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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318078/chromatin-tethering-to-the-nuclear-envelope-by-nuclear-actin-filaments-a-novel-role-of-the-actin-cytoskeleton-in-the-xenopus-blastula
#1
Haruka Oda, Natsuki Shirai, Naoko Ura, Keita Ohsumi, Mari Iwabuchi
The Xenopus oocyte is known to accumulate filamentous or F-actin in the nucleus, but it is currently unknown whether F-actin also accumulates in embryo nuclei. Using fluorescence-labeled actin reporters, we examined the actin distribution in Xenopus embryonic cells and found that F-actin accumulates in nuclei during the blastula stage but not during the gastrula stage. To further investigate nuclear F-actin, we devised a Xenopus egg extract that reproduces the formation of nuclei in which F-actin accumulates...
March 20, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317850/maternally-expressed-nlrp2-links-the-subcortical-maternal-complex-scmc-to-fertility-embryogenesis-and-epigenetic-reprogramming
#2
Sangeetha Mahadevan, Varsha Sathappan, Budi Utama, Isabel Lorenzo, Khalied Kaskar, Ignatia B Van den Veyver
Mammalian parental genomes contribute differently to early embryonic development. Before activation of the zygotic genome, the maternal genome provides all transcripts and proteins required for the transition from a highly specialized oocyte to a pluripotent embryo. Depletion of these maternally-encoded transcripts frequently results in failure of preimplantation embryonic development, but their functions in this process are incompletely understood. We found that female mice lacking NLRP2 are subfertile because of early embryonic loss and the production of fewer offspring that have a wide array of developmental phenotypes and abnormal DNA methylation at imprinted loci...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317066/er%C3%AE-and-gnrh-co-localize-in-the-hypothalamic-neurons-of-the-south-american-plains-vizcacha-lagostomus-maximus-rodentia-caviomorpha
#3
Pablo Ignacio Felipe Inserra, Santiago Elías Charif, Noelia Paula Di Giorgio, Lucía Saucedo, Alejandro Raúl Schmidt, Nicolas Fraunhoffer, Julia Halperin, María Constanza Gariboldi, Noelia Paola Leopardo, Victoria Lux-Lantos, Candela Rocío Gonzalez, Alfredo Daniel Vitullo, Verónica Berta Dorfman
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is the key regulator of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. Estradiol (E2) affects GnRH synthesis and delivery. Hypothalamic estrogen receptors (ER) modulate GnRH expression acting as transcription factors. The South American plains vizcacha, Lagostomus maximus, is able to ovulate up to 800 oocytes per reproductive cycle, and shows continuous folliculogenesis with pre-ovulatory follicle formation and an ovulatory event at mid-gestation. The aim of this work was to analyze the hypothalamic expression of ER in the vizcacha at different gestational time-points, and its relationship with GnRH expression, serum luteinizing hormone (LH) and E2...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316977/microrna-mediating-networks-in-granulosa-cells-associated-with-ovarian-follicular-development
#4
Baoyun Zhang, Long Chen, Guangde Feng, Wei Xiang, Ke Zhang, Mingxing Chu, Pingqing Wang
Ovaries, which provide a place for follicular development and oocyte maturation, are important organs in female mammals. Follicular development is complicated physiological progress mediated by various regulatory factors including microRNAs (miRNAs). To demonstrate the role of miRNAs in follicular development, this study analyzed the expression patterns of miRNAs in granulosa cells through investigating three previous datasets generated by Illumina miRNA deep sequencing. Furthermore, via bioinformatic analyses, we dissected the associated functional networks of the observed significant miRNAs, in terms of interacting with signal pathways and transcription factors...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315769/the-regulation-of-lipid-metabolism-by-a-hypothetical-p-loop-ntpase-and-its-impact-on-fecundity-of-the-brown-planthopper
#5
Rui Pang, Jieqi Qiu, Tengchao Li, Pan Yang, Lei Yue, Yixin Pan, Wenqing Zhang
BACKGROUND: Insect fecundity can be regulated by multiple genes in several important signaling pathways which form an extremely complicated regulatory network. However, there are still many genes that have significant impact on insect fecundity but their action mode are still unknown. METHODS: Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR), immunofluorescence and western blot were used to study the expression profile of Nl23867 in the brown planthopper, Nilaparvata lugens...
March 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315713/maternal-senp7-programs-meiosis-architecture-and-embryo-survival-in-mouse
#6
ChunJie Huang, Di Wu, XiaoFei Jiao, Faheem Ahmed Khan, ChengLiang Xiong, XiaoMing Liu, Jing Yang, TaiLang Yin, LiJun Huo
Understanding the mechanisms underlying abnormal egg production and pregnancy loss is significant for human fertility. SENP7, a SUMO poly-chain editing enzyme, has been regarded as a mitotic regulator of heterochromatin integrity and DNA repair. Herein, we report the roles of SENP7 in mammalian reproductive scenario. Mouse oocytes deficient in SENP7 experienced meiotic arrest at prophase I and metaphase I stages, causing substantial decrease of mature eggs. Hyperaceylation and hypomethylation of histone H3 and up-regulation of Cdc14B/C accompanied by down-regulation of CyclinB1 and CyclinB2 were further recognized as contributors to defective M-phase entry and spindle assembly in oocytes...
March 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315656/expression-of-odc1-spd-spm-and-azin1-in-the-hypothalamus-ovary-and-uterus-during-rat-estrous-cycle
#7
Joseph R D Fernandes, Sammit Jain, Arnab Banerjee
The aim of the present study was to investigate variation in the expression pattern of ornithine decarboxylase (ODC1), spermine (SPM), spermidine (SPD) and antizyme inhibitor (AZIN1) in hypothalamus, ovary and uterus during the estrous cycle of rats. Further, to understand any correlation between polyamines and GnRH I expression in hypothalamus; effect of putrescine treatment on GnRH I expression in hypothalamus and progesterone and estradiol levels in serum were investigated. The study also aims in quantifying all the immunohistochemistry images obtained based on pixel counting algorithm to yield the relative pixel count...
March 15, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306561/diving-into-the-oocyte-pool
#8
Stine G Kristensen, Susanne E Pors, Claus Y Andersen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The ovarian reserve comprises an enormous surplus of follicles. Despite this, some women produce insufficient numbers of oocytes by conventional fertility treatments. However, recent technical accomplishments may transform assisted reproductive technology (ART) in such a way that oocytes are not necessarily the limiting factor. In this review, we present possible new strategies for enhancing the quantity of mature oocytes, and current views on autologous oocytes as potential sources of mitochondria to lift performance of compromised oocytes...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306560/growth-hormone-in-ivf-cycles-any-hope
#9
Roger J Hart, Luk Rombauts, Robert J Norman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Growth hormone (GH) has been used as an adjunct in ovulation induction and IVF for 25 years, particularly as an adjunct to ovarian stimulation for women who had a previous poor response to stimulation in an IVF cycle. It does not have US Food and Drug Administration approval for this use. Unfortunately, due to the problems inherent with recruiting women who have undergone unsuccessful IVF treatment cycles and their inevitable low live birth rate per initiated cycle, many studies performed to date have been underpowered...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306344/live-birth-after-replacement-of-an-embryo-obtained-from-a-spontaneously-in-vitro-matured-metaphase-i-oocyte
#10
Paloma Piqueras, Miguel Gallardo, María Hebles, Juan Manuel Jiménez, Beatriz Migueles, Lorena Montero, Fernando Sánchez-Martín, Pascual Sánchez-Martín
This case report describes a live birth after the fresh replacement of an embryo obtained from a spontaneously in vitro matured oocyte. The patient was subjected to controlled ovarian stimulation for IVF treatment, obtaining two oocytes. One was found to be immature at the time of denudation, at metaphase-I. This immature oocyte was kept in culture overnight in standard conditions along with the second oocyte - which was mature but failed to fertilize - spontaneously achieving metaphase-II, and was subjected to ICSI...
March 17, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302936/cryotolerance-of-porcine-blastocysts-is-improved-by-treating-in-vitro-matured-oocytes-with-l-carnitine-prior-to-fertilization
#11
Jenna L Lowe, Louise K Bartolac, Roslyn Bathgate, Christopher G Grupen
Sufficient generation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) by oocytes is critical for fertilization and embryo development. The objective of this study was to determine the effects of supplementing media with L-carnitine, a co-factor required for the metabolism of fatty acids, during the peri-fertilization period on embryo development and energy generation. Firstly, in vitro fertilization (IVM) porcine oocytes were co-incubated with sperm in IVF medium supplemented with 0‒24 mM L-carnitine. The blastocyst formation rate of the control group was greater than those of the L-carnitine groups (P < 0...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302748/smc5-6-is-required-for-the-formation-of-segregation-competent-bivalent-chromosomes-during-meiosis-i-in-mouse-oocytes
#12
Grace Hwang, Fengyun Sun, Marilyn O'Brien, John J Eppig, Mary Ann Handel, Philip W Jordan
SMC complexes include three major classes: cohesin, condensin, and SMC5/6. However, the localization pattern and genetic requirements for the SMC5/6 complex during mammalian oogenesis had not previously been examined. In mouse oocytes, the SMC5/6 complex is enriched at the pericentromeric heterochromatin, and also localizes along chromosome arms during meiosis. The infertility phenotypes of females with a Zp3-Cre-driven conditional knockout (cKO) of Smc5 demonstrated that maternally expressed SMC5 protein is essential for early embryogenesis...
March 16, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301674/single-cell-transcriptome-profiling-revealed-differences-in-gene-expression-during-oocyte-maturation-in-haimen-white-goats
#13
X Y Yin, G H Cheng, H Y Guo, Q Wang, Y J Li, H Zhang
Juvenile in vitro embryo transfer is an important animal reproductive technology that can shorten the generation interval of livestock, explore the reproductive potential of dams with excellent genetic traits, accelerate genetic progress and production efficiency of the herd, and provide a wealth of genetic resources for livestock breeding. However, oocytes from kids do not develop as well as those from female goats during in vitro maturation. To identify differences during different stages of oocyte maturation, we used single cell transcriptome sequencing to compare gene expression in mature oocytes from kids and female goats...
March 15, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301258/maldi-mass-spectrometry-reveals-that-cumulus-cells-modulate-the-lipid-profile-of-in-vitro-matured-bovine-oocytes
#14
Alessandra A Vireque, Alessandra Tata, Katia Roberta A Belaz, João Gabriel V Grázia, Fábio N Santos, Daniel R Arnold, Andrea C Basso, Marcos N Eberlin, Marcos Felipe Silva-de-Sá, Rui A Ferriani, Ana Carolina J Sá Rosa-E-Silva
The influence of cumulus cells (CC) on the lipid profile of bovine oocytes matured in two different lipid sources was investigated. Cumulus-oocyte complexes (COC) or denuded oocytes (DO) were matured in tissue culture medium (TCM) supplemented with fetal bovine serum (FBS) or serum substitute supplement (SSS). Lipid profiles of TCM, serum supplements, immature CC and oocyte (IO), and in vitro-matured oocytes from COC and DO were then analyzed by matrix assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) and submitted to partial least squares-discriminant analysis (PLS-DA)...
April 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300526/effects-of-bone-morphogenetic-protein-4-bmp4-on-in-vitro-development-and-survival-of-bovine-preantral-follicles-enclosed-in-fragments-ovarian-tissue
#15
Ellen de Vasconcelos da Cunha, Glaucinete Borges de Souza, José Renato de Sousa Passos, Anderson Weiny Barbalho Silva, Andressa Minussi Dau, Márcia Viviane Alves Saraiva, Raimundo Nonato Braga Lobo, José Roberto Viana Silva
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of different concentrations of BMP4 on activation, development and mRNA expression of GDF9, BMP15, PCNA, Bax and Bcl2 in cultured bovine follicles enclosed in ovarian tissues. Ovarian tissue fragments were cultured for 6 days in α-MEM+ alone or supplemented with different concentrations of BMP4 (10, 50 or 100 ng/ml). Classical histology was performed to analyze follicle growth and morphology, while real-time PCR was used to analyze mRNA levels in fresh and cultured tissues...
March 16, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299549/elective-single-blastocyst-transfer-in-advanced-maternal-age
#16
Samer Tannus, Weon-Young Son, Michael Haim Dahan
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate reproductive outcomes following elective single blastocyst transfer (eSBT) compared with those of double blastocyst transfer (DBT) in advanced maternal age. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study performed at an academic fertility center. All women aged 40 and over for whom in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles were performed and in whom embryo culture was extended to the blastocyst stage were reviewed for possible inclusion...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299521/dynamic-of-contribution-of-ubpy-sorted-cargo-to-acrosome-biogenesis-effects-of-its-derailment-in-a-mouse-model-of-globozoospermia-the-infertile-vps54-l967q-mutant
#17
Mariarosa Gioria, Maria Enrica Pasini, Giovanna Berruti
The sperm acrosome is a specialized vacuole, a member of the family of cell-specific lysosome-related organelles. Its exocytosis, the acrosome reaction, is a crucial event during fertilization. The released acrosomal contents promote sperm penetration through the investments of the oocyte, whereas the membranous components of the acrosome are involved in sperm-oocyte interaction/fusion and oocyte activation. The way that these functionally distinct acrosomal costituents reach the vacuole during its biogenesis remains poorly understood...
March 15, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298753/a-prospective-randomized-trial-comparing-dexmedetomidine-and-midazolam-for-conscious-sedation-during-oocyte-retrieval-in-an-in-vitro-fertilization-program
#18
Ali Mohamed Ali Elnabtity, Mohamed Fouad Selim
BACKGROUND: Various sedative and analgesic techniques have been used for pain relief during oocyte retrieval which is the most painful part of in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures. AIM: This study aimed at comparing dexmedetomidine and midazolam for conscious sedation in women undergoing transvaginal oocyte retrieval during an IVF program. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Prospective randomized double-blinded comparative study. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fifty-two patients undergoing oocyte retrieval in their first IVF cycle were randomly allocated into two equal groups...
January 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298310/atypical-centrioles-are-present-in-tribolium-sperm
#19
E L Fishman, Kyoung Jo, Andrew Ha, Rachel Royfman, Ashtyn Zinn, Malathi Krishnamurthy, Tomer Avidor-Reiss
Typical centrioles are made of microtubules organized in ninefold symmetry. Most animal somatic cells have two centrioles for normal cell division and function. These centrioles originate from the zygote, but because the oocyte does not provide any centrioles, it is surprising that the zygotes of many animals are thought to inherit only one centriole from the sperm. Recently, in the sperm of Drosophila melanogaster, we discovered a second centriolar structure, the proximal centriole-like structure (PCL), which functions in the zygote...
March 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297694/immunocytological-analysis-of-meiotic-recombination-in-the-gray-goose-anser-anser
#20
Anna A Torgasheva, Pavel M Borodin
Studies on mammals demonstrate wide interspecific variation in the number and distribution of recombination events along chromosomes. Birds represent an interesting model group for comparative analysis of cytological and ecological drivers of recombination rate evolution. Yet, data on variation in recombination rates in birds are limited to a dozen of species. In this study, we used immunolocalization of MLH1, a mismatch repair protein marking mature recombination nodules, to estimate the overall recombination rate and distribution of crossovers along macrochromosomes in female and male meiosis of the gray goose (Anser anser)...
March 16, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
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