; however, the preovulatory inhibition of YAP1 activity in GCs is a prerequisite of LH actions. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: PCOS is a common gynecologic and endocrine disease with multiple short and long-term consequences...
October 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911214/growth-regulation-by-estrogen-in-breast-cancer-1-greb1-is-a-novel-progesterone-responsive-gene-required-for-human-endometrial-stromal-decidualization
#15
Alison J Camden, Maria M Szwarc, Sangappa B Chadchan, Francesco J DeMayo, Bert W O'Malley, John P Lydon, Ramakrishna Kommagani
STUDY QUESTION: Is Growth Regulation by Estrogen in Breast Cancer 1 (GREB1) required for progesterone-driven endometrial stromal cell decidualization? SUMMARY ANSWER: GREB1 is a novel progesterone-responsive gene required for progesterone-driven human endometrial stromal cell (HESC) decidualization. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Successful establishment of pregnancy requires HESCs to transform from fibroblastic to epithelioid cells in a process called decidualization...
September 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911213/effects-of-oncotherapy-on-testicular-stem-cells-and-niche
#16
Deepa Bhartiya, Sandhya Anand
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911212/apposition-to-endometrial-epithelial-cells-activates-mouse-blastocysts-for-implantation
#17
Peter T Ruane, Stéphane C Berneau, Rebekka Koeck, Jessica Watts, Susan J Kimber, Daniel R Brison, Melissa Westwood, John D Aplin
STUDY QUESTION: How do interactions between blastocyst-stage embryos and endometrial epithelial cells regulate the early stages of implantation in an in vitro model? SUMMARY ANSWER: Mouse blastocyst apposition with human endometrial epithelial cells initiates trophectoderm differentiation to trophoblast, which goes on to breach the endometrial epithelium. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In vitro models using mouse blastocysts and human endometrial cell lines have proven invaluable in the molecular characterisation of embryo attachment to endometrial epithelium at the onset of implantation...
September 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911211/are-there-intracellular-ca2-oscillations-correlated-with-flagellar-beating-in-human-sperm-a-three-vs-two-dimensional-analysis
#18
G Corkidi, F Montoya, P Hernández-Herrera, W A Ríos-Herrera, M F Müller, C L Treviño, A Darszon
STUDY QUESTION: Are there intracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) oscillations correlated with flagellar beating in human sperm? SUMMARY ANSWER: The results reveal statistically significant [Ca2+]i oscillations that are correlated with the human sperm flagellar beating frequency, when measured in three-dimensions (3D). WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Fast [Ca2+]i oscillations that are correlated to the beating flagellar frequency of cells swimming in a restricted volume have been detected in hamster sperm...
September 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911210/a20-an-essential-component-of-the-ubiquitin-editing-protein-complex-is-a-negative-regulator-of-inflammation-in-human-myometrium-and-foetal-membranes
#19
Martha Lappas
STUDY QUESTION: Does A20 regulate mediators involved in the terminal processes of human labour in primary myometrial and amnion cells? SUMMARY ANSWER: A20 is a nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) responsive gene that acts as a negative regulator of NF-κB-induced expression of pro-labour mediators. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Inflammation is commonly implicated in spontaneous preterm birth and the processes involved in rupture of foetal membranes and uterine contractions...
September 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911209/intracellular-activation-of-ovastacin-mediates-pre-fertilization-hardening-of-the-zona-pellucida
#20
Hagen Körschgen, Michael Kuske, Konstantin Karmilin, Irene Yiallouros, Melanie Balbach, Julia Floehr, Dagmar Wachten, Willi Jahnen-Dechent, Walter Stöcker
STUDY QUESTION: How and where is pro-ovastacin activated and how does active ovastacin regulate zona pellucida hardening (ZPH) and successful fertilization? STUDY FINDING: Ovastacin is partially active before exocytosis and pre-hardens the zona pellucida (ZP) before fertilization. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The metalloproteinase ovastacin is stored in cortical granules, it cleaves zona pellucida protein 2 (ZP2) upon fertilization and thereby destroys the ZP sperm ligand and triggers ZPH...
September 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
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