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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767606/varicoceles-affect-semen-quality-of-infertile-men-in-southern-china-a-cross-sectional-study-of-5447-cases
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Yunshan Zhang, Tianzhong Ma, Zexuan Su, Mushi Ye, Huanshu Tian, Jianchang Li, Jianjun Liu
The association of varicoceles with infertility is well established, but the exact effect of varicoceles on semen quality among patients with infertility is still poorly known. The study aimed to examine the prevalence of varicoceles among Chinese men with infertility and to examine the factors associated with semen quality.This was a cross-sectional study of 5447 male patients treated for infertility at the Affiliated Hospital of Guangdong Medical University from October 2012 to December 2015. The patients were divided on the basis of the presence of varicoceles...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750295/effect-of-zearalenone-on-circulating-testosterone-concentration-testicular-and-epididymal-morphology-and-epididymal-sperm-characteristics-in-wild-boars
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W Bielas, W Niżański, J Nicpoń, J E Nicpoń, A Partyka, R Mordak, M Nowak, R Ciaputa
This study investigated the effect of exposure to zearalenone (ZEN) and its metabolites on the characteristics of epididymal spermatozoa, testicular and epididymal biometry and histology, and the concentration of testosterone in blood plasma in male wild boars. The study was performed during more than one year on 18 clinically healthy male wild boars with initial and final body weight, of 39 ± 4 kg and 59 ± 3 kg, respectively. The animals were divided into two experimental groups (group I and group II) and one control group (group C) comprising 6 boars per group...
July 18, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727099/identification-of-differentially-expressed-proteins-in-testicular-semen-of-sex-reversed-female-xx-and-normal-male-xy-rainbow-trout
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J Nynca, M Adamek, A Ciereszko
Masculinized females, named sex-reversed females (SRF), have a male phenotype but retain the female genotype (XX) and all spermatozoa produced in their testes carry the X chromosome. Masculinization of females leads to incomplete testicular development and the production of lower-quality semen. The mechanism of masculinization is unknown at present. Therefore, the aim of our study was to identify differentially abundant proteins in testicular semen of normal males and SRF using a difference in-gel electrophoresis approach...
July 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724632/hydrogen-peroxide-produced-by-superoxide-dismutase-sod-2-is-required-for-sperm-activation-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#4
Taro Sakamoto, Hirotaka Imai
Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is a ubiquitous antioxidant enzyme that catalytically converts the superoxide radical to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). In mammals, high SOD activity can be detected in sperm and seminal plasma, and a correlation between loss of SOD activity and male infertility has been observed; however, the underlying mechanisms remain to be clarified. Here, we report that the deletion of two major SOD genes in Caenorhabditis elegans, sod-1 and sod-2, cause sperm activation defects, thereby leading to a significant reduction in brood size...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723911/male-reproductive-system-and-spermatogenesis-of-limodromus-assimilis-paykull-1790
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Lea F Schubert, Stephanie Krüger, Gerald B Moritz, Veit Schubert
Based on advanced light and electron microscopy, we describe the male reproductive system and sperm development of Limodromus assimilis. The genital tract consists of pairs of uni-follicular testes, spermatic ducts with diverticula regions, seminal vesicles, accessory glands, an unpaired ejaculatory duct and an aedeagus containing an internal sac equipped with sclerotic scales. Based on their morphology, we draw conclusions about their functions. After spermatogenesis within the follicle, the spermatozoa become released from the sperm cysts...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681565/tubulin-acetylation-a-novel-functional-avenue-for-cdyl-in-sperm
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Sweta Parab, Veena Dalvi, Sushma Mylavaram, Abhipriya K, Susan Idicula-Thomas, Shobha Sonawane, Priyanka Parte
Motility in sperm is driven by the flagella, the principal component of which is the axoneme. The microtubules which make up the 9 + 2 axoneme are composed of heterodimers of alpha and beta tubulins and undergo several post-translational modifications. We have earlier reported that HDAC6 functions as tubulin deacetylase in sperm and has a role in sperm movement. While exploring the specific tubulin acetyltransferase (TAT) in sperm we observed the presence of Chromodomain Y-Like (CDYL), on the principal piece of rat spermatozoa which compelled us to explore its function in sperm...
July 6, 2017: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624941/does-static-electric-field-from-ultra-high-voltage-direct-current-transmission-lines-affect-male-reproductive-capacity-evidence-from-a-laboratory-study-on-male-mice
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Sixia Wu, Guoqing Di, Zhengguang Li
With the development of ultra-high-voltage direct-current (UHVDC) transmission technology and increase in transmission voltage, the issue of environmental static electric field (SEF) pollution is standing out and its possible health effects have caused much public attention. In this study, the effects of chronic exposure to SEF on reproductive capacity of male mice were investigated. Twenty Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) mice were exposed to SEF (56.3 ± 1.4 kV/m, 49 days) generated by a high-voltage device...
June 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610652/novel-insights-into-the-role-of-cell-free-seminal-mrnas-on-semen-quality-and-cryotolerance-of-spermatozoa-in-bulls-bos-taurus
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Munivenkatappa Shilpa, Sellappan Selvaraju, Venkataswamy GirishKumar, Sivashanmugam Parthipan, Krishnan B Binsila, Arunachalam Arangasamy, Janivara Parameshwaraiah Ravindra
The aim of the present study was to ascertain the effectiveness of seminal plasma mRNAs as markers to assess the reproductive performance of bulls. Semen samples (33 ejaculates) from 11 bulls were evaluated for sperm kinematic and functional parameters. Total RNA was isolated from cell-free seminal (cfs) using TRIzol LS reagent and the concentration of cfs-RNA was 24.4±2.3µgmL-1 seminal plasma. The cfs-RNA was fragmented to a size of 25-500bp. Of the cfs-mRNAs screened using real time PCR, expression of protamine 1 (PRM1) was positively (P<0...
June 14, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588746/the-stimulated-glycolytic-pathway-is-able-to-maintain-atp-levels-and-kinetic-patterns-of-bovine-epididymal-sperm-subjected-to-mitochondrial-uncoupling
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João D A Losano, Juan Fernando Padín, Iago Méndez-López, Daniel S R Angrimani, Antonio G García, Valquiria H Barnabe, Marcilio Nichi
Studies have reported the importance of mitochondria in sperm functionality. However, for some species, the glycolytic pathway appears to be as important as oxidative phosphorylation in ATP synthesis and sperm kinetics. These mechanisms have not been fully elucidated for bovine spermatozoa. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the role of mitochondria and the glycolytic pathway in ATP synthesis, sperm movement patterns, and oxidative homeostasis of epididymal spermatozoa in bovine specimens. We observed that mitochondrial uncoupling with protonophores significantly reduced ATP levels...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583598/detection-of-macrophages-in-rabbit-semen-and-their-relationship-with-semen-quality
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Lenka Kuželová, Jaromír Vašíček, Ján Rafay, Peter Chrenek
We aimed at the evaluating the occurrence of macrophages in rabbit semen and finding possible relationship between macrophage concentration and spermatozoa quality. The concentration of macrophages in semen samples from broiler rabbit males of lines M91 and P91 (n = 30) without overt evidence of genital tract infections was determined using monocyte/macrophage lineage antigen CD14 and flow cytometry. Then the rabbits were assigned into three groups according to the macrophage concentration in semen (MΦ1 group with less than 1 × 10(6) macrophages/mL, MΦ2 group with 1...
July 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500503/expression-and-localization-of-myosin-vi-in-developing-mouse-spermatids
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Przemysław Zakrzewski, Robert Lenartowski, Maria Jolanta Rędowicz, Kathryn G Miller, Marta Lenartowska
Myosin VI (MVI) is a versatile actin-based motor protein that has been implicated in a variety of different cellular processes, including endo- and exocytic vesicle trafficking, Golgi morphology, and actin structure stabilization. A role for MVI in crucial actin-based processes involved in sperm maturation was demonstrated in Drosophila. Because of the prominence and importance of actin structures in mammalian spermiogenesis, we investigated whether MVI was associated with actin-mediated maturation events in mammals...
May 12, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497253/effects-of-juvenile-hormone-analogue-methoprene-and-20-hydroxyecdysone-on-reproduction-in-polygonia-c-aureum-lepidoptera-nymphalidae-in-relation-to-adult-diapause
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Satoshi Hiroyoshi, Gadi V P Reddy, Jun Mitsuhashi
We investigated the effects of juvenile hormone analogue (methoprene) and 20-hydroxyecdysone on female and male reproduction in a nymphalid butterfly, Polygonia c-aureum. This butterfly has a facultative adult diapause controlled by the corpora allata and brain. Methoprene seems to terminate reproductive diapause, although transplantation experiments indicate that the activity of the corpora allata does not affect male mating behavior Endo (Dev Growth Differ 15:1-10, 1973a), suggesting that the brain may be involved in diapause...
August 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481731/posttranslational-modifications-in-spermatozoa-and-effects-on-male-fertility-and-sperm-viability
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Rahim Dad Brohi, Li-Jun Huo
Spermatogenesis is a complex and highly regulated process. The ability of spermatozoa to perform its function depends on multiple physiological and genetic factors that are not fully understood. Notably, due to lack of transcriptional and translational activity in spermatozoa, posttranslational modifications (PTMs) play key roles in determining their viability. PTMs not only confer structural changes in the proteome of the spermatozoa cells, but also increase the diversity of the proteome and introduce specific modifications that could be translated into functional changes in the affected spermatozoa...
May 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455156/pentoxifylline-increase-sperm-motility-in-devitrified-spermatozoa-from-asthenozoospermic-patient-without-damage-chromatin-and-dna-integrity
#14
Ali Nabi, Mohammad Ali Khalili, Farzaneh Fesahat, Alireza Talebi, Saeed Ghasemi-Esmailabad
The freeze-thaw process results in reduced motility, viability and fertilization potential of human spermatozoa. So, a variety of substances were evaluated in order to enhance human sperm resistance to the stress of cryopreservation, such as Pentoxifylline (PTX) for improving the Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) outcomes. The aim was to investigate the effect of PTX on sperm parameters and chromatin/DNA integrity of asthenozoospermic semen post vitrification. A total of 30 semen specimens were obtained from infertile men with asthenozoospermia...
April 25, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431864/toward-an-integrative-and-predictive-sperm-quality-analysis-in-bos-taurus
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J L Yániz, C Soler, C Alquézar-Baeta, P Santolaria
There is a need to develop more integrative sperm quality analysis methods, enabling researchers to evaluate different parameters simultaneously cell by cell. In this work, we present a new multi-parametric fluorescent test able to discriminate different sperm subpopulations based on their labeling pattern and motility characteristics. Cryopreserved semen samples from 20 Holstein bulls were used in the study. Analyses of sperm motility using computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA-mot), membrane integrity by acridine orange-propidium iodide combination and multi-parametric by the ISAS(®)3Fun kit, were performed...
March 31, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425215/lipid-raft-dynamics-linked-to-sperm-competency-for-fertilization-in-mice
#16
Hitomi Watanabe, Rie Takeda, Keiji Hirota, Gen Kondoh
It is well known that mammalian sperm acquires fertilization ability after several maturation processes, particularly within the female reproductive tract. In a previous study, we found that both glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored protein (GPI-AP) release and lipid raft movement occur during the sperm maturation process. In several genetic studies, release of GPI-AP is a crucial step for sperm fertilization ability in the mouse. Here, we show that lipid raft movement is also fundamental for sperm to be competent for fertilization by comparing the sperm maturation process of two mouse inbred strains, C57BL/6 and BALB/c...
May 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424932/inverse-relationship-of-ca-2-dependent-flagellar-response-between-animal-sperm-and-prasinophyte-algae
#17
Kogiku Shiba, Kazuo Inaba
Symmetry/asymmetry conversion of eukaryotic flagellar waveform is caused by the changes in intracellular Ca(2+). Animal sperm flagella show symmetric or asymmetric waveform at lower or higher concentration of intracellular Ca(2+), respectively. In Chlamydomonas, high Ca(2+) induces conversion of flagellar waveform from asymmetric to symmetry, resulting in the backward movement. This mirror image relationship between animal sperm and Chlamydomonas could be explained by the distinct calcium sensors used to regulate the outer arm dyneins (Inaba 2015)...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407867/the-relationship-between-mitochondrial-dna-copy-number-and-stallion-sperm-function
#18
Christa R Darr, Luis E Moraes, Richard E Connon, Charles C Love, Sheila Teague, Dickson D Varner, Stuart A Meyers
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) copy number has been utilized as a measure of sperm quality in several species including mice, dogs, and humans, and has been suggested as a potential biomarker of fertility in stallion sperm. The results of the present study extend this recent discovery using sperm samples from American Quarter Horse stallions of varying age. By determining copy number of three mitochondrial genes, cytochrome b (CYTB), NADH dehydrogenase 1 (ND1) and NADH dehydrogenase 4 (ND4), instead of a single gene, we demonstrate an improved understanding of mtDNA fate in stallion sperm mitochondria following spermatogenesis...
May 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395326/signaling-mechanisms-in-mammalian-sperm-motility%C3%A2
#19
Maria João Freitas, Srinivasan Vijayaraghavan, Margarida Fardilha
The goal of sperm is to fertilize the oocyte. To achieve that purpose, it must acquire motility in the epididymis and hyperactivated motility in the female reproductive tract. Motility is only achieved when the sperm presents a fully functional flagellum, is capable of producing energy to fuel the movement, and suffers epididymal maturation and capacitation. Since sperm is a transcriptionally silent cell, motility depends on the activation and/or inhibitions of key signaling pathways. This review describes and discusses the main signaling pathways involved in primary and hyperactivated motility, as well as the bioenergetic mechanisms necessary to produce energy to fuel sperm motility...
January 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370569/aquaporin-9-is-expressed-in-the-epididymis-of-immature-and-mature-pigs
#20
B C Schimming, Cae Baumam, Pff Pinheiro, R de Matteis, R F Domeniconi
Aquaporins (AQPs) are channel proteins that facilitate the transepithelial and bidirectional movement of water. AQP9 is an aquaporin that is expressed in the mammalian epididymis. This water transport contributes to epididymal sperm concentration. This study aimed to examine the morphology of epididymal epithelium in piglets and boars, as well as the expression and immunolocalization of AQP9. The piglets presented an epididymal epithelium in differentiation with principal, basal and apical cells. The cellular population of the epididymal epithelium in boars consisted of principal, basal, apical, clear and narrow cells...
March 30, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
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