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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922741/genomic-and-biochemical-characterization-of-sialic-acid-acetylesterase-siae-in-zebrafish
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Viola Ravasio, Eufemia Damiati, Daniela Zizioli, Flavia Orizio, Edoardo Giacopuzzi, Marta Manzoni, Roberto Bresciani, Giuseppe Borsani, Eugenio Monti
Sialic acid acetylesterase (SIAE) removes acetyl moieties from the carbon 9 and 4 hydroxyl groups of sialic acid and recently a debate has been opened on its association to autoimmunity. Trying to get new insights on this intriguing enzyme we have studied siae in zebrafish (Danio rerio). In this teleost siae encodes for a polypeptide with a high degree of sequence identity to human and mouse counterparts. Zebrafish Siae behavior upon transient expression in COS7 cells is comparable to human enzyme concerning pH optimum of enzyme activity, subcellular localization and glycosylation...
October 1, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920953/lifelong-haematopoiesis-is-established-by-hundreds-of-precursors-throughout-mammalian-ontogeny
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Miguel Ganuza, Trent Hall, David Finkelstein, Ashley Chabot, Guolian Kang, Shannon McKinney-Freeman
Current dogma asserts that mammalian lifelong blood production is established by a small number of blood progenitors. However, this model is based on assays that require the disruption, transplantation and/or culture of embryonic tissues. Here, we used the sample-to-sample variance of a multicoloured lineage trace reporter to assess the frequency of emerging lifelong blood progenitors while avoiding the disruption, culture or transplantation of embryos. We find that approximately 719 Flk1(+) mesodermal precursors, 633 VE-cadherin(+) endothelial precursors and 545 Vav1(+) nascent blood stem and progenitor cells emerge to establish the haematopoietic system at embryonic days (E)7-E8...
September 18, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919490/alcohol-exposure-induces-chick-craniofacial-bone-defects-by-negatively-affecting-cranial-neural-crest-development
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Ping Zhang, Guang Wang, Zhuangling Lin, Yushi Wu, Jing Zhang, Meng Liu, Kenneth Ka Ho Lee, Manli Chuai, Xuesong Yang
Excess alcohol consumption during pregnancy could lead to fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). However, the molecular mechanism leading to craniofacial abnormality, a feature of FAS, is still poorly understood. The cranial neural crest cells (NCCs) contribute to the formation of the craniofacial bones. Therefore, NCCs exposed to ethanol was investigated - using chick embryos and in vitro explant culture as experimental models. We demonstrated that exposure to 2% ethanol induced craniofacial defects, which includes parietal defect, in the developing chick fetus...
September 14, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919262/pdgfra-is-not-essential-for-the-derivation-and-maintenance-of-mouse-extraembryonic-endoderm-stem-cell-lines
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Jiangwei Lin, Mona Khan, Bolek Zapiec, Peter Mombaerts
Extraembryonic endoderm stem (XEN) cell lines can be derived and maintained in vitro and reflect the primitive endoderm lineage. Platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRA) is thought to be essential for the derivation and maintenance of mouse XEN cell lines. Here, we have re-evaluated this requirement for PDGFRA. We derived multiple PDGFRA-deficient XEN cell lines from postimplantation and preimplantation embryos of a PDGFRA-GFP knockout strain. We also converted PDGFRA-deficient embryonic stem cell lines into XEN cell lines chemically by transient culturing with retinoic acid and Activin A...
September 8, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915671/integration-of-alv-into-ctdspl-and-ctdspl2-genes-in-b-cell-lymphomas-promotes-cell-immortalization-migration-and-survival
#5
Shelby Winans, Alyssa Flynn, Sanandan Malhotra, Vidya Balagopal, Karen L Beemon
Avian leukosis virus induces tumors in chickens by integrating into the genome and altering expression of nearby genes. Thus, ALV can be used as an insertional mutagenesis tool to identify novel genes involved in tumorigenesis. Deep sequencing analysis of viral integration sites has identified CTDSPL and CTDSPL2 as common integration sites in ALV-induced B-cell lymphomas, suggesting a potential role in driving oncogenesis. We show that in tumors with integrations in these genes, the viral promoter is driving the expression of a truncated fusion transcript...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914615/apoptosis-generates-mechanical-forces-that-close-the-lens-vesicle-in-the-chick-embryo
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Alina Oltean, Larry A Taber
During the initial stages of eye development, optic vesicles grow laterally outward from both sides of the forebrain and come into contact with the surrounding surface ectoderm (SE). Within the region of contact, these layers then thicken locally to create placodes and invaginate to form the optic cup (primitive retina) and lens vesicle (LV), respectively. This paper examines the biophysical mechanisms involved in LV formation, which consists of three phases: (1) lens placode formation; (2) invagination to create the lens pit (LP); and (3) closure to form a complete ellipsoidally shaped LV...
September 15, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913804/doubled-haploid-laboratory-protocol-for-wheat-using-wheat-maize-wide-hybridization
#7
Meenakshi Santra, Hong Wang, Scott Seifert, Scott Haley
In traditional wheat breeding, the uniformity of lines derived from a breeding population is obtained by repeated selfing from the F1 which takes several generations to reach homozygosity in loci controlling traits of interest. Using doubled haploid technology, however, it is possible to attain 100% homozygosity at all loci in a single generation and completely homogeneous breeding lines can be obtained in 1-2 years. Thus, doubled haploid technology may significantly reduce cultivar development time. Two major methods for producing wheat doubled haploids are androgenesis (anther culture and microspore culture) and embryo culture using wheat-maize wide hybridization, the latter being the most effective and widely used method...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913800/wheat-genetic-transformation-using-mature-embryos-as-explants
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Harsh Chauhan, Paramjit Khurana
Feeding the growing population utilizing the limited agricultural resources remains a great challenge. Plant biotechnology plays a vital role in crop improvement by incorporating desired quality traits, tolerance to abiotic stresses and resistance to biotic stresses, which are otherwise tough to achieve by conventional plant breeding methodologies. Genetic engineering is a powerful tool to develop desired traits in selected crops to make the crops suitable for future demand and environment. For genetic engineering of crops like wheat, the development of efficient transformation and regeneration systems has always been a prime requirement...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913567/two-cell-embryos-are-more-sensitive-than-blastocysts-to-ampk-dependent-suppression-of-anabolism-and-stemness-by-commonly-used-fertility-drugs-a-diet-supplement-and-stress
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Alan Bolnick, Mohammed Abdulhasan, Brian Kilburn, Yufen Xie, Mindie Howard, Paul Andresen, Alexandra M Shamir, Jing Dai, Elizabeth E Puscheck, Eric Secor, Daniel A Rappolee
PURPOSE: This study tests whether metformin or diet supplement BR-DIM-induced AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) mediated effects on development are more pronounced in blastocysts or 2-cell mouse embryos. METHODS: Culture mouse zygotes to two-cell embryos and test effects after 0.5-1 h AMPK agonists' (e.g., Met, BR-DIM) exposure on AMPK-dependent ACCser79P phosphorylation and/or Oct4 by immunofluorescence. Culture morulae to blastocysts and test for increased ACCser79P, decreased Oct4 and for AMPK dependence by coculture with AMPK inhibitor compound C (CC)...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911883/tnf-superfamily-member-april-enhances-midbrain-dopaminergic-axon-growth-and-contributes-to-the-nigrostriatal-projection-in-vivo
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Thomas G McWilliams, Laura Howard, Sean Wyatt, Alun M Davies
We have studied the role of the tumor necrosis factor superfamily member APRIL in the development of embryonic mouse midbrain dopaminergic neurons in vitro and in vivo. In culture, soluble APRIL enhanced axon growth during a window of development between E12 and E14 when nigrostriatal axons are growing to their targets in the striatum in vivo. April transcripts were detected in both the striatum and midbrain during this period and at later stages. The axon growth-enhancing effect of APRIL was similar to that of glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), but in contrast to GDNF, APRIL did not promote the survival of midbrain dopaminergic neurons...
September 11, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911212/apposition-to-endometrial-epithelial-cells-activates-mouse-blastocysts-for-implantation
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Peter T Ruane, Stéphane C Berneau, Rebekka Koeck, Jessica Watts, Susan J Kimber, Daniel R Brison, Melissa Westwood, John D Aplin
STUDY QUESTION: How do interactions between blastocyst-stage embryos and endometrial epithelial cells regulate the early stages of implantation in an in vitro model? SUMMARY ANSWER: Mouse blastocyst apposition with human endometrial epithelial cells initiates trophectoderm differentiation to trophoblast, which goes on to breach the endometrial epithelium. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In vitro models using mouse blastocysts and human endometrial cell lines have proven invaluable in the molecular characterisation of embryo attachment to endometrial epithelium at the onset of implantation...
September 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904403/an-in-planta-biolistic-method-for-stable-wheat-transformation
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Haruyasu Hamada, Qianyan Linghu, Yozo Nagira, Ryuji Miki, Naoaki Taoka, Ryozo Imai
The currently favoured method for wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) transformation is inapplicable to many elite cultivars because it requires callus culture and regeneration. Here, we developed a simple, reproducible, in planta wheat transformation method using biolistic DNA delivery without callus culture or regeneration. Shoot apical meristems (SAMs) grown from dry imbibed seeds were exposed under a microscope and subjected to bombardment with different-sized gold particles coated with the GFP gene construct, introducing DNA into the L2 cell layer...
September 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892785/parental-gamma-irradiation-induces-reprotoxic-effects-accompanied-by-genomic-instability-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio-embryos
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Selma Hurem, Tânia Gomes, Dag A Brede, Elisabeth Lindbo Hansen, Stephen Mutoloki, Cristian Fernandez, Carmel Mothersill, Brit Salbu, Yetneberk A Kassaye, Ann-Karin Olsen, Deborah Oughton, Peter Aleström, Jan L Lyche
Gamma radiation represents a potential health risk to aquatic and terrestrial biota, due to its ability to ionize atoms and molecules in living tissues. The effects of exposure to (60)Co gamma radiation in zebrafish (Danio rerio) were studied during two sensitive life stages: gametogenesis (F0: 53 and 8.7mGy/h for 27 days, total doses 31 and 5.2Gy) and embryogenesis (9.6mGy/h for 65h; total dose 0.62Gy). Progeny of F0 exposed to 53mGy/h showed 100% mortality occurring at the gastrulation stage corresponding to 8h post fertilization (hpf)...
September 8, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889726/the-significance-of-blastocyst-culture-for-discarded-embryos-in-the-treatment-period-of-ivf-et-without-available-embryos
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Rong Wang, Qun Zheng, Fang Wang, Lihua Yang, Jianying He, Feifeng Wang, Libo Zou
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 8, 2017: Minerva Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889080/reprogramming-of-rabbit-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-toward-epiblast-and-chimeric-competency-using-kr%C3%A3-ppel-like-factors
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Yann Tapponnier, Marielle Afanassieff, Irène Aksoy, Maxime Aubry, Anaïs Moulin, Lucas Medjani, Wilhelm Bouchereau, Chloé Mayère, Pierre Osteil, Jazmine Nurse-Francis, Ioannis Oikonomakos, Thierry Joly, Luc Jouneau, Catherine Archilla, Barbara Schmaltz-Panneau, Nathalie Peynot, Harmonie Barasc, Alain Pinton, Jérome Lecardonnel, Elen Gocza, Nathalie Beaujean, Véronique Duranthon, Pierre Savatier
Rabbit induced pluripotent stem cells (rbiPSCs) possess the characteristic features of primed pluripotency as defined in rodents and primates. In the present study, we reprogrammed rbiPSCs using human Krüppel-like factors (KLFs) 2 and 4 and cultured them in a medium supplemented with fetal calf serum and leukemia inhibitory factor. These cells (designated rbEKA) were propagated by enzymatic dissociation for at least 30 passages, during which they maintained a normal karyotype. This new culturing protocol resulted in transcriptional and epigenetic reconfiguration, as substantiated by the expression of transcription factors and the presence of histone modifications associated with naïve pluripotency...
September 5, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886319/morphokinetic-analysis-of-human-embryo-development-and-its-relationship-to-the-female-age-a-retrospective-time-lapse-imaging-study
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N Akhter, M Shahab
Time-lapse imaging technique has provided embryologists with a unique chance of studying the embryo morphokineticsto select the most viable embryos for implantation in the field of IVF (In vitro fertilization).The conventional method of morphological evaluations has proved that maternal age affects the human embryo quality. This retrospective study carried out at Islamabad Clinic Serving Infertile Couples, Islamabad, Pakistan mainly focuses on the effect of female age on human embryo morphokinetics. A total number of 200 patients undergoing ICSI treatment cycles at the clinic were selected for the study and divided into five age groups (< 26, 26-30, 31-35, 36-40, and > 40 years)...
August 30, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885685/gut-microbiota-derived-endotoxin-enhanced-the-incidence-of-cardia-bifida-during-cardiogenesis
#17
Jing Zhang, Guang Wang, Jia Liu, Lin-Rui Gao, Meng Liu, Chao-Jie Wang, Manli Chuai, Yongping Bao, Ge Li, Rui-Man Li, Yu Zhang, Xuesong Yang
Background Cytotoxicity and inflammation-associated toxic responses could be induced by bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS) in vitro and in vivo respectively. However, the mechanism involved in LPS-induced cardiac malformation in prenatal fetus is still unknown. Methods and results In this study, we demonstrated that LPS was induced in gut microbiota imbalance mice, and next, LPS exposure during gastrulation in the chick embryo increased the incidence of cardia bifida. Gene transfection and tissue transplantation trajectory indicated that LPS exposure restricted the cell migration of cardiac progenitors to primary heart field in gastrula chick embryos...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884513/tgf-%C3%AE-1-attenuated-branching-morphogenesis-of-embryonic-murine-submandibular-gland-through-smad3-activation
#18
P Gao, X-H Qiao, L-M Gou, Y Huang, Q-H Li, L-J Li, X-Y Wang, C-J Li
Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) plays several crucial regulatory roles in multiple physiological and pathological processes. The aim of this work was to investigate the role of TGF-β1 in branching morphogenesis of salivary gland. We harvested and cultured submandibular salivary glands (SMGs) from murine embryos, which were then treated with exogenous TGF-β1, or its neutralized antibody, Smad3 inhibitor, or Smad3 small interfering RNA (siRNA). Our results suggested that TGF-β1 attenuated branching morphogenesis of embryonic murine SMG via Smad3 activation, thus playing a negative regulatory role in salivary gland development...
September 7, 2017: Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884224/transfection-of-embryonated-muscovy-duck-eggs-with-a-recombinant-plasmid-is-suitable-for-rescue-of-infectious-muscovy-duck-parvovirus
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Jianye Wang, Yu Huang, Jueyi Ling, Zhixiang Wang, Guoqiang Zhu
For members of the family Parvoviridae, rescue of infectious virus from recombinant plasmid is usually done in cultured cells. In this study, the whole genome of the pathogenic Muscovy duck parvovirus (MDPV) strain YY was cloned into the pBluescript II (SK) vector, generating recombinant plasmid pYY. With the aid of a transfection reagent, pYY plasmid was inoculated into 11-day-old embryonated Muscovy duck eggs via the chorioallantoic membrane route, resulting in the successful rescue of infectious virus and death of the embryos...
September 7, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878275/a-fluorescence-based-reporter-for-monitoring-expression-of-mycobacterial-cytochrome-bd-in-response-to-antibacterials-and-during-infection
#20
Maikel Boot, Kin Ki Jim, Ting Liu, Susanna Commandeur, Ping Lu, Theo Verboom, Holger Lill, Wilbert Bitter, Dirk Bald
Cytochrome bd is a component of the oxidative phosphorylation pathway in many Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. Next to its role as a terminal oxidase in the respiratory chain this enzyme plays an important role as a survival factor in the bacterial stress response. In Mycobacterium tuberculosis and related mycobacterial strains, cytochrome bd is an important component of the defense system against antibacterial drugs. In this report we describe and evaluate an mCherry-based fluorescent reporter for detection of cytochrome bd expression in Mycobacterium marinum...
September 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
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