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Y G Chen, S F Chen, Y J Yang, A A Long, X Q Liu
Objective: To investigate the expression of microRNA 210 (miR-210) in the epididymis of rats with varicocele and changes in miR-210 expression following high spermatic vein ligation, so as to explore the significance of the surgery in treating varicocele. Methods: A total of 21 male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats aged 7 weeks were randomly divided into control group (n=7), experimental group (n=7), and surgical group (n=7). Varicocele model was established in both the experimental and surgical groups, while only vein isolation was performed in the control group...
September 27, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
J Zhang, P P Jin, K Fang, Q T Yi, M F Tang, C H Chen, J H Guo, M Gong
Objective: To explore the effects of varicocele on the expressions of inhibin B in rat testes and the relationship between expression of inhibin B and spermatogenesis dysfunction. Methods: Twenty specific-pathogen-free Sprague-Dawley (SD) male rats were randomly divided into two groups with random number table: 4-week control group (C4) and 4-week experimental group(V4). Experimental varicocele was created by partial ligation of left renal vein in the V4 group; vein isolation without ligation was performed in the C4 group...
September 27, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
P Li, H X Chen, Y H Huang, E L Zhi, R H Tian, H Zhao, F Yang, H F Sun, Y H Gong, Z J Zhu, Y Hong, Y D Liu, S J Xia, Z Li
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of microsurgical crossover vasovasostomy in treating complicated obstructive azoospermia. Methods: The data of 14 patients with complicated obstructive azoospermia treated with microsurgical crossover vasovasostomy were reviewed from October 2012 to March 2016.Ten of them underwent microsurgical crossover vasovasostomy. Intraoperative exploration revealed that 2 patients had vas deferens injury and contralateral testicular atrophy or epididymal obstruction due to previous hernia repair; 7 patients had obstruction of intracorporeal vas deferens on one side and epididymal obstruction on the other side; the other 1 patient had unilateral vasal obstruction with contralateral epididymal obstruction...
September 27, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Sohrab Kazemi, Nader Bahramifar, Ali Akbar Moghadamnia, Seyed Gholam Ali Jorsarae
INTRODUCTION: Bisphenol A (BPA) and Nonylphenol (NP) have estrogen-like activity, and some of their adverse biological effects have been demonstrated. This study was designed to determine the association of plasma and tissue concentrations of BPA and NP and changes in the parameters of the reproductive system in rats. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were administered three doses of BPA and NP (5, 25, and 125 μg/kg) by gavage for 35 consecutive days in 2014-2015, and a 2-ml blood sample was taken from each treated rat...
August 2016: Electronic Physician
Shabnam Bhandari Grover, Nishith Kumar, Hemal Grover, Dinesh Kumar Taneja, Amit Katyan
BACKGROUND: Common etiologies of scrotal swelling in neonates include hydrocoele, inguinal hernia and testicular torsion; less common is epididymo-orchitis. Congenital nephrotic syndrome (CNS), a rare entity, is known to present as progressive renal failure and its leading presentation with scrotal involvement has not been reported. MATERIAL/METHODS: We report a rare case of CNS with primary clinical presentation as scrotal cellulitis and epididymo-orchitis. In this neonate, scrotal and abdominal ultrasound examination was performed and the laboratory data were obtained...
2016: Polish Journal of Radiology
Caroline S Martinez, Franck M Peçanha, Daniela S Brum, Francielli W Santos, Jeferson L Franco, Ana Paula P Zemolin, Janete A Anselmo-Franci, Fernando B Junior, María J Alonso, Mercedes Salaices, Dalton V Vassallo, Fábio G Leivas, Giulia A Wiggers
Mercury is a ubiquitous environmental pollutant and mercury contamination and toxicity are serious hazards to human health. Some studies have shown that mercury impairs male reproductive function, but less is known about its effects following exposure at low doses and the possible mechanisms underlying its toxicity. Herein we show that exposure of rats to mercury chloride for 30 days (first dose 4.6µgkg-1, subsequent doses 0.07µgkg-1day-1) resulted in mean (±s.e.m.) blood mercury concentrations of 6.8±0...
October 19, 2016: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
Ratko Delić, Mario Štefanović, Štefka Krivec, Vladimir Weber, Jakob Koren
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to measure serum concentrations of human epididymis protein 4 (HE4) in premenopausal and postmenopausal women with benign adnexal tumors and compare HE4 levels with those of cancer antigen 125 (CA125) measured in the same samples. METHODS: In a retrospectively designed, monocentric study (Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, General Hospital, Celje, Slovenia, EU), 147 women diagnosed with various benign adnexal tumors were included...
October 17, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
Xiao-Cong Zhou, Yi Jiang
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June 2016: Indian Journal of Medical Research
C E Fedorka, K E Scoggin, E L Squires, B A Ball, M H T Troedsson
The seminal plasma protein, cysteine-rich secretory protein-3 (CRISP-3), has been correlated with increased fertility and first-cycle conception rates, and has been suggested to be involved in the modulation of polymorphonuclear neutrophil and phagocytosis of spermatozoa during the inflammatory response to breeding in the horse. Previous research demonstrated that equine CRISP-3 is located in both the ampulla of the vas deferens and the seminal vesicles. However, this was done with nonquantitative laboratory techniques...
September 21, 2016: Theriogenology
Francesca T Cannizzo, Sara Pegolo, Paola Pregel, Elisabetta Manuali, Sonia Salamida, Sara Divari, Frine E Scaglione, Enrico Bollo, Bartolomeo Biolatti, Luca Bargelloni
In livestock production corticosteroids are licensed only for therapy, nevertheless they are often illegally used as growth promoters. The aim of this study was to identify morphological or biomolecular alterations induced by prednisolone (PDN) in experimentally treated beef cattle, since PDN and its metabolites are no longer detectable by LC-MS/MS methods in biological fluids. Moreover, PDN do not induce any histological alterations in thymus, differently from Dexamethasone treatments. Therefore, a marker of illicit treatment for this growth promoter could be useful...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Subir K Nagdas, Virginia P Winfrey, Gary E Olson
Nevertheless, a nonviable sperm population is present in the cauda epididymidis of many species. Degenerating spermatozoa release enzymes that could have detrimental effects on the viability of neighboring cells, and they are source of autoantigens that induce an autoimmune response if they escape the blood-epididymis barrier. Does the epididymis have specialized protective mechanism(s) to segregate the viable sperm population from defective spermatozoa? Previously, we identified a fibrinogen-like protein-2 (fgl2) that specifically binds to and polymerizes into a cocoon-like complex coating defective spermatozoa and sperm fragments...
October 9, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Takashi Umehara, Ikko Kawashima, Tomoko Kawai, Yumi Hoshino, Ken-Ichirou Morohashi, Yuichi Shima, Wenxian Zeng, JoAnne S Richards, Masayuki Shimada
Adult Leydig cells are derived from proliferating stem/progenitor Leydig cells in the infant testis and subsequent differentiation to steroidogenic cells in adult mice. Leydig cell proliferation in the infant testis occurs primarily in response to increased levels of LH that induce Leydig cell expression of neuregulin 1, NRG1. Depletion of NRG1 in Nrg1 mutant mice (Nrg1(flox;flox); Cyp19a1Cre mice) dramatically reduces Leydig cell proliferation in the infant testes leading to reduction of testis weight, epididymial weight and serum testosterone in the adult mutant mice...
October 12, 2016: Endocrinology
Ho Il Yoon, Oh-Ran Kwon, Kyung Nam Kang, Yong Sung Shin, Ho Sang Shin, Eun Hee Yeon, Keon Young Kwon, Ilseon Hwang, Yoon Kyung Jeon, Yongdai Kim, Chul Woo Kim
BACKGROUND: Despite major advances in lung cancer treatment, early detection remains the most promising way of improving outcomes. To detect lung cancer in earlier stages, many serum biomarkers have been tested. Unfortunately, no single biomarker can reliably detect lung cancer. We combined a set of 2 tumor markers and 4 inflammatory or metabolic markers and tried to validate the diagnostic performance in lung cancer. METHODS: We collected serum samples from 355 lung cancer patients and 590 control subjects and divided them into training and validation datasets...
September 2016: Journal of Cancer Prevention
Francesco Catanzariti, Lucilla Servi, Andrea Fabiani, Alessandra Filosa, Gabriele Mammana
INTRODUCTION: Testicular cancer is one of the most frequent in young men and its incidence is increasing in recent years because of incidental finding during routine ultrasound exams. Adenomatous hyperplasia of the rete testis is one of the benign and rare pathological types incidentally detected and very few cases are described in the literature. CASE REPORT: A 40 years old man come to our attention for a balanoposthitis without testicular pain. During andrological examination we performed palpation of the testes and we noticed a palpable nodule of hard consistency in the left testicle...
October 5, 2016: Archivio Italiano di Urologia, Andrologia
M Marcou, V Perst, C Cacchi, M Lehnhardt, T-A Vögeli
Physicians will be rarely confronted with epididymal tumours. These represent only 5% of intrascrotal tumours and are mostly (75%) benign. We report the case of a 50-year-old white male who was presented with a 5-year history of a slow-growing, left scrotal mass, noted through self-examination. Ultrasound study of the scrotum identified a well-circumscribed paratesticular mass. On inguinal surgical exploration, a solid, encapsulated, grey-white mass at the tail of the left epididymis was identified and excised, with intra-operative pathological consultation showing no signs of malignancy...
October 6, 2016: Andrologia
Beatriz Fernandez-Fuertes, Fernando Narciandi, Cliona O'Farrelly, Alan K Kelly, Sean Fair, Kieran G Meade, Patrick Lonergan
Bovine beta-defensin 126 (BBD126) exhibits preferential expression for the cauda epididymis of males, where it is absorbed onto the tail and post acrosomal region of sperm. The aim of this study was to examine the role of BBD126 in bull sperm function. Fresh and frozen-thawed semen were incubated in the presence of different capacitating agents, as well as with phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C. These treatments, which have been successful in releasing beta-defensin 126 from macaque sperm, proved to be ineffective in bull sperm...
October 5, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
Fernando Narciandi, Beatriz Fernandez-Fuertes, Ilaina Khairulzaman, Hanne Jahns, Deirdre King, Emma K Finlay, Ken H Mok, Sean Fair, Pat Lonergan, Cliona O'Farrelly, Kieran G Meade
β-Defensins are innate immune molecules, often described as antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) because of their bactericidal activity and are now known to have diverse additional functions including in cell signalling, chemoattraction, immunoregulation and reproduction. In humans and primates, β-defensin (BD) 126 has been shown to regulate the ability of sperm to swim through cervical mucus and to protect sperm from attack by the female immune system during transit towards the oviduct. Bovine β-defensin 126 (BBD126) is the ortholog of human defensin 126, and here, computational analysis revealed significant conservation between BBD126 and other mammalian orthologs at the N-terminus, although extensive sequence differences were detected at the C-terminus, implying possible species-specific roles for this β-defensin in reproduction...
October 5, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
Anna-Kristin Ludwig, Sabine Vértesy, Malwina Michalak, Joachim C Manning, Sabine André, Dieter Kübler, Jürgen Kopitz, Herbert Kaltner, Hans-Joachim Gabius
The potent multifunctionality of human galectins is based on their modular structure in a not yet fully understood manner. A strategy to dissect the contributions of individual sequence stretches to lectin activity is based on engineering variants of the natural proteins, which are composed of novel combinations of distinct parts. On proof-of-principle level, we here describe the design of a hybrid constituted by the N-terminal tail of chimera-type galectin-3 and the N-terminal carbohydrate recognition domain of tandem-repeat-type galectin-8, its production, and purification and its serine phosphorylation characteristic for galectin-3's tail...
September 30, 2016: Protein and Peptide Letters
Weiyi Zhang, Yuanyuan Shao, Yinghe Qin, Yingjie Wu
Heat shock factors (HSFs) are critical regulators of spermatogenesis. However, heat shock responses, the associated components and the underlying functional mechanisms remain to be elucidated. Here, we characterize the expression pattern of HSFY, a member of the HSF family in the testis and epididymis. Its expression in testis and epididymis was initially identified by western blots. Immunofluorescence staining demonstrated that HSFY was confined to the cytoplasm of late spermatocytes and spermatids in adult testes, gonocytes in newborn testes and undifferentiated spermatogonia in 7 days post-parturition testes...
September 30, 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
Olivia Jerczynski, Nicolas Lacroix-Pépin, Eric Boilard, Ezequiel Calvo, Agathe Bernet, Michel A Fortier, Ida Björkgren, Petra Sipilä, Clémence Belleannée
Dicer1 is an endoribonuclease involved in the biogenesis of functional molecules such as microRNAs (miRNAs) and endogenous small interfering RNAs (endo-siRNAs). These small non-coding RNAs are important regulators of post-transcriptional gene expression and participate in the control of male fertility. With the knowledge that 1) Dicer1-dependent factors are required for proper sperm maturation in the epididymis, and that 2) miRNAs are potent mediators of intercellular communication in most biological systems, we investigated the role of Dicer1-dependent factors produced by the proximal epididymis (initial segment/caput)- including miRNAs- on the regulation of epididymal gene expression in the distal epididymis regions (i...
2016: PloS One
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