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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334862/the-wilms-tumor-protein-wt1-contributes-to-female-fertility-by-regulating-oviductal-proteostasis
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Abinaya Nathan, Peter Reinhardt, Dagmar Kruspe, Tjard Jörß, Marco Groth, Hendrik Nolte, Andreas Habenicht, Jörg Herrmann, Verena Holschbach, Bettina Toth, Marcus Krüger, Zhao-Qi Wang, Matthias Platzer, Christoph Englert
Although the zinc finger transcription factor Wt1 has been linked to female fertility, its precise role in this process has not yet been understood. We have sequenced the WT1 exons in a panel of patients with idiopathic infertility and have identified a missense mutation in WT1 in one patient out of eight. This mutation leads to an amino acid change within the zinc finger domain and results in reduced DNA binding. We utilized Wt1+/- mice as a model to mechanistically pinpoint the consequences of reduced Wt1 levels for female fertility...
March 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333338/drug-discovery-for-male-subfertility-using-high-throughput-screening-a-new-approach-to-an-unsolved-problem
#2
Sarah J Martins da Silva, Sean G Brown, Keith Sutton, Louise V King, Halil Ruso, David W Gray, Paul G Wyatt, Mark C Kelly, Christopher L R Barratt, Anthony G Hope
STUDY QUESTION: Can pharma drug discovery approaches be utilized to transform investigation into novel therapeutics for male infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: High-throughput screening (HTS) is a viable approach to much-needed drug discovery for male factor infertility. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: There is both huge demand and a genuine clinical need for new treatment options for infertile men. However, the time, effort and resources required for drug discovery are currently exorbitant, due to the unique challenges of the cellular, physical and functional properties of human spermatozoa and a lack of appropriate assay platform...
March 16, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333245/euploidy-rates-in-donor-egg-cycles-significantly-differ-between-fertility-centers
#3
S Munné, M Alikani, L Ribustello, P Colls, Pedro A Martínez-Ortiz, D H McCulloh
STUDY QUESTION: Do external factors affect euploidy in egg donor cycles? SUMMARY ANSWER: The study demonstrates that during human assisted reproduction, embryonic chromosome abnormalities may be partly iatrogenic. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Chromosome abnormalities have been linked in the past to culture conditions such as temperature and Ph variations, as well as hormonal stimulation. Those reports were performed with older screening techniques (FISH), or ART methods no longer in use, and the subjects studied were not a homogeneous group...
March 2, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333222/ivf-or-iui-as-first-line-treatment-in-unexplained-subfertility-the-conundrum-of-treatment-selection-markers
#4
R I Tjon-Kon-Fat, P Tajik, M H Zafarmand, A J Bensdorp, P M M Bossuyt, G J E Oosterhuis, R van Golde, S Repping, M D A Lambers, E Slappendel, D Perquin, M J Pelinck, J Gianotten, J W M Maas, M J C Eijkemans, F van der Veen, B W Mol, M van Wely
STUDY QUESTION: Are there treatment selection markers that could aid in identifying couples, with unexplained or mild male subfertility, who would have better chances of a healthy child with IVF with single embryo transfer (IVF-SET) than with IUI with ovarian stimulation (IUI-OS)? SUMMARY ANSWER: We did not find any treatment selection markers that were associated with better chances of a healthy child with IVF-SET instead of IUI-OS in couples with unexplained or mild male subfertility...
February 24, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333207/endometrial-thickness-in-women-undergoing-iui-with-ovarian-stimulation-how-thick-is-too-thin-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#5
N S Weiss, M N van Vliet, J Limpens, P G A Hompes, C B Lambalk, M H Mochtar, F van der Veen, B W J Mol, M van Wely
STUDY QUESTION: Is pre-ovulatory endometrial thickness (EMT) in women with unexplained subfertility undergoing IUI with ovarian stimulation (OS) associated with pregnancy chances? SUMMARY ANSWER: We found no evidence for an association between EMT and pregnancy chances. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: It has been suggested that OS with clomiphene citrate (CC) results in a lower EMT than with gonadotrophins or aromatase inhibitors, but the clinical consequences in terms of pregnancy are unclear...
February 23, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330469/preclinical-evaluation-of-a-tex101-protein-elisa-test-for-the-differential-diagnosis-of-male-infertility
#6
Dimitrios Korbakis, Christina Schiza, Davor Brinc, Antoninus Soosaipillai, Theano D Karakosta, Christine Légaré, Robert Sullivan, Brendan Mullen, Keith Jarvi, Eleftherios P Diamandis, Andrei P Drabovich
BACKGROUND: TEX101 is a cell membrane protein exclusively expressed by testicular germ cells and shed into seminal plasma. We previously verified human TEX101 as a biomarker for the differential diagnosis of azoospermia, and developed a first-of-its-kind TEX101 ELISA. To demonstrate the clinical utility of TEX101, in this work we aimed at evaluating ELISA performance in a large population of fertile, subfertile, and infertile men. METHODS: Mass spectrometry, size-exclusion chromatography, ultracentrifugation, and immunohistochemistry were used to characterize TEX101 protein as an analyte in seminal plasma...
March 23, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330414/male-subfertility-as-a-chronic-illness-the-role-of-adaptive-challenges
#7
Eleanor L Stevenson, Kevin R McEleny
Male factor infertility (MFI) is extremely common, often with several associated chronic health conditions. Because a man's fertility assessment may be their first contact with health services, the health care team has a responsibility to act as male health advocates to ensure comprehensive care. The diagnosis of subfertility allows a broader view of these men as patients with a chronic illness who have complex health needs. Because of the associated complexity of care following evaluation, there needs to be new approach in how men affected by MFI should be managed long term...
March 22, 2017: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325120/hydrosalpinx-tubal-surgery-or-in-vitro-fertilisation-an-everlasting-dilemma-nowadays-a-narrative-review
#8
A Daniilidis, D Balaouras, D Chitzios, T Theodoridis, E Assimakopoulos
The decision on how to treat tubal diseases, specifically hydrosalpinx, is a difficult one. Ιt involves surgical, medical, social, emotional and economic factors. This narrative review aims to increase awareness of tubal disease diagnosis and treatment, to compare between tubal surgery and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) for tubal factor infertility, and to investigate the effect of the combination of both. This way, we can be more effective, safe and provide our patients with better treatment results. The review analysed randomised studies, trials and meta-analysis, which give new aspects on the treatment methods for tubal pathology before IVF...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324064/bmp7-induces-uterine-receptivity-and-blastocyst-attachment
#9
Diana Monsivais, Caterina Clementi, Jia Peng, Paul T Fullerton, Renata Prunskaite-Hyyryläinen, Seppo Vainio, Martin M Matzuk
In women, the window of implantation is limited to a brief two- to three- day period characterized by optimal levels of circulating ovarian hormones and a receptive endometrium. Although the window of implantation is assumed to occur 8-10 days after ovulation in women, molecular markers of endometrial receptivity are necessary to determine optimal timing prior to embryo transfer. Previous studies showed that members of the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) family are expressed in the uterus necessary for female fertility; however, the role of BMP7 during implantation and in late gestation is not known...
January 17, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323984/trimester-specific-urinary-bisphenol-a-concentrations-and-blood-glucose-levels-among-pregnant-women-from-a-fertility-clinic
#10
Yu-Han Chiu, Lidia Mínguez-Alarcón, Jennifer B Ford, Myra Keller, Ellen W Seely, Carmen Messerlian, John Petrozza, Paige L Williams, Xiaoyun Ye, Antonia M Calafat, Russ Hauser, Tamarra James-Todd
Context: Women with a history of infertility are at increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance during pregnancy. Studies suggest higher urinary bisphenol A (BPA) concentrations are associated with diabetes in non-pregnant populations, but the association between BPA and glucose levels among pregnant women is unclear. Objective: To assess trimester-specific urinary BPA concentrations in relation to blood glucose levels among subfertile women. Design: Environment and Reproductive Health Study, an ongoing prospective cohort study...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322775/pregnancy-and-birth-outcomes-in-couples-with-infertility-with-and-without-assisted-reproductive-technology-with-an-emphasis-on-us-population-based-studies
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REVIEW
Barbara Luke
Infertility, defined as the inability to conceive within one year of unprotected intercourse, affects an estimated 80 million individuals worldwide, or 10-15 percent of couples of reproductive age. Assisted reproductive technology (ART) includes all infertility treatments to achieve conception; in vitro fertilization (IVF) is the process by which an oocyte is fertilized by semen outside the body; non-IVF ART treatments include ovulation induction, artificial insemination, and intrauterine insemination. Use of ART has risen steadily in the United States during the past two decades due to several reasons, including childbearing at older maternal ages and increasing insurance coverage...
March 18, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319828/genistein-affects-proliferation-and-migration-of-bovine-oviductal-epithelial-cells
#12
Daniela C García, Pablo A Valdecantos, Dora C Miceli, Mariela Roldán-Olarte
Genistein is one of the most abundant isoflavones in soybean. This molecule induces cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in different normal and cancer cells. Genistein has been of considerable interest due to its adverse effects on bovine reproduction, altering estrous cycle, implantation and fetal development and producing subfertility or infertility. The objective of this work was to study the effects of genistein on the expression of selected genes involved in the regulation of cell cycle and apoptosis. Primary cultures of bovine oviductal epithelial cells (BOEC) were treated with different genistein concentrations (0...
March 8, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317850/maternally-expressed-nlrp2-links-the-subcortical-maternal-complex-scmc-to-fertility-embryogenesis-and-epigenetic-reprogramming
#13
Sangeetha Mahadevan, Varsha Sathappan, Budi Utama, Isabel Lorenzo, Khalied Kaskar, Ignatia B Van den Veyver
Mammalian parental genomes contribute differently to early embryonic development. Before activation of the zygotic genome, the maternal genome provides all transcripts and proteins required for the transition from a highly specialized oocyte to a pluripotent embryo. Depletion of these maternally-encoded transcripts frequently results in failure of preimplantation embryonic development, but their functions in this process are incompletely understood. We found that female mice lacking NLRP2 are subfertile because of early embryonic loss and the production of fewer offspring that have a wide array of developmental phenotypes and abnormal DNA methylation at imprinted loci...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296802/the-effects-of-hiv-on-fertility-by-infection-duration-evidence-from-african-population-cohorts-before-antiretroviral-treatment-availability
#14
Milly Marston, Jessica Nakiyingi-Miiro, Sylvia Kusemererwa, Mark Urassa, Denna Michael, Constance Nyamukapa, Simon Gregson, Basia Zaba, Jeffrey W Eaton
OBJECTIVES: To estimate the relationship between HIV natural history and fertility by duration of infection in east and southern Africa before the availability of antiretroviral therapy and assess potential biases in estimates of age-specific subfertility when using retrospective birth histories in cross-sectional studies. DESIGN: Pooled analysis of prospective population-based HIV cohort studies in Masaka (Uganda), Kisesa (Tanzania) and Manicaland (Zimbabwe). METHODS: Women aged 15-49 years who had ever tested for HIV were included...
April 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295474/significant-predictive-factors-for-subfertility-in-patients-with-subclinical-varicocele
#15
S S-S Chen
We made a retrospective study to determine useful parameters for predicting subfertility in patients with subclinical varicocele (SV). One hundred and fifty men with SV and 17 age-matched men without SV were divided into three groups: Group 1, subfertile patients (n = 15); Group 2, fertile patients (n = 135); and Group 3, control patients (n = 17). Their age, body mass index (BMI), semen analysis, scrotal temperature, testicular volume, resistive index (RI), pulsatility index (PI) and peak retrograde flow (PRF) were compared...
March 10, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293457/anakinra-use-during-pregnancy-report-of-a-case-with-familial-mediterranean-fever-and-infertility
#16
Ufuk İlgen, Orhan Küçükşahin
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF), affecting people of Mediterranean origin, is an endemic and sometimes problematic disease because of colchicine resistance/intolerance, with relative lack of treatment alternatives, and disease- or treatment-related issues, such as subfertility. Anakinra, being a rational and effective treatment alternative, has no conclusive human pregnancy data. Here we report a case of FMF with infertility who became pregnant with in vitro fertilization (IVF) under treatment with anakinra, along with the pregnancy outcome...
March 2017: European Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280798/endometrial-expression-of-%C3%AE-3-integrin-calcitonin-and-plexin-b1-in-the-window-of-implantation-in-women-with-unexplained-infertility
#17
Mehran Dorostghoal, Hamid-O-Allah Ghaffari, Nahid Shahbazian, Maryam Mirani
BACKGROUND: Endometrial receptivity plays a key role in the establishment of successful implantation and its impairment may contribute to subfertility and limit the assisted reproduction techniques (ART) success. OBJECTIVE: The aim of present study was to investigate endometrial receptivity in terms of β3 integrin, calcitonin and plexin-B1 expression in women with unexplained infertility. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We evaluated expression of β3 integrin, calcitonin and plexin-B1 through mRNA level measurement with real-time RT-PCR, in the endometrium of 16 infertile women with unexplained infertility and 10 fertile women...
January 2017: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277113/mild-versus-conventional-antagonist-ovarian-stimulation-protocols-in-expected-normal-responders-undergoing-ivf-icsi-a-case-control-study
#18
Charalampos Siristatidis, Konstantinos Dafopoulos, Tereza Vrantza, George Salamalekis, George Basios, Paraskevi Vogiatzi, Vasileios Pergialiotis, Nikolaos Papantoniou
Mild controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) protocols combining clomiphene citrate (CC) or letrozole with gonadotropins were introduced as an effective alternative of conventional COH in normal responders undergoing IVF/ICSI. In this case-control study, we compared 41 participants treated with a mild stimulation protocol receiving gonadotropins combined with either CC (n = 24) or letrozole (n = 17) with 71 subfertile participants with matching baseline characteristics, conforming with the same inclusion criteria and treated with a conventional antagonist protocol...
March 3, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276438/diet-induced-obesity-impairs-spermatogenesis-a-potential-role-for-autophagy
#19
Yang Mu, Wen-Jie Yan, Tai-Lang Yin, Yan Zhang, Jie Li, Jing Yang
Autophagy is an evolutionarily conserved process that plays a crucial role in maintaining a series of cellular functions. It has been found that autophagy is closely involved in the physiological process of spermatogenesis and the regulation of sperm survival and motility. However, the role of autophagy in high-fat diet (HFD)-induced impaired spermatogenesis remains unknown. This study was designed to investigate the role of autophagy in HFD-induced spermatogenesis deficiency and employed chloroquine (CQ) to inhibit autophagy and rapamycin (RAP) to induce autophagy...
March 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270607/mtorc1-2-inhibition-preserves-ovarian-function-and-fertility-during-genotoxic-chemotherapy
#20
Kara N Goldman, Devon Chenette, Rezina Arju, Francesca E Duncan, David L Keefe, Jamie A Grifo, Robert J Schneider
The ovary contains oocytes within immature (primordial) follicles that are fixed in number at birth. Activation of follicles within this fixed pool causes an irreversible decline in reproductive capacity, known as the ovarian reserve, until menopause. Premenopausal women undergoing commonly used genotoxic (DNA-damaging) chemotherapy experience an accelerated loss of the ovarian reserve, leading to subfertility and infertility. Therefore, there is considerable interest but little effective progress in preserving ovarian function during chemotherapy...
March 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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