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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230788/the-adverse-effects-of-triptolide-on-the-reproductive-system-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-oogenesis-impairment-and-decreased-oocyte-quality
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Qinli Ruan, Yun Xu, Rui Xu, Jiaying Wang, Yongqing Hua, Meng Wang, Jinao Duan
Previous studies have revealed that Triptolide damages female reproductive capacity, but the mechanism is unclear. In this study, we used Caenorhabditis elegans to investigate the effects of Triptolide on the germline and explore its possible mechanisms. Our data show that exposure for 4 h to 50 and 100 mg/L Triptolide reduced C. elegans fertility, led to depletion and inactivation of spermatids with the changes in the expression levels of related genes, and increased the number of unfertilized oocytes through damaging chromosomes and DNA damage repair mechanisms...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230328/higher-order-oligomerization-of-the-licensing-orc4-protein-is-required-for-polar-body-extrusion-in-murine-meiosis
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Hieu Nguyen, Nicholas G James, Lynn Nguyen, Thien P Nguyen, Cindy Vuong, Michael Ortega, W Steven Ward
We have previously shown that the DNA replication licensing factor ORC4 forms a cage around the chromosomes that are extruded in both polar bodies during murine oogenesis, but not around the chromosomes that are retained in the oocyte or around the sperm chromatin. We termed this structure the ORC4 cage. Here, we tested whether the formation of the ORC4 cage is necessary for polar body extrusion (PBE). We first experimentally forced oocytes to extrude sperm chromatin as a pseudo-polar body and found that under these conditions the sperm chromatin did become enclosed in an ORC4 cage...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223491/oogenesis-and-reproductive-investment-of-atlantic-herring-are-functions-of-not-only-present-but-long-ago-environmental-influences-as-well
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Thassya C Dos Santos Schmidt, Aril Slotte, James Kennedy, Svein Sundby, Arne Johannessen, Gudmundur J Óskarsson, Yutaka Kurita, Nils C Stenseth, Olav Sigurd Kjesbu
Following general life history theory, immediate reproductive investment (egg mass × fecundity/body mass) in oviparous teleosts is a consequence of both present and past environmental influences. This clarification questions the frequent use of season-independent (general) fecundity formulas in marine fish recruitment studies based on body metrics only. Here we test the underlying assumption of no lag effect on gametogenesis in the planktivorous, determinate-fecundity Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) displaying large plasticity in egg mass and fecundity, examining Norwegian summer-autumn spawning herring (NASH), North Sea autumn-spawning herring (NSAH), and Norwegian spring-spawning herring (NSSH)...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222105/stat3-cdc25a-dependent-cell-proliferation-promotes-embryonic-axis-extension-during-zebrafish-gastrulation
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Yinzi Liu, Diane S Sepich, Lilianna Solnica-Krezel
Cell proliferation has generally been considered dispensable for anteroposterior extension of embryonic axis during vertebrate gastrulation. Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (Stat3), a conserved controller of cell proliferation, survival and regeneration, is associated with human scoliosis, cancer and Hyper IgE Syndrome. Zebrafish Stat3 was proposed to govern convergence and extension gastrulation movements in part by promoting Wnt/Planar Cell Polarity (PCP) signaling, a conserved regulator of mediolaterally polarized cell behaviors...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218427/two-vitellogenins-in-the-loliginid-squid-uroteuthis-edulis-identification-and-specific-expression-in-ovarian-follicles
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Hajime Kitano, Naoki Nagano, Keishi Sakaguchi, Michiya Matsuyama
Vitellogenenesis is a physiological process common in oviparous animals. The molecular profile, modifications, and utilization of vitellogenin (VTG), a precursor of yolk protein, have been characterized in various taxa to understand oogenesis within different modes of reproduction. Hormonal regulation of VTGs has been investigated in invertebrates, such as insects and crustaceans; conversely, little is known for cephalopods. In this study, we isolated two VTG genes (ue-VTG1 and ue-VTG2) from the loliginid swordtip squid, Uroteuthis edulis, via a comprehensive survey of a transcriptome database and subsequent cDNA cloning...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207183/combining-the-auxin-inducible-degradation-system-with-crispr-cas9-based-genome-editing-for-the-conditional-depletion-of-endogenous-drosophila-melanogaster-proteins
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Melinda Bence, Ferenc Jankovics, Tamás Lukácsovich, Miklós Erdélyi
Inducible protein degradation techniques have considerable advantages over classical genetic approaches, which generate loss-of-function phenotypes at the gene or mRNA level. The plant-derived auxin-inducible degradation system (AID) is a promising technique which enables the degradation of target proteins tagged with the AID motif in non-plant cells. Here, we present a detailed characterization of this method employed during the adult oogenesis of Drosophila. Furthermore, with the help of CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing, we improve the utility of the AID system in the conditional elimination of endogenously expressed proteins...
February 16, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179368/a-common-group-of-eggshell-proteins-ensure-the-transfer-of-both-dorsoventral-and-terminal-information-from-ovary-to-embryo-in-drosophila
#7
Alessandro Mineo, Marc Furriols, Jordi Casanova
The Drosophila eggshell is an extracellular matrix that confers protection to the egg and also plays a role in transferring positional information from the ovary to pattern the embryo. Among the constituents of the Drosophila eggshell, Nasrat, Polehole and Closca form a group of proteins related by sequence, secreted by the oocyte and mutually required for their incorporation into the eggshell. Besides their role in eggshell integrity, Nasrat, Polehole and Closca are also required for embryonic terminal patterning by anchoring or stabilizing Torso-like at the eggshell...
February 7, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169348/the-internal-anatomy-of-titanosaur-osteoderms-from-the-upper-cretaceous-of-spain-is-compatible-with-a-role-in-oogenesis
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Daniel Vidal, Francisco Ortega, Francisco Gascó, Alejandro Serrano-Martínez, José Luis Sanz
Dermal armor is one of the most intriguing features of some titanosaurs, the only sauropod dinosaurs that bore osteoderms. Some studies have revealed cavities of varying sizes inside some titanosaur osteoderms, interpreted as the result of bone remodeling for mineral mobilization. Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain the need for mineral mobilization in titanosaurs. However, rejecting those hypotheses was difficult with hitherto available evidence. The Upper Cretaceous site of Lo Hueco (Cuenca; Spain) has yielded one of the largest titanosaur osteoderm sets available...
February 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161642/drosophila-tensin-plays-an-essential-role-in-cell-migration-and-planar-polarity-formation-during-oogenesis-by-mediating-integrin-dependent-extracellular-signals-to-actin-organization
#9
In Jun Cha, Jang Ho Lee, Kyoung Sang Cho, Sung Bae Lee
Oogenesis in Drosophila involves very dynamic cellular changes such as cell migration and polarity formation inside an ovary during short period. Previous studies identified a number of membrane-bound receptors directly receiving certain types of extracellular inputs as well as intracellular signalings to be involved in the regulation of these dynamic cellular changes. However, yet our understanding on exactly how these receptor-mediated extracellular inputs lead to dynamic cellular changes remains largely unclear...
March 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151980/lhx8-interacts-with-a-novel-germ-cell-specific-nuclear-factor-containing-an-nbl1-domain-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss
#10
Liyuan Fu, Prasanthi P Koganti, Jian Wang, Lei Wang, Cheng-Lun Wang, Jianbo Yao
Lhx8 is an important transcription factor that is preferentially expressed in germ cells. Lhx8 null mice are infertile due to lack of oocytes and impairment of the transition from primordial follicles to primary follicles. Lhx8 deficiency also affects the expression of many important oocyte-specific genes. In this study, we report the characterization of rainbow trout lhx8 genes and identification of a novel germ cell-specific nuclear factor that interacts with Lhx8. Two lhx8 genes, lhx8a and lhx8b, were identified, encoding proteins of 344 and 361 amino acids, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131763/oogenesis-in-three-species-of-naidinae-annelida-clitellata-is-extraovarian-of-the-stylaria-type
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Szymon Gorgoń, Agata Wardas, Mariola Krodkiewska, Piotr Świątek
Older observations, which were based solely on light microscopy, suggested that the main stages of oogenesis such as yolk uptake, take place outside the ovary, i.e. in the body or the ovisac cavity in some groups of clitellate annelids. Such extraovarian oogenesis was observed in naidines (Naidinae). Because there are no current data about the ovary organization and the course of oogenesis in Naidinae, we analyzed female gametogenesis in three common representatives of this taxon - Stylaria lacustris, Chaetogaster diaphanus and Ripistes parasita - using light, fluorescent and transmission electron microscopy...
September 15, 2016: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124980/evolutionary-conservation-of-pou5f3-genomic-organization-and-its-dynamic-distribution-during-embryogenesis-and-in-adult-gonads-in-japanese-flounder-paralichthys-olivaceus
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Jinning Gao, Xubo Wang, Quanqi Zhang
Octamer-binding transcription factor 4 (Oct4) is a member of POU (Pit-Oct-Unc) transcription factor family Class V that plays a crucial role in maintaining the pluripotency and self-renewal of stem cells. Though it has been deeply investigated in mammals, its lower vertebrate homologue, especially in the marine fish, is poorly studied. In this study, we isolated the full-length sequence of Paralichthys olivaceus pou5f3 (Popou5f3), and we found that it is homologous to mammalian Oct4. We identified two transcript variants with different lengths of 3'-untranslated regions (UTRs) generated by alternative polyadenylation (APA)...
January 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114410/a-gap-junction-protein-inx2-modulates-calcium-flux-to-specify-border-cell-fate-during-drosophila-oogenesis
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Aresh Sahu, Ritabrata Ghosh, Girish Deshpande, Mohit Prasad
Intercellular communication mediated by gap junction (GJ) proteins is indispensable during embryogenesis, tissue regeneration and wound healing. Here we report functional analysis of a gap junction protein, Innexin 2 (Inx2), in cell type specification during Drosophila oogenesis. Our data reveal a novel involvement of Inx2 in the specification of Border Cells (BCs), a migratory cell type, whose identity is determined by the cell autonomous STAT activity. We show that Inx2 influences BC fate specification by modulating STAT activity via Domeless receptor endocytosis...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114363/evidence-for-integrin-venus-kinase-receptor-1-alliance-in-the-ovary-of-schistosoma-mansoni-females-controlling-cell-survival
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Verena Gelmedin, Marion Morel, Steffen Hahnel, Katia Cailliau, Colette Dissous, Christoph G Grevelding
In metazoan integrin signaling is an important process of mediating extracellular and intracellular communication processes. This can be achieved by cooperation of integrins with growth factor receptors (GFRs). Schistosoma mansoni is a helminth parasite inducing schistosomiasis, an infectious disease of worldwide significance for humans and animals. First studies on schistosome integrins revealed their role in reproductive processes, being involved in spermatogenesis and oogenesis. With respect to the roles of eggs for maintaining the parasite´s life cycle and for inducing the pathology of schistosomiasis, elucidating reproductive processes is of high importance...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114310/a-unique-egg-cortical-granule-localization-motif-is-required-for-ovastacin-sequestration-to-prevent-premature-zp2-cleavage-and-ensure-female-fertility-in-mice
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Bo Xiong, Yangu Zhao, Stephanie Beall, Anna Burkart Sadusky, Jurrien Dean
Monospermic fertilization is mediated by the extracellular zona pellucida composed of ZP1, ZP2 and ZP3. Sperm bind to the N-terminus of ZP2 which is cleaved after fertilization by ovastacin (encoded by Astl) exocytosed from egg cortical granules to prevent sperm binding. AstlNull mice lack the post-fertilization block to sperm binding and the ability to rescue this phenotype with AstlmCherry transgenic mice confirms the role of ovastacin in providing a definitive block to polyspermy. During oogenesis, endogenous ovastacin traffics through the endomembrane system prior to storage in peripherally located cortical granules...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096217/high-throughput-analysis-reveals-novel-maternal-germline-rnas-crucial-for-primordial-germ-cell-preservation-and-proper-migration
#16
Dawn A Owens, Amanda M Butler, Tristan H Aguero, Karen M Newman, Derek Van Booven, Mary Lou King
During oogenesis, hundreds of maternal RNAs are selectively localized to the animal or vegetal pole, including determinants of somatic and germline fates. Although microarray analysis has identified localized determinants, it is not comprehensive and is limited to known transcripts. Here, we utilized high-throughput RNA-sequencing analysis to comprehensively interrogate animal and vegetal pole RNAs in the fully grown Xenopus laevis oocyte. We identified 411 (198 annotated) and 27 (15 annotated) enriched mRNAs at the vegetal and animal pole, respectively...
January 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089945/zearalenone-exposure-impairs-ovarian-primordial-follicle-formation-via-down-regulation-of-lhx8-expression-in-vitro
#17
Guo-Liang Zhang, Xiao-Feng Sun, Yan-Zhong Feng, Bo Li, Ya-Peng Li, Fan Yang, Charles Martin Nyachoti, Wei Shen, Shi-Duo Sun, Lan Li
Zearalenone (ZEA) is an estrogenic mycotoxin mainly produced as a secondary metabolite by numerous species of Fusarium. Previous work showed that ZEA had a negative impact on domestic animals with regard to reproduction. The adverse effects and the mechanisms of ZEA on mammalian ovarian folliculogenesis remain largely unknown, particularly its effect on primordial follicle formation. Thus, we investigated the biological effects of ZEA exposure on murine ovarian germ cell cyst breakdown and primordial follicle assembly...
January 12, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089848/sparc-preserves-follicular-epithelium-integrity-in-insect-ovaries
#18
Paula Irles, Saray Ramos, Maria-Dolors Piulachs
The importance of juvenile hormone regulating insect oogenesis suggests looking for genes whose expression is regulated by this hormone. SPARC is a calcium-binding glycoprotein that forms part of the extracellular membranes, which in vertebrates participates in bones mineralization or regulating cell proliferation in some cancer types. This large number of functions described for SPARC in different species might be related to the significant differences in its structure observed when comparing different species-groups...
February 15, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074850/juvenile-hormone-biosynthesis-in-adult-blattella-germanica-requires-nuclear-receptors-seven-up-and-ftz-f1
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Ferran Borras-Castells, Claudia Nieva, José L Maestro, Oscar Maestro, Xavier Belles, David Martín
In insects, the transition from juvenile development to the adult stage is controlled by juvenile hormone (JH) synthesized from the corpora allata (CA) glands. Whereas a JH-free period during the last juvenile instar triggers metamorphosis and the end of the growth period, the reappearance of this hormone after the imaginal molt marks the onset of reproductive adulthood. Despite the importance of such transition, the regulatory mechanism that controls it remains mostly unknown. Here, using the hemimetabolous insect Blattella germanica, we show that nuclear hormone receptors Seven-up-B (BgSvp-B) and Fushi tarazu-factor 1 (BgFTZ-F1) have essential roles in the tissue- and stage-specific activation of adult CA JH-biosynthetic activity...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071684/genome-wide-identification-of-novel-ovarian-predominant-mirnas-new-insights-from-the-medaka-oryzias-latipes
#20
Amine Bouchareb, Aurélie Le Cam, Jérôme Montfort, Stéphanie Gay, Thaovi Nguyen, Julien Bobe, Violette Thermes
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small, highly conserved non-coding RNAs that play important roles in the regulation of many physiological processes. However, the role of miRNAs in vertebrate oocyte formation (i.e., oogenesis) remains poorly investigated. To gain new insights into the roles of miRNAs in oogenesis, we searched for ovarian-predominant miRNAs. Using a microarray displaying 3,800 distinct miRNAs originating from different vertebrate species, we identified 66 miRNAs that are expressed predominantly in the ovary...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
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