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Orie Hikabe, Nobuhiko Hamazaki, Go Nagamatsu, Yayoi Obata, Yuji Hirao, Norio Hamada, So Shimamoto, Takuya Imamura, Kinichi Nakashima, Mitinori Saitou, Katsuhiko Hayashi
The female germ line undergoes a unique sequence of differentiation processes that confers totipotency to the egg. The reconstitution of these events in vitro using pluripotent stem cells is a key achievement in reproductive biology and regenerative medicine. Here we report successful reconstitution in vitro of the entire process of oogenesis from mouse pluripotent stem cells. Fully potent mature oocytes were generated in culture from embryonic stem cells and from induced pluripotent stem cells derived from both embryonic fibroblasts and adult tail tip fibroblasts...
October 17, 2016: Nature
J Philippe York, Yi Athena Ren, Jie Zeng, Bin Zhang, Fang Wang, Rui Chen, Jianqiao Liu, Xuefeng Xia, Pumin Zhang
In the mouse ovary, the primordial follicle pool is established through a diverse array of signaling pathways and tissue remodeling events. Growth arrest specific gene two (GAS2) is a highly conserved cytoskeleton-associated protein whose in vivo function remains unclear. In Drosophila, loss of the GAS2 homolog, Pigs, results in infertility. We demonstrate herein that, in the mouse ovary, GAS2 is expressed in the stromal cells surrounding the oocyte cysts on 16.5 dpc, and in stromal cells surrounding growing follicles during juvenile and adult life...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Lei Lei, Allan C Spradling
Lineage analysis is widely used because it provides a very powerful tool for characterizing the developmental behavior of the cells in vivo. In this chapter, we describe a particularly informative variant of lineage analysis that we term "single-cell lineage analysis". As in traditional lineage analysis, the method employs a Tamoxifen (Tmx)-inducible CAGCreER mouse line, which is crossed to an R26R reporter line that can be activated by Cre-mediated DNA recombination. However, instead of driving CreER at a high level within a subset of cells defined by a particular promoter, CreER is driven with a generic promoter that is active in essentially all cells throughout the lifespan of the mouse...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Bruce W Draper
Both male and female zebrafish have a population of germ-line stem cells that produce gametes throughout the life of the fish. These cells localize to specific regions in the gonads and can be identified because they uniquely express the nanos2 gene, which encodes a conserved regulator of translation. A method is presented here for identifying germ-line stem cells in the ovary and testis using a combined protocol for whole-mount fluorescent RNA in situ hybridization to detect nanos2 mRNA and immunofluorescence to detect the pan-germ cell marker Vasa...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Aymeric Chartier, Willy Joly, Martine Simonelig
mRNA regulation by poly(A) tail length variations plays an important role in many developmental processes. Recent advances have shown that, in particular, deadenylation (the shortening of mRNA poly(A) tails) is essential for germ-line stem cell biology in the Drosophila ovary. Therefore, a rapid and accurate method to analyze poly(A) tail lengths of specific mRNAs in this tissue is valuable. Several methods of poly(A) test (PAT) assays have been reported to measure mRNA poly(A) tail lengths in vivo. Here, we describe two of these methods (PAT and ePAT) that we have adapted for Drosophila ovarian germ cells and germ-line stem cells...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Pedro Zubizarreta, Ana Rossa, Marcela Bailez, Silvia Gil, Adriana Rose, Walter Cacciavillano
Between September 1995 and December 2010, 99 new consecutive assessable patients with extra-cranial MGCT were treated according to SFOP/SFCE TGM95 Protocol. A "watch and wait" strategy for completely resected stage I-II was observed in cases with preoperative high tumor markers levels. Metastatic disease or alpha fetoprotein levels > 15 000 ng/ml cases were treated by VIP chemotherapy (etoposide, ifosfamide and CDDP) 4-6-courses. All other cases were treated by VBP (vinblastine, bleomycin, and CDDP) 3-5 courses...
2016: Medicina
Morgan Lizabeth Bender, Marianne Frantzen, Ireen Vieweg, Inger-Britt Falk-Petersen, Helge Kreutzer Johnsen, Geir Rudolfsen, Knut Erik Tollefsen, Paul Dubourg, Jasmine Nahrgang
Increasing human activities in the Arctic raise the risk of petroleum pollution, thus posing an elevated risk for Arctic organisms to be chronically exposed to petroleum compounds. The endocrine disrupting properties of some of these compounds (i.e. polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons [PAHs]) present in crude oil may have negative effects on the long and energy intensive reproductive development of polar cod (Boreogadus saida), an Arctic keystone species. In the present study, selected reproductive parameters were examined in feral polar cod exposed to crude oil via a natural diet (0...
October 4, 2016: Aquatic Toxicology
Mariana Kekis, Sayaka Hashimoto, Carol Deeg, Inga Calloway, Aimee McKinney, Christine Shuss, Scott Hickey, Caroline Astbury
Constitutional mosaicism for trisomy 3 is extremely rare, with only a few postnatally diagnosed cases reported in the literature. We report a case of constitutional trisomy 3 mosaicism in a 16-year-old female, who presented with chronic joint pain, easy bruising, joint hypermobility and dysmorphic features, including long, thin facies, over-folded dysplastic ears, and Pierre-Robin sequence (PRS) with cleft palate. The patient was small at birth, had cleft palate repair, developed chronic joint pain at age 12, and has a history of mild leukopenia and mild thrombocytopenia...
October 4, 2016: European Journal of Medical Genetics
Wei Zhang, Yuezhong Liu, Haiyang Yu, Xinxin Du, Quanqi Zhang, Xubo Wang, Yan He
Olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus) is an economically important cultured marine fish in China, Korea, and Japan. Controlling and managing the breeding of olive flounder in captivity is an imperative step toward obtaining a sustainable supply of this fish in aquaculture production systems. Therefore, investigation on the molecular regulatory mechanism of gonadal development and gametogenesis in this species is of great significance in aquaculture. Furthermore, identification of the expression profile of numerous sex-related genes is the first step to primarily understand such molecular regulatory mechanism...
October 4, 2016: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
Minoru Tanaka
Egg or sperm? The mechanism of sexual fate decision in germ cells has been a long-standing issue in biology. A recent analysis identified foxl3 as a gene that determines the sexual fate decision of germ cells in the teleost fish, medaka. foxl3/Foxl3 acts in female germline stem cells to repress commitment into male fate (spermatogenesis), indicating that the presence of mitotic germ cells in the female is critical for continuous sexual fate decision of germ cells in medaka gonads. Interestingly, foxl3 is found in most vertebrate genomes except for mammals...
October 4, 2016: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Chia-Ying Li, Mei-Ling Chen
Chemotherapy is a common adjuvant therapy for breast cancer that improves survival rates by killing residual cancer cells. However, this intervention may damage the germ cells within the ovary and interrupt the menstrual cycle, ultimately leading to chemotherapy-induced amenorrhea (CIA). The incidence of CIA depends on how broadly this term is defined. Around 75% of premenopausal breast cancer women treated with chemotherapy will develop CIA. Age, having a relatively long chemotherapy cycle duration, being estrogen-receptor positive, and using Tamoxifen all increase the risk of CIA...
October 2016: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
Raju Prasad Sharma, Marta Schuhmacher, Vikas Kumar
Endocrine disruptor compounds (EDCs) are environment chemicals that cause harmful effects through multiple mechanisms, interfering with hormone system resulting in alteration of homeostasis, reproduction and developmental effect. Many of these EDCs have concurrent exposure with crosstalk and common mechanisms which may lead to dynamic interactions. To carry out risk assessment of EDCs' mixture, it is important to know the detailed toxic pathway, crosstalk of receptor and other factors like critical window of exposure...
September 30, 2016: Environment International
Hisato Kobayashi, Tasuku Koike, Akihiko Sakashita, Keisuke Tanaka, Soichiro Kumamoto, Tomohiro Kono
Whole-genome shotgun bisulfite sequencing (WG-SBS) is currently the most powerful tool available for understanding genomewide cytosine methylation with single-base resolution; however, the high sequencing cost limits its widespread application, particularly for mammalian genomes. We mapped high- to low-coverage SBS short reads of mouse and human female developing germ cells to consensus sequences of repetitive elements that were multiplied in the respective host genome. This mapping strategy effectively identified active and evolutionarily young retrotransposon subfamilies and centromeric satellite repeats that were resistant to DNA demethylation during the investigated progressive stages of germ cell development...
October 3, 2016: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
Muktanand Tripathi, Akhand Pratap Singh, Gopal Gupta, Singh Rajender
This study aimed at investigating the expression and localization of the polyol pathway enzymes; aldose reductase (AR) and sorbitol dehydrogenase (SDH), in the male reproductive tract of rat. Gene expression analysis showed maximum expression of AR and SDH in the coagulating glands. Western blot analysis showed a coordinated presence of the two enzymes in the coagulating glands, seminal vesicle and epididymis. Immunohistochemistry showed a concordant expression of the two enzymes in the coagulating gland, which goes well with its function of fructose production in rats...
September 29, 2016: Acta Histochemica
Akira Oike, Maho Kodama, Yoriko Nakamura, Masahisa Nakamura
Androgens play a critical role in testicular differentiation in many species of vertebrates. While female-to-male sex reversal can be induced by testosterone (T) in some species of amphibians, the mechanism still remains largely unknown even at the histological level. In this study, we determined a threshold dosage of T to induce female-to-male sex reversal in the Japanese frog Rana (R.) rugosa. Tadpoles were allowed to metamorphose into frogs with T present in the rearing water. At 0.2 ng/mL T, female frogs formed tissue comprising a mixture of ovary and testis, the so-called ovotestis, the size of which was significantly smaller than the wild-type ovary...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological Genetics and Physiology
Mateus C Adolfi, Amaury Herpin, Martina Regensburger, Jacopo Sacquegno, Joshua S Waxman, Manfred Schartl
In vertebrates, one of the first recognizable sex differences in embryos is the onset of meiosis, known to be regulated by retinoic acid (RA) in mammals. We investigated in medaka a possible meiotic function of RA during the embryonic sex determination (SD) period and in mature gonads. We found RA mediated transcriptional activation in germ cells of both sexes much earlier than the SD stage, however, no such activity during the critical stages of SD. In adults, expression of the RA metabolizing enzymes indicates sexually dimorphic RA levels...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Naglaa F Khedr
Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder and has a profound impact on women's reproductive health. This study aimed to investigate the protective effect of a mixture of fish oil (FO) and wheat-germ oil (WGO) on ovarian dysfunction in diabetic rats. Female Albino rats were divided into control, diabetic and FO-WGO-diabetic groups. Diabetes was induced by intraperitoneal injection of 65mgkg-1 streptozotocin (STZ). Three weeks later, rats were given oral supplement of 0.4gkg-1 oil mix (1000mg FO+100mg WGO) daily for 3 weeks...
September 28, 2016: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
Nirmalya Ganguli, Neerja Wadhwa, Abul Usmani, Neetu Kunj, Nilanjana Ganguli, Rajesh Kumar Sarkar, Soma M Ghorai, Subeer S Majumdar
BACKGROUND: Spermatogonial stem cell (SSC) transplantation (SSCT) has become important for conservation of endangered species, transgenesis and for rejuvenating testes which have lost germ cells (Gc) due to gonadotoxic chemotherapy or radiotherapy during the prepubertal phase of life. Creating a germ cell-depleted animal model for transplantation of normal or gene-transfected SSC is a prerequisite for such experimental studies. Traditionally used intraperitoneal injections of busulfan to achieve this are associated with painful hematopoietic toxicity and affects the wellbeing of the animals...
2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Maƫlle Pannetier, Anne-Amandine Chassot, Marie-Christine Chaboissier, Eric Pailhoux
In mammals, sex determination is a process through which the gonad is committed to differentiate into a testis or an ovary. This process relies on a delicate balance between genetic pathways that promote one fate and inhibit the other. Once the gonad is committed to the female pathway, ovarian differentiation begins and, depending on the species, is completed during gestation or shortly after birth. During this step, granulosa cell precursors, steroidogenic cells, and primordial germ cells start to express female-specific markers in a sex-dimorphic manner...
2016: Sexual Development: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Endocrinology, Embryology, and Pathology of Sex Determination and Differentiation
Daniel B Dranow, Kevin Hu, April M Bird, S Terese Lawry, Melissa T Adams, Angelica Sanchez, James F Amatruda, Bruce W Draper
Although the zebrafish is a major model organism, how they determine sex is not well understood. In domesticated zebrafish, sex determination appears to be polygenic, being influenced by multiple genetic factors that may vary from strain to strain, and additionally can be influenced by environmental factors. However, the requirement of germ cells for female sex determination is well documented: animals that lack germ cells, or oocytes in particular, develop exclusively as males. Recently, it has been determined that oocytes are also required throughout the adult life of the animal to maintain the differentiated female state...
September 2016: PLoS Genetics
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