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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818477/human-imprinting-disorders-principles-practice-problems-and-progress
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REVIEW
Deborah J G Mackay
Epigenetic regulation orchestrates gene expression with exquisite precision, over a huge dynamic range and across developmental space and time, permitting genomically-homogeneous humans to develop and adapt to their surroundings. Every generation, these epigenetic marks are re-set twice: in the germline, to enable differentiation of sperm and eggs, and at fertilisation, to create the totipotent zygote that then begins growth and differentiation into a new human. A small group of genes evades the second, zygotic wave of epigenetic reprogramming, and these genes retain an epigenetic 'imprint' of the parent from whom they were inherited...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816085/dynamics-of-a-vertical-flow-windrow-vermicomposting-system
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Ales Hanc, Tereza Castkova, Stanislav Kuzel, Tomas Cajthaml
Large-scale vermicomposting under outdoor conditions may differ from small-scale procedures in the laboratory. The present study evaluated changes in selected properties of a large-scale vertical-flow windrow vermicomposting system with continuous feeding with household biowaste. The windrow profile was divided into five layers of differing thickness and age after more than 12 months of vermicomposting. The top layer (0-30 cm, age <3 months) was characterised by partially decomposed organic matter with a high pH value and an elevated carbon/nitrogen (C/N) ratio...
August 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811221/is-the-hype-around-the-reproductive-health-claims-of-maca-lepidium-meyenii-walp-justified
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REVIEW
Shruti Beharry, Michael Heinrich
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Maca - Lepidium meyenii Walp has been cultivated and used by Andean people for over 1,300 to 2000 years in Peru as food and medicine. Starting in the late 1990's it has developed into an important herbal medicine in China and is now cultivated there widely, too. AIM OF STUDY: This study aims to provide an insight into the emergence of maca on the global market as an alternative remedy to treat reproductive health related problems in both men and women and to critically assess these health claims...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802130/trends-in-the-recovery-of-phosphorus-in-bioavailable-forms-from-wastewater
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REVIEW
Patrick M Melia, Andrew B Cundy, Saran P Sohi, Peter S Hooda, Rosa Busquets
Addressing food security issues arising from phosphorus (P) scarcity is described as one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st Century. Dependence on inorganic phosphate fertilisers derived from limited geological sources of P creates an urgent need to recover P from wastes and treated waters, in safe forms that are also effective agriculturally - the established process of P removal by chemical precipitation using Fe or Al salts, is effective for P removal but leads to residues with limited bioavailability and contamination concerns...
July 25, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796907/likelihood-of-pregnancy-after-embryo-transfer-is-reduced-in-recipient-mares-with-a-short-preceding-oestrus
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J Cuervo-Arango, A N Claes, M Ruijter-Villani, T A Stout
BACKGROUND: Previous surveys reported a positive association between the length of the follicular phase and subsequent fertility in embryo transfer donor and Thoroughbred mares. However, it is unclear whether a longer oestrus positively influences fertilisation and oviductal development (oocyte quality, oviductal environment), or uterine receptivity and survival of the embryo in the uterus. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effect of length of oestrus (characterised by duration of endometrial oedema) on likelihood of pregnancy and early embryo loss (EEL) in recipient mares after embryo transfer (ET)...
August 10, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782302/effect-of-in-vitro-selenium-supplementation-on-sperm-quality-in-asthenoteratozoospermic-men
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A A Ghafarizadeh, G Vaezi, M A Shariatzadeh, A A Malekirad
Sperm DNA damage, excessive oxidative stress and decrease in motility ‎may lead to low fertilisation or poor‎ assisted reproductive techniques outcomes in asthenoteratozoospermic ‎men. Selenium was considered as essential element for male reproductive functions. Selenium has important role in enzymatic process for elimination of excessive reactive oxygen species and helps to maintain membrane integrity. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of selenium supplementation on sperm quality, DNA fragmentation, mitochondrial membrane potential and membrane lipid peroxidation during sperm sampling in vitro at different times...
August 6, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780526/voluntary-sterilisation-and-access-to-ivf-in-qu%C3%A3-bec
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Katharine Browne
Bill 20, An Act to Enact the Act to promote access to family medicine and specialized medicine services and to amend various legislative provisions relating to assisted procreation, was introduced to reduce costs associated with Québec's healthcare in general and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in particular. Passed in November 2015, the new law introduces a number of exclusion criteria for access to and funding for IVF treatment. Remarkably, one exclusion criterion-prior voluntary sterilisation-has prompted little critical commentary...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28778006/nitrogen-mineralisation-and-greenhouse-gas-emission-from-the-soil-application-of-sludge-from-reed-bed-mineralisation-systems
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B Gómez-Muñoz, J D Larsen, G Bekiaris, C Scheutz, S Bruun, S Nielsen, L S Jensen
A sludge treatment reed bed system (STRB) is a technology used for dewatering and stabilising sewage sludge via assisted biological mineralisation, which creates a sludge residue suitable for use as fertiliser on agricultural land. We evaluated the effect of sludge residue storage time (stabilisation time) for three STRBs on soil N mineralisation and CO2 and N2O emissions in soil. The experiment revealed that the N mineralisation rate and emissions of CO2 and N2O decreased as a function of treatment time in the STRBs...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771159/verification-of-an-alternative-sludge-treatment-process-for-pathogen-reduction-at-two-wastewater-treatment-plants-in-victoria-australia
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R Irwin, A Surapaneni, D Smith, J Schmidt, H Rigby, S R Smith
At South East Water wastewater treatment plants (WwTPs) in Victoria, Australia, biosolids are stockpiled for three years in compliance with the State guidelines to achieve the highest pathogen reduction grade (T1), suitable for unrestricted use in agriculture and landscaping. However, extended stockpiling is costly, may increase odour nuisance and greenhouse gas emissions, and reduces the fertiliser value of the biosolids. A verification programme of sampling and analysis for enteric pathogens was conducted at two WwTPs where sludge is treated by aerobic and anaerobic digestion, air drying (in drying pans or solar drying sheds) and stockpiling, to enumerate and, if present, monitor the decay of a range of enteric pathogens and parasites...
August 2017: Journal of Water and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769124/metformin-inhibits-cyst-formation-in-a-zebrafish-model-of-polycystin-2-deficiency
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Ming-Yang Chang, Tsu-Lin Ma, Cheng-Chieh Hung, Ya-Chung Tian, Yung-Chang Chen, Chih-Wei Yang, Yi-Chuan Cheng
Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a common kidney disease caused by mutations in PKD1 or PKD2. Metformin reduces cyst growth in mouse models of PKD1. However, metformin has not been studied in animal models of PKD2, and the cellular mechanism underlying its effectiveness is not entirely clear. This study investigated the effects of metformin on cyst formation in a zebrafish model of polycystin-2 deficiency resulting from morpholino knockdown of pkd2. We added metformin (2.5 to 20 mM) to the embryo media between 4 and 48 hours post fertilisation and observed pronephric cyst formation by using the wt1b promoter-driven GFP signal in Tg(wt1b:GFP) pkd2 morphants...
August 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764120/modelling-carbon-dioxide-emissions-from-agricultural-soils-in-canada
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Dhananjay Yadav, Junye Wang
Agricultural soils are a leading source of atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are major contributors to global climate change. Carbon dioxide (CO2) makes up 20% of the total GHG emitted from agricultural soil. Therefore, an evaluation of CO2 emissions from agricultural soil is necessary in order to make mitigation strategies for environmental efficiency and economic planning possible. However, quantification of CO2 emissions through experimental methods is constrained due to the large time and labour requirements for analysis...
July 27, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762537/affordability-of-fertility-treatments-and-multiple-births-in-the-united-states
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Aniket D Kulkarni, Eli Y Adashi, Denise J Jamieson, Sara B Crawford, Saswati Sunderam, Dmitry M Kissin
BACKGROUND: Affordability plays an important role in the utilisation of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and non-IVF fertility treatments. Fertility treatments are associated with increased risk of multiple births. The objective of this study was to investigate the association between the affordability of fertility treatments across US states and the percentage of multiple births due to natural conception, non-IVF treatments, and IVF, and the association between these percentages and state-specific multiple birth rates...
August 1, 2017: Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752572/effect-of-paracetamol-on-semen-quality
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REVIEW
S A Banihani
Several published studies, both direct and indirect, have connected paracetamol, also named acetaminophen, a commonly used over-the-counter analgesic and antipyretic medication, with semen quality and male infertility, although as yet this connection is unclear. This review addresses the effect of paracetamol on semen quality and hence on male factor infertility. We searched the MEDLINE database from January 1980 through January 2017 for English-language articles using the key words "paracetamol" and "acetaminophen" versus "sperm...
July 28, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750288/combining-stable-isotopes-with-contamination-indicators-a-method-for-improved-investigation-of-nitrate-sources-and-dynamics-in-aquifers-with-mixed-nitrogen-inputs
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E P Minet, R Goodhue, W Meier-Augenstein, R M Kalin, O Fenton, K G Richards, C E Coxon
Excessive nitrate (NO3(-)) concentration in groundwater raises health and environmental issues that must be addressed by all European Union (EU) member states under the Nitrates Directive and the Water Framework Directive. The identification of NO3(-) sources is critical to efficiently control or reverse NO3(-) contamination that affects many aquifers. In that respect, the use of stable isotope ratios (15)N/(14)N and (18)O/(16)O in NO3(-) (expressed as δ(15)N-NO3(-) and δ(18)O-NO3(-), respectively) has long shown its value...
July 18, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744682/environmental-risk-assessment-of-blight-resistant-potato-use-of-a-crop-model-to-quantify-nitrogen-cycling-at-scales-of-the-field-and-cropping-system
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Mark W Young, Ewen Mullins, Geoffrey R Squire
Environmental risk assessment of GM crops in Europe proceeds by step-wise estimation of effect, first in the plant, then the field plot (e.g. 10-100 m(-2)), field (1000-10,000 m(-2)) and lastly in the environment in which the crop would be grown (100-10,000 km(2)). Processes that operate at large scales, such as cycling of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N), are difficult to predict from plot scales. Here, a procedure is illustrated in which plot scale data on yield (offtake) and N inputs for blight resistant (both GM and non-GM) and blight-susceptible potato are upscaled by a model of crop resource use to give a set of indicators and metrics defining N uptake and release in realistic crop sequences...
July 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741010/perception-of-a-single-session-pre-in-vitro-fertilisation-counselling-service-and-attitudes-towards-support-group-a-survey-of-patients-in-singapore
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Gaik Suan Lim, Reshmi Karayan Kayanoth, Birit Fp Broekman, Cornelia Yi Chee
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to investigate patients' evaluation of a compulsory pre-in vitro fertilisation (IVF) counselling session in Singapore and determine their attitudes towards attending a support group during IVF treatment. METHODS: 464 patients due to undergo their first IVF treatment were recruited at the Clinic for Human Reproduction, National University Hospital, Singapore. All patients attended a counselling session conducted by a clinical psychologist trained in infertility counselling prior to IVF treatment...
July 25, 2017: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733785/fertiliser-management-effects-on-dissolved-inorganic-nitrogen-in-runoff-from-australian-sugarcane-farms
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Grant Fraser, Ken Rohde, Mark Silburn
Dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) movement from Australian sugarcane farms is believed to be a major cause of crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks which have reduced the Great Barrier Reef coral cover by ~21% (1985-2012). We develop a daily model of DIN concentration in runoff based on >200 field monitored runoff events. Runoff DIN concentrations were related to nitrogen fertiliser application rates and decreased after application with time and cumulative rainfall. Runoff after liquid fertiliser applications had higher initial DIN concentrations, though these concentrations diminished more rapidly in comparison to granular fertiliser applications...
August 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724622/transcription-factor-myb26-is-key-to-spatial-specificity-in-anther-secondary-thickening-formation
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Caiyun Yang, Jie Song, Alison Ferguson, Doris Klisch, Kim Simpson, Rui Mo, Benjamin Taylor, Zoe A Wilson
Successful fertilisation relies on the production and effective release of viable pollen. Failure of anther opening (dehiscence), results in male sterility although the pollen may be fully functional. MYB26 regulates the formation of secondary thickening in the anther endothecium, which is critical for anther dehiscence and fertility. Here we show that the although the MYB26 transcript shows expression in multiple floral organs the MYB26 protein is localised specifically to the anther endothecium nuclei and that it directly regulates two NAC domain genes, NST1 and NST2, which are critical for the induction of secondary thickening biosynthesis genes...
July 19, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720156/fmr1-cgg-repeat-expansion-mutation-detection-and-linked-haplotype-analysis-for-reliable-and-accurate-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-of-fragile-x-syndrome
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Indhu-Shree Rajan-Babu, Mulias Lian, Felicia S H Cheah, Min Chen, Arnold S C Tan, Ethiraj B Prasath, Seong Feei Loh, Samuel S Chong
Fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) full-mutation expansion causes fragile X syndrome. Trans-generational fragile X syndrome transmission can be avoided by preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). We describe a robust PGD strategy that can be applied to virtually any couple at risk of transmitting fragile X syndrome. This novel strategy utilises whole-genome amplification, followed by triplet-primed polymerase chain reaction (TP-PCR) for robust detection of expanded FMR1 alleles, in parallel with linked multi-marker haplotype analysis of 13 highly polymorphic microsatellite markers located within 1 Mb of the FMR1 CGG repeat, and the AMELX/Y dimorphism for gender identification...
July 19, 2017: Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712411/calcium-sensing-receptor-casr-is-involved-in-porcine-in-vitro-fertilisation-and-early-embryo-development
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C Liu, Y Liu, K Larsen, Y P Hou, H Callesen
It has been demonstrated that extracellular calcium is necessary in fertilisation and embryo development but the mechanism is still not well understood. The present study mainly focussed on the extracellular calcium effector called the calcium-sensing receptor (CASR) and examined its expression in porcine gametes and embryos and its function during fertilisation and early embryo development. By using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, CASR was found to be expressed in porcine oocytes, spermatozoa and embryos at different developmental stages...
July 17, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
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