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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921298/female-induced-remote-regulation-of-sperm-physiology-may-provide-opportunities-for-gamete-level-mate-choice
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Jukka Kekäläinen, Jonathan P Evans
In sedentary externally fertilizing species, direct interactions between mating partners are limited and pre-fertilization communication between sexes occur largely at the gamete level. Certain combinations of eggs and sperm often have higher fertilization success than others, which may be contingent on egg-derived chemical factors that preferentially attract sperm from compatible males. Here, we examine the mechanisms underlying such effects in the marine mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis, where differential sperm attraction has recently been shown to be associated with variation in offspring viability...
December 6, 2016: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919147/-the-iodine-intake-in-a-female-population-of-an-apennine-valley-italy-in-years-2003-2013
#2
Giulio Ozzola, Lucia Gasbarri, Carlo Montaini
OBJECTIVES: to assess if the iodine intake of pregnant women had increased or not after the introduction of Law no. 55 of March 2005 («Provisions aimed at the prevention of endemic goitre and other diseases from iodine deficiency») and if it reached the levels recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). DESIGN: evaluation of ioduria values in the female local population enrolled. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: in 4 different years, 100 women per year (400 women in all) were enrolled in this study...
November 2016: Epidemiologia e Prevenzione
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918944/groundwater-nitrate-pollution-and-human-health-risk-assessment-by-using-hhra-model-in-an-agricultural-area-ne-china
#3
Yuanzheng Zhai, Xiaobing Zhao, Yanguo Teng, Xiao Li, Junjun Zhang, Jin Wu, Rui Zuo
In order to learn the pollution circumstance of groundwater nitrate detailedly in Songnen Plain of Northeast China and estimate its potential risk to human health of local residents, a total of 389 groundwater samples were collected in 2014 and studied from residential areas and public water supply wells in 11 cities and counties in southeastern of Songnen Plain. The analysis results showed that the spatial distributions of main chemical components in groundwater had great variations with statistical concentrations in the order of TDS> HCO3> Ca> NO3> Cl> Na> SO4> Mg> K> NH4> NO2...
December 1, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918727/the-current-state-of-reproductive-biology-research-in-australia-and-new-zealand-core-themes-from-the-society-for-reproductive-biology-annual-meeting-2016
#4
L K Akison, P H Andraweera, M J Bertoldo, H M Brown, J S M Cuffe, T Fullston, O Holland, J E Schjenken
Because reproduction is essential for all life, it is central to our understanding of all aspects of biology. The Society for Reproductive Biology (SRB) 2016 conference held on the Gold Coast (Qld, Australia) displayed the current breadth of reproductive research in Australia and New Zealand, with additional insights from world leaders in the field. This conference review provides a focused summary of the key questions, emerging ideas and novel technologies that were presented in the symposia. Presented research demonstrated key advances in how stem cell biology may allow us to better understand pluripotency, as well as how environmental and lifestyle factors, such as circadian disruption, smoking, alcohol and diet, affect gametogenesis, embryo implantation, placental function and reproductive capacity...
December 6, 2016: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917104/thirty-eight-year-follow-up-of-two-sibling-lipoid-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-patients-due-to-homozygous-steroidogenic-acute-regulatory-stard1-protein-mutation-molecular-structure-and-modeling-of-the-stard1-l275p-mutation
#5
Khalil Khoury, Elie Barbar, Youssef Ainmelk, Annie Ouellet, Pierre Lavigne, Jean-Guy LeHoux
Objective: Review the impact of StAR (STARD1) mutations on steroidogenesis and fertility in LCAH patients. Examine the endocrine mechanisms underlying the pathology of the disorder and the appropriate therapy for promoting fertility and pregnancies. Design: Published data in the literature and a detailed 38-year follow-up of two sibling LCAH patients. Molecular structure and modeling of the STARD1 L275P mutation. Setting: University hospital. Patients: Patient A (46,XY female phenotype) and patient B (46,XX female) with LCAH bearing the L275P mutation in STARD1...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913739/structure-activity-relation-of-amor-sugar-molecule-that-activates-pollen-tubes-for-ovular-guidance
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Jiao Jiao, Akane G Mizukami, Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Junichiro Yamguchi, Kenichiro Itami, Tetsuya Higashiyama
Successful fertilization in flowering plants depends on the precise directional growth control of pollen tube through the female pistil tissue, towards the female gametophyte contained in the ovule for delivery of non-motile sperm cells. Cysteine-rich peptides LUREs secreted from the synergid cells on either side of the egg cell act as ovular attractants of pollen tubes. Competency control by the pistil is crucial for the response of pollen tubes to these ovular attractants. We recently reported that ovular 4-O-methyl-glucuronosyl arabinogalactan AMOR induces competency of the pollen tube to respond to ovular attractant LURE peptides in Torenia fournieri...
December 2, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913258/an-experimental-study-on-the-effects-of-smoking-in-the-perinatal-period-and-during-lactation-on-the-intervertebral-discs-of-newborns
#7
Idiris Altun, Kasım Z Yuksel
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the histopathological effects of smoking before, during and after pregnancy on the intervertebral disc structure of the newborns in an experimental rat model. METHODS: Seven adult female Wistar Albino rats were randomly allocated into 7 groups. Nicotine (2 mg/kg/day) was intraperitoneally introduced to these rats in 6 groups before, during and after pregnancy, while the rat in the control group received isotonic saline intraperitoneally. Fourteen newborns delivered by each rat were sacrificed at the end of 9 weeks after being breastfed for 3 weeks after birth...
November 29, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913150/juvenile-hormone-titers-ovarian-status-and-epicuticular-hydrocarbons-in-gynes-and-workers-of-the-paper-wasp-belonogaster-longitarsus
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Hans C Kelstrup, Klaus Hartfelder, Nanike Esterhuizen, Theresa C Wossler
The prevailing paradigm for social wasp endocrinology is that of juvenile hormone (JH) functioning pleiotropically in potential and actual queens, where it fuels dominance behaviors, stimulates ovarian growth and/or affects the production of status-linked cuticular compounds. In colonies with annual cycles (e.g., temperate-zone species), female adults produced at the end of the summer (called gynes) are physiologically primed to hibernate. Despite the absence of egg-laying in the pre-overwintering phase, gynes engage in dominance interactions that may affect reproductive potential following hibernation...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912078/mouse-double-minute-2-homolog-actively-suppresses-p53-activity-in-oocytes-during-mouse-folliculogenesis
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Chen-Xi Zhang, Qin Zhang, Yin-Yin Xie, Xue-Yan He, Cong Xiang, Xiao-Shuang Hou, Ying Zhou, Lai Chen, Guo-Xin Zhang, Geng Liu
The p53 signaling network is indispensible in cellular stress responses and tumor suppression. Negative regulations of p53 by mouse double minute 2 and 4 homologs (MDM2) and (MDM4) are an integrated component of the network and have been implicated in regulating the stress responses and the maintenance of normal development and homeostasis of multiple somatic cell lineages. However, the regulatory role of MDM2 on p53 and stress responses in female germ cells remains undetermined. Here, we used the Cre-loxP system to delete Mdm2 in oocytes at different stages of folliculogenesis in mice...
November 29, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911903/transfected-babesia-bovis-expressing-a-tick-gst-as-a-live-vector-vaccine
#10
Daiane P Oldiges, Jacob M Laughery, Nelson Junior Tagliari, Ronaldo Viana Leite Filho, William C Davis, Itabajara da Silva Vaz, Carlos Termignoni, Donald P Knowles, Carlos E Suarez
The Rhipicephalus microplus tick is a notorious blood-feeding ectoparasite of livestock, especially cattle, responsible for massive losses in animal production. It is the main vector for transmission of pathogenic bacteria and parasites, including Babesia bovis, an intraerythrocytic apicomplexan protozoan parasite responsible for bovine Babesiosis. This study describes the development and testing of a live B. bovis vaccine expressing the protective tick antigen glutathione-S-transferase from Haemaphysalis longicornis (HlGST)...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911797/meeting-the-sustainable-development-goals-leads-to-lower-world-population-growth
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Guy J Abel, Bilal Barakat, Samir Kc, Wolfgang Lutz
Here we show the extent to which the expected world population growth could be lowered by successfully implementing the recently agreed-upon Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs include specific quantitative targets on mortality, reproductive health, and education for all girls by 2030, measures that will directly and indirectly affect future demographic trends. Based on a multidimensional model of population dynamics that stratifies national populations by age, sex, and level of education with educational fertility and mortality differentials, we translate these goals into SDG population scenarios, resulting in population sizes between 8...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908686/effect-of-different-vitrification-solutions-and-cryodevices-on-viability-and-subsequent-development-of-buffalo-oocytes-vitrified-at-the-germinal-vesicle-gv-stage
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Amr S El-Shalofy, Adel R Moawad, Gamal M Darwish, Sayed T Ismail, Aly B A Badawy, Magdy R Badr
The cryopreservation of immature oocytes would generate a readily available, non-seasonal source of female gametes for research and reproduction. In domestic animals, the most promising results on oocyte cryopreservation have been reported in cattle, few studies have been conducted on buffalo. The aim of the present study was to compare the use of different vitrification solutions and various cryodevices on viability and developmental competence of buffalo oocytes vitrified at the germinal vesicle (GV) stage...
November 28, 2016: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908417/biphasic-action-of-iodine-in-excess-at-different-doses-on-ovary-in-adult-rats
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Dakshayani Mahapatra, Amar K Chandra
Iodine consumption in excess of its recommended levels over a prolonged period of time is well known to cause thyroid disorders. The thyroid hormones on the other hand are responsible in maintenance of the physiology of the reproductive system. Excess iodine intake affects male reproductive physiology. However, the effects of excess iodine on the ovarian structure and function is yet to be established. The present study has thus been undertaken to investigate the effect of excess iodine on the ovarian physiology...
January 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907016/direct-unequal-cleavages-embryo-developmental-competence-genetic-constitution-and-clinical-outcome
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Qiansheng Zhan, Zhen Ye, Robert Clarke, Zev Rosenwaks, Nikica Zaninovic
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence, developmental potential, chromosomal constitution and clinical outcome of embryos with direct unequal cleavages (DUC). DESIGN: A retrospective observational study. SETTING: Academic Institution. PARTICIPANT: 21,261 embryos from 3,155 cycles cultured in EmbryoScope®. RESULTS: The total incidence of DUCs per embryo occupying the first three cleavages were 26...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905943/social-patterns-and-differentials-in-the-fertility-transition-in-the-context-of-hiv-aids-evidence-from-population-surveillance-rural-south-africa-1993-2013
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Brian Houle, Athena Pantazis, Chodziwadziwa Kabudula, Stephen Tollman, Samuel J Clark
BACKGROUND: Literature is limited on the effects of high prevalence HIV on fertility in the absence of treatment, and the effects of the introduction of sustained access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) on fertility. We summarize fertility patterns in rural northeast South Africa over 21 years during dynamic social and epidemiological change. METHODS: We use data for females aged 15-49 from the Agincourt health and socio-demographic surveillance system (1993-2013)...
March 25, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905146/temporal-changes-in-serum-luteinizing-hormone-following-ovariohysterectomy-and-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-vaccination-in-domestic-cats
#16
H L Bateman, L M Vansandt, J Newsom, W F Swanson
Measurement of circulating luteinizing hormone (LH) concentrations in cats and temporal changes following ovariohysterectomy (OHE) or possibly GnRH vaccination may be informative for assessing their fertility, contraception or sterilization status. In this study, serum LH concentrations were measured in domestic cats (n = 6) immediately prior to and up to 120 days post-OHE. Basal LH concentrations of females previously subjected to OHE (n = 4; ~1.5 years post-OHE) were compared pre- and post-vaccination with a GnRH immunocontraceptive, and to LH concentrations in intact females...
November 30, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904563/the-risk-of-using-intrauterine-devices-to-benign-reproductive-system-conditions-in-postmenopausal-women-a-case-control-study
#17
Xiaohua Zhang, Liping Xiao, Haoping Zhu, Linan Cheng
BACKGROUND: To investigate the effect of using intrauterine devices (IUDs) during the fertile window on women's reproductive system health. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 2,744 postmenopausal women in the Minhang District, Shanghai, China were enrolled. In the IUDs group there were 2,253 women; in the tubal ligation group there were 202 women and there were 289 women in the control group. We selected subjects according to the cases number in different hospital by using step sampling, and, in addition, collected the sociological data and information of the previously used contraceptives by the subjects, which included whether the contraceptives were used appropriately and the effect they had...
2016: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903868/allee-effect-in-polar-bears-a-potential-consequence-of-polychlorinated-biphenyl-contamination
#18
Viola Pavlova, Jacob Nabe-Nielsen, Rune Dietz, Christian Sonne, Volker Grimm
Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) from East Greenland and Svalbard exhibited very high concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the 1980s and 1990s. In Svalbard, slow population growth during that period was suspected to be linked to PCB contamination. In this case study, we explored how PCBs could have impacted polar bear population growth and/or male reproductive success in Svalbard during the mid-1990s by reducing the fertility of contaminated males. A dose-response relationship linking the effects of PCBs to male polar bear fertility was extrapolated from studies of the effects of PCBs on sperm quality in rodents...
November 30, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903524/graft-versus-host-disease-targets-ovary-and-causes-female-infertility-in-mice
#19
Sonoko Shimoji, Daigo Hashimoto, Hidetsugu Tsujigiwa, Kohta Miyawaki, Koji Kato, Shuichiro Takahashi, Reiki Ogasawara, Takashi Jiromaru, Hiromi Iwasaki, Toshihiro Miyamoto, Koichi Akashi, Takanori Teshima
Infertility associated with ovarian failure is a serious late complication for female survivors of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (SCT). While the role of pretransplant conditioning regimen has been well appreciated, increasing application of reduced-intensity conditioning facilitated us to revisit the other factors possibly affecting ovarian function after allogeneic SCT. We have addressed whether donor T-cell mediated graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) could be causally related to female infertility in mice...
November 30, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901187/interactions-between-prolactin-and-kisspeptin-to-control-reproduction
#20
Jose Donato, Renata Frazão
Prolactin is best known for its effects of stimulating mammary gland development and lactogenesis. However, prolactin is a pleiotropic hormone that is able to affect several physiological functions, including fertility. Prolactin receptors (PRLRs) are widely expressed in several tissues, including several brain regions and reproductive tract organs. Upon activation, PRLRs may exert prolactin's functions through several signaling pathways, although the recruitment of the signal transducer and activator of transcription 5 causes most of the known effects of prolactin...
November 24, 2016: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
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