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Kathrin Theil, Margareta Herzog, Nikolaus Rajewsky
In mRNA sequences, 3' UTRs are thought to contain most elements that specifically regulate localization, turnover, and translation. Although high-throughput experiments indicate that many RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) also bind 5' UTRs, much less is known about specific post-transcriptional control exerted by 5' UTRs. GLD-1 is a conserved RBP and a translational repressor with essential roles in Caenorhabditis elegans germ cell development. Previously, we showed that GLD-1 binds highly conserved sites in both 3' and 5' UTRs...
March 20, 2018: Cell Reports
Chey Loveday, Kevin Litchfield, Max Levy, Amy Holroyd, Peter Broderick, Zsofia Kote-Jarai, Alison M Dunning, Kenneth Muir, Julian Peto, Rosalind Eeles, Douglas F Easton, Darshna Dudakia, Nick Orr, Nora Pashayan, Alison Reid, Robert A Huddart, Richard S Houlston, Clare Turnbull
Testicular germ cell tumor (TGCT), the most common cancer in men aged 18 to 45 years, has a strong heritable basis. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have proposed single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at a number of loci influencing TGCT risk. To further evaluate the association of recently proposed risk SNPs with TGCT at 2q14.2, 3q26.2, 7q36.3, 10q26.13 and 15q21.3, we analyzed genotype data on 3,206 cases and 7,422 controls. Our analysis provides independent replication of the associations for risk SNPs at 2q14...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Xiuliang Dai, Qian Zhang, Zhenzhen Yu, Weiwei Sun, Rong Wang, Dengshun Miao
Previous studies have demonstrated that the polycomb repressor Bmi1 is universally expressed in all types of testicular cells and might regulate the spermatogonia proliferation, however, it is unclear whether Bmi1 plays a critical role in maintaining normal male fertility in vivo. To answer this question, we first confirmed that Bmi1 is universally expressed in all types of testicular cells and found that the gene relative expression levels of Bmi1 in testis were the highest relative to other organs. Then we investigated the role of Bmi1 in maintaining normal male fertility using Bmi1 knockout male mouse model...
2018: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Katharine H Wrighton
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March 21, 2018: Nature Reviews. Molecular Cell Biology
Laurie Cook, Michelle Tensley, Wm Tod Drost, Christopher Koivisto, Michael Oglesbee
A 4 yr old border collie presenting for mydriasis and decreased mentation and a 7 yr old Boston terrier presenting for obtundation, head tilt, and paraparesis were both evaluated using MRI. Findings in both included mass lesions of the thalamus and brainstem that were hypo- to isointense on T1-weighted images and hyperintense on T2-weighted images with regions of hypointensity, and robust contrast enhancement and displacement of adjacent structures. Postmortem histopathology findings, tumor location, and a mixed pattern of epithelial cell differentiation were consistent with germ cell tumor in both cases...
March 20, 2018: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Lauren A Jevons, Franchesca D Houghton, Rahul S Tare
The rise in the incidence of musculoskeletal diseases is attributed to an increasing ageing population. The debilitating effects of musculoskeletal diseases, coupled with a lack of effective therapies, contribute to huge financial strains on healthcare systems. The focus of regenerative medicine has shifted to pluripotent stem cells (PSCs), namely, human embryonic stem cells and human-induced PSCs, due to the limited success of adult stem cell-based interventions. PSCs constitute a valuable cell source for musculoskeletal regeneration due to their capacity for unlimited self-renewal, ability to differentiate into all cell lineages of the three germ layers and perceived immunoprivileged characteristics...
March 20, 2018: Regenerative Medicine
Kenrick Ng, Sarah Duncan, Jonathan Shamash, Constantine Alifrangis
The treatment of poor prognosis chemotherapy naïve or relapsed testicular cancer is challenging. In poor prognosis treatment naïve disease, the outlook for patients with standard approaches utilising three weekly cisplatin based regimens, most commonly bleomycin, etoposide and cisplatin (BEP) is suboptimal, and one can expect more than half of patients to relapse or progress and need salvage treatment. Recent randomised studies have lent weight to the use of dose intensified treatments in these selected patient groups...
March 21, 2018: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Till J Meyer, Stefan Hartmann, Gisela Wohlleben, Muna Brisam, Axel Seher, Alexander C Kübler, Bülent Polat, Urs D A Müller-Richter
Radiotherapy alone, or as an addition to surgery is important for the treatment of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). In addition to their expression in germ cells, melanoma associated antigens-A (MAGE-A) are only expressed in malignant tissue. Notably, there is a known correlation between MAGE-A9 expression and poor prognosis in HNSCC patients. However, current knowledge regarding the function of MAGE-A9 expression, particularly in the context of irradiation, is limited. MAGE-A9 expression in 37 oral squamous cell carcinoma patents was immunohistochemically determined and analyzed for overall survival by the Kaplan-Meier log-rank test...
March 2018: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Andres Matoso, Binny Khandakar, Songyang Yuan, Tony Wu, Li J Wang, Kara A Lombardo, Shamlal Mangray, Abul Ala Syed Rifat Mannan, Evgeny Yakirevich
Gender confirmation surgery (GCS) is increasingly common in persons with gender dysphoria. We describe changes seen in gonads from individuals seeking male to female physical adaptation. We studied 99 orchiectomies from 50 persons. The average age was 33years (range: 21-63). Eighty six of 99 (86.8%) testes were normal in size with an average size of 3.87cm (range: 3.0-5.5). Thirteen of 99 (13.1%) testes were hypotrophic and measured up to 2.5cm. Seminiferous tubules were reduced in diameter compared to controls (0...
March 16, 2018: Human Pathology
Alejandro D Bolzán, Martha S Bianchi
Bleomycin (BLM) is an antibiotic isolated from Streptomyces verticillus. It has radiomimetic actions on DNA thus it has been widely used in clinical chemotherapy for the treatment of different types of cancer, including head and neck tumors, lymphomas, squamous-cell carcinomas and germ-cell tumors. Because of this, the study of BLM genotoxicity is of practical interest. This antibiotic is an S-independent clastogen and an agent that generates free radicals and induces single- and double-strand breaks in DNA...
January 2018: Mutation Research
Alexander L Greninger, Giselle M Knudsen, Pavitra Roychoudhury, Derek J Hanson, Ruth Hall Sedlak, Hong Xie, Jon Guan, Thuy Nguyen, Vikas Peddu, Michael Boeckh, Meei-Li Huang, Linda Cook, Daniel P Depledge, Danielle M Zerr, David M Koelle, Soren Gantt, Tetsushi Yoshikawa, Mary Caserta, Joshua A Hill, Keith R Jerome
BACKGROUND: Human herpesvirus-6A and -6B (HHV-6) are betaherpesviruses that reach > 90% seroprevalence in the adult population. Unique among human herpesviruses, HHV-6 can integrate into the subtelomeric regions of human chromosomes; when this occurs in germ line cells it causes a condition called inherited chromosomally integrated HHV-6 (iciHHV-6). Only two complete genomes are available for replicating HHV-6B, leading to numerous conflicting annotations and little known about the global genomic diversity of this ubiquitous virus...
March 20, 2018: BMC Genomics
Aarne Fleischer, Iván M Lorenzo, Esther Palomino, Trond Aasen, Fernando Gómez, Miguel Servera, Víctor J Asensio, Víctor Gálvez, Juan Carlos Izpisúa-Belmonte, Daniel Bachiller
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a monogenic, lethal disease caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance (CFTR) gene. Here we report the production of CF-iPS cell lines from two different p.F508del homozygous female patients (Table 1). Two different primary cell types, skin fibroblasts and keratinocytes, were transfected with retroviral cocktails containing four: c-MYC, KLF4, OCT4 and SOX2 (MKOS) or three: KLF4, OCT4 and SOX2 (KOS) reprogramming factors. Two fibroblast-derived MKOS lines are described in the main text...
March 11, 2018: Stem Cell Research
Zoran Marinović, Jelena Lujić, Eszter Kása, Zsolt Csenki, Béla Urbányi, Ákos Horváth
Current trends in science and biotechnology lead to creation of thousands of new lines in model organisms thereby leading to the necessity for new methods for safe storage of genetic resources beyond the common practices of keeping breeding colonies. The main purpose of this study was to adapt the needle immersed vitrification (NIV) procedure to cryopreserve whole zebrafish testes. Cryopreservation of early-stage germ cells by whole testes NIV offers possibilities for the storage of zebrafish genetic resources, especially since after transplantation they can mature into both male and female gametes...
March 4, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Grace H Hwang, Jessica L Hopkins, Philip W Jordan
Chromatin spread techniques have been widely used to assess the dynamic localization of various proteins during gametogenesis, particularly for spermatogenesis. These techniques allow for visualization of protein and DNA localization patterns during meiotic events such as homologous chromosome pairing, synapsis and DNA repair. While a few protocols have been described in the literature, general chromatin spread techniques using mammalian prophase oocytes are limited and difficult due to the timing of meiosis initiation in fetal ovaries...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Hong-Zhuan Shi, Hong Liu, Qiao-Sheng Guo, Jia Wang, Fei Liu
The reproductive system and gonad development and germ cell occurrence of Whitmania pigra have been studied by using tissue section electron microscope techniques. W. pigra has completely independent male and female reproduction system, which lasts 11 months. The development of spermary started before the development of ovary. When egg cell is only a primordial germ cell, sperm has an initially complete form. Meanwhile, sperm cells and egg cells orderly development and synchronously mature. According to the development of sperm cells and egg cells, the development of cycle of the spermary could be divided into 6 stages: proliferating stage (1-3 months of age), growing stage (4-5 months of age), resting stage (6-8 months of age), maturing stage (9 months of age), spawning stage (10 months of age) and degradation stage (11 months of age)...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Joke Terryn, Tine Tricot, Madhavsai Gajjar, Catherine Verfaillie
Pluripotent stem cells have the property of long-term self-renewal and the potential to give rise to descendants of the three germ layers and hence all mature cells in the human body. Therefore, they hold the promise of offering insight not only into human development but also for human disease modeling and regenerative medicine. However, the generation of mature differentiated cells that closely resemble their in vivo counterparts remains challenging. Recent advances in single-cell transcriptomics and computational modeling of gene regulatory networks are revealing a better understanding of lineage commitment and are driving modern genome editing approaches...
2018: F1000Research
Natsuki Hemmi, Yasuko Akiyama-Oda, Koichi Fujimoto, Hiroki Oda
One of the conserved traits of arthropod embryonic development is striped expression of homologs of Drosophila segment polarity genes, including hedgehog (hh). Although a diversity of stripe-forming processes is recognized among arthropod embryos, such varied stripe-forming processes have not been well characterized from cellular and quantitative perspectives. The spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum embryo, which has a hh-dependent mechanism of axis formation, offers a cell-based field where the stripes of Pt-hh (a hh homolog) expression dynamically develop in accordance with axis formation and growth, with the patterning processes varying among the regions of the field...
March 15, 2018: Developmental Biology
Yan-Wei Sha, Xiong Wang, Zhi-Ying Su, Chengrong Wang, Zhi-Yong Ji, Li-Bin Mei, Ling Zhang, Bing-Bing Deng, Xian-Jing Huang, Wei Yan, Jie Chen, Ping Li, Yuan-Qing Cui, Qing-Lan Qu, Chenghong Yin, Xue-Mei He
Oligoasthenoteratozoospermia (OAT) is characterized as low sperm count, decreased sperm motility and structural abnormalities of the sperm head in the same patient. However, very few studies reported the genetic alterations associated with OAT. Here we report a 38-year-old patient with OAT from a consanguineous family, with 2-6 million/mL sperm density, 2.1-3.8% normal sperm morphology and immotile sperm. Whole-exome sequencing (WES) identified homozygous variant c.1259A>G:p.Y420C in the TDRD6 gene. TDRD6 is a testis-specific expressed protein that was localized to the chromatoid bodies in germ cells and played an important role in the nonsense-mediated decay pathway...
March 15, 2018: Gene
Mandy Berndt-Paetz, Luise Herbst, Annett Weimann, Andreas Gonsior, Jens-Uwe Stolzenburg, Jochen Neuhaus
PURPOSE: Muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChRs) regulate a number of important physiological functions. Alteration of mAChR expression or function has been associated in the etiology of several pathologies including functional bladder disorders (e.g bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis - BPS/IC). In a previous study we found specific mAChR expression patterns associated with BPS/IC, while correlation between protein and gene expression was lacking. Posttranslational regulatory mechanisms, e...
March 15, 2018: Acta Histochemica
I Nikas, A Hapfelmeier, M Mollenhauer, D Angermeier, M Bettstetter, R Götz, M Schmidmayr, V Seifert-Klauss, A Muckenhuber, U Schenck, Gregor Weirich
Pathogenic microbes may colonize the female genital tract via sexual transmission and cause health issues like inflammation or malignancy, summarized as sexually transmitted disease (STD). A major representative of such pathogens is Trichomonas vaginalis (T.v.), whose role in the etiology of cervical cancer remains elusive. Traditional morphologic screening of cervical smears is able to detect T.v., although its identification may be complicated by look-alikes such as degenerated granulocytes and basal cells...
March 17, 2018: Parasitology Research
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