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M Cecilia Berin, Alexander Grishin, Madhan Masilamani, Donald Y Leung, Scott H Sicherer, Stacie M Jones, A Wesley Burks, Alice K Henning, Peter Dawson, Joanna Grabowska, Charuta Agashe, Wendy F Davidson, Robert A Wood, Hugh A Sampson
BACKGROUND: Egg allergy is phenotypically heterogeneous. A subset of egg allergic individuals can tolerate egg in an extensively heated form. Inclusion of baked-egg (BE) into their diet accelerates resolution of egg allergy. Conversely, BE reactivity is associated with persistent disease. The immune basis of this clinical heterogeneity is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To study egg-specific antibody, basophil, and T cell responses in children with reactivity or tolerance to BE...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Dan Zhao, Imdad Hussain Leghari, Jian Li, Yuling Mi, Caiqiao Zhang
The isolation and culture of ovarian follicles is essential for the studies of follicular development and function. In contrast to the relative ease of culture for mammalian follicles, developing in vitro cultures of high viability for the much larger avian follicles has always proven to be more challenging. In this study, the growing follicles from domestic hens (Gallus domesticus) were isolated using enzymatic and mechanical methods and then investigated for the optimized conditions for culture. Assessments of viability and hormonal responsiveness were also considered...
February 2, 2018: Theriogenology
Namya Mellouk, Christelle Ramé, Joël Delaveau, Christophe Rat, Maxime Marchand, Frederic Mercerand, Angelique Travel, Aurelien Brionne, Pascal Chartrin, LinLin Ma, Pascal Froment, Joëlle Dupont
Overfed hens selected for their rapid growth become fatter and develop reproductive disorders. Herein, we aimed to demonstrate that food restriction leading to a weight reduction and/or a supplementation with fish oil may be effective in preventing reproductive disorders through the regulation of adipokine expression in broiler hens. This study included four groups of food restricted (Rt) or ad libitum hens (Ad, feeding at a rate 1.7 times greater than Rt hens) supplemented or unsupplemented with fish oil (1%)...
January 26, 2018: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
Chuen-Yu Cheng, Wei-Lin Tu, Chao-Jung Chen, Hong-Lin Chan, Chih-Feng Chen, Hsin-Hsin Chen, Pin-Chi Tang, Yen-Pai Lee, Shuen-Ei Chen, San-Yuan Huang
This study investigated global gene and protein expression in the small yellow follicle (SYF; 6-8 mm in diameter) tissues of chickens in response to acute heat stress. Twelve 30-week-old layer-type hens were divided into four groups: control hens were maintained at 25 °C while treatment hens were subjected to acute heat stress at 36 °C for 4 h without recovery, with 2-h recovery, and with 6-h recovery. SYFs were collected at each time point for mRNA and protein analyses. A total of 176 genes and 93 distinct proteins with differential expressions were identified, mainly associated with the molecular functions of catalytic activity and binding...
January 22, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yan Ma, Mingkun Zhu, Liping Miao, Xiaoyun Zhang, Xinyang Dong, Xiaoting Zou
The present study evaluated the effects of mercury chloride (HgCl2) on follicular atresia rate, sex hormone secretion, and ovarian oxidative stress in laying hens. Antioxidant enzyme genes and the nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2)-Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 (Keap1) signal pathway were further studied to uncover the molecular mechanism. A total of 768 40-week-old Hy-Line Brown laying hens were randomly allocated to four treatments with eight pens per treatment and 24 hens of each pen...
January 18, 2018: Biological Trace Element Research
K Denise Apperson, Karyn E Bird, Gita Cherian, Christiane V Löhr
The laying hen (Gallus domesticus) is a robust animal model for epithelial ovarian cancer. The use of animal models is critical in identifying early disease markers and developing and testing chemotherapies. We describe the microscopic characteristics of the normally functioning laying hen ovary and proximal oviduct to establish baselines from which lesions associated with ovarian cancer can be more readily identified. Ovaries and oviducts were collected from 18-month-old laying hens (n = 18) and fixed in 10% neutral buffered formalin...
December 11, 2017: Veterinary Sciences
Yiya Wang, Qiuyue Chen, Zemin Liu, Xiaoli Guo, Yanzhi Du, Zhenjie Yuan, Miao Guo, Li Kang, Yi Sun, Yunliang Jiang
Ovarian follicle selection is an important process impacting the laying performance and fecundity of hens, and is regulated by follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) through binding to its receptor [follicle-stimulating hormone receptor (FSHR)]. In laying hens, the small yellow follicle (6-8 mm in diameter) with the highest expression of FSHR will be recruited into the preovulatory hierarchy during ovarian follicle development. The study of molecular mechanism of chicken follicle selection is helpful for the identification of genes underlying egg-laying traits in chicken and other poultry species...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Manman Shen, Hongyan Sun, Liang Qu, Meng Ma, Taocun Dou, Jian Lu, Jun Guo, Yuping Hu, Xingguo Wang, Yongfeng Li, Kehua Wang, Ning Yang
Follicular development has a major impact on reproductive performance. Most previous researchers focused on molecular mechanisms of follicular development. The genetic architecture underlying the number of follicle, however, has yet not to be thoroughly defined in chicken. Here we report a genome-wide association study for the genetic architecture determining the numbers of follicles in a large F2 resource population. The results showed heritability were low to moderate (0.05-0.28) for number of pre-ovulatory follicles (POF), small yellow follicles (SYF) and atresia follicles (AF)...
November 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
S Q Jiang, Z Y Gou, X J Lin, L Li
The effects of dietary tryptophan (Trp) levels on performance and biochemical variables of plasma and intestinal mucosa in broiler breeder hens were investigated in this study. A total of 780 Lingnan yellow-feathered broiler breeder hens were randomly assigned in one of five dietary treatments with six replicates per treatment (26 birds per replicate). The breeder hens were fed either the basal diet (0.11% Trp) or the basal diet supplemented to 0.15%, 0.19%, 0.23% and 0.27% Trp, from 197 to 259 days of age...
February 2018: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
Reihane Nateghi, AliReza Alizadeh, Yousef Jafari Ahangari, Rouhollah Fathi, Amir Akhlaghi
Successful cryopreservation of avian gonads is important not only for avian breeding but is also crucial for preservation of species, especially of endangered birds. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of vitrification by several cryoprotectants on the ovarian tissues of laying hens. Ovarian tissues were randomly divided into six groups: control (nonvitrified: C), dehydrated using ethylene glycol (EG), dehydrated with propylene glycol (PROH), dehydrated using dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), and two combined groups, EG+DMSO and EG+PROH...
December 2017: Biopreservation and Biobanking
Miao Guo, Yi Li, Yuxia Chen, Xiaoli Guo, Zhenjie Yuan, Yunliang Jiang
In ovarian follicle development, estrogen acts as a regulatory molecule to mediate proliferation and differentiation of follicular cells. ERα (estrogen receptor α) exerts regulatory function classically by binding directly to the estrogen response element, recruiting co-factors and activating or repressing transcription in response to E2. In this study, we used ChIP-seq to map ERα-binding sites in ovaries of Hy-line Brown commercial hens at 45d, 90d and 160d. In total, 24,886, 21,680 and 23,348 binding sites were identified in the ovaries of hens at 45d, 90d and 160d, which are linked to 86, 83 and 74 genes, respectively...
November 8, 2017: Gene
J X Yang, M T Chaudhry, J Y Yao, S N Wang, B Zhou, M Wang, C Y Han, Y You, Y Li
Quercetin, a polyphenolic flavonoid with diverse biological activities including anti-inflammatory and antiviral, inhibits lipid peroxidation, prevents oxidative injury and cell death. The purpose of the research was to investigate the effect of quercetin on productive performance, reproductive organs, hormones and apoptotic genes in laying hens between 37 and 45 weeks of age, because of the structure and oestrogenic activities similar to 17β-oestradiol. The trial was conducted using 240 Hessian laying hens (37 weeks old), housed in wire cages with two hens in each cage...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
A P Benson, M N Malloy, J R Steed, V L Christensen, B D Fairchild, A J Davis
The freshly ovulated ovum in avian species is surrounded by a protein layer called the inner perivitelline layer (IPVL). The IPVL contains zona pellucida proteins and 6 distinct zona pellucida genes have been identified (ZPA, ZPB1, ZPB2, ZPC, ZPD and ZPX1) in the chicken. In the present research, the expression of the mRNA for ZPA, ZPB2, and ZPX1 was investigated in 2 lines of turkey hens selected for either increased egg production (E line) or increased body weight (F line). Theca and granulosa cell expression of the mRNA for ZPA and ZPB2 was also investigated in hierarchical and prehierarchical follicles from broiler breeder hens...
September 1, 2017: Poultry Science
Xiaoting Ma, Emily Hayes, Anindita Biswas, Christina Seger, Hen Prizant, Stephen R Hammes, Aritro Sen
A substantial amount of evidence suggests that androgen signaling through classical androgen receptors is critical for both normal and pathologic ovarian physiology. Specifically, we and others have shown that, in mouse granulosa cells, androgen actions through both extranuclear and nuclear androgen receptor signaling are critical for normal follicle development and ovulation. Here, we show that androgens through the PI3K/Akt pathway rapidly (within minutes) phosphorylate and inhibit activity of the Polycomb group protein enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (Ezh2)...
September 1, 2017: Endocrinology
Zhichao Zhang, Shuang Lai, Yagang Wang, Liang Li, Huadong Yin, Yan Wang, Xiaoling Zhao, Diyan Li, Mingyao Yang, Qing Zhu
The circadian clock is reported to play a role in the ovaries in a variety of vertebrate species, including the domestic hen. However, the ovary is an organ that changes daily, and the laying hen maintains a strict follicular hierarchy. The aim of this study was to examine the spatial-temporal expression of several known canonical clock genes in the granulosa and theca layers of six hierarchy follicles. We demonstrated that the granulosa cells (GCs) of the F1-F3 follicles harbored intrinsic oscillatory mechanisms in vivo...
2017: PloS One
Pengfei Li, Xuejing Yu, Jianshan Xie, Xiaolei Yao, Wenzhong Liu, Jianbo Yao, Zhiwei Zhu, Lihua Lyu
BACKGROUND: Cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART), discovered initially by via differential display RT-PCR analysis of brains of rats administered cocaine, is expressed mainly in central nervous system or neuronal origin cells, and is involved in a wide range of behaviors, such as regulation of food intake, energy homeostasis, and reproduction. The hens egg-laying rate mainly depends on the developmental status of follicles, expression of CART have not been identified from hen follicles, the regulatory mechanisms of CART biological activities are still unknown...
May 22, 2017: Biological Research
M Nowak, M Grzesiak, N Saito, M Kwaśniewska, A Sechman, A Hrabia
In the mammalian ovary, aquaporins (AQPs) are thought to be involved in the regulation of fluid transport within the follicular wall and antrum formation. Data concerning the AQPs in the avian ovary is very limited. Therefore, the present study was designed to examine whether the AQP4 is present in the chicken ovary, and if so, what is its distribution in the ovarian compartment of the laying hen. Localization of AQP4 in the ovarian follicles at different stage of development was also investigated. After decapitation of hens the stroma with primordial follicles and white (1-4 mm), yellowish (4-8 mm), small yellow and the three largest yellow pre-ovulatory follicles F3-F1 (F3 < F2 < F1; 20-36 mm) were isolated from the ovary...
May 16, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Shunshun Han, Yan Wang, Lingyan Liu, Diyan Li, Zihao Liu, Xiaoxu Shen, Hengyong Xu, Xiaoling Zhao, Qing Zhu, Huadong Yin
The study was conducted to optimize lighting schedule for pre-pubertal (12 to 22 weeks) Chinese native breed Pengxian yellow pullet. A total of 414 healthy pullets (10 weeks), with similar body weight were randomly distributed into three groups (n = 138) and housed in individual cages for up to 12 weeks of age in light controlled rooms and provided normal lighting schedule (10L:14D). At 12 to 18 weeks of age, pullets were housed in three rooms, having varying lighting schedule viz. G1 (8L: 16D), G2 (10L:14D), or G3 (12L:12D)...
2017: PloS One
Balasai Sundarasetty, Valery Volk, Sebastian J Theobald, Susanne Rittinghausen, Dirk Schaudien, Vanessa Neuhaus, Constanca Figueiredo, Andreas Schneider, Laura Gerasch, Adele Mucci, Thomas Moritz, Constantin von Kaisenberg, Loukia M Spineli, Katherina Sewald, Armin Braun, Henning Weigt, Arnold Ganser, Renata Stripecke
Humanized mice engrafted with human hematopoietic stem cells and developing functional human T-cell adaptive responses are in critical demand to test human-specific therapeutics. We previously showed that humanized mice immunized with long-lived induced-dendritic cells loaded with the pp65 viral antigen (iDCpp65) exhibited a faster development and maturation of T cells. Herein, we evaluated these effects in a long-term (36 weeks) nonclinical model using two stem cell donors to assess efficacy and safety. Relative to baseline, iDCpp65 immunization boosted the output of effector memory CD4+ T cells in peripheral blood and lymph nodes...
June 2017: American Journal of Pathology
N Gongruttananun, P Kochagate, K Poonpan, N Yu-Nun, J Aungsakul, N Sopa
This study was conducted to determine the effect of an induced molt using cassava meal on body weight, blood physiology, ovary, and postmolt performance in late-phase (74 wk old) H&N Brown laying hens. Hens were randomly assigned to 3 treatments of 90 birds each: 1) Controls withno induced molt (CONT); 2) molted by full feeding with cassava meal for 3 wk (FP3); and 3) molted by full feeding with cassava meal for 4 wk (FP4). Groups 2 and 3 were fed a pullet developer diet for 3 wk following treatment. During the molt period, the birds were exposed to an 8L:16D photoperiod and had access to drinking water at all times...
June 1, 2017: Poultry Science
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