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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803373/th2a-is-phosphorylated-at-meiotic-centromere-by-haspin
#1
Masashi Hada, Jihye Kim, Erina Inoue, Yuko Fukuda, Hiromitsu Tanaka, Yoshinori Watanabe, Yuki Okada
Histone phosphorylation is sometimes associated with mitosis and meiosis. We have recently identified a phosphorylation of the 127th threonine on TH2A (pTH2A), a germ cell-specific H2A variant, in condensed spermatids and mitotic early preimplantation embryos of mice. Here, we further report the existence of pTH2A at the centromeres in metaphase I spermatocytes and oocytes. Moreover, we identified Haspin, a known kinase for the 3rd threonine on H3, is responsible for pTH2A in vivo. In contrast to the severe meiotic defect in oocytes treated with a Haspin inhibitor, pTH2A-deficient mice, in which the 127th threonine was replaced by alanine, maintained the fertility and exhibited no obvious defect in both oocytes and spermatogenesis...
August 12, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802704/early-miscarriage-rate-in-lean-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-women-after-euploid-embryo-transfer-a-matched-pair-study
#2
Lu Luo, Fang Gu, Huying Jie, Chenhui Ding, Qiang Zhao, Qiong Wang, Canquan Zhou
The early miscarriage rate is reported to be higher in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) compared with non-PCOS patients. However, whether PCOS is an independent risk factor for early miscarriage is still controversial; to what extent embryonic aneuploidy accounts for miscarriages of PCOS is still unknown. In this 1:3 matched-pair study, 67 lean PCOS patients and 201 controls matched for age, body mass index (BMI) and embryo scores undergoing a single euploid blastocyst transfer in vitrified-warmed cycles were analysed...
July 29, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801588/both-nuclear-size-and-dna-amount-contribute-to-midblastula-transition-timing-in-xenopus-laevis
#3
Predrag Jevtić, Daniel L Levy
During early Xenopus laevis embryogenesis both nuclear and cell volumes decrease with the nuclear-to-cytoplasmic (N/C) volume ratio reaching a maximum at the midblastula transition (MBT). At the MBT, embryonic transcription is upregulated and cell cycles lengthen. Early studies demonstrated a role for the DNA-to-cytoplasmic ratio in the control of MBT timing. By altering nuclear size, we previously showed that the N/C volume ratio also contributes to proper MBT timing. Here we examine the relative contributions of nuclear size and DNA amount to MBT timing by simultaneously altering nuclear size and ploidy in X...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800167/a-functional-imaging-study-of-germinating-oilseed-rape-seed
#4
Eberhard Munz, Hardy Rolletschek, Steffen Oeltze-Jafra, Johannes Fuchs, André Guendel, Thomas Neuberger, Stefan Ortleb, Peter M Jakob, Ljudmilla Borisjuk
Germination, the process whereby a dry, quiescent seed springs to life, has been a focus of plant biologist for many years, yet the early events following water uptake, during which metabolism of the embryo is restarted, remain enigmatic. Here, the nature of the cues required for this restarting in oilseed rape (Brassica napus) seed has been investigated. A holistic in vivo approach was designed to display the link between the entry and allocation of water, metabolic events and structural changes occurring during germination...
August 11, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799353/pre-ordering-of-interfacial-water-in-the-pathway-of-heterogeneous-ice-nucleation-does-not-lead-to-a-two-step-crystallization-mechanism
#5
Laura Lupi, Baron Peters, Valeria Molinero
According to Classical Nucleation Theory (CNT), the transition from liquid to crystal occurs in a single activated step with a transition state controlled by the size of the crystal embryo. This picture has been challenged in the last two decades by several reports of two-step crystallization processes in which the liquid first produces pre-ordered or dense domains, within which the crystal nucleates in a second step. Pre-ordering preceding crystal nucleation has been recently reported in simulations of ice crystallization, raising the question of whether the mechanism of ice nucleation involves two steps...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799183/utilization-of-porcine-in%C3%A2-vitro-produced-parthenogenetic-embryos-for-co-transfer-with-vitrified-and-warmed-embryos
#6
Yoshiyuki Nakamura, Kazuhiro Kikuchi
The present study was conducted to evaluate the possibility of using in vitro-produced parthenogenetic (PA) embryos for co-transfer with morulae that had been collected in vivo and cryopreserved. The proportion of PA blastocysts (20.5%) was higher than that of their in vitro fertilization (IVF) counterparts (16.6%). Although there were no differences in morphology or diameter between the two groups, the number of cells in early PA blastocysts after in vitro culture for 6 days was lower than for IVF blastocysts (25...
August 10, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799051/measuring-the-internal-concentration-of-volatile-organic-compounds-in-small-organisms-using-micro-quechers-coupled-to-lvi-gc-ms-ms
#7
Denise Kurth, Martin Krauss, Tobias Schulze, Werner Brack
There is an increasing demand for analytical tools to measure the internal concentrations of xenobiotic pollutants in small organisms. Such tools are required to determine exposure in ecotoxicological studies yet avoid sophisticated clean-up and enrichment techniques or large-scale experimental design. Thus, this paper presents a modified QuEChERS method coupled to gas chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS) for small volume organic samples. Ten zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos were exposed to a 46-compound mixture at 10 ng/mL...
August 10, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798414/comparison-of-neonatal-outcomes-following-progesterone-use-during-ovarian-stimulation-with-frozen-thawed-embryo-transfer
#8
Xiuxian Zhu, Hongjuan Ye, Yonglun Fu
Progesterone soft capsules (brand name: Utrogestan) were demonstrated to be an effective oral alternative to prevent premature LH surges both in normal-ovulatory and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) patients. However, its safety in terms of neonatal outcomes is unclear. To evaluate whether Utrogestan use increase the risk of adverse neonatal outcomes compared with short protocol in patients undergoing IVF/ICSI treatments in combination with frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET), we performed a retrospective analysis including 1008 FET cycles, with embryos originated from either Utrogestan + hMG protocol (n = 499), or short protocol (n = 509), which led to 546 live-born infants...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798318/sunscreen-products-impair-the-early-developmental-stages-of-the-sea-urchin-paracentrotus-lividus
#9
Cinzia Corinaldesi, Elisabetta Damiani, Francesca Marcellini, Carla Falugi, Luca Tiano, Francesca Brugè, Roberto Danovaro
Marine ecosystems are increasingly threatened by the release of personal care products. Among them, sunscreens are causing concern either for the effects on skin protection from UV radiation and for the potential impacts on marine life. Here, we assessed the UVA protective efficacy of three sunscreens on human dermal fibroblasts, including two common products in Europe and USA, and an eco-friendly product. The sunscreens' effects were also tested on Paracentrotus lividus, a marine species possibly threatened by these contaminants...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798080/long-term-programming-effect-of-early-hypoxia-and-high-carbohydrate-diet-at-first-feeding-on-glucose-metabolism-in-rainbow-trout-juveniles
#10
Jingwei Liu, Karine Dias, Elisabeth Plagnes-Juan, Vincent Véron, Stéphane Panserat, Lucie Marandel
Environmental conditions experienced during early life play an important role in the long-term metabolic status of individuals. The present study investigated whether early hypoxia exposure (24 h, 2.5 mg·l(-1), 20% dissolved O2) during embryo stage alone (hypoxic history) or combined with a 5-day high carbohydrate diet (60%) stimulus at first-feeding (high carbohydrate diet history) can affect the glucose metabolism later in life, i.e. in fish juveniles. After 19 weeks of growth, we observed a decrease in final body weight in fish with a high carbohydrate diet history...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797287/is-a-high-serum-copper-concentration-a-risk-factor-for-implantation-failure
#11
Hidehiko Matsubayashi, Kotaro Kitaya, Kohei Yamaguchi, Rie Nishiyama, Yukiko Takaya, Tomomoto Ishikawa
BACKGROUND: Copper-containing contraceptive devices may deposit copper ions in the endometrium, resulting in implantation failure. The deposition of copper ions in many organs has been reported in patients with untreated Wilson's disease. Since these patients sometimes exhibit subfertility and/or early pregnancy loss, copper ions were also considered to accumulate in the uterine endometrium. Wilson's disease patients treated with zinc successfully delivered babies because zinc interfered with the absorption of copper from the gastrointestinal tract...
August 10, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797153/-chorionic-villus-cell-culture-and-karyotype-analysis-in-1-983-cases-of-spontaneous-miscarriage
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S M Yuan, C Liao, D Z Li, J Z Huang, S Y Hu, M Ke, H Z Zhong, C X Yi
Objective: To investigate the relationship between spontaneous miscarriage and embryonic chromosome abnormalities, and to evaluate the clinical application of karyotype analysis by chorionic villus cell culture. Methods: The chorionic villus karyotype of 1 983 cases of miscarriage from January 2010 to July 2016 in Guangzhou Women and Children's Mecical Center were analyzed retrospectively. The miscarried chorionic villi were obtained by curettage under sterilized condition. The chromosome specimens were prepared after chorionic villus cell culture...
July 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796907/likelihood-of-pregnancy-after-embryo-transfer-is-reduced-in-recipient-mares-with-a-short-preceding-oestrus
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J Cuervo-Arango, A N Claes, M Ruijter-Villani, T A Stout
BACKGROUND: Previous surveys reported a positive association between the length of the follicular phase and subsequent fertility in embryo transfer donor and Thoroughbred mares. However, it is unclear whether a longer oestrus positively influences fertilisation and oviductal development (oocyte quality, oviductal environment), or uterine receptivity and survival of the embryo in the uterus. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effect of length of oestrus (characterised by duration of endometrial oedema) on likelihood of pregnancy and early embryo loss (EEL) in recipient mares after embryo transfer (ET)...
August 10, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794853/the-mir-290-295-cluster-as-multi-faceted-players-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Kai Yuan, Wen-Bing Ai, Lin-Yan Wan, Xiao Tan, Jiang-Feng Wu
Increasing evidence indicates that embryonic stem cell specific microRNAs (miRNAs) play an essential role in the early development of embryo. Among them, the miR-290-295 cluster is the most highly expressed in the mouse embryonic stem cells and involved in various biological processes. In this paper, we reviewed the research progress of the function of the miR-290-295 cluster in embryonic stem cells. The miR-290-295 cluster is involved in regulating embryonic stem cell pluripotency maintenance, self-renewal, and reprogramming somatic cells to an embryonic stem cell-like state...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794185/id-genes-are-essential-for-early-heart-formation
#15
Thomas J Cunningham, Michael S Yu, Wesley L McKeithan, Sean Spiering, Florent Carrette, Chun-Teng Huang, Paul J Bushway, Matthew Tierney, Sonia Albini, Mauro Giacca, Miguel Mano, Pier Lorenzo Puri, Alessandra Sacco, Pilar Ruiz-Lozano, Jean-Francois Riou, Muriel Umbhauer, Gregg Duester, Mark Mercola, Alexandre R Colas
Deciphering the fundamental mechanisms controlling cardiac specification is critical for our understanding of how heart formation is initiated during embryonic development and for applying stem cell biology to regenerative medicine and disease modeling. Using systematic and unbiased functional screening approaches, we discovered that the Id family of helix-loop-helix proteins is both necessary and sufficient to direct cardiac mesoderm formation in frog embryos and human embryonic stem cells. Mechanistically, Id proteins specify cardiac cell fate by repressing two inhibitors of cardiogenic mesoderm formation-Tcf3 and Foxa2-and activating inducers Evx1, Grrp1, and Mesp1...
August 9, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794128/dynamic-changes-in-h1-subtype-composition-during-epigenetic-reprogramming
#16
Annalisa Izzo, Céline Ziegler-Birling, Peter W S Hill, Lydia Brondani, Petra Hajkova, Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla, Robert Schneider
In mammals, histone H1 consists of a family of related proteins, including five replication-dependent (H1.1-H1.5) and two replication-independent (H1.10 and H1.0) subtypes, all expressed in somatic cells. To systematically study the expression and function of H1 subtypes, we generated knockin mouse lines in which endogenous H1 subtypes are tagged. We focused on key developmental periods when epigenetic reprogramming occurs: early mouse embryos and primordial germ cell development. We found that dynamic changes in H1 subtype expression and localization are tightly linked with chromatin remodeling and might be crucial for transitions in chromatin structure during reprogramming...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792110/toxicity-of-extracts-from-municipal-wastewater-to-early-life-stages-of-japanese-medaka-oryzias-latipes-to-evaluate-removals-of-micropollutants-by-wastewater-treatment
#17
Nicholas Maya, Calvin Crispo, Victoria McFarland, Deniz Nasuhoglu, Siavash Isazadeh, Viviane Yargeau, Chris D Metcalfe
Treatment of municipal wastewater reduces the concentrations of some pharmaceuticals and personal care products, hormones and drugs of abuse. However, reduced concentrations of these micropollutants in wastewater may not correlate with reduced toxicity, as transformations of micropollutants and/or the formation of disinfection by-products may generate toxic compounds. In this study, we prepared extracts by solid phase extraction of samples collected from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) at various stages of treatment and tested these extracts for toxicity to early life stages of Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes)...
August 9, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792107/intrafetal-laser-for-embryo-reduction-from-dichorionic-triplets-to-dichorionic-twins
#18
Petya Chaveeva, Gergana Peeva, Savino Gil Pugliese, Atanas Shterev, Kypros H Nicolaides
OBJECTIVE: To report the outcome of dichorionic (DC) triplet pregnancies reduced to DC twins by laser ablation of the pelvic vessels of one of the monochorionic twins. METHODS: Intrafetal laser embryo reduction (ER) from DC triplet to DC twins was carried out in 61 pregnancies at 11(+0) - 14(+3) weeks' gestation. Pregnancy outcome was examined and compared to previous studies in DC triplets managed expectantly or by ER to twins or singleton with fetal intracardiac injection of potassium chloride (KCl)...
August 9, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791750/histone-deacetylase-1-and-2-are-essential-for-murine-neural-crest-proliferation-pharyngeal-arch-development-and-craniofacial-morphogenesis
#19
Zachary J Milstone, Grace Lawson, Chinmay M Trivedi
BACKGROUND: Craniofacial anomalies involve defective pharyngeal arch development and neural crest function. Copy number variation at 1p35, containing histone deacetylase 1 (Hdac1), or 6q21-22, containing Hdac2, are implicated in patients with craniofacial defects, suggesting an important role in guiding neural crest development. However, the roles of Hdac1 and Hdac2 within neural crest cells remain unknown. RESULTS: The neural crest and its derivatives express both Hdac1 and Hdac2 during early murine development...
August 9, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791673/comprehensive-analyses-of-hox-gene-expression-in-xenopus-laevis-embryos-and-adult-tissues
#20
Mariko Kondo, Takayoshi Yamamoto, Shuji Takahashi, Masanori Taira
From whole genome sequencing of an allotetraploid frog, Xenopus laevis, two homeologous sets (L and S) of four Hox clusters A through D (HoxA.L/S, HoxB.L/S, HoxC.L/S, and HoxD.L/S) and 13 paralogous groups (PGs) with 76 genes were identified, allowing us to carry out the first comprehensive analyses of hox gene expression in vertebrates. Expression of all hox genes during development and in adult tissues was analyzed by RNA-sequencing. The expression levels of most hox genes were similar between homeologs, but in some pairs, large differences were observed and several of these were confirmed by RT-PCR and whole mount in situ hybridization experiments...
August 9, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
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