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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104240/serum-and-follicular-fluid-monocyte-chemotactic-protein-1-levels-are-elevated-in-obese-women-and-are-associated-with-poorer-clinical-pregnancy-rate-after-in%C3%A2-vitro-fertilization-a%C3%A2-pilot-study
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Erkan Buyuk, Obehi A Asemota, Zaher Merhi, Maureen J Charron, Dara S Berger, Athena Zapantis, Sangita K Jindal
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1), a proinflammatory chemokine important in ovulation, is abnormally elevated in obese women undergoing IVF and whether serum and follicular fluid (FF) levels of MCP-1 are associated with IVF outcome. DESIGN: Prospective pilot study. SETTING: Academic center. PATIENT(S): Women undergoing IVF. INTERVENTION(S): Serum and FF were collected from women undergoing IVF...
January 16, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103920/ovarian-cycling-and-reproductive-state-shape-the-vaginal-microbiota-in-wild-baboons
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Elizabeth A Miller, Joshua A Livermore, Susan C Alberts, Jenny Tung, Elizabeth A Archie
BACKGROUND: The vaginal microbiome is an important site of bacterial-mammalian symbiosis. This symbiosis is currently best characterized for humans, where lactobacilli dominate the microbial community and may help defend women against infectious disease. However, lactobacilli do not dominate the vaginal microbiota of any other mammal studied to date, raising key questions about the forces that shape the vaginal microbiome in non-human mammals. RESULTS: We used Illumina sequencing of the bacterial 16S rRNA gene to investigate variation in the taxonomic composition of the vaginal microbiota in 48 baboons (Papio cynocephalus), members of a well-studied wild population in Kenya...
January 19, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100484/atf6-knock-down-decreases-apoptosis-arrests-the-s-phase-of-the-cell-cycle-and-increases-steroid-hormone-production-in-mouse-granulosa-cells
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Yongjie Xiong, Huatao Chen, Pengfei Lin, Aihua Wang, Lei Wang, Yaping Jin
Activating transcription factor 6 (ATF6) is an important factor in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress signaling pathway. The aim of this study was to assess the role of ATF6 in mouse granulosa cells with respect to apoptosis, the cell cycle, and steroid hormone production, as well as several key genes related to follicular development, via RNA interference, immunohistochemical staining, real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction, western blotting, flow cytometry, TUNEL assay, and ELISA. Immunohistochemical staining revealed that ATF6 was extensively distributed in the granulosa cells of various ovarian follicles and oocytes in adult female mice...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100167/conserved-gene-expression-in-sperm-reservoirs-between-birds-and-mammals-in-response-to-mating
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Mohammad Atikuzzaman, Manuel Alvarez-Rodriguez, Alejandro Vicente Carrillo, Martin Johnsson, Dominic Wright, Heriberto Rodriguez-Martinez
BACKGROUND: Spermatozoa are stored in the oviductal functional sperm reservoir in animals with internal fertilization, including zoologically distant classes such as pigs or poultry. They are held fertile in the reservoir for times ranging from a couple of days (in pigs), to several weeks (in chickens), before they are gradually released to fertilize the newly ovulated eggs. It is currently unknown whether females from these species share conserved mechanisms to tolerate such a lengthy presence of immunologically-foreign spermatozoa...
January 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099885/oestrus-synchronisation-and-superovulation-alter-the-cervicovaginal-mucus-proteome-of-the-ewe
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Jessie W Maddison, Jessica P Rickard, Naomi C Bernecic, Guillaume Tsikis, Clement Soleilhavoup, Valerie Labas, Lucie Combes-Soia, Gregoire Harichaux, Xavier Druart, Tamara Leahy, Simon P de Graaf
: Although essential for artificial insemination (AI) and MOET (multiple ovulation and embryo transfer), oestrus synchronisation and superovulation are associated with increased female reproductive tract mucus production and altered sperm transport. The effects of such breeding practices on the ovine cervicovaginal (CV) mucus proteome have not been detailed. The aim of this study was to qualitatively and quantitatively investigate the Merino CV mucus proteome in naturally cycling (NAT) ewes at oestrus and mid-luteal phase, and quantitatively compare CV oestrus mucus proteomes of NAT, progesterone synchronised (P4) and superovulated (SOV) ewes...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099683/angiogenesis-mediators-in-women-with-idiopathic-heavy-menstrual-bleeding
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Osama A Elkilani, Mohamed A Soliman
OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship between stromal cell-derived factor 1 (SDF-1) and mature endothelial cells in patients with heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB). METHODS: In a prospective observational study, women with idiopathic HMB and control individuals attending Menoufia University Hospital, Egypt, between August 2015 and January 2016 were enrolled. The inclusion criteria were a regular menstrual cycle, a normal coagulation study, and no anomalous ultrasonographic or hysteroscopic findings...
November 25, 2016: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098283/high-precision-localized-proton-gradients-and-fluxes-generated-by-a-microelectrode-device-induce-differential-growth-behaviors-of-pollen-tubes
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Chengzhi Hu, Hannes Vogler, Marianne Aellen, Naveen Shamsudhin, Bumjin Jang, Jan T Burri, Nino Läubli, Ueli Grossniklaus, Salvador Pané, Bradley J Nelson
Pollen tubes are tip-growing plant cells that deliver the sperm cells to the ovules for double fertilization of the egg cell and the endosperm. Various directional cues can trigger the reorientation of pollen tube growth direction on their passage through the female tissues. Among the external stimuli, protons serve an important, regulatory role in the control of pollen tube growth. The generation of local guidance cues has been challenging when investigating the mechanisms of perception and processing of such directional triggers in pollen tubes...
January 18, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096608/effect-of-aegle-marmelos-and-murraya-koenigii-in-treatment-of-delayed-pubertal-buffaloes-heifers
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Mohan M Baitule, A P Gawande, Umesh Kumar, S K Sahatpure, Manoj S Patil, Mansi M Baitule
AIM: This study aims to study the estrus induction, ovulation, and conception rate of delayed puberty in buffaloes heifers by feeding a herbal plants Aegle marmelos (bael/bili/bhel leaf) and Murraya koenigii (Curry leaf). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Totally, 24 buffalo heifers with delayed puberty were selected for the present study and divided randomly in four equal groups (n=6). Before experiment, all animals were dewormed with albendazole at 10 mg/kg body weight to prevent them from the stress of parasitism...
December 2016: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093350/a-visual-screen-for-diet-regulated-proteins-in-the-drosophila-ovary-using-gfp-protein-trap-lines
#9
Hwei-Jan Hsu, Daniela Drummond-Barbosa
The effect of diet on reproduction is well documented in a large number of organisms; however, much remains to be learned about the molecular mechanisms underlying this connection. The Drosophila ovary has a well described, fast and largely reversible response to diet. Ovarian stem cells and their progeny proliferate and grow faster on a yeast-rich diet than on a yeast-free (poor) diet, and death of early germline cysts, degeneration of early vitellogenic follicles and partial block in ovulation further contribute to the ∼60-fold decrease in egg laying observed on a poor diet...
January 13, 2017: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091600/urinary-profiles-of-luteinizing-hormone-estrogen-and-progestagen-during-the-estrous-and-gestational-periods-in-giant-pandas-ailuropda-melanoleuca
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Kailai Cai, Shangmian Yie, Zhihe Zhang, Juan Wang, Zhigang Cai, Li Luo, Yuliang Liu, Hairui Wang, He Huang, Chengdong Wang, Xiangming Huang, Jingchao Lan, Rong Hou
Luteinizing hormone (LH) is one of the main pituitary hormones that regulate ovulation, however its role has not been studied in giant panda. In this study, we developed an ELISA method for the detection of panda urinary LH. We analyzed urinary hormones of 24 female pandas during 36 breeding periods, we found females could easily be impregnated if the first mating occurred within 10 hours after LH peak. We also found the patterns of the ratios of urinary LH and progestagen in pandas that bred and successfully gave birth were significantly different from those that bred but failed to give birth...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090464/the-efficacy-of-intrauterine-instillation-of-granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor-in-infertile-women-with-a-thin-endometrium-a-pilot-study
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Dayong Lee, Jae Dong Jo, Seul Ki Kim, Byung Chul Jee, Seok Hyun Kim
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to investigate the efficacy of intrauterine instillation of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) on the day of ovulation triggering or oocyte retrieval in infertile women with a thin endometrium. METHODS: Fifty women whose endometrial thickness (EMT) was ≤8 mm at the time of triggering during at least one previous in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle and an index IVF cycle were selected. On the day of triggering (n=12) or oocyte retrieval (n=38), 300 µg of G-CSF was instilled into the uterine cavity...
December 2016: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089514/reproductive-conflict-and-the-evolution-of-menopause-in-killer-whales
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Darren P Croft, Rufus A Johnstone, Samuel Ellis, Stuart Nattrass, Daniel W Franks, Lauren J N Brent, Sonia Mazzi, Kenneth C Balcomb, John K B Ford, Michael A Cant
Why females of some species cease ovulation prior to the end of their natural lifespan is a long-standing evolutionary puzzle [1-4]. The fitness benefits of post-reproductive helping could in principle select for menopause [1, 2, 5], but the magnitude of these benefits appears insufficient to explain the timing of menopause [6-8]. Recent theory suggests that the cost of inter-generational reproductive conflict between younger and older females of the same social unit is a critical missing term in classical inclusive fitness calculations (the "reproductive conflict hypothesis" [6, 9])...
January 11, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086947/quantifying-growing-versus-non-growing-ovarian-follicles-in-the-mouse
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Bahar Uslu, Carola Conca Dioguardi, Monique Haynes, De-Qiang Miao, Meltem Kurus, Gloria Hoffman, Joshua Johnson
BACKGROUND: A standard histomorphometric approach has been used for nearly 40 years that identifies atretic (e.g., dying) follicles by counting the number of pyknotic granulosa cells (GC) in the largest follicle cross-section. This method holds that if one pyknotic granulosa nucleus is seen in the largest cross section of a primary follicle, or three pyknotic cells are found in a larger follicle, it should be categorized as atretic. Many studies have used these criteria to estimate the fraction of atretic follicles that result from genetic manipulation or environmental insult...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Ovarian Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076754/transcriptome-analysis-of-the-potential-roles-of-foxl2-in-chicken-pre-hierarchical-and-pre-ovulatory-granulosa-cells
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Jing Wang, Chengcheng Zhao, Jinqiu Li, Yanping Feng, Yanzhang Gong
Forkheadbox L2 (FOXL2) is a transcription factor involved in mammalian ovarian development, especially in granulosa cell differentiation. However, this factor's function in mature chicken ovary is unclear. To explore the function of FOXL2 in chicken granulosa cells, we performed RNA-seq to compare the transcriptomes of pre-hierarchical (phGCs) and pre-ovulatory granulosa cells (poGCs) by FOXL2 overexpression. We observed that focal adhesion might be one of the key pathways activated during the differentiation of granulosa cells, and FOXL2 might be involved in follicle selection by regulating the expression of cytokines and the concentration of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP)...
January 5, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072588/fertility-treatment-and-childhood-epilepsy-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Laura Ozer Kettner, Ulrik Schiøler Kesmodel, Cecilia Høst Ramlau-Hansen, Bjørn Bay, Beate Ritz, Niels Bjerregaard Matthiesen, Tine Brink Henriksen
BACKGROUND: Fertility treatment includes hormonal stimulation of the woman and in vitro manipulation of gametes and embryos that may influence prenatal brain development. We aimed to investigate the association between fertility treatment and childhood epilepsy, including specific types of treatment and indications as well as subtypes of epilepsy. METHODS: In this nationwide birth cohort study, we included all pregnancies in Denmark resulting in live-born singletons, 1995-2003...
January 6, 2017: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069934/steroid-signaling-in-mature-follicles-is-important-for-drosophila-ovulation
#16
Elizabeth Knapp, Jianjun Sun
Although ecdysteroid signaling regulates multiple steps in oogenesis, it is not known whether it regulates Drosophila ovulation, a process involving a matrix metalloproteinase-dependent follicle rupture. In this study, we demonstrated that ecdysteroid signaling is operating in mature follicle cells to control ovulation. Moreover, knocking down shade (shd), encoding the monooxygenase that converts ecdysone (E) to the more active 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E), specifically in mature follicle cells, blocked follicle rupture, which was rescued by ectopic expression of shd or exogenous 20E...
January 9, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069901/bmp15-regulates-the-inhibin-activin-system-independently-of-ovulation-rate-control-in-sheep
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Anthony Estienne, Belén Lahoz, Peggy Jarrier, Loys Bodin, José Folch, José Luis Alabart, Stephane Fabre, Danielle Monniaux
Polymorphisms in the gene encoding bone morphogenetic protein 15 (BMP15) have been associated with multiple ovulations in sheep. As BMP15 regulates inhibin expression in rodents, we assumed that the ovarian inhibin/activin system could mediate part of the effect of BMP15 mutations in the regulation of ovulation rate in sheep. To answer this question, we have studied the effects of two natural loss-of-function mutations of BMP15 on the expression of components of this system. The FecX(R) and the FecX(Gr) mutations, when present respectively in Rasa Aragonesa ewes at the heterozygous state and in Grivette ewes at the homozygous state, were associated with a two-fold increase in ovulation rate...
January 9, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069900/impact-of-donor-and-recipient-adiposity-on-feto-placental-growth-in-adolescent-sheep
#18
Jacqueline M Wallace, John S Milne, Clare L Adam, Raymond P Aitken
The influence of maternal obesity during oocyte development and its putative interaction with nutrient reserves at conception on pregnancy outcome were examined in an adolescent sheep model. Donor ewes were nutritionally managed to achieve contrasting adiposity (control [CD]/obese [ObD]) for 6 weeks prior to superovulation, and inseminated by a non-obese sire. Morulae from 6 CD and 7 ObD were transferred in singleton into adolescent recipients of identical age but differing adiposity, classified as relatively fat or thin, respectively...
January 9, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068913/microrna-157-targeted-spl-genes-regulate-floral-organ-size-and-ovule-production-in-cotton
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Nian Liu, Lili Tu, Lichen Wang, Haiyan Hu, Jiao Xu, Xianlong Zhang
BACKGROUND: microRNAs (miRNAs) have been involved in regulation of diverse spectrum of plant development processes in many species. In cotton, few miRNAs have been well characterised in floral organ development. Floral organ, which should be finely tuned, is a crucial factor affecting the yield of cotton. Therefore, it is well worth revealing the function of miRNAs in regulation of floral organ development. Here, we report the role of miRNA156/157 in regulation of floral organ size in cotton...
January 10, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065922/floral-development-of-berberidopsis-beckleri-can-an-additional-species-of-the-berberidopsidaceae-add-evidence-to-floral-evolution-in-the-core-eudicots
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Louis P Ronse De Craene
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Berberidopsis beckleri is one of three species of the family Berberidopsidaceae. The flower of Berberidopsis is unusual for core eudicots in being spiral with an undifferentiated perianth. In a previous study of the sister species B. corallina, it was suggested that Berberidopsidaceae represent a prototype for the origin of the bipartite perianth and pentamery in core eudicots. METHODS: The floral development of B. beckleri was investigated with a scanning electron microscope and compared with previous studies on B...
January 8, 2017: Annals of Botany
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