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Hwanhee Jang, Yohan Choi, Inkyu Yoo, Jisoo Han, Minjeong Kim, Hakhyun Ka
Type I interferons (IFNs) bind to the heterodimeric receptor composed of IFN-α/β receptor 1 (IFNAR1) and IFN-α and β receptor 2 (IFNAR2) to transmit signals into the cell. It is well known that IFN-δ (IFND), a type I IFN, is secreted by the conceptus during early pregnancy in pigs. However, expression and regulation of IFNAR1 and IFNAR2 in the porcine uterine endometrium are not well understood. Thus, we analyzed the expression and regulation of IFNAR1 and IFNAR2 in the uterine endometrium during the estrous cycle and pregnancy and conceptus and chorioallantoic tissues during pregnancy in pigs...
September 22, 2016: Theriogenology
Hwanhee Jang, Yohan Choi, Inkyu Yoo, Jisoo Han, Minjeong Kim, Hakhyun Ka
Objective: Prostaglandins (PGs) function in various reproductive processes, including luteolysis, maternal pregnancy recognition, conceptus development, and parturition. Our earlier study has shown that PG transporters ABCC4 and SLCO2A1 are expressed in the uterine endometrium in pigs. Since several other PG transporters such as ABCC1, ABCC9, SLCO4C1, and SLCO5A1 are known to be present in the uterine endometrium, this study investigated the expression of these PG transporters in the porcine uterine endometrium and placenta...
October 19, 2016: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
Saara Carollina Scolari, Guilherme Pugliesi, Ricardo de Francisco Strefezzi, Sónia Cristina Andrade, Luiz Lehmann Coutinho, Mario Binelli
We aimed to evaluate in the bovine endometrium whether (1) key genes involved in endometrial extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling are regulated by the endocrine peri-ovulatory milieu; and (2) specific endometrial ECM-related transcriptome can be linked to pregnancy outcome. In Experiment 1, pre-ovulatory follicle growth of cows was manipulated to obtain two groups with specific endocrine peri-ovulatory profiles: the Large Follicle-Large CL group (LF-LCL) served as a paradigm for greater receptivity and fertility and showed greater plasma pre-ovulatory estradiol and post-ovulatory progesterone concentrations when compared to the Small Follicle-Small CL group (SF-SCL)...
October 17, 2016: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
Justin D Vidal
Evaluation of the female reproductive system in a general toxicity setting can be challenging for the toxicologic pathologist due to the cyclic nature of the estrous and menstrual cycles, timing of puberty and reproductive senescence, and species differences. Age in particular can have a significant impact on the histologic appearance of the female reproductive system and create challenges when trying to distinguish test article-related findings from normal developmental or senescent changes. This review describes the key physiologic and histologic features of immaturity, the transition through puberty, sexual maturity, and reproductive senescence in the female reproductive system, with an emphasis on practical applications for the toxicologic pathologist, and includes recommendations for distinguishing and documenting these developmental periods...
October 17, 2016: Toxicologic Pathology
N A T Carvalho, J G Soares, D C Souza, J R G Maio, J N S Sales, B Martins Júnior, R C Macari, M J D'Occhio, P S Baruselli
The aim of this study was to compare estradiol benzoate (EB) and GnRH for the induction of ovulation in a TAI protocol in buffalo during the nonbreeding season. In experiment 1, 141 buffaloes (56 cows and 85 heifers) received an intravaginal P4 device (1.0 g) plus EB (2.0-mg, intramuscular [im]) at random stage of the estrous cycle (Day 0). On Day 9, the P4 device was removed, and buffaloes were given PGF2α (0.53-mg im sodium cloprostenol) plus eCG (400-IU im). Buffaloes were then randomly allocated to one of three groups and treated as follows: EB24 (n = 47), EB (1...
September 13, 2016: Theriogenology
Marcio A Torsoni, Beatriz C Borges, Jessica L Cote, Susan J Allen, Erica Mahany, David Garcia-Galiano, Carol F Elias
A temporary and reversible inhibition of the hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis is adaptive when energy reserves are diminished, allowing individual survival and energy accumulation for eventual reproduction. The AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) works as a cellular sensor of the AMP/ATP ratio and ultimately of energy availability. Activation of AMPK suppresses ATP-consuming processes and stimulates ATP-producing pathways. The AMPK α2 catalytic subunit is expressed in multiple hypothalamic nuclei including those associated with reproductive control, i...
October 12, 2016: Endocrinology
Yongjie Xiong, Wenzhe Li, Pengfei Lin, Lei Wang, Nan Wang, Fenglei Chen, Xiao Li, Aihua Wang, Yaping Jin
BACKGROUND: ATF6α, one of the sensor proteins in the stress signaling pathway of the endoplasmic reticulum, is located in the membrane of the endoplasmic reticulum. To date, the physiological function of ATF6α in the process of embryo implantation has not been reported. METHODS: In this study, the expression pattern of ATF6α in the mouse uterus during peri-implantation and the estrous cycle was detected by real-time PCR, western blot and immunohistochemistry...
October 7, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Amilton Cesar Dos Santos, Diego Carvalho Viana, Gleidson Benevides Oliveira, Renata Santos Silva, Moacir Franco Oliveira, Antônio Chaves Assis-Neto
The current study aimed to determine if characteristics observed in vaginal cytology during the estrous cycle of female SYT cavies corresponded with proliferation of the vaginal epithelium, characterized by proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) immunolocalization, and with follicular development at different phases of the estrous cycle. After determining estrous cycle phases by vaginal cytology, females were euthanized at metestrus, diestrus, proestrus, and estrus. Histological study of the vaginal epithelium and ovary were then performed...
October 7, 2016: Microscopy Research and Technique
Katja Czieselsky, Mel Prescott, Robert Porteous, Pauline Campos, Jenny Clarkson, Frederik J Steyn, Rebecca E Campbell, Allan E Herbison
Using a new tail-tip bleeding procedure and a sensitive ELISA, we describe here the patterns of luteinizing hormone (LH) secretion i) throughout the mouse estrous cycle, ii) in ovariectomized mice, iii) in ovariectomized, estradiol-treated mice that model estrogen negative and positive feedback, and iv) in transgenic GNR23 mice that exhibit allele-dependent reductions in GnRH neuron number. Pulsatile LH secretion was evident at all stages of the estrous cycle with LH pulse frequency being approximately one pulse per hour in metestrous, diestrous, and proestrous mice but much less frequent at estrus (<1 pulse/4h)...
October 7, 2016: Endocrinology
José Martin Murrieta-Coxca, Fernando Gómez-Chávez, Damariz Adriana Baeza-Martínez, Mario Eugenio Cancino-Diaz, Juan Carlos Cancino-Diaz, Sonia Mayra Pérez-Tapia, Elba Reyes-Maldonado, Sandra Rodríguez-Martínez
The IL-36 subfamily is a recently described group of cytokines with pro-inflammatory behavior, comprising three agonists (α, β, and γ), its receptor (R), and one antagonist (Ra). The expression and function of IL-36 subfamily members in the estrous cycle in healthy and infected pregnancy has not been described. We evaluated mRNA and protein expression of IL-36 family members during the estrous cycle, implantation, fetal development, and post-labor periods in a model of allogenic pregnancy in mice. We also explored the ability of Listeria monocytogenes to modulate the expression of IL-36 subfamily members during pregnancy...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Lixian Cheng, Hui Shi, Yan Jin, Xiaoxi Li, Jinshun Pan, Yimei Lai, Yan Lin, Ya Jin, Gaurab Roy, Allan Zhao, Fanghong Li
Adipose tissue plays an important role in regulating female fertility owing to not only its energy stores but also the endocrine actions of secreted adipokines. As one of the adipokines, adiponectin is almost exclusively secreted from the fat and its circulating concentration is paradoxically reduced in obesity. Although recent studies implied a purported positive role of adiponectin in ovarian functions, definitive in vivo evidence has been sorely lacking. We have consistently observed subfertility in female adiponectin null mice, and therefore postulated a protective role of adiponectin in ovarian functions...
October 4, 2016: Endocrinology
Carolina Nogueira de Moraes, Leandro Maia, Marianne Camargos Dias, Camila P Freitas Dell'Aqua, Ligia Souza Lima Silveira da Mota, Aspinas Chapwanya, Fernanda da Cruz Landim-Alvarenga, Eunice Oba
Endometrial mesenchymal stem/progenitor cells (eMSCs) are multipotent cells known to modulate the immune system and have clinical application for human and animal health. This makes these bovines cells attractive for dual use as cellular therapy and experimental model. The aim of this study was to isolate, evaluate the differentiation potential, immunophenotypic and immunocytochemistry characteristics, chromosomal stability, cloning efficiency, and cryopreservation response of bovine eMSCs collected in two phases of the estrous cycle...
October 4, 2016: Cell Biology International
Marisela Hernández-González, Orlando Reynoso-Orozco, Miguel Angel Guevara, Diego Radberto Chapa García Abascal, Anders Ågmo
The influence of the duration of vaginocervical stimulation (VCS) on the electroencephalographic activity (EEG) of medial amygdala (MeA) and prefrontal cortex (PFC) in rats during proestrus-estrus (P-E) and diestrus (D) was examined. Using a glass syringe plunger, a constant force of 300 g was exerted against the cervix during 60 s. Relative power (RP) and correlation of three EEG band frequencies were compared between the first and last 30 s intervals of VCS. A higher RP of the 4-7 Hz band and a lower RP of the fast frequencies were observed in the MeA and PFC in P-E females during the first 30 s of VCS as compared to the last 30 s...
September 26, 2016: Brain Research
Anna T Grazul-Bilska, Vilaivan Khanthusaeng, Casie S Bass, Samantha L Kaminski, Chainarong Navanukraw, Dale A Redmer
The aim of this study was to evaluate lipid droplet (LD) expression in uteri of FSH-treated or nontreated sheep administered with arginine (Arg) or vehicle (saline, Sal) and fed a control (C), excess (overfed, O) or restricted (underfed, U) diet. In experiment 1, ewes from each diet were randomly assigned to Arg or Sal treatments administered three times daily starting on Day 0 of the first estrous cycle until blood sample and uterine tissue collection at the early- or mid-luteal phase of the second estrous cycle or the late-luteal phase of the first estrous cycle...
September 2, 2016: Theriogenology
Liangyan Shi, Jinjin Zhang, Zhiwen Lai, Yong Tian, Li Fang, Meng Wu, Jiaqiang Xiong, Xian Qin, Aiyue Luo, Shixuan Wang
Ovarian aging is a long-term and complex process associated with a decrease in follicular quantity and quality. The damaging effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in ovarian aging and ovarian aging-associated disorders have received relatively little attention. Thus, we assessed if the oxidative stress induced by long-term (defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as at least 30 days in duration) moderate ozone inhalation reduced ovarian reserves, decreased ovarian function and induced ovarian aging-associated disorders...
2016: PloS One
Alex Dayton, Eric C Exner, John D Bukowy, Timothy J Stodola, Theresa Kurth, Meredith Skelton, Andrew S Greene, Allen W Cowley
Despite the striking differences between male and female physiology, female physiology is understudied. In response, the National Institutes of Health is promulgating new policies to increase the use of female organisms in preclinical research. Females are commonly believed to have greater variability than males because of the estrous cycle, but recent studies call this belief into question. Effects of estrous cycling on mean arterial pressure were assessed in female Dahl S rats using telemetry and vaginal cytometry and found that estrous cycling did not affect mean arterial pressure magnitude or variance...
November 2016: Hypertension
Kouichi Tanemura, Tadatoshi Ohtaki, Yasushi Kuwahara, Shigehisa Tsumagari
Uridine 5'-diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) liver activity was measured using estradiol-17β as a substrate in dairy cows with follicular cysts. The activity was significantly lower than that in dairy cows with normal estrous cycles (P<0.01). Liver disorders, such as fatty liver and hepatitis, were observed in half cows with follicular cysts, and liver UGT activity was lower than that in cows with normal estrus cycles. In addition, the liver UGT activity was significantly lower in dairy cows with follicular cysts without liver disorders than in dairy cows with normal estrous cycles...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Ammy M Santiago, Deborah J Clegg, Vanessa H Routh
OBJECTIVE: 17β-Estradiol (17βE) regulates glucose homeostasis in part by centrally mediated mechanisms. In female rodents, the influence of the ovarian cycle on hypoglycemia counterregulation and glucose tolerance is unclear. We found previously that in prepubertal females, 17βE modulates glucose sensing in nonadapting glucose-inhibited (GI) and adapting GI (AdGI) neurons within the ventrolateral portion of the ventromedial nucleus (VL-VMN). Nonadapting GI neurons persistently decrease their activity as glucose increases while AdGI neurons transiently respond to a glucose increase...
September 22, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
Vaibhave Ubba, Upendra Kumar Soni, Sangappa Chadchan, Vineet Kumar Maurya, Vijay Kumar, Ruchika Maurya, Himanshu Chaturvedi, Rajender Singh, Anila Dwivedi, Rajesh Kumar Jha
The function of RHOG, a RAC1 activator, was explored in the ovary during ovarian follicular development and pathological conditions. With the help of immunoblotting and immunolocalization, we determined the expression and localization of RHOG in normal (estrous cycle) and polycystic ovaries using Sprague Dawley (SD) rat model. Employing polymerase chain reaction and flow cytometry, we analyzed the transcript and expression levels of downstream molecules of RHOG, DOCK1, and RAC1 in the polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) ovary along with normal antral follicular theca and granulosa cells after dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) supplementation...
September 22, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
S Divyashree, H N Yajurvedi
The effects of chronic stress on the ovary, thus far were studied for shorter durations. However, responses of the ovary may vary with durations of exposure to stress. Hence, we investigated the responses of the ovary following exposure to different durations of chronic stress. Exposure of rats to restraint (1h) and after a gap of 4 h to forced swimming (15 min) daily for 4 or 8 weeks resulted in significant decreases in the activities of the ovarian antioxidant enzymes, 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase and percentage of healthy granulosa cells with concomitant increases in the number of atretic follicles, the percentage of apoptotic granulosa cells and ovarian malondialdehyde concentration...
September 20, 2016: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
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