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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904978/development-and-characterization-of-twelve-microsatellite-markers-for-porphyra-linearis-greville
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Elena Varela-Álvarez, Cristina Paulino, Ester A Serrão
The genus Porphyra (and its sister genus Pyropia) contains important red algal species that are cultivated and/or harvested for human consumption, sustaining a billion-dollar aquaculture industry. A vast amount of research has been focused on species of this genus, including studies on genetics and genomics among other areas. Twelve novel microsatellite markers were developed here for Porphyra linearis. Markers were characterized using 32 individuals collected from four natural populations of P. linearis with total heterozygosity varying from 0...
November 30, 2016: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903428/gonadogenesis-and-annual-reproductive-cycles-of-an-endangered-cyprinid-fish-the-lake-minnow-eupallasella-percnurus-pallas-1814
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Piotr Hliwa, Jarosław Król, Justyna Sikorska, Jacek Wolnicki, Grzegorz J Dietrich, Rafał Kamiński, Agnieszka Stabińska, Andrzej Ciereszko
In this study, gonadogenesis, the effect of temperature (15, 20 and 25°C) on sex differentiation, and annual changes in the gonads of mature lake minnow Eupallasella percnurus (Pallas, 1814) were determined. The lake minnow was found to be a primary gonochoristic fish species, where gonads are formed directly in the ovaries or testes. The morphological differentiation of gonads was initiated 35days post hatch (DPH) when two types of gonadal anlages were visible: a pear-shaped gonad attached by a single mesentery string and a spindle-shaped gonad attached on both sides to the peritoneum...
November 22, 2016: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903323/reproductive-ecology-of-phorid-parasitoids-in-relation-to-the-head-size-of-leaf-cutting-ants-atta-sexdens-forel
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C F Farder-Gomes, M A Oliveira, P L Gonçalves, L M Gontijo, J C Zanuncio, M A L Bragança, E M Pires
The leaf-cutting ant Atta sexdens Forel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) is one of the most damaging agricultural pests in the Neotropics. Management strategies predominantly rely on the use of general insecticides. What is needed are more species-specific and environmentally friendly options. Parasitioids such as phorid flies (Diptera: Phoridae) may be one such option, but a greater understanding of the ecology of the flies and their ant hosts is essential to devise biological control strategies. Here we report parasitism rates, ant host size, parasitoid abundance per host and resultant sex ratios of two phorid species Apocephalus attophilus Borgmeier and Eibesfeldtphora tonhascai Brown parasitizing A...
December 1, 2016: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901397/a-systems-toxicology-approach-reveals-the-wnt-mapk-crosstalk-pathway-mediated-reproductive-failure-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-exposed-to-graphene-oxide-go-but-not-to-reduced-graphene-oxide-rgo
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Nivedita Chatterjee, Young-Ho Kim, Jisu Yang, Carlos P Roca, Sang Woo Joo, Jinhee Choi
The potential hazards of graphene nanomaterials were investigated by exposing the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans to graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (rGO). The underlying mechanisms of the nano-bio interaction were addressed with an integrated systems toxicology approach using global transcriptomics, network-based pathway analysis, and experimental validation of the in-silico-derived hypotheses. Graphene oxide was found to reduce the worms' reproductive health to a greater degree than rGO, but it did not affect survival (24 h endpoint)...
November 30, 2016: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901297/climate-change-alters-the-reproductive-phenology-and-investment-of-a-lacustrine-fish-the-three-spine-stickleback
#5
Rachel A Hovel, Stephanie M Carlson, Thomas P Quinn
High-latitude lakes are particularly sensitive to the effects of global climate change, demonstrating earlier ice breakup, longer ice-free seasons, and increased water temperatures. Such physical changes have implications for diverse life-history traits in taxa across entire lake food webs. Here, we use a five-decade time series from an Alaskan lake to explore effects of climate change on growth and reproduction of a widely distributed lacustrine fish, the three-spine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). We used multivariate autoregressive state-space (MARSS) models to describe trends in the mean length for multiple size classes and to explore the influence of physical (date of ice breakup, surface water temperature) and biological (density of con- and heterospecifics) factors...
November 30, 2016: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900850/hybridization-between-pollination-syndromes-as-an-ecological-and-evolutionary-resource
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Quentin Cronk, Ji Yong Yang
In plants, pollination syndromes (the correlated presence of many features of relevance to pollination mode, for instance pollination by a particular animal clade) are a striking feature of plant biodiversity, providing great floral phenotypic diversity (Fenster et al. ). Adaptation to a particular animal pollinator provides an explanation for why recently diverged plants can have such extreme differentiation in floral form. One might expect such elaborate adaptations to provide a high degree of pollinator specificity and hence reproductive isolation, but there are many cases where substantial gene flow exists between extreme floral morphs (see Table 1), and the resulting hybrids may be highly fertile...
December 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900472/tissue-specific-expression-of-telomerase-reverse-transcriptase-gene-variants-in-nicotiana-tabacum
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Jana Fišerová Jurečková, Eva Sýkorová, Said Hafidh, David Honys, Jiří Fajkus, Miloslava Fojtová
In tobacco, three sequence variants of the TERT gene have been described. We revealed unbalanced levels of TERT variant transcripts in vegetative tobacco tissues and enhanced TERT transcription and telomerase activity in reproductive tissues. Telomerase is a ribonucleoprotein complex responsible for the maintenance of telomeres, structures delimiting ends of linear eukaryotic chromosomes. In the Nicotiana tabacum (tobacco) allotetraploid plant, three sequence variants (paralogs) of the gene coding for the telomerase reverse transcriptase subunit (TERT) have been described, two of them derived from the maternal N...
November 29, 2016: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898267/combining-treatment-with-myo-inositol-and-d-chiro-inositol-40-1-is-effective-in-restoring-ovary-function-and-metabolic-balance-in-pcos-patients
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Giovanni Monastra, Vittorio Unfer, Abdel Halim Harrath, Mariano Bizzarri
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a relevant cause of infertility, is a heterogeneous, endocrine disorder affecting up to 10-15% of women in reproductive age. Besides hyperandrogenism, insulin resistance (IR) plays a key role in such syndrome. Insulin-sensitizing drugs, such as Metformin, are effective in treating hyper-insulinemic PCOS patients. Recently, inositols - myo-inositol (MI) and D-chiro-inositol (DCI) - have shown to be an efficient and safe alternative in PCOS management, as both inositol isoforms are able to counteract downstream consequences of insulin resistance...
November 29, 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897262/genome-wide-analysis-of-mirnas-in-the-ovaries-of-jining-grey-and-laiwu-black-goats-to-explore-the-regulation-of-fecundity
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Xiangyang Miao, Qingmiao Luo, Huijing Zhao, Xiaoyu Qin
Goat fecundity is important for agriculture and varies depending on the genetic background of the goat. Two excellent domestic breeds in China, the Jining Grey and Laiwu Black goats, have different fecundity and prolificacies. To explore the potential miRNAs that regulate the expression of the genes involved in these prolific differences and to potentially discover new miRNAs, we performed a genome-wide analysis of the miRNAs in the ovaries from these two goats using RNA-Seq technology. Thirty miRNAs were differentially expressed between the Jining Grey and Laiwu Black goats...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895820/sleep-circadian-dysrhythmia-obesity-and-diabetes
#10
REVIEW
Gumpeny Ramachandra Sridhar, Narasimhadevara Santhi Nirmala Sanjana
Synchrony of biological processes with environmental cues developed over millennia to match growth, reproduction and senescence. This entails a complex interplay of genetic, metabolic, chemical, light, hormonal and hedonistic factors across life forms. Sleep is one of the most prominent rhythms where such a match is established. Over the past 100 years or so, it has been possible to disturb the synchrony between sleep-wake cycle and environmental cues. Development of electric lights, shift work and continual accessibility of the internet has disrupted this match...
November 15, 2016: World Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894936/identification-and-expression-analyses-of-vitellogenin-in-bactericera-cockerelli-%C3%A5-ulc
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Freddy Ibanez, Julien Levy, Cecilia Tamborindeguy
The potato psyllid, Bactericera cockerelli (Šulc) (Hemiptera: Triozidae), is a phloem-feeding insect with preference for Solanaceae. This insect species is vector of the pathogenic bacteria 'Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum' the causative agent of zebra chip, an important disease of commercial potatoes in several countries worldwide. The recent classification of psyllids among the most dangerous vectors has promoted their study, but still many biological processes such as reproduction and vitellogenesis need to be investigated...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894742/metabolic-state-defines-the-response-of-rabbit-ovarian-cells-to-leptin
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Abdel Halim Harrath, Olga Østrup, Jan Rafay, Iveta Koničková Florkovičová, Jozef Laurincik, Alexander V Sirotkin
Leptin is a hormone that mediates the effect of the metabolic state on several biological functions, including reproduction. Leptin affects reproductive functions via alterations in the release of hormonal regulators. However, the extent to which caloric restriction (CR) can affect the complex processes of reproduction by other mechanisms, such as altering ovarian functions via direct binding/response to leptin, is unknown. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to show basic ovarian cell functions and CR on the response of ovarian cells to leptin...
November 25, 2016: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894357/new-insights-into-the-generation-and-role-of-de-novo-mutations-in-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
Rocio Acuna-Hidalgo, Joris A Veltman, Alexander Hoischen
Aside from inheriting half of the genome of each of our parents, we are born with a small number of novel mutations that occurred during gametogenesis and postzygotically. Recent genome and exome sequencing studies of parent-offspring trios have provided the first insights into the number and distribution of these de novo mutations in health and disease, pointing to risk factors that increase their number in the offspring. De novo mutations have been shown to be a major cause of severe early-onset genetic disorders such as intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, and other developmental diseases...
November 28, 2016: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891704/isoflavone-genistein-inhibits-estrogen-induced-chloride-and-bicarbonate-secretory-mechanisms-in-the-uterus-in-rats
#14
Asma Chinigarzadeh, Kamarulzaman Karim, Sekaran Muniandy, Naguib Salleh
We hypothesized that genistein could affect the chloride (Cl(-) ) and bicarbonate (HCO3(-) ) secretory mechanisms in uterus. Ovariectomized female rats were given estradiol or estradiol plus progesterone with 25, 50, or 100 mg/kg/day genistein. Following completion of the treatment, uterine fluid Cl(-) and HCO3(-) concentrations were determined by in vivo uterine perfusion. Uteri were subjected for molecular biological analysis (Western blot, qPCR, and immunohistochemistry) to detect levels of expression of Cystic Fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR), Cl(-) /HCO3(-) exchanger (SLC26a6), Na(+) /HCO3(-) cotransporter (SLC4a4), and estrogen receptor (ER)-α and β...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891220/diversification-in-wild-populations-of-the-model-organism-anolis-carolinensis-a-genome-wide-phylogeographic-investigation
#15
Joseph D Manthey, Marc Tollis, Alan R Lemmon, Emily Moriarty Lemmon, Stéphane Boissinot
The green anole (Anolis carolinensis) is a lizard widespread throughout the southeastern United States and is a model organism for the study of reproductive behavior, physiology, neural biology, and genomics. Previous phylogeographic studies of A. carolinensis using mitochondrial DNA and small numbers of nuclear loci identified conflicting and poorly supported relationships among geographically structured clades; these inconsistencies preclude confident use of A. carolinensis evolutionary history in association with morphological, physiological, or reproductive biology studies among sampling localities and necessitate increased effort to resolve evolutionary relationships among natural populations...
November 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890873/overabundance-of-sika-deer-and-immunocontraception
#16
Junko Noguchi
The impact of deer overabundance is a worldwide problem. Along with habitat expansion and population increase, damage by sika deer to the forest ecosystem and agriculture has become a serious issue in Japan. Deer also transmit a number of diseases and parasites to humans and livestock. The overabundance of deer is a result of their strong fecundity, and therefore the present situation should, in theory, be tackled by experts in reproductive biology.
November 28, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890000/reproductive-toxicity-of-t-cells-in-early-life-abnormal-immune-development-and-postnatal-diseases
#17
Han-Xiao Liu, Aifang Jiang, Ting Chen, Wen Qu, Hui-Yi Yan, Jie Ping
Immunity is a balanced status with adequate biological defenses to recognize and fight "non-self", as well as adequate tolerance to recognize "self". To maintain this immune homeostasis, a well-organized T cell immune network is required, which in part depends on the well-controlled development of alternative effector T cells, with different cytokine repertoires. Recent research has pointed that developing fetal T cells network is a remarkably sensitive toxicological target for adverse factors in early life...
November 24, 2016: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889868/biobanking-of-different-body-fluids-within-the-frame-of-ivf-a-standard-operating-procedure-to-improve-reproductive-biology-research
#18
Michael Schenk, Berthold Huppertz, Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch, Darja Kastelic, Martina Hörmann-Kröpfl, Gregor Weiss
PURPOSE: The aim of the present study was to develop a standard operating procedure (SOP) for the collection, transport, and storage of human cumulus cells, follicular fluid, blood serum, seminal plasma, embryo culture supernatant, and embryo culture supernatant control obtained within the IVF process under approved protocols and written informed consent from participating patients. The SOP was developed at the Kinderwunsch Institut Schenk, Dobl, Austria, together with Biobank Graz of the Medical University of Graz, Austria...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886076/pathogens-inactivated-by-low-energy-electron-irradiation-maintain-antigenic-properties-and-induce-protective-immune-responses
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Jasmin Fertey, Lea Bayer, Thomas Grunwald, Alexandra Pohl, Jana Beckmann, Gaby Gotzmann, Javier Portillo Casado, Jessy Schönfelder, Frank-Holm Rögner, Christiane Wetzel, Martin Thoma, Susanne M Bailer, Ekkehard Hiller, Steffen Rupp, Sebastian Ulbert
Inactivated vaccines are commonly produced by incubating pathogens with chemicals such as formaldehyde or β-propiolactone. This is a time-consuming process, the inactivation efficiency displays high variability and extensive downstream procedures are often required. Moreover, application of chemicals alters the antigenic components of the viruses or bacteria, resulting in reduced antibody specificity and therefore stimulation of a less effective immune response. An alternative method for inactivation of pathogens is ionizing radiation...
November 23, 2016: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885615/the-white-mullet-mugil-curema-as-biological-indicator-to-assess-environmental-stress-in-tropical-coastal-lagoons
#20
Alejandra García-Gasca, Julián Ríos-Sicairos, Rubí Hernández-Cornejo, Isabel Cunha, Jesús N Gutiérrez, Héctor Plascencia-González, Luz María García de la Parra, Selene Abad-Rosales, Miguel Betancourt-Lozano
Several coastal lagoons and estuaries in Mexico receive untreated domestic and industrial discharges which contain complex mixtures of contaminants. In order to assess the effects of chemical contamination, we used the White mullet (Mugil curema) as biological indicator. We worked in two estuaries located in Northwest Mexico: Urias (highly polluted) and Teacapan (less polluted, therefore used as reference site). We measured several endpoints at different levels of biological organization: vitellogenin transcription in males as biomarker of estrogenic contamination, as well as reproductive, morphological (deformities), morphometric, and meristic parameters...
December 0: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
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