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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228092/variation-in-rates-of-spontaneous-male-production-within-the-nematode-species-pristionchus-pacificus-supports-an-adaptive-role-for-males-and-outcrossing
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Katy Morgan, Angela McGaughran, Christian Rödelsperger, Ralf J Sommer
BACKGROUND: The nematode species Pristionchus pacificus has an androdioecious mating system in which populations consist of self-fertilizing hermaphrodites and relatively few males. The prevalence of males in such a system is likely to depend on the relative pros and cons of outcrossing. While outcrossing generates novel allelic combinations and can therefore increase adaptive potential, it may also disrupt the potentially beneficial consequences of repeated generations of selfing. These include purging of deleterious alleles, inheritance of co-adapted allele complexes, improved hermaphrodite fitness and increased population growth...
February 23, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225021/characterisation-of-urinary-wfdc12-in-small-nocturnal-basal-primates-mouse-lemurs-microcebus-spp
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Jennifer Unsworth, Grace M Loxley, Amanda Davidson, Jane L Hurst, Guadalupe Gómez-Baena, Nicholas I Mundy, Robert J Beynon, Elke Zimmermann, Ute Radespiel
Mouse lemurs are basal primates that rely on chemo- and acoustic signalling for social interactions in their dispersed social systems. We examined the urinary protein content of two mouse lemurs species, within and outside the breeding season, to assess candidates used in species discrimination, reproductive or competitive communication. Urine from Microcebus murinus and Microcebus lehilahytsara contain a predominant 10 kDa protein, expressed in both species by some, but not all, males during the breeding season, but at very low levels by females...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222030/sub-chronic-indomethacin-treatment-and-its-effect-on-the-male-reproductive-system-of-albino-rats-possible-protective-role-of-black-tea-extract
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Ishwar B Bagoji, Gavishiddappa A Hadimani, Saeed M Yendigeri, Kusal K Das
BACKGROUND: Indomethacin is commonly used as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to treat inflammation, arthritis and joint pains. Unfortunately, it has a wide range of adverse effects on the physiological system, including gonads. This study aimed to assess possible beneficial effects of black tea extract (BTE) against indomethacin-induced alteration of gonadal hormone levels in male rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Adult male rats were divided into Group I (control), Group II (indomethacin, 5 mg/kg body weight [bwt...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221824/surviving-in-a-cosexual-world-a-cost-benefit-analysis-of-dioecy-in-tropical-trees
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Marjolein Bruijning, Marco D Visser, Helene C Muller-Landau, S Joseph Wright, Liza S Comita, Stephen P Hubbell, Hans de Kroon, Eelke Jongejans
Dioecy has a demographic disadvantage compared with hermaphroditism: only about half of reproductive adults produce seeds. Dioecious species must therefore have fitness advantages to compensate for this cost through increased survival, growth, and/or reproduction. We used a full life cycle approach to quantify the demographic costs and benefits associated with dioecy while controlling for demographic differences between dioecious and hermaphroditic species related to other functional traits. The advantage of this novel approach is that we can focus on the effect of breeding system across a diverse tree community...
March 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216900/trichosanthes-kirilowii-exerts-androgenic-activity-via-regulation-of-psa-and-klk2-in-22rv1-prostate-cancer-cells
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Soo-Jin Jeong, Ji-Yoon Choi, Mi-Sook Dong, Chang-Seob Seo, Hyeun-Kyoo Shin
BACKGROUND: The androgen comprises a group of hormones that play roles in male reproductive activity as well as personal characteristics. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the androgenic activity of various herbal medicines in human prostate cancer 22Rv1 cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Herbal extracts of Trichosanthes kirilowii (TK), Asarum sieboldii (AS), Sanguisorba officinalis (SO), and Xanthium strumarium (XS) were selected to have androgenic effects based on a preliminary in vitro screening system...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213128/quantitative-proteomic-analysis-of-human-testis-reveals-system-wide-molecular-and-cellular-pathways-associated-with-non-obstructive-azoospermia
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Mehdi Alikhani, Mehdi Mirzaei, Marjan Sabbaghian, Pouria Parsamatin, Razieh Karamzadeh, Samane Adib, Niloofar Sodeifi, Mohammad Ali Sadighi Gilani, Masoud Zabet-Moghaddam, Lindsay Parker, Yunqi Wo, Vivek Gupta, Paul A Haynes, Hamid Gourabi, Hossein Baharvand, Ghasem Hosseini Salekdeh
: Male infertility accounts for half of the infertility problems experienced by couples. Azoospermia, having no measurable level of sperm in seminal fluid, is one of the known conditions resulting in male infertility. In order to elucidate the complex molecular mechanisms causing male azoospermia, label-free quantitative shotgun proteomics was carried out on testicular tissue specimens from patients with obstructive azoospermia and non-obstructive azoospermia, including maturation arrest (MA) and Sertoli cell only syndrome (SCOS)...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202088/what-influences-the-home-range-size-of-free-roaming-domestic-dogs
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S Dürr, N K Dhand, C Bombara, S Molloy, M P Ward
In many regions of the world domestic dogs are free roaming and live in close relationship with humans. These free-roaming domestic dogs (FRDD) can cause public health problems such as dog bites and transmission of infectious diseases. To effectively control diseases transmitted by FRDD, knowledge on the dogs' behaviour is required. To identify predictors of home range (HR) size, we collected global positioning system data from 135 FRDD living in eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Northern Australia...
February 16, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199414/direct-and-transgenerational-effects-of-low-doses-of-perinatal-di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-dehp-on-social-behaviors-in-mice
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Kayla M Quinnies, Erin P Harris, Rodney W Snyder, Susan S Sumner, Emilie F Rissman
Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is an endocrine disrupting chemical commonly used as a plasticizer in medical equipment, food packaging, flooring, and children's toys. DEHP exposure during early development has been associated with adverse neurobehavioral outcomes in children. In animal models, early exposure to DEHP results in abnormal development of the reproductive system as well as altered behavior and neurodevelopment. Based on these data, we hypothesized that developmental exposure to DEHP would decrease social interactions and increase anxiety-like behaviors in mice in a dose-dependent manner, and that the effects would persist over generations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190728/juvenile-hormone-suppresses-resistance-to-infection-in-mated-female-drosophila-melanogaster
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Robin A Schwenke, Brian P Lazzaro
Hormonal signaling provides metazoans with the ability to regulate development, growth, metabolism, immune defense, and reproduction in response to internal and external stimuli. The use of hormones as central regulators of physiology makes them prime candidates for mediating allocation of resources to competing biological functions (i.e., hormonal pleiotropy) [1]. In animals, reproductive effort often results in weaker immune responses (e.g., [2-4]), and this reduction is sometimes linked to hormone signaling (see [5-7])...
February 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188883/effects-of-pinealectomy-on-the-neuroendocrine-reproductive-system-and-locomotor-activity-in-male-european-sea-bass-dicentrarchus-labrax
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Mairi Cowan, José A Paullada-Salmerón, José Fernando López-Olmeda, Francisco Javier Sánchez-Vázquez, José A Muñoz-Cueto
The seasonally changing photoperiod controls the timing of reproduction in most fish species, however, the transduction of this photoperiodic information to the reproductive axis is still unclear. This study explored the potential role of two candidate neuropeptide systems, gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (Gnih) and kisspeptin, as mediators between the pineal organ (a principle transducer of photoperiodic information) and reproductive axis in male European sea bass, Dicentrarchus labrax. Two seven-day experiments of pinealectomy (Px) were performed, in March (end of reproductive season) and August (resting season)...
February 8, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188590/pesticide-stress-on-plants-negatively-affects-parasitoid-fitness-through-a-bypass-of-their-phytophage-hosts
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Andries A Kampfraath, Daniel Giesen, Cornelis A M van Gestel, Cécile Le Lann
Pesticides taken up by plants from the soil or interstitial (pore) water can cascade to higher trophic levels, which are expected to be more affected due to cumulative bottom-up effects. Knowledge about the impact of indirect exposure to pesticides on non-target terrestrial trophic chains, however, is still lacking. Therefore, we examined the direct and indirect effects of three concentrations of the herbicide 2,6-dichlorobenzonitrile (DCBN) and an insecticide with a similar molecular structure (1,4-dichlorobenzene, DCB) on the fitness traits of a tritrophic system: the wheat plant Triticum aestivum, the aphid Sitobion avenae and its specialist parasitoid Aphidius rhopalosiphi...
February 10, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185611/retrospective-analysis-of-reproductive-performance-of-pair-bred-compared-with-trio-bred-mice
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Katherine Wasson
Federal guidelines provide recommendations regarding the minimum of floor space that should be allotted for breedinglaboratory rodents. Mouse mating systems used by a variety of institutions frequently deviate from these recommendations.Regulatory agencies suggest that deviations from established guidelines should be assessed on an institutional basis andrecommend periodic review by the local IACUC. Mouse breeding data, collected in a laboratory animal management softwareprogram at a single institution, were retrospectively analyzed to determine the effects of 2 breeding schemes on reproductiveperformance...
February 9, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185602/impaired-hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular-axis-activity-spermatogenesis-and-sperm-function-promote-infertility-in-males-with-lead-poisoning
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Jason Gandhi, Rafael J Hernandez, Andrew Chen, Noel L Smith, Yefim R Sheynkin, Gargi Joshi, Sardar Ali Khan
Lead poisoning is a stealthy threat to human physiological systems as chronic exposure can remain asymptomatic for long periods of time before symptoms manifest. We presently review the biophysical mechanisms of lead poisoning that contribute to male infertility. Environmental and occupational exposure of lead may adversely affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis, impairing the induction of spermatogenesis. Dysfunction at the reproductive axis, namely testosterone suppression, is most susceptible and irreversible during pubertal development...
February 10, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181402/allethrin-toxicity-causes-reproductive-dysfunction-in-male-rats
#14
Golla Madhubabu, Suresh Yenugu
Pyrethroids are widely used for domestic and agricultural purposes and their use is increasing, especially in developing countries. Uncontrolled use of these insecticides resulted in their entry into the food chain thereby causing toxicity to different organ systems. Allethrin is one of the widely used pyrethroids, but its toxicological effects are underreported when compared to other pyrethroids. Further, its effects on the male reproductive tract remain uncharacterized. In this study, its toxicity on the male reproductive tract was evaluated by administering 25-150 mg/kg body weight allethrin to adult rats for 60 days...
February 9, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181239/reproduction-of-the-duck-catfish-ageneiosus-ucayalensis-in-a-ria-river-system
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V A Oliveira, M A P Ferreira, R M Rocha, L F A Montag
A total of 1006 duck catfish Ageneiosus ucayalensis were collected from a ria river system of eastern Amazonia, of which 733 were females and 273 males, a sex ratio 2·69:1. Condition factors of males were higher than those of females and size at first sexual maturity (L50 ) was 12·8 cm for females and 11·8 cm for males. The relative frequency of mature specimens and gonad condition indices indicate that the breeding season is short and coincides with the rainy season.
February 8, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178203/male-psyllids-differentially-learn-in-the-context-of-copulation
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Dara G Stockton, Xavier Martini, Lukasz L Stelinski
In the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri Kuwayama, stimulatory cuticular hydrocarbons act as sex pheromone attractants. Male psyllids locate aggregations of females using those olfactory cues, as well as vibrational communication on the plant surface. Although previous research has indicated that learning plays a role in modulating female reproductive behaviors in psyllids, it is unknown whether males similarly use learning to increase the likelihood of copulatory success. We used an olfactometer-based bio-assay to study the effects of experience on male response to female odor...
February 7, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173793/the-landscape-of-sex-differential-transcriptome-and-its-consequent-selection-in-human-adults
#17
Moran Gershoni, Shmuel Pietrokovski
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of several human morbid phenotypes is sometimes much higher than intuitively expected. This can directly arise from the presence of two sexes, male and female, in one species. Men and women have almost identical genomes but are distinctly dimorphic, with dissimilar disease susceptibilities. Sexually dimorphic traits mainly result from differential expression of genes present in both sexes. Such genes can be subject to different, and even opposing, selection constraints in the two sexes...
February 7, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160920/age-related-alterations-in-the-genetics-and-genomics-of-the-male-germ-line
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Amin S Herati, Boryana H Zhelyazkova, Peter R Butler, Dolores J Lamb
Paternal aging is associated with increased risk of genetic disease transmission to the offspring. The changes associated with aging arise predominantly through formation of single nucleotide variation through DNA replication errors, as well as possibly chronic exposure to environmental toxins and reactive oxygen species exposure. Several age-related reproductive factors are also contributory, including the systemic hormonal milieu, accumulation of environmental toxin exposure, aging germ cells, and accumulation of de novo genetic and genomic abnormalities in germ cells...
February 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160149/dynamic-reorganization-of-the-endomembrane-system-during-spermatogenesis-in-marchantia-polymorpha
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Naoki Minamino, Takehiko Kanazawa, Ryuichi Nishihama, Katsuyuki T Yamato, Kimitsune Ishizaki, Takayuki Kohchi, Akihiko Nakano, Takashi Ueda
The processes involved in sexual reproduction have been diversified during plant evolution. Whereas charales, bryophytes, pteridophytes, and some gymnosperms utilize motile sperm as male gametes, in other gymnosperms and angiosperms the immotile sperm cells are delivered to the egg cells through elongated pollen tubes. During formation of the motile sperms, cells undergo a dynamic morphological transformation including drastic changes in shape and the generation of locomotor architecture. The molecular mechanism involved in this process remains mostly unknown...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159865/comparative-transcriptomics-of-malaria-mosquito-testes-function-evolution-and-linkage
#20
Bryan J Cassone, Raissa G G Kay, Matthew P Daugherty, Bradley J White
Testes-biased genes evolve rapidly and are important in the establishment, solidification, and maintenance of reproductive isolation between incipient species. The Anopheles gambiae complex, a group of at least eight isomorphic mosquito species endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa, is an excellent system to explore the evolution of testes-biased genes. Within this group, the testes are an important tissue in the diversification process since hybridization between species results in sterile hybrid males, but fully fertile females...
February 7, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
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