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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285997/ccm-3-promotes-c-%C3%A2-elegans-germline-development-by-regulating-vesicle-trafficking-cytokinesis-and-polarity
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Swati Pal, Benjamin Lant, Bin Yu, Ruilin Tian, Jiefei Tong, Jonathan R Krieger, Michael F Moran, Anne-Claude Gingras, W Brent Derry
Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are vascular defects of the CNS that arise from loss of integrity of the endothelial cells lining blood capillaries, causing leakage of blood into the brain [1]. This results in headaches, seizures, and/or hemorrhagic stroke, depending on the location of the lesion. CCM affects 0.5% of the population and follows an autosomal dominant inheritance pattern caused by mutations in one of the three genes: CCM1 (gene name KRIT1), CCM2 (also known as malcavernin or OSM), and CCM3 (gene name PDCD10) [2, 3], with the earliest onset and most severe prognosis occurring in CCM3 patients [4]...
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248633/evaluation-of-smartflare-probe-applicability-for-verification-of-rnas-in-early-equine-conceptuses-equine-dermal-fibroblast-cells-and-trophoblastic-vesicles
#2
S Budik, W Tschulenk, S Kummer, I Walter, C Aurich
Live cell RNA imaging has become an important tool for studying RNA localisation, dynamics and regulation in cultured cells. Limited information is available using these methods in more complex biological systems, such as conceptuses at different developmental stages. So far most of the approaches rely on microinjection of synthetic constructs into oocytes during or before fertilisation. Recently, a new generation of RNA-specific probes has been developed, the so named SmartFlare probes (Merck Millipore). These consist of a central 15-nm gold particle with target-specific DNAs immobilised on its surface...
March 2, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238840/study-of-the-effect-of-ulipristal-acetate-on-human-sperm-ability-to-interact-with-tubal-tissue-and-cumulus-oocyte-complexes
#3
Carlos Zumoffen, Matías D Gómez-Elías, Adriana M Caille, Luis Bahamondes, Patricia S Cuasnicú, Débora J Cohen, María José Munuce
OBJECTIVE: Ulispristal acetate (UPA) is a selective progesterone receptor modulator widely used for emergency contraception (EC). The described main mechanism of action is by inhibiting or delaying ovulation; however, the postovulatory effects of the drug are still on debate. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine whether UPA could interfere with human sperm fertilizing ability. STUDY DESIGN: Human motile spermatozoa were incubated under capacitating conditions with or without UPA, and then used to inseminate human tubal explants, mouse cumulus-oocyte complexes and zona-free hamster eggs...
February 24, 2017: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238709/occludin-expression-and-regulation-in-small-follicles-of-the-layer-and-broiler-breeder-hen
#4
C S Stephens, P A Johnson
Synchronized yolk accumulation and follicle development are essential for egg production in oviparous species. In birds, yolk is incorporated into the oocyte by an avian specific yolk receptor (LR8), and it has been suggested that occludin (OCLN), a tight junction protein, mediates transfer of yolk material to the oocyte surface. OCLN may be a key regulator of yolk accumulation and follicle growth, however, the expression and regulation of OCLN in granulosa cells during various stages of follicle development is unknown...
February 24, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202471/oocyte-shuttle-a-recombinant-protein-transporting-donor-dna-into-the-xenopus-oocyte-in-situ
#5
Duri Rungger, Lisbeth Muster, Oleg Georgiev, Elisabeth Rungger-Brändle
The newly developed oocyte shuttle protein contains a streptavidin moiety that tightly binds biotinylated DNA. Injected intravenously into adult Xenopus females, the protein-DNA complex is rapidly transported through the bloodstream and, within the ovary, the vitellogenin ligand present in the protein binds to the receptors at the surface of the oocytes. The bound complex is internalized and translocates into the oocyte nucleus thanks to an SV40 nuclear localization signal, enhanced by an adjacent casein kinase phosphorylation site...
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174006/immunophotoaffinity-labeling-of-binders-of-1-methyladenine-the-oocyte-maturation-inducing-hormone-of-starfish
#6
Tetsuo Toraya, Tetsuo Kida, Atsushi Kuyama, Shinjiro Matsuda, Seiichi Tanaka, Yo Komatsu, Taro Tsurukai
Starfish oocytes are arrested at the prophase stage of the first meiotic division in the ovary and resume meiosis by the stimulus of 1-methyladenine (1-MeAde), the oocyte maturation-inducing hormone of starfish. Putative 1-MeAde receptors on the oocyte surface have been suggested, but not yet been biochemically characterized. Immunophotoaffinity labeling, i.e., photoaffinity labeling combined with immunochemical detection, was attempted to detect unknown 1-MeAde binders including putative maturation-inducing hormone receptors in starfish oocytes...
March 25, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154191/specific-palmitoyltransferases-associate-with-and-activate-the-epithelial-sodium-channel
#7
Anindit Mukherjee, Zhijian Wang, Carol L Kinlough, Paul A Poland, Allison L Marciszyn, Nicolas Montalbetti, Marcelo D Carattino, Michael B Butterworth, Thomas R Kleyman, Rebecca P Hughey
The epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) has an important role in regulating extracellular fluid volume and blood pressure, as well as airway surface liquid volume and mucociliary clearance. ENaC is a trimer of three homologous subunits (α, β, and γ). We previously reported that cytoplasmic residues on the β (βCys-43 and βCys-557) and γ (γCys-33 and γCys-41) subunits are palmitoylated. Mutation of Cys that blocked ENaC palmitoylation also reduced channel open probability. Furthermore, γ subunit palmitoylation had a dominant role over β subunit palmitoylation in regulating ENaC...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141821/kchip2-genotype-dependence-of-transient-outward-current-ito-properties-in-cardiomyocytes-isolated-from-male-and-female-mice
#8
Lara Waldschmidt, Vera Junkereit, Robert Bähring
The transient outward current (Ito) in cardiomyocytes is largely mediated by Kv4 channels associated with Kv Channel Interacting Protein 2 (KChIP2). A knockout model has documented the critical role of KChIP2 in Ito expression. The present study was conducted to characterize in both sexes the dependence of Ito properties, including current magnitude, inactivation kinetics, recovery from inactivation and voltage dependence of inactivation, on the number of functional KChIP2 alleles. For this purpose we performed whole-cell patch-clamp experiments on isolated left ventricular cardiomyocytes from male and female mice which had different KChIP2 genotypes; i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100642/isoform-specific-mechanisms-of-%C3%AE-3%C3%AE-4-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-modulation-by-the-prototoxin-lynx1
#9
Andrew A George, Abigail Bloy, Julie M Miwa, Jon M Lindstrom, Ronald J Lukas, Paul Whiteaker
This study investigates-for the first time to our knowledge-the existence and mechanisms of functional interactions between the endogenous mammalian prototoxin, lynx1, and α3- and β4-subunit-containing human nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (α3β4*-nAChRs). Concatenated gene constructs were used to express precisely defined α3β4*-nAChR isoforms (α3β4)2β4-, (α3β4)2α3-, (α3β4)2α5(398D)-, and (α3β4)2α5(398N)-nAChR in Xenopus oocytes. In the presence or absence of lynx1, α3β4*-nAChR agonist responses were recorded by using 2-electrode voltage clamp and single-channel electrophysiology, whereas radioimmunolabeling measured cell-surface expression...
January 18, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063264/preimplantation-3d-ultrasound-current-uses-and-challenges
#10
Sushila Arya, Sanja Kupesic Plavsic
The preimplantation ultrasound (US) refers to targeted imaging of the uterus and adnexa prior to assisted reproductive techniques (ART) to optimize the infertility treatment outcomes. After a thorough evidence based literature review, we propose the use of transvaginal three-dimensional (3D) US during the early follicular phase. A systematic approach for 3D US examination consists of a detailed examination of the uterine shape, size and contour, evaluation of the endometrial thickness, volume, pattern and vascularity, and assessment of the junctional zone regularity, echogenicity and thickness...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008944/amyloid-precursor-protein-modulates-nav1-6-sodium-channel-currents-through-a-go-coupled-jnk-pathway
#11
Shao Li, Xi Wang, Quan-Hong Ma, Wu-Lin Yang, Xiao-Gang Zhang, Gavin S Dawe, Zhi-Cheng Xiao
Amyloid precursor protein (APP), commonly associated with Alzheimer's disease, also marks axonal degeneration. In the recent studies, we demonstrated that APP aggregated at nodes of Ranvier (NORs) in myelinated central nervous system (CNS) axons and interacted with Nav1.6. However, the physiological function of APP remains unknown. In this study, we described reduced sodium current densities in APP knockout hippocampal neurons. Coexpression of APP or its intracellular domains containing a VTPEER motif with Nav1...
December 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007532/role-of-g-protein-coupled-estrogen-receptor-gper-gpr30-in-maintenance-of-meiotic-arrest-in-fish-oocytes
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REVIEW
Peter Thomas
An essential role for GPER (formerly known as GPR30) in regulating mammalian reproduction has not been identified to date, although it has shown to be involved in the regulation a broad range of other estrogen-dependent functions. In contrast, an important reproductive role for GPER in the maintenance of oocyte meiotic arrest has been identified in teleost fishes, which is briefly reviewed here. Recent studies have clearly shown that ovarian follicle production of estradiol-17β (E2) maintains meiotic arrest in several teleost species through activation of GPER coupled to a stimulatory G protein (Gs) on oocyte plasma membranes resulting in stimulation of cAMP production and maintenance of elevated cAMP levels...
March 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941075/%C3%AE-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-enac-is-inhibited-by-cftr-but-stimulated-by-camp-in-xenopus-laevis-oocytes
#13
Robert Rauh, Christian Hoerner, Christoph Korbmacher
The epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) and the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) chloride channel critically regulate airway surface liquid by driving fluid absorption and secretion, respectively. Their functional interplay is complex and incompletely understood. ENaC is a heteromeric channel with three well-characterized subunits (α, β, and γ). In humans, an additional δ-ENaC subunit exists in lung and several other tissues, where it may replace the α-subunit to form δβγ-ENaC...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912163/reproduction-impairment-and-endocrine-disruption-in-adult-zebrafish-danio-rerio-after-waterborne-exposure-to-tboep
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Qinglong Xu, Ding Wu, Yao Dang, Liqin Yu, Chunsheng Liu, Jianghua Wang
Tris (2-butoxyethyl) phosphate (TBOEP) is widely used as a substitute of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). It has been frequently measured at concentrations of micrograms per liter (μg/L) in surface waters and waste water. However, limited information is available about the reproduction toxicology of TBOEP. In this study, adult zebrafish pairs were exposed to TBOEP at concentrations of 0, 5, 50, and 500μg/L for 21days. The effects on reproduction, hormone concentration, transcription of genes along the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis, and gonadal development were investigated...
January 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908686/effect-of-different-vitrification-solutions-and-cryodevices-on-viability-and-subsequent-development-of-buffalo-oocytes-vitrified-at-the-germinal-vesicle-gv-stage
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Amr S El-Shalofy, Adel R Moawad, Gamal M Darwish, Sayed T Ismail, Aly B A Badawy, Magdy R Badr
The cryopreservation of immature oocytes would generate a readily available, non-seasonal source of female gametes for research and reproduction. In domestic animals, the most promising results on oocyte cryopreservation have been reported in cattle, few studies have been conducted on buffalo. The aim of the present study was to compare the use of different vitrification solutions and various cryodevices on viability and developmental competence of buffalo oocytes vitrified at the germinal vesicle (GV) stage...
November 28, 2016: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898723/pth1r-mutants-found-in-patients-with-primary-failure-of-tooth-eruption-disrupt-g-protein-signaling
#16
Hariharan Subramanian, Frank Döring, Sina Kollert, Natalia Rukoyatkina, Julia Sturm, Stepan Gambaryan, Angelika Stellzig-Eisenhauer, Philipp Meyer-Marcotty, Martin Eigenthaler, Erhard Wischmeyer
AIM: Primary failure of tooth eruption (PFE) is causally linked to heterozygous mutations of the parathyroid hormone receptor (PTH1R) gene. The mutants described so far lead to exchange of amino acids or truncation of the protein that may result in structural changes of the expressed PTH1R. However, functional effects of these mutations have not been investigated yet. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In HEK293 cells, PTH1R wild type was co-transfected with selected PTH1R mutants identified in patients with PFE...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879451/tetraspanins-and-mouse-oocyte-microvilli-related-to-fertilizing-ability
#17
Achraf Benammar, Ahmed Ziyyat, Brigitte Lefèvre, Jean-Philippe Wolf
Our electron microscopy observations demonstrate for the first time that the number of microvilli on the mice oocyte membrane decreases when meiosis progresses from prophase I to metaphase II (MII) stage, and the morphology of the microvilli also changes. Microvilli are significantly shorter and larger on the ovulated oocyte membrane than at the previous stages. Although clathrin vesicles clearly disappear during oocyte maturation, exosome-like vesicles begin to be secreted at the metaphase I stage, more strongly at the MII stage...
November 21, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857188/low-voltage-scanning-electron-microscopy-study-of-lampbrush-chromosomes-and-nuclear-bodies-in-avian-and-amphibian-oocytes
#18
Tatiana Kulikova, Tatiana Khodyuchenko, Yuri Petrov, Alla Krasikova
Nucleus is a highly compartmentalized part of the cell where the key processes of genome functionality are realized through the formation of non-membranous nuclear domains. Physically nuclear domains appear as liquid droplets with different viscosity stably maintained throughout the interphase or during the long diplotene stage of meiosis. Since nuclear body surface represents boundary between two liquid phases, the ultrastructural surface topography of nuclear domains is of an outstanding interest. The aim of this study was to examine ultrathin surface topography of the amphibian and avian oocyte nuclear structures such as lampbrush chromosomes, nucleoli, histone-locus bodies, Cajal body-like bodies, and the interchromatin granule clusters via low-voltage scanning electron microscopy...
November 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822479/triflumuron-effects-on-the-physiology-and-reproduction-of-rhodnius-prolixus-adult-females
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Bianca Santos Henriques, Fernando Ariel Genta, Cícero Brasileiro Mello, Lucas Rangel Silva, Thaís Franco Codogno, Alyne F R Oliveira, Lourena Pinheiro Marinho, Denise Valle, José Bento Pereira Lima, Denise Feder, Marcelo Salabert Gonzalez, Patricia Azambuja
We evaluated the efficacy of the growth regulator triflumuron (TFM) in inducing mortality and disrupting both oviposition and egg hatching in Rhodnius prolixus adult females. TFM was administered via feeding, topically or by continuous contact with impregnated surfaces. Feeding resulted in mild biological effects compared with topical and impregnated surfaces. One day after treatment, the highest mortality levels were observed with topical surface and 30 days later both topical and impregnated surfaces induced higher mortalities than feeding...
2016: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816448/egf-fsh-supplementation-reduces-apoptosis-of-pig-granulosa-cells-in-co-culture-with-cumulus-oocyte-complexes
#20
Maria Grazia Palmerini, Stefania Annarita Nottola, Woro Anidito Sri Tunjung, Akane Kadowaki, Serena Bianchi, Sandra Cecconi, Eimei Sato, Guido Macchiarelli
In cattle breeding, co-culture with granulosa cells (GCs) is one of the strategies to improve oocyte maturation and fertilization potential, but yields are still suboptimal due to GC apoptosis. We previously set up an in vitro co-culture system of cumulus-oocyte-complexes (COCs) anchored to GC multilayers adhering to the basal lamina (COCGs), in which GC apoptosis was inhibited by FSH supplementation. Here, we assessed the antiapoptotic effect of EGF (5 ng/ml-EGF5) alone or in synergism to FSH (50mU/ml-FSH50) on pig COCGs...
December 2, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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