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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077604/the-mitochondrial-dna-content-of-cumulus-granulosa-cells-is-linked-to-embryo-quality
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V Desquiret-Dumas, A Clément, V Seegers, L Boucret, V Ferré-L'Hotellier, P E Bouet, P Descamps, V Procaccio, P Reynier, P May-Panloup
STUDY QUESTION: Could the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) content of cumulus granulosa cells (CGCs) be related to oocyte competence? SUMMARY ANSWER: The quality of embryos obtained during IVF procedures appears to be linked to mtDNA copy numbers in the CGCs. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Oocyte quality is linked to oocyte mtDNA content in the human and other species, and the mtDNA copy number of the oocyte is related to that of the corresponding CGCs. Moreover, the quantification of CGC mtDNA has recently been proposed as a biomarker of embryo viability...
January 6, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075052/functional-characterization-and-cell-specificity-of-bvsut1-the-transporter-that-loads-sucrose-into-the-phloem-of-sugar-beet-beta-vulgaris-l-source-leaves
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P Nieberl, C Ehrl, B Pommerrenig, D Graus, I Marten, B Jung, F Ludewig, W Koch, K Harms, U-I Flügge, E Neuhaus, R Hedrich, N Sauer
• Sugar beet (Beta vulgaris L.) is one of the most important sugar producing plants worldwide and provides about one third of the sugar consumed by humans. Here we report on the molecular characterization of the BvSUT1 gene and on the func- tional characterization of the encoded transporter. • In contrast to the recently identified, tonoplast-localized sucrose transporter BvTST2.1 from sugar beet taproots, which has evolved within the monosaccharide transporter (MST) superfamily, BvSUT1 represents a classical sucrose transporter and is a typical member of the disaccharide transporter (DST) superfamily...
January 11, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073982/urinary-triclosan-concentrations-and-early-outcomes-of-in-vitro-fertilization-embryo-transfer
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Rui Hua, Yao Zhou, Biao Wu, Zhongwei Huang, Yongtong Zhu, Yali Song, Yanhong Yu, Hong Li, Song Quan
Triclosan (TCS) exists ubiquitously in the environment. Several in vitro and in vivo studies have demonstrated that TCS exerts endocrine disruptive effects on reproduction, but data from human populations are limited and conflicting. The objective of our study was to investigate whether high urinary TCS concentration is adversely associated with early reproductive outcomes in women undergoing in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET). This prospective cohort study was conducted from September 2015 to June 2016, including 156 infertile women undergoing their first IVF-ET cycle...
March 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073973/human-foetal-ovary-shares-meiotic-preventing-factors-with-the-developing-testis
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Nelly Frydman, Marine Poulain, Brahim Arkoun, Clotilde Duquenne, Sophie Tourpin, Sébastien Messiaen, René Habert, Virginie Rouiller-Fabre, Alexandra Benachi, Gabriel Livera
STUDY QUESTION: How can pre-meiotic germ cells persist in the human foetal ovary? SUMMARY ANSWER: Numerous oogonia escaping meiotic entry were retrieved throughout human ovarian development simultaneously with the expression of signalling pathways preventing meiosis, typically described in the rodent embryonic testis. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The transition from mitosis to meiosis is a key event in female germ cells that remains poorly documented in research on the human ovary...
January 9, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070661/voltage-gated-sodium-channels-as-targets-for-pyrethroid-insecticides
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Linda M Field, T G Emyr Davies, Andrias O O'Reilly, Martin S Williamson, B A Wallace
The pyrethroid insecticides are a very successful group of compounds that have been used extensively for the control of arthropod pests of agricultural crops and vectors of animal and human disease. Unfortunately, this has led to the development of resistance to the compounds in many species. The mode of action of pyrethroids is known to be via interactions with the voltage-gated sodium channel. Understanding how binding to the channel is affected by amino acid substitutions that give rise to resistance has helped to elucidate the mode of action of the compounds and the molecular basis of their selectivity for insects vs mammals and between insects and other arthropods...
January 9, 2017: European Biophysics Journal: EBJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070055/superovulatory-responses-in-cynomolgus-monkeys-macaca-fascicularis-depend-on-the-interaction-between-donor-status-and-superovulation-method-used
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Ji-Su Kim, Seung-Bin Yoon, Kang-Jin Jeong, Bo-Woong Sim, Seon-A Choi, Sang-Il Lee, Yeung Bae Jin, Bong-Seok Song, Sang-Rae Lee, Sun-Uk Kim, Kyu-Tae Chang
The current study was performed to investigate the effect of oocyte donor status, including age and body weight, on metaphase II (MII) oocyte recovery using two superovulation methods in cynomolgus monkeys. The use of Method A [recombinant gonadotrophin (75 IU/kg, 3×, 3-day intervals) and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)] led to great increases in ovary size and the mean number of MII oocytes retrieved in age- and body-weight-dependent manner; in contrast, both the parameters were similar in Method B [recombinant gonadotrophin (60 IU, twice daily, 6 days), recombinant gonadotropin and recombinant human luteinizing hormone (rhLH) (60 IU, twice daily, 3 days), and hCG]...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063926/luteinizing-hormone-modulates-intracellular-calcium-protein-tyrosine-phosphorylation-and-motility-during-human-sperm-capacitation
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Aideé S López-Torres, María E González-González, Esperanza Mata-Martínez, Fernando Larrea, Claudia L Treviño, Mayel Chirinos
In order to fertilize, spermatozoa must undergo physiological and biochemical changes during their transit along the female reproductive tract before reaching and fusing with the oocyte, process known as capacitation. Sperm modifications associated with capacitation are modulated by their interaction with molecules present in the female reproductive tract. During the woman fertile window, some reproductive hormones reach their maximum concentrations in serum, such as the luteinizing hormone (LH). Since spermatozoa preparing to fertilize may be exposed to LH, the purpose of this work was to study the effects of this hormone on intracellular Ca(2+) concentrations ([Ca(2+)]i), protein tyrosine phosphorylation, sperm motility and acrosome reaction under capacitating conditions...
January 4, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063801/effect-of-mid-follicular-phase-recombinant-lh-versus-urinary-hcg-supplementation-in-poor-ovarian-responders-undergoing-ivf-a-prospective-double-blinded-randomized-study
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Sze Man Jennifer Mak, Wai Yee Wong, Hoi Sze Chung, Pui Wah Chung, Grace Wing Shan Kong, Tin Chiu Li, Lai Ping Cheung
Luteinizing hormone (LH) is crucial for the development of follicular growth and oocyte maturation, especially in the management of poor ovarian responders (PORs). This study presents the results of a prospective double-blinded randomized study to compare the effect of mid-follicular phase recombinant LH (rLH) supplementation with urinary human chorionic gonadotrophin (uHCG) supplementation when using a fixed gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist protocol in IVF cycles. A total of 49 women with poor ovarian response (POR) according to the Bologna criteria were recruited...
December 16, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063736/brilliant-cresyl-blue-staining-does-not-present-cytotoxic-effects-on-human-luteinized-follicular-cells-according-to-gene-protein-expression-as-well-as-to-cytotoxicity-tests
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Diego Duarte Alcoba, Júlia Schneider, Letícia Arruda, Patrícia Borba Martiny, Edison Capp, Helena von Eye Corleta, Ilma Simoni Brum
In vitro oocyte maturation presents many advantages and its success is related to the selection of fully grown oocytes. In animal models, staining of cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) with Brilliant Cresyl Blue (BCB) is widely used for this selection. However, a lack of information about the safety of BCB makes its applicability in humans questionable. Because granulosa and cumulus cells have a close relationship with the oocyte and taking into account that follicular cells are also exposed to BCB when this pre-selection method is applied, we aimed to evaluate the effects of BCB on human follicular cells exposed to BCB...
January 4, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063063/identifying-candidate-reprogramming-genes-in-mouse-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Fang Gao, Jingyu Li, Heng Zhang, Xu Yang, Tiezhu An
Factor-based induced reprogramming approaches have tremendous potential for human regenerative medicine, but the efficiencies of these approaches are still low. In this study, we analyzed the global transcriptional profiles of mouse induced pluripotent stem cells (miPSCs) and mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) from seven different labs and present here the first successful clustering according to cell type, not by lab of origin. We identified 2131 different expression genes (DEs) as candidate pluripotency-associated genes by comparing mESCs/miPSCs with somatic cells and 720 DEs between miPSCs and mESCs...
January 6, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058611/clinical-predictors-of-failing-one-dose-of-methotrexate-for-ectopic-pregnancy-after-in-vitro-fertilization
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Paula C Brady, Stacey A Missmer, Leslie V Farland, Elizabeth S Ginsburg
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to investigate the clinical predictors of failure of a single dose of methotrexate (MTX) for management of ectopic pregnancy after in vitro fertilization (IVF). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed of women who conceived ectopic pregnancies following fresh or frozen IVF cycles at an academic infertility clinic between 2007 and 2014, and received intramuscular MTX (50 mg/m(2)). Successful single-dose MTX treatment was defined as a serum beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) decline ≥15% between days 4 and 7 post-treatment...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057448/improved-cryotolerance-and-developmental-competence-of-human-oocytes-matured-in-vitro-by-transient-hydrostatic-pressure-treatment-prior-to-vitrification
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Ruihuan Gu, Yun Feng, Song Guo, Shen Zhao, Xiaowei Lu, Jing Fu, Xiaoxi Sun, Yijuan Sun
BACKGROUND: At present, the metaphase II (MII) oocytes have a very special structure that leads to complex difficulties associated with its vitrification, and their efficacy still needs a large amount of study to observe. The present study was to investigate whether transient hydrostatic pressure (THP), which was utilized for oocytes before vitrification, had positive effect on the oocytes' developmental ability and reactive oxygen species, and had no damage on meiotic spindle, zona pellucida, and DNA copy number...
January 2, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056983/influence-of-endometrial-thickness-on-treatment-outcomes-following-in-vitro-fertilization-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection
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Ning-Zhao Ma, Lei Chen, Wei Dai, Zhi-Qin Bu, Lin-Li Hu, Ying-Pu Sun
BACKGROUND: The study was designed to investigate the roles of endometrial thickness (EMT) at the day of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) administration on pregnancy outcomes in a large patient population. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included 9,952 patients undergoing their first IVF/ICSI with autologous oocytes from January 2011 to January 2015. Patients were divided into three groups based on the EMT (group A:≤8 mm; group B: 9-14 mm and group C:≥15 mm)...
January 5, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051267/reduced-expression-of-scf-in-serum-and-follicle-from-patients-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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J Tan, X-Y Wen, Q Su, Z-H Huang, J-X He, C-L Xin, Q-F Wu, Y Zou
OBJECTIVE: In humans, stem cell factor (SCF), produced by cumulus granulosa cells during the follicular phase, plays a crucial role in follicular development. Remarkably, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), one of the main reasons affecting women fertility, is accompanied by some abnormal follicles. Is there a relationship between SCF and PCOS? This study aimed to compare the expression of SCF in follicle and serum from patients with and without PCOS undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment and to investigate the potential relationship between aberrant SCF expression and PCOS...
December 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050961/final-oocyte-maturation-in-assisted-reproduction-with-human-chorionic-gonadotropin-and-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-agonist-dual-trigger
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REVIEW
Sofia Andrade de Oliveira, Vinícius Fernando Calsavara, Gemma Castillón Cortés
Final oocyte maturation with Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) and ovarian stimulation with Follicle Stimulation Hormone (FSH) combined with Gonadotrophin-releasing Hormone (GnRH) antagonist to block Luteinizing hormone (LH) surge is a standard procedure of in vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). However, GnRH agonist has been replacing the use of hCG in certain situations, especially in patients at risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS). Some studies have also shown advantages in the combined use of GnRH agonist concurrently with hCG in inducing final oocyte maturation, a treatment known as "Dual Trigger"...
December 1, 2016: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042535/effects-of-mono-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-and-di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-administrations-on-oocyte-meiotic-maturation-apoptosis-and-gene-quantification-in-mouse-model
#16
Forouzan Absalan, Sadegh Saremy, Esrafil Mansori, Mahin Taheri Moghadam, Ali Reza Eftekhari Moghadam, Razie Ghanavati
OBJECTIVE: Phthalates, which are commonly used to render plastics into soft and flexible materials, have also been determined as developmental and reproductive toxicants in human and animals. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of mono-(2- ethylhexyl) phthalate (MEHP) and di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) oral administrations on maturation of mouse oocytes, apoptosis and gene transcription levels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this experimental study, immature oocytes recovered from Naval Medical Research Institute (NMRI) mouse strain (6-8 weeks), were divided into seven different experimental and control groups...
2017: Cell Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034797/expression-profile-of-rrbp1-genes-during-embryonic-development-and-in-adult-tissues-of-xenopus-laevis
#17
Guang-Hui Liu, Cheng-Zhou Mao, Hai-Yan Wu, Deng-Cheng Zhou, Jing-Bo Xia, Soo-Ki Kim, Dong-Qing Cai, Hui Zhao, Xu-Feng Qi
Recent studies suggest that ribosome-binding protein 1 (RRBP1) is involved in multiple diseases such as tumorigenesis and cardiomyopathies. However, its function during embryonic development remains largely unknown. We searched Xenopus laevis database with human RRBP1 protein sequence and identified two cDNA sequences encoding Xenopus orthologs of RRBP1 including rrbp1a (NM_001089623) and rrbp1b (NM_001092468). Both genes were firstly detected at blastula stage 8 with weak signals in animal hemisphere by whole mount in situ hybridization...
December 26, 2016: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032922/pancreatic-lipase-related-protein-2-is-essential-for-egg-hatching-in-the-brown-planthopper-nilaparvata-lugens
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L Xu, H-J Huang, X Zhou, C-W Liu, Y-Y Bao
In this study, we identified a pancreatic lipase-related protein 2 (PLRP2) gene through searching the transcriptome data of the brown planthopper, Nilaparvata lugens, a monophagous rice pest. PLRP2 mRNAs were first isolated in the human pancreas and play an important role in hydrolysis of galactolipids from the diet. Although homologous PLRP2 genes have been identified in many insect species, their physiological functions remain unknown. The present study for the first time reports the functional role of PLRP2 in an insect species...
December 29, 2016: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032673/dental-pulp-stem-cells-model-early-life-and-imprinted-dna-methylation-patterns
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Keith Dunaway, Sarita Goorha, Lauren Matelski, Nora Urraca, Pamela J Lein, Ian Korf, Lawrence T Reiter, Janine M LaSalle
Early embryonic stages of pluripotency are modeled for epigenomic studies primarily with human embryonic stem cells (ESC) or induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). For analysis of DNA methylation, however, ESCs and iPSCs do not accurately reflect the DNA methylation levels found in preimplantation embryos. Whole genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) approaches have revealed the presence of large partially methylated domains (PMDs) covering 30-40% of the genome in oocytes, preimplantation embryos, and placenta...
December 29, 2016: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013214/effects-of-an-environmentally-relevant-phthalate-mixture-on-cultured-mouse-antral-follicles
#20
Changqing Zhou, Jodi A Flaws
Phthalates are used in building materials, medical devices, and personal care products. Most studies on phthalates have focused on single phthalates, but it is important to study mixtures of phthalates because humans are exposed to such mixtures daily. We tested the hypothesis that phthalate mixture exposure decreases antral follicle growth, compromises steroidogenic capacity, and induces atresia. Antral follicles from adult CD-1 mice were cultured with vehicle control or phthalate mixture (1-500 μg/ml) for 96 hours...
December 24, 2016: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
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