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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342855/regulation-of-reproduction-via-tight-control-of-gonadotropin-hormone-levels
#1
Djurdjica Coss
Mammalian reproduction is controlled by the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. GnRH from the hypothalamus regulates synthesis and secretion of gonadotropins, LH and FSH, which then control steroidogenesis and gametogenesis. In females, serum LH and FSH levels exhibit rhythmic changes throughout the menstrual or estrous cycle that are correlated with pulse frequency of GnRH. Lack of gonadotropins leads to infertility or amenorrhea. Dysfunctions in the tightly controlled ratio due to levels slightly outside the normal range occur in a larger number of women and are correlated with polycystic ovaries and premature ovarian failure...
March 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342762/male-accessory-gland-proteins-affect-differentially-female-sexual-receptivity-and-remating-in-closely-related-drosophila-species
#2
Béatrice Denis, Gaëlle Claisse, Arnaud Le Rouzic, Claude Wicker-Thomas, Gildas Lepennetier, Dominique Joly
In sexual species, mating success depends on the male's capacity to find sexual partners and on female receptivity to mating. Mating is under evolutionary constraints to prevent interspecific mating and to maximize the reproductive success of both sexes. In Drosophila melanogaster, female receptivity to mating is mainly controlled by Sex peptide (SP, i.e. Acp70A) produced by the male accessory glands with other proteins (Acps). The transfer of SP during copulation dramatically reduces female receptivity to mating and prevents remating with other males...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338823/transporters-involved-in-ph-and-k-homeostasis-affect-pollen-wall-formation-male-fertility-and-embryo-development
#3
Senthilkumar Padmanaban, Daniel D Czerny, Kara A Levin, Alexander R Leydon, Robert T Su, Timothy K Maugel, Yanjiao Zou, Salil Chanroj, Alice Y Cheung, Mark A Johnson, Heven Sze
Flowering plant genomes encode multiple cation/H+ exchangers (CHXs) whose functions are largely unknown. AtCHX17, AtCHX18, and AtCHX19 are membrane transporters that modulate K+ and pH homeostasis and are localized in the dynamic endomembrane system. Loss of function reduced seed set, but the particular phase(s) of reproduction affected was not determined. Pollen tube growth and ovule targeting of chx17chx18chx19 mutant pollen appeared normal, but reciprocal cross experiments indicate a largely male defect...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334130/effective-biological-control-depends-on-life-history-strategies-of-both-parasitoid-and-its-host-evidence-from-aphidius-colemani-myzus-persicae-system
#4
Diwas Khatri, Xiong Z He, Qiao Wang
Mechanisms behind the success and failure of aphid biological control using parasitoids are largely unknown, probably because of the lack of knowledge of life history strategies of the insects involved. Here, we measured and compared life history strategies of Myzus persicae (Sulzer) (Hemiptera: Aphididae) and its parasitoid Aphidius colemani (Viereck) (Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae), providing essential information for evaluation of the potential of A. colemani to control M. persicae. Our results show that one A...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333902/proteflazid%C3%A2-and-local-immunity-in-diseases-caused-by-human-papillomavirus-herpesvirus-and-mixed-urogenital-infections
#5
Vjacheslav Kaminsky, Viktor Chernyshov, Oleksandr Grynevych, Vasil Benyuk, Alla Kornatskaya, Miroslava Shalko, Igor Usevich, Oleg Revenko, Maxim Shepetko, Ludmila Solomakha
Reporting of clinical trials results for Proteflazid® in the drug formulation suppositories and vaginal swabs soaked in the solution of the drug to the local immunity of the female reproductive tract. AIM: The aim of study was to examine the state of local immunity in the reproductive tract of women with sexually transmitted diseases caused by human papillomavirus, herpes viruses (Type 1, 2) and mixed infection (herpes viruses + chlamydia). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The trials involved 216 women with viral sexually transmitted diseases: Cervical Dysplasia associated with papillomavirus infection (HPV) (Group 1); Herpes genitalis type 1 (HSV- 1) and type 2 (HSV-1) (Group 2); mixed infection - HSV-1, HSV-2 and chlamydia (Group 3)...
March 21, 2017: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333235/ovarian-hormones-and-obesity
#6
Brigitte Leeners, Nori Geary, Philippe N Tobler, Lori Asarian
BACKGROUND: Obesity is caused by an imbalance between energy intake, i.e. eating and energy expenditure (EE). Severe obesity is more prevalent in women than men worldwide, and obesity pathophysiology and the resultant obesity-related disease risks differ in women and men. The underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. Pre-clinical and clinical research indicate that ovarian hormones may play a major role. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: We systematically reviewed the clinical and pre-clinical literature on the effects of ovarian hormones on the physiology of adipose tissue (AT) and the regulation of AT mass by energy intake and EE...
March 2, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333087/magnetically-bioprinted-human-myometrial-3d-cell-rings-as-a-model-for-uterine-contractility
#7
Glauco R Souza, Hubert Tseng, Jacob A Gage, Arunmani Mani, Pujan Desai, Fransisca Leonard, Angela Liao, Monica Longo, Jerrie S Refuerzo, Biana Godin
Deregulation in uterine contractility can cause common pathological disorders of the female reproductive system, including preterm labor, infertility, inappropriate implantation, and irregular menstrual cycle. A better understanding of human myometrium contractility is essential to designing and testing interventions for these important clinical problems. Robust studies on the physiology of human uterine contractions require in vitro models, utilizing a human source. Importantly, uterine contractility is a three-dimensionally (3D)-coordinated phenomenon and should be studied in a 3D environment...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331582/lifetime-fitness-consequences-of-early-life-ecological-hardship-in-a-wild-mammal-population
#8
Harry H Marshall, Emma I K Vitikainen, Francis Mwanguhya, Robert Businge, Solomon Kyabulima, Michelle C Hares, Emma Inzani, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Kenneth Mwesige, Hazel J Nichols, Jennifer L Sanderson, Faye J Thompson, Michael A Cant
Early-life ecological conditions have major effects on survival and reproduction. Numerous studies in wild systems show fitness benefits of good quality early-life ecological conditions ("silver-spoon" effects). Recently, however, some studies have reported that poor-quality early-life ecological conditions are associated with later-life fitness advantages and that the effect of early-life conditions can be sex-specific. Furthermore, few studies have investigated the effect of the variability of early-life ecological conditions on later-life fitness...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327585/estimated-daily-intake-and-cumulative-risk-assessment-of-phthalates-in-the-general-taiwanese-after-the-2011-dehp-food-scandal
#9
Jung-Wei Chang, Ching-Chang Lee, Wen-Harn Pan, Wei-Chun Chou, Han-Bin Huang, Hung-Che Chiang, Po-Chin Huang
A food scandal occurred in Taiwan in 2011 because the DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate) had been intentionally used in food products. We assessed the daily intakes (DIs) and cumulative risk of phthalates in Taiwan's general population after the scandal. The DIs of 6 phthalates, including di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP), di-iso-butyl phthalate (DiBP), and DEHP, were evaluated using urinary phthalate metabolites. Hazard quotients of phthalates classified as affecting the reproductive (HQrep) and hepatic (HQhep) systems were assessed using cumulative approach...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323958/jmjd3-is-crucial-for-female-avpv-rip-cre-neuron-controlled-kisspeptin-estrogen-feedback-loop-and-reproductive-function
#10
Anying Song, Shujun Jiang, Qinghua Wang, Jianghuan Zou, Zhaoyu Lin, Xiang Gao
The hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis controls development, reproduction, and metabolism. While most studies were focusing on the hierarch from brain to gonad, many questions remain unresolved concerning the feedback from gonad to the central nervous system, especially on the potential epigenetic modification in hypothalamic neurons. In this report, we generated genetically modified mice lacking histone H3 lysine 27 demethylase JMJD3 in hypothalamic RIP-Cre neurons. The female mutant mice display late-onset obesity due to reduced locomotor activity and decreased energy expenditure...
March 9, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323936/the-steroid-metabolome-in-the-isolated-ovarian-follicle-and-its-response-to-androgen-exposure-and-antagonism
#11
Marie Lebbe, Angela E Taylor, Jenny A Visser, Jackson Kirkman-Brown, Teresa K Woodruff, Wiebke Arlt
The ovarian follicle is a major site of steroidogenesis, crucially required for normal ovarian function and female reproduction. Our understanding of androgen synthesis and metabolism in the developing follicle has been limited by sensitivity and specificity issues of previously used assays. Here we used liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry to map the stage-dependent endogenous steroid metabolome in an encapsulated in vitro follicle growth system, from murine secondary through antral follicles. Furthermore, follicles were cultured in the presence of androgen precursors, non-aromatizable active androgen and androgen receptor (AR) antagonist to assess effects on steroidogenesis and follicle development...
February 23, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322134/reproductive-microbiomes
#12
Michael L Power, Caroline Quaglieri, Jay Schulkin
Almost every part of our body has a coevolved microbial community. The expressed microbial genes comprise the various microbiomes that play important roles in normal physiology and development. The various microbiomes are separate, yet often connected, with the species composition of one affecting others. The female reproductive system microbiomes (eg, vaginal, placental, and mammary/milk) remain less well explored than the gut microbiome although they comprise a large proportion of the female microbial network...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317489/ankylosing-spondylitis-and-pregnancy-a-literature-review
#13
Eirini Giovannopoulou, Grigorios Gkasdaris, Stylianos Kapetanakis, Emmanuel Kontomanolis
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is the prototype of a group of systemic rheumatic diseases collectively referred to as Spondyloarthitides (SpA). It is has recently become clear that AS is not as rare as previously thought and, although it has an early onset in life affecting patients in their reproductive years, it has not been proved to adversely affect fertility in females. Furthermore, new pharmaceutical agents have been introduced for its therapeutical management. The interaction between systematic rheumatic diseases and pregnancy has been under investigation with the majority of studies focusing on systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis (RA)...
March 17, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315650/retrospective-analysis-of-reproductive-performance-of-pair-bred-compared-with-trio-bred-mice
#14
Katherine Wasson
Federal guidelines provide recommendations regarding the minimum of floor space that should be allotted for breeding laboratory 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 and recommend periodic review by the local IACUC. Mouse breeding data, collected in a laboratory animal management software program at a single institution, were retrospectively analyzed to determine the effects of 2 breeding schemes on reproductive performance...
March 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315382/characterization-of-vaginal-lactobacillus-species-by-rplk-based-multiplex-qpcr-in-russian-women
#15
Vladimir V Demkin, Stanislav I Koshechkin
We describe a multiplex qPCR assay for identification and quantitative assessment of a set of vaginal Lactobacillus species, including L. acidophilus, L. crispatus, L. gasseri, L. helveticus, L. iners, and L. jensenii. The assay extends the previously developed qPCR method for Lactobacillus detection and total quantification based on targeting the rplK gene. Both assays use only single pair of primers and a set of probes combined in three reactions, comprising a vaginal Lactobacillus diagnostic assay panel...
March 14, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300613/identification-and-characterization-of-a-masculinizer-masc-gene-involved-in-sex-differentiation-in-artemia
#16
Dong-Rui Li, Hui-Li Ye, Jin-Shu Yang, Fan Yang, Mo-Ran Wang, Stephanie De Vos, Marnik Vuylsteke, Patrick Sorgeloos, Gilbert Van Stappen, Peter Bossier, Wei-Jun Yang
The sex of relatively primitive animals such as invertebrates is mostly determined by environmental factors and chromosome ploidy. Heteromorphic chromosomes may also play an important role, as in the ZW system in lepidopterans. However, the mechanisms of these various sex determination systems are still largely undefined. In the present study, a Masculinizer gene (Ar-Masc) was identified in the crustacean Artemia franciscana Kellogg 1906. Sequence analysis revealed that the 1140-bp full-length open reading frame of Ar-Masc encodes a 380-aa protein containing two CCCH-type zinc finger domains having a high degree of shared identities with the MASC protein characterized in the silkworm Bombyx mori, which has been determined to participate in the production of male-specific splice variants...
March 11, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299861/patterns-and-mechanisms-in-instances-of-endosymbiont-induced-parthenogenesis
#17
REVIEW
Wen-Juan Ma, Tanja Schwander
Female-producing parthenogenesis can be induced by endosymbionts that increase their transmission by manipulating host reproduction. Our literature survey indicates that such endosymbiont-induced parthenogenesis is known or suspected in 124 host species from seven different arthropod taxa, with Wolbachia as the most frequent endosymbiont (in 56-75% of host species). Most host species (81%, 100 out of 124) are characterized by haplo-diploid sex determination, but a strong ascertainment bias likely underestimates the frequency of endosymbiont-induced parthenogenesis in hosts with other sex determination systems...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299419/insights-into-the-role-of-age-and-social-interactions-on-the-sexual-attractiveness-of-queens-in-an-eusocial-bee-melipona-flavolineata-apidae-meliponini
#18
Jamille Costa Veiga, Cristiano Menezes, Felipe Andrés León Contrera
The attraction of sexual partners is a vital necessity among insects, and it involves conflict of interests and complex communication systems among male and female. In this study, we investigated the developing of sexual attractiveness in virgin queens (i.e., gynes) of Melipona flavolineata, an eusocial stingless bee. We followed the development of sexual attractiveness in 64 gynes, belonging to seven age classes (0, 3, 6, 9, 15, 18 days post-emergence), and we also evaluated the effect of different social interactions (such as competition between queens and interactions with workers) on the development of attractiveness in other 60 gynes...
April 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298247/tissue-specific-inhibition-of-urokinase-type-plasminogen-activator-expression-in-the-testes-of-mice-by-inducible-lentiviral-rna-interference-causes-male-infertility
#19
Kai Zhao, Yan Liu, Zhe Xiong, Lian Hu, Cheng-Liang Xiong
Urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) is involved in many physiological processes, including male infertility. To explore the effects of uPA in male reproduction, we constructed an inducible uPA short hairpin RNA (shRNA) system expressed by lentiviral vectors. After proving inhibition of uPA expression in the mouse Sertoli cell line TM4 by 1μgmL-1 doxycycline (Dox), two lentivirus (pLenti4-shRNA and pLenti6/TR) were co-microinjected into mouse testes to produce TetR&shuPA mice model. Though oral gavage by 0...
March 16, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295771/analysis-of-17%C3%AE-estradiol-estriol-and-estrone-in-american-eel-anguilla-rostrata-tissue-samples-using-liquid-chromatography-coupled-to-electrospray-differential-ion-mobility-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#20
Alejandro Cohen, Neil W Ross, Paul M Smith, James P Fawcett
RATIONALE: 17β-Estradiol (E2), estrone (E1) and estriol (E3) are steroid hormones responsible for the regulation of the female reproductive system. Estradiol is planned to be used to feminize eels in aquaculture in order to improve their size and marketability. The residual levels of these hormones in fish tissue must be monitored to meet the requirements of food regulatory agencies. Few studies have studied these hormones on complex biological matrices such as fish tissue. METHODS: We developed a method to analyze E1, E2 and E3 in fish tissue using liquid chromatography in combination with differential ion mobility spectrometry (DMS) and tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS)...
March 11, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
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