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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334862/the-wilms-tumor-protein-wt1-contributes-to-female-fertility-by-regulating-oviductal-proteostasis
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Abinaya Nathan, Peter Reinhardt, Dagmar Kruspe, Tjard Jörß, Marco Groth, Hendrik Nolte, Andreas Habenicht, Jörg Herrmann, Verena Holschbach, Bettina Toth, Marcus Krüger, Zhao-Qi Wang, Matthias Platzer, Christoph Englert
Although the zinc finger transcription factor Wt1 has been linked to female fertility, its precise role in this process has not yet been understood. We have sequenced the WT1 exons in a panel of patients with idiopathic infertility and have identified a missense mutation in WT1 in one patient out of eight. This mutation leads to an amino acid change within the zinc finger domain and results in reduced DNA binding. We utilized Wt1+/- mice as a model to mechanistically pinpoint the consequences of reduced Wt1 levels for female fertility...
March 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334861/defective-signaling-through-plexin-a1-compromises-the-development-of-the-peripheral-olfactory-system-and-neuroendocrine-reproductive-axis-in-mice
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Séverine Marcos, Carine Monnier, Xavier Rovira Algans, Corinne Fouveaut, Nelly Pitteloud, Fabrice Ango, Catherine Dodé, Jean-Pierre Hardelin
The olfacto-genital syndrome (Kallmann syndrome) associates congenital hypogonadism due to gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) deficiency and anosmia. This is a genetically heterogeneous developmental disease with various modes of transmission, including oligogenic inheritance. Previous reports have involved defective cell signaling by semaphorin-3A in the disease pathogenesis. Here, we report that the embryonic phenotype of Plxna1-/- mutant mice lacking plexin-A1 (a major receptor of class 3 semaphorins), though not fully penetrant, resembles that of Kallmann syndrome fetuses...
March 2, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334331/alterations-of-immune-parameters-on-trichoplusia-ni-lepidoptera-noctuidae-larvae-exposed-to-extremely-low-frequency-electromagnetic-fields
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Jose A Valadez-Lira, Nahui O Medina-Chavez, Alonso A Orozco-Flores, J Antonio Heredia-Rojas, Abraham O Rodriguez-de la Fuente, Ricardo Gomez-Flores, Juan M Alcocer-Gonzalez, Patricia Tamez-Guerra
Worldwide mobile telephone and microwave use have resulted in an increasing presence of extremely low-frequency electromagnetic field radiations (ELF-EMFs) in ecosystems. ELF-EMFs have been associated with altered physiological processes that can adversely affect exposed organisms. In this study, Trichoplusia ni Hübner larvae were exposed for 24, 48, or 72 h to ELF-EMFs (60 Hz and 2.0 mT) to assess effects on immune response parameters and fertility. Trichoplusia ni life cycle and fertility were not affected by 24-h exposure...
March 6, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334206/polyploid-species-rely-on-vegetative-reproduction-more-than-diploids-a-re-examination-of-the-old-hypothesis
#4
Tomáš Herben, Jan Suda, Jitka Klimešová
Background and Aims: Polyploidy is arguably the single most important genetic mechanism in plant speciation and diversification. It has been repeatedly suggested that polyploids show higher vegetative reproduction than diploids (to by-pass low fertility after the polyploidization), but there are no rigorous tests of it. Methods: Data were analysed by phylogenetic regressions of clonal growth parameters, and vegetative reproduction in culture on the ploidy status of a large set of species (approx...
February 27, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333823/committee-opinion-no-695-sterilization-of-women-ethical-issues-and-considerations
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Sterilization is the most common method of contraception among married couples, with nearly twice as many couples choosing female partner sterilization over male sterilization. Although sterilization is among the most straightforward surgical procedures an obstetrician-gynecologist performs, it is enormously complex when considered from a historical, sociological, or ethical perspective. Sterilization practices have embodied a problematic tension, in which some women who desired fertility were sterilized without their knowledge or consent, and other women who wanted sterilization to limit their family size lacked access to it...
April 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333815/committee-opinion-no-695-summary-sterilization-of-women-ethical-issues-and-considerations
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Sterilization is the most common method of contraception among married couples, with nearly twice as many couples choosing female partner sterilization over male sterilization. Although sterilization is among the most straightforward surgical procedures an obstetrician-gynecologist performs, it is enormously complex when considered from a historical, sociological, or ethical perspective. Sterilization practices have embodied a problematic tension, in which some women who desired fertility were sterilized without their knowledge or consent, and other women who wanted sterilization to limit their family size lacked access to it...
April 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333357/dietary-patterns-foods-and-nutrients-in-male-fertility-parameters-and-fecundability-a-systematic-review-of-observational-studies
#7
Albert Salas-Huetos, Mònica Bulló, Jordi Salas-Salvadó
BACKGROUND: Infertility is a global public health issue, affecting 15% of all couples of reproductive age. Male factors, including decreased semen quality, are responsible for ~25% of these cases. The dietary pattern, the components of the diet and nutrients have been studied as possible determinants of sperm function and/or fertility. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: Previous systematic reviews have been made of the few heterogeneous low-quality randomized clinical trials (RCTs) conducted in small samples of participants and investigating the effect of specific nutrients and nutritional supplements on male infertility...
March 10, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333356/the-safety-and-efficacy-of-controlled-ovarian-hyperstimulation-for-fertility-preservation-in-women-with-early-breast-cancer-a-systematic-review
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Rachael J Rodgers, Geoffrey D Reid, Juliette Koch, Rebecca Deans, William L Ledger, Michael Friedlander, Robert B Gilchrist, Kirsty A Walters, Jason A Abbott
STUDY QUESTION: Can controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) for fertility preservation be effectively conducted in women with breast cancer without worsening their prognosis? SUMMARY ANSWER: COH with co-administration of letrozole suppresses oestradiol levels without significantly impacting oocyte yield or decreasing disease-free survival rates. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Oestradiol has the capacity to stimulate the proliferation of breast cancer cells...
February 27, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333354/men-s-knowledge-attitudes-and-behaviours-relating-to-fertility
#9
Karin Hammarberg, Veronica Collins, Carol Holden, Kate Young, Robert McLachlan
BACKGROUND: The increasingly common practice in high-income countries to delay childbearing to the fourth and fifth decades of life increases the risk of involuntary childlessness or having fewer children than desired. Older age also increases the risk of age-related infertility, the need for ART to conceive, and obstetric and neonatal complications. Existing research relating to childbearing focusses almost exclusively on women, and in public discourse declining fertility rates are often assumed to be the result of women delaying childbearing to pursue other life goals such as a career and travel...
March 10, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333338/drug-discovery-for-male-subfertility-using-high-throughput-screening-a-new-approach-to-an-unsolved-problem
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Sarah J Martins da Silva, Sean G Brown, Keith Sutton, Louise V King, Halil Ruso, David W Gray, Paul G Wyatt, Mark C Kelly, Christopher L R Barratt, Anthony G Hope
STUDY QUESTION: Can pharma drug discovery approaches be utilized to transform investigation into novel therapeutics for male infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: High-throughput screening (HTS) is a viable approach to much-needed drug discovery for male factor infertility. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: There is both huge demand and a genuine clinical need for new treatment options for infertile men. However, the time, effort and resources required for drug discovery are currently exorbitant, due to the unique challenges of the cellular, physical and functional properties of human spermatozoa and a lack of appropriate assay platform...
March 16, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333337/tubal-anastomosis-after-previous-sterilization-a-systematic-review
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Jacoba A H van Seeters, Su Jen Chua, Ben W J Mol, Carolien A M Koks
BACKGROUND: Female sterilization is one of the most common contraceptive methods. A small number of women, however, opt for reversal of sterilization procedures after they experience regret. Procedures can be performed by laparotomy or laparoscopy, with or without robotic assistance. Another commonly utilized alternative is IVF. The choice between surgery and IVF is often influenced by reimbursement politics for that particular geographic location. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: We evaluated the fertility outcomes of different surgical methods available for the reversal of female sterilization, compared these to IVF and assessed the prognostic factors for success...
February 22, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333336/comparative-sperm-proteomics-in-mouse-species-with-divergent-mating-systems
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Alberto Vicens, Kirill Borziak, Timothy L Karr, Eduardo R S Roldan, Steve Dorus
Sexual selection is the pervasive force underlying the dramatic divergence of sperm form and function. Although it has been demonstrated that testis gene expression evolves rapidly, exploration of the proteomic basis of sperm diversity is in its infancy. We have employed a whole-cell proteomics approach to characterize sperm divergence among closely related Mus species that experience different sperm competition regimes and exhibit pronounced variation in sperm energetics, motility and fertilization capacity...
February 25, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333325/triple-paternal-contribution-to-a-normal-complete-molar-chimeric-singleton-placenta
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I Ariel, D Goldman-Wohl, S Yagel, E Gazit, R Loewenthal
A comprehensive study of unusual cases of placental pathology may provide insight into mechanisms of normal human fertilization and early embryonic development by examining the exception to the rule. A gravida three para two 39-year-old woman was monitored by ultrasound from 16 weeks of gestation for cystic placenta. A female newborn was born at 36 weeks gestation. Pathologic examination of the partially cystic placenta revealed a singleton placenta comprised of 2/3 normal placenta and 1/3 complete hydatidiform mole, largely degenerated...
March 14, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333321/preconception-and-early-pregnancy-maternal-haemodynamic-changes-in-healthy-women-in-relation-to-pregnancy-viability
#14
F L Foo, A Collins, C M McEniery, P R Bennett, I B Wilkinson, C C Lees
STUDY QUESTION: Are there differences in preconception cardiovascular function between women who have a viable pregnancy and those who have a first trimester miscarriage? SUMMARY ANSWER: Preconception cardiovascular function of central haemodynamics and arterial function are similar between women who have a viable pregnancy and those who have a first trimester miscarriage. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Miscarriages have been associated with increased long-term cardiovascular disease risk, and arterial and cardiovascular dysfunction has been hypothesised as the common link...
March 16, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333318/a-phase-iii-randomized-controlled-trial-comparing-the-efficacy-safety-and-tolerability-of-oral-dydrogesterone-versus-micronized-vaginal-progesterone-for-luteal-support-in-in-vitro-fertilization
#15
Herman Tournaye, Gennady T Sukhikh, Elke Kahler, Georg Griesinger
STUDY QUESTION: Is oral dydrogesterone 30 mg daily (10 mg three times daily [TID]) non-inferior to micronized vaginal progesterone (MVP) 600 mg daily (200 mg TID) for luteal support in in vitro fertilization (IVF), assessed by the presence of fetal heartbeats determined by transvaginal ultrasound at 12 weeks of gestation? SUMMARY ANSWER: Non-inferiority of oral dydrogesterone versus MVP was demonstrated at 12 weeks of gestation, with a difference in pregnancy rate and an associated confidence interval (CI) that were both within the non-inferiority margin...
March 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333312/establishment-maintenance-and-functional-integrity-of-the-blood-testis-barrier-in-organotypic-cultures-of-fresh-and-frozen-thawed-prepubertal-mouse-testes
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C Rondanino, A Maouche, L Dumont, A Oblette, N Rives
STUDY QUESTION: Can the spatio-temporal formation of an intact blood-testis barrier (BTB), which is essential for the progression of spermatogenesis, be reproduced in cultures of fresh or frozen/thawed prepubertal mouse testes? SUMMARY ANSWER: Organotypic cultures allow the establishment and maintenance of major BTB components and the formation of a functional BTB in mouse testicular tissues. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In vitro maturation of prepubertal testicular tissues is a promising approach to restore fertility in adult survivors of childhood cancer...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333271/impact-of-thyroid-autoimmunity-in-euthyroid-women-on-live-birth-rate-after-iui
#17
D Unuane, B Velkeniers, B Bravenboer, P Drakopoulos, H Tournaye, J Parra, M De Brucker
STUDY QUESTION: Does thyroid autoimmunity (TAI) predict live birth rate in euthyroid women after one treatment cycle in IUI patients? SUMMARY ANSWER: TAI as such does not influence pregnancy outcome after IUI treatment. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The role of TAI on pregnancy outcome in the case of IVF/ICSI is largely debated in the literature. This is the first study to address this issue in the case of IUI. STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION: This was a retrospective cohort study...
February 23, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333265/improving-oocyte-quality-by-transfer-of-autologous-mitochondria-from-fully-grown-oocytes
#18
Stine Gry Kristensen, Susanne Elisabeth Pors, Claus Yding Andersen
Older women are often the most challenging group of patients in fertility clinics due to a decline in both number and overall quality of oocytes. The quality of oocytes has been linked to mitochondrial dysfunction. In this mini-review, we discuss this hypothesis and suggest alternative treatment options using autologous mitochondria to potentially augment pregnancy potential in ART. Autologous transfer of mitochondria from the patient's own germline cells has attracted much attention as a possible new treatment to revitalize deficient oocytes...
March 2, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333245/euploidy-rates-in-donor-egg-cycles-significantly-differ-between-fertility-centers
#19
S Munné, M Alikani, L Ribustello, P Colls, Pedro A Martínez-Ortiz, D H McCulloh
STUDY QUESTION: Do external factors affect euploidy in egg donor cycles? SUMMARY ANSWER: The study demonstrates that during human assisted reproduction, embryonic chromosome abnormalities may be partly iatrogenic. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Chromosome abnormalities have been linked in the past to culture conditions such as temperature and Ph variations, as well as hormonal stimulation. Those reports were performed with older screening techniques (FISH), or ART methods no longer in use, and the subjects studied were not a homogeneous group...
March 2, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333238/clustering-of-pcos-like-traits-in-naturally-hyperandrogenic-female-rhesus-monkeys
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D H Abbott, B H Rayome, D A Dumesic, K C Lewis, A K Edwards, K Wallen, M E Wilson, S E Appt, J E Levine
STUDY QUESTION: Do naturally occurring, hyperandrogenic (≥1 SD of population mean testosterone, T) female rhesus monkeys exhibit traits typical of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? SUMMARY ANSWER: Hyperandrogenic female monkeys exhibited significantly increased serum levels of androstenedione (A4), 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP), estradiol (E2), LH, antimullerian hormone (AMH), cortisol, 11-deoxycortisol and corticosterone, as well as increased uterine endometrial thickness and evidence of reduced fertility, all traits associated with PCOS...
March 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
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