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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149327/focused-time-lapse-analysis-reveals-novel-aspects-of-human-fertilization-and-suggests-new-parameters-of-embryo-viability
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G Coticchio, M Mignini Renzini, P V Novara, M Lain, E De Ponti, D Turchi, R Fadini, M Dal Canto
STUDY QUESTION: Can focused application of time-lapse microscopy (TLM) lead to a more detailed map of the morphokinetics of human fertilization, revealing novel or neglected aspects of this process? SUMMARY ANSWER: Intensive harnessing of TLM reveals novel or previously poorly characterised phenomena of fertilization, such as a cytoplasmic wave (CW) preceding pronuclear formation and kinetics of pronuclear chromatin polarization, thereby suggesting novel non-invasive biomarkers of embryo quality...
November 15, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142449/single-blastocyst-transfer-the-key-to-reduce-multiple-pregnancy-rates-without-compromising-the-live-birth-rate
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Uma M Sundhararaj, Monali V Madne, Reeta Biliangady, Sumana Gurunath, Ambika G Swamy, Indu S T Gopal
Background: Historically, to achieve higher pregnancy rates, multiple embryos were transferred after an in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). However, this practice is being reassessed, because it leads to multiple pregnancies that is known to cause adverse maternal and fetal outcomes. Aim: To compare the pregnancy outcomes in fresh IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles among women undergoing elective single blastocyst transfer (eSBT) vs. those undergoing double blastocyst transfer (DBT)...
July 2017: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136144/antioxidants-improve-ivf-outcome-and-subsequent-embryo-development-in-the-mouse
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T Truong, D K Gardner
STUDY QUESTION: What is the effect of a combination of three antioxidants (Acetyl-L-Carnitine, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine and α-Lipoic Acid), present in IVF medium during mouse oocyte and sperm collection, on fertilization and subsequent IVF embryo development? SUMMARY ANSWER: A combination of antioxidants resulted in faster developmental times from the 2-cell stage through to expanded blastocyst stage, accompanied by a significant increase in blastocyst cell number and a reduction of intracellular hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) levels...
November 10, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134695/acute-stimulation-of-a-smooth-muscle-constrictor-by-oestradiol-17%C3%AE-via-gper1-in-bovine-oviducts
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T Nishie, Y Kobayashi, K Kimura, K Okuda
Oviducts play roles in reproductive processes, including gametes transport, fertilization and early embryo development. Oviductal transport is controlled by various factors such as endothelins (EDNs) and nitric oxide (NO), smooth muscle contracting and relaxing factor, respectively. EDNs and NO production depend on an ovarian steroid hormone, oestradiol-17β (E2) and E2 quickly exerts their biological functions through G protein-coupled oestrogen receptor 1 (GPER1), which mediates rapid intracellular signalling...
November 14, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133434/pkd1-promotes-functional-synapse-formation-coordinated-with-n-cadherin-in-hippocampus
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Cheng Cen, Li-Da Luo, Wen-Qi Li, Gang Li, Na-Xi Tian, Ge Zheng, Dong-Min Yin, Yimin Zou, Yun Wang
Functional synapse formation is critical for the wiring of neural circuits in the developing brain. The cell adhesion molecule N-cadherin plays important roles in target recognition and synaptogenesis. However, the molecular mechanisms that regulate the localization of N-cadherin and the subsequent effects remain poorly understood. Here, we show that protein kinase D1 (PKD1) directly binds to N-cadherin at amino acid residues 836-871 and phosphorylates it at Ser 869, 871, 872, thereby increasing the surface localization of N-cadherin and promoting functional synapse formation in primary cultured hippocampal neurons obtained from embryonic day 18 rat embryos of either sex...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132036/holding-immature-bovine-oocytes-in-a-commercial-embryo-holding-medium-high-developmental-competence-for-up-to-10%C3%A2-h-at-room-temperature
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Osvaldo Bogado Pascottini, Maaike Catteeuw, Ann Van Soom, Geert Opsomer
Bovine in vitro embryo production (IVP) following Ovum Pick Up (OPU) is all too often hampered by a large time gap between the harvest of oocytes of the first and last OPU session of the day. Immediately after retrieval, oocyte maturation is initiated, resulting in oocytes maturing at different time points which necessitates laborious scheduling of the IVP process. In this study, the potential of a commercial embryo holding medium (EHM; Syngro, Bioniche Inc.) to hold immature bovine oocytes was validated. We assessed the effect of holding time and temperature on (1) oocytes' maturation; (2) blastocyst development and quality at day 8 post insemination; and (3) blastocyst yield in small groups of oocytes/zygotes simulating OPU settings...
November 4, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132031/effects-of-microcystis-on-development-of-early-life-stage-japanese-medaka-oryzias-latipes-comparative-toxicity-of-natural-blooms-cultured-microcystis-and-microcystin-lr
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Spencer R Saraf, Amy Frenkel, Matthew J Harke, Jennifer G Jankowiak, Christopher J Gobler, Anne E McElroy
Freshwater cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs) caused by algae in the genus Microcystis have been increasing in frequency and severity in recent decades. Microcystis blooms threaten aquatic organisms through effects associated with the rapid increase of biomass and the production of the hepatotoxin microcystin (MC) by toxic strains. Among fish, effects of blooms are likely to be more severe for early life stages, and physiological impacts on this life stage could significantly impact recruitment and fish populations...
November 2, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130832/developmental-toxicity-assay-for-food-additive-tartrazine-using-zebrafish-danio-rerio-embryo-cultures
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Vani Joshi, Pancharatna Katti
Tartrazine (TTZ) is an azo dye used as a colorant in food products, drugs, and cosmetics. The present study evaluates the impacts of TTZ on embryonic development of zebrafish ( Danio rerio). Laboratory-raised D. rerio embryos (n = 20/concentration) were exposed to graded dilutions of TTZ (0, 0.1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 75, and 100 mM) from gastrulation stage (5.25 hours postfertilization [hpf]) until hatching and developmental trajectory was traced up to day 7. The no observed effect concentration (NOEC), median lethal concentration (LC50), median effective concentration (EC50), and teratogenic index (TI) were calculated...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130194/single-mrna-molecule-detection-in-drosophila
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Shawn C Little, Thomas Gregor
Single molecule fluorescent in situ hybridization (smFISH) enables quantitative measurements of gene expression and mRNA localization. The technique is increasingly popular for analysis of cultured cells but is not widely applied to intact organisms. Here, we describe a method for labeling and detection of single mRNA molecules in whole embryos of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. This method permits measurements of gene expression in absolute units, enabling new studies of transcriptional mechanisms underlying precision and reproducibility in cell specification...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127326/proteolytic-cleavage-of-transmembrane-cell-adhesion-molecule-l1-by-extracellular-matrix-molecule-reelin-is-important-for-mouse-brain-development
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David Lutz, Ahmed Sharaf, Dagmar Drexler, Hardeep Kataria, Gerrit Wolters-Eisfeld, Bianka Brunne, Ralf Kleene, Gabriele Loers, Michael Frotscher, Melitta Schachner
The cell adhesion molecule L1 and the extracellular matrix protein Reelin play crucial roles in the developing nervous system. Reelin is known to activate signalling cascades regulating neuronal migration by binding to lipoprotein receptors. However, the interaction of Reelin with adhesion molecules, such as L1, has remained poorly explored. Here, we report that full-length Reelin and its N-terminal fragments N-R2 and N-R6 bind to L1 and that full-length Reelin and its N-terminal fragment N-R6 proteolytically cleave L1 to generate an L1 fragment with a molecular mass of 80 kDa (L1-80)...
November 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126984/osteopontin-as-a-novel-substrate-for-the-proprotein-convertase-5-6-pcsk5-in-bone
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Betty Hoac, Delia Susan-Resiga, Rachid Essalmani, Edwige Marcinkiweicz, Nabil G Seidah, Marc D McKee
Seven proprotein convertases cleave the basic amino acid consensus sequence K/R-Xn-K/R↓ (where n=0, 2, 4 or 6 variable amino acids) to activate precursor proteins. Despite similarities in substrate specificity, basic amino acid-specific proprotein convertases have a distinct tissue distribution allowing for enzymatic actions on tissue-resident substrates. Proprotein convertase 5/6 (PC5/6) has two splice variants - soluble PC5/6A and membrane-bound PC5/6B - and is expressed during mouse development in many tissues including bone and tooth, but little is known about the substrates for PC5/6 therein...
November 7, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124461/improvement-of-pregnancy-outcome-by-extending-embryo-culture-in-ivf-et-during-clinical-application
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Xiaopeng Zhao, Binbin Ma, Shaokang Mo, Lu Ma, Fei Chang, Liyuan Zhang, Fang Xu, Ling Wang
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to investigate the application value of the extended embryo culture for 7-8 h in day 3 morning during IVF-ET process. METHODS: Embryos were retrospectively assessed during 08:00-09:00 on the morning of day 3 in the control group, and were assessed once again at 16:00 in the afternoon in the extended culture (EC) group. The embryos with good developmental potential were preferentially selected to transfer. The cumulative pregnancy outcomes were analyzed in one oocyte retrieval cycle...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123210/plasticity-of-the-inner-cell-mass-in-mouse-blastocyst-is-restricted-by-the-activity-of-fgf-mapk-pathway
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M Wigger, K Kisielewska, K Filimonow, B Plusa, M Maleszewski, A Suwińska
In order to ensure successful development, cells of the early mammalian embryo must differentiate to either trophectoderm (TE) or inner cell mass (ICM), followed by epiblast (EPI) or primitive endoderm (PE) specification within the ICM. Here, we deciphered the mechanism that assures the correct order of these sequential cell fate decisions. We revealed that TE-deprived ICMs derived from 32-cell blastocysts are still able to reconstruct TE during in vitro culture, confirming totipotency of ICM cells at this stage...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121217/effect-of-ulipristal-acetate-and-mifepristone-at-emergency-contraception-dose-on-the-embryo-endometrial-attachment-using-an-in-vitro-human-trophoblastic-spheroid-and-endometrial-cell-co-culture-model
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Hang-Wun Raymond Li, Ying-Xing Li, Tian-Tian Li, Hongjie Fan, Ernest Hung-Yu Ng, William Shu-Biu Yeung, Pak-Chung Ho, Kai-Fai Lee
STUDY QUESTION: Do both ulipristal acetate (UPA) and mifepristone inhibit embryo-endometrial attachment at concentrations corresponding to the emergency contraception (EC) dose? SUMMARY ANSWER: Both UPA and mifepristone at concentrations corresponding to the EC dose do not have an inhibitory effect on embryo implantation, although mifepristone at a higher concentration appeared to have such an effect. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Levonorgestrel is commonly used for EC, but it only acts through inhibition of ovulation...
November 7, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120817/guiding-morphogenesis-in-cell-instructive-microgels-for-therapeutic-angiogenesis
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A L Torres, S J Bidarra, M T Pinto, P C Aguiar, E A Silva, C C Barrias
Efficient cell delivery strategies are urgently needed to improve the outcome of cell-based pro-angiogenic therapies. This study describes the design of an injectable cell delivery platform, based on biomaterial-guided morphogenesis principles. Soft high-mannuronic acid alginate microgels, oxidized and functionalized with integrin-binding peptides, provided adequate biochemical/biomechanical cues for the co-assembly of mesenchymal stem cells and outgrowth endothelial cells (OEC) into pre-vascularized microtissues...
October 31, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119699/effect-of-follistatin-on-pre-implantational-development-of-pig-parthenogenetic-embryos
#16
Yunsheng Li, Xing Liu, Zhen Chen, Dandan Song, Jie Yang, Xiaoyuan Zuo, Zubing Cao, Ya Liu, Yunhai Zhang
The present study was designed to explore effects of follistatin (FST) on pre-implantational development of parthenogenetically activated embryos (PAEs) in pigs. First, we investigated the FST messenger RNA expression level and dynamic FST protein expression patterns in porcine oocytes and PAEs. Then, PAEs were placed in embryo culture medium supplemented with 10 ng/mL of FST-288, FST-300, and FST-315. Next, PAEs were cultured with 0, 1, 10 and 100 ng/mL of FST-315 protein throughout the in vitro culture (IVC) duration...
November 9, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119119/an-exploration-of-the-impact-of-anticentromere-antibody-on-early-stage-embryo
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Ying Ying, Xi Guo, Yiping Zhong, Canquan Zhou
Background: Previously, we found women with positive anticentromere antibody showed impaired potential of oocyte maturation and embryo cleavage; the possible mechanism behind this phenomenon was still unknown. Objective: Thus, the present study aimed to preliminarily explore whether ACA could penetrate into the living embryos and impair their developmental potential via in vitro coculture with mouse embryos. Methods: Mouse embryos were collected and used for in vitro culture with polyclonal anticentromere protein A (CENP-A) antibody; then, immunofluorescence assay was performed to determine the penetration of antibody into embryos, and embryo development potential was observed...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117559/an-eye-organoid-approach-identifies-six3-suppression-of-r-spondin-2-as-a-critical-step-in-mouse-neuroretina-differentiation
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Nozomu Takata, Deepti Abbey, Luciano Fiore, Sandra Acosta, Ruopeng Feng, Hyea Jin Gil, Alfonso Lavado, Xin Geng, Ashley Interiano, Geoffrey Neale, Mototsugu Eiraku, Yoshiki Sasai, Guillermo Oliver
Recent advances in self-organizing, 3-dimensional tissue cultures of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) provided an in vitro model that recapitulates many aspects of the in vivo developmental steps. Using Rax-GFP-expressing ESCs, newly generated Six3(-/-) iPSCs, and conditional null Six3(delta/f);Rax-Cre ESCs, we identified Six3 repression of R-spondin 2 (Rspo2) as a required step during optic vesicle morphogenesis and neuroretina differentiation. We validated these results in vivo by showing that transient ectopic expression of Rspo2 in the anterior neural plate of transgenic mouse embryos was sufficient to inhibit neuroretina differentiation...
November 7, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117553/drosophila-embryonic-hemocytes-produce-laminins-to-strengthen-migratory-response
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Besaiz J Sánchez-Sánchez, José M Urbano, Kate Comber, Anca Dragu, Will Wood, Brian Stramer, María D Martín-Bermudo
The most prominent developmental function attributed to the extracellular matrix (ECM) is cell migration. While cells in culture can produce ECM to migrate, the role of ECM in regulating developmental cell migration is classically viewed as an exogenous matrix presented to the moving cells. In contrast to this view, we show here that Drosophila embryonic hemocytes deposit their own laminins in streak-like structures to migrate efficiently throughout the embryo. With the help of transplantation experiments, live microscopy, and image quantification, we demonstrate that autocrine-produced laminin regulates hemocyte migration by controlling lamellipodia dynamics, stability, and persistence...
November 7, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116016/management-and-potentialities-of-primary-cancer-cultures-in-preclinical-and-translational-studies
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Giacomo Miserocchi, Laura Mercatali, Chiara Liverani, Alessandro De Vita, Chiara Spadazzi, Federica Pieri, Alberto Bongiovanni, Federica Recine, Dino Amadori, Toni Ibrahim
The use of patient-derived primary cell cultures in cancer preclinical assays has increased in recent years. The management of resected tumor tissue remains complex and a number of parameters must be respected to obtain complete sample digestion and optimal vitality yield. We provide an overview of the benefits of correct primary cell culture management using different preclinical methodologies, and describe the pros and cons of this model with respect to other kinds of samples. One important advantage is that the heterogeneity of the cell populations composing a primary culture partially reproduces the tumor microenvironment and crosstalk between malignant and healthy cells, neither of which is possible with cell lines...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
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