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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817688/the-extremely-divergent-maternally-and-paternally-transmitted-mitochondrial-genomes-are-co-expressed-in-somatic-tissues-of-two-freshwater-mussel-species-with-doubly-uniparental-inheritance-of-mtdna
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Sophie Breton, Karim Bouvet, Gabrielle Auclair, Stéphanie Ghazal, Bernard E Sietman, Nathan Johnson, Stefano Bettinazzi, Donald T Stewart, Davide Guerra
Freshwater mussel species with doubly uniparental inheritance (DUI) of mtDNA are unique because they are naturally heteroplasmic for two extremely divergent mtDNAs with ~50% amino acid differences for protein-coding genes. The paternally-transmitted mtDNA (or M mtDNA) clearly functions in sperm in these species, but it is still unknown whether it is transcribed when present in male or female soma. In the present study, we used PCR and RT-PCR to detect the presence and expression of the M mtDNA in male and female somatic and gonadal tissues of the freshwater mussel species Venustaconcha ellipsiformis and Utterbackia peninsularis (Unionidae)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817611/the-directed-migration-of-gonadal-distal-tip-cells-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-requires-ngat-1-a-%C3%A3-1-4-n-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase-enzyme
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Joseph Veyhl, Robert J Dunn, Wendy L Johnston, Alexa Bennett, Lijia W Zhang, James W Dennis, Harry Schachter, Joseph G Culotti
Glycoproteins such as growth factor receptors and extracellular matrix have well-known functions in development and cancer progression, however, the glycans at sites of modification are often heterogeneous molecular populations which makes their functional characterization challenging. Here we provide evidence for a specific, discrete, well-defined glycan modification and regulation of a stage-specific cell migration in Caenorhabditis elegans. We show that a chain-terminating, putative null mutation in the gene encoding a predicted β1,4-N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase, named ngat-1, causes a maternally rescued temperature sensitive (ts) defect in the second phase of the three phase migration pattern of the posterior, but not the anterior, hermaphrodite Distal Tip Cell (DTC)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815728/effects-of-bifenthrin-exposure-on-the-estrogenic-and-dopaminergic-pathways-in-zebrafish-embryos-and-juveniles
#3
Luísa Becker Bertotto, Jaben Richards, Jay Gan, David Christopher Volz, Daniel Schlenk
Bifenthrin (BF) is a pyrethroid insecticide used in urban and agricultural applications. Previous studies have shown that environmentally relevant (ng/L) concentrations of BF increased plasma concentrations of 17β-estradiol (E2) and altered the expression of dopaminergic (DA) pathway components. DA neurons can indirectly regulate E2 biosynthesis, suggesting that BF may disrupt the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis. Since embryos do not have a complete HPG axis, the hypothesis that BF impairs DA regulation was tested in embryonic and one-month old juvenile zebrafish (Danio rerio) with exposure to measured concentrations of 0...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815561/early-segregation-of-the-adrenal-cortex-and-gonad-in-chicken-embryos
#4
Daisuke Saito, Koji Tamura, Yoshiko Takahashi
The adrenal gland is an endocrine organ that plays essential roles in stress responses. This organ consists of two types of tissues, adrenomedulla and adrenocortex, deriving from different embryonic origins. Whereas it is well accepted that the adrenomedulla derives from neural crest cells, the origin of the adrenocortex remains elusive. In addition, the adrenocortex and gonads, two major steroid hormone-producing tissues, have been thought to share the same origin, although the experimental evidence is lacking...
August 16, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814267/sex-and-tissue-specific-gene-expression-patterns-identified-following-de-novo-transcriptomic-analysis-of-the-norway-lobster-nephrops-norvegicus
#5
Guiomar Rotllant, Tuan Viet Nguyen, Valerio Sbragaglia, Lifat Rahi, Kevin J Dudley, David Hurwood, Tomer Ventura, Joan B Company, Vincent Chand, Jacopo Aguzzi, Peter B Mather
BACKGROUND: The Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus, is economically important in European fisheries and is a key organism in local marine ecosystems. Despite multi-faceted scientific interest in this species, our current knowledge of genetic resources in this species remains very limited. Here, we generated a reference de novo transcriptome for N. norvegicus from multiple tissues in both sexes. Bioinformatic analyses were conducted to detect transcripts that were expressed exclusively in either males or females...
August 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813488/role-of-post-chemotherapy-radiation-in-the-management-of-children-and-adolescents-with-primary-advanced-malignant-mediastinal-germ-cell-tumors
#6
Junting Huang, Yuting Tan, Zijun Zhen, Suying Lu, Feifei Sun, Jia Zhu, Juan Wang, Ru Liao, Xiaofei Sun
OBJECTIVE: Primary malignant mediastinal germ cell tumors (MMGCTs) are rare in children and adolescents and have a poorer prognosis than their gonadal counterparts. We report a single institutional experience of a 10-year period of primary advanced MMGCTs treated with chemotherapy, followed by radiotherapy in those who had residual mass. METHODS: Children and adolescents with primary advanced MMGCTs between 2005 and 2014 were identified from the Cancer Center, Sun Yat-Sen University...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813145/selective-uptake-and-bioaccumulation-of-antidepressants-in-fish-from-effluent-impacted-niagara-river
#7
Prapha Arnnok, Randolph Reyes Singh, Rodjana Burakham, Alicia Pérez-Fuentetaja, Diana S Aga
The continuous release of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) into freshwater systems impacts the health of aquatic organisms. This study evaluates the concentrations and bioaccumulation of PPCPs and the selective uptake of antidepressants in fish from the Niagara River, which connects two of the North American Great lakes (Erie and Ontario). The Niagara River receives PPCPs from different wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) situated along the river and Lake Erie. Of the 22 targeted PPCPs, 11 were found at part-per-billion levels in WWTP effluents and at part-per-trillion levels in river water samples...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811696/relationship-between-fetal-loss-and-serum-gonadal-hormones-level-in-experimental-antiphospholipid-syndrome-mouse
#8
Shanmugam Velayuthaprabhu, Arunachalam Chinnathambi, Sulaiman Ali Alharbi, Hidehiko Matsubayashi, Govindaraju Archunan
To investigate the effects of antiphospholipid antibodies on establishment of pregnancy and changes in hormones such as estradiol-17ß (E2) and progesterone (P) levels in circulation. Hence, mice were immunized with human β2-Glycoprotein I (β2GPI) and the effect of these antibodies on fetuses weight, placental obsrvation, Serum levels of P and E2 in pregnant mice, hematological were observed. Immunization of mice with human β2-GPI resulted in elevated levels of antiphospholipid antibodies. The experimentally induced antiphospholipid syndrome mouse showed higher rate of fetal resorption, low number of viable fetuses, and "placental abnormalities"...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811311/linking-the-environment-daf-7-tgf%C3%AE-signaling-and-lag-2-dsl-ligand-expression-in-the-germline-stem-cell-niche
#9
Olga Pekar, Maria C Ow, Kailyn Y Hui, Marcus B Noyes, Sarah E Hall, E Jane Albert Hubbard
The developmental accumulation of proliferative germ cells in the C. elegans hermaphrodite is sensitive to the organismal environment. Previously, we found that the TGFβ signaling pathway links the environment and proliferative germ cell accumulation. Neuronal DAF-7/TGFβ causes a DAF-1/TGFβR signaling cascade in the gonadal distal tip cell (DTC), the germline stem cell niche, where it negatively regulates a DAF-3 SMAD and DAF-5 Sno-Ski. LAG-2, a founding DSL ligand family member, is produced in the DTC and activates the GLP-1/Notch receptor on adjacent germ cells to maintain germline stem cell fate...
August 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811308/wilms-tumour-1-wt1-in-development-homeostasis-and-disease
#10
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Nicholas D Hastie
The study of genes mutated in human disease often leads to new insights into biology as well as disease mechanisms. One such gene is Wilms' tumour 1 (WT1), which plays multiple roles in development, tissue homeostasis and disease. In this Primer, I summarise how this multifaceted gene functions in various mammalian tissues and organs, including the kidney, gonads, heart and nervous system. This is followed by a discussion of our current understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which WT1 and its two major isoforms regulate these processes at the transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels...
August 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810828/suitable-reference-gene-for-quantitative-real-time-pcr-analysis-of-gene-expression-in-gonadal-tissues-of-minnow-puntius-sophore-under-high-temperature-stress
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Arabinda Mahanty, Gopal Krishna Purohit, Sasmita Mohanty, Nihar Ranjan Nayak, Bimal Prasanna Mohanty
BACKGROUND: High ambient temperature is known to affect fish gonadal development and physiology in a variety of ways depending on the severity and duration of exposure; however, the underlying molecular mechanisms are poorly understood. Gonadal gene expression influence the gonadal development, physiology and the quality of egg/sperm produced in teleosts and the mechanistic understanding of spatio-temporal changes in the gonadal gene expression could be instrumental in controlling the fate of egg/sperm and the quality of seed produced...
August 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808553/parasite-and-host-elemental-content-and-parasite-effects-on-host-nutrient-excretion-and-metabolic-rate
#12
Nicole Chodkowski, Randall J Bernot
Ecological stoichiometry uses the mass balance of elements to predict energy and elemental fluxes across different levels of ecological organization. A specific prediction of ecological stoichiometry is the growth rate hypothesis (GRH), which states that organisms with faster growth or reproductive rates will require higher phosphorus content for nucleic acid and protein synthesis. Although parasites are found ubiquitously throughout ecosystems, little is understood about how they affect nutrient imbalances in ecosystems...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808410/the-effects-of-erzincan-grape-vitis-vinifera-spp-cimin-and-benzothiazol-on-a-caenorhabditis-elegans-organism-model
#13
Hulya Ozpinar, Necati Ozpinar, Savas Karakus
BACKGROUND: Grapes and their products are known to have been used for the treatment of diseases throughout history. OBJECTIVE: It was aimed to investigate the effects of Erzincan Cimin grapes on an organism model of Caenorhabditis elegans N2 wild type and C. elegans BS913 strains with gonad cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The effects of methanol extracts of the skin and seeds of Erzincan Cimin grapes were examined separately on C. elegans N2 wild type and an effect was determined on lifespan...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807724/the-versatile-functions-of-lrr-only-proteins-in-mollusk-chlamys-farreri
#14
Mengqiang Wang, Lingling Wang, Zhihao Jia, Xiudan Wang, Qilin Yi, Zhao Lv, Linsheng Song
Leucine-rich repeat (LRR)-only proteins are involved in the innate immune responses as they mediate protein-ligand interactions. In the present study, three novel LRR-only proteins, CfLRRop-4, CfLRRop-5 and CfLRRop-6, were identified and characterized from Zhikong scallop Chlamys farreri. They all contained LRR motifs with consensus signature sequences of LxxLxLxxNxL or LxxLxLxxCxxL. All the mRNA transcripts of three CfLRRops were high abundant in hepatopancreas, gills and gonads, and their mRNA transcripts in hemocytes could respond to the stimulations of different microbes, including Vibrio anguillarum, Micrococcus luteus and Pichia pastoris...
August 11, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807668/evidence-that-blood-flukes-trematoda-aporocotylidae-of-chondrichthyans-infect-bivalves-as-intermediate-hosts-indications-of-an-ancient-diversification-of-the-schistosomatoidea
#15
Thomas H Cribb, Rowan C Chick, Wayne O'Connor, Stephan O'Connor, Daniel Johnson, Kim B Sewell, Scott C Cutmore
Blood flukes (Aporocotylidae) of actinopterygians (bony fishes), have been shown to infect freshwater gastropods and marine polychaetes as intermediate hosts. However, no life cycle is known for any aporocotylid of chondrichthyans (cartilaginous fishes) and no adult aporocotylid has been linked to a cercaria infecting a bivalve. Here we report two novel infections that fill these gaps. Cercariae consistent with the family Aporocotylidae were found developing in sporocysts in the gonad of the surf pipi, Donax deltoides Lamarck, 1818 (Bivalvia: Donacidae), from Stockton Beach, central New South Wales, Australia...
August 11, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806919/integrated-analysis-of-mrna-seq-and-mirna-seq-reveals-the-potential-roles-of-sex-biased-mirna-mrna-pairs-in-gonad-tissue-of-dark-sleeper-odontobutis-potamophila
#16
Cheng Zhao, Guosong Zhang, Shaowu Yin, Zecheng Li, Qintao Wang, Shuqiao Chen, Guoqin Zhou
BACKGROUND: The dark sleeper (Odontobutis potamophila) is an important commercial fish species which shows a sexually dimorphic growth pattern. However, the lack of sex transcriptomic data is hindering further research and genetically selective breeding of the dark sleeper. In this study, integrated analysis of mRNA and miRNA was performed on gonad tissue to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of sex determination and differentiation in the dark sleeper. RESULTS: A total of 143 differentially expressed miRNAs and 16,540 differentially expressed genes were identified...
August 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806565/implications-of-biological-factors-on-accumulation-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-antarctic-notothenioid-fish
#17
J M Ríos, N B Lana, N F Ciocco, A Covaci, E Barrera-Oro, E Moreira, J C Altamirano
In the present study, the possible associations between selected persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and biological factors were assessed in different tissues of two Antarctic notothenioid fish: Notothenia rossii (NOR) and Trematomus newnesi (TRN) collected at Potter Cove, King George Island/Isla 25 de Mayo, South Shetland Islands. Specifically, association patterns between biological factors (body size, lipid content, body condition) and POP concentrations (polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and metabolites, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH), hexachlorobenzene (HCB), chlordanes (CHLs) and methoxylated polybrominated diphenyl ethers (MeO-PBDEs)), were explored by using two approaches: multivariate analyses (principal component analysis: PCA) and intraspecific correlations...
August 11, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804509/lifetime-stress-exposure-and-health-a-review-of-contemporary-assessment-methods-and-biological-mechanisms
#18
Grant S Shields, George M Slavich
Life stress is a central construct in health research because it is associated with increased risk for a variety of serious mental and physical health problems, including anxiety disorders, depression, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, Alzheimer's disease, certain cancers, and other diseases of aging. In this review, we examine how lifetime stress exposure contributes to elevated disease risk, and explore ongoing measurement and scientific issues related to this topic. To accomplish these goals, we first review existing instruments that have been developed for assessing perceived stress, self-reported life events, interviewer-assessed life stressors, and lifetime stress exposure...
August 2017: Social and Personality Psychology Compass
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803937/annual-variation-in-the-reproductive-hormone-and-behavior-rhythm-in-a-population-of-the-asian-short-toed-lark-can-spring-temperature-influence-activation-of-the-hpg-axis-of-wild-birds
#19
Shuping Zhang, Xianglong Xu, Weiwei Wang, Lidan Zhao, Lijun Gao, Wenyu Yang
Although a number of studies have demonstrated a correlation between ambient temperature and the timing of reproductive behavior in many bird species, the relationships between temperature, activation of the hypothalamus-pituitary-gonad (HPG) axis, laying, and hatching in free-living birds, remain unclear. We investigated the relationships between spring temperature, reproductive hormones, and behavior, in a population of the Asian short-toed lark (Calandrella cheleensis) on the Inner Mongolian Grasslands in 2014, 2015 and 2016...
August 10, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803930/identification-of-neuroglobin-as-a-novel-player-in-anti-bacterial-responses-in-amphioxus
#20
Yu Bai, Shousheng Liu, Xia Wang, Xiaoyuan Du, Guangdong Ji, Shicui Zhang
Theoretical considerations support various functions of neuroglobin (Ngb), but further studies are required for full characterization of these functions. In this study, we identified the presence of a single Ngb gene, BjNgb, in the amphioxus Branchiostoma japonicum. BjNgb was expressed in various tissues including the notochord, gonads (ovary and testis) and gill, and up-regulated significantly in response to the challenge with LPS and LTA, suggesting involvement in immune response of amphioxus against bacterial infection...
August 10, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
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