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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649393/single-cell-transcriptome-of-early-embryos-and-cultured-embryonic-stem-cells-of-cynomolgus-monkeys
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Tomonori Nakamura, Yukihiro Yabuta, Ikuhiro Okamoto, Kotaro Sasaki, Chizuru Iwatani, Hideaki Tsuchiya, Mitinori Saitou
In mammals, the development of pluripotency and specification of primordial germ cells (PGCs) have been studied predominantly using mice as a model organism. However, divergences among mammalian species for such processes have begun to be recognized. Between humans and mice, pre-implantation development appears relatively similar, but the manner and morphology of post-implantation development are significantly different. Nevertheless, the embryogenesis just after implantation in primates, including the specification of PGCs, has been unexplored due to the difficulties in analyzing the embryos at relevant developmental stages...
2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648898/genome-wide-single-cell-dna-methylomics-reveals-increased-non-cpg-methylation-during-human-oocyte-maturation
#2
Bo Yu, Xiao Dong, Silvia Gravina, Önder Kartal, Timothy Schimmel, Jacques Cohen, Drew Tortoriello, Raifa Zody, R David Hawkins, Jan Vijg
The establishment of DNA methylation patterns in oocytes is a highly dynamic process marking gene-regulatory events during fertilization, embryonic development, and adulthood. However, after epigenetic reprogramming in primordial germ cells, how and when DNA methylation is re-established in developing human oocytes remains to be characterized. Here, using single-cell whole-genome bisulfite sequencing, we describe DNA methylation patterns in three different maturation stages of human oocytes. We found that while broad-scale patterns of CpG methylation have been largely established by the immature germinal vesicle stage, localized changes continue into later development...
June 19, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643257/genome-editing-mediated-by-primordial-germ-cell-in-chicken
#3
Jae Yong Han, Hong Jo Lee
Rapid development of genome editing technology has facilitated the studies on exploring specific gene functions and establishment of model animals. In livestock, the technology has contributed to create high value in industry fields, e.g., enhancing productivity or acquiring the resistance against disease. Meanwhile, genome editing in avian species has been emphasized because of their applicable possibilities in terms of highly productive chickens, disease-controlled avian lines, and development of novel biological models...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627120/new-insights-into-human-primordial-germ-cells-and-early-embryonic-development-from-single-cell-analysis
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REVIEW
Jörg Otte, Wasco Wruck, James Adjaye
Human preimplantation developmental studies are difficult to accomplish due to associated ethical and moral issues. Preimplantation cells are rare and exist only in transient cell states. From a single cell, it is very challenging to analyse the origination of the heterogeneity and complexity inherent to the human body. However, recent advances in single-cell technology and data analysis have provided new insights into the process of early human development and germ cell specification. In this Review, we examine the latest single-cell datasets of human preimplantation embryos and germ cell development, compare them to bulk cell analyses, and interpret their biological implications...
June 18, 2017: FEBS Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624458/dna-hypomethylation-circuit-of-mouse-rdna-repeats-in-the-germ-cell-lineage
#5
Asuka Furuta, Toshinobu Nakamura
DNA methylation is dynamically reprogrammed at two developmental periods, in primordial germ cells and pre-implantation embryos, via distinct phases of DNA demethylation and de novo methylation. Here we show that ribosomal DNA (rDNA) promoters are hypomethylated in sperm and oocytes; this hypomethyaltion was maintained during pre-implantation development. A DNA methylation analysis of embryonic and extra-embryonic cells on embryonic day 7.5 (E7.5) revealed that the rDNA promoter was slightly methylated in embryonic and extra-embryonic regions...
June 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612505/set-domain-containing-protein-5-is-required-for-expression-of-primordial-germ-cell-specification-associated-genes-in-murine-embryonic-stem-cells
#6
Seung Eun Yu, Min Seong Kim, Su Hyung Park, Byong Chul Yoo, Kyung Hee Kim, Yeun Kyu Jang
Primordial germ cell (PGC) specification is one of the most fundamental processes in developmental biology. Because PGCs are a common source of both gametes, generation of PGCs from embryonic stem cells (ESCs) is a useful model for analysing the germ line lineage. Although several studies focused on the role of epigenetic regulation on PGC differentiation from ESCs in vitro have been published, germ line commitment remains poorly understood. Here, we show that SET domain-containing protein (Setd5), which has a previously unknown function, is essential for regulating germ cell-associated genes in murine ESCs (mESCs)...
June 13, 2017: Cell Biochemistry and Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607482/principles-of-early-human-development-and-germ-cell-program-from-conserved-model-systems
#7
Toshihiro Kobayashi, Haixin Zhang, Walfred W C Tang, Naoko Irie, Sarah Withey, Doris Klisch, Anastasiya Sybirna, Sabine Dietmann, David A Contreras, Robert Webb, Cinzia Allegrucci, Ramiro Alberio, M Azim Surani
Human primordial germ cells (hPGCs), the precursors of sperm and eggs, originate during weeks 2-3 of early post-implantation development. Using in vitro models of hPGC induction, recent studies have suggested that there are marked mechanistic differences in the specification of human and mouse PGCs. This may be due in part to the divergence in their pluripotency networks and early post-implantation development. As early human embryos are not accessible for direct study, we considered alternatives including porcine embryos that, as in humans, develop as bilaminar embryonic discs...
June 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604728/identification-of-19-new-risk-loci-and-potential-regulatory-mechanisms-influencing-susceptibility-to-testicular-germ-cell-tumor
#8
Kevin Litchfield, Max Levy, Giulia Orlando, Chey Loveday, Philip J Law, Gabriele Migliorini, Amy Holroyd, Peter Broderick, Robert Karlsson, Trine B Haugen, Wenche Kristiansen, Jérémie Nsengimana, Kerry Fenwick, Ioannis Assiotis, ZSofia Kote-Jarai, Alison M Dunning, Kenneth Muir, Julian Peto, Rosalind Eeles, Douglas F Easton, Darshna Dudakia, Nick Orr, Nora Pashayan, D Timothy Bishop, Alison Reid, Robert A Huddart, Janet Shipley, Tom Grotmol, Fredrik Wiklund, Richard S Houlston, Clare Turnbull
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have transformed understanding of susceptibility to testicular germ cell tumors (TGCTs), but much of the heritability remains unexplained. Here we report a new GWAS, a meta-analysis with previous GWAS and a replication series, totaling 7,319 TGCT cases and 23,082 controls. We identify 19 new TGCT risk loci, roughly doubling the number of known TGCT risk loci to 44. By performing in situ Hi-C in TGCT cells, we provide evidence for a network of physical interactions among all 44 TGCT risk SNPs and candidate causal genes...
June 12, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604658/in-vitro-differentiation-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-into-ovarian-follicle-like-cells
#9
Dajung Jung, Jie Xiong, Min Ye, Xunsi Qin, Lin Li, Shunfeng Cheng, Mengyuan Luo, Jia Peng, Ji Dong, Fuchou Tang, Wei Shen, Martin M Matzuk, Kehkooi Kee
Understanding the unique mechanisms of human oogenesis necessitates the development of an in vitro system of stem cell differentiation into oocytes. Specialized cell types and organoids have been derived from human pluripotent stem cells in vitro, but generating a human ovarian follicle remains a challenge. Here we report that human embryonic stem cells can be induced to differentiate into ovarian follicle-like cells (FLCs) in vitro. First, we find that two RNA-binding proteins specifically expressed in germ cells, DAZL and BOULE, regulate the exit from pluripotency and entry into meiosis...
June 12, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597334/jak-stat-signaling-regulation-of-chicken-embryonic-stem-cell-differentiation-into-male-germ-cells
#10
Yu Zhang, Lei Zhang, Qisheng Zuo, Yinjie Wang, Yani Zhang, Qi Xu, Bichun Li, Guohong Chen
The Janus kinase-signal transducer and activator of transcription (JAK-STAT) signaling is crucial in chicken germ stem cell differentiation, but its role in the regulation of germ cell differentiation is unknown. To address this, cucurbitacin I or interleukin 6 was used to inhibit or activate JAK-STAT signaling during embryonic stem cells (ESCs) differentiation. The expression of downstream JAK-STAT signaling molecules was assessed by Western blotting and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR)...
June 8, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591649/activation-of-lineage-regulators-and-transposable-elements-across-a%C3%A2-pluripotent-spectrum
#11
Jamie A Hackett, Toshihiro Kobayashi, Sabine Dietmann, M Azim Surani
Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are characterized by the pluripotent capacity to generate all embryonic lineages. Here, we show that ESCs can occupy a spectrum of distinct transcriptional and epigenetic states in response to varied extrinsic conditions. This spectrum broadly corresponds to a developmental continuum of pluripotency and is coupled with a gradient of increasing global DNA methylation. Each pluripotent state is linked with activation of distinct classes of transposable elements (TEs), which in turn influence ESCs through generating chimeric transcripts...
June 6, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591571/global-hypertranscription-in-the-mouse-embryonic-germline
#12
Michelle Percharde, Priscilla Wong, Miguel Ramalho-Santos
Primordial germ cells (PGCs) are vital for inheritance and evolution. Their transcriptional program has been extensively studied and is assumed to be well known. We report here a remarkable global upregulation of the transcriptome of mouse PGCs compared to somatic cells. Using cell-number-normalized genome-wide analyses, we uncover significant transcriptional amplification in PGCs, including mRNAs, rRNA, and transposable elements. Hypertranscription preserves tissue-specific gene expression patterns, correlates with cell size, and can still be detected in E15...
June 6, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590408/tdrd12-is-essential-for-germ-cell-development-and-maintenance-in-zebrafish
#13
Xiangyan Dai, Yuqin Shu, Qiyong Lou, Qiang Tian, Gang Zhai, Jia Song, Suxiang Lu, Hong Yu, Jiangyan He, Zhan Yin
The regularity of Piwi-interacting RNA (piRNA) biogenesis is crucial to germline development. Functioning as Piwi-interacting proteins, Tudor domain-related proteins (Tdrds) have been demonstrated to be involved in spermatogenesis and the piRNA pathway. In this study, zebrafish tdrd12 was identified, and the maternal and germ cell-specific expression patterns of zebrafish tdrd12 were observed. Utilizing TALEN (transcription activator-like effector nuclease) techniques, two independent tdrd12 mutant zebrafish lines were generated...
June 7, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586710/regulation-of-gastrulation-movements-by-emergent-cell-and-tissue-interactions
#14
REVIEW
Margot Lk Williams, Lilianna Solnica-Krezel
It is during gastrulation that the primordial germ layers are specified, embryonic axes become morphologically manifest, and the embryonic body plan begins to take shape. As morphogenetic movements push and pull nascent tissues into position within the gastrula, new interactions are established between neighboring cells and tissues. These interactions represent an emergent property within gastrulating embryos, and serve to regulate and promote ensuing morphogenesis that establishes the next set of cell/tissue contacts, and so on...
June 3, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584112/causes-and-evolutionary-consequences-of-primordial-germ-cell-specification-mode-in-metazoans
#15
Carrie A Whittle, Cassandra G Extavour
In animals, primordial germ cells (PGCs) give rise to the germ lines, the cell lineages that produce sperm and eggs. PGCs form in embryogenesis, typically by one of two modes: a likely ancestral mode wherein germ cells are induced during embryogenesis by cell-cell signaling (induction) or a derived mechanism whereby germ cells are specified by using germ plasm-that is, maternally specified germ-line determinants (inheritance). The causes of the shift to germ plasm for PGC specification in some animal clades remain largely unknown, but its repeated convergent evolution raises the question of whether it may result from or confer an innate selective advantage...
June 6, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582519/x-chromosome-inactivation-in-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-as-a-model-for-human-development-back-to-the-drawing-board
#16
Mieke Geens, Susana M Chuva De Sousa Lopes
BACKGROUND: Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC), both embryonic and induced (hESC and hiPSC), are regarded as a valuable in vitro model for early human development. In order to fulfil this promise, it is important that these cells mimic as closely as possible the in vivo molecular events, both at the genetic and epigenetic level. One of the most important epigenetic events during early human development is X chromosome inactivation (XCI), the transcriptional silencing of one of the two X chromosomes in female cells...
June 5, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579394/primate-primordial-germ-cells-acquire-transplantation-potential-by-carnegie-stage-23
#17
Amander T Clark, Sofia Gkountela, Di Chen, Wanlu Liu, Enrique Sosa, Meena Sukhwani, Jon D Hennebold, Kyle E Orwig
Primordial germ cells (PGCs) are the earliest embryonic progenitors in the germline. Correct formation of PGCs is critical to reproductive health as an adult. Recent work has shown that primate PGCs can be differentiated from pluripotent stem cells; however, a bioassay that supports their identity as transplantable germ cells has not been reported. Here, we adopted a xenotransplantation assay by transplanting single-cell suspensions of human and nonhuman primate embryonic Macaca mulatta (rhesus macaque) testes containing PGCs into the seminiferous tubules of adult busulfan-treated nude mice...
May 22, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561774/salt-sensitive-tet-off-like-systems-to-knockdown-primordial-germ-cell-genes-for-repressible-transgenic-sterilization-in-channel-catfish-ictalurus-punctatus
#18
Hanbo Li, Baofeng Su, Guyu Qin, Zhi Ye, Ahmed Alsaqufi, Dayan A Perera, Mei Shang, Ramjie Odin, Khoi Vo, David Drescher, Dalton Robinson, Dan Zhang, Nermeen Abass, Rex A Dunham
Repressible knockdown approaches were investigated for transgenic sterilization in channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus. Two primordial germ cell (PGC) marker genes, nanos and dead end, were targeted for knockdown, and an off-target gene, vasa, was monitored. Two potentially salt sensitive repressible promoters, zebrafish adenylosuccinate synthase 2 (ADSS) and zebrafish racemase (Rm), were each coupled with four knockdown strategies: ds-sh RNA targeting the 5' end (N1) or 3' end (N2) of channel catfish nanos, full-length cDNA sequence of channel catfish nanos for overexpression (cDNA) and ds-sh RNA targeting channel catfish dead end (DND)...
May 31, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559416/in-vitro-expansion-of-mouse-primordial-germ-cell-like-cells-recapitulates-an-epigenetic-blank-slate
#19
Hiroshi Ohta, Kazuki Kurimoto, Ikuhiro Okamoto, Tomonori Nakamura, Yukihiro Yabuta, Hidetaka Miyauchi, Takuya Yamamoto, Yukiko Okuno, Masatoshi Hagiwara, Kenjiro Shirane, Hiroyuki Sasaki, Mitinori Saitou
The expansion of primordial germ cells (PGCs), the precursors for the oocytes and spermatozoa, is a key challenge in reproductive biology/medicine. Using a chemical screening exploiting PGC-like cells (PGCLCs) induced from mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs), we here identify key signaling pathways critical for PGCLC proliferation. We show that the combinatorial application of Forskolin and Rolipram, which stimulate cAMP signaling via different mechanisms, expands PGCLCs up to ~50-fold in culture. The expanded PGCLCs maintain robust capacity for spermatogenesis, rescuing the fertility of infertile mice...
May 30, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552778/the-impact-of-zearalenone-on-the-meiotic-progression-and-primordial-follicle-assembly-during-early-oogenesis
#20
Ke-Han Liu, Xiao-Feng Sun, Yan-Zhong Feng, Shun-Feng Cheng, Bo Li, Ya-Peng Li, Wei Shen, Lan Li
Zearalenone (ZEA) is a mycotoxin produced by fusarium graminearum. It can cause abnormal reproductive function by acting as an environmental estrogen. Research has traditionally focused on acute and chronic injury on mammalian reproductive capacity after ZEA treatment. Little research has been done studying the effects of ZEA exposure on early oogenesis. In this study, we investigate the effects of ZEA exposure on meiotic entry, DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs), and primordial follicle assembly during murine early oogenesis...
May 26, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
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