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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915635/dysregulation-of-an-x-linked-primate-specific-epididymal-microrna-cluster-in-unexplained-asthenozoospermia
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Xingrong Qing, Jian Shi, Tingting Dong, Chunlin Wu, Lian Hu, Honggang Li
Asthenoszoopermia, characterized by reduced sperm motility, is one of the primary forms of male infertility. Whereas most cases were diagnosed into unexplained asthenozoospermia (UA) because the etiology cannot be identified. In animal models, epigenetic dysregulation in epididymis can impair sperm maturation and result in asthenozoospermia. However, researches of epididymal epigenetic regulation on humans are impeded by the difficulty in obtaining epididymal tissues. We previously identified cell-free seminal microRNAs predominately derived from epididymis in human ejaculate...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914500/comprehensive-proteomics-analysis-of-exosomes-derived-from-human-seminal-plasma
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C Yang, W-B Guo, W-S Zhang, J Bian, J-K Yang, Q-Z Zhou, M-K Chen, W Peng, T Qi, C-Y Wang, C-D Liu
Exosomes are membranous nanovesicles of endocytic origin that carry and transfer regulatory bioactive molecules and mediate intercellular communication between cells and tissues. Although seminal exosomes have been identified in human seminal plasma, their exact composition and possible physiologic function remain unknown. The objective of this study was to perform a comprehensive proteomics analysis of exosomes derived from human seminal plasma. Seminal exosomes were isolated and purified from 12 healthy donors using a 30% sucrose cushion-based exosome-isolation protocol, followed by characterization by western blot, transmission electron microscopy, and nanoparticle tracking analysis before performing extensive liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry proteomics analysis...
September 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911212/apposition-to-endometrial-epithelial-cells-activates-mouse-blastocysts-for-implantation
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Peter T Ruane, Stéphane C Berneau, Rebekka Koeck, Jessica Watts, Susan J Kimber, Daniel R Brison, Melissa Westwood, John D Aplin
STUDY QUESTION: How do interactions between blastocyst-stage embryos and endometrial epithelial cells regulate the early stages of implantation in an in vitro model? SUMMARY ANSWER: Mouse blastocyst apposition with human endometrial epithelial cells initiates trophectoderm differentiation to trophoblast, which goes on to breach the endometrial epithelium. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In vitro models using mouse blastocysts and human endometrial cell lines have proven invaluable in the molecular characterisation of embryo attachment to endometrial epithelium at the onset of implantation...
September 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911209/intracellular-activation-of-ovastacin-mediates-pre-fertilization-hardening-of-the-zona-pellucida
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Hagen Körschgen, Michael Kuske, Konstantin Karmilin, Irene Yiallouros, Melanie Balbach, Julia Floehr, Dagmar Wachten, Willi Jahnen-Dechent, Walter Stöcker
STUDY QUESTION: How and where is pro-ovastacin activated and how does active ovastacin regulate zona pellucida hardening (ZPH) and successful fertilization? STUDY FINDING: Ovastacin is partially active before exocytosis and pre-hardens the zona pellucida (ZP) before fertilization. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The metalloproteinase ovastacin is stored in cortical granules, it cleaves zona pellucida protein 2 (ZP2) upon fertilization and thereby destroys the ZP sperm ligand and triggers ZPH...
September 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911169/obesity-induced-infertility-in-male-mice-is-associated-with-disruption-of-crisp4-expression-and-sperm-fertilization-capacity
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Beatriz C Borges, David Garcia-Galiano, Sanseray da Silveira Cruz-Machado, Xingfa Han, Galina B Gavrilina, Thomas L Saunders, Richard J Auchus, Saher S Hammoud, Gary D Smith, Carol F Elias
Approximately 15% of human couples of reproductive age have impaired fertility, and the male component accounts for about half of these cases. The etiology is usually unknown, but high correlation with the increase in obesity rates is documented. In this study, we show that diet-induced and genetically obese mice display copulatory behavior comparable to controls, but the number of females impregnated by obese males is remarkably low. Screening for changes in gene expression in the male reproductive tract showed decreased Crisp4 expression in testis and epididymis of obese mice...
September 1, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905710/cleavage-speed-and-blastomere-number-in-dba-2j-compared-with-c57bl-6j-mouse-embryos
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Hirofumi Nishizono, Kyosuke Uno, Hiroyuki Abe
DBA/2J mice are among the oldest and most important inbred strains still used in many research fields. However, this strain has reproductive problems, which may consume considerable time and effort during experiments requiring a large population. Because the quality of DBA/2J embryos has not yet been described in detail, we compared DBA/2J mice with the reproductively efficient C57BL/6J strain. Compared with C57BL/6J embryos, DBA/2J embryos had a slower cleavage speed (mean ± 1 SD; first cleavage: C57BL/6J, 16...
January 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905369/tsga10-is-a-novel-candidate-gene-associated-with-acephalic-spermatozoa
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Yan-Wei Sha, Yan-Kun Sha, Zhi-Yong Ji, Li-Bin Mei, Lu Ding, Qing Zhang, Ping-Ping Qiu, Shao-Bin Lin, Xu Wang, Ping Li, Xiaohui Xu, Lin Li
Acephalic spermatozoa is a rare teratozoospermia associated with male infertility. However, the pathogenesis of this disorder remains unclear. Here, we report a 27-year-old infertile male from a consanguineous family, who presented with 99% headless sperm in his ejaculate. Electron microscopic and immunofluorescence analysis suggested breakage at the midpiece of the patient's sperm cells. Subsequent whole-exome sequencing (WES) analysis identified a homozygous deletion within TSGA10 (c.211delG; p.A71Hfs*12), which resulted in the production of truncated TSGA10 protein...
September 14, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904504/role-of-serpine-gene-polymorphism-in-recurrent-implantation-failure-and-preeclampsia
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Nidhi Sharma, Jayashree K Srinivasan, Margeret Harriet Priya, Venkatachalam Sibiya
This is a rare case of serpine gene polymorphism causing thrombophilia and recurrent implantation failure following intrauterine insemination. SERPINE1 gene encodes plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 and inhibits fibrinolysis, or clot dissolution. The 4G variant results in increased expression of SERPINE1 and consequently higher inhibition of fibrinolysis, thus leading to thrombophilia. The patient had unexplained primary infertility for 9 years. Ovulation induction was done with gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist long protocol...
April 2017: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904495/to-study-the-vitamin-d-levels-in-infertile-females-and-correlation-of-vitamin-d-deficiency-with-amh-levels-in-comparison-to-fertile-females
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Indu Lata, Swasti Tiwari, Amrit Gupta, Subhash Yadav, Shashi Yadav
CONTEXT: Human and animal data suggest that low vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) status is associated with impaired fertility, endometriosis, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Vitamin D regulates antimullerian hormone (AMH), FSH, mRNA, and expression of genes in reproductive tissues, implicating a role in female reproduction. AIMS: To study the vitamin D levels in infertile females and to know the correlation of vitamin D deficiency (VDD) with serum AMH in infertile females compare to fertile females...
April 2017: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892486/misattribution-of-musical-arousal-increases-sexual-attraction-towards-opposite-sex-faces-in-females
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Manuela M Marin, Raphaela Schober, Bruno Gingras, Helmut Leder
Several theories about the origins of music have emphasized its biological and social functions, including in courtship. Music may act as a courtship display due to its capacity to vary in complexity and emotional content. Support for music's reproductive function comes from the recent finding that only women in the fertile phase of the reproductive cycle prefer composers of complex melodies to composers of simple ones as short-term sexual partners, which is also in line with the ovulatory shift hypothesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891297/validating-missing-proteins-in-human-sperm-cells-by-targeted-mass-spectrometry-and-antibody-based-methods
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Christine Carapito, Paula Duek, Charlotte Macron, Marine Seffals, Karine Rondel, Francois Delalande, Cecilia Lindskog, Thomas Freour, Yves Vandenbrouck, Lydie Lane, Charles Pineau
The present study is a contribution to the "neXt50 challenge", a coordinated effort across C-HPP teams to identify the 50 most tractable missing proteins (MPs) on each chromosome. We report the targeted search of 38 theoretically detectable MPs from chromosomes 2 and 14 in Triton X-100 soluble and insoluble sperm fractions from a total of 15 healthy donors. A targeted mass spectrometry-based strategy consisting in the development of LC-PRM assays (with heavy labeled synthetic peptides) targeting 92 proteotypic peptides of the 38 selected MPs was used...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886606/high-throughput-analysis-of-ovarian-cycle-disruption-by-mixtures-of-aromatase-inhibitors
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Frederic Y Bois, Nazanin Golbamaki-Bakhtyari, Simona Kovarich, Cleo Tebby, Henry A Gabb, Emmanuel Lemazurier
BACKGROUND: Combining computational toxicology with ExpoCast exposure estimates and ToxCast™ assay data gives us access to predictions of human health risks stemming from exposures to chemical mixtures. OBJECTIVES: We explored, through mathematical modeling and simulations, the size of potential effects of random mixtures of aromatase inhibitors on the dynamics of women's menstrual cycles. METHODS: We simulated random exposures to millions of potential mixtures of 86 aromatase inhibitors...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886319/morphokinetic-analysis-of-human-embryo-development-and-its-relationship-to-the-female-age-a-retrospective-time-lapse-imaging-study
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N Akhter, M Shahab
Time-lapse imaging technique has provided embryologists with a unique chance of studying the embryo morphokineticsto select the most viable embryos for implantation in the field of IVF (In vitro fertilization).The conventional method of morphological evaluations has proved that maternal age affects the human embryo quality. This retrospective study carried out at Islamabad Clinic Serving Infertile Couples, Islamabad, Pakistan mainly focuses on the effect of female age on human embryo morphokinetics. A total number of 200 patients undergoing ICSI treatment cycles at the clinic were selected for the study and divided into five age groups (< 26, 26-30, 31-35, 36-40, and > 40 years)...
August 30, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883083/neupogen-and-mesenchymal-stem-cells-are-novel-therapeutic-agents-in-regeneration-of-induced-endometrial-fibrosis-in-experimental-rats
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Dina Sabry, Abeer Mostafa, Samar Marzouk, Walaa Ibrahim, Hanan H M Ali, Ayman Ahmed Hassan, Ashraf Shamaa
Endometrial fibrosis is the presence of intrauterine adhesions after any uterine surgery or curettage and it results in infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss. We evaluated the role of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) as a therapeutic agent of endometrial fibrosis. We also compared the effect of MSCs with the effect of estrogen and neupogen either each alone or as a combined therapy with MSCs. This experimental study was performed on 84 albino rats which were divided into seven groups (n=12 rats/group) as follows, group 1: normal control rats, group 2: induced fibrosis, group 3: induced fibrosis that received oral estrogen, group 4: induced fibrosis that received hMSCs, group 5: induced fibrosis that received hMSCs and estrogen, group 6: induced fibrosis that received neupogen, and group 7: induced fibrosis that received hMSCs and neupogen...
September 7, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878336/effect-of-gnrhr-polymorphisms-on-in-vitro-fertilization-and-embryo-transfer-in-patients-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Wei-Yan Chen, Yan-Qiu Du, Xia Guan, Hong-Yun Zhang, Ting Liu
We investigated the relationship between gonadotropin-releasing hormone receptor (GnRHR) gene polymorphisms and outcome of patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) undergoing in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET). PCOS patients undergoing IVF-ET were selected, and infertile patients due to dysfunctional oviducts served as controls. GnRHR gene polymorphisms were detected using the polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism assay. Gene-gene interaction and linkage disequilibrium tests were performed using the SHEsis software...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868846/personhood-and-moral-status-of-the-embryo-it-s-effect-on-validity-of-surrogacy-contract-revocation-according-to-shia-jurisprudence-perspective
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Saeid Nazari Tavakkoli
Background: One of the most controversial issues related to the human embryo is the determination of the moment when an embryo is considered a human being and acquires a moral status. Although personhood and moral status are frequently mentioned in medical ethics, they are considered interdisciplinary as concepts that shape the debate in medical law (fiqh) since their consequences are influential in the way which the parents and other individuals behave towards the embryo. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This analytical-descriptive research gathered relevant data in a literature search...
October 2017: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868840/predicting-implantation-outcome-of-in-vitro-fertilization-and-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-using-data-mining-techniques
#17
Pegah Hafiz, Mohtaram Nematollahi, Reza Boostani, Bahia Namavar Jahromi
Background: In vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) are two important subsets of the assisted reproductive techniques, used for the treatment of infertility. Predicting implantation outcome of IVF/ICSI or the chance of pregnancy is essential for infertile couples, since these treatments are complex and expensive with a low probability of conception. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, the data of 486 patients were collected using census method...
October 2017: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865234/impact-of-seminal-plasma-trace-elements-on-human-sperm-motility-parameters
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Mohammad Mostakhdem Hashemi, Nasser Behnampour, Mojgan Nejabat, Afsaneh Tabandeh, Behrouz Ghazi-Moghaddam, Hamid Reza Joshaghani
INTRODUCTION: Human seminal plasma contains a variety of macro and trace elements including magnesium(Mg), copper(Cu), zinc(Zn), and iron(Fe) that have essential roles in normal functioning of semen and its quality. The imbalance of these elements have been reported in several pathologic and male infertility disorders. Therefore, this study aimed to determine the levels of these elements in seminal plasma samples, their relationships with each other and their impact on sperm motility...
August 28, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864986/the-role-of-maternal-nutrition-during-the-periconceptional-period-and-its-effect-on-offspring-phenotype
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Tom P Fleming, Judith J Eckert, Oleg Denisenko
The early preimplantation embryo has been rigorously studied for decades to understand inherent reproductive and developmental mechanisms driving its morphogenesis from before fertilisation through to and beyond implantation. Recent research has demonstrated that this short developmental window is also critical for the embryo's interaction with external, maternal factors, particularly nutritional status. Here, maternal dietary quality has been shown to alter the pattern of development in an enduring way that can influence health throughout the lifetime...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858634/effect-of-diabetes-mellitus-on-the-quality-and-cytokine-content-of-human-semen
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Xiaosheng Lu, Yonggang Huang, Huina Zhang, Junzhao Zhao
The effects of diabetes mellitus (DM) on the quality and cytokine levels of human semen remain unknown. Sixty semen samples from 30 normal volunteers and 30 DM patients were assayed. The percentage of sperm progressive motility, sperm vitality, sperm survival rate, the rate of normal sperm morphology, semen volume, and semen pH and density of DM males were significantly lower than those of normal males (p<0.05). Moreover, semen interleukin (IL)-17 and IL-18 levels in DM males were significantly higher than those in normal males (p<0...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
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