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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732173/exploring-the-potential-of-gametic-reconstruction-of-parental-genotypes-by-f-sub-1-sub-hybrids-as-a-bridge-for-rapid-introgression
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Charles H Cannon, C Lane Scher
Interspecific hybridization and genetic introgression are commonly observed in natural populations of many species, especially trees. Among oaks, gene flow between closely-related species has been well documented. And yet, hybridization does not lead to a 'melting pot', i.e. the homogenization of phenotypic traits. Here, we explore how the combination of several common reproductive traits and genomic biology could create an avenue for interspecific gene flow that partially explains this apparent paradox. During meiosis, F<sub>1</sub> hybrids will produce approximately (½)<sup>n</sup> 'reconstructed' parental gametes, where n equals the number of chromosomes...
July 21, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732039/abnormal-meiosis-in-an-intersectional-allotriploid-of-populus-l-and-segregation-of-ploidy-levels-in-2x-%C3%A3-3x-progeny
#2
Jun Wang, Beibei Huo, Wanting Liu, Daili Li, Ling Liao
Triploid plants are usually highly aborted owing to unbalanced meiotic chromosome segregation, but limited viable gametes can participate in the transition to different ploidy levels. In this study, numerous meiotic abnormalities were found with high frequency in an intersectional allotriploid poplar (Populus alba × P. berolinensis 'Yinzhong'), including univalents, precocious chromosome migration, lagging chromosomes, chromosome bridges, micronuclei, and precocious cytokinesis, indicating high genetic imbalance in this allotriploid...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731265/application-of-dead-end-knockout-zebrafish-as-recipients-of-germ-cell-transplantation
#3
Qian Li, Wataru Fujii, Kunihiko Naito, Goro Yoshizaki
Germ cell transplantation is a promising technology for the propagation of endangered or valuable fishes. In this technique, sterile male and female recipient fish are injected with donor germ cells so they can produce viable gametes derived from the donor cells. The dead end (dnd) gene is involved in the migration of primordial germ cells; therefore, dnd-knockout zebrafish are expected to be germ-cell-free, making them suitable recipients for germ cell transplantation. dnd mutants were produced by microinjecting 2 nl of 10 ng/μl cRNAs encoding zinc finger nucleases against dnd into the blastodisc of zebrafish embryos before the cell cleavage stage...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729672/plasmodium-berghei-p47-is-essential-for-ookinete-protection-from-the-anopheles-gambiae-complement-like-response
#4
Chiamaka Valerie Ukegbu, Maria Giorgalli, Hassan Yassine, Jose Luis Ramirez, Chrysanthi Taxiarchi, Carolina Barillas-Mury, George K Christophides, Dina Vlachou
Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease affecting millions of people every year. The rodent parasite Plasmodium berghei has served as a model for human malaria transmission studies and played a pivotal role in dissecting the mosquito immune response against infection. The 6-cysteine protein P47, known to be important for P. berghei female gamete fertility, is shown to serve a different function in Plasmodium falciparum, protecting ookinetes from the mosquito immune response. Here, we investigate the function of P...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728474/sperm-donation-and-the-right-to-privacy
#5
Oliver Hallich
Sperm donation is an increasingly common method of assisted reproduction. In the debate on sperm donation, the right to privacy - construed as a right that refers to the limits of the realm of information to which others have access - plays a pivotal role with regard to two questions. The first question is whether the sperm donor's right to privacy implies his right to retain his anonymity, the second is whether the gamete recipients' right to privacy entitles them to withhold information about the circumstances of their conception from their donor-conceived offspring...
July 20, 2017: New Bioethics: a Multidisciplinary Journal of Biotechnology and the Body
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724397/partial-uniparental-isodisomy-of-chromosome-16-unmasks-a-deleterious-biallelic-mutation-in-ift140-that-causes-mainzer-saldino-syndrome
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Benjamin M Helm, Jason R Willer, Azita Sadeghpour, Christelle Golzio, Eric Crouch, Samantha Schrier Vergano, Nicholas Katsanis, Erica E Davis
BACKGROUND: The ciliopathies represent an umbrella group of >50 clinical entities that share both clinical features and molecular etiology underscored by structural and functional defects of the primary cilium. Despite the advances in gene discovery, this group of entities continues to pose a diagnostic challenge, in part due to significant genetic and phenotypic heterogeneity and variability. We consulted a pediatric case from asymptomatic, non-consanguineous parents who presented as a suspected ciliopathy due to a constellation of retinal, renal, and skeletal findings...
July 19, 2017: Human Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724065/comparative-mapping-and-targeted-capture-sequencing-of-the-gametocidal-loci-in-aegilops-sharonensis
#7
Surbhi Grewal, Laura-Jayne Gardiner, Barbora Ndreca, Emilie Knight, Graham Moore, Ian P King, Julie King
Gametocidal (Gc) chromosomes or elements in species such as Eig are preferentially transmitted to the next generation through both the male and female gametes when introduced into wheat ( L.). Furthermore, any genes, such as genes that control agronomically important traits, showing complete linkage with Gc elements, are also transmitted preferentially to the next generation without the need for selection. The mechanism for the preferential transmission of the Gc elements appears to occur by the induction of extensive chromosome damage in any gametes that lack the Gc chromosome in question...
July 2017: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716939/distinct-requirements-for-energy-metabolism-in-mouse-primordial-germ-cells-and-their-reprogramming-to-embryonic-germ-cells
#8
Yohei Hayashi, Kei Otsuka, Masayuki Ebina, Kaori Igarashi, Asuka Takehara, Mitsuyo Matsumoto, Akio Kanai, Kazuhiko Igarashi, Tomoyoshi Soga, Yasuhisa Matsui
Primordial germ cells (PGCs), undifferentiated embryonic germ cells, are the only cells that have the ability to become gametes and to reacquire totipotency upon fertilization. It is generally understood that the development of PGCs proceeds through the expression of germ cell-specific transcription factors and characteristic epigenomic changes. However, little is known about the properties of PGCs at the metabolite and protein levels, which are directly responsible for the control of cell function. Here, we report the distinct energy metabolism of PGCs compared with that of embryonic stem cells...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716093/c-elegans-sup-46-an-hnrnpm-family-rna-binding-protein-that-prevents-paternally-mediated-epigenetic-sterility
#9
Wendy L Johnston, Aldis Krizus, Arun K Ramani, Wade Dunham, Ji Young Youn, Andrew G Fraser, Anne-Claude Gingras, James W Dennis
BACKGROUND: In addition to DNA, gametes contribute epigenetic information in the form of histones and non-coding RNA. Epigenetic programs often respond to stressful environmental conditions and provide a heritable history of ancestral stress that allows for adaptation and propagation of the species. In the nematode C. elegans, defective epigenetic transmission often manifests as progressive germline mortality. We previously isolated sup-46 in a screen for suppressors of the hexosamine pathway gene mutant, gna-2(qa705)...
July 17, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712411/calcium-sensing-receptor-casr-is-involved-in-porcine-in-vitro-fertilisation-and-early-embryo-development
#10
C Liu, Y Liu, K Larsen, Y P Hou, H Callesen
It has been demonstrated that extracellular calcium is necessary in fertilisation and embryo development but the mechanism is still not well understood. The present study mainly focussed on the extracellular calcium effector called the calcium-sensing receptor (CASR) and examined its expression in porcine gametes and embryos and its function during fertilisation and early embryo development. By using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, CASR was found to be expressed in porcine oocytes, spermatozoa and embryos at different developmental stages...
July 17, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710131/gene-regulatory-networks-for-the-haploid-to-diploid-transition-of-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#11
Sunjoo Joo, Yoshiki Nishimura, Evan Cronmiller, Ran Ha Hong, Thamali Kariyawasam, Ming Hsiu Wang, Nai Chun Shao, Saif-El-Din El Akkad, Takamasa Suzuki, Tetsuya Higashiyama, EonSeon Jin, Jae-Hyeok Lee
The sexual cycle of the unicellular Chlamydomonas reinhardtii culminates in the formation of diploid zygotes which differentiate into dormant spores that eventually undergo meiosis. Mating between gametes induces rapid cell wall shedding via the enzyme g-lysin; cell fusion is followed by heterodimerization of sex-specific homeobox transcription factors, GSM1 and GSP1, and initiation of zygote-specific gene expression. To investigate the genetic underpinnings of the zygote developmental pathway, we performed comparative transcriptome analysis of both pre- and post-fertilization samples...
July 14, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709003/3d-chromatin-structures-of-mature-gametes-and-structural-reprogramming-during-mammalian-embryogenesis
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Yuwen Ke, Yanan Xu, Xuepeng Chen, Songjie Feng, Zhenbo Liu, Yaoyu Sun, Xuelong Yao, Fangzhen Li, Wei Zhu, Lei Gao, Haojie Chen, Zhenhai Du, Wei Xie, Xiaocui Xu, Xingxu Huang, Jiang Liu
High-order chromatin structure plays important roles in gene expression regulation. Knowledge of the dynamics of 3D chromatin structures during mammalian embryo development remains limited. We report the 3D chromatin architecture of mouse gametes and early embryos using an optimized Hi-C method with low-cell samples. We find that mature oocytes at the metaphase II stage do not have topologically associated domains (TADs). In sperm, extra-long-range interactions (>4 Mb) and interchromosomal interactions occur frequently...
July 13, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706219/high-temperature-induced-production-of-unreduced-pollen-and-its-cytological-effects-in-populus
#13
Jun Wang, Daili Li, Fengnan Shang, Xiangyang Kang
Temperature change is of potential to trigger the formation of unreduced gametes. In this study, we showed that short periods of high temperature treatment can induce the production of 2n pollen in Populus pseudo-simonii Kitag. The meiotic stage, duration of treatment, and temperature have significant effects on the induction of 2n pollen. Heat stress resulted in meiotic abnormalities, including failure of chromosome separation, chromosome stickiness, laggards and micronuclei. Spindle disorientations in the second meiotic division, such as parallel, fused, and tripolar spindles, either increased in frequency or were induced de novo by high temperature treatment...
July 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706074/germ-line-inherited-h3k27me3-restricts-enhancer-function-during-maternal-to-zygotic-transition
#14
Fides Zenk, Eva Loeser, Rosaria Schiavo, Fabian Kilpert, Ozren Bogdanović, Nicola Iovino
Gametes carry parental genetic material to the next generation. Stress-induced epigenetic changes in the germ line can be inherited and can have a profound impact on offspring development. However, the molecular mechanisms and consequences of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance are poorly understood. We found that Drosophila oocytes transmit the repressive histone mark H3K27me3 to their offspring. Maternal contribution of the histone methyltransferase Enhancer of zeste, the enzymatic component of Polycomb repressive complex 2, is required for active propagation of H3K27me3 during early embryogenesis...
July 14, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704691/inhibition-in-fertilisation-of-coral-gametes-following-exposure-to-nickel-and-copper
#15
Francesca Gissi, Jenny Stauber, Amanda Reichelt-Brushett, Peter L Harrison, Dianne F Jolley
The mining and production of nickel in tropical regions have the potential to impact on ecologically valuable tropical marine ecosystems. Currently, few data exist to assess the risks of nickel exposure to tropical ecosystems and to derive ecologically relevant water quality guidelines. In particular, data are lacking for keystone species such as scleractinian corals, which create the complex structural reef habitats that support many other marine species. As part of a larger study developing risk assessment tools for nickel in the tropical Asia-Pacific region, we investigated the toxicity of nickel on fertilisation success in three species of scleractinian corals: Acropora aspera, Acropora digitifera and Platygyra daedalea...
July 10, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702759/evaluation-of-dna-damage-in-tobacco-male-meiocytes-involved-in-cytomixis-using-comet-assay
#16
Sergey Mursalimov, Alla Zagorskaya, Elena Deineko
Cytomixis is a process of nuclear migration between plant cells. As a rule, it is detectable in male meiocytes and gives rise to the cells with micronuclei. Examination of the integrity and functional state of migrating chromatin is of great interest, since cytomixis is assumed to change the gamete karyotype. We, for the first time, used comet assay to assess the DNA integrity in the chromatin that migrates between plant meiocytes. As was shown, the cells involved in cytomixis are viable and display no signs of DNA damage...
July 12, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697908/sperm-donor-conception-and-disclosure-to-children-a-10-year-retrospective-follow-up-study-of-parental-attitudes-in-one-french-center-for-the-study-and-preservation-of-eggs-and-sperm-cecos
#17
Thierry Lassalzede, Marine Paci, Jocelyne Rouzier, Sophie Carez, Audrey Gnisci, Jacqueline Saias-Magnan, Carole Deveze, Jeanne Perrin, Catherine Metzler-Guillemain
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the percentage of parents in one French center for the study and preservation of eggs and sperm who disclose their use of donated spermatozoa to their children. DESIGN: A questionnaire survey of couples who had a child using donated spermatozoa. SETTING: University hospital laboratory. PATIENT(S): One hundred five couples. INTERVENTION(S): Questionnaire sent by mail. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): The percentage of parents who disclose their use of donated spermatozoa to their child...
July 8, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696245/the-histone-codes-for-meiosis
#18
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Lina Wang, Zhiliang Xu, Muhammad Babar Khawar, Chao Liu, Wei Li
Meiosis is a specialized process that produces haploid gametes from diploid cells by a single round of DNA replication followed by two successive cell divisions. It contains many special events, such as programmed DNA double-strand break (DSB) formation, homologous recombination, crossover formation and resolution. These events are associated with dynamically regulated chromosomal structures, the dynamic transcriptional regulation and chromatin remodeling are mainly modulated by histone modifications, termed 'histone codes'...
September 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696027/atz-1-influences-meiosis-to-maintain-germline-chromosomal-stability-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#19
Joseph A Dawson, Caitlin Methven-Kelley, Gregory M Davis
Exchange of genetic information during meiosis occurs in all sexually reproducing species to produce haploid gametes from diploid cells. This process involves tight coordination of a meiotic specific cohesin complex, the synaptonemal complex, and DNA damage repair mechanisms. In this study, we describe a putative myosin heavy chain protein orthologous to human myosin 1, F28D1.2, which we named atz-1 (Abnormal Transition Zone). Deletion of atz-1 results in embryonic lethality and a depleted transition zone, accompanied by reduced expression of the meiotic cohesin protein, REC-8...
July 11, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695277/molecular-movement-in-the-arabidopsis-thaliana-female-gametophyte
#20
Robert M Erdmann, Anja Hoffmann, Heidi-Kristin Walter, Hans-Achim Wagenknecht, Rita Groß-Hardt, Mary Gehring
Size limits on molecular movement among female gametes. Cellular decisions can be influenced by information communicated from neighboring cells. Communication can occur via signaling or through the direct transfer of molecules. Movement of RNAs and proteins has frequently been observed among symplastically connected plant cells. In flowering plants, the female gametes, the egg cell and central cell, are closely apposed within the female gametophyte. Here we investigated the ability of fluorescently labeled dyes and small RNAs to move from the Arabidopsis thaliana central cell to the egg apparatus following microinjection...
July 10, 2017: Plant Reproduction
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