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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926922/high-speed-mouse-backcrossing-through-the-female-germ-line
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Erin Grove, Sigrid Eckardt, K John McLaughlin
Transferring mouse mutations into specific mouse strain backgrounds can be critical for appropriate analysis of phenotypic effects of targeted genomic alterations and quantitative trait loci. Speed congenic breeding strategies incorporating marker-assisted selection of progeny with the highest percentage target background as breeders for the next generation can produce congenic strains within approximately 5 generations. When mating selected donor males to target strain females, this may require more than 1 year, with each generation lasting 10 to 11 weeks including 3 weeks of gestation and 7 to 8 weeks until the males reach sexual maturity...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925651/model-based-dose-selection-for-intravaginal-ring-formulations-releasing-anastrozole-and-levonorgestrel-intended-for-the-treatment-of-endometriosis-symptoms
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Isabel Reinecke, Marcus-Hillert Schultze-Mosgau, Rüdiger Nave, Heinz Schmitz, Bart A Ploeger
Pharmacokinetics (PK) of anastrozole (ATZ) and levonorgestrel (LNG) released from an intravaginal ring (IVR) intended to treat endometriosis symptoms were characterized, and the exposure-response relationship focusing on the development of large ovarian follicle-like structures was investigated by modeling and simulation to support dose selection for further studies. A population PK analysis and simulations were performed for ATZ and LNG based on clinical phase 1 study data from 66 healthy women. A PK/PD model was developed to predict the probability of a maximum follicle size ≥30 mm and the potential contribution of ATZ beside the known LNG effects...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924832/impaired-receptivity-and-decidualization-in-dhea-induced-pcos-mice
#3
Shu-Yun Li, Zhuo Song, Min-Jie Song, Jia-Wen Qin, Meng-Long Zhao, Zeng-Ming Yang
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a complex endocrine disorder, is a leading cause of female infertility. An obvious reason for infertility in PCOS women is anovulation. However, success rate with high quality embryos selected by assisted reproduction techniques in PCOS patients still remain low with a high rate of early clinical pregnancy loss, suggesting a problem in uterine receptivity. Using a dehydroepiandrosterone-induced mouse model of PCOS, some potential causes of decreased fertility in PCOS patients were explored...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920160/supressor-of-frigida-suf4-supports-gamete-fusion-via-regulating-arabidopsis-ec1-gene-expression
#4
Francesca Resentini, Philippe Cyprys, Joshua G Steffen, Svenja Alter, Pietro Angelo Morandini, Chiara Mizzotti, Alan Lloyd, Gary N Drews, Thomas Dresselhaus, Lucia Colombo, Stefanie Sprunck, Simona Masiero
The EC1 gene family of Arabidopsis thaliana comprises five members that are specifically expressed in the egg cell and redundantly control gamete fusion during double fertilization. We investigated the activity of all five EC1 promoters in promoter-deletion studies and identified SUF4 (SUPPRESSOR OF FRIGIDA 4), a C2H2 transcription factor, as a direct regulator of the EC1 gene expression. In particular, we demonstrated that SUF4 binds to all five Arabidopsis EC1 promoters, thus regulating their expression. The down regulation of SUF4 in homozygous suf4-1 ovules results in reduced EC1 expression and delayed sperm fusion, which can be rescued by expressing SUF4-GUS under control of the SUF4 promoter...
December 5, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919924/gradual-vs-abrupt-reduction-of-carpels-in-syncarpous-gynoecia-a-case-study-from-polyscias-subg-arthrophyllum-araliaceae-apiales
#5
Polina V Karpunina, Alexei A Oskolski, Maxim S Nuraliev, Porter P Lowry, Galina V Degtjareva, Tahir H Samigullin, Carmen M Valiejo-Roman, Dmitry D Sokoloff
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Revealing the relative roles of gradual and abrupt transformations of morphological characters is an important topic of evolutionary biology. Gynoecia apparently consisting of one carpel have evolved from pluricarpellate syncarpous gynoecia in several angiosperm clades. The process of reduction can involve intermediate stages, with one fertile and one or more sterile carpels (pseudomonomery). The possible origin of monomery directly via an abrupt change of gynoecium merism has been a matter of dispute...
December 5, 2016: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919440/partnered-sexual-activity-moderates-menstrual-cycle-related-changes-in-inflammation-markers-in-healthy-women-an-exploratory-observational-study
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Tierney K Lorenz, Gregory E Demas, Julia R Heiman
OBJECTIVE: To examine differences in inflammation markers in sexually active versus abstinent women and observe changes in inflammation markers across the menstrual cycle. Cycle-related immune fluctuations may have evolved to reduce interference with conception. If so, reproductively active (i.e., sexually active) women should show the most variability in cytokine expression. DESIGN: Participants provided serum samples at menses and ovulation (from which cytokines were assayed) and saliva samples at menses and during follicular, ovulation, and luteal phases (from which C-reactive protein [CRP] was assayed)...
December 2, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917104/thirty-eight-year-follow-up-of-two-sibling-lipoid-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-patients-due-to-homozygous-steroidogenic-acute-regulatory-stard1-protein-mutation-molecular-structure-and-modeling-of-the-stard1-l275p-mutation
#7
Khalil Khoury, Elie Barbar, Youssef Ainmelk, Annie Ouellet, Pierre Lavigne, Jean-Guy LeHoux
Objective: Review the impact of StAR (STARD1) mutations on steroidogenesis and fertility in LCAH patients. Examine the endocrine mechanisms underlying the pathology of the disorder and the appropriate therapy for promoting fertility and pregnancies. Design: Published data in the literature and a detailed 38-year follow-up of two sibling LCAH patients. Molecular structure and modeling of the STARD1 L275P mutation. Setting: University hospital. Patients: Patient A (46,XY female phenotype) and patient B (46,XX female) with LCAH bearing the L275P mutation in STARD1...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914954/molecular-cloning-characterization-and-expression-profile-of-kisspeptin1-and-kisspeptin1-receptor-at-brain-pituitary-gonad-bpg-axis-of-golden-mahseer-tor-putitora-hamilton-1822-during-gonadal-development
#8
Neetu Shahi, Atul Kumar Singh, Monalisa Sahoo, Sumanta Kumar Mallik, Dimpal Thakuria
Complete cDNA sequences of kiss1 (gmkiss1) and its receptor kiss1r (gmkiss1r) were cloned and characterized from brain tissue of adult golden mahseer (Tor putitora). Thereafter, quantification of gmkiss1 and gmkiss1r mRNA expression in brain-pituitary-gonad (BPG) axis of male and female golden mahseer was carried out using quantitative real-time (qRT)-PCR assay during an annual reproductive cycle, at different gonadal development stages. The gmkiss1 cDNA was 508bp, with 330bp open reading frame (ORF), encoding a precursor protein of 109 amino acids, whereas gmkiss1r cDNA was 1383bp with an ORF of 1004bp, which encodes a 334 amino acid protein residue...
November 30, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914154/short-and-long-term-efficacy-of-laparoscopic-ovarian-diathermy-in-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Rita Luz, Joana Barros, Ana Aguiar, Cátia Rodrigues, Ana Paula Soares, Joaquim Nunes, Sandra Sousa, Carlos Calhaz-Jorge
INTRODUCTION: Polycystic ovary syndrome is the most frequent cause of anovulatory infertility and management involves a multistep approach. Laparoscopic ovarian diathermy is accepted as a second-line treatment of patients who failed to respond to clomiphene citrate. The aims of this study were to determine the efficacy of this technique at short and long-term and to perform an analysis of predictive factors of spontaneous pregnancy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This retrospective study involved 76 women who underwent laparoscopic ovarian diathermy between 2004 and 2013 in a university hospital...
August 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913974/incorporation-of-estradiol-benzoate-to-cidr-protocol-improves-the-reproductive-responses-in-crossbred-dairy-heifers
#10
Muhammad Usman Mehmood, Ahmad Qamar, Abdul Sattar, Liaquat Ahmad, Nasim Ahmad
The present study was designed to determine the effect of estradiol benzoate (EB) on reproductive response following a controlled internal drug release (CIDR) protocol in crossbred (Sahiwal × Friesian) dairy heifers. In the first trial, a total of 100 crossbred dairy heifers were treated with CIDR protocol for 7 days and injected with the PGF2α on day 6. After 24 h of CIDR removal, one group (EB = 50) was injected with estradiol benzoate whereas the other (control = 50) remained untreated. Estrus intensity and response were recorded visually and ovulation rate was recorded by ultrasonography...
December 2, 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913739/structure-activity-relation-of-amor-sugar-molecule-that-activates-pollen-tubes-for-ovular-guidance
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Jiao Jiao, Akane G Mizukami, Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Junichiro Yamguchi, Kenichiro Itami, Tetsuya Higashiyama
Successful fertilization in flowering plants depends on the precise directional growth control of pollen tube through the female pistil tissue, towards the female gametophyte contained in the ovule for delivery of non-motile sperm cells. Cysteine-rich peptides LUREs secreted from the synergid cells on either side of the egg cell act as ovular attractants of pollen tubes. Competency control by the pistil is crucial for the response of pollen tubes to these ovular attractants. We recently reported that ovular 4-O-methyl-glucuronosyl arabinogalactan AMOR induces competency of the pollen tube to respond to ovular attractant LURE peptides in Torenia fournieri...
December 2, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913486/heavy-menstrual-bleeding-work-up-and-management
#12
Andra H James
Heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB), which is the preferred term for menorrhagia, affects ∼90% of women with an underlying bleeding disorder and ∼70% of women on anticoagulation. HMB can be predicted on the basis of clots of ≥1 inch diameter, low ferritin, and "flooding" (a change of pad or tampon more frequently than hourly). The goal of the work-up is to determine whether there is a uterine/endometrial cause, a disorder of ovulation, or a disorder of coagulation. HMB manifest by flooding and/or prolonged menses, or HMB accompanied by a personal or family history of bleeding is very suggestive of a bleeding disorder and should prompt a referral to a hematologist...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909569/the-walking-egg-project-how-to-start-a-twe-centre
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W Ombelet, J Goossens
The main objective of the Walking Egg non-profit organization is the implementation of good quality and affordable infertility centres in resource-poor countries. Three levels of assistance are suggested: A level 1 infertility clinic is a basic infertility clinic capable of offering semen analysis, hormonal assays, follicular scanning, ovulation induction and intrauterine inseminations. Level 2 infertility clinics are supposed to perform simplified IVF as well. Level 3 infertility clinics capable of offering ICSI, cryopreservation and operative endoscopy are not part of the Walking Egg Project in the initial phase...
June 27, 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908671/effect-of-gnrh-and-hcg-on-progesterone-concentration-and-ovarian-and-luteal-blood-flow-in-diestrous-mares
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L F C Brito, J M Baldrighi, C A Wolf, O J Ginther
The objective of the present study was to investigate the effect of reproductive hormones (GnRH, hCG, LH and progesterone) on the regulation of corpus luteum (CL) and ovarian blood flow. Diestrous mares received a single treatment of saline, 100μg gonadorelin (GnRH), or 1500IU hCG 10days after ovulation. Plasma LH and progesterone concentrations, resistance index (RI) for ovarian artery blood-flow, and percentage of corpus luteum (CL) with color-Doppler signals of blood flow were determined immediately before treatment (hour 0) and at hours 0...
November 23, 2016: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902723/should-all-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-be-screened-for-metabolic-parameters-a-hospital-based-observational-study
#15
Hui Li, Lin Li, Jian Gu, Yu Li, Xiaoli Chen, Dongzi Yang
This hospital-based observational study aims to estimate differences in metabolic abnormalities between different polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) phenotypes and their distribution characteristics. The prevalence of metabolic abnormalities among different PCOS phenotypes, including diabetes mellitus (DM), metabolic syndrome (MS), pre-diabetes mellitus (pre-DM), insulin resistance (IR) and dyslipidemia were compared. A total of 2436 women who were ≥18 years old and who were hospitalized in Sun Yat-Sen University affiliated hospital from 1998 to 2015 in GuangZhou, China, were included in this study...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902685/getting-to-the-bottom-of-face-processing-species-specific-inversion-effects-for-faces-and-behinds-in-humans-and-chimpanzees-pan-troglodytes
#16
Mariska E Kret, Masaki Tomonaga
For social species such as primates, the recognition of conspecifics is crucial for their survival. As demonstrated by the 'face inversion effect', humans are experts in recognizing faces and unlike objects, recognize their identity by processing it configurally. The human face, with its distinct features such as eye-whites, eyebrows, red lips and cheeks signals emotions, intentions, health and sexual attraction and, as we will show here, shares important features with the primate behind. Chimpanzee females show a swelling and reddening of the anogenital region around the time of ovulation...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899818/bnc2-is-a-putative-tumor-suppressor-gene-in-high-grade-serous-ovarian-carcinoma-and-impacts-cell-survival-after-oxidative-stress
#17
Laura Cesaratto, Eleonora Grisard, Michela Coan, Luigi Zandonà, Elena De Mattia, Elena Poletto, Erika Cecchin, Fabio Puglisi, Vincenzo Canzonieri, Maria Teresa Mucignat, Antonella Zucchetto, Gabriele Stocco, Alfonso Colombatti, Milena S Nicoloso, Riccardo Spizzo
Rs3814113 is the single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) showing the strongest association with high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma (HGSOC) incidence and is located in an intergenic region about 44 kb downstream of basonuclin 2 (BNC2) gene. Lifetime number of ovulations is associated with increased risk to develop HGSOC, probably because of cell damage of extrauterine Müllerian epithelium by ovulation-induced oxidative stress. However, the impact of low-penetrance HGSOC risk alleles (e.g. rs3814113) on the damage induced by oxidative stress remains unclear...
September 22, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899720/luteal-function-during-the-estrous-cycle-in-arginine-treated-ewes-fed-different-planes-of-nutrition
#18
Casie S Bass, Dale A Redmer, Samantha L Kaminski, Anna T Grazul-Bilska
Corpus luteum (CL) functions are influenced by numerous factors including hormones, growth and angiogenic factors, nutritional plane, and dietary supplements such as arginine (Arg), a semi-essential amino acid and precursor for proteins, polyamines, and nitric oxide (NO). The aim of this study was to determine if Arg supplementation to ewes fed different planes of nutrition impacts 1) progesterone (P4) concentrations in serum and luteal tissue, 2) luteal vascularity, cell proliferation, endothelial NO synthase (eNOS), and receptor (R) soluble guanylate cyclase β protein and mRNA expression, and 3) luteal mRNA expression for selected angiogenic factors during the estrous cycle...
November 29, 2016: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898968/post-artificial-insemination-supplementation-with-calcium-salts-of-soybean-oil-influences-pregnancy-establishment-factors-in-beef-cows
#19
R S Cipriano, R F Cooke, A D Rodrigues, L G T Silva, D W Bohnert, R S Marques, J L M Vasconcelos, A V Pires, R L A Cerri
The objective of this experiment was to compare hormonal, uterine, and conceptus factors associated with pregnancy establishment in beef cows supplemented or not with Ca salts of soybean oil (CSSO) for 21 d beginning after timed AI. One hundred lactating multiparous Nelore cows were allocated to 20 groups of 5 cows/group and timed inseminated on d 0 of the experiment. After AI, groups were randomly assigned to receive (as-fed basis) 100 g of protein-mineral mix + 100 g of ground corn per cow per day, in addition to 1) 100 g/cow daily of CSSO ( = 10) or 2) 100 g/cow daily of kaolin (CON; rumen-inert indigestible substance; = 10)...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898911/estimation-of-the-effects-of-selection-on-french-large-white-reproductive-performance-using-frozen-semen
#20
P Silalahi, T Tribout, A Prunier, Y Billon, J Gogué, J P Bidanel
Genetic trends for male and female sexual development and components of litter size and weight at birth (LB) as well as traits related to sow lifetime productivity were estimated in a French Large White (LW) pig population using frozen semen. Two experimental groups (EXP = L77 and L98) were produced by inseminating LW sows with either stored frozen semen from 17 LW boars born in 1977 (EXP = L77) or with semen from 23 LW boars born in 1998 (EXP = L98). In each group, about 100 males were measured for testicular development and bulbo-urethral gland development, and 90 gilts were checked for puberty, among which about 50 gilts were measured for their first ovulation rate at puberty (ORP)...
September 2016: Journal of Animal Science
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