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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230328/higher-order-oligomerization-of-the-licensing-orc4-protein-is-required-for-polar-body-extrusion-in-murine-meiosis
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Hieu Nguyen, Nicholas G James, Lynn Nguyen, Thien P Nguyen, Cindy Vuong, Michael Ortega, W Steven Ward
We have previously shown that the DNA replication licensing factor ORC4 forms a cage around the chromosomes that are extruded in both polar bodies during murine oogenesis, but not around the chromosomes that are retained in the oocyte or around the sperm chromatin. We termed this structure the ORC4 cage. Here, we tested whether the formation of the ORC4 cage is necessary for polar body extrusion (PBE). We first experimentally forced oocytes to extrude sperm chromatin as a pseudo-polar body and found that under these conditions the sperm chromatin did become enclosed in an ORC4 cage...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229961/neurospora-tetrasperma-crosses-heterozygous-for-hybrid-translocation-strains-produce-rare-eight-spored-asci-bearing-heterokaryotic-ascospores
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Durgadas P Kasbekar, Selvam Rekha
During ascogenesis in Neurospora, the ascospores are partitioned at the eight-nucleus stage that follows meiosis and a post-meiotic mitosis, and the ascospores that form in eight-spored asci are usually homokaryotic. We had previously created novel TNt strains by introgressing four Neurospora crassa insertional translocations (EB4, IBj5, UK14-1, and B362i) into N. tetrasperma. We now show that crosses of all the TNt strains with single-mating-type derivatives of the standard N. tetrasperma pseudohomothallic strain 85 (viz...
March 2017: Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226231/cell-biology-of-the-plant-nucleus
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Iris Meier, Eric J Richards, David E Evans
The eukaryotic nucleus is enclosed by the nuclear envelope, which is perforated by the nuclear pores, the gateways of macromolecular exchange between the nucleoplasm and cytoplasm. The nucleoplasm is organized in a complex three-dimensional fashion that changes over time and in response to stimuli. Within the cell, the nucleus must be viewed as an organelle (albeit a gigantic one) that is a recipient of cytoplasmic forces and capable of morphological and positional dynamics. The most dramatic reorganization of this organelle occurs during mitosis and meiosis...
February 22, 2017: Annual Review of Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224044/mastl-is-essential-for-anaphase-entry-of-proliferating-primordial-germ-cells-and-establishment-of-female-germ-cells-in-mice
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Sanjiv Risal, Jingjing Zhang, Deepak Adhikari, Xiaoman Liu, Jingchen Shao, Mengwen Hu, Kiran Busayavalasa, Zhaowei Tu, Zijiang Chen, Philipp Kaldis, Kui Liu
In mammals, primordial germ cells (PGCs) are the embryonic cell population that serve as germ cell precursors in both females and males. During mouse embryonic development, the majority of PGCs are arrested at the G2 phase when they migrate into the hindgut at 7.75-8.75 dpc (days post coitum). It is after 9.5 dpc that the PGCs undergo proliferation with a doubling time of 12.6 h. The molecular mechanisms underlying PGC proliferation are however not well studied. In this work. Here we studied how MASTL (microtubule-associated serine/threonine kinase-like)/Greatwall kinase regulates the rapid proliferation of PGCs...
2017: Cell Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223544/hdac8-functions-in-spindle-assembly-during-mouse-oocyte-meiosis
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Kemei Zhang, Yajuan Lu, Chaohua Jiang, Wei Liu, Jing Shu, Xueqin Chen, Yingjiao Shi, Ensheng Wang, Li Wang, Qinbo Hu, Yibo Dai, Bo Xiong
HDAC8 is a class I histone deacetylase that functions in a variety of biological processes through its non-histone substrates. However, its roles during oocyte meiosis remain elusive. Here, we document that HDAC8 localizes at spindle poles and positively participates in the regulation of microtubule organization and spindle assembly in mouse oocytes. Depletion of HDAC8 by siRNA-based gene silencing results in various spindle defects and chromosome misalignment during oocyte meiotic maturation, accompanied by impaired kinetochore-microtubule attachments...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223369/ssp2-binding-activates-the-smk1-mapk
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Chong Wai Tio, Gregory Omerza, Timothy Phillips, Hua Jane Lou, Benjamin E Turk, Edward Winter
Smk1 is a meiosis specific MAPK in S. cerevisiae that couples spore morphogenesis to the completion of chromosome segregation. Similar to other MAPKs, Smk1 is controlled by phosphorylation of a threonine (T) and tyrosine (Y) in its activation loop. However, it is not activated by a dual-specificity MAPK kinase. Instead, T207 in Smk1's activation loop is phosphorylated by the CDK-activating kinase (Cak1), and Y209 is autophosphorylated in an intramolecular reaction that requires the meiosis-specific protein, Ssp2...
February 21, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223312/natural-variation-and-dosage-of-the-hei10-meiotic-e3-ligase-control-arabidopsis-crossover-recombination
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Piotr A Ziolkowski, Charles J Underwood, Christophe Lambing, Marina Martinez-Garcia, Emma J Lawrence, Liliana Ziolkowska, Catherine Griffin, Kyuha Choi, F Chris H Franklin, Robert A Martienssen, Ian R Henderson
During meiosis, homologous chromosomes undergo crossover recombination, which creates genetic diversity and balances homolog segregation. Despite these critical functions, crossover frequency varies extensively within and between species. Although natural crossover recombination modifier loci have been detected in plants, causal genes have remained elusive. Using natural Arabidopsis thaliana accessions, we identified two major recombination quantitative trait loci (rQTLs) that explain 56.9% of crossover variation in Col×Ler F2 populations...
February 21, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220481/does-max-open-up-a-new-avenue-for-meiotic-research
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REVIEW
Ayumu Suzuki, Masataka Hirasaki, Akihiko Okuda
Meiosis is a central event of sexual reproduction. Like somatic cells, germ cells conduct mitosis to increase their cell number, but unlike somatic cells, germ cells switch their cell division mode from mitosis to meiosis at a certain point in gametogenesis. However, the molecular basis of this switch remains elusive. In this review article, we give an overview of the onset of mammalian meiosis, including our recent finding that MYC Associated Factor X (MAX) prevents ectopic and precocious meiosis in embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and germ cells, respectively...
February 20, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217606/a-mixed-toxidrome-presenting-with-bilateral-ptosis-with-normal-pupils-the-first-case-in-the-literature
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Sanket Mahajan, Janki Shah
Snakebite is an environmental hazard associated with a significant morbidity and mortality. Two main types of toxicity occur due to snakebite, namely vasculotoxicity and neurotoxicity. Neurotoxic snakebites present mainly with bilateral ptosis with dilated pupils and/or difficulty in breathing. Jatropha curcas belongs to the family Euphorbiaceae and is commonly referred to as "Ratanjyot" in Gujarati. It has got many medicinal uses such as anticancerous properties and bio-oil. There are very few cases of its toxicity in adults...
July 2016: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215939/live-imaging-analysis-of-germ-cell-proliferation-in-the-c-elegans-adult-supports-a-stochastic-model-for-stem-cell-proliferation
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Simona Rosu, Orna Cohen-Fix
The C. elegans adult hermaphrodite contains a renewable pool of mitotically dividing germ cells that are contained within the progenitor zone (PZ), at the distal region of the germline. From the PZ, cells enter meiosis and differentiate, ensuring the continued production of oocytes. In this study, we investigated the proliferation strategy used to maintain the PZ pool by using a photoconvertible marker to follow the fate of selected germ cells and their descendants in live worms. We found that the most distal pool of 6-8 rows of cells in the PZ (the distal third) behave similarly, with a fold expansion corresponding to one cell division every 6h on average...
February 17, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215674/effect-of-vitrification-on-meiotic-maturation-mitochondrial-distribution-and-glutathione-synthesis-in-immature-silver-fox-cumulus-oocyte-complexes
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Xinyan Cao, Jingchun Li, Hailong Xue, Shiyong Wang, Weigang Zhao, Zhanyu Du, Yifeng Yang, Zhigang Yue
The present study was designed to investigate the effects of vitrifying oocytes obtained from silver foxes on nuclear maturation, mitochondrial distribution and glutathione (GSH) synthesis after in vitro culture for 72 h. Immature oocytes were randomly divided into three groups: (1) fresh GV (germinal vesicle) oocytes (Control group), (2) exposure to the equilibration and vitrification solution but without being plunged into liquid nitrogen (exposed group), and (3) vitrification by the cryoloop method (vitrified-warmed group)...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213303/diethylstilbestrol-flutamide-and-their-combination-impaired-the-spermatogenesis-of-male-adult-zebrafish-through-disrupting-hpg-axis-meiosis-and-apoptosis
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Pan Yin, Ying-Wen Li, Qi-Liang Chen, Zhi-Hao Liu
Both diethylstilbestrol (DES, an environmental estrogen) and flutamide (FLU, an anti-androgen) are found to impair spermatogenesis by disrupting hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis and altering androgen levels through different mechanisms/modes of action in fish with poorly understood underlying mechanisms. Furthermore, it is not known whether and how a combined exposure of DES and FLU has a stronger effect than the compounds alone. In this study, male zebrafish adults were exposed to DES, FLU and their combination (DES+FLU) for 30days, and their effects on histological structure and sperm count in testis, androgen level in plasma, as well as the mRNA levels of genes involved in HPG axis, meiotic regulation and apoptosis were analyzed...
February 10, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208750/the-consequences-of-chromosome-segregation-errors-in-mitosis-and-meiosis
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REVIEW
Tamara Potapova, Gary J Gorbsky
Mistakes during cell division frequently generate changes in chromosome content, producing aneuploid or polyploid progeny cells. Polyploid cells may then undergo abnormal division to generate aneuploid cells. Chromosome segregation errors may also involve fragments of whole chromosomes. A major consequence of segregation defects is change in the relative dosage of products from genes located on the missegregated chromosomes. Abnormal expression of transcriptional regulators can also impact genes on the properly segregated chromosomes...
February 8, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203244/pistil-transcriptome-analysis-to-disclose-genes-and-gene-products-related-to-aposporous-apomixis-in-hypericum-perforatum-l
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Giulio Galla, Sara Zenoni, Linda Avesani, Lothar Altschmied, Paride Rizzo, Timothy F Sharbel, Gianni Barcaccia
Unlike sexual reproduction, apomixis encompasses a number of reproductive strategies, which permit maternal genome inheritance without genetic recombination and syngamy. The key biological features of apomixis are the circumvention of meiosis (i.e., apomeiosis), the differentiation of unreduced embryo sacs and egg cells, and their autonomous development in functional embryos through parthenogenesis, and the formation of viable endosperm either via fertilization-independent means or following fertilization with a sperm cell...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197916/regulation-of-plant-cellular-and-organismal-development-by-sumo
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Nabil Elrouby
This chapter clearly demonstrates the breadth and spectrum of the processes that SUMO regulates during plant development. The gross phenotypes observed in mutants of the SUMO conjugation and deconjugation enzymes reflect these essential roles, and detailed analyses of these mutants under different growth conditions revealed roles in biotic and abiotic stress responses, phosphate starvation, nitrate and sulphur metabolism, freezing and drought tolerance and response to excess copper. SUMO functions also intersect with those regulated by several hormones such as salicylic acid , abscisic acid , gibberellins and auxin, and detailed studies provide mechanistic clues of how sumoylation may regulate these processes...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197913/wrestling-with-chromosomes-the-roles-of-sumo-during-meiosis
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Amanda C Nottke, Hyun-Min Kim, Monica P Colaiácovo
Meiosis is a specialized form of cell division required for the formation of haploid gametes and therefore is essential for successful sexual reproduction. Various steps are exquisitely coordinated to ensure accurate chromosome segregation during meiosis, thereby promoting the formation of haploid gametes from diploid cells. Recent studies are demonstrating that an important form of regulation during meiosis is exerted by the post-translational protein modification known as sumoylation. Here, we review and discuss the various critical steps of meiosis in which SUMO-mediated regulation has been implicated thus far...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197668/mechanisms-controlling-germline-cyst-breakdown-and-primordial-follicle-formation
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REVIEW
Chao Wang, Bo Zhou, Guoliang Xia
In fetal females, oogonia proliferate immediately after sex determination. The progress of mitosis in oogonia proceeds so rapidly that the incompletely divided cytoplasm of the sister cells forms cysts. The oogonia will then initiate meiosis and arrest at the diplotene stage of meiosis I, becoming oocytes. Within each germline cyst, oocytes with Balbiani bodies will survive after cyst breakdown (CBD). After CBD, each oocyte is enclosed by pre-granulosa cells to form a primordial follicle (PF). Notably, the PF pool formed perinatally will be the sole lifelong oocyte source of a female...
February 14, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193845/the-predicted-rna-binding-proteins-pes4-and-mip6-regulate-mrna-levels-translation-and-localization-during-sporulation-in-budding-yeast
#18
Liang Jin, Kai Zhang, Rolf Sternglanz, Aaron M Neiman
In response to starvation, diploid cells of Saccharomyces cerevisiae undergo meiosis and form haploid spores, a process collectively referred to as sporulation. The differentiation into spores requires extensive changes in gene expression. The transcriptional activator Ndt80 is a central regulator of this process, which controls many genes essential for sporulation. Ndt80 induces ∼300 genes coordinately during meiotic prophase, but different mRNAs within the NDT80-regulon are translated at different times during sporulation...
February 13, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190776/regulators-of-alternative-polyadenylation-operate-at-the-transition-from-mitosis-to-meiosis
#19
Lingjuan Shan, Chan Wu, Di Chen, Lei Hou, Xin Li, Lixia Wang, Xiao Chu, Yifeng Hou, Zhaohui Wang
In the sexually reproductive organisms, gametes are produced by meiosis following a limited mitotic amplification. However, the intrinsic program switching cells from mitotic to meiotic cycle is unclear. Alternative polyadenylation (APA) is a highly conserved means of gene regulation and is achieved by the RNA 3'-processing machinery to generate diverse 3'UTR profiles. In Drosophila spermatogenesis, we observed distinct profiles of transcriptome-wide 3'UTR between mitotic and meiotic cells. In mutant germ cells stuck in mitosis, 3'UTRs of hundreds of genes were consistently shifted...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188282/efficacy-of-a-meiosis-learning-module-developed-for-the-virtual-cell-animation-collection
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Eric E Goff, Katie M Reindl, Christina Johnson, Phillip McClean, Erika G Offerdahl, Noah L Schroeder, Alan R White
Recent reports calling for change in undergraduate biology education have resulted in the redesign of many introductory biology courses. Reports on one common change to course structure, the active-learning environment, have placed an emphasis on student preparation, noting that the positive outcomes of active learning in the classroom depend greatly on how well the student prepares before class. As a possible preparatory resource, we test the efficacy of a learning module developed for the Virtual Cell Animation Collection...
2017: CBE Life Sciences Education
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