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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149327/focused-time-lapse-analysis-reveals-novel-aspects-of-human-fertilization-and-suggests-new-parameters-of-embryo-viability
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G Coticchio, M Mignini Renzini, P V Novara, M Lain, E De Ponti, D Turchi, R Fadini, M Dal Canto
STUDY QUESTION: Can focused application of time-lapse microscopy (TLM) lead to a more detailed map of the morphokinetics of human fertilization, revealing novel or neglected aspects of this process? SUMMARY ANSWER: Intensive harnessing of TLM reveals novel or previously poorly characterised phenomena of fertilization, such as a cytoplasmic wave (CW) preceding pronuclear formation and kinetics of pronuclear chromatin polarization, thereby suggesting novel non-invasive biomarkers of embryo quality...
November 15, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128912/ovarian-stem-cells-resolving-controversies
#2
Deepa Bhartiya, Hiren Patel
A recent review on ovarian stem cells by Horan and Williams entitled "Oocyte Stem Cells: Fact or Fantasy?" suggests that the debate on ovarian stem cells (OSCs) is still not over. They did not even discuss the presence of two distinct populations of stem cells in the ovary in their review. OSCs are located in the ovary surface epithelium and Tilly's group reported them in the size range of 5-8 μm whereas Virant-Klun's group has reported pluripotent, 2-4 μm OSCs. Our group reported OSCs of two distinct sizes including pluripotent very small embryonic-like stem cells (VSELs) which are smaller in size than RBCs (similar to those reported by Virant-Klun's group) and slightly bigger (similar to those reported by Tilly's group) tissue committed progenitors (OSCs) that presumably differentiate from VSELs...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126465/facile-synthesis-of-magnetic-metal-organic-frameworks-for-highly-efficient-proteolytic-digestion-used-in-mass-spectrometry-based-proteomics
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Rui Zhai, Yifeng Yuan, Fenglong Jiao, Feiran Hao, Xiang Fang, Yangjun Zhang, Xiaohong Qian
Mass spectrometry (MS) based bottom-up strategy is now the first choice for proteomics analysis. In this process, highly efficient and complete enzymatic degradation of protein samples is extremely important to achieve in-depth protein coverage and high-throughput protein profiling. However, conventional in-solution digestion suffer from long digestion time and enzyme autolysis that limit the protein sample processing throughput and identification accuracy. Here, we developed a novel type of magnetic metal organic frameworks (MOFs)-based immobilized enzyme reactor, Fe3O4@DOTA-ZIF-90-trypsin...
November 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124919/location-and-expression-of-juno-in-mice-oocytes-during-maturation
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Banri Suzuki, Yukou Sugano, Jun Ito, Haruka Saito, Sueo Niimura, Hideaki Yamashiro
OBJECTIVE: Oocyte-sperm interaction is the essential step in fertilization. Juno, which has been known as Folate receptor 4, is the Izumo1 receptor expressed on the oocyte membrane. This study aims to investigate the location and expression of Juno in mice oocytes during maturation. METHODS: To confirm the stage at which Juno expression begins in the mice oocytes and its location pattern, we performed immunostaining methods. Next, we evaluated Juno mRNA expression by a half quantitative RT-PCR...
November 10, 2017: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102625/reprint-of-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...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099693/comparative-analysis-of-sperm-selection-methods-before-the-intra-cytoplasmic-sperm-injection-procedure
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O Lohinova, V Pitko, N Sinilo, Ya Cherkashyna, N Hanzha
In recent years, one of the methods of assisted reproductive technologies has become increasingly widespread, namely the ICSI procedure (ICSI - Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection). This method is based on artificial introduction of the spermatozoon into the cytoplasm of the oocyte. However, the complexity of this method is that the choice of a morphologically and biochemically mature spermatozoon becomes subjective. However, not so long ago, an innovative method for selecting mature, ready-to-fertilize spermatozoa was proposed...
October 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055709/thioredoxin-reductase-from-the-bovine-filarial-parasite-setaria-cervi-studies-on-its-localization-and-optimization-of-the-extraction
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Nikhilesh Joardar, Suprabhat Mukherjee, Santi P Sinha Babu
Exploration of novel drug targets has been the major thrust area in filarial research. In this regard, identification and characterization of oxidative enzymes that play pivotal role in the survival of filarial parasite inside host are of immense importance. In this study, we are reporting the presence of an important redox regulatory enzyme, thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) in the bovine filarial parasite Setaria cervi. TrxR was found to be exists throughout the developmental stages viz. oocyte, microfilaria and adult of the parasite...
October 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037933/role-of-maternal-xenopus-syntabulin-in-germ-plasm-aggregation-and-primordial-germ-cell-specification
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Denise Oh, Douglas W Houston
The localization and organization of mitochondria- and ribonucleoprotein granule-rich germ plasm is essential for many aspects of germ cell development. In Xenopus, germ plasm is maternally inherited and is required for the specification of primordial germ cells (PGCs). Germ plasm is aggregated into larger patches during egg activation and cleavage and is ultimately translocated perinuclearly during gastrulation. Although microtubule dynamics and a kinesin (Kif4a) have been implicated in Xenopus germ plasm localization, little is known about how germ plasm distribution is regulated...
October 14, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025042/stage-specific-follicular-extracellular-vesicle-uptake-and-regulation-of-bovine-granulosa-cell-proliferation
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Wei-Ting Hung, Raphatphorn Navakanitworakul, Tarique Khan, Pan Zhang, John S Davis, Lynda K McGinnis, Lane K Christenson
Follicular fluid within ovarian antral follicles contains numerous factors, which influence the development of a healthy oocyte including nucleic acids, steroids, proteins, and extracellular vesicles (EVs). Current evidence indicates that follicular EVs promote changes in cellular gene expression and support cumulus-oocyte complex expansion in vitro. In this study, we found EVs from different sized follicles differentially stimulate granulosa cell proliferation and this could be explained by both the differential contents associated, on or within the vesicles and by the preferential uptake of EVs dependent on follicle size from which they were isolated...
October 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021609/a-cdk1-gradient-guides-surface-contraction-waves-in-oocytes
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Johanna Bischof, Christoph A Brand, Kálmán Somogyi, Imre Májer, Sarah Thome, Masashi Mori, Ulrich S Schwarz, Péter Lénárt
Surface contraction waves (SCWs) in oocytes and embryos lead to large-scale shape changes coupled to cell cycle transitions and are spatially coordinated with the cell axis. Here, we show that SCWs in the starfish oocyte are generated by a traveling band of myosin II-driven cortical contractility. At the front of the band, contractility is activated by removal of cdk1 inhibition of the RhoA/RhoA kinase/myosin II signaling module, while at the rear, contractility is switched off by negative feedback originating downstream of RhoA kinase...
October 11, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994236/mrna-transport-in-fungal-top-models
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REVIEW
Dierk Niessing, Ralf-Peter Jansen, Thomas Pohlmann, Michael Feldbrügge
Eukaryotic cells rely on the precise determination of when and where proteins are synthesized. Spatiotemporal expression is supported by localization of mRNAs to specific subcellular sites and their subsequent local translation. This holds true for somatic cells as well as for oocytes and embryos. Most commonly, mRNA localization is achieved by active transport of the molecules along the actin or microtubule cytoskeleton. Key factors are molecular motors, adaptors, and RNA-binding proteins that recognize defined sequences or structures in cargo mRNAs...
October 10, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990476/disruption-of-the-reproductive-axis-in-freshwater-fish-catla-catla-after-bisphenol-a-exposure
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Mehwish Faheem, Saba Khaliq, Khalid Pervaz Lone
Environmental estrogens such as bisphenol-A (BPA) cause reproductive disorders in many vertebrate species, especially fish. BPA is used extensively in the manufacture of plastic and plastic products, epoxy resins, and dental sealants. The presence of BPA in sewage and surface water raises a potential threat to aquatic populations. In the present study, we investigated the effects of BPA on ovarian histology and transcription of key genes involved in reproduction. Adult female Catla catla were exposed to graded concentrations of BPA (10, 100, 1000 µg/l) for 14 days...
October 2017: Zoological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965566/differential-cytolocation-and-functional-assays-of-the-two-major-human-slc30a8-znt8-isoforms
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Sandra Carvalho, Jorge Molina-López, Douglas Parsons, Christopher Corpe, Wolfgang Maret, Christer Hogstrand
The non-synonymous single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs13266634 in human zinc transporter 8, ZnT8 (SLC30A8), leads to a R325 variant, which is associated with an increased risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes (T2D). Although the molecular details remain unknown, the mutation is thought to alter the kinetics of zinc transport into insulin granules in pancreatic β-cells. Nevertheless, analysis of ZnT8 sequences from several animals shows that the amino acid at position 325 is poorly conserved. Apart from this particular SNP, human ZnT8 also has two isoforms (splice variants) that differ in length regarding a 49 amino acid N-terminal extension...
December 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856812/resolving-the-complexity-of-vitellogenins-and-their-receptors-in-the-tetraploid-atlantic-salmon-salmo-salar-ancient-origin-of-the-phosvitin-less-vtgc-in-chondrichthyean-fishes
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Øivind Andersen, Chunxia Xu, Gerrit Timmerhaus, Katrine Hånes Kirste, Ingun Naeve, Maren Mommens, Helge Tveiten
Egg yolk proteins are mainly derived from vitellogenin (Vtg), and serve as essential nutrients during early development in oviparous organisms. Vertebrate Vtgs are predominantly synthesized in the liver of maturing females, and are internalized by the oocyte after binding to specific surface receptors (VtgR). Here, we clarify the evolutionary history of vertebrate Vtgs, including the teleost VtgC, which lacks phosvitin, and investigate the repertoire of Vtgs and VtgRs in the tetraploid Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)...
August 30, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836396/morphological-and-molecular-aspects-of-in-vitro-culture-of-preantral-follicles-derived-from-vitrified-ovarian
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Mahboobeh Amoushahi, Mojdeh Salehnia, Seyed Javad Mowla, Nassim Ghorbanmehr
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the expression of the genes related to folliculogenesis after vitrification of mouse ovarian tissues using a two-step in vitro culture. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this experimental study, vitrified and non-vitrified ovaries from 7- day old (neonate) female mice were cultured using alpha-Minimum Essential Medium (α-MEM) supplemented with 5% fetal bovine serum (FBS) for 7 days. Morphology, surface area of ovaries and percentage of normal follicles were evaluated and compared in both groups...
October 2017: Cell Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797744/mechanical-characterisation-of-oocytes-the-influence-of-sample-geometry-on-parameter-identification
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Johannes Dittmann, Andreas Dietzel, Markus Böl
The present study focused on the material characterisation of porcine oocytes by experiments combined with an inverse finite-element method (iFEM) approach. In doing so, two different deformation states, compression and indentation, were realised to enable the validation of the numerical model. In addition to classical force-strain relations, geometrical information on the oocyte's surface and volume changes during deformation were collected. These data reveal the typical exponential force-strain behaviour and the highly compressible behaviour of the zona pellucida, imparting overall compressibility to the entire cell...
July 26, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783897/gonadal-intersex-in-smallmouth-bass-micropterus-dolomieu-from-northern-indiana-with-correlations-to-molecular-biomarkers-and-anthropogenic-chemicals
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Ahmed Abdel-Moneim, Daragh Deegan, Jiejun Gao, Chloe De Perre, Jarrod S Doucette, Byron Jenkinson, Linda Lee, Maria S Sepúlveda
Over the past decade, studies have shown that exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can cause gonadal intersex in fish. Smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) males appear to be highly susceptible to developing testicular oocytes (TO), the most prevalent form of gonadal intersex, as observed in various areas across the U.S. In this study, prevalence and severity of TO was quantified for smallmouth bass sampled from the St. Joseph River in northern Indiana, intersex biomarkers were developed, and association between TO prevalence and organic contaminants were explored...
November 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768768/regulation-of-the-epithelial-na-channel-by-paraoxonase-2
#18
Shujie Shi, Teresa M Buck, Carol L Kinlough, Allison L Marciszyn, Rebecca P Hughey, Martin Chalfie, Jeffrey L Brodsky, Thomas R Kleyman
Paraoxonase-2 (PON-2) is a membrane-bound lactonase with unique anti-oxidative and anti-atherosclerotic properties. PON-2 shares key structural elements with MEC-6, an endoplasmic reticulum-resident molecular chaperone in Caenorhabditis elegans MEC-6 modulates the expression of a mechanotransductive ion channel comprising MEC-4 and MEC-10 in touch-receptor neurons. Because pon-2 mRNA resides in multiple rat nephron segments, including the aldosterone-sensitive distal nephron where the epithelial Na(+) channel (ENaC) is expressed, we hypothesized that PON-2 would similarly regulate ENaC expression...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750938/impact-of-cryopreservation-method-on-dromedary-camel-ovary-structure-viability-and-development-of-antral-follicular-oocytes
#19
M M Madboly, E S Abdel-Aal, Eitedal H Elsayed
The objectives of this study were, a) to compare two different vitrification techniques, the solid surface vitrification (SSV) and direct vitrification (DV) method, b) to evaluate the effect of four cryoprotectant agents and their toxicity on the morphological appearance and ultrastructural of camel ovarian cortex, c) to examine the development of oocytes recovered from the vitrified ovarian cortex. Fragments of ovarian cortex were exposed to equilibration solution consisting of TCM- 199 with 10% fetal camel serum (FCS); 0...
July 19, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738285/molecular-assessment-characterization-and-differentiation-of-theca-stem-cells-imply-the-presence-of-mesenchymal-and-pluripotent-stem-cells-in-sheep-ovarian-theca-layer
#20
Samane Adib, Mojtaba Rezazadeh Valojerdi
The ability of ovarian theca stem cells to differentiate into oocyte and theca cells may lead to a major advancement in reproductive biology and infertility treatments. However, there is little information about function, growth and differentiation potential of these immature cells. In this study adult sheep theca stem cells (TSCs) characteristics, and differentiation potential into osteocyte-like cells (OSLCs), adipocyte-like cells (ALCs), theca progenitor-like cells (TPCs), and oocyte-like cells (OLCs) were investigated...
July 8, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
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