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Shimi Rani Roy, Jun Wang, Md Rubel Rana, Mikiko Nakashima, Toshinobu Tokumoto
Oocyte maturation in medaka is induced by the maturation-inducing hormone (MIH) via its membrane receptor. The most likely candidates for the membrane receptor are membrane progestin receptors (mPRs). In order to characterize the mPRα subtype of medaka, a human cell line expressing the mPRα gene of medaka was established and its steroid binding property was assessed. The α subtype exhibited high binding affinity for 17,20β-DHP, the MIH in medaka. Treatment with a morpholino antisense oligonucleotide to mPRα blocked oocyte maturation in vivo...
2017: Biomedical Research
Carlos Zumoffen, Matías D Gómez-Elías, Adriana M Caille, Luis Bahamondes, Patricia S Cuasnicú, Débora J Cohen, María José Munuce
OBJECTIVE: Ulispristal acetate (UPA) is a selective progesterone receptor modulator widely used for emergency contraception (EC). The described main mechanism of action is by inhibiting or delaying ovulation; however, the postovulatory effects of the drug are still on debate. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine whether UPA could interfere with human sperm fertilizing ability. STUDY DESIGN: Human motile spermatozoa were incubated under capacitating conditions with or without UPA, and then used to inseminate human tubal explants, mouse cumulus-oocyte complexes and zona-free hamster eggs...
February 24, 2017: Contraception
C S Stephens, P A Johnson
Synchronized yolk accumulation and follicle development are essential for egg production in oviparous species. In birds, yolk is incorporated into the oocyte by an avian specific yolk receptor (LR8), and it has been suggested that occludin (OCLN), a tight junction protein, mediates transfer of yolk material to the oocyte surface. OCLN may be a key regulator of yolk accumulation and follicle growth, however, the expression and regulation of OCLN in granulosa cells during various stages of follicle development is unknown...
February 23, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Lívia Batista Campos, Gislayne Christianne Xavier Peixoto, Andreia Maria da Silva, Ana Liza Paz Souza, Thibério de Souza Castelo, Keilla Moreira Maia, Alexsandra Fernandes Pereira, Alexandre Rodrigues Silva
In collared peccaries, the development of artificial insemination (AI) is scarce, requiring search for alternative methods for the evaluation of sperm fertilizing ability. Thus, the aims of this study were to estimate the binding capability of collared peccaries sperm, using swine oocytes and the egg perivitelline membrane, and to evaluate the prognostic value of sperm parameters on the in vitro interactions among sperm and heterologous substrates. Eleven ejaculates were collected by eletroejaculation and evaluated for viability and morphology by light microscopy, for functionality by hypo-osmotic swelling test, for plasma membrane integrity by epifluorescence microscopy, and for sperm motility by computerized analysis...
April 1, 2017: Theriogenology
LiJun Wang, Hui Zhang, YongSheng Wang, FengYu Wang, Xin Liu, YongYan Wu, Song Hua, FuSheng Quan, Yong Zhang
Peroxiredoxin 5 (PRDX5) is an important peroxiredoxin with antioxidant and antiapoptotic functions. The objective of this study was to determine whether the antioxidant and antiapoptotic activities of PRDX5 play an essential role in the in vitro development of bovine SCNT embryos. We analyzed the expression patterns of PRDX5, and found the expression of PRDX5 in second meiotic metaphase oocytes, which persisted until the blastocyst stage IVF and SCNT embryos. In addition, PRDX5 transcript levels were significantly higher in SCNT embryos than those in IVF embryos...
April 1, 2017: Theriogenology
H Hajarian, F Aghaz, H Karami Shabankareh
Sericin is a water-soluble component of silk and has been used as a biomaterial due to its antibacterial and ultraviolet radiation-resistant properties. This study was designed to evaluate the effect of sericin supplementation, as a serum replacement, in maturation and culture media on the meiotic competence of oocytes or in vitro culture of ovine embryos. In experiment 1, oocytes were matured in the presence of 10% fetal ovine serum (FOS), 0.1% polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and different concentrations of sericin (0...
April 1, 2017: Theriogenology
Miriam P Cervantes, J Manuel Palomino, Muhammad Anzar, Reuben J Mapletoft, Gabriela F Mastromonaco, Gregg P Adams
Two experiments were done to test the hypothesis that morphologic characteristics of wood bison cumulus-oocyte complexes (COC) are reflective of the ability of the oocyte to develop to an advanced embryonic stage after in vitro maturation, fertilization and culture, and to determine the effect of prolonging the interval from the end of superstimulation treatment to oocyte collection (FSH starvation period). Experiments were done during the anovulatory season. In Experiment 1, ovarian superstimulation was induced in 10 bison with two doses of FSH given at 48 h intervals beginning at the time of follicular wave emergence...
April 1, 2017: Theriogenology
Youjun Wu, Erik E Griffin
PAR-1/MARK kinases are conserved serine/threonine kinases that are essential regulators of cell polarity. PAR-1/MARK kinases localize and function in opposition to the anterior PAR proteins to control the asymmetric distribution of factors in a wide variety polarized cells. In this review, we discuss the mechanisms that control the localization and activity of PAR-1/MARK kinases, including their antagonistic interactions with the anterior PAR proteins. We focus on the role PAR-1 plays in the asymmetric division of the Caenorhabditis elegans zygote, in the establishment of the anterior/posterior axis in the Drosophila oocyte and in the control of microtubule dynamics in mammalian neurons...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
Jigal Haas, Yaakov Bentov
Metformin, a drug developed for the treatment of patients with type II diabetes, has become commonly prescribed medication for PCOS patients. Initially, metformin was prescribed for patients with impaired glucose tolerance at the pre conception period, however more recently its use was expanded to many of the PCOS patients and for the whole duration of pregnancy. Several studies examining the effects of Metformin during pregnancy reported a lower pregnancy loss, reduced gestational diabetes and no increased risk for birth defects, however, several more recent studies also raised concerns about its safe use...
March 2017: Medical Hypotheses
B C Perez, F F Silva, R V Ventura, F A T Bruneli, J C C Balieiro, M G D C Peixoto
Four models for in vitro embryo production traits in Guzerá cattle were compared: Gaussian (untransformed variable - LIN and transformed in logarithmic scale - LOG), Poisson (POI) and zero-inflated Poisson (ZIP). Data consisted of 5716 ovum pick-up and in vitro fertilization records performed in 1205 cows from distinct regions of Brazil. Analyzed count traits were the number of viable oocytes (NOV), number of grade I oocytes (NGI), number of degenerated oocytes (NDG), number of cleaved embryos (NCLV) and number of viable produced embryos (NEMB)...
February 27, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
Tatiana N B Marcal, Mariane N Nadai, Carolina O Nastri, Wellington P Martins
OBJECTIVE: to assess the available evidence comparing effectiveness of ovarian stimulation (OS) using clomiphene (CC) and/or letrozole (LTZ) for reducing FSH consumption compared with standard OS. METHODS: We performed a systematic review and meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that compared the reproductive outcomes following in vitro fertilization. We searched eleven electronic databases and hand-searched the reference list of included studies and related reviews...
February 25, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Xia-Fei Fu, Fan Yang, Shun-Feng Cheng, Yan-Ni Feng, Lan Li, Paul W Dyce, Wei Shen, Xiao-Feng Sun
The meiotic initiation of mammalian oogonia is a critical step during the development of primordial germ cells (PGCs) to mature oocytes. In this study, a systematic investigation of epigenetic modifications and DAZL gene expression during oogonia meiotic entry were performed. We found that the expression of DAZL was epigenetically regulated by DNA methylation of CpG islands within its promoter region. During meiotic entry, a continuously increasing level of 5hmC, a stable epigenetic marker usually associated with the activation of gene expression, was observed from 11...
February 24, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
Mohan S Kamath, Sesh K Sunkara
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To critically appraise the existing literature on perinatal outcomes following oocyte donation (OD) pregnancies and compare it with autologous in-vitro fertilization (IVF) pregnancies. RECENT FINDINGS: OD pregnancies are at higher risk of developing hypertensive disorders compared with autologous IVF. The risk of preterm birth and low birth weight is higher with singleton and multiple OD compared with autologous IVF pregnancies. There is no increased risk of congenital malformations following OD compared with autologous IVF births...
February 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Shelbi L Russell, Russell B Corbett-Detig, Colleen M Cavanaugh
Reliable transmission of symbionts between host generations facilitates the evolution of beneficial and pathogenic associations. Although transmission mode is typically characterized as either vertical or horizontal, the prevalence of intermediate transmission modes, and their impact on symbiont genome evolution, are understudied. Here, we use population genomics to explore mixed transmission modes of chemosynthetic bacterial symbionts in the bivalve Solemya velum. Despite strong evidence for symbiont inheritance through host oocytes, whole-genome analyses revealed signatures of frequent horizontal transmission, including discordant mitochondrial-symbiont genealogies, widespread recombination and a dynamic symbiont genome structure consistent with evolutionary patterns of horizontally transmitted associations...
February 24, 2017: ISME Journal
Navid Dadashpour Davachi, Hamid Kohram, Ahmad Zare Shahneh, Mahdi Zhandi, Abbas Goudarzi, Roozbeh Fallahi, Reza Masoudi, Ali Reza Yousefi, Pawel M Bartlewski
The acquisition of fertilization ability by oocytes is one of the prerequisites for successful in vitro embryo production. In the present study, we examined the influence of conspecific ampulla oviductal epithelial cells incubated with cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) throughout the IVM phase on the developmental competence and maturation-promoting factor (MPF) activity of sheep oocytes. There were six experimental groups in this study, namely four groups with and two groups without oviductal epithelial cells added to IVM media: adult COCs matured in vitro with the ampulla oviductal epithelial cells obtained from adult (AAE; G1) or prepubertal donors (prepubertal sheep ampulla oviductal epithelial cells [PAE]; G4), COCs obtained from prepubertal animals cocultured with AAE (G2) or PAE (G3), and adult (C1) and prepubertal sheep COCs (C2) matured without oviductal epithelial cells...
January 15, 2017: Theriogenology
Thi Thu Hien Bui, Martina Belli, Lorenzo Fassina, Giulia Vigone, Valeria Merico, Silvia Garagna, Maurizio Zuccotti
Full-grown mouse antral oocytes are classified as surrounding nucleolus (SN) or not-surrounding nucleolus (NSN), depending on the respective presence or absence of a ring of Hoechst-positive chromatin surrounding the nucleolus. In culture, both types of oocytes resume meiosis and reach the metaphase II (MII) stage, but following insemination, NSN oocytes arrest at the 2-cell stage whereas SN oocytes may develop to term. By coupling time-lapse bright-field microscopy with image analysis based on particle image velocimetry, we provide the first systematic measure of the changes to the cytoplasmic movement velocity (CMV) occurring during the germinal vesicle-to-MII (GV-to-MII) transition of these two types of oocytes...
February 24, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
R S McBride, A K Johnson, E K Lindsay, H J Walsh, R A Richards
To improve knowledge of goosefish Lophius americanus' reproductive biology, females were collected during 2009-2012 from the Mid-Atlantic Bight shelf region of the U.S. east coast. Batch fecundity increased with total length (LT ), from 229 100 to 2 243 300 mature oocytes per female (LT range: 55·5-112 cm; n = 54). This estimate of fecundity at LT is lower than one derived from a sample collected during 1982-1985. Examination of whole oocyte diameters in different months indicated that L. americanus is a serial spawner, releasing more than one egg veil per spawning season, as suspected or observed for other Lophius species...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
Marco Milone, Loredana M Sosa Fernandez, Laura V Sosa Fernandez, Michele Manigrasso, Ugo Elmore, Giovanni D De Palma, Mario Musella, Francesco Milone
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the impact of bariatric surgery on obese infertile women seeking an assisted reproductive technology. METHODS: All obese women with a history of assisted reproductive technology (ART) failure that underwent ART treatment cycles both prior to and following bariatric surgery were included. ART outcomes were compared evaluating the duration and dose of gonadotrophins used; the measurement of day 3 FSH; the anti-mullerian hormone dosage; the number of follicles >15 mm; the number of retrieved and fertilized oocytes; the number of metaphase II, metaphase I and germinal vesicle oocytes; the number of embryos obtained; the number of top-quality oocytes and embryos; the number of transferred embryo; the pregnancy rate and the live birth rate...
February 23, 2017: Obesity Surgery
Douglas C Wallace, Marie T Lott
The report in 1988 that Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON) was the product of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations provided the first demonstration of the clinical relevance of inherited mtDNA variation. From LHON studies, the medical importance was demonstrated for the mtDNA showing its coding for the most important energy genes, its maternal inheritance, its high mutation rate, its presence in hundreds to thousands of copies per cell, its quantitatively segregation of biallelic genotypes during both mitosis and meiosis, its preferential effect on the most energetic tissues including the eye and brain, its wide range of functional polymorphisms that predispose to common diseases, and its accumulation of mutations within somatic tissues providing the aging clock...
February 24, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
Qinli Ruan, Yun Xu, Rui Xu, Jiaying Wang, Yongqing Hua, Meng Wang, Jinao Duan
Previous studies have revealed that Triptolide damages female reproductive capacity, but the mechanism is unclear. In this study, we used Caenorhabditis elegans to investigate the effects of Triptolide on the germline and explore its possible mechanisms. Our data show that exposure for 4 h to 50 and 100 mg/L Triptolide reduced C. elegans fertility, led to depletion and inactivation of spermatids with the changes in the expression levels of related genes, and increased the number of unfertilized oocytes through damaging chromosomes and DNA damage repair mechanisms...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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