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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431246/fatty-acids-regulate-germline-sex-determination-through-acs-4-dependent-myristoylation
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Hongyun Tang, Min Han
Fat metabolism has been linked to fertility and reproductive adaptation in animals and humans, and environmental sex determination potentially plays a role in the process. To investigate the impact of fatty acids (FA) on sex determination and reproductive development, we examined and observed an impact of FA synthesis and mobilization by lipolysis in somatic tissues on oocyte fate in Caenorhabditis elegans. The subsequent genetic analysis identified ACS-4, an acyl-CoA synthetase and its FA-CoA product, as key germline factors that mediate the role of FA in promoting oocyte fate through protein myristoylation...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429340/controlled-prospective-observational-study-on-the-efficiency-and-tolerability-of-a-combination-of-potential-nrf2-inducing-antioxidants-and-micronutrients-as-pre-treatment-for-icsi-in-dyspermic-patients-with-previous-failure
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R Rago, M Gallo, A Dal Lago, E Licata, G Paciotti, M Amodei, C Meneghini, C Fabiani, G Dani, C Liberanome, D Antonaci, R Corno, D Miriello, G Giuffrida, B Giammusso
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficiency of pre-treatment in dyspermic males in IVF couples with a combination of micronutrients, for the purpose of improving the fertilization rate, the implantation rate and the outcome of the pregnancy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This controlled prospective clinical study was performed in two medically assisted reproduction centers. 59 males with mild oligo-astheno-teratospermia (OAT) were admitted to the study. All of them had a history of previous in vitro fertilization (IVF) attempts with female partners aged < 40 diagnosed having tubal or idiopathic infertility...
April 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428941/cardiovascular-risk-may-be-increased-in-women-with-unexplained-infertility
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Fatma Ferda Verit, Fadile Yildiz Zeyrek, Ali Galip Zebitay, Hurkan Akyol
OBJECTIVE: Growing evidence suggests that increased cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk is associated with female infertility caused by conditions such as polycystic ovarian disease, obesity, thyroid dysfunction, and endometriosis. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether any relationship exists between CVD and unexplained infertility. METHODS: Sixty-five women with unexplained infertility and 65 fertile controls were enrolled in the study. CVD risk markers such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG), insulin resistance (defined by the homeostasis model assessment ratio), and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) were assessed...
March 2017: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428861/does-the-morphological-fit-between-flowers-and-pollinators-affect-pollen-deposition-an-experimental-test-in-a-buzz-pollinated-species-with-anther-dimorphism
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Lislie Solís-Montero, Mario Vallejo-Marín
Some pollination systems, such as buzz-pollination, are associated with floral morphologies that require a close physical interaction between floral sexual organs and insect visitors. In these systems, a pollinator's size relative to the flower may be an important feature determining whether the visitor touches both male and female sexual organs and thus transfers pollen between plants efficiently. To date, few studies have addressed whether in fact the "fit" between flower and pollinator influences pollen transfer, particularly among buzz-pollinated species...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428842/incipient-ecological-speciation-between-successional-varieties-of-a-dominant-tree-involves-intrinsic-postzygotic-isolating-barriers
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Elizabeth A Stacy, Bhama Paritosh, Melissa A Johnson, Donald K Price
Whereas disruptive selection imposed by heterogeneous environments can lead to the evolution of extrinsic isolating barriers between diverging populations, the evolution of intrinsic postzygotic barriers through divergent selection is less certain. Long-lived species such as trees may be especially slow to evolve intrinsic isolating barriers. We examined postpollination reproductive isolating barriers below the species boundary, in an ephemeral hybrid zone between two successional varieties of the landscape-dominant Hawaiian tree, Metrosideros polymorpha, on volcanically active Hawai'i Island...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427900/molecular-cloning-and-characterization-of-kiss1-in-brandt-s-voles-lasiopodomys-brandtii
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Yan Chen, Lan Liu, Zhengguang Li, Dawei Wang, Ning Li, Ying Song, Cong Guo, Xiaohui Liu
Kisspeptin, encoded by kiss1, has been regarded as a major modulator of mammalian puberty and fertility due to its stimulation on GnRH. Brandt's vole is one of the main pest species on the Inner Mongolian steppes for its striking reproductive capacity and kiss1 is a key candidate gene related to reproductive regulatory cascades. In this study, kiss1 cDNA was cloned from the hypothalamus of Brandt's voles and kiss1 mRNA levels were investigated in different tissues, and at different developmental stages, using high-throughput real-time PCR...
April 18, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425215/lipid-raft-dynamics-linked-to-sperm-competency-for-fertilization-in-mice
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Hitomi Watanabe, Rie Takeda, Keiji Hirota, Gen Kondoh
It is well known that mammalian sperm acquires fertilization ability after several maturation processes, particularly within the female reproductive tract. In a previous study, we found that both glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored protein (GPI-AP) release and lipid raft movement occur during the sperm maturation process. In several genetic studies, release of GPI-AP is a crucial step for sperm fertilization ability in the mouse. Here, we show that lipid raft movement is also fundamental for sperm to be competent for fertilization by comparing the sperm maturation process of two mouse inbred strains, C57BL/6 and BALB/c...
April 20, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424873/the-changes-in-the-reproductive-barrier-between-hexaploid-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l-and-rye-secale-cereale-l-different-states-lead-to-different-fates
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Natalia Tikhenko, Twan Rutten, Angelika Senula, Myroslava Rubtsova, E R Joachim Keller, Andreas Börner
The changes in the reproductive barrier between hexaploid wheat ( Triticum aestivum L.) and rye ( Secale cereale L.) can be induced using in situ embryo rescue of abnormal embryos, yielding stable fertile amphidiploid plants. In intergeneric crosses between hexaploid wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and rye (Secale cereale L.), postzygotic barriers may occur at different stages of hybrid development. One such mechanism is embryo lethality, which is genetically determined by the interaction and expression of two incompatible genes in wheat (Eml-A1) and rye (Eml-R1)...
April 19, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424461/a-lack-of-coordination-between-sister-chromatids-segregation-and-cytokinesis-in-the-oocytes-of-b6-y-tir-xy-sex-reversed-female-mice
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Jia-Qiao Zhu, Seang Lin Tan, Teruko Taketo
The B6.Y(TIR) (XY) mouse develops bilateral ovaries despite the expression of the testis-determining gene Sry during gonadal differentiation. We reported that the oocytes of the XY female are defective in their cytoplasm, resulting in a failure in the second meiotic division after activation or fertilization in vitro. However, the mechanism of meiotic failure or the cause of infertility remained to be clarified. In the present study, we obtained mature oocytes from XY females by superovulation and confirmed that these oocytes also fail in zygotic development...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424089/feasibility-of-uterine-preservation-in-the-management-of-early-stage-uterine-adenosarcomas-a-single-institute-experience
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Young-Jae Lee, Dae-Yeon Kim, Dae-Shik Suh, Jong-Hyeok Kim, Yong-Man Kim, Young-Tak Kim, Joo-Hyun Nam
BACKGROUND: We aimed to evaluate the efficacy and the safety of uterine preservation in patients with early-stage uterine adenosarcoma who want to preserve future fertility. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of patients with stage I uterine adenosarcoma diagnosed and treated at a single institute from 1998 through 2014. RESULTS: Among the total of 31 patients, uterine preservation surgery was performed in 7 of the nulliparas. Of the 7 patients receiving uterine preservation surgery, 3 showed no evidence of disease (NED), 2 had persistent disease confined to the uterus, and 2 were alive with disease (AWD) after recurrence...
April 19, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423955/double-ovarian-stimulation-duostim-protocol-for-fertility-preservation-in-female-oncology-patients
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Nikolaos Tsampras, Della Gould, Cheryl T Fitzgerald
This article describes a revised ovarian stimulation protocol (DuoStim) for fertility preservation in female oncology patients which aims to maximise the number of gametes obtained with subsequent improvement in cumulative birth rate, without delaying cancer treatment. Ten patients diagnosed with malignancy between September 2014 and October 2015 were included. The patients were treated with the DuoStim protocol, undergoing two consecutive ovarian stimulation cycles and two oocyte retrievals. The primary outcome was the number of oocytes collected and vitrified during each oocyte retrieval and in total...
February 9, 2017: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422330/genetic-relationships-among-female-fertility-disorders-female-fertility-traits-and-productivity-of-holstein-dairy-cows-in-the-early-lactation-period
#12
E Gernand, S König
Fertility health disorders from the early lactation period including retained placenta (REPLA), metritis (MET), corpus luteum persistence (CLP), anoestria/acyclia (AOEAC) and ovarial cysts (OC), as well as overall disease categories (disorders during the postpartal period (DPP), ovary infertility (OINF), overall trait definition "fertility disorders" (FD)), were used to estimate genetic (co)variance components with female fertility and test-day traits. The disease data set comprised 25,142 Holstein cows from parities 1, 2 and 3 resulting in 43,584 lactations...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Zeitschrift Für Tierzüchtung und Züchtungsbiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420504/the-clinical-profile-of-young-and-adolescent-women-with-laparoscopically-diagnosed-endometriosis-in-a-singapore-tertiary-hospital
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Yoke-Fai Fong, Soon-Kit Hon, Li-Lian Low, Karen Lim Mei Xian
OBJECTIVE: Endometriosis has been increasingly recognized as the cause of severe dysmenorrhea among younger women including adolescents, often with significant delay from time of presentation to diagnosis. Data on the South East Asian women is scarce. This study aims to describe the disease pattern in a group of young Asian women with histological diagnosis of endometriosis in our center. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 709 laparoscopic operations were performed for endometriosis in our center between 2000 and 2007...
April 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420503/age-is-a-major-prognosticator-in-extremely-low-oocyte-retrieval-cycles
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Yu-Ting Su, Pin-Yao Lin, Fu-Jen Huang, Fu-Tsai Kung, Yu-Ju Lin, Yi-Ru Tsai, Kuo-Chung Lan
OBJECTIVE: Clinical prognosis appears to be varied in females with poor ovarian response (POR), and poor responders defined by the Bologna criteria might not be sufficiently homogeneous. The aim of this study was to determine the major predictor of reproductive outcomes in extremely low oocyte retrieval cycles. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cohort of fresh in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection cycles (n = 858) was analyzed from January 2001 to September 2014...
April 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420494/molecular-regulation-and-role-of-angiogenesis-in-reproduction
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Momchil Rizov, Petya Andreeva, Ivanka Dimova
Angiogenesis is an essential process for proper functioning of the female reproductive system and for successful pregnancy realization. The multitude of factors required for physiological angiogenesis and the complexity of regulation of their temporal-spatial activities contribute to aberrations in human fertilization and pregnancy outcomes. In this study, we reviewed the current knowledge of the temporal expression patterns, functions, and regulatory mechanisms of angiogenic factors during foliculogenesis, early implantation/placentation and embryo development, as well as recurrent spontaneous abortions...
April 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420479/andrographolide-disrupts-meiotic-maturation-by-blocking-cytoskeletal-reorganisation-and-decreases-the-fertilisation-potential-of-mouse-oocytes
#16
Hong-Xing Liang, Sheng-Sheng Lu, Zheng Yan, Yan-Ping Kuang, Xiang-Xing Zhu, Zhi-Guang Yan, Tong Du, Wei-Ran Chai, Hui Long, Qi-Feng Lyu
Andrographolide (AG) is a diterpenoid lactone isolated from the stem and leaves of Andrographis paniculata Nees that is used for the effective treatment of infectious diseases in Asian countries. Previous studies have reported adverse effects of AG on female fertility in rodents; however, the underlying mechanisms are unknown. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of AG on the IVM of mouse oocytes and their fertilisation potential. Immature oocytes incubated for 6, 14 or 24h in medium containing 5, 10 or 20μM AG showed time- and dose-dependent decreases in maturation rates compared with the control group...
April 19, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419839/near-infrared-laser-irradiation-improves-the-development-of-mouse-pre-implantation-embryos
#17
Masaki Yokoo, Miho Mori
The aim of the present study was to assess the effects of near-infrared laser irradiation on the in vitro development of mouse embryos. Female ICR mice were superovulated with pregnant mare serum gonadotropin and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), and mated with male mice. Two-cell stage embryos were collected 40 h after administering hCG and cultured in M16 medium. Two-cell embryos (0 h after culture), 8-cell embryos (approx. 30 h after culture), morula (approx. 48 h after culture), and blastocysts (approx...
April 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419309/influence-of-dietary-inclusion-of-untreated-or-heat-treated-jatropha-meal-on-productive-and-reproductive-performances-and-biochemical-blood-parameters-of-laying-japanese-quail
#18
M E Abd El-Hack, M Alagawany, S A A El-Sayed, J Fowler
Jatropha meal (JM) has been characterized as a potential animal feedstuff due to its high crude protein content and high levels of essential amino acids. However, it contains anti-nutritive and toxic compounds that may hinder its use. The present study was conducted to evaluate the effects of a dietary inclusion of raw Jatropha meal (RJM) and heat-treated Jatropha meal on the growth and production of laying Japanese quail using productive, reproductive, and biochemical blood parameters. A total number of 180 mature Japanese quail at 2 months of age (120 females and 60 males) was randomly divided into 4 treatment groups: control (0% JM); 3...
April 17, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419137/transcriptional-changes-in-litchi-litchi-chinensis-sonn-inflorescences-treated-with-uniconazole
#19
Yongzan Wei, Chen Dong, Hongna Zhang, Xuewen Zheng, Bo Shu, Shengyou Shi, Weicai Li
In Arabidopsis, treating shoots with uniconazole can result in enhanced primary root elongation and bolting delay. Uniconazole spraying has become an important cultivation technique in controlling the flowering and improving the fruit-setting of litchi. However, the mechanism by which uniconazole regulates the complicated developmental processes in litchi remains unclear. This study aimed to determine which signal pathways and genes drive the responses of litchi inflorescences to uniconazole treatment. We monitored the transcriptional activity in inflorescences after uniconazole treatment by Illumina sequencing technology...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417422/selection-of-an-artificial-diet-for-laboratory-rearing-of-opogona-sacchari-lepidoptera-tineidae-bojer-1856
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A Coelho, J M Milanez, R de Andrade Moral, C G B Demétrio, J R P Parra
The banana moth Opogona sacchari (Bojer) (Lepidoptera: Tineidae) is a polyphagous pest that can cause serious damage, in particular to banana crops in southern Brazil. The insect is a quarantine pest in several countries, including Argentina, the main consumer market for bananas from southern Brazil. Little information is available about the biology and ecology of this moth, such as a suitable diet for laboratory rearing. In order to provide support for integrated pest management of the pest, this study furnished data for selecting two diets suitable for continuous laboratory rearing of O...
April 17, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
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