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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778081/molecular-aspect-of-silver-nanoparticles-regulated-embryonic-development-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio-by-oct-4-expression
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Biplab Sarkar, Suresh K Verma, Javed Akhtar, Surya Prakash Netam, Sanjay Kr Gupta, Pritam Kumar Panda, Koel Mukherjee
With the enhancement of commercial manifestation of silver nanoparticles, concerned has risen on their accumulation in aquatic system and consequent effects on fish development and metabolism. In this study, experiments were conducted to assess the impacts of silver nanoparticles on early life cycles of fish considering Zebrafish (Danio rerio) as experimental model. Silver nanoparticles were synthesized through chemical reduction method and characterized through UV-visible spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS), and HR-TEM...
May 4, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778022/low-cost-composited-accelerants-for-anaerobic-digestion-of-dairy-manure-focusing-on-methane-yield-digestate-utilization-and-energy-evaluation
#2
Chen Zhang, Sining Yun, Xue Li, Ziqi Wang, Hongfei Xu, Tingting Du
To improve the methane yield and digestate utilization of anaerobic digestion (AD), low-cost composited accelerants consisting of urea (0.2-0.5%), bentonite (0.5-0.8%), active carbon (0.6-0.9%), and plant ash (0.01-0.3%) were designed and tested in batch experiments. Total biogas yield (485.7-681.9 mL/g VS) and methane content (63.0-66.6%) were remarkably enhanced in AD systems by adding accelerants compared to those of control group (361.9 mL/g VS, 59.4%). Composited accelerant addition led to the highest methane yield (454...
May 11, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777964/protection-of-gnrh-analogue-by-chitosan-dextran-sulfate-nanoparticles-for-intravaginal-application-in-rabbit-artificial-insemination
#3
L Casares-Crespo, P Fernández-Serrano, M P Viudes-de-Castro
The present study was designed to prove new rabbit insemination extenders containing aminopeptidase inhibitors (AMIs) with or without chitosan (CS)-dextran sulfate (DS) nanoparticles entrapping the GnRH analogue. In addition, different hormone concentrations were tested in these extenders, evaluating their in vivo effect on rabbit reproductive performance after artificial insemination. A total of 911 females were inseminated with semen diluted with the four experimental extenders (C4 group: 4 μg buserelin/doe in control medium (Tris-citric acid-glucose supplemented with bestatin 10 μM and EDTA 20 mM), C5 group: 5 μg of buserelin/doe in control medium, Q4 group: 4 μg of buserelin/doe into CS-DS nanoparticles in control medium, Q5 group: 5 μg of busereline/doe into CS-DS nanoparticles in control medium)...
May 16, 2018: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777604/-ethical-aspects-of-the-use-of-mirena-r-iud-in-the-treatment-of-heavy-menstrual-bleeding
#4
Miriam Turiel Miranda, Pau Agulles Simó
The levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine device known as Mirena IUD(r) (20mcg/24h) is nowadays considered among the leading resources in the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding. Nonetheless, due to either its effect of prevention of conception and especially to the possibility that it may also have an anti-implantation effect, there is a founded concern on whether its therapeutic use may be ethically licit. This article engages in an exhaustive literature review in order to ascertain the mechanism of action of Mirena(r) IUD, in view of an ethical evaluation of its therapeutic use, keeping in mind those two unwanted effects...
May 2018: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777000/nmt1-and-nmt3-n-methyltransferase-activity-is-critical-to-lipid-homeostasis-morphogenesis-and-reproduction
#5
Weihua Chen, Hooman Salari, Matthew C Taylor, Ricarda Jost, Oliver Berkowitz, Russell Barrow, Deyun Qiu, Remi Branco, Josette Masle
Phosphatidylcholine (PC) is a major membrane phospholipid and a precursor for most signalling molecules. Understanding its synthesis is important for improving plant growth, nutritional value and resistance to stress. PC synthesis is complex, involving several interconnected pathways, one of which proceeds from serine-derived phosphoethanolamine (PEA) to form phosphocholine (PCho) through three sequential phospho-base methylations catalysed by phosphoethanolamine N-methyltransferases (PEAMTs). The contribution of this pathway to the production of PC and plant growth has been a matter of some debate...
May 18, 2018: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776970/the-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-mib-1-is-necessary-to-form-the-nuclear-halo-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-sperm
#6
Leslie A Herrera, Daniel A Starr
Unlike the classical nuclear envelope with two membranes found in other eukaryotic cells, most nematode sperm nuclei are not encapsulated by membranes. Instead, they are surrounded by a nuclear halo of unknown composition. How the halo is formed and regulated is unknown. We used forward genetics to identify molecular lesions behind three classical fer (fertilization defective) mutations that disrupt the ultrastructure of the Caenorhabditis elegans sperm nuclear halo. We found fer-2 and fer-4 alleles to be nonsense mutations in mib-1...
May 18, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776340/the-developmental-transcriptomes-of-two-sea-biscuit-species-with-differing-larval-types
#7
Anne Frances Armstrong, Richard K Grosberg
BACKGROUND: Larval developmental patterns are extremely varied both between and within phyla, however the genetic mechanisms leading to this diversification are poorly understood. We assembled and compared the developmental transcriptomes for two sea biscuit species (Echinodermata: Echinoidea) with differing patterns of larval development, to provide a resource for investigating the evolution of alternate life cycles. One species (Clypeaster subdepressus) develops via an obligately feeding larva which metamorphoses 3-4 weeks after fertilization; the other (Clypeaster rosaceus) develops via a rare, intermediate larval type-facultative feeding- and can develop through metamorphosis entirely based on egg provisioning in under one week...
May 18, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775942/toxicological-effects-on-earthworms-eisenia-fetida-exposed-to-sub-lethal-concentrations-of-bde-47-and-bde-209-from-a-metabolic-point
#8
Ruoyu Liang, Juan Chen, Yajuan Shi, Yonglong Lu, Suriyanarayanan Sarvajayakesavalu, Xiangbo Xu, Xiaoqi Zheng, Kifayatullah Khan, Chao Su
Earthworms improve the soil fertility and they are also sensitive to soil contaminants. Earthworms (Eisenia fetida), standard reference species, were usually chosen to culture and handle for toxicity tests. Metabolic responses in earthworms exposed to 2, 2', 4, 4'-tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-47) and decabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-209) were inhibitory and interfered with basal metabolism. In this study, 1 H-NMR based metabolomics was used to identify sensitive biomarkers and explore metabolic responses of earthworms under sub-lethal BDE-47 and BDE-209 concentrations for 14 days...
May 15, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775925/exposure-to-tris-1-3-dichloro-2-propyl-phosphate-for-two-generations-decreases-fecundity-of-zebrafish-at-environmentally-relevant-concentrations
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Yongkang Zhang, Meng Li, Shuying Li, Qiangwei Wang, Guonian Zhu, Guanyong Su, Robert J Letcher, Chunsheng Liu
Previous studies reported that exposure to environmentally relevant concentrations of TDCIPP significantly decreased the number of cumulative eggs in zebrafish, but effects on the quantity of eggs and sperms remained unknown. Therefore, in this study, effects of TDCIPP on yolk diameter, surface morphology of eggs, sperm density and total motility were evaluated. First generation (F0) zebrafish larvae (Danio rerio) were exposed to 0, 50, 500 or 5000 ng/L tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCIPP) from 14 days post fertilization (dpf) to 120 dpf...
May 14, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775914/current-radiological-situation-in-areas-of-ukraine-contaminated-by-the-chernobyl-accident-part-1-human-dietary-exposure-to-caesium-137-and-possible-mitigation-measures
#10
I Labunska, V Kashparov, S Levchuk, D Santillo, P Johnston, S Polishchuk, N Lazarev, Y Khomutinin
This study reports for the first time temporal trends for the period of 2011-2016 in 137 Cs content in cow's milk originating from private farms and households of 14 settlements located in the territories of the Rivne region, Ukraine. These areas are still radioactively contaminated as a result of the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP) in 1986. In 2016, the average 137 Cs activity concentration in milk exceeded the Ukrainian Permissible Level (PL) for adults of 100 Bq/l in samples from 6 settlements and the PL for children of 40 Bq/l in 8 settlements, reaching activity concentration of around 500 Bq/l in some samples...
May 15, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775821/vermiremediation-of-metal-loid-s-via-eichornia-crassipes-phytomass-extraction-a-sustainable-technique-for-plant-amelioration
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Arnab Majumdar, Anil Barla, Munish Kumar Upadhyay, Dibyarpita Ghosh, Punarbasu Chaudhuri, Sudhakar Srivastava, Sutapa Bose
Eichhornia crassipes (water hyacinth), imparts deficiency of soluble arsenic and other toxic metal (loid)s through rhizofiltration and phytoaccumulation. Without proper management strategy, this phytoremediation of metal (loid)s might fail and get reverted back to the environment, contaminating the nearby water bodies. This study, focused on bio-conversion of phytoremediating hyacinths, spiked with 100 times and greater arsenic, lead and cadmium concentrations than the average water contamination, ranging in 58...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775434/births-final-data-for-2016
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Joyce A Martin, Brady E Hamilton, Michelle J K Osterman, Anne K Driscoll, Patrick Drake
This report presents 2016 data on U.S. births according to a wide variety of characteristics. Trends in fertility patterns and maternal and infant characteristics are described and interpreted.Descriptive tabulations of data reported on the birth certificates of the 3.95 million births that occurred in 2016 are presented. Data are presented for maternal age, live-birth order, race and Hispanic origin, marital status, tobacco use, prenatal care, source of payment for the delivery, method of delivery, gestational age, birthweight, and plurality...
January 2018: National Vital Statistics Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774951/protein-kinase-c%C3%AE-pkc%C3%AE-involved-in-the-regulation-of-pakt1-ser473-on-the-release-of-mouse-oocytes-from-diplotene-arrest
#13
Lingling Liu, Sen Li, Hanwen Li, Dahai Yu, Chunyu Li, Gensong Li, Yu Cao, Chen Feng, Xin Deng
Defects in meiotic maturation may lead to chromosome segregation errors and genomic instability. Previous reports indicated that protein kinase C delta (PKCδ) may interact with microtubule organizing center-associated protein to play a role on meiotic spindle organization of mammalian oocytes. In this study, we explored the potential role of protein kinase B alpha (PKBα/Akt1), PKCδ, and their relationship on meiotic maturation of mouse oocytes. We examined the expression and localization of pAkt1 (Ser473) and/or pPKCδ (Thr505) under the treatment of SH-6 or Sotrastaurin...
May 18, 2018: Cell Biochemistry and Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774805/men-s-preconception-health-a-primary-health-care-viewpoint
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Anthony Paul O'Brien, John Hurley, Paul Linsley, Karen Anne McNeil, Richard Fletcher, John Robert Aitken
The purpose of this article is to theoretically explore men's preconception health as a mechanism to enhance fertility, as well as the health and well-being of the subject and his descendants. Premorbid risk factors and behaviors associated with stress, environmental toxins, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, lack of exercise/obesity, and the use of illicit drugs are all known to affect fecundity. While there are many health clinics available to women, where advice in areas such as postnatal care of the newborn, family planning, and couples fertility is provided, there are few, if any, equivalent health clinics available to men...
May 1, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774803/-the-financial-is-the-main-issue-it-s-not-even-the-child-exploring-the-role-of-finances-in-men-s-concepts-of-fatherhood-and-fertility-intention
#15
Megan Hamm, Elizabeth Miller, Lovie Jackson Foster, Mario Browne, Sonya Borrero
Despite demonstrable need, men's utilization of sexual and reproductive health services remains low. This low utilization may particularly affect low-income men, given the disproportionate prevalence of unintended pregnancy in low-income populations. Bolstering men's utilization of sexual and reproductive health services requires understanding the services that are most relevant to them. Semistructured interviews about fatherhood, fertility intention, and contraceptive use were conducted with 58 low-income Black and White men in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...
May 1, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774504/environmental-toxins-and-male-fertility
#16
REVIEW
Mahmoud Mima, David Greenwald, Samuel Ohlander
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Global industrialization has increased population exposure to environmental toxins. A global decline in sperm quality over the last few decades raises questions about the adverse impact of environmental toxins on male reproductive health. RECENT FINDINGS: Multiple animal- and human-based studies on exposure to environmental toxins suggest a negative impact on semen quality, in terms of sperm concentration, motility, and/or morphology. These toxins may exert estrogenic and/or anti-androgenic effects, which in turn alter the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis (HPGA), induce sperm DNA damage, or cause sperm epigenetic changes...
May 17, 2018: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774489/the-role-of-lifestyle-in-male-infertility-diet-physical-activity-and-body-habitus
#17
REVIEW
Russell P Hayden, Ryan Flannigan, Peter N Schlegel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Increasing attention to primary and secondary prevention of male infertility through modifiable lifestyle factors has gained traction amongst both patients and infertility specialists. In this review, the available evidence of modifiable lifestyle choices, specifically diet, physical activity, and body habitus, are evaluated. RECENT FINDINGS: Studies examining diet, exercise/physical activity, and body habitus are characterized by conflicting conclusions, difficult confounders, and imperfect end points to judge male reproductive potential...
May 17, 2018: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774482/the-effect-of-subclinical-varicocele-on-pregnancy-rates-and-semen-parameters-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
REVIEW
Taylor P Kohn, Samuel J Ohlander, Jake S Jacob, Tina M Griffin, Larry I Lipshultz, Alexander W Pastuszak
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Current guidelines recommend against surgical repair of subclinical varicoceles (SCVs) for infertility; several studies demonstrate mixed fertility results after SCV correction. To determine whether surgical correction of SCV improves semen parameters and/or reproductive outcomes, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis. Seven biomedical literature databases were searched through January 2018 for studies that assessed reproductive outcomes and/or change in semen parameters in men with corrected SCV compared to either (1) uncorrected SCV or (2) corrected clinical varicocele...
May 17, 2018: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774457/vitamin-d-as-a-follicular-marker-of-human-oocyte-quality-and-a-serum-marker-of-in-vitro-fertilization-outcome
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Przemysław Ciepiela, Antoni J Dulęba, Ewelina Kowaleczko, Kornel Chełstowski, Rafał Kurzawa
PURPOSE: This study investigated the relationship between the vitamin D [25(OH)D] level in individual follicles and oocyte developmental competence. METHODS: A prospective cohort study in a private infertility center. Infertile women (N = 198) scheduled for intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and a single embryo transfer (SET) provided serum samples and 322 follicular fluid (FF) specimens, each from a single follicle on the day of oocyte retrieval. RESULTS: FFs corresponding to successfully fertilized oocytes (following ICSI) contained significantly lower 25(OH)D level compared with those that were not fertilized (28...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774447/infertility-in-the-aging-male
#20
REVIEW
Daniel J Mazur, Larry I Lipshultz
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In many countries, the average age of paternity is rising. The negative effect of older age on fertility in women is well documented; however, less is known about the impact of paternal age on fecundity. In this review, we summarize the current knowledge of how paternal age affects semen parameters, reproductive success, and offspring health. RECENT FINDINGS: Contemporary evidence confirms that aged men have worse semen parameters, including overall negative changes in sperm genetics...
May 17, 2018: Current Urology Reports
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