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Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine

Tingchao Mao, Chengquan Han, Ruizhi Deng, Biao Wei, Peng Meng, Yan Luo, Yong Zhang
Epigenetic modifications extensively occur in mammalian embryonic development and cell differentiation process. They play an essential role in the reprogramming of nuclei during somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) and subsequent in vitro embryonic development. Recently, SCNT embryos have been verified to contain a subnormal level of histone H3K4 dimethylation (H3K4me2) in contrast to in vitro fertilized embryos. This finding suggested that increasing H3K4me2 levels may ameliorate the aberrant development of cloned embryos...
March 15, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Sellappan Selvaraju, Sivashanmugam Parthipan, Lakshminarayana Somashekar, B Krishnan Binsila, Atul P Kolte, Arunachalam Arangasamy, Janivara Parameshwaraiah Ravindra, Stephen A Krawetz
With artificial insemination (AI) and other precision dependent assisted reproductive technologies (ART) being followed in large scale in human and animal reproduction, assessing semen quality and fertilizability is under continuous scrutiny. Various tests have been developed to predict semen quality, but so far no single, highly reliable test is available. In this regard, transcriptomic profiling of spermatozoa assumes significance as it carries the information about spermatogenesis, sperm function, and paternal roles in post-fertilization events...
March 14, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Bodhana Dhole, Surabhi Gupta, Senthil Kumar Venugopal, Anand Kumar
Leydig cells are the principal steroidogenic cells of the testis. Leydig cells also secrete a number of growth factors including vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) which has been shown to regulate both testicular steroidogenesis and spermatogenesis. The thyroid hormone, T3, is known to stimulate steroidogenesis in Leydig cells. T3 has also been shown to stimulate VEGF production in a variety of cell lines. However, studies regarding the effect of T3 on VEGF synthesis and secretion by the Leydig cells were lacking...
February 8, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Dapeng Chu, Lei Fu, Wenhui Zhou, Yuan Li
The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy of different open cryo-carriers: the CryoloopTM, CryotopTM, and CryoleafTM, in embryo survival and clinical outcome in patients with frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycle. We analyzed the embryo survival rate and clinical outcome in 325 patients of 348 FET cycles vitrified with the CryoloopTM (160 cycles), CryotopTM (105 cycles), or CryoleafTM (83 cycles). No significant differences were observed in embryo survival rate (98.8% vs. 100% vs. 97.7%, p > 0...
January 20, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Onder Coban, Munevver Serdarogullari, Zehra Onar Sekerci, Ekrem Murat Bilgin, Nedime Serakinci
This study investigates the correlation between sperm morphology and the incidence of embryo aneuploidy in an oocyte donation program. A total of 1,165 embryos from 103 patients have been analyzed by fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) for numerical abnormalities in chromosome numbers 13, 18, 21, X, and Y. Data has been evaluated in five groups according to sperm morphology, which has been assessed according to the Kruger's strict criteria. The results did not show any difference in paternal (p = 0.878), maternal (p = 0...
January 20, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Mei Wang, Ping Su
The Fas/FasL signaling pathway is one of the major pathways that regulate apoptosis. Increasing studies have shown that the activation of the Fas/FasL signaling pathway is closely associated with testicular cell apoptosis. However, the mechanism involved is still unclear. We discuss recent findings regarding the molecular mechanisms by which environmental toxicants induce testicular pathology via Fas/FasL signaling. These findings suggest that Fas/FasL signaling is employed to impact the sensitivity (a response to external factors) of germ cells, disrupt steroidogenic hormone and cytokine metabolism mediated by Sertoli cells, and elicit the activation of NFAT (nuclear factor of activated T-cells) in Leydig cell apoptosis...
January 4, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Iman Halvaei, Shahin Ghazali, Stefania A Nottola, Mohammad Ali Khalili
Embryo micromanipulation was developed after introduction of microinjection to overcome infertility. Embryo micromanipulation may be performed at any embryo stage from pronuclear to blastocyst. The technique started out as basic and turned out to be increasingly more complex. Embryo micromanipulation at the cleavage-stage includes a wide range of techniques, from opening the zona pellucida in order to improve the chance of implantation, to removing detrimental components from the embryo to enhance embryo development or blastomeres for preimplantation genetic diagnosis and embryo splitting...
January 3, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Dimitrios Ioannou, Helen G Tempest
The spermatozoon is considered by many to be a silent vessel whose only function is to safely deliver the paternal genome to the maternal oocyte. As a result, the paternal contribution to fertilization and embryogenesis is frequently overlooked. However, the spermatozoon is a highly elaborate and specialized cell that is formed through the process of spermatogenesis. Spermatogenesis is a complex cellular program of differentiation that produces mature spermatozoa, which are essential for reproduction, fertilization, and normal embryonic development...
January 2, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Huayu Liu, Alex J Polotsky, Gary K Grunwald, Nichole E Carlson
Pulsatile secretion of hormones in the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis is critical for normal functioning of the reproductive system. Thus, appropriate characterization of pulsatile secretion is important for identifying the (patho)physiology of reproductive conditions. Existing analysis methods often fail to adequately characterize pulsatility, especially when the signal-to-noise ratio is low. Newer Bayesian analysis methods for pulsatile hormones may offer improved secretion quantification in noisier data...
December 29, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Timothy G Jenkins, Lihua Liu, Kenneth I Aston, Douglas T Carrell
Sperm epigenetic profiles are frequently studied and are of great interest in many fields. One major technical concern when assessing these marks is the potential for somatic cell contamination. Because somatic cells have dramatically different epigenetic signatures, even small levels of contamination can result in significant problems in analysis and interpretation of data. In this study we evaluate an assay, which we designed to offer a reliable 'pre-screen' for somatic cell contamination that directly assesses the DNA being used in the study to determine tissue purity...
April 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Thaigra Sousa Soares, Ana Paula Andreolla, Carolina Abreu Miranda, Eduardo Klöppel, Luhara Silva Rodrigues, Rafaianne Queiroz Moraes-Souza, Débora Cristina Damasceno, Gustavo Tadeu Volpato, Kleber Eduardo Campos
Maternal obesity can cause complications for both women and their offspring for generations. Therefore, we intended to verify the repercussions of induction of transgenerational obesity on biochemical parameters, reproductive performance, and congenital anomaly frequency in Wistar rats. Female rats were used from successive generations. The female rats of parental generation (F0 , n=10) were mated to obtain their offspring (F1 generation). F1 female rats received a monosodium glutamate (MSG) solution to induce obesity (n=07) or vehicle (control, n=06) during the neonatal period...
February 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Ritu Deswal, Arun Yadav, Amita Suneja Dang
Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) is a glycoprotein which regulates bioavailability of sex steroid hormones. Interest in SHBG has escalated in recent years because of its inverse association with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), obesity, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes type II. This meta-analysis was performed to examine the associations of SHBG with PCOS and to correlate serum SHBG levels with various PCOS associated endocrine and metabolic dysregulation as well as to determine the effects of various therapeutic agents on serum SHBG levels in PCOS patients in order to assess the true accuracy of SHBG in the prediction of PCOS...
February 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Ikko Kawashima, Kazuhiro Kawamura
The ovary is an interesting organ that shows major structural changes within a short period of time during each reproductive cycle. Follicle development is controlled by local paracrine and systemic endocrine factors. Many hormonal and molecular analyses have been conducted to find the mechanisms underlying structural changes in ovaries, However, exact mechanisms still remain to be determined. Recent development of mechanobiology facilitates the understanding on the contribution of physical forces and changes in the mechanical properties of cells and tissues to physiology and pathophysiology...
February 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Rayanne B Burl, Stephanie Clough, Edward Sendler, Molly Estill, Stephen A Krawetz
Idiopathic infertility, an etiology not identified as part of standard clinical assessment, represents approximately 20% of all infertility cases. Current male infertility diagnosis focuses on the concentration, motility, and morphology of spermatozoa. This is of limited value when predicting birth success and of limited utility when selecting the optimum treatment. At fertilization, spermatozoa provide their genomic contribution, as well as a set of RNAs and proteins that have distinct roles in development...
February 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Itai Gat, Leila Maghen, Melissa Filice, Shlomit Kenigsberg, Brandon Wyse, Khaled Zohni, Peter Saraz, Andrée Gauthier Fisher, Clifford Librach
Spermatogonial Stem Cell (SSC) expansion in vitro remains a major challenge in efforts to preserve fertility among pubertal cancer survivor boys. The current study focused on innovative approaches to optimize SSC expansion. Six- to eight-week-old CD-1 murine testicular samples were harvested by mechanical and enzymatic digestion. Cell suspensions were incubated for differential plating (DP). After DP, we established two experiments comparing single vs. repetitive DP (S-DP and R-DP, respectively) until passage 2 (P2) completion...
February 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
José J López-Espín, Consuelo Pérez-Palazón, Ana B Maldonado-Cárceles, José D Román-Arias, Jaime Mendiola, Alberto M Torres-Cantero
The purpose of this study was to analyze whether the anogenital distance (AGD) was associated with variability in semen parameters. Semen parameters analyzed following the WHO guidelines and sperm DNA fragmentation were evaluated in 160 semen samples obtained over a period of a year from 16 healthy male volunteers. Two types of AGD measurements from the anus to the rear base of the scrotum (AGDAS ) and to the cephalic insertion of the penis (AGDAP ) were taken in each individual. The association between AGDs and semen parameters were studied using three statistical tools: a) general coefficient of variation (CV) and intra-individual coefficient of variation (CVi ), b) general linear models for repeated measures, and c) mixed model fixed effects panel data...
February 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
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December 14, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
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December 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Katarzyna Kotarska, Andrzej Doniec, Magdalena Bednarska, Zbigniew Polański, Józefa Styrna
The aim of the study was to assess the cumulative effects of aging and Y-chromosome long arm deletion on sperm quality parameters. Motility, mitochondrial activity, and head morphology were evaluated for sperm of 3- and 12-month-old males from B10.BR-Ydel and B10.BR congenic mouse strains. The study revealed that quality and fertilizing potential of sperm produced by younger and older B10.BR males persist on similar levels, but worsen significantly with age of B10.BR-Ydel males. The findings imply that partial Yq deletions might be more harmful for spermiogenesis in advancing age and may be applicable to other species including humans...
December 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Majid Ahmadi, Samaneh Abdolmohammadi-Vahid, Mahnaz Ghaebi, Leili Aghebati-Maleki, Sanam Dolati, Laya Farzadi, Aliyeh Ghasemzadeh, Kobra Hamdi, Vahid Younesi, Mohammad Nouri, Mehdi Yousefi
RIF (repeated implantation failure) women with immunologic basis and cellular abnormalities may benefit from intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG) as an immunomodulator based on different studies. In this study, we evaluated the effect of IVIG on the frequency and function of Th17 and Treg cells, as two important subgroups of CD4 + T cells in implantation and pregnancy rates. Seventy-two RIF patients with preconception Th1⁄Th2 ratio and natural killer (NK) cells frequency and activity elevation were selected and divided into two groups; 40 out of 72 received IVIG, aspirin, and heparin (anoxaparin) and constituted the treatment group and 32 patients received aspirin and heparin (anoxaparin) and no IVIG and were the control group...
December 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
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