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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782054/assessment-of-porcine-endogenous-retrovirus-transmission-across-an-alginate-barrier-used-for-the-encapsulation-of-porcine-islets
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Claire Crossan, Nizar I Mourad, Karen Smith, Pierre Gianello, Linda Scobie
BACKGROUND: Subcutaneous implantation of a macroencapsulated patch containing human allogenic islets has been successfully used to alleviate type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) in a human recipient without the need for immunosuppression. The use of encapsulated porcine islets to treat T1DM has also been reported. Although no evidence of pathogen transfer using this technology has been reported to date, we deemed it appropriate to determine if the encapsulation technology would prevent the release of virus, in particular, the porcine endogenous retrovirus (PERV)...
May 21, 2018: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778921/goat-boule-isoforms-identification-mrna-expression-in-testis-and-functional-study-and-promoter-methylation-profiles
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Xiaoyan Zhang, Shuai Yu, Qing Yang, Ke Wang, Sihuan Zhang, Chuanying Pan, Hailong Yan, Ruihua Dang, Chuzhao Lei, Hong Chen, Xianyong Lan
A conserved gene in meiosis, the Boule gene is involved in meiosis and spermatogenesis. The deletion of this gene in males blocks meiosis and results in infertility. Alternative splicing variants of the Boule gene have been identified in humans, bovines, and bats, but in dairy goats remains unknown. This study was therefore to detect splicing variants of the goat Boule gene and explore their potential roles in meiosis. Three isoforms, denoted as Boule-a, Boule-b, and Boule-c, were identified in the testes of goats using real-time PCR (RT-PCR) and cloning sequencing...
May 12, 2018: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777910/differentially-expressed-novel-alternatively-spliced-transcript-variant-of-tumor-suppressor-stk11-gene-in-mouse
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Hassan Mubarak Ishqi, Tarique Sarwar, Mohammed Amir Husain, Sayeed Ur Rehman, Mohammad Tabish
Serine/threonine kinase 11 (STK11) is a protein kinase that is encoded by Stk11 gene located on chromosome 19 and 10 in humans and mouse respectively. It acts as a master kinase of adenine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) pathway that coordinates the regulation of cellular energy metabolism and cell division. STK11 exerts effect by activating more than 14 kinases including AMPK and AMPK-related kinases. It is also known to regulate cell polarity and acts as tumor suppressor. Alternative splicing of pre-mRNA is a mechanism which results in multiple transcript variants of a single gene...
May 16, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772210/in-silico-analysis-seasonal-variation-and-gonadotropic-regulation-of-jag1-and-its-receptor-notch1-in-testis-of-spotted-snakehead-channa-punctatus
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Alivia Roy, Reetuparna Basak, Umesh Rai
The present study in seasonally breeding spotted snakehead Channa punctatus, for the first time in nonmammalian vertebrates, demonstrated correlation between reproductive phase-dependent testicular expression of ligand Jag1/receptor Notch1 and spermatogenic events. Testicular transcriptome sequencing data from our earlier study in C. punctatus was used in the present study to select the best transcript for jag1 (cpjag1) and notch1 (cpnotch1). The transcripts cpjag1 and cpnotch1 encoded full-length putative proteins of 1215 (cpJag1) and 2475 (cpNotch1) amino acids, respectively...
May 14, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772069/nature-of-tumor-rejection-antigens-in-ovarian-cancer
#5
REVIEW
Muzamil Y Want, Amit A Lugade, Sebastiano Battaglia, Kunle Odunsi
Major progress in the analysis of human immune responses to cancer has been made through the molecular characterization of human tumor antigens. The development of therapeutic strategies for eliciting immune-mediated rejection of tumors has accelerated due to the elucidation of the molecular basis for tumor cell recognition and destruction by immune cells. Of the various human tumor antigens defined to date in ovarian cancer, the cancer-testis (CT) family of antigens have studied extensively pre-clinically and clinically due their testis-restricted expression in normal tissues and ability to elicit robust immune responses...
May 17, 2018: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771299/at-the-crossroads-of-fate-somatic-cell-lineage-specification-in-the-fetal-gonad
#6
Emmi Rotgers, Anne Jørgensen, Humphrey Hung-Chang Yao
The reproductive endocrine systems are vastly different between male and female. This sexual dimorphism of endocrine milieu originates from sex-specific differentiation of the somatic cells in the gonads during fetal life. The majority of gonadal somatic cells arise from the adrenogonadal primordium. After separation of the adrenal and gonadal primordia, the gonadal somatic cells initiate sex-specific differentiation during gonadal sex determination with the specification of the supporting cell lineages: Sertoli cells in the testis vs...
May 15, 2018: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769589/conserved-and-non-conserved-characteristics-of-porcine-glial-cell-line-derived-neurotrophic-factor-expressed-in-the-testis
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Kazue Kakiuchi, Kazumi Taniguchi, Hiroshi Kubota
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) is essential for the self-renewal and proliferation of spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) in mice, rats, and rabbits. Although the key extrinsic factors essential for spermatogonial proliferation in other mammals have not been determined, GDNF is one of the potential candidates. In this study, we isolated porcine GDNF (pGDNF) cDNAs from neonatal testis and generated recombinant pGDNF to investigate its biological activity on gonocytes/undifferentiated spermatogonia, including SSCs...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769284/dynamic-copy-number-evolution-of-x-and-y-linked-ampliconic-genes-in-human-populations
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Elise A Lucotte, Laurits Skov, Jacob Malte Jensen, Moisès Coll Macià, Kasper Munch, Mikkel H Schierup
Ampliconic genes are multicopy, in majority found on sex-chromosomes and enriched for testis-expressed genes. While ampliconic genes have been associated with the emergence of hybrid incompatibilities, we know little about their copy number distribution and their turnover in human populations. Here we explore the evolution of human X- and Y-linked ampliconic genes by investigating copy number variation (CNV) and coding variation between populations using the Simons Genome Diversity Project. We develop a method to assess CNVs using the read-depth on modified X and Y chromosome targets containing only one repetition of each ampliconic gene...
May 16, 2018: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768979/mesoporous-silica-nanoparticle-is-comparatively-safer-than-zinc-oxide-nanoparticle-which-can-cause-profound-steroidogenic-effects-on-pregnant-mice-and-male-offspring-exposed-in-utero
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Nisha Bara, M Eshwarmoorthy, Kesavan Subaharan, Gautam Kaul
The increasing use of nanomaterials has naturally caused heightened concerns about their potential risks to human and animal health. We investigated the effect of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) and mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN) on steroidogenesis in the corpus luteum (CL) of pregnant mice and testis of male offspring. Pregnant albino mice were exposed to ZnO NPs and MSN for 2 days on alternate days, gestation days 15-19. Hepatic injury marker enzymes increased in the higher concentration of NM-exposed mother mice, but histological examination revealed no changes in the placenta of pregnant mice, whereas testis of male offspring showed gross pathological changes...
January 1, 2018: Toxicology and Industrial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765511/immunohistochemical-analysis-of-rhamm-expression-in-normal-and-neoplastic-human-tissues-a-cell-cycle-protein-with-distinctive-expression-in-mitotic-cells-and-testicular-germ-cells
#10
Yao-Tseng Chen, Zhengming Chen, Yi-Chieh Nancy Du
Expression of Receptor for Hyaluronic Acid Mediated Motility (RHAMM) increases cellular motility and RHAMM overexpression promotes invasive phenotype and metastasis of cancer cells. RHAMM has been suggested as a biomarker for poor prognosis in several tumor types, including lung, breast, colorectal, gastric, pancreatic ductal, and ovarian cancers. RNA studies showed restricted RHAMM expression in normal tissues, but its protein expression data in tissues were limited. In light of its potential as a prognostic marker and a therapeutic target, we performed immunohistochemical analysis to systematically characterize RHAMM expression in normal and neoplastic human tissues...
April 20, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750148/expression-and-regulation-profile-of-mature-microrna-in-the-pig-relevance-to-xenotransplantation
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REVIEW
Zongpei Song, David K C Cooper, Zhiming Cai, Lisha Mou
The pig is an important source of meat production and provides a valuable model for certain human diseases. MicroRNA (miRNA), which is noncoding RNA and regulates gene expression at the posttranscriptional level, plays a critical role in various biological processes. Studies on identification and function of mature miRNAs in multiple pig tissues are increasing, yet the literature is limited. Therefore, we reviewed current research to determine the miRNAs expressed in specific pig tissues that are involved in carcass values (including muscle and adipocytes), reproduction (including pituitary, testis, and ovary), and development of some solid organs (e...
2018: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748603/tspy1-suppresses-usp7-mediated-p53-function-and-promotes-spermatogonial-proliferation
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Ying Shen, Wenling Tu, Yunqiang Liu, Xiling Yang, Qiang Dong, Bo Yang, Jinyan Xu, Yuanlong Yan, Xue Pei, Mohan Liu, Wenming Xu, Yuan Yang
Testis-specific protein Y-linked 1 (TSPY1) is expressed predominantly in adult human spermatogonia and functions in the process of spermatogenesis; however, our understanding of the underlying mechanism is limited. Here we observed that TSPY1, as an interacting partner of TSPY-like 5 (TSPYL5), enhanced the competitive binding of TSPYL5 to ubiquitin-specific peptidase 7 (USP7) in conjunction with p53. This activity, together with its promotion of TSPYL5 expression by acting as a transcription factor, resulted in increased p53 ubiquitylation...
May 10, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746863/bisphenol-a-elicited-mir-146a-5p-impairs-murine-testicular-steroidogenesis-through-negative-regulation-of-mta3-signaling
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Guo-Zheng Gao, Yong Zhao, Hong-Xin Li, Wei Li
The epigenetic effects on expression of non-coding RNAs (e.g. microRNAs) of environmental toxin bisphenol A (BPA) have extended our understanding of the etiology of human reproductive disorders including hypospermatogenesis and androgen deficiency. BPA-induced miR-146a-5p is a potent regulator of endocrine and immune homeostasis, but its role in testis remain unexplored. We show here that in murine testis, miR-146a-5p was exclusively expressed in interstitial Leydig cells (LCs). This expression was significantly induced by BPA exposure...
May 7, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29744867/p-glycoprotein-mdr1-abcb1-restricts-brain-accumulation-and-cytochrome-p450-3a-cyp3a-limits-oral-availability-of-the-novel-alk-ros1-inhibitor-lorlatinib
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Wenlong Li, Rolf W Sparidans, Yaogeng Wang, Maria C Lebre, Els Wagenaar, Jos H Beijnen, Alfred H Schinkel
Lorlatinib (PF-06463922) is a promising oral anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) and ROS1 inhibitor currently in Phase III clinical trials for treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) containing an ALK rearrangement. With therapy-resistant brain metastases a major concern in NSCLC, lorlatinib was designed to have high membrane and blood-brain barrier permeability. We investigated the roles of the multidrug efflux transporters ABCB1 and ABCG2, and the multispecific drug-metabolizing enzyme CYP3A in plasma pharmacokinetics and tissue distribution of lorlatinib using genetically modified mouse strains...
May 9, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740398/neurosteroids-in-adult-hippocampus-of-male-and-female-rodents-biosynthesis-and-actions-of-sex-steroids
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REVIEW
Yasushi Hojo, Suguru Kawato
The brain is not only the target of steroid hormones but also is able to locally synthesize steroids de novo . Evidence of the local production of steroids in the brain has been accumulating in various vertebrates, including teleost fish, amphibia, birds, rodents, non-human primates, and humans. In this review, we mainly focus on the local production of sex steroids in the hippocampal neurons of adult rodents (rats and mice), a center for learning and memory. From the data of the hippocampus of adult male rats, hippocampal principal neurons [pyramidal cells in CA1-CA3 and granule cells in dentate gyrus (DG)] have a complete system for biosynthesis of sex steroids...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740335/amniotic-fluid-insl3-measured-during-the-critical-time-window-in-human-pregnancy-relates-to-cryptorchidism-hypospadias-and-phthalate-load-a-large-case-control-study
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Ravinder Anand-Ivell, Arieh Cohen, Bent Nørgaard-Pedersen, Bo A G Jönsson, Jens-Peter Bonde, David M Hougaard, Christian H Lindh, Gunnar Toft, Morten S Lindhard, Richard Ivell
The period of the first to second trimester transition in human pregnancy represents a sensitive window for fetal organogenesis, particularly in regard to the development of the male reproductive system. This is a time of relative analytical inaccessibility. We have used a large national biobank of amniotic fluid samples collected at routine amniocentesis to determine the impacts of exogenous endocrine disruptor load on specific fetal biomarkers at this critical time. While adrenal and testicular steroids are highly correlated, they are also mostly positively influenced by increasing phthalate load, represented by the metabolites 7cx-MMeHP and 5cx-MEPP, by perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) exposure, and by smoking, suggesting an adrenal stress response...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29737459/safety-of-intra-articular-transplantation-of-lentivirally-transduced-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-for-haemophilic-arthropathy-in-a-non-human-primate
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Tsukasa Ohmori, Hiroaki Mizukami, Yuko Katakai, Sho Kawai, Hitoyasu Nakamura, Makoto Inoue, Tsugumine Shu, Hideharu Sugimoto, Yoichi Sakata
Joint bleeding and resultant arthropathy are major determinants of quality of life in haemophilia patients. We previously developed a mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC)-based treatment approach for haemophilic arthropathy in a mouse model of haemophilia A. Here, we evaluated the long-term safety of intra-articular injection of lentivirally transduced autologous MSCs in non-human primates. Autologous bone-marrow-derived MSCs transduced with a lentiviral vector expressing coagulation factor VIII (FVIII) were injected into the left knee joint of cynomolgus monkeys...
May 8, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29737216/thyroid-dysfunction-and-semen-quality
#18
Sandro La Vignera, Roberto Vita
Thyroid hormones act on testis in multiple ways and exert their effect on different cell types, including Leydig and Sertoli cells, and germ cells. An excess or deficit of thyroid hormones results in alterations of testis function, including semen abnormalities. More frequently, hyperthyroidism has been associated with reduced semen volume and reduced sperm density, motility, and morphology, whereas hypothyroidism is associated with reduced sperm morphology. Therefore, thyroid function tests should be part of the diagnostic workup of the infertile man...
January 2018: International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29735715/znrf3-functions-in-mammalian-sex-determination-by-inhibiting-canonical-wnt-signaling
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Abigail Harris, Pam Siggers, Silvia Corrochano, Nick Warr, Danielle Sagar, Daniel T Grimes, Makoto Suzuki, Rebecca D Burdine, Feng Cong, Bon-Kyoung Koo, Hans Clevers, Isabelle Stévant, Serge Nef, Sara Wells, Raja Brauner, Bochra Ben Rhouma, Neïla Belguith, Caroline Eozenou, Joelle Bignon-Topalovic, Anu Bashamboo, Ken McElreavey, Andy Greenfield
Mammalian sex determination is controlled by the antagonistic interactions of two genetic pathways: The SRY-SOX9-FGF9 network promotes testis determination partly by opposing proovarian pathways, while RSPO1/WNT-β-catenin/FOXL2 signals control ovary development by inhibiting SRY-SOX9-FGF9. The molecular basis of this mutual antagonism is unclear. Here we show that ZNRF3, a WNT signaling antagonist and direct target of RSPO1-mediated inhibition, is required for sex determination in mice. XY mice lacking ZNRF3 exhibit complete or partial gonadal sex reversal, or related defects...
May 7, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29729005/can-the-positive-association-of-osteocalcin-with-testosterone-be-unmasked-when-the-preeminent-hypothalamic-pituitary-regulation-of-testosterone-production-is-impaired-the-model-of-spinal-cord-injury
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A Barbonetti, S D'Andrea, J Samavat, A Martorella, G Felzani, S Francavilla, M Luconi, F Francavilla
PURPOSE: Osteocalcin (OCN), released from the bone matrix during the resorption phase, in its undercarboxylated form, stimulates testosterone (T) biosynthesis in mouse and a loss-of-function mutation of its receptor was associated with hypergonadotropic hypogonadism in humans. Nevertheless, when population-based studies have explored the OCN-T association, conflicting results have been reported. Hypothesizing that the evidence of a positive association between OCN and T could have been hindered by the preeminent role of a well-functioning hypothalamus-pituitary axis in promoting T biosynthesis, we explored this association in men with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI), exhibiting high prevalence of non-hypergonadotropic androgen deficiency...
May 4, 2018: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
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