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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818741/identification-of-sterols-from-the-soft-coral-dendronephthya-gigantea-and-their-anti-inflammatory-potential
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I P Shanura Fernando, K K Asanka Sanjeewa, Hyun-Soo Kim, Seo-Young Kim, Seung-Hong Lee, Won Woo Lee, You-Jin Jeon
Exploration of anti-inflammatory phytochemicals has received tremendous attention worldwide owing to the rapid increase in inflammatory diseases. Current study reveals the identification of eight 3β-hydroxy-Δ(5)-steroidal congeners from a nonpolar column fraction of the ethanol solubles from the soft coral Dendronephthya gigantea collected from Jeju Island South Korea, using GC-MS/MS analysis. The sterol-rich fraction (DGEH21) showed a significant anti-inflammatory activity as exhibited by the inhibition of NO production (IC50 4...
August 9, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810862/the-cytotoxic-mechanism-of-epigallocatechin-gallate-on-proliferative-hacat-keratinocytes
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Yu-Wen Chu, Shu-Ting Liu, Ya-Lan Yang, Shih-Ming Huang, Wei-Ming Wang
BACKGROUND: Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the major ingredient of sinecatechins ointment, approved for the treatment of external genital and perianal warts. However, the molecular mechanism for EGCG's effect on warts resulting from the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection of keratinocytes is not well understood. HPV may survive in proliferative keratinocytes and may be involved in cell cycle regulation and progression. The objective of this study was to investigate the mechanism underlying EGCG's treatment on external genital warts of HPV infection through the cultured keratinocyte cells from the HaCaT cell line...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804500/pluripotent-stem-cell-metabolism-and-mitochondria-beyond-atp
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REVIEW
Jarmon G Lees, David K Gardner, Alexandra J Harvey
Metabolism is central to embryonic stem cell (ESC) pluripotency and differentiation, with distinct profiles apparent under different nutrient milieu, and conditions that maintain alternate cell states. The significance of altered nutrient availability, particularly oxygen, and metabolic pathway activity has been highlighted by extensive studies of their impact on preimplantation embryo development, physiology, and viability. ESC similarly modulate their metabolism in response to altered metabolite levels, with changes in nutrient availability shown to have a lasting impact on derived cell identity through the regulation of the epigenetic landscape...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795845/analysis-of-embryo-intactness-and-developmental-potential-following-slow-freezing-and-vitrification
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Lan Yu, Chanwei Jia, Yonglian Lan, Rui Song, Liying Zhou, Ying Li, Yu Liang, Shuyu Wang
The aim of this study was to identify the parameters that are related to intactness and developmental potential of a day 3 embryo after warming to improve the selection criteria used to cryopreserve and transfer embryos. We also sought to compare slow freezing and vitrification methods of cryopreservation and to evaluate the viability of non-intact embryos. Embryos warmed following slow freezing (n=220) or vitrification (n=522) were divided into 3 groups according to the proportion of surviving blastomeres (I<50%; II=50-99%; and III=100%)...
August 10, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782224/prokineticin-1-is-up-regulated-by-insulin-in-decidualizing-human-endometrial-stromal-cells
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Dorina Ujvari, Ivika Jakson, Cecilia Oldmark, Sanaz Attarha, Twana Alkasalias, Daniel Salamon, Sebastian Gidlöf, Angelica Lindén Hirschberg
Prokineticin 1 (PROK1), a hypoxia-regulated angiogenic factor, has emerged as a crucial regulator of embryo implantation and placentation. Dysregulation of PROK1 has been linked to recurrent pregnancy loss, pre-eclampsia, foetal growth restriction and preterm birth. These pregnancy complications are common in women with obesity and polycystic ovary syndrome, i.e. conditions associated with insulin resistance and compensatory hyperinsulinaemia. We investigated the effect of insulin on PROK1 expression during in vitro decidualization...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776456/the-role-of-the-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-response-following-cerebral-ischemia
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Gina Hadley, Ain A Neuhaus, Yvonne Couch, Daniel J Beard, Bryan A Adriaanse, Kostas Vekrellis, Gabriele C DeLuca, Michalis Papadakis, Brad A Sutherland, Alastair M Buchan
Background Cornu ammonis 3 (CA3) hippocampal neurons are resistant to global ischemia, whereas cornu ammonis (CA1) 1 neurons are vulnerable. Hamartin expression in CA3 neurons mediates this endogenous resistance via productive autophagy. Neurons lacking hamartin demonstrate exacerbated endoplasmic reticulum stress and increased cell death. We investigated endoplasmic reticulum stress responses in CA1 and CA3 regions following global cerebral ischemia, and whether pharmacological modulation of endoplasmic reticulum stress or autophagy altered neuronal viability ...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767159/effects-of-in-ovo-exposure-to-3-3-4-4-tetrachlorobiphenyl-pcb-77-on-heart-development-in-tree-swallow-tachycineta-bicolor
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Tiffany Carro, Mary K Walker, Karen M Dean, Mary Ann Ottinger
Tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) eggs from two uncontaminated sites, Patuxent Research Refuge (PRR), MD and Cobleskill Reservoir, NY were dosed with PCB 77 to evaluate effects on the developing cardiovascular system. To ensure embryonic viability, treatments were administered into the air cell at embryonic day (ED) 2.5 including: untreated (control), vehicle (filtered sterilized fatty acid mixture), 100 ng/g and 1,000 ng/g egg. Eggs were dosed in the field with 0.2 μl per egg, returned to the nest, collected at ED13, hatched in the laboratory and necropsied...
August 2, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765301/cloning-mice
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Atsuo Ogura
Viable and fertile mice can be generated by somatic nuclear transfer into enucleated oocytes, presumably because the transplanted somatic cell genome becomes reprogrammed by factors in the oocyte. The first somatic cloned offspring of mice were obtained by directly injecting donor nuclei into recipient enucleated oocytes. When this method is used (the so-called Honolulu method of somatic cell nuclear transfer [SCNT]), the donor nuclei readily and completely condense within the enucleated metaphase II-arrested oocytes, which contain high levels of M-phase-promoting factor (MPF)...
August 1, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758255/leucemia-inhibitory-factor-investigating-the-time-dependent-effect-on-viability-of-vitrified-bovine-embryos
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A Kocyigit, M Cevik
Leucemia inhibitory factor (LIF) is involved in various reproductive processes, including sperm development, regulation of ovulation, as well as blastocyst formation, hatching and implantation in embryos. Moreover, LIF has also been shown significantly to enhance the blastocyst formation rates of bovine embryos, a finding that remains controversial. Our purpose was to investigate time-dependent effect of LIF on bovine embryo culture, especially in terms of addition timing. Presumptive zygotes were cultured in five different groups...
July 30, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756898/paving-the-way-for-a-gold-standard-of-care-for-infertility-treatment-improving-outcomes-through-standardization-of-laboratory-procedures
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REVIEW
William Schoolcraft, Marcos Meseguer
Infertility affects over 70 million couples globally. Access to, and interest in, assisted reproductive technologies is growing worldwide, with more couples seeking medical intervention to conceive, in particular by IVF. Despite numerous advances in IVF techniques since its first success in 1978, almost half of the patients treated remain childless. The multifactorial nature of IVF treatment means that success is dependent on many variables. Therefore, it is important to examine how each variable can be optimized to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients...
July 14, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744919/differential-expression-of-insulin-like-growth-factor-family-members-in-immature-cumulus-oocyte-complexes-from-dairy-cows-with-different-genotypes
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A C Lopes, M P Palhão, Cac Fernandes, M J Sudano, Acs Castilho, E S Caixeta
It has been evident the improvement of in vitro embryo production (IVEP) in dairy cows. Nevertheless, it is known that differences in the number and quality of oocytes between taurine and zebu females impact the efficiency and economic viability of IVEP. As the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) system is related to follicular and oocyte development, we aimed to quantify mRNA abundance of IGF system members and pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A (PAPPA) in the cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) of Gir, 1/2 Holstein × 1/2 Gir and Holstein cows...
July 25, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742590/failed-intrauterine-pregnancy-what-is-a-failed-pregnancy-what-is-not
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Timothy P Canavan
Pregnancy failure is defined as a lack of sonographic evidence of current or expected viability. Technologic advances in ultrasound imaging continue to redefine diagnostic criteria of pregnancy failure or success. When evaluating a pregnancy, the first step is an assessment of maternal risk factors for failure. Imaging clues such as an empty gestational sac measuring ≥25 mm or an embryo ≥7 mm without cardiac activity are reliable signs of pregnancy failure, whereas embryonic growth <1 mm/d is not. Combinations of sonographic findings can be used for a more accurate prediction of pregnancy success or failure...
September 2017: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740746/physiological-epicotyl-dormancy-and-its-alleviation-in-seeds-of-yunnanopilia-longistaminea-the-first-report-of-physiological-epicotyl-dormancy-in-china
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Guan-Song Yang, Liu Yang, Yue-Hua Wang, Shi-Kang Shen
Yunnanopilia longistaminea is an endangered monotypic species belonging to Opiliaceae. This edible plant is an important germplasm source with a high economic value in China if propagation were less difficult. Seed dormancy and germination of this species were investigated to improve propagation. Considering seeds have a fully developed embryo and mature and are dispersed in summer, and radicles and epicotyls emerge the following autumn and next spring, respectively, we hypothesized that Y. longistaminea seeds may undergo physiological epicotyl dormancy...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728562/low-oxygen-tension-increases-mitochondrial-membrane-potential-and-enhances-expression-of-antioxidant-genes-and-implantation-protein-of-mouse-blastocyst-cultured-in-vitro
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Yun-Yi Ma, Huei-Wen Chen, Chii-Ruey Tzeng
BACKGROUND: In human IVF, embryos cultured with a lower O2 tension (5%) can give rise to higher success rates when compared with normoxic conditions (20%). However, the mechanisms behind the beneficial effects of reduced oxygen tension in embryogenesis remain unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate the expression of oxygen related and antioxidant genes and mitochondrial function in mouse embryo cultured under hypoxic and normoxic conditions, to investigate the beneficial effect of low oxygen tension in preimplantation embryogenesis...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Ovarian Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726209/characteristics-of-mel-ibr-melanoma-line-subclone-after-treatment-with-chicken-embryo-extract
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N M Suraeva, L F Morozova, O O Ryabaya, Yu A Khochenkova, A V Samoilov, O S Burova, N V Golubtsova, A E Barmashov, M A Baryshnikova
We continue analysis of the phenotype of human melanoma cell Mel Ibr subclone obtained previously by treatment of the parental cell line by chicken embryo extract. The present study is focused on detection of markers of epithelial-mesenchymal transition that determine enhanced metastatic and invasive potential of malignant tumors of various locations. Analysis of the expression of E-cadherin and vimentin genes in the subclone and parental cells detected activation of epithelial-mesenchymal transition in the subclone...
June 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725376/moving-south-effects-of-water-temperatures-on-the-larval-development-of-invasive-cane-toads-rhinella-marina-in-cool-temperate-australia
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Uditha Wijethunga, Matthew Greenlees, Richard Shine
The distributional limits of many ectothermic species are set by thermal tolerances of early-developmental stages in the life history; embryos and larvae often are less able to buffer environmental variation than are conspecific adults. In pond-breeding amphibians, for example, cold water may constrain viability of eggs and larvae, even if adults can find suitable thermal conditions in terrestrial niches. Invasive species provide robust model systems for exploring these questions, because we can quantify thermal challenges at the expanding range edge (from field surveys) and larval responses to thermal conditions (in the laboratory)...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712879/comet-assay-on-thawed-embryos-an-optimized-technique-to-evaluate-dna-damage-in-mouse-embryos
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L Rolland, B Courbiere, V Tassistro, A Sansoni, T Orsière, W Liu, C Di Giorgio, J Perrin
Our objective was to optimize the CA technique on mammal embryos. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 1000 frozen 2-cell embryos from B6CBA mice were used. Based on a literature review, and after checking post-thaw embryo viability, the main outcome measures included: 1) comparison of the embryo recovery rate between 2 CA protocols (2 agarose layers and 3 agarose layers); 2) comparison of DNA damage by the CA on embryos with (ZP+) and without (ZP-) zona pellucida; and 3) comparison of DNA damage in embryos exposed to 2 genotoxic agents (H2O2 and simulated sunlight irradiation (SSI))...
July 14, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712378/treatment-of-allicin-improves-maturation-of-immature-oocytes-and-subsequent-developmental-ability-of-preimplantation-embryos
#18
Sang-Gi Jeong, Seung-Eun Lee, Yun-Gwi Park, Yeo-Jin Son, Min-Young Shin, Eun-Young Kim, Se-Pill Park
Allicin (AL) regulates the cellular redox, proliferation, viability, and cell cycle of different cells against extracellular-derived stress. This study investigated the effects of allicin treatment on porcine oocyte maturation and developmental competence. Porcine oocytes were cultured in medium supplemented with 0 (control), 0.01, 0.1, 1, 10 or 100 μM AL, respectively, during in vitro maturation (IVM). The rate of polar body emission was higher in the 0.1 AL-treated group (74.5% ± 2.3%) than in the control (68...
July 17, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702993/gold-nanorod-induced-warming-of-embryos-from-the-cryogenic-state-enhances-viability
#19
Kanav Khosla, Yiru Wang, Mary Hagedorn, Zhenpeng Qin, John Bischof
Zebrafish embryos can attain a stable cryogenic state by microinjection of cryoprotectants followed by rapid cooling, but the massive size of the embryo has consistently led to failure during the convective warming process. Here we address this zebrafish cryopreservation problem by using gold nanorods (GNRs) to assist in the warming process. Specifically, we microinjected the cryoprotectant propylene glycol into zebrafish embryos along with GNRs, and the samples were cooled at a rate of 90 000 °C/min in liquid nitrogen...
July 13, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700724/optim-optical-projection-tomography-integrated-microscope-using-open-source-hardware-and-software
#20
Thomas Watson, Natalie Andrews, Samuel Davis, Laurence Bugeon, Margaret D Dallman, James McGinty
We describe the implementation of an OPT plate to perform optical projection tomography (OPT) on a commercial wide-field inverted microscope, using our open-source hardware and software. The OPT plate includes a tilt adjustment for alignment and a stepper motor for sample rotation as required by standard projection tomography. Depending on magnification requirements, three methods of performing OPT are detailed using this adaptor plate: a conventional direct OPT method requiring only the addition of a limiting aperture behind the objective lens; an external optical-relay method allowing conventional OPT to be performed at magnifications >4x; a remote focal scanning and region-of-interest method for improved spatial resolution OPT (up to ~1...
2017: PloS One
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