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Jin-Chun Lu, Jun Jing, Li Chen, Yi-Feng Ge, Rui-Xiang Feng, Yuan-Jiao Liang, Bing Yao
BACKGROUND: Many factors may lead to sperm DNA damage. However, it is little known that the correlations of sperm DNA damage with obesity-associated markers, and reproductive hormones and lipids levels in serum and seminal plasma. METHODS: In our prospective study, a total of 1 010 subfertile men, aged from 18 to 50 years old, were enrolled from August 2012 through June 2015. Their obesity-associated markers, semen parameters, sperm acrosomal enzyme activity, seminal plasma biochemical markers, and reproductive hormones and lipids levels in serum and seminal plasma were detected...
March 14, 2018: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
R van Eekelen, R I Tjon-Kon-Fat, P M M Bossuyt, N van Geloven, M J C Eijkemans, A J Bensdorp, F van der Veen, B W Mol, M van Wely
STUDY QUESTION: What is the natural conception rate over the course of 12 months in couples with unexplained or mild male subfertility who are scheduled for fertility treatment and have a predicted unfavourable prognosis for natural conception? SUMMARY ANSWER: The natural conception rate over the course of 12 months in couples who were allocated to treatment was estimated to be 24.5% (95% CI: 20-29%). WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: After starting treatment, couples often perceive unsuccessful cycles as evidence of definitive failure even though they are still able to conceive naturally in between and after treatment...
March 12, 2018: Human Reproduction
Erica Silvestris, Giovanni de Pergola, Raffaele Rosania, Giuseppe Loverro
Both obesity and overweight are increasing worldwide and have detrimental influences on several human body functions including the reproductive health. In particular, obese women undergo perturbations of the 'hypothalamic pituitary ovarian axis', and frequently suffer of menstrual dysfunction leading to anovulation and infertility. Besides the hormone disorders and subfertility that are common in the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), in obesity the adipocytes act as endocrine organ. The adipose tissue indeed, releases a number of bioactive molecules, namely adipokines, that variably interact with multiple molecular pathways of insulin resistance, inflammation, hypertension, cardiovascular risk, coagulation, and oocyte differentiation and maturation...
March 9, 2018: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
S Keihani, C Martin, J R Craig, C Zhang, A P Presson, J B Myers, K I Aston, B R Emery, D T Carrell, J M Hotaling
The effects of statin use on conventional semen parameters in humans are largely unknown and have not been previously studied in subfertile men. We retrospectively reviewed data from 10,140 patients seen at our fertility clinic between 2002 and 2013 to assess the effects of statin use on semen parameters. Men who used any statins for >3 months before semen sample collection were included as cases. Data were gathered on patient age, medication use and conventional semen parameters. A total of 118 patients (126 samples) used statins for at least 3 months before semen sample collection...
March 7, 2018: Andrologia
Anna Maria Ierardi, Valeria Savasi, Salvatore Alessio Angileri, Mario Petrillo, Sara Sbaraini, Antonio Pinto, Francesco Hanozet, Anna Maria Marconi, Gianpaolo Carrafiello
Uterine fibroids are the most common benign pelvic tumor of the female genital tract and tend to increase with age; they cause menorrhagia, dysmenorrhea, pelvic pressure symptoms, back pain, and subfertility. Currently, the management is based mainly on medical or surgical approaches. The nonsurgical and minimally invasive therapies are emerging approaches that to the state of the art include uterine artery embolization (UAE), image-guided thermal ablation techniques like magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound surgery (MRgFUS) or radiofrequency ablation (RF), and percutaneous microwave ablation (PMWA)...
2018: BioMed Research International
Lorraine Sheena Kasaven, Anastasia Goumenou, Kenneth Adegoke
Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is a well-recognised iatrogenic complication following controlled ovarian stimulation (COS). Mild to moderate cases are mostly managed conservatively. Severe cases of OHSS can be potentially fatal. For this reason, UK clinics providing licensed fertility treatment are obliged to follow Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority guidelines for reporting severe incidents. We present an unusually severe complication of OHSS resulting in significant morbidity. A nulligravida woman aged 25, with a 4-year history of subfertility and multiple risk factors for the development of OHSS, underwent COS...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
K Roels, K Smits, C Ververs, J Govaere, K D'Herde, A Van Soom
In horse breeding, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) has gained interest to obtain offspring from subfertile individuals. This paper presents a case report of a stallion with severe testicular degeneration. Semen analysis showed very low motility and 83.5% of detached heads. Histology of a testicular biopsy showed severely decreased spermatogenesis, while transmission electron microscopy of the sperm cells revealed no significant abnormalities. A total of 39 oocytes were fertilized by ICSI with frozen-thawed spermatozoa of this stallion: 25 oocytes with intact spermatozoa and 24 with detached heads...
March 1, 2018: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Brenna A M Velker, Michelle M Denomme, Robert T Krafty, Mellissa R W Mann
Assisted reproductive technologies are fertility treatments used by subfertile couples to conceive their biological child. Although generally considered safe, these pregnancies have been linked to genomic imprinting disorders, including Beckwith-Wiedemann and Silver-Russell Syndromes. Silver-Russell Syndrome is a growth disorder characterized by pre- and post-natal growth retardation. The Mest imprinted domain is one candidate region on chromosome 7 implicated in Silver-Russell Syndrome. We have previously shown that maintenance of imprinted methylation was disrupted by superovulation or embryo culture during pre-implantation mouse development...
July 2017: Environmental Epigenetics
J D J Gilbert, A Wells, S J Simpson
Costs and benefits of group living are a fundamental topic in behavioural ecology. Resource availability affects individuals' breeding prospects alone and in groups, as well as how reproduction is distributed within groups ("reproductive skew"). Here, in facultatively social thrips, we provide correlational evidence that breeding resources are associated with (1) whether solitary or social living is favoured, and (2) the degree of ovarian skew. Dunatothrips aneurae (Thysanoptera, Phlaeothripidae) cooperatively build silk "domiciles" on Australian Acacias, feeding exclusively from internal phyllode surfaces...
February 26, 2018: Scientific Reports
Willem Ombelet
According to a number of high quality studies intrauterine insemination (IUI) with homologous semen should be the first choice treatment in case of unexplained and moderate male factor subfertility. IVF and ICSI are clearly over-used in this selected group of infertile couples. The limited value of IUI in infertility treatment as mentioned in the 2013 NICE guidelines was surely a premature statement and should be adapted to the actual literature. More evidence-based data are becoming available on different variables influencing the success rates after IUI...
September 2017: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
Carmen Messerlian, Vicente Mustieles, Lidia Minguez-Alarcon, Jennifer B Ford, Antonia M Calafat, Irene Souter, Paige L Williams, Russ Hauser
BACKGROUND: Although pregnancy concentrations of some phenols have been associated with infant size at birth, there is limited data on the effect of preconception exposure. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to examine paternal and maternal preconception and maternal prenatal urinary phenol concentrations in relation to birth weight and head circumference. METHODS: We evaluated 346 singletons born to 346 mothers and 184 fathers (184 couples) from a prospective preconception cohort of subfertile couples from the Environment and Reproductive Health (EARTH) Study in Boston, USA...
February 22, 2018: Environment International
Zhongshuai Sun, Hui Zhang, Xi Wang, Qiao-Chu Wang, Chuanchao Zhang, Jiu-Qiang Wang, Yi-Han Wang, Chao-Qiang An, Ke-Yan Yang, Yun Wang, Fei Gao, Caixia Guo, Tie-Shan Tang
TMCO1 (transmembrane and coiled-coil domains 1) is an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) transmembrane protein that actively prevents Ca2+ stores from overfilling. To characterize its physiological function(s), we generated Tmco1-/- knockout (KO) mice. In addition to the main clinical features of human cerebrofaciothoracic (CFT) dysplasia spectrum, Tmco1-/- females manifest gradual loss of ovarian follicles, impaired ovarian follicle development, and subfertility with a phenotype analogous to the premature ovarian failure (POF) in women...
February 21, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
Charalampos Siristatidis, Konstantinos Dafopoulos, George Salamalekis, George Galazios, Nikolaos Christoforidis, Theodoros Moustakarias, Nikoleta Koutlaki, Constantinos Bouschanetzis, Dimitrios Loutradis, Petros Drakakis
To compare the effects of the administration of low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) in subfertile patients with two or more unsuccessful IVF/ICSI cycles. In this six-center two-arm retrospective cohort study, the study population (230 women) underwent a GnRH-antagonist protocol and was classified into two groups, according to the couse of LMWH or not. Groups were compared regarding the clinical and IVF/ICSI cycle characteristics and reproductive outcomes, whereas clinical pregnancy and miscarriage constituted the primary endpoints...
February 21, 2018: Gynecological Endocrinology
Mianne van Kessel, Rachel Tros, Jur Oosterhuis, Walter H Kuchenbecker, Elly M Vernooij, Marlies Y Bongers, Ben Willem J Mol, Carolien A Koks
Transvaginal hydrolaparoscopy (THL) is performed to investigate tubal pathology in subfertile women. This retrospective multicentre cohort study investigated the results of THL and subsequent pregnancy rates. Between 2000 and 2011, 1033 subfertile women participated in the study. The primary outcome measure was intrauterine pregnancy, either after natural conception or after treatment with intrauterine insemination or ovulation induction. Cumulative intrauterine pregnancy rates were calculated using Kaplan-Meier analysis and fecundity rate ratios (FRR) were established...
February 5, 2018: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
Jeremy F Taylor, Robert D Schnabel, Peter Sutovsky
Whole genome sequencing has identified millions of bovine genetic variants; however, there is currently little understanding about which variants affect male fertility. It is imperative that we begin to link detrimental genetic variants to sperm phenotypes via the analysis of semen samples and measurement of fertility for bulls with alternate genotypes. Artificial insemination (AI) bulls provide a useful model system because of extensive fertility records, measured as sire conception rates (SCR). Genetic variants with moderate to large effects on fertility can be identified by sequencing the genomes of fertile and subfertile or infertile sires identified with high or low SCR as adult AI bulls or yearling bulls that failed Breeding Soundness Evaluation...
February 10, 2018: Animal Reproduction Science
Philip Boehme, Berit Geis, Johannes Doerner, Stefan Wirth, Kai O Hensel
OBJECTIVES: To assess the implementation of the current guideline and identify potential underlying causes for late surgery in children with Undescended testis (UDT) in Germany. UDT is the most common surgical issue in paediatric urology. To avoid malignant degeneration and subfertility current guidelines recommend orchidopexy during the first year of life. However, this seems not to be implemented in practice. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 5547 patients with cryptorchidism at 16 hospitals nationwide were studied regarding age at orchidopexy between 2003 and 2016...
February 16, 2018: BJU International
Joao G N Moraes, Susanta K Behura, Thomas W Geary, Peter J Hansen, Holly L Neibergs, Thomas E Spencer
A major unresolved issue is how the uterus influences infertility and subfertility in cattle. Serial embryo transfer was previously used to classify heifers as high-fertile (HF), subfertile (SF), or infertile (IF). To assess pregnancy loss, two in vivo-produced embryos were transferred into HF, SF, and IF heifers on day 7, and pregnancy outcome was assessed on day 17. Pregnancy rate was substantially higher in HF (71%) and SF (90%) than IF (20%) heifers. Elongating conceptuses were about twofold longer in HF than SF heifers...
February 5, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Nicholas J Goel, Laura L Meyers, Myrto Frangos
Pseudohypoparathyroidism type 1B (PHP1B) is characterized by renal tubular resistance to parathyroid hormone (PTH) leading to hyperphosphatemia, hypocalcemia, elevated PTH, and hyperparathyroid bone changes. PHP1B is an imprinting disorder that results from loss of methylation at the maternal GNAS gene, which suppresses transcription of the alpha subunit of the stimulatory G protein of the PTH receptor. Emerging evidence supports an association between assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and imprinting disorders; however, there is currently little evidence linking PHP1B and ART...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Jian Wang, Bo Xu, Geng G Tian, Tao Sun, Ji Wu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Oogenesis is a highly complex process that is intricately regulated by interactions of multiple genes and signaling molecules. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms are poorly understood. There is emerging evidence that microRNAs contribute to oogenesis. Here, we aimed to investigate the role of miR-17-92 cluster in regulating oogenesis. METHODS: The miR-17-92 cluster was genetically ablated in germ cells of female mice by applying the Cre-loxp system for conditional gene knockout...
January 25, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Karen Peeraer, Jeroen Luyten, Carla Tomassetti, Sarah Verschueren, Carl Spiessens, Ann Tanghe, Christel Meuleman, Sophie Debrock, Eline Dancet, Thomas D'Hooghe
Ovarian stimulation with low-dose human menopausal gonadotrophin (HMG) is superior to clomiphene citrate in intrauterine insemination (IUI) cycles with respect to clinical pregnancy rate, but it is unclear whether HMG is also the more cost-effective option. The aim of this study was to compare the cost-effectiveness of ovarian stimulation with low-dose subcutaneously administred HMG (37.5-75 IU per day) to orally administred clomiphene citrate (50 mg/day from day 3-7) in an IUI programme for subfertile couples...
December 27, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
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