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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929094/peptidylarginine-deiminase-1-catalyzed-histone-citrullination-is-essential-for-early-embryo-development
#1
Xiaoqian Zhang, Xiaoqiu Liu, Mei Zhang, Tingting Li, Aaron Muth, Paul R Thompson, Scott A Coonrod, Xuesen Zhang
Peptidylarginine deiminase (PADI) enzymes are increasingly being associated with the regulation of chromatin structure and gene activity via histone citrullination. As one of the PADI family members, PADI1 has been mainly reported to be expressed in the epidermis and uterus, where the protein in keratinocytes is thought to promote differentiation by citrullinating filament proteins. However, the roles of PADI1 in preimplantation development have not been addressed. Using a PADI1-specific inhibitor and Padi1-morpholino knockdown, we found that citrullination of histone tails at H4R3 and H3R2/8/17 were markedly reduced in the 2- and 4-cell embryos...
December 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928518/prenatal-transmission-of-scrapie-in-sheep-and-goats-a-case-study-for-veterinary-public-health
#2
REVIEW
D B Adams
Unsettled knowledge as to whether scrapie transmits prenatally in sheep and goats and transmits by semen and preimplantation embryos has a potential to compromise measures for controlling, preventing and eliminating the disease. The remedy may be analysis according to a systematic review, allowing comprehensive and accessible treatment of evidence and reasoning, clarifying the issue and specifying the uncertainties. Systematic reviews have clearly formulated questions, can identify relevant studies and appraise their quality and can summarise evidence and reasoning with an explicit methodology...
2016: Open veterinary journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924730/congenital-malformations-attributed-to-prenatal-exposure-to-cyclophosphamide
#3
Padmanabhan Rengasamy
Cyclophosphamide (CPA) remains one of the most widely prescribed anticancer drugs. It is also used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, childhood nephrotic syndrome and systemic lupus erythematosus. It is a potent immunosuppressive agent. It is commonly used in blood and bone marrow transplantation. With the growing trend among women postponing childbearing, the number of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer is also increasing thus escalating the chances of exposure of the unborn child to antineoplastic drugs...
December 6, 2016: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924227/otx2-impedes-self-renewal-of-porcine-ips-cells-through-downregulation-of-nanog-expression
#4
Ning Wang, Yaxian Wang, Youlong Xie, Huayan Wang
The transcription factor Otx2 acts as a negative switch in the regulation of transition from naive to primed pluripotency in mouse pluripotent stem cells. However, the molecular features and function of porcine OTX2 have not been well elucidated in porcine-induced pluripotent stem cells (piPSCs). By studying high-throughput transcriptome sequencing and interfering endogenous OTX2 expression, we demonstrate that OTX2 is able to downgrade the self-renewal of piPSCs. OTX2 is highly expressed in porcine brain, reproductive tissues, and preimplantation embryos, but is undetectable in fibroblasts and most somatic tissues...
2016: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920088/suv4-20-activity-in-the-preimplantation-mouse-embryo-controls-timely-replication
#5
André Eid, Diego Rodriguez-Terrones, Adam Burton, Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla
Extensive chromatin remodeling after fertilization is thought to take place to allow a new developmental program to start. This includes dynamic changes in histone methylation and, in particular, the remodeling of constitutive heterochromatic marks such as histone H4 Lys20 trimethylation (H4K20me3). While the essential function of H4K20me1 in preimplantation mouse embryos is well established, the role of the additional H4K20 methylation states through the action of the SUV4-20 methyltransferases has not been addressed...
December 5, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918161/-current-options-of-preimplantion-genetic-screening-and-preimplantation-genetic-diagnostics
#6
V Šimečková
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work is to summarize the current knowledge about preimplantation genetic screening and diagnostics. DESIGN: A review article. SETTING: Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, District Hospital Šternberk, IVF Clinic, Olomouc. RESULTS: Preimplantation genetic testing is a complex of genetic and molecular cytogenetic examinations, which can help to detect abnormalities in embryos before transfer into the uterus of the mother...
2016: Ceská Gynekologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907920/aneuploidy-detection-and-mtdna-quantification-in-bovine-embryos-with-different-cleavage-onset-using-a-next-generation-sequencing-based-protocol
#7
Miroslav Hornak, David Kubicek, Petr Broz, Pavlina Hulinska, Katerina Hanzalova, Darren Griffin, Marie Machatkova, Jiri Rubes
Bovine embryos are now routinely used in agricultural systems as a means of disseminating superior genetics worldwide, ultimately with the aim of feeding an ever-growing population. Further investigations, common for human IVF embryos, thus have priority to improve cattle IVF, as has screening for aneuploidy (abnormal chromosome number). Although the incidence and consequences of aneuploidy are well documented in human preimplantation embryos, they are less well known for the embryos of other animals. To address this, we assessed aneuploidy levels in thirty-one 2-cell bovine embryos derived from early- and late-cleaving zygotes...
December 2, 2016: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906583/isolation-of-bovine-skin-derived-precursor-cells-and-their-developmental-potential-after-nuclear-transfer
#8
Jiajia Xiao, Qiaoqiao Li, Pengxiang Qu, Zihan Zhang, Shaohui Pan, Yongsheng Wang, Yong Zhang
Nuclei from less differentiated stem cells yield high cloning efficiency. However, pluripotent stem cells are rather difficult to obtain from bovines. Skin-derived precursor (SKPs) cells exhibit a certain degree of pluripotency, which has been shown to enhance the efficiency of nuclear transfer (NT) in pigs. In this study, bovine SKPs were isolated and characterized. Results showed that bovine SKPs expressed nestin, fibronectin, vimentin, pluripotency-related genes, and characteristic neural crest markers, such as NGFR, PAX3, SOX9, SNAI2, and OCT4...
November 2016: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906186/preimplantation-factor-is-an-anti-apoptotic-effector-in-human-trophoblasts-involving-p53-signaling-pathway
#9
Hadia Moindjie, Esther Dos Santos, Rita-Josiane Gouesse, Nelly Swierkowski-Blanchard, Valérie Serazin, Eytan R Barnea, François Vialard, Marie-Noëlle Dieudonné
From the earliest stages of gestation, embryonic-maternal interaction has a key role in a successful pregnancy. Various factors present during gestation may significantly influence this type of juxta/paracrine interaction. PreImplantation Factor (PIF) is a recently identified factor with activity at the fetomaternal interface. PIF is secreted by viable embryos and directly controls placental development by increasing the invasive capacity of human extravillous trophoblasts (EVTs). To further specify PIF's role in the human placenta, we analyzed the genome-wide expression profile of the EVT in the presence of a synthetic PIF analog (sPIF)...
December 1, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906131/the-mir-125-family-is-an-important-regulator-of-the-expression-and-maintenance-of-maternal-effect-genes-during-preimplantational-embryo-development
#10
Kyeoung-Hwa Kim, You-Mi Seo, Eun-Young Kim, Su-Yeon Lee, Jini Kwon, Jung-Jae Ko, Kyung-Ah Lee
Previously, we reported that Sebox is a new maternal effect gene (MEG) that is required for early embryo development beyond the two-cell (2C) stage because this gene orchestrates the expression of important genes for zygotic genome activation (ZGA). However, regulators of Sebox expression remain unknown. Therefore, the objectives of the present study were to use bioinformatics tools to identify such regulatory microRNAs (miRNAs) and to determine the effects of the identified miRNAs on Sebox expression. Using computational algorithms, we identified a motif within the 3'UTR of Sebox mRNA that is specific to the seed region of the miR-125 family, which includes miR-125a-5p, miR-125b-5p and miR-351-5p...
November 2016: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901130/huwe1-plays-important-role-in-mouse-preimplantation-embryo-development-and-the-dysregulation-is-associated-with-poor-embryo-development-in-humans
#11
L J Chen, W M Xu, M Yang, K Wang, Y Chen, X J Huang, Q H Ma
HUWE1 is a HECT domain containing ubiquitin ligase implicated in neurogenesis, spermatogenesis and cancer development. The purpose of the current study is to investigate the role of HUWE1 in early embryo development. Here we demonstrate that Huwe1 is expressed in both nucleus and cytoplasm of preimplantation mouse embryos as well as gametes. Hypoxia (5% O2) treatment could significantly increase Huwe1 expression during mouse embryo development process. HUWE1 knockdown inhibited normal embryonic development and reduced blastocyst formation, and increased apoptotic cell numbers were observed in the embryos of HUWE1 knockdown group...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900612/early-human-embryos-are-naturally-aneuploid-can-that-be-corrected
#12
REVIEW
Amy Lee, Ann A Kiessling
Aneuploidy is common and may be a natural occurrence in early human embryos. Selecting against embryos containing aneuploid cells for embryo transfer has been reported to increase clinical pregnancies per transfer in some studies, but not others. Some aneuploidy is due to misallocation of chromosomes during meiosis, in either the egg or sperm, but most aneuploidy is due to misallocation of chromosomes during mitoses after fertilization. Big questions are as follows: Why does this happen? How much aneuploidy in a preimplantation embryo is compatible with normal fetal development? Is aneuploidy increased by in vitro culture, and/or could it be prevented or corrected in the IVF lab?...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884779/gene-targeted-next-generation-sequencing-identifies-pnpla1-mutations-in-patients-with-a-phenotypic-spectrum-of-autosomal-recessive-congenital-ichthyosis-the-impact-of-consanguinity
#13
Hassan Vahidnezhad, Leila Youssefian, Amir Hossein Saeidian, Sirous Zeinali, Parvin Mansouri, Soheila Sotoudeh, Mohammadreza Barzegar, Javad Mohammadi-Asl, Razieh Karamzadeh, Maryam Abiri, Kevin McCormick, Paolo Fortina, Jouni Uitto
Autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis (ARCI) is a heterogeneous group of disorders associated with mutations in at least nine distinct genes. To ascertain the molecular basis of ichthyosis patients in Iran, a country of ∼80 million people with high prevalence of customary consanguineous marriages, we have developed a gene targeted next generation sequencing array consisting of 38 genes reported in association with ichthyosis phenotypes. In a subset of nine extended consanguineous families we found homozygous missense mutations in the PNPLA1 gene, six of them being distinct and previously unpublished...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882769/-current-issues-of-reproductive-medicine-in-the-czech-republic
#14
P Ventruba, J Žáková, M Ješeta, D Rumpík, M Brandejská, I Crha, D Hlinka, L Jelínková, E Oráčová, J Pavelková, K Řežábek, K Veselá
INTRODUCTION: During the 25th symposium of assisted reproduction in Brno was lunch time organised as the lunch table discussion on the selected topics of assisted reproduction. More than 150 specialists reviewed themes related to gynecology and embryology.Discussed topics: Lunch table discussion covered the following topics: (1) Cross-border health care in assisted reproduction; (2) Indication for PGS (preimplantation genetic screening) in the context of actual information; (3) Does ovarian stimulation belong to the ambulance of registering gynecologists? (4) Therapy with clomifen - only for IVF specialists? (5) How and with whom should psychological support be directed during IVF? (6) Stimulation in women with low ovarian reserve; (7) Is basic semen analyses sufficient? (8) Time-lapse systems as relevant markers of embryonic development; (9) How to be oriented with choices of media and consumables in the IVF lab, and (10) "Freeze All" - is this new trend in cryopreservation suitable for all? CONCLUSIONS: Panel conclusions were presented during the afternoon session, which had great attendance, featured lively commentary, and produced some definitive consensus...
2016: Ceská Gynekologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873567/early-germinal-vesicle-breakdown-is-a-predictor-of-high-preimplantation-developmental-competent-oocytes-in-mice
#15
Shogo Higaki, Masao Kishi, Keisuke Koyama, Masashi Nagano, Seiji Katagiri, Tatsuyuki Takada, Yoshiyuki Takahashi
The preselection of highly developmentally competent oocytes for in vitro maturation (IVM) is crucial for improving assisted reproductive technology. Although several intrinsic markers of oocyte quality are known to be closely related to the onset of nuclear maturation (germinal vesicle break down, GVBD), a direct comparison between GVBD timing and oocyte quality has never been reported. In this study, we established a non-invasive oocyte evaluation method based on GVBD timing for preselecting more developmental competent oocytes in mice...
November 22, 2016: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869233/towards-functional-annotation-of-the-preimplantation-transcriptome-an-rnai-screen-in-mammalian-embryos
#16
Wei Cui, Xiangpeng Dai, Chelsea Marcho, Zhengbin Han, Kun Zhang, Kimberly D Tremblay, Jesse Mager
With readily available transcriptome-wide data, understanding the role of each expressed gene is an essential next step. Although RNAi technologies allow for genome-wide screens in cell culture, these approaches cannot replace strategies for discovery in the embryo. Here we present, for the first time, a knockdown screen in mouse preimplantation embryos. Early mammalian development encompasses dynamic cellular, molecular and epigenetic events that are largely conserved from mouse to man. We assayed 712 genes for requirements during preimplantation...
November 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868395/genetic-diagnosis-in-hemophilia-a-from-southern-china-five-novel-mutations-and-one-preimplantation-genetic-analysis
#17
J Chen, J Wang, X Y Lin, Y W Xu, Z H He, H Y Li, S Q Chen, W Y Jiang
INTRODUCTION: As there is currently no complete cure for hemophilia A (HA), the identification of pathogenic mutations in factor VIII (FVIII) gene from HA patients and carriers, which can contribute to genetic counseling prenatal diagnosis, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), is an important step to prevent HA. METHODS: A total of 14 unrelated Chinese HA subjects (FVIII activity <40%), 20 carrier subjects, three fetuses, and one PGD were included in this study...
November 21, 2016: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859869/signaling-pathways-in-mammalian-preimplantation-development-linking-cellular-phenotypes-to-lineage-decisions
#18
REVIEW
Sergio Menchero, Teresa Rayon, Maria Jose Andreu, Miguel Manzanares
The first stages of mammalian development, before implantation of the embryo in the maternal uterus, result in the establishment of three cell populations in the blastocyst: trophectoderm, epiblast, and primitive endoderm. These events involve only a small number of cells, and are initiated by morphological differences among them related to cell adhesion and polarity. Much attention has been paid to the master transcription factors that are critical for establishing and maintaining early lineage choices. Nevertheless, a large body of work also reveals that additional molecular mechanisms are involved...
November 18, 2016: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858211/factors-influencing-the-decision-making-process-and-long-term-interpersonal-outcomes-for-parents-who-undergo-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-for-fanconi-anemia-a-qualitative-investigation
#19
K Haude, P McCarthy Veach, B LeRoy, H Zierhut
Fanconi anemia (FA) is characterized by congenital malformations, progressive bone marrow failure, and predisposition to malignancy. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is used to treat FA, and best results are attained with sibling donors who are human leukocyte antigen (HLA) identical matches. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) offers parents of an affected child the opportunity to have an unaffected child who is an HLA match. While some research has investigated parents' experiences during the PGD process, no published studies specifically address factors influencing their decision-making process and long-term interpersonal outcomes...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857135/asynchronous-fate-decisions-by-single-cells-collectively-ensure-consistent-lineage-composition-in-the-mouse-blastocyst
#20
Néstor Saiz, Kiah M Williams, Venkatraman E Seshan, Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis
Intercellular communication is essential to coordinate the behaviour of individual cells during organismal development. The preimplantation mammalian embryo is a paradigm of tissue self-organization and regulative development; however, the cellular basis of these regulative abilities has not been established. Here we use a quantitative image analysis pipeline to undertake a high-resolution, single-cell level analysis of lineage specification in the inner cell mass (ICM) of the mouse blastocyst. We show that a consistent ratio of epiblast and primitive endoderm lineages is achieved through incremental allocation of cells from a common progenitor pool, and that the lineage composition of the ICM is conserved regardless of its size...
November 18, 2016: Nature Communications
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