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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725656/expression-of-vox-and-vent-mrnas-and-encoded-proteins-in-zebrafish-embryos
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Elena S Pshennikova, Maria B Tereshina, Anna S Voronina
In Danio rerio (zebrafish), members of the vent gene-family (vox/vega1, vent/vega2) are considered as ventralizing factors. We investigated not only the expression of their mRNAs by in situ hybridization at different stages of embryonic development, but also the spatial distribution of the encoded proteins by whole-mount immunostaining. We showed vox mRNA to be available in embryos since early cleavage and later on. Vent mRNA appeared after zygotic genome activation only. The vox and vent proteins were revealed at stage of eight blastomeres...
2017: Stem Cell Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723896/maternal-h3k27me3-controls-dna-methylation-independent-imprinting
#2
Azusa Inoue, Lan Jiang, Falong Lu, Tsukasa Suzuki, Yi Zhang
Mammalian sperm and oocytes have different epigenetic landscapes and are organized in different fashions. After fertilization, the initially distinct parental epigenomes become largely equalized with the exception of certain loci, including imprinting control regions. How parental chromatin becomes equalized and how imprinting control regions escape from this reprogramming is largely unknown. Here we profile parental allele-specific DNase I hypersensitive sites in mouse zygotes and morula embryos, and investigate the epigenetic mechanisms underlying these allelic sites...
July 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722155/metabolite-availability-as-a-window-to-view-the-early-embryo-microenvironment-in-vivo
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REVIEW
Kailun Hu, Yang Yu
A preimplantation embryo exists independent of blood supply, and relies on energy sources from its in vivo environment (e.g. oviduct and uterine fluid) to sustain its development. The embryos can survive in this aqueous environment because it contains amino acids, proteins, lactate, pyruvate, oxygen, glucose, antioxidants, ions, growth factors, hormones, and phospholipids - albeit the concentration of each component varies by species, stage of the estrous cycle, and anatomical location. The dynamic nature of this environment sustains the early development from the one-cell zygote to blastocyst, and is reciprocally influenced by the embryo at each embryonic stage...
July 19, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720650/the-status-of-the-human-embryo-in-various-religions
#4
William Neaves
Research into human development involves the use of human embryos and their derivative cells and tissues. How religions view the human embryo depends on beliefs about ensoulment and the inception of personhood, and science can neither prove nor refute the teaching of those religions that consider the zygote to be a human person with an immortal soul. This Spotlight article discusses some of the dominant themes that have emerged with regard to how different religions view the human embryo, with a focus on the Christian faith as well as Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Islamic perspectives...
July 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715414/kinesin-1-promotes-chondrocyte-maintenance-during-skeletal-morphogenesis
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Adrian Santos-Ledo, Marina Garcia-Macia, Philip D Campbell, Marta Gronska, Florence L Marlow
During skeletal morphogenesis diverse mechanisms are used to support bone formation. This can be seen in the bones that require a cartilage template for their development. In mammals the cartilage template is removed, but in zebrafish the cartilage template persists and the bone mineralizes around the cartilage scaffold. Remodeling of unmineralized cartilage occurs via planar cell polarity (PCP) mediated cell rearrangements that contribute to lengthening of elements; however, the mechanisms that maintain the chondrocyte template that supports perichondral ossification remain unclear...
July 17, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713081/gene-polymorphism-of-xenobiotic-detoxification-in-children-with-bronchial-asthma
#6
Liudmila Y Lytvynets
INTRODUCTION: Children are the most susceptible to harmful external factors due to the incomplete development of all functional body systems. The ecological situation the problem of influence of genetic and environmental factors on the pathogenesis of chronic respiratory diseases in children and its investigation is very impotent today. Among it the bronchial asthma is a leader among bronchial and pulmonary diseases caused by the influence of pneumotropic pollutants. The aim of our research was to study the phenotypic characteristics of asthma in Pre-Carpathian children with different types of allelic gene polymorphism of the first phase of xenobiotic detoxification of microsomal epoxide hydrolases (mEPHX1)...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710131/gene-regulatory-networks-for-the-haploid-to-diploid-transition-of-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
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Sunjoo Joo, Yoshiki Nishimura, Evan Cronmiller, Ran Ha Hong, Thamali Kariyawasam, Ming Hsiu Wang, Nai Chun Shao, Saif-El-Din El Akkad, Takamasa Suzuki, Tetsuya Higashiyama, EonSeon Jin, Jae-Hyeok Lee
The sexual cycle of the unicellular Chlamydomonas reinhardtii culminates in the formation of diploid zygotes which differentiate into dormant spores that eventually undergo meiosis. Mating between gametes induces rapid cell wall shedding via the enzyme g-lysin; cell fusion is followed by heterodimerization of sex-specific homeobox transcription factors, GSM1 and GSP1, and initiation of zygote-specific gene expression. To investigate the genetic underpinnings of the zygote developmental pathway, we performed comparative transcriptome analysis of both pre- and post-fertilization samples...
July 14, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709003/3d-chromatin-structures-of-mature-gametes-and-structural-reprogramming-during-mammalian-embryogenesis
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Yuwen Ke, Yanan Xu, Xuepeng Chen, Songjie Feng, Zhenbo Liu, Yaoyu Sun, Xuelong Yao, Fangzhen Li, Wei Zhu, Lei Gao, Haojie Chen, Zhenhai Du, Wei Xie, Xiaocui Xu, Xingxu Huang, Jiang Liu
High-order chromatin structure plays important roles in gene expression regulation. Knowledge of the dynamics of 3D chromatin structures during mammalian embryo development remains limited. We report the 3D chromatin architecture of mouse gametes and early embryos using an optimized Hi-C method with low-cell samples. We find that mature oocytes at the metaphase II stage do not have topologically associated domains (TADs). In sperm, extra-long-range interactions (>4 Mb) and interchromosomal interactions occur frequently...
July 13, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708489/2-methoxystypandrone-improves-in%C3%A2-vitro-produced-bovine-embryo-quality-through-inhibition-of-ikbkb
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Ayman Mesalam, Imran Khan, Kyeong-Lim Lee, Seok-Hwan Song, M M R Chowdhury, Zia Uddin, Ki Hun Park, Il-Keun Kong
2-Methoxystypandrone (2-MS), a naphthoquinone from Polygonum cuspidatum, has been reported to exhibit antioxidant activities. However, its pharmacological properties have not been fully studied in vitro culture system of oocytes and embryos development. In this study, we examined the effects of 2-MS on bovine blastocyst developmental competency during preimplantation using TUNEL assay, qRT-PCR and immunocytochemistry. Oocytes were treated with 1 μM 2-MS during maturation, followed by in vitro fertilized and the zygotes were cultured...
May 19, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706522/expressed-centromere-specific-histone-3-cenh3-variants-in-cultivated-triploid-and-wild-diploid-bananas-musa-spp
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Kariuki S Muiruri, Anne Britt, Nelson O Amugune, Edward K Nguu, Simon Chan, Leena Tripathi
Centromeres are specified by a centromere specific histone 3 (CENH3) protein, which exists in a complex environment, interacting with conserved proteins and rapidly evolving satellite DNA sequences. The interactions may become more challenging if multiple CENH3 versions are introduced into the zygote as this can affect post-zygotic mitosis and ultimately sexual reproduction. Here, we characterize CENH3 variant transcripts expressed in cultivated triploid and wild diploid progenitor bananas. We describe both splice- and allelic-[Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNP)] variants and their effects on the predicted secondary structures of protein...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706074/germ-line-inherited-h3k27me3-restricts-enhancer-function-during-maternal-to-zygotic-transition
#11
Fides Zenk, Eva Loeser, Rosaria Schiavo, Fabian Kilpert, Ozren Bogdanović, Nicola Iovino
Gametes carry parental genetic material to the next generation. Stress-induced epigenetic changes in the germ line can be inherited and can have a profound impact on offspring development. However, the molecular mechanisms and consequences of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance are poorly understood. We found that Drosophila oocytes transmit the repressive histone mark H3K27me3 to their offspring. Maternal contribution of the histone methyltransferase Enhancer of zeste, the enzymatic component of Polycomb repressive complex 2, is required for active propagation of H3K27me3 during early embryogenesis...
July 14, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703188/allelic-reprogramming-of-3d-chromatin-architecture-during-early-mammalian-development
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Zhenhai Du, Hui Zheng, Bo Huang, Rui Ma, Jingyi Wu, Xianglin Zhang, Jing He, Yunlong Xiang, Qiujun Wang, Yuanyuan Li, Jing Ma, Xu Zhang, Ke Zhang, Yang Wang, Michael Q Zhang, Juntao Gao, Jesse R Dixon, Xiaowo Wang, Jianyang Zeng, Wei Xie
In mammals, chromatin organization undergoes drastic reprogramming after fertilization. However, the three-dimensional structure of chromatin and its reprogramming in preimplantation development remain poorly understood. Here, by developing a low-input Hi-C (genome-wide chromosome conformation capture) approach, we examined the reprogramming of chromatin organization during early development in mice. We found that oocytes in metaphase II show homogeneous chromatin folding that lacks detectable topologically associating domains (TADs) and chromatin compartments...
July 12, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700112/mammalian-blastocyst-mimicry
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Niccolò Bianchi, Marianna Longo, CarloAlberto Redi, Manuela Monti
A gradual restriction in stem cells potency is observed during the different stages of mammalian embryonic development, starting with the zygote, the totipotent stem cell par excellence, up to the blastocyst stage. Stem cells of the inner cell mass are endowed with pluripotent characteristic, being able to form cells of the three germ layers (ectoderm, endoderm, and mesoderm). Pluripotent stem cells retain proliferative capacity throughout the life of an individual, and divide asymmetrically, wherein one cell is the copy of the original stem cell while the other is programmed to begin the differentiation process...
July 12, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698706/personhood-status-of-the-human-zygote-embryo-fetus
#14
John Janez Miklavcic, Paul Flaman
The fields of biology, medicine, and embryology have described the developmental milestones of humans throughout gestation in great detail. It is less clear as to when humans are recognized as people, persons, or beings with rights that are protected by legislation. The practice of law is irrevocably intertwined with that of ethical conduct; and the time at which a human life is considered a person has implications that extend to health care, legislation on abortion, and autonomy of individuals. This article reviews the economical position that fertilization is the moment that personhood of the conceptus begins...
May 2017: Linacre Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697460/effect-of-progesterone-and-its-synthetic-analogs-on-reproduction-and-embryonic-development-of-a-freshwater-invertebrate-model
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Zita Zrinyi, Gabor Maasz, Linwen Zhang, Akos Vertes, Sandor Lovas, Tibor Kiss, Karoly Elekes, Zsolt Pirger
The presence of a mixture of progestogens at ng/L concentration levels in surface waters is a worldwide problem. Only a few studies explore the effect of progestogen treatment in a mixture as opposed to individual chemicals to shed light on how non-target species respond to these contaminants. In the present study, we used an invertebrate model species, Lymnaea stagnalis, exposed to a mixture of four progestogens (progesterone, levonorgestrel, drospirenone, and gestodene) in 10ng/L concentration for 3 weeks...
June 29, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696222/zhoupi-and-kerberos-mediate-embryo-endosperm-separation-by-promoting-the-formation-of-an-extra-cuticular-sheath-at-the-embryo-surface
#16
Steven A Moussu, Nicolas M Doll, Sophy Chamot, Lysiane Brocard, Audrey Creff, Chloé Fourquin, Thomas Widiez, Zachary L Nimchuk, Gwyneth C Ingram
Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) seed development requires the concomitant development of two zygotic compartments, the embryo and the endosperm. Following fertilization, the endosperm expands and the embryo grows invasively through the endosperm, which breaks down. Here we describe a structure we refer to as the embryo sheath that forms on the surface of the embryo as it starts to elongate. The sheath is deposited outside the embryonic cuticle, and incorporates endosperm-derived material rich in extensin-like molecules...
July 10, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695892/targeted-dna-methylation-in-vivo-using-an-engineered-dcas9-mq1-fusion-protein
#17
Yong Lei, Xiaotian Zhang, Jianzhong Su, Mira Jeong, Michael C Gundry, Yung-Hsin Huang, Yubin Zhou, Wei Li, Margaret A Goodell
Comprehensive studies have shown that DNA methylation plays vital roles in both loss of pluripotency and governance of the transcriptome during embryogenesis and subsequent developmental processes. Aberrant DNA methylation patterns have been widely observed in tumorigenesis, ageing and neurodegenerative diseases, highlighting the importance of a systematic understanding of DNA methylation and the dynamic changes of methylomes during disease onset and progression. Here we describe a facile and convenient approach for efficient targeted DNA methylation by fusing inactive Cas9 (dCas9) with an engineered prokaryotic DNA methyltransferase MQ1...
July 11, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693635/acetylation-and-methylation-profiles-of-h3k27-in-porcine-embryos-cultured-in-vitro
#18
Luciana Simões Rafagnin Marinho, Vitor Braga Rissi, Andressa Guidugli Lindquist, Marcelo Marcondes Seneda, Vilceu Bordignon
Methylation and acetylation of histone H3 at lysine 27 (H3K27) regulate chromatin structure and gene expression during early embryo development. While H3K27 acetylation (H3K27ac) is associated with active gene expression, H3K27 methylation (H3K27me) is linked to transcriptional repression. The aim of this study was to assess the profile of H3K27 acetylation and methylation (mono-, di- and trimethyl) during oocyte maturation and early development in vitro of porcine embryos. Oocytes/embryos were fixed at different developmental stages from germinal vesicle to day 8 blastocysts and submitted to an immunocytochemistry protocol to identify the presence and quantify the immunofluorescence intensity of H3K27ac, H3K27me1, H3K27me2 and H3K27me3...
July 11, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692815/efficient-generation-of-goats-with-defined-point-mutation-i397v-in-gdf9-through-crispr-cas9
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Yiyuan Niu, Xiaoe Zhao, Jiankui Zhou, Yan Li, Yu Huang, Bei Cai, Yutai Liu, Qiang Ding, Shiwei Zhou, Jin Zhao, Guangxian Zhou, Baohua Ma, Xingxu Huang, Xiaolong Wang, Yulin Chen
The recent emergence of the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas) 9 system has attracted significant attention for its potential to improve traits of agricultural importance. However, most applications in livestock species to date have depended on aberrant DNA repair to generate frameshifting indels. Whether this genomic engineering technique involving homology-dependent repair (HDR) can be used to introduce defined point mutations has been less explored. Previously, we reported a G→A point mutation (g...
July 11, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689997/dynamic-reorganization-of-nucleosome-positioning-in-somatic-cells-after-transfer-into-porcine-enucleated-oocytes
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Chenyu Tao, Juan Li, Xia Zhang, Baobao Chen, Daming Chi, Yaqiong Zeng, Yingjie Niu, Chengfei Wang, Wei Cheng, Wangjun Wu, Zengxiang Pan, Jinmin Lian, Honglin Liu, Yi-Liang Miao
The nucleosome, the fundamental structural unit of chromatin, is a critical regulator of gene expression. The mechanisms governing changes to nucleosome occupancy and positioning during somatic cell reprogramming remain poorly understood. We established a method for generating genome-wide nucleosome maps of porcine embryonic fibroblasts (PEF), reconstructed 1-cell embryos generated by somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), and fertilized zygotes (FZ) using MNase sequencing with only 1,000 cells. We found that donor PEF chromatin, especially X chromosome, became more open after transfer into porcine oocytes and nucleosome occupancy decreased in promoters but increased in the genic regions...
July 3, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
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