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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209763/revisiting-suppression-of-interspecies-hybrid-male-lethality-in-caenorhabditis-nematodes
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Lauren E Ryan, Eric S Haag
Within the nematode genus Caenorhabditis, C. briggsae and C. nigoni are among the most closely related species known. They differ in sexual mode, with C. nigoni retaining the ancestral XO male-XX female outcrossing system, while C. briggsae recently evolved self-fertility and an XX-biased sex ratio. Wild-type C. briggsae and C. nigoni can produce fertile hybrid XX female progeny, but XO progeny are either 100% inviable (when C. briggsae is the mother) or viable but sterile (when C. nigoni is the mother). A recent study provided evidence suggesting that loss of the Cbr-him-8 meiotic regulator in C...
February 16, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199354/nitrate-capture-and-slow-release-in-biochar-amended-compost-and-soil
#2
Nikolas Hagemann, Claudia I Kammann, Hans-Peter Schmidt, Andreas Kappler, Sebastian Behrens
Slow release of nitrate by charred organic matter used as a soil amendment (i.e. biochar) was recently suggested as potential mechanism of nutrient delivery to plants which may explain some agronomic benefits of biochar. So far, isolated soil-aged and composted biochar particles were shown to release considerable amounts of nitrate only in extended (>1 h) extractions ("slow release"). In this study, we quantified nitrate and ammonium release by biochar-amended soil and compost during up to 167 h of repeated extractions in up to six consecutive steps to determine the effect of biochar on the overall mineral nitrogen retention...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188339/microbial-composition-and-diversity-are-associated-with-plant-performance-a-case-study-on-long-term-fertilization-effect-on-wheat-growth-in-an-ultisol
#3
Lihua Li, Fenliang Fan, Alin Song, Chang Yin, Peiyuan Cui, Zhaojun Li, Yongchao Liang
The association between microbial communities and plant growth in long-term fertilization system has not been fully studied. In the present study, impacts of long-term fertilization have been determined on the size and activity of soil microbial communities and wheat performance in a red soil (Ultisol) collected from Qiyang Experimental Station, China. For this, different microbial communities originating from long-term fertilized pig manure (M), mineral fertilizer (NPK), pig manure plus mineral fertilizer (MNPK), and no fertilizer (CK) were used as inocula for the Ultisol tested...
February 10, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167027/development-of-an-inducible-male-sterility-system-in-rice-through-pollen-specific-expression-of-l-ornithinase-arge-gene-of-e-coli
#4
Gundra Sivakrishna Rao, Akhilesh Kumar Tyagi, Khareedu Venkateswara Rao
In the present investigation, an inducible male-sterility system has been developed in the rice. In order to introduce inducible male-sterility, the coding region of l-ornithinase (argE) gene of E. coli was fused to the Oryza sativa indica pollen allergen (OSIPA) promoter sequence which is known to function specifically in the pollen grains. Transgenic plants were obtained with argE gene and the transgenic status of plants was confirmed by PCR and Southern blot analyses. RT-PCR analysis confirmed the tissue-specific expression of argE in the anthers of transgenic rice plants...
March 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166975/impact-of-a-killed-tritrichomonas-foetus-vaccine-on-clearance-of-the-organism-and-subsequent-fertility-of-heifers-following-experimental-inoculation
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Misty A Edmondson, Kellye S Joiner, Jennifer A Spencer, Kay P Riddell, Soren P Rodning, Julie A Gard, M Daniel Givens
Tritrichomonas foetus is a sexually transmitted reproductive pathogen of cattle that causes transient infertility, early embryonic death, metritis, pyometra, and sporadic abortions. The objective of this research was to assess the impact on reproductive health of vaccinating naïve heifers with a killed T. foetus vaccine (TrichGuard) before experimental exposure followed by breeding. A total of 40 beef heifers were randomly assigned into two treatment groups. Heifers where then vaccinated with two doses of TrichGuard or sham vaccinated with 0...
March 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166742/analysis-of-small-rnas-revealed-differential-expressions-during-pollen-and-embryo-sac-development-in-autotetraploid-rice
#6
Xiang Li, Muhammad Qasim Shahid, Juan Xia, Zijun Lu, Na Fang, Lan Wang, Jinwen Wu, Zhixiong Chen, Xiangdong Liu
BACKGROUND: Partial pollen and embryo sac sterilities are the two main reasons for low fertility in autotetraploid rice. Our previous study revealed that small RNAs changes may associate with pollen fertility in autotetraploid rice. However, knowledge on comparative analysis between the development of pollen and embryo sac by small RNAs in autotetraploid rice is still unknown. In the present study, WE-CLSM (whole-mount eosin B-staining confocal laser scanning microscopy) and high-throughput sequencing technology was employed to examine the cytological variations and to analyze small RNAs changes during pollen and embryo sac development in autotetraploid rice compared with its diploid counterpart...
February 6, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163591/cytological-characterization-of-a-thermo-sensitive-cytoplasmic-male-sterile-wheat-line-having-k-type-cytoplasm-of-aegilops-kotschyi
#7
Liying Meng, Zihan Liu, Lingli Zhang, Gan Hu, Xiyue Song
Male sterility is an important tool for obtaining crop heterosis. A thermo-sensitive cytoplasmic male-sterile (TCMS) line was developed recently using a new method based on tiller regeneration. In the present study, we explored the critical growth stages required to maintain thermo-sensitive male sterility in TCMS lines and found that fertility is associated with abnormal tapetal and microspore development. We investigated the fertility and cytology of temperature-treated plant anthers at various developmental stages...
December 2016: Breeding Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159865/comparative-transcriptomics-of-malaria-mosquito-testes-function-evolution-and-linkage
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Bryan J Cassone, Raissa G G Kay, Matthew P Daugherty, Bradley J White
Testes-biased genes evolve rapidly and are important in the establishment, solidification, and maintenance of reproductive isolation between incipient species. The Anopheles gambiae complex, a group of at least eight isomorphic mosquito species endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa, is an excellent system to explore the evolution of testes-biased genes. Within this group, the testes are an important tissue in the diversification process since hybridization between species results in sterile hybrid males, but fully fertile females...
February 7, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152098/genome-wide-association-analysis-for-heat-tolerance-at-flowering-detected-a-large-set-of-genes-involved-in-adaptation-to-thermal-and-other-stresses
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Tanguy Lafarge, Crisanta Bueno, Julien Frouin, Laval Jacquin, Brigitte Courtois, Nourollah Ahmadi
Fertilization sensitivity to heat in rice is a major issue within climate change scenarios in the tropics. A panel of 167 indica landraces and improved varieties was phenotyped for spikelet sterility (SPKST) under 38°C during anthesis and for several secondary traits potentially affecting panicle micro-climate and thus the fertilization process. The panel was genotyped with an average density of one marker per 29 kb using genotyping by sequencing. Genome-wide association analyses (GWAS) were conducted using three methods based on single marker regression, haplotype regression and simultaneous fitting of all markers, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144636/comparative-study-of-growth-and-gonad-maturation-in-diploid-and-triploid-marine-medaka-oryzias-dancena
#10
In-Seok Park, Hyun Woo Gil, Tae Ho Lee, Yoon Kwon Nam, Dong Soo Kim
The marine medaka, Oryzias dancena is a suitable sample as a laboratory animal because it has a small size and clearly distinguishes between female and male. Data on the growth and maturity of the diploid and triploid sea cucurbit species suitable for laboratory animals are very useful for studying other species. Triploidy was induced in the marine medaka by cold shock treatment (0°C) of fertilized eggs for 45 min, applied two minutes after fertilization. The diploid and triploid male fish were larger than their female counterparts (P<0...
December 2016: Balsaeng'gwa Saengsig
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122292/petroleum-hydrocarbon-remediation-in-frozen-soil-using-a-meat-and-bonemeal-biochar-plus-fertilizer
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Erin M Karppinen, Katherine J Stewart, Richard E Farrell, Steven D Siciliano
Petroleum hydrocarbon (PHC) degradation slows significantly during the winter which substantially increases the time it takes to remediate soil in Arctic landfarms. The aim of this laboratory trial was to assess the potential of a meat and bonemeal (MBM) biochar to stimulate PHC degradation in contaminated soil collected from Iqaluit, Canada. Over 90 days, 3% (w/w) MBM biochar significantly increased F3- (equivalent nC16-C34) PHC degradation rate constants (k) in frozen soils when compared to the fertilizer (urea and monoammonium phosphate) control...
January 5, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110460/ability-of-rf5-and-rf6-to-restore-fertility-of-chinsurah-boro-ii-type-cytoplasmic-male-sterile-oryza-sativa-ssp-japonica-lines
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Honggen Zhang, Jianlan Che, Yongshen Ge, Yan Pei, Lijia Zhang, Qiaoquan Liu, Minghong Gu, Shuzhu Tang
BACKGROUND: Three-line Oryza sativa (ssp. japonica) hybrids have been developed mainly using Chinsurah Boro II (BT)-type cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS). The Rf1 gene restores the fertility of BT-type CMS lines, and is the only fertility restorer gene (Rf) that has been used to produce three-line japonica hybrids. Using more Rf genes to breed BT-type restorer lines may broaden the genetic diversity of the restorer lines, and represents a viable approach to improve the heterosis level of BT-type japonica hybrids...
December 2017: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101110/the-best-age-for-pregnancy-and-undue-pressures
#13
Carlo Bellieni
In western countries we assist at the paradox that fertility is socially discouraged by a mindset that depicts fertility as a resource to exploit as late as possible. So, couples have high expectative about the advantages of delayed parenthood, but they are scarcely informed about its risks. Scientific data suggests to anticipate the first pregnancy, but social pressures impose to wait, though delayed childbearing can provoke sterility and a greater gap between generations. The best age to become parents should be autonomously decided by a couple, under the condition of being a free informed choice and not a social imposition, but currently this is not guaranteed to western women and men...
September 2016: Journal of Family & Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098850/a-rare-exception-to-haldane-s-rule-are-x-chromosomes-key-to-hybrid-incompatibilities
#14
P A Moran, M G Ritchie, N W Bailey
The prevalence of Haldane's rule suggests that sex chromosomes commonly have a key role in reproductive barriers and speciation. However, the majority of research on Haldane's rule has been conducted in species with conventional sex determination systems (XY and ZW) and exceptions to the rule have been understudied. Here we test the role of X-linked incompatibilities in a rare exception to Haldane's rule for female sterility in field cricket sister species (Teleogryllus oceanicus and T. commodus). Both have an XO sex determination system...
January 18, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078801/abnormal-pollen-vacuolation1-apv1-is-required-for-male-fertility-by-contributing-to-anther-cuticle-and-pollen-exine-formation-in-maize
#15
Yamuna Somaratne, Youhui Tian, Hua Zhang, Mingming Wang, Yanqing Huo, Fengge Cao, Li Zhao, Huabang Chen
Anther cuticle and pollen exine are the major protective barriers against various stresses. The proper functioning of genes expressed in the tapetum is vital for the development of pollen exine and anther cuticle. In this study, we report a tapetum-specific gene, Abnormal Pollen Vacuolation1 (APV1), in maize that affects anther cuticle and pollen exine formation. The apv1 mutant was completely male sterile. Its microspores were swollen, less vacuolated, with a flat and empty anther locule. In the mutant, the anther epidermal surface was smooth, shiny, and plate-shaped compared with the three-dimensional crowded ridges and randomly formed wax crystals on the epidermal surface of the wild type...
January 12, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077131/granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor-g-csf-promotes-spermatogenic-regeneration-from-surviving-spermatogonia-after-high-dose-alkylating-chemotherapy
#16
Travis Kotzur, Roberto Benavides-Garcia, Jennifer Mecklenburg, Jamila R Sanchez, Matthew Reilly, Brian P Hermann
BACKGROUND: The lifesaving chemotherapy and radiation treatments that allow patients to survive cancer can also result in a lifetime of side-effects, including male infertility. Infertility in male cancer survivors is thought to primarily result from killing of the spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) responsible for producing spermatozoa since SSCs turn over slowly and are thereby sensitive to antineoplastic therapies. We previously demonstrated that the cytokine granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) can preserve spermatogenesis after alkylating chemotherapy (busulfan)...
January 11, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071676/transcriptome-analysis-of-neo-tetraploid-rice-reveals-specific-differential-gene-expressions-associated-with-fertility-and-heterosis
#17
Haibin Guo, Jean Nestor Mendrikahy, Lei Xie, Junfeng Deng, Zijun Lu, Jinwen Wu, Xiang Li, Muhammad Qasim Shahid, Xiangdong Liu
Polyploid rice hybrids have a powerful biological and yield potential that may become a new way for rice breeding; however, low fertility is major hindrance in commercial utilization. Here, we developed a neo-tetraploid rice that could overcome the sterility of autotetraploid rice and produce high heterosis. Transcriptome analysis of F1 hybrid developed by crossing neo-tetraploid with autotetraploid rice displayed 807, 663 and 866 differentially expressed genes that uniquely associated with F1 and specific to (DEGFu-sp) anther, ovary and leaf, respectively...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069181/recommendations-for-practices-utilizing-gestational-carriers-a-committee-opinion
#18
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This document provides the latest recommendations for evaluation of gestational carriers and intended parents. It incorporates recent information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Food and Drug Administration, and the American Association of Tissue Banks, with which all programs offering gestational carrier services must be thoroughly familiar. This document replaces the previous document of the same name, last published in 2015 (Fertil Steril(®) 2015; 103:e1-8).
February 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065928/unveiling-the-osmophores-of-philodendron-adamantinum-araceae-as-a-means-to-understanding-interactions-with-pollinators
#19
Patrícia Gonçalves-Souza, Clemens Schlindwein, Stefan Dötterl, Elder Antônio Sousa Paiva
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Araceae species pollinated by nocturnal Cyclocephalini beetles attract their pollinators by inflorescence scents. In Philodendron, despite the intense odour, the osmophores exhibit no definite morphological identity, making them difficult to locate. This may explain why structural studies of the scent-releasing tissue are not available so far. METHODS: Several approaches were employed for locating and understanding the osmophores of Philodendron adamantinum A sensory test allowed other analyses to be restricted to fertile and sterile stamens as odour production sites...
January 8, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055137/a-single-point-mutation-in-ms44-results-in-dominant-male-sterility-and-improves-nitrogen-use-efficiency-in-maize
#20
Tim Fox, Jason DeBruin, Kristin Haug Collet, Mary Trimnell, Joshua Clapp, April Leonard, Bailin Li, Eric Scolaro, Sarah Collinson, Kimberly Glassman, Michael Miller, Jeff Schussler, Dennis Dolan, Lu Liu, Carla Gho, Marc Albertsen, Dale Loussaert, Bo Shen
Application of nitrogen fertilizer in the past 50 years has resulted in significant increases in crop yields. However, loss of nitrogen from crop fields has been associated with negative impacts on the environment. Developing maize hybrids with improved nitrogen use efficiency is a cost-effective strategy for increasing yield sustainably. We report that a dominant male-sterile mutant Ms44 encodes a lipid transfer protein which is expressed specifically in the tapetum. A single amino acid change from alanine to threonine at the signal peptide cleavage site of the Ms44 protein abolished protein processing and impeded the secretion of protein from tapetal cells into the locule, resulting in dominant male sterility...
January 5, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
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