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Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E

Deepika Garg, Zaher Merhi
BACKGROUND: Women with PCOS have elevated levels of the harmful Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs), which are highly reactive molecules formed after glycation of lipids and proteins. Additionally, AGEs accumulate in the ovaries of women with PCOS potentially contributing to the well-documented abnormal steroidogenesis and folliculogenesis. MAIN BODY: A systematic review of articles and abstracts available in PubMed was conducted and presented in a systemic manner...
October 21, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Brenda F Narice, Nicola H Green, Sheila MacNeil, Dilly Anumba
BACKGROUND: During labour, the cervix undergoes a series of changes to allow the passage of the fetoplacental unit. While this visible transformation is well-described, the underlying and causative microscopic changes, in which collagen plays a major role, are poorly understood and difficult to visualise. Recent studies in mice and humans have shown that Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) microscopy, a non-destructive imaging technique, can detect changes in the cervical collagen. However, the question of whether SHG can identify changes in the arrangement of cervical collagen at different physiological stages still needs addressing...
October 21, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Nicole Yoder, Reshef Tal, J Ryan Martin
BACKGROUND: Ectopic pregnancy is the leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality during the first trimester and the incidence increases dramatically with assisted-reproductive technology (ART), occurring in approximately 1.5-2.1 % of patients undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Abdominal ectopic pregnancy is a rare yet clinically significant form of ectopic pregnancy due to potentially high maternal morbidity. While risk factors for ectopic pregnancy after IVF have been studied, very little is known about risk factors specific for abdominal ectopic pregnancy...
October 19, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
K Bridget Brosnihan, Victor M Pulgar, Manish S Bharadwaj, Liomar A A Neves, Liliya M Yamaleyeva
BACKGROUND: Cyclooxygenase (COX)-derived prostanoids (PGE2, PGI2) are important contributors to the process of decidualization. Previous studies showed the presence of Ang-(1-7) in the primary and secondary decidualized zones of the implantation site at early pregnancy. Decreased concentrations of Ang-(1-7) were found in the decidualized uterus compared to the non-decidualized uterus of pseudopregnant rats, suggesting that low levels of Ang-(1-7) are required for successful decidualization at early pregnancy...
October 18, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Rui Yang, Shuo Yang, Rong Li, Ping Liu, Jie Qiao, Yanwu Zhang
BACKGROUND: The study evaluated the effect of hyperandrogenism (HA) in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) on metabolic parameters. METHODS: We searched PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane, Web of Science, Chinese Biomedical Database (CBM), China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), WanFang data and VIP for clinical observational studies. The study evaluated PCOS patients with or without HA on metabolic parameters was included. Prevalence of metabolic syndrome, indexes of insulin resistance (IR) including homeostasis model assessment IR index (HOMA-IR), incidence of IR, biomarkers of serum lipid metabolism such as total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), high density lipoprotein (HDL), and low density lipoprotein (LDL)...
October 18, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Bo Zhu, Yumei Chen, Xiaolu Shen, Xishi Liu, Sun-Wei Guo
BACKGROUND: Recently emerging evidence indicates that endometriotic lesions are wounds undergoing repeated tissue injury and repair (ReTIAR), and platelets induce epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), fibroblast-to-myofibroblast transdifferentiation (FMT), leading ultimately to fibrosis. Due to the commonality of cyclic bleeding as in endometriosis, adenomyotic lesions are also wounds that undergo ReTIAR, and we have recently provided evidence corroborating platelet-induced EMT, FMT and fibrogenesis in adenomyosis...
October 10, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Yongjie Xiong, Wenzhe Li, Pengfei Lin, Lei Wang, Nan Wang, Fenglei Chen, Xiao Li, Aihua Wang, Yaping Jin
BACKGROUND: ATF6α, one of the sensor proteins in the stress signaling pathway of the endoplasmic reticulum, is located in the membrane of the endoplasmic reticulum. To date, the physiological function of ATF6α in the process of embryo implantation has not been reported. METHODS: In this study, the expression pattern of ATF6α in the mouse uterus during peri-implantation and the estrous cycle was detected by real-time PCR, western blot and immunohistochemistry...
October 7, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Ben-Shian Huang, Muh-Hwa Yang, Peng-Hui Wang, Hsin-Yang Li, Teh-Ying Chou, Yi-Jen Chen
BACKGROUND: Iatrogenic parasitic myomas (PMs), caused by intra-corporeal power morcellation during laparoscopy is gradually increasing. However, the pathogenesis and medical treatment of PMs remain largely unelucidated. METHODS: Laparoscopically-induced PM xenografted mouse model was conducted by xenografting human uterine myoma fragments into the abdominal cavity of SCID mice and hormonal manipulation was performed using this mouse model to demonstrate the role of oestrogen in the development of implanted PMs...
October 6, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Thomas Strowitzki, Waldemar Kuczynski, Arnd Mueller, Peter Bias
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 26, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Norbert Gleicher, Andrea Vidali, Jeffrey Braverman, Vitaly A Kushnir, David H Barad, Cynthia Hudson, Yang-Guan Wu, Qi Wang, Lin Zhang, David F Albertini
BACKGROUND: To preclude transfer of aneuploid embryos, current preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) usually involves one trophectoderm biopsy at blastocyst stage, assumed to represent embryo ploidy. Whether one such biopsy can correctly assess embryo ploidy has recently, however, been questioned. METHODS: This descriptive study investigated accuracy of PGS in two ways. Part I: Two infertile couples donated 11 embryos, previously diagnosed as aneuploid and, therefore, destined to be discarded...
September 5, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
J Zhao, B Xu, S Xie, Q Zhang, Y P Li
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have explored the effect of granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) administration on the outcome of assisted reproductive technology (ART), and came into controversial conclusions. The present meta-analysis aims to assess whether G-CSF administration has beneficial effect on the outcome after ART. METHOD: The electronic databases Pubmed, Embase and Google Scholar were searched up to May 2016. Articles that studied the effect of G-CSF administration on the outcome after ART were included in the present meta-analysis...
2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Qian Meng, Li Shao, Xiucui Luo, Yingping Mu, Wen Xu, Li Gao, Haoqin Xu, Yugui Cui
BACKGROUND: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is one of the most common medical complications of pregnancy, and has important health implications for mother and child. Changes in the fetoplacental vessels may predict those in the vasculature of the developing fetus, as these have been implicated in the pathogenesis of human GDM. This study aimed to determine the differences in the localization and expression level of VEGFA and VEGFR2 between placentas of women with GDM and placentas of normal pregnancies, which is the first step in elucidating the possible roles of VEGFA and VEGFR2 in the altered uteroplacental function resulting from maternal hyperglycaemia and ultimately in the manifestation of GDM...
2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
J M Puente, A Fabris, J Patel, A Patel, M Cerrillo, A Requena, J A Garcia-Velasco
BACKGROUND: Adenomyosis is linked to infertility, but the mechanisms behind this relationship are not clearly established. Similarly, the impact of adenomyosis on ART outcome is not fully understood. Our main objective was to use ultrasound imaging to investigate adenomyosis prevalence and severity in a population of infertile women, as well as specifically among women experiencing recurrent miscarriages (RM) or repeated implantation failure (RIF) in ART. METHODS: Cross-sectional study conducted in 1015 patients undergoing ART from January 2009 to December 2013 and referred for 3D ultrasound to complete study prior to initiating an ART cycle, or after ≥3 IVF failures or ≥2 miscarriages at diagnostic imaging unit at university-affiliated private IVF unit...
2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Raoul Orvieto, David B Seifer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Maria Giovanna Marini, Claudia Perrini, Paola Esposti, Bruna Corradetti, Davide Bizzaro, Pietro Riccaboni, Eleonora Fantinato, Giuseppe Urbani, Giorgio Gelati, Fausto Cremonesi, Anna Lange-Consiglio
BACKGROUND: Endometritis reduces fertility and is responsible for major economic losses in beef and dairy industries. The aim of this study was to evaluate an alternative therapy using platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP was tested in vivo, after bovine intrauterine administration, and in vitro on endometrial cells. METHODS: Bovine endometrial cells were cultured until passage (P) 10 with 5 % or 10 % PRP. Effect of PRP on endometrial cell proliferation and on the expression of genes [prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2 (COX2), tumor protein p53 (TP53), oestrogen receptors (ER-α and ER-β), progesterone receptor (PR) and c-Myc] involved in the regulation of oestrus cycle and fetal-maternal interaction were evaluated...
2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Andrew K Edwards, Irina Olariu, Diane S Nakamura, Soo Hyun Ahn, Chandrakant Tayade
BACKGROUND: Angiogenesis is an essential process in endometriosis disease progression. Earlier, we demonstrated that anti-angiogenic peptide, ABT-898 prevents neoangiogenesis of human endometriotic lesions in a xenograft mouse model. Since angiogenesis is essential for normal ovarian and uterine function, we evaluated effects of ABT-898 on normal female reproductive processes in mice. METHODS: Cycling female C57BL/6N mice were dosed with ABT-898 (100 mg/kg) or 5 % dextrose control for 21 consecutive days to cover multiple estrous cycles (average estrous cycle 4 to 5 days in mice)...
2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Alice Luddi, Angela Capaldo, Riccardo Focarelli, Martina Gori, Giuseppe Morgante, Paola Piomboni, Vincenzo De Leo
BACKGROUND: The status characterized by the imbalance between pro-oxidants and antioxidants molecules, defined as oxidative stress, has been suggested to be involved in the pathogenesis of subfertility in females. This study aims to evaluate the impact of a complete micronutrients supplementation on oxidative stress levels in follicular microenvironment as well as on in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcome. METHODS: This preliminary study was conducted between January 2014 and July 2015 at the Siena University Hospital Infertility Clinic...
2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Daniela Bettio, Antonio Capalbo, Elena Albani, Laura Rienzi, Valentina Achille, Anna Venci, Filippo Maria Ubaldi, Paolo Emanuele Levi Setti
BACKGROUND: Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) provides an opportunity to eliminate a potential implantation failure due to aneuploidy in infertile couples. Some studies clearly show that twins following single embryo transfer (SET) can be the result of a concurrent natural conception and an incidence as high as 1 in 5 twins has been reported. In our case PGS was performed on trophectoderm (TE) biopsies by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). The product of conception (POC) was cytogenetically investigated after selection of the placental villi by means of the direct method...
2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
J Gobernado, C Alvarez-Colomo, L Rodriguez-Tabernero, L Barrero, J M F Fernández-Gómez, J Schneider
BACKGROUND: In Spanish public hospital Reproduction Units it is very problematic to perform programmed intrauterine insemination (IUI) on weekends, if indicated. Small previous pilot studies suggest that using a GnRH antagonist to avoid an LH weekend surge would allow to perform IUI on the following Monday, not impairing the expected pregnancy rate. METHODS: Between 1st January 2007 and 31st December 2015, 4.782 intrauterine inseminations were performed at Valladolid University Clinic, Spain, corresponding to 1...
2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Sandro Sacchi, Federica Marinaro, Debora Tondelli, Jessica Lui, Susanna Xella, Tiziana Marsella, Daniela Tagliasacchi, Cindy Argento, Alessandra Tirelli, Simone Giulini, Antonio La Marca
BACKGROUND: d-chiroinositol (DCI) is a inositolphosphoglycan (IPG) involved in several cellular functions that control the glucose metabolism. DCI functions as second messenger in the insulin signaling pathway and it is considered an insulin sensitizer since deficiency in tissue availability of DCI were shown to cause insulin resistance (IR). Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a pathological condition that is often accompanied with insulin resistance. DCI can positively affects several aspect of PCOS etiology decreasing the total and free testosterone, lowering blood pressure, improving the glucose metabolism and increasing the ovulation frequency...
2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
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