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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223491/oogenesis-and-reproductive-investment-of-atlantic-herring-are-functions-of-not-only-present-but-long-ago-environmental-influences-as-well
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Thassya C Dos Santos Schmidt, Aril Slotte, James Kennedy, Svein Sundby, Arne Johannessen, Gudmundur J Óskarsson, Yutaka Kurita, Nils C Stenseth, Olav Sigurd Kjesbu
Following general life history theory, immediate reproductive investment (egg mass × fecundity/body mass) in oviparous teleosts is a consequence of both present and past environmental influences. This clarification questions the frequent use of season-independent (general) fecundity formulas in marine fish recruitment studies based on body metrics only. Here we test the underlying assumption of no lag effect on gametogenesis in the planktivorous, determinate-fecundity Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) displaying large plasticity in egg mass and fecundity, examining Norwegian summer-autumn spawning herring (NASH), North Sea autumn-spawning herring (NSAH), and Norwegian spring-spawning herring (NSSH)...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223401/transcriptome-analyses-of-rhesus-monkey-pre-implantation-embryos-reveal-a-reduced-capacity-for-dna-double-strand-break-repair-in-primate-oocytes-and-early-embryos
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Xinyi Wang, Denghui Liu, Dajian He, Shengbo Suo, Xian Xia, Xiechao He, Jing-Dong Han, Ping Zheng
Pre-implantation embryogenesis encompasses several critical events including genome reprogramming, zygotic genome activation (ZGA), and cell fate commitment, most of which remain mechanistically unclear in primates. In addition, primates display a high rate of embryo wastage without any clear molecular basis. Understanding the factors involved in genome reprogramming and ZGA will help the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells with high efficiency. Moreover, explaining the molecular basis responsible for embryo wastage in primates will greatly expand our knowledge of species evolution...
February 21, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218427/two-vitellogenins-in-the-loliginid-squid-uroteuthis-edulis-identification-and-specific-expression-in-ovarian-follicles
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Hajime Kitano, Naoki Nagano, Keishi Sakaguchi, Michiya Matsuyama
Vitellogenenesis is a physiological process common in oviparous animals. The molecular profile, modifications, and utilization of vitellogenin (VTG), a precursor of yolk protein, have been characterized in various taxa to understand oogenesis within different modes of reproduction. Hormonal regulation of VTGs has been investigated in invertebrates, such as insects and crustaceans; conversely, little is known for cephalopods. In this study, we isolated two VTG genes (ue-VTG1 and ue-VTG2) from the loliginid swordtip squid, Uroteuthis edulis, via a comprehensive survey of a transcriptome database and subsequent cDNA cloning...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215684/expression-of-genes-involved-in-bmp-and-estrogen-signaling-and-ampk-production-can-be-important-factors-affecting-total-number-of-antral-follicles-in-ewes
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Golshan Foroughinia, Ali Fazileh, Shahin Eghbalsaied
Follicular growth and ovulation of healthy oocytes is a complicated process which is regulated by several endocrine and paracrine factors as well as cross-talk between the oocyte and its surrounding somatic cells. This study compared the expression profile of some candidate genes involved in BMP signaling as well as estrogen and AMPK production in cumulus-oocyte complex (COC) of small and large antral follicles and their associated somatic cell layers in ovaries from ewes with high- and low-antral follicle count (AFC)...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215679/causes-of-declining-fertility-in-dairy-cows-during-the-warm-season
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F De Rensis, F Lopez-Gatius, I García-Ispierto, G Morini, R J Scaramuzzi
In the Northern Hemisphere, from June to September and in the Southern Hemisphere from December to March, there are periods of reduced fertility (sub-fertility) in dairy cows that are described as summer infertility. Several factors contribute to sub-fertility during this time, such as ambient temperature, humidity and photoperiod. During the warm season there is a reduction in feed intake that may compromise the energy balance of the cow and/or induce an imbalance in the activity of the hypothalamo-hypophyseal-ovarian axis...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213520/cholesterol-up-regulates-neuronal-g-protein-gated-inwardly-rectifying-potassium-girk-channel-activity-in-the-hippocampus
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Anna N Bukiya, Serdar Durdagi, Sergei Noskov, Avia Rosenhouse-Dantsker
Hypercholesterolemia is a well-known risk factor for the development of neurodegenerative disease. However, the underlying mechanisms are mostly unknown. In recent years, it has become increasingly evident that cholesterol-driven effects on physiology and pathophysiology derive from its ability to alter the function of a variety of membrane proteins including ion channels. Yet, the effect of cholesterol on G protein-gated inwardly rectifying potassium (GIRK) channels expressed in the brain is unknown. GIRK channels mediate the actions of inhibitory brain neurotransmitters...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194463/improved-bovine-embryo-production-in-an-oviduct-on-a-chip-system-prevention-of-poly-spermic-fertilization-and-parthenogenic-activation
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Marcia A M M Ferraz, Heiko H W Henning, Pedro F Costa, Jos Malda, Ferry P Melchels, R Wubbolts, Tom A E Stout, Peter L A M Vos, Bart M Gadella
The oviduct provides the natural micro-environment for gamete interaction, fertilization and early embryo development in mammals, such as the cow. In conventional culture systems, bovine oviduct epithelial cells (BOEC) undergo a rapid loss of essential differentiated cell properties; we aimed to develop a more physiological in vitro oviduct culture system capable of supporting fertilization. U-shaped chambers were produced using stereo-lithography and mounted with polycarbonate membranes, which were used as culture inserts for primary BOECs...
February 14, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193316/polydatin-improves-the-developmental-competence-of-bovine-embryos-in-vitro-via-induction-of-sirtuin-1-sirt1
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Imran Khan, Sung Woo Kim, Kyung-Lim Lee, Seok-Hwan Song, Ayman Mesalam, M M R Chowdhury, Zia Uddin, Ki Hun Park, Il-Keun Kong
The aim of the present study was to investigate the beneficial effect of polydatin (PD), the glycoside form of resveratrol, on embryo development in vitro. Oocytes were aspirated from ovaries of Korean Hanwoo cows and cultured until Day 8 in a humidified atmosphere of 5% CO2 in air at 38.5°C. Protein and gene expression levels were determined through confocal microscopy and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction respectively, whereas the number of total and apoptotic cells in Day 8 blastocysts was determined using Hoechst 33342 staining and terminal deoxyribonucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP-digoxigenin nick end-labelling...
February 14, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187532/testicular-sperm-aspiration-tesa-for-infertile-couples-with-severe-or-complete-asthenozoospermia
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A H Al-Malki, K Alrabeeah, E Mondou, V Brochu-Lafontaine, S Phillips, A Zini
The aim of the study was to evaluate reproductive outcomes in a cohort of infertile couples with severe and complete asthenozoospermia undergoing TESA (testicular sperm aspiration) with ICSI. We conducted a retrospective study of 28 couples with complete or severe asthenozoospermia who underwent TESA between January 2010 and December 2015. We compared TESA-ICSI outcomes of these couples to ejaculate ICSI outcomes of 40 couples with severe asthenozoospermia treated during the same time period at our institution...
February 10, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185934/corticosteroids-deeply-depress-the-in-vitro-steroidogenic-capacity-of-eurasian-perch-ovary-at-the-end-of-the-reproductive-cycle
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S N M Mandiki, S Milla, S Nkogo Robles, P Kestemont
Corticosteroids play positive or negative role in the reproductive mechanisms of many fish species but the physiological contexts relating to such biphasic actions are not well defined. In the present study we investigated to what extent corticosteroids (cortisol-Co, 11-deoxycorticosterone-DOC) hormones may interfere with the steroidogenic capacity of Eurasian perch follicles, and we tested whether the negative interference of corticosteroids may be mitigated by potential stimulating endocrine factors, namely insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF), human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) or thyroid hormones (Triidothyronine-T3, thyroxine-T4)...
February 6, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182799/in-vivo-acrylamide-exposure-may-cause-severe-toxicity-to-mouse-oocytes-through-its-metabolite-glycidamide
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Duru Aras, Zeynep Cakar, Sinan Ozkavukcu, Alp Can, Ozgur Cinar
High acrylamide (ACR) content in heat-processed carbohydrate-rich foods, as well as roasted products such as coffee, almonds etc., has been found to be as a risk factor for carcinogenicity and genotoxicity by The World Health Organization. Glycidamide (GLY), the epoxide metabolite of ACR, is processed by the cytochrome P-450 enzyme system and has also been found to be a genotoxic agent. The aim of this study was to determine whether ACR and/or GLY have any detrimental effect on the meiotic cell division of oocytes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182014/starvation-at-birth-impairs-germ-cell-cyst-breakdown-and-increases-autophagy-and-apoptosis-in-mouse-oocytes
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Yong-Yong Wang, Yuan-Chao Sun, Xiao-Feng Sun, Shun-Feng Cheng, Bo Li, Xi-Feng Zhang, Massimo De Felici, Wei Shen
The female reproductive lifespan is largely determined by the size of primordial follicle pool, which is established following germ cell cyst breakdown around birth. Almost two-third of oocytes are lost during germ cell cysts breakdown, following autophagic and apoptosis mechanisms. To investigate a possible relationship between germ cell cyst breakdown and nutrition supply, we established a starvation model in mouse pups at birth and evaluated the dynamics of cyst breakdown during nutrient deprivation. Our results showed that after 36 h of starvation between 1...
February 9, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182010/microrna-144-is-regulated-by-cp2-and-decreases-cox-2-expression-and-pge2-production-in-mouse-ovarian-granulosa-cells
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Jiawei Zhou, Bin Lei, Huanan Li, Lihua Zhu, Lei Wang, Hu Tao, Shuqi Mei, Fenge Li
Mammalian folliculogenesis is a complex process in which primordial follicles develop into pre-ovulatory follicles, followed by ovulation to release mature oocytes. In this study, we explored the role of miR-144 in ovulation. miR-144 was one of the differentially expressed microRNAs, which showed 5.59-fold changes, in pre-ovulatory ovarian follicles between Large White and Chinese Taihu sows detected by Solexa deep sequencing. We demonstrated that overexpression of miR-144 significantly decreased the luciferase reporter activity under the control of the cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) or mothers against decapentaplegic homologue 4 (Smad4) 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR) and suppressed COX-2 and Smad4 expression...
February 9, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179233/identification-of-a-mammalian-silicon-transporter
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Sarah Ratcliffe, Ravin Jugdaohsingh, Julien Vivancos, Alan Marron, Rupesh Deshmukh, Jian Feng Ma, Namiki Mitani-Ueno, Jack Robertson, John Wills, Mark V Boekschoten, Michael Müller, Robert C Mawhinney, Stephen D Kinrade, Paul Isenring, Richard R Bélanger, Jonathan J Powell
Silicon (Si) has long been known to play a major physiological and structural role in certain organisms, including diatoms, sponges, and many higher plants, leading to the recent identification of multiple proteins responsible for Si transport in a range of algal and plant species. In mammals, despite several convincing studies suggesting that silicon is an important factor in bone development and connective tissue health, there is a critical lack of understanding about the biochemical pathways that enable Si homeostasis...
February 8, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167499/occupational-factors-and-markers-of-ovarian-reserve-and-response-among-women-at-a-fertility-centre
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Lidia Mínguez-Alarcón, Irene Souter, Paige L Williams, Jennifer B Ford, Russ Hauser, Jorge E Chavarro, Audrey J Gaskins
OBJECTIVES: To explore whether work schedules and physically demanding work were associated with markers of ovarian reserve and response. METHODS: This analysis included women (n=473 and n=313 for ovarian reserve and ovarian response analysis, respectively) enrolled in a prospective cohort study of couples presenting to an academic fertility centre (2004-2015). Information on occupational factors was collected on a take-home questionnaire, and reproductive outcomes were abstracted from electronic medical records...
February 6, 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160207/impact-of-prolonged-oocyte-incubation-time-before-vitrification-on-oocyte-survival-embryo-formation-and-embryo-quality-in-mice
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Azade Karami, Mitra Bakhtiari, Mehri Azadbakht, Rostam Ghorbani, Mozafar Khazaei, Mansour Rezaei
Oocyte incubation time before freezing is one of the factors affecting oocyte vitrification. In the assisted reproductive technology (ART) clinics, it is sometimes decided to perform oocyte vitrification after a long period of incubation time due to various conditions, such as inability to collect semen samples, unsuccessful urological interventions (PESA, TESE, etc.), or unexpected conditions. A time factor of up to 6 h has been studied in the available reports. Therefore, this study was designed to evaluate oocyte incubation time before freezing at 0, 6, 12, 18, and 24 h after retrieval...
February 3, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159754/reliance-of-wolbachia-on-high-rates-of-host-proteolysis-revealed-by-a-genome-wide-rnai-screen-of-drosophila-cells
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Pamela M White, Laura R Serbus, Alain Debec, Adan Codina, Walter Bray, Antoine Guichet, R Scott Lokey, William Sullivan
Wolbachia are gram-negative, obligate, intracellular bacteria carried by a majority of insect species worldwide. Here we use a Wolbachia-infected Drosophila cell line and genome-wide RNAi screening to identify host factors that influence Wolbachia titer. By screening an RNAi library targeting 15,699 transcribed host genes, we identified 36 candidate genes that dramatically reduced Wolbachia titer and 41 that increased Wolbachia titer. Host gene knockdowns that reduced Wolbachia titer spanned a broad array of biological pathways including genes that influenced mitochondrial function and lipid metabolism...
February 3, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152037/reassessing-the-feasibility-of-the-zygote-score-for-predicting-embryo-viability-in-ivf-icsi-using-the-gnrh-antagonist-protocol-compared-to-the-long-protocol
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Pin-Yao Lin, Fu-Jen Huang, Fu-Tsai Kung, Yi-Chi Lin, Hsin-Ju Chiang, Yu-Ju Lin, Kuo-Chung Lan
BACKGROUND: Many factors from the oocyte/sperm or the process of fertilization may affect the zygote formation. The zygote score (Z-score) describes the quality of a human zygote based on its pronuclear morphology, nucleolar precursor bodies, and alignment of polar bodies, and it can be used in the selection process at the zygote stage for embryo transfer or cryopreservation. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this retrospective cohort study was to investigate the relationship between different controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) protocols and the zygote score (Z-score) and to assess the feasibility of the Z-score for predicting embryo survival in the GnRH-antagonist (GnRH-ant) protocol...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151980/lhx8-interacts-with-a-novel-germ-cell-specific-nuclear-factor-containing-an-nbl1-domain-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss
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Liyuan Fu, Prasanthi P Koganti, Jian Wang, Lei Wang, Cheng-Lun Wang, Jianbo Yao
Lhx8 is an important transcription factor that is preferentially expressed in germ cells. Lhx8 null mice are infertile due to lack of oocytes and impairment of the transition from primordial follicles to primary follicles. Lhx8 deficiency also affects the expression of many important oocyte-specific genes. In this study, we report the characterization of rainbow trout lhx8 genes and identification of a novel germ cell-specific nuclear factor that interacts with Lhx8. Two lhx8 genes, lhx8a and lhx8b, were identified, encoding proteins of 344 and 361 amino acids, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144640/cyclic-gmp-mediated-inhibition-of-spontaneous-germinal-vesicle-breakdown-both-with-and-without-cumulus-in-mouse-oocyte
#20
Heekyung Hwang, Yong-Pil Cheon
Intact germinal vesicle (GV) arrest and release are essential for maintaining the fertility of mammals inducing human. Intact germinal vesicle release, maturation of oocytes is maintained by very complex procedures along with folliculogenesis and is a critical step for embryonic development. Cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) has been suggested a key factor for meiotic arrest but so far its mechanisms are controversy. In this study we examine the effects of cGMP on germinal vesicle breakdown in cumulus-enclosed oocytes and denuded oocytes...
December 2016: Balsaeng'gwa Saengsig
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