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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444386/coevolution-with-pollinating-resin-midges-led-to-resin-filled-nurseries-in-the-androecia-gynoecia-and-tepals-of-kadsura-schisandraceae
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Shi-Xiao Luo, Ting-Ting Liu, Fei Cui, Zi-Yin Yang, Xiao-Ying Hu, Susanne S Renner
Background and Aims: Resin is a defence against herbivores and a floral reward in a few African and South American species whose bee pollinators collect it for nest construction. Here we describe a new role for floral resin from the Asian genus Kadsura (Schisandraceae). Kadsura tepals tightly cover a globe formed by carpels (in females) or near-fused stamens with fleshy connectives (in male flowers of most, but not all species). Methods: We carried out field observations at four sites in China and used pollinator behavioural assays, chemical analyses and time-calibrated insect and plant phylogenies to investigate the specificity of the interactions and their relationship to floral structure...
April 21, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443127/transcriptome-analysis-of-a-female-sterile-mutant-fsm-in-chinese-cabbage-brassica-campestris-ssp-pekinensis
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Shengnan Huang, Zhiyong Liu, Chengyu Li, Runpeng Yao, Danyang Li, Li Hou, Xiang Li, Wenjie Liu, Hui Feng
Female-sterile mutants are ideal materials for studying pistil development in plants. Here, we identified a female-sterile mutant fsm in Chinese cabbage. This mutant, which exhibited stable inheritance, was derived from Chinese cabbage DH line 'FT' using a combination of isolated microspore culture and ethyl methanesulfonate mutagenesis. Compared with the wild-type line 'FT,' the fsm plants exhibited pistil abortion, and floral organs were also relatively smaller. Genetic analysis indicated that the phenotype of fsm is controlled by a single recessive nuclear gene...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442641/regulation-of-uridine-diphosphate-glucuronosyltransferase-2b15-expression-during-ovulation-in-the-rat
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Phuong T M Dam, You-Jee Jang, Jae-Il Park, Bum-Chae Choi, Sang-Jin Song, Sang-Young Chun
Uridine diphosphate-glucuronosyltransferase 2B15 (UGT2B15) conjugates 5α-androstane-3α, 17β-diol (3α-diol) to 3α-diol glucuronide (3α-diol G) in steroid target tissues. The present study investigated the regulation of UGT2B15 expression during the ovulatory process in the rat. Real-time PCR analysis revealed that treatment of immature rats with equine chorionic gonadotropin followed by human chorionic gonadotropin transiently stimulated UGT2B15 gene expression in granulosa cells of preovulatory follicles within 6 h...
April 22, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442638/deep-sequencing-of-the-transcriptome-in-the-anterior-pituitary-of-heifers-before-and-after-ovulation
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Kiran Pandey, Yoichi Mizukami, Kenji Watanabe, Syuiti Sakaguti, Hiroya Kadokawa
We aimed to determine gene expression patterns in the anterior pituitary (AP) of heifers before and after ovulation via deep sequencing of the transcriptome (RNA-seq) to identify new genes and clarify important pathways. Heifers were slaughtered on the estrus day (pre-ovulation; n=5) or 3 days after ovulation (post-ovulation; n=5) for AP collection. We randomly selected 4 pre-ovulation and 4 post-ovulation APs, and the ribosomal RNA-depleted poly (A)+RNA were prepared to assemble next-generation sequencing libraries...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442596/tissue-specific-transcriptomics-reveals-an-important-role-of-the-unfolded-protein-response-in-maintaining-fertility-upon-heat-stress-in-arabidopsis
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Shuang-Shuang Zhang, Hongxing Yang, Lan Ding, Ze-Ting Song, Hong Ma, Fang Chang, Jian-Xiang Liu
Elevated temperatures have a great impact on plant reproductive development and subsequent fruit and seed set, but the underlying molecular mechanisms are not well understood. We used transcriptome profiling to investigate the effect of heat stress on reproductive development of Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) seedlings and observed distinct response patterns in vegetative vs. reproductive tissues. Exposure to heat stress affected reproductive developmental programs including early phases of anther/ovule development and meiosis, Also, genes participating in the unfolded protein response (UPR) were enriched in the reproductive tissue-specific genes that were up-regulated by heat...
April 24, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442176/mastitis-outcomes-on-pre-ovulatory-follicle-diameter-estradiol-concentrations-subsequent-luteal-profiles-and-conception-rate-in-buffaloes
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Mohamed Mohsen Mansour, Moustafa M Zeitoun, Fekry M Hussein
The objectives of this study was to investigate the outcome of mastitis, in its clinical or subclinical forms, on the mean diameter of pre-ovulatory follicle (POF), plasma estradiol concentration on the day of estrus, subsequent luteal profile and subsequent conception rate in buffaloes. Sixty dairy buffalo (Bubalus bubalus) conducted in this study were divided into three groups {healthy (H), n=20; subclinical mastitis (SCM), n=18; and clinical mastitis (CM), n=22}. Ultrasonography of ovaries revealed that mean diameter of POF was larger (P<0...
April 14, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442063/peri-ovulatory-endocrine-regulation-of-the-prostanoid-pathways-in-the-bovine-uterus-at-early-dioestrus
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Milena Lopes Oliveira, Fabio Luiz D'Alexandri, Guilherme Pugliesi, Veerle Van Hoeck, Fernando Silveira Mesquita, Claudia M B Membrive, João Alberto Negrão, Craig E Wheelock, Mario Binelli
We hypothesised that different endocrine profiles associated with pre-ovulatory follicle (POF) size would impact on uterine prostanoid pathways and thereby modulate the histotroph composition. Beef cows (n=15 per group) were hormonally manipulated to have small (SF-SCL group) or large (LF-LCL group) pre-ovulatory follicles (POF) and corpora lutea (CL). Seven days after induction of ovulation, animals were slaughtered and uterine tissues and flushings were collected for quantification of prostanoids. The POF and CL size and the circulating progesterone concentrations at Day 7 were greater (P<0...
March 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442057/follicle-vascularity-coordinates-corpus-luteum-blood-flow-and-progesterone-production
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S G S de Tarso, G D A Gastal, S T Bashir, M O Gastal, G A Apgar, E L Gastal
Colour Doppler ultrasonography was used to compare the ability of preovulatory follicle (POF) blood flow and its dimensions to predict the size, blood flow and progesterone production capability of the subsequent corpus luteum (CL). Cows (n=30) were submitted to a synchronisation protocol. Follicles ≥7mm were measured and follicular wall blood flow evaluated every 12h for approximately 3.5 days until ovulation. After ovulation, cows were scanned daily for 8 days and similar parameters were evaluated for the CL...
March 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442042/growth-arrest-specific-1-gas1-and-glial-cell-line-derived-neurotrophic-factor-receptor-%C3%AE-1-gfr%C3%AE-1-two-mouse-oocyte-glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored-proteins-are-involved-in-fertilisation
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M Agopiantz, L Xandre-Rodriguez, B Jin, G Urbistondoy, C Ialy-Radio, M Chalbi, J-P Wolf, A Ziyyat, B Lefèvre
Recently, Juno, the oocyte receptor for Izumo1, a male immunoglobulin, was discovered. Juno is an essential glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GIP)-anchored protein. This result did not exclude the participation of other GIP-anchored proteins in this process. After bibliographic and database searches we selected five GIP-anchored proteins (Cpm, Ephrin-A4, Gas1, Gfra1 and Rgmb) as potential oocyte candidates participating in fertilisation. Western blot and immunofluorescence analyses showed that only three were present on the mouse ovulated oocyte membrane and, of these, only two were clearly involved in the fertilisation process, namely growth arrest specific 1 (Gas1) and glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor receptor α1 (Gfrα1)...
April 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442024/intracytoplasmic-oxidative-stress-reverses-epigenetic-modifications-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Fatemeh Eini, Marefat Ghaffari Novin, Khojasteh Joharchi, Ahmad Hosseini, Hamid Nazarian, Abbas Piryaei, Arash Bidadkosh
In polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), substantial genetic and environmental alterations, along with hyperandrogenism, affect the quality of oocytes and decrease ovulation rates. To determine the mechanisms underlying these alterations caused specifically by an increase in plasma androgens, the present study was performed in experimentally-induced PCOS mice. As the study model, female B6D2F1 mice were treated with dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA, 6mg per 100g bodyweight). After 20 days, oocytes at the germinal vesicle and metaphase II stages were retrieved from isolated ovaries and subsequent analyses of oocyte quality were performed for each mouse...
April 26, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441891/investigational-and-experimental-gnrh-analogs-and-associated-neurotransmitters
#11
Zeev Blumenfeld
The GnRH agonistic analogs enable for desensitizing the hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal axis in malignant and benign conditions where minimizing the production of sex hormones, or blocking ovulation is necessary. The possible indications are prostate cancer, benign prostate hyperplasia, breast cancer, endometriosis, precocious puberty, uterine leiomyomata, assisted reproduction (ART)/in vitro fertilization (IVF), PCOS, minimizing the gonadotoxic effect of chemotherapy in young women, and possibly ovarian cancer...
April 25, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438565/improvements-in-oocyte-competence-in-superovulated-mice-following-treatment-with-cilostazol-ovulation-of-immature-oocytes-with-high-developmental-rates
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Ahmed M Taiyeb, Saeeda A Muhsen-Alanssari, William L Dees, Jill Hiney, Michael E Kjelland, Duane C Kraemer, Mundhir T Ridha-Albarzanchi
Exogenous administration of superovulatory hormones negatively affects oocyte competence in mammals. Phosphodiesterase 3A inhibitors were found to improve competence of oocytes matured in vitro in several species, including humans. This study was therefore designed to define oocyte maturation synchronization and competence in superovulated mice treated with cilostazol, a selective phosphodiesterase 3A inhibitor. Swiss Webster mice were superovulated and treated orally with 7.5mg cilostazol once or twice to result in ovulation of immature oocytes at the metaphase I (MI) or germinal vesicle (GV) stage, respectively...
April 21, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437631/age-independent-anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-amh-standard-deviation-scores-to-estimate-ovarian-function
#13
Josef van Helden, Ralf Weiskirchen
OBJECTIVIES: To determine single year age-specific anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) standard deviation scores (SDS) for women associated to normal ovarian function and different ovarian disorders resulting in sub- or infertility. DESIGN AND METHODS: Determination of particular year median and mean AMH values with standard deviations (SD), calculation of age-independent cut off SDS for the discrimination between normal ovarian function and ovarian disorders. RESULTS: Single-year-specific median, mean, and SD values have been evaluated for the Beckman Access AMH immunoassay...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437630/modified-natural-cycle-for-embryo-transfer-using-frozen-thawed-blastocysts-a-satisfactory-option
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Quoc V Le, Sina Abhari, Omar M Abuzeid, Jennifer DeAnna, Mohamed A Satti, Tarek Abozaid, Iqbal Khan, Mostafa I Abuzeid
OBJECTIVE: To describe pregnancy outcomes of frozen-thawed blastocysts cycles using modified natural cycle frozen embryo transfers (NC-FET) and down-regulated hormonally controlled frozen embryo transfers (HC-FET) protocols. STUDY DESIGN: This retrospective cohort study included all patients undergoing either modified NC-FET or down-regulated HC-FET using frozen-thawed day 5 embryos. Cycles with donor blastocysts were excluded. Four hundred twenty eight patients underwent a total of 493 FET cycles...
April 6, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437622/sexually-active-bucks-counterbalance-the-seasonal-negative-feedback-of-estradiol-on-lh-in-ovariectomized-goats
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A L Muñoz, D Chesneau, H Hernández, M Bedos, G Duarte, J Vielma, L A Zarazaga, P Chemineau, M Keller, J A Delgadillo
We showed previously that the permanent presence of bucks rendered sexually active by photoperiodic treatments, thereafter called photostimulated bucks, prevents the occurrence of seasonal anovulation; also, the introduction of these sexually active bucks induces ovulations during seasonal anestrus. Here, we studied the response of ovariectomized goats bearing 12-mm subcutaneous implants filled or not with estradiol to sexually active males to determine (1) whether the permanent presence of such bucks prevents the decrease of LH despite the presence of a negative feedback by estradiol mimicking that of seasonal anestrus (experiment 1) and (2) whether the introduction of photostimulated bucks increases the plasma LH concentrations in spite of this negative feedback (experiment 2)...
March 31, 2017: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434724/the-effect-of-presynchronization-with-prostaglandin-f2%C3%AE-and-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-simultaneously-7-d-before-ovsynch-compared-with-presynch-10-ovsynch-on-luteal-function-and-first-service-pregnancies-per-artificial-insemination
#16
J P N Martins, M J T Acevedo, T O Cunha, C Piterini, J R Pursley
Pregnancy per artificial insemination (P/AI) following Ovsynch is optimized when cows ovulate to the first GnRH of Ovsynch. Fertility programs are designed to presynchronize cows to d 6 or 7 of the estrous cycle to increase the chances of ovulation of a first-wave dominant follicle to the first GnRH of Ovsynch. The hypothesis of this experiment was that simplification of a presynchronization program through the combination of PGF2α and GnRH on the same day, 7 d before Ovsynch, would allow for similar P/AI compared with Presynch-10...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433506/heifers-express-g-protein-coupled-receptor-61-in-anterior-pituitary-gonadotrophs-in-stage-dependent-manner
#17
Kiran Pandey, Onalenna Kereilwe, Vitaliano Borromeo, Hiroya Kadokawa
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone receptors (GnRHRs) colocalize with insulin and glucocorticoid receptors in lipid rafts of the gonadotroph plasma membrane, where they facilitate downstream signaling. We recently found that orphan G-protein-coupled receptor (GPR)61 is expressed in the anterior pituitary (AP) of heifers, leading us to speculate that GPR61 colocalizes with GnRHR in the plasma membrane of gonadotroph and is expressed at specific times of the reproductive cycle. To test this hypothesis, we examined the coexpression of GnRHR, GPR61, and either luteinizing hormone (LH) β subunit or follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) β subunit in AP tissue and cultured AP cells by immunofluorescence microscopy...
April 4, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430814/how-the-ovules-get-enclosed-in-magnoliaceous-carpels
#18
Xin Zhang, Wenzhe Liu, Xin Wang
Angiosperms distinguish themselves from gymnosperms by their ovules that are enclosed before pollination. However, how the ovules get enclosed in angiosperms remains a mystery, especially for Magnoliaceae. The only key to this mystery is finding a series of carpels transitional from fully closed with enclosed ovules to open with naked ovules. We use routine paraffin section technology, LM, SEM to document the morphology and anatomy of carpel variation in Michelia figo (Magnoliaceae). A series of carpel variations within a single flower of Michelia figo (Magnoliaceae) are documented, in which the ovules are exposed in atypical carpels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428799/a-novel-cytoplasmic-male-sterility-in-brassica-napus-inap-cms-with-carpelloid-stamens-via-protoplast-fusion-with-chinese-woad
#19
Lei Kang, Pengfei Li, Aifan Wang, Xianhong Ge, Zaiyun Li
A novel cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) in Brassica napus (inap CMS) was selected from the somatic hybrid with Isatis indigotica (Chinese woad) by recurrent backcrossing. The male sterility was caused by the conversion of tetradynamous stamens into carpelloid structures with stigmatoid tissues at their tips and ovule-like tissues in the margins, and the two shorter stamens into filaments without anthers. The feminized development of the stamens resulted in the complete lack of pollen grains, which was stable in different years and environments...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427285/premenstrual-dysphoric-disorder-symptoms-following-ovarian-suppression-triggered-by-change-in-ovarian-steroid-levels-but-not-continuous-stable-levels
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Peter J Schmidt, Pedro E Martinez, Lynnette K Nieman, Deloris E Koziol, Karla D Thompson, Linda Schenkel, Paul G Wakim, David R Rubinow
OBJECTIVE: Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) symptoms are eliminated by ovarian suppression and stimulated by administration of ovarian steroids, yet they appear with ovarian steroid levels indistinguishable from those in women without PMDD. Thus, symptoms could be precipitated either by an acute change in ovarian steroid levels or by stable levels above a critical threshold playing a permissive role in expression of an underlying infradian affective "pacemaker." The authors attempted to determine which condition triggers PMDD symptoms...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Psychiatry
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