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Jiaming Mi, Dabing Yang, Yi Chen, Jiefeng Jiang, Haipeng Mou, Junbin Huang, Yidan Ouyang, Tongmin Mou
BACKGROUND: Breeding two-line hybrid rice with disease resistance is an effective approach to stabilize rice yield in commercial rice production of China. RESULTS: We improved the blast and bacterial blight resistance of Guangzhan63-4S, an elite photoperiod- and thermo-sensitive male sterile (P/TGMS) line widely used in two-line hybrid rice, by introducing the R genes Pi2 and Xa7 conferring resistance to rice blast and bacterial blight, respectively. Through the backcrossing and gene pyramiding breeding coupled with molecular marker-assisted selection, a new P/TGMS line Hua1228S carrying Pi2, Xa7, and tms5 was developed...
February 17, 2018: Rice
Flore Mas, Aimee Harper, Rachael Horner, Taylor Welsh, Peter Jaksons, David M Suckling
BACKGROUND: Crop breeding programmes generally select for traits for improved yield and human consumption preferences. Yet, they often overlook one fundamental trait essential for insect-pollinated crops: Pollinator attraction. This is even more critical for hybrid plants that rely on cross-pollination between the male-fertile line and the male-sterile line to set seeds. We investigated the role of floral odours for honey bee pollination that could explain the poor seed yield in hybrid crops...
February 15, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Jafar Sadegh Tabrizi, Ramin Rezapour, Mohammad Saadati, Samira Seifi, Behnam Amini, Farahnaz Varmazyar
Background: Non-standard management of medical waste leads to irreparable side effects. This issue is of double importance in health care centers in a city which are the most extensive system for providing Primary Health Care (PHC) across Iran cities. This study investigated the medical waste management standards observation in Tabriz community health care centers, northwestern Iran. Methods: In this triangulated cross-sectional study (qualitative-quantitative), data collecting tool was a valid checklist of waste management process developed based on Iranian medical waste management standards...
February 2018: Iranian Journal of Public Health
Yohei Koide, Atsushi Ogino, Takanori Yoshikawa, Yuki Kitashima, Nozomi Saito, Yoshitaka Kanaoka, Kazumitsu Onishi, Yoshihiro Yoshitake, Takuji Tsukiyama, Hiroki Saito, Masayoshi Teraishi, Yoshiyuki Yamagata, Aiko Uemura, Hiroki Takagi, Yoriko Hayashi, Tomoko Abe, Yoshimichi Fukuta, Yutaka Okumoto, Akira Kanazawa
Understanding the genetic basis of reproductive barriers between species has been a central issue in evolutionary biology. The S 1 locus in rice causes hybrid sterility and is a major reproductive barrier between two rice species, Oryza sativa and Oryza glaberrima The O. glaberrima -derived allele (denoted S 1 g ) on the S 1 locus causes preferential abortion of gametes with its allelic alternative (denoted S 1 s ) in S 1 g / S 1 s heterozygotes. Here, we used mutagenesis and screening of fertile hybrid plants to isolate a mutant with an allele, S 1 mut , which does not confer sterility in the S 1 mut / S 1 g and S 1 mut / S 1 s hybrids...
February 14, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Jeffrey P Benca, Ivo A P Duijnstee, Cindy V Looy
Although Siberian Trap volcanism is considered a primary driver of the largest extinction in Earth history, the end-Permian crisis, the relationship between these events remains unclear. However, malformations in fossilized gymnosperm pollen from the extinction interval suggest biological stress coinciding with pulsed forest decline. These grains are hypothesized to have been caused by enhanced ultraviolet-B (UV-B) irradiation from volcanism-induced ozone shield deterioration. We tested this proposed mechanism by observing the effects of inferred end-Permian UV-B regimes on pollen development and reproductive success in living conifers...
February 2018: Science Advances
Zheyong Xue, Xia Xu, Yuan Zhou, Xiaoning Wang, Yingchun Zhang, Dan Liu, Binbin Zhao, Lixin Duan, Xiaoquan Qi
In flowering plants, the pollen coat protects the released male germ cells from desiccation and damage during pollination. However, we know little about the mechanism by which the chemical composition of the pollen coat prevents dehydration of pollen grains. Here we report that deficiency of a grass conserved triterpene synthase, OsOSC12/OsPTS1, in rice leads to failure of pollen coat formation. The mutant plants are male sterile at low relative humidity (RH < 60%), but fully male fertile at high relative humidity (>80%)...
February 9, 2018: Nature Communications
Leanna S Sudhof, Phinnara Has, Dwight J Rouse, Brenna L Hughes
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the predicted chance of success is associated with the choice to undergo trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC). STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study of women with a single prior nonelective cesarean delivering a term singleton in 2012 at a tertiary care hospital. A vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) score (likelihood of success) was estimated for each patient. The primary outcome was percentage of women choosing TOLAC among women with favorable (> 70% likelihood) and unfavorable VBAC scores...
February 8, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
Ting Zou, Mingxing Liu, Qiao Xiao, Tao Wang, Dan Chen, Tao Luo, Guoqiang Yuan, Qiao Li, Jun Zhu, Yueyang Liang, Qiming Deng, Shiquan Wang, Aiping Zheng, Lingxia Wang, Ping Li, Shuangcheng Li
OsPKS2, the rice orthologous gene of Arabidopsis PKSB/LAP5, encodes a polyketide synthase that is involved in pollen wall formation in rice. In flowering plants, the pollen wall protects male gametes from various environmental stresses and pathogen attacks, as well as promotes pollen germination. The biosynthesis of sporopollenin in tapetal cell is critical for pollen wall formation. Recently, progress has been made in understanding sporopollenin metabolism during pollen wall development in Arabidopsis. However, little is known about the molecular mechanism that underlies the sporopollenin synthesis in pollen wall formation in rice (Oryza sativa)...
February 6, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
Yongbin Qi, Linyou Wang, Junmei Gui, Lixia Zhang, Qinglong Liu, Jianjun Wang
The fertility conversion of photoperiod thermo-sensitive genic male sterility (P/TGMS) lines in rice is mostly regulated by the P/TGMS genes in different environmental conditions. A point mutation with G-C on the pms3 (p/tms12-1) gene regulates the pollen fertility of Nongken58S and a large amount of Nongken58S-derived lines. In this study, we developed and designed a functional co-dominant marker according to the SNP loci for the pms3 (p/tms12-1) gene. We can differentiate the SNP loci in pms3 (p/tms12-1) gene from another TGMS lines and inbred cultivars using the dpms3-54 marker...
December 2017: Breeding Science
Mostafa Aboulela, Tsuyoshi Nakagawa, Akinobu Ohshima, Kohji Nishimura, Yuji Tanaka
The specialized multi-layered pollen wall plays multiple functions to ensure normal microspore development. The major components of pollen wall (e.g. sporopollenin and lipidic precursors) are provided from the tapetum. Material export from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is mediated by coat protein complex II (COPII) vesicles. The Arabidopsis thaliana genome encodes seven homologs of SEC23, a COPII component. However, the functional importance of this diversity remains elusive. Here, we analyzed knockout and knockdown lines for AtSEC23A and AtSEC23D, two of the A...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
Li Zhou, Yongyong Feng, Fang Wang, Xiaohua Dong, Lan Jiang, Chun Liu, Qinshun Zhao, Kaibin Li
Production of all-male and sterile fish may not only substantially improve yield but also be crucial for the application of genome modified species in aquaculture. Previously, it was reported that the fish lacking primordial germ cells (PGCs) becomes infertile, and nitroreductase, an enzyme converting non-toxic metronidazole (MTZ) into toxic metabolites, induces targeted toxicity to kill the cells expressing it. In this study, we generated a transgenic zebrafish line of Tg(nanos3:nfsB-mCherry-nanos3 3'UTR) in which the NfsB nitroreductase is solely expressed in PGCs...
January 30, 2018: Scientific Reports
Thea M Edwards, Howard E Morgan, Coralia Balasca, Naveen K Chalasani, Lauren Yam, Alison M Roark
The Yeast Estrogen Screen (YES) is used to detect estrogenic ligands in environmental samples and has been broadly applied in studies of endocrine disruption. Estrogenic ligands include both natural and manmade "Environmental Estrogens" (EEs) found in many consumer goods including Personal Care Products (PCPs), plastics, pesticides, and foods. EEs disrupt hormone signaling in humans and other animals, potentially reducing fertility and increasing disease risk. Despite the importance of EEs and other Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) to public health, endocrine disruption is not typically included in undergraduate curricula...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Uriel Gallardo-Ortiz, Diana Pérez-Staples, Pablo Liedo, Jorge Toledo
The sterile insect technique (SIT) is used in area-wide pest management programs for establishing low pest prevalence and/or areas free of fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae). The aim of this technique is to induce high levels of sterility in the wild population, for this the released insects must have a high sexual competitiveness and field dispersal. However, radiation decreases these biological attributes that do not allow it to compete successfully with wild insects. In this study the sexual competitiveness, field survival and dispersal of Anastrepha obliqua (Macquart; Diptera: Tephritidae) irradiated at 0, 40, 50, 60, 70, and 80 Gy were evaluated in laboratory...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Economic Entomology
Wanju Shi, Xiang Li, Ralf C Schmidt, Paul C Struik, Xinyou Yin, S V Krishna Jagadish
High temperature during flowering in rice causes spikelet sterility and is a major threat to rice productivity in tropical and subtropical regions, where hybrid rice development is increasingly contributing to sustain food security. However, the sensitivity of hybrids to increasing temperature and physiological responses in terms of dynamic fertilization processes are unknown. To address these questions, several promising hybrids and inbreds were exposed to control and high day-time temperature (HDT) in Experiment 1 and hybrids having contrasting heat tolerance were selected for Experiment 2 for further physiological investigation under high day and night temperature treatments...
January 15, 2018: Plant, Cell & Environment
Bahia Namavar Jahromi, Mahsa Mansouri, Sedighe Forouhari, Tahere Poordast, Alireza Salehi
In this article which was published in Int J Fertil Steril, Vol 11, No 4, Jan-Mar 2018, on pages 293-297, the "Duration of tducation (male)" was misspelled in Table 1. The corrected one is "Duration of education (male)". In the sentence "These differences might be related to the use of a fertility-specific instrument (FertiQoL) in the study by Huppelschoten et al. (23) and the current study compared to the general QoL assessment instrument by Chachamovich et al. (24) and Rashidi et al...
April 2018: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
Baolu Shi, Jiangyang Xue, Jian Zhou, Seth D Kasowitz, Yuanwei Zhang, Guanxiang Liang, Yongjuan Guan, Qinghua Shi, Mingxi Liu, Jiahao Sha, Xiaoyan Huang, P Jeremy Wang
The microrchidia (MORC) family proteins are chromatin-remodelling factors and function in diverse biological processes such as DNA damage response and transposon silencing. Here, we report that mouse Morc2b encodes a functional germ cell-specific member of the MORC protein family. Morc2b arose specifically in the rodent lineage through retrotransposition of Morc2a during evolution. Inactivation of Morc2b leads to meiotic arrest and sterility in both sexes. Morc2b-deficient spermatocytes and oocytes exhibit failures in chromosomal synapsis, blockades in meiotic recombination, and increased apoptosis...
January 2018: PLoS Genetics
Libor Mořkovský, Václav Janoušek, Jiří Reif, Jakub Rídl, Jan Pačes, Lukáš Choleva, Karel Janko, Michael W Nachman, Radka Reifová
Hybrid sterility is a common first step in the evolution of postzygotic reproductive isolation. According to Haldane's Rule it affects predominantly the heterogametic sex. While the genetic basis of hybrid male sterility in organisms with heterogametic males has been studied for decades, the genetic basis of hybrid female sterility in organisms with heterogametic females has received much less attention. We investigated the genetic basis of reproductive isolation in two closely related avian species, the Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) and the Thrush Nightingale (L...
January 10, 2018: Molecular Ecology
Marcos Roberto Dias Batista, Felipe Bastos Rocha, Louis Bernard Klaczko
Variation of ecophysiological traits may help to explain geographic distribution patterns of Drosophila sibling species. Many traits in ectotherms have optimal performance within specific temperature ranges. Altitudinal gradients are potentially informative for characterizing differences of sibling species distributions. We collected two sibling species of the tripunctata group - Drosophila mediopunctata (MPT) and D. unipunctata (UNI) - at eight altitudes (ranging from 593 to 1185m above sea level) located at a continuous Atlantic Rainforest reserve in consecutive years (2009-2011), with two collections at the hot-rainy season and two at the cold-dry season...
January 2018: Journal of Thermal Biology
Shuangping Heng, Jie Gao, Chao Wei, Fengyi Chen, Xianwen Li, Jing Wen, Bin Yi, Chaozhi Ma, Jinxing Tu, Tingdong Fu, Jinxiong Shen
Cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) is primarily caused by chimeric genes located in the mitochondrial genomes. In Brassica juncea, orf288 has been identified as a CMS-associated gene in the hau CMS line; however, neither the specific abortive stage nor the molecular function of the gene have been determined. We therefore characterized the hau CMS line, and found that defective mitochondria affect the development of archesporial cells during the L2 stage, leading to male sterility. The expression level of the orf288 transcript was higher in the male-sterility line than in the fertility-restorer line, although no significant differences were apparent at the protein level...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
Cunpeng Zhao, Guiyuan Zhao, Zhao Geng, Zhaoxiao Wang, Kaihui Wang, Suen Liu, Hanshuang Zhang, Baosheng Guo, Junyi Geng
BACKGROUND: Cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) is a maternally inherited trait failing to produce functional pollen. It plays a pivotal role in the exploitation of crop heterosis. The specific locus amplified fragment sequencing (SLAF-seq) as a high-resolution strategy for the identification of new SNPs on a large-scale is gradually applied for functional gene mining. The current study combined the bulked segregant analysis (BSA) with SLAF-seq to identify the candidate genes associated with fertility restorer gene (Rf) in CMS cotton...
January 2, 2018: BMC Genomics
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