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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786974/embryonic-exposure-to-environmentally-relevant-concentrations-of-a-brominated-flame-retardant-reduces-the-size-of-song-control-nuclei-in-a-songbird
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Margaret L Eng, Viktoria Winter, John E Elliott, Scott A MacDougall-Shackleton, Tony D Williams
Environmental contaminants have the potential to act as developmental stressors and impair development of song and the brain of songbirds, but they have been largely unstudied in this context. 2,2',4,4',5-Pentabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-99) is a brominated flame retardant congener that has demonstrated endocrine disrupting effects, and has pervaded the global environment. We assessed the effects of in ovo exposure to environmentally relevant levels of BDE-99 on the neuroanatomy of the song-control system in a model songbird species, the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata)...
May 22, 2018: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786090/crispr-off-target-analysis-in-genetically-engineered-rats-and-mice
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Keith R Anderson, Maximilian Haeussler, Colin Watanabe, Vasantharajan Janakiraman, Jessica Lund, Zora Modrusan, Jeremy Stinson, Qixin Bei, Andrew Buechler, Charles Yu, Sobha R Thamminana, Lucinda Tam, Michael-Anne Sowick, Tuija Alcantar, Natasha O'Neil, Jinjie Li, Linda Ta, Lisa Lima, Merone Roose-Girma, Xin Rairdan, Steffen Durinck, Søren Warming
Despite widespread use of CRISPR, comprehensive data on the frequency and impact of Cas9-mediated off-targets in modified rodents are limited. Here we present deep-sequencing data from 81 genome-editing projects on mouse and rat genomes at 1,423 predicted off-target sites, 32 of which were confirmed, and show that high-fidelity Cas9 versions reduced off-target mutation rates in vivo. Using whole-genome sequencing data from ten mouse embryos, treated with a single guide RNA (sgRNA), and from their genetic parents, we found 43 off-targets, 30 of which were predicted by an adapted version of GUIDE-seq...
May 21, 2018: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786036/overall-blastocyst-quality-trophectoderm-grade-and-inner-cell-mass-grade-predict-pregnancy-outcome-in-euploid-blastocyst-transfer-cycles
#3
Yan-Yu Zhao, Yang Yu, Xiao-Wei Zhang
Background: Despite recent advances that have improved the pregnancy success rates that can be achieved via in vitro fertilization (IVF) therapy, it is not yet clear which blastocyst morphological parameters best predict the outcomes of single blastocyst transfer. In addition, most of the previous studies did not exclude the effect of embryo aneuploidy on blastocysts transfer. Thus, the present study investigated the predictive value of various parameters on the pregnancy outcomes achieved via the transfer of frozen euploid blastocysts...
June 5, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785960/reduction-in-regulatory-t-cells-in-early-pregnancy-causes-uterine-artery-dysfunction-in-mice
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Alison S Care, Stephane L Bourque, Jude S Morton, Emma P Hjartarson, Sarah A Robertson, Sandra T Davidge
Preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction, and miscarriage remain important causes of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. These complications are associated with reduced numbers of a specialized T lymphocyte subset called regulatory T cells (Treg cells) in the maternal circulation, decidua, and placenta. Treg cells suppress inflammation and prevent maternal immunity toward the fetus, which expresses foreign paternal alloantigens. Treg cells are demonstrated to contribute to vascular homeostasis, but whether Treg cells influence the vascular adaptations essential for a healthy pregnancy is unknown...
May 21, 2018: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785532/comparison-of-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-outcome-with-fresh-versus-frozen-thawed-testicular-sperm-in-men-with-nonobstructive-azoospermia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Zhe Yu, Zhewen Wei, Jun Yang, Tao Wang, Hongyang Jiang, Hao Li, Zhe Tang, Shaogang Wang, Jihong Liu
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study is to explore testicular sperm cryopreservation in patients with nonobstructive azoospermia (NOA) whether affect the outcome of subsequent intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). METHODS: A systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted by searching the MEDLINE and EMBASE databases for relevant published studies in English language (1997-2017). Studies were eligible if they included the comparison of using fresh and frozen-thawed testicular sperm followed by ICSI...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785531/prevalent-genotypes-of-methylenetetrahydrofolate-reductase-mthfr-in-recurrent-miscarriage-and-recurrent-implantation-failure
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Yuanchang Zhu, Tonghua Wu, Lijun Ye, Guangui Li, Yong Zeng, Yaou Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of two common methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene polymorphisms with recurrent miscarriage (RM) and repeated implantation failure (RIF) METHODS: The study comprised of 521 patients, with a history of RM (n = 370) or RIF (n = 151). One hundred forty-four women with fallopian tube blockages who had successfully conceived after the first in vitro fertilization embryo transfer treatment served as the control group. The MTHFR alleles, genotypes, and haplotypes were assessed in different groups...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785530/azoospermia-and-embryo-morphokinetics-testicular-sperm-derived-embryos-exhibit-delays-in-early-cell-cycle-events-and-increased-arrest-prior-to-compaction
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Nina Desai, Pavinder Gill, Nicholas N Tadros, Jeffrey M Goldberg, Edmund Sabanegh, Tommaso Falcone
PURPOSE: Sperm play an essential role in embryonic genome activation and embryonic progression to blastocyst. In the present work, we focus on development of embryos created as a result of ICSI with testicular or epididymal sperm from azoospermic males and compare this to outcomes from normospermic males. The objective of this study was to determine if sperm origin influences clinical outcomes, the kinetics of embryo development, or the incidence of cleavage anomalies and multinucleation...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785002/using-single-molecule-mrna-fluorescent-in-situ-hybridization-rna-fish-to-quantify-mrnas-in-individual-murine-oocytes-and-embryos
#8
Fang Xie, Kelsey A Timme, Jennifer R Wood
Changes in abundance of mRNAs during oocyte growth and maturation and during pre-implantation embryo development have been documented using quantitative real-time RT-PCR (qPCR), microarray analyses, and whole genome sequencing. However, these techniques require amplification of mRNAs, normalization using housekeeping genes, can be biased for abundant transcripts, and/or require large numbers of oocytes and embryos which can be difficult to acquire from mammalian species. We optimized a single molecule RNA fluorescence in situ hybridization (RNA-FISH) protocol, which amplifies fluorescence signal to detect candidate transcripts, for use with individual oocytes and embryos...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784822/%C3%AE-catenin-dependent-mechanotransduction-dates-back-to-the-common-ancestor-of-cnidaria-and-bilateria
#9
Ekaterina Pukhlyakova, Andrew J Aman, Kareem Elsayad, Ulrich Technau
Although the genetic regulation of cellular differentiation processes is well established, recent studies have revealed the role of mechanotransduction on a variety of biological processes, including regulation of gene expression. However, it remains unclear how universal and widespread mechanotransduction is in embryonic development of animals. Here, we investigate mechanosensitive gene expression during gastrulation of the starlet sea anemone Nematostella vectensis , a cnidarian model organism. We show that the blastoporal marker gene brachyury is down-regulated by blocking myosin II-dependent gastrulation movements...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783715/location-location-location-signals-in-muscle-specification
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Chih-Ning Chang, Chrissa Kioussi
Muscles control body movement and locomotion, posture and body position and soft tissue support. Mesoderm derived cells gives rise to 700 unique muscles in humans as a result of well-orchestrated signaling and transcriptional networks in specific time and space. Although the anatomical structure of skeletal muscles is similar, their functions and locations are specialized. This is the result of specific signaling as the embryo grows and cells migrate to form different structures and organs. As cells progress to their next state, they suppress current sequence specific transcription factors (SSTF) and construct new networks to establish new myogenic features...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783672/synergistic-viral-replication-of-marek-s-disease-virus-and-avian-leukosis-virus-subgroup-j-is-responsible-for-the-enhanced-pathogenicity-in-the-superinfection-of-chickens
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Jing Zhou, Guo-Liang Zhao, Xiao-Man Wang, Xu-Sheng Du, Shuai Su, Chen-Gui Li, Venugopal Nair, Yong-Xiu Yao, Zi-Qiang Cheng
Superinfection of Marek's disease virus (MDV) and avian leukosis virus subgroup J (ALV-J) causes lethal neoplasia and death in chickens. However, whether there is synergism between the two viruses in viral replication and pathogenicity has remained elusive. In this study, we found that the superinfection of MDV and ALV-J increased the viral replication of the two viruses in RNA and protein level, and synergistically promoted the expression of IL-10, IL-6, and TGF-β in chicken embryo fibroblasts (CEF). Moreover, MDV and ALV-J protein expression in dual-infected cells detected by confocal laser scanning microscope appeared earlier in the cytoplasm and the nucleus, and caused more severe cytopathy than single infection, suggesting that synergistically increased MDV and ALV-J viral-protein biosynthesis is responsible for the severe cytopathy...
May 18, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783037/premature-progesterone-rise-on-day-of-hcg-negatively-correlated-with-live-birth-rate-in-ivf-cycles-an-analysis-of-1-022-cycles
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Lepage Julien, Keromnès Gwenola, Sylvie Epelboin, Luton Dominique, Yazbeck Chadi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between serum P levels on the day of hCG administration and pregnancy outcomes in patients undergoing IVF. DESIGN: Retrospective study SETTING: Teaching hospital PATIENTS: A total of 1022 IVF-ICSI cycles, frozen embryo transfer excluded INTERVENTION(S):: Patients- all types of responder - underwent IVF with agonist or antagonist protocols. Clinical outcomes of IVF were analyzed according to plasma P levels. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Ongoing pregnancy rates...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782934/effects-of-copper-and-arsenic-stress-on-the-development-of-norway-spruce-somatic-embryos-and-their-visualization-with-the-environmental-scanning-electron-microscope
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Biljana Đorđević, Vilém Neděla, Eva Tihlaříková, Václav Trojan, Ladislav Havel
Somatic embryogenesis is an important biotechnological technique which can be used in studies associated with environmental stress. Four embryogenic cell lines of Norway spruce were grown on media enriched with copper and arsenic in concentration ranges 50-500 μM and 10-50 μM, respectively. The effects were observed during subsequent stages of somatic embryogenesis, the characteristics evaluated being proliferation potential, average number of somatic embryos obtained per g/fresh weight, morphology of developed somatic embryos, metal uptake, and microanalysis of macro- and micronutrients uptake...
May 18, 2018: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782916/identification-of-amino-acid-residues-in-infectious-hematopoietic-necrosis-virus-ihnv-nv-protein-necessary-for-viral-replication-and-pathogenicity
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Yang Wu, Li Wang, Tiantian Guo, Yanping Jiang, Xinyuan Qiao, Li Sun, Min Liu, Lijie Tang, Yigang Xu, Yijing Li
Our previous studies demonstrated that the nonstructural NV protein of infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV) was essential for efficient viral replication and pathogenicity, and that the amino acid residues 32 EGDL35 of the NV protein were responsible for nuclear localization, and played important roles in suppressing IFN and inhibiting NF-κB activity. However, little is known about the influence of 32 EGDL35 on IHNV replication and pathogenicity. In the present study, two recombinant IHNV strains with deletions of NV 32 EGDL35 were generated and the effect on IHNV replication and pathogenicity was explored...
May 18, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782192/the-histone-deacetylase-inhibitor-ci994-improves-nuclear-reprogramming-and-in-vitro-developmental-potential-of-cloned-pig-embryos
#15
Long Jin, Qing Guo, Guang-Lei Zhang, Xiao-Xu Xing, Mei-Fu Xuan, Qi-Rong Luo, Zhao-Bo Luo, Jun-Xia Wang, Xi-Jun Yin, Jin-Dan Kang
Epigenetic reprogramming and somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) cloning efficiency were recently enhanced using histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACis). In this study, we investigated the time effect of CI994, an HDACi, on the blastocyst formation rate, acetylation levels of H3K9 and H4K12, DNA methylation levels of anti-5-methylcytosine (5mC), and some mRNA expression of pluripotency-related genes in pig SCNT embryos. Treatment with 10 μM CI994 for 24 hours significantly improved the blastocyst formation rate of SCNT embryos in comparison with the untreated group (p < 0...
May 21, 2018: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782139/obstetric-outcomes-after-fresh-versus-frozen-thawed-embryo-transfers-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#16
Matheus Roque, Marcello Valle, Marcos Sampaio, Selmo Geber
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if there are differences in the risks of obstetric outcomes in IVF/ICSI singleton pregnancies when compared fresh to frozen-thawed embryo transfers (FET). METHODS: This was a systematic review and meta-analysis evaluating the obstetric outcomes in singleton pregnancies after FET and fresh embryo transfer. The outcomes included in this study were pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH), pre-eclampsia, placenta previa, and placenta accreta. RESULTS: The search yielded 654 papers, 6 of which met the inclusion criteria and reported on obstetric outcomes...
May 21, 2018: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781739/preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-as-a-strategy-to-prevent-having-a-child-born-with-an-heritable-eye-disease
#17
Claudia Yahalom, Michal Macarov, Galit Lazer-Derbeko, Gheona Altarescu, Tal Imbar, Jordana H Hyman, Talia Eldar-Geva, Anat Blumenfeld
BACKGROUND: In developed countries, genetically inherited eye diseases are responsible for a high percentage of childhood visual impairment. We aim to report our experience using preimplantation genetic diagnostics (PGD) in order to avoid transmitting a genetic form of eye disease associated with childhood visual impairment and ocular cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective case series of women who underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF) and PGD due to a familial history of inherited eye disease and/or ocular cancer, in order to avoid having a child affected with the known familial disease...
May 21, 2018: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781253/developmental-plasticity-in-reptiles-insights-from-temperature-dependent-gene-expression-in-wall-lizard-embryos
#18
Nathalie Feiner, Alfredo Rago, Geoffrey M While, Tobias Uller
Many features of the development of reptiles are affected by temperature, but very little is known about how incubation temperature affects gene expression. Here, we provide a detailed case study of gene expression profiles in common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis) embryos developing at stressfully low (15°C) versus benign (24°C) temperature. For maximum comparability between the two temperature regimes, we selected a precise developmental stage early in embryogenesis defined by the number of somites. We used a split-clutch design and lizards from four different populations to evaluate the robustness of temperature-responsive gene expression profiles...
May 20, 2018: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological and Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781215/strap-deficiency-impairs-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells-lineage-commitment-through-cyp26a1-mediated-retinoic-acid-homeostasis
#19
Lin Jin, Chenbei Chang, Kevin M Pawlik, Arunima Datta, Larry M Johnson, Trung Vu, Joseph L Napoli, Pran K Datta
Retinoic acid (RA) signaling is essential for the differentiation of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and vertebrate development. RA biosynthesis and metabolism are controlled by a series of enzymes, but the molecular regulators of these enzymes remain largely obscure. In this study, we investigated the functional role of the WD-domain protein STRAP (serine threonine kinase receptor-associated protein) in the pluripotency and lineage commitment of murine ESCs. We generated Strap knockout (KO) mouse ESCs and subjected them to spontaneous differentiation...
May 21, 2018: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781132/egr2-mediates-the-differentiation-of-mouse-uterine-stromal-cells-responsiveness-to-hb-egf-during-decidualization
#20
Liang Yue, Hai-Fan Yu, Zhan-Qing Yang, Xue-Chao Tian, Lian-Wen Zheng, Bin Guo
Although Egr2 is involved in regulating the folliculogenesis and ovulation, there is almost no data describing its physiological function in embryo implantation and decidualization. Here, we showed that Egr2 mRNA was distinctly accumulated in subluminal stromal cells around implanting blastocyst on day 5 of pregnancy as well as in estrogen-activated implantation uterus. Estrogen induced the expression of Egr2 in uterine epithelia. Elevated expression of Egr2 mRNA was also observed in the decidual cells. Silencing of Egr2 by specific siRNA weakened the proliferation of uterine stromal cells and reduced the expression of Ccnd1, Ccnd3, Cdk4, and Cdk6...
May 20, 2018: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
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