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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525345/in-vitro-production-of-sudanese-camel-camelus-dromedarius-embryos-from-epididymal-spermatozoa-and-follicular-oocytes-of-slaughtered-animals
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A E Abdelkhalek, Sh A Gabr, W A Khalil, Sh M Shamiah, L Pan, G Qin, M H Farouk
Application of assisted reproductive technology in camelidea, such as artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfer, has been slow in comparison to that for other livestock species. In Egypt, there are few attempts to establish in vitro maturation (IVM) and fertilization (IVF) techniques in dromedary camel. The present study was carried out to produce Sudanese camel embryos using in vitro matured oocytes and epididymal spermatozoa. Dromedary camel ovaries were collected from abattoirs and then, the oocytes were aspirated from all the visible follicles on the ovarian surface (~2-8 mm in a diameter)...
March 28, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448636/successful-vitrification-of-pronuclear-stage-pig-embryos-with-a-novel-cryoprotective-agent-carboxylated-%C3%AE%C2%B5-poly-l-lysine
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Maki Kamoshita, Tsubasa Kato, Katsuyoshi Fujiwara, Takafumi Namiki, Kazuaki Matsumura, Suong-Hyu Hyon, Junya Ito, Naomi Kashiwazaki
Vitrification is a powerful tool for the efficient production of offspring derived from cryopreserved oocytes or embryos in mammalian species including domestic animals. Genome editing technologies such as transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/ CRISPR-associated (Cas)9 are now available even for domestic species, suggesting that the vitrification of embryos at the pronuclear stage (PN) will be more important because they could provide genomic host cells to be targeted by TALENs or CRISPR/Cas9...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442066/characterisation-and-cryopreservation-of-the-ovarian-preantral-follicle-population-from-spix-s-yellow-toothed-cavies-galea-spixii-wagler-1831
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Érica C G Praxedes, Gabriela L Lima, Andréia M Silva, Carlos A C Apolinário, José A B Bezerra, Ana L P Souza, Moacir F Oliveira, Ana P R Rodrigues, Alexandre R Silva
The aim of the present study was to characterise the ovarian preantral follicle (PF) population and to establish a solid surface vitrification (SSV) process using dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) as a cryoprotectant for preservation of ovarian tissue from yellow-toothed cavies (Galea spixii). Ovaries were fixed for PF population analysis or were subjected to the SSV process. The mean (± s.e.m.) PF population per ovarian pair was estimated to be 416.0±342.8. There were 140.0±56.0 (63.4%) and 125.0±58.0 (64.0%) primary follicles on the right and left ovaries, respectively...
March 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433565/inhibitory-effects-of-pine-nodule-extract-and-its-component-sj-2-on-acetylcholine-induced-catecholamine-secretion-and-synthesis-in-bovine-adrenal-medullary-cells
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Xiaojia Li, Takafumi Horishita, Yumiko Toyohira, Hui Shao, Jie Bai, Haixia Bo, Xinbo Song, Shin Ishikane, Yukari Yoshinaga, Noriaki Satoh, Masato Tsutsui, Nobuyuki Yanagihara
Extract of pine nodules (matsufushi) formed by bark proliferation on the surface of trees of Pinus tabulaeformis or Pinus massoniana has been used as an analgesic for joint pain, rheumatism, neuralgia, dysmenorrhea and other complaints in Chinese traditional medicine. Here we report the effects of matsufushi extract and its components on catecholamine secretion and synthesis in cultured bovine adrenal medullary cells. We found that matsufushi extract (0.0003-0.005%) and its component, SJ-2 (5-hydroxy-3-methoxy-trans-stilbene) (0...
April 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397763/endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-homeostasis-in-reproductive-physiology-and-pathology
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Elif Guzel, Sefa Arlier, Ozlem Guzeloglu-Kayisli, Mehmet Selcuk Tabak, Tugba Ekiz, Nihan Semerci, Kellie Larsen, Frederick Schatz, Charles Joseph Lockwood, Umit Ali Kayisli
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER), comprises 60% of the total cell membrane and interacts directly or indirectly with several cell organelles i.e., Golgi bodies, mitochondria and proteasomes. The ER is usually associated with large numbers of attached ribosomes. During evolution, ER developed as the specific cellular site of synthesis, folding, modification and trafficking of secretory and cell-surface proteins. The ER is also the major intracellular calcium storage compartment that maintains cellular calcium homeostasis...
April 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392504/defects-in-the-first-wave-of-folliculogenesis-in-mouse-xo-ovaries
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Kento Miura, Chiharu Murata, Kyoko Harikae, Hitomi Suzuki, Masami Kanai-Azuma, Masamichi Kurohmaru, Naoki Tsunekawa, Yoshiakira Kanai
In mouse ovaries, the first wave of folliculogenesis perinatally starts near the medullary region, which directs the initial round of follicular growth soon after birth. At the same time, cortical primordial follicles start forming in the ovarian surface region, and then some are cyclically recruited for the second and subsequent rounds of follicular growth. Recent studies suggest different dynamics between the first and subsequent waves of follicular growth in postnatal ovaries. However, the phenotypic differences between these phases remain unclear...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366629/affinity-chromatography-of-a-binder-of-1-methyladenine-the-maturation-inducing-hormone-for-starfish-oocytes
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Tetsuo Toraya, Atsushi Kuyama, Seiichi Tanaka, Masatoyo Yamamoto, Tadamasa Ohmiya, Yuri Saito, Tomoko Tanabe
Starfish oocytes are arrested at the prophase stage of the first meiotic division in the ovary. They resume meiosis by the stimulus of 1-methyladenine (1-MeAde), the maturation-inducing hormone for starfish oocytes. Putative 1-MeAde receptors have been suggested to be present on the oocyte surface, but not yet been characterized biochemically. As reported recently (T. Toraya, T. Kida, A. Kuyama, S. Matsuda, S. Tanaka, Y. Komatsu, T. Tsurukai, Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 485 (2017) 41-46), it became possible to detect unknown 1-MeAde binders of starfish oocytes by immunophotoaffinity labeling, i...
May 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343714/sensitivity-of-eastern-oyster-crassostrea-virginica-spermatozoa-and-oocytes-to-dispersed-oil-cellular-responses-and-impacts-on-fertilization-and-embryogenesis
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J Vignier, A K Volety, A Rolton, N Le Goïc, F-L E Chu, R Robert, P Soudant
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill released millions of barrels of oil and dispersant into the Gulf of Mexico. The timing of the spill coincided with the spawning season of Crassostrea virginica. Consequently, gametes released in the water were likely exposed to oil and dispersant. This study aimed to (i) evaluate the cellular effects of acute exposure of spermatozoa and oocytes to surface slick oil, dispersed mechanically (HEWAF) and chemically (CEWAF), using flow-cytometric (FCM) analyses, and (ii) determine whether the observed cellular effects relate to impairments of fertilization and embryogenesis of gametes exposed to the same concentrations of CEWAF and HEWAF...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Pollution
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
#14
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
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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
#16
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
#17
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...
April 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
#18
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
#19
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
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