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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100115/paternal-age-is-not-associated-with-pregnancy-outcomes-after-single-thawed-euploid-blastocyst-transfer
#1
Ashley W Tiegs, Nidhee M Sachdev, Jamie A Grifo, David H McCulloh, Frederick Licciardi
Although controversial, increasing paternal age has been shown to negatively affect assisted reproductive technology (ART) outcomes and success rates. Most studies investigating the effect of paternal age on ART outcomes use a donor oocyte model to minimize maternal aneuploidy contribution. This study sought to determine whether increasing paternal age is associated with adverse in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes when aneuploidy is minimized using preimplantation genetic screening. There were 573 single thawed euploid embryo transfers from 473 patients undergoing oocyte donor and autologous IVF cycles...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100109/stem-cell-trafficking-during-endometriosis
#2
Antonio Simone Laganà, Francesca Maria Salmeri, Salvatore Giovanni Vitale, Onofrio Triolo, Martin Götte
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093054/impact-of-psychological-stress-on-pain-perception-in-an-animal-model-of-endometriosis
#3
Siomara Hernandez, Myrella L Cruz, Inevy I Seguinot, Annelyn Torres-Reveron, Caroline B Appleyard
PURPOSE: Pain in patients with endometriosis is considered a significant source of stress but does not always correlate with severity of the condition. We have demonstrated that stress can worsen endometriosis in an animal model. Here, we tested the impact of a psychological stress protocol on pain thresholds and pain receptors. METHODS: Endometriosis was induced in female rats by suturing uterine horn tissue next to the intestinal mesentery. Sham rats had sutures only...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093048/myofibroblasts-are-evidence-of-chronic-tissue-microtrauma-at-the-endometrial-myometrial-junctional-zone-in-uteri-with-adenomyosis
#4
Mohamed Gamal Ibrahim, Martin Sillem, Johanna Plendl, Vito Chiantera, Jalid Sehouli, Sylvia Mechsner
BACKGROUND: Adenomyosis (AM) uteri exhibit hyperperistalsis. The latter causes a chronic tissue trauma at the endometrial-myometrial junctional zone (EMJZ). Upon tissue trauma, microdehiscences in the myometrium facilitate the translocation of basal endometrial fragments into the myometrium. There, a metaplasia (mediated by transforming growth factor β1 [TGFβ1] and connective tissue growth factor [CTGF]) occurs and AM lesions develop. The abundance of myofibroblasts in a tissue hallmarks metaplasia and points to a tissue microtrauma...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093041/blastocyst-development-in-a-single-medium-compared-to-sequential-media
#5
Ioannis A Sfontouris, Efstratios M Kolibianakis, George T Lainas, George K Petsas, Basil C Tarlatzis, Trifon G Lainas
The aim of the present study was to compare blastocyst formation rates after embryo culture in a single medium (Global) as compared to sequential media (ISM1/BlastAssist). In this prospective trial with sibling oocytes, 542 metaphase II (MII) oocytes from 31 women were randomly and equally divided to be fertilized and cultured to the blastocyst stage in either sequential media (ISM1/BlastAssist; n = 271 MII oocytes) or a single medium (Global; n = 271 MII oocytes). In both groups, embryos were cultured in an interrupted fashion with media changes on day 3...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071357/effects-of-the-kir7-1-blocker-vu590-on-spontaneous-and-agonist-induced-contractions-of-human-pregnant-myometrium
#6
Denis J Crankshaw, David A Crosby, John J Morrison
KIR7.1, an inwardly rectifying K(+) channel, plays a critical role in regulating uterine excitability during pregnancy and has been suggested as a potential new target for the treatment of conditions arising from dysfunctional uterine contractility, for example, atonic postpartum hemorrhage. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of the selective KIR7.1 blocker, VU590, on both spontaneous and agonist-stimulated contractions of human pregnant myometrium in vitro. At a concentration of 20 µmol/L, VU590 significantly increased the mean contractile force and the frequency of spontaneous contractions ( P < 0...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056703/does-gnrh-agonist-triggering-control-painful-symptom-scores-during-assisted-reproductive-technology-a-retrospective-study
#7
Mathilde Bourdon, Pietro Santulli, Dominique de Ziegler, Vanessa Gayet, Chloé Maignien, Louis Marcellin, Charles Chapron
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the progression of pain symptoms during assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles following administration of GnRH agonist (GnRHa) versus human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) triggering. DESIGN: Observational cohort study. SETTING: A tertiary care university hospital in France. POPULATION: Patients who underwent ART programs. METHODS: Between January 01, 2014, and June 31, 2014, 122 cycles were allocated to 2 groups: GnRHa triggering with a scheduled differed embryo transfer (n = 57) or hCG triggering with a fresh embryo transfer (n = 70)...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932593/dexamethasone-induced-intrauterine-growth-restriction-is-associated-with-altered-expressions-of-metastasis-tumor-antigens-and-cell-cycle-control-proteins-in-rat-placentas
#8
Mariam Alqaryyan, Narayana Kilarkaje, Abdeslam Mouihate, Maie D Al-Bader
Molecular mechanisms affecting placental formation in intrauterine growth-restricted (IUGR) pregnancies are not clearly understood. Since metastasis tumor antigens (MTAs) MTA1 and MTA2 promote cell proliferation and MTA3 suppresses it, we hypothesized that IUGR alters cell survival/cell death programs driven by placental MTAs. To induce IUGR, pregnant Sprague Dawley rats were given daily intraperitoneal injections of either saline or dexamethasone (0.4 mg/kg) starting from 14 days of gestation (dg) to either 19 dg or 21 dg...
December 8, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920344/smad3-4-binding-to-promoter-ii-of-p450arom-so-as-to-regulate-aromatase-expression-in-endometriosis
#9
Juan Qu, Yuanyuan Zhu, Xiadi Wu, Juan Zheng, Zhen Hou, Yugui Cui, Yundong Mao, Jiayin Liu
Activin A can stimulate aromatase P450 (P450arom) expression in eutopic endometrial stromal cells (ESCs) of endometriosis by activin type I receptor-Smad pathway. In order to identify Smad3/4 binding to P450arom promoter II that mediates activin A response in ESCs, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) products of a serial truncated deletion of the P450arom promoter II region between -904 and +87 bp were inserted into the pGL3-basic vector to generate the promoter reporter plasmids. Luciferase reporter plasmids were cotransfected into cells with or without activin A (25 ng/mL)...
December 5, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920343/epidermal-growth-factor-rescues-endothelial-dysfunction-in-primary-human-tissues-in-vitro
#10
Roxanne Hastie, Stephen Tong, Natalie J Hannan, Fiona Brownfoot, Ping Cannon, Tu'uhevaha J Kaitu'u-Lino
Preeclampsia is a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, responsible for over 60 000 maternal deaths annually. Endothelial dysfunction is a central aspect to its pathophysiology, and currently, no medical therapeutic is available for its treatment. In this study, we aim to investigate the effect of epidermal growth factor (EGF) on endothelial dysfunction using primary human tissues. We performed a number of in vitro assays that mimic the vascular endothelial dysfunction that occurs in preeclampsia. Epidermal growth factor reduced the expression of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1, a marker of endothelial dysfunction, after insult with tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) or serum from women with preeclampsia...
December 5, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920342/experimentally-induced-preterm-birth-in-sheep-following-a-clinical-course-of-antenatal-betamethasone-effects-on-growth-and-long-term-survival
#11
Vivian B Nguyen, Robert De Matteo, Richard Harding, Aneta Stefanidis, Graeme R Polglase, M Jane Black
Preterm births account for approximately 10% of births worldwide, with the majority (∼80%) being moderate preterm. Our aim was to determine the effects of moderate preterm birth on survival and long-term growth of male and female offspring using an ovine model of preterm birth that was preceded by a clinically relevant dose of corticosteroids. Ewes were induced to deliver preterm or at term; those assigned to deliver preterm were administered antenatal betamethasone (11.4 mg, 2 doses, 24 hours apart). The growth (body weight and body dimensions) of offspring was monitored to adulthood (62 weeks) when the animals were humanely killed for organ collection...
December 5, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920341/serum-mir-451a-levels-are-significantly-elevated-in-women-with-endometriosis-and-recapitulated-in-baboons-papio-anubis-with-experimentally-induced-disease
#12
Warren B Nothnick, Tommaso Falcone, Niraj Joshi, Asgerally T Fazleabas, Amanda Graham
We have previously demonstrated that human microRNA-451a (miR-451a) endometriotic lesion expression is significantly higher compared to that of the corresponding eutopic endometrium. The objective of the current study was to examine the relationship between lesion and serum content of miR-451a and to determine the utility of serum miR-451a in distinguishing between women with and without visible signs of endometriosis. Eighty-one participants were enrolled in this study, 41 with confirmed endometriosis and 40 without visible signs of endometriosis at laparoscopy (n = 20) or symptoms of endometriosis (pain, infertility n = 20)...
December 5, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884950/neutrophil-extracellular-traps-in-the-amniotic-cavity-of-women-with-intra-amniotic-infection-a-new-mechanism-of-host-defense
#13
Nardhy Gomez-Lopez, Roberto Romero, Yi Xu, Derek Miller, Ronald Unkel, Majid Shaman, Suzanne M Jacques, Bogdan Panaitescu, Valeria Garcia-Flores, Sonia S Hassan
OBJECTIVE: Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) control microbial infections through their antimicrobial activities attributed to DNA, histones, granules, and cytoplasmic proteins (eg, elastase). Intra-amniotic infection is characterized by the influx of neutrophils into the amniotic cavity; therefore, the aim of this study was to determine whether amniotic fluid neutrophils form NETs in this inflammatory process. METHODS: Amniotic fluid samples from women with intra-amniotic infection (n = 15) were stained for bacteria detection using fluorescent dyes...
November 23, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879454/molecular-mechanisms-of-androstenediol-in-the-regulation-of-the-proliferative-process-of-human-endometrial-cells
#14
Francisca Plaza-Parrochia, Lorena Oróstica, Paula García, Carolina Vera, Carmen Romero, Luis Valladares, Margarita Vega
Proliferation in endometria of women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is increased, similar to the biosynthesis of androstenediol (estrogenic metabolite). As previously shown, in human endometrial cells, androstenediol increases CYCLIN D1 levels and KI67 and decreases P27 content. The objective of the present investigation was to determine the mechanisms by which androstenediol promotes endometrial cell-cycle progression. Estrogen receptor α (ERα) activation and changes in CYCLIN D1 and P27 levels were evaluated by Western blot in T-HESC and St-T1b endometrial cell lines, using receptor antagonists; activation of PI3K-protein kinase B (AKT) and mitogen-activated protein kinases-extracellular signal-regulated kinases (MAPK-ERK)1/2 pathways was evaluated using PI3K, MAPK/ERK kinase (MEK)1/2, and RNA-polymerase II inhibitors...
November 21, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879453/effects-of-supplementation-of-human-endometriotic-fluids-on-in-vitro-mouse-preantral-follicle-culture
#15
Seul Ki Kim, Byung Chul Jee, Seok Hyun Kim
This study aimed to investigate the potential detrimental effect of human endometriotic fluids (EFs) on in vitro growth of mouse preantral follicles. Preantral follicles (isolated from ovaries of 7- to 8-week-old mice) were cultured in growth medium for 10 days and then in maturation medium for 2 days. During in vitro culture, EF supernatants (0%, 2.5%, 5%, and 10%) were supplemented. Meiotic spindle integrity of metaphase II (MII) oocytes was analyzed. Hormone (17β-estradiol and anti-Müllerian hormone [AMH]) levels in the final spent media were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
November 21, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879452/umbilical-cord-blood-circulating-progenitor-cells-and-endothelial-colony-forming-cells-are-decreased-in-preeclampsia
#16
Diane L Gumina, Claudine P Black, Vivek Balasubramaniam, Virginia D Winn, Christopher D Baker
Preeclampsia (PE) is a pregnancy-specific disease characterized by the new onset of hypertension and proteinuria. Mothers with PE are known to develop endothelial dysfunction, but its effect on infants has been understudied, as newborns are often asymptomatic. Recent studies indicate that infants born from preeclamptic pregnancies develop endothelial dysfunction including higher blood pressure during childhood and an increased risk of stroke later in life. We hypothesize that PE reduces the number and function of fetal angiogenic progenitor cells and may contribute to this increased risk...
November 21, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879451/tetraspanins-and-mouse-oocyte-microvilli-related-to-fertilizing-ability
#17
Achraf Benammar, Ahmed Ziyyat, Brigitte Lefèvre, Jean-Philippe Wolf
Our electron microscopy observations demonstrate for the first time that the number of microvilli on the mice oocyte membrane decreases when meiosis progresses from prophase I to metaphase II (MII) stage, and the morphology of the microvilli also changes. Microvilli are significantly shorter and larger on the ovulated oocyte membrane than at the previous stages. Although clathrin vesicles clearly disappear during oocyte maturation, exosome-like vesicles begin to be secreted at the metaphase I stage, more strongly at the MII stage...
November 21, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879450/human-placental-arterial-distensibility-birth-weight-and-body-size-are-positively-related-to-fetal-homocysteine-concentration
#18
Stephen W D'Souza, Nita Solanky, Jane Guarino, Stuart Moat, Colin P Sibley, Michael Taggart, Jocelyn D Glazier
Methionine demethylation during metabolism generates homocysteine (Hcy) and its remethylation requires folate and cobalamin. Elevated Hcy concentrations are associated with vascular-related complications of pregnancy, including increased vascular stiffness, predictive of clinical vascular disease. Maternal and fetal total Hcy (tHcy) concentrations are positively related, yet the influence of Hcy on fetoplacental vascular function in normal pregnancy has not been examined. We hypothesized that Hcy alters fetoplacental vascular characteristics with influences on fetal growth outcomes...
November 21, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872196/induction-of-ectonucleotide-pyrophosphatase-phosphodiesterase-3-during-the-periovulatory-period-in-the-rat-ovary
#19
Fei-Xue Li, Jiao-Jiao Yu, Ying Liu, Xiao-Ping Miao, Thomas E Curry
Ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase 3 (Enpp3) is involved in multiple physiological processes, such as morphological changes and inflammatory processes. The present study investigated the spatiotemporal expression pattern and regulatory mechanisms controlling expression of Enpp3 in the rat ovary during the periovulatory period. Immature female rats were injected with pregnant mare serum gonadotropin to stimulate follicular development. Ovaries, granulosa cells, or theca-interstitial cells were collected at various times after human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) administration...
November 20, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872195/estrogen-receptors-and-signaling-in-fibroids-role-in-pathobiology-and-therapeutic-implications
#20
Mostafa A Borahay, Mehmet R Asoglu, Aymara Mas, Sarah Adam, Gokhan S Kilic, Ayman Al-Hendy
Uterine fibroids are the most common gynecologic tumors with a significant medical and financial burden. Several genetic, hormonal, and biological factors have been shown to contribute to the development and growth of fibroid tumors. Of these factors, estrogen is particularly critical since fibroids are considered estrogen dependent because no prepubertal cases have been described in the literature and tumors tend to regress after menopause. Understanding the role of estrogen in fibroids is not only important for understanding the pathobiology of fibroids but also for the development of successful therapeutics...
November 20, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
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