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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436761/androgen-and-estrogen-shifts-in-men-before-and-after-bariatric-surgery-and-links-to-vitamins-and-trace-elements
#1
Alberto Rosenblatt, Joel Faintuch, Ivan Cecconello
Androgens and estrogens play a key role regarding sexual life and reproduction. Along with hypotestosteronemia, obese men exhibit a 2-fold increase in estradiol concentration, adversely infl uencing these parameters. Estrogens and adipokines also infl uence bone metabolism, exerting a direct effect on vitamin D, calcium homeostasis and bone health. Bariatric procedures normalize some sex hormones, and may reverse several obesity-related conditions. Estrogens levels may remain elevated postoperatively, and despite its protective effect on the skeleton, bariatric patients are more prone to fractures when compared to the general population...
April 24, 2017: International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research. Journal International de Vitaminologie et de Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436141/microrna-10b-regulates-the-renewal-of-spermatogonial-stem-cells-through-kruppel-like-factor-4
#2
Jiang Li, Xiang Liu, Xiaopeng Hu, Geng G Tian, Wenzhi Ma, Xiuying Pei, Yanrong Wang, Ji Wu
MicroRNAs (miRs) are functionally important in spermatogenesis, which is the self-renewal or differentiation of spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs). Here, we report a novel role for miR-10b in regulating the self-renewal of mouse SSCs. We showed that miR-10b was highly expressed in mouse SSCs in vitro and enhanced SSC proliferation. Knockdown of miR-10b significantly increased the apoptosis of SSCs compared with controls. Kruppel-like factor 4 was found to be a target gene of miR-10b in the enhancement of SSC proliferation...
April 2017: Cell Biochemistry and Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436137/insights-into-in-vitro-spermatogenesis-in-mammals-past-present-future
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Amir Fattahi, Zeinab Latifi, Tohid Ghasemnejad, Hamid Reza Nejabati, Mohammad Nouri
Considering the self-renewal and differentiation ability of pluripotent stem cells, some studies have pointed out the possibility of stem cell-derived sperm production. Most studies that test this hypothesis have been conducted on rodents, with some promising results; however, studies on humans are progressing slowly, and have encountered technical and ethical hurdles. Established methods to differentiate stem cells - including embryoid bodies, co-culturing, and various feeder cells - may provide a niche that is similar to in vivo conditions and resolve epigenetic abnormalities, but a gonadal-like three-dimensional structure is still required to produce germ cells with the correct imprinting...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434803/genetic-dissection-of-the-planarian-reproductive-system-through-characterization-of-schmidtea-mediterranea-cpeb-homologs
#4
Labib Rouhana, Junichi Tasaki, Amir Saberi, Phillip A Newmark
Cytoplasmic polyadenylation is a mechanism of mRNA regulation prevalent in metazoan germ cells; it is largely dependent on Cytoplasmic Polyadenylation Element Binding proteins (CPEBs). Two CPEB homologs were identified in the planarian Schmidtea mediterranea. Smed-CPEB1 is expressed in ovaries and yolk glands of sexually mature planarians, and required for oocyte and yolk gland development. In contrast, Smed-CPEB2 is expressed in the testes and the central nervous system; its function is required for spermatogenesis as well as non-autonomously for development of ovaries and accessory reproductive organs...
April 20, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434751/genome-wide-mapping-and-estimation-of-inbreeding-depression-of-semen-quality-traits-in-a-cattle-population
#5
Maja Ferenčaković, Johann Sölkner, Miroslav Kapš, Ino Curik
Inbreeding depression is known to affect quantitative traits such as male fertility and sperm quality, but the genetic basis for these associations is poorly understood. Most studies have been limited to examining how pedigree- or marker-derived genome-wide autozygosity is associated with quantitative phenotypes. In this study, we analyzed possible associations of genetic features of inbreeding depression with percentage of live spermatozoa and total number of spermatozoa in 19,720 ejaculates obtained from 554 Austrian Fleckvieh bulls during routine artificial insemination programs...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431403/association-of-the-vdac3-gene-polymorphism-with-sperm-count-in-han-chinese-population-with-idiopathic-male-infertility
#6
Lianjun Pan, Qingzhen Liu, Jingyun Li, Wei Wu, Xinru Wang, Dan Zhao, Jiehua Ma
Voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC) is a multifunctional channel protein across the outer mitochondrial membrane of somatic cells and participates in many physiological and pathophysiological processes. Up to now, only a few studies, including our previous studies, showed that VDAC exists in mammalian spermatozoa and is involved in spermatogenesis and sperm functions. There is no report about VDAC genetic variants in germinal tissues or cells. To investigate the possible association between VDAC genetic variants and human sperm quality, we performed semen analysis and variant Genotyping of VDAC3 subtype (rs7004637, rs16891278 and rs6773) of 523 Han-Chinese males with idiopathic infertility respectively by computer assisted semen analysis (CASA) and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) Genotyping assay...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429153/relative-abundance-of-heat-shock-proteins-and-clusterin-transcripts-in-spermatozoa-collected-form-boar-routinely-utilised-in-an-artificial-insemination-centre-preliminary-results
#7
A Zannoni, C Bernardini, A Zaniboni, E Ferlizza, D Ventrella, M L Bacci, M Forni
It is widely accepted that mature sperm contains RNA. The first hypothesis was that sperm RNAs have no functions of their own but are simply residues of spermatogenesis reflecting the events that occurred during their formation in the testes. More recently new discoveries have essentially expanded these views, showing that sperm mRNAs constitute a population of stable full-length transcripts, many of which are selectively retained during spermatogenesis and delivered to oocytes contributing to early embryo development...
April 21, 2017: Veterinary Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428445/pectinase-treated-panax-ginseng-protects-heat-stress-induced-testicular-damage-in-rats
#8
Min Kyoung Kim, Kyu-Min Cha, Seock-Yeon Hwang, Un-Kyu Park, Seok Kyo Seo, Sang-Ho Lee, Min-Sik Jeong, SiHyun Cho, Spandana Rajendra Kopalli, Si-Kwan Kim
Testicular hyperthermia is well studied to cause impaired spermatogenesis. In the present study, the protective effect of enzymatically modified (pectinase-treated) Panax ginseng (GINST) against intermittent sub-chronic heat stress-induced testicular damage in rats was investigated. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups: normal control (NC), heat-stressed control (HC), heat-stressed plus GINST-100 mg/kg/day (HG100) and heat-stressed plus GINST-200 mg/kg/day (HG200) treatment groups. GINST (100 and 200 mg/kg/day) was mixed separately with a regular pellet diet and was administered orally for 8 weeks starting from 1 week before heat exposure...
June 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428044/transcriptional-co-activator-yap-regulates-camp-signaling-in-sertoli-cells
#9
Souvik Sen Sharma, Subeer S Majumdar
FSH mediated cyclic AMP (cAMP) signaling is crucial for function of testicular Sertoli cells (Sc) during puberty. Yes-kinase Associated Protein (YAP), a transcriptional co-activator, regulates cell proliferation and differentiation. However, its role in testicular function is not known. In present study, we have identified YAP as an important regulator of cAMP signaling in Sc, in-vitro. Verteporfin, a YAP-inhibitor, down regulated the expression of cAMP responsive genes necessary for spermatogenesis in Sc. Action of forskolin, which acts via cAMP, was also antagonized by verteporfin, limiting expression of these genes...
April 17, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427772/seasonal-variations-of-aromatase-and-estrogen-receptors-expression-in-the-testis-of-free-ranging-sand-rats
#10
Rafik Menad, Souaâd Smaï, Xavier Bonnet, Thérèse Gernigon-Spychalowicz, Elara Moudilou, Farida Khammar, Jean-Marie Exbrayat
An increasing number of studies revealed the importance of estrogen in male reproduction. However, most research was conducted in laboratory rodents subjected to standardized environmental conditions. Therefore, seasonal regulations of estrogen pathways remain poorly understood under natural conditions. Using immunohistochemistry, the expression of several molecules involved in the functioning of testis (i.e. 17-β estradiol [E2], P450 aromatase, estrogen receptors ESR1, ESR2, and GPER1 [also known as GPR30]) were investigated in free-ranging fat sand rats, Psammomys obesus, during the breeding and resting seasons...
April 17, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424629/molecular-and-cellular-mechanisms-of-apoptosis-during-dissociated-spermatogenesis
#11
Tengfei Liu, Lingling Wang, Hong Chen, Yufei Huang, Ping Yang, Nisar Ahmed, Taozhi Wang, Yi Liu, Qiusheng Chen
Apoptosis is a tightly controlled process by which tissues eliminate unwanted cells. Spontaneous germ cell apoptosis in testis has been broadly investigated in mammals that have an associated spermatogenesis pattern. However, the mechanism of germ cell apoptosis in seasonally breeding reptiles following a dissociated spermatogenesis has remained enigmatic. In the present study, morphological evidence has clearly confirmed the dissociated spermatogenesis pattern in Pelodiscus sinensis. TUNEL and TEM analyses presented dynamic changes and ultrastructural characteristics of apoptotic germ cells during seasonal spermatogenesis, implying that apoptosis might be one of the key mechanisms to clear degraded germ cells...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421491/chapter-7-human-epididymal-and-testicular-sperm-cryopreservation
#12
Pankaj Talwar, Sarabpreet Singh
Since the advent of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in the early 1990s, surgical techniques to recover samples from the epididymis and testis directly have been used to benefit patients suffering from obstructive and nonobstructive azoospermia. Various studies have demonstrated comparable fertilization, ongoing pregnancy, and implantation rates when fresh and frozen-thawed epididymal sperms were used for ICSI [1]. Injection of fresh and frozen testicular sperms into mature oocytes resulted in similar fertilization rates in cases of obstructive azoospermia...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420996/chronic-water-pipe-smoke-exposure-induces-injurious-effects-to-reproductive-system-in-male-mice
#13
Badreldin H Ali, Khalid A Al Balushi, Mohammed Ashique, Asem Shalaby, Mohammed A Al Kindi, Sirin A Adham, Turan Karaca, Sumaya Beegam, Priya Yuvaraju, Abderrahim Nemmar
There is a global increase in the popularity of water-pipe tobacco smoking including in Europe and North America. Nevertheless, little is known about the male reproductive effects of water-pipe smoke (WPS), especially after long-term exposure. Here, we assessed effects of WPS exposure (30 min/day) in male mice for 6 months. Control mice were exposed to air-only for the same period of time. Twenty-four hours after the last exposure, testicular histopathology, and markers of inflammation and oxidative stress, and the tyrosine-protein kinase vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 1 (VEGFR1) were assessed in testicular homogenates...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420800/setdb1-plays-an-essential-role-in-maintenance-of-gonocyte-survival-in-pigs
#14
Tian Tian Liu, Pengfei Zhang, Tian Jiao Li, Xiao Xu Chen, Zhen Shuo Zhu, Ying Hua Lyu, Xue Liang Li, Xiue Tian, Wen Xian Zeng
Histone methyltransferase SETDB1 suppresses gene expression and modulates heterochromatin formation through H3K9me2/3. Previous studies have revealed that SETDB1 catalyzes lysine 9 of histone H3 tri-methylation and plays essential roles in maintaining the survival of embryonic stem cells and spermatogonial stem cells in mice. However, the function of SETDB1 in porcine male germ cells remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to reveal the expression profile and function of SETDB1 in porcine germ cells...
April 18, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420799/neonatal-hypothyroidism-does-not-increase-sertoli-cell-proliferation-in-inos-mice
#15
Nathalia de Lima E Martins Lara, Luiz Renato de França
Sertoli cell (SC) proliferation in mice occurs until two weeks after birth and is mainly regulated by FSH and thyroid hormones. Previous studies have shown that transient neonatal hypothyroidism in laboratory rodents is able to extend SC mitotic activity, leading ultimately to higher testis size and daily sperm production (DSP) in adult animals. Moreover, we have shown that due to higher SC proliferation and lower germ cell apoptosis, iNOS deficiency in mice also results in higher testis size and DSP. Although the cell size was smaller, the Leydig cells (LC) number per testis also significantly increased in iNOS(-/-) mice...
April 18, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416760/the-histone-demethylase-kdm3a-regulates-the-transcriptional-program-of-the-androgen-receptor-in-prostate-cancer-cells
#16
Stephen Wilson, Lingling Fan, Natasha Sahgal, Jianfei Qi, Fabian V Filipp
The lysine demethylase 3A (KDM3A, JMJD1A or JHDM2A) controls transcriptional networks in a variety of biological processes such as spermatogenesis, metabolism, stem cell activity, and tumor progression. We matched transcriptomic and ChIP-Seq profiles to decipher a genome-wide regulatory network of epigenetic control by KDM3A in prostate cancer cells. ChIP-Seq experiments monitoring histone 3 lysine 9 (H3K9) methylation marks show global histone demethylation effects of KDM3A. Combined assessment of histone demethylation events and gene expression changes presented major transcriptional activation suggesting that distinct oncogenic regulators may synergize with the epigenetic patterns by KDM3A...
March 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415605/kifc1-is-essential-for-acrosome-formation-and-nuclear-shaping-during-spermiogenesis-in-the-lobster-procambarus-clarkii
#17
Dan-Dan Ma, Lian Bi, Wan-Xi Yang
In order to study the function of kinesin-14 motor protein KIFC1 during spermatogenesis of Procambarus clarkii, the full length of kifc1 was cloned from testes cDNA using Rapid-Amplification of cDNA Ends (RACE). The deduced KIFC1 protein sequence showed the highest similarity between Procambarus clarkii and Eriocheir senensis (similarity rate as 64%). According to the results of in situ hybridization (ISH), the kifc1 mRNA was gathered in the acrosome location above nucleus in the mid- and late-stage spermatids...
March 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412438/torsional-stress-promotes-trinucleotidic-expansion-in-spermatids
#18
Olivier Simard, Seyedeh Raheleh Niavarani, Virginie Gaudreault, Guylain Boissonneault
Trinucleotide repeats are involved in various neurodegenerative diseases and are highly unstable both in dividing or non-dividing cells. In Huntington disease (HD), the age of onset of symptoms is inversely correlated to the number of CAG repeats within exon 1 of the HTT gene. HD shows paternal anticipation as CAG repeats are increased during spermatogenesis. CAG expansion were indeed found to be generated during the chromatin remodeling in spermatids where most histones are evicted and replaced by protamines...
April 9, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412171/gender-specific-amelioration-of-sma-phenotype-upon-disruption-of-a-deep-intronic-structure-by-an-oligonucleotide
#19
Matthew D Howell, Eric W Ottesen, Natalia N Singh, Rachel L Anderson, Ravindra N Singh
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the leading genetic disease of children, is caused by low levels of survival motor neuron (SMN) protein. Here, we employ A15/283, an antisense oligonucleotide targeting a deep intronic sequence/structure, to examine the impact of restoration of SMN in a mild SMA mouse model. We show gender-specific amelioration of tail necrosis upon subcutaneous administrations of A15/283 into SMA mice at postnatal days 1 and 3. We also demonstrate that a modest increase in SMN due to early administrations of A15/283 dramatically improves testicular development and spermatogenesis...
April 13, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408662/the-gdnf-responsive-phosphoprotein-landscape-identifies-raptor-phosphorylation-required-for-spermatogonial-progenitor-cell-proliferation
#20
Min Wang, Yueshuai Guo, Mei Wang, Tao Zhou, Yuanyuan Xue, Guihua Du, Xiang Wei, Jing Wang, Lin Qi, Hao Zhang, Lufan Li, Lan Ye, Xuejiang Guo, Xin Wu
Cytokine-dependent renewal of stem cells is a fundamental requisite for tissue homeostasis and regeneration. Spermatogonial progenitor cells (SPCs) including stem cells support life-long spermatogenesis and male fertility, but pivotal phosphorylation events that regulate fate decisions in SPCs remain unresolved. Here, we described a quantitative mass-spectrometry-based proteomic and phosphoproteomic analyses of SPCs following sustained stimulation with glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), an extrinsic factor supporting SPC proliferation...
April 13, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
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