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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211217/breast-shape-ptosis-as-a-marker-of-a-woman-s-breast-attractiveness-and-age-evidence-from-poland-and-papua
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Agata Groyecka, Agnieszka Żelaźniewicz, Michał Misiak, Maciej Karwowski, Piotr Sorokowski
OBJECTIVES: A women's breast is a sex-specific and aesthetic bodily attribute. It is suggested that breast morphology signals maturity, health, and fecundity. The perception of a woman's attractiveness and age depends on various cues, such as breast size or areola pigmentation. Conducted in Poland and Papua, the current study investigated how breast attractiveness, and the further estimate of a woman's age based on her breast's appearance, is affected by the occurrence of breast ptosis (ie, sagginess, droopiness)...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203334/assessment-of-sexual-maturation-among-girls-with-special-needs-in-tehran-iran
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Hosein Shabani Mirzaee, Asieh Mosallanejad, Ali Rabbani, Aria Setoodeh, Farzaneh Abbasi, Fatemeh Sayarifard, Amir Hosein Memari
BACKGROUND: There is limited data on sexual maturation among girls with intellectual, sensory, or physical disabilities. OBJECTIVES: The present cross-sectional study was conducted to assess the sexual maturation of girls with these disabilities in special schools. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, we evaluated the onset and progression of sexual maturation in 642 six to 18-year-old girls with intellectual, sensory, or physical disabilities from special schools in Tehran...
October 2016: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203041/body-size-and-symbiotic-status-influence-gonad-development-in-aiptasia-pallida-anemones
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Judith F Carlisle, Grant K Murphy, Alison M Roark
Pale anemones (Aiptasia pallida) coexist with dinoflagellates (primarily Symbiodinium minutum) in a mutualistic relationship. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of these symbionts in gonad development of anemone hosts. Symbiotic and aposymbiotic anemones were subjected to light cycles that induced gametogenesis. These anemones were then sampled weekly for nine weeks, and gonad development was analyzed histologically. Anemone size was measured as mean body column diameter, and oocytes or sperm follicles were counted for each anemone...
2017: Symbiosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202469/establishment-and-maintenance-of-sexual-preferences-that-cause-a-reproductive-isolation-between-medaka-strains-in-close-association
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Mayuka Ikawa, Emi Ohya, Hiroka Shimada, Makiko Kamijo, Shoji Fukamachi
Animals choose reproductive partners based on their sexual preferences which are established at a certain time point before, during, or after sexual maturation. The preferences are often divergent within a species, which suppresses gene flow between populations and may promote speciation. There are two strains of medaka (Oryzias latipes) that differ by a single transgene and mate assortatively depending on skin color. Here, we demonstrate that symmetrically biased (mutually exclusive) sexual preferences are (1) gradually established during growth depending on skin color and the color of surrounding fish, (2) strong enough to minimize gene flow between the strains at a population level, and (3) inflexibly retained after sexual maturation, even after weeks of daily mating with partners of the other strain...
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202028/management-of-everolimus-associated-adverse-events-in-patients-with-tuberous-sclerosis-complex-a-practical-guide
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Mark Davies, Anurag Saxena, John C Kingswood
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a genetic disorder characterised by highly variable comorbid dysfunction and subsequent morbidity. The mTOR inhibitor everolimus is indicated for the treatment of adult TSC patients with renal angiomyolipomas (AMLs) and for subependymal giant astrocytoma (SEGA) in both adults and children, based on data from the EXIST-1 and EXIST-2 trials. However, due to the historical predominance of everolimus in the oncology setting, some physicians who treat TSC patients may be unfamiliar with everolimus-associated adverse events (AEs) and appropriate management strategies...
February 15, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196356/therapeutic-hypothermia-provides-variable-protection-against-behavioral-deficits-after-neonatal-hypoxia-ischemia-a-potential-role-for-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor
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Johana Diaz, Suleiman Abiola, Nancy Kim, Oliver Avaritt, Debra Flock, Jenny Yu, Frances J Northington, Raul Chavez-Valdez
BACKGROUND: Despite treatment with therapeutic hypothermia (TH), infants who survive hypoxic ischemic (HI) encephalopathy (HIE) have persistent neurological abnormalities at school age. Protection by TH against HI brain injury is variable in both humans and animal models. Our current preclinical model of hypoxia-ischemia (HI) and TH displays this variability of outcomes in neuropathological and neuroimaging end points with some sexual dimorphism. The detailed behavioral phenotype of this model is unknown...
February 15, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193729/sequential-divergent-and-cooperative-requirements-of-foxl2a-and-foxl2b-in-ovary-development-and-maintenance-of-zebrafish
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Yan-Jing Yang, Yang Wang, Zhi Li, Li Zhou, Jian-Fang Gui
Foxl2 is essential for mammalian ovary maintenance. Although sexually dimorphic expression of foxl2 was observed in many teleost, its role and regulative mechanism in fish remained largely unclear. In this study, we first identified two transcript variants of foxl2a and its homologous gene foxl2b in zebrafish, and revealed their specific expression in follicular layer cells in a sequential and divergent fashion during ovary differentiation, maturation and maintenance. Then, homozygous foxl2a mutants (foxl2a(-/-)) and foxl2b mutants (foxl2b(-/-)) were constructed, and detailed comparisons, such as sex ratio, gonadal histological structure, transcriptome profiling and dynamic expression of gonadal development-related genes, were carried out...
February 13, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191316/the-contraceptive-efficacy-of-intravas-injection-of-vasalgel%C3%A2-for-adult-male-rhesus-monkeys
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Angela Colagross-Schouten, Marie-Josee Lemoy, Rebekah I Keesler, Elaine Lissner, Catherine A VandeVoort
BACKGROUND: Options for male contraception are limited. The purpose of this study was to use a nonhuman primate model to evaluate Vasalgel™, a high molecular weight polymer being developed as a contraceptive device for men. METHODS: Sixteen adult male rhesus monkeys received intravas injections of Vasalgel, consisting of 25% styrene maleic acid in dimethyl sulfoxide. After a one-week recovery, males were returned to outdoor group housing, which included at least 3 and up to 9 intact, breeding females with a successful reproductive history...
2017: Basic and Clinical Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187365/low-glycemic-load-diets-protect-against-metabolic-syndrome-and-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-in-the-male-nile-rat
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Julia Bolsinger, Michelle Landstrom, Andrzej Pronczuk, Andrew Auerbach, K C Hayes
BACKGROUND: Dietary modification helps prevent and manage Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) in humans and Nile rats. Specifically fibrous legumes, like lentils, benefit humans, but whether this reflects a specific change in the Glycemic Load (GLoad) remains controversial. Accordingly, low-GLoad foods were tested in the glucose-sensitive Nile rat. METHODS: 131 male Nile rats aged 3 weeks to 15 months were challenged during four experiments with 15 dietary exposures that varied Glycemic Index (GI, 36-88), GLoad (102-305/2000 kcal), and cumulative GLoad (Cum GLoad=days×GLoad, 181-537g total glucose)...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186385/activating-nuclear-xenobiotic-receptors-and-triggering-er-stress-and-hepatic-cytochromes-p450-systems-in-quails-coturnix-c-coturnix-during-atrazine-exposure
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Zheng-Hai Du, Lei Qin, Jia Lin, Yan-Chun Sun, Jun Xia, Cong Zhang, Xue-Nan Li, Jin-Long Li
Atrazine (ATR) is one of the most widely detected contaminant in the ecosystem. Nuclear xenobiotic receptors are activated by herbicides and induce the transcription of CYP450 isoforms involved in xenobiotic metabolism and transport. However, little is known about hepatic nuclear xenobiotic receptors in birds are responsible for ATR-induced hepatotoxicity via regulating the cytochrome P450 enzyme systems (CYP450s). The objective of this study was to investigate the mechanism of ATR hepatotoxicity in quails...
February 10, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184181/reassessment-of-allantonectria-phylogenetic-position-of-thyronectroidea-and-thyronectria-caraganae-sp-nov
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Hermann Voglmayr, Olexander Yu Akulov, Walter M Jaklitsch
The genus Allantonectria is synonymised with Thyronectria, based on morphological and molecular phylogenetic considerations. Investigations of types and fresh collections revealed that Tubercularia concentrica is an earlier name for Sphaeria (syn. Allantonectria) miltina and is thus combined in Thyronectria. Allantonectria yuccae is recognised as a distinct species and transferred to Thyronectria, as well as the recently described A. zangii. Descriptions and illustrations are provided for T. concentrica and T...
September 2016: Mycological Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182738/tropical-anurans-mature-early-and-die-young-evidence-from-eight-afromontane-hyperolius-species-and-a-meta-analysis
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Ulrich Sinsch, Jonas Maximilian Dehling
Age- and size-related life-history traits of anuran amphibians are thought to vary systematically with latitude and altitude. Because the available data base is strongly biased towards temperate-zone species, we provide new estimates on eight afrotropical Reed Frog species. A meta-analysis of the demographic traits in 44 tropical anuran species aims to test for the predicted clinal variation and to contrast results with variation detected in temperate-zone species. The small-sized reed frogs reach sexual maturity during the first or second year of life, but longevity does not exceed three to four years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181239/reproduction-of-the-duck-catfish-ageneiosus-ucayalensis-in-a-ria-river-system
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V A Oliveira, M A P Ferreira, R M Rocha, L F A Montag
A total of 1006 duck catfish Ageneiosus ucayalensis were collected from a ria river system of eastern Amazonia, of which 733 were females and 273 males, a sex ratio 2·69:1. Condition factors of males were higher than those of females and size at first sexual maturity (L50 ) was 12·8 cm for females and 11·8 cm for males. The relative frequency of mature specimens and gonad condition indices indicate that the breeding season is short and coincides with the rainy season.
February 8, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178286/sexual-communication-in-castniid-moths-males-mark-their-territories-and-appear-to-bear-all-chemical-burden
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Carmen Quero, Victor Sarto I Monteys, Gloria Rosell, Marc Puigmartí, Angel Guerrero
Castniid moths (Lepidoptera: Castniidae) display a butterfly-like reproductive behavior, i.e., they use visual stimuli for mate location and females have apparently lost their pheromone glands in an evolutionary context. In this paper we report for the first time the identification of three new compounds, namely n-octadecyl acetate, (Z)-9-octadecenyl acetate and (E,Z)-2,13-octadecadienyl acetate, in males of the Castniid Palm Borer, Paysandisia archon, which could be involved in its short-range courtship behavior, and also shed light on recent controversies on the sexual behavior of the species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177837/characteristics-of-expression-and-regulation-of-sirtuins-in-chicken-gallus-gallus
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Junxiao Ren, Naiyi Xu, Zheng Ma, Yanmin Li, Cuicui Li, Yanbin Wang, Yadong Tian, Xiaojun Liu, Xiangtao Kang
Sirtuins (SIRT1-SIRT7) are a family of NAD+-dependent protein deacetylases that are linked to post-translational regulation of many metabolic processes. There are few reports available for chicken sirtuins (designated cSIRT1-cSIRT7), whose expression and regulation in the liver have yet to be explored. In the present study, we characterized the expression and regulation of sirtuin family members in chicken liver. The results showed that the sirtuin family members in chicken share the same conserved functional SIR2 domains...
November 25, 2016: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177387/evaluation-of-the-influence-of-prenatal-transportation-stress-on-gnrh-stimulated-luteinizing-hormone-and-testosterone-secretion-in-sexually-mature-brahman-bulls
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B P Littlejohn, M C Roberts, M N Bedenbaugh, A W Lewis, D A Neuendorff, D G Riley, J A Carroll, R C Vann, M Amstalden, R D Randel, T H Welsh
This study examined the relationship of prenatal transportation stress (PNS) with exogenous GnRH-induced LH and testosterone secretion in sexually mature Brahman bulls. Brahman cows (n = 96; 48 were stressed by transportation at 5 stages of gestation and 48 were controls) produced a calf crop of 85 calves. All bulls (n = 46) from this calf crop were electroejaculated every 2 wk beginning at a scrotal circumference of 24 cm until sexual maturity (SM; i.e., 500 million sperm/ejaculate). The initial 11 control and 12 PNS bulls to reach SM were selected for the experiment...
January 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176338/effects-of-neonatal-17%C3%AE-ethinyloestradiol-exposure-on-female-paced-mating-behaviour-in-the-rat
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Chiaki Komine, Shingo Nakajima, Yasuhiko Kondo, Yasuyuki Horii, Midori Yoshida, Maiko Kawaguchi
Correct perinatal oestrogen levels are critical for sexual differentiation. For example, perinatal exposure to oestrogen causes masculinization and defeminization of the brain in female rats and also induces delayed effects after maturation characterized by early onset of abnormal oestrus cycling. However, the mechanisms underlying the above effects of oestrogen remain to be fully determined. 17α-ethinyloestradiol (EE), a common synthetic oestrogen widely used in oral contraceptives, binds specifically to oestrogen receptors...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174625/sex-and-age-differences-in-the-expression-of-liver-micrornas-during-the-life-span-of-f344-rats
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Joshua C Kwekel, Vikrant Vijay, Tao Han, Carrie L Moland, Varsha G Desai, James C Fuscoe
BACKGROUND: Physiological factors such as age and sex have been shown to be risk factors for adverse effects in the liver, including liver diseases and drug-induced liver injury. Previously, we have reported age- and sex-related significant differences in hepatic basal gene expression in rats during the life span that may be related to susceptibility to such adverse effects. However, the underlying mechanisms of the gene expression changes were not fully understood. In recent years, increasing evidence for epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation has fueled interest in the role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in toxicogenomics and biomarker discovery...
2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166730/transcriptome-analysis-reveals-the-complexity-of-alternative-splicing-regulation-in-the-fungus-verticillium-dahliae
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Lirong Jin, Guanglin Li, Dazhao Yu, Wei Huang, Chao Cheng, Shengjie Liao, Qijia Wu, Yi Zhang
BACKGROUND: Alternative splicing (AS) regulation is extensive and shapes the functional complexity of higher organisms. However, the contribution of alternative splicing to fungal biology is not well studied. RESULTS: This study provides sequences of the transcriptomes of the plant wilt pathogen Verticillium dahliae, using two different strains and multiple methods for cDNA library preparations. We identified alternatively spliced mRNA isoforms in over a half of the multi-exonic fungal genes...
February 6, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161906/sexual-reproduction-sporophyte-development-and-molecular-variation-in-the-model-moss-physcomitrella-patens-introducing-the-ecotype-reute
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Manuel Hiss, Rabea Meyberg, Jens Westermann, Fabian B Haas, Lucas Schneider, Mareike Schallenberg-Rüdinger, Kristian K Ullrich, Stefan A Rensing
Rich ecotype collections are used for several plant models to unravel the molecular causes of phenotypic differences and to investigate effects of environmental adaption and acclimation. For the model moss Physcomitrella patens, collections of accessions are available and have been used e.g. for phylogenetic and taxonomic studies, but few have been investigated further for phenotypic differences. Here, we focus on the Reute accession and provide expression profiling and comparative developmental data for several stages of sporophyte development, as well as information on genetic variation via genomic sequencing...
February 5, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
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