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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735517/metallothionein-expression-and-synthesis-in-the-testis-of-the-lizard-podarcis-sicula-under-natural-conditions-and-following-estrogenic-exposure
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Mariailaria Verderame, Ermelinda Limatola, Rosaria Scudiero
Metallothionein (MT) is the main protein involved in the homeostasis of metallic micronutrients and in cellular defence against heavy metals and reactive oxygen species. Found in almost all vertebrate tissues, MT presence and localization in the testis has been controversial. In the present study, by using in situ hybridization and immunohistochemical analysis we assessed the localization of both MT transcript and protein in Podarcis sicula testes during two different phases of the reproductive cycle: the autumnal resumption and the spring-early summer mating period...
May 3, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735504/low-genetic-diversity-and-functional-constraint-of-mirna-genes-participating-pollen-pistil-interaction-in-rice
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Kun Wang, Xin Wang, Ming Li, Tao Shi, Pingfang Yang
In this study, we sequenced and analyzed the expression and evolution of rice miRNA genes participating pollen-pistil interaction that is crucial to rice yield. Pollen-pistil interaction is an essential reproductive process for all flowering plants. While microRNAs (miRNAs) are important noncoding small RNAs that regulate mRNA levels in eukaryotic cells, there is little knowledge about which miRNAs involved in the early stages of pollen-pistil interaction in rice and how they evolve under this conserved process...
July 22, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735468/the-effect-of-water-contamination-and-host-related-factors-on-ectoparasite-load-in-an-insectivorous-bat
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Carmi Korine, Shai Pilosof, Amit Gross, Juan B Morales-Malacara, Boris R Krasnov
We examined the effects of sex, age, and reproductive state of the insectivorous bat Pipistrellus kuhlii on the abundance and prevalence of arthropod ectoparasites (Macronyssidae and Cimicidae) in habitats with either sewage-polluted or natural bodies of water, in the Negev Desert, Israel. We chose water pollution as an environmental factor because of the importance of water availability in desert environments, particularly for P. kuhlii, which needs to drink on a daily basis. We predicted that parasite infestation rates would be affected by both environment and demographic cohort of the host...
July 22, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735237/effects-of-chronic-exposure-to-cefadroxil-and-cefradine-on-daphnia-magna-and-oryzias-latipes
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Bokyung Kim, Kyunghee Ji, Younglim Kho, Pan-Gyi Kim, Kyunghwa Park, Kyungtae Kim, Youngsuk Kim, Ki-Tae Kim, Kyungho Choi
Cefadroxil and cefradine have frequently been detected in surface waters, however toxicological studies in aquatic organisms have mostly been limited to acute lethal effects. In the present study, endocrine disruption caused by cefadroxil and cefradine, and its underlying mechanism were investigated by chronic exposure of Daphnia magna (21 d) and Oryzias latipes (120 d). In medaka fish, the effects on growth, mortality, and reproduction, as well as on the levels of hormones and genes related to the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonad (HPG) axis, were investigated after 120 d exposure...
July 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735146/influence-of-electromagnetic-pulse-on-the-offspring-sex-ratio-of-male-balb-c-mice
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Jin-Hui Li, Da-Peng Jiang, Ya-Feng Wang, Jia-Jia Yan, Qi-Yan Guo, Xia Miao, Hai-Yang Lang, Sheng-Long Xu, Jun-Ye Liu, Guo-Zhen Guo
Public concern is growing about the exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) and its effect on male reproductive health. Detrimental effect of EMF exposure on sex hormones, reproductive performance and sex-ratio was reported. The present study was designed to clarify whether paternal exposure to electromagnetic pulse (EMP) affects offspring sex ratio in mice. 50 male BALB/c mice aged 5-6 weeks were exposed to EMP daily for 2 weeks before mated with non-exposed females at 0d, 7d, 14d, 21d and 28d after exposure...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735086/a-series-of-population-models-for-hyphantria-cunea-with-delay-and-seasonality
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Haixia Lu, Haitao Song, Huaiping Zhu
In this paper, we establish and study a basic stage-structured model for the population of Hyphantria cunea, a delay differentialequation model and a model incorporating the resource and seasonality. By introducing the population reproduction number R0, we show that R0 acts as a threshold parameter for the existence and stability of equilibria. The trivial equilibria of the above models are all globally asymptotically stable when R0<1; the basic model and the delay-differential model have a unique positive equilibrium respectively, and they are both locally asymptotically stable when R0>1; the model with periodic season is uniformly persistent and admits a positive periodic solution if R0>1...
July 19, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734987/bioavailable-and-free-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-and-vitamin-d-binding-protein-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-relationships-with-obesity-and-insulin-resistance
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Negar Naderpoor, Soulmaz Shorakae, Sally K Abell, Aya Mousa, Anju E Joham, Lisa J Moran, Nigel K Stepto, Poli Mara Spritzer, Helena J Teede, Barbora de Courten
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition characterised by both reproductive and metabolic features (obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes risk). Some evidence suggests that women with PCOS have lower vitamin D levels compared to healthy controls. Vitamin D binding protein (DBP) is the main carrier of vitamin D in circulation and plays an important role in regulating vitamin D concentration and bioavailability for target tissues. To our knowledge, no previous studies have examined DBP, bioavailable and free 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) in women with PCOS...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734970/genetic-variation-in-low-dose-effects-of-neonatal-des-exposure-in-female-rats
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Hideo Ohmukai, Tsukasa Negura, Shigehiro Tachibana, Ryo Ohta
To confirm genetic variation in low-dose effects of diethylstilbestrol (DES), two inbred strains of rats, which have been selectively bred for high- and low-avoidance learning (HAA and LAA, respectively), were used in this study. LAA rats characteristically show later sexual maturation, earlier reproductive senescence, and lower body weight as compared to HAA rats. Female neonates of each strain were daily administered DES by oral gavage at doses of 0 (vehicle only), 0.05 and 0.5μg/kg for the first 5days after birth...
July 19, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734800/advocating-for-well-defined-and-validated-procedures-comment-on-griffanti-et-al
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Robert E Kelly, George S Alexopoulos, Faith M Gunning, Matthew J Hoptman
Griffanti et al. (in press) provide a rich set of expert-consensus guidelines for how to label components derived from ICA as either belonging to signal of interest or noise to be filtered from fMRI data. These general hypotheses concerning procedures for "hand" classification of components are a good starting point that with further detail would improve reproduction of experiments and facilitate comparisons of alternative hypotheses/procedures. Empirical validation could help to resolve questions by supporting or disconfirming the proposed guidelines...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734119/a-systematic-review-of-patient-oncofertility-support-needs-in-reproductive-cancer-patients-aged-14-to-45-years-of-age
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S Logan, J Perz, J M Ussher, M Peate, A Anazodo
OBJECTIVE: Decline in fertility potential brought about by a cancer diagnosis or cancer treatment is one of the biggest impacts to cancer patients' long term quality of life. As such, the current manuscript aimed to systematically review the literature on oncofertility support needs for cancer patients of a reproductive age (14-45 years of age). METHODS: A systematic review of the literature was conducted in May 2016 through the searching of electronic databases Medline, EMBASE, PSYCH Info, Web of Science and SCOPUS, alongside the screening of relevant reference lists...
July 22, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733994/seasonal-recruitment-and-survival-strategies-of-palisada-cervicornis-comb-nov-ceramiales-rhodophyta-in-coral-reefs
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Ligia Collado-Vides, Alain Duran, Elizabeth Armenis, Valéria Cassano, Deron Burkepile, Andrew A Shantz, Laura Palma, Jhoana Díaz-Larrea, Abel Sentíes, Mutue Toyota Fujii
As marine tropical ecosystems deteriorate and lose biodiversity, their communities are shifting to being dominated by a few species, altering ecosystem's functioning and services. Macroalgae are becoming dominant on coral reefs, and are frequently observed outcompeting corals. Turf algal assemblages are the base of energy flow in these systems and one of the most abundant types of macroalgae on coral reefs, but little is known about their biology and diversity. Through molecular and morphological analyses, we identified the turf-forming species Laurencia cervicornis, and by studying seasonal recruitment and the impact of herbivorous fishes on its abundance, we describe its survival strategy...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733965/molecular-communication-over-gas-stream-channels-using-portable-mass-spectrometry
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Stamatios Giannoukos, Alan Marshall, Stephen Taylor, Jeremy Smith
The synthetic generation/coding and transmission of olfactory information over a gas stream or an odor network is a new and unexplored field. Application areas vary from the entertainment or advertisement industry to security and telemedicine. However, current technological limitations frustrate the accurate reproduction of decoded and transmitted olfactory data. This study describes the development, testing, and characterization of a novel odor emitter (OE) that is used to investigate the generation-encoding of gaseous standards with odorous characteristics with a regulatable way, for scent transmission purposes...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733837/orientation-categories-used-in-guidance-of-attention-in-visual-search-can-differ-in-strength
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Garry Kong, David Alais, Erik Van der Burg
We investigated orientation categories in the guidance of attention in visual search. In the first two experiments, participants had a limited amount of time to find a target line among distractors lines. We systematically varied the orientation of the target and the angular difference between the target and distractors. We find vertical, horizontal, and 45° targets require the least target/distractor angular difference to be found reliably and that the rate at which increases in target/distractor difference decrease search difficulty to be independent of target identity...
July 21, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733832/seasonal-reorganization-of-hypothalamic-neurogenic-niche-in-adult-sheep
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Lucile Butruille, Martine Batailler, Danièle Mazur, Vincent Prévot, Martine Migaud
Neurogenesis is the process by which new neurons are generated. This process, well established during development, persists in adulthood owing to the presence of neural stem cells (NSCs) localized in specific brain areas called neurogenic niches. Adult neurogenesis has recently been shown to occur in the hypothalamus, a structure involved in the neuroendocrine regulation of reproduction and metabolism, among others. In the adult sheep-a long-lived mammalian model-we have previously reported the existence of such a neurogenic niche located in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus and the median eminence...
July 21, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733802/assisted-reproductive-technology-treatments-and-quality-of-life-a-longitudinal-study-among-subfertile-women-and-men
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Francesca Agostini, Fiorella Monti, Federica Andrei, Marcella Paterlini, Stefano Palomba, Giovanni Battista La Sala
PURPOSE: Quality of life (QoL) may represent a comprehensive indicator for the assessment of the psychological impact of complex clinical conditions, such as infertility. Infertile women have a worse QoL compared to both infertile men and non-infertile controls. However, the initial phases of infertility treatments have been frequently investigated using cross-sectional study designs. This prospective longitudinal study aimed at assessing the health-related QoL change across different phases of assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments in subfertile women and men...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733801/effect-of-follicular-flushing-on-reproductive-outcomes-in-patients-with-poor-ovarian-response-undergoing-assisted-reproductive-technology
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Anna L M Souza, Marcos Sampaio, Graciele B Noronha, Ludiana G R Coster, Roberta S G de Oliveira, Selmo Geber
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of follicular flushing on the number of oocytes retrieved, oocyte maturity, fertilization rate, embryo development, and pregnancy rate of poor ovarian responders (POR). METHODS: Retrospective study of 524 cycles of 384 patients with POR submitted to assisted reproductive technology (ART) and who had follicular flushing during oocyte retrieval was used in the study. We included patients with <5 oocytes at oocyte retrieval (POR group) and matching the Bologna criteria...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733769/communication-for-coordination-gesture-kinematics-and-conventionality-affect-synchronization-success-in-piano-duos
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Laura Bishop, Werner Goebl
Ensemble musicians often exchange visual cues in the form of body gestures (e.g., rhythmic head nods) to help coordinate piece entrances. These cues must communicate beats clearly, especially if the piece requires interperformer synchronization of the first chord. This study aimed to (1) replicate prior findings suggesting that points of peak acceleration in head gestures communicate beat position and (2) identify the kinematic features of head gestures that encourage successful synchronization. It was expected that increased precision of the alignment between leaders' head gestures and first note onsets, increased gesture smoothness, magnitude, and prototypicality, and increased leader ensemble/conducting experience would improve gesture synchronizability...
July 21, 2017: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733713/diel-cyclic-hypoxia-alters-plasma-lipid-dynamics-and-impairs-reproduction-in-goldfish-carassius-auratus
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Aritra Bera, Paramita Banerjee Sawant, Subrata Dasgupta, N K Chadha, Bhawesh T Sawant, Asim Kumar Pal
Diel cyclic hypoxia occurs with varying frequency and duration in freshwater habitats, yet little is known about its effects on reproduction of freshwater fishes. The present study shows that long-term exposure of goldfish (Carassius auratus) to cyclic hypoxia (0.8 ± 0.2 mg/l dissolved oxygen) for 9 h or more, per day, altered plasma lipid and sex steroid profiles, which in turn directly or indirectly suppressed ovarian growth and viable spermatozoa production. Hypoxia decreased total cholesterol and high density lipoprotein (HDL p < 0...
July 21, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733422/differences-in-dna-binding-specificity-of-floral-homeotic-protein-complexes-predict-organ-specific-target-genes
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Cezary Smaczniak, Jose M Muiño, Dijun Chen, Gerco C Angenent, Kerstin Kaufmann
Floral organ identities in plants are specified by the combinatorial action of homeotic master regulatory transcription factors. How these factors achieve their regulatory specificities is however still largely unclear. Genome-wide in vivo DNA binding data show that homeotic MADS-domain proteins recognize partly distinct genomic regions, suggesting that DNA binding specificity contributes to functional differences of homeotic protein complexes. We used in vitro systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment followed by high throughput DNA sequencing (SELEX-seq) on several floral MADS-domain protein homo- and heterodimers to measure their DNA-binding specificities...
July 21, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733237/a-critical-test-of-drosophila-anaesthetics-isoflurane-and-sevoflurane-are-benign-alternatives-to-cold-and-co2
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Heath A MacMillan, Mikkel Nørgård, Heidi J MacLean, Johannes Overgaard, Catherine J A Williams
Anaesthesia is often a necessary step when studying insects like the model organism Drosophila melanogaster. Most studies of Drosophila and other insects that require anaesthesia use either cold exposure or carbon dioxide exposure to induce a narcotic state. These anaesthetic methods are known to disrupt physiology and behavior with increasing exposure, and thus ample recovery time is required prior to experimentation. Here, we examine whether two halogenated ethers commonly used in vertebrate anaesthesia, isoflurane and sevoflurane, may serve as alternative means of insect anaesthesia...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
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