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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353819/interference-with-the-c-terminal-structure-of-marf1-causes-defective-oocyte-meiotic-division-and-female-infertility-in-mice
#1
Guang-Yi Cao, Ming-Zhe Li, Hao Wang, Lan-Ying Shi, You-Qiang Su
Meiosis-arrest female 1 (MARF1) is a recently identified key oogenic regulator essential for the maintenance of female fertility and genome integrity in mice. However, the detailed functions and the underlying mechanisms of MARF1 remain elusive. Here, in an attempt to create a mouse model expressing fluorescent protein-tagged MARF1 to facilitate further exploration of the roles of MARF1 in oocytes, we produced a Marf1-eGFP knockin (KI) mouse line in which the C-terminal structure and function of MARF1 were interfered by its fusing eGFP peptide...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352063/arabidopsis-thaliana-fancd2-promotes-meiotic-crossover-formation
#2
Marie-Therese Kurzbauer, Monica Pradillo, Claudia Kerzendorfer, Jason Sims, Rene Ladurner, Cecilia Oliver, Michael Peter Janisiw, Magdalena Mosiolek, Dieter Schweizer, Gregory P Copenhaver, Peter Schlogelhofer
Fanconi anemia (FA) is a human autosomal recessive disorder characterized by chromosomal instability, developmental pathologies, predisposition to cancer and reduced fertility. So far, nineteen genes have been implicated in FA, most of them involved in DNA repair. Some are conserved across higher eukaryotes, including plants. The Arabidopsis thaliana genome encodes a homologue of the Fanconi anemia D2 gene (FANCD2) whose function in DNA repair is not yet fully understood. Here we provide evidence that AtFANCD2 is required for meiotic homologous recombination...
January 19, 2018: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350616/a-disassembly-driven-mechanism-explains-f-actin-mediated-chromosome-transport-in-starfish-oocytes
#3
Philippe Bun, Serge Dmitrieff, Julio M Belmonte, François J Nédélec, Péter Lénárt
While contraction of sarcomeric actomyosin assemblies is well understood, this is not the case for disordered networks of actin filaments (F-actin) driving diverse essential processes in animal cells. For example, at the onset of meiosis in starfish oocytes a contractile F-actin network forms in the nuclear region transporting embedded chromosomes to the assembling microtubule spindle. Here, we addressed the mechanism driving contraction of this 3D disordered F-actin network by comparing quantitative observations to computational models...
January 19, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350289/small-rna-pathways-responsible-for-non-cell-autonomous-regulation-of-plant-reproduction
#4
REVIEW
Ken-Ichi Nonomura
In angiosperms, germline precursors and germ cells are always attached to or engulfed within somatic companion cells until just before fertilization. This is because sperm and egg cells develop as part of the multicellular gametophyte. Thus, the non-cell-autonomous regulation by somatic companions plays important roles in efficient reproduction, in addition to the cell-autonomous regulation. Epigenetic silencing of transposable elements is one of the central events by which the germline transmits the error-free genome to the next generation...
January 19, 2018: Plant Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342242/meiotic-spindle-formation-in-mammalian-oocytes-implications-for-human-infertility
#5
Suk Namgoong, Nam-Hyung Kim
In the final stage of oogenesis, mammalian oocytes generate a meiotic spindle and undergo chromosome segregation to yield an egg that is ready for fertilization. Herein, we describe the recent advances in understanding the mechanisms controlling formation of the meiotic spindle in metaphase I (MI) and metaphase II (MII) in mammalian oocytes, and focus on the differences between mouse and human oocytes. Unlike mitotic cells, mammalian oocytes lack typical centrosomes that consist of two centrioles and the surrounding pericentriolar matrix proteins (PCM), which serve as microtubule-organizing centers (MTOCs) in most somatic cells...
January 12, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341896/luteinizing-hormone-signaling-phosphorylates-and-activates-the-cyclic-gmp-phosphodiesterase-pde5-in-mouse-ovarian-follicles-contributing-an-additional-component-to-the-hormonally-induced-decrease-in-cyclic-gmp-that-reinitiates-meiosis
#6
Jeremy R Egbert, Siu-Pok Yee, Laurinda A Jaffe
Prior to birth, oocytes within mammalian ovarian follicles initiate meiosis, but then arrest in prophase until puberty, when with each reproductive cycle, one or more follicles are stimulated by luteinizing hormone (LH) to resume meiosis in preparation for fertilization. Within preovulatory follicles, granulosa cells produce high levels of cGMP, which diffuses into the oocyte to maintain meiotic arrest. LH signaling restarts meiosis by rapidly lowering the levels of cGMP in the follicle and oocyte. Part of this decrease is mediated by the dephosphorylation and inactivation the NPR2 guanylyl cyclase in response to LH, but the mechanism for the remainder of the cGMP decrease is unknown...
January 13, 2018: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340879/diethylstilbestrol-arrested-spermatogenesis-and-somatic-growth-in-the-juveniles-of-yellow-catfish-pelteobagrus-fulvidraco-a-fish-with-sexual-dimorphic-growth
#7
Zhi-Hao Liu, Qi-Liang Chen, Qiang Chen, Fang Li, Ying-Wen Li
In fish, spermatogenesis and somatic growth are mainly regulated by hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) and hypothalamic-pituitary-somatic (HPS) axes, respectively. Xenoestrogens have been reported to impair spermatogenesis in some fishes, and arrest somatic growth in some others, whereas, whether xenoestrogens are capable of disrupting spermatogenesis and somatic growth simultaneously in fish that exhibits sexual dimorphic growth is little known, and the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. In this study, male juveniles of yellow catfish (Pelteobagrus fulvidraco), which exhibits a sexual dimorphic growth that favors males, were exposed to diethylstilbestrol (DES) for 28 days...
January 16, 2018: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337080/smc1%C3%AE-substitutes-for-many-meiotic-functions-of-smc1%C3%AE-but-cannot-protect-telomeres-from-damage
#8
Uddipta Biswas, Michelle Stevense, Rolf Jessberger
The cohesin complex is built upon the SMC1/SMC3 heterodimer, and mammalian meiocytes feature two variants of SMC1 named SMC1α and SMC1β. It is unclear why these two SMC1 variants have evolved. To determine unique versus redundant functions of SMC1β, we asked which of the known functions of SMC1β can be fulfilled by SMC1α. Smc1α was expressed under control of the Smc1β promoter in either wild-type or SMC1β-deficient mice. No effect was seen in the former. However, several major phenotypes of SMC1β-deficient spermatocytes were rescued by SMC1α...
January 10, 2018: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336050/sperm-fluorescent-in-situ-hybridisation-study-of-interchromosomal-effect-in-six-tunisian-carriers-of-reciprocal-and-robertsonian-translocations
#9
A Hajlaoui, W Slimani, M Kammoun, A Sallem, S Braham, M Bibi, A Saad, S Mougou-Zerelli
Carriers of structural chromosomal anomalies, translocations and inversions are at increased risk of aneuploid gametes production. Besides the direct effect on the involved chromosomes, these rearrangements might disturb the segregation of other structurally normal chromosomes during meiosis. Such event is known as interchromosomal effect. In this study, six male carriers of translocations, four reciprocals and two Robertsonians, were investigated. In addition, seven fertile men with normal 46,XY karyotypes and normal sperm characteristics were enrolled as a control group...
January 15, 2018: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334940/correction-to-the-transcriptome-landscape-of-early-maize-meiosis
#10
Stefanie Dukowic-Schulze, Anitha Sundararajan, Joann Mudge, Thiruvarangan Ramaraj, Andrew D Farmer, Minghui Wang, Qi Sun, Jaroslaw Pillardy, Shahryar Kianian, Ernest F Retzel, Wojciech P Pawlowski, Changbin Chen
Following publication of the original article [1], the authors reported that the number of genes overlaying the bar graph in Fig. 3A were incorrectly counted and inserted (i.e. including a title tile, and in inverse order). The corrected numbers are below and match with the listed genes supplied in Additional File: Table S2.
January 15, 2018: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334315/interplay-between-p53-and-ink4c-in-spermatogenesis-and-fertility
#11
Hassan Zalzali, Wisam Rabeh, Omar Najjar, Rami Abi Ammar, Mohamad Harajly, Raya Saab
The tumor suppressor p53, and the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor Ink4c, have been both implicated in spermatogenesis control. Both p53-/- and Ink4c-/- single knockout male mice are fertile, despite testicular hypertrophy, Leydig cell differentiation defect, and increased sperm count in Ink4c-/- males. To investigate their collaborative roles, we studied p53-/- Ink4c-/- dual knockout animals, and found that male p53-/- Ink4c-/- mice have profoundly reduced fertility. Dual knockout male mice show a marked decrease in sperm count, abnormal sperm morphology and motility, prolongation of spermatozoa proliferation and delay of meiosis entry, and accumulation of DNA damage...
January 15, 2018: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331044/journey-of-oocyte-from-metaphase-i-to-metaphase-ii-stage-in-mammals
#12
Alka Sharma, Meenakshi Tiwari, Anumegha Gupta, Ashutosh N Pandey, Pramod K Yadav, Shail K Chaube
In mammals, journey from metaphase-I (M-I) to metaphase-II (M-II) is important since oocyte extrude first polar body (PB-I) and gets converted into haploid gamete. The molecular and cellular changes associated with meiotic cell cycle progression from M-I to M-II stage and extrusion of PB-I remain ill understood. Several factors drive oocyte meiosis from M-I to M-II stage. The mitogen-activated protein kinase3/1 (MAPK3/1), signal molecules and Rho family GTPases act through various pathways to drive cell cycle progression from M-I to M-II stage...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330548/shox-haploinsufficiency-presenting-with-isolated-short-long-bones-in-the-second-and-third-trimester
#13
Shwetha Ramachandrappa, Abhijit Kulkarni, Hina Gandhi, Cheryl Ellis, Renata Hutt, Lesley Roberts, Rosol Hamid, Aris Papageorghiou, Sahar Mansour
Haploinsufficiency of the transcription factor short stature homeobox (SHOX) manifests as a spectrum of clinical phenotypes, ranging from disproportionate short stature and Madelung deformity to isolated short stature. Here, we describe five infants with molecularly confirmed diagnoses of SHOX haploinsufficiency who presented in utero with short long bones during routine antenatal scanning from as early as 19 weeks gestation. Other foetal growth parameters were normal. The molecular basis of SHOX haploinsufficiency was distinct in each case...
January 12, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330318/shifting-meiotic-to-mitotic-spindle-assembly-in-oocytes-disrupts-chromosome-alignment
#14
Isma Bennabi, Isabelle Quéguiner, Agnieszka Kolano, Thomas Boudier, Philippe Mailly, Marie-Hélène Verlhac, Marie-Emilie Terret
Mitotic spindles assemble from two centrosomes, which are major microtubule-organizing centers (MTOCs) that contain centrioles. Meiotic spindles in oocytes, however, lack centrioles. In mouse oocytes, spindle microtubules are nucleated from multiple acentriolar MTOCs that are sorted and clustered prior to completion of spindle assembly in an "inside-out" mechanism, ending with establishment of the poles. We used HSET (kinesin-14) as a tool to shift meiotic spindle assembly toward a mitotic "outside-in" mode and analyzed the consequences on the fidelity of the division...
January 12, 2018: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329412/lhx8-ablation-leads-to-massive-autophagy-of-mouse-oocytes-associated-with-dna-damage
#15
Emanuele Pelosi, Laura D'Ignazio, Marc Michel, Melissa Beyer, Kassimier Thompson, Antonino Forabosco, David Schlessinger
Following proliferation of oogonia in mammals, great numbers of germ cells are discarded, primarily by apoptosis, while the remainder form primordial follicles (the ovarian reserve) that determine fertility and reproductive lifespan. More massive, rapid, and essentially total loss of oocytes, however, occurs when the transcription factor Lhx8 is ablated-though the cause and mechanism of germ cell loss from the Lhx8-/- ovaries has been unknown. We found that Lhx8-/- ovaries maintain the same number of germ cells throughout embryonic development; rapid decrease in the pool of oocytes starts shortly before birth...
January 10, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329290/morc2b-is-essential-for-meiotic-progression-and-fertility
#16
Baolu Shi, Jiangyang Xue, Jian Zhou, Seth D Kasowitz, Yuanwei Zhang, Guanxiang Liang, Yongjuan Guan, Qinghua Shi, Mingxi Liu, Jiahao Sha, Xiaoyan Huang, P Jeremy Wang
The microrchidia (MORC) family proteins are chromatin-remodelling factors and function in diverse biological processes such as DNA damage response and transposon silencing. Here, we report that mouse Morc2b encodes a functional germ cell-specific member of the MORC protein family. Morc2b arose specifically in the rodent lineage through retrotransposition of Morc2a during evolution. Inactivation of Morc2b leads to meiotic arrest and sterility in both sexes. Morc2b-deficient spermatocytes and oocytes exhibit failures in chromosomal synapsis, blockades in meiotic recombination, and increased apoptosis...
January 12, 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327130/main-steps-in-dna-double-strand-break-repair-an-introduction-to-homologous-recombination-and-related-processes
#17
REVIEW
Lepakshi Ranjha, Sean M Howard, Petr Cejka
DNA double-strand breaks arise accidentally upon exposure of DNA to radiation and chemicals or result from faulty DNA metabolic processes. DNA breaks can also be introduced in a programmed manner, such as during the maturation of the immune system, meiosis, or cancer chemo- or radiotherapy. Cells have developed a variety of repair pathways, which are fine-tuned to the specific needs of a cell. Accordingly, vegetative cells employ mechanisms that restore the integrity of broken DNA with the highest efficiency at the lowest cost of mutagenesis...
January 11, 2018: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325624/sex-chromosome-aneuploidies
#18
David Skuse, Frida Printzlau, Jeanne Wolstencroft
Sex chromosome aneuploidies comprise a relatively common group of chromosome disorders characterized by the loss or gain of one or more sex chromosomes. We discuss five of the better-known sex aneuploidies: Turner syndrome (XO), Klinefelter syndrome (XXY), trisomy X (XXX), XYY, and XXYY. Despite their prevalence in the general population, these disorders are underdiagnosed and the specific genetic mechanisms underlying their phenotypes are poorly understood. Although there is considerable variation between them in terms of associated functional impairment, each disorder has a characteristic physical, cognitive, and neurologic profile...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325078/genomic-basis-of-recombination-suppression-in-the-hybrid-between-caenorhabditis-briggsae-and-c-nigoni
#19
Xiaoliang Ren, Runsheng Li, Xiaolin Wei, Yu Bi, Vincy Wing Sze Ho, Qiutao Ding, Zhichao Xu, Zhihong Zhang, Chia-Ling Hsieh, Amanda Young, Jianyang Zeng, Xiao Liu, Zhongying Zhao
DNA recombination is required for effective segregation and diversification of genomes and for the successful completion of meiosis. Recent studies in various species hybrids have demonstrated a genetic link between DNA recombination and speciation. Consistent with this, we observed a striking suppression of recombination in the hybrids between two nematodes, the hermaphroditic Caenorhabditis briggsae and the gonochoristic C. nigoni. To unravel the molecular basis underlying the recombination suppression in their hybrids, we generated a C...
January 9, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319911/genomic-islands-of-differentiation-in-two-songbird-species-reveal-candidate-genes-for-hybrid-female-sterility
#20
Libor Mořkovský, Václav Janoušek, Jiří Reif, Jakub Rídl, Jan Pačes, Lukáš Choleva, Karel Janko, Michael W Nachman, Radka Reifová
Hybrid sterility is a common first step in the evolution of postzygotic reproductive isolation. According to Haldane's Rule it affects predominantly the heterogametic sex. While the genetic basis of hybrid male sterility in organisms with heterogametic males has been studied for decades, the genetic basis of hybrid female sterility in organisms with heterogametic females has received much less attention. We investigated the genetic basis of reproductive isolation in two closely related avian species, the Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) and the Thrush Nightingale (L...
January 10, 2018: Molecular Ecology
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