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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156097/4-aminopyridine-a-pan-kv-channel-inhibitor-that-enhances-kv7-4-currents-and-inhibits-noradrenaline-mediated-contraction-of-rat-mesenteric-small-arteries
#1
Makhala M Khammy, Sukhan Kim, Bo H Bentzen, Soojung Lee, Inyeoung Choi, Christian Aalkjaer, Thomas A Jepps
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Kv7.4 and Kv7.5 channels are regulators of vascular tone. 4-aminopyridine (4-AP) is considered a broad inhibitor of voltage-gated potassium (KV ) channels, with little inhibitory effect on Kv7 family members at millimolar concentrations. However, the effect of 4-AP on Kv7 channels has not been systematically studied. The aim of this study was to investigate the pharmacological activity of 4-AP on Kv7.4 and Kv7.5 channels and characterise the effect of 4-AP on rat resistance arteries...
November 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155330/expression-pattern-and-functional-analysis-of-r-spondin1-in-tongue-sole-cynoglossus-semilaevis
#2
Jinxiang Liu, Tiantian Liu, Jingjing Niu, Xiaolong Wu, Jieming Zhai, Quanqi Zhang, Jie Qi
R-spondin 1 (Rspo1) is a potential female-determining gene in mammals that could regulate the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway. The deletion of Rspo1 causes sex reversal in females. To investigate sexual determination and differentiation, we cloned and analyzed the Rspo1 gene in Cynoglossus semilaevis. Phylogenetic and gene structure analyses revealed that Rspo1 gene exhibited high sequence conservation and contained an N-terminal signal peptide, two furin-like cysteine-rich domains (FU1 and FU2), a thrombospondin type 1 repeat, and a C-terminal region enriched with basic charged amino acids...
November 16, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155148/functional-properties-and-mechanism-of-action-of-pptq-an-allosteric-agonist-and-low-nanomolar-positive-allosteric-modulator-at-gabaa-receptors
#3
Nawid Madjroh, Emma Rie Olander, Christoffer Bundgaard, Pella Cecilia Söderhielm, Anders A Jensen
The former sedative-hypnotic and recreational drug methaqualone (Quaalude) is a moderately potent, non-selective positive allosteric modulator (PAM) at GABAA receptors (GABAARs) (Hammer et al., 2015). In the present study, we have identified a novel methaqualone analog, 2-phenyl-3-(p-tolyl)quinazolin-4(3H)-one (PPTQ), in a screening of 67 analogs at five αβ2γ2S GABAAR subtypes and delineated its functional properties and mechanism of action at wild-type and mutant GABAARs expressed in Xenopus oocytes by two-electrode voltage clamp electrophysiology...
November 15, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154873/medaka-igf1-identifies-somatic-cells-and-meiotic-germ-cells-of-both-sexes
#4
Cancan Yuan, Kerang Chen, Yefei Zhu, Yongming Yuan, Mingyou Li
Insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) play significant roles in regulating cell proliferation, differentiation and reproduction in diverse organisms. Here, we report the identification of medaka igf1 and the expression pattern of igf1 RNA in adult medaka gonads. Using RT-PCR, igf1 RNA was easily detected in several somatic organs and adult gonads of both sexes. Using chromogenic in situ hybridization, igf1 RNA in the ovary was found in stage I-IV oocytes and in the somatic cells throughout oogenesis. In the testis, igf1 RNA was present in meiotic products and the somatic cells surrounding male germ cells throughout spermatogenesis...
November 14, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154179/the-effect-of-follicullar-fluid-pesticides-and-polychlorinated-biphenyls-concentrations-on-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-icsi-embryological-and-clinical-outcome
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Tarek K Al-Hussaini, Ahmed A Abdelaleem, Ihab Elnashar, Omar M Shabaan, Rashad Mostafa, Mona A H El-Baz, Sahar E M El-Deek, Tarek A Farghaly
OBJECTIVES: The present study evaluated the correlation between the concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and pesticides in the follicular fluid (FF) obtained during intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) with the ovarian response, endometrial thickness, and embryological and clinical outcomes. DESIGN: Cross-sectional observational study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Women aged 20 to 38 years (300 infertile couples) presenting to a university-affiliated fertility center were approached to participate in the study...
November 15, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153526/economic-and-genetic-performance-of-various-combinations-of-in-vitro-produced-embryo-transfers-and-artificial-insemination-in-a-dairy-herd
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Karun Kaniyamattam, Jeremy Block, Peter J Hansen, Albert De Vries
The objective of this study was to find the optimal proportions of pregnancies from an in vitro-produced embryo transfer (IVP-ET) system and artificial insemination (AI) so that profitability is maximized over a range of prices for embryos and surplus dairy heifer calves. An existing stochastic, dynamic dairy model with genetic merits of 12 traits was adapted for scenarios where 0 to 100% of the eligible females in the herd were impregnated, in increments of 10%, using IVP-ET (ET0 to ET100, 11 scenarios). Oocytes were collected from the top donors selected for the trait lifetime net merit (NM$) and fertilized with sexed semen to produce IVP embryos...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153467/ovarian-torsion-in-pediatric-and-adolescent-patients-a-systematic-review
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Roshni Dasgupta, Elizabeth Renaud, Adam B Goldin, Robert Baird, Danielle B Cameron, Meghan A Arnold, Karen A Diefenbach, Ankush Gosain, Julia Grabowski, Yigit S Guner, Tim Jancelewicz, Akemi Kawaguchi, Dave R Lal, Tolulope A Oyetunji, Robert L Ricca, Julia Shelton, Stig Somme, Regan F Williams, Cynthia D Downard
OBJECTIVE: Ovarian torsion in pediatric patients is a rare event and is primarily managed by pediatric general surgeons. Torsion can be treated with detorsion of the ovary or oopherectomy. Oopherectomy is the most common procedure performed by pediatric general surgeons for ovarian torsion. The purpose of this systematic review by the American Pediatric Surgical Association Outcomes and Evidence Based Practice Committee was to examine evidence from the medical literature and provide recommendations regarding the optimal treatment of ovarian torsion...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152085/the-effect-of-human-chorionic-gonadotrophin-contained-in-human-menopausal-gonadotropin-on-the-clinical-outcomes-during-progestin-primed-ovarian-stimulation
#8
Xiuxian Zhu, Jing Ye, Yonglun Fu, Ai Ai, Renfei Cai, Yun Wang, Qingging Hong, Tian Hui, Qifeng Lyu, Qiuju Chen, Yanping Kuang
Progestin-primed ovarian stimulation (PPOS) protocol has recently been demonstrated to be an novel regimen for preventing premature LH surges during controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) in combination with frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET). Our prospective controlled study was to explore the effect of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) contained in human menopausal gonadotropin (hMG) on the clinical outcomes in normalovulatory women undergoing COH with PPOS. A total of 180 patients were allocated into three groups according to the gonadotropin (Gn) used: group A (human menopausal gonadotropin, hMG-A), group B (hMG-B) or group C (follicle stimulating hormone, FSH)...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151891/the-exon-junction-complex-factor-y14-is-dynamic-in-the-nucleus-of-the-beetle-tribolium-castaneum-during-late-oogenesis
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Artem M Kiselev, Irina S Stepanova, Leonid S Adonin, Florina M Batalova, Vladimir N Parfenov, Dmitry S Bogolyubov, Olga I Podgornaya
Background: The oocyte chromosomes of the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, are gathered into a knot, forming a karyosphere at the diplotene stage of meiotic prophase. Chromatin rearrangement, which is a characteristic feature of oocyte maturation, is well documented. The T. castaneum karyosphere is surrounded by a complex extrachromosomal structure termed the karyosphere capsule. The capsule contains the vast majority of oocyte RNA. We have previously shown using a BrUTP assay that oocyte chromosomes in T...
2017: Molecular Cytogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151403/mouse-oocytes-nucleoli-rescue-embryonic-development-of-porcine-enucleolated-oocytes
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Martin Morovic, Frantisek Strejcek, Shoma Nakagawa, Rahul S Deshmukh, Matej Murin, Michal Benc, Helena Fulka, Hirohisa Kyogoku, Lazo Pendovski, Josef Fulka, Jozef Laurincik
It is well known that nucleoli of fully grown mammalian oocytes are indispensable for embryonic development. Therefore, the embryos originated from previously enucleolated (ENL) oocytes undergo only one or two cleavages and then their development ceases. In our study the interspecies (mouse/pig) nucleolus transferred embryos (NuTE) were produced and their embryonic development was analyzed by autoradiography, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and immunofluorescence (C23 and upstream binding factor (UBF))...
November 20, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151336/efficacy-of-bispectral-index-monitoring-for-prevention-of-anestheticawareness-and-complications-during-oocyte-pick-up-procedure
#11
Aykut Urfalıoğlu, Mahmut Arslan, Murat Bakacak, Hafize Öksüz, Ömer Faruk Boran, Gözen Öksüz
Background/aim: This study was planned by considering that the use of bispectral index (BIS) monitoring ensures sufficient depth of anesthesia and avoids anesthetic awareness and patient movement in the oocyte pick-up (OPU) procedure.Materials and methods: Ninety-eight patients undergoing OPU were randomly divided into 2 groups as the control group (n = 48) and BIS group (n = 50). After propofol and remifentanil induction, the control group was given additional propofol according to reaction response, while the BIS group was given propofol at BIS values of 60 and above with the aim that BIS values be 40?60...
November 13, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150675/mechanisms-by-which-in-vitro-meiotic-arrest-and-sexual-maturity-improve-developmental-potential-of-mouse-oocytes
#12
Fei Chen, Juan Lin, Xue Sun, Bin Xiao, Shu-Fen Ning, Shuai Zhu, Hui-Li Wang, Jing-He Tan
To study the relationship between chromatin condensation, gene transcription and developmental competence during oocyte maturation and to explore the mechanisms by which meiotic arrest maintenance (MAM) and sexual maturity improve oocyte competence, we examined effects of MAM with roscovitine or db-cAMP on chromatin condensation, gene transcription and developmental potential of NSN or SN oocytes from prepubertal or adult mice. MAM with roscovitine improved the developmental competence and global gene transcription of prepubertal NSN (prep-NSN) and adult-SN oocytes while having no effect on those of prep-SN oocytes...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150461/gabaa-receptor-activation-in-the-allosteric-coagonist-model-framework-relationship-between-ec50-and-basal-activity
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Gustav Akk, Daniel J Shin, Allison L Germann, Joseph H Steinbach
The concerted transition model for multimeric proteins is a simple formulation for analyzing the behavior of transmitter-gated ion channels. Here, we use the model to examine the relationship between the EC50 for activation of the GABAA receptor by the transmitter GABA and basal activity employing concatemeric ternary GABAA receptors expressed in Xenopus oocytes. The basal activity reflects receptor function in the absence of transmitter, and can be changed either by mutation to increase constitutive activity, or by addition of a second agonist (acting at a different site) to increase background activity...
November 17, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150256/reproductive-effects-linked-to-dna-methylation-in-male-zebrafish-chronically-exposed-to-environmentally-relevant-concentrations-of-di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate
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Yan-Bo Ma, Pan-Pan Jia, Muhammad Junaid, Li Yang, Chun-Jiao Lu, De-Sheng Pei
Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) possesses the potential to interfere with the male reproductive endocrine system in mammals; however, its reproductive toxicity in male zebrafish and associated epigenetic studies have not been explored. In this study, three-month-old male zebrafish were exposed to environmentally relevant concentrations of DEHP (0, 10, 33 and 100 μg/L) for 3 months, and then the impact on the reproduction of males and the underlying mechanism were investigated. Histological testing showed that an exposure concentration of 100 μg/L DEHP significantly inhibited spermatogenesis, with an associated decline in capability to fertilize untreated oocytes...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150244/proteomic-analysis-of-follicular-fluid-from-tropically-adapted-goats
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Alexandre R Paula Junior, Mauricio F van Tilburg, Marina D P Lobo, Ana C O Monteiro-Moreira, Renato A Moreira, Carlos H S Melo, Joanna M G Souza-Fabjan, Airton A Araújo, Luciana M Melo, Dárcio I A Teixeira, Arlindo A Moura, Vicente J F Freitas
The present study was conducted to characterize the major proteome of ovarian follicular fluid from locally-adapted, "Canindé" goats in the northeast of Brazil. Eight estrous cycling goats received a hormonal treatment consisting of medroxyprogesterone acetate, D-cloprostenol and FSH. Fluid was collected by laparoscopy from small (<3mm), medium (3-4mm) and large (>4mm) follicles and then, proteins were analyzed by 2-D SDS-PAGE and tandem mass spectrometry. Thirty-six proteins were identified in the goat follicular fluid, including albumin, immunoglobulins, ceruloplasmin, complement factor B, alpha-1B-glycoprotein precursor, serotransferrin, complement C3 and serpins, among others...
November 6, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150006/genome-engineering-using-haploid-embryonic-stem-cells
#16
Takuro Horii, Izuho Hatada
Haploidy is a useful feature for the study of gene function because disruption of one allele in haploid cells, which contain only a single set of chromosomes, can cause loss-of-function phenotypes. Recent success in generating haploid embryonic stem (ES) cells from several mammalian species, including human, provides a new platform for simple genetic manipulation of the mammalian genome. The genome-editing potential of the CRISPR/Cas system is enhanced by the use of haploid ES cells. For example, CRISPR/Cas has been used for high-efficiency generation of multiple knockouts and knockins in haploid ES cells, with potential application in genome-wide screening...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149522/melatonin-improves-the-meiotic-maturation-of-porcine-oocytes-by-reducing-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-during-in-vitro-maturation
#17
Hyo-Jin Park, Jae-Young Park, Jin-Woo Kim, Seul-Gi Yang, Jae-Min Jung, Min-Ji Kim, Man-Jong Kang, Young Ho Cho, Gabbine Wee, Hee-Young Yang, Bong-Seok Song, Sun-Uk Kim, Deog-Bon Koo
Under endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-stress conditions, the unfolded protein response (UPR) generates a defense mechanism in mammalian cells. The regulation of UPR signaling is important in oocyte maturation, embryo development, and female reproduction of pigs. Recent studies have shown that melatonin plays an important role as an anti-oxidant to improve pig oocyte maturation. However, there is no report on the role of melatonin in the regulation of UPR signaling and ER-stress during in vitro maturation (IVM) of porcine oocytes...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149414/role-of-tctp-for-cellular-differentiation-and-cancer-therapy
#18
Ean-Jeong Seo, Nicolas Fischer, Thomas Efferth
The translationally controlled tumor protein (TCTP) is a highly conserved protein that is regulated due to a high number of extracellular stimuli. TCTP has an important role for cell cycle and normal development. On the other side, tumor reversion and malignant transformation have been associated with TCTP. TCTP has been found among the 12 genes that are differentially expressed during mouse oocyte maturation, and an overexpression of this gene was reported in a wide variety of different cancer types. Its antiapoptotic effect is indicated by the interaction with several proapoptotic proteins of the Bcl-2 family and the p53 tumor suppressor protein...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149327/focused-time-lapse-analysis-reveals-novel-aspects-of-human-fertilization-and-suggests-new-parameters-of-embryo-viability
#19
G Coticchio, M Mignini Renzini, P V Novara, M Lain, E De Ponti, D Turchi, R Fadini, M Dal Canto
STUDY QUESTION: Can focused application of time-lapse microscopy (TLM) lead to a more detailed map of the morphokinetics of human fertilization, revealing novel or neglected aspects of this process? SUMMARY ANSWER: Intensive harnessing of TLM reveals novel or previously poorly characterised phenomena of fertilization, such as a cytoplasmic wave (CW) preceding pronuclear formation and kinetics of pronuclear chromatin polarization, thereby suggesting novel non-invasive biomarkers of embryo quality...
November 15, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147493/the-effect-of-the-ovarian-varicose-vein-on-the-dna-methylation-in-the-rat-s-oocyte
#20
Amirhossein Mohammadi, Bagher Minaei Zangi, Mahshid Delfan Azari, Rafieh Alizadeh, Mohammad Salehi, Erfan Daneshi, Mohammad Jafar Rezaei, Mehdi Abbasi
Objectives: We intended to determine whether the ovarian varicose which is one of the common etiologies of the pelvic congestion syndrome, has the ability to interfere with the DNA methylation reprogramming in the oocyte and thereby affect the oocyte quality or not. Materials and Methods: Varicose model was induced according to the Turner's method in the rats. Briefly, a 20-gauge needle was placed on the left renal vein and a thread was tied over both the needle and the renal vein medial to the insertion of the ovarian vein, and then the needle was removed...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
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