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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721542/molecular-characterization-modeling-in-silico-analysis-of-equine-pituitary-gonadotropin-alpha-subunit-and-docking-interaction-studies-with-ganirelix
#1
Anuradha Bhardwaj, Varij Nayan, Parvati Sharma, Sanjay Kumar, Yash Pal, Jitender Singh
Equine pituitary gonadotropins (eLH, eFSH, eCG) are heterodimeric glycoprotein hormones with alpha (α) and beta (β) subunits. It is responsible for maintenance of pregnancy in mares during early gestation and fairly valuable for inducing superovulation in animals other than equines. The alpha subunit is common, while beta subunit is species-specific in all glycoprotein hormones. In the present investigation, molecular cloning and in silico characterization including homology modeling and molecular docking analysis of the equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG) alpha subunit was carried out for gaining structural and functional insights into the eCG alpha subunit and its possible interaction with ganirelix, a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist...
December 2016: In Silico Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721123/aborted-fetal-sizes-of-thoroughbred-horses-in-hidaka-japan-between-2005-and-2015
#2
Harutaka Murase, Masaki Miyazawa, Takehiro Harada, Midori Ozawa, Fumio Sato, Tetsuro Hada
The degree of fetal growth restriction has been unclear in equine reproduction. In this study, 2,195 fetuses from 2,137 abortions during 11 seasons were examined to determine the causes of abortion, and fetal size dimensions (crown rump length and body weight) were measured. In total, 900 cases (42.1%) of abortion were identified as caused by viral infection (215, 10.1%), bacterial infection (156, 7.3%), fungal infection (25, 1.2%), circulation failure (406, 19.0%), multiple causes (66, 3.1%), deformity (13, 0...
2017: Journal of Equine Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651344/uterine-responses-to-early-pre-attachment-embryos-in-the-domestic-dog-and-comparisons-with-other-domestic-animal-species
#3
Felix R Graubner, Aykut Gram, Ewa Kautz, Stefan Bauersachs, Selim Aslan, Ali R Agaoglu, Alois Boos, Mariusz P Kowalewski
In the dog there is no luteolysis in the absence of pregnancy. Thus, this species lacks any anti-luteolytic endocrine signal as found in other species that modulate uterine function during the critical period of pregnancy establishment. Nevertheless, in the dog an embryo-maternal communication must occur in order to prevent rejection of embryos. Based on this hypothesis, we performed microarray analysis of canine uterine samples collected during pre-attachment phase (days 10-12) and in corresponding non-pregnant controls, in order to elucidate the embryo attachment signal...
June 23, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591825/corticotrophin-releasing-hormone-and-corticosterone-impair-development-of-preimplantation-embryos-by-inducing-oviductal-cell-apoptosis-via-activating-the-fas-system-an-in-vitro-study
#4
Xiu-Wen Tan, Chang-Li Ji, Liang-Liang Zheng, Jie Zhang, Hong-Jie Yuan, Shuai Gong, Jiang Zhu, Jing-He Tan
STUDY QUESTION: What are the mechanisms by which corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) and corticosterone impair the development of preimplantation embryos in the oviduct. SUMMARY ANSWER: CRH and corticosterone do not affect preimplantation embryos directly, but impair their development indirectly by triggering apoptosis of oviductal epithelial cells (OECs) through activation of the Fas system. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Studies report that stress impairs embryo development with facilitated secretion of CRH and glucocorticoids...
June 7, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561264/virulence-markers-associated-with-trueperella-pyogenes-infections-in-livestock-and-companion-animals
#5
R M Risseti, E Zastempowska, M Twarużek, H Lassa, J C F Pantoja, A P C de Vargas, S T Guerra, C A D Bolaños, C L de Paula, A C Alves, B S Colhado, F V R Portilho, C Tasca, G H B Lara, M G Ribeiro
Trueperella pyogenes is an opportunistic pathogen that causes diverse pyogenic infections in livestock. The genes that encode the exotoxin pyolysin (plo) and other putative factors that promote adhesion of pathogen to host cells (fimbriae fimA, fimC, fimE, fimG, neuraminidases nanH, nanP, and collagen-binding protein cbpA) have been associated with virulence, particularly in mastitis and uterus infections of dairy cows. However, the role of these virulence markers in the pathogenicity of the agent in domestic animals infections still is incompletely understood...
May 31, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559131/response-to-gonadotrophins-differs-for-gilts-from-female-and-male-biased-litters
#6
Jemma Seyfang, C R Ralph, A J Tilbrook, R N Kirkwood
In several species, females masculinised by abnormal androgen exposure in utero have poor reproductive performance and gilts born into litters with a male bias are likely exposed to greater androgen concentrations prenatally than gilts born into female-biased litters. At 24h of age, piglet plasma testosterone concentrations in gilts from male-biased litters (>60% male; n=22) or female-biased litters (>60% female; n=27) were not different. At 18 wks of age, all gilts received an injection of 400IU equine chorionic gonadotrophin plus 200IU human chorionic gonadotrophin to stimulate oestrus...
May 25, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439783/dourine-a-neglected-disease-of-equids
#7
REVIEW
Yonas Gizaw, Mulisa Megersa, Teka Fayera
Dourine is a venereal transmitted trypanosomosis causing a major health problem threatening equines worldwide. The origin and identification of Trypanosoma equiperdum within the subgenus Trypanozoon is still a subject of debate. Unlike other trypanosomal infections, dourine is transmitted almost exclusively by coitus. Diagnosis of dourine has continued to be a challenge, due to limited knowledge about the parasite and host-parasite interaction following infection. The pathological lesions caused by the diseases are poorly described and are observed mainly in the reproductive organs, in the nervous system, and on the skin...
June 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424285/equine-arteritis-virus-has-specific-tropism-for-stromal-cells-and-cd8-t-and-cd21-b-lymphocytes-but-not-for-glandular-epithelium-at-the-primary-site-of-persistent-infection-in-the-stallion-reproductive-tract
#8
Mariano Carossino, Alan T Loynachan, Igor F Canisso, R Frank Cook, Juliana R Campos, Bora Nam, Yun Young Go, Edward L Squires, Mats H T Troedsson, Thomas Swerczek, Fabio Del Piero, Ernest Bailey, Peter J Timoney, Udeni B R Balasuriya
Equine arteritis virus (EAV) has a global impact on the equine industry as the causative agent of equine viral arteritis (EVA), a respiratory, systemic, and reproductive disease of equids. A distinctive feature of EAV infection is that it establishes long-term persistent infection in 10 to 70% of infected stallions (carriers). In these stallions, EAV is detectable only in the reproductive tract, and viral persistence occurs despite the presence of high serum neutralizing antibody titers. Carrier stallions constitute the natural reservoir of the virus as they continuously shed EAV in their semen...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407862/lipid-profiles-of-follicular-fluid-from-cows-submitted-to-ovarian-superstimulation
#9
P H Santos, P K Fontes, F F Franchi, M F G Nogueira, K R A Belaz, A Tata, M N Eberlin, M J Sudano, C M Barros, A C S Castilho
Ovarian superstimulation with exogenous gonadotropins has been extensively used to produce in vivo-derived embryos for embryo transfer in cattle. This process modifies the antral follicle microenvironment and affects oocyte and embryo quality as well the differentiation of granulosa cells. Lipids play significant roles in the cell, such as energy storage, cell structure, and fine-tuning of the physical properties and functions of biological membranes. The phospholipid (PL) contents as well as the effects of superstimulatory treatments on the PL profile of follicular fluid from cows, however, remain unknown...
May 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390723/manipulation-of-reproductive-seasonality-using-melatonin-implantation-in-anglo-nubian-does-treated-with-controlled-internal-drug-release-and-equine-chorionic-gonadotropin-during-the-nonbreeding-season
#10
M Y El-Mokadem, A N M Nour El-Din, T A Ramadan, A M A Rashad, T A Taha, M A Samak
The objective of this study was to compare the efficiency of hormonal treatments on ovarian activity and reproductive performance in anestrous Anglo-Nubian does during the nonbreeding season (February to May). A total of 48 multiparous does were divided into 2 groups (24 lactating does and 24 dry does). In each group, animals were allocated randomly into 2 equal subgroups (12 does each). In the first subgroup, does received a single 18-mg melatonin implant for 42 d followed by a controlled internal drug release (CIDR) device for 19 d in conjunction with 500 IU of equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG) i...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284628/japanese-encephalitis-virus-infection-diagnosis-and-control-in-domestic-animals
#11
REVIEW
Karen L Mansfield, Luis M Hernández-Triana, Ashley C Banyard, Anthony R Fooks, Nicholas Johnson
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is a significant cause of neurological disease in humans throughout Asia causing an estimated 70,000 human cases each year with approximately 10,000 fatalities. The virus contains a positive sense RNA genome within a host-derived membrane and is classified within the family Flaviviridae. Like many flaviviruses, it is transmitted by mosquitoes, particularly those of the genus Culex in a natural cycle involving birds and some livestock species. Spill-over into domestic animals results in a spectrum of disease ranging from asymptomatic infection in some species to acute neurological signs in others...
March 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246309/ovarian-fragment-sizes-affect-viability-and-morphology-of-preantral-follicles-during-storage-at-4%C3%A2%C2%BAc
#12
Gustavo Desire Antunes Gastal, Benner G Alves, Kele Amaral Alves, Maria Eduarda Magalhães Souza, Arnaldo Diniz Vieira, Antonio Sergio Varela Junior, José Ricardo Figueiredo, Jean Feugang, Thomaz Lucia Junior, Eduardo L Gastal
The method of transportation and the conditions imposed on the ovarian tissue are pivotal aspects for the success of ovarian tissue cryopreservation (OTC). The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of the size of the ovarian tissue (e.g., whole ovary, biopsy size, and transplant size) during different times of storage (0, 6, 12, and 24 h) on the structural integrity of equine ovarian tissue transported at 4°C. Eighteen pairs of ovaries from young mares (<10 years old) were harvested in a slaughterhouse and processed to simulate the fragment sizes (biopsy and transplant size groups) or kept intact (whole ovary group), and stored at 4°C for up to 24 h in α-MEM enriched solution...
February 28, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224649/sex-chromosomal-abnormalities-associated-with-equine-infertility-validation-of-a-simple-molecular-screening-tool-in-the-purebred-spanish-horse
#13
G Anaya, A Molina, M Valera, M Moreno-Millán, P Azor, P Peral-García, S Demyda-Peyrás
Chromosomal abnormalities in the sex chromosome pair (ECAX and ECAY) are widely associated with reproductive problems in horses. However, a large proportion of these abnormalities remains undiagnosed due to the lack of an affordable diagnostic tool that allows for avoiding karyotyping tests. Hereby, we developed an STR (single-tandem-repeat)-based molecular method to determine the presence of the main sex chromosomal abnormalities in horses in a fast, cheap and reliable way. The frequency of five ECAX-linked (LEX026, LEX003, TKY38, TKY270 and UCDEQ502) and two ECAY-linked (EcaYH12 and SRY) markers was characterized in 261 Purebred Spanish Horses to determine the efficiency of the methodology developed to be used as a chromosomal diagnostic tool...
February 22, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109010/lack-of-effects-of-an-equine-chorionic-gonadotropin-ecg-administration-between-days-9-and-15-postpartum-on-reproductive-performance-in-a-holstein-dairy-herd
#14
M Freick, O Passarge, J Weber
Recently, it has been demonstrated that administration of equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG) in the postpartum period in dairy cows can enhance follicle growth, reduce the interval from calving to first ovulation and increase plasma estradiol concentrations, and, thus, could enhance reproductive performance in a dairy herd when administered on day 6 postpartum. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a single dose of eCG between days 9 and 15 postpartum on parameters of reproductive performance in dairy cows...
June 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053107/domain-organization-and-evolution-of-the-highly-divergent-5-coding-region-of-genomes-of-arteriviruses-including-the-novel-possum-nidovirus
#15
Anastasia Gulyaeva, Magdalena Dunowska, Erik Hoogendoorn, Julia Giles, Dmitry Samborskiy, Alexander E Gorbalenya
In five experimentally characterized arterivirus species, the 5'-end genome coding region encodes the most divergent nonstructural proteins (nsp's), nsp1 and nsp2, which include papain-like proteases (PLPs) and other poorly characterized domains. These are involved in regulation of transcription, polyprotein processing, and virus-host interaction. Here we present results of a bioinformatics analysis of this region of 14 arterivirus species, including that of the most distantly related virus, wobbly possum disease virus (WPDV), determined by a modified 5' rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) protocol...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989795/a-stable-epoxide-of-estrone-evidence-for-formation-of-a-new-estrogen-metabolite
#16
James I Raeside, Heather L Christie
Oxidative metabolism of estrogens is an important feature in liver and some non-hepatic tissues. In initial studies on estrogen metabolism in tissues from the reproductive tract of the stallion, where testicular estrogen secretion is remarkably high, a prominent radiolabeled product from [(3)H]-estrone (E1) was noted on chromatography; it had a retention time (Rt) between 17β-estradiol (E2) and E1. Unexpectedly, when non-radiolabeled E1 was the substrate no UV absorption at 280nm was seen at the Rt for the [(3)H]-labeled product-suggesting a non-aromatic ring A...
March 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966757/equine-chorionic-gonadotropin-influence-on-sheep-oocyte-in-vitro-maturation-apoptosis-and-follicle-stimulating-hormone-receptor-and-luteinizing-hormone-receptor-expression
#17
S C Wei, Z D Gong, H W Zhao, H Q Liang, L J Lai, Y Y Deng
We assessed the effects of equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG) on oocyte in vitro maturation (IVM), apoptosis, and follicle-stimulating hormone receptor (FSHR), luteinizing hormone receptor (LHR), and gonadotropin-releasing hormone receptor (GnRHR) expression and mRNA levels. Cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) were recovered from sheep ovaries and pooled in groups, before being cultured in IVM media containing varying eCG concentrations. Maturation and apoptosis rates were then calculated. Expression of FSHR, LHR, and GnRHR mRNA in oocytes was measured using quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction...
December 2, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936090/manure-preferences-and-postemergence-learning-of-two-filth-fly-parasitoids-spalangia-cameroni-and-muscidifurax-raptor-hymenoptera-pteromalidae
#18
Caitlin E Taylor, Erika T Machtinger, Christopher J Geden, Matthew Kramer
The efficiency of host-seeking behavior is crucial to the reproductive performance of female parasitoids. Initially, parasitoids may use chemical information garnered from the microhabitat in which they emerge to locate hosts. Spalangia cameroni and Muscidifurax raptor are commercially available parasitoids of filth flies. Postemergence exposure to a specific manure may provide a way to increase parasitism in specific microhabitats found at livestock facilities upon release. In this study, female parasitoids of both species were exposed to equine manure, bovine manure, or clean pupae...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930647/allelic-variation-in-cxcl16-determines-cd3-t-lymphocyte-susceptibility-to-equine-arteritis-virus-infection-and-establishment-of-long-term-carrier-state-in-the-stallion
#19
Sanjay Sarkar, Ernest Bailey, Yun Young Go, R Frank Cook, Ted Kalbfleisch, John Eberth, R Lakshman Chelvarajan, Kathleen M Shuck, Sergey Artiushin, Peter J Timoney, Udeni B R Balasuriya
Equine arteritis virus (EAV) is the causative agent of equine viral arteritis (EVA), a respiratory, systemic, and reproductive disease of horses and other equid species. Following natural infection, 10-70% of the infected stallions can become persistently infected and continue to shed EAV in their semen for periods ranging from several months to life. Recently, we reported that some stallions possess a subpopulation(s) of CD3+ T lymphocytes that are susceptible to in vitro EAV infection and that this phenotypic trait is associated with long-term carrier status following exposure to the virus...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886076/pathogens-inactivated-by-low-energy-electron-irradiation-maintain-antigenic-properties-and-induce-protective-immune-responses
#20
Jasmin Fertey, Lea Bayer, Thomas Grunwald, Alexandra Pohl, Jana Beckmann, Gaby Gotzmann, Javier Portillo Casado, Jessy Schönfelder, Frank-Holm Rögner, Christiane Wetzel, Martin Thoma, Susanne M Bailer, Ekkehard Hiller, Steffen Rupp, Sebastian Ulbert
Inactivated vaccines are commonly produced by incubating pathogens with chemicals such as formaldehyde or β-propiolactone. This is a time-consuming process, the inactivation efficiency displays high variability and extensive downstream procedures are often required. Moreover, application of chemicals alters the antigenic components of the viruses or bacteria, resulting in reduced antibody specificity and therefore stimulation of a less effective immune response. An alternative method for inactivation of pathogens is ionizing radiation...
November 23, 2016: Viruses
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