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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325116/stem-cell-markers-describe-a-transition-from-somatic-to-pluripotent-cell-states-in-a-rat-model-of-endometriosis
#1
Essam Rashad Othman, Fatma Yassine Meligy, Ayat Abdel-Rahman Sayed, Mohamed Ahmed El-Mokhtar, Abeer Mohamed Refaiy
OBJECTIVE: To study Thy1 as a fibroblast marker, SSEA1 as a marker of intermediate pluripotency, and Oct4 as a marker of established pluripotency in rat model of endometriosis. DESIGN: In vivo animal study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Endometriosis was induced in 20 albino female rats through autologous transplantation of one uterine horn to mesentery of intestine. Other 20 rats had their horn removed without transplantation (controls). Rats were sacrificed 4 weeks after induction surgery...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322134/reproductive-microbiomes
#2
Michael L Power, Caroline Quaglieri, Jay Schulkin
Almost every part of our body has a coevolved microbial community. The expressed microbial genes comprise the various microbiomes that play important roles in normal physiology and development. The various microbiomes are separate, yet often connected, with the species composition of one affecting others. The female reproductive system microbiomes (eg, vaginal, placental, and mammary/milk) remain less well explored than the gut microbiome although they comprise a large proportion of the female microbial network...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322133/rosiglitazone-regulates-tlr4-and-rescues-ho-1-and-nrf2-expression-in-myometrial-and-decidual-macrophages-in-inflammation-induced-preterm-birth
#3
Leena Kadam, Nardhy Gomez-Lopez, Tara Mial, Hamid-Reza Kohan-Ghadr, Sascha Drewlo
INTRODUCTION: Elevated inflammation accounts for approximately 30% of preterm birth (PTB) cases. We previously reported that targeting the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) pathway reduced the incidence of PTB in the mouse model of endotoxin-induced PTB. The PPARγ has proven anti-inflammatory functions and its activation via rosiglitazone significantly downregulated the systemic inflammatory response and reduced PTB and stillbirth rate by 30% and 41%, respectively, in our model...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322132/therapeutically-targeting-the-inflammasome-product-in-a-chimeric-model-of-endometriosis-related-surgical-adhesions
#4
Meredith M Stocks, Marta A Crispens, Tianbing Ding, Shilpa Mokshagundam, Kaylon L Bruner-Tran, Kevin G Osteen
Development of adhesions commonly occurs in association with surgery for endometriosis. Even in the absence of surgery, women with endometriosis appear to be at an enhanced risk of developing adhesions. In the current study, we utilized a chimeric mouse model of experimental endometriosis in order to examine the role of inflammasome activation in the development of postsurgical adhesions. Mice were randomized to receive peritoneal injections of human endometrial tissue fragments or endometrial tissue conditioned media (CM) from women with or without endometriosis 16 hours after ovariectomy and placement of an estradiol-releasing silastic capsule...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322131/soluble-flt-1-has-cytotoxic-effects-on-bewo-choriocarcinoma-cells
#5
Michiko Yamashita, Keiichi Kumasawa, Tatsuya Miyake, Hitomi Nakamura, Tadashi Kimura
BACKGROUND: Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) plays a pivotal role in angiogenesis and is overexpressed in many kinds of malignant tumors. Soluble VEGF receptor 1 (sVEGFR-1/ soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 [sFlt-1]) plays a role as an inhibitor of VEGF, and an antitumor effect has been shown in several studies using sFlt-1. Recently, in addition to its antiangiogenic effect, it was reported that sFlt-1 has direct cytotoxicity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Transfection of sFlt-1 plasmid DNA was performed in the BeWo choriocarcinoma cell line...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301988/the-influence-of-lipid-and-proinflammatory-status-on-maternal-uterine-blood-flow-in-women-with-late-onset-gestational-diabetes
#6
Fernando Bugatto, Rocío Quintero-Prado, Francisco M Visiedo, José M Vilar-Sánchez, Alejandro Figueroa-Quiñones, Cristina López-Tinoco, Rafael Torrejón, José L Bartha
BACKGROUND: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is associated with increased proinflammatory cytokines and is also associated with adverse cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes later in life. We aim to evaluate the relationships between uterine arteries vascularization and endothelial dysfunction markers, proinflammatory cytokines, and glycemic and lipid profile in women with GDM. METHODS: Fifty pregnant women were recruited at the third trimester of pregnancy for a prospective cohort study...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301987/properties-of-epithelial-cells-and-vaginal-secretions-in-pregnant-women-when-lactobacillus-crispatus-or-lactobacillus-iners-dominate-the-vaginal-microbiome
#7
Julie Leizer, Dimitrios Nasioudis, Larry J Forney, G Maria Schneider, Karol Gliniewicz, Allison Boester, Steven S Witkin
OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to determine differences in properties of vaginal epithelial cells and the composition of vaginal secretions when Lactobacillus crispatus or Lactobacillus iners are numerically dominant in the vaginal microenvironment of pregnant women. METHODS: The vaginal microbiomes of 157 first-trimester pregnant women were identified by classifying partial 16S gene sequences amplified from the V1 to V3 region of bacterial ribosomal 16S RNA genes...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299994/the-changes-of-cytoskeletal-proteins-induced-by-the-fast-effect-of-estrogen-in-mouse-blastocysts-and-its-roles-in-implantation
#8
Shi-Mao Zhang, Lin-Lin Yu, Ting Qu, Ying Hu, Dong-Zhi Yuan, Sheng Zhang, Qian Xu, You-Bo Zhao, Jin-Hu Zhang, Li-Min Yue
It is necessary for estrogen to activate mouse blastocysts, so that they can attach to endometrial epithelium in implantation and in our previous research, we have proved estrogen can induce a fast increase in intracellular calcium of mouse blastocysts through acting on G protein-coupled receptor 30 (GPR30), which further promotes their implantation. Moreover, there has been evidence that cytoskeletal proteins are involved in integrin-mediated adhesion of many kinds of cells, which also plays an important role in implantation...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299993/a-new-perspective-on-the-risk-of-hypercoagulopathy-in-ovarian-hyperstimulation-syndrome-using-thromboelastography
#9
Eyal Zohav, Benny Almog, Aviad Cohen, Ishai Levin, Varda Deutsch, Ariel Many, Ami Amit, Yoni Cohen
Thromboelastography (TEG) provides real-time assessment of hemostasis by measuring the viscoelastic properties, coagulation factor, and platelet activity in whole blood samples. In this prospective case-control study, we wanted to investigate whether blood clot formation assessment, using TEG, can identify a hypercoagulable state in women with severe ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). Thirty-six women who were hospitalized with severe OHSS were allocated to the OHSS group and 32 women undergoing controlled ovarian hyperstimulation but who did not develop OHSS were allocated to the control group...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299992/developmental-programming
#10
Muraly Puttabyatappa, Ashleigh Irwin, Jacob D Martin, Makeda Mesquitta, Almudena Veiga-Lopez, Vasantha Padmanabhan
Prenatal testosterone (T)-treated sheep, similar to women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), manifests reproductive defects that include multifollicular ovarian phenotype. Women with PCOS manifest increased ovarian matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) activity. We tested the hypothesis that gestational T excess in sheep would alter ovarian expression of MMPs, tissue inhibitors of MMP (TIMP) and their target proteins laminin B (LAMB), collagen, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF), and connexin 43 (GJA1) consistent with increased MMP activity and that these changes are developmentally regulated...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285568/cigarette-smoking-affects-uterine-receptivity-markers
#11
Gulcin Sahin Ersoy, Yuping Zhou, Hamdi İnan, Cuneyt E Taner, Emine Cosar, Hugh S Taylor
OBJECTIVE: Smoking negatively affects fertility and the rate of other endometrial diseases. To determine the effect of smoking on endometrial physiology, we evaluated 2 endometrial regulatory cytokines and receptivity markers, C-X-C motif chemokine ligand 12 (CXCL12) and fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2), both in vitro and in vivo. STUDY DESIGN: The human endometrial stromal cell line (HESC) and primary human endometrial stromal cells were treated with cigarette smoking extract (CSE) or with vehicle control...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285567/increased-scf-in-follicular-fluid-and-granulosa-cells-positively-correlates-with-oocyte-maturation-fertilization-and-embryo-quality-in-humans
#12
Jun Tan, Yang Zou, Xing-Wu Wu, Li-Feng Tian, Qiong Su, Jin-Xia He, Zhi-Hui Huang, Yan Zhao, Li-Ping Wu, Qiong-Fang Wu
Stem cell factor (SCF), which is derived from granulosa cells (GCs), plays a key role in the process of follicular development and oocyte maturation. The present study aimed to explore whether the levels of SCF in follicular fluid (FF) and GCs can be used as a potential marker for predicting oocyte developmental potential. Follicular fluid and GC samples from 150 female patients undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm injection were collected in this study. The SCF concentrations in FFs and SCF messenger RNA (mRNA) in GCs were evaluated by using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and real-time polymerase chain reaction, respectively...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270036/fibroblast-growth-factor-7-regulates-proliferation-and-decidualization-of-human-endometrial-stromal-cells-via-erk-and-jnk-pathway-in-an-autocrine-manner
#13
Wen-Jie Zhou, Xin-Xin Hou, Xiao-Qiu Wang, Da-Jin Li
Decidualization is an essential activity of the endometrium in pregnancy, but the molecular mechanisms involving the initiation and maintenance have not yet been clarified. In the present study, we examined the expression of fibroblast growth factor 7 (FGF7) in endometria, normal decidua, and abortion decidua from miscarriage by immunohistochemistry. We analyzed the expression of FGF7 and FGFR2 and the levels of phosphorylated extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERKs), c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) in endometrial stromal cells (ESCs), and decidual stromal cells (DSCs) from early pregnancy or miscarriage by In-Cell Western assay...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270035/bmi-1-promotes-self-renewal-of-radio-and-temozolomide-tmz-resistant-breast-cancer-cells
#14
Yanfang Yan, Ying Wang, Pengxin Zhao, Weiyuan Ma, Zhigang Hu, Kaili Zhang
Breast cancer is a hormone-dependent malignancy and is the most prevalent cause of cancer-related mortality among females. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are common treatments of breast cancer. However, tumor relapse and metastasis following therapy are major clinical challenges. The importance of B-lymphoma Moloney murine leukemia virus insertion region-1 (BMI-1) was implicated in cell proliferation, stem cell maintenance, and tumor initiation. We established radio- and temozolomide (TMZ)-resistant (IRC-R) MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 cell lines to investigate the mechanism involved in therapeutic resistance...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264624/age-specific-ivf-outcomes-in-infertile-women-with-baseline-fsh-levels-%C3%A2-20-miu-ml
#15
Vitaly A Kushnir, Maxie Safdie, Sarah K Darmon, David F Albertini, David H Barad, Norbert Gleicher
INTRODUCTION: Infertile women with severely diminished ovarian reserve who have low birth chances with in vitro fertilization (IVF) are often denied treatment with autologous oocytes. This study was designed to determine age-specific treatment efficacy and clinical characteristics of infertile women with severely diminished ovarian reserve who had live birth following IVF with autologous oocytes. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study investigated 291 infertile women who underwent 482 IVF cycles with autologous oocytes during 2004 to 2016 at our academically affiliated private fertility center...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205459/effects-of-an-antagonistic-analog-of-growth-hormone-releasing-hormone-on-endometriosis-in-a-mouse-model-and-in-vitro
#16
Frank Köster, Li Jin, Yuanming Shen, Andrew V Schally, Ren-Zhi Cai, Norman L Block, Daniela Hornung, Gabriele Marschner, Achim Rody, Jörg B Engel, Dominique Finas
Endometriosis is a benign gynecologic disorder causing dysmenorrhea, pelvic pain, and subfertility. Receptors for the growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) were found in endometriotic tissues. Antagonists of GHRH have been used to inhibit the growth of endometriotic endometrial stromal cells. In this study, the GHRH receptor splice variant (SV) 1 was detected in human endometrial tissue samples by Western blots and quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). The highest messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein levels of SV1 were found in eutopic endometrium from patients with endometriosis compared to ectopic endometriotic tissues and endometrium from normal patients...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183228/btg3-overexpression-suppresses-the-proliferation-and-invasion-in-epithelial-ovarian-cancer-cell-by-regulating-akt-gsk3%C3%AE-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
#17
Qi An, Yan Zhou, Chao Han, Yubing Zhou, Feng Li, Duolu Li
Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is the leading cause of cancer-related death among all the gynecological malignancies of the female genital system, and its incidence and mortality rates continue to rise. B-cell translocation gene 3 (BTG3) plays an important role in the occurrence and development of numerous cancers. However, the role of BTG3 in EOC remains poorly understood. In this study, we aimed to investigate the biological role and potential molecular mechanism of BTG3 in EOC. We found that BTG3 protein expression was significantly lower in human EOC cell lines...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183227/molecular-characteristics-of-the-endometrium-in-uterine-adenomyosis-and-its-biochemical-microenvironment
#18
Chih-Feng Yen, S Joseph Huang, Chyi-Long Lee, Hsin-Shih Wang, Shuen-Kuei Liao
Adenomyosis, which manifests with focally or diffusely scattered endometrial tissue within the uterine myometrium, is an endometriosis-like disease with controversial pathogenesis and compromised reproductive outcomes. This review, including the in vitro and in vivo studies performed on human or mouse models, is aimed to summarize the specific molecular characteristics of endometrium in the biochemical microenvironments of uterine adenomyosis. Many studies attributed the endometrium as the main cause of pathogenesis, with evidence of differential genetic expression and/or epigenetic modulation as well as estrogen-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173742/ultrastructural-evaluation-of-eutopic-endometrium-of-infertile-women-with-and-without-endometriosis-during-the-window-of-implantation
#19
Michele G Da Broi, Carlos V Rocha, Filomena M Carvalho, Wellington P Martins, Rui A Ferriani, Paula A Navarro
Endometriosis is frequently associated with infertility and it is believed that the impairment of endometrial receptivity may be one of the mechanisms involved in this condition. Pinopodes are endometrial cycle-dependent structures that seem to participate in embryo implantation, and alterations in their presence and/or morphology during the window of implantation could affect the endometrial receptivity and be involved in the disease-related infertility. However, the data on pinopodes in these women are scarce and inconclusive...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28136130/integrin-%C3%AE-8-is-abundant-in-human-rat-and-mouse-trophoblasts
#20
Sebastian Herdl, Hanna Huebner, Gudrun Volkert, Ines Marek, Carlos Menendez-Castro, Stephanie C Noegel, Matthias Ruebner, Wolfgang Rascher, Andrea Hartner, Fabian B Fahlbusch
OBJECTIVE: Integrins exert regulatory functions in placentogenesis. Null mutation of certain integrin α subunits leads to placental defects with subsequent fetal growth restriction or embryonic lethality in mice. So far, the placental role of α8 integrin remains to be determined. METHODS: Localization of α8 integrin and its ligands, fibronectin (FN) and osteopontin (OPN), was studied by immunohistochemistry in human, rat, and mouse placenta. The vascularization of the placental labyrinth layer of α8 integrin-deficient mice was determined by CD31 staining...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
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