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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027601/dnmt1-dnmt3a-and-dnmt3b-proteins-are-differently-expressed-in-mouse-oocytes-and-early-embryos
#1
Fatma Uysal, Saffet Ozturk, Gokhan Akkoyunlu
DNA methylation is one of the epigenetic mechanisms and plays important roles during oogenesis and early embryo development in mammals. DNA methylation is basically known as adding a methyl group to the fifth carbon atom of cytosine residues within cytosine-phosphate-guanine (CpG) and non-CpG dinucleotide sites. This mechanism is composed of two main processes: de novo methylation and maintenance methylation, both of which are catalyzed by specific DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) enzymes. To date, six different DNMTs have been characterized in mammals defined as DNMT1, DNMT2, DNMT3A, DNMT3B, DNMT3C, and DNMT3L...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025019/differing-molecular-response-of-young-and-advanced-maternal-age-human-oocytes-to-ivm
#2
J M Reyes, E Silva, J L Chitwood, W B Schoolcraft, R L Krisher, P J Ross
STUDY QUESTION: What effect does maternal age have on the human oocyte's molecular response to in vitro oocyte maturation? SUMMARY ANSWER: Although polyadenylated transcript abundance is similar between young and advanced maternal age (AMA) germinal vesicle (GV) oocytes, metaphase II (MII) oocytes exhibit a divergent transcriptome resulting from a differential response to in vitro oocyte maturation. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Microarray studies considering maternal age or maturation stage have shown that either of these factors will affect oocyte polyadenylated transcript abundance in human oocytes...
September 15, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018480/comparison-of-esophageal-function-tests-in-chinese-patients-with-functional-heartburn-and-reflux-hypersensitivity
#3
Feng Gao, Yan Gao, Xue Chen, Jie Qian, Jie Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the differences in the results of esophageal function tests for functional heartburn (FH) and reflux hypersensitivity (RH). METHODS: Patients with FH and RH and healthy volunteers (HVs) from the Department of Gastroenterology, Beijing Anzhen Hospital and Beijing Chao-Yang hospital, who underwent high-resolution manometry and impedance (HRIM), and 24-hour multichannel intraluminal impedance and pH recording (MII/pH) between 2014 and 2016, were enrolled in this study...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993603/comparison-of-characteristics-according-to-reflux-type-in-patients-with-laryngopharyngeal-reflux
#4
Jun Seok Lee, Ah Ra Jung, Jung Min Park, Myung Jin Park, Young Chan Lee, Young-Gyu Eun
Objectives: To analyze laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) as an acidic, nonacidic, or mixed type according to 24-hour multichannel intraluminal impedance (MII) pH monitoring and the clinical characteristics of each type. Methods: Ninety patients were prospectively enrolled in this study. All patients underwent 24-hour MII pH monitoring as a diagnostic tool. Eighty-three patients were diagnosed with LPR. The patients were classified into three groups according to the pH of the hypopharyngeal probe: the acid reflux group, nonacid reflux group, and mixed reflux group...
October 10, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992675/relationship-between-salivary-pepsin-concentration-and-esophageal-mucosal-integrity-in-patients-with-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease
#5
Yu-Wen Li, Daniel Sifrim, Chenxi Xie, Minhu Chen, Ying-Lian Xiao
Background/Aims: Increased salivary pepsin could indicate an increase in gastro-esophageal reflux, however, previous studies failed to demonstrate a correlation between salivary pepsin concentrations and 24-hour esophageal acid exposure. This study aims to detect the salivary pepsin and to evaluate the relationship between salivary pepsin concentrations and intercellular spaces (IS) in different gastroesophageal reflux disease phenotypes in patients. Methods: A total of 45 patients and 11 healthy volunteers were included in this study...
October 30, 2017: Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28955351/testing-domestication-scenarios-of-lima-bean-phaseolus-lunatus-l-in-mesoamerica-insights-from-genome-wide-genetic-markers
#6
María I Chacón-Sánchez, Jaime Martínez-Castillo
Plant domestication can be seen as a long-term process that involves a complex interplay among demographic processes and evolutionary forces. Previous studies have suggested two domestication scenarios for Lima bean in Mesoamerica: two separate domestication events, one from gene pool MI in central-western Mexico and another one from gene pool MII in the area Guatemala-Costa Rica, or a single domestication from gene pool MI in central-western Mexico followed by post-domestication gene flow with wild populations...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954791/mii-vitalise-a-pilot-randomised-controlled-trial-of-a-home-gaming-system-nintendo-wii-to-increase-activity-levels-vitality-and-well-being-in-people-with-multiple-sclerosis
#7
Sarah Thomas, Louise Fazakarley, Peter W Thomas, Sarah Collyer, Sarah Brenton, Steve Perring, Rebecca Scott, Fern Thomas, Charlotte Thomas, Kelly Jones, Jo Hickson, Charles Hillier
OBJECTIVES: While the health and well-being benefits of physical activity are recognised, people with multiple sclerosis (MS) often face greater barriers than the general population. The Nintendo Wii potentially offers a fun, convenient way of overcoming some of these. The aim was to test the feasibility of conducting a definitive trial of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Mii-vitaliSe; a home-based, physiotherapist-supported Nintendo Wii intervention. DESIGN: A single-centre wait-list randomised controlled study...
September 27, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933982/function-and-regulation-mechanism-of-chk1-during-meiotic-maturation-in-porcine-oocytes
#8
Zheng-Wen Nie, Li Chen, Qiu-Shi Jin, Ying-Ying Gao, Tao Wang, Xia Zhang, Yi-Liang Miao
Checkpoint 1 (Chk1), as an important member of DNA replication checkpoint and DNA damage response, has an important role during the G2/M stage of mitosis. In this study, we used porcine oocyte as a model to investigate the function of Chk1 during porcine oocyte maturation. Chk1 was expressed from germinal vesicle (GV) to metaphase II (MII) stages, mainly localized in the cytoplasm at GV stage and moved to the spindle after germinal vesicle breakdown (GVBD). Chk1 depletion not only induced oocytes to be arrested at MI stage with abnormal chromosomes arrangement, but also inhibited the degradation of Cyclin B1 and decreased the expression of Mitotic Arrest Deficient 2-Like 1 (Mad2L1), one of spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC) proteins, and cadherin 1 (Cdh1), one of coactivation for anaphase-promoting complex/cyclosome (APC/C)...
September 21, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916718/potential-sperm-contributions-to-the-murine-zygote-predicted-by-in-silico-analysis
#9
Panagiotis Ntostis, Deborah Carter, David Iles, J D Huntriss, Maria Tzetis, David Miller
Paternal contributions to the zygote are thought to extend beyond delivery of the genome and paternal RNAs have been linked to epigenetic transgenerational inheritance in different species. In addition, sperm-egg fusion activates several downstream processes that contribute to zygote formation, including PLC zeta-mediated egg activation and maternal RNA clearance. Since a third of the preimplantation developmental period in the mouse occurs prior to the first cleavage stage, there is ample time for paternal RNAs or their encoded proteins potentially to interact and participate in early zygotic activities...
September 15, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911209/intracellular-activation-of-ovastacin-mediates-pre-fertilization-hardening-of-the-zona-pellucida
#10
Hagen Körschgen, Michael Kuske, Konstantin Karmilin, Irene Yiallouros, Melanie Balbach, Julia Floehr, Dagmar Wachten, Willi Jahnen-Dechent, Walter Stöcker
STUDY QUESTION: How and where is pro-ovastacin activated and how does active ovastacin regulate zona pellucida hardening (ZPH) and successful fertilization? STUDY FINDING: Ovastacin is partially active before exocytosis and pre-hardens the zona pellucida (ZP) before fertilization. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The metalloproteinase ovastacin is stored in cortical granules, it cleaves zona pellucida protein 2 (ZP2) upon fertilization and thereby destroys the ZP sperm ligand and triggers ZPH...
September 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910399/cholesterol-added-prior-to-vitrification-on-the-cryotolerance-of-immature-and-in-vitro-matured-bovine-oocytes
#11
Núria Arcarons, Roser Morató, Meritxell Vendrell, Marc Yeste, Manel López-Bejar, Kosala Rajapaksha, Muhammad Anzar, Teresa Mogas
This study examines whether incorporating cholesterol-loaded methyl-β-cyclodextrin (CLC) in the bovine oocyte plasma membrane improves oocyte tolerance to vitrification. In vitro matured oocytes were incubated with 2 mg/ml BODIPY-labeled CLC for different time intervals in FCS or PVA supplemented medium or exposed to different CLC concentrations to examine the subcellular localization of cholesterol by confocal microscopy live-cell imaging. Subsequently, the effects of optimized CLC concentrations and incubation times prior to vitrification on early embryo development were assessed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906461/%C3%AE-conotoxin-decontamination-protocol-evaluation-what-works-and-what-doesn-t
#12
Matthew W Turner, John R Cort, Owen M McDougal
Nine publically available biosafety protocols for safely handling conotoxin peptides were tested to evaluate their decontamination efficacy. Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy and mass spectrometry (MS) were used to assess the effect of each chemical treatment on the secondary and primary structure of α-CTx MII (L10V, E11A). Of the nine decontamination methods tested, treatment with 1% (m/v) solution of the enzymatic detergent Contrex™ EZ resulted in a 76.8% decrease in α-helical content as assessed by the mean residue ellipticity at 222 nm, and partial peptide digestion was demonstrated using high performance liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS)...
September 14, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904496/serum-amh-level-to-predict-the-hyper-response-in-women-with-pcos-and-non-pcos-undergoing-controlled-ovarian-stimulation-in-art
#13
Radha Vembu, Nellepalli Sanjeeva Reddy
BACKGROUND: It is essential to determine the cut-off value of serum anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) to predict the hyper response in assisted reproductive technology (ART). There are few studies mentioning the cut-off value for the hyper response in infertile women but not specifically for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and non-PCOS groups. With this in background, this study was conducted. AIM: To determine the cut-off value of serum AMH to predict the hyper response in women with PCOS and non-PCOS undergoing a controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) in ART...
April 2017: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901635/investigation-and-management-of-gastro-oesophageal-reflux-in-united-kingdom-neonatal-intensive-care-units
#14
Thomas Rossor, Gwendolyn Andradi, Ravindra Bhat, Anne Greenough
AIM: In 2004 wide variation in the investigation and management of gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) of infants on UK major neonatal units was demonstrated. Our aim was to re-survey neonatal practitioners to determine current practice and whether it was now evidence based. METHODS: A questionnaire was sent to all 207 UK neonatal units. RESULTS: Responses were obtained from 84% of units. The most frequent "investigation" was a trial of therapy (83% of units); pH studies were used in 38%, upper GI contrast studies in 19% and multichannel intraluminal impedance (MII)/pH studies in 5%...
September 13, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900834/coq10-increases-mitochondrial-mass-and-polarization-atp-and-oct4-potency-levels-and-bovine-oocyte-mii-during-ivm-while-decreasing-ampk-activity-and-oocyte-death
#15
M K Abdulhasan, Q Li, J Dai, H M Abu-Soud, E E Puscheck, D A Rappolee
PURPOSE: We tested whether mitochondrial electron transport chain electron carrier coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) increases ATP during bovine IVM and increases %M2 oocytes, mitochondrial polarization/mass, and Oct4, and decreases pAMPK and oocyte death. METHODS: Bovine oocytes were aspirated from ovaries and cultured in IVM media for 24 h with 0, 20, 40, or 60 μM CoQ10. Oocytes were assayed for ATP by luciferase-based luminescence. Oocyte micrographs were quantitated for Oct4, pAMPK (i...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898478/electrocatalytic-azide-oxidation-mediated-by-a-rh-pnp-pincer-complex
#16
Christophe Rebreyend, Yann Gloaguen, Martin Lutz, Jarl Ivar van der Vlugt, Inke Siewert, Sven Schneider, Bas de Bruin
One-electron oxidation of the rhodium(I) azido complex [Rh(N3 )(PNP)] (5), bearing the neutral, pyridine-based PNP ligand 2,6-bis(di-tert-butylphosphinomethyl)pyridine, leads to instantaneous and selective formation of the mononuclear rhodium(I) dinitrogen complex [Rh(N2 )(PNP)](+) (9(+) ). Interestingly, complex 5 also acts as a catalyst for electrochemical N3(-) oxidation (Ep ≈-0.23 V vs. Fc(+/0) ) in the presence of excess azide. This is of potential relevance for the design of azide-based and direct ammonia fuel cells, expelling only harmless dinitrogen as an exhaust gas...
September 12, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888050/significance-of-perivascular-tumour-cells-defined-by-cd109-expression-in-progression-of-glioma
#17
Yukihiro Shiraki, Shinji Mii, Atsushi Enomoto, Hiroyuki Momota, Yi-Peng Han, Takuya Kato, Kaori Ushida, Akira Kato, Naoya Asai, Yoshiki Murakumo, Kosuke Aoki, Hiromichi Suzuki, Fumiharu Ohka, Toshihiko Wakabayashi, Tomoki Todo, Seishi Ogawa, Atsushi Natsume, Masahide Takahashi
In the progression of glioma, tumour cells often exploit the perivascular microenvironment to promote their survival and resistance to conventional therapies. Some of these cells are considered to be brain tumour stem cells (BTSCs); however, the molecular nature of perivascular tumour cells has not been specifically clarified because of the complexity of glioma. Here, we identified CD109, a glycosylphosphatidylinositol- anchored protein and regulator of multiple signalling pathways, as a critical regulator of the progression of lower-grade glioma (World Health Organization grade II/III) by clinicopathological and whole genome sequencing analysis of tissues from human glioma...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886268/implanted-hair-follicle-associated-pluripotent-hap-stem-cells-encapsulated-in-polyvinylidene-fluoride-membrane-cylinders-promote-effective-recovery-of-peripheral-nerve-injury
#18
Aiko Yamazaki, Kohya Obara, Natsuko Tohgi, Kyoumi Shirai, Sumiyuki Mii, Yuko Hamada, Nobuko Arakawa, Ryoichi Aki, Robert M Hoffman, Yasuyuki Amoh
Hair follicle-associated-pluripotent (HAP) stem cells are located in the bulge area of the hair follicle, express the stem-cell marker, nestin, and have been shown to differentiate to nerve cells, glial cells, keratinocytes, smooth muscle cells, cardiac muscle cells, and melanocytes. Transplanted HAP stem cells promote the recovery of peripheral nerve and spinal cord injuries and have the potential for heart regeneration as well. In the present study, we implanted mouse green fluorescent protein (GFP)-expressing HAP stem-cell spheres encapsulated in polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)-membrane cylinders into the severed sciatic nerve of immunocompetent and immunocompromised (nude) mice...
October 18, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880273/tailored-therapy-guided-by-multichannel-intraluminal-impedance-ph-monitoring-for-refractory-non-erosive-reflux-disease
#19
Nunzio Ranaldo, Giuseppe Losurdo, Andrea Iannone, Mariabeatrice Principi, Michele Barone, Massimo De Carne, Enzo Ierardi, Alfredo Di Leo
A relevant percentage of non-erosive reflux disease (NERD) is refractory to proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) treatment. Multichannel intraluminal impedance pH (MII-pH) monitoring should give useful pathophysiological information about refractoriness. Therefore, our aim was to assess whether this technique could be useful to guide a 'tailored' therapy in refractory NERD. We retrospectively recruited NERD patients undergoing MII-pH monitoring for unsuccessful treatment. All patients had undergone upper endoscopy, and those with erosive esophagitis were excluded...
September 7, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867294/the-rna-m-6-a-reader-ythdf2-is-essential-for-the-post-transcriptional-regulation-of-the-maternal-transcriptome-and-oocyte-competence
#20
Ivayla Ivanova, Christian Much, Monica Di Giacomo, Chiara Azzi, Marcos Morgan, Pedro N Moreira, Jack Monahan, Claudia Carrieri, Anton J Enright, Dónal O'Carroll
YTHDF2 binds and destabilizes N(6)-methyladenosine (m(6)A)-modified mRNA. The extent to which this branch of m(6)A RNA-regulatory pathway functions in vivo and contributes to mammalian development remains unknown. Here we find that YTHDF2 deficiency is partially permissive in mice and results in female-specific infertility. Using conditional mutagenesis, we demonstrate that YTHDF2 is autonomously required within the germline to produce MII oocytes that are competent to sustain early zygotic development. Oocyte maturation is associated with a wave of maternal RNA degradation, and the resulting relative changes to the MII transcriptome are integral to oocyte quality...
September 21, 2017: Molecular Cell
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