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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934504/accumulation-of-histone-variant-h3-3-with-age-is-associated-with-profound-changes-in-the-histone-methylation-landscape
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Andrey Tvardovskiy, Veit Schwämmle, Stefan J Kempf, Adelina Rogowska-Wrzesinska, Ole N Jensen
Deposition of replication-independent histone variant H3.3 into chromatin is essential for many biological processes, including development and reproduction. Unlike replication-dependent H3.1/2 isoforms, H3.3 is expressed throughout the cell cycle and becomes enriched in postmitotic cells with age. However, lifelong dynamics of H3 variant replacement and the impact of this process on chromatin organization remain largely undefined. Using quantitative middle-down proteomics we demonstrate that H3.3 accumulates to near saturation levels in the chromatin of various mouse somatic tissues by late adulthood...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934328/the-human-vgf-derived-bioactive-peptide-tlqp-21-binds-heat-shock-71-kda-protein-8-hspa8-on-the-surface-of-sh-sy5y-cells
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Shamim Akhter, Sandipan Chakraborty, Daniela Moutinho, Elia Álvarez-Coiradas, Isaac Rosa, Juan Viñuela, Eduardo Domínguez, Angel García, Jesús R Requena
VGF (non-acronymic)is a secreted chromogranin/secretogranin that gives rise to a number of bioactive peptides by a complex proteolysis mechanism. VGF-derived peptides exert an extensive array of biological effects in energy metabolism, mood regulation, pain, gastric secretion function, reproduction and, perhaps, cancer. It is therefore surprising that very little is known about receptors and binding partners of VGF-derived peptides and their downstream molecular mechanisms of action. Here, using affinity chromatography and mass spectrometry-based protein identification, we have identified the heat shock cognate 71 kDa protein A8 (HSPA8)as a binding partner of human TLQP-21 on the surface of human neuroblastomaSH-SY5Y cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934256/transcriptome-analysis-of-sex-related-genes-in-the-blood-clam-tegillarca-granosa
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Heng Chen, Guoqiang Xiao, Xueliang Chai, Xingguan Lin, Jun Fang, Shuangshuang Teng
BACKGROUND: Blood clams (Tegillarca granosa) are one of the most commercial shellfish in China and South Asia with wide distribution in Indo-Pacific tropical to temperate estuaries. However, recent data indicate a decline in the germplasm of this species. Furthermore, the molecular mechanisms underpinning reproductive regulation remain unclear and information regarding genetic diversity is limited. Understanding the reproductive biology of shellfish is important in interpreting their embryology development, reproduction and population structure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932814/the-gut-commensal-microbiome-of-drosophila-melanogaster-is-modified-by-the-endosymbiont-wolbachia
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Rama K Simhadri, Eva M Fast, Rong Guo, Michaela J Schultz, Natalie Vaisman, Luis Ortiz, Joanna Bybee, Barton E Slatko, Horacio M Frydman
Endosymbiotic Wolbachia bacteria and the gut microbiome have independently been shown to affect several aspects of insect biology, including reproduction, development, life span, stem cell activity, and resistance to human pathogens, in insect vectors. This work shows that Wolbachia bacteria, which reside mainly in the fly germline, affect the microbial species present in the fly gut in a lab-reared strain. Drosophila melanogaster hosts two main genera of commensal bacteria-Acetobacter and Lactobacillus. Wolbachia-infected flies have significantly reduced titers of Acetobacter...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932208/invertebrate-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-related-peptides-and-their-receptors-an-update
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REVIEW
Tsubasa Sakai, Akira Shiraishi, Tsuyoshi Kawada, Shin Matsubara, Masato Aoyama, Honoo Satake
Gonadotropin-releasing hormones (GnRHs) play pivotal roles in reproductive functions via the hypothalamus, pituitary, and gonad axis, namely, HPG axis in vertebrates. GnRHs and their receptors (GnRHRs) are likely to be conserved in invertebrate deuterostomes and lophotrochozoans. All vertebrate and urochordate GnRHs are composed of 10 amino acids, whereas protostome, echinoderm, and amphioxus GnRH-like peptides are 11- or 12-residue peptide containing two amino acids after an N-terminal pyro-Glu. In urochordates, Halocynthia roretzi GnRH gene encodes two GnRH peptide sequences, whereas two GnRH genes encode three different GnRH peptides in Ciona intestinalis...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931493/homarus-gammarus-crustacea-decapoda-larvae-under-an-ocean-acidification-scenario-responses-across-different-levels-of-biological-organization
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Lénia D Rato, Sara C Novais, Marco F L Lemos, Luís M F Alves, Sérgio M Leandro
The present study evaluated the effects of exposure to different target pCO2 levels: control (C: 370μatm, pH = 8.15) and ocean acidification (OA: 710μatm, pH=7.85) on development and biochemical responses related with oxidative stress and energy metabolism during the crustacean Homarus gammarus (L.) larval development, integrating different levels of biological organization. After hatching in the laboratory, larvae from the same female brood were exposed to the described conditions from hatching until reaching Stage III (last larval stage - 11 days)...
September 17, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931409/clinical-review-of-24-35%C3%A2-year-olds-conceived-with-and-without-in-vitro-fertilization-study-protocol
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Sharon Lewis, Joanne Kennedy, David Burgner, Robert McLachlan, Sarath Ranganathan, Karin Hammarberg, Richard Saffery, David J Amor, Michael M H Cheung, Lex W Doyle, Markus Juonala, Susan Donath, John McBain, Jane Halliday
BACKGROUND: Children conceived by assisted reproductive technologies (ART) currently comprise 4% of Australian births. The manipulation of biological parameters related to fertilization and implantation are integral to successful ART but potentially pose a risk to the longer-term health of the offspring. There is consensus that many common adult health problems (particularly cardiovascular, metabolic and respiratory conditions) have their origins in early life, possibly before birth, and that risk trajectories track through childhood until clinical disease manifests in adulthood...
September 20, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929570/impacts-of-human-induced-environmental-change-in-wetlands-on-aquatic-animals
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Michael Sievers, Robin Hale, Kirsten M Parris, Stephen E Swearer
Many wetlands harbour highly diverse biological communities and provide extensive ecosystem services; however, these important ecological features are being altered, degraded and destroyed around the world. Despite a wealth of research on how animals respond to anthropogenic changes to natural wetlands and how they use created wetlands, we lack a broad synthesis of these data. While some altered wetlands may provide vital habitat, others could pose a considerable risk to wildlife. This risk will be heightened if such wetlands are ecological traps - preferred habitats that confer lower fitness than another available habitat...
September 19, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929439/parasitism-of-spodoptera-litura-lepidoptera-noctuidae-by-microplitis-prodeniae-hymenoptera-braconidae
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Z Yan, J J Yue, C H Zhang, B Q Lu, Y L Xie, L X Zhang, Z Q Peng
Spodoptera litura Fabricius is a major vegetable pest that is widely distributed throughout tropical, subtropical and temperate regions. Microplitis prodeniae Rao and Chandry is a solitary endoparasitoid of S. litura. To assess the potential use of this parasitoid as a biological control agent, the reproductive schedule, fecundity and functional response of M. prodeniae were investigated under conditions of 28 ± 1°C and 70 ± 10% relative humidity with a 14:10-h L:D photoperiod. The parasitoid's average lifetime fecundity was 171...
September 19, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929226/transcriptome-profiling-of-fully-open-flowers-in-a-frost-tolerant-almond-genotype-in-response-to-freezing-stress
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Batool Hosseinpour, Sadegh Sepahvand, Kazem Kamali Aliabad, MohammadReza Bakhtiarizadeh, Ali Imani, Reza Assareh, Seyed Alireza Salami
Spring frost is a major limiting abiotic stress for the cultivation of almonds [Prunus dulcis (Mill.)] in Mediterranean areas or the Middle East. Spring frost, in particular, damages almond fully open flowers, resulting to significant reduction in yield. Little is known about the genetic factors expressed after frost stress in Prunus spp. as well as in almond fully open flowers. Here, we provide the molecular signature of pistils of fully open flowers from a frost-tolerant almond genotype. The level of frost tolerance in this genotype was determined for all three flowering stages and was confirmed by comparing it to two other cultivars using several physiological analyses...
September 19, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928758/soil-biological-activity-contributing-to-phosphorus-availability-in-vertisols-under-long-term-organic-and-conventional-agricultural-management
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Nisar A Bhat, Amritbir Riar, Aketi Ramesh, Sanjeeda Iqbal, Mahaveer P Sharma, Sanjay K Sharma, Gurbir S Bhullar
Mobilization of unavailable phosphorus (P) to plant available P is a prerequisite to sustain crop productivity. Although most of the agricultural soils have sufficient amounts of phosphorus, low availability of native soil P remains a key limiting factor to increasing crop productivity. Solubilization and mineralization of applied and native P to plant available form is mediated through a number of biological and biochemical processes that are strongly influenced by soil carbon/organic matter, besides other biotic and abiotic factors...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928387/bi-directional-effects-of-vitamin-b12-and-methotrexate-on-daphnia-magna-fitness-and-genomic-methylation
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Fitore Kusari, Alan M O'Doherty, Nikolas J Hodges, Marcin W Wojewodzic
Here we interrogated, using three separate but complementary experimental approaches, the impact of vitamin B12 availability and methotrexate exposure on Daphnia magna, which we hypothesised should have an opposite effect on One carbon metabolism (OCM). OCM is a vital biological process supporting a variety of physiological processes, including DNA methylation. Contrary to mammalian models, this process remains largely unexplored in invertebrates. The purpose of this study was to elucidate the impact of OCM short-term alteration on the fitness and epigenome of the keystone species, Daphnia...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928019/benzoylecgonine-exposure-induced-oxidative-stress-and-altered-swimming-behavior-and-reproduction-in-daphnia-magna
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Marco Parolini, Beatrice De Felice, Claudia Ferrario, Noelia Salgueiro-González, Sara Castiglioni, Antonio Finizio, Paolo Tremolada
Several monitoring studies have shown that benzoylecgonine (BE) is the main illicit drug residue commonly measured in the aquatic system worldwide. Few studies have investigated the potential toxicity of this molecule towards invertebrate and vertebrate aquatic non-target organisms focusing on effects at low levels of the biological organization, but no one has assessed the consequences at higher ones. Thus, the present study was aimed at investigating the toxicity of a 48-h exposure to two concentrations of BE, similar to those found in aquatic ecosystems (0...
September 16, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927307/biological-therapy-for-non-obstructive-azoospermia
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Sarah C Vij, Edmund Sabanegh, Ashok Agarwal
Most male patients with non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) have no therapeutic options outside of assisted reproductive techniques to conceive a biological child. If mature sperm cannot be obtained from the testes, these patients must rely on options of donor sperm or adoption. Several techniques are in the experimental stage to provide this patient population alternatives for conceiving. Areas covered: This review discusses three of the experimental techniques for restoring fertility in men with NOA: spermatogonial stem cell transplantation, the use of adult and embryonic stem cells to develop mature gametes and gene therapy...
September 19, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924499/genome-wide-identification-of-the-mads-box-transcription-factor-family-in-pear-pyrus-bretschneideri-reveals-evolution-and-functional-divergence
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Runze Wang, Meiling Ming, Jiaming Li, Dongqing Shi, Xin Qiao, Leiting Li, Shaoling Zhang, Jun Wu
MADS-box transcription factors play significant roles in plant developmental processes such as floral organ conformation, flowering time, and fruit development. Pear (Pyrus), as the third-most crucial temperate fruit crop, has been fully sequenced. However, there is limited information about the MADS family and its functional divergence in pear. In this study, a total of 95 MADS-box genes were identified in the pear genome, and classified into two types by phylogenetic analysis. Type I MADS-box genes were divided into three subfamilies and type II genes into 14 subfamilies...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923174/27-hydroxycholesterol-an-endogenous-selective-estrogen-receptor-modulator
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REVIEW
Sisi He, Erik R Nelson
Estrogen receptors (ERs) mediate the actions of the steroidal estrogens, and are important for the regulation of several physiological and pathophysiological processes, including reproduction, bone physiology, cardiovascular physiology and breast cancer. The unique pharmacology of the ERs allows for certain ligands, such as tamoxifen, to elicit tissue- and context-specific responses, ligands now referred to as selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs). Recently, the cholesterol metabolite 27-hydroxychoelsterol (27HC) has been defined as an endogenous SERM, with activities in atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, breast and prostate cancers, and neural degenerative diseases...
October 2017: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923156/functional-constructivism-in-search-of-formal-descriptors
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Irina Trofimova
The Functional Constructivism (FC) paradigm is an alternative to behaviorism and considers behavior as being generated every time anew, based on an individual's capacities, environmental resources and demands. Walter Freeman's work provided us with evidence supporting the FC principles. In this paper we make parallels between gradual construction processes leading to the formation of individual behavior and habits, and evolutionary processes leading to the establishment of biological systems. Referencing evolutionary theory, several formal descriptors of such processes are proposed...
October 2017: Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923130/regulating-cinematic-stories-about-reproduction-pregnancy-childbirth-abortion-and-movie-censorship-in-the-us-1930-1958
#18
David A Kirby
In the mid-twentieth century film studios sent their screenplays to Hollywood's official censorship body, the Production Code Administration (PCA), and to the Catholic Church's Legion of Decency for approval and recommendations for revision. This article examines the negotiations between filmmakers and censorship groups in order to show the stories that censors did, and did not, want told about pregnancy, childbirth and abortion, as well as how studios fought to tell their own stories about human reproduction...
September 2017: British Journal for the History of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923127/thin-blue-lines-product-placement-and-the-drama-of-pregnancy-testing-in-british-cinema-and-television
#19
Jesse Olszynko-Gryn
This article uses the case of pregnancy testing in Britain to investigate the process whereby new and often controversial reproductive technologies are made visible and normalized in mainstream entertainment media. It shows how in the 1980s and 1990s the then nascent product placement industry was instrumental in embedding pregnancy testing in British cinema and television's dramatic productions. In this period, the pregnancy-test close-up became a conventional trope and the thin blue lines associated with Unilever's Clearblue rose to prominence in mainstream consumer culture...
September 2017: British Journal for the History of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923123/-a-machine-for-recreating-life-an-introduction-to-reproduction-on-film
#20
Jesse Olszynko-Gryn, Patrick Ellis
Reproduction is one of the most persistently generative themes in the history of science and cinema. Cabbage fairies, clones and monstrous creations have fascinated filmmakers and audiences for more than a century. Today we have grown accustomed not only to the once controversial portrayals of sperm, eggs and embryos in biology and medicine, but also to the artificial wombs and dystopian futures of science fiction and fantasy. Yet, while scholars have examined key films and genres, especially in response to the recent cycle of Hollywood 'mom coms', the analytic potential of reproduction on film as a larger theme remains largely untapped...
September 2017: British Journal for the History of Science
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