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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343269/neophobia-is-negatively-related-to-reversal-learning-ability-in-females-of-a-generalist-bird-of-prey-the-chimango-caracara-milvago-chimango
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Jorgelina María Guido, Laura Marina Biondi, Aldo Ivan Vasallo, Rubén Nestor Muzio
In an ever-changing environment, the ability to adapt choices to new conditions is essential for daily living and ultimately, for survival. Behavioural flexibility allows animals to maximise survival and reproduction in novel settings by adjusting their behaviour based on specific information and feedback acquired in their current environments. However, a growing body of evidence indicates that an individual's personality type can limit the extent to which the individual might behave flexibly, by influencing the way an individual pays attention to novelty and how much information it collects and stores, which in turn affects the individual's decision-making and learning process...
March 25, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342762/male-accessory-gland-proteins-affect-differentially-female-sexual-receptivity-and-remating-in-closely-related-drosophila-species
#2
Béatrice Denis, Gaëlle Claisse, Arnaud Le Rouzic, Claude Wicker-Thomas, Gildas Lepennetier, Dominique Joly
In sexual species, mating success depends on the male's capacity to find sexual partners and on female receptivity to mating. Mating is under evolutionary constraints to prevent interspecific mating and to maximize the reproductive success of both sexes. In Drosophila melanogaster, female receptivity to mating is mainly controlled by Sex peptide (SP, i.e. Acp70A) produced by the male accessory glands with other proteins (Acps). The transfer of SP during copulation dramatically reduces female receptivity to mating and prevents remating with other males...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340146/effect-of-broiler-breeders-fed-with-corn-or-sorghum-diet-and-canthaxanthin-supplementation-on-production-and-reproductive-performance
#3
C E V Bonilla, A P Rosa, A Londero, C B S Giacomini, C Orso, M O Fernandes, S J Paixão, D V Bonamigo
This study was designed to evaluate the effect of corn or sorghum diet and canthaxanthin (CX) supplementation on performance in broiler breeders. A total of 440 females with similar body weight (BW) (3.71 ± 0.14 kg) and 60 roosters were placed in an open-sided house with 20 pens, randomly distributed in a factorial arrangement (2 × 2). There were 4 diets of 2 ingredients; corn (CO) or sorghum (SO) and 2 levels of CX; 6 mg/kg (CX) and 0 mg/kg (NCX) totaling 5 replicate pens of 22 females and 3 males each, from 42 to 65 wk, divided in 2 periods (from wk 42 to 53 and wk 54 to 65)...
March 4, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339941/productive-performance-egg-quality-and-hatching-traits-of-japanese-quail-reared-under-different-levels-of-glycerin
#4
A Ghayas, J Hussain, A Mahmud, K Javed, A Rehman, S Ahmad, S Mehmood, M Usman, H M Ishaq
This study evaluated subsequent effects of glycerin on productive performance, egg quality, and hatching traits in Japanese quail. A total of 200 birds was arranged according to a completely randomized design into 5 treatment groups having 5 replicates of 8 birds each (6 females and 2 males). Treatments consisted 5 levels of glycerin, i.e., 2.5, 5, 7.5, and 10% and the control group. Birds were fed with different levels of glycerin during a rearing period of 6 wk and their subsequent effects on productive performance, egg quality, and hatching traits were observed...
March 2, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339861/constitutive-luteinizing-hormone-receptor-signaling-causes-sexual-dysfunction-and-leydig-cell-adenomas-in-male-mice1
#5
Lan Hai, Deepak S Hiremath, Marilène Paquet, Prema Narayan
The luteinizing hormone receptor (LHCGR) is necessary for fertility and genetic mutations cause defects in reproductive development and function. Activating mutations in LHCGR cause familial male limited precocious puberty (FMPP). We have previously characterized a mouse model (KiLHRD582G) for FMPP that exhibits the same phenotype of precocious puberty, Leydig cell hyperplasia and elevated testosterone as boys with the disorder. We observed that KiLHRD582G male mice became infertile by 6 months of age although sperm count and motility were normal...
February 17, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339706/differential-proliferation-and-metabolic-activity-of-sertoli-cells-in-the-testes-of-broiler-and-layer-breeder-chickens
#6
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/28339613/a-nonsense-mutation-in-ccdc62-gene-is-responsible-for-spermiogenesis-defects-and-male-infertility-in-repro29-repro29-mice%C3%A2
#7
Yuchi Li, Cailing Li, Shouren Lin, Bo Yang, Weiren Huang, Hanwei Wu, Yuanbin Chen, Lihua Yang, Manling Luo, Huan Guo, Jianbo Chen, Tiantian Wang, Qian Ma, Yanli Gu, Lisha Mou, Zhimao Jiang, Jun Xia, Yaoting Gui
Phenotype-driven mutagenesis is an unbiased method to identify novel genes involved in spermatogenesis and other reproductive processes. Male repro29/repro29 mice generated by the Reproductive Genomics Program at the Jackson Laboratory were infertile with deformed sperm and poor motility. Using selected exonic capture and massively parallel sequencing technologies, we identified a nonsense mutation in the exon 6 of coiled-coil domain-containing 62 gene (Ccdc62), which results in a formation of a premature stop codon and a truncated protein...
January 28, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339602/gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-kisspeptin-and-gonadal-steroids-directly-modulate-nucleobindin-2-nesfatin-1-in-murine-hypothalamic-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-neurons-and-gonadotropes%C3%A2
#8
A Hatef, S Unniappan
Neuroendocrine regulation of metabolism and reproduction are tightly interlinked. Nesfatin-1 is an 82 amino acid metabolic peptide derived from nucleobindin-2 (NUCB2). NUCB2 mRNA and protein significantly increase in the hypothalamus of rats during puberty-to-adult transition. Administration of nesfatin-1 modulates circulating LH and testosterone in male rats. However, whether nesfatin-1 acts directly on neurons and gonadotropes remain unknown. In addition, whether reproductive hormones of the hypothalamo-pituitary gonadal axis modulate NUCB2/nesfatin-1 is unclear...
January 28, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338823/transporters-involved-in-ph-and-k-homeostasis-affect-pollen-wall-formation-male-fertility-and-embryo-development
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Senthilkumar Padmanaban, Daniel D Czerny, Kara A Levin, Alexander R Leydon, Robert T Su, Timothy K Maugel, Yanjiao Zou, Salil Chanroj, Alice Y Cheung, Mark A Johnson, Heven Sze
Flowering plant genomes encode multiple cation/H+ exchangers (CHXs) whose functions are largely unknown. AtCHX17, AtCHX18, and AtCHX19 are membrane transporters that modulate K+ and pH homeostasis and are localized in the dynamic endomembrane system. Loss of function reduced seed set, but the particular phase(s) of reproduction affected was not determined. Pollen tube growth and ovule targeting of chx17chx18chx19 mutant pollen appeared normal, but reciprocal cross experiments indicate a largely male defect...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338816/conserved-patterns-of-sex-chromosome-dosage-compensation-in-the-lepidoptera-wz-zz-insights-from-a-moth-neo-z-chromosome
#10
Liuqi Gu, James R Walters, Douglas C Knipple
Where previously described, patterns of sex chromosome dosage compensation in the Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) have several unusual characteristics. Other female-heterogametic (ZW/ZZ) species exhibit female Z-linked expression that is reduced compared to autosomal expression and male Z expression. In the Lepidoptera, however, Z expression typically appears balanced between sexes but overall reduced relative to autosomal expression, i.e. Z ≈ ZZ < AA. This pattern is not easily reconciled with theoretical expectations for the evolution of sex chromosome dosage compensation...
March 2, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338722/dissecting-the-transcriptional-patterns-of-social-dominance-across-teleosts
#11
Suzy C P Renn, Cynthia F O'Rourke, Nadia Aubin-Horth, Eleanor J Fraser, Hans A Hofmann
In many species, under varying ecological conditions, social interactions among individuals result in the formation of dominance hierarchies. Despite general similarities, there are robust differences among dominance hierarchies across species, populations, environments, life stages, sexes, and individuals. Understanding the proximate mechanisms underlying the variation is an important step toward understanding the evolution of social behavior. However, physiological changes associated with dominance, such as gonadal maturation and somatic growth, often complicate efforts to identify the specific underlying mechanisms...
December 16, 2016: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336439/reproductive-toxicity-provoked-by-titanium-dioxide-nanoparticles-and-the-ameliorative-role-of-tiron-in-adult-male-rats
#12
Ashraf M Morgan, Marwa A Ibrahim, Peter A Noshy
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TDN) are widely used in paints, plastics, ceramics, cosmetics, printing ink, rubber and paper. Tiron is a water soluble metal chelator and antioxidant. This study was designed to investigate the reproductive toxicity of TDN in male albino rats and the ameliorative role of Tiron to minimize such toxic effects. Eighty adult male albino rats were assigned into 4 equal groups, group 1: control; group 2: received TDN at 100 mg/kg/day orally for 8 weeks; group 3: received Tiron at 470 mg/kg/day intraperitoneally for 2 weeks (the last 2 weeks of the experimental period); group 4: received both TDN and Tiron by the same previously mentioned dose, route and duration...
March 20, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336369/pre-exposures-to-taro-colocasia-esculenta-leaf-volatiles-enhance-the-reproductive-behaviors-in-spodoptera-litura
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Xinlong Wan, Jiaxiu Bai, Rui Lu, Daogen Zhang, Huiyue Lin
Plant volatiles serve as sensory cues for insects to find food and habitats. They are also reported to affect many insect behaviors. In the current study, we determined how exposures to taro (Colocasia esculenta) for 24h affect reproductive behaviors in Spodoptera litura. Further, we investigated the mechanisms that regulate taro volatiles-induced reproductive behavior in S. litura by recording peripheral, behavioral, and neuronal responses of male moths to sex pheromone components (Z9,E11-14:OAc and Z9,E12-14:OAc) and their mixtures in different ratios, as well as gene expression levels of sex pheromone receptors...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336162/meiotic-segregation-analyses-of-reciprocal-translocations-in-spermatozoa-and-embryos-no-support-for-predictive-value-regarding-pgd-outcome
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Katarina Haapaniemi Kouru, Helena Malmgren, Irene White, Ana Rodriguez Sanchez, Elisabeth Syk Lundberg
Translocation heterozygotes have an increased risk of producing gametes with unbalanced chromosome content. This often leads to reproductive problems such as infertility, repeated miscarriages or birth of an affected child. To increase the chances of having a healthy live-born child, translocation heterozygotes often opt for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). The aim of this study was to investigate whether there is a correlation between chromosome segregation in spermatozoa from translocation heterozygotes and the number of balanced embryos produced during PGD that may be used to predict the PGD outcome...
March 14, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335016/trna-derived-small-rnas-target-transposable-element-transcripts
#15
German Martinez, Sarah G Choudury, R Keith Slotkin
tRNA-derived RNA fragments (tRFs) are 18-26 nucleotide small RNAs that are not random degradation products, but are rather specifically cleaved from mature tRNA transcripts. Abundant in stressed or viral-infected cells, the function and potential targets of tRFs are not known. We identified that in the unstressed wild-type male gamete containing pollen of flowering plants, and analogous reproductive structure in non-flowering plant species, tRFs accumulate to high levels. In the reference plant Arabidopsis thaliana, tRFs are processed by Dicer-like 1 and incorporated into Argonaute1 (AGO1), akin to a microRNA...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334861/defective-signaling-through-plexin-a1-compromises-the-development-of-the-peripheral-olfactory-system-and-neuroendocrine-reproductive-axis-in-mice
#16
Séverine Marcos, Carine Monnier, Xavier Rovira Algans, Corinne Fouveaut, Nelly Pitteloud, Fabrice Ango, Catherine Dodé, Jean-Pierre Hardelin
The olfacto-genital syndrome (Kallmann syndrome) associates congenital hypogonadism due to gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) deficiency and anosmia. This is a genetically heterogeneous developmental disease with various modes of transmission, including oligogenic inheritance. Previous reports have involved defective cell signaling by semaphorin-3A in the disease pathogenesis. Here, we report that the embryonic phenotype of Plxna1-/- mutant mice lacking plexin-A1 (a major receptor of class 3 semaphorins), though not fully penetrant, resembles that of Kallmann syndrome fetuses...
March 2, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334513/the-number-of-cag-and-ggn-triplet-repeats-in-the-androgen-receptor-gene-exert-combinatorial-effect-on-hormonal-and-sperm-parameters-in-young-men
#17
M Grigorova, M Punab, T Kahre, M Ivandi, N Tõnisson, O Poolamets, V Vihljajev, B Žilaitienė, J Erenpreiss, V Matulevičius, M Laan
Androgen receptor (AR) is a transcription factor that is activated upon binding to testosterone (T) and is implicated in regulating the expression of reproduction-related genes. The human AR gene (Xq11-12) spans 186,588 bp and eight exons. N-terminal transactivation domain of the encoded AR protein harbours two polymorphic stretches of identical amino acids, a polyglutamine tract (encoded by 8-37 CAG-repeats) and a polyglycine tract (encoded by 10-30 GGN-repeats). We set forward to analyse independent and combinatory effects of the length of these repetitive tracts on male reproductive hormones, testicular and sperm parameters in a population-based cohort of Baltic young men (n = 974; aged 20...
March 23, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334509/disturbed-testicular-expression-of-the-estrogen-metabolizing-enzymes-cyp1a1-and-comt-in-infertile-men-with-primary-spermatogenic-failure-possible-negative-implications-on-sertoli-cells
#18
A Parada-Bustamante, C Molina, C Valencia, M Flórez, M C Lardone, F Argandoña, A Piottante, M Ebensperguer, P A Orihuela, A Castro
Estradiol (E2 ) is normally metabolized to hydroxyestradiols and methoxyestradiols by CYP1A1, CYP1B1 and COMT. However, an altered production of these metabolites by a disturbed expression of these enzymes is associated with reproductive and non-reproductive pathologies. In vitro studies suggest that increased hydroxyestradiols and methoxyestradiols intratesticular generation is related to male infertility, but no studies have explored whether infertile men have a disturbed testicular expression of the enzymes that generate these E2 metabolites...
March 23, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334083/susceptibility-of-seven-selected-tomato-cultivars-to-tuta-absoluta-lepidoptera-gelechiidae-implications-for-its-management
#19
Saeedeh Ghaderi, Yaghoub Fathipour, Shahriar Asgari
Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) is a serious pest originating from South America that affects tomato production in many countries, particularly in Iran (since 2010). In this study, by using age-stage, two-sex life-table parameters, the resistance of seven tomato cultivars, namely, 'Primo Early', 'Rio Grande', 'Cal JN3', 'Petomech', 'Early Urbana Y', 'Super 2270', and 'Super Strain B' to T. absoluta, was evaluated under laboratory conditions (25 ± 1 °C, 60 ± 5% RH, and a photoperiod of 16:8 (L:D) h)...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333823/committee-opinion-no-695-sterilization-of-women-ethical-issues-and-considerations
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Sterilization is the most common method of contraception among married couples, with nearly twice as many couples choosing female partner sterilization over male sterilization. Although sterilization is among the most straightforward surgical procedures an obstetrician-gynecologist performs, it is enormously complex when considered from a historical, sociological, or ethical perspective. Sterilization practices have embodied a problematic tension, in which some women who desired fertility were sterilized without their knowledge or consent, and other women who wanted sterilization to limit their family size lacked access to it...
April 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
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