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Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814615/single-cell-gene-expression-of-the-bovine-blastocyst
#1
Veronica M Negrón-Pérez, Yanping Zhang, Peter J Hansen
The first two differentiation events in the blastocyst result in three cell types - epiblast, trophectoderm (TE), and hypoblast. The purpose here was to identify molecular markers for each cell type in the bovine and evaluate differences in gene expression among individual cells of each lineage. The cDNA from 67 individual cells from dissociated blastocysts was used to determine transcript abundance for 96 genes implicated as cell lineage markers in other species or potentially involved in developmental processes...
August 16, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808111/interferon-tau-promotes-cell-survival-and-inhibits-specific-luteolytic-genes-in-bovine-corpus-luteum
#2
Raghavendra Basavaraja, Emilia Przygrodzka, Bartosz Pawlinski, Zdzislaw Gajewski, Monika Marzena Kaczmarek, Rina Meidan
Interferon-tau (IFNT), a maternal recognition of pregnancy signals in domestic ruminants, suppress the release of luteolytic pulses of uterine prostaglandin F2a (PGF2a), thus extending the corpus luteum (CL) life span. We hypothesized that IFNT also exerts anti-luteolytic actions in bovine CL. To examine the direct effects of IFNT on bovine CL, luteal slices and enriched luteal endothelial cells (LECs) were utilized. We found that recombinant ovine IFNT (roIFNT) markedly elevates interferon-associated genes (STAT1, STAT2, and IRF9) and interferon-stimulated genes (ISGs: MX2, ISG15, & OAS1Y) in both models...
August 14, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794165/steroidogenesis-during-postnatal-testicular-development-of-galea-spixii
#3
Paulo Ramos da Silva Santos, Francilieusa Delys Oliveira, Maria Angélica Machado Arroyo, Moacir Franco Oliveira, Patricia Castelucci, Alan Conley, Antônio Chaves de Assis Neto
The androgen/estrogen balance is essential for normal sexual development and reproduction in mammals. Studies performed herein investigated the potential for estrogen synthesis in cells of the testes of a hystricomorph rodent, Galea spixii. The study characterized the expression of the key enzymes responsible for estrogen and androgen synthesis, cytochromes P450 aromatase (P450arom), 17α-hydroxylase/17,20-lyase (P450c17) respectively, as well as the redox partner NADPH cytochrome P450 oxido-reductase (CPR) required to support electron transfer and catalysis of these P450s, by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) analysis, throughout postnatal sexual development...
August 8, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780571/the-critical-role-of-uterine-cd31-as-a-post-progesterone-signal-in-early-pregnancy
#4
Seo-Ho Lee, Byung-Ju Kim, Uh-Hyun Kim
CD31 has been shown to play a role in endothelial cell migration and angiogenesis, which are critical to the formation and function of the endometrium and myometrium in uterine development during early pregnancy. However, the role of CD31 in uterine receptivity during blastocyst implantation is poorly understood. The pregnancy rate in CD31-/- female mice mated with CD31+/+ male mice was higher than that observed in CD31+/+ female mice mated with CD31+/+ male mice. During the receptive phase of implantation, uterine glands were more developed in CD31-/- mice than in CD31+/+ mice, and the uterine weights of CD31-/- mice were increased...
August 5, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780570/sex-steroids-differentially-regulate-fshb-lhb-and-gnrhr-expression-in-atlantic-cod-gadus-morhua
#5
Kristine von Krogh, Gunnveig Toft Bjørndal, Rasoul Nourizadeh-Lillabadi, Kjetil Hodne, Erik Ropstad, Trude Marie Haug, Finn-Arne Weltzien
Depending on the stage of gonad maturation, as well as other factors, gonadal steroids can exert either a positive or negative feedback at the brain and pituitary level. While this has been demonstrated in many teleost species, little is known about the nature of steroid feedback in Gadiform fish. Using an optimized in vitro model system of the Atlantic cod pituitary, the present study investigated potential effects of two physiologically relevant doses of estradiol, testosterone or dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on cell viability and gene expression of gonadotropin subunits (fshb/lhb) and two suggested reproduction relevant gonadotropin-releasing hormone receptors (gnrhr1b/gnrhr2a) during three stages of sexual maturity...
August 5, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780569/three-dimensional-analysis-of-seminiferous-tubules-and-spermatogenic-waves-in-mice
#6
Hiroki Nakata, Takahiro Sonomura, Shoichi Iseki
The aim of the present study was to reconstruct seminiferous tubules and analyze spermatogenic waves in seminiferous epithelia in developing and adult mice using serial paraffin sections and high-performance three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction software. By labeling the basement membrane of seminiferous tubules with fluorescent immunohistochemistry or periodic acid-Schiff-hematoxylin staining, all seminiferous tubules were reconstructed in 9 testes from 9 different mice, 3 each at 0, 21, and 90 days (adult) postpartum...
August 5, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747541/obesity-a-serious-etiologic-factor-for-male-subfertility-in-modern-society
#7
Yue Liu, Zhide Ding
Obesity, defined as excessive accumulation of fat in adipose tissue, is a metabolic disorder resulting from behavioral, environmental and heritable causes. Such malfunction increases the risk of developing hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems, osteoarthritis and cancer. Meanwhile, the negative impact of obesity on male reproduction is gradually being recognized. According to clinical investigations and animal experiments, obesity is correlated with reductions in sperm concentration and motility, increases in sperm DNA damage and changes in reproductive hormonal levels...
July 26, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747540/historical-aspects-chronicling-the-discovery-of-ifnt
#8
Fuller Warren Bazer, William W Thatcher
It has been 42 years since a protein, now known as interferon tau (IFNT), was discovered in ovine conceptus-conditioned culture medium. In 1975, purification and testing of native IFNT revealed its unique antiluteolyic activity to prevent regression of corpora lutea on ovaries of nonpregnant ewes. Antiviral, antiproliferative and immunomodulatory properties of native and recombinant IFNT were also demonstrated. In addition, progesterone and IFNT were found to act cooperatively to silence expression of classical interferon stimulated genes in a cell-specific manner in ovine uterine luminal and superficial glandular epithelia...
July 26, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747539/steroidogenesis-in-leydig-cells-effects-of-aging-and-environmental-factors
#9
Yiyan Wang, Fenfen Chen, Leping Ye, B R Zirkin, H Chen
Serum testosterone (T) levels decrease with aging in both humans and rodents. Using the rat as a model system, it was found that age-related reductions in serum T were not due to loss of Leydig cells, but rather to the reduced ability of the Leydig cells to produce T in response to luteinizing hormone (LH). Detailed analyses of the steroidogenic pathway have suggested that two defects along the pathway, LH stimulated cAMP production and cholesterol transport to and into the mitochondria, are of particular importance in age-related reductions in T production...
July 26, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733348/molecular-forms-of-ruminant-bmp15-and-gdf9-and-putative-interactions-with-receptors
#10
Derek A Heath, Janet Pitman, Kenneth P McNatty
Bone morphogenetic factor 15 (BMP15) and growth differentiation factor 9 (GDF9) are oocyte-secreted factors with demonstrable effects on ovarian follicular development and ovulation-rate. However, the molecular forms of BMP15 and GDF9 produced by oocytes remains unclear. The aims herein, using Western blotting (WB) procedures with specific monoclonal antibodies (mabs), were to identify the molecular forms of BMP15 and GDF9 synthesised and secreted by isolated ovine (o) and bovine (b) oocytes in vitro. The mabs were known to recognise the biological forms of BMP15 or GDF9 since they had previously been shown to inhibit their bioactivities in vitro and in vivo...
July 21, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733347/ultrastructural-characteristics-and-immune-profile-of-equine-mscs-from-fetal-adnexa
#11
Eleonora Iacono, Luisa Pascucci, Barbara Rossi, Cinzia Bazzucchi, Aliai Lanci, Monica Ceccoli, Barbara Merlo
Both in human and equine species, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from amniotic membrane (AM) and Wharton's jelly (WJ), may be particularly useful for immediate use or in later stages of life, after cryopreservation in cell bank. The aim of this study was to compare equine AM- and WJ-MSCs in vitro features, that may be relevant for their clinical employment. MSCs were more easily isolated from WJ, even if MSCs derived from AM exhibited more rapid proliferation (P<0.05). Osteogenic and chondrogenic differentiation were more prominent in MSCs derived from WJ...
July 21, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733346/regulation-and-action-of-early-growth-response-1-in-bovine-granulosa-cells
#12
Peng Han, Hilda Guerrero-Netro, Anthony Estienne, Binyun Cao, Christopher Price
Fibroblast growth factors (FGF) modify cell proliferation and differentiation through receptor tyrosine kinases, which stimulate the expression of transcription factors including members of the early growth response (EGR) family. In ovarian granulosa cells, most FGFs activate typical response genes, although the role of EGR proteins has not been described. In the present study, we determined the regulation of EGR mRNA by FGFs and explored the role of EGR1 in the regulation of FGF response genes. Addition of FGF1, FGF2, FGF4 or FGF8b increased EGR1 and EGR3 mRNA levels, whereas FGF18 increased only EGR1 mRNA abundance...
July 21, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733345/genes-of-cellular-components-of-morphogenesis-in-porcine-oocytes-before-and-after-ivm
#13
Joanna Budna, Artur Bryja, Piotr Celichowski, Rotem Kahan, Wiesława Kranc, Sylwia Ciesiółka, Marta Rybska, Sylwia Borys, Michal Jeseta, Dorota Bukowska, Paweł Antosik, Klaus Peter Brüssow, Małgorzata Bruska, Michał Nowicki, Maciej Zabel, Bartosz Kempisty
Proper oocyte maturation in mammals produces an oocyte capable of monospermic fertilization and embryo preimplantation. The cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs), surrounding an oocyte, play a significant role in oocyte maturation. During this process, when the COCs undergo cumulus expansion wherein tightly compact cumulus cells (CCs) form a dispersed structure, permanent biochemical and molecular modifications occur in the maturing oocytes, indicating the gene expression between immature and mature oocytes differs significantly...
July 21, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729465/steroid-hormones-regulate-sperm-oviduct-interactions-in-the-bovine
#14
Julie Lamy, Emilie Corbin, Marie-Claire Blache, Anastasiia S Garanina, Rustem Uzbekov, Pascal Mermillod, Marie Saint-Dizier
After insemination in the cow, a sperm reservoir is formed within the oviducts, allowing the storage then progressive release of spermatozoa toward the ovulated oocyte. In order to investigate the hormonal regulation of these events in vitro, the ovarian steroids 17beta-estradiol (E2) and progesterone (P4) were added at various concentrations to monolayers of bovine oviduct epithelial cells (BOEC) before or during co-incubation with spermatozoa. Main findings demonstrate that: (1) a 18-h pretreatment of BOEC with 100 pg/mL and 100 ng/mL of E2 decreased by 25% the ability of BOEC to bind spermatozoa after 10 min, and for the highest dose of E2, 60 min of co-incubation; (2) P4 at concentrations of 10, 100 and 1000 ng/mL induced the release within 60 min of 32 to 47% of bound spermatozoa from BOEC; this sperm releasing effect was maintained after a 18-h pretreatment of BOEC with 100 pg/mL of E2; (3) E2 in concentrations above 100 pg/mL inhibited the releasing effect of P4 on bound sperm in a dose-dependent manner; (4) spermatozoa bound to then released from BOEC by the action of P4 induced higher cleavage and blastocyst rates after in vitro fertilization than the control group...
July 20, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729464/mir-15a-5p-levels-correlate-with-poor-ovarian-response-in-human-follicular-fluid
#15
Kaiyue Zhang, Wanxia Zhong, Wei-Ping Li, Zijiang Chen, Cong Zhang
Poor ovarian response is a significant problem encountered during in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer procedures. Many infertile women may suffer from poor ovarian response and its incidence tends to be increasing in young patients nowadays. It is a major cause of maternal infertility because it is associated with low pregnancy and live birth rates. However, the cause of poor ovarian response is not clear. In this study, we extracted microRNAs from human follicular fluid and performed miRNA sequencing to investigate a potential posttranscriptional mechanism underlying poor ovarian response...
July 20, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710294/steroid-hormone-receptors-and-direct-effects-of-steroid-hormones-on-ram-spermatozoa
#16
Silvia Gimeno-Martos, Marta González-Arto, Adriana Casao, Margarita Gallego, Jose A Cebrian-Perez, Teresa Muino Blanco, Rosaura Perez-Pe
This study was based on the assumption that steroid hormones present in the female genital tract may have a rapid effect on ram spermatozoa by interaction with specific surface receptors. We demonstrate the presence of progesterone (PR) and estrogen (ER) receptors in ram spermatozoa, their localization changes during in vitro capacitation and the actions of progesterone (P4) and 17β-estradiol (E2) on ram sperm functionality. Immunolocalization assays revealed the presence of PR mainly at the equatorial region of ram spermatozoa...
July 14, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710293/probing-gata-factor-function-in-mouse-leydig-cells-via-testicular-injection-of-adenoviral-vectors
#17
Gervette M Penny, Rebecca B Cochran, Marjut Pihlajoki, Antti Kyrönlahti, Anja Schrade, Merja Häkkinen, Jorma Toppari, Markku Heikinheimo, David B Wilson
Testicular Leydig cells produce androgens essential for proper male reproductive development and fertility. Here, we describe a new Leydig cell ablation model based on Cre/Lox recombination of mouse Gata4 and Gata6, two genes implicated in the transcriptional regulation of steroidogenesis. The testicular interstitium of adult Gata4(flox/flox);Gata6(flox/flox) mice was injected with adenoviral vectors encoding Cre + GFP (Ad-Cre-IRES-GFP) or GFP alone (Ad-GFP). The vectors efficiently and selectively transduced Leydig cells, as evidenced by GFP reporter expression...
July 14, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710292/the-safety-of-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-and-long-term-outcomes
#18
Nigel Pereira, Claire L O'Neill, Vivian Lu, Zev Rosenwaks, Gianpiero D Palermo
The pioneering of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) approximately 25 years ago revolutionized the treatment of infertile couples. Today, ICSI remains an indispensable part of assisted reproductive treatments (ART) and has resulted in the birth of millions of babies. The 25th anniversary of ICSI marks a chronologic landmark in its evolving history. This landmark also serves as an opportunity to thoroughly appraise the safety of ICSI and analyze the long-term outcomes of ICSI-conceived children. In this review, we collate and analyze salient data accrued over the past 25 years pertaining to the long-term safety of ICSI and ICSI conceptions...
July 14, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687593/effect-of-controlled-ovarian-hyperstimulation-on-puberty-and-estrus-in-mice-offspring
#19
Jiahui Ding, Xiujuan Tan, Kunkun Song, Wenwen Ma, Jing Xiao, Mingmin Zhang
Controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) is widely used for the treatment of infertility, while the long-term effects of COH on the reproductive function in female offspring are currently unknown. Based on the fact that COH could cause high E2 levels in women throughout pregnancy, and excess estrogenic exposure during fetal development is harmful to subsequent adult ovarian function. We assumed the hypothesis that COH disrupts reproductive function in female offspring. To test this hypothesis, COH was induced in mice to obtain female offspring by PMSG and HCG, then we evaluated pubertal transition, serum levels of E2, AMH, FSH and LH, mRNA expressions of Esr1, Amhr2, Fshr and Lhcgr in ovaries, number of follicles and ovarian histology, and we also investigated apoptosis of follicles by TUNEL, the mRNA expressions of Fas, FasL, Bax, Bcl2, Caspase3, 8 and 9 by Quantitative Real-Time PCR, as well as the protein expressions of CLEAVED-CASPASE3, 8 and 9 by Western blot...
July 7, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684548/lem-domain-proteins-are-lost-during-human-spermiogenesis-but-baf-and-baf-l-persist
#20
Razan A Elkhatib, Marine Paci, Romain Boissier, Guy Longepied, Yasmina Auguste, Vincent Achard, Patrice Bourgeois, Nicolas Levy, Nicolas Branger, Michael J Mitchell, Catherine Metzler-Guillemain
During spermiogenesis the spermatid nucleus is elongated, and dramatically reduced in size with protamines replacing histones to produce a highly compacted chromatin. After fertilisation, this process is reversed in the oocyte to form the male pronucleus. Emerging evidence, including the coordinated loss of the nuclear lamina (NL) and the histones, supports the involvement of the NL in spermatid nuclear remodelling, but how the NL links to the chromatin is not known. In somatic cells, interactions between the NL and the chromatin have been demonstrated: LEM-domain proteins and LBR interact with the NL and, respectively, the chromatin proteins BAF and HP1...
July 6, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
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