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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087654/effects-of-external-strain-on-the-regulation-of-microtubule-sliding-induced-by-outer-arm-dynein-of-sea-urchin-sperm-flagella
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Hiroshi Yoke, Chikako Shingyoji
Oscillatory bending movement of eukaryotic flagella is powered by orchestrated activity of dynein motor proteins that hydrolyze ATP and produce microtubule sliding. Although the ATP concentration within a flagellum is kept uniform at a few mmol l(-1) level, sliding activities of dyneins are dynamically coordinated along the flagellum in accordance with the phase of bending waves. Thus, at the organellar level the dynein not only generates force for bending but also modulates its motile activity by responding to bending of the flagellum...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087298/the-utility-of-sex-hormone-binding-globulin-in-hypogonadism-and-infertile-males
#2
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/28081510/gestational-and-lactational-exposure-to-di-isobutyl-phthalate-via-diet-in-maternal-mice-decreases-testosterone-levels-in-male-offspring
#3
Xiaoyang Wang, Nan Sheng, Ruina Cui, Hongxia Zhang, Jianshe Wang, Jiayin Dai
Phthalates are a large family of ubiquitous environmental chemicals suspected of being endocrine disruptors, with exposure to these chemicals during prenatal and postnatal development possibly resulting in reproductive disorders. Di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP) is widely used in consumer and industrial products, and although its exposure in the general population has increased in recent years, the mechanisms behind DiBP-induced reproductive disorders in male offspring remain unclear. Here, pregnant mice were exposed to 0 or 450 mg/kg bw/day DiBP via diet from gestation day (GD) 0 to GD21...
January 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077244/the-catsper-channel-modulates-boar-sperm-motility-during-capacitation
#4
Alejandro Vicente-Carrillo, Manuel Álvarez-Rodríguez, Heriberto Rodríguez-Martínez
The cation channel of sperm (CatSper) comprises four transmembrane subunits specifically expressed in human, equine, murine and ovine spermatozoa, apparently implicated in capacitation, hyperactivation and acrosome exocytosis. Western blotting and immunocytochemistry showed hereby that CatSper subunits are also present in boar spermatozoa, primarily over the sperm neck, tail and cytoplasmic droplets; albeit CatSper -1 presented in addition some distribution over the membrane of the acrosome and CatSper -2 and -4 over the membrane of the post-acrosome...
January 8, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073193/analysis-of-myo-inositol-effect-on-spermatozoa-motility-in-hyper-viscous-ejaculates-and-in-patients-with-grades-ii-and-iii-varicocele
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Filomena Scarselli, Anna Maria Lobascio, Mario Terribile, Valentina Casciani, Pierfrancesco Greco, Giorgio Franco, Maria Giulia Minasi, Ermanno Greco
The goal of this study is to evaluate MYOInositol effects on spermatozoa motility, in patients' ejaculates with severe varicocele or hyper viscosity. The study included normal viscosity ejaculate from 30 patients affected by varicocele and hyper viscosity ejaculate from 33 patients without any testicular pathologies. All selected samples showed sperm concentration > 2 million/ml and progressive motility < 32%. In both groups, the pellet obtained after centrifugation in buffered medium, was divided in two aliquots, both incubated for 15 minutes at 37°C: one with MYO-Inositol and the other one, as control, only in phosphate buffered saline (PBS)...
December 30, 2016: Archivio Italiano di Urologia, Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072924/cryopreservation-of-carp-cyprinus-carpio-l-sperm-impact-of-seeding-and-freezing-rates-on-post-thaw-outputs
#6
Sergii Boryshpolets, Denisa Sochorová, Marek Rodina, Otomar Linhart, Borys Dzyuba
In the present study, we examined various freezing protocols, effects of controlled seeding, and changes in cooling rate and determined the endpoint (temperature at which sample could be plugged into liquid nitrogen (LN) without visible effect on survival rate after thawing) to reveal the relative importance of each different stage of cooling on freezing success during cryobanking of carp sperm. Sperm samples from different individual carp males were frozen in 0.5 mL straws by conventional freezing. Cooling rates were determined by monitoring the sample's internal temperature...
January 10, 2017: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072424/a-theoretical-and-experimental-investigation-of-mechanical-damage-to-rodent-sperm-generated-by-microscale-ice-formation
#7
X Han, J K Critser
:   BACKGROUND: Rodent sperm cryopreservation is of critical importance for the maintenance of lines or strains of genetically engineered mice and rats. However, rodent sperm are extremely mechanically sensitive due to their unusual morphology, and are severely damaged using current methods of cryopreservation. Those methods result in poor post thaw motility (PTM) for mouse. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the mechanism of mechanical damage introduced to rodent sperm during freezing, a micro-mechanical model was established to analyze the sperm radial and axial thermal stresses generated by microscale extracellular ice formation...
November 2016: Cryo Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069178/outcomes-of-anastrozole-in-oligozoospermic-hypoandrogenic-subfertile-men
#8
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/28066832/antioxidant-supplements-and-semen-parameters-an-evidence-based-review
#9
REVIEW
Sedigheh Ahmadi, Reihane Bashiri, Akram Ghadiri-Anari, Azadeh Nadjarzadeh
Many studies have focused on male infertility. There is limited evidence about the influence of nutrition on quality of semen. Approximately, 30-80% of infertility cases are caused by oxidative stress and decreased level of seminal total antioxidant capacity. This study was aimed to review the effects of oral antioxidant supplements on improving major semen parameters such as sperm concentration, motility, morphology, DNA damage, and fertility rate. Data were extracted from PubMed and Google scholar database by using the terms "antioxidant", "multivitamin", "carnitine", "CoQ10", "vitamin C", "vitamin E", "zinc", "folic acid", "N-acetyl cysteine" and "selenium" combined with "male infertility", "semen", and "sperm" to generate a set of relevant citations...
December 2016: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065674/mitochondria-in-teleost-spermatozoa
#10
REVIEW
Patricio Ulloa-Rodríguez, Elías Figueroa, Rommy Díaz, Manuel Lee-Estevez, Stefania Short, Jorge G Farías
There is an extraordinary diversity of reproductive modes in teleost and this variability is related to the phylogenetic relationships and adaption to very different biotopes. As in all vertebrates, sperm is produced as the end product of the process of spermatogenesis, and regarding teleost the spermatozoa lack an acrosome in almost all species and motility is activated as a response to osmolarity and ion content of the aquatic medium where the sperm is released. In this context, mitochondria possess a fundamental role for fish spermatozoa motility and integrity, hence, fertilizing potential; they are the energy supplier that allows flagellar movement and their dysfunction could play a main role in structural and functional damage to the spermatozoa...
January 5, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064108/protection-of-male-reproductive-toxicity-in-rats-exposed-to-di-n-butyl-phthalate-during-embryonic-development-by-testosterone
#11
Nelli Giribabu, Pamanji Sreenivasula Reddy
Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) widely spread industrial chemical that made drastic alteration in male reproductive system. The present study elucidates the protective role of testosterone on reproductive toxicity in prenatal DBP exposed adult male rats. Pregnant rats were injected with corn oil or 100 and 500mg/kg body weight of DBP on gestation day (GD) 1, 7 and 14. F1 male rats were weaned, injected with either testosterone or vehicle. On postnatal day (PND) 100 F1 adult male rats were cohabited with untreated female rats...
January 5, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063926/luteinizing-hormone-modulates-intracellular-calcium-protein-tyrosine-phosphorylation-and-motility-during-human-sperm-capacitation
#12
Aideé S López-Torres, María E González-González, Esperanza Mata-Martínez, Fernando Larrea, Claudia L Treviño, Mayel Chirinos
In order to fertilize, spermatozoa must undergo physiological and biochemical changes during their transit along the female reproductive tract before reaching and fusing with the oocyte, process known as capacitation. Sperm modifications associated with capacitation are modulated by their interaction with molecules present in the female reproductive tract. During the woman fertile window, some reproductive hormones reach their maximum concentrations in serum, such as the luteinizing hormone (LH). Since spermatozoa preparing to fertilize may be exposed to LH, the purpose of this work was to study the effects of this hormone on intracellular Ca(2+) concentrations ([Ca(2+)]i), protein tyrosine phosphorylation, sperm motility and acrosome reaction under capacitating conditions...
January 4, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063626/effect-of-chamber-characteristics-loading-and-analysis-time-on-motility-and-kinetic-variables-analysed-with-the-casa-mot-system-in-goat-sperm
#13
R Del Gallego, S Sadeghi, E Blasco, C Soler, J L Yániz, M A Silvestre
Several factors unrelated to the semen samples could be influencing in the sperm motility analysis. The aim of the present research was to study the effect of four chambers with different characteristics, namely; slide-coverslip, Spermtrack, ISAS D4C10, and ISAS D4C20 on the sperm motility. The filling procedure (drop or capillarity) and analysis time (0, 120 and 240s), depth of chamber (10 or 20μm) and field on motility variables were analysed by use of the CASA-mot system in goat sperm. Use of the drop-filling chambers resulted in greater values than capillarity-filling chambers for all sperm motility and kinetic variables, except for LIN (64...
December 26, 2016: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062807/junctional-adhesion-molecule-a-expression-in-the-murine-epididymal-tract-and-accessory-organs-and-acquisition-by-maturing-sperm
#14
Kathie Z Wu, Kun Li, Deni S Galileo, Patricia A Martin-DeLeon
STUDY QUESTION: Is junctional adhesion molecule A (JAM-A), a sperm protein essential for normal motility, expressed in the murine post-testicular pathway and involved in sperm maturation? SUMMARY ANSWER: JAM-A is present in the prostate and seminal vesicles and in all three regions of the epididymis where it is secreted in epididymosomes in the luminal fluid and can be delivered to sperm in vitro. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: JAM-A shares with the plasma membrane Ca(2+)ATPase 4 (PMCA4, the major Ca(2+) efflux pump in murine sperm) a common interacting partner, CASK (Ca(2+)/CaM-dependent serine kinase)...
January 6, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058771/short-communication-progressive-motility-of-frozen-thawed-canine-semen-is-highest-five-minutes-after-thawing
#15
S Karger, B Geiser, M Grau, W Heuwieser, S P Arlt
Progressive motility is usually estimated by visual inspection using a light contrast microscope at X 100 immediately after semen collection or immediately after thawing frozen semen. Standard operating procedures have never been established for this test. The objective of this experiment was to examine time-dependent changes of motility after thawing cryopreserved canine semen. Semen of 35 dogs was collected, and volume, concentration, progressive motility, morphology, membrane integrity and HOS test were evaluated...
January 6, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058745/lipid-and-protein-oxidation-levels-in-spermatozoa-and-seminal-plasma-of-asian-elephants-elephas-maximus-and-their-relationship-with-semen-parameters
#16
S Satitmanwiwat, K Promthep, K Buranaamnuay, S Mahasawangkul, K Saikhun
Peroxidation damage to spermatozoa and seminal plasma has an important role in sperm quality. Thus, the objective of this study was to determine the levels of lipid and protein oxidation in spermatozoa and seminal plasma of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) with varying percentage of progressive motility. Lipid and protein oxidation was measured by the thiobarbituric acid-reactive species (TBARS) assay and the 2, 4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH) carbonyl groups assay, respectively. Fresh semen samples were collected from Asian elephants and classified according to the percentage of motile spermatozoa into good (>60%) and poor (≤20%) motility...
January 6, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058738/epigallocatechin-3-gallate-egcg-and-green-tea-polyphenols-do-not-improve-stallion-semen-parameters-during-cooling-at-4%C3%A2-c
#17
D Bucci, M Spinaci, B Mislei, B Gadani, G Rizzato, C C Love, C Tamanini, G Galeati, G Mari
Stallion semen storage for artificial insemination is mainly based on liquid cooled storage. In many stallions this technique maintains sperm quality for an extended period of time (24-72 hr) at 7°C. While this technique is commonly used in the horse industry, there can be a decline in fertility in some stallions, due to an inability of their sperm to tolerate the cool storage process. The aim of the present work was to evaluate the effect of two natural antioxidants (epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) at 20, 60 and 120 μm and green tea polyphenols, and p at ...
January 6, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058736/effect-of-mitochondrial-uncoupling-and-glycolysis-inhibition-on-ram-sperm-functionality
#18
Jda Losano, Dsr Angrimani, A Dalmazzo, B R Rui, M M Brito, C M Mendes, Gkv Kawai, C I Vannucchi, Meoa Assumpção, V H Barnabe, M Nichi
Studies have demonstrated the importance of mitochondria to sperm functionality, as the main source of ATP for cellular homoeostasis and motility. However, the role of mitochondria on sperm metabolism is still controversial. Studies indicate that, for some species, glycolysis may be the main mechanism for sperm energy production. For ram sperm, such pathway is not clear. Thus, we evaluated ram sperm in response to mitochondrial uncoupling and glycolysis inhibition aiming to assess the importance of each pathway for sperm functionality...
January 6, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058714/a-phytotherapic-approach-to-reduce-sperm-dna-fragmentation-in-patients-with-male-infertility
#19
Marco Capece, Giuseppe Romeo, Antonio Ruffo, Leo Romis, Salvatore Mordente, Giovanni Di Lauro
INTRODUCTION: Infertility affects 50 to 80 million (between 8 and 12% of couples). Male factor is a cause of infertility in almost half of the cases, mainly due to oligoasthenoteratozoospermia. DNA fragmentation is now considered an important factor in the aetiology of male infertility. We studied the effects on semen analysis and on DNA fragmentation of in vivo admnistration of Myo-Inositol and Tribulus Terrestris plus Alga Ecklonia plus Biovis (Tradafertil; Tradapharma Sagl, Swizerland) in men with previously diagnosed male infertility...
December 28, 2016: Urologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057874/pregnancy-and-live-birth-rates-after-microsurgical-vasoepididymostomy-for-azoospermic-patients-with-epididymal-obstruction
#20
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
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