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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089945/zearalenone-exposure-impairs-ovarian-primordial-follicle-formation-via-down-regulation-of-lhx8-expression-in-vitro
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Guo-Liang Zhang, Xiao-Feng Sun, Yan-Zhong Feng, Bo Li, Ya-Peng Li, Fan Yang, Charles Martin Nyachoti, Wei Shen, Shi-Duo Sun, Lan Li
Zearalenone (ZEA) is an estrogenic mycotoxin mainly produced as a secondary metabolite by numerous species of Fusarium. Previous work showed that ZEA had a negative impact on domestic animals with regard to reproduction. The adverse effects and the mechanisms of ZEA on mammalian ovarian folliculogenesis remain largely unknown, particularly its effect on primordial follicle formation. Thus, we investigated the biological effects of ZEA exposure on murine ovarian germ cell cyst breakdown and primordial follicle assembly...
January 12, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078843/association-between-expression-of-cumulus-expansion-markers-and-real-time-proliferation-of-porcine-follicular-granulosa-cells-in-a-primary-cell-culture-model
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S Ciesiółka, J Budna, A Bryja, W Kranc, A Chachuła, M Dyszkiewicz-Konwińska, H Piotrowska, D Bukowska, P Antosik, M Bruska, K P Brüssow, M Nowicki, M Zabel, B Kempisty
Folliculogenesis is a compound process that involves both ovarian follicle growth and oocyte development, which is tightly attached to the follicular wall. During this process, cells that form the follicle structure undergo substantial morphological and molecular modifications that finally lead to differentiation and specialization of ovarian follicular cells. The differentiation of ovarian cells encompasses formation of follicle, which is composed of theca (TCs), mural granulosa (GCs), and cumulus cells (CCs)...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045561/age-related-changes-in-gene-expression-patterns-of-immature-and-aged-rat-primordial-follicles
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Vijayakumar Govindaraj, Harshini Krishnagiri, Payal Chakraborty, Madavan Vasudevan, A Jagannadha Rao
Women are born with millions of primordial follicles which gradually decrease with increasing age and this irreversible supply of follicles completely exhausts at menopause. The fertility capacity of women diminishes in parallel with aging. The mechanisms for reproductive aging are not fully understood. We have observed a decline in Brca1 mediated DNA repair in aging rat primordial follicles. To further understand the age-related molecular changes, we performed microarray gene expression analysis using total RNA extracted from immature (18 to 20 day old) and aged (400 to 450 day old) rat primordial follicles...
January 3, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040471/developmental-effects-of-imatinib-mesylate-on-follicle-assembly-and-early-activation-of-primordial-follicle-pool-in-postnatal-rat-ovary
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Babak Asadi-Azarbaijani, Regiane R Santos, Kirsi Jahnukainen, Saskia Braber, Majorie B M van Buursen, Jorma Toppari, Ola D Saugstad, Mirja Nurmio, Irma C Oskam
Imatinib mesylate is an anti-cancer agent that competitively inhibits several receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs). RTKs play important roles in the regulation of primordial follicle formation, the recruitment of primordial follicles into the pool of growing follicles and maturation of the follicles. In the present study, we investigated the effects of the tyrosine kinase inhibitor imatinib on primordial follicle assembly and early folliculogenesis in postnatal rats. Female Sprague-Dawley rats were treated with either imatinib (150mg/kg) or placebo (water) on postnatal days 2-4...
December 28, 2016: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997888/rasd1-knockdown-results-in-failure-of-oocyte-maturation
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Youngeun Lee, Kyeoung-Hwa Kim, Hyemin Yoon, Ok-Hee Lee, Eunyoung Kim, Miseon Park, Hoon Jang, Kwonho Hong, Hyuk Song, Jung Jae Ko, Woo Sik Lee, Kyung-Ah Lee, Eun Mi Chang, Youngsok Choi
BACKGROUND: Ras dexamethasone-induced protein (RASD1) is a member of Ras superfamily of small GTPases. RASD1 regulates various signaling pathways involved in iron homeostasis, growth hormone secretion, and circadian rhythm. However, RASD1 function in oocyte remains unknown. METHODS: Using immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, and quantitative real-time RT-PCR, RASD1 expression in mouse ovary and RASD1 role in oocyte maturation-related gene expression, spindle formation, and chromosome alignment were analyzed...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986806/repair-of-meiotic-dna-breaks-and-homolog-pairing-in-mouse-meiosis-requires-a-minichromosome-maintenance-mcm-paralog
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Adrian J McNairn, Vera D Rinaldi, John C Schimenti
The mammalian Mcm-domain containing 2 (Mcmdc2) gene encodes a protein of unknown function that is homologous to the mini-chromosome maintenance family of DNA replication licensing and helicase factors. Drosophila melanogaster contains two separate genes, the "Mei-MCMs," that appear to have arisen from a single ancestral Mcmdc2 gene. The Mei-MCMs are involved in promoting meiotic crossovers by blocking the anti-crossover activity of BLM helicase, a function presumably performed by MSH4 and MSH5 in metazoans...
December 16, 2016: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930667/protein-phosphatase-6-protects-prophase-i-arrested-oocytes-by-safeguarding-genomic-integrity
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Meng-Wen Hu, Tie-Gang Meng, Zong-Zhe Jiang, Ming-Zhe Dong, Heide Schatten, Xingzhi Xu, Zhen-Bo Wang, Qing-Yuan Sun
Mammalian oocytes are arrested at prophase of the first meiotic division in the primordial follicle pool for months, even years, after birth depending on species, and only a limited number of oocytes resume meiosis, complete maturation, and ovulate with each reproductive cycle. We recently reported that protein phosphatase 6 (PP6), a member of the PP2A-like subfamily, which accounts for cellular serine/threonine phosphatase activity, functions in completing the second meiosis. Here, we generated mutant mice with a specific deletion of Ppp6c in oocytes from the primordial follicle stage by crossing Ppp6cF/F mice with Gdf9-Cre mice and found that Ppp6cF/F; GCre+ mice are infertile...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921086/ovarian-and-uterine-alterations-following-forced-swimming-an-immunohistochemical-study
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Seyedeh Nazanin Seyed Saadat, Fahimeh Mohammadghasemi, Hannan Ebrahimi, Hanieh Rafati Sajedi, Gelayol Chatrnour
BACKGROUND: Physical exercise is known to be a stressor stimulus that leads to reproductive disruption. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of forced swimming on the uterus and ovaries in mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Adult mice (N=24) were divided into the following three groups: A, control; B, swimming in water (10(o)C); and C, swimming in water (23(o)C). Swimmers swam for 5 min daily for 5 consecutive days/ wk during 2 wks...
October 2016: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920997/cyclic-variation-of-cellular-clock-proteins-in-the-mouse-estrous-ovary
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George Wiggins, Michael Legge
BACKGROUND: The mammalian ovary is controlled by a number of biological rhythms, which regulate the recruitment and release of mature oocytes. The main objective of this study was to investigate the role of cellular clock proteins during follicle maturation in the mouse estrous ovary. METHODS: Immunohistochemical (IHC) studies were performed on ovaries from 50 estrous staged mice culled at two time points of 09:00 [day] and 01:00 [mid-point of the dark cycle]. Six antibodies were used to identify the expression of core cellular clock proteins (BMAL1, CLOCK, CRY1, CRY2, PER1 and PER2) within the ovary and four follicle stages, primordial, primary, antral and corpus lutea...
October 2016: Journal of Reproduction & Infertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919266/arrest-at-the-diplotene-stage-of-meiotic-prophase-i-is-delayed-by-progesterone-but-is-not-required-for-primordial-follicle-formation-in-mice
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Sudipta Dutta, Deion M Burks, Melissa E Pepling
BACKGROUND: In mammalian females, reproductive capacity is determined by the size of the primordial follicle pool. During embryogenesis, oogonia divide mitotically but cytokinesis is incomplete so oogonia remain connected in germ cell cysts. Oogonia begin to enter meiosis at 13.5 days postcoitum in the mouse and over several days, oocytes progress through the stages of meiotic prophase I arresting in the diplotene stage. Concurrently, germ cell cysts break apart and individual oocytes become surrounded by granulosa cells forming primordial follicles...
December 5, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910705/left-right-differences-in-ovarian-volume-and-antral-follicle-count-in-1423-women-of-reproductive-age
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Anne-Sofie Korsholm, Helene Westring Hvidman, Janne Gasseholm Bentzen, Anders Nyboe Andersen, Kathrine Birch Petersen
The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate side differences in antral follicle count (AFC) and ovarian volume in left versus right ovaries in relation to chronological and "biological" age, the latter estimated by anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) levels. The cohort comprised 1423 women: 1014 fertile and 409 infertile. All were examined by transvaginal sonography and serum AMH. Overall the right ovary contained 8.1% more antral follicles (p = 0.002) and had 10.7% larger volume compared with the left (p < 0...
December 2, 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892637/distribution-of-follicles-in-canine-ovarian-tissues-and-xenotransplantation-of-cryopreserved-ovarian-tissues-with-even-distribution-of-follicles
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I Wakasa, M Hayashi, Y Abe, H Suzuki
Ovarian follicles are not homogeneously distributed within the ovarian cortex in several species of mammals. Yet to maximize the reproducibility of experimental results of ovarian transplantation, it is essential to assess the degree of density and distribution of follicles in ovarian tissues before their transplantation. In this study, the ovarian cortex from 13 immature bitches (ten purebred and three mongrels) was sectioned into 1.0- to 1.5-mm(3) cubes, those were fixed, sectioned and stained with haematoxylin and eosin...
November 28, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890351/unilaminar-follicular-cells-transiently-express-galectin-3-during-ovarian-folliculogenesis-in-pigs
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Seung-Dam Heo, Changnam Park, Jeongtae Kim, Meejung Ahn, Taekyun Shin
The localization of galectin-3, a β-galactoside-binding animal lectin, was immunohistochemically studied in the ovaries of pigs to determine its expression in ovarian folliculogenesis. Various stages of ovarian follicles were identified in the ovaries of adult pigs. Galectin-3 was immunostained in the squamous follicular cells surrounding oocytes in primordial follicles and in the unilaminar granulosa cells of primary follicles, but not in oocytes of multilaminar follicles (including primary, secondary, and tertiary Graafian follicles)...
November 17, 2016: Tissue & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889913/long-term-melatonin-treatment-delays-ovarian-aging
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Hiroshi Tamura, Mai Kawamoto, Shun Sato, Isao Tamura, Ryo Maekawa, Toshiaki Taketani, Hiromi Aasada, Eiichi Takaki, Akira Nakai, Russel J Reiter, Norihiro Sugino
Ovarian aging is characterized by gradual declines in oocyte quantity and quality. Melatonin is considered an anti-aging agent due to its cytoprotective actions as an antioxidant. The present study examined whether long-term melatonin treatment would delay ovarian aging in mice. Female ICR mice (10 weeks old) were given melatonin-containing water (100 μg/ml; melatonin) or water only until 43 weeks of age. Their oocytes were recovered from the oviduct, and in vitro fertilization was performed. The ovaries were used for a histological analysis of the number of follicles...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866379/effects-of-oral-exposure-to-the-phthalate-substitute-acetyl-tributyl-citrate-on-female-reproduction-in-mice
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Lindsay M Rasmussen, Nivedita Sen, Xiaosong Liu, Zelieann R Craig
Acetyl tributyl citrate (ATBC), is a phthalate substitute used in food and medical plastics, cosmetics and toys. Although systemically safe up to 1000 mg kg(-1)  day(-1) , its ability to cause reproductive toxicity in females at levels below 50 mg kg(-1)  day(-1) has not been examined. This study evaluated the effects of lower ATBC exposures on female reproduction using mice. Adult CD-1 females (n = 7-8 per treatment) were dosed orally with tocopherol-stripped corn oil (vehicle), 5 or 10 mg kg(-1)  day(-1) ATBC daily for 15 days, and then bred with a proven breeder male...
November 20, 2016: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856623/kisspeptin-level-in-the-aging-ovary-is-regulated-by-the-sympathetic-nervous-system
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Daniela Fernandois, Gonzalo Cruz, Eun Kyung Na, Hernán E Lara, Alfonso H Paredes
Previous work has demonstrated that the increase in the activity of sympathetic nerves, which occurs during the subfertility period in female rats, causes an increase in follicular cyst development and impairs follicular development. In addition, the increase in ovarian sympathetic activity of aged rats correlates with an increased expression of kisspeptin (KISS1) in the ovary. This increase in KISS1 could participate in the decrease in follicular development that occurs during the subfertility period. We aimed to determine whether the blockade of ovarian sympathetic tone prevents the increase in KISS1 expression during reproductive aging and improves follicular development...
January 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852727/ovarian-tissue-culture-in-the-presence-of-vegf-and-fetuin-stimulates-follicle-growth-and-steroidogenesis
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Ebrahim Asadi, Atefeh Najafi, Ashraf Moeini, Reihaneh Pirjani, Gholamreza Hassanzadeh, Saideh Mikaeili, Ensieh Salehi, Emmanuel Adutwum, Mansoureh Soleimani, Fariba Khosravi, Mahmood Barati, Farid Abolhassani
Ovarian tissue cryopreservation together with follicle culture provides a promising technique for fertility preservation in cancer patients. The study aimed to evaluate follicle parameters in a culture medium supplemented with VEGFA165 and/or fetuin. Vitrified-warmed ovarian cortical pieces were divided randomly into four culture groups consisting of basic culture medium (control), and the basic culture medium supplemented with VEGFA165, fetuin or both. After six days of culture, we evaluated the following: percentage of resting, primary and secondary growing follicles; survival rate; steroid hormones production; levels of reactive oxygen species, lipid peroxidation and total antioxidant capacity; and developmental and antioxidant gene expression...
February 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848973/progesterone-receptor-membrane-component-1-mediates-progesterone-induced-suppression-of-oocyte-meiotic-prophase-i-and-primordial-folliculogenesis
#18
Meng Guo, Cheng Zhang, Yan Wang, Lizhao Feng, Zhengpin Wang, Wanbo Niu, Xiaoyan Du, Wang Tang, Yuna Li, Chao Wang, Zhenwen Chen
Well-timed progression of primordial folliculogenesis is essential for mammalian female fertility. Progesterone (P4) inhibits primordial follicle formation under physiological conditions; however, P4 receptor that mediates this effect and its underlying mechanisms are unclear. In this study, we used an in vitro organ culture system to show that progesterone receptor membrane component 1 (PGRMC1) mediated P4-induced inhibition of oocyte meiotic prophase I and primordial follicle formation. We found that membrane-impermeable BSA-conjugated P4 inhibited primordial follicle formation similar to that by P4...
November 16, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833962/changes-in-rat-ovary-with-experimentally-induced-diabetes-and-the-effects-of-lycopene-on-those-changes
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Mustafa Yildiz, Mustafa Sandikci
Free radicals increase in the presence of diabetes. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant. The goal of the present study was to determine the effect of diabetes on rat ovaries and the protective role of lycopene in that context. Experimental diabetes was induced with 50 mg÷kg streptozotocin. Rats were randomly separated into four groups, as follows: control + corn oil, control + lycopene, diabetes + corn oil and diabetes + lycopene. The histological and histometric evaluations were performed using Crossman's triple staining method...
2016: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831564/skin-derived-stem-cells-as-a-source-of-primordial-germ-cell-and-oocyte-like-cells
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Wei Ge, Shun-Feng Cheng, Paul W Dyce, Massimo De Felici, Wei Shen
The skin is a unique organ that contains a variety of stem cells for the maintenance of skin homeostasis and the repair of skin tissues following injury and disease. Skin-derived stem cells (SDSCs) constitute a heterogeneous population of stem cells generated in vitro from dermis, which can be cultured as spherical aggregates of cells in suspension culture. Under certain in vitro or in vivo conditions, SDSCs show multipotency and can generate a variety of neural, mesodermal, and endodermal cell types such as neurons, glia, fibroblasts, adipocytes, muscle cells, chondroblasts, osteoblats, and islet β-cell-like cells...
November 10, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
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