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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324683/thermal-stress-impacts-reproductive-development-and-grain-yield-in-rice
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Muhammad Shakeel Arshad, Muhammad Farooq, Folkard Asch, Jagadish S V Krishna, P V Vara Prasad, Kadambot H M Siddique
Rice is highly sensitive to temperature stress (cold and heat), particularly during the reproductive and grain-filling stages. In this review, we discuss the effects of low- and high-temperature sensitivity in rice at various reproductive stages (from meiosis to grain development) and propose strategies for improving the tolerance of rice to terminal thermal stress. Cold stress impacts reproductive development through (i) delayed heading, due to its effect on anther respiration, which increases sucrose accumulation, protein denaturation and asparagine levels, and decreases proline accumulation, (ii) pollen sterility owing to tapetal hypertrophy and related nutrient imbalances, (iii) reduced activity of cell wall bound invertase in the tapetum of rice anthers, (iv) impaired fertilization due to inhibited anther dehiscence, stigma receptivity and ability of the pollen tube to germinate through the style towards the ovary, and (v) floret sterility, which increases grain abortion, restricts grain size, and thus reduces grain yield...
March 16, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319994/growth-of-bacterial-phytopathogens-in-animal-manures
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Wojciech Sledz, Sabina Zoledowska, Agata Motyka, Leszek Kadziński, Bogdan Banecki
Animal manures are routinely applied to agricultural lands to improve crop yield, but the possibility to spread bacterial phytopathogens through field fertilization has not been considered yet. We monitored 49 cattle, horse, swine, sheep or chicken manure samples collected in 14 Polish voivodeships for the most important plant pathogenic bacteria - Ralstonia solanacearum (Rsol), Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris (Xcc), Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. carotovorum (Pcc), Pectobacterium atrosepticum (Pba), Erwinia amylovora (Eam), Clavibacter michiganensis subsp...
2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315925/fine-mapping-of-the-restorer-gene-rfp3-from-an-iranian-primitive-rye-secale-cereale-l
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Bernd Hackauf, Eva Bauer, Viktor Korzun, Thomas Miedaner
A comparative genetics approach allowed to precisely determine the map position of the restorer gene Rfp3 in rye and revealed that Rfp3 and the restorer gene Rfm1 in barley reside at different positions in a syntenic 4RL/6HS segment. Cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) is a reliable and striking genetic mechanism for hybrid seed production. Breeding of CMS-based hybrids in cereals requires the use of effective restorer genes as an indispensable pre-requisite. We report on the fine mapping of a restorer gene for the Pampa cytoplasm in winter rye that has been tapped from the Iranian primitive rye population Altevogt 14160...
March 18, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306730/evaluation-of-radiation-sensitivity-and-mating-performance-of-glossina-brevipalpis-males
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Chantel J de Beer, Percy Moyaba, Solomon N B Boikanyo, Daphney Majatladi, Hanano Yamada, Gert J Venter, Marc J B Vreysen
BACKGROUND: Area-wide integrated pest management strategies that include a sterile insect technique component have been successfully used to eradicate tsetse fly populations in the past. To ensure the success of the sterile insect technique, the released males must be adequately sterile and be able to compete with their native counterparts in the wild. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In the present study the radiation sensitivity of colonised Glossina brevipalpis Newstead (Diptera; Glossinidae) males, treated either as adults or pupae, was assessed...
March 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303339/evidence-for-post-zygotic-self-incompatibility-in-handroanthus-impetiginosus-bignoniaceae
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Nelson Sabino Bittencourt Júnior
Late-acting self-incompatibility (LSI) has been defined as a genetically controlled self-sterility mechanism that prevents seed set by selfing, despite normal pollen tube growth and ovule penetration in self-pollinated pistils. In species of the Bignoniaceae with LSI, such as Handroanthus impetiginosus, the selfed pistils are characterized by a marked delay in ovule penetration, fertilization, and endosperm initiation, followed by uniform pistil abscission. This highlights the contentious possibility of a post-zygotic self-incompatibility system...
March 16, 2017: Plant Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298915/transcriptomic-analysis-reveals-mechanisms-of-sterile-and-fertile-flower-differentiation-and-development-in-viburnum-macrocephalum-f-keteleeri
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Zhaogeng Lu, Jing Xu, Weixing Li, Li Zhang, Jiawen Cui, Qingsong He, Li Wang, Biao Jin
Sterile and fertile flowers are an important evolutionary developmental (evo-devo) phenotype in angiosperm flowers, playing important roles in pollinator attraction and sexual reproductive success. However, the gene regulatory mechanisms underlying fertile and sterile flower differentiation and development remain largely unknown. Viburnum macrocephalum f. keteleeri, which possesses fertile and sterile flowers in a single inflorescence, is a useful candidate species for investigating the regulatory networks in differentiation and development...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294943/a-team-of-heterochromatin-factors-collaborates-with-small-rna-pathways-to-combat-repetitive-elements-and-germline-stress
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Alicia N McMurchy, Przemyslaw Stempor, Tessa Gaarenstroom, Brian Wysolmerski, Yan Dong, Darya Aussianikava, Alex Appert, Ni Huang, Paulina Kolasinska-Zwierz, Alexandra Sapetschnig, Eric A Miska, Julie Ahringer
Repetitive sequences derived from transposons make up a large fraction of eukaryotic genomes and must be silenced to protect genome integrity. Repetitive elements are often found in heterochromatin; however, the roles and interactions of heterochromatin proteins in repeat regulation are poorly understood. Here we show that a diverse set of C. elegans heterochromatin proteins act together with the piRNA and nuclear RNAi pathways to silence repetitive elements and prevent genotoxic stress in the germ line. Mutants in genes encoding HPL-2/HP1, LIN-13, LIN-61, LET-418/Mi-2, and H3K9me2 histone methyltransferase MET-2/SETDB1 also show functionally redundant sterility, increased germline apoptosis, DNA repair defects, and interactions with small RNA pathways...
March 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292618/guidance-on-the-limits-to-the-number%C3%A2-of-embryos-to-transfer-a%C3%A2-committee-opinion
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(no author information available yet)
Based on American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology data available through 2014, ASRM's guidelines for the limits on the number of embryos to be transferred in in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles have been further refined in continuing efforts to promote singleton gestation and reduce the number of multiple pregnancies. This version replaces the document titled Criteria for number of embryos to transfer: a committee opinion that was published most recently in August of 2013 (Fertil Steril 2013;99:44-6)...
March 11, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285996/a-sterile-20-family-kinase-and-its-co-factor-ccm-3-regulate-contractile-ring-proteins-on-germline-intercellular-bridges
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Kathryn Rehain-Bell, Andrew Love, Michael E Werner, Ian MacLeod, John R Yates, Amy Shaub Maddox
Germ cells in most animals are connected by intercellular bridges, actin-based rings that form stable cytoplasmic connections between cells promoting communication and coordination [1]. Moreover, these connections are required for fertility [1, 2]. Intercellular bridges are proposed to arise from stabilization of the cytokinetic ring during incomplete cytokinesis [1]. Paradoxically, proteins that promote closure of cytokinetic rings are enriched on stably open intercellular bridges [1, 3, 4]. Given this inconsistency, the mechanism of intercellular bridge stabilization is unclear...
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283266/vasectomy-reversal-semen-analysis-new-reference-ranges-predict-pregnancy
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Ahmad Majzoub, Nicholas N Tadros, A Scott Polackwich, Rakesh Sharma, Ashok Agarwal, Edmund Sabanegh
OBJECTIVE: To study the semen analysis values required to cause a pregnancy after vasectomy reversal (VR). Vasectomy reversal is increasingly performed on men who wish to regain fertility after elective sterilization. Despite a thorough understanding of predictors of vasal patency after surgery, little is known about the patients' semen parameters and pregnancy potential. DESIGN: Retrospective case-control study. SETTING: Tertiary-care hospital...
March 7, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257962/postpartum-contraception-initiation-and-effectiveness-in-a-large-universal-healthcare-system
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Michael R Brunson, David A Klein, Cara H Olsen, Larissa Weir, Timothy A Roberts
BACKGROUND: Repeat pregnancies following a short interpregnancy interval are common and are associated with negative maternal and infant health outcomes. Few studies have examined the relative effectiveness of postpartum contraceptive choices. OBJECTIVE: We aim to determine the initiation trends and relative effectiveness of postpartum contraceptive methods, with typical use, on prevention of short delivery intervals (≤27 months) among women with access to universal healthcare, including coverage which entails no co-payments and allows unlimited contraceptive method switching...
February 28, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256523/production-of-the-medaka-derived-from-vitrified-whole-testes-by-germ-cell-transplantation
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Shinsuke Seki, Kazunari Kusano, Seungki Lee, Yoshiko Iwasaki, Masaru Yagisawa, Mariko Ishida, Tadashi Hiratsuka, Takao Sasado, Kiyoshi Naruse, Goro Yoshizaki
The medaka (Oryzias latipes) is a teleost model distinguished from other model organisms by the presence of inbred strains, wild stocks, and related species. Cryopreservation guarantees preservation of these unique biological resources. However, because of their large size, cryopreservation techniques for their eggs and embryos have not been established. In the present study, we established a methodology to produce functional gametes from cryopreserved testicular cells (TCs). Whole testes taken from medaka were cryopreserved by vitrification...
March 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252171/characterizing-and-marker-assisting-a-novel-chili-pepper-capsicum-annuum-l-yellow-bud-mutant-with-cytoplasmic-male-sterility
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G S Sun, Z L Dai, P W Bosland, Q Wang, C Q Sun, Z C Zhang, Z H Ma
Cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) in pepper is a better way to produce hybrid seeds compared to manual production. We used the two sequence characterized amplified region (SCAR) markers (CRF-SCAR and CMS-SCAR130) in CMS pepper, to identify the genotype. We assembled two CMS yellow bud mutants (YBM; YBM12-A and YBM12-B). This mutation in leaf color is controlled by a single dominant nuclear gene. The aim was to create a new hybrid seed production method that reduces the costs and increases F1 hybrid seed purity...
February 23, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248294/a-wolbachia-deubiquitylating-enzyme-induces-cytoplasmic-incompatibility
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John F Beckmann, Judith A Ronau, Mark Hochstrasser
Wolbachia are obligate intracellular bacteria(1) that infect arthropods, including approximately two-thirds of insect species(2). Wolbachia manipulate insect reproduction by enhancing their inheritance through the female germline. The most common alteration is cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI)(3-5), where eggs from uninfected females fail to develop when fertilized by sperm from Wolbachia-infected males. By contrast, if female and male partners are both infected, embryos are viable. CI is a gene-drive mechanism impacting population structure(6) and causing reproductive isolation(7), but its molecular mechanism has remained unknown...
March 1, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246373/serological-diagnosis-of-cystic-echinococcosis-in-cattle
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Aitbay K Bulashev, Zhanbolat A Suranshiev, Orken S Akibekov, Zhanara Zh Akanova, Gulmira A Abulgazimova
An IgM murine monoclonal antibody (MAb) was obtained against the excretory-secretory antigen (ES-Ag) of in vitro reared protoscoleces of Echinococcus granulosus (Batsch, 1786). Western blotting revealed that the MAb recognised a 20.6 kDa protein of this ES-Ag. The MAb was used in sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (s-ELISA) for selective sensitisation of the solid phase with the protoscolex-specific protein from its ES-Ag and somatic antigen (S-Ag) to examine serum samples of 108 cows from a cystic echinococcosis (CE) endemic area for specific antibodies and to compare the results with those from necropsies and an indirect ELISA (i-ELISA)...
February 17, 2017: Folia Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243826/differentiation-of-mouse-primordial-germ-cells-into-functional-oocytes-in-vitro
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Kanako Morohaku, Yuji Hirao, Yayoi Obata
Various complex molecular events in oogenesis cannot be observed in vivo. As a bioengineering technique for female reproductive tissues, in vitro culture systems for female germ cells have been used to analyze oogenesis and preserve germ cells for over 20 years. Recently, we have established a new methodological approach for the culture of primordial germ cells (PGCs) and successfully obtained offspring. Our PGC culture system will be useful to clarify unresolved mechanisms of fertility and sterility from the beginning of mammalian oogenesis, before meiosis...
February 27, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237341/onset-of-luteolytic-action-of-exogenous-prostaglandinf-2%C3%AE-during-estrous-cycle-in-goats
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Juan E Romano, Abdalhamid Alkar, Marcel Amstalden
The objectives of these two experiments were to determine the day of onset of luteolysis after exogenous PGF-2α administration during the estrous cycle and the fertility of this synchronized estrus in goats. In the first experiment, during the breeding season, 48 Nubian does were estrous synchronized, using intravaginal sponges impregnated with a progestin, and estrus was detected by vasectomized bucks. The does were divided at random into three groups of 16 does each to be treated at days 2, 3, and 4 of the estrous cycle (estrus = day 0)...
April 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228319/optimizing-natural-fertility-a%C3%A2-committee-opinion
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(no author information available yet)
This Committee Opinion provides practitioners with suggestions for optimizing the likelihood of achieving pregnancy in couples/individuals attempting conception who have no evidence of infertility. This document replaces the document of the same name previously published in 2013, Fertil Steril 2013;100(3):631-7.
January 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223181/the-effect-of-salpingectomy-on-ovarian-function
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REVIEW
Alexander Kotlyar, Julian Gingold, Shirley Shue, Tommaso Falcone
OBJECTIVE: To review the literature concerning the effects of salpingectomy on ovarian function as assessed using measures of ovarian reserve and outcomes from in-vitro fertilization and spontaneous pregnancy cycles. BACKGROUND: Tubal surgery is performed for a variety of indications in gynecology. Salpingectomy is the most aggressive form of tubal surgery and may be performed for potential risk reduction for epithelial ovarian cancer, sterilization, ectopic pregnancy and as a method to enhance fertility in the setting of a hydrosalpinx...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223035/effects-of-quinestrol-on-the-vocal-behavior-of-mice-during-courtship-interactions
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Yi Chen, Qian-Qian Su, Quan-Sheng Liu
Vocalizations are a crucial part of courtship and mating in a wide variety of species. Mating behavior, including courtship calls, is modulated by sex steroid hormones. Male mice produce courtship ultrasonic vocalizations to attract females during heterosexual encounters. However, rare is the knowledge on whether vocal behavior of mice changes under sterilant treatment which will affect gonadal hormone levels. In the present study, we treat male mice with quinestrol, which interferes with the release of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) and has a significant anti-fertility effect in rodents...
February 20, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
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