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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734352/real-time-observation-of-perturbation-of-a-drosophila-embryo-s-early-cleavage-cycles-with-microfluidics
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Zeqing Bai, Hongcun Bao, Yingying Yuan, Xiaohang Yang, Yongmei Xi, Min Wang
It is of great importance to understand biochemical system's behavior toward environmental perturbation during the development of living organisms. Here a microfluidic platform for Drosophila embryo's online development and observation is presented. The system is capable of developing the embryo's anterior and posterior halves controlled at different temperature environments, and it can be easily coupled with a confocal microscope for real-time image acquisition. The microfluidic chip is consisted of a polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) substrate with a thickness of 4...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728680/at-the-base-of-colinear-hox-gene-expression-cis-features-and-trans-factors-orchestrating-the-initial-phase-of-hox-cluster-activation
#2
REVIEW
Roel Neijts, Jacqueline Deschamps
Hox genes are crucial players in the generation and pattering of the vertebrate trunk and posterior body during embryogenesis. Their initial expression takes place shortly after the establishment of the primitive streak, in the posterior-most part of the mouse embryo and is a determinant step for setting up the definitive Hox expression boundaries along the antero-posterior body axis. The developmental signals and epigenetic mechanisms underlying this early activation remained unsolved until recently. The development of novel embryo-derived model systems, combined with methods that examine chromatin status and chromosome conformation, led to deeper understanding of the process of Hox activation in the early embryo...
August 15, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728047/early-life-co-exposures-to-a-real-world-pah-mixture-and-hypoxia-result-in-later-life-and-next-generation-consequences-in-medaka-oryzias-latipes
#3
Jingli Mu, Melissa Chernick, Wu Dong, Richard T Di Giulio, David E Hinton
Acute effects of individual and complex mixtures of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are well documented in vertebrate species. Hypoxia in fish reduces metabolic rate and reproduction. However, less is known about the later life consequences stemming from early-life exposure to PAHs or hypoxia, particularly their co-exposure. To address this, medaka (Oryzias latipes) embryos were exposed to a complex PAH mixture sediment extract from the Elizabeth River, VA (ERSE) at concentrations of 0.1, 0.5, or 1...
June 27, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727117/relationship-between-ovulation-rate-and-embryonic-characteristics-in-gilts-at-35-d-of-pregnancy
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C L A Da Silva, M L W J Broekhuijse, B F A Laurenssen, H A Mulder, E F Knol, B Kemp, N M Soede
This study investigated the relationship between ovulation rate (OR) and embryonic characteristics in gilts. Landrace ( = 86) and Yorkshire x Landrace ( = 212) gilts were inseminated with semen stored for 3 to 5 d (SS1, = 59), 6 to7 d (SS2, = 133), or 8 to 10 d (SS3, = 106), and slaughtered at 35 d of pregnancy. Ovulation rate was assessed by dissection of the corpora lutea on both ovaries. Embryos were classified as vital (VE) by visual appearance and individually weighed (VEg) and the SD of the weight calculated (SDVEg)...
July 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725656/expression-of-vox-and-vent-mrnas-and-encoded-proteins-in-zebrafish-embryos
#5
Elena S Pshennikova, Maria B Tereshina, Anna S Voronina
In Danio rerio (zebrafish), members of the vent gene-family (vox/vega1, vent/vega2) are considered as ventralizing factors. We investigated not only the expression of their mRNAs by in situ hybridization at different stages of embryonic development, but also the spatial distribution of the encoded proteins by whole-mount immunostaining. We showed vox mRNA to be available in embryos since early cleavage and later on. Vent mRNA appeared after zygotic genome activation only. The vox and vent proteins were revealed at stage of eight blastomeres...
2017: Stem Cell Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725376/moving-south-effects-of-water-temperatures-on-the-larval-development-of-invasive-cane-toads-rhinella-marina-in-cool-temperate-australia
#6
Uditha Wijethunga, Matthew Greenlees, Richard Shine
The distributional limits of many ectothermic species are set by thermal tolerances of early-developmental stages in the life history; embryos and larvae often are less able to buffer environmental variation than are conspecific adults. In pond-breeding amphibians, for example, cold water may constrain viability of eggs and larvae, even if adults can find suitable thermal conditions in terrestrial niches. Invasive species provide robust model systems for exploring these questions, because we can quantify thermal challenges at the expanding range edge (from field surveys) and larval responses to thermal conditions (in the laboratory)...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725198/3d-reconstruction-of-the-digestive-system-in-octopus-vulgaris-cuvier-1797-embryos-and-paralarvae-during-the-first-month-of-life
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Raquel Fernández-Gago, Martin Heß, Heidemarie Gensler, Francisco Rocha
Octopus vulgaris aquaculture is limited due to poor biological knowledge of the paralarval stages (e.g., digestive system functionality), their nutritional requirements (e.g., adequate live diet) and standardization of rearing techniques. These factors are important in explaining the high mortality rate observed in this developmental stage under culture conditions. For a better understanding of nutrition biology of this species, we investigated the 3D microanatomy of the digestive tract of the embryo and paralarvae during the first month of life...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724755/trim33-tif1-%C3%AE-is-essential-for-macrophage-and-neutrophil-mobilisation-to-developmental-or-inflammatory-cues
#8
Doris Lou Demy, Muriel Tauzin, Mylène Lancino, Véronique le Cabec, Michael Redd, Emi Murayama, Isabelle Maridonneau-Parini, Nikolaus Trede, Philippe Herbomel
Macrophages infiltrate and establish in developing organs from an early stage, often before these have become vascularised. Similarly, leukocytes in general can quickly migrate through tissues to any site of wounding. This unique capacity is rooted in their characteristic amoeboid motility, the genetic basis of which is poorly known. Trim33 (Tif1-γ), a nuclear protein that associates with specific DNA binding transcription factors to modulate gene expression, has been found mainly involved in hematopoiesis and gene regulation by TGF-ß...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724221/impact-of-the-nsaid-diclofenac-on-survival-development-behaviour-and-health-of-embryonic-and-juvenile-stages-of-brown-trout-salmo-trutta-f-fario
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Simon Schwarz, Hannah Schmieg, Marco Scheurer, Heinz-R Köhler, Rita Triebskorn
The NSAID diclofenac is controversially discussed with respect to its environmental relevance. Since further information is need to assess whether diclofenac should be included as substance of priority in the EU water framework directive, we investigated the impact of this analgesic on the embryonic development of brown trout (Salmo trutta f. fario) from fertilized egg until the end of sac-fry stage and studied effects in juvenile fish six months post hatch. Embryos were exposed to five test concentrations (0...
July 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722155/metabolite-availability-as-a-window-to-view-the-early-embryo-microenvironment-in-vivo
#10
REVIEW
Kailun Hu, Yang Yu
A preimplantation embryo exists independent of blood supply, and relies on energy sources from its in vivo environment (e.g. oviduct and uterine fluid) to sustain its development. The embryos can survive in this aqueous environment because it contains amino acids, proteins, lactate, pyruvate, oxygen, glucose, antioxidants, ions, growth factors, hormones, and phospholipids - albeit the concentration of each component varies by species, stage of the estrous cycle, and anatomical location. The dynamic nature of this environment sustains the early development from the one-cell zygote to blastocyst, and is reciprocally influenced by the embryo at each embryonic stage...
July 19, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721613/comparative-toxicity-of-seven-rare-earth-elements-in-sea-urchin-early-life-stages
#11
Marco Trifuoggi, Giovanni Pagano, Marco Guida, Anna Palumbo, Antonietta Siciliano, Maria Gravina, Daniel M Lyons, Petra Burić, Maja Levak, Philippe J Thomas, Antonella Giarra, Rahime Oral
The widespread use of rare earth elements (REEs) in a number of technological applications raises unanswered questions related to REE-associated adverse effects. We have previously reported on the multiple impact of some REEs on the early life stages of the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus. The present investigation was to evaluate REE toxicity to early life stages in two unrelated sea urchin species, Sphaerechinus granularis and Arbacia lixula. The comparative toxicities were tested of seven REEs, namely yttrium, lanthanum, cerium, neodymium, samarium, europium and gadolinium as chloride salts at concentrations ranging from 10(-7) to 10(-4) M...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721520/seed-development-of-jatropha-curcas-l-euphorbiaceae-integrating-anatomical-ultrastructural-and-molecular-studies
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Emanoella L Soares, Magda L B Lima, José R S Nascimento, Arlete A Soares, Ítalo A C Coutinho, Francisco A P Campos
This work provides a detailed histological analysis of the development of Jatropha curcas seeds, together with an assessment of the role of programmed cell death in this process. Seeds of Jatropha curcas are a potential source of raw material for the production of biodiesel, but very little is known about how the architecture of the seeds is shaped by the coordinated development of the embryo, endosperm and maternal tissues, namely integuments and nucellus. This study used standard anatomical and ultrastructural techniques to evaluate seed development and programmed cell death (PCD) in the inner integument was monitored by qPCR...
July 18, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720487/pdms-b-pmoxa-polymersomes-for-hepatocyte-targeting-and-assessment-of-toxicity
#13
Klara Kiene, Susanne H Schenk, Fabiola Porta, Alexandra Ernst, Dominik Witzigmann, Philip Grossen, Jörg Huwyler
Nanoparticles, such as polymersomes, can be directed to the hepatic asialoglycoprotein receptor to achieve targeted drug delivery. In this study, we prepared asialofetuin conjugated polymersomes based on the amphiphilic di-block copolymer poly(dimethylsiloxane)-b-poly(2-methyloxazoline) (PDMS-b-PMOXA). They had an average diameter of 150nm and formed monodisperse vesicles. Drug encapsulation and sustained release was monitored using the hydrophilic model compound carboxyfluorescein. Asialoglycoprotein receptor specific uptake by HepG2 cells in vitro was energy dependent and could be competitively inhibited by the free targeting ligand...
July 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720234/effect-of-music-therapy-on-the-anxiety-levels-and-pregnancy-rate-of-women-undergoing-in-vitro-fertilization-embryo-transfer-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#14
Yilda Arzu Aba, Dilek Avci, Yilmaz Guzel, Semanur Kumral Ozcelik, Basak Gurtekin
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of music therapy on the anxiety levels and pregnancy rates of women who underwent in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer. METHODS: This prospective randomized controlled trial was conducted with 186 infertile women who presented to the In Vitro Fertilization Unit at the American Hospital in Turkey between April 2015 and April 2016. The infertile women who met the inclusion criteria were assigned to the music therapy group or the standard therapy group through block randomization...
August 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718809/maternal-choline-supplementation-alters-fetal-growth-patterns-in-a-mouse-model-of-placental-insufficiency
#15
Julia H King, Sze Ting Cecilia Kwan, Jian Yan, Kevin C Klatt, Xinyin Jiang, Mark S Roberson, Marie A Caudill
Impairments in placental development can adversely affect pregnancy outcomes. The bioactive nutrient choline may mitigate some of these impairments, as suggested by data in humans, animals, and human trophoblasts. Herein, we investigated the effects of maternal choline supplementation (MCS) on parameters of fetal growth in a Dlx3+/- (distal-less homeobox 3) mouse model of placental insufficiency. Dlx3+/- female mice were assigned to 1X (control), 2X, or 4X choline intake levels during gestation. Dams were sacrificed at embryonic days E10...
July 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717880/environmental-exposure-does-not-explain-putative-maladaptation-in-road-adjacent-populations
#16
Steven P Brady
While the ecological consequences of roads are well described, little is known of their role as agents of natural selection, which can shape adaptive and maladaptive responses in populations influenced by roads. This knowledge gap persists despite a growing appreciation for the influence of evolution in human-altered environments. There, insights indicate that natural selection typically results in local adaptation. Thus, populations influenced by road-induced selection should evolve fitness advantages in their local environment...
July 17, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717595/egg-clutch-dehydration-induces-early-hatching-in-red-eyed-treefrogs-agalychnis-callidryas
#17
María José Salica, James R Vonesh, Karen M Warkentin
Terrestrial eggs have evolved repeatedly in tropical anurans exposing embryos to the new threat of dehydration. Red-eyed treefrogs, Agalychnis callidryas, lay eggs on plants over water. Maternally provided water allows shaded eggs in humid sites to develop to hatching without rainfall, but unshaded eggs and those in less humid sites can die from dehydration. Hatching responses of amphibian eggs to dry conditions are known from two lineages with independent origins of terrestrial eggs. Here, we experimentally tested for dehydration-induced early hatching in another lineage (Agalychnis callidryas, Phyllomedusidae), representing a third independent origin of terrestrial eggs...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716577/apoptosis-related-genes-induced-in-response-to-ketamine-during-early-life-stages-of-zebrafish
#18
Luís M Félix, Cindy Serafim, Ana M Valentim, Luís M Antunes, Manuela Matos, Ana M Coimbra
Increasing evidence supports that ketamine, a widely used anaesthetic, potentiates apoptosis during development through the mitochondrial pathway of apoptosis. Defects in the apoptotic machinery can cause or contribute to the developmental abnormalities previously described in ketamine-exposed zebrafish. The involvement of the apoptotic machinery in ketamine-induced teratogenicity was addressed by assessing the apoptotic signals at 8 and 24 hpf following 20min exposure to ketamine at three stages of early zebrafish embryo development (256 cell, 50% epiboly and 1-4 somites stages)...
July 14, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716037/phylogeny-expression-patterns-and-regulation-of-dna-methyltransferases-in-early-development-of-the-flatfish-solea-senegalensis
#19
Joana Firmino, Carlos Carballo, Paula Armesto, Marco A Campinho, Deborah M Power, Manuel Manchado
BACKGROUND: The identification of DNA methyltransferases (Dnmt) expression patterns during development and their regulation is important to understand the epigenetic mechanisms that modulate larval plasticity in marine fish. In this study, dnmt1 and dnmt3 paralogs were identified in the flatfish Solea senegalensis and expression patterns in early developmental stages and juveniles were determined. Additionally, the regulation of Dnmt transcription by a specific inhibitor (5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine) and temperature was evaluated...
July 17, 2017: BMC Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715716/ronin-influences-the-dna-damage-response-in-pluripotent-stem-cells
#20
Bryce A Seifert, Marion Dejosez, Thomas P Zwaka
Early mammalian embryonic cells must maintain a particularly robust DNA repair system, as mutations at this developmental point have detrimental consequences for the organism. How the repair system can be tuned to fulfill such elevated requirements is largely unknown, but it may involve transcriptional regulation. Ronin (Thap11) is a transcriptional regulator responsible for vital programs in pluripotent cells. Here, we report that this protein also modulates the DNA damage response of such cells. We show that conditional Ronin knockout sensitizes embryonic stem cells (ESCs) to UV-C-induced DNA damage in association with Atr pathway activation and G2/M arrest...
July 3, 2017: Stem Cell Research
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