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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334513/the-number-of-cag-and-ggn-triplet-repeats-in-the-androgen-receptor-gene-exert-combinatorial-effect-on-hormonal-and-sperm-parameters-in-young-men
#1
M Grigorova, M Punab, T Kahre, M Ivandi, N Tõnisson, O Poolamets, V Vihljajev, B Žilaitienė, J Erenpreiss, V Matulevičius, M Laan
Androgen receptor (AR) is a transcription factor that is activated upon binding to testosterone (T) and is implicated in regulating the expression of reproduction-related genes. The human AR gene (Xq11-12) spans 186,588 bp and eight exons. N-terminal transactivation domain of the encoded AR protein harbours two polymorphic stretches of identical amino acids, a polyglutamine tract (encoded by 8-37 CAG-repeats) and a polyglycine tract (encoded by 10-30 GGN-repeats). We set forward to analyse independent and combinatory effects of the length of these repetitive tracts on male reproductive hormones, testicular and sperm parameters in a population-based cohort of Baltic young men (n = 974; aged 20...
March 23, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334510/pharmacokinetics-of-testosterone-cream-applied-to-scrotal-skin
#2
R Iyer, S F Mok, S Savkovic, L Turner, G Fraser, R Desai, V Jayadev, A J Conway, D J Handelsman
Scrotal skin is thin and has high steroid permeability, but the pharmacokinetics of testosterone via the scrotal skin route has not been studied in detail. The aim of this study was to define the pharmacokinetics of testosterone delivered via the scrotal skin route. The study was a single-center, three-phase cross-over pharmacokinetic study of three single doses (12.5, 25, 50 mg) of testosterone cream administered in random sequence on different days with at least 2 days between doses to healthy eugonadal volunteers with endogenous testosterone suppressed by administration of nandrolone decanoate...
March 23, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334509/disturbed-testicular-expression-of-the-estrogen-metabolizing-enzymes-cyp1a1-and-comt-in-infertile-men-with-primary-spermatogenic-failure-possible-negative-implications-on-sertoli-cells
#3
A Parada-Bustamante, C Molina, C Valencia, M Flórez, M C Lardone, F Argandoña, A Piottante, M Ebensperguer, P A Orihuela, A Castro
Estradiol (E2 ) is normally metabolized to hydroxyestradiols and methoxyestradiols by CYP1A1, CYP1B1 and COMT. However, an altered production of these metabolites by a disturbed expression of these enzymes is associated with reproductive and non-reproductive pathologies. In vitro studies suggest that increased hydroxyestradiols and methoxyestradiols intratesticular generation is related to male infertility, but no studies have explored whether infertile men have a disturbed testicular expression of the enzymes that generate these E2 metabolites...
March 23, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334508/dietary-fatty-acids-influence-sperm-quality-and-function
#4
A Ferramosca, N Moscatelli, M Di Giacomo, V Zara
Recently, obesity has been linked to male infertility. In animal models the administration of a high-fat diet caused a reduction in sperm quality, by impairing gamete energy metabolism. The aim of this study was to investigate a possible effect of dietary fatty acids supplementation in the modulation of sperm energy metabolism and, in turn, in the improvement of sperm quality in rats fed a high-fat diet. Sexually mature male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups and fed for 4 weeks a standard diet (control group), a high-fat diet (enriched in 35% of fat and 15% sucrose), a high-fat diet supplemented with 2...
March 23, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296340/lactadherin-is-a-candidate-oviduct-lewis-x-trisaccharide-receptor-on-porcine-spermatozoa
#5
E Silva, D Frost, L Li, N Bovin, D J Miller
A recent study has demonstrated that porcine spermatozoa recognize with high affinity carbohydrate structures containing Lewis X motifs. Sperm adhesion to Lewis X is proposed to mediate sperm binding to the oviduct epithelium to form a reservoir. The objective of this study was to identify Lewis X-binding proteins from porcine spermatozoa as candidate receptors for oviduct glycans. To identify low-abundance proteins typically masked by proteins originating from seminal fluid, Lewis X candidate receptors were enriched from cauda epididymal boar spermatozoa...
March 15, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296254/short-term-fsh-treatment-and-sperm-maturation-a-prospective-study-in-idiopathic-infertile-men
#6
E Casamonti, S Vinci, E Serra, M G Fino, S Brilli, F Lotti, M Maggi, M E Coccia, G Forti, C Krausz
The standard FSH treatment is based on a 3 months period, after which both quantitative/qualitative improvement of sperm parameters and increased pregnancy rate were reported. In this prospective clinical trial, for the first time, we studied (i) Sperm hyaluronic acid binding capacity after highly purified FSH (hpFSH) treatment; (ii) the effect after short-term and standard treatment on this functional parameter. As secondary objective, we analyzed three SNPs on FSHβ and FSHR genes to define their potential predictive value for responsiveness...
March 15, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296338/effect-of-endocrine-disruptors-on-male-reproduction-in-humans-why-the-evidence-is-still-lacking
#7
D Bliatka, S Lymperi, G Mastorakos, D G Goulis
The so-called "endocrine disruption hypothesis" suggests that exposures to endocrine disruption (EDs) during fetal, neonatal and adult life may interfere with the development of reproductive organs and alter semen quality and reproductive hormone production. Even though animal studies provide substantial evidence of adverse effects of EDs on male reproductive system, epidemiological studies in humans arrive at conflicting results. The aim of the present study was to systematically review the literature to locate methodological characteristics of the studies that struggle the formation of an association between EDs and human male reproduction...
March 10, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296285/elevated-seminal-plasma-myeloperoxidase-is-associated-with-a-decreased-sperm-concentration-in-young-men
#8
J M Pullar, A C Carr, S M Bozonet, P Rosengrave, A J Kettle, M C M Vissers
Myeloperoxidase is a major neutrophil protein which generates oxidants that are highly reactive, and if present in seminal fluid, could be potentially damaging to spermatozoa. We recruited young males aged 18-35 years, unscreened for fertility status, for a pilot study measuring seminal plasma myeloperoxidase. On three occasions, over a 3-month period, we measured parameters of semen quality and correlated these with seminal myeloperoxidase protein and activity. After baseline measurement, participants were supplemented daily with 250 mg of vitamin C, a potent scavenger of reactive oxygen species with antiinflammatory activities...
March 10, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296277/effect-of-icariin-in-combination-with-daily-sildenafil-on-penile-atrophy-and-erectile-dysfunction-in-a-rat-model-of-bilateral-cavernous-nerves-injury
#9
Y Xu, H Xin, Y Wu, R Guan, H Lei, X Fu, Z Xin, Y Yang
The commonly utilized phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors do not lead to satisfactory penile erection after radical prostatectomy mainly because of insufficient nitric oxide drive from the damaged cavernous nerves. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and mechanisms of icariin in combination with daily sildenafil on neurogenic erectile dysfunction and penile atrophy in a rat model of bilateral cavernous nerves injury. Sixty male Sprague-Dawley rats injected with 5-ethynyl-2-deoxyuridine (50 mg/kg) at postnatal day 1 for the purpose of tracking endogenous stem cells in penis...
March 10, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296202/dna-methylation-imprinting-errors-in-spermatogenic-cells-from-maturation-arrest-azoospermic-patients
#10
P I Marques, S Fernandes, F Carvalho, A Barros, M Sousa, C J Marques
Imprinting errors have been described in spermatozoa from infertile patients with oligozoospermia and azoospermia. However, little is known about methylation of imprinted genes in other spermatogenic cells from azoospermic patients. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the methylation status of single CpGs located in the differentially methylated regions (DMRs) of two imprinted genes, one paternally (H19) and one maternally (MEST) methylated, in primary spermatocytes of azoospermic patients presenting complete (MAc, n = 7) and incomplete (MAi, n = 8) maturation arrest, as well as in other spermatogenic cells from MAi patients that presented focus of complete spermatogenesis in some seminiferous tubules...
March 10, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296186/changes-in-periprostatic-adipose-tissue-induced-by-5%C3%AE-reductase-inhibitors
#11
D Taussky, M Barkati, S Campeau, K Zerouali, A Nadiri, F Saad, G Delouya
There is increasing interest in periprostatic fat and its influence on prostate cancer aggressiveness. In vitro data suggest that adipose stromal/stem cells (ASCs) can increase production of cytokines and growth factors resulting in invasive growth and metastasis in prostate cancer. The objective of the study was to determine the interaction between 5α-reductase inhibitors (5ARIs) and periprostatic adipose tissue (PPAT) and factors of prostate cancer aggressiveness. In this retrospective study, we identified 61 patients treated with 5ARIs for a period of ≥12 months before undergoing radiation therapy (brachytherapy or external beam radiotherapy)...
March 10, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267895/characteristics-of-symptomatic-men-with-testicular-microlithiasis-a-danish-cross-sectional-questionnaire-study
#12
M R Pedersen, H Møller, S R Rafaelsen, M M B Jørgensen, P J Osther, P Vedsted
Testicular microlithiasis (TML) is an incidental finding at ultrasonography of the scrotum. A link between testicular microlithiasis and testicular cancer has been suggested. However, the majority of studies are retrospective using ultrasonography with minor data on health status and life style characteristics. Our objective was to investigate if lifestyle and health are associated with TML. In 2014, we conducted a self-administered questionnaire survey including 1538 men, who all due to testicular/scrotal symptoms had an ultrasound investigation of the scrotum during 2004-2013...
March 7, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267892/the-great-opportunity-of-the-andrological-patient-cardiovascular-and-metabolic-risk-assessment-and-prevention
#13
C Foresta, A Ferlin, A Lenzi, P Montorsi
Andrologists, cardiologists and diabetologists (and general practitioners) have the great opportunity to collaborate and find shared clinical workup for the benefit of a large number of men. Several evidence established a link between erectile dysfunction (ED), cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Not only these conditions share many risk factors and pathophysiological mechanisms but also an emerging paradigm indicates that ED is, in fact, an independent marker of cardiovascular disease risk, CV events and CV mortality...
March 7, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245352/the-association-of-a-probiotic-with-a-prebiotic-flortec-bracco-to-improve-the-quality-quantity-of-spermatozoa-in-infertile-patients-with-idiopathic-oligoasthenoteratospermia-a-pilot-study
#14
C Maretti, G Cavallini
The hypothesis that the assumption of a probiotic associated with a prebiotic (Flortec, Bracco; one sachet contains: Lactobacillus paracasei B21060 5 × 10(9) cells + arabinogalctan 1243 mg + oligo-fructosaccharides 700 mg + l-glutamine 500 mg) could improve the quality and quantity of spermatozoa in idiopathic oligoasthenoteratospermia (iAOT) patients to a larger extent than a control substance (starch) was tested. Forty-one patients with no chromosomal aberrations were randomized into two groups: 20 received Flortec, one sachet per day for 6 months, whereas 21 received the control substance...
February 28, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245344/inter-and-intra-laboratory-standardization-of-tunel-assay-for-assessment-of-sperm-dna-fragmentation
#15
S Ribeiro, R Sharma, S Gupta, Z Cakar, C De Geyter, A Agarwal
One of the challenges with the sperm DNA fragmentation results is the inconsistency and the large variability in the results obtained by different techniques. The terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) assay quantifies the incorporation of fluoresceinated dUTP into single- and double-strand DNA breaks by labeling the 3'-OH terminal with TdT. The goal of this study was optimize the TUNEL protocol for assessment of sperm DNA fragmentation by standardization of the method and comparison of the data across two reference laboratories (i) at Basel, Switzerland and (ii) Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA...
February 28, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235253/activin-and-follistatin-interactions-in-the-male-reproductive-tract-activin-expression-and-morphological-abnormalities-in-mice-lacking-follistatin-288
#16
R Wijayarathna, M A Sarraj, R Genovese, J E Girling, V Michel, H Ludlow, K L Loveland, A Meinhardt, D M de Kretser, M P Hedger
Activin A is an important regulator of testicular and epididymal development and function, as well as inflammation and immunity. In the adult murine reproductive tract, activin A mRNA (Inhba) expression levels are highest in the caput epididymis and decrease progressively towards the distal vas deferens. The activin-binding protein, follistatin (FST), shows the opposite expression pattern, with exceptionally high levels of the Fst288 mRNA variant in the vas deferens. This unique pattern of expression suggests that activin A and follistatin, in particular FST288, play region-specific roles in regulating the epididymis and vas deferens...
February 24, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235252/chromosomal-anomalies-and-sperm-retrieval-outcomes-of-patients-with-non-obstructive-azoospermia-a-case-series
#17
T Takeda, S Iwatsuki, T Hamakawa, K Mizuno, H Kamiya, Y Umemoto, H Kubota, Y Kubota, S Sasaki, T Yasui
Some preoperative factors affecting the outcome of microdissection testicular sperm extraction (micro-TESE) have been previously evaluated. However, other than Klinefelter syndrome (KS), no other chromosomal anomalies have been discussed in the context of sperm retrieval outcomes. The objective of this study was to describe chromosomal anomalies and their relationship with sperm retrieval outcomes in patients with non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA). Of the 197 NOA patients whose clinical records were retrospectively reviewed, 144 (73...
February 24, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217965/copy-number-variations-in-testicular-maturation-arrest
#18
A Halder, P Kumar, M Jain, V K Iyer
Testicular maturation arrest is characterized by interruption of germ cell development and differentiation. Genetic factors play important role in the causation of human disease, including male infertility. The objective was to study copy number variations in testicular maturation arrest using single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) microarray technique. Conventional cytogenetics, targeted fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and sequence-tagged site (STS) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) were used to confirm some of the SNP microarray findings...
February 19, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217948/shrna-mediated-ablation-of-prostate-and-testis-expressed-pate-messenger-rna-results-in-impaired-sperm-function-and-fertility
#19
A Rajesh, S Yenugu
Spermatogenesis and sperm maturation are complex processes mediated by a variety of proteins present in the testicular and epididymal mileu. In the recent years, functional characterization of these proteins is being studied by genetic manipulations that involve targeted over expression or knock down of specific genes. In this study, we adopted FuGENE 6-based in vivo transfection of rat cauda epididymis with pGFP-V-RS plasmid that encodes shRNA to knock down Pate mRNA levels to implicate a possible role for this gene in sperm function...
February 19, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217932/the-relationship-between-the-second-to-fourth-digit-ratios-and-lifelong-premature-ejaculation-a-prospective-comparative-study
#20
D Bolat, G U Kocabas, T Kose, T Degirmenci, M E Aydin, C Dincel
To investigate the relationship between the fetal androgen exposure and lifelong premature ejaculation by using the ratio of the second (index)-to-fourth (ring) digits (2D : 4D) which is the marker for higher prenatal androgen exposure. Totally 65 patients with lifelong premature ejaculation and 65 control cases without any ejaculatory complaints were enrolled in the study. A detailed medical history was obtained and self-estimated intravaginal ejaculatory latency times were recorded. Ejaculation function was evaluated by Premature Ejaculation Diagnostic Tool...
February 19, 2017: Andrology
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