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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340262/effect-of-photoperiod-on-serum-hormone-concentrations-during-the-annual-reproductive-cycle-in-geese
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X Z Zhao, G L Gao, H W Wang, Q Li, K S Zhang, H Zhong, Q G Wang
The poor egg-laying rate of geese hinders the development of the goose industry; therefore, the reproductive performance of geese is an important area of investigation. To evaluate the relationship between photoperiod, reproductive hormones, and reproductive activity during the egg-laying cycle in geese under natural conditions, we collected blood samples from Sichuan white geese and Xupu geese to quantify changes in prolactin (PRL), estradiol (E2), vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH), and luteinizing hormone (LH)...
March 22, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340178/morphometric-covariation-between-palatal-shape-and-skeletal-pattern-in-class-ii-growing-subjects
#2
Valeria Paoloni, Roberta Lione, Francesca Farisco, Demetrios J Halazonetis, Lorenzo Franchi, Paola Cozza
Objectives: To evaluate the patterns of covariation between palatal and craniofacial morphology in Class II subjects in the early mixed dentition by means of geometric morphometrics. Methods: A cross-sectional sample of 85 Class II subjects (44 females, 41 males; mean age 8.7 years ± 0.8) was collected retrospectively according to the following inclusion criteria: European ancestry (white), Class II skeletal relationship, Class II division 1 dental relationship, early mixed dentition, and prepubertal skeletal maturation...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339706/differential-proliferation-and-metabolic-activity-of-sertoli-cells-in-the-testes-of-broiler-and-layer-breeder-chickens
#3
Mélanie Faure, Edith Guibert, Sabine Crochet, Pascal Chartrin, Jean-Pierre Brillard, Anne Collin, Pascal Froment
Decades of genetic selection have generated 2 different, highly specialized types of chickens in which 1 type, known as the layer-type chicken, expresses high laying performance while the other type, known as the broiler-type chicken, is dedicated to the production of fast-growing birds. Selected lines for the latter type often express disorders in their reproductive performance including early sexual maturation and accelerated, non-reversible seasonal decline of their semen production and mating behavior. The aim of the present study was to characterize some metabolic markers of the Sertoli cell populations...
February 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334774/high-tolerance-to-self-targeting-of-the-genome-by-the-endogenous-crispr-cas-system-in-an-archaeon
#4
Aris-Edda Stachler, Israela Turgeman-Grott, Ella Shtifman-Segal, Thorsten Allers, Anita Marchfelder, Uri Gophna
CRISPR-Cas systems allow bacteria and archaea to acquire sequence-specific immunity against selfish genetic elements such as viruses and plasmids, by specific degradation of invader DNA or RNA. However, this involves the risk of autoimmunity if immune memory against host DNA is mistakenly acquired. Such autoimmunity has been shown to be highly toxic in several bacteria and is believed to be one of the major costs of maintaining these defense systems. Here we generated an experimental system in which a non-essential gene, required for pigment production and the reddish colony color, is targeted by the CRISPR-Cas I-B system of the halophilic archaeon Haloferax volcanii...
March 2, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333300/comparison-of-global-gene-expression-profiles-of-microdissected-human-foetal-leydig-cells-with-their-normal-and-hyperplastic-adult-equivalents
#5
Grete Lottrup, Kirstine Belling, Henrik Leffers, John E Nielsen, Marlene D Dalgaard, Anders Juul, Niels E Skakkebæk, Søren Brunak, Ewa Rajpert-De Meyts
STUDY QUESTION: Do human adult Leydig cells (ALCs) within hyperplastic micronodules display characteristics of foetal LCs (FLCs)? SUMMARY ANSWER: The gene expression profiles of FLCs and all ALC subgroups were clearly different, but there were no significant differences in expressed genes between the normally clustered and hyperplastic ALCs. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: LCs are the primary androgen producing cells in males throughout development and appear in chronologically distinct populations; FLCs, neonatal LCs and ALCs...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333296/stepwise-evolution-of-a-buried-inhibitor-peptide-over-45-million-years
#6
Achala S Jayasena, Mark F Fisher, Jose L Panero, David Secco, Kalia Bernath-Levin, Oliver Berkowitz, Nicolas L Taylor, Edward E Schilling, James Whelan, Joshua S Mylne
The de novo evolution of genes and the novel proteins they encode has stimulated much interest in the contribution such innovations make to the diversity of life. Most research on this de novo evolution focuses on transcripts, so studies on the biochemical steps that can enable completely new proteins to evolve and the time required to do so have been lacking. Sunflower PawS1 is an unusual albumin precursor because in addition to producing albumin it also yields a potent, bicyclic protease-inhibitor called SFTI-1...
March 8, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331904/effectiveness-of-the-rigo-ch%C3%A3%C2%AAneau-versus-boston-style-orthoses-for-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-a-retrospective-study
#7
Miriam K Minsk, Kristen D Venuti, Gail L Daumit, Paul D Sponseller
BACKGROUND: Bracing can effectively treat adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), but patient outcomes have not been compared by brace type. We compared outcomes of AIS patients treated with Rigo Chêneau orthoses (RCOs) or custom-molded Boston-style thoracolumbosacral orthoses (TLSOs). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patient records from one scoliosis center from 1999 through 2014. Patients were studied from initial treatment until skeletal maturity or surgery...
2017: Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331573/evolution-of-the-spatula-alcatraz-gene-lineage-and-expression-analyses-in-the-basal-eudicot-bocconia-frutescens-l-papaveraceae
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Cecilia Zumajo-Cardona, Barbara Ann Ambrose, Natalia Pabón-Mora
BACKGROUND: SPATULA (SPT) and ALCATRAZ (ALC) are recent paralogs that belong to the large bHLH transcription factor family. Orthologs of these genes have been found in all core eudicots, whereas pre-duplication genes, named paleoSPATULA/ALCATRAZ, have been found in basal eudicots, monocots, basal angiosperms and gymnosperms. Nevertheless, functional studies have only been performed in Arabidopsis thaliana, where SPT and ALC are partially redundant in carpel and valve margin development and ALC has a unique role in the dehiscence zone...
2017: EvoDevo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330561/functional-characterization-of-a-novel-brassica-leafy-homolog-from-indian-mustard-expression-pattern-and-gain-of-function-studies
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Priyanka Dhakate, Shikha Tyagi, Anupama Singh, Anandita Singh
LEAFY plays a central role in regulation of flowering time and floral meristem identity in plants. Unfortunately, LFY function remains uncharacterized in agronomicaly important Brassicas. Herein, we illustrate fine-mapping of expression domains of LFY in 15 cultivars of 6 Brassica species and describe gain-of-function phenotypes in Arabidopsis and Brassica. We depict early flowering and altered fatty-acid composition in transgenic seed. The cDNA encoding BjuLFY (417aa) shared only 85% identity with reported homolog of B...
May 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328739/effects-of-a-brief-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-group-intervention-on-baseline-brain-perfusion-in-adolescents-with-major-depressive-disorder
#10
Zrinka Sosic-Vasic, Birgit Abler, Georg Grön, Paul Plener, Joana Straub
A number of neuroimaging studies have identified altered regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) related to major depressive disorder (MDD) in adult samples, particularly in the lateral prefrontal, cingular and temporal regions. In contrast, neuroimaging investigations in adolescents with MDD are rare, although investigating young patients during a significant period of brain maturation might offer valuable insights into the neural mechanisms of MDD. We acquired perfusion images obtained with continuous arterial spin labelling in 21 medication-naive adolescents with MDD before and after a five-session cognitive behavioural group therapy (group CBT)...
March 21, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324890/regulation-of-itga3-by-the-dual-stranded-microrna-199-family-as-a-potential-prognostic-marker-in-bladder-cancer
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Takashi Sakaguchi, Hirofumi Yoshino, Masaya Yonemori, Kazutaka Miyamoto, Satoshi Sugita, Ryosuke Matsushita, Toshihiko Itesako, Shuichi Tatarano, Masayuki Nakagawa, Hideki Enokida
BACKGROUND: Based on the microRNA (miRNA) signature of bladder cancer (BC) by deep sequencing, we recently found that several double-stranded mature miRNAs derived from the same pre-miRNAs were sufficiently expressed and acted as tumour suppressors by regulating common target genes in BC. Our deep-sequencing signature of BC showed that all miR-199 family members (miR-199a-3p/-5p and miR-199b-3p/-5p) were also downregulated. We hypothesised that these miRNAs may function as tumour suppressors by regulating common target genes...
March 21, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323970/obesity-modulates-inflammation-and-lipid-metabolism-oocyte-gene-expression-a-single-cell-transcriptome-perspective
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Meghan L Ruebel, Matthew Cotter, Clark R Sims, Dean M Moutos, Thomas M Badger, Mario A Cleves, Kartik Shankar, Aline Andres
Context: It is hypothesized that obesity adversely affects the ovarian environment which can disrupt oocyte maturation and may further impact embryonic development. Objective: This study aimed to compare oocyte gene expression profiles and follicular fluid (FF) content from overweight/obese (OW) women and normal weight (NW) women who were undergoing fertility treatments. Design: Using single cell transcriptomic analyses, we investigated oocyte gene expression using RNA-seq...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323088/localization-of-the-corticospinal-tract-within-the-porcine-spinal-cord-implications-for-experimental-modeling-of-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
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Anna Victoria Leonard, Joshua York Menendez, Betty Maki Pat, Mark N Hadley, Candace Lorraine Floyd
Spinal cord injury (SCI) researchers have predominately utilized rodents for SCI modeling and experimentation. Unfortunately, a large number of novel therapies developed in rodent models have failed to demonstrate efficacy in human clinical trials which suggests that improved animal models are an important translational tool. Recently, porcine models of SCI have been identified as a valuable intermediary model for preclinical evaluation of promising therapies to aid clinical translation. However, the localization of the major spinal tracts in pigs has not yet been described...
March 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321847/antenatal-corticosteroids-for-accelerating-fetal-lung-maturation-for-women-at-risk-of-preterm-birth
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Devender Roberts, Julie Brown, Nancy Medley, Stuart R Dalziel
BACKGROUND: Respiratory morbidity including respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is a serious complication of preterm birth and the primary cause of early neonatal mortality and disability. While researching the effects of the steroid dexamethasone on premature parturition in fetal sheep in 1969, Liggins found that there was some inflation of the lungs of lambs born at gestations at which the lungs would be expected to be airless. Liggins and Howie published the first randomised controlled trial in humans in 1972 and many others followed...
March 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320838/early-immune-regulatory-changes-in-a-primary-controlled-human-plasmodium-vivax-infection-cd1c-mdc-maturation-arrest-induction-of-the-kynurenine-pathway-and-regulatory-t-cell-activation
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Tonia Woodberry, Jessica R Loughland, Gabriela Minigo, Julie G Burel, Fiona H Amante, Kim A Piera, Yvette McNeil, Tsin W Yeo, Michael F Good, Denise L Doolan, Christian R Engwerda, James S McCarthy, Nicholas M Anstey
Plasmodium vivax malaria remains a major public health problem. The requirements for acquisition of protective immunity to this species are not clear. Dendritic cells (DC) are essential for immune cell priming, but also perform immune-regulatory functions, along with regulatory T cells (Treg). An important function of DC involves activation of the kynurenine pathway via indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO). Using a controlled human experimental infection study with blood-stage P. vivax, we characterised plasmacytoid DC (pDC) and myeloid DC (mDC) subset maturation, CD4(+)CD25(+)CD127(lo) Treg activation and IDO activity...
March 20, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320412/high-resolution-hemodynamic-profiling-of-murine-arteriovenous-fistula-using-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-computational-fluid-dynamics
#16
Daniel Pike, Yan-Ting Shiu, Maheshika Somarathna, Lingling Guo, Tatyana Isayeva, John Totenhagen, Timmy Lee
BACKGROUND: Arteriovenous fistula (AVF) maturation failure remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in hemodialysis patients. The two major etiologies of AVF maturation failure are early neointimal hyperplasia development and persistent inadequate outward remodeling. Although hemodynamic changes following AVF creation may impact AVF remodeling and contribute to neointimal hyperplasia development and impaired outward remodeling, detailed AVF hemodynamics are not yet fully known...
March 20, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319071/xrn2-promotes-emt-and-metastasis-through-regulating-maturation-of-mir-10a
#17
H Zhang, Y Lu, E Chen, X Li, B Lv, H G Vikis, P Liu
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been proposed as critical regulatory molecules in the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) program. However, the roles of mature miRNA biogenesis during EMT process needs to be defined. Here we determined that increased expression of XRN2 induced EMT and promoted metastasis in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, we uncovered that XRN2 functions as pro-metastatic gene, which accelerates miR-10a maturation by binding pre-miR-10a in a DICER-independent manner. These findings suggest that XRN2 is a novel regulator of EMT that contributes to the metastatic processes in lung cancer through a novel miRNA regulatory mechanism...
March 20, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317730/apple-variety-and-maturity-profiling-of-base-ciders-using-uv-spectroscopy
#18
Lachlan Girschik, Joanna E Jones, Fiona L Kerslake, Mark Robertson, Robert G Dambergs, Nigel D Swarts
Varietal base ciders were produced from three varieties of dessert apples ('Pink Lady®', 'Royal Gala' and 'Red Delicious') at pre-commercial, commercial and post-commercial harvest timings. Rapid analytical methods were used to categorise the base ciders, and data analysed using principal component analysis (PCA). The titratable acidity of apple must was significantly higher for the pre-commercial harvest fruit for both the 'Royal Gala' and 'Red Delicious' varieties. The base cider phenolic content was highest in the pre-commercial harvest fruit for all varieties...
August 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316076/provenance-by-environment-interaction-of-reproductive-traits-in-the-invasion-of-spartina-alterniflora-in-china
#19
Wenwen Liu, Donald R Strong, Steven C Pennings, Yihui Zhang
Ecological invasions are facilitated by pre-adaptation and phenotypic plasticity, upon which evolution can act. The rapid invasion of the intertidal grass Spartina alterniflora in China during the last 36 years is a test case for the roles of these mechanisms. A previous study of S. alterniflora in China found strong latitudinal clines in vegetative and sexual traits and concluded that most of this variation was due to phenotypic plasticity. Recent observations suggested provenance by environment interactions, and we employed common gardens at multiple latitudes as a test of this idea...
March 17, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315669/cell-survival-interplay-between-hypoxia-and-pre-mrna-splicing
#20
Arvydas Kanopka
RNA splicing takes place in the nucleus and occurs either coor post-transcriptionally. Noncoding sequences (introns) in nuclear mRNA precursors (pre-mRNA) are removed by dedicated splicing machinery. The coding sequences (exons) are joined to generate the mature mRNA that is exported to the cytoplasm and translated into protein. Splicing events are tissue-specific. This process plays an important role in cellular differentiation and organism development. The splicing machinery heavily contributes to biological complexity and especially to the ability of cells to adapt to different developmental stages and altered cellular conditions...
March 15, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
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