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Daniele Missio, Natália Picolli Folchini, Fabio Gallas Leivas, Cecília Isabel Inês Urquiza Machado Pavin, Hirya Fernandes Pinto, Francielli Weber Santos Cibin, Daniela Dos Santos Brum
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of Percoll volume on recovery rate, sperm quality, and embryo development kinetics in in vitro production of cattle embryos. Straws of conventional and sex-sorted semen were allocated to three different volumes of Percoll: 300 μL of each Percoll gradient (90%, 60%, and 30%), Control; 100 μL of each Percoll gradient, P100; and 200 μL of each Percoll gradient, P200. Sperm quality, fertilization rate, and embryo morpho-kinetic development using time lapse cinematography up to 48 h post-insemination were evaluated...
March 4, 2018: Animal Reproduction Science
Hanaa Ahmed-Hassan, Mohamed Sarjoon Abdul-Cader, Upasama De Silva Senapathi, Maha Ahmed Sabry, Eman Hamza, Eva Nagy, Shayan Sharif, Mohamed Faizal Abdul-Careem
BACKGROUND: Toll like receptor (TLR) 3 is a critically important innate pattern recognizing receptor that senses many viral infections. Although, it has been shown that double stranded (ds) RNA can be used for the stimulation of TLR3 signaling pathway in a number of host-viral infection models, it's effectiveness as an antiviral agent against low pathogenic avian influenza virus (LPAIV) needs further investigation. METHODS: In this study, first, we delivered TLR3 ligand, dsRNA, in ovo at embryo day (ED)18 since in ovo route is routinely used for vaccination against poultry viral and parasitic infections and infected with H4N6 LPAIV 24-h post-treatment...
March 12, 2018: Virology Journal
Xiang-Yong Liu, Hai-Xiao Xu, Jian-Kui Li, Dong Zhang, Xiao-Hong Ma, Li-Na Huang, Jun-Hong Lü, Xiao-Zhi Wang
Damage to the endothelial glycocalyx is a critical factor in increased pulmonary vascular permeability, which is the basic pathological feature of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Neferine (Nef), a bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloid isolated from green seed embryos of Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn , has extensive pharmacological activity. In this study, we showed that Nef reduced lung-capillary permeability, down-regulated the production of cytokines (IL-1β, IL-6, TNF-α, and IL-10) and inhibited the activation of the NF-κB signaling pathway in mice with lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced ARDS...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
M-A Sirard, F-X Grand, R Labrecque, C Vigneault, P Blondin
The selection of the best dairy heifers is mainly driven by the genetic value of their parents. The phenotype analysis of cows and of the daughters of bulls has been used to identify the best genetic value for decades before being replaced by genomic selection of individuals that are not yet parents. Because it is possible to predict the future value of an individual by its genetic makeup, it becomes feasible to do it as early as the blastocyst stage and to decide which should be transferred or not. Because we know the genotype of an animal at birth, or even before, it is becoming desirable to reproduce this animal as soon as possible to reduce generation interval and improve selection speed...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
Ilaria Lavagi, Stefan Krebs, Kilian Simmet, Andrea Beck, Valeri Zakhartchenko, Eckhard Wolf, Helmut Blum
Embryonic development is initially controlled by maternal RNAs and proteins stored in the oocyte, until gene products gradually generated by the embryo itself take over. Major embryonic genome activation (EGA) in bovine embryos occurs at the eight- to 16-cell stage. Morphological observations, such as size of blastomeres and distribution of microvilli, suggested heterogeneity among individual cells already at this developmental stage. To address cell heterogeneity on the transcriptome level, we performed single-cell RNA sequencing of 161 blastomeres from 14 in vitro produced bovine embryos at Day 2 (n = 6) and Day 3 (n = 8) post fertilization...
March 6, 2018: Scientific Reports
Aloka Kumari, Ponnusamy Baskaran, Lenka Plačková, Hana Omámiková, Jaroslav Nisler, Karel Doležal, Johannes Van Staden
The endogenous auxin and cytokinin contents of in vitro regenerated Tulbaghia simmleri maintained on applied plant growth regulators in Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium were investigated using UHPLC-MS analysis. The highest number of shoots (27.6 per leaf) were produced in MS medium supplemented with 2.5 μM thidiazuron. A higher number of these shoots were rooted with 10 μM 6-(2-hydroxy-3-methylbenzylamino) purine (PI-55, cytokinin antagonist). Production of somatic embryos (SEs: 16.4-4.6, globular to cotyledonary stages) improved significantly with liquid MS medium containing 2...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Plant Physiology
Satoshi Sugimura, Tadayuki Yamanouchi, Maria Grazia Palmerini, Yutaka Hashiyada, Kei Imai, Robert B Gilchrist
The administration of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) prior to oocyte retrieval improves oocyte developmental competence. During bovine embryo production in vitro, however, oocytes are typically derived from FSH-unprimed animals. In the current study, we examined the effect of pre-in vitro maturation (IVM) with cAMP modulators, also known as the second messengers of FSH, on the developmental competence of oocytes derived from small antral follicles (2-4 mm) of FSH-unprimed animals. Pre-IVM with N6,2'-O-dibutyryladenosine 3',5'-cyclicmonophosphate (dbcAMP) and 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine (IBMX) for 2 h improved the blastocyst formation in oocytes stimulated by FSH or amphiregulin (AREG)...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Reproduction and Development
Qiaomei Wu, Mingyang Ding, Chuanfeng Li, Guangqing Liu, Zongyan Chen
Novel duck reovirus (NDRV), the prototype strain of the species Avian orthoreovirus (ARV), is currently an infectious agent for ducks. Studies on NDRV replication and pathogenesis have been hampered by the lack of an available reverse-genetics system. In this study, a plasmid-based reverse-genetics system that is free of helper viruses has been developed. In this system, 10 full-length gene segments of wild-type NDRV TH11 strain are transfected into BSR-T7/5 cells that express bacteriophage T7 RNA polymerase...
February 26, 2018: Journal of General Virology
Suyatno, Yuka Kitamura, Shuntaro Ikeda, Naojiro Minami, Masayasu Yamada, Hiroshi Imai
Undifferentiated spermatogonia eventually differentiate in the testis to produce haploid sperm. Within this cell population, there is a small number of spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs). SSCs are rare cells in the testis, and their cellular characteristics are poorly understood. Establishment of undifferentiated cell line would provide an indispensable tool for studying their biological nature and spermiogenesis/spermatogenesis in vitro. However, there have been few reports on the long-term culture of undifferentiated spermatogonia in species other than rodents...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Reproduction and Development
A Nohalez, C A Martinez, I Parrilla, J Roca, M A Gil, H Rodriguez-Martinez, E A Martinez, C Cuello
In this study, the effects of addition of the antioxidant ascorbic acid (AsA) were evaluated during porcine in vitro embryo production (IVP) and vitrification. In experiment 1, the effects of AsA supplementation during IVM, IVF and IVC were evaluated, using a total of 2744 oocytes in six replicates. The IVM, IVF and embryo IVC media were supplemented or not (control) with 50 μg/mL AsA in all possible combinations. No significant effects of AsA were detected in any of the maturation, fertilization or embryo development parameters assessed...
February 16, 2018: Theriogenology
Dong-Hui Wang, Hong-Xia Zhou, Shu-Jun Liu, Cheng-Jie Zhou, Xiang-Wei Kong, Zhe Han, Cheng-Guang Liang
Paracrine factors such as glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), which was originally derived from the supernatants of a rat glioma cell line, play pivotal roles in oocyte maturation and early embryo development in mammals, such as mice, rats, pigs, sheep, and even humans. However, whether GDNF facilitates in vitro oocyte maturation or early embryo development in bovines is not yet known. We show for the first time that GDNF and its receptor, GDNF family receptor alpha-1 (GFRA1), are presented in ovarian follicles at different stages as well as during oocyte maturation and early embryo development...
February 19, 2018: Theriogenology
Gabriella S Antoniotti, Melinda Coughlan, Lois A Salamonsen, Jemma Evans
STUDY QUESTION: Do obese levels of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) within the uterine cavity detrimentally alter tissue function in embryo implantation and placental development? SUMMARY ANSWER: Obese levels of AGEs activate inflammatory signaling (p65 NFκB) within endometrial epithelial cells and alter their function, cause endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in endometrial stromal cells and impair decidualization, compromise implantation of blastocyst mimics and inhibit trophoblast invasion...
February 20, 2018: Human Reproduction
Joanna Kochan, Agnieszka Nowak, Wojciech Niżański, Sylwia Prochowska, Anna Migdał, Wiesława Młodawska, Agnieszka Partyka, Maciej Witkowski
The aim of this study was to compare the effects of various activating factors on feline oocytes. The study included activation within the ovary (natural), activation during in vitro maturation (spontaneous activation), chemical activation (ionomycin + 6-DMAP), activation by spermatozoa and injection (ICSI) and mechanical activation (sham ICSI). According to our results, parthenogenetic embryos could emerge at every step of in vitro embryo production (IVP) procedures. After oocyte collection, 6% of parthenogenetic embryos were observed, mainly at the 2-4-blastomere stages...
February 22, 2018: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
R Kumar Pramod, Abhijit Mitra
The production of transgenic livestock is constrained due to the limited success of currently available methods for transgenesis. Testis mediated gene transfer (TMGT) is an emerging method that shows a high success rate in generating transgenic mice. In this study, we report a newly developed protocol for electroporation-aided TMGT to produce a transgenic goat. The injectable volume and concentration of the transgene were first standardized, and then electroporation conditions were optimized in vitro. In vivo experiments were performed by injecting a transgenic construct (pIRES2-EGFP; enhanced green fluorescent protein) into the testicular interstitium followed by electroporation...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Huali Wu, Yucheng Zhao, Qiaoling Huang, Minxuan Cai, Qi Pan, Mengsi Fu, Xiaohong An, Zhenjiang Xia, Meng Liu, Yu Jin, Ling He, Jing Shang
Substance P (SP) is a candidate mediator along the brain-skin axis and can mimic the effects of stress to regulate melanogenesis. Previously, we and others have found that the regulation of SP for pigmentary function was mediated by neurokinin 1 receptor (NK1R). Emerging evidence has accumulated that psychologic stress can induce dysfunction in the cutaneous serotonin 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)-5-HT1A/1B receptor system, thereby resulting in skin hypopigmentation. Moreover, NK1R and 5-HTR (except 5-HT3) belong to GPCR...
February 7, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Mouhamadou Diaw, Renato M Salgado, Heloísa S Canesin, Nell Gridley, Katrin Hinrichs
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is an important tool for equine embryo production in both clinical and research settings. In clinical ICSI programs, immature equine cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) are often collected at the mare's location and shipped to the ICSI laboratory. To simplify shipment and aid scheduling of subsequent procedures, COCs can be held overnight at room temperature (∼22 °C) before placement into maturation culture, with no detrimental effect on meiotic or developmental competence...
February 2, 2018: Theriogenology
Tong Zhang, Xiaomei Fan, Ruilan Li, Chunqiang Zhang, Jiaxin Zhang
In vitro produced mammalian embryos suffer from developmental failure, with a large proportion showing embryonic retardation, degradation, or apoptosis. This failure is due, in part, to incomplete oocyte cytoplasmic maturation. C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) has been reported to act as a meiotic inhibitor. Here we explored the potential effects of CNP pre-treatment sheep oocytes on nuclear maturation, changes in mitochondrial behavior and developmental competence of in vitro fertilized embryos. Sheep cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) were aspirated from abattoir-derived ovaries...
February 8, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Ravjibhai K Chaudhari, Ajit Singh Mahla, Amit Kumar Singh, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Abhijit M Pawde, G V P P S Ravi Kumar, GyanendraSingh, Mihir Sarkar, Harendra Kumar, Krishnaswamy Narayanan
Recently, we showed that dietary supplementation of n-3 PUFA rich fish oil (FO) decreased the metabolites of serum prostaglandin (PG) F 2α and E 2 during the window of pregnancy recognition in the doe. In this study, we investigated its effect on the changes on endometrial PG production in vitro. Cycling does (n = 12) of Rohilkhand region were divided into two equal groups and fed a concentrate diet supplemented with either FO containing 26% n-3 PUFA (TRT; n = 6) or palm oil (CON; n = 6) @ 0.6 mL/kg body weight for 57 days...
February 8, 2018: Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators
Rongrui Wei, Qinge Ma, Tao Li, Wenmin Liu, Zhipei Sang, Mingbo Li, Saimei Liu
Two new carbazole alkaloids 1 and 2, and eleven known congeners 3-13 were isolated and identified from Clausena sanki for the first time. Their structures were elucidated on the basis of extensive UV, IR, MS, NMR spectroscopic data and comparison with literatures. The compounds 1-13 were evaluated by MTT assay to determine whether they decreased VEGF-mediated cell proliferation in HUVECs with Axitinib as positive control. Among them, compounds 1, 2, 6, 8, and 13 (μM) exhibited moderate antiangiogenic activities, which inhibited VEGF-induced HUVEC proliferation in vitro with IC50 values of 12...
January 31, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
Jin Kim, Hanseul Oh, Bokyeong Ryu, Ukjin Kim, Ji Min Lee, Cho-Rok Jung, C-Yoon Kim, Jae-Hak Park
Triclosan (TCS) is an organic compound with a wide range of antibiotic activity and has been widely used in items ranging from hygiene products to cosmetics; however, recent studies suggest that it has several adverse effects. In particular, TCS can be passed to both fetus and infants, and while some evidence suggests in vitro neurotoxicity, there are currently few studies concerning the mechanisms of TCS-induced developmental neurotoxicity. Therefore, this study aimed to clarify the effect of TCS on neural development using zebrafish models, by analyzing the morphological changes, the alterations observed in fluorescence using HuC-GFP and Olig2-dsRED transgenic zebrafish models, and neurodevelopmental gene expression...
February 2, 2018: Environmental Pollution
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