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Molecular Human Reproduction

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431025/1h-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-of-live-human-sperm
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S Reynolds, S J Calvert, M N Paley, A A Pacey
STUDY QUESTION: Can 1H Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) be used to obtain information about the molecules and metabolites in live human spermatozoa? SUMMARY ANSWER: Percoll-based density gradient centrifugation (DGC) followed by a further two washing steps, yielded enough sperm with minimal contamination (<0.01%) from seminal fluid to permit effective MRS which detected significant differences (p < 0.05) in the choline/glycerophosphocholine, lipid and lactate regions of the 1H MRS spectrum between sperm in the pellet and those from the 40/80% interface...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402512/defective-trophoblast-invasion-underlies-fetal-growth-restriction-and-pre-eclampsia-like-symptoms-in-the-stroke-prone-spontaneously-hypertensive-rat
#2
G Barrientos, M Pussetto, M Rose, A C Staff, S M Blois, J E Toblli
STUDY QUESTION: What is the impact of chronic hypertension on placental development, fetal growth and maternal outcome in the stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHRSP)? SUMMARY ANSWER: SHRSP showed an impaired remodeling of the spiral arteries and abnormal pattern of trophoblast invasion during placentation, which were associated with subsequent maternal glomerular injury and increased baseline hypertension as well as placental insufficiency and asymmetric fetal growth restriction...
April 11, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402555/deregulation-of-the-endometrial-stromal-cell-secretome-precedes-embryo-implantation-failure
#3
Ruban Rex Peter Durairaj, Asma Aberkane, Lukasz Polanski, Yojiro Maruyama, Miriam Baumgarten, Emma S Lucas, Siobhan Quenby, Jerry K Y Chan, Nick Raine-Fenning, Jan J Brosens, Hilde Van de Velde, Yie Hou Lee
STUDY QUESTION: Is implantation failure following ART associated with a perturbed decidual response in endometrial stromal cells (EnSCs)? SUMMARY ANSWER: Dynamic changes in the secretome of decidualizing EnSCs underpin the transition of a hostile to a supportive endometrial microenvironment for embryo implantation; perturbation in this transitional pathway prior to ART is associated with implantation failure. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Implantation is the rate-limiting step in ART, although the contribution of an aberrant endometrial microenvironment in IVF failure remains ill defined...
April 10, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379541/resistance-to-apoptosis-and-autophagy-leads-to-enhanced-survival-in-sertoli-cells
#4
Ferial Aslani, Tim Sebastian, Miguel Keidel, Suada Fröhlich, Hans-Peter Elsässer, Hans-Christian Schuppe, Jörg Klug, Poornima Mahavadi, Monika Fijak, Martin Bergmann, Andreas Meinhardt, Sudhanshu Bhushan
STUDY QUESTION: What is the underlying mechanism of Sertoli cell (SC) resistance to cell death? SUMMARY ANSWER: High expression of pro-survival B cell lymphoma-2 (BCL2) proteins and inhibition of apoptosis and autophagy prolongs SC survival upon exposure to stress stimuli. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In human and in experimental models of orchitis, tolerogenic SC survive stress conditions, while germ cells undergo massive apoptosis. In general, non-dividing highly differentiated cells tend to resist stress conditions for a longer time by favoring activation of pro-survival mechanisms and inhibition of cell death pathways...
April 3, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379507/impact-of-male-fertility-status-on-the-transcriptome-of-the-bovine-epididymis
#5
Christine Légaré, Ayodélé Akintayo, Patrick Blondin, Ezequiel Calvo, Robert Sullivan
STUDY QUESTION: Can region-specific transcriptional profiling of the epididymis from fertile and sub-fertile bulls predict the etiology of fertility/sub-fertility in males? SUMMARY ANSWER: The highly regulated gene expression along the bovine epididymis is affected by the fertility status of bulls used for artificial insemination. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In mammals, sperm maturation and storage occur in the epididymis. Each epididymal segment has his own transcriptomic signature that modulates the intraluminal composition and consequently governs sequential modifications of the maturing male gamete...
April 3, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379469/in-vivo-intrabursal-administration-of-bioactive-lipid-sphingosine-1-phosphate-enhances-vascular-integrity-in-a-rat-model-of-ovarian-hyperstimulation-syndrome-ohss
#6
Mariana Di Pietro, Natalia Pascuali, Leopoldina Scotti, Griselda Irusta, Diana Bas, María May, Marta Tesone, Dalhia Abramovich, Fernanda Parborell
STUDY QUESTION: Can the bioactive lipid sphingosine-1 phosphate (S1P) act as an endothelial barrier-enhancing molecule and, in turn, restore the vascular integrity and homeostasis in a rat model of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). STUDY ANSWER: In vivo administration of S1P may prevent the early onset of OHSS and decrease its severity. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Although advances in the prediction and treatment of OHSS have been made, complete prevention has not been possible yet...
April 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369513/identification-and-characterization-of-aurora-kinase-b-and-c-variants-associated-with-maternal-aneuploidy
#7
Alexandra L Nguyen, Diego Marin, Anbo Zhou, Amanda S Gentilello, Evan M Smoak, Zubing Cao, Anastasia Fedick, Yujue Wang, Deanne Taylor, Richard T Scott, Jinchuan Xing, Nathan Treff, Karen Schindler
STUDY QUESTION: Are single nucleotide variants (SNVs) in Aurora kinases B and C associated with risk of aneuploid conception? SUMMARY ANSWER: Two SNVs were found in patients with extreme aneuploid concepti rates with respect to their age; one variant, AURKC p.I79V, is benign, while another, AURKB p.L39P, is a potential gain-of-function mutant with increased efficiency in promoting chromosome alignment. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Maternal age does not always predict aneuploidy risk, and rare gene variants can be drivers of disease...
March 25, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369516/comprehensive-chromosome-screening-and-gene-expression-analysis-from-the-same-biopsy-in-human-preimplantation-embryos
#8
Diego Marin, Yujue Wang, Xin Tao, Richard T Scott, Nathan R Treff
STUDY QUESTION: Can simultaneous comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS) and gene expression analysis be performed on the same biopsy of preimplantation human embryos? SUMMARY ANSWER: For the first time, CCS and reliable gene expression analysis have been performed on the same human preimplantation embryo biopsy. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: A single trophectoderm (TE) biopsy is routinely used for many IVF programs offering CCS for selection of only chromosomally normal embryos for transfer...
March 23, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333312/establishment-maintenance-and-functional-integrity-of-the-blood-testis-barrier-in-organotypic-cultures-of-fresh-and-frozen-thawed-prepubertal-mouse-testes
#9
C Rondanino, A Maouche, L Dumont, A Oblette, N Rives
STUDY QUESTION: Can the spatio-temporal formation of an intact blood-testis barrier (BTB), which is essential for the progression of spermatogenesis, be reproduced in cultures of fresh or frozen/thawed prepubertal mouse testes? SUMMARY ANSWER: Organotypic cultures allow the establishment and maintenance of major BTB components and the formation of a functional BTB in mouse testicular tissues. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In vitro maturation of prepubertal testicular tissues is a promising approach to restore fertility in adult survivors of childhood cancer...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333304/further-insights-into-the-impact-of-mouse-follicle-stage-on-graft-outcome-in-an-artificial-ovary-environment
#10
M C Chiti, M M Dolmans, C M Lucci, F Paulini, J Donnez, C A Amorim
STUDY QUESTION: Are mouse preantral follicles differently affected by isolation, encapsulation and/or grafting procedures according to stage? SUMMARY ANSWER: Isolated secondary follicles showed superior ability to survive and grow after transplantation, which was not related to a particular effect of the isolation and/or grafting procedure, but rather to their own ability to induce neoangiogenesis. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Isolated and encapsulated mouse preantral follicles can survive (6-27%) and grow (80-100%) in a fibrin matrix with a low concentration of fibrinogen and thrombin (F12...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333300/comparison-of-global-gene-expression-profiles-of-microdissected-human-foetal-leydig-cells-with-their-normal-and-hyperplastic-adult-equivalents
#11
Grete Lottrup, Kirstine Belling, Henrik Leffers, John E Nielsen, Marlene D Dalgaard, Anders Juul, Niels E Skakkebæk, Søren Brunak, Ewa Rajpert-De Meyts
STUDY QUESTION: Do human adult Leydig cells (ALCs) within hyperplastic micronodules display characteristics of foetal LCs (FLCs)? SUMMARY ANSWER: The gene expression profiles of FLCs and all ALC subgroups were clearly different, but there were no significant differences in expressed genes between the normally clustered and hyperplastic ALCs. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: LCs are the primary androgen producing cells in males throughout development and appear in chronologically distinct populations; FLCs, neonatal LCs and ALCs...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333275/anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-inhibits-activation-and-growth-of-bovine-ovarian-follicles-in-vitro-and-is-localized-to-growing-follicles
#12
M Y Yang, R A Cushman, J E Fortune
STUDY QUESTION: Does anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) inhibit activation (initiation of growth) of primordial follicles and attenuate the growth of primary follicles in cattle, an excellent animal model for human ovarian follicular development? SUMMARY ANSWER: AMH inhibited activation of bovine primordial follicles and attenuated the growth of activated follicles in vitro. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In mice null mutant for AMH, the pool of primordial follicles is depleted prematurely and AMH inhibits follicle activation in vitro...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333263/loss-of-luteotropic-prostaglandin-e-plays-an-important-role-in-the-regulation-of-luteolysis-in-women
#13
Junko Nio-Kobayashi, Masataka Kudo, Noriaki Sakuragi, Toshihiko Iwanaga, W Colin Duncan
STUDY QUESTION: Do intraluteal prostaglandins (PG) contribute to luteal regulation in women? SUMMARY ANSWER: Prostaglandin E (PGE), which is produced in human granulosa-lutein cells stimulated with luteotropic hCG, exerts similar luteotropic effects to hCG, and the expression of PG synthetic and metabolic enzymes in the human CL is driven toward less PGE but more prostaglandin F (PGF) during luteolysis. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Uterine PGF is a major luteolysin in many non-primate species but not in women...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333280/hcg-activates-the-erk1-2-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-pathway-in-human-endometrial-stromal-cells-transiently-increasing-the-progesterone-receptor-and-regulating-genes-associated-with-endometrial-receptivity
#14
Alejandro Tapia-Pizarro, Sebastián Archiles, Felipe Argandoña, Cecilia Valencia, Keyla Zavaleta, María Cecilia Johnson, Reinaldo González-Ramos, Luigi Devoto
STUDY QUESTION: How does hCG signal in human endometrial stromal cells (ESCs) and what is its role in regulating ESC function? SUMMARY ANSWER: CG signaling in ESCs activates the extracellular signal-regulated protein kinases 1 and 2 (Erk1/2) pathway through exchange protein activated by cAMP (Epac) and transiently increases progesterone receptor (PR) transcript and protein expression and its transcriptional function. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: hCG is one of the earliest embryo-derived secreted signals in the endometrium, which abundantly expresses LH/hCG receptors...
March 14, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333279/inhibition-of-pim1-kinase-attenuates-inflammation-induced-pro-labour-mediators-in-human-fetal-membranes-in-vitro
#15
Ratana Lim, Gillian Barker, Martha Lappas
STUDY QUESTION: Does proviral integration site for Moloney murine leukemic virus (PIM)1 kinase play a role in regulating the inflammatory processes of human labour and delivery? SUMMARY ANSWER: PIM1 kinase plays a critical role in fetal membranes in regulating pro-inflammatory and pro-labour mediators. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Infection and inflammation have strong causal links to preterm delivery by stimulating pro-inflammatory cytokines and collagen degrading enzymes, which can lead to rupture of membranes...
March 9, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204536/zona-pellucida-gene-mrna-expression-in-human-oocytes-is-related-to-oocyte-maturity-zona-inner-layer-retardance-and-fertilization-competence
#16
S Canosa, T Adriaenssens, W Coucke, P Dalmasso, A Revelli, C Benedetto, J Smitz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159965/mitotic-spindle-disruption-in-human-preimplantation-embryos-activates-the-spindle-assembly-checkpoint-but-not-apoptosis-until-day-5-of-development
#17
K Jacobs, H Van de Velde, C De Paepe, K Sermon, C Spits
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 4, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369598/integration-of-microfluidics-in-animal-in-vitro-embryo-production
#18
M B Wheeler, M Rubessa
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369546/microfluidics-in-reproductive-biology-applying-lab-on-a-chip-technologies-to-assisted-reproduction
#19
Shawn L Chavez
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130394/application-of-microfluidic-technologies-to-human-assisted-reproduction
#20
Gary D Smith, Shuichi Takayama
Microfluidics can be considered both a science and a technology. It is defined as the study of fluid behavior at a sub-microliter level and the investigation into its application to cell biology, chemistry, genetics, molecular biology and medicine. There are at least two characteristics of microfluidics, mechanical and biochemical, which can be influential in the field of mammalian gamete and preimplantation embryo biology. These microfluidic characteristics can assist in basic biological studies on sperm, oocyte and preimplantation embryo structure, function and environment...
April 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
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