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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793188/prioritization-of-reproductive-toxicants-in-unconventional-oil-and-gas-operations-using-a-multi-country-regulatory-data-driven-hazard-assessment
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Salmaan H Inayat-Hussain, Masao Fukumura, A Muiz Aziz, Chai Meng Jin, Low Wei Jin, Rolando Garcia-Milian, Vasilis Vasiliou, Nicole C Deziel
BACKGROUND: Recent trends have witnessed the global growth of unconventional oil and gas (UOG) production. Epidemiologic studies have suggested associations between proximity to UOG operations with increased adverse birth outcomes and cancer, though specific potential etiologic agents have not yet been identified. To perform effective risk assessment of chemicals used in UOG production, the first step of hazard identification followed by prioritization specifically for reproductive toxicity, carcinogenicity and mutagenicity is crucial in an evidence-based risk assessment approach...
May 21, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792832/sperm-dna-fragmentation-in-the-total-and-vital-fractions-before-and-after-density-gradient-centrifugation-significance-in-male-fertility-diagnosis
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U Punjabi, H Van Mulders, I Goovaerts, K Peeters, K Clasen, P Janssens, O Zemtsova, D De Neubourg
BACKGROUND: Sperm DNA fragmentation measured by different techniques make comparisons impossible due to lack of standardization. Induction of DNA damage after sperm preparation in the entire fraction has been observed on independent occasions but findings are not consistent. METHODS: Men presenting at a University hospital setup for infertility treatment. DNA damage via TUNEL assay was validated on fresh semen samples, as conventional semen parameters, to reduce variability of results...
May 21, 2018: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792121/abcg2-polymorphism-rs2231142-and-hypothyroidism-in-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-patients-treated-with-sunitinib
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Emilie Werbrouck, Julie Bastin, Diether Lambrechts, Annelies Verbiest, Thomas Van Brussel, Evelyne Lerut, Jean-Pascal Machiels, Vincent Verschaeve, Vincent Richard, Philip R Debruyne, Brigitte Decallonne, Patrick Schöffski, Oliver Bechter, Pascal Wolter, Benoit Beuselinck
Background and aim Vascular endothelial growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (VEGFR-TKIs) cause significant adverse events including thyroid dysfunction, mainly hypothyroidism, in a considerable proportion of patients. In a series of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) patients treated with sunitinib, we aimed to study the correlation between hypothyroidism and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes involved in sunitinib pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Patients and methods We included 79 mRCC patients who started sunitinib between November 2005 and March 2016...
May 23, 2018: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790357/-control-editing-of-the-genome-within-reach-or-already-in-our-hands
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Radim Brdička, Radoslav Omelka
Although different genome editing tools have been around for decades, the recent emergence of cheap, quick, and accessible CRISPR/Cas9 technology has led to a revolution in this field. The technique has the potential to transform medicine from curative into preventive using a gene therapy. An application of genome editing has proven to be effective for both genetic and non-genetic (e.g. infectious) diseases. However, cancer and rare diseases treatment is at the forefront of interest. Concurrently, the legal and ethical frameworks should be discussed, especially as the technology moves towards a modification of the germ cells or embryos...
2018: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790096/metabolomic-and-proteomic-analyses-of-mouse-primordial-germ-cells
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Yohei Hayashi, Yasuhisa Matsui
Primordial germ cells (PGCs), the precursors of gametes, are the only cells capable of acquiring totipotency upon fertilization, but the molecular mechanisms regulating germ cell characteristics have not been fully elucidated. Although intracellular metabolic status and regulation are responsible for the control of cell function and differentiation, little is known about the metabolic features of PGCs. Here, we describe use of an integrated metabolomic, proteomic, and energy metabolic analysis method to comprehensively elucidate the metabolic characteristics of PGCs using mass spectrometry...
May 23, 2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789776/effect-of-electromagnetic-waves-from-mobile-phones-on-spermatogenesis-in-the-era-of-4g-lte
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Jong Jin Oh, Seok-Soo Byun, Sang Eun Lee, Gheeyoung Choe, Sung Kyu Hong
Objective: To investigate the effect of long duration exposure to electromagnetic field from mobile phones on spermatogenesis in rats using 4G-LTE. Methods: Twenty Sprague-Dawley male rats were placed into 4 groups according to the intensity and exposure duration: Group 1 (sham procedure), Group 2 (3 cm distance + 6 h exposure daily), Group 3 (10 cm distance + 18 h exposure daily), and Group 4 (3 cm distance + 18 h exposure daily). After 1 month, we compared sperm parameters and histopathological findings of the testis...
2018: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789566/transcriptome-analysis-of-the-adult-human-klinefelter-testis-and-cellularity-matched-controls-reveals-disturbed-differentiation-of-sertoli-and-leydig-cells
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Sofia Boeg Winge, Marlene Danner Dalgaard, Kirstine G Belling, Jacob Malte Jensen, John Erik Nielsen, Lise Aksglaede, Mikkel Heide Schierup, Søren Brunak, Niels Erik Skakkebæk, Anders Juul, Ewa Rajpert-De Meyts, Kristian Almstrup
The most common human sex chromosomal disorder is Klinefelter syndrome (KS; 47,XXY). Adult patients with KS display a diverse phenotype but are nearly always infertile, due to testicular degeneration at puberty. To identify mechanisms causing the selective destruction of the seminiferous epithelium, we performed RNA-sequencing of 24 fixed paraffin-embedded testicular tissue samples. Analysis of informative transcriptomes revealed 235 differentially expressed transcripts (DETs) in the adult KS testis showing enrichment of long non-coding RNAs, but surprisingly not of X-chromosomal transcripts...
May 22, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788979/marcks-and-marcks-like-proteins-in-development-and-regeneration
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Mohamed El Amri, Una Fitzgerald, Gerhard Schlosser
BACKGROUND: The Myristoylated Alanine-Rich C-kinase Substrate (MARCKS) and MARCKS-like protein 1 (MARCKSL1) have a wide range of functions, ranging from roles in embryonic development to adult brain plasticity and the inflammatory response. Recently, both proteins have also been identified as important players in regeneration. Upon phosphorylation by protein kinase C (PKC) or calcium-dependent calmodulin-binding, MARCKS and MARCKSL1 translocate from the membrane into the cytosol, modulating cytoskeletal actin dynamics and vesicular trafficking and activating various signal transduction pathways...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788737/diagnosis-for-carcinoma-of-unknown-primary-site-with-the-aid-of-simple-pcr-tests-a-single-center-experience
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E Suspitsin, G Yanus, E Imyanitov
This study was aimed to incorporate PCR testing in the determination of organ/tissue origin for cancers of unknown primary site (CUP). We developed a PCR panel consisting of 7 expression markers (CDX2, CDH17, SPB, UGRP, MAM, LPB, TG) and 2 genes frequently mutated in cancer (KRAS and BRAF). The expression tests were intentionally interpreted in a non-quantitative way, i.e. classified tumors either as positive or negative expressors. While applying these tests to 135 cancers belonging to 8 common types of adenocarcinomas (AdCa), we observed that this panel was capable to clearly discriminate between gastrointestinal vs...
March 14, 2018: Neoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788434/a-novel-mouse-model-of-testicular-granulosa-cell-tumors
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Xin Fang, Nan Ni, Yang Gao, David F Vincent, Laurent Bartholin, Qinglei Li
STUDY QUESTION: What is the role of dysregulated transforming growth factor beta (TGFB) signaling in the development of sex cord-stromal tumors in the testis? SUMMARY ANSWER: Overactivation of TGFB signaling results in the development of testicular tumors resembling granulosa cell tumors (GrCTs). WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In an earlier study, we demonstrated that constitutively active TGFB receptor 1 (TGFBR1) in ovarian somatic cells promotes the development of ovarian GrCTs...
May 21, 2018: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788325/ancestral-tcdd-exposure-induces-multigenerational-histologic-and-transcriptomic-alterations-in-gonads-of-male-zebrafish
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Danielle N Meyer, Bridget B Baker, Tracie R Baker
TCDD (2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin), the classic AhR (aryl hydrocarbon receptor) agonist, is a potent environmental toxicant and endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC) with known developmental toxicity in humans, rodents, and fish. Early life exposure to some EDCs, including TCDD, is linked to the occurrence of adult-onset and multigenerational disease. Previous work exposing juvenile F0 zebrafish (Danio rerio) to 50 ppt (parts per trillion) TCDD during reproductive development has shown male-mediated transgenerational decreases in fertility (F0-F2) and histological and transcriptomic alterations in F0 testes...
May 21, 2018: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786554/a-human-ipsc-line-capable-of-differentiating-into-functional-macrophages-expressing-zsgreen-a-tool-for-the-study-and-in-vivo-tracking-of-therapeutic-cells
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Martha Lopez-Yrigoyen, Antonella Fidanza, Luca Cassetta, Richard A Axton, A Helen Taylor, Jose Meseguer-Ripolles, Anestis Tsakiridis, Valerie Wilson, David C Hay, Jeffrey W Pollard, Lesley M Forrester
We describe the production of a human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) line, SFCi55-ZsGr, that has been engineered to express the fluorescent reporter gene, ZsGreen, in a constitutive manner. The CAG-driven ZsGreen expression cassette was inserted into the AAVS1 locus and a high level of expression was observed in undifferentiated iPSCs and in cell lineages derived from all three germ layers including haematopoietic cells, hepatocytes and neurons. We demonstrate efficient production of terminally differentiated macrophages from the SFCi55-ZsGreen iPSC line and show that they are indistinguishable from those generated from their parental SFCi55 iPSC line in terms of gene expression, cell surface marker expression and phagocytic activity...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786549/pluripotent-stem-cells-induction-and-self-renewal
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REVIEW
R Abu-Dawud, N Graffmann, S Ferber, W Wruck, J Adjaye
Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) lie at the heart of modern regenerative medicine due to their properties of unlimited self-renewal in vitro and their ability to differentiate into cell types representative of the three embryonic germ layers-mesoderm, ectoderm and endoderm. The derivation of induced PSCs bypasses ethical concerns associated with the use of human embryonic stem cells and also enables personalized cell-based therapies. To exploit their regenerative potential, it is essential to have a firm understanding of the molecular processes associated with their induction from somatic cells...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786533/-bacteriospermia-effects-on-semen-parameters
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H Hannachi, H Elloumi, M Hamdoun, K Kacem, A Zhioua, O Bahri
OBJECTIVES: Bacteriospermia may result in male hypofertlity. Indeed, 60% of patients treated by Assisted Reproductive Techniques had a local infection or inflammation of genital tract. However, direct effects of bacteriospermia on semen parameters remain controversial. The aim of our work was to explore the effect of bacteriospermia on sperm parameters among patients consulting for hypofertility. METHODS: A retrospective comparative study of two groups: a group of 70 patients with bacteriospermia (group 1) and a control group of 70 patients without bacteriospermia (group 2)...
May 18, 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786143/impact-of-commensal-flora-on-periodontal-immune-response-to-lipopolysaccharide
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Daiki Fukuhara, Koichiro Irie, Yoko Uchida, Kota Kataoka, Kentaro Akiyama, Daisuke Ekuni, Takaaki Tomofuji, Manabu Morita
BACKGROUND: Commensal flora are involved in the appropriate development of the mature immune system. However, it is unclear how commensal flora contribute to immune responses against periodontal pathogens, including the response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the expression of immune responses after topical application of LPS in germ-free (GF) and specific-pathogen-free (SPF) mice. METHODS: GF and SPF mice at 8 weeks of age were randomly divided into four groups each: a baseline group (n = 4/group) and three experimental groups (n = 6/group)...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784542/the-ovary-organization-in-the-marine-limnodriloidin-thalassodrilides-cf-briani-annelida-clitellata-naididae-resembles-the-ovary-of-freshwater-tubificins
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Anna Z Urbisz, Łukasz Chajec, Mana Ito, Katsutoshi Ito
In Thalassodrilides cf. briani, the paired ovaries are inconspicuous and polarized structures with developmental gradient of germ cells along their long axis. The about 300 germ cells in the ovary are consolidated into one syncytial cyst and each cell is connected to a common and branched mass of cytoplasm via one stable cytoplasmic bridge. The germ cells differentiate their fate into nurse cells and oocytes. Only one oocyte grows in a given time; it gathers cell organelles and yolk and then it detaches from the gonad...
May 12, 2018: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784067/yeast-derivatives-and-wheat-germ-in-the-adult-diet-modulates-fecundity-in-a-tephritid-pest
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L Goane, P M Pereyra, F Castro, M J Ruiz, M L Juárez, D F Segura, M T Vera
Anastrepha fraterculus (Wiedemann), a pest of great economic importance in South America, needs urgently to be controlled by environmentally friendly methods such as the sterile insect technique for which mass rearing of insects is required. Because oogenesis takes place during the adult stage, mass-rearing facilities should provide the females a diet that maximizes egg production at the lowest cost. Accordingly, we investigated the effect of artificial protein sources in the adult diet (yeast derivatives of different cost but with similar amino acids profiles, and the addition of wheat germ) on fecundity...
May 22, 2018: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782557/signals-and-transcription-factors-for-specification-of-human-germ-cells
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EDITORIAL
Sina Jostes, Hubert Schorle
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2018: Stem Cell Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782016/in-vivo-gene-transfer-to-the-rabbit-common-carotid-artery-endothelium
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Bradley K Wacker, Lianxiang Bi, David A Dichek
The goal of this method is to introduce a transgene into the endothelium of isolated segments of both rabbit common carotid arteries. The method achieves focal endothelial-selective transgenesis, thereby allowing an investigator to determine the biological roles of endothelial-expressed transgenes and to quantify the in vivo transcriptional activity of DNA sequences in large artery endothelial cells. The method uses surgical isolation of rabbit common carotid arteries and an arteriotomy to deliver a transgene-expressing viral vector into the arterial lumen...
May 6, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781741/slowly-progressive-retinitis-pigmentosa-caused-by-two-novel-mutations-in-the-mak-gene
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Joanna Monika Gray, Harry Otway Orlans, Morag Shanks, Penny Clouston, Robert Elvis MacLaren
BACKGROUND: The growing number of clinical trials currently underway for inherited retinal diseases has highlighted the importance of achieving a molecular diagnosis for all new cases presenting to hospital eye services. The male germ cell-associated kinase (MAK) gene encodes a cilium-associated protein selectively expressed in the retina and testis, and has recently been implicated in autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Whole exome sequencing has previously identified a homozygous Alu insertion in probands with recessive RP and nonsense and missense mutations have also been reported...
May 21, 2018: Ophthalmic Genetics
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