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M Irani, N Zaninovic, C Canon, C O'Neill, V Gunnala, Q Zhan, G Palermo, D Reichman, Z Rosenwaks
STUDY QUESTION: Is there a benefit to assessing ploidy in delayed embryos reaching the morula stage on Day 6 of development? SUMMARY ANSWER: Day-6 morulae should be considered for biopsy in women <40 years old undergoing preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A) because they are associated with acceptable, albeit reduced, euploidy and implantation rates (IRs). WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Embryo development and morphology have been shown to correlate with aneuploidy and pregnancy rates...
March 13, 2018: Human Reproduction
Sarah K Mesrobian, Alessandro E P Villa, Michel Bader, Lorenz Götte, Alessandra Lintas
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterized by deficits in executive functions and decision making during childhood and adolescence. Contradictory results exist whether altered event-related potentials (ERPs) in adults are associated with the tendency of ADHD patients toward risky behavior. Clinically diagnosed ADHD patients ( n = 18) and healthy controls ( n = 18), aged between 18 and 29 (median 22 Yo), were screened with the Conners' Adult ADHD Rating Scales and assessed by the Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview, adult ADHD Self-Report Scale, and by the 60-item HEXACO Personality Inventory...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Areg Grigorian, Victor Joe, Patrick Thomas Delaplain, Sebastian Schubl, Bel Barker, Viktor Gabriel, Austin Ronald Dosch, Cristobal Barrios, Jeffry Nahmias
PURPOSE: Pelvic gynecologic trauma (PGT) includes injury to the uterus, ovaries or fallopian tubes. We hypothesized Injury Severity Score (ISS) ≥ 25, hypotension on admission and age ≥ 51 (average age for menopause) would be independent risk factors for resection compared to repair. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the National Trauma Data Bank was performed between 2007 and 2015. RESULTS: Of 2,040,235 female patients, 1938 (< 0...
March 6, 2018: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
M Vera-Rodriguez, A Diez-Juan, J Jimenez-Almazan, S Martinez, R Navarro, V Peinado, A Mercader, M Meseguer, D Blesa, I Moreno, D Valbuena, C Rubio, C Simon
STUDY QUESTION: What is the origin and composition of cell-free DNA in human embryo spent culture media? SUMMARY ANSWER: Cell-free DNA from human embryo spent culture media represents a mix of maternal and embryonic DNA, and the mixture can be more complex for mosaic embryos. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In 2016, ~300 000 human embryos were chromosomally and/or genetically analyzed using preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidies (PGT-A) or monogenic disorders (PGT-M) before transfer into the uterus...
February 20, 2018: Human Reproduction
Eyyup H Ucar, Hayrettin Cetin, Mehmet O Atli
This study investigated molecular regulation in the canine corpus luteums/corpora lutea (CL) following multiple low-dose prostaglandin F 2 alpha (PGF 2 α) injections in non-pregnant bitches around 30-35 days after ovulation. The CL were obtained by ovariohysterectomy 1 h after the last PGF 2 α injection. The subjects were divided into the following groups: control (no PGF 2 α injection, n = 4), one PGF 2 α injection (injection at 0 h, 1PGF, n = 4), two PGF 2 α injection (injection at 0 and 8 h, 2PGF, n = 4), and three PGF 2 α injection (injection at 0, 8 and 24 h, 3PGF, n = 4)...
February 14, 2018: Theriogenology
Patricia Drach, Eduardo L Krüger, Rohinton Emmanuel
This study investigates the joint effect of atmospheric conditions and urban morphology, expressed as the Sky View Factor (SVF), on intra-urban variability. The study has been carried out in Glasgow, UK, a shrinking city with a maritime temperate climate type, and findings could guide future climate adaptation plans in terms of morphology and services provided by the municipality to overcome thermal discomfort in outdoor settings. In this case, SVF has been used as an indicator of urban morphology. The modified Pasquill-Gifford-Turner (PGT) classification system was adopted for classifying the temperature monitoring periods according to atmospheric stability conditions...
February 1, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Jason D Zurn, Matthew N Rouse, Shiaoman Chao, Meriem Aoun, Godwin Macharia, Colin W Hiebert, Zacharias A Pretorius, J Michael Bonman, Maricelis Acevedo
BACKGROUND: Research to identify and characterize stem rust resistance genes in common wheat, Triticum aestivum, has been stimulated by the emergence of Ug99-lineage races of the wheat stem rust pathogen, Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici (Pgt), in Eastern Africa. The Montenegrin spring wheat landrace PI 362698 was identified as a source of Pgt resistance. This accession exhibits resistance to multiple Ug99-lineage and North American Pgt races at seedling and adult-plant stages. A recombinant inbred population was developed by crossing the susceptible line LMPG-6 with a single plant selection of PI 362698...
January 22, 2018: BMC Genomics
Takeo Nakanishi, Ikumi Tamai
Solute carrier organic anion transporter family member 2A1 (OATP2A1, encoded by the SLCO2A1 gene), which was initially identified as prostaglandin transporter (PGT), is expressed ubiquitously in tissues and mediates the distribution of prostanoids, such as PGE2 , PGF2α , PGD2 and TxB2 . It is well known to play a key role in the metabolic clearance of prostaglandins, which are taken up into the cell by OATP2A1 and then oxidatively inactivated by 15-ketoprostaglandin dehydrogenase (encoded by HPGD); indeed, OATP2A1-mediated uptake is the rate-limiting step of PGE2 catabolism...
December 4, 2017: AAPS Journal
Austin J Case, Sridhar Bhavani, Godwin Macharia, Brian J Steffenson
QTL conferring a 14-40% reduction in adult plant stem rust severity to multiple races of Pgt were found on chromosome 5H and will be useful in barley breeding. Stem rust, caused by Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici (Pgt) is an important disease of barley. The resistance gene Rpg1 has protected the crop against stem rust losses for over 70 years in North America, but is not effective against the African Pgt race TTKSK (and its variants) nor the domestic race QCCJB. To identify resistance to these Rpg1-virulent races, the Barley iCore Collection, held by the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service National Small Grains Collection was evaluated for adult plant resistance (APR) and seedling resistance to race TTKSK and APR to race QCCJB and the Pgt TTKSK composite of races TTKSK, TTKST, TTKTK, and TTKTT...
January 2018: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
M E Bunnell, L Wilkins-Haug, R Reiss
OBJECTIVE: To review the literature for survival and phenotypes of liveborns with autosomal monosomy to inform decisions regarding transfer of IVF-derived embryos reported as monosomic on preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A). METHOD: Ovid-Medline and EMBASE were systematically searched to identify published case reports of live-born individuals with autosomal monosomy, full or mosaic, for a whole chromosome. RESULTS: Fifty-three reports describing 56 individuals with autosomal monosomy met the selection criteria: one case each of monosomy 14 and 16, three each for monosomy 15 and 18, one for group "E", five for monosomy 20, twenty-four for monosomy 21, seven for monosomy 22, and eleven for a "G" group chromosome...
November 21, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
Shisheng Chen, Yan Guo, Jordan Briggs, Felix Dubach, Shiaoman Chao, Wenjun Zhang, Matthew N Rouse, Jorge Dubcovsky
The new stem rust resistance gene Sr60 was fine-mapped to the distal region of chromosome arm 5A(m)S, and the TTKSK-effective gene SrTm5 could be a new allele of Sr22. The emergence and spread of new virulent races of the wheat stem rust pathogen (Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici; Pgt), including the Ug99 race group, is a serious threat to global wheat production. In this study, we mapped and characterized two stem rust resistance genes from diploid wheat Triticum monococcum accession PI 306540. We mapped SrTm5, a previously postulated gene effective to Ug99, on chromosome arm 7A(m)L, completely linked to Sr22...
November 21, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
Antonio Madrigal-Martínez, Ana B Fernández-Martínez, Francisco J Lucio Cazaña
Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2 ) increases cell proliferation and stimulates migratory and angiogenic abilities in prostate cancer cells. However, the effects of PGE2 on non-transformed prostate epithelial cells are unknown, despite the fact that PGE2 overproduction has been found in benign hyperplastic prostates. In the present work we studied the effects of PGE2 in immortalized, non-malignant prostate epithelial RWPE-1 cells and found that PGE2 increased cell proliferation, cell migration, and production of vascular endothelial growth factor-A, and activated in vitro angiogenesis...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Rodolfo Ungerfeld, Daniela Casuriaga, Julia Giriboni, Aline Freitas-de-Melo, Patricia Silveira, Felipe Zandonadi Brandão
Electroejaculation (EE) is a widely used semen collection technique; but, it is stressful and painful for the animals. Considering these concerns, it may be important to develop practices to decrease the negative implications of EE on animals. Oxytocin and prostaglandin-F2alpha (PGF2α) stimulate the contractions of the muscles of the male genital tract. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyze the effectiveness of the administration of oxytocin and/or a PGF2α analogue (cloprostenol) to bucks in relation to their stress response and sperm parameters before semen collection by EE was performed...
February 2018: Theriogenology
Asaithambi Killivalavan, Young Shik Park, Kon Ho Lee
The pteridine glycosyltransferase (PGT) found in Chlorobium tepidum (CtPGT) catalyzes the conversion of L-threo-tetrahydrobiopterin to 1-O-(L-threo-biopterin-2'-yl)-β-N-acetylglucosamine using UDP-N-acetylglucosamine. The gene for CtPGT was cloned, and selenomethionine-derivatized protein was overexpressed and purified using various chromatographic techniques. The protein was crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method using 0.24 M triammonium citrate pH 7.0, 14%(w/v) PEG 3350 as a reservoir solution...
November 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
Wenjun Zhang, Shisheng Chen, Zewdie Abate, Jayaveeramuthu Nirmala, Matthew N Rouse, Jorge Dubcovsky
The Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici (Pgt) Ug99 race group is virulent to most stem rust resistance genes currently deployed in wheat and poses a threat to global wheat production. The durum wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. durum) gene Sr13 confers resistance to Ug99 and other virulent races, and is more effective at high temperatures. Using map-based cloning, we delimited a candidate region including two linked genes encoding coiled-coil nucleotide-binding leucine-rich repeat proteins designated CNL3 and CNL13...
November 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Ravshan Z Sabirov, Petr G Merzlyak, Toshiaki Okada, Md Rafiqul Islam, Hiromi Uramoto, Tomoko Mori, Yumiko Makino, Hiroshi Matsuura, Yu Xie, Yasunobu Okada
The maxi-anion channels (MACs) are expressed in cells from mammals to amphibians with ~60% exhibiting a phenotype called Maxi-Cl. Maxi-Cl serves as the most efficient pathway for regulated fluxes of inorganic and organic anions including ATP However, its molecular entity has long been elusive. By subjecting proteins isolated from bleb membranes rich in Maxi-Cl activity to LC-MS/MS combined with targeted siRNA screening, CRISPR/Cas9-mediated knockout, and heterologous overexpression, we identified the organic anion transporter SLCO2A1, known as a prostaglandin transporter (PGT), as a key component of Maxi-Cl...
November 15, 2017: EMBO Journal
Elpida Fragouli, Caroline McCaffrey, Krithika Ravichandran, Katharina Spath, James A Grifo, Santiago Munné, Dagan Wells
STUDY QUESTION: Can quantification of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in trophectoderm (TE) biopsy samples provide information concerning the viability of a blastocyst, potentially enhancing embryo selection and improving IVF treatment outcomes? SUMMARY ANSWER: This study demonstrated that euploid blastocysts of good morphology, but with high mtDNA levels had a greatly reduced implantation potential. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Better methods of embryo selection leading to IVF outcome improvement are necessary, as the transfer of chromosomally normal embryos of high morphological grade cannot guarantee the establishment of an ongoing pregnancy...
November 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
Anver Kuliev, Svetlana Rechitsky
Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) is now a widely applied procedure in genetic practices and ART, with more than one third of ART Centers in US already utilizing PGT technology. Its indications have also been significantly extended to include common late-onset disorders and non-genetic conditions, such as testing for HLA match. Areas covered: This is a critical review of the developments in PGT, with emphasis on their outstanding limitations and directions for the future research and practice in the area of PGT...
November 8, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
Laura L Jones, Melanie Calvert, Naiem Moiemen, Jonathan J Deeks, Jonathan Bishop, Philip Kinghorn, Jonathan Mathers
BACKGROUND: Pressure garment therapy (PGT) is an established treatment for the prevention and treatment of hypertrophic scarring; however, there is limited evidence for its effectiveness. Burn survivors often experience multiple issues many of which are not adequately captured in current PGT trial measures. To assess the effectiveness of PGT it is important to understand what outcomes matter to patients and to consider whether patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) can be used to ascertain the effect of treatments on patients' health-related quality of life...
December 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Nicole Andrews, Laura L Jones, Naiem Moiemen, Melanie Calvert, Philip Kinghorn, Ian Litchfield, Jonathan Bishop, Jonathan J Deeks, Jonathan Mathers
INTRODUCTION: Parents have a crucial role to play in burn scar management for their children at a time that is extremely stressful for them and their child. Scar management treatments such as pressure garment therapy (PGT) require high levels of adherence. There has been a lack of research into the factors that may influence adherence in paediatric burn scar management. This qualitative research study has investigated parents' experiences of scar management and their attempts to adhere to treatment at home...
October 11, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
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