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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211166/clinical-relevance-of-pre-ovulatory-follicular-temperature-in-heat-stressed-lactating-dairy-cows
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F López-Gatius, Rhf Hunter
Temperature gradients in female reproductive tissues seem to influence the success of key processes such as ovulation and fertilization. The objective of this study was to investigate whether pre-ovulatory follicles are cooler than neighbouring uterine tissue and deep rectal temperatures in lactating dairy cows under heat stress conditions. Temperatures within the pre-ovulatory follicle, on the uterine adjacent surface and 20 cm deep within rectum, were measured using fine thermistor probes within 45 min after sunrise (dawn)...
February 17, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209763/revisiting-suppression-of-interspecies-hybrid-male-lethality-in-caenorhabditis-nematodes
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Lauren E Ryan, Eric S Haag
Within the nematode genus Caenorhabditis, C. briggsae and C. nigoni are among the most closely related species known. They differ in sexual mode, with C. nigoni retaining the ancestral XO male-XX female outcrossing system, while C. briggsae recently evolved self-fertility and an XX-biased sex ratio. Wild-type C. briggsae and C. nigoni can produce fertile hybrid XX female progeny, but XO progeny are either 100% inviable (when C. briggsae is the mother) or viable but sterile (when C. nigoni is the mother). A recent study provided evidence suggesting that loss of the Cbr-him-8 meiotic regulator in C...
February 16, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202143/the-missing-women-in-stem-assessing-gender-differentials-in-the-factors-associated-with-transition-to-first-jobs
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Sharon Sassler, Jennifer Glass, Yael Levitte, Katherine M Michelmore
Women remain underrepresented in the STEM workforce. We assess explanations for women's underrepresentation in STEM jobs, focusing on a cohort that came of age in the 1980s and 1990s, when women dramatically increased their representation in the scientific labor force. Data are from the NLSY79, and our analysis focuses on members of this cohort who received a college degree, with an emphasis on those who completed a degree in a STEM field. Our analyses test the extent to which college major, expectations to work in STEM, and family expectations shaped transitions into STEM occupations within two years of degree completion...
March 2017: Social Science Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198566/fish-short-term-reproduction-assay-fstra-with-atrazine-and-the-japanese-medaka-oryzias-latipes
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Alan J Hosmer, Suzanne Z Schneider, Julie C Anderson, Loren D Knopper, Richard A Brain
Breeding groups of Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) were exposed to atrazine at measured concentrations of 0.6, 5.5, and 53 µg/L for 35 d. Evaluated endpoints included survival, fecundity, fertility, growth (weight and length), behavior, secondary sex characteristics (anal fin papillae), gonad histopathology, and hepatic vitellogenin. No statistically significant effects of atrazine exposure on survival and growth of medaka were noted during the test, and mean survival was ≥97.5% in all treatment groups on Day 35...
February 15, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196530/r248g-cystic-fibrosis-transmembrane-conductance-regulator-mutation-in-three-siblings-presenting-with-recurrent-acute-pancreatitis-and-reproductive-issues-a-case-series
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Seiichi Villalona, Guillermo Glover-López, Juan Antonio Ortega-García, Rosa Moya-Quiles, Pedro Mondejar-López, Maria C Martínez-Romero, Mariano Rigabert-Montiel, María D Pastor-Vivero, Manuel Sánchez-Solís
BACKGROUND: Mutational combinations of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator, CFTR, gene have different phenotypic manifestations at the molecular level with varying clinical consequences for individuals possessing such mutations. Reporting cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator mutations is important in understanding the genotype-phenotype correlations and associated clinical presentations in patients with cystic fibrosis. Understanding the effects of mutations is critical in developing appropriate treatments for individuals affected with cystic fibrosis, non-classic cystic fibrosis, or cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator-related disorders...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195203/reproductive-strategies-of-the-coral-turbinaria-reniformis-in-the-northern-gulf-of-aqaba-red-sea
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Hanna Rapuano, Itzchak Brickner, Tom Shlesinger, Efrat Meroz-Fine, Raz Tamir, Yossi Loya
Here we describe for the first time the reproductive biology of the scleractinian coral Turbinaria reniformis studied during three years at the coral reefs of Eilat and Aqaba. We also investigated the possibility of sex change in individually tagged colonies followed over a period of 12 years. T. reniformis was found to be a stable gonochorist (no detected sex change) that reproduces by broadcast spawning 5-6 nights after the full moon of June and July. Spawning was highly synchronized between individuals in the field and in the lab...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193729/sequential-divergent-and-cooperative-requirements-of-foxl2a-and-foxl2b-in-ovary-development-and-maintenance-of-zebrafish
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Yan-Jing Yang, Yang Wang, Zhi Li, Li Zhou, Jian-Fang Gui
Foxl2 is essential for mammalian ovary maintenance. Although sexually dimorphic expression of foxl2 was observed in many teleost, its role and regulative mechanism in fish remained largely unclear. In this study, we first identified two transcript variants of foxl2a and its homologous gene foxl2b in zebrafish, and revealed their specific expression in follicular layer cells in a sequential and divergent fashion during ovary differentiation, maturation and maintenance. Then, homozygous foxl2a mutants (foxl2a(-/-)) and foxl2b mutants (foxl2b(-/-)) were constructed, and detailed comparisons, such as sex ratio, gonadal histological structure, transcriptome profiling and dynamic expression of gonadal development-related genes, were carried out...
February 13, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191261/global-dna-methylation-levels-are-altered-by-modifiable-clinical-manipulations-in-assisted-reproductive-technologies
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Jayashri Ghosh, Christos Coutifaris, Carmen Sapienza, Monica Mainigi
BACKGROUND: We analyzed placental DNA methylation levels at repeated sequences (LINE1 elements) and all CCGG sites (the LUMA assay) to study the effect of modifiable clinical or laboratory procedures involved in in vitro fertilization. We included four potential modifiable factors: oxygen tension during embryo culture, fresh embryo transfer vs frozen embryo transfer, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) vs conventional insemination or day 3 embryo transfer vs day 5 embryo transfer...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191011/oxidative-stress-promotes-asexual-reproduction-and-apogamy-in-the-red-seaweed-pyropia-yezoensis
#9
Megumu Takahashi, Koji Mikami
The marine red seaweed Pyropia yezoensis has a haploid-diploid life cycle wherein two heteromorphic generations, a haploid gametophyte and a diploid sporophyte, are reciprocally generated from conchospores and carpospores, respectively. When we treated gametophytic blades of P. yezoensis with H2O2, discharge of asexual monospores was accelerated, resulting in increased numbers of gametophytic clones. Production of sporophytes without fertilization of male and female gametes was also observed. These findings indicate that oxidative stress can induce vegetative cells to develop into monospores that produce gametophytes asexually and can sometimes prompt carpospores to develop into sporophytes...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187532/testicular-sperm-aspiration-tesa-for-infertile-couples-with-severe-or-complete-asthenozoospermia
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A H Al-Malki, K Alrabeeah, E Mondou, V Brochu-Lafontaine, S Phillips, A Zini
The aim of the study was to evaluate reproductive outcomes in a cohort of infertile couples with severe and complete asthenozoospermia undergoing TESA (testicular sperm aspiration) with ICSI. We conducted a retrospective study of 28 couples with complete or severe asthenozoospermia who underwent TESA between January 2010 and December 2015. We compared TESA-ICSI outcomes of these couples to ejaculate ICSI outcomes of 40 couples with severe asthenozoospermia treated during the same time period at our institution...
February 10, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187502/protein-kinase-c-activity-in-boar-sperm
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J M Teijeiro, P E Marini, M J Bragado, L J Garcia-Marin
Male germ cells undergo different processes within the female reproductive tract to successfully fertilize the oocyte. These processes are triggered by different extracellular stimuli leading to activation of protein phosphorylation. Protein kinase C (PKC) is a key regulatory enzyme in signal transduction mechanisms involved in many cellular processes. Studies in boar sperm demonstrated a role for PKC in the intracellular signaling involved in motility and cellular volume regulation. Experiments using phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) showed increases in the Serine/Threonine phosphorylation of substrates downstream of PKC in boar sperm...
February 10, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185073/natural-conception-rates-in-subfertile-couples-following-fertility-awareness-training
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P Frank-Herrmann, C Jacobs, E Jenetzky, C Gnoth, C Pyper, S Baur, G Freundl, M Goeckenjan, T Strowitzki
PURPOSE: To analyze cumulative pregnancy rates of subfertile couples after fertility awareness training. METHODS: A prospective observational cohort study followed 187 subfertile women, who had received training in self-observation of the fertile phase of the menstrual cycle with the Sensiplan method, for 8 months. The women, aged 21-47 years, had attempted to become pregnant for 3.5 years on average (range 1-8 years) before study entry. Amenorrhea, known tubal occlusion and severe male factor had been excluded...
February 9, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184250/meiotic-outcome-in-two-carriers-of-y-autosome-reciprocal-translocations-selective-elimination-of-certain-segregants
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Harita Ghevaria, Roy Naja, Sioban SenGupta, Paul Serhal, Joy Delhanty
BACKGROUND: Reciprocal Y autosome translocations are rare but frequently associated with male infertility. We report on the meiotic outcome in embryos fathered by two males with the karyotypes 46,X,t(Y;4)(q12;p15.32) and 46,X,t(Y;16)(q12;q13). The two couples underwent preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) enabling determination of the segregation types that were compatible with fertilization and preimplantation embryo development. Both PGD and follow up analysis were carried out via fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) or array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) allowing the meiotic segregation types to be determined in a total of 27 embryos...
2017: Molecular Cytogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182799/in-vivo-acrylamide-exposure-may-cause-severe-toxicity-to-mouse-oocytes-through-its-metabolite-glycidamide
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Duru Aras, Zeynep Cakar, Sinan Ozkavukcu, Alp Can, Ozgur Cinar
High acrylamide (ACR) content in heat-processed carbohydrate-rich foods, as well as roasted products such as coffee, almonds etc., has been found to be as a risk factor for carcinogenicity and genotoxicity by The World Health Organization. Glycidamide (GLY), the epoxide metabolite of ACR, is processed by the cytochrome P-450 enzyme system and has also been found to be a genotoxic agent. The aim of this study was to determine whether ACR and/or GLY have any detrimental effect on the meiotic cell division of oocytes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181992/women-prefer-men-who-use-metaphorical-language-when-paying-compliments-in-a-romantic-context
#15
Zhao Gao, Shan Gao, Lei Xu, Xiaoxiao Zheng, Xiaole Ma, Lizhu Luo, Keith M Kendrick
Language plays an important role in romantic attachment. However, it is unclear whether the structure and topic of language use might influence potential mate choice. We investigated 124 female students' preference for compliments paid by males incorporating either literal or metaphoric (conventional/novel) language and targeting their appearance or possessions (house) throughout their menstrual cycle. Male faces paired with novel metaphorical compliments were rated as more attractive by women than those paired with literal ones...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181038/transcriptomic-profiling-of-egg-quality-in-sea-bass-dicentrarchus-labrax-sheds-light-on-genes-involved-in-ubiquitination-and-translation
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Daniel Żarski, Thaovi Nguyen, Aurélie Le Cam, Jérôme Montfort, Gilbert Dutto, Marie Odile Vidal, Christian Fauvel, Julien Bobe
Variable and low egg quality is a major limiting factor for the development of efficient aquaculture production. This stems from limited knowledge on the mechanisms underlying egg quality in cultured fish. Molecular analyses, such as transcriptomic studies, are valuable tools to identify the most important processes modulating egg quality. However, very few studies have been devoted to this aspect so far. Within this study, the microarray-based transcriptomic analysis of eggs (of different quality) of sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) was performed...
February 8, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179393/triploid-production-from-interspecific-crosses-of-two-diploid-perennial-helianthus-with-diploid-cultivated-sunflower-helianthus-annuus-l
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Zhao Liu, Gerald J Seiler, Thomas J Gulya, Jiuhuan Feng, Khalid Y Rashid, Xiwen Cai, Chao-Chien Jan
Wild Helianthus species are a valuable genetic resource for the improvement of cultivated sunflower. We report the discovery and characterization of a unique high frequency production of triploids when cultivated sunflower was pollinated by specific accessions of diploid Helianthus nuttallii T. &. G. and H. maximiliani Schr. Genomic in situ hybridization (GISH) analyses indicated that the triploid F1s had two genomes from the wild pollen sources and one from the cultivated line. Mitotic chromosome analyses indicated that the frequency of triploid progenies from the crosses of cultivated lines × H...
February 7, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178855/ginsenoside-rg1-improves-fertility-and-reduces-ovarian-pathological-damages-in-premature-ovarian-failure-model-of-mice
#18
Lianli He, Li Ling, Tianqin Wei, Yaping Wang, Zhengai Xiong
This study aims to investigate the effect as well as mechanism of ginsenoside Rg1 (Rg1) on premature ovarian failure (POF) induced by d-galactose (d-gal) in mice. C57BL/6 female mice were divided into four groups randomly, which were the saline group, the d-gal group, the d-gal + Rg1 group, and the Rg1 group. Body weight was recorded. Overall ovarian function including estrous cycles, sex hormone secretion, ovarian follicle development, and ovarian morphology was analyzed by H&E staining and ELISA. Effect of Rg1 on aging was determined by analyzing the activities of oxidation-associated biomarkers, pro-inflammatory cytokine secretion, expression of senescence-associated proteins, and fertility...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174376/-practice-of-fertility-preservation-for-cancer-patients-in-the-aya-generation
#19
Yodo Sugishita, Nao Suzuki
The adolescent and young adult(AYA)generation is defined as population aged 15 through 39years and is widely used by many organizations and associations. Female fertility preservation consists of oocyte freezing, embryo freezing, ovarian tissue freezing and transplantation, and ovarian protection by the GnRH agonist in anticancer agents. In particular, owing to the characteristics of fertility preservation for cancer patients in the AYA generation, a longer frozen storage period is possible. Special consideration for the devised and informed consent protocol for adolescent patients and psychological support are needed when patients gets older...
January 2017: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174047/gammarus-fossarum-as-a-sensitive-tool-to-reveal-residual-toxicity-of-treated-wastewater-effluents
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Adriana Wigh, Olivier Geffard, Khedidja Abbaci, Adeline Francois, Patrice Noury, Alexandre Bergé, Emmanuelle Vulliet, Bruno Domenjoud, Adriana Gonzalez-Ospina, Sylvie Bony, Alain Devaux
Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are one of the main sources of freshwater pollution eventually resulting in adverse effects in aquatic organisms. Treated effluents can contain many micropollutants at concentrations often below the limit of chemical quantification. On a regulatory basis, WWTP effluents have to be non-toxic to the aquatic environment, wherefore not only chemical abatement but also ecotoxicological evaluation through relevant bioassays is required. Standardized bioassays currently used are often not sensitive enough to reveal a residual toxicity in treated effluents...
February 4, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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