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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333338/drug-discovery-for-male-subfertility-using-high-throughput-screening-a-new-approach-to-an-unsolved-problem
#1
Sarah J Martins da Silva, Sean G Brown, Keith Sutton, Louise V King, Halil Ruso, David W Gray, Paul G Wyatt, Mark C Kelly, Christopher L R Barratt, Anthony G Hope
STUDY QUESTION: Can pharma drug discovery approaches be utilized to transform investigation into novel therapeutics for male infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: High-throughput screening (HTS) is a viable approach to much-needed drug discovery for male factor infertility. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: There is both huge demand and a genuine clinical need for new treatment options for infertile men. However, the time, effort and resources required for drug discovery are currently exorbitant, due to the unique challenges of the cellular, physical and functional properties of human spermatozoa and a lack of appropriate assay platform...
March 16, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333321/preconception-and-early-pregnancy-maternal-haemodynamic-changes-in-healthy-women-in-relation-to-pregnancy-viability
#2
F L Foo, A Collins, C M McEniery, P R Bennett, I B Wilkinson, C C Lees
STUDY QUESTION: Are there differences in preconception cardiovascular function between women who have a viable pregnancy and those who have a first trimester miscarriage? SUMMARY ANSWER: Preconception cardiovascular function of central haemodynamics and arterial function are similar between women who have a viable pregnancy and those who have a first trimester miscarriage. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Miscarriages have been associated with increased long-term cardiovascular disease risk, and arterial and cardiovascular dysfunction has been hypothesised as the common link...
March 16, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333327/disclosure-of-donor-conception-age-of-disclosure-and-the-well-being-of-donor-offspring
#3
Guido Pennings
The matter of disclosure of donor conception to donor offspring is a very contentious issue. A frequently mentioned argument is that disclosure is in the best interest of the child. The objectives of this paper are 2-fold: first, to find out whether there are any measureable, stable differences in the psychological well-being of donor offspring who are informed of the mode of their conception compared to those who are not, and second, to find out what is being done with the evidence. We found that there exists no empirical evidence of differences in psychological well-being of donor offspring in disclosing or nondisclosing families...
March 15, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333301/preconception-maternal-lipoprotein-levels-in-relation-to-fecundability
#4
Sarah J Pugh, Enrique F Schisterman, Richard W Browne, Anne M Lynch, Sunni L Mumford, Neil J Perkins, Robert Silver, Lindsey Sjaarda, Joseph B Stanford, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Brian Wilcox, Katherine L Grantz
STUDY QUESTION: Are maternal preconception lipid levels associated with fecundability? SUMMARY ANSWER: Fecundability was reduced for all abnormal female lipid levels including total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) and total triglyceride levels. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Subfecundity affects 7-15% of the population and lipid disorders are hypothesized to play a role since cholesterol acts as a substrate for the synthesis of steroid hormones...
March 15, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333325/triple-paternal-contribution-to-a-normal-complete-molar-chimeric-singleton-placenta
#5
I Ariel, D Goldman-Wohl, S Yagel, E Gazit, R Loewenthal
A comprehensive study of unusual cases of placental pathology may provide insight into mechanisms of normal human fertilization and early embryonic development by examining the exception to the rule. A gravida three para two 39-year-old woman was monitored by ultrasound from 16 weeks of gestation for cystic placenta. A female newborn was born at 36 weeks gestation. Pathologic examination of the partially cystic placenta revealed a singleton placenta comprised of 2/3 normal placenta and 1/3 complete hydatidiform mole, largely degenerated...
March 14, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333293/intra-individual-purifying-selection-on-mitochondrial-dna-variants-during-human-oogenesis
#6
Sara De Fanti, Saverio Vicario, Martin Lang, Domenico Simone, Cristina Magli, Donata Luiselli, Luca Gianaroli, Giovanni Romeo
Study Question: Does selection for mtDNA mutations occur in human oocytes? Summary Answer: We provide statistical evidence in favor of the existence of purifying selection for mtDNA mutations in human oocytes acting between the expulsion of the first and second polar bodies (PBs). What is Known Already: Several lines of evidence in Metazoa, including humans, indicate that variation within the germline of mitochondrial genomes is under purifying selection...
March 9, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333286/high-prevalence-of-moderate-and-severe-depressive-and-anxiety-symptoms-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#7
Laura G Cooney, Iris Lee, Mary D Sammel, Anuja Dokras
Study question: Do women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have an increased prevalence of moderate and severe depressive and anxiety symptoms compared with control women, and do these symptoms correlate with age, BMI, testosterone, hirsutism or insulin resistance (IR)? Summary answer: Women with PCOS have significantly increased odds of moderate and severe depressive and anxiety symptoms, independent of obesity, and the symptoms are weakly associated with age, BMI, elevated testosterone, hirsutism and IR...
March 9, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333292/a-randomized-double-blinded-controlled-trial-of-hcg-as-luteal-phase-support-in-natural-cycle-frozen-embryo-transfer
#8
Vivian Chi Yan Lee, Raymond Hang Wun Li, William Shu Biu Yeung, H O Pak Chung, Ernest Hung Yu Ng
STUDY QUESTION: Does the use of hCG as luteal phase support in natural cycle frozen embryo transfer (FET) increase the ongoing pregnancy rate? STUDY ANSWER: The use of hCG in natural cycle FET did not improve the ongoing pregnancy rate. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The use of luteal phase support in stimulated cycles has been associated with higher live-birth rates and the results are similar when using hCG or progesterone. STUDY DESIGN SIZE, DURATION: This is a randomized double-blinded controlled trial of 450 women recruited between August 2013 and October 2015...
March 8, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333272/family-building-using-embryo-adoption-relationships-and-contact-arrangements-between-provider-and-recipient-families-a-mixed-methods-study
#9
Lucy Frith, Eric Blyth, Steve Lui
STUDY QUESTION: What contact arrangements are established between providers and recipients of embryos using Snowflakes® Embryo Adoption Program? SUMMARY ANSWER: Contact arrangements varied considerably and were generally positively described, although some challenges were acknowledged. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Reproductive technologies create new and diverse family forms, and the ways in which families created by embryo adoption are negotiated in practice have not been extensively investigated...
March 8, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333256/analgesia-use-during-pregnancy-and-risk-of-cryptorchidism-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#10
Jason Gurney, Lorenzo Richiardi, Katherine A McGlynn, Virginia Signal, Diana Sarfati
STUDY QUESTION: Are boys who are born to mothers who use analgesics during pregnancy at increased risk of cryptorchidism compared to those born to mothers who do not take analgesia? SUMMARY ANSWER: In this systematic review and meta-analysis of 10 published studies, we observed only weak evidence of an association between analgesia use during pregnancy and risk of cryptorchidism in the son. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Concentrations of analgesia relevant to human exposure have been implicated as causing endocrine disturbances in the developing foetal testis...
March 8, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333352/reply-vitamin-d-and-ovarian-reserve-making-clinical-decisions
#11
Ian S McLennan, Michael W Pankhurst
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 4, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333350/vitamin-d-and-ovarian-reserve-making-clinical-decisions
#12
Panagiotis Drakopoulos, A La Marca, Nikolaos P Polyzos
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 4, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333265/improving-oocyte-quality-by-transfer-of-autologous-mitochondria-from-fully-grown-oocytes
#13
Stine Gry Kristensen, Susanne Elisabeth Pors, Claus Yding Andersen
Older women are often the most challenging group of patients in fertility clinics due to a decline in both number and overall quality of oocytes. The quality of oocytes has been linked to mitochondrial dysfunction. In this mini-review, we discuss this hypothesis and suggest alternative treatment options using autologous mitochondria to potentially augment pregnancy potential in ART. Autologous transfer of mitochondria from the patient's own germline cells has attracted much attention as a possible new treatment to revitalize deficient oocytes...
March 2, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333245/euploidy-rates-in-donor-egg-cycles-significantly-differ-between-fertility-centers
#14
S Munné, M Alikani, L Ribustello, P Colls, Pedro A Martínez-Ortiz, D H McCulloh
STUDY QUESTION: Do external factors affect euploidy in egg donor cycles? SUMMARY ANSWER: The study demonstrates that during human assisted reproduction, embryonic chromosome abnormalities may be partly iatrogenic. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Chromosome abnormalities have been linked in the past to culture conditions such as temperature and Ph variations, as well as hormonal stimulation. Those reports were performed with older screening techniques (FISH), or ART methods no longer in use, and the subjects studied were not a homogeneous group...
March 2, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333318/a-phase-iii-randomized-controlled-trial-comparing-the-efficacy-safety-and-tolerability-of-oral-dydrogesterone-versus-micronized-vaginal-progesterone-for-luteal-support-in-in-vitro-fertilization
#15
Herman Tournaye, Gennady T Sukhikh, Elke Kahler, Georg Griesinger
STUDY QUESTION: Is oral dydrogesterone 30 mg daily (10 mg three times daily [TID]) non-inferior to micronized vaginal progesterone (MVP) 600 mg daily (200 mg TID) for luteal support in in vitro fertilization (IVF), assessed by the presence of fetal heartbeats determined by transvaginal ultrasound at 12 weeks of gestation? SUMMARY ANSWER: Non-inferiority of oral dydrogesterone versus MVP was demonstrated at 12 weeks of gestation, with a difference in pregnancy rate and an associated confidence interval (CI) that were both within the non-inferiority margin...
March 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333243/polycystic-ovary-syndrome-is-associated-with-anogenital-distance-a-marker-of-prenatal-androgen-exposure
#16
Yingchen Wu, Guangzheng Zhong, Shengfu Chen, Chengyu Zheng, Dehua Liao, Meiqing Xie
STUDY QUESTION: Is the presence of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) associated with anogenital distance (AGD), a biomarker for the prenatal hormonal environment? SUMMARY ANSWER: The presence of PCOS is associated with longer AGD. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Although the aetiology of PCOS is unclear, emerging data suggest that the natural history of PCOS may originate from intrauterine life. Prenatal exposure to androgen hormones is considered an important factor of PCOS...
March 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333241/dysmorphic-patterns-are-associated-with-cytoskeletal-alterations-in-human-oocytes
#17
Mariabeatrice Dal Canto, Maria Cristina Guglielmo, Mario Mignini Renzini, Rubens Fadini, Clarissa Moutier, Maria Merola, Elena De Ponti, Giovanni Coticchio
Study Question: Are specific morphological anomalies in human mature oocytes, as revealed by transmitted light microscopy, associated with intrinsic damage to the meiotic spindle and actin cytoskeleton? SUMMARY ANSWER: Aggregates of smooth endoplasmic reticulum (SER) and domains of centrally localized granular cytoplasm (GC) reflect intrinsic damage to the oocyte cytoskeleton, namely alterations in spindle size, chromosome misalignment and cortical actin disorganization...
March 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333238/clustering-of-pcos-like-traits-in-naturally-hyperandrogenic-female-rhesus-monkeys
#18
D H Abbott, B H Rayome, D A Dumesic, K C Lewis, A K Edwards, K Wallen, M E Wilson, S E Appt, J E Levine
STUDY QUESTION: Do naturally occurring, hyperandrogenic (≥1 SD of population mean testosterone, T) female rhesus monkeys exhibit traits typical of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? SUMMARY ANSWER: Hyperandrogenic female monkeys exhibited significantly increased serum levels of androstenedione (A4), 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP), estradiol (E2), LH, antimullerian hormone (AMH), cortisol, 11-deoxycortisol and corticosterone, as well as increased uterine endometrial thickness and evidence of reduced fertility, all traits associated with PCOS...
March 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333228/efficacy-of-ovarian-tissue-cryopreservation-for-fertility-preservation-lessons-learned-from-545-cases
#19
P Jadoul, A Guilmain, J Squifflet, M Luyckx, R Votino, C Wyns, M M Dolmans
STUDY QUESTION: How effective is ovarian tissue cryopreservation (OTC)? SUMMARY ANSWER: In our cohort of patients who underwent OTC, premature ovarian failure (POF) rates, return rates and pregnancy rates after autotransplantation were 31.5, 4.4 and 33%, respectively. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: OTC for fertility purposes has been performed for >20 years now. With over 86 live births reported worldwide and success rates of ~30% after autotransplantation of frozen-thawed ovarian cortex, the procedure should no longer be considered experimental...
March 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333356/the-safety-and-efficacy-of-controlled-ovarian-hyperstimulation-for-fertility-preservation-in-women-with-early-breast-cancer-a-systematic-review
#20
Rachael J Rodgers, Geoffrey D Reid, Juliette Koch, Rebecca Deans, William L Ledger, Michael Friedlander, Robert B Gilchrist, Kirsty A Walters, Jason A Abbott
STUDY QUESTION: Can controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) for fertility preservation be effectively conducted in women with breast cancer without worsening their prognosis? SUMMARY ANSWER: COH with co-administration of letrozole suppresses oestradiol levels without significantly impacting oocyte yield or decreasing disease-free survival rates. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Oestradiol has the capacity to stimulate the proliferation of breast cancer cells...
February 27, 2017: Human Reproduction
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