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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925269/lifecycle-exposure-of-fathead-minnows-to-environmentally-relevant-concentrations-of-the-%C3%AE-blocker-drug-propranolol
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Joanne L Parrott, Vimal K Balakrishnan
Propranolol is a human pharmaceutical β-blocker that has been detected in municipal wastewater effluents at ng/L to low µg/L. To assess the potential of this compound to affect fish, fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas) were exposed for a lifecycle in a flow-through system to nominal propranolol concentrations of 0.87, 8.7, 87, 870 and 8,700 ng/L. Measured propranolol concentrations were below detection for the two lowest exposure concentrations, and were 76, 580, and 7,800 ng/L for the three highest exposure concentrations...
December 7, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918427/prolactin-friend-or-foe-in-central-nervous-system-autoimmune-inflammation
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Massimo Costanza, Rosetta Pedotti
The higher prevalence of multiple sclerosis (MS) in females, along with the modulation of disease activity observed during pregnancy and the post-partum period, has suggested a hormonal influence in MS. Even if prolactin (PRL) does not belong to the sex hormones family, its crucial role in female reproduction and lactation has prompted great efforts to understand if PRL could represent a gender factor in the pathogenesis of MS and experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), the animal model for this disease...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918165/-sarcoidosis-of-the-female-genital-tract
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A Šefčíková, M Turková, M Žurková
OBJECTIVE: To present the findings of sarcoidosis on female genital tract. DESIGN: Review. SETTING: Department of Obstetric and Gynecology, Silesian Hospital Opava. METHODS: Overview of published findings from case studies. CONCLUSION: Sarcoidosis is a multisystem granulomatous disorder of unclear cause. It typically involves the lymph nodes of mediastinum, predominantly billateral and/or pulmonary infiltrates...
2016: Ceská Gynekologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917277/movento-influences-development-of-granulosa-cells-and-ovarian-follicles-and-foxo1-and-vnn1-gene-expression-in-balb-c-mice
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Sakineh Kaboli Kafshgiri, Kazem Parivar, Javad Baharara, Mohammad Amin Kerachian, Nasim Hayati Roodbari
OBJECTIVES: Pesticides has wide range of infertility in female reproductive. This study was done to evaluate the effect of movento pesticide on development of granulosa cells and ovarian follicles and FoxO1 and Vnn1 gene expression in BALB/c mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study 40 healthy BALB/c mice 5-6 weeks age were used. Animals were randomly allocated into four groups. Control (without any intervention), three experimental groups received 25, 50 and 100 mg/kg movento dissolved in PBS by gavage for 21 days...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914954/molecular-cloning-characterization-and-expression-profile-of-kisspeptin1-and-kisspeptin1-receptor-at-brain-pituitary-gonad-bpg-axis-of-golden-mahseer-tor-putitora-hamilton-1822-during-gonadal-development
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Neetu Shahi, Atul Kumar Singh, Monalisa Sahoo, Sumanta Kumar Mallik, Dimpal Thakuria
Complete cDNA sequences of kiss1 (gmkiss1) and its receptor kiss1r (gmkiss1r) were cloned and characterized from brain tissue of adult golden mahseer (Tor putitora). Thereafter, quantification of gmkiss1 and gmkiss1r mRNA expression in brain-pituitary-gonad (BPG) axis of male and female golden mahseer was carried out using quantitative real-time (qRT)-PCR assay during an annual reproductive cycle, at different gonadal development stages. The gmkiss1 cDNA was 508bp, with 330bp open reading frame (ORF), encoding a precursor protein of 109 amino acids, whereas gmkiss1r cDNA was 1383bp with an ORF of 1004bp, which encodes a 334 amino acid protein residue...
November 30, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911748/actions-of-steroids-new-neurotransmitters
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Lauren M Rudolph, Charlotte A Cornil, Melinda A Mittelman-Smith, Jennifer R Rainville, Luke Remage-Healey, Kevin Sinchak, Paul E Micevych
Over the past two decades, the classical understanding of steroid action has been updated to include rapid, membrane-initiated, neurotransmitter-like functions. While steroids were known to function on very short time spans to induce physiological and behavioral changes, the mechanisms by which these changes occur are now becoming more clear. In avian systems, rapid estradiol effects can be mediated via local alterations in aromatase activity, which precisely regulates the temporal and spatial availability of estrogens...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911605/gnrh-neuron-activity-and-pituitary-response-in-estradiol-induced-vs-proestrous-luteinizing-hormone-surges-in-female-mice
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Marina Silveira, Laura L Burger, R Anthony DeFazio, Elizabeth R Wagenmaker, Suzanne M Moenter
During the female reproductive cycle, estradiol exerts negative and positive feedback at both the central level to alter GnRH release and at the pituitary to affect response to GnRH. Many studies of the neurobiological mechanisms underlying estradiol feedback have been done on ovariectomized, estradiol-replaced (OVX+E) mice. In this model, GnRH neuron activity depends on estradiol and time of day, increasing in estradiol-treated mice in the late afternoon coincident with a daily LH surge. Amplitude of this surge appears lower than in proestrous mice, perhaps because other ovarian factors are not replaced...
December 2, 2016: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910069/lkb1-as-a-tumor-suppressor-in-uterine-cancer-mouse-models-and-translational-studies
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Christopher G Peña, Diego H Castrillón
The LKB1 tumor suppressor was identified in 1998 as the gene mutated in the Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome (PJS), a hereditary cancer predisposition characterized by gastrointestinal polyposis and a high incidence of cancers, particularly carcinomas, at a variety of anatomic sites including the gastrointestinal tract, lung, and female reproductive tract. Women with PJS have a high incidence of carcinomas of the uterine corpus (endometrium) and cervix. The LKB1 gene is also somatically mutated in human cancers arising at these sites...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908417/biphasic-action-of-iodine-in-excess-at-different-doses-on-ovary-in-adult-rats
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Dakshayani Mahapatra, Amar K Chandra
Iodine consumption in excess of its recommended levels over a prolonged period of time is well known to cause thyroid disorders. The thyroid hormones on the other hand are responsible in maintenance of the physiology of the reproductive system. Excess iodine intake affects male reproductive physiology. However, the effects of excess iodine on the ovarian structure and function is yet to be established. The present study has thus been undertaken to investigate the effect of excess iodine on the ovarian physiology...
January 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907106/brain-transcriptional-profiles-of-male-alternative-reproductive-tactics-and-females-in-bluegill-sunfish
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Charlyn G Partridge, Matthew D MacManes, Rosemary Knapp, Bryan D Neff
Bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus) are one of the classic systems for studying male alternative reproductive tactics (ARTs) in teleost fishes. In this species, there are two distinct life histories: parental and cuckolder, encompassing three reproductive tactics, parental, satellite, and sneaker. The parental life history is fixed, whereas individuals who enter the cuckolder life history transition from sneaker to satellite tactic as they grow. For this study, we used RNAseq to characterize the brain transcriptome of the three male tactics and females during spawning to identify gene ontology (GO) categories and potential candidate genes associated with each tactic...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906690/the-long-road-to-leptin
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Jeffrey Friedman
Leptin is an adipose tissue hormone that functions as an afferent signal in a negative feedback loop that maintains homeostatic control of adipose tissue mass. This endocrine system thus serves a critical evolutionary function by protecting individuals from the risks associated with being too thin (starvation) or too obese (predation and temperature dysregulation). Mutations in leptin or its receptor cause massive obesity in mice and humans, and leptin can effectively treat obesity in leptin-deficient patients...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906670/stag3-regulates-microtubule-stability-to-maintain-euploidy-during-mouse-oocyte-meiotic-maturation
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Mianqun Zhang, Xiaoxin Dai, Yalu Sun, Yajuan Lu, Changyin Zhou, Yilong Miao, Ying Wang, Bo Xiong
Stag3, a meiosis-specific subunit of cohesin complex, has been demonstrated to function in both male and female reproductive systems in mammals. However, its roles during oocyte meiotic maturation have not been fully defined. In the present study, we report that Stag3 uniquely accumulates on the spindle apparatus and colocalizes with microtubule fibers during mouse oocyte meiotic maturation. Depletion of Stag3 by gene-targeting morpholino disrupts normal spindle assembly and chromosome alignment in oocytes...
November 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904563/the-risk-of-using-intrauterine-devices-to-benign-reproductive-system-conditions-in-postmenopausal-women-a-case-control-study
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Xiaohua Zhang, Liping Xiao, Haoping Zhu, Linan Cheng
BACKGROUND: To investigate the effect of using intrauterine devices (IUDs) during the fertile window on women's reproductive system health. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 2,744 postmenopausal women in the Minhang District, Shanghai, China were enrolled. In the IUDs group there were 2,253 women; in the tubal ligation group there were 202 women and there were 289 women in the control group. We selected subjects according to the cases number in different hospital by using step sampling, and, in addition, collected the sociological data and information of the previously used contraceptives by the subjects, which included whether the contraceptives were used appropriately and the effect they had...
2016: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903868/allee-effect-in-polar-bears-a-potential-consequence-of-polychlorinated-biphenyl-contamination
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Viola Pavlova, Jacob Nabe-Nielsen, Rune Dietz, Christian Sonne, Volker Grimm
Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) from East Greenland and Svalbard exhibited very high concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the 1980s and 1990s. In Svalbard, slow population growth during that period was suspected to be linked to PCB contamination. In this case study, we explored how PCBs could have impacted polar bear population growth and/or male reproductive success in Svalbard during the mid-1990s by reducing the fertility of contaminated males. A dose-response relationship linking the effects of PCBs to male polar bear fertility was extrapolated from studies of the effects of PCBs on sperm quality in rodents...
November 30, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901500/spatial-variation-in-the-parasitic-isopod-load-of-the-japanese-halfbeak-in-western-japan
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R Kawanishi, A Sogabe, R Nishimoto, H Hata
Cymothoid isopods (family Cymothoidae) are commonly found parasitizing diverse fishes, including commercial species. However, the effects of these parasites on host body condition are still poorly known. Here we investigated the spatial variation of the effects of parasite infection on host body condition, using the parasitic load of the cymothoid Mothocya parvostis on the Japanese halfbeak Hyporhamphus sajori at 4 sampling sites in western Japan. M. parvostis prevalence at each site (41.6-74.4%) was higher than that known for other fish host-cymothoid systems (usually less than 30%)...
November 22, 2016: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901187/interactions-between-prolactin-and-kisspeptin-to-control-reproduction
#16
Jose Donato, Renata Frazão
Prolactin is best known for its effects of stimulating mammary gland development and lactogenesis. However, prolactin is a pleiotropic hormone that is able to affect several physiological functions, including fertility. Prolactin receptors (PRLRs) are widely expressed in several tissues, including several brain regions and reproductive tract organs. Upon activation, PRLRs may exert prolactin's functions through several signaling pathways, although the recruitment of the signal transducer and activator of transcription 5 causes most of the known effects of prolactin...
November 24, 2016: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900542/effects-of-parasitism-on-host-reproductive-investment-in-a-rodent-flea-system-host-litter-size-matters
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Elizabeth M Warburton, Irina S Khokhlova, Elizabeth M Dlugosz, Luther Van Der Mescht, Boris R Krasnov
Parents may alter offspring phenotype depending on the type of environment they encounter. Parasitism is a common stressor; therefore, maternal reproductive investment could change in response to parasitic infection. However, few experiments have investigated the relationship between parasitism and maternal investment, whereas earlier field studies provided contradictory evidence. We investigated number, sex ratio, and growth of offspring in two rodent species, solitary altricial Meriones crassus and social precocial Acomys cahirinus, exposed to parasitism by fleas Xenopsylla ramesis and Parapulex chephrenis...
November 29, 2016: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899300/role-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-in-the-control-of-mouse-myometrium-contractility-during-the-menstrual-cycle
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Ester Pagano, Pierangelo Orlando, Stefania Finizio, Antonietta Rossi, Lorena Buono, Fabio Arturo Iannotti, Fabiana Piscitelli, Angelo A Izzo, Vincenzo Di Marzo, Francesca Borrelli
Cannabis and cannabinoids are known to affect female reproduction. However, the role of the endocannabinoid system in mouse uterine contractility in the dioestrus and oestrus phases has not been previously investigated. The present study aimed at filling this gap. Endocannabinoid (anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol) levels were measured in mouse uterus at dioestrus and oestrus phases by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry; quantitative reverse transcription-PCR measured mRNA expression of cannabinoid receptors and enzymes involved in the metabolism of endocannabinoids...
November 26, 2016: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890950/healthcare-seeking-preferences-of-patients-with-sexually-transmitted-infection-attending-a-tertiary-care-center-in-south-kerala
#19
Sabeena Jayapalan
BACKGROUND: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a major public health problem in developing countries. These diseases are associated with increased risk of transmission of human immunodeficiency virus as well as adverse outcomes on pregnancy and reproductive health. Sexual behavior and healthcare-seeking behavior are identified as the true risk factors of STIs. METHODS: Hospital-based cross-sectional study design was adopted. Eighty-five STI patients were studied regarding the inappropriate treatment-seeking behavior, the nature of the first point of contact with the health care, the appropriateness of treatment and the concerns of the patient regarding the services rendered by government health-care facilities...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889102/analysis-of-gene-expression-and-regulation-implicates-c2h9orf152-has-an-important-role-in-calcium-metabolism-and-chicken-reproduction
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Long Liu, Yanfeng Fan, Zhenhe Zhang, Chan Yang, Tuoyu Geng, Daoqing Gong, Zhuocheng Hou, Zhonghua Ning
The reproductive system of a female bird is responsible for egg production. The genes highly expressed in oviduct are potentially important. From RNA-seq analysis, C2H9orf152 (an orthologous gene of human C9orf152) was identified as highly expressed in chicken uterus. To infer its function, we obtained and characterized its complete cDNA sequence, determined its spatiotemporal expression, and probed its transcription factor(s) through pharmaceutical approach. Data showed that the complete cDNA sequence was 1468bp long with a 789bp of open reading frame...
November 11, 2016: Animal Reproduction Science
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