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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448012/protocols-for-visualizing-steroidogenic-organs-and-their-interactive-organs-with-immunostaining-in-the-fruit-fly-drosophila-melanogaster
#1
Eisuke Imura, Yuto Yoshinari, Yuko Shimada-Niwa, Ryusuke Niwa
In multicellular organisms, a small group of cells is endowed with a specialized function in their biogenic activity, inducing a systemic response to growth and reproduction. In insects, the larval prothoracic gland (PG) and the adult female ovary play essential roles in biosynthesizing the principal steroid hormones called ecdysteroids. These ecdysteroidogenic organs are innervated from the nervous system, through which the timing of biosynthesis is affected by environmental cues. Here we describe a protocol for visualizing ecdysteroidogenic organs and their interactive organs in larvae and adults of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, which provides a suitable model system for studying steroid hormone biosynthesis and its regulatory mechanism...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446774/liver-er%C3%AE-regulates-agrp-neuronal-activity-in-the-arcuate-nucleus-of-female-mice
#2
Valeria Benedusi, Sara Della Torre, Nico Mitro, Donatella Caruso, Alessandra Oberto, Claire Tronel, Clara Meda, Adriana Maggi
Recent work revealed the major role played by liver Estrogen Receptor α (ERα) in the regulation of metabolic and reproductive functions. By using mutant mice with liver-specific ablation of Erα, we here demonstrate that the hepatic ERα is essential for the modulation of the activity of Agouti Related Protein (AgRP) neurons in relation to the reproductive cycle and diet. Our results suggest that the alterations of hepatic lipid metabolism due to the lack of liver ERα activity are responsible for a neuroinflammatory status that induces refractoriness of AgRP neurons to reproductive and dietary stimuli...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442921/mir-762-can-negatively-regulate-menin-in-ovarian-cancer
#3
Rui Hou, Zhuo Yang, ShiZhuo Wang, DaMing Chu, Qifang Liu, Jia Liu, Luo Jiang
Ovarian cancer accounts for the major part of the mortality attributable to female reproductive system malignant tumors worldwide. Recently, the incidence of ovarian cancer has been increasing annually, and there remains a lack of suitable treatment methods that can significantly improve the 5-year survival rates of patients. Therefore, it is necessary to identify more effective treatments for ovarian cancer. It is established that microRNAs (miRNAs) have important roles in the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer and a specific miRNA, miR-762, can promote the development of a variety of tumors...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442349/perinatal-programming-of-the-orexinergic-hypocretinergic-system-in-hypothalamus-and-anterior-pituitary-by-testosterone
#4
Natalia I Cataldi, Victoria A Lux-Lantos, Carlos Libertun
Orexins A/B derived from hypothalamic prepro-orexin (PPO) are agonists for orexin receptors 1 (OX1) and 2 (OX2). Previously, we showed clear sex differences in the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal orexinergic system in adult rodents. Here, we studied the effect of sexual brain differentiation on the orexinergic system in neuroendocrine structures regulating reproduction. We evaluated: a: proestrous and neonatally androgenized female rats; b: adult males, untreated or gonadectomized in adulthood and injected with oil or estradiol and progesterone (E2/P4); c: control and demasculinized males (perinatally treated with flutamide and later castration) injected either with oil or E2/P4 in adulthood...
April 22, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441888/doxorubicin-induced-female-reproductive-toxicity-an-assessment-of-ovarian-follicular-apoptosis-cyclicity-and-reproductive-tissue-histology-in-wistar-rats
#5
Kumari Nishi, Vinoth Prasanna Gunasekaran, Jaganath Arunachalam, Mathan Ganeshan
Doxorubicin is a widely used chemotherapeutic agent for various cancers, particularly for the female breast cancer patients. Although the rate of young female cancer patients is increasing every year, conversely the lack of knowledge of adverse effects of doxorubicin on female reproductive system insisted us to assess the toxic effects of doxorubicin on the female reproductive tissue histoarchitecture, cyclicity, and mammary glands in Wistar rats. The rats were divided into two groups depending on the treatment period, i...
April 25, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435136/chitosan-enhances-nanoparticle-delivery-from-the-reproductive-tract-to-target-draining-lymphoid-organs
#6
Jaehyung Park, Renuka Ramanathan, Linhchi Pham, Kim A Woodrow
To prime adaptive immune responses from the female reproductive tract (FRT), particulate antigens must be transported to draining lymph nodes (dLNs) since there are no local organized lymphoid structures equivalent to those found in the respiratory or gastrointestinal tracts. However, little is known about how to safely and effectively navigate successive barriers to transport such as crossing the epithelium and gaining access to migratory cells and lymphatic drainage that provide entry into dLNs. Here, we demonstrate that intravaginal pre-treatment with chitosan significantly facilitates translocation of nanoparticles (NPs) across the multilayered vaginal epithelium to target dLNs...
April 20, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431277/endocrine-disruption-by-environmental-gestagens-in-amphibians-a-short-review-supported-by-new-in%C3%A2-vitro-data-using-gonads-of-xenopus-laevis
#7
REVIEW
Andrea Ziková, Claudia Lorenz, Frauke Hoffmann, Wibke Kleiner, Ilka Lutz, Matthias Stöck, Werner Kloas
Endocrine disruption caused by various anthropogenic compounds is of persisting concern, especially for aquatic wildlife, because surface waters are the main sink of these so-called endocrine disruptors (ED). In the past, research focused on (anti)estrogenic, (anti)androgenic, and (anti)thyroidal substances, affecting primarily reproduction and development in vertebrates; however, other endocrine systems might be also targeted by ED. Environmental gestagens, including natural progestogens (e.g. progesterone (P4)) and synthetic progestins used for contraception, are supposed to affect vertebrate reproduction via progesterone receptors...
April 5, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428854/not-all-weeds-are-created-equal-a-database-approach-uncovers-differences-in-the-sexual-system-of-native-and-introduced-weeds
#8
Megan L Van Etten, Jeffrey K Conner, Shu-Mei Chang, Regina S Baucom
Weedy species provide excellent opportunities to examine the process of successful colonization of novel environments. Despite the influence of the sexual system on a variety of processes from reproduction to genetic structure, how the sexual system of species influences weediness has received only limited consideration. We examined the hypothesis that weedy plants have an increased likelihood of being self-compatible compared with nonweedy plants; this hypothesis is derived from Baker's law, which states that species that can reproduce uniparentally are more likely to successfully establish in a new habitat where mates are lacking...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426420/disruption-of-egg-production-by-triclabendazole-resistant-fasciola-hepatica-following-treatment-with-a-commercial-preparation-of-myrrh-mirazid
#9
Mohamed M O Abdelaal, Gerard P Brennan, Robert E B Hanna, Ahmed Abdel-Aziz, Ian Fairweather
An in vitro study has been carried out to monitor changes to the female reproductive system in adult triclabendazole (TCBZ)-resistant Fasciola hepatica following treatment with a commercial preparation of myrrh ("Mirazid"). Flukes were immersed for 6 h and 24 h in myrrh extract at a concentration of 200 µg/ml, then processed for histological and transmission electron microscope (TEM) examination of the uterus, Mehlis' gland, ovary and vitellaria. Egg production had become abnormal at 6 h post-treatment (pt), with the uterine lumen being filled with free vitelline cells and masses of shell protein material; few eggs were present...
June 1, 2017: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424873/the-changes-in-the-reproductive-barrier-between-hexaploid-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l-and-rye-secale-cereale-l-different-states-lead-to-different-fates
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Natalia Tikhenko, Twan Rutten, Angelika Senula, Myroslava Rubtsova, E R Joachim Keller, Andreas Börner
The changes in the reproductive barrier between hexaploid wheat ( Triticum aestivum L.) and rye ( Secale cereale L.) can be induced using in situ embryo rescue of abnormal embryos, yielding stable fertile amphidiploid plants. In intergeneric crosses between hexaploid wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and rye (Secale cereale L.), postzygotic barriers may occur at different stages of hybrid development. One such mechanism is embryo lethality, which is genetically determined by the interaction and expression of two incompatible genes in wheat (Eml-A1) and rye (Eml-R1)...
April 19, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424677/responses-of-the-housefly-musca-domestica-to-the-hytrosavirus-replication-impacts-on-host-s-vitellogenesis-and-immunity
#11
Henry M Kariithi, Xu Yao, Fahong Yu, Peter E Teal, Chelsea P Verhoeven, Drion G Boucias
Hytrosaviridae family members replicate in the salivary glands (SGs) of their adult dipteran hosts and are transmitted to uninfected hosts via saliva during feeding. Despite inducing similar gross symptoms (SG hypertrophy; SGH), hytrosaviruses (SGHVs) have distinct pathobiologies, including sex-ratio distortions in tsetse flies and refusal of infected housefly females to copulate. Via unknown mechanism(s), SGHV replication in other tissues results in reduced fecundity in tsetse flies and total shutdown of vitellogenesis and sterility in housefly females...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423240/biochemical-cellular-physiological-and-pathological-consequences-of-human-loss-of-n-glycolylneuraminic-acid
#12
Jonathan Okerblom, Ajit Varki
About 2-3 million years ago, Alu-mediated deletion of a critical exon in the CMAH gene became fixed in the hominin lineage ancestral to humans, possibly through a stepwise process of selection by pathogen targeting of the CMAH product (the sialic acid Neu5Gc), followed by reproductive isolation via female anti-Neu5Gc antibodies. Loss of CMAH has occurred independently in some other lineages, but is functionally intact in Old World primates, including our closest relatives, the chimpanzees. While the biophysical and biochemical ramifications of losing tens of millions of Neu5Gc hydroxyl groups at most cell surfaces remains poorly understood, there are multi-scale effects functionally relevant to both sides of the host-pathogen interface...
April 19, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422301/meeting-the-reproductive-health-needs-of-female-key-populations-affected-by-hiv-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-review-of-the-evidence
#13
Nicole B Ippoliti, Geeta Nanda, Rose Wilcher
Female sex workers and other women at high risk of acquiring HIV have the right to sexual and reproductive health, including the right to determine the number and timing of pregnancies. We conducted a literature review to examine the data that exist regarding the family planning and reproductive health needs of female key populations, the underlying determinants of these populations' vulnerability to poor reproductive health outcomes, and the obstacles they face in accessing high-quality reproductive health services...
April 19, 2017: Studies in Family Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420494/molecular-regulation-and-role-of-angiogenesis-in-reproduction
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REVIEW
Momchil Rizov, Petya Andreeva, Ivanka Dimova
Angiogenesis is an essential process for proper functioning of the female reproductive system and for successful pregnancy realization. The multitude of factors required for physiological angiogenesis and the complexity of regulation of their temporal-spatial activities contribute to aberrations in human fertilization and pregnancy outcomes. In this study, we reviewed the current knowledge of the temporal expression patterns, functions, and regulatory mechanisms of angiogenic factors during foliculogenesis, early implantation/placentation and embryo development, as well as recurrent spontaneous abortions...
April 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419839/near-infrared-laser-irradiation-improves-the-development-of-mouse-pre-implantation-embryos
#15
Masaki Yokoo, Miho Mori
The aim of the present study was to assess the effects of near-infrared laser irradiation on the in vitro development of mouse embryos. Female ICR mice were superovulated with pregnant mare serum gonadotropin and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), and mated with male mice. Two-cell stage embryos were collected 40 h after administering hCG and cultured in M16 medium. Two-cell embryos (0 h after culture), 8-cell embryos (approx. 30 h after culture), morula (approx. 48 h after culture), and blastocysts (approx...
April 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419266/the-effect-of-parasitism-and-interpopulation-hybridization-on-aedes-albopictus-diptera-culicidae-fitness
#16
Michelle Tseng
Recent research in mosquito population genetics suggests that interpopulation hybridization has likely contributed to the rapid spread of the container-breeding mosquitoes. Here, I used laboratory experiments to investigate whether interpopulation Aedes (Stegomyia) albopictus (Skuse) F1 and F2 hybrids exhibit higher fitness than parental populations, and whether hybrid mosquito performance is related to infection by the coevolved protozoan parasite Ascogregarina taiwanensis (Lien and Levine). Overall, there were significant differences in development time, wing length, and survival between the two parental mosquito populations, but no difference in per capita growth rate r...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417958/widespread-patterns-of-sexually-dimorphic-gene-expression-in-an-avian-hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal-hpg-axis
#17
Matthew D MacManes, Suzanne H Austin, Andrew S Lang, April Booth, Victoria Farrar, Rebecca M Calisi
The hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis is a key biological system required for reproduction and associated sexual behaviors to occur. In the avian reproductive model of the rock dove (Columba livia), we characterized the transcript community of each tissue of the HPG axis in both sexes, thereby significantly expanding our mechanistic insight into HPG activity. We report greater sex-biased differential expression in the pituitary as compared to the hypothalamus, with multiple genes more highly expressed in the male pituitary being related to secretory function, and multiple genes more highly expressed in the female pituitary being related to reproduction, growth, and development...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417351/detrimental-effect-of-maternal-and-post-weaning-high-fat-diet-on-the-reproductive-function-in-the-adult-female-offspring-rat-roles-of-insulin-like-growth-factor-2-and-the-ovarian-circadian-clock
#18
Yu-Ju Lin, Ching-Chou Tsai, Li-Tung Huang, Jiunn-Ming Sheen, Mao-Meng Tiao, Hong-Ren Yu, Chih-Cheng Chen, You-Lin Tain
PURPOSE: We evaluate the impact of maternal and post-weaning high-fat (HF) diet on ovarian follicular population, steroidogenesis, and gene expression with a focus on the circadian clock system and insulin-like growth factor 2 (Igf2) in adult offspring ovaries, and to elucidate whether a maternal and post-weaning diet confers similar risks. METHODS: Virgin Sprague-Dawley rats were fed with normal chow (C) diet or HF diet for 5 weeks before mating, during gestation, and lactation...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416366/2-year-animal-carcinogenicity-results-for-crisaborole-a-novel-phosphodiesterase-4-inhibitor-for-atopic-dermatitis
#19
Vic Ciaravino, Dina Coronado, Cheryl Lanphear, Sanjay Chanda
BACKGROUND: Crisaborole is a novel, topical nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory, phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibitor for the treatment of mild to moderate atopic dermatitis. OBJECTIVE: As part of a nonclinical safety testing program, these 2-year studies tested the carcinogenic potential of crisaborole. METHODS: Crisaborole ointment, 2%, 5%, or 7%, was applied once daily topically to mice, and crisaborole was administered orally to rats at doses of 30, 100, or 300mg/kg/day for up to 104 weeks...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415705/meta-analysis-of-xrcc1-polymorphism-and-risk-of-female-reproductive-system-cancer
#20
Na-Na Yang, Ying-Fan Huang, Jian Sun, Ying Chen, Zhong-Min Tang, Jin-Fang Jiang
Numerous epidemiological studies have evaluated the association between polymorphism in the gene encoding x-ray repair cross complementing 1 (XRCC1) protein and the risk of female reproductive system cancer, but results are inconclusive. To gain a comprehensive picture of available evidence, we searched for relevant studies in the PubMed, EMBASE, Scopus, and Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure databases up to December 17, 2016. A total of 26 case-control studies were picked out. The pooled odds ratio (OR) with its 95% confidence interval (CI) was calculated to estimate the association...
March 10, 2017: Oncotarget
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