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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819292/vitrification-versus-slow-freezing-for-human-ovarian-tissue-cryopreservation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-anlaysis
#1
Qingquan Shi, Yidong Xie, Yan Wang, Shangwei Li
Vitrification is a well-accepted procedure for cryopreservation of gametes and embryos. Less is known, however, about its performance in preserving ovarian tissue, for which slow freezing is the current convention. Increasing interest is being focused on vitrification, but there are as yet no standard protocols for its use with ovarian tissue. In part, this is because of the variety of cell types and complex nature of ovarian tissue. We performed a meta-analysis of 14 studies that compared vitrification with slow freezing for cryopreservation of ovarian tissue...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816603/analysis-of-the-small-non-protein-coding-rna-profile-of-mouse-spermatozoa-reveals-specific-enrichment-of-pirnas-within-mature-spermatozoa
#2
Kate Hutcheon, Eileen A McLaughlin, Simone J Stanger, Ilana R Bernstein, Matthew D Dun, Andrew L Eamens, Brett Nixon
Post-testicular sperm maturation and storage within the epididymis is a key determinant of gamete quality and fertilization competence. Here we demonstrate that mouse spermatozoa possess a complex small non-protein-coding RNA (sRNA) profile, the composition of which is markedly influenced by their epididymal transit. Thus, although miRNAs are highly represented in the spermatozoa of the proximal epididymis, this sRNA class is largely diminished in mature spermatozoa of the distal epididymis. Coincident with this, a substantial enrichment in Piwi-interacting RNA (piRNA) abundance in cauda spermatozoa was detected...
August 17, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814645/zygotic-genome-activation-occurs-shortly-after-fertilization-in-maize
#3
Junyi Chen, Nicholas Strieder, Nadia G Krohn, Philippe Cyprys, Stefanie Sprunck, Julia C Engelmann, Thomas Dresselhaus
The formation of a zygote via the fusion of an egg and sperm cell and its subsequent asymmetric division (ACD) herald the start of the plant's life cycle. Zygotic genome activation (ZGA) is thought to occur gradually, with the initial steps of zygote and embryo development being primarily maternally controlled, and subsequent steps being governed by the zygotic genome. Here, using maize (Zea mays) as a model plant system, we determined the timing of zygote development and generated RNA-Seq transcriptome profiles of gametes, zygotes, and apical and basal daughter cells...
August 16, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813426/sexual-reproduction-in-plagiogrammacean-diatoms-first-insights-into-the-early-pennates
#4
Irena Kaczmarska, Benjamin S Gray, James M Ehrman, Mary Thaler
The genera Plagiogramma and Dimeregramma are members of a small, but evolutionarily important group of diatoms, the "basal" araphids. They are sister to all other pennates, both araphid and raphid taxa. Thus, their phylogenetic position carries the potential for providing insights into the earliest pennates. We documented sexual reproduction, mating system and sex cell development in the first members of the "basal" araphid clade ever investigated. The mating system in all these species involved heterothally...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811336/catastrophic-unbalanced-genome-rearrangements-cause-somatic-loss-of-berry-color-in-grapevine
#5
Pablo Carbonell-Bejerano, Carolina Royo, Rafael Torres-Pérez, Jérôme Grimplet, Lucie Fernandez, Jose M Franco-Zorrilla, Diego Lijavetzky, Elisa Baroja, Juana Martínez, Enrique García-Escudero, Javier Ibáñez, José M Martínez-Zapater
Grape color somatic variants that can be used to develop new grapevine cultivars occasionally appear associated to deletion events of uncertain origin. To understand the mutational mechanisms generating somatic structural variation in grapevine, we compared the Tempranillo Blanco (TB) white berry somatic variant to its black berry ancestor, Tempranillo Tinto. Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) uncovered a catastrophic genome rearrangement in TB that caused the hemizygous deletion of 313 genes, including the loss of the functional copy for the MYB transcription factors required for anthocyanin pigmentation in the berry skin...
August 15, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810708/bacteria-induced-morphogenesis-of-ulva-intestinalis-and-ulva-mutabilis-chlorophyta-a-contribution-to-the-lottery-theory
#6
Fatemeh Ghaderiardakani, Juliet C Coates, Thomas Wichard
The green marine macroalgae of the class Ulvophyceae (Ulvophytes) are common algae distributed worldwide particularly in intertidal areas, which play a key role in aquatic ecosystems. They are potentially valuable resources for food, animal feed and fuel but can also cause massive nuisance blooms. Members of Ulvaceae, like many other seaweeds, harbour a rich diversity of epiphytic bacteria with functions related to host growth and morphological development. In the absence of appropriate bacterially derived signals, germ cells of the genus Ulva develop into 'atypical' colonies consisting of undifferentiated cells with abnormal cell walls...
August 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809158/germ-cell-connectivity-enhances-cell-death-in-response-to-dna-damage-in-the-drosophila-testis
#7
Kevin L Lu, Yukiko M Yamashita
Two broadly known characteristics of germ cells in many organisms are their development as a 'cyst' of interconnected cells and their high sensitivity to DNA damage. Here we provide evidence that in the Drosophila testis, connectivity serves as a mechanism that confers to spermatogonia a high sensitivity to DNA damage. We show that all spermatogonia within a cyst die synchronously even when only a subset of them exhibit detectable DNA damage. Mutants of the fusome, an organelle that is known to facilitate intracyst communication, compromise synchronous spermatogonial death and reduces overall germ cell death...
August 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809026/handling-of-gametes-for-in-vitro-insemination-in-birds
#8
Shusei Mizushima, Mei Matsuzaki, Tomohiro Sasanami
A characteristic biological property of avian gamete (e.g., extremely large egg and polyspermic fertilization) does not allow the direct observation of sperm-egg interactions in vitro, but recent research advances make it possible to manipulate the gamete in vitro. Here, we describe the techniques for the handling of gametes required for in vitro fertilization assay. In addition, we also introduce the procedures for sperm-perivitelline membrane assay, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, and ex ovo culture.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809025/isolation-and-characterization-of-chicken-primordial-germ-cells-and-their-application-in-transgenesis
#9
Jae Yong Han, Bo Ram Lee
Primordial germ cells (PGCs), precursors of functional gametes, offer great promise for the use of genetic resources and transgenesis in chickens. PGCs can be isolated from the developing embryo at diverse early stages and are subsequently expandable in vitro. In vitro proliferating chicken PGCs can facilitate the production of efficient germline chimeras and transgenic chickens. Here, we describe methods to isolate and characterize PGCs from chicken embryos and their application to transgenesis.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808258/hexahydroquinolines-are-antimalarial-candidates-with-potent-blood-stage-and-transmission-blocking-activity
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Manu Vanaerschot, Leonardo Lucantoni, Tao Li, Jill M Combrinck, Andrea Ruecker, T R Santha Kumar, Kelly Rubiano, Pedro E Ferreira, Giulia Siciliano, Sonia Gulati, Philipp P Henrich, Caroline L Ng, James M Murithi, Victoria C Corey, Sandra Duffy, Ori J Lieberman, M Isabel Veiga, Robert E Sinden, Pietro Alano, Michael J Delves, Kim Lee Sim, Elizabeth A Winzeler, Timothy J Egan, Stephen L Hoffman, Vicky M Avery, David A Fidock
Antimalarial compounds with dual therapeutic and transmission-blocking activity are desired as high-value partners for combination therapies. Here, we report the identification and characterization of hexahydroquinolines (HHQs) that show low nanomolar potency against both pathogenic and transmissible intra-erythrocytic forms of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. This activity translates into potent transmission-blocking potential, as shown by in vitro male gamete formation assays and reduced oocyst infection and prevalence in Anopheles mosquitoes...
August 14, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808086/a-pharmacological-study-of-arabidopsis-cell-fusion-between-the-persistent-synergid-and-endosperm
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Kazuki Motomura, Tomokazu Kawashima, Frédéric Berger, Tetsu Kinoshita, Tetsuya Higashiyama, Daisuke Maruyama
Cell fusion is a pivotal process in fertilization and multinucleate cell formation. A plant cell is ubiquitously surrounded by hard cell wall, and very few cell fusions have been observed except for gamete fusions. We recently reported that the fertilized central cell (the endosperm) absorbs the persistent synergid, a highly differentiated cell necessary for pollen tube attraction. The synergid-endosperm fusion (SE fusion) appears to eliminate the persistent synergid from fertilized ovule in Arabidopsis thaliana Here, we analyzed the effects of various inhibitors on SE fusion by an in vitro-culture system...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808066/maternal-mrnas-with-distinct-3-utrs-define-the-temporal-pattern-of-ccnb1-synthesis-during-mouse-oocyte-meiotic-maturation
#12
Ye Yang, Cai-Rong Yang, Seung Jin Han, Enrico Maria Daldello, Ara Cho, Joao P Sousa Martins, Guoliang Xia, Marco Conti
The final stages of female gamete maturation occur in the virtual absence of transcription, with gene expression driven by a program of selective unmasking, translation, and degradation of maternal mRNAs. Here we demonstrate that the timing of Ccnb1 mRNA translation in mouse oocytes is dependent on the presence of transcripts with different 3' untranslated regions (UTRs). This 3' UTR heterogeneity directs distinct temporal patterns of translational activation or repression. Inclusion or exclusion of cis-acting elements is responsible for these divergent regulations...
July 1, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801719/the-phospholipid-composition-of-kangaroo-spermatozoa-verified-by-mass-spectrometric-lipid-analysis
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Kathrin M Engel, Jürgen Schiller, Karin Müller, Dirk Dannenberger, Ulrike Jakop
Cryopreservation of kangaroo sperm has not been successful so far, and yet there is no promising cryopreservation protocol for these cells available. However, conservation of gametes is extremely important, particularly in the context of preserving endangered species. As spermatozoa are comprised of different membrane systems, the composition of these membranes might account for difficulties in cryopreservation. Lipids, as the main components, affect the physical properties of biological membranes and play a major role in sperm maturation...
August 11, 2017: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797117/analysis-of-the-impact-of-the-absence-of-rad51-strand-exchange-activity-in-arabidopsis-meiosis
#14
Gunjita Singh, Olivier Da Ines, Maria Eugenia Gallego, Charles I White
The ploidy of eukaryote gametes must be halved to avoid doubling of numbers of chromosomes with each generation and this is carried out by meiosis, a specialized cell division in which a single chromosomal replication phase is followed by two successive nuclear divisions. With some exceptions, programmed recombination ensures the proper pairing and distribution of homologous pairs of chromosomes in meiosis and recombination defects thus lead to sterility. Two highly related recombinases are required to catalyse the key strand-invasion step of meiotic recombination and it is the meiosis-specific DMC1 which is generally believed to catalyse the essential non-sister chromatid crossing-over, with RAD51 catalysing sister-chromatid and non-cross-over events...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796162/the-variation-analysis-of-dna-methylation-in-wheat-carrying-gametocidal-chromosome-3c-from-aegilops-triuncialis
#15
Dan Wang, Jieyu Zhao, Yan Bai, You Ao, Changhong Guo
Gametocidal (Gc) chromosomes can ensure their preferential transmission by killing the gametes without themselves through causing chromosome breakage and therefore have been exploited as an effective tool for genetic breeding. However, to date very little is known about the molecular mechanism of Gc action. In this study, we used methylation-sensitive amplified polymorphism (MSAP) technique to assess the extent and pattern of cytosine methylation alterations at the whole genome level between two lines of wheat Gc addition line and their common wheat parent...
August 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791484/loss-of-gcs1-hap2-does-not-affect-the-ovule-targeting-behavior-of-pollen-tubes
#16
Taro Takahashi, Ken Honda, Toshiyuki Mori, Tomoko Igawa
KEY MESSAGE : hap2-1 pollen tube ovule targeting. Upon pollination, a pollen grain germinates to produce a pollen tube, which grows through the style to deliver two immobile sperm cells to the female gametophyte. Double fertilization is completed after the pollen tube enters an ovule. GENERATIVE CELL SPECIFIC 1 (GCS1)/HAPLESS 2 (HAP2) contributes to the fusion of gametes at fertilization and has been suggested to affect pollen tube guidance. However, there is controversy over the role of GCS1/HAP2 in pollen tube guidance because of conflicting results from different studies...
August 8, 2017: Plant Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782804/discovery-of-long-distance-gamete-dispersal-in-a-lichen-forming-ascomycete
#17
Cecilia Ronnås, Silke Werth, Otso Ovaskainen, Gergely Várkonyi, Christoph Scheidegger, Tord Snäll
Accurate estimates of gamete and offspring dispersal range are required for the understanding and prediction of spatial population dynamics and species persistence. Little is known about gamete dispersal in fungi, especially in lichen-forming ascomycetes. Here, we estimate the dispersal functions of clonal propagules, gametes and ascospores of the epiphytic lichen Lobaria pulmonaria. We use hierarchical Bayesian parentage analysis, which integrates genetic and ecological information from multiannual colonization and dispersal source data collected in a large, old-growth forest landscape...
August 7, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782521/mpk-1-erk-regulatory-network-controls-the-number-of-sperm-by-regulating-timing-of-sperm-oocyte-switch-in-c-elegans-germline
#18
Dong Suk Yoon, Mohammad A Alfhili, Kyle Friend, Myon-Hee Lee
The precise regulation of germline sexual fate is crucial for animal fertility. In C. elegans, the production of either type of gamete, sperm or oocyte, becomes mutually exclusive beyond the larval stage. Hermaphrodites initially produce sperm and then switch to produce oocytes. This change of fate during germline development is tightly controlled by several regulators. In C. elegans hermaphrodites, FBF-1 and FBF-2 (>95% identical, members of the Pumilio RNA-binding protein family) proteins function redundantly to promote the sperm-oocyte switch...
August 3, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782297/a-reciprocal-inhibition-between-arid1-and-met1-in-male-and-female-gametes-in-arabidopsis
#19
Lei Li, Wenye Wu, Youshang Zhao, Binglian Zheng
Both female and male gametophytes harbor companion cells and gametes. MET1, a DNA methyltransferase, is down-regulated in companion cells. However, how MET1 is differentially regulated in gametophytes remains unexplored. ARID1, a transcription factor that is specifically depleted in sperm cells, is occupied by MET1-dependent CG methylation. Here, we show that MET1 confines ARID1 to the vegetative cell of male gametes, but ARID1 conversely represses MET1 in the central cell of female gametes. Compared to the vegetative cell-localization in wild type pollen, ARID1 expands to sperm cells in the met1 mutant...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780664/unique-sequence-organization-and-small-rna-expression-of-a-selfish-b-chromosome
#20
Yue Li, Xueyuan A Jing, John C Aldrich, C Clifford, Jian Chen, Omar S Akbari, Patrick M Ferree
B chromosomes are found in numerous plants and animals. These nonessential, supernumerary chromosomes are often composed primarily of noncoding DNA repeats similar to those found within transcriptionally "silenced" heterochromatin. In order to persist within their resident genomes, many B chromosomes exhibit exceptional cellular behaviors, including asymmetric segregation into gametes and induction of genome elimination during early development. An important goal in understanding these behaviors is to identify unique B chromosome sequences and characterize their transcriptional contributions...
August 5, 2017: Chromosoma
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