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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101891/different-expression-of-leptin-and-igf1-in-the-adult-and-prepubertal-testis-in-dogs
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L Müller, M P Kowalewski, I M Reichler, E Kollár, O Balogh
Leptin (Lep) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) are implicated in the regulation of testicular function, but in dogs, our knowledge is limited to the possible role of the IGF1 system in testicular tumours. In this study, we aimed to describe and compare gene expression and protein localization of Lep, IGF1 and their receptors (LepR and IGF1R, respectively) in the testis of healthy adult and prepubertal dogs. Testes were collected from sexually healthy mature (n = 7) and from 8-week-old dogs (n = 7)...
January 18, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101122/start-early-does-social-instability-during-the-pre-and-early-postnatal-development-prepare-male-wild-cavies-for-social-challenge-later-in-life
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Katja Siegeler, Lars Lewejohann, Klaus Failing, Norbert Sachser, Sylvia Kaiser
BACKGROUND: The social environment the mother experiences during pregnancy and lactation can powerfully influence the offspring's behavioural profile. Our previous studies in wild cavies show that two different social environments during pregnancy and lactation bring about different behavioural strategies of male offspring later in life: An unstable social environment leads to a behavioural camouflage strategy, hypothesised to be beneficial at times of socially challenging situations...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097202/distinct-effects-of-obesity-and-puberty-on-risk-and-age-at-onset-of-pediatric-ms
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Tanuja Chitnis, Jennifer Graves, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, Anita Belman, Cody Olsen, Madhusmita Misra, Gregory Aaen, Leslie Benson, Meghan Candee, Mark Gorman, Benjamin Greenberg, Lauren Krupp, Timothy Lotze, Soe Mar, Jayne Ness, John Rose, Jennifer Rubin, Teri Schreiner, Jan Tillema, Amy Waldman, Moses Rodriguez, Charlie Casper, Emmanuelle Waubant
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the relative contributions of body mass index (BMI) and pubertal measures for risk and age of onset of pediatric MS. METHODS: Case-control study of 254 (63% female) MS cases (onset<18 years of age) and 420 (49% female) controls conducted at 14 U.S. Pediatric MS Centers. Sex- and age-stratified BMI percentiles were calculated using CDC growth charts from height and weight measured at enrollment for controls, and within 1 year of onset for MS cases...
December 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096421/rfamide-related-peptide-3-rfrp-3-suppresses-sexual-maturation-in-a-eusocial-mammal
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Diana E Peragine, Martha Pokarowski, Lucia Mendoza-Viveros, Ashlyn Swift-Gallant, Hai-Ying M Cheng, George E Bentley, Melissa M Holmes
Neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying social inhibition of puberty are not well understood. Here, we use a model exhibiting the most profound case of pubertal suppression among mammals to explore a role for RFamide-related peptide-3 [RFRP-3; mammalian ortholog to gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH)] in neuroendocrine control of reproductive development. Naked mole rats (NMRs) live in sizable colonies where breeding is monopolized by two to four dominant animals, and no other members exhibit signs of puberty throughout their lives unless they are removed from the colony...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095428/linking-ecology-and-epidemiology-to-understand-predictors-of-multi-host-responses-to-an-emerging-pathogen-the-amphibian-chytrid-fungus
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Stephanie S Gervasi, Patrick R Stephens, Jessica Hua, Catherine L Searle, Gisselle Yang Xie, Jenny Urbina, Deanna H Olson, Betsy A Bancroft, Virginia Weis, John I Hammond, Rick A Relyea, Andrew R Blaustein
Variation in host responses to pathogens can have cascading effects on populations and communities when some individuals or groups of individuals display disproportionate vulnerability to infection or differ in their competence to transmit infection. The fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) has been detected in almost 700 different amphibian species and is implicated in numerous global amphibian population declines. Identifying key hosts in the amphibian-Bd system-those who are at greatest risk or who pose the greatest risk for others-is challenging due in part to many extrinsic environmental factors driving spatiotemporal Bd distribution and context-dependent host responses to Bd in the wild...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091617/switch-from-sexual-to-parthenogenetic-reproduction-in-a-zebra-shark
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Christine L Dudgeon, Laura Coulton, Ren Bone, Jennifer R Ovenden, Severine Thomas
Parthenogenesis is a natural form of asexual reproduction in which embryos develop in the absence of fertilisation. Most commonly found in plants and invertebrate organisms, an increasing number of vertebrate species have recently been reported employing this reproductive strategy. Here we use DNA genotyping to report the first demonstration of an intra-individual switch from sexual to parthenogenetic reproduction in a shark species, the zebra shark Stegostoma fasciatum. A co-housed, sexually produced daughter zebra shark also commenced parthenogenetic reproduction at the onset of maturity without any prior mating...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088438/a-snapshot-of-urban-adolescent-women-s-contraceptive-knowledge-at-the-onset-of-a-community-larc-promotion-initiative
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K B Greenberg, S C Jenks, N G Piazza, B R Malibiran, C A Aligne
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To contextualize young women's knowledge and attitudes regarding contraception at the outset of an intervention promoting long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) for teen pregnancy prevention. DESIGN: and Setting: Our intervention is based on diffusion of innovation theory, and at the outset we were interested in likely early adopters' existing knowledge and attitudes towards contraception. This mixed methods study consists of focus groups within positive youth development programs in Rochester, New York; we discussed young women's knowledge and sources of information for all FDA-approved contraceptive methods...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081146/maternal-nutrition-during-pregnancy-affects-testicular-and-bone-development-glucose-metabolism-and-response-to-overnutrition-in-weaned-horses-up-to-two-years
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Morgane Robles, Camille Gautier, Luis Mendoza, Pauline Peugnet, Cédric Dubois, Michèle Dahirel, Jean-Philippe Lejeune, Isabelle Caudron, Isabelle Guenon, Sylvaine Camous, Anne Tarrade, Laurence Wimel, Didier Serteyn, Hélène Bouraima-Lelong, Pascale Chavatte-Palmer
INTRODUCTION: Pregnant mares and post-weaning foals are often fed concentrates rich in soluble carbohydrates, together with forage. Recent studies suggest that the use of concentrates is linked to alterations of metabolism and the development of osteochondrosis in foals. The aim of this study was to determine if broodmare diet during gestation affects metabolism, osteoarticular status and growth of yearlings overfed from 20 to 24 months of age and/or sexual maturity in prepubertal colts...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077286/assessment-of-neuroanatomical-and-behavioural-effects-of-in-ovo-methylmercury-exposure-in-zebra-finches-taeniopygia-guttata
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Maria S Yu, Margaret L Eng, Tony D Williams, Mélanie F Guigueno, John E Elliott
Methylmercury (MeHg) readily crosses the blood brain barrier and is a known neuro-toxicant. MeHg accumulation in the brain causes histopathological alterations, neurobehavioral changes, and impairments to cognitive motor functions in mammalian models. However, in birds the neurotoxic effects of MeHg on the developing pre-hatching brain and consequent behavioral alterations in adult birds have not received much attention. Moreover, passerine birds are poorly represented in MeHg neurotoxicology studies in comparison to other avian orders...
January 7, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073824/a-drosophila-toolkit-for-defining-gene-function-in-spermatogenesis
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Nicole A Siddall, Gary R Hime
Expression profiling and genomic sequencing methods enable the accumulation of vast quantities of data that relate to expression of genes during the maturation of male germ cells from primordial germ cells to spermatozoa, and potential mutations that underlie male infertility. However, determination of gene function in specific aspects of spermatogenesis or linking abnormal gene function with infertility remain rate limiting, as even in an era of CRISPR analysis of gene function in mammalian models, this still requires considerable resources and time...
January 10, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072610/sexual-activity-and-function-assessment-in-middle-aged-chinese-women-using-the-female-sexual-function-index
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Caiyun Zhang, Liping Cui, Lizhi Zhang, Chang Shi, Hong Zang
OBJECTIVE: To assess sexual activity, sexual function, and their correlation with vaginal maturation status among middle-aged Chinese women. METHODS: A cross-sectional study with comparisons across age groups was carried out. In all, 120 women aged 45 to 60 years were recruited into three groups: 45 to 50 (youngest group), 51 to 55 (intermediate group), and 56 to 60 years old (eldest group). Sexual function was assessed through the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI); vaginal maturation status was determined through the Vaginal Maturation Index (VMI) and pH value...
January 9, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070105/%C3%AE-lipoic-acid-potentially-targets-amp-activated-protein-kinase-and-energy-production-in-the-fetal-brain-to-ameliorate-dioxin-produced-attenuation-in-fetal-steroidogenesis
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Tomoki Takeda, Yuki Matsuo, Kyoko Nishida, Akihisa Fujiki, Yukiko Hattori, Takayuki Koga, Yuji Ishii, Hideyuki Yamada
Our previous studies demonstrated that treating pregnant rats with dioxins, including 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), targets the pituitary expression of luteinizing hormone (LH) to attenuate testicular steroidogenesis in fetuses, resulting in the imprinting of sexual immaturity of the offspring after reaching maturity. Furthermore, we found that although TCDD disturbs the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle in the fetal hypothalamus, maternal co-treatment with α-lipoic acid (α-LA), a cofactor of the TCA cycle, restores a TCDD-produced reduction in the LH-evoked steroidogenesis as well as the TCA cycle activity in fetuses...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069490/sexual-segregation-of-forage-patch-use-support-for-the-social-factors-and-predation-hypotheses
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Michael T Biggerstaff, Marcus A Lashley, M Colter Chitwood, Christopher E Moorman, Christopher S DePerno
Nearly all species of sexually dimorphic ungulates sexually segregate. Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain this phenomenon, including the social-factors hypothesis (SFH) and the predation hypothesis (PH). Interestingly, previous studies have accepted and rejected each hypothesis within and across species but few studies have simultaneously tested both hypotheses in the same population. In August 2011 and 2012 using 7,680 photographs taken with camera traps in standardized forage patches, we tested two predictions of the SFH: 1) foraging efficiency of both sexes would decrease when foraging rate in mixed-sex groups relative to single-sex groups, and 2) activity patterns (i...
January 6, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068922/functional-changes-in-mrna-expression-and-alternative-pre-mrna-splicing-associated-with-the-effects-of-nutrition-on-apoptosis-and-spermatogenesis-in-the-adult-testis
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Yongjuan Guan, Guanxiang Liang, Graeme B Martin, Le Luo Guan
BACKGROUND: The effects of nutrition on testis mass in the sexually mature male have long been known, however, the cellular and molecular processes of the testis response to nutrition was not fully understood. METHODS: We tested whether the defects in spermatogenesis and increases in germ cell apoptosis in the testis that are induced by under-nutrition are associated with changes in mRNA expression and pre-mRNA alternative splicing using groups of 8 male sheep fed for a 10% increase or 10% decrease in body mass over 65 days...
January 10, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062807/junctional-adhesion-molecule-a-expression-in-the-murine-epididymal-tract-and-accessory-organs-and-acquisition-by-maturing-sperm
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Kathie Z Wu, Kun Li, Deni S Galileo, Patricia A Martin-DeLeon
STUDY QUESTION: Is junctional adhesion molecule A (JAM-A), a sperm protein essential for normal motility, expressed in the murine post-testicular pathway and involved in sperm maturation? SUMMARY ANSWER: JAM-A is present in the prostate and seminal vesicles and in all three regions of the epididymis where it is secreted in epididymosomes in the luminal fluid and can be delivered to sperm in vitro. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: JAM-A shares with the plasma membrane Ca(2+)ATPase 4 (PMCA4, the major Ca(2+) efflux pump in murine sperm) a common interacting partner, CASK (Ca(2+)/CaM-dependent serine kinase)...
January 6, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061382/budding-of-the-alveolate-alga-vitrella-brassicaformis-resembles-sexual-and-asexual-processes-in-apicomplexan-parasites
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Zoltán Füssy, Petra Masařová, Jitka Kručinská, Heather J Esson, Miroslav Oborník
Ease of cultivation and availability of genomic data promoted intensive research of free-living phototrophic relatives of apicomplexans, i.e. Chromera velia and Vitrella brassicaformis. Chromera and Vitrella differ significantly in their physiology, morphology, phylogenetic position and genomic features, but Vitrella has not gained as much attention. Here we describe two types of Vitrella zoosporangia. One contains zoospores surrounded by roughly structured matter, with an intracytoplasmic axoneme predicted to develop into a mature flagellum upon spore release, similarly to Plasmodium microgametes; in the second type, cells concurrently bud off the center of the sporangium, surrounded by smooth matter, and flagella develop extracellularly...
December 13, 2016: Protist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059568/21st-century-parent-child-sex-communication-in-the-united-states-a-process-review
#17
Dalmacio Flores, Julie Barroso
Parent-child sex communication results in the transmission of family expectations, societal values, and role modeling of sexual health risk-reduction strategies. Parent-child sex communication's potential to curb negative sexual health outcomes has sustained a multidisciplinary effort to better understand the process and its impact on the development of healthy sexual attitudes and behaviors among adolescents. This review advances what is known about the process of sex communication in the United States by reviewing studies published from 2003 to 2015...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Sex Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056656/age-and-pubertal-status-related-changes-in-reports-of-perception-of-personal-odors
#18
Lenka Martinec Nováková, Dagmar Plotěná, Jan Havlíček
As previously suggested, preferences for kin body odor might undergo an adaptive change over the course of puberty in order to avoid potential inbreeding, resulting in aversion to body odor of the opposite-gender kin as individuals mature sexually. However, studies based on mutual body odor aversion are rather inconclusive. We therefore investigated whether children's reports of individuals smelling good or bad differed as a function of age and pubertal status. We asked 219 children (94 male) aged 10 to 15 years to assess their pubertal development using a standardized measure and to name individuals they thought smelled good or bad...
January 1, 2017: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054655/unique-local-bone-tissue-characteristics-in-iliac-crest-bone-biopsy-from-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-with-severe-spinal-deformity
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Zhiwei Wang, Huanxiong Chen, Y Eric Yu, Jiajun Zhang, Ka-Yee Cheuk, Bobby K W Ng, Yong Qiu, X Edward Guo, Jack C Y Cheng, Wayne Y W Lee
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is a complex disease with unclear etiopathogenesis. Systemic and persistent low bone mineral density is an independent prognostic factor for curve progression. The fundamental question of how bone quality is affected in AIS remains controversy because there is lack of site-matched control for detailed analysis on bone-related parameters. In this case-control study, trabecular bone biopsies from iliac crest were collected intra-operatively from 28 severe AIS patients and 10 matched controls with similar skeletal and sexual maturity, anthropometry and femoral neck BMD Z-score to control confounding effects...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049365/mental-health-issues-related-to-sexual-orientation-in-a-high-school-setting
#20
Susan G Williams
High school students are maturing physically, psychosocially, and sexually. Some may be unsure of their sexual orientation. The purpose of the study was to determine whether students who self-identified as homosexual-lesbian/gay, bisexual (LGB), and unsure of sexual orientation had more stressful life events (SLEs), perceived stress, bullying victimization, and depressive symptoms as compared to heterosexual peers. Cortisol was examined to determine whether levels were within normal range for age and followed a normal diurnal rhythm...
January 1, 2017: Journal of School Nursing: the Official Publication of the National Association of School Nurses
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