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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329412/lhx8-ablation-leads-to-massive-autophagy-of-mouse-oocytes-associated-with-dna-damage
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Emanuele Pelosi, Laura D'Ignazio, Marc Michel, Melissa Beyer, Kassimier Thompson, Antonino Forabosco, David Schlessinger
Following proliferation of oogonia in mammals, great numbers of germ cells are discarded, primarily by apoptosis, while the remainder form primordial follicles (the ovarian reserve) that determine fertility and reproductive lifespan. More massive, rapid, and essentially total loss of oocytes, however, occurs when the transcription factor Lhx8 is ablated-though the cause and mechanism of germ cell loss from the Lhx8-/- ovaries has been unknown. We found that Lhx8-/- ovaries maintain the same number of germ cells throughout embryonic development; rapid decrease in the pool of oocytes starts shortly before birth...
January 10, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324254/prdm14-is-expressed-in-germ-cell-tumors-with-constitutive-overexpression-altering-human-germline-differentiation-and-proliferation
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Joanna J Gell, Jasmine Zhao, Di Chen, Timothy J Hunt, Amander T Clark
Germ cell tumors (GCTs) are a heterogeneous group of tumors occurring in gonadal and extragonadal locations. GCTs are hypothesized to arise from primordial germ cells (PGCs), which fail to differentiate. One recently identified susceptibility loci for human GCT is PR (PRDI-BF1 and RIZ) domain proteins 14 (PRDM14). PRDM14 is expressed in early primate PGCs and is repressed as PGCs differentiate. To examine PRDM14 in human GCTs we profiled human GCT cell lines and patient samples and discovered that PRDM14 is expressed in embryonal carcinoma cell lines, embryonal carcinomas, seminomas, intracranial germinomas and yolk sac tumors, but is not expressed in teratomas...
January 4, 2018: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320730/esrrb-complementation-rescues-development-of-nanog-null-germ-cells
#3
Man Zhang, Harry G Leitch, Walfred W C Tang, Nicola Festuccia, Elisa Hall-Ponsele, Jennifer Nichols, M Azim Surani, Austin Smith, Ian Chambers
The transcription factors (TFs) Nanog and Esrrb play important roles in embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and during primordial germ-cell (PGC) development. Esrrb is a positively regulated direct target of NANOG in ESCs that can substitute qualitatively for Nanog function in ESCs. Whether this functional substitution extends to the germline is unknown. Here, we show that germline deletion of Nanog reduces PGC numbers 5-fold at midgestation. Despite this quantitative depletion, Nanog-null PGCs can complete germline development in contrast to previous findings...
January 9, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315416/human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-and-male-infertility-an-overview-of-current-progress-and-perspectives
#4
Fang Fang, Zili Li, Qian Zhao, Honggang Li, Chengliang Xiong
Recently, significant progress has been made in ART for the treatment of male infertility. However, current ART has failed to help infertile patients with non-obstructive azoospermia, unless donor sperm is used. In fact, most couples wish to have their own genetically related child. Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) can be generated from patients' somatic cells and in vitro derivation of functional germ cells from patient-specific iPSCs may provide new therapeutic strategies for infertile couples...
January 5, 2018: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304868/further-characterization-of-adult-sheep-ovarian-stem-cells-and-their-involvement-in-neo-oogenesis-and-follicle-assembly
#5
Hiren Patel, Deepa Bhartiya, Seema Parte
BACKGROUND: Stem cells in the ovary comprise of two distinct populations including very small embryonic-like stem cells (VSELs) and slightly bigger progenitors termed ovarian stem cells (OSCs). They are lodged in ovary surface epithelium (OSE) and are expected to undergo neo-oogenesis and primordial follicle (PF) assembly in adult ovaries. The ovarian stem cells express follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) receptors and are directly activated by FSH resulting in formation of germ cell nests (GCN) in vitro...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Ovarian Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299873/single-cell-expression-profiling-and-proteomics-of-primordial-germ-cells-spermatogonial-stem-cells-adult-germ-stem-cells-and-oocytes
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Sabine Conrad, Hossein Azizi, Thomas Skutella
The mammalian germ cells, cell assemblies, tissues, and organs during development and maturation have been extensively studied at the tissue level. However, to investigate and understand the fundamental insights at the molecular basis of germ and stem cells, their cell fate plasticity, and determination, it is of most importance to analyze at the large scale on the single-cell level through different biological windows. Here, modern molecular techniques optimized for single-cell analysis, including single fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) and single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) or microfluidic high-throughput quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) for single-cell gene expression and liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MSMS) for protein profiling, have been established and are still getting optimized...
January 4, 2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295863/chicken-nanog-self-associates-via-a-novel-folding-upon-binding-mechanism
#7
Hee Jung Choi, Iktae Kim, Hong Jo Lee, Young Hyun Park, Jeong-Yong Suh, Jae Yong Han
NANOG plays a pivotal role in pluripotency acquisition and lineage specification in higher vertebrates, and its expression is restricted to primordial germ cells (PGCs) during early embryonic development. Mammalian NANOG self-associates via conserved tryptophan-repeat motifs in the C-terminal domain (CTD) to maintain pluripotency. Avian NANOG, however, lacks the conserved motifs, and the molecular mechanism underlying the biologic function is not clearly understood. Here, using spectroscopic and biochemical methods as well as cell-based assays, we report that chicken NANOG (cNANOG) oligomerizes through its CTD via a novel folding-upon-binding mechanism...
January 2, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278271/maternal-nanos-dependent-rna-stabilization-in-the-primordial-germ-cells-of-drosophila-embryos
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Seiko Sugimori, Yuji Kumata, Satoru Kobayashi
Nanos (Nos) is an evolutionary conserved protein expressed in the germline of various animal species. In Drosophila, maternal Nos protein is essential for germline development. In the germline progenitors, or the primordial germ cells (PGCs), Nos binds to the 3' UTR of target mRNAs to repress their translation. In contrast to this prevailing role of Nos, here we report that the 3' UTR of CG32425 mRNA mediates Nos-dependent RNA stabilization in PGCs. We found that the level of mRNA expressed from a reporter gene fused to the CG32425 3' UTR was significantly reduced in PGCs lacking maternal Nos (nos PGCs) as compared with normal PGCs...
December 26, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276317/cryobanking-of-aquatic-species
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Sonia Martínez-Páramo, Ákos Horváth, Catherine Labbé, Tiantian Zhang, Vanesa Robles, Paz Herráez, Marc Suquet, Serean Adams, Ana Viveiros, Terrence R Tiersch, Elsa Cabrita
This review is focused on the applications of genome cryobanking of aquatic species including freshwater and marine fish, as well as invertebrates. It also reviews the latest advances in cryobanking of model species, widely used by the scientific community worldwide, because of their applications in several fields. The state of the art of cryopreservation of different cellular types (sperm, oocytes, embryos, somatic cells and primordial germ cells or early spermatogonia) is discussed focusing on the advantages and disadvantages of each procedure according to different applications...
April 1, 2017: Aquaculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259864/an-up-date-on-epigenetic-and-molecular-markers-in-testicular-germ-cell-tumors
#10
Paolo Chieffi
Testicular germ cell tumor (TGCT) is the most common solid malignancy occurring in young men between 20 and 34 years of age, and its incidence has increased significantly over the last decades. Clinically several types of immunohistochemical markers are useful and sensitive. These new biomarkers are genes expressed in primordial germ cells/gonocytes and embryonic pluripotency-related cells but not in normal adult germ cells and they include OCT3/4, HMGA1 and 2, NANOG, SOX2, and LIN28. Gene expression in TGCT is regulated, at least in part, by DNA and histone modifications, and the epigenetic profile of these tumours is characterised by genome-wide demethylation...
November 2017: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243844/in-vitro-improvement-of-quail-primordial-germ-cell-expansion-through-activation-of-tgf-beta-signaling-pathway
#11
Saeed Yakhkeshi, Shaban Rahimi, Mohsen Sharafi, Seyedeh-Nafiseh Hassani, Sara Taleahmad, Abdolhossein Shahverdi, Hossein Baharvand
Avian primordial germ cells (PGCs) have valuable potentials to cell-based approaches for transgenic bird production. In this regard, improvement of avian PGC expansion in vitro is necessary. Among experimental avian species, quail is a good model for transgenic technology, especially due to its short generation time. In the present study, we have examined the proliferative effects of transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) on the quail PGCs. After isolation of quail PGCs from blood [Hamburger-Hamilton (HH stages 13-15)] and gonads (HH stages 28-30), these cells were cultured on quail embryonic fibroblasts (QEF)...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242197/jak-signaling-regulates-germline-cyst-breakdown-and-primordial-follicle-formation-in-mice
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Kun Huang, Ye Wang, Tuo Zhang, Meina He, Guanghong Sun, Jia Wen, Hao Yan, Han Cai, Changfu Yong, Guoliang Xia, Chao Wang
In female mammals, primordial follicles consist of two types of cells, namely, oocytes and pregranulosa cells that surround the oocytes. The size of the primordial follicle pool determines the reproductive ability of female mammals. However, the underlying mechanisms controlling primordial follicle assembly remain unclear. In this study, we show that oocyte-derived Janus kinase (JAK) signaling is vital for germline cyst breakdown and primordial follicle formation in vitro JAK2 and JAK3 activity is increased while germline cysts are breaking down...
December 14, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231997/immortalization-of-canine-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-their-seminiferous-tubule-transplantation
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Jia Fang, Yudong Wei, Xin Teng, Shanting Zhao, Jinlian Hua
Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSCs) are proven to provide good effects in numerous tissue engineering application and other cell-based therapies. However, the difficulty in the proliferation of ADSCs, known as the "Hayflick limit" in vitro, limits their clinical application. Here, we immortalized canine ADSCs (cADSCs) with SV40 gene and transplanted them into busulfan-induced seminiferous tubules of infertile mice. The proliferation of these immortalized cells was improved significantly. Then, cellular differentiation assays showed that the immortalized cADSCs could differentiate into three-germ-layer cells, osteogenesis, chondrogenesis, adipogenesis phenotypes, and primordial germ cell-like cells (PGCLCs)...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197384/involvement-of-the-bone-morphogenic-protein-smad-signaling-pathway-in-the-etiology-of-congenital-anomalies-of-the-kidney-and-urinary-tract-accompanied-by-cryptorchidism
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Kentaro Mizuno, Akihiro Nakane, Hidenori Nishio, Yoshinobu Moritoki, Hideyuki Kamisawa, Satoshi Kurokawa, Taiki Kato, Ryosuke Ando, Tetsuji Maruyama, Takahiro Yasui, Yutaro Hayashi
BACKGROUND: Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT), such as renal dysplasia, hydronephrosis, or vesicoureteral reflux, are the most common causes of end-stage renal disease. However, the genetic etiology of CAKUT remains unclear. In this study, we performed whole exome sequencing (WES) to elucidate the genetic etiology of symptomatic CAKUT and CAKUT accompanied by cryptorchidism. METHODS: Three patients with unilateral renal dysplasia accompanied by ipsilateral cryptorchidism were included in this analysis...
December 2, 2017: BMC Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187591/microrna-dynamics-at-the-onset-of-primordial-germ-and-somatic-cells-sex-differentiation-during-mouse-embryonic-gonad-development
#15
Daniel Fernandez-Perez, Miguel Angel Brieño-Enriquez, Javier Isoler-Alcaraz, Eduardo Larriba, Jesus Del Mazo
IIn mammals, commitment and specification of germ cell lines implies involves complex programs that include sex differentiation, control of proliferation and meiotic initiation. Regulation of these processes is genetically controlled by fine-tuned mechanisms of gene regulation in which microRNAs (miRNAs) are involved. We have characterized, by small-RNAseq and bioinformatics analyses, the miRNA expression patterns of male and female mouse Primordial Germ Cells (PGCs) and gonadal somatic cells at embryonic stages: E11...
November 29, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173819/bleb-expansion-in-migrating-cells-depends-on-supply-of-membrane-from-cell-surface-invaginations
#16
Mohammad Goudarzi, Katsiaryna Tarbashevich, Karina Mildner, Isabell Begemann, Jamie Garcia, Azadeh Paksa, Michal Reichman-Fried, Harsha Mahabaleshwar, Heiko Blaser, Johannes Hartwig, Dagmar Zeuschner, Milos Galic, Michel Bagnat, Timo Betz, Erez Raz
Cell migration is essential for morphogenesis, organ formation, and homeostasis, with relevance for clinical conditions. The migration of primordial germ cells (PGCs) is a useful model for studying this process in the context of the developing embryo. Zebrafish PGC migration depends on the formation of cellular protrusions in form of blebs, a type of protrusion found in various cell types. Here we report on the mechanisms allowing the inflation of the membrane during bleb formation. We show that the rapid expansion of the protrusion depends on membrane invaginations that are localized preferentially at the cell front...
November 21, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168388/primer-in-genetics-and-genomics-article-6-basics-of-epigenetic-control
#17
Kristen L Fessele, Fay Wright
The epigenome is a collection of chemical compounds that attach to and overlay the DNA sequence to direct gene expression. Epigenetic marks do not alter DNA sequence but instead allow or silence gene activity and the subsequent production of proteins that guide the growth and development of an organism, direct and maintain cell identity, and allow for the production of primordial germ cells (PGCs; ova and spermatozoa). The three main epigenetic marks are (1) histone modification, (2) DNA methylation, and (3) noncoding RNA, and each works in a different way to regulate gene expression...
January 1, 2017: Biological Research for Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160922/igf1r-signalling-in-testicular-germ-cell-tumour-cells-impacts-on-cell-survival-and-acquired-cisplatin-resistance
#18
Joanna Selfe, Neil C Goddard, Alan McIntyre, Kathryn R Taylor, Jane Renshaw, Sergey D Popov, Khin Thway, Brenda Summersgill, Robert A Huddart, Duncan C Gilbert, Janet M Shipley
Testicular germ cell tumours (TGCT) are the most frequent malignancy and cause of death from solid tumours in the 20-40 year age group. Although most cases show sensitivity to cis-platinum-based chemotherapy, this is associated with long-term toxicities and chemo-resistance. Roles for receptor tyrosine kinases other than KIT are largely unknown in TGCT. We therefore conducted a phosphoproteomic screen and identified the insulin growth factor receptor-1 (IGF1R) as both highly expressed and activated in TGCT cell lines representing the non-seminomatous subtype...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158442/the-xenopus-primordial-germ-cell-transcriptome-identifies-sox7-a-novel-role-in-early-pgc-development
#19
Amanda M Butler, Dawn A Owens, Lingyu Wang, Mary Lou King
Xenopus primordial germ cells (PGCs) are determined by the presence of maternally derived germ plasm. Germ plasm components both protect PGCs from somatic differentiation and begin a unique gene expression program. Segregation of the germline from the endodermal lineage occurs during gastrulation, and PGCs subsequently initiate zygotic transcription. However, the gene-network(s) that operate to both preserve and promote germline differentiation are poorly understood. Here, we utilized RNA-sequencing analysis to comprehensively interrogate PGC and neighboring endoderm cell mRNAs after lineage segregation...
November 20, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157935/a-quiet-space-during-rush-hour-quiescence-in-primordial-germ-cells
#20
Nathalie Oulhen, Gary Wessel
Quiescence is a common character in stem cells. Low cellular activity in these cells may function to minimize the potential damaging effects of oxidative stress, reduce the number of cells needed for tissue replenishment, and as a consequence, perhaps occupy unique niches. Quiescent stem cells are found in many adult human tissues, the hematopoietic stem cells are paradigmatic, and more recently it appears that stem cell of the germ line in many animals display quiescence characters. Here we explore the diversity of quiescence phenotypes in primordial germ cells, leveraging the diverse mechanisms of germ cell formation to extract evolutionary significance to common processes...
November 7, 2017: Stem Cell Research
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