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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102433/advanced-forensic-validation-for-human-spermatozoa-identification-using-sperm-hy-liter%C3%A2-express-with-quantitative-image-analysis
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Ayari Takamura, Ken Watanabe, Tomoko Akutsu
Identification of human semen is indispensable for the investigation of sexual assaults. Fluorescence staining methods using commercial kits, such as the series of SPERM HY-LITER™ kits, have been useful to detect human sperm via strong fluorescence. These kits have been examined from various forensic aspects. However, because of a lack of evaluation methods, these studies did not provide objective, or quantitative, descriptions of the results nor clear criteria for the decisions reached. In addition, the variety of validations was considerably limited...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100869/gonadotoropin-actions-on-spermatogenesis-and-hormonal-therapies-for-spermatogenic-disorders-review
#2
Koji Shiraishi, Hideyasu Matsuyama
Microdissection testicular sperm extraction and intracytoplasmic sperm injection have made it possible for men with non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) to conceive a child. A majority of men cannot produce sperm because spermatogenesis per se is believed to be "irreversibly" disturbed. For these men, it and has been thought that any hormonal therapy will be ineffective. Further understandings of endocrinological regulation of spermatogenesis are needed and LH or FSH receptor knock out (KO) mice have revealed the roles of gonadotropin separately...
January 19, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099840/testis-specific-histone-variant-h3t-gene-is-essential-for-entry-into-spermatogenesis
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Jun Ueda, Akihito Harada, Takashi Urahama, Shinichi Machida, Kazumitsu Maehara, Masashi Hada, Yoshinori Makino, Jumpei Nogami, Naoki Horikoshi, Akihisa Osakabe, Hiroyuki Taguchi, Hiroki Tanaka, Hiroaki Tachiwana, Tatsuma Yao, Minami Yamada, Takashi Iwamoto, Ayako Isotani, Masahito Ikawa, Taro Tachibana, Yuki Okada, Hiroshi Kimura, Yasuyuki Ohkawa, Hitoshi Kurumizaka, Kazuo Yamagata
Cellular differentiation is associated with dynamic chromatin remodeling in establishing a cell-type-specific epigenomic landscape. Here, we find that mouse testis-specific and replication-dependent histone H3 variant H3t is essential for very early stages of spermatogenesis. H3t gene deficiency leads to azoospermia because of the loss of haploid germ cells. When differentiating spermatogonia emerge in normal spermatogenesis, H3t appears and replaces the canonical H3 proteins. Structural and biochemical analyses reveal that H3t-containing nucleosomes are more flexible than the canonical nucleosomes...
January 17, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090461/effects-of-maternal-age-on-embryo-quality-and-pregnancy-outcomes-using-testicular-sperm-with-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection
#4
Hye Won Choi, Yong-Seog Park, Sun-Hee Lee, Chun Kyu Lim, Ju Tae Seo, Kwang Moon Yang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of maternal age on fertilization, embryo quality, and clinical pregnancy in patients undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) using testicular sperm from partners with azoospermia. METHODS: A total of 416 ICSI cycles using testicular spermatozoa from partners with obstructive azoospermia (OA, n=301) and non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA, n=115) were analyzed. Female patients were divided into the following age groups: 27 to 31 years, 32 to 36 years, and 37 to 41 years...
December 2016: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087298/the-utility-of-sex-hormone-binding-globulin-in-hypogonadism-and-infertile-males
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Joshua Ring, Charles Welliver, Mike Parenteau, Stephen Markwell, Robert E Brannigan, Tobias S Köhler
PURPOSE: We sought to determine what role SHBG played with male infertility patients. METHODS: Retrospective review of 168 males seen in a fertility clinic from 2012-2014, to investigate the accuracy of TT in the biochemical diagnosis of hypogonadism using cBT as the reference value. We used a multivariable analysis to assess SHBG as an independent predictor of infertility. RESULTS: Computations using cBT as a standard in the measurement of definitive biochemical hypogonadism (<156 ng/dL) revealed a sensitivity, specificity, PPV, and NPV respectively of 81%, 83%, 81%, and 82% in diagnosing hypogonadism with TT alone...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076602/incidence-of-y-chromosome-microdeletions-in-children-whose-fathers-underwent-vasectomy-reversal-or-in-vitro-fertilization-with-epididymal-sperm-aspiration-a-case-control-study
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Milton Ghirelli-Filho, Patricia Leme de Marchi, Fernanda Abani Mafra, Viviane Cavalcanti, Denise Maria Christofolini, Caio Parente Barbosa, Bianca Bianco, Sidney Glina
Objective: To evaluate the incidence of Y-chromosome microdeletions in individuals born from vasectomized fathers who underwent vasectomy reversal or in vitro fertilization with sperm retrieval by epididymal aspiration (percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration). Methods: A case-control study comprising male children of couples in which the man had been previously vasectomized and chose vasectomy reversal (n=31) or in vitro fertilization with sperm retrieval by percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration (n=30) to conceive new children, and a Control Group of male children of fertile men who had programmed vasectomies (n=60)...
October 2016: Einstein
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073207/intraoperative-ultrasound-guided-enucleation-of-testicular-nodule
#7
Riccardo Boschian, Giovanni Liguori, Stefano Bucci, Michele Bertolotto, Carlo Trombetta
OBJECTIVE: We report a case of enucleation of a non-palpable right testicular lesion found incidentally at testicular ultrasonography during investigations in a patient with azoospermia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In 2011 bilateral hypoechoic nonpalpable testicular lesions (5 mm and 3 mm to the right, 3 mm to the left) were found in a 28 years old patient, during diagnostic investigations for azoospermia. In March 2016, ultrasonography showed that the diameter of the right major nodule had grown to 12 mm, characterized by increased vascularization and increased texture...
December 30, 2016: Archivio Italiano di Urologia, Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073201/azoospermic-patient-s-treatment-an-experience-of-a-pma-hospital-unit-and-role-of-ultrasonography
#8
Paolo Panella, Pietro Pepe, Placido Borzì, Maria Elena Vento, Michele Pennisi, Paolo Scollo
INTRODUCTION: Azoospermia causes about 10% of male infertility and the best therapeutic option is the retrieval of sperm from testis or epididymis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: From Juanary 2008 to June 2016, 92 men (median 36 years; range: 25-54 years) were submitted in 47 cases to TESE (testicular sperm extraction) and in 45 cases to PESA (percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration) for secretory and obstructive azoospermia, respectively; moreover, all the patients previously underwent color Doppler ultrasound of the testis and transrectal ultrasound of the prostate...
December 30, 2016: Archivio Italiano di Urologia, Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070708/delayed-treatment-of-undescended-testes-may-promote-hypogonadism-and-infertility
#9
Julia Rohayem, Alessandra Luberto, Eberhard Nieschlag, Michael Zitzmann, Sabine Kliesch
CONTEXT: Undescended testes at birth may be caused by testosterone deficiency during fetal development. It is unclear whether the process of failed descent contributes to permanent endocrine impairment. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of age at treatment of undescended testes on endocrine and spermatogenic testicular function in middle-aged men. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Reproductive hormone and semen data of 357 men with previously undescended testes were evaluated with respect to age at correction of testicular position and compared to those of 709 controls with eutopic testes at birth and normozoospermia...
January 9, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069178/outcomes-of-anastrozole-in-oligozoospermic-hypoandrogenic-subfertile-men
#10
Ohad Shoshany, Nikita Abhyankar, Naem Mufarreh, Garvey Daniel, Craig Niederberger
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the change in sperm parameters in subfertile hypoandrogenic men treated with anastrozole is correlated to the magnitude of increase in testosterone (T) to estrogen ratio in men responding to treatment. DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: Male fertility clinic. PATIENT(S): The study group consisted of 86 subfertile hypoandrogenic men with low T/estradiol (E2) ratio (n = 78) or a prior aversive reaction to clomiphene citrate (n = 8)...
January 6, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067604/central-hypogonadism-due-to-a-giant-silent-fsh-secreting-atypical-pituitary-adenoma-effects-of-adenoma-dissection-and-short-term-leydig-cell-stimulation-by-luteinizing-hormone-lh-and-human-chorionic-gonadotropin-hcg
#11
Daniele Santi, Giorgia Spaggiari, Livio Casarini, Flaminia Fanelli, Marco Mezzullo, Uberto Pagotto, Antonio R M Granata, Cesare Carani, Manuela Simoni
We present a case report of an atypical giant pituitary adenoma secreting follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). A 55-year-old patient presented for erectile dysfunction, loss of libido and fatigue. The biochemical evaluation showed very high FSH serum levels in the presence of central hypogonadism. Neither testicular enlargement nor increased sperm count was observed, thus a secretion of FSH with reduced biological activity was supposed. The histological examination after neuro-surgery showed an atypical pituitary adenoma with FSH-positive cells...
January 9, 2017: Aging Male: the Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062178/testicular-shear-wave-elastography-in-normal-and-infertile-men-a-prospective-study-on-601-patients
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Laurence Rocher, Aline Criton, Jean-Luc Gennisson, Vincent Izard, Sophie Ferlicot, Mickael Tanter, Gerard Benoit, Marie France Bellin, Jean-Michel Correas
Our aim in the study described here was to prospectively establish the feasibility of using and reproducibility of testicular shear-wave elastography in the assessment of testicular stiffness in 62 normal patients and 539 infertile men with obstructive azoospermia (OA), non-Klinefelter syndrome non-obstructive azoospermia (non-KS NOA), Klinefelter syndrome NOA (KS NOA), oligoasthenoteratozoospermia (OAT) or a left varicocele. The feasibility rate was 96.9%, with an intra-class correlation coefficient of 0.85 (95% confidence interval: 0...
January 3, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061524/prevalence-of-small-testicular-hyperechogenic-foci-in-subgroups-of-382-non-vasectomized-azoospermic-men-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#13
J Fedder
Testicular hyperechogenic foci (THF) are associated with Klinefelter's syndrome, cryptorchidism, infertility, and testicular germ cell neoplasia. The aims of the study were to evaluate THF in relation to etiology of azoospermia and to Sertoli cell dysfunction. The structures inside the scrotum of consecutive non-vasectomized, azoospermic were examined by ultrasonography, and hormone (FSH, LH, testosterone, and prolactin), and genetic analyses (karyotype, Y microdeletions, and CFTR mutations) were performed...
January 6, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058728/untargeted-metabolomic-profiling-of-seminal-plasma-in-non-obstructive-azoospermia-men-a-non-invasive-detection-of-spermatogenesis
#14
Kambiz Gilany, Ahmad Mani-Varnosfaderani, Arash Minai-Tehrani, Fateme Mirzajani, Alireza Ghassempour, Mohammed Reza Sadeghi, Mehdi Amini, Hassan Rezadoost
Male factor infertility is involved in almost half of all infertile couples. Lack of the ejaculated sperm due to testicular malfunction has been reported in 6-10% of infertile, a condition named non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA). In this study, we investigated untargeted metabolomic profiling of the seminal plasma in NOA men using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and advance chemometrics. In this regard, the seminal plasma fluids of 11 NOA men with TESE-negative (AZN), 9 NOA men with TESE-positive (AZP) and 10 fertile (F) healthy men (as a control group) were collected...
January 6, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057878/pseudoautosomal-abnormalities-in-terminal-azfb-c-deletions-are-associated-with-isochromosomes-yp-and-may-lead-to-abnormal-growth-and-neuropsychiatric-function
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A Castro, F Rodríguez, M Flórez, P López, B Curotto, D Martínez, A Maturana, M C Lardone, C Palma, V Mericq, M Ebensperger, F Cassorla
STUDY QUESTION: Are copy number variations (CNVs) in the pseudoautosomal regions (PARs) frequent in subjects with Y-chromosome microdeletions and can they lead to abnormal stature and/or neuropsychiatric disorders? SUMMARY ANSWER: Only subjects diagnosed with azoospermia factor (AZF)b+c deletions spanning to the end of the Y chromosome (i.e. terminal deletions) harbor Y isochromosomes and/or cells 45,X that lead to pseudoautosomal gene CNVs, which were associated with abnormal stature and/or neuropsychiatric disorders...
January 5, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057874/pregnancy-and-live-birth-rates-after-microsurgical-vasoepididymostomy-for-azoospermic-patients-with-epididymal-obstruction
#16
Jing Peng, Zhichao Zhang, Yiming Yuan, Wanshou Cui, Weidong Song
STUDY QUESTION: Can microsurgical vasoepididymostomy (MVE) be an effective treatment for azoospermic men with epididymal obstruction? SUMMARY ANSWER: MVE is an effective treatment for epididymal obstruction, with overall patency and live birth rates of 76.3% and 34.8%, respectively. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: We showed that MVE was an effective treatment for non-vasectomized patients with epididymal obstruction and prior failed sperm retrieval for ICSI...
January 5, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042420/screening-of-two-neighboring-cftr-mutations-in-iranian-infertile-men-with-non-obstructive-azoospermia
#17
Somayeh Heidari, Zohreh Hojati, Majid Motovali-Bashi
The genetic association between cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene mutations and male infertility due to congenital bilateral absence of vas deferens (CBAVD) is well established. Mutant CFTR, however may also be involved in the etiology of male infertility in non-CBAVD cases. The present study was conducted to estimate the frequency of ∆I507 and ∆F508 CFTR gene mutations in Iranian infertile males. We undertook the first study of association between these CFTR mutations and non-obstructive azoospermia in Iran...
January 2017: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033660/wide-spectrum-of-nr5a1-related-phenotypes-in-46-xy-and-46-xx-individuals
#18
REVIEW
Sorahia Domenice, Aline Zamboni Machado, Frederico Moraes Ferreira, Bruno Ferraz-de-Souza, Antonio Marcondes Lerario, Lin Lin, Mirian Yumie Nishi, Nathalia Lisboa Gomes, Thatiana Evelin da Silva, Rosana Barbosa Silva, Rafaela Vieira Correa, Luciana Ribeiro Montenegro, Amanda Narciso, Elaine Maria Frade Costa, John C Achermann, Berenice Bilharinho Mendonca
Steroidogenic factor 1 (NR5A1, SF-1, Ad4BP) is a transcriptional regulator of genes involved in adrenal and gonadal development and function. Mutations in NR5A1 have been among the most frequently identified genetic causes of gonadal development disorders and are associated with a wide phenotypic spectrum. In 46,XY individuals, NR5A1-related phenotypes may range from disorders of sex development (DSD) to oligo/azoospermia, and in 46,XX individuals, from 46,XX ovotesticular and testicular DSD to primary ovarian insufficiency (POI)...
December 2016: Birth Defects Research. Part C, Embryo Today: Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000927/does-detection-of-ddx4-mrna-in-cell-free-seminal-plasma-represents-a-reliable-noninvasive-germ-cell-marker-in-patients-with-nonobstructive-azoospermia
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W Abdallah, D Hashad, R Abdelmaksoud, M M Hashad
This study aimed to investigate the potential application of DDX4 gene expression in cell-free seminal mRNA as a noninvasive biomarker for the identification of the presence of germ cells in men with nonobstructive azoospermia and to correlate this factor with testicular biopsy. Male reproductive organ-specific genes were chosen: DDX4, which is a germ cell-specific gene and transglutaminase 4, which is a prostate-specific gene that was used as a control gene. Thirty-nine azoospermic males and twenty-eight normospermic fertile males (serving as a control group) participated in the study...
December 21, 2016: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999196/chir99021-combined-with-retinoic-acid-promotes-the-differentiation-of-primordial-germ-cells-from-human-embryonic-stem-cells
#20
Tingting Cheng, Kui Zhai, Yan Chang, Guidong Yao, Jiahuan He, Fang Wang, Huijuan Kong, Hang Xin, Huiwen Wang, Meng Jin, Bing Gong, Lei Gu, Zhiguang Yang, Yanyun Wu, Guangju Ji, Yingpu Sun
Primordial germ cells (PGCs) derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) represent as a desirable experimental model as well as a potential strategy for treating male infertility. Here, we developed a simple and feasible method for differentiation of PGCs from hESCs by using CHIR99021 (an inhibitor of glycogen synthase kinase 3) and retinoic acid (RA). We firstly found that the deleted in azoospermia-like (DAZL) protein can be detected in 3 d CHIR99021 plus 9 d retinoic acid treated cultures and 12 d CHIR99021 plus retinoic acid co-treated cultures, but not expressed in single CHIR99021 treated cultures, single retinoic acid treated cultures, as well as 3 d retinoic acid plus 9 d CHIR99021 treated cultures...
December 15, 2016: Oncotarget
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