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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343824/human-papillomavirus-prophylactic-vaccination-improves-reproductive-outcome-in-infertile-patients-with-hpv-semen-infection-a-retrospective-study
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Andrea Garolla, Luca De Toni, Alberto Bottacin, Umberto Valente, Maurizio De Rocco Ponce, Andrea Di Nisio, Carlo Foresta
In this study we aimed to evaluate the effect on reproductive outcome of HPV vaccination in male subjects of infertile couples with HPV semen infection. In this single-center study, we retrospectively enrolled 151 infertile couples with detection of HPV in semen, attending our Hospital Unit of Andrology between January 2013 and June 2015, counseled to receive adjuvant HPV vaccination. Seventy-nine accepted vaccination (vaccine group) whilst 72 did not (control group). Our protocol of follow-up, aimed to evaluate HPV viral clearance, consisted in semen analysis, INNO-LiPA and FISH for HPV in semen cells after 6 and 12 months from basal evaluation...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342242/meiotic-spindle-formation-in-mammalian-oocytes-implications-for-human-infertility
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Suk Namgoong, Nam-Hyung Kim
In the final stage of oogenesis, mammalian oocytes generate a meiotic spindle and undergo chromosome segregation to yield an egg that is ready for fertilization. Herein, we describe the recent advances in understanding the mechanisms controlling formation of the meiotic spindle in metaphase I (MI) and metaphase II (MII) in mammalian oocytes, and focus on the differences between mouse and human oocytes. Unlike mitotic cells, mammalian oocytes lack typical centrosomes that consist of two centrioles and the surrounding pericentriolar matrix proteins (PCM), which serve as microtubule-organizing centers (MTOCs) in most somatic cells...
January 12, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340704/delayed-conception-in-women-with-low-urinary-iodine-concentrations-a-population-based-prospective-cohort-study
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J L Mills, G M Buck Louis, K Kannan, J Weck, Y Wan, J Maisog, A Giannakou, Q Wu, R Sundaram
STUDY QUESTION: Is iodine deficiency associated with decreased fecundability? SUMMARY ANSWER: Moderate to severe iodine deficiency is associated with a 46% decrease in fecundability. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Iodine deficiency is common in women of childbearing age but its effect on fecundability has not been investigated. STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION: The LIFE Study, a population-based prospective cohort study, enrolled 501 women who had discontinued contraception within 2 months to become pregnant between 2005 and 2009...
January 11, 2018: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340252/positive-selection-on-human-gamete-recognition-genes
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Michael W Hart, Daryn A Stover, Vanessa Guerra, Sahar V Mozaffari, Carole Ober, Carina F Mugal, Ingemar Kaj
Coevolution of genes that encode interacting proteins expressed on the surfaces of sperm and eggs can lead to variation in reproductive compatibility between mates and reproductive isolation between members of different species. Previous studies in mice and other mammals have focused in particular on evidence for positive or diversifying selection that shapes the evolution of genes that encode sperm-binding proteins expressed in the egg coat or zona pellucida (ZP). By fitting phylogenetic models of codon evolution to data from the 1000 Genomes Project, we identified candidate sites evolving under diversifying selection in the human genes ZP3 and ZP2...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334315/interplay-between-p53-and-ink4c-in-spermatogenesis-and-fertility
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Hassan Zalzali, Wisam Rabeh, Omar Najjar, Rami Abi Ammar, Mohamad Harajly, Raya Saab
The tumor suppressor p53, and the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor Ink4c, have been both implicated in spermatogenesis control. Both p53-/- and Ink4c-/- single knockout male mice are fertile, despite testicular hypertrophy, Leydig cell differentiation defect, and increased sperm count in Ink4c-/- males. To investigate their collaborative roles, we studied p53-/- Ink4c-/- dual knockout animals, and found that male p53-/- Ink4c-/- mice have profoundly reduced fertility. Dual knockout male mice show a marked decrease in sperm count, abnormal sperm morphology and motility, prolongation of spermatozoa proliferation and delay of meiosis entry, and accumulation of DNA damage...
January 15, 2018: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334204/detection-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-in-pap-smear-samples-from-south-khorasan-province-of-iran
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Davod Javanmard, Mahmoodreza Behravan, Malaknaz Ghannadkafi, Alireza Salehabadi, Masood Ziaee, Mohammad Hasan Namaei
Background: Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI), leads to pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility and chronic pelvic pain in women as well as an increased risk of vertical transmission, conjunctivitis and pneumonitis in infants. It may also be a co-factor along with human papillomavirus (HPV) in cervical cancer progression. We aimed to determine the prevalence of CT genotypes in genital specimens of women from South Khorasan, Iran and to test the association between CT and cytology statistics...
April 2018: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331980/dmc1-mutation-that-causes-human-non-obstructive-azoospermia-and-premature-ovarian-insufficiency-identified-by-whole-exome-sequencing
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Wen-Bin He, Chao-Feng Tu, Qiang Liu, Lan-Lan Meng, Shi-Min Yuan, Ai-Xiang Luo, Fu-Sheng He, Juan Shen, Wen Li, Juan Du, Chang-Gao Zhong, Guang-Xiu Lu, Ge Lin, Li-Qing Fan, Yue-Qiu Tan
BACKGROUND: The genetic causes of the majority of male and female infertility caused by human non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) and premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) with meiotic arrest are unknown. OBJECTIVE: To identify the genetic cause of NOA and POI in two affected members from a consanguineous Chinese family. METHODS: We performed whole-exome sequencing of DNA from both affected patients. The identified candidate causative gene was further verified by Sanger sequencing for pedigree analysis in this family...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329550/systematic-quantitative-analysis-of-h2a-and-h2b-variants-by-targeted-proteomics
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Sara El Kennani, Annie Adrait, Olga Permiakova, Anne-Marie Hesse, Côme Ialy-Radio, Myriam Ferro, Virginie Brun, Julie Cocquet, Jérôme Govin, Delphine Pflieger
BACKGROUND: Histones organize DNA into chromatin through a variety of processes. Among them, a vast diversity of histone variants can be incorporated into chromatin and finely modulate its organization and functionality. Classically, the study of histone variants has largely relied on antibody-based assays. However, antibodies have a limited efficiency to discriminate between highly similar histone variants. RESULTS: In this study, we established a mass spectrometry-based analysis to address this challenge...
January 12, 2018: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324534/reproductive-outcomes-after-gestational-trophoblastic-neoplasia-a-comparison-between-single-agent-and-multiagent-chemotherapy-retrospective-analysis-from-the-mito-9-group
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Raffaella Cioffi, Alice Bergamini, Angiolo Gadducci, Gennaro Cormio, Veronica Giorgione, Micaela Petrone, Emanuela Rabaiotti, Francesca Pella, Massimo Candiani, Giorgia Mangili
OBJECTIVES: Gestational trophoblastic neoplasia affects women of reproductive age and is usually treated by chemotherapy. Major concerns related to chemotherapy in young women are the possible infertility, risk of early menopause, and teratogenic effects on subsequent pregnancies. The study's aim was to analyze menstrual and reproductive outcomes of women treated with single-agent versus multiagent chemotherapy for gestational trophoblastic neoplasia. METHODS: One-hundred fifty-one patients were treated...
January 10, 2018: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320903/air-pollution-and-human-sperm-sex-ratio
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Michał Radwan, Emila Dziewirska, Paweł Radwan, Lucjusz Jakubowski, Wojciech Hanke, Joanna Jurewicz
The present study was designed to address the hypothesis that exposure to specific air pollutants may impact human sperm Y:X chromosome ratio. The study population consisted of 195 men who were attending an infertility clinic for diagnostic purposes and who had normal semen concentration of 15-300 mln/ml (WHO, 2010). Participants represented a subset of men in a multicenter parent study conducted in Poland to evaluate environmental factors and male fertility. Participants were interviewed and provided a semen sample...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315421/development-of-a-new-comprehensive-and-reliable-endometrial-receptivity-map-er-map-er-grade-based-on-rt-qpcr-gene-expression-analysis
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M Enciso, J P Carrascosa, J Sarasa, P A Martínez-Ortiz, S Munné, J A Horcajadas, J Aizpurua
STUDY QUESTION: Is it possible to determine the receptivity status of an endometrium by combined quantitative reverse transcription PCR (RT-qPCR) expression analysis of genes involved in endometrial proliferation and immunity? SUMMARY ANSWER: The new ER Map®/ER Grade® test can predict endometrial receptivity status by RT-qPCR using a new panel of genes involved in endometrial proliferation and the maternal immune response associated to embryonic implantation. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The human endometrium reaches a receptive status adequate for embryonic implantation around Days 19-21 of the menstrual cycle...
January 5, 2018: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315416/human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-and-male-infertility-an-overview-of-current-progress-and-perspectives
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Fang Fang, Zili Li, Qian Zhao, Honggang Li, Chengliang Xiong
Recently, significant progress has been made in ART for the treatment of male infertility. However, current ART has failed to help infertile patients with non-obstructive azoospermia, unless donor sperm is used. In fact, most couples wish to have their own genetically related child. Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) can be generated from patients' somatic cells and in vitro derivation of functional germ cells from patient-specific iPSCs may provide new therapeutic strategies for infertile couples...
January 5, 2018: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29309804/experimental-models-of-testicular-development-and-function-using-human-tissue-and-cells
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REVIEW
Melissa Tharmalingam, Anne Jorgensen, Rod T Mitchell
The mammalian testis has two main roles, production of gametes for reproduction and synthesis of steroid- and peptide hormones for masculinization. These processes are tightly regulated and involve complex interactions between a number of germ and somatic cell-types that comprise a unique microenvironment known as the germ stem cell niche. In humans, failure of normal testicular development or function is associated with susceptibility to a variety of male reproductive disorders including disorders of sex development, infertility and testicular cancer...
January 5, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29308626/evaluating-the-effect-of-melatonin-on-has2-and-pgr-expression-as-well-as-cumulus-expansion-and-fertility-potential-in-mice
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Maryam Ezzati, Leila Roshangar, Jafar Soleimani Rad, Nahid Karimian
OBJECTIVES: Infertility is a worldwide health problem which affects approximately 15% of sexually active couples. One of the factors influencing the fertility is melatonin. Also, protection of oocytes and embryos from oxidative stress inducing chemicals in the culture medium is important. The aim of the present study was to investigate if melatonin could regulate hyaluronan synthase-2 (HAS2) and Progesterone receptor (PGR) expressions in the cumulus cells of mice oocytes and provide an in vitro fertilization (IVF) approach...
April 2018: Cell Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29308621/the-rs1127354-polymorphism-in-itpa-is-associated-with-susceptibility-to-infertility
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Fahimeh Mollaahmadi, Ashraf Moini, Reza Salman Yazdi, Mehrdad Behmanesh
OBJECTIVES: Infertility is a common human disorder which is defined as the failure to conceive for a period of 12 months without contraception. Many studies have shown that the outcome of fertility could be affected by DNA damage. We attempted to examine the association of two SNPs (rs1127354 and rs7270101) in ITPA, a gene encoding a key factor in the repair system, with susceptibility to infertility. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a case-control study of individuals with established infertility...
April 2018: Cell Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305586/efficient-generation-of-functional-haploid-spermatids-from-human-germline-stem-cells-by-three-dimensional-induced-system
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Min Sun, Qingqing Yuan, Minghui Niu, Hong Wang, Liping Wen, Chencheng Yao, Jingmei Hou, Zheng Chen, Hongyong Fu, Fan Zhou, Chong Li, Shaorong Gao, Wei-Qiang Gao, Zheng Li, Zuping He
Generation of functional spermatids from human spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) in vitro is of utmost importance for uncovering mechanisms underlying human germ cell development and treating infertility. Here we report a three-dimensional-induced (3D-I) system by which human SSCs were efficiently differentiated into functional haploid spermatids. Human SSCs were isolated and identified phenotypically. Meiotic chromatin spreads and DNA content assays revealed that spermatocytes and haploid cells were effectively generated from human SSCs by 3D-I system...
January 5, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304248/viable-acrosome-intact-human-spermatozoa-in-the-ejaculate-as-a-marker-of-semen-quality-and-fertility-status
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Dorte Louise Egeberg Palme, Anders Rehfeld, Anne Kirstine Bang, Kristiana Alexandrova Nikolova, Søren Kjærulff, Morten Rønn Petersen, Janni Vikkelsø Jeppesen, Martin Glensbjerg, Anders Juul, Niels E Skakkebæk, Søren Ziebe, Niels Jørgensen, Kristian Almstrup
STUDY QUESTION: Is it possible, in an unbiased and clinical relevant way, to determine the number of viable acrosome-intact human spermatozoa in ejaculates and to use this as a measure of fertility chances? SUMMARY ANSWER: Image cytometry enables easy and unbiased quantification of viable acrosome-intact spermatozoa and it correlates with semen quality and fertility status. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The presence of the acrosome and its ability to respond to physiological inducers (e...
January 2, 2018: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304224/in-vitro-differentiation-of-human-oocyte-like-cells-from-oogonial-stem-cells-single-cell-isolation-and-molecular-characterization
#18
Erica Silvestris, Paola Cafforio, Stella D'Oronzo, Claudia Felici, Franco Silvestris, Giuseppe Loverro
STUDY QUESTION: Are the large cells derived from cultured DEAD box polypeptide 4 (DDX4)-positive oogonial stem cells (OSCs), isolated from the ovarian cortex of non-menopausal and menopausal women, oocyte-like cells? SUMMARY ANSWER: Under appropriate culture conditions, DDX4-positive OSCs from non-menopausal and menopausal women differentiate into large haploid oocyte-like cells expressing the major oocyte markers growth differentiation factor 9 (GDF-9) and synaptonemal complex protein 3 (SYCP3) and then enter meiosis...
January 3, 2018: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298896/mechanistic-insights-into-acephalic-spermatozoa-syndrome-associated-mutations-in-the-human-sun5-gene
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Yongliang Shang, Jie Yan, Wenhao Tang, Chao Liu, Sai Xiao, Yueshuai Guo, Li Yuan, Liang Chen, Hui Jiang, Xuejiang Guo, Jie Qiao, Wei Li
Acephalic spermatozoa syndrome has been reported for many decades; it is characterized by very few intact spermatozoa and tailless sperm heads in the semen and causes severe male infertility. The only gene whose mutations have been found to be associated with this syndrome encodes Sad1 and UNC84 domain-containing 5 (SUN5), a testis-specific nuclear envelope protein. The functional role of SUN5 has been well studied in mouse models, but the molecular basis for the pathogenic effects of mutations in the human SUN5 gene remain elusive...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298885/recombinant-chimpanzee-adenovirus-vaccine-adc7-m-e-protects-against-zika-virus-infection-and-testis-damage
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Kun Xu, Yufeng Song, Lianpan Dai, Yongli Zhang, Xuancheng Lu, Yijia Xie, Hangjie Zhang, Tao Cheng, Qihui Wang, Qingrui Huang, Yuhai Bi, William J Liu, Wenjun Liu, Xiangdong Li, Chuan Qin, Yi Shi, Jinghua Yan, Dongming Zhou, George F Gao
The recent outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV) has emerged as a global health concern. ZIKV can persist in human semen and be transmitted by sexual contact, as well as by mosquitos as seen for classical arboviruses. We and others have previously demonstrated that ZIKV infection leads to testis damage and infertility in mouse models. So far, no prophylactics or therapeutics are available, therefore, vaccine development is urgently demanded. Recombinant chimpanzee adenovirus has been explored as the preferred vaccine vector for many pathogens due to the low pre-existing immunity against the vector among the human population...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Virology
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