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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336253/mitochondrial-matters-mitochondrial-bottlenecks-self-assembling-structures-and-entrapment-in-the-female-germline
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Florence L Marlow
Mitochondrial replacement therapy, a procedure to generate embryos with the nuclear genome of a donor mother and the healthy mitochondria of a recipient egg, has recently emerged as a promising strategy to prevent transmission of devastating mitochondrial DNA diseases and infertility. The procedure may produce an embryo that is free of diseased mitochondria. A recent study addresses important fundamental questions about the mechanisms underlying maternal inheritance and translational questions regarding the transgenerational effectiveness of this promising therapeutic strategy...
March 15, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332706/jasmonic-acid-dependent-regulation-of-seed-dormancy-following-maternal-herbivory-in-arabidopsis
#2
Prashant Singh, Anuja Dave, Fabian E Vaistij, Dawn Worrall, Geoff H Holroyd, Jonathan G Wells, Filip Kaminski, Ian A Graham, Michael R Roberts
Maternal experience of abiotic environmental factors such as temperature and light are well known to control seed dormancy in many plant species. Maternal biotic stress alters offspring defence phenotypes, but whether it also affects seed dormancy remains unexplored. We exposed Arabidopsis thaliana plants to herbivory and investigated plasticity in germination and defence phenotypes in their offspring, along with the roles of phytohormone signalling in regulating maternal effects. Maternal herbivory resulted in the accumulation of jasmonic acid-isoleucine and loss of dormancy in seeds of stressed plants...
March 23, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328093/race-in-an-epigenetic-time-thinking-biology-in-the-plural
#3
Maurizio Meloni
The notion that biological memories of environmental experiences can be embedded in the human genome and even transmitted transgenerationally is increasingly relevant in the postgenomic world, particularly in molecular epigenetics, where the genome is conceptualized as porous to environmental signals. In this article I discuss the current rethinking of race in epigenetic rather than genetic terms, emphasizing some of its paradoxical implications, especially for public policy. I claim in particular that: (i) if sociologists want to investigate race in a postgenomic world they should pay more attention to this novel plastic and biosocial view of race; and (ii) there are no reasons to believe that an epigenetic view will extinguish race, or that soft-inheritance claims will produce a less exclusionary discourse than genetics (hard heredity)...
March 22, 2017: British Journal of Sociology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297802/-influence-of-high-fat-diet-in-paternal-c57bl-6-mice-on-liver-fat-deposition-in-offspring
#4
J Zhang, H G Li, L Fu, F S Di
Objective: To investigate the influence of high-fat diet (HFD) in paternal C57BL/6 mice on HFD-induced liver fat deposition in male offspring, as well as transgenerational inheritance caused by paternal HFD and related mechanisms. Methods: A total of 20 male C57BL/6 mice aged 3 weeks (F0) were randomly divided into normal control group (C, 10 mice) and HFD group (HF, 10 mice). After 12 weeks of HFD intervention, the male mice in the HFD group mated with female ones treated with normal diet and pups were obtained...
February 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290930/medical-effects-of-a-transuranic-dirty-bomb
#5
Asaf Durakovic
The modern military battlefields are characterized by the use of nonconventional weapons such as encountered in the conflicts of the Gulf War I and Gulf War II. Recent warfare in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans has introduced radioactive weapons to the modern war zone scenarios. This presents the military medicine with a new area of radioactive warfare with the potential large scale contamination of military and civilian targets with the variety of radioactive isotopes further enhanced by the clandestine use of radioactive materials in the terrorist radioactive warfare...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289190/ampk-blocks-starvation-inducible-transgenerational-defects-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#6
Emilie Demoinet, Shaolin Li, Richard Roy
Life history events, such as traumatic stress, illness, or starvation, can influence us through molecular changes that are recorded in a pattern of characteristic chromatin modifications. These modifications are often associated with adaptive adjustments in gene expression that can persist throughout the lifetime of the organism, or even span multiple generations. Although these adaptations may confer some selective advantage, if they are not appropriately regulated they can also be maladaptive in a context-dependent manner...
March 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286118/maternal-exposure-to-di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-dehp-promotes-the-transgenerational-inheritance-of-adult-onset-reproductive-dysfunctions-through-the-female-germline-in-mice
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Paola Pocar, Nadia Fiandanese, Anna Berrini, Camillo Secchi, Vitaliano Borromeo
Endocrine disruptors (EDs) are compounds known to promote transgenerational inheritance of adult-onset disease in subsequent generations after maternal exposure during fetal gonadal development. This study was designed to establish whether gestational and lactational exposure to the plasticizer di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) at environmental doses promotes transgenerational effects on reproductive health in female offspring, as adults, over three generations in the mouse. Gestating F0 mouse dams were exposed to 0, 0...
March 9, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283834/risk-factors-for-comorbid-oppositional-defiant-disorder-in-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Siri D S Noordermeer, Marjolein Luman, Wouter D Weeda, Jan K Buitelaar, Jennifer S Richards, Catharina A Hartman, Pieter J Hoekstra, Barbara Franke, Dirk J Heslenfeld, Jaap Oosterlaan
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is highly prevalent in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Individuals with both ADHD and ODD (ADHD + ODD) show a considerably worse prognosis compared with individuals with either ADHD or ODD. Therefore, identification of risk factors for ADHD + ODD is essential and may contribute to the development of (early) preventive interventions. Participants were matched for age, gender, and ADHD-subtype (diagnostic groups), and did not differ in IQ. Predictors included pre- and perinatal risk factors (pregnancy duration, birth weight, maternal smoking during pregnancy), transgenerational factors (parental ADHD; parental warmth and criticism in diagnostic groups), and postnatal risk factors (parental socioeconomic status [SES], adverse life events, deviant peer affiliation)...
March 10, 2017: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274592/transgenerational-endpoints-provide-increased-sensitivity-and-insight-into-multigenerational-responses-of-lymnaea-stagnalis-exposed-to-cadmium
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Evelyn G Reátegui-Zirena, Bridgette N Fidder, Adric D Olson, Daniel E Dawson, Thomas R Bilbo, Christopher J Salice
Ecotoxicology provides data to inform environmental management. Many testing protocols do not consider offspring fitness and toxicant sensitivity. Cadmium (Cd) is a well-studied and ubiquitous toxicant but little is known about the effects on offspring of exposed parents (transgenerational effects). This study had three objectives: to identify endpoints related to offspring performance; to determine whether parental effects would manifest as a change in Cd tolerance in offspring and how parental exposure duration influenced the manifestation of parental effects...
March 5, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262950/adjusting-phenotypes-via-within-and-across-generational-plasticity
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REVIEW
Gabriela A Auge, Lindsay D Leverett, Brianne R Edwards, Kathleen Donohue
I. II. III. IV. References SUMMARY: There is renewed interest in how transgenerational environmental effects, including epigenetic inheritance, contribute to adaptive evolution. The contribution of across-generation plasticity to adaptation, however, needs to be evaluated within the context of within-generation plasticity, which is often proposed to contribute more efficiently to adaptation because of the potentially greater accuracy of progeny than parental cues to predict progeny selective environments. We highlight recent empirical studies of transgenerational plasticity, and find that they do not consistently support predictions based on the higher predictive ability of progeny environmental cues...
March 6, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262484/the-antiviral-rna-interference-response-provides-resistance-to-lethal-arbovirus-infection-and-vertical-transmission-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#11
Don B Gammon, Takao Ishidate, Lichao Li, Weifeng Gu, Neal Silverman, Craig C Mello
The recent discovery of the positive-sense single-stranded RNA (ssRNA) Orsay virus (OV) as a natural pathogen of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has stimulated interest in exploring virus-nematode interactions. However, OV infection is restricted to a small number of intestinal cells, even in nematodes defective in their antiviral RNA interference (RNAi) response, and is neither lethal nor vertically transmitted. Using a fluorescent reporter strain of the negative-sense ssRNA vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), we show that microinjection of VSV particles leads to a dose-dependent, muscle tissue-tropic, lethal infection in C...
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261786/lipids-in-maternal-diet-influence-yolk-hormone-levels-and-post-hatch-neophobia-in-the-domestic-chick
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Elske N de Haas, Ludovic Calandreau, Elisabeth Baéza, Pascal Chartrin, Rupert Palme, Anne-Sophie Darmaillacq, Ludovic Dickel, Sophie Lumineau, Cécilia Houdelier, Isabelle Denis, Cécile Arnould, Maryse Meurisse, Aline Bertin
We assessed whether the ratio of dietary n-6/n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) during egg formation engenders transgenerational maternal effects in domestic chicks. We analyzed yolk lipid and hormone concentrations, and HPA-axis activity in hens fed a control diet (high n-6/n-3 ratio) or a diet enriched in n-3 PUFAs (low n-6/n-3 ratio) for 6 consecutive weeks. Their chicks were tested for neophobia during the first week of life. We found higher corticosterone metabolites in droppings of hens fed the diet enriched in n-3 and significantly higher concentrations of yolk progesterone, androstenedione, and estradiol in their eggs compared to controls...
April 2017: Developmental Psychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261375/parental-high-fat-diet-promotes-inflammatory-and-senescence-related-changes-in-prostate
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Kulbhushan Tikoo, Ajit Vikram, Shweta Shrivastava, Gopabandhu Jena, Heta Shah, Richa Chhabra
Background. Obesity and dietary habits are associated with increased incidences of aging-related prostatic diseases. The present study was aimed to investigate transgenerational effects of chronic high-fat diet (HFD) feeding on inflammation and senescence-related changes in prostate. Methods. Sprague-Dawley rats were kept on either normal or HFD one. Senescence-associated β-galactosidase (SA β-gal) activity, inflammation, and cellular proliferation were determined in the prostate. Results. Increased SA β-gal activity, expression of p53, and cell proliferation marker PCNA were observed in ventral prostate of HFD-fed rats...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257158/dna-methylation-of-retrotransposons-dna-transposons-and-genes-in-sugar-beet-beta-vulgaris-l
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Falk Zakrzewski, Martin Schmidt, Mieke Van Lijsebettens, Thomas Schmidt
The methylation of cytosines shapes the epigenetic landscape of plant genomes, coordinates transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, represses activity of transposable elements (TEs), affects gene expression, and, hence, can influence the phenotype. Sugar beet (Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris), an important crop that accounts for 30% of the worldwide sugar needs, has a relatively small genome size (758 Mbp) consisting of approximately 485 Mbp repetitive DNA (64%) in particular, satellite DNA, retrotransposons, and DNA transposons...
March 3, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251622/the-effectiveness-of-psychoanalysis-in-a-case-study-using-multi-perspective-methodology-conflict-in-choosing-a-partner-due-to-transgenerational-mandate
#15
Alejandro Tamez
A case study is presented to evaluate the effectiveness of psychoanalysis and the persistence of its benefits 20 years later in a young woman with severe depression, professional inhibition, and difficulties in partner selection due to transgenerational mandate (TGM). The investigation was carried out with psychoanalytic interviews with the patient and analyst, which were evaluated by both psychoanalytic and non-psychoanalytic judges following a methodology based on one tested in Germany by Leuzinger-Bohleber et al...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Psycho-analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245210/a-guide-to-designing-germline-dependent-epigenetic-inheritance-experiments-in-mammals
#16
Johannes Bohacek, Isabelle M Mansuy
Recent work has demonstrated that environmental factors experienced by parents can affect their offspring across multiple generations, and that such transgenerational transmission can depend on the germline. Causal evidence for the involvement of germ cells is rare, however, and the underlying molecular mechanisms remain poorly understood. Further, studies often employ varying methods in experimental design and data interpretation. We provide a critical analysis of these issues and suggest possible solutions and guidelines for improving study design and generating reproducible and high-quality data...
February 28, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241403/non-additive-effects-of-simulated-heat-waves-and-predators-on-prey-phenotype-and-transgenerational-phenotypic-plasticity
#17
Arnaud Sentis, Jean-Louis Hemptinne, Jacques Brodeur
Understanding the effects of extreme climatic events on species and their interactions is of paramount importance for predicting and mitigating the impacts of climate change on communities and ecosystems. However, the joint effects of extreme climatic events and species interactions on the behaviour and phenotype of organisms remain poorly understood, leaving a substantial gap in our knowledge on the impacts of climatic change on ecological communities. Using an aphid-ladybeetle system, we experimentally investigated the effects of predators and heat shocks on prey body size, microhabitat use, and transgenerational phenotypic plasticity (i...
February 27, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228846/decoupling-the-downstream-effects-of-germline-nuclear-rnai-reveals-that-h3k9me3-is-dispensable-for-heritable-rnai-and-the-maintenance-of-endogenous-sirna-mediated-transcriptional-silencing-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#18
Natallia Kalinava, Julie Zhouli Ni, Kimberly Peterman, Esteban Chen, Sam Guoping Gu
BACKGROUND: Germline nuclear RNAi in C. elegans is a transgenerational gene-silencing pathway that leads to H3K9 trimethylation (H3K9me3) and transcriptional silencing at the target genes. H3K9me3 induced by either exogenous double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) or endogenous siRNA (endo-siRNA) is highly specific to the target loci and transgenerationally heritable. Despite these features, the role of H3K9me3 in siRNA-mediated transcriptional silencing and inheritance of the silencing state at native target genes is unclear...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220109/temporal-stability-and-the-effect-of-transgenerational-transfer-on-fecal-microbiota-structure-in-a-long-distance-migratory-bird
#19
Jakub Kreisinger, Lucie Kropáčková, Adéla Petrželková, Marie Adámková, Oldřich Tomášek, Jean-François Martin, Romana Michálková, Tomáš Albrecht
Animal bodies are inhabited by a taxonomically and functionally diverse community of symbiotic and commensal microorganisms. From an ecological and evolutionary perspective, inter-individual variation in host-associated microbiota contributes to physiological and immune system variation. As such, host-associated microbiota may be considered an integral part of the host's phenotype, serving as a substrate for natural selection. This assumes that host-associated microbiota exhibits high temporal stability, however, and that its composition is shaped by trans-generational transfer or heritable host-associated microbiota modulators encoded by the host genome...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216432/epigenetic-modification-by-dietary-factors-implications-in-metabolic-syndrome
#20
REVIEW
Jae-Ho Park, Soon-Hee Kim, Myeong Soo Lee, Myung-Sunny Kim
Dietary factors play a role in normal biological processes and are involved in the regulation of pathological progression over a lifetime. Evidence has emerged indicating that dietary factor-dependent epigenetic modifications can significantly affect genome stability and the expression of mRNA and proteins, which are involved in metabolic dysfunction. Since metabolic syndrome is a progressive phenotype characterized by insulin resistance, obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, or type 2 diabetes, gene-diet interactions are important processes involved in the initiation of particular symptoms of metabolic syndrome and their progression...
February 17, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
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