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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762037/genetic-polymorphism-of-growth-differentiation-factor-9-gdf9-gene-related-to-fecundity-in-two-egyptian-sheep-breeds
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Zaki A El Fiky, Gamal M Hassan, Mohamed I Nassar
PURPOSE: This study explores polymorphisms in the growth differentiation factor 9 (GDF9) gene (exon 1) with respect to fertility in Egyptian sheep. METHODS: Blood samples were collected, and genomic DNA was extracted from 24 Saidi and 13 Ossimi ewes. A 710 bp portion of the GDF9 gene, was amplified using specific primers, and the sequence was analyzed to clarify the phylogenetic relationship of Egyptian breed sheep. In addition, the PCR-RFLP method using Pst1 or Msp1 restriction enzymes was used to mask polymorphisms of partial exon 1 of GDF9 gene to establish molecular markers for twinning...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738802/histological-and-transcriptomic-effects-of-17%C3%AE-methyltestosterone-on-zebrafish-gonad-development
#2
Stephanie Ling Jie Lee, Julia A Horsfield, Michael A Black, Kim Rutherford, Amanda Fisher, Neil J Gemmell
BACKGROUND: Sex hormones play important roles in teleost ovarian and testicular development. In zebrafish, ovarian differentiation appears to be dictated by an oocyte-derived signal via Cyp19a1a aromatase-mediated estrogen production. Androgens and aromatase inhibitors can induce female-to-male sex reversal, however, the mechanisms underlying gonadal masculinisation are poorly understood. We used histological analyses together with RNA sequencing to characterise zebrafish gonadal transcriptomes and investigate the effects of 17α-methyltestosterone on gonadal differentiation...
July 24, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738285/molecular-assessment-characterization-and-differentiation-of-theca-stem-cells-imply-the-presence-of-mesenchymal-and-pluripotent-stem-cells-in-sheep-ovarian-theca-layer
#3
Samane Adib, Mojtaba Rezazadeh Valojerdi
The ability of ovarian theca stem cells to differentiate into oocyte and theca cells may lead to a major advancement in reproductive biology and infertility treatments. However, there is little information about function, growth and differentiation potential of these immature cells. In this study adult sheep theca stem cells (TSCs) characteristics, and differentiation potential into osteocyte-like cells (OSLCs), adipocyte-like cells (ALCs), theca progenitor-like cells (TPCs), and oocyte-like cells (OLCs) were investigated...
July 8, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736154/retinoic-acid-induces-differentiation-of-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis-embryonic-stem-cells-into-germ-cells
#4
Syed Mohmad Shah, Suresh Kumar Singla, Prabhat Palta, Radhey Sham Manik, Manmohan Singh Chauhan
Development of precise and reproducible culture system for in vitro differentiation of embryonic stem (ES) cells into germ cells counts as a major leap forward for understanding not only the remarkable process of gametogenesis, otherwise obscured by limited availability of precursor primordial germ cells (PGCs), but in finally treating the catastrophic infertility. Taking into account the significant role of retinoic acid (RA) during in vivo gametogenesis, we designed the present study to investigate the effects of its stimulation on directing the differentiation of ES cells into germ cells...
July 19, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733348/molecular-forms-of-ruminant-bmp15-and-gdf9-and-putative-interactions-with-receptors
#5
Derek A Heath, Janet Pitman, Kenneth P McNatty
Bone morphogenetic factor 15 (BMP15) and growth differentiation factor 9 (GDF9) are oocyte-secreted factors with demonstrable effects on ovarian follicular development and ovulation-rate. However, the molecular forms of BMP15 and GDF9 produced by oocytes remains unclear. The aims herein, using Western blotting (WB) procedures with specific monoclonal antibodies (mabs), were to identify the molecular forms of BMP15 and GDF9 synthesised and secreted by isolated ovine (o) and bovine (b) oocytes in vitro. The mabs were known to recognise the biological forms of BMP15 or GDF9 since they had previously been shown to inhibit their bioactivities in vitro and in vivo...
July 21, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693630/developmental-competence-of-dromedary-camel-camelus-dromedarius-oocytes-selected-using-brilliant-cresyl-blue-staining
#6
Mohamed Fathi, Mohamed Ashry, Ali Salama, Magdy R Badr
The objectives of the present studies were to investigate the developmental capacity of dromedary camel oocytes selected by brilliant cresyl blue (BCB) staining and to investigate the expression of select transcripts in germinal vesicle (GV) stage oocytes. These transcripts included BMP15 and GDF9 as important transcripts for folliculogenesis and oocyte development, Zar1 and Mater as maternal transcripts required for embryonic development, Cyclin B1 and CDK1 as cell cycle regulators and Oct4 and STAT3 as transcription factors...
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
#7
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/28674231/molecular-characterization-and-expression-of-the-gdf9-gene-in-new-zealand-white-rabbits
#8
Caixia Sun, Shuyu Xie, Tao Huang, Wei Zhang, Ansi Wang, Dan Wang, Ming Li, Guirong Sun
Growth differentiation factor 9 (GDF9) has been shown to be involved in regulating follicular development and reproduction in many mammalian species. However, related information about the effect of the GDF9 gene on reproductive traits of New Zealand white rabbits was rarely reported. In this study, rabbits were distributed into two groups (poor and prolific offspring productions) and cloning and quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) were employed to characterize the rabbit GDF9 gene. By cloning, 2515-bp genomic DNA and 1359-bp cDNA sequences were obtained...
June 2017: Journal of Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669364/expression-of-markers-for-germ-cells-and-oocytes-in-cow-dermal-fibroblast-treated-with-5-azacytidine-and-cultured-in-differentiation-medium-containing-bmp2-bmp4-or-follicular-fluid
#9
José Jackson do Nascimento Costa, Glaucinete Borges de Souza, Joyla Maria Pires Bernardo, Regislane Pinto Ribeiro, José Renato de Souza Passos, Francisco Taiã Gomes Bezerra, Márcia Viviane Alves Saraiva, José Roberto Viana Silva
This study aims to investigate the effect 5-azacytidine (5-Aza) during induction of pluripotency in bovine fibroblasts and to evaluate the effects of BMP2, BMP4 or follicular fluid in the differentiation of reprogrammed fibroblasts in primordial germ cells and oocytes. It also analysis the mRNA levels for OCT4, NANOG, REX, SOX2, VASA, DAZL, cKIT, SCP3, ZPA and GDF9 after culturing 5-Aza treated fibroblasts in the different tested medium. Dermal fibroblasts were cultured and exposed to 0.5, 1.0 or 2.0 μM of 5-Aza for 18 h, 36 h or 72 h...
June 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667646/qpcr-and-hrm-based-diagnosis-of-snps-on-growth-differentiation-factor-9-gdf9-a-gene-associated-with-sheep-ovis-aries-prolificacy
#10
Raquel Anahí Escobar-Chaparro, Gabriel Guillén, Luis Uribe Espejo-Galicia, Víctor Manuel Meza-Villalvazo, Julián Mario Peña-Castro, José Abad-Zavaleta
Prolificacy is a desirable trait for genetic improvement of sheep flocks, since it holds the potential to improve productivity. Animals carrying single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes associated with this trait can be identified and employed to increase prolificacy in flocks. In this study, we report a diagnostic method based on quantitative PCR and high-resolution melting curves to detect different SNPs in the prolificacy-associated gene growth differentiation factor 9 (GDF9). The diagnostic method was validated using artificial sequences representing known SNPs in GDF9, then applied to a real flock comprising four breeds and admixed animals (n = 306)...
July 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619824/setd1b-encoding-a-histone-3-lysine-4-methyltransferase-is-a-maternal-effect-gene-required-for-the-oogenic-gene-expression-program
#11
David Brici, Qinyu Zhang, Susanne Reinhardt, Andreas Dahl, Hella Hartmann, Kerstin Schmidt, Neha Goveas, Jiahao Huang, Lenka Gahurova, Gavin Kelsey, Konstantinos Anastassiadis, A Francis Stewart, Andrea Kranz
Germ cell development involves major reprogramming of the epigenome to prime the zygote for totipotency. Histone 3 lysine 4 (H3K4) methylations are universal epigenetic marks mediated in mammals by six H3K4 methyltransferases related to fly Trithorax, including two yeast Set1 orthologs: Setd1a and Setd1b. Whereas Setd1a plays no role in oogenesis, we report that Setd1b deficiency causes female sterility in mice. Oocyte-specific Gdf9-iCre conditional knockout (Setd1b(Gdf9) cKO) ovaries develop through all stages; however, follicular loss accumulated with age and unfertilized metaphase II (MII) oocytes exhibited irregularities of the zona pellucida and meiotic spindle...
July 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604658/in-vitro-differentiation-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-into-ovarian-follicle-like-cells
#12
Dajung Jung, Jie Xiong, Min Ye, Xunsi Qin, Lin Li, Shunfeng Cheng, Mengyuan Luo, Jia Peng, Ji Dong, Fuchou Tang, Wei Shen, Martin M Matzuk, Kehkooi Kee
Understanding the unique mechanisms of human oogenesis necessitates the development of an in vitro system of stem cell differentiation into oocytes. Specialized cell types and organoids have been derived from human pluripotent stem cells in vitro, but generating a human ovarian follicle remains a challenge. Here we report that human embryonic stem cells can be induced to differentiate into ovarian follicle-like cells (FLCs) in vitro. First, we find that two RNA-binding proteins specifically expressed in germ cells, DAZL and BOULE, regulate the exit from pluripotency and entry into meiosis...
June 12, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601148/leptin-supplementation-in%C3%A2-vitro-improved-developmental-competence-of-buffalo-oocytes-and-embryos
#13
Bibhudatta S K Panda, Sriti Pandey, Anjali Somal, Mehtab S Parmar, Irfan A Bhat, Indu Baiju, Mukesh K Bharti, G Sai Kumar, Vikash Chandra, G Taru Sharma
The aim of the present study was to determine potential role of leptin on in vitro developmental competence of buffalo oocytes and embryos. Slaughterhouse derived culture grade buffalo cumulus oocyte complexes (COCs) were matured in vitro (IVM) with leptin (10 ng/ml) or without leptin (control). In each experiment, a pool of matured COCs was used for further in vitro embryo production and another pool of COCs was used for cumulus cells and mature oocytes isolation to study the relative mRNA expression of developmentally important genes...
August 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592334/impact-of-oocyte-secreted-factors-on-its-developmental-competence-in-buffalo
#14
Swati Gupta, Sriti Pandey, Mehtab S Parmar, Anjali Somal, Avishek Paul, Bibhudatta S K Panda, Irfan A Bhat, Indu Baiju, Mukesh K Bharti, G Saikumar, Mihir Sarkar, Vikash Chandra, G Taru Sharma
Oocyte-secreted factors (OSFs) play an important role in the acquisition of oocyte developmental competence through bidirectional cross-talk between oocyte and cumulus cells via gap junctions. Thus, the present study was designed to investigate the effect of two OSFs, growth differentiation factor 9 (GDF9) and bone morphogenetic protein 15 (BMP15), on the developmental competence of buffalo oocytes derived from two different follicle sizes. Cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) from large follicles (LF, >6 mm) or small follicles (SF, 0...
June 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585345/genetic-screening-of-fecb-fecx-g-and-fecx-i-mutations-and-their-linkage-with-litter-size-in-barki-and-rahmani-sheep-breeds
#15
A S El-Seedy, N M Hashem, K M El-Azrak, Anm Nour El-Din, T A Ramadan, T A Taha, M H Salem
Characterization of fecundity genes offers the opportunity to improve production efficiency, and the consequent increase in litter size in livestock industry, through utilizing them in breeding programs. The main objective of this study was to detect the BMPR-IB, BMP15 and GDF9 gene mutations and to investigate whether these mutations are associated with litter size in Egyptian sheep breeds. To achieve this goal, 73 adult ewes representing Barki (n = 33) and Rahmani (n = 40) breeds were used. Polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) screening approach was used to detect the presence of FecB, FecX(G) and FecX(I) mutations in the two selected breeds...
June 5, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569793/oocyte-specific-deletion-of-furin-leads-to-female-infertility-by-causing-early-secondary-follicle-arrest-in-mice
#16
Tie-Gang Meng, Meng-Wen Hu, Xue-Shan Ma, Lin Huang, Qiu-Xia Liang, Yue Yuan, Yi Hou, Hongmei Wang, Heide Schatten, Zhen-Bo Wang, Qing-Yuan Sun
The process of follicular development involves communications between oocyte and surrounding granulosa cells. FURIN is a member of the family of proprotein convertases that is involved in the activation of a large number of zymogens and proproteins by cleavage at its recognition motif. To investigate the functions of FURIN in female fertility, furin(flox/flox) (fur(fl/fl)) mice were crossed with Zp3-Cre mice and Gdf9-Cre, respectively, to achieve oocyte-specific disruption of FURIN. Here we report for the first time that FURIN is dispensable for primordial follicle maintenance and activation but important for early secondary follicular development, as ablation of FURIN in oocytes caused failure of follicle development beyond the type 4 and/or 5a follicles in mutant mice, resulting in increased number of early secondary follicles and the severely decreased number of mature follicles, thus anovulation and infertility...
June 1, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526652/retinoic-acid-induces-differentiation-of-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis-embryonic-stem-cells-into-germ-cells
#17
Syed Mohmad Shah, Suresh Kumar Singla, Prabhat Palta, Radhey Sham Manik, Manmohan Singh Chauhan
Development of precise and reproducible culture system for in vitro differentiation of embryonic stem (ES) cells into germ cells counts as a major leap forward for understanding not only the remarkable process of gametogenesis, otherwise obscured by limited availability of precursor primordial germ cells (PGCs), but in finally treating the catastrophic infertility. Taking into account the significant role of retinoic acid (RA) during in vivo gametogenesis, we designed the present study to investigate the effects of its stimulation on directing the differentiation of ES cells into germ cells...
August 30, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506985/histone-acetyltransferase-kat8-is-essential-for-mouse-oocyte-development-by-regulating-reactive-oxygen-species-levels
#18
Shi Yin, Xiaohua Jiang, Hanwei Jiang, Qian Gao, Fang Wang, Suixing Fan, Teka Khan, Nazish Jabeen, Manan Khan, Asim Ali, Peng Xu, Tej K Pandita, Heng-Yu Fan, Yuanwei Zhang, Qinghua Shi
Proper oocyte development is crucial for female fertility and requires timely and accurate control of gene expression. K (lysine) acetyltransferase 8 (KAT8), an important component of the X chromosome dosage compensation system in Drosophila, regulates gene activity by acetylating histone H4 preferentially at lysine 16. To explore the function of KAT8 during mouse oocyte development, we crossed Kat8(flox/flox) mice with Gdf9-Cre mice to specifically delete Kat8 in oocytes. Oocyte Kat8 deletion resulted in female infertility, with follicle development failure in the secondary and preantral follicle stages...
June 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506298/fecx-bar-a-novel-bmp15-mutation-responsible-for-prolificacy-and-female-sterility-in-tunisian-barbarine-sheep
#19
Narjess Lassoued, Zohra Benkhlil, Florent Woloszyn, Ahmed Rejeb, Mohamed Aouina, Mourad Rekik, Stephane Fabre, Sonia Bedhiaf-Romdhani
BACKGROUND: Naturally occurring mutations in growth and differentiation factor 9 (GDF9) or bone morphogenetic protein 15 (BMP15) genes are associated with increased ovulation rate (OR) and litter size (LS) but also sterility. Observing the Tunisian Barbarine ewes of the "W" flock selected for improved prolificacy, we found prolific and infertile ewes with streaky ovaries. Blood genomic DNA was extracted from a subset of low-ovulating, prolific and infertile ewes of the "W" flock, and the entire coding sequences of GDF9 and BMP15 were sequenced...
May 15, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481036/generation-and-characterization-of-a-conditional-allele-of-interferon-regulatory-factor-6
#20
Arianna L Smith, Youssef A Kousa, Akira Kinoshita, Kate Fodor, Baoli Yang, Brian C Schutte
Interferon Regulatory Factor 6 (IRF6) is a critical regulator of differentiation, proliferation, and migration of keratinocytes. Mutations in IRF6 cause two autosomal dominant disorders characterized by cleft lip with or without cleft palate. In addition, DNA variation in IRF6 confers significant risk for non-syndromic cleft lip and palate. IRF6 is also implicated in adult onset development and disease processes, including mammary gland development and squamous cell carcinoma. Mice homozygous for a null allele of Irf6 die shortly after birth due to severe skin, limb, and craniofacial defects, thus impeding the study of gene function after birth...
July 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
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