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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343310/steroidogenic-genes-expressions-are-repressed-by-high-levels-of-leptin-and-the-jak-stat-signaling-pathway-in-ma-10-leydig-cells
#1
David A Landry, François Sormany, Josée Haché, Pauline Roumaud, Luc J Martin
The adipose tissue is an important endocrine organ secreting numerous peptide hormones, including leptin. Increased circulating levels of leptin, as a result of hormonal resistance in obese individuals, may contribute to lower androgen production in obese males. However, the molecular mechanisms involved need to be better defined. Androgens are mainly produced by Leydig cells within the testis. In male rodents, activation of the leptin receptor modulates a cascade of intracellular signal transduction pathways which may lead to regulation of transcription factors having influences on steroidogenesis in Leydig cells...
March 25, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343231/segmental-testicular-infarction-case-series-and-literature-review-of-a-rare-diagnosis-in-men-with-acute-testicular-pain
#2
Simone Ernst, Matthias Saar, Horst Brenneis, Reinhard Kubale, Stefan Ueberdiek, Carsten-Henning Ohlmann, Michael Stoeckle, Julia Heinzelbecker
The incidence of segmental testicular infarction (STI) is very low. Such a disorder most often affects young men. The most common symptom is sudden testicular pain. We report 6 cases of men diagnosed with STI. Clinical examination, blood test, urine analysis, and ultrasound examination with colour Doppler were performed. Furthermore, tissue sonoelastography or MRI was performed in selected patients. All men underwent surgical exploration. In all but one man, the affected testis was preserved. Although STI is a rare condition, it should be taken into account if testicular pain prior to suspicious ultrasound imaging occurs...
March 24, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342986/oncogenic-roles-of-dna-hypomethylation-through-the-activation-of-cancer-germline-genes
#3
Aurélie Van Tongelen, Axelle Loriot, Charles De Smet
Global loss of DNA methylation is frequently observed in the genome of human tumors. Although this epigenetic alteration is clearly associated with cancer progression, the way it exerts its pro-tumoral effect remains incompletely understood. A remarkable consequence of DNA hypomethylation in tumors is the aberrant activation of "cancer-germline" genes (also known as "cancer-testis" genes), which comprise a diverse group of germline-specific genes that use DNA methylation as a primary mechanism for repression in normal somatic tissues...
March 22, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342926/causes-and-clinical-features-of-infertile-men-with-non-obstructive-azoospermia-and-histopathological-diagnosis-of-hypospermatogenesis
#4
Yu-Sheng Cheng, Chun-Wun Lu, Tsung-Yen Lin, Pei-Yu Lin, Yung-Ming Lin
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the causes and the clinical features of infertile men with non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) and hypospermatogenesis (HS). METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included 100 patients with NOA and HS and eight patients with obstructive azoospermia and normal spermatogenesis. The severity of HS was subdivided into three groups (mild, moderate, and severe) based on spermatogenic score. Data of history, physical findings, serum hormone profiles, genetic studies and sperm retrieval rate (SRR) were collected...
March 22, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342328/reproductive-toxicity-of-%C3%AE-diketone-antibiotic-mixtures-to-zebrafish-danio-rerio
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Xuedong Wang, Yan Ma, Jinfeng Liu, Xiaohan Yin, Zhiheng Zhang, Caihong Wang, Yanyan Li, Huili Wang
So far, few data are available on the reproductive toxicological assessment of β-diketone antibiotics (DKAs), a class of ubiquitous pseudo-persistent pollutant, in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Herein, we reported the reproductive effects of DKAs by means of transcriptome analysis (F1-zebrafish), changes in a series of reproductive indices (F0-zebrafish) and histopathological observations. A total of 1170, 983 and 1399 genes were found to be differentially expressed when compared control vs. 6.25mg/L, control vs...
March 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340181/different-expression-patterns-of-sperm-motility-related-genes-in-testis-of-diploid-and-tetraploid-cyprinid-fish1
#6
Fangzhou Hu, Kang Xu, Yunfan Zhou, Chang Wu, Shi Wang, Jun Xiao, Min Wen, Rurong Zhao, Kaikun Luo, Min Tao, Wei Duan, Shaojun Liu
Sperm motility is an important standard to measure the fertility of male. In our previous study, we found that the diploid spermatozoa from allotetraploid hybrid (4nAT) had longer durations of rapid and slow progressive motility than haploid spermatozoa from common carp (COC). In this study, to explore sperm motility-related molecular mechanisms, we compared the testis tissues transcriptomes from two years old male COC and 4nAT. The RNA-seq data revealed that 2985 genes were differentially expressed between COC and 4nAT, including 2216 up-regulated and 769 down-regulated genes in 4nAT...
March 7, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339981/transcriptome-analysis-of-comb-and-testis-from-rose-comb-silky-chicken-r1-r1-and-beijing-fatty-wild-type-chicken-r-r
#7
Y Wang, J Li, C Feng, Y Zhao, X Hu, N Li
Rose-comb was one of the chicken comb-variants first used by Bateson and Punnet in 1902 to demonstrate Mendelian inheritance in animals. Rose-comb is a monogenic trait that has been widely described in chickens. It is caused by a large structural rearrangement that leads to mis-expression of transcription factor MNR2 on chromosome 7. Rose-comb has pleiotropic effects in homozygous roosters, which is associated with poor sperm mobility. It was postulated that this is caused by the disruption of the CCDC108 gene located at the distal inversion breakpoint...
March 2, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339706/differential-proliferation-and-metabolic-activity-of-sertoli-cells-in-the-testes-of-broiler-and-layer-breeder-chickens
#8
Mélanie Faure, Edith Guibert, Sabine Crochet, Pascal Chartrin, Jean-Pierre Brillard, Anne Collin, Pascal Froment
Decades of genetic selection have generated 2 different, highly specialized types of chickens in which 1 type, known as the layer-type chicken, expresses high laying performance while the other type, known as the broiler-type chicken, is dedicated to the production of fast-growing birds. Selected lines for the latter type often express disorders in their reproductive performance including early sexual maturation and accelerated, non-reversible seasonal decline of their semen production and mating behavior. The aim of the present study was to characterize some metabolic markers of the Sertoli cell populations...
February 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339648/three-dimensional-testicular-organoid-a-novel-tool-for-the-study-of-human-spermatogenesis-and-gonadotoxicity-in-vitro%C3%A2
#9
Samuel S Pendergraft, Hooman Sadri-Ardekani, Anthony Atala, Colin E Bishop
Existing methods for evaluating the potential gonadotoxicity of environmental agents and pharmaceutical compounds rely heavily on animal studies. The current gold standard in vivo functional assays in animals are limited in their human predictive capacity. In addition, existing human two-dimensional in vitro models of testicular toxicity do not accurately reflect the in vivo situation. A more reliable testicular in vitro model system is needed to better assess the gonadotoxic potential of drugs prior to progression into clinical trials...
February 17, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339631/evidence-for-the-involvement-of-the-proximal-copy-of-the-magea9-gene-in-xq28-linked-cnv67-specific-to-spermatogenic-failure%C3%A2
#10
Ying Shen, Jinyan Xu, Xiling Yang, Yunqiang Liu, Yongyi Ma, Dong Yang, Qiang Dong, Yuan Yang
Spermatogenic failure characterized by impaired sperm production is a common multifactorial disease with molecular and cytogenetic causes for its extreme phenotype that include azoospermia and severe oliogzoospermia. Recently, a high-resolution array-comparative genomic hybridization analysis of the X chromosome and a subsequent cohort study revealed three X-linked microdeletions (CNV64, CNV67, and CNV69) that were associated with decreased sperm production in a mixed group that included Spanish and Italian males...
February 7, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339613/a-nonsense-mutation-in-ccdc62-gene-is-responsible-for-spermiogenesis-defects-and-male-infertility-in-repro29-repro29-mice%C3%A2
#11
Yuchi Li, Cailing Li, Shouren Lin, Bo Yang, Weiren Huang, Hanwei Wu, Yuanbin Chen, Lihua Yang, Manling Luo, Huan Guo, Jianbo Chen, Tiantian Wang, Qian Ma, Yanli Gu, Lisha Mou, Zhimao Jiang, Jun Xia, Yaoting Gui
Phenotype-driven mutagenesis is an unbiased method to identify novel genes involved in spermatogenesis and other reproductive processes. Male repro29/repro29 mice generated by the Reproductive Genomics Program at the Jackson Laboratory were infertile with deformed sperm and poor motility. Using selected exonic capture and massively parallel sequencing technologies, we identified a nonsense mutation in the exon 6 of coiled-coil domain-containing 62 gene (Ccdc62), which results in a formation of a premature stop codon and a truncated protein...
January 28, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339606/testicular-abnormalities-in-mice-with-y-chromosome-deficiencies%C3%A2
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Victor A Ruthig, Torbjoern Nielsen, Jonathan M Riel, Yasuhiro Yamauchi, Egle A Ortega, Quinci Salvador, Monika A Ward
We recently investigated mice with Y chromosome gene contribution limited to two, one, or no Y chromosome genes in respect to their ability to produce haploid round spermatids and live offspring following round spermatid injection. Here we explored the normalcy of germ cells and Sertoli cells within seminiferous tubules, and the interstitial tissue of the testis in these mice. We performed quantitative analysis of spermatogenesis and interstitial tissue on Periodic acid-Schiff and hematoxylin-stained mouse testis sections...
February 7, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339196/discovery-of-a-small-molecule-degrader-of-bromodomain-and-extra-terminal-bet-proteins-with-picomolar-cellular-potencies-and-capable-of-achieving-tumor-regression
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Bing Zhou, Jiantao Hu, Fuming Xu, Zhuo Chen, Longchuan Bai, Ester Fernandez-Salas, Mei Lin, Liu Liu, Chao-Yie Yang, Yujun Zhao, Donna McEachern, Sally Przybranowski, Bo Wen, Duxin Sun, Shaomeng Wang
The bromodomain and extra-terminal (BET) family proteins, consisting of BRD2, BRD3, BRD4, and testis-specific BRDT members, are epigenetic "readers" and play a key role in the regulation of gene transcription. BET proteins are considered to be attractive therapeutic targets for cancer and other human diseases. Recently, heterobifunctional small-molecule BET degraders have been designed based upon the proteolysis targeting chimera (PROTAC) concept to induce BET protein degradation. Herein, we present our design, synthesis, and evaluation of a new class of PROTAC BET degraders...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338854/comparison-of-the-peripheral-doses-from-different-imrt-techniques-for-pediatric-head-and-neck-radiation-therapy
#14
Masahiko Toyota, Yasumasa Saigo, Kenta Higuchi, Takuya Fujimura, Chihaya Koriyama, Takashi Yoshiura, Suminori Akiba
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) can deliver high and homogeneous doses to the target area while limiting doses to organs at risk. We used a pediatric phantom to simulate the treatment of a head and neck tumor in a child. The peripheral doses were examined for three different IMRT techniques [dynamic multileaf collimator (DMLC), segmental multileaf collimator (SMLC) and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT)]. Peripheral doses were evaluated taking thyroid, breast, ovary and testis as the points of interest...
February 25, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338078/the-transmembrane-serine-protease-hat-like-4-is-important-for-epidermal-barrier-function-to-prevent-body-fluid-loss
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Zhiwei Zhang, Yae Hu, Ruhong Yan, Liang Dong, Yizhi Jiang, Zhichao Zhou, Meng Liu, Tiantian Zhou, Ningzheng Dong, Qingyu Wu
Membrane-bound proteases are essential for epidermal integrity. Human airway trypsin-like protease 4 (HAT-L4) is a type II transmembrane serine protease. Currently, its biochemical property, cellular distribution and physiological function remain unknown. Here we examined HAT-L4 expression and function in vitro and in vivo. In Western analysis, HAT-L4 expressed in transfected CHO cells appeared as a 48-kDa protein. Flow cytometry confirmed HAT-L4 expression on the cell surface with the expected membrane topology...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337635/measurement-of-bovine-body-and-scrotal-temperature-using-implanted-temperature-sensitive-radio-transmitters-data-loggers-and-infrared-thermography
#16
A L Wallage, J B Gaughan, A T Lisle, L Beard, C W Collins, S D Johnston
Synchronous and continuous measurement of body (BT) and scrotal temperature (ST) without adverse welfare or behavioural interference is essential for understanding thermoregulation of the bull testis. This study compared three technologies for their efficacy for long-term measurement of the relationship between BT and ST by means of (1) temperature sensitive radio transmitters (RT), (2) data loggers (DL) and (3) infrared imaging (IRI). After an initial pilot study on two bulls to establish a surgical protocol, RTs and DLs were implanted into the flank and mid-scrotum of six Wagyu bulls for between 29 and 49 days...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337274/decitabine-treatment-sensitizes-tumor-cells-to-t-cell-mediated-cytotoxicity-in-patients-with-myelodysplastic-syndromes
#17
Zheng Zhang, Qi He, Ying Tao, Juan Guo, Feng Xu, Ling-Yun Wu, You-Shan Zhao, Dong Wu, Li-Yu Zhou, Ji-Ying Su, Lu-Xi Song, Chao Xiao, Xiao Li, Chun-Kang Chang
Decitabine treatment improves immunological recognition that increases expression of cancer-testis antigens (CTAs) against solid tumors. The mechanisms of decitabine enhancement of immunogenicity when used for patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) remain unclear. In the present study, we found relatively low baseline expression of MAGE-A1, MAGE-A3, and SP17 in MDS-derived cell lines. Decitabine treatment significantly improved MAGE-A1, MAGE-A3, and SP17 expression in these cell lines and in MDS patients...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336417/demonstrating-the-value-and-importance-of-combining-dna-barcodes-and-discriminant-morphological-characters-for-polystome-taxonomy-platyhelminthes-monogenea
#18
Laurent Héritier, Olivier Verneau, Kevin G Smith, Carina Coetzer, Louis H Du Preez
Polystomes are monogenean parasites that infest mainly semi aquatic vertebrates, such as amphibians and chelonians. Owing to the lack of discriminative morphological characters and because polystomes are considered to be strictly host- and site-specific, host identity is often used as an additional character for parasite identification. Recent genetic studies, however, show that polystomes infecting freshwater turtles in outdoor turtle enclosures and natural environments, are not strictly host-specific. Therefore, we proposed a new procedure for turtle polystome taxonomy based on the combination of Cytochrome c Oxydase I sequences and two discriminant morphological characters, namely the number of genital spines and the testis shape...
March 20, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336274/characterization-molecular-docking-dynamics-simulation-and-metadynamics-of-kisspeptin-receptor-with-kisspeptin
#19
Mohd Ashraf Rather, Syed Hussain Basha, Irfan Ahmad Bhat, Niti Sharma, Priyanka Nandanpawar, Mohan Badhe, Gireesh-Babu P, Aparna Chaudhari, Jitendra Kumar Sundaray, Rupam Sharma
We report molecular characterization of the kisspeptin receptor (kiss1r), an essential gatekeeper for reproduction and onset of puberty in vertebrates. The full-length cDNA sequence of kiss1r is 1786bp which consist of 5' UTR (untranslated region) 261bp, 3' UTR of 424bp and open reading frame of 1101 encoding a putative protein of 366 amino acids. Basal tissue expression pattern of kiss1r mRNA revealed that it is mainly expressed in the brain and testis. We also report the structure of the kiss1r, along with plausible activation mechanism of this receptor by kisspeptin using computational modelling and dynamic simulation approach of multiple 100ns of timescale...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335714/testis-specific-atp-synthase-peripheral-stalk-subunits-required-for-tissue-specific-mitochondrial-morphogenesis-in-drosophila
#20
Eric M Sawyer, Elizabeth C Brunner, Yihharn Hwang, Lauren E Ivey, Olivia Brown, Megan Bannon, Dennis Akrobetu, Kelsey E Sheaffer, Oshauna Morgan, Conroy O Field, Nishita Suresh, M Grace Gordon, E Taylor Gunnell, Lindsay A Regruto, Cricket G Wood, Margaret T Fuller, Karen G Hales
BACKGROUND: In Drosophila early post-meiotic spermatids, mitochondria undergo dramatic shaping into the Nebenkern, a spherical body with complex internal structure that contains two interwrapped giant mitochondrial derivatives. The purpose of this study was to elucidate genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying the shaping of this structure. RESULTS: The knotted onions (knon) gene encodes an unconventionally large testis-specific paralog of ATP synthase subunit d and is required for internal structure of the Nebenkern as well as its subsequent disassembly and elongation...
March 23, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
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