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Reproductive Biology

Karolina Nowicka-Bauer, Małgorzata Ozgo, Adam Lepczynski, Marzena Kamieniczna, Agnieszka Malcher, Wiesław Skrzypczak, Maciej Kurpisz
The aim of this study was to identify and analyse human sperm proteins from normozoospermic men using 2-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) and mass spectrometry (MS). We identified 73 different sperm proteins, including two less characterized human sperm proteins, Annexin A7 (ANXA7) and c14orf105. Bioinformatic analysis of detected sperm proteins revealed new carbohydrate and lipid metabolic pathways, which supply energy to motile sperm. A comparison of our data with available mRNA microarray data from the human testis allows for validation of identified sperm proteins and aids in the recognition of their physiological pathways...
March 8, 2018: Reproductive Biology
Marcin Martyniak, Anita Franczak, Genowefa Kotwica
Past studies of the oviducts have documented oviductal steroid production during the oestrous cycle in pigs. The present study examined whether the pig oviducts are the source of steroid hormones during early pregnancy. In the ampulla and isthmus, the expression of 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (3βHSD) and aromatase cytochrome P450 (CYP19) mRNA by real-time PCR, cellular localization and quantities of the studied proteins by immunofluorescence and Western blot analysis, and concentration of steroid hormones in oviductal flushings by radioimmunoassay, were studied...
February 19, 2018: Reproductive Biology
Zahra Rajabi, Hossein Yazdekhasti, Seyed Mohammad Hossein Noori Mugahi, Mehdi Abbasi, Somaieh Kazemnejad, Abolfazl Shirazi, Masoumeh Majidi, Amir-Hassan Zarnani
Follicle culture provides a condition which can help investigators to evaluate various aspects of ovarian follicle growth and development and impact of different components and supplementations as well as presumably application of follicle culture approach in fertility preservation procedures. Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs), particularly those isolated from menstrual blood has the potential to be used as a tool for improvement of fertility. In the current study, a 3D co-culture system with mice preantral follicles and human Menstrual Blood Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MenSCs) using either collagen or alginate beads was designed to investigate whether this system allows better preantral follicles growth and development...
February 14, 2018: Reproductive Biology
Kristyn E Sylvia, Tierney K Lorenz, Julia R Heiman, Gregory E Demas
Although research has shown interactions between the reproductive system and energy homeostasis, it is not clear how environmental or behavioral factors may factor into these associations. Here we aimed to determine how changes in reproductive state (i.e., phase of the menstrual cycle) and other behavioral and physiological factors may influence leptin levels in healthy women, as well as how sexual activity may play a role in leptin modulation. We collected serum and saliva from 32 healthy women and measured leptin, estradiol, and progesterone...
February 14, 2018: Reproductive Biology
Ali Zeyad, Mohammed Hamad, Houda Amor, Mohamad Eid Hammadeh
The Aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of bacteriospermia on human sperm parameters, nuclear protamines, DNA integrity and ICSI outcome in patients enrolled for ICSI treatment. 84 unselected couples consulting in infertility and obstetrics clinic and enrolled for ICSI treatment were included in this study. The semen specimens were screened bacteriologically; semen and sperm parameters were also evaluated according to WHO guidelines. DNA integrity, protamines concentration and protamine deficiency were estimated by TUNEL assay, AU-PAGE and Chromomycin (CMA3) respectively...
February 12, 2018: Reproductive Biology
Demetra Hufnagel, Laura G Goetz, Zhiwei Hu, Atunga Nyachieo, Thomas D'Hooghe, Asgerally Fazleabas, Antoni Duleba, Graciela Krikun, Hugh S Taylor, Charles J Lockwood
Endometriosis is a common condition in reproductive-aged women characterized by ectopic endometrial lesions of varied appearance, including red, white, blue, black or powder burn coloration, which contribute to chronic pain and infertility. The immunoconjugate molecule (Icon) targets Tissue Factor, a transmembrane receptor for Factor VII/VIIa that is aberrantly expressed in the endothelium supporting ectopic endometrial tissue. Icon has been shown to cause regression of endometriosis in a murine model of disease but prior to this study had not been tested in non-human primates...
February 5, 2018: Reproductive Biology
Mukti Mondal, Kaushik Sarkar, Partha Pratim Nath, Ashma Khatun, Sanghamitra Pal, Goutam Paul
The aim of the study was to examine the toxic effects of Monosodium glutamate (MSG), an extensively used food additive, on the contraction of uterine visceral smooth muscle (UVSM) in rat and to elucidate the probable neurocrine mechanism involved in it. MSG produced significant potentiation of the force and inhibition of frequency of uterus recorded ex vivo in chronic MSG exposure and in single dose acute experiments. MSG also produced significant potentiation of force of acetylcholine induced contraction and no alterations in atropine induced contraction of uterus...
February 2, 2018: Reproductive Biology
Shubhadeep Roychoudhury, Marek Halenar, Katarina Michalcova, Sangeeta Nath, Miroslava Kacaniova, Adriana Kolesarova
Green tea is a commonly used beverage and green tea extract is a common dietary herbal supplement manufactured into different over-the-counter products. The aim of this in vitro study was to examine the steroid hormone secretion (progesterone and 17-β estradiol), proliferation and apoptosis of porcine ovarian granulosa cells after addition of green tea extract. Granulosa cells were incubated with green tea extract at five doses (0.1, 1, 10, 100 and 200 μg/ml) and the release of hormones by granulosa cells was assessed by EIA after 24 h exposure...
January 30, 2018: Reproductive Biology
T Moonmanee, C Navanukraw, P Yama, J Jitjumnong
A greater understanding of the uterine artery's (UtA) biology is essential to the increase in female reproductive abilities. The UtA flow velocity waveform, blood flow volume (BFV), pulsatility and resistance indices (PI and RI), blood flow velocities, dynamics of the dominant follicle (DF), and estradiol (E2) and progesterone (P4) levels in an induced ovulatory cycle were evaluated in Thai native cattle. Twenty cows were induced with synchronized ovulation through a P4-releasing device, from Day -9 to Day -4, concurrent with the administration of two doses of a gonadotropin-releasing hormone on Day -9 and Day -1, and two doses of prostaglandin F2α on Day -4 and 8 h later...
January 25, 2018: Reproductive Biology
Christopher Bystroff
CatSper is a voltage-dependent calcium channel located in the plasma membrane of the sperm flagellum and is responsible for triggering hyperactive motility. A homology model for the transmembrane region was built in which the arrangement of the subunits around the pseudo-four-fold symmetry axis was deduced by the pairing of conserved transmembranal cysteines across mammals. Directly emergent of the predicted quaternary structure is an architecture in which tetramers polymerize through additional, highly conserved cysteines, creating one or more double-rows channels extending the length of the principal piece of the mammalian sperm tail...
January 19, 2018: Reproductive Biology
Ramon Cesar Botigelli, Eduardo Montanari Razza, Elisa Mariano Pioltine, Patricia Kubo Fontes, Kátia Regina Lancellotti Schwarz, Cláudia Lima Verde Leal, Marcelo Fábio Gouveia Nogueira
In our study, we added natriuretic peptide type C (NPPC) and/or sildenafil during in vitro maturation (IVM) of bovine cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) followed by in vitro culture (IVC) of embryos with or without sildenafil. We evaluated the effects on the lipid content (LC) of oocytes and embryos and also verified the expression of 96 transcripts related to competence in matured COCs and 96 transcripts related to embryo quality in blastocysts. After IVM, LC was decreased in oocytes by NPPC while sildenafil did not affect LC in oocytes...
January 17, 2018: Reproductive Biology
Bo Kang, Qilin Xu, Ziyu Chen, Yongsheng Wu, Su Yang, Xicheng Yang, Zhao Zhang, Dongmei Jiang
Spermine synthase (SPMS), which converts spermidine into spermine, is essential for normal cell growth and development processes in humans and other mammals, but the molecular characterization and expression profiling of the SPMS gene remain undetermined in goose tissues and ovarian follicles. In this study, the SPMS cDNA sequence of the Sichuan white goose was cloned and analysed, and SPMS mRNA expression was profiled in various tissues and ovarian follicles. The results showed that the open reading frame of the SPMS cDNA sequence was 1092 bp in length, encoding 363 amino acids with a molecular weight of 41 kDa...
January 11, 2018: Reproductive Biology
Yurdun Kuyucu, Latife Seyran Çelik, Özge Kendirlinan, Özgül Tap, Ufuk Özgü Mete
In this study, we aimed to investigate the structural changes seen in the endometrium in experimental PCOS rat model and the effects of vitamin D treatment on these changes at immunohistochemical and electron microscopic levels. 24 prepubertal female rats were divided into three groups. Two groups were injected with dehydroepiandrosterone and one of them was treated with 1,25(OH)2 D3 at the same time. The control group was injected with sesame oil. At the end of the 28th day, the blood samples were collected...
January 8, 2018: Reproductive Biology
B Lawrenz, L Melado, H M Fatemi
Premature rise of progesterone during the late follicular phase in stimulated IVF cycles is a frequent event and its effect on the endometrial receptivity and on the ART (Assisted Reproductive Technique) - outcome has become a matter of intense debate and research. An emerging body of evidence demonstrates that premature progesterone rise does have a negative impact on the outcome of the ART-success. Until now, the exact cause of progesterone elevation is not fully clear, however lately published studies points to the fact, that premature progesterone elevation might be caused by enhanced FSH stimulation...
January 6, 2018: Reproductive Biology
J Zech, A Brandao, M Zech, K Lugger, S Neururer, H Ulmer, E Ruttmann
Elective cryopreservation of cultured embryos has become a treatment option for women at risk for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). The aim of our study was to investigate the outcome of elective cryopreservation and consecutive frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET) in a large IVF clinic in Austria. A total of 6104 controlled ovarian hyperstimulation cycles (COH) were performed on 2998 patients including 200 patients (6.7%) who were undergoing elective cryopreservation and FET due to high risk of OHSS...
December 24, 2017: Reproductive Biology
Y Alhelou, N A Mat Adenan, J Ali
A parallel group superiority prospective randomised controlled trial was devised to compare the culture characteristics of human pre-implantation stage embryos during uninterrupted culture in a time lapse incubator (TLI) versus the conventional model of interrupted culture in a standard incubator (SI) under low oxygen tension using a single step medium. 221 patients aged 35-and-under, 124 patients aged between 36 and 39 and 86 patients aged 40-and-over years were randomised and cultured either in a SI or in a TLI...
December 23, 2017: Reproductive Biology
Yuki Sawada, Takeshi Sato, Chieko Saito, Fumiko Ozawa, Yasuhiko Ozaki, Mayumi Sugiura-Ogasawara
This study investigated the concentration of decorin (DCN) in mature follicular fluid and the existence in the granulosa cells. It also investigated whether DCN is useful as a biomarker for outcomes of assisted reproductive technology (ART). A retrospective cohort study was performed involving 130 oocytes of 88 patients treated with ART because of unexplained infertility. The concentration of DCN in the follicular fluid (F-DCN) was 39.26ng/ml (median value); it was higher than that in serum. F-DCN of the oocytes fertilized by intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) was significantly lower than that of oocytes that were not fertilized (33...
December 8, 2017: Reproductive Biology
Alexander V Sirotkin, Dušan Fabian, Janka Babeľová Kubandová, Radoslava Vlčková, Saleh Alwasel, Abdel Halim Harrath
We investigated the effects of body fat content on mouse fecundity, ovarian hormone release, and their response to follicle stimulation hormone (FSH). 4 types of females were produced: lean (group 1), normal (group 2), slightly fat (group 3), and significantly fat (group 4). The body weights, fat content, fertility rate, embryo number produced, retarded and degenerated embryo percentage, the release of progesterone (P4), testosterone (T), and insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) by isolated ovaries cultured with and without FSH (1...
December 7, 2017: Reproductive Biology
Aneta Zwierzchowska, Anna Iwan, Anna Hyc, Barbara Suchońska, Jacek Malejczyk, Ewa Barcz
Ghrelin has been found to be expressed in the human endometrium. Emerging evidence links ghrelin and its receptor with the reproductive system. Certain associations between ghrelin and angiogenesis have also been established. The aim of this small case-control study was to quantify and compare the expression of mRNA encoding ghrelin, ghrelin receptor (GHS-R), vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF A) and its receptors (VEGFR1-3) in the endometrium of women with recurrent miscarriage compared to parous controls...
December 5, 2017: Reproductive Biology
Mohammed Laqqan, Sascha Tierling, Yaser Alkhaled, Christina LoPorto, Mohamad Eid Hammadeh
Aberrant in sperm DNA methylation patterns and histone modification play a role in male fecundity decline. This study was prepared to determine whether sperm DNA methylation at CpG dinucleotides is different in oligospermic males compared to proven fertile males and then to evaluate the correlation between the changes in sperm DNA methylation patterns and semen parameters of oligospermic males. A total of 165 males (64 proven fertile males "controls" and 101 oligospermic males "cases") were included in the study...
December 2017: Reproductive Biology
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