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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446190/recognition-of-plasmodium-falciparum-mature-gametocyte-infected-erythrocytes-by-antibodies-of-semi-immune-adults-and-malaria-exposed-children-from-gabon
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Tamirat Gebru, Anthony Ajua, Michael Theisen, Meral Esen, Ulysse Ateba Ngoa, Saadou Issifou, Ayola A Adegnika, Peter G Kremsner, Benjamin Mordmüller, Jana Held
BACKGROUND: Transmission of malaria from man to mosquito depends on the presence of gametocytes, the sexual stage of Plasmodium parasites in the infected host. Naturally acquired antibodies against gametocytes exist and may play a role in controlling transmission by limiting the gametocyte development in the circulation or by interrupting gamete development and fertilization in the mosquito following ingestion. So far, most studies on antibody responses to sexual stage antigens have focused on a subset of gametocyte-surface antigens, even though inhibitory Ab responses to other gametocyte antigens might also play a role in controlling gametocyte density and fertility...
April 26, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444173/tac1-signaling-is-required-for-sexual-maturation-and-responsiveness-of-gnrh-neurons-to-kisspeptin-in-the-male-mouse
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Caroline A Maguire, Yong Bhum Song, Min Wu, Silvia León, Rona S Carroll, Meenakshi Alreja, Ursula B Kaiser, Víctor M Navarro
The tachykinins substance P (SP) and neurokinin A (NKA) (Tac1) have emerged as novel regulators of kisspeptin/GnRH release. Recently, we documented that SP modulates reproductive function in the female mouse. Here, we extended this characterization to the male mouse. Tac1-/- male mice showed delayed puberty onset. They also presented significantly decreased expression levels of Pdyn (dynorphin) and Nos1 (nitric oxide synthase) in the mediobasal hypothalamus and elevated Gnrh1 levels. Unexpectedly, the response of Tac1-/- mice to central kisspeptin or senktide (neurokinin B receptor -NK3R- agonist) administration was significantly decreased compared with controls, despite the preserved ability of GnRH neurons to stimulate LH release as demonstrated by central NMDA administration, suggesting a deficit at the GnRH neuron level...
April 21, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443258/the-effect-of-first-nocturnal-ejaculation-timing-on-risk-and-sexual-behaviors-of-korean-male-adolescents
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Mi-Ji Lee, Go-Eun Yang, Hee Won Chueh, Jae Hong Park, Jae-Ho Yoo
PURPOSE: This study evaluated the effect of first nocturnal ejaculation timing on risk and sexual behaviors of Korean male adolescents. METHODS: We analyzed data from the 10th edition of the Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-based survey that was conducted with male high school adolescents in grades 10-12. The survey included 17,907 adolescents, and 10,326 responded their experience of first nocturnal ejaculation. Of these, 595 had their first nocturnal ejaculation in ≤grade 4 ("early puberty") and 9,731 had their first nocturnal ejaculation in ≥grade 5 ("normal puberty")...
March 2017: Annals of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438374/validity-of-self-assessed-sexual-maturation-against-physician-assessments-and-hormone-levels
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Jorge E Chavarro, Deborah J Watkins, Myriam C Afeiche, Zhenzhen Zhang, Brisa N Sánchez, David Cantonwine, Adriana Mercado-García, Clara Blank-Goldenberg, John D Meeker, Martha María Téllez-Rojo, Karen E Peterson
OBJECTIVE: To compare self-report and physician assessments of sexual maturation against serum hormone markers to evaluate the hypothesis that the validity of self-assessed sexual maturation is underestimated in traditional validation studies. STUDY DESIGN: We adapted a self-assessment instrument that 248 Mexican children and adolescents, aged 8-13 years, completed. The participants were examined by a trained pediatrician and provided fasting blood samples for measurement of reproductive hormones (eg, testosterone, estradiol, sex hormone-binding globulin, inhibin B) and other hormones (eg, C-peptide, insulin-like growth factor 1, leptin, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate) known to change during adolescence...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436102/nutrition-in-adolescents-physiology-metabolism-and-nutritional-needs
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Jai K Das, Rehana A Salam, Kent L Thornburg, Andrew M Prentice, Susan Campisi, Zohra S Lassi, Berthold Koletzko, Zulfiqar A Bhutta
Adolescence is the period of development that begins at puberty and ends in early adulthood. Most commonly, adolescence is divided into three developmental periods: early adolescence (10-14 years of age), late adolescence (15-19 years of age), and young adulthood (20-24 years of age). Adolescence is marked by physical and sexual maturation, social and economic independence, development of identity, acquisition of skills needed to carry out adult relationships and roles, and the capacity for abstract reasoning...
April 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434803/genetic-dissection-of-the-planarian-reproductive-system-through-characterization-of-schmidtea-mediterranea-cpeb-homologs
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Labib Rouhana, Junichi Tasaki, Amir Saberi, Phillip A Newmark
Cytoplasmic polyadenylation is a mechanism of mRNA regulation prevalent in metazoan germ cells; it is largely dependent on Cytoplasmic Polyadenylation Element Binding proteins (CPEBs). Two CPEB homologs were identified in the planarian Schmidtea mediterranea. Smed-CPEB1 is expressed in ovaries and yolk glands of sexually mature planarians, and required for oocyte and yolk gland development. In contrast, Smed-CPEB2 is expressed in the testes and the central nervous system; its function is required for spermatogenesis as well as non-autonomously for development of ovaries and accessory reproductive organs...
April 20, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427900/molecular-cloning-and-characterization-of-kiss1-in-brandt-s-voles-lasiopodomys-brandtii
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Yan Chen, Lan Liu, Zhengguang Li, Dawei Wang, Ning Li, Ying Song, Cong Guo, Xiaohui Liu
Kisspeptin, encoded by kiss1, has been regarded as a major modulator of mammalian puberty and fertility due to its stimulation on GnRH. Brandt's vole is one of the main pest species on the Inner Mongolian steppes for its striking reproductive capacity and kiss1 is a key candidate gene related to reproductive regulatory cascades. In this study, kiss1 cDNA was cloned from the hypothalamus of Brandt's voles and kiss1 mRNA levels were investigated in different tissues, and at different developmental stages, using high-throughput real-time PCR...
April 18, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426803/dendritic-cell-maturation-but-not-type-i-interferon-exposure-restricts-infection-by-htlv-1-and-viral-transmission-to-t-cells
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Gergès Rizkallah, Sandrine Alais, Nicolas Futsch, Yuetsu Tanaka, Chloé Journo, Renaud Mahieux, Hélène Dutartre
Human T lymphotropic Virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is the etiological agent of Adult T cell Leukemia/Lymphoma (ATLL) and HTLV-1-Associated Myelopathy/Tropical Spastic Paraparesis (HAM/TSP). Both CD4+ T-cells and dendritic cells (DCs) infected with HTLV-1 are found in peripheral blood from HTLV-1 carriers. We previously demonstrated that monocyte-derived IL-4 DCs are more susceptible to HTLV-1 infection than autologous primary T-cells, suggesting that DC infection precedes T-cell infection. However, during blood transmission, breast-feeding or sexual transmission, HTLV-1 may encounter different DC subsets present in the blood, the intestinal or genital mucosa respectively...
April 20, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419321/genetic-analysis-of-partial-egg-production-records-in-japanese-quail-using-random-regression-models
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G Abou Khadiga, B Y F Mahmoud, G S Farahat, A M Emam, E A El-Full
The main objectives of this study were to detect the most appropriate random regression model (RRM) to fit the data of monthly egg production in 2 lines (selected and control) of Japanese quail and to test the consistency of different criteria of model choice. Data from 1,200 female Japanese quails for the first 5 months of egg production from 4 consecutive generations of an egg line selected for egg production in the first month (EP1) was analyzed. Eight RRMs with different orders of Legendre polynomials were compared to determine the proper model for analysis...
April 17, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418109/sagittal-crest-formation-in-great-apes-and-gibbons
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Katharine L Balolia, Christophe Soligo, Bernard Wood
The frequency of sagittal crest expression and patterns of sagittal crest growth and development have been documented in hominoids, including some extinct hominin taxa, and the more frequent expression of the sagittal crest in males has been traditionally linked with the need for larger-bodied individuals to have enough attachment area for the temporalis muscle. In the present study, we investigate sagittal cresting in a dentally mature sample of four hominoid taxa (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii, Gorilla gorilla gorilla, Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus and Hylobates lar)...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417346/-role-of-primaquine-in-malaria-control-and-elimination-in-french-speaking-africa
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S Briolant, B Pradines, L K Basco
Primaquine, an 8-aminoquinoline, is a relatively unknown and underutilized drug in French-speaking African countries. It acts against the liver stage parasites of all human malaria species, asexual blood stages of Plasmodium vivax and, to a lesser degree, Plasmodium falciparum; P. falciparum mature gametocytes, and P. vivax and Plasmodium ovale hypnozoites. Gastrointestinal disturbances are its most common side effects. The clinical utility of primaquine is limited due to its hematological side effects in individuals with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency and other contraindications (pregnant woman, breastfeeding woman, infants less than 6 months old)...
April 17, 2017: Bulletin de la Société de Pathologie Exotique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417051/morphology-of-cat-vomeronasal-organ-non-sensory-epithelium-during-postnatal-development
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Sanaa A M Elgayar, Heba M Saad-Eldin, Ola A Haussein
The vomeronasal organ has an important role in mammal's social and sexual behaviours. In addition, it mediates defensive behavior through detection of protein pheromone homologues. In this work, a detailed morphological description of the postnatal development of the non-sensory epithelium (NSE) lining the vomeronasal duct (VND) of the female cat is provided using various histological techniques. The study focused on newborn, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 8 weeks of postnatal ages using four animals for each age. We report here for the first time that three types of NSE line the rostral segment of the VND; nonkeratinized stratified squamous epithelium, stratified cuboidal epithelium, and ciliated pseudo stratified columnar ciliated epithelium with goblet cells and that the VND undergoes 90° a change in its its axis from the vertical position caudally to the horizontal position rostral...
March 2017: Anatomy & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416533/capturing-in-vivo-rna-transcriptional-dynamics-from-the-malaria-parasite-plasmodium-falciparum
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Heather J Painter, Manuela Carrasquilla, Manuel Llinás
To capture the transcriptional dynamics within proliferating cells, methods to differentiate nascent transcription from pre-existing mRNAs are desired. One approach is to label newly synthesized mRNA transcripts in vivo through the incorporation of modified pyrimidines. However, the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, is incapable of pyrimidine salvage for mRNA biogenesis. To capture cellular mRNA dynamics during Plasmodium development, we engineered parasites that can salvage pyrimidines through the expression of a single bifunctional yeast fusion gene, cytosine deaminase/uracil phosphoribosyltransferase (FCU)...
April 17, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414060/dietary-protein-content-alters-both-male-and-female-contributions-to-drosophila-melanogaster-female-post-mating-response-traits
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Janna N Schultzhaus, Ginger E Carney
Males transfer sperm, proteins and other molecules to females during mating. In Drosophila melanogaster, these molecules contribute to the induction of egg maturation, ovulation, oviposition, sperm storage and changes in female receptivity. This suite of physiological and behavioral changes is referred to as the female post-mating response (PMR). Protein is a necessary macronutrient for both male and female reproduction, but imbalances in protein content can decrease reproductive potential. Dietary protein affects the production of proteins in the male ejaculate that are important for induction of the PMR, and female fecundity increases with dietary protein while lifetime mating rate decreases...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407861/influence-of-different-types-of-lamps-on-the-reproductive-development-of-male-japanese-quail-coturnix-coturnix-japonica
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Pâmela L Retes, Marcelo Espósito, Danusa G das Neves, Arabela G A Viana, Louise M Coelho, Manuel F Bobadilla-Mendez, Renata R Alvarenga, Edison J Fassani, Juliano V Peixoto, Márcio G Zangeronimo
Reproductive tract development during puberty is critical to reproductive performance, and the light is crucial in this process in birds. However, in male quail, there is little information on the effects of types of lamps, more specifically the wavelength emitted. Thus, the objective was to evaluate the effects of types of lamps on the reproductive performance of male Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica). Two hundred and forty male quail were exposed to six different types of lamp (incandescent, white fluorescent, or blue, white, red or green LED)...
May 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403519/decadal-declines-in-avian-herbivore-reproduction-density-dependent-nutrition-and-phenological-mismatch-in-the-arctic
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Megan V Ross, Ray T Alisauskas, David C Douglas, Dana K Kellett
A full understanding of population dynamics depends not only on estimation of mechanistic contributions of recruitment and survival, but also knowledge about the ecological processes that drive each of these vital rates. The process of recruitment in particular may be protracted over several years, and can depend on numerous ecological complexities until sexually mature adulthood is attained. We addressed long term declines (23 breeding seasons, 1992-2014) in the per capita production of young by both Ross's geese (Chen rossii) and lesser snow geese (Chen caerulescens caerulescens) nesting at Karrak Lake in Canada's central arctic...
April 12, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400332/sexual-dimorphic-expression-of-dnd-in-germ-cells-during-sex-reversal-and-its-requirement-for-primordial-germ-cell-survival-in-protogynous-hermaphroditic-grouper
#17
Zhi-Hui Sun, Li Zhou, Zhi Li, Xiao-Chun Liu, Shui-Sheng Li, Yang Wang, Jian-Fang Gui
Dead end (dnd), vertebrate-specific germ cell marker, had been demonstrated to be essential for primordial germ cell (PGC) migration and survival, and the link between PGC number and sex change had been revealed in some teleost species, but little is known about dnd in hermaphroditic vertebrates. In the present study, a protogynous hermaphroditic orange-spotted grouper (Epinephelus coioides) dnd homologue (Ecdnd) was identified and characterized. Quantitative real-time PCR and in situ hybridization analysis revealed a dynamic and sexually dimorphic expression pattern in PGCs and germ cells of gonads...
April 8, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398632/prenatal-and-postnatal-assessment-in-rabbits-with-evacetrapib-a-cholesteryl-ester-transfer-protein-inhibitor
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William J Breslin, Kim G Hilbish, Ellen A Cannady, Tammy L Edwards
BACKGROUND: Evacetrapib, a potent and selective inhibitor of cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP), was under development for the treatment of cardiovascular (CV) disease. The purpose of this pre-postnatal study in rabbits was to evaluate the effects of evacetrapib on pregnancy, parturition, and lactation of the maternal animals and on the growth, viability, development, and reproductive performance of the first filial (F1) offspring. The rabbit is considered a relevant species for toxicity testing with evacetrapib as it demonstrates significant CETP expression, whereas mice and rats do not express significant levels of CETP...
April 17, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397607/sex-reversal-and-analyses-of-possible-involvement-of-sex-steroids-in-scallop-gonadal-development-in-newly-established-organ-culture-systems
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Ayano Otani, Tadaaki Nakajima, Tomomi Okumura, Shiro Fujii, Yasuhiro Tomooka
Many molluscs perform sex reversal, and sex hormones may be involved in the process. In adult scallops, Patinopecten yessoensis, gonadotropin releasing hormone and 17β-estradiol (E2) are involved in male sexual maturation, however, little is known about the effects of E2 and testosterone (T) on the gonadal differentiation in young scallops. In the present study, scallop gonadal development was analyzed to determine the sex reversal stage in Funka bay, and effects of E2 and T were examined. In Funka bay, almost all scallops were male at month 12...
April 2017: Zoological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397599/difference-in-size-at-maturity-in-annual-and-overwintering-generations-in-the-tanaidacean-zeuxo-sp-in-oshoro-bay-hokkaido-japan
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Keiichi Kakui, Yoshinobu Hayakawa, Haruo Katakura
We investigated the life cycle of the tanaidid Zeuxo sp. 1 (Crustacea: Peracarida: Tanaidacea), which lives epiphytically in dwelling tubes on the algae Sargassum spp. and Neorhodomela aculeata in Oshoro Bay, Hokkaido, Japan. We obtained data on its population size distribution, age structure, and reproductive phenology through monthly sampling from April 2011 to June 2012. From these data, we detected an overwintering group (F0) that arises from mancae that are released in autumn, overwinters, reproduces the following spring, and then disappears...
April 2017: Zoological Science
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