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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101336/regulatory-elements-and-transcriptional-control-of-chicken-vasa-homologue-cvh-promoter-in-chicken-primordial-germ-cells
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So Dam Jin, Bo Ram Lee, Young Sun Hwang, Hong Jo Lee, Jong Seop Rim, Jae Yong Han
BACKGROUND: Primordial germ cells (PGCs), the precursors of functional gametes, have distinct characteristics and exhibit several unique molecular mechanisms to maintain pluripotency and germness in comparison to somatic cells. They express germ cell-specific RNA binding proteins (RBPs) by modulating tissue-specific cis- and trans-regulatory elements. Studies on gene structures of chicken vasa homologue (CVH), a chicken RNA binding protein, involved in temporal and spatial regulation are thus important not only for understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate germ cell fate, but also for practical applications of primordial germ cells...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100589/meiotic-consequences-of-genetic-divergence-across-the-murine-pseudoautosomal-region
#2
Beth L Dumont
The production of haploid gametes during meiosis is dependent on the homology-driven processes of pairing, synapsis, and recombination. On the mammalian heterogametic sex chromosomes, these key meiotic activities are confined to the pseudoautosomal region (PAR), a short region of near-perfect sequence homology between the X and Y chromosomes. Despite its established importance for meiosis, the PAR is rapidly evolving, raising the question of how proper X/Y segregation is buffered against the accumulation of homology-disrupting mutations...
January 18, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099777/positive-selection-on-sperm-ion-channels-in-a-brooding-brittle-star-consequence-of-life-history-traits-evolution
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A A-T Weber, L Abi-Rached, N Galtier, A Bernard, J I Montoya-Burgos, A Chenuil
Closely related species are key models to investigate mechanisms leading to reproductive isolation and early stages of diversification, also at the genomic level. The brittle star cryptic species complex Ophioderma longicauda encompasses the sympatric broadcast spawning species C3 and the internal brooding species C5. Here we used de novo transcriptome sequencing and assembly in two closely related species displaying contrasting reproductive modes to compare their genetic diversity and to investigate the role of natural selection in reproductive isolation...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099474/dna-double-strand-breaks-induce-the-nuclear-actin-filaments-formation-in-cumulus-enclosed-oocytes-but-not-in-denuded-oocytes
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Ming-Hong Sun, Mo Yang, Feng-Yun Xie, Wei Wang, Lili Zhang, Wei Shen, Shen Yin, Jun-Yu Ma
As a gamete, oocyte needs to maintain its genomic integrity and passes this haploid genome to the next generation. However, fully-grown mouse oocyte cannot respond to DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) effectively and it is also unable to repair them before the meiosis resumption. To compensate for this disadvantage and control the DNA repair events, oocyte needs the cooperation with its surrounding cumulus cells. Recently, evidences have shown that nuclear actin filament formation plays roles in cellular DNA DSB repair...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098849/no-evidence-for-mhc-class-ii-based-non-random-mating-at-the-gametic-haplotype-in-atlantic-salmon
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M Promerová, G Alavioon, S Tusso, R Burri, S Immler
Genes of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) are a likely target of mate choice because of their role in inbreeding avoidance and potential benefits for offspring immunocompetence. Evidence for female choice for complementary MHC alleles among competing males exists both for the pre- and the postmating stages. However, it remains unclear whether the latter may involve non-random fusion of gametes depending on gametic haplotypes resulting in transmission ratio distortion or non-random sequence divergence among fused gametes...
January 18, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093237/transgenerational-epigenetics-integrating-soma-to-germline-communication-with-gametic-inheritance
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REVIEW
Abhay Sharma
Evidence supporting germline mediated epigenetic inheritance of environmentally induced traits has increasingly emerged over the past several years. Although the mechanisms underlying this inheritance remain unclear, recent findings suggest that parental gamete-borne epigenetic factors, particularly RNAs, affect post-fertilization and developmental gene regulation, ultimately leading to phenotypic appearance in the offspring. Complex processes involving gene expression and epigenetic regulation are considered to perpetuate across generations...
January 13, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091967/balancing-ethical-pros-and-cons-of-stem-cell-derived-gametes
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Seppe Segers, Heidi Mertes, Guido de Wert, Wybo Dondorp, Guido Pennings
In this review we aim to provide an overview of the most important ethical pros and cons of stem cell derived gametes (SCD-gametes), as a contribution to the debate about reproductive tissue engineering. Derivation of gametes from stem cells holds promising applications both for research and for clinical use in assisted reproduction. We explore the ethical issues connected to gametes derived from embryonic stem cells (both patient specific and non-patient specific) as well as those related to gametes derived from induced pluripotent stem cells...
January 13, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089374/epigenetic-information-in-gametes-gaming-from-before-fertilization-comment-on-epigenetic-game-theory-how-to-compute-the-epigenetic-control-of-maternal-to-zygotic-transition-by-qian-wang-et-al
#8
Junchao Shi, Xudong Zhang, Ying Liu, Qi Chen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 6, 2017: Physics of Life Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089345/the-insect-spermatheca-an-overview
#9
REVIEW
Tales V Pascini, Gustavo F Martins
In the female insect, the spermatheca is an ectodermal organ responsible for receiving, maintaining, and releasing sperm to fertilize eggs. The number and morphology of spermathecae vary according to species. Within the spermathecal lumen, substances in the semen and secretions from the spermathecal gland nourish the sperm. Thus, the spermatheca provides an appropriate environment that ensures the long-term viability of sperm. Maintaining sperm viability for long periods within the spermatheca is crucial for insect reproductive success; however, the details of this process remain poorly understood...
December 5, 2016: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088316/individual-female-differences-in-chemoattractant-production-change-the-scale-of-sea-urchin-gamete-interactions
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Yasmeen H Hussain, Martin Sadilek, Shukri Salad, Richard K Zimmer, Jeffrey A Riffell
Sperm selection by females is an important process influencing fertilization and, particularly in broadcast-spawning organisms, often occurs before sperm reach the egg. Waterborne sperm chemoattractants are one mechanism by which eggs selectively influence conspecific sperm behavior, but it remains an open question whether the eggs from different females produce different amounts of sperm chemoattractant, and how that might influence sperm behavior. Here, we quantify the differences in attractant production between females of the sea urchin species Lytechinus pictus and use computational models and microfluidic sperm chemotaxis assays to determine how differences in chemoattractant production between females affects their ability to attract sperm...
January 11, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088240/feasibility-of-an-altruistic-sperm-donation-program-in-canada-results-from-a-population-based-model
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Daria O'Reilly, James M Bowen, Kuhan Perampaladas, Riaz Qureshi, Feng Xie, Edward Hughes
BACKGROUND: Stringent donor-screening criteria and legislation prohibiting payment for donor gametes have contributed to the radical decline of donor insemination (DI) using sperm provided by Canadian men. Thus, many individuals rely on imported sperm. This paper examines the feasibility of an altruistic sperm donation (ASD) program to meet the needs of Canadians. METHODS: Using Canadian census data, published literature and expert opinions, two population-based, top-down mathematical models were developed to estimate the supply and demand for donor sperm and the feasibility of an ASD program...
January 14, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087610/long-non-coding-rna-exchange-during-the-oocyte-to-embryo-transition-in-mice
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Rosa Karlic, Sravya Ganesh, Vedran Franke, Eliska Svobodova, Jana Urbanova, Yutaka Suzuki, Fugaku Aoki, Kristian Vlahovicek, Petr Svoboda
The oocyte-to-embryo transition (OET) transforms a differentiated gamete into pluripotent blastomeres. The accompanying maternal-zygotic RNA exchange involves remodeling of the long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) pool. Here, we used next generation sequencing and de novo transcript assembly to define the core population of 1,600 lncRNAs expressed during the OET (lncRNAs). Relative to mRNAs, OET lncRNAs were less expressed and had shorter transcripts, mainly due to fewer exons and shorter 5' terminal exons. Approximately half of OET lncRNA promoters originated in retrotransposons suggesting their recent emergence...
January 13, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073821/learning-from-cross-border-reproduction
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Emily Jackson, Jenni Millbank, Isabel Karpin, Anita Stuhmcke
Drawing upon the preliminary findings of an Australian empirical project on cross-border reproduction (CBR), this article argues that regulators and policymakers could learn from the experiences of those who travel overseas in order to access fertility treatment and surrogacy. It makes four principal observations. First, the distinction between so-called 'altruistic' and 'commercial' gamete donation and surrogacy is increasingly unsustainable and is not experienced as meaningful by many participants in CBR...
January 10, 2017: Medical Law Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073009/how-meiosis-creates-the-single-copy-genome
#14
Mary Herbert, Attila Toth
Genome haploidization involves two meiotic divisions following a single round of DNA replication. In this issue of Developmental Cell, Argüello-Miranda et al. (2017) show that production and packaging of the single-copy genome into gametes during the second meiotic division is coordinated by a conserved casein kinase 1.
January 9, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072588/fertility-treatment-and-childhood-epilepsy-a-nationwide-cohort-study
#15
Laura Ozer Kettner, Ulrik Schiøler Kesmodel, Cecilia Høst Ramlau-Hansen, Bjørn Bay, Beate Ritz, Niels Bjerregaard Matthiesen, Tine Brink Henriksen
BACKGROUND: Fertility treatment includes hormonal stimulation of the woman and in vitro manipulation of gametes and embryos that may influence prenatal brain development. We aimed to investigate the association between fertility treatment and childhood epilepsy, including specific types of treatment and indications as well as subtypes of epilepsy. METHODS: In this nationwide birth cohort study, we included all pregnancies in Denmark resulting in live-born singletons, 1995-2003...
January 6, 2017: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071690/generation-of-germline-ablated-male-pigs-by-crispr-cas9-editing-of-the-nanos2-gene
#16
Ki-Eun Park, Amy V Kaucher, Anne Powell, Muhammad Salman Waqas, Shelley E S Sandmaier, Melissa J Oatley, Chi-Hun Park, Ahmed Tibary, David M Donovan, Le Ann Blomberg, Simon G Lillico, C Bruce A Whitelaw, Alan Mileham, Bhanu P Telugu, Jon M Oatley
Genome editing tools have revolutionized the generation of genetically modified animals including livestock. In particular, the domestic pig is a proven model of human physiology and an agriculturally important species. In this study, we utilized the CRISPR/Cas9 system to edit the NANOS2 gene in pig embryos to generate offspring with mono-allelic and bi-allelic mutations. We found that NANOS2 knockout pigs phenocopy knockout mice with male specific germline ablation but other aspects of testicular development are normal...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070774/restoring-fertility-with-cryopreserved-prepubertal-testicular-tissue-perspectives-with-hydrogel-encapsulation-nanotechnology-and-bioengineered-scaffolds
#17
Maxime Vermeulen, Jonathan Poels, Francesca de Michele, Anne des Rieux, Christine Wyns
New and improved oncological therapies are now able to cure more than 80% of cancer-affected children in Europe. However, such treatments are gonadotoxic and result in fertility issues, especially in boys who are not able to provide a sperm sample before starting chemo/radiotherapy because of their prepubertal state. For these boys, cryopreservation of immature testicular tissue (ITT) is the only available option, aiming to preserve spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs). Both slow-freezing and vitrification have been investigated to this end and are now applied in a clinical setting for SSC cryopreservation...
January 9, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062591/epigenetic-processes-in-flowering-plant-reproduction
#18
REVIEW
Guifeng Wang, Claudia Köhler
Seeds provide up to 70% of the energy intake of the human population, emphasizing the relevance of understanding the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms controlling seed formation. In flowering plants, seeds are the product of a double fertilization event, leading to the formation of the embryo and the endosperm surrounded by maternal tissues. Analogous to mammals, plants undergo extensive epigenetic reprogramming during both gamete formation and early seed development, a process that is supposed to be required to enforce silencing of transposable elements and thus to maintain genome stability...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062561/sperm-sensory-signaling
#19
Dagmar Wachten, Jan F Jikeli, U Benjamin Kaupp
Fertilization is exceptionally complex and, depending on the species, happens in entirely different environments. External fertilizers in aquatic habitats, like marine invertebrates or fish, release their gametes into the seawater or freshwater, whereas sperm from most internal fertilizers like mammals cross the female genital tract to make their way to the egg. Various chemical and physical cues guide sperm to the egg. Quite generally, these cues enable signaling pathways that ultimately evoke a cellular Ca(2+) response that modulates the waveform of the flagellar beat and, hence, the swimming path...
January 6, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061382/budding-of-the-alveolate-alga-vitrella-brassicaformis-resembles-sexual-and-asexual-processes-in-apicomplexan-parasites
#20
Zoltán Füssy, Petra Masařová, Jitka Kručinská, Heather J Esson, Miroslav Oborník
Ease of cultivation and availability of genomic data promoted intensive research of free-living phototrophic relatives of apicomplexans, i.e. Chromera velia and Vitrella brassicaformis. Chromera and Vitrella differ significantly in their physiology, morphology, phylogenetic position and genomic features, but Vitrella has not gained as much attention. Here we describe two types of Vitrella zoosporangia. One contains zoospores surrounded by roughly structured matter, with an intracytoplasmic axoneme predicted to develop into a mature flagellum upon spore release, similarly to Plasmodium microgametes; in the second type, cells concurrently bud off the center of the sporangium, surrounded by smooth matter, and flagella develop extracellularly...
December 13, 2016: Protist
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