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Jennifer M Maurer, Charles G Sagerström
BACKGROUND: Signaling cascades, such as the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) pathway, play vital roles in early vertebrate development. Signals through these pathways are initiated by a growth factor or hormone, are transduced through a kinase cascade, and result in the expression of specific downstream genes that promote cellular proliferation, growth, or differentiation. Tight regulation of these signals is provided by positive or negative modulators at varying levels in the pathway, and is required for proper development and function...
March 15, 2018: BMC Developmental Biology
Jennifer M SanMiguel, Lara K Abramowitz, Marisa S Bartolomei
Imprinted genes are expressed from one parental allele and regulated by differential DNA methylation at imprinting control regions (ICR). ICRs are reprogrammed in the germline through erasure and reestablishment of DNA methylation. Although much is known about DNA methylation establishment, DNA demethylation is less well understood. Recently, the Ten-Eleven Translocation proteins (TET1-3) have been shown to initiate DNA demethylation, with Tet1 -/- mice exhibiting aberrant levels of imprinted gene expression and ICR methylation...
March 12, 2018: Development
J P Zhang, Q H Guo, Y M Mu, Z H Lyu, W J Gu, G Q Yang, J Du, J M Ba, J M Lu
Objective: To evaluate the clinical characteristics and etiologies of central diabetes insipidus (CDI). Methods: The clinical data of 230 patients with CDI in the Department of Endocrinology of Chinese PLA General Hospital from 2008 June to 2014 December were collected and analyzed retrospectively. Results: The three most common causes of CDI were idiopathic CDI, lymphocytic hypophysitis and intracranial germ cell tumors. Among all the CDI, the idiopathic CDI accounted for 37.48%. There were significant differences in age onset and gender distribution among the different causes of CDI...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
Shaohua Sun, Jing Cai, Wenjing Tao, Limin Wu, Chakraborty Tapas, Linyan Zhou, Deshou Wang
17α, 20β-dihydroxypregn-4-en-3-one (17α, 20β-DP, DHP), a teleost specific biologically active progestin, has been proved to play a critical role in oocytes maturation, ovulation and spermiation. RU486 (Mifepristone, an antagonist of progestin receptor) has been applied in contraceptives, abortion and hormone therapy in clinical medicine. To get further insights into the molecular mechanisms of nuclear progestin receptor (Pgr) activated ovarian differentiation and maintenance, we conducted comparative gonadal transcriptome analysis, and investigated histological and transcriptional differences using 4 mah (month after hatching) RU486-treated XX and control XX/XY Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus)...
March 3, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Ekaterina Perminov, Sara Mangosing, Alexandra Confer, Olga Gonzalez, Jason R Crawford, Natalia Schlabritz-Loutsevitch, Shyamesh Kumar, Edward Dick
Disorders of sexual development are rare in non-human primates. We report a case of true hermaphroditism in a 19-year-old, nulliparous, female baboon (Papio spp.). At necropsy, the animal was obese with adequate muscle mass and hydration. Reproductive organs appeared normal with the exception of 2 firm nodular structures in the myometrium (1-1.5 cm diameter) and a thickened, dark endocervical mucosa. Histologically, both gonads were ovotestes and contained discrete areas of ovarian and testicular tissue. There were follicles in various stages of development surrounded by ovarian stroma...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Medical Primatology
Paul W Dyce, Neil Tenn, Gerald M Kidder
BACKGROUND: Retinoic acid (RA) signaling has been identified as a key driver in male and female gamete development. The presence of RA is a critical step in the initiation of meiosis and is required for the production of competent oocytes from primordial germ cells. Meiosis has been identified as a difficult biological process to recapitulate in vitro, when differentiating stem cells to germ cells. We have previously shown that primordial germ cell-like cells, and more advanced oocyte-like cells (OLCs), can be formed by differentiating mouse skin-derived stem cells...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Ovarian Research
Aline F de Souza, Naira C Godoy Pieri, Kelly C S Roballo, Fabiana F Bressan, Juliana B Casals, Carlos E Ambrósio, Felipe Perecin, Daniele S Martins
Primordial germ cells (PGCs) are precursors of gametes that can generate new individuals throughout life in both males and females. Additionally, PGCs have been shown to differentiate into embryonic germ cells (EGCs) after in vitro culture. Most studies investigating germinative cells have been performed in rodents and humans but not dogs (Canis lupus familiaris). Here, we elucidated the dynamics of the expression of pluripotent (POU5F1 and NANOG), germline (DDX4, DAZL and DPPA3), and epigenetic (5mC, 5hmC, H3K27me3 and H3K9me2) markers that are important for the development of male canine germ cells during the early (22-30 days post-fertilization (dpf)), middle (35-40 dpf) and late (45-50 dpf) gestational periods...
2018: PloS One
Charline Jansch, Katharina Günther, Jonas Waider, Georg C Ziegler, Andrea Forero, Sina Kollert, Evgeniy Svirin, Dirk Pühringer, Chee Keong Kwok, Reinhard Ullmann, Anna Maierhofer, Julia Flunkert, Thomas Haaf, Frank Edenhofer, Klaus-Peter Lesch
Fibroblasts were isolated from a skin biopsy of a clinically diagnosed 51-year-old female attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) patient carrying a duplication of SLC2A3, a gene encoding neuronal glucose transporter-3 (GLUT3). Patient fibroblasts were infected with Sendai virus, a single-stranded RNA virus, to generate transgene-free human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). SLC2A3-D2-iPSCs showed expression of pluripotency-associated markers, were able to differentiate into cells of the three germ layers in vitro and had a normal female karyotype...
February 13, 2018: Stem Cell Research
Qian Bian, Erika C Anderson, Katjuša Brejc, Barbara J Meyer
The function of chromatin modification in establishing higher-order chromosome structure during gene regulation has been elusive. We dissected the machinery and mechanism underlying the enrichment of histone modification H4K20me1 on hermaphrodite X chromosomes during Caenorhabditis elegans dosage compensation and discovered a key role for H4K20me1 in regulating X-chromosome topology and chromosome-wide gene expression. Structural and functional analysis of the dosage compensation complex (DCC) subunit DPY-21 revealed a novel Jumonji C demethylase subfamily that converts H4K20me2 to H4K20me1 in worms and mammals...
February 22, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
Patrick S Western
The testis and ovary provide specialised environments that nurture germ cells and facilitate their maturation, culminating in the production of mature gametes that can found the following generation. The sperm and egg not only transmit genetic information, but also epigenetic modifications that affect the development and physiology of offspring. Importantly, the epigenetic information contained in mature sperm and oocytes can be influenced by a range of environmental factors, such as diet, chemicals and drugs...
February 19, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Asma Almazyad, Chia-Cheng Li, Roberto O C Tapia, Javier P Robertson, David Collette, Sook-Bin Woo
AIMS: Primordial odontogenic tumour (POT) is a rare mixed odontogenic neoplasm that is composed of primitive ectomesenchyme resembling dental papilla, surfaced by odontogenic epithelium resembling inner enamel epithelium, without hard tissue formation. Most reported cases have presented in the posterior mandible as a well-demarcated radiolucency associated with an unerupted tooth in the first two decades of life. The aim of this report is to describe the clinicopathological features of two more cases of POT...
February 19, 2018: Histopathology
Turki Z Al Harbi, Kareem Ayman Azzam, Ayman Azzam, Tarek Amin, Nasir Bakshi
INTRODUCTION: Persistent Müllerian Duct Syndrome (PMDS) is a rare sexual disease. It is characterized by the presence of female reproductive structures such as uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes and upper part of vagina in a normal genotypically and phenotypically male. The diagnosis is usually incidental since the patients will present with normal external genitalia and secondary sexual characteristics. Imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scan, or ultrasound (US) could help in the diagnosis...
February 9, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Takahiro Tsuboyama, Yumiko Hori, Masatoshi Hori, Hiromitsu Onishi, Mitsuaki Tatsumi, Makoto Sakane, Takashi Ota, Noriyuki Tomiyama
We report the imaging findings of three ovarian dysgerminomas that coexisted with other germ cell tumors or gonadoblastomas, focusing on the distribution of tumor nests and vascular architecture, which might provide information about the pathogenesis of dysgerminomas. In a 14-year-old female with dysgerminoma and coexisting gonadoblastomas, contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated a solid mass in the right ovary, which presented as hyperintense lobules on diffusion-weighted imaging separated by fibrovascular septa...
February 15, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
Carla Tatone, Giovanna Di Emidio, Arcangelo Barbonetti, Gaspare Carta, Alberto M Luciano, Stefano Falone, Fernanda Amicarelli
BACKGROUND: Sirtuins (SIRT1-7) are a family of NAD+-dependent deacetylases that catalyze post-translational modifications of proteins. Together, they respond to metabolic challenges, inflammatory signals or hypoxic/oxidative stress, and are associated with aging and longevity. The role of Sirtuins in the regulation of fertility emerged in 2003 when a defective reproductive phenotype was observed in SIRT1-null mice. Although studies on Sirtuins in reproductive biology have been increasing in the last years, a recent comprehensive update on this issue is still lacking...
February 13, 2018: Human Reproduction Update
Changjun Wang, Mahira Zaheer, Fang Bian, Darin Quach, Alton G Swennes, Robert A Britton, Stephen C Pflugfelder, Cintia S de Paiva
Commensal bacteria play an important role in the formation of the immune system but their role in the maintenance of immune homeostasis at the ocular surface and lacrimal gland remains poorly understood. This study investigated the eye and lacrimal gland phenotype in germ-free and conventional C57BL/6J mice. Our results showed that germ-free mice had significantly greater corneal barrier disruption, greater goblet cell loss, and greater total inflammatory cell and CD4⁺ T cell infiltration within the lacrimal gland compared to the conventionally housed group...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Huai-En Lu, Yi-Ping Yang, Yan-Ting Chen, You-Ren Wu, Chia-Lin Wang, Fu-Ting Tsai, De-Kuang Hwang, Tai-Chi Lin, Shih-Jen Chen, An-Guor Wang, Patrick C H Hsieh, Shih-Hwa Chiou
Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is a maternally inherited mitochondrial disease caused by homoplasmic point mutations in complex I subunit genes of mitochondrial DNA. In this report, we generated an induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSCs) line, TVGH-iPSC-010-09, from the peripheral blood mononuclear cells of a female patient with Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) by using the Sendai-virus delivery system. The resulting iPSCs retained the disease-causing mitochondrial DNA mutation, expressed pluripotent markers and could differentiate into the three germ layers...
January 31, 2018: Stem Cell Research
Yong-Li Luo, Guang-Xu Ma, Yong-Fang Luo, Ce-Yan Kuang, Ai-Yun Jiang, Guo-Qing Li, Rong-Qiong Zhou
Toxocara canis is a zoonotic parasite with worldwide distribution. ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters are integral membrane proteins which involve in a range of biological processes in various organisms. In present study, the full-length coding sequence of abcg-5 gene of T. canis (Tc-abcg-5) was cloned and characterized. A 633 aa polypeptide containing two conserved Walker A and Walker B motifs was predicted from a continuous 1902 nt open reading frame. Quantitative real-time PCR was employed to determine the transcriptional levels of Tc-abcg-5 gene in adult male and female worms, which indicated high mRNA level of Tc-abcg-5 in the reproductive tract of adult female T...
February 8, 2018: Parasitology Research
Ana Agostinho, Anna Kouznetsova, Abrahan Hernández-Hernández, Kristoffer Bernhem, Hans Blom, Hjalmar Brismar, Christer Höög
Sexual dimorphism has been used to describe morphological differences between the sexes, but can be extended to any biologically-related process that varies between males and females. The synaptonemal complex (SC) is a tripartite structure that connects homologous chromosomes in meiosis. Here, aided by super-resolution microscopy techniques, we show that the SC is subject to sexual dimorphism, in mouse germ cells. We have identified a significantly narrower SC width in oocytes and have established that this difference does not arise from a different organization of the lateral elements nor from a different isoform of transverse filament protein SYCP1...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Cell Science
Chen-Wei Hsu, You-Jiun Pan, Yan-Wei Wang, Sok-Keng Tong, Bon-Chu Chung
Zebrafish gonadal sexual differentiation is an important but poorly understood subject. The difficulty in investigating zebrafish sexual development lies in its sex determination plasticity, the lack of morphological tools to distinguish juvenile females from males, and the lack of sex chromosomes in laboratory strains. Zebrafish sexual differentiation starts at around 8 days post-fertilization when germ cells start to proliferate. The number of germ cells determines the future sex of the gonad. Gonads with more germ cells differentiate into ovaries, whereas a reduced germ cell number leads to male-biased sexual differentiation...
January 30, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Ajay Pradhan, Per-Erik Olsson
Zebrafish sex differentiation is under the control of multiple genes, but also relies on germ cell number for gonadal development. Morpholino and chemical mediated germ cell depletion leads to sterile male development in zebrafish. In this study we produced sterile males, using a dead end gene morpholino, to determine gonadal-brain interactions. Germ cell depletion following dnd inhibition downregulated the germ cell markers, vasa and ziwi, and later the larvae developed as sterile males. Despite lacking proper testis, the gonadal 11-ketotestosterone (11-KT) and estradiol (E2) levels of sterile males were similar to wild type males...
February 3, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
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