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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214373/improved-detection-of-zika-virus-rna-in-human-and-animal-specimens-by-a-novel-highly-sensitive-and-specific-real-time-rt-pcr-assay-targeting-the-5-untranslated-region-of-zika-virus
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Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan, Cyril Chik-Yan Yip, Kah-Meng Tee, Zheng Zhu, Jessica Oi-Ling Tsang, Kenn Ka-Heng Chik, Terance Gi-Wai Tsang, Chris Chung-Sing Chan, Vincent Kwok-Man Poon, Siddharth Sridhar, Feifei Yin, Ivan Fan-Ngai Hung, Sandy Ka-Yee Chau, Anna Jinxia Zhang, Kwok-Hung Chan, Kwok-Yung Yuen
OBJECTIVE AND METHOD: We developed and evaluated five novel real-time RT-PCR assays targeting conserved regions in the 5'-untranslated region (5'-UTR), envelope (E'), non-structural protein 2A (NS2A), NS5, and 3'-UTR of the ZIKV genome. RESULTS: The ZIKV-5'-UTR assay exhibited the lowest in-vitro limit of detection (5-10 RNA copies/reaction and 3.0×10(-1) plaque-forming units/ml). Compared to the modified version of a widely adopted RT-PCR assay targeting the ZIKV-E gene, the ZIKV-5'-UTR assay showed better sensitivity in human clinical specimens, and representative mouse specimens, including many organs which are known to be involved in human ZIKV infection but difficult to obtain in clinical settings...
February 18, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213128/quantitative-proteomic-analysis-of-human-testis-reveals-system-wide-molecular-and-cellular-pathways-associated-with-non-obstructive-azoospermia
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Mehdi Alikhani, Mehdi Mirzaei, Marjan Sabbaghian, Pouria Parsamatin, Razieh Karamzadeh, Samane Adib, Niloofar Sodeifi, Mohammad Ali Sadighi Gilani, Masoud Zabet-Moghaddam, Lindsay Parker, Yunqi Wo, Vivek Gupta, Paul A Haynes, Hamid Gourabi, Hossein Baharvand, Ghasem Hosseini Salekdeh
: Male infertility accounts for half of the infertility problems experienced by couples. Azoospermia, having no measurable level of sperm in seminal fluid, is one of the known conditions resulting in male infertility. In order to elucidate the complex molecular mechanisms causing male azoospermia, label-free quantitative shotgun proteomics was carried out on testicular tissue specimens from patients with obstructive azoospermia and non-obstructive azoospermia, including maturation arrest (MA) and Sertoli cell only syndrome (SCOS)...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208702/the-glutamate-dehydrogenase-pathway-and-its-roles-in-cell-and-tissue-biology-in-health-and-disease
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Andreas Plaitakis, Ester Kalef-Ezra, Dimitra Kotzamani, Ioannis Zaganas, Cleanthe Spanaki
Glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) is a hexameric enzyme that catalyzes the reversible conversion of glutamate to α-ketoglutarate and ammonia while reducing NAD(P)⁺ to NAD(P)H. It is found in all living organisms serving both catabolic and anabolic reactions. In mammalian tissues, oxidative deamination of glutamate via GDH generates α-ketoglutarate, which is metabolized by the Krebs cycle, leading to the synthesis of ATP. In addition, the GDH pathway is linked to diverse cellular processes, including ammonia metabolism, acid-base equilibrium, redox homeostasis (via formation of fumarate), lipid biosynthesis (via oxidative generation of citrate), and lactate production...
February 8, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207785/dna-methylation-of-the-fthl17-5-upstream-region-regulates-differential-fthl17-expression-in-lung-cancer-cells-and-germline-stem-cells
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Nana Aoki, Kentaro Mochizuki, Yasuhisa Matsui
The Ferritin heavy polypeptide-like 17 (Fthl17) gene is a member of the cancer/testis antigen gene family, and is preferentially expressed in cancer cells and in testis. Although DNA methylation has been linked to the regulation of human FTHL17 gene expression, detailed epigenetic regulation of its expression has not been investigated. To address this, we assessed the epigenetic regulation of murine Fthl17 gene expression in cancer cells and germ cells. Fthl17 was more highly expressed in testis, a murine lung cancer cell line, KLN205, and in germline stem cells (GSCs) than in normal lung tissues...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205525/testicular-activin-and-follistatin-levels-are-elevated-during-the-course-of-experimental-autoimmune-epididymo-orchitis-in-mice
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Nour Nicolas, Vera Michel, Sudhanshu Bhushan, Eva Wahle, Susan Hayward, Helen Ludlow, David M de Kretser, Kate L Loveland, Hans-Christian Schuppe, Andreas Meinhardt, Mark P Hedger, Monika Fijak
Experimental autoimmune epididymo-orchitis (EAEO) is a model of chronic inflammation, induced by immunisation with testicular antigens, which reproduces the pathology of some types of human infertility. Activins A and B regulate spermatogenesis and steroidogenesis, but are also pro-inflammatory, pro-fibrotic cytokines. Expression of the activins and their endogenous antagonists, inhibin and follistatin, was examined in murine EAEO. Adult untreated and adjuvant-treated control mice showed no pathology. All mice immunised with testis antigens developed EAEO by 50 days, characterised by loss of germ cells, immune cell infiltration and fibrosis in the testis, similar to biopsies from human inflamed testis...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196413/alu-derived-alternative-splicing-events-specific-to-macaca-lineages-in-ctsf-gene
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Ja-Rang Lee, Sang-Je Park, Young-Hyun Kim, Se-Hee Choe, Hyeon-Mu Cho, Sang-Rae Lee, Sun-Uk Kim, Ji-Su Kim, Bo-Woong Sim, Bong-Seok Song, Kang-Jin Jeong, Youngjeon Lee, Yeung Bae Jin, Philyong Kang, Jae-Won Huh, Kyu-Tae Chang
Cathepsin F, which is encoded by CTSF, is a cysteine proteinase ubiquitously expressed in several tissues. In a previous study, novel transcripts of the CTSF gene were identified in the crab-eating monkey deriving from the integration of an Alu element-AluYRa1. The occurrence of AluYRa1-derived alternative transcripts and the mechanism of exonization events in the CTSF gene of human, rhesus monkey, and crabeating monkey were investigated using PCR and reverse transcription PCR on the genomic DNA and cDNA isolated from several tissues...
February 14, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196369/leveraging-online-resources-to-prioritize-candidate-genes-for-functional-analyses-using-the-fetal-testis-as-a-test-case
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Kathryn S McClelland, Humphrey H-C Yao
With each new microarray or RNA-seq experiment, massive quantities of transcriptomic information are generated with the purpose to produce a list of candidate genes for functional analyses. Yet an effective strategy remains elusive to prioritize the genes on these candidate lists. In this review, we outline a prioritizing strategy by taking a step back from the bench and leveraging the rich range of public databases. This in silico approach provides an economical, less biased, and more effective solution. We discuss the publicly available online resources that can be used to answer a range of questions about a gene...
February 15, 2017: Sexual Development: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Endocrinology, Embryology, and Pathology of Sex Determination and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193725/the-tgf-%C3%AE-family-in-the-reproductive-tract
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Diana Monsivais, Martin M Matzuk, Stephanie A Pangas
The transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) family has a profound impact on the reproductive function of various organisms. In this review, we discuss how highly conserved members of the TGF-β family influence the reproductive function across several species. We briefly discuss how TGF-β-related proteins balance germ-cell proliferation and differentiation as well as dauer entry and exit in Caenorhabditis elegans. In Drosophila melanogaster, TGF-β-related proteins maintain germ stem-cell identity and eggshell patterning...
February 13, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186865/preventing-electromagnetic-pulse-irradiation-damage-on-testis-using-selenium-rich-cordyceps-fungi-a-preclinical-study-in-young-male-mice
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Xia Miao, Yafeng Wang, Haiyang Lang, Yanyun Lin, Qiyan Guo, Mingjuan Yang, Juan Guo, Yanjun Zhang, Jie Zhang, Junye Liu, Yaning Liu, Lihua Zeng, Guozhen Guo
Networked 21st century society, globalization, and communications technologies are paralleled by the rise of electromagnetic energy intensity in our environments and the growing pressure of the environtome on human biology and health. The latter is the entire complement of environmental factors, including the electromagnetic energy and the technologies that generate them, enacting on the digital citizen in the new century. Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) irradiation might have serious damaging effects not only on electronic equipment but also in the whole organism and reproductive health, through nonthermal effects and oxidative stress...
February 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182716/lyzl6-an-acidic-bacteriolytic-human-sperm-related-protein-plays-a-role-in-fertilization
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Peng Huang, Wenshu Li, Zhifang Yang, Ning Zhang, Yixin Xu, Jianying Bao, Deke Jiang, Xianping Dong
Lysozyme-like proteins (LYZLs) belong to the c-type lysozyme/α-lactalbumin family and are selectively expressed in the mammalian male reproductive tract. Two members, human sperm lysozyme-like protein (SLLP) -1 and mouse LYZL4, have been reported to contribute to fertilization but show no bacteriolytic activity. Here, we focused on the possible contribution of LYZL6 to immunity and fertilization. In humans, LYZL6 was selectively expressed by the testis and epididymis and became concentrated on spermatozoa...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179633/band-like-calcification-with-simplified-gyration-and-polymicrogyria-report-of-10-new-families-and-identification-of-five-novel-ocln-mutations
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Mohamed S Abdel-Hamid, Ghada M H Abdel-Salam, Mahmoud Y Issa, Bayoumi A Emam, Maha S Zaki
Band-like calcification with simplified gyration and polymicrogyria (BLC-PMG) is an extremely rare autosomal recessive disorder with distinctive clinical and neuroimaging findings. To date, only 17 patients from 9 unrelated families with BLC-PMG have been reported worldwide. Herein, we describe a series of 13 new patients derived from 10 unrelated Egyptian families. Patients presented at early life with the classic phenotype including severe microcephaly, failure to acquire developmental skills, growth failure and the distinguished calcification patterns involving the cortex, thalami, basal ganglia and pons...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167441/effects-of-environmentally-relevant-concentrations-of-the-anti-inflammatory-drug-diclofenac-in-freshwater-fish-rhamdia-quelen
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Izonete Cristina Guiloski, Laercio Dante Stein Piancini, Ana Carolina Dagostim, Sabrina Loise de Morais Calado, Luis Fernando Fávaro, Suelen Lúcio Boschen, Marta Margarete Cestari, Cláudio da Cunha, Helena Cristina Silva de Assis
The presence of pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment and its impact on humans and the ecosystem are emerging issues in environmental health. This study evaluated the potential biochemical, genetic and reproductive effects of the diclofenac by waterborne exposure, in a semi-static bioassay for 21 days. The fish Rhamdia quelen were exposed to environmental concentrations of diclofenac (0, 0.2, 2 and 20µg/L). The results showed that in the liver, diclofenac reduced the catalase and ethoxyresorufin- O- deethylase activities in fish exposed to 2µg/L, and superoxide dismutase in all exposed groups...
February 3, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167222/identification-of-sperm-mrna-biomarkers-associated-with-testis-injury-during-preclinical-testing-of-pharmaceutical-compounds
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Edward Dere, Daniel J Spade, Susan J Hall, Aimee Altemus, James D Smith, Jonathan A Phillips, Jeffrey S Moffit, Kerry T Blanchard, Kim Boekelheide
The human testis is sensitive to toxicant-induced injury but current methods for detecting adverse effects are limited, insensitive and unreliable. Animal studies use sensitive histopathological endpoints to assess toxicity, but require testicular tissue that is not available during human clinical trials. More sensitive and reliable molecular biomarkers of testicular injury are needed to better monitor testicular toxicity in both clinical and preclinical. Adult male Wistar Han rats were exposed for 4weeks to compounds previously associated with testicular injury, including cisplatin (0, 0...
February 4, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144589/estimation-of-photon-specific-absorbed-fractions-in-digimouse-voxel-phantom-using-monte-carlo-simulation-code-fluka
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A Sinha, H K Patni, B M Dixit, N K Painuly, N Singh
BACKGROUND: Most preclinical studies are carried out on mice. For internal dose assessment of a mouse, specific absorbed fraction (SAF) values play an important role. In most studies, SAF values are estimated using older standard human organ compositions and values for limited source target pairs. OBJECTIVE: SAF values for monoenergetic photons of energies 15, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 4000 keV were evaluated for the Digimouse voxel phantom incorporated in Monte Carlo code FLUKA...
December 2016: Journal of Biomedical Physics & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137912/l2hgdh-deficiency-accumulates-l-2-hydroxyglutarate-with-progressive-leukoencephalopathy-and-neurodegeneration
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Shenghong Ma, Renqiang Sun, Bowen Jiang, Jun Gao, Wanglong Deng, Peng Liu, Ruoyu He, Jing Cui, Minbiao Ji, Wei Yi, Pengyuan Yang, Xiaohui Wu, Yue Xiong, Zilong Qiu, Dan Ye, Kun-Liang Guan
L-2-hydroxyglutarate aciduria (L-2-HGA) is an autosomal recessive neurometabolic disorder caused by a mutation in the L-2-hydroxyglutarate dehydrogenase (L2HGDH) gene. In this study, we generated L2hgdh knockout (KO) mice and observed a robust increase of 2-hydroxyglutarate (L-2-HG) levels in multiple tissues. The highest levels of L-2-HG were observed in the brain and testis with a corresponding increase in histone methylation in these tissues. L2hgdh KO mice exhibit white matter abnormalities, extensive gliosis, microglia-mediated neuroinflammation, and an expansion of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs)...
January 30, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130393/irradiation-affects-germ-and-somatic-cells-in-prepubertal-monkey-testis-xenografts
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I Tröndle, B Westernströer, J Wistuba, N Terwort, S Schlatt, N Neuhaus
STUDY QUESTION: Does irradiation evoke adverse effects in germ and somatic cells in testis xenografts from prepubertal monkeys? SUMMARY ANSWER: In addition to the expected depletion of germ cells, a dose-dependent effect of irradiation was observed at the mRNA and protein level in Sertoli and peritubular myoid cells. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Testicular irradiation studies in monkeys have focused on the dose-dependent effects on germ cells. Previous studies using intact animals or xenografts reported that germ cells are highly sensitive to irradiation...
January 27, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129775/cmtm1_v17-is-associated-with-chemotherapy-resistance-and-poor-prognosis-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Jiahui Si, Panpan Zhang, Dan Tian, Xing Wang, Yuanyuan Ma, Jianzhi Zhang, Lu Wang, Yue Yang
BACKGROUND: Considering neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) prior to surgery could shrink and reduce the primary tumor and distant micro-metastases to reduce the high relapses rates, NAC has been an accepted therapeutic management for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). CMTM1_v17 is highly expressed in human testis tissues and solid tumor tissues but relatively low expression was obtained in the corresponding normal tissues. This study aims to investigate the significance of CMTM1_v17 in NSCLC and its association with platinum-based NAC efficacy...
January 28, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120211/molecular-effect-of-human-umbilical-cord-blood-cd34-positive-and-cd34-negative-stem-cells-and-their-conjugate-in-azoospermic-mice
#18
Somia H Abd Allah, Heba F Pasha, Abeer A Abdelrahman, Nehad F Mazen
Currently, azoospermia is one of the most common diseases of male infertility. Stem cell research is the new hope for novel therapy with a higher degree of safety and lower cost. This study aimed to investigate the effect of umbilical cord blood-derived stem cells (" and mesenchymal "UCB-MSCs") and mono-cell layer implanted into the induced azoospermic mice testis. Stem cells were isolated from umbilical cord blood and CD34+ve cells were separated from negative one by Mini MACs column. At 5th week after single injection of busulfan, stained mesenchymal (CD34-ve), hematopoietic stem cells (CD34+ve) and their conjugate (mono-cell layer) were injected locally into testis...
January 24, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110749/contribution-of-syncytins-and-other-endogenous-retroviral-envelopes-to-human-placenta-pathologies
#19
P-A Bolze, M Mommert, F Mallet
Fusion, proliferation, angiogenesis, immune tolerance, and tissue survival are some of the critical functions involved in the physiological and pathological processes of placenta development. Strikingly, some of these properties are shared by envelope glycoproteins of retroviruses. Part of the overall retroviral world, the human retroviral heritage consists of hundred thousands of elements representing a huge amount of genetic material as compared to our 25,000 genes, whereas only a few tenths of retroviral loci still contain envelope genes exhibiting large open reading frames...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104696/systematic-characterization-of-human-testis-specific-actin-capping-protein-%C3%AE-3-as-a-possible-biomarker-for-male-infertility
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T Soda, Y Miyagawa, N Ueda, K Takezawa, H Okuda, S Fukuhara, K Fujita, H Kiuchi, M Uemura, Y Okamoto, A Tsujimura, H Tanaka, N Nonomura
STUDY QUESTION: Is actin capping protein (CP) β3 involved in human spermatogenesis and male infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: Human CPβ3 (hCPβ3) is expressed in testis, changes its localization dynamically during spermatogenesis, and has some association with male infertility. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The testis-specific α subunit of CP (CPα3) was previously identified in human, and mutations in the cpα3 gene in mouse were shown to induce malformation of the sperm head and male infertility...
January 18, 2017: Human Reproduction
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