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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912876/in-vitro-and-ex-vivo-activity-of-an-azadirachta-indica-a-juss-seed-kernel-extract-on-early-sporogonic-development-of-plasmodium-in-comparison-with-azadirachtin-a-its-most-abundant-constituent
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Nisha Dahiya, Giuseppina Chianese, Solomon Mequanente Abay, Orazio Taglialatela-Scafati, Fulvio Esposito, Giulio Lupidi, Massimo Bramucci, Luana Quassinti, George Christophides, Annette Habluetzel, Leonardo Lucantoni
BACKGROUND: NeemAzal(®) (NA) is a quantified extract from seed kernels of neem, Azadirachta indica A.Juss. (Meliaceae), with a wide spectrum of biological properties, classically ascribed to its limonoid content. NA contains several azadirachtins (A to L), azadirachtin A (AzaA) being its main constituent. AzaA has been shown to inhibit microgamete formation of the rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei, and NA was found to completely inhibit the transmission of Plasmodium berghei to Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes when administered to gametocytemic mice at a corresponding AzaA dose of 50mg/kg before exposure to mosquitoes...
December 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908686/effect-of-different-vitrification-solutions-and-cryodevices-on-viability-and-subsequent-development-of-buffalo-oocytes-vitrified-at-the-germinal-vesicle-gv-stage
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Amr S El-Shalofy, Adel R Moawad, Gamal M Darwish, Sayed T Ismail, Aly B A Badawy, Magdy R Badr
The cryopreservation of immature oocytes would generate a readily available, non-seasonal source of female gametes for research and reproduction. In domestic animals, the most promising results on oocyte cryopreservation have been reported in cattle, few studies have been conducted on buffalo. The aim of the present study was to compare the use of different vitrification solutions and various cryodevices on viability and developmental competence of buffalo oocytes vitrified at the germinal vesicle (GV) stage...
November 28, 2016: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907016/direct-unequal-cleavages-embryo-developmental-competence-genetic-constitution-and-clinical-outcome
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Qiansheng Zhan, Zhen Ye, Robert Clarke, Zev Rosenwaks, Nikica Zaninovic
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence, developmental potential, chromosomal constitution and clinical outcome of embryos with direct unequal cleavages (DUC). DESIGN: A retrospective observational study. SETTING: Academic Institution. PARTICIPANT: 21,261 embryos from 3,155 cycles cultured in EmbryoScope®. RESULTS: The total incidence of DUCs per embryo occupying the first three cleavages were 26...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901130/huwe1-plays-important-role-in-mouse-preimplantation-embryo-development-and-the-dysregulation-is-associated-with-poor-embryo-development-in-humans
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L J Chen, W M Xu, M Yang, K Wang, Y Chen, X J Huang, Q H Ma
HUWE1 is a HECT domain containing ubiquitin ligase implicated in neurogenesis, spermatogenesis and cancer development. The purpose of the current study is to investigate the role of HUWE1 in early embryo development. Here we demonstrate that Huwe1 is expressed in both nucleus and cytoplasm of preimplantation mouse embryos as well as gametes. Hypoxia (5% O2) treatment could significantly increase Huwe1 expression during mouse embryo development process. HUWE1 knockdown inhibited normal embryonic development and reduced blastocyst formation, and increased apoptotic cell numbers were observed in the embryos of HUWE1 knockdown group...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895927/expansion-mosaicism-and-interruption-mechanisms-of-the-cag-repeat-mutation-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-1
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REVIEW
Cara Kraus-Perrotta, Sarita Lagalwar
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1) is an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder that primarily affects the cerebellum and brainstem. The genetic mutation is an expansion of CAG trinucleotide repeats within the coding region of the ataxin-1 gene, characterizing SCA1 as a polyglutamine expansion disease like Huntington's. As with most polyglutamine expansion diseases, SCA1 follows the rules of genetic anticipation: the larger the expansion, the earlier and more rapid the symptoms. Unlike the majority of polyglutamine expansion diseases, the presence of histidine interruptions within the polyglutamine tract of ataxin-1 protein can prevent or mitigate disease...
2016: Cerebellum & Ataxias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895716/widespread-recovery-of-methylation-at-gametic-imprints-in-hypomethylated-mouse-stem-cells-following-rescue-with-dnmt3a2
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Avinash Thakur, Sarah-Jayne Mackin, Rachelle E Irwin, Karla M O'Neill, Gareth Pollin, Colum Walsh
BACKGROUND: Imprinted loci are paradigms of epigenetic regulation and are associated with a number of genetic disorders in human. A key characteristic of imprints is the presence of a gametic differentially methylated region (gDMR). Previous studies have indicated that DNA methylation lost from gDMRs could not be restored by DNMT1, or the de novo enzymes DNMT3A or 3B in stem cells, indicating that imprinted regions must instead undergo passage through the germline for reprogramming. However, previous studies were non-quantitative, were unclear on the requirement for DNMT3A/B and showed some inconsistencies...
2016: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891246/two-headed-mutants-of-the-lamprey-a-basal-vertebrate
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Daichi G Suzuki
BACKGROUND: This is the first report of two-headed (bicephaly) lamprey twins. Although lampreys sit at a crucial phylogenetic position, there are only a few reports on their teratology and developmental abnormalities. RESULTS: Two-headed mutants were obtained by artificial fertilization in the laboratory as spontaneous occurrences. All mutants were derived from single fertilizations using single male and female gametes, suggestive of a genetic background. The anterio-posterior position of the axonal bifurcation and symmetricity varied in each mutant...
2016: Zoological Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890643/coordination-of-dna-single-strand-break-repair
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Rachel Abbotts, David M Wilson
The genetic material of all organisms is susceptible to modification. In some instances, these changes are programmed, such as the formation of DNA double strand breaks during meiotic recombination to generate gamete variety or class switch recombination to create antibody diversity. However, in most cases, genomic damage is potentially harmful to the health of the organism, contributing to disease and aging by promoting deleterious cellular outcomes. A proportion of DNA modifications are caused by exogenous agents, both physical (namely ultraviolet sunlight and ionizing radiation) and chemical (such as benzopyrene, alkylating agents, platinum compounds and psoralens), which can produce numerous forms of DNA damage, including a range of "simple" and helix-distorting base lesions, abasic sites, crosslinks and various types of phosphodiester strand breaks...
November 24, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885726/cryopreservation-of-feline-oocytes-by-vitrification-using-commercial-kits-and-slush-nitrogen-technique
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L Fernandez-Gonzalez, K Jewgenow
Assisted reproductive techniques are a valuable tool for conservation breeding of endangered species. Cryopreservation methods are the basis of gamete banks, supporting genetic diversity preservation. Unfortunately, cryopreservation of feline oocytes is still considered an experimental technique. The aim of this study was to compare two commercial kits, with our protocol for vitrification of cat oocytes (IZW), which comprises a three-step method with ethylene glycol, DMSO, fetal calf serum, trehalose and Ficoll PM-70...
November 24, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885054/impact-of-uteroplacental-insufficiency-on-postnatal-rat-male-gonad
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Valentina Pampanini, Daniela Germani, Antonella Puglianiello, Jan-Bernd Stukenborg, Ahmed Reda, Iuliia Savchuk, Kristin Ros Kjartansdóttir, Stefano Cianfarani, Olle Soder
BACKGROUND: Prenatal events such as intrauterine growth restriction can affect gonadal development of the offspring and have an impact on reproductive health. PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of intrauterine growth restricted induced by uterine artery ligation on the postnatal rat testis. METHODS: Pregnant rats underwent uterine artery ligation at day 19 of gestation. Offspring were sacrificed at 5, 20 and 40 days post-partum (dpp). At sacrifice, one gonad was snap frozen in liquid nitrogen and processed for RNA and steroid extraction...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880925/developmental-bisphenol-a-exposure-impairs-sperm-function-and-reproduction-in-zebrafish
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Jiangfei Chen, Katerine S Saili, Yueqin Liu, Lelin Li, Yuxin Zhao, Yinhang Jia, Chenglian Bai, Robert L Tanguay, Qiaoxiang Dong, Changjiang Huang
The developmental and reproductive toxicity of bisphenol A (BPA) has been demonstrated in a variety of model systems. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) were waterborne-exposed to BPA during three different developmental stages: embryonic period:6 h post fertilization (hpf) to 5 months post fertilization (mpf); larval period: 6 days post fertilization (dpf) to 5 mpf; and sexually mature period: 3 mpf to 5 mpf. Evaluations included F0 adult growth, reproduction parameters, and F1 offspring development. BPA exposure did not affect zebrafish growth in any of exposure groups...
November 20, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880033/a-comparative-proteomic-analysis-reveals-important-proteins-for-the-fertilization-and-early-embryonic-development-of-the-oyster-crassostrea-gigas
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Xiaohong Huang, Pin Huan, Baozhong Liu
Molluscan development involves important features that are important to understanding not only molluscan ontogeny but also animal evolution. To gain insight into the gamete proteome and protein function in fertilization and early development, we analyzed the proteomes of unfertilized oocytes and early embryos (2/4-cell stage) of the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas. An oocyte reference map containing 116 protein spots, of which 69 were identified, revealed a high abundance of vitellogenin (Vg)-derived protein spots...
November 23, 2016: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879467/meiotic-spindle-assembly-and-chromosome-segregation-in-oocytes
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REVIEW
Isma Bennabi, Marie-Emilie Terret, Marie-Hélène Verlhac
Oocytes accumulate maternal stores (proteins, mRNAs, metabolites, etc.) during their growth in the ovary to support development after fertilization. To preserve this cytoplasmic maternal inheritance, they accomplish the difficult task of partitioning their cytoplasm unequally while dividing their chromosomes equally. Added to this complexity, most oocytes, for reasons still speculative, lack the major microtubule organizing centers that most cells use to assemble and position their spindles, namely canonical centrosomes...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879451/tetraspanins-and-mouse-oocyte-microvilli-related-to-fertilizing-ability
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Achraf Benammar, Ahmed Ziyyat, Brigitte Lefèvre, Jean-Philippe Wolf
Our electron microscopy observations demonstrate for the first time that the number of microvilli on the mice oocyte membrane decreases when meiosis progresses from prophase I to metaphase II (MII) stage, and the morphology of the microvilli also changes. Microvilli are significantly shorter and larger on the ovulated oocyte membrane than at the previous stages. Although clathrin vesicles clearly disappear during oocyte maturation, exosome-like vesicles begin to be secreted at the metaphase I stage, more strongly at the MII stage...
November 21, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878881/beneficial-effect-of-extracellular-adenosine-5-triphosphate-treatment-on-the-indochinese-leopard-panthera-pardus-delacouri-sperm-quality-after-cryopreservation
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P Thuwanut, W Tipkantha, B Siriaroonrat, P Comizzoli, K Chatdarong
The Indochinese leopard (Panthera pardus delacouri) population, included in CITES Appendix I, has been declining for decades. Proper gamete preservation condition is critical for breeding programme management using artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization (IVF). The present study aimed at investigating the impact of post-thawing treatment of leopard semen with extracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATPe) on sperm quality (including morphological traits and ability to fertilize an oocyte). Semen from six adult male leopards was collected by electroejaculation (one ejaculation per cat)...
November 22, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873039/erratum-to-improvement-of-gamete-quality-by-stimulating-and-feeding-the-endogenous-antioxidant-system-mechanisms-clinical-results-insights-on-gene-environment-interactions-and-the-role-of-diet
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Maurizio Dattilo, Giuseppe D'Amato, Ettore Caroppo, Yves Ménézo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 21, 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872247/two-membrane-anchored-aspartic-proteases-contribute-to-pollen-and-ovule-development
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Hui Gao, Ying Hui Zhang, Wan-Lei Wang, Ke Ke Zhao, Chun Mei Liu, Lin Bai, Rui Li, Yi Guo
Aspartic proteases are a class of proteolytic enzymes with conserved aspartic acid residues, which are implicated in protein processing, maturation and degradation. Compared to yeast and animals, plants possess a larger aspartic protease family. However, little is known about most of these enzymes. Here, we characterized two Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) putative GPI-anchored aspartic protease genes, A36 and A39, which are highly expressed in pollen and pollen tubes. a36 and a36 a39 mutants display significantly reduced pollen activity...
November 21, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870062/rwp-rk-domain-containing-transcription-factors-control-cell-differentiation-during-female-gametophyte-development-in-arabidopsis
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Francesca Tedeschi, Paride Rizzo, Twan Rutten, Lothar Altschmied, Helmut Bäumlein
The formation of gametes is a prerequisite for any sexually reproducing organism in order to complete its life cycle. In plants, female gametes are formed in a multicellular tissue, the female gametophyte or embryo sac. Although the events leading to the formation of the female gametophyte have been morphologically characterized, the molecular control of embryo sac development remains elusive. We used single and double mutants as well as cell-specific marker lines to characterize a novel class of gene regulators in Arabidopsis thaliana, the RWP-RK domain-containing (RKD) transcription factors...
November 21, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868039/making-gametes-from-pluripotent-stem-cells-embryonic-stem-cells-or-very-small-embryonic-like-stem-cells
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COMMENT
Deepa Bhartiya, Sandhya Anand, Hiren Patel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Stem Cell Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866888/comparative-analysis-of-ciliary-membranes-and-ectosomes
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Huan Long, Fan Zhang, Nannan Xu, Gai Liu, Dennis R Diener, Joel L Rosenbaum, Kaiyao Huang
Primary and motile cilia/flagella function as cellular antennae, receiving signals from the environment and subsequently activating signaling pathways that are critical for cellular homeostasis and differentiation [1-3]. Recent work with the green alga Chlamydomonas and the nematode C. elegans demonstrated that ectosomes can be released from the cilium and can mediate the intercellular communication [4-9]. To better understand the function of flagellar ectosomes, we have compared their protein composition to that of the flagellar membrane from which they are derived...
November 10, 2016: Current Biology: CB
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