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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215684/expression-of-genes-involved-in-bmp-and-estrogen-signaling-and-ampk-production-can-be-important-factors-affecting-total-number-of-antral-follicles-in-ewes
#1
Golshan Foroughinia, Ali Fazileh, Shahin Eghbalsaied
Follicular growth and ovulation of healthy oocytes is a complicated process which is regulated by several endocrine and paracrine factors as well as cross-talk between the oocyte and its surrounding somatic cells. This study compared the expression profile of some candidate genes involved in BMP signaling as well as estrogen and AMPK production in cumulus-oocyte complex (COC) of small and large antral follicles and their associated somatic cell layers in ovaries from ewes with high- and low-antral follicle count (AFC)...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215677/pyridoxine-supplementation-during-oocyte-maturation-improves-the-development-and-quality-of-bovine-preimplantation-embryos
#2
Mansour Aboelenain, Ahmed Zaky Balboula, Manabu Kawahara, Abd El-Monem Montaser, Samy Moawad Zaabel, Sung-Woo Kim, Masashi Nagano, Masashi Takahashi
Recently, inhibition of cathepsin B (CTSB) activity during in vitro maturation (IVM) and culture (IVC) improved the developmental competence and quality of bovine oocytes and embryos. E-64 is a widely used inhibitor to inhibit CTSB activity, however, E-64 inhibits not only CTSB activity but also the activities of other proteases including cathepsin L (CTSL), papain, calpain, and trypsin. Pyridoxine, the catalytically active form of vitamin B6, plays a crucial role in several cellular processes and has the ability to inhibit CTSB activity...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215674/effect-of-vitrification-on-meiotic-maturation-mitochondrial-distribution-and-glutathione-synthesis-in-immature-silver-fox-cumulus-oocyte-complexes
#3
Xinyan Cao, Jingchun Li, Hailong Xue, Shiyong Wang, Weigang Zhao, Zhanyu Du, Yifeng Yang, Zhigang Yue
The present study was designed to investigate the effects of vitrifying oocytes obtained from silver foxes on nuclear maturation, mitochondrial distribution and glutathione (GSH) synthesis after in vitro culture for 72 h. Immature oocytes were randomly divided into three groups: (1) fresh GV (germinal vesicle) oocytes (Control group), (2) exposure to the equilibration and vitrification solution but without being plunged into liquid nitrogen (exposed group), and (3) vitrification by the cryoloop method (vitrified-warmed group)...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215673/supplement-of-cilostamide-in-growth-medium-improves-oocyte-maturation-and-developmental-competence-of-embryos-derived-from-small-antral-follicles-in-pigs
#4
Hanna Lee, Fazle Elahi, Joohyeong Lee, Seung Tae Lee, Sang-Hwan Hyun, Eunsong Lee
This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of cyclic AMP (cAMP) modulator cilostamide (CIL) and forskolin (FSK) treatment during in vitro growth (IVG) on growth, maturation, and embryonic development of cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) derived from small antral follicles < 3 mm in diameter (SAFCOCs). SAFCOCs were untreated (control) or treated with 20 μM CIL and/or 50 μM FSK for 2 days for IVG. Next, IVG oocytes were cultured for maturation and then induced for parthenogenesis (PA) or used as recipient ooplasts for somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT)...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214889/regulatory-role-of-mirna-375-in-expression-of-bmp15-gdf9-receptors-and-its-effect-on-proliferation-and-apoptosis-of-bovine-cumulus-cells
#5
Hongyan Chen, Chang Liu, Hao Jiang, Yan Gao, Mingqiang Xu, Jiawei Wang, Siyuan Liu, Yao Fu, Xulei Sun, Jiajun Xu, Jiabao Zhang, Lisheng Dai
BACKGROUND: Bone morphogenetic protein 15 (BMP15) and growth differentiation factor 9 (GDF9) are members of the transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) superfamily. Through autocrine and paracrine mechanisms, these two factors can regulate cell differentiation, proliferation, and other functions in the ovary locally. Furthermore, GDF9 and BMP15 play vital roles in follicular growth, atresia, ovulation, fertilization, reproduction, and maintenance. Numerous studies have demonstrated a synergy between BMP15 and GDF9...
January 27, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209499/blastocyst-development-after-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-of-equine-oocytes-vitrified-at-the-germinal-vesicle-stage
#6
Heloísa Siqueira Canesin, Joao Gatto Brom-de-Luna, Young-Ho Choi, Isabel Ortiz, Mouhamadou Diaw, Katrin Hinrichs
We evaluated the meiotic and developmental competence of GV-stage equine oocytes vitrified under different conditions. In a preliminary study, using dimethyl sulfoxide (D), ethylene glycol (EG) and sucrose (S) as cryoprotectants, the maturation rate was higher for cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) held overnight before vitrification (37%) than for those vitrified immediately (14%; P < 0.05). Thereafter, all COCs were held overnight before vitrification. In Experiment 1 we compared 1 min (1 m) and 4 min (4 m) exposure to vitrification and warming solutions; oocytes that subsequently matured were fertilized by ICSI...
February 13, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198569/effect-of-eicosapentaenoic-acid-on-bovine-cumulus-oocyte-complex-in-vitro
#7
Noelia Nikoloff, Ana M Pascua, Juan M Anchordoquy, Juan P Anchordoquy, Matías A Sirini, Analia Seoane, Cecilia C Furnus
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) supplementation during in vitro maturation (IVM) of bovine oocytes. The concentrations tested in all experiments were 1 nM, 1 μM and 1 mM EPA. The effect of EPA was evaluated on cumulus-oocyte complexes (COC) by oocyte maturation [cumulus expansion area and oocyte nuclear maturation], genotoxicity [single cell gel electrophoresis (SCGE)] and cytotoxicity [apoptosis, viability and MTT assays] end points. The maturation parameters were affected by exposure of COC to different EPA concentrations in the IVM medium...
February 15, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197932/effect-of-gnrha-ovulation-trigger-dose-on-follicular-fluid-characteristics-and-granulosa-cell-gene-expression-profiles
#8
Thi Ngoc Lan Vuong, M T Ho, T Q Ha, M Brehm Jensen, C Yding Andersen, P Humaidan
PURPOSE: A recent dose-finding study showed no significant differences in number of mature oocytes, embryos and top-quality embryos when triptorelin doses of 0.2, 0.3 or 0.4 mg were used to trigger final oocyte maturation in oocyte donors co-treated with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist. This analysis investigated whether triptorelin dosing for triggering final oocyte maturation in oocyte donors induced differences in follicular fluid (FF) hormone levels and granulosa cell gene expression...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188904/exposure-to-cadmium-during-in-vitro-maturation-at-environmental-nanomolar-levels-impairs-oocyte-fertilization-through-oxidative-damage-a-large-animal-model-study
#9
N A Martino, G Marzano, M Mangiacotti, O Miedico, A M Sardanelli, A Gnoni, G M Lacalandra, A E Chiaravalle, E Ciani, L Bogliolo, F Minervini, F Pizzi, M E Dell'Aquila
Cadmium is a highly toxic heavy metal with negative effects on oocyte fertilization. The aim of this study was to analyse whether cadmium-induced impairment of fertilization is caused by mitochondria dysfunction and oxidative stress in the cumulus-oocyte complex (COC). Preliminarily, 19 trace element levels were measured in ovaries from juvenile and adult ewes and age-related cadmium ovarian bioaccumulation at nanomolar concentrations was found. COCs from juvenile and adult ewes, exposed during in vitro maturation to 1nM or 100nM CdCl2, and subjected to in vitro fertilization showed significantly lower fertilization rates in exposed COCs compared with controls...
February 7, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185390/oxidative-stress-as-a-damage-mechanism-in-porcine-cumulus-oocyte-complexes-exposed-to-malathion-during-in-vitro-maturation
#10
Diana Flores, Verónica Souza, Miguel Betancourt, Mario Teteltitla, Humberto González-Márquez, Eduardo Casas, Edmundo Bonilla, Patricia Ramírez-Noguera, María Concepción Gutiérrez-Ruíz, Yvonne Ducolomb
Malathion is one of the most commonly used insecticides. Recent findings have demonstrated that it induces oxidative stress in somatic cells, but there are not enough studies that have demonstrated this effect in germ cells. Malathion impairs porcine oocyte viability and maturation, but studies have not shown how oxidative stress damages maturation and which biochemical mechanisms are affected in this process in cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs). The aims of the present study were to determine the amount of oxidative stress produced by malathion in porcine COCs matured in vitro, to define how biochemical mechanisms affect this process, and determine whether trolox can attenuate oxidative damage...
February 10, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170286/effects-of-alcohol-on-mitochondrial-functions-of-cumulus-cells-in-mice
#11
Wanlu Xu, Lihui Huo, Jingjing Li, Chunli Xu, Shuang Wang, Yanhong Yang, Chuang Liu, Xiaomin Zheng, Xiuliang Feng, Xingrong Yan
Alcohol is an important compound used in food, agriculture, and medicine. In this study, we investigated the effect of alcohol on oocyte quality in mice by exposing animals for different duration times during an estrous cycle. Cumulus-oocyte complexes were collected from mice after pregnant mare serum gonadotropin- and human chorionic gonadotropin-induced superovulation. Ovulation number, E2 level in serum, and parthenogenetic embryo development in vitro were evaluated. Mitochondrial gene expression, mitochondrial membrane potential, and reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels in the cumulus were also assessed...
February 7, 2017: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166953/mrna-expression-profile-of-the-tnf-%C3%AE-system-in-lh-induced-bovine-preovulatory-follicles-and-effects-of-tnf-%C3%AE-on-gene-expression-ultrastructure-and-expansion-of-cumulus-oocyte-complexes-cultured-in%C3%A2-vitro
#12
A W B Silva, F T G Bezerra, W G Glanzner, J T Dos Santos, A M P Dau, M T Rovani, G F Ilha, J J N Costa, E V Cunha, M A M Donato, C A Peixoto, P B D Gonçalves, V Bordignon, J R V Silva
This study evaluated (1) the effects of in vivo GnRH treatment on mRNA expression of TNF-α system (TNF-α, TNFR1 and TNFR2) in granulosa cells of bovine preovulatory follicles, (2) the in vitro influence of gonadotropins on mRNA expression of TNF-α system in cultured cumulus cells, (3) the protein expression of the TNF-α system in late antral follicles and, (4) the influence of TNF-α on cumulus cells expansion, ultrastructure and on expression of HAS2, CASP3 and CASP6 in follicular cells cultured for 24 h...
March 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163264/effects-of-exosome-like-vesicles-on-cumulus-expansion-in-pigs-in-vitro
#13
Yuta Matsuno, Asuka Onuma, Yoshie A Fujioka, Kazuma Yasuhara, Wataru Fujii, Kunihiko Naito, Koji Sugiura
Cell-secreted vesicles, such as exosomes, have recently been recognized as mediators of cell communication. A recent study in cattle showed the involvement of exosome-like vesicles in the control of cumulus expansion, a prerequisite process for normal ovulation; however, whether this is the case in other mammalian species is not known. Therefore, this study aimed to examine the presence of exosome-like vesicles in ovarian follicles and their effects on cumulus expansion in vitro in pigs. The presence of exosome-like vesicles in porcine follicular fluid (pFF) was confirmed by transmission electron microscopic observation, the detection of marker proteins, and RNA profiles specific to exosomes...
5, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144640/cyclic-gmp-mediated-inhibition-of-spontaneous-germinal-vesicle-breakdown-both-with-and-without-cumulus-in-mouse-oocyte
#14
Heekyung Hwang, Yong-Pil Cheon
Intact germinal vesicle (GV) arrest and release are essential for maintaining the fertility of mammals inducing human. Intact germinal vesicle release, maturation of oocytes is maintained by very complex procedures along with folliculogenesis and is a critical step for embryonic development. Cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) has been suggested a key factor for meiotic arrest but so far its mechanisms are controversy. In this study we examine the effects of cGMP on germinal vesicle breakdown in cumulus-enclosed oocytes and denuded oocytes...
December 2016: Balsaeng'gwa Saengsig
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130394/application-of-microfluidic-technologies-to-human-assisted-reproduction
#15
REVIEW
Gary D Smith, Shuichi Takayama
Microfluidics can be considered both a science and a technology. It is defined as the study of fluid behavior at a sub-microliter level and the investigation into its application to cell biology, chemistry, genetics, molecular biology and medicine. There are at least two characteristics of microfluidics, mechanical and biochemical, which can be influential in the field of mammalian gamete and preimplantation embryo biology. These microfluidic characteristics can assist in basic biological studies on sperm, oocyte and preimplantation embryo structure, function and environment...
January 27, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124491/hampered-cumulus-expansion-of-porcine-cumulus-oocyte-complexes-by-excessive-presence-of-alpha2-macroglobulin-is-likely-mediated-via-inhibition-of-zinc-dependent-metalloproteases
#16
Ruth Appeltant, Josine Beek, Dominiek Maes, Jo Bijttebier, Katleen Van Steendam, Hans Nauwynck, Ann Van Soom
In vitro maturation (IVM) in serum causes hampered expansion of porcine cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) due to excessive alpha2 -macroglobulin (A2M). This study investigated two hypotheses that could explain the effect of A2M: (i) binding of epidermal growth factor (EGF) to A2M, followed by its decreased availability; and (ii) inhibition of zinc-dependent metalloproteases. Cumulus expansion was evaluated based on the diameter of the COCs, the proportion of COCs participating in a floating cloud and the proportion of COCs with loss of cumulus cells...
January 26, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120353/analysis-of-gene-expression-in-granulosa-cells-post-maturation-to-evaluate-oocyte-culture-systems-in-the-domestic-cat
#17
J Zahmel, H Mundt, K Jewgenow, B C Braun
Maturation of oocytes is a prerequisite for successful embryo development. The fertilization competence of in vivo derived oocytes is significantly higher than that of oocytes matured in vitro. Commonly evaluated morphological criteria for oocyte maturation do not reflect the complexity and quality of maturation processes. Oocytes and granulosa cells are communicating closely in a bidirectional way during follicular growth and maturation. Assessing the mRNA expression of specific genes in granulosa cells could be a non-invasive way to evaluate the conditions of in vitro oocyte maturation...
January 24, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118991/morphology-and-physiology-of-antennal-lobe-projection-neurons-in-the-hawkmoth-agrius-convolvuli
#18
Takuya Nirazawa, Takeshi Fujii, Yoichi Seki, Shigehiro Namiki, Tomoki Kazawa, Ryohei Kanzaki, Yukio Ishikawa
The neuronal pathways involved in the processing of sex pheromone information were investigated in the hawkmoth Agrius convolvuli (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae), which uses (E,E)-11,13-hexadecadienal (E11,E13-16:Ald) as the single sex pheromone component. We first clarified the anatomical organization of the antennal lobe of A. convolvuli. Subsequently, central neurons in the antennal lobe that responded to E11,E13-16:Ald were identified. The dendritic processes of these neurons were confined within a specific glomerulus (cumulus) in the antennal lobe...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115407/biological-basis-for-human-capacitation-revisited
#19
REVIEW
Christopher De Jonge
BACKGROUND: A little more than a decade ago a review entitled 'Biological basis for human capacitation' was published. A primary conclusion of the review was that with all the technological advances that have been made since the first experiments demonstrated the in vivo requirement of capacitation for fertilization, very little progress had since been made, most significantly for human. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: The present review was carried out to provide an update on the biological basis for human capacitation...
January 23, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099474/dna-double-strand-breaks-induce-the-nuclear-actin-filaments-formation-in-cumulus-enclosed-oocytes-but-not-in-denuded-oocytes
#20
Ming-Hong Sun, Mo Yang, Feng-Yun Xie, Wei Wang, Lili Zhang, Wei Shen, Shen Yin, Jun-Yu Ma
As a gamete, oocyte needs to maintain its genomic integrity and passes this haploid genome to the next generation. However, fully-grown mouse oocyte cannot respond to DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) effectively and it is also unable to repair them before the meiosis resumption. To compensate for this disadvantage and control the DNA repair events, oocyte needs the cooperation with its surrounding cumulus cells. Recently, evidences have shown that nuclear actin filament formation plays roles in cellular DNA DSB repair...
2017: PloS One
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