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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214886/clinical-and-molecular-aspects-of-lead-toxicity-an-update
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Prasenjit Mitra, Shailja Sharma, Purvi Purohit, Praveen Sharma
Lead toxicity is a major public health issue in developed and developing countries. Both acute and chronic lead exposure has the potential to cause many deleterious systematic effects including hypertension, frank anemia, cognitive deficits, infertility, immune imbalances, delayed skeletal and deciduous dental development, vitamin D deficiency, and gastrointestinal effects. The underlying mechanisms for all these systemic effects have not been elucidated completely. However, the most plausible cause is free radical damage...
December 7, 2017: Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207172/ran-binding-protein-m-is-associated-with-human-spermatogenesis-and-oogenesis
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Wen-Hao Tang, Xin-Jie Zhuang, Shi-De Song, Han Wu, Zhe Zhang, Yu-Zhuo Yang, Hong-Liang Zhang, Jia-Ming Mao, De-Feng Liu, Lian-Ming Zhao, Hao-Cheng Lin, Kai Hong, Lu-Lin Ma, Jie Qiao, Weibing Qin, Yunge Tang, Hui Jiang
The aim of the present study was to explore the underlying mechanism and diagnostic potential of Ran‑binding protein M (RanBPM) in human spermatogenesis and oogenesis. RanBPM expression in human testis and ovaries was analysed using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and western blotting, and immunofluorescence was performed on testis and ovary tissue sections during different developmental stages of spermatogenesis and oogenesis using RanBPM antibodies. Interactions with a variety of functional proteins were also investigated...
November 23, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201498/sperm-function-tests-in-clinical-practice
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REVIEW
Fuat Kızılay, Barış Altay
Conventional semen analysis solely is not completely adequate to predict pregnancy outcomes. Therefore, advanced sperm function tests have been developed and introduced to clinical practice. These tests use different methods and techniques to evaluate different stages of fertilization steps. In this review, we reported some commonly used sperm function tests: sperm penetration assay, sperm-zona pellucida binding test (hemizona assay), acrosomal reaction test, hyaluronan binding test, hypo-osmotic swelling test, magnetic-activated cell sorting and zeta sperm selection...
December 2017: Turkish Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196048/developmental-competence-and-apoptotic-gene-expression-patterns-of-mature-and-immature-human-oocytes-retrieved-from-controlled-ovarian-stimulation-cycles
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Farzaneh Fesahat, Mohammad Hasan Sheikhha, Seyed Mehdi Kalantar, Nasim Tabibnejad, Razieh Dehghani Firouzabadi, Hojjatollah Saeedi, Mohammad Ali Khalili
The purpose was to assess the developmental competence of the in vitro or in vivo matured human oocytes as well as the apoptotic genes expression of cumulus cells (CCs) regarding nuclear maturity status of associated oocytes retrieved from stimulated ICSI cycles. A total of 590 oocytes and the associated CCs were retrieved and divided into groups of test and control according to the nuclear maturity status in order to the developmental evaluation as well as expression patterns of apoptosis-related genes using real time PCR...
November 28, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29186366/human-endometrial-stromal-cell-decidualization-requires-transcriptional-reprogramming-by-plzf
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Maria M Szwarc, Lan Hai, William E Gibbons, Mary C Peavey, Lisa D White, Qianxing Mo, David M Lonard, Ramakrishna Kommagani, Rainer B Lanz, Francesco J DeMayo, John P Lydon
Infertility and early embryo-miscarriage is linked to inadequate endometrial decidualization. Although transcriptional reprogramming is known to drive decidualization in response to progesterone, the key signaling effectors that directly mediate this hormone response are not fully known. This knowledge-gap is clinically significant because identifying the early signals that directly mediate progesterone-driven decidualization will address some of the current limitations in diagnosing and therapeutically treating patients at most risk for early pregnancy loss...
November 25, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184796/oncofertility-in-sarcoma-patients
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REVIEW
Diana M Lopategui, Raphael Yechieli, Ranjith Ramasamy
Treatment for sarcoma can significantly decrease fertility, both due to the irradiation of gonads, and the impact of chemotherapy on gametogenesis. Infertility in cancer survivors causes significant regret and decreased quality of life in their adulthood. As this cancer mainly affects children and young adults, fertility preservation is an essential part of survivorship care, however it remains one of the least implemented services in adolescent and young adult cancer patients. Success of fertility preservation is highly dependent on the referral prior to oncologic treatment...
October 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174088/platelets-are-involved-in-in-vitro-swine-granulosa-cell-luteinization-and-angiogenesis
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Giuseppina Basini, Simona Bussolati, Stefano Grolli, Roberto Ramoni, Virna Conti, Fausto Quintavalla, Francesca Grasselli
During corpus luteum formation, impressive biological events take place to guarantee the transition from original follicular to luteal cells and to support required massive angiogenesis. It has been demonstrated that these phenomena resemble those essential for wound healing. After ovulation, blood vessels release their content in the antral cavity and coagulation takes place. Involvement of platelets in corpus luteum growth has been hypothesized both in human and in rat. On this basis, using platelet lysate (PL), a blood derivative with a higher platelet concentration, we aimed to assess a potential involvement of platelets in swine granulosa cell luteinization and on new blood vessel growth...
November 10, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164638/the-piwi-interacting-rna-molecular-pathway-insights-from-cultured-silkworm-germline-cells
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Kazuhiro Sakakibara, Mikiko C Siomi
The PIWI-interacting RNA (piRNA) pathway, one of the major eukaryotic small RNA silencing pathways, is a genome surveillance system that silences selfish genes in animal gonads. piRNAs guide PIWI protein to target genes through Watson-Crick RNA-RNA base-parings. Loss of piRNA function causes genome instability, inducing failure in gametogenesis and infertility. Studies using fruit flies and mice as key experimental models have resulted in tremendous progress in understanding the mechanism underlying the piRNA pathway...
November 22, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163975/on-the-descent-of-the-epididymo-testicular-unit-cryptorchidism-and-prevention-of-infertility
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REVIEW
Faruk Hadziselimovic
This comprehensive review provides in-depth coverage of progress made in understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying cryptorchidism, a frequent pathology first described in about 1786 by John Hunter. The first part focuses on the physiology, embryology, and histology of epididymo-testicular descent. In the last 20 years epididymo-testicular descent has become the victim of schematic drawings with an unjustified rejection of valid histological data. This part also includes discussion on the roles of gonadotropin-releasing hormone, fibroblast growth factors, Müllerian inhibiting substance, androgens, inhibin B, and insulin-like 3 in epididymo-testicular descent...
2017: Basic and Clinical Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150942/a-novel-epididymal-quiescence-factor-inhibits-sperm-motility-by-modulating-nos-activity-and-intracellular-no-cgmp-pathway
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Prasanta Ghosh, Sandipan Mukherjee, Arpita Bhoumik, Sandhya Rekha Dungdung
Mature and potentially motile spermatozoa stored in cauda epididymis in an inactive state for approximately 30 days; however during ejaculation they regain motility. To understand the actual molecular mechanism of the sperm quiescence during caudal stay, a proteinaceous quiescence factor (QF) has been purified from caprine epididymal plasma to apparent homogeneity. In the present study complete purification, detailed characterization as well as mechanistic pathway of QF has been described. QF was purified to 215 fold with 45% activity recovery...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147461/the-role-of-antioxidant-enzymes-in-the-ovaries
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REVIEW
Shan Wang, Guolin He, Meng Chen, Tao Zuo, Wenming Xu, Xinghui Liu
Proper physiological function of the ovaries is very important for the entire female reproductive system and overall health. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are generated as by-products during ovarian physiological metabolism, and antioxidants are indicated as factors that can maintain the balance between ROS production and clearance. A disturbance in this balance can induce pathological consequences in oocyte maturation, ovulation, fertilization, implantation, and embryo development, which can ultimately influence pregnancy outcomes...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136166/diabetes-induced-hyperglycemia-impairs-male-reproductive-function-a-systematic-review
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Constanze C Maresch, Dina C Stute, Marco G Alves, Pedro F Oliveira, David M de Kretser, Thomas Linn
BACKGROUND: Hyperglycemia can result from a loss of pancreatic beta-cells or a decline in their function leading to decreased insulin secretion or may arise from insulin resistance and variable degrees of inadequate insulin secretion resulting in diabetes and related comorbidities. To date several reviews have addressed the issue of diabetes-related male infertility but most have focused on how metabolic syndrome causes the decline in male fertility. However, a comprehensive overview as to how diabetes-induced hyperglycemia impairs male fertility is missing...
November 10, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133764/advanced-role-of-hippo-signaling-in-endometrial-fibrosis-implications-for-intrauterine-adhesion
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REVIEW
Hai-Yan Zhu, Tian-Xiang Ge, Yi-Bin Pan, Song-Ying Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Intrauterine adhesion (IUA) is a major health problem that causes infertility, menstrual irregularities, and recurrent pregnancy losses in women. Unfortunately, treatments for IUA are limited, and there are currently no effective strategies for preventing IUA recurrence. In this review, we introduced the role of Hippo signaling in the normal endometrium and IUA and described the mechanisms by which the Hippo pathway integrates with the Wnt and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling pathways to form an intricate network governing the development of fibrosis...
November 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126988/morinda-officinalis-how-a-comprehensive-review-of-traditional-uses-phytochemistry-and-pharmacology
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REVIEW
Jian-Hua Zhang, Hai-Liang Xin, Yue-Ming Xu, Yi Shen, Yu-Qiong He, Hsien-Yeh, Bing Lin, Hong-Tao Song, Juan-Liu, Hai-Yue Yang, Lu-Ping Qin, Qiao-Yan Zhang, Juan Du
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The medicinal plant Morinda officinalisHow. (MO) and its root have long been used in traditional medicines in China and northeast Asia as tonics for nourishing the kidney, strengthening the bone and enhancing immunofunction in the treatment of impotence, osteoporosis, depression and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and dermatitis. AIM OF THE REVIEW: This review aims to sum up updated and comprehensive information about traditional usage, phytochemistry, pharmacology and toxicology of MO and provide insights intopotential opportunities for future research and development of this plant...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126233/endothelin-1-promotes-human-germinal-vesicle-stage-oocyte-maturation-by-downregulating-connexin-26-expression-in-cumulus-cells
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Long Cui, Jiajie Shen, Li Fang, Xiaodan Mao, Hanzhi Wang, Yinghui Ye
STUDY QUESTION: Does endothelin-1 (ET-1) promote human oocyte maturation and by what mechanism? SUMMARY ANSWER: Addition of ET-1 to the medium in which human germinal vesicle (GV)-stage immature oocytes are cultured enhances the GV breakdown (GVBD) rate; the resumption of meiosis may be initiated by ET-1 downregulating the expression of connexin-26 (Cx26) in cumulus cells via endothelin receptor type B (ETRB), leading to decreased cAMP levels in the oocyte. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The paracrine factor ET-1 is secreted by ovarian somatic cells in pre-ovulatory follicles and regulates oocyte maturation in mice...
November 8, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124237/oxidation-reduction-potential-as-a-new-marker-for-oxidative-stress-correlation-to-male-infertility
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REVIEW
Ashok Agarwal, Albert Danh Bui
Male infertility affects men worldwide. Oxidative stress (OS), characterized by an overabundance of reactive oxygen species (ROS) or a deficiency of antioxidants, is one of the major causes of male infertility. OS causes damage at the molecular level, which impairs lipids, proteins, and DNA. The cyclic cascade of redox reactions weakens sperm function which leads to poor semen parameters and eventual sterility. There is a need for advanced diagnostic tests that can quickly and accurately detect OS. Most commonly used assays can only measure single constituents of OS...
November 2017: Investigative and Clinical Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123667/paternal-obesity-how-bad-is-it-for-sperm-quality-and-progeny-health
#17
Georges Raad, Mira Hazzouri, Silvia Bottini, Michele Trabucchi, Joseph Azoury, Valérie Grandjean
There is substantial evidence that paternal obesity is associated not only with an increased incidence of infertility, but also with an increased risk of metabolic disturbance in adult offspring. Apparently, several mechanisms may contribute to the sperm quality alterations associated with paternal obesity, such as physiological/hormonal alterations, oxidative stress, and epigenetic alterations. Along these lines, modifications of hormonal profiles namely reduced androgen levels and elevated estrogen levels, were found associated with lower sperm concentration and seminal volume...
2017: Basic and Clinical Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123532/food-legumes-and-rising-temperatures-effects-adaptive-functional-mechanisms-specific-to-reproductive-growth-stage-and-strategies-to-improve-heat-tolerance
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REVIEW
Kumari Sita, Akanksha Sehgal, Bindumadhava HanumanthaRao, Ramakrishnan M Nair, P V Vara Prasad, Shiv Kumar, Pooran M Gaur, Muhammad Farooq, Kadambot H M Siddique, Rajeev K Varshney, Harsh Nayyar
Ambient temperatures are predicted to rise in the future owing to several reasons associated with global climate changes. These temperature increases can result in heat stress- a severe threat to crop production in most countries. Legumes are well-known for their impact on agricultural sustainability as well as their nutritional and health benefits. Heat stress imposes challenges for legume crops and has deleterious effects on the morphology, physiology, and reproductive growth of plants. High-temperature stress at the time of the reproductive stage is becoming a severe limitation for production of grain legumes as their cultivation expands to warmer environments and temperature variability increases due to climate change...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123028/the-cell-adhesion-molecule-bt-igsf-is-essential-for-a-functional-blood-testis-barrier-and-male-fertility-in-mice
#19
Laura Pelz, Bettina Purfürst, Fritz G Rathjen
The Ig-like cell adhesion molecule (IgCAM) brain- and testis-specific immunoglobulin superfamily (BT-IgSF) protein plays a major role in male fertility in mice. However, the molecular mechanism by which BT-IgSF supports fertility is unclear. Here, we found that it is localized in Sertoli cells at the blood-testis barrier (BTB) and at the apical ectoplasmic specialization. Absence of BT-IgSF in Sertoli cells in both global and conditional mouse mutants (i.e. AMHCre and Rosa26CreERT2 lines) resulted in male infertility, atrophic testes with vacuolation, azoospermia, and spermatogenesis arrest...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117433/inter-and-intra-laboratory-standardization-of-tunel-assay-for-assessment-of-sperm-dna-fragmentation
#20
Sajal Gupta, Rakesh Sharma, Ashok Agarwal
The functional aspects of sperm activity such as sperm chromatin integrity and ability to fertilize cannot be characterized by routine semen parameters. Men with unexplained infertility and idiopathic infertility, as well as men with normozoospermic semen profiles, show high DNA fragmentation. Molecular anomalies in the sperm can be detected by a sperm DNA fragmentation (SDF) assay which can be used in adjunct to conventional semen analysis. While the sperm chromatin structure assay (SCSA) remains the "gold standard," the TUNEL assay using flow cytometry is becoming popular among the different tests that are currently available to measure sperm DNA fragmentation...
November 8, 2017: Current Protocols in Toxicology
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