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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326513/manual-vs-computer-assisted-sperm-analysis-can-casa-replace-manual-assessment-of-human-semen-in-clinical-practice
#1
Joanna Talarczyk-Desole, Anna Berger, Grażyna Taszarek-Hauke, Jan Hauke, Leszek Pawelczyk, Piotr Jedrzejczak
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to check the quality of computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA) system in comparison to the reference manual method as well as standardization of the computer-assisted semen assessment. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was conducted between January and June 2015 at the Andrology Laboratory of the Division of Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology, Poznań University of Medical Sciences, Poland. The study group consisted of 230 men who gave sperm samples for the first time in our center as part of an infertility investigation...
2017: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323003/pulsed-or-continuous-electromagnetic-field-induce-p53-p21-mediated-apoptotic-signaling-pathway-in-mouse-spermatogenic-cells-in-vitro-and-thus-may-affect-male-fertility
#2
Przemyslaw Solek, Lena Majchrowicz, Dominika Bloniarz, Ewelina Krotoszynska, Marek Koziorowski
The impact of electromagnetic field (EMF) on the human health and surrounding environment is a common topic investigated over the years. A significant increase in the electromagnetic field concentration arouses public concern about the long-term effects of EMF on living organisms associated with many aspects. In the present study, we investigated the effects of pulsed and continuous electromagnetic field (PEMF/CEMF) on mouse spermatogenic cell lines (GC-1 spg and GC-2 spd) in terms of cellular and biochemical features in vitro...
March 16, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322991/thyroid-hormone-induce-a-p53-dependent-dna-damage-through-pi3k-akt-activation-in-sperm
#3
Hong Xian, Fang Wang, Wending Teng, Dong Yang, Ming Zhang
Accumulating evidences showed that thyroid hormone was participated in the functioning of the reproductive system, and an elevated level of thyroid hormones had a negative impact on reproductive system. However, the molecular basis for this observation still remains to be fully understood. Here, we show that l-Thyroxine significantly impaired human sperm motility. The molecular basis showed that thyroxine receptor stimulation triggers Phosphatidyl Inositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt signaling activation leading to the E3 ligase MDM2 phosphorylation at serine 166, which directly interacted with p53 for degradation...
March 16, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320989/differentially-methylated-cpg-sites-in-bull-spermatozoa-revealed-by-human-dna-methylation-arrays-and-bisulfite-analysis
#4
Kumiko Takeda, Eiji Kobayashi, Satoshi Akagi, Kagetomo Nishino, Masahiro Kaneda, Shinya Watanabe
The methylation status of sperm DNA differs between individual bulls. However, the relationship between methylation status and bull sperm parameters is not well elucidated. The present study investigated genome-wide methylation profiles at 450,000 CpG sites in bull spermatozoa by using a human DNA methylation microarray. Semen samples from three adult Japanese Black bulls with different in vitro fertilization (IVF) results and from a young Holstein bull through sexual maturation (at ages 10, 10.5, 15, and 25 months) were used for the analysis...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320598/molecular-characterization-of-ureaplasmas-isolated-from-reproductive-tract-of-goats-and-sheep-from-brazil
#5
Rosângela C Oliveira, Maurício Yamaguti, Lucas M Marques, Melissa Buzinhani, Huber Rizzo, Enoch Brandão de Souza Meira-Junior, Ana Márcia S Guimarães, Lilian Gregory, Jorge Timenetsky
Ovine/caprine ureaplasmas have not yet been assigned a species designation, but they have been classified into nine serotypes. Herein ureaplasmas were searched for in 120 samples of vulvo vaginal mucous from sheep and 98 samples from goats at 17 farms. In addition, semen samples were collected from 11 sheep and 23 goats. The recovered ureaplasma were from sheep and goats from animals without any reproductive disorder symptoms, but not all animals presented positive cultures. In sheep, 17 (68%) cultures of vulvovaginal mucous were positive for ureaplasma and 11 (27%) samples of semen presented positive cultures in animals with clinical signs of orchitis, balanoposthitis or low sperm motility...
February 20, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320563/the-establishment-of-appropriate-methods-for-egg-activation-by-human-plcz1-rna-injection-into-human-oocyte
#6
Takashi Yamaguchi, Masahiko Ito, Keiji Kuroda, Satoru Takeda, Atsushi Tanaka
Phospholipase C-zeta (PLCZ1), a strong candidate of egg-activating sperm factor, can induce Ca(2+) oscillations and cause egg activation. For the application of PLCZ1 to clinical use, we examined the pattern of Ca(2+) responses and developmental rate by comparing PLCZ1 RNA injection methods with the other current methods, such as cytosolic aspiration, electrical stimulation and ionomycin treatment in human oocytes. We found that the pattern of Ca(2+) oscillations after PLCZ1 RNA injection exhibited similar characteristics to that after ICSI treatment...
March 6, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318978/the-mitochondrial-dna-polymerase-promotes-elimination-of-paternal-mitochondrial-genomes
#7
Zhongsheng Yu, Patrick H O'Farrell, Nikita Yakubovich, Steven Z DeLuca
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is typically inherited from only one parent [1-3]. In animals, this is usually the mother. Maternal inheritance is often presented as the passive outcome of the difference in cytoplasmic content of egg and sperm; however, active programs enforce uniparental inheritance at two levels, eliminating paternal mitochondrial genomes or destroying mitochondria delivered to the zygote by the sperm [4-13]. Both levels operate in Drosophila [8, 12, 13]. As sperm formation begins, hundreds of doomed mitochondrial genomes are visualized within the two huge mitochondria of each spermatid...
March 11, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306342/nmr-based-plasma-metabolomic-discrimination-for-male-fertility-assessment-of-rats-treated-with-eurycoma-longifolia-extracts
#8
Forough Ebrahimi, Baharudin Ibrahim, Chin-Hoe Teh, Vikneswaran Murugaiyah, Kit-Lam Chan
Male infertility is one of the leading causes of infertility which affects many couples worldwide. Semen analysis is a routine examination of male fertility status which is usually performed on semen samples obtained through masturbation that may be inconvenient to patients. Eurycoma longifolia (Tongkat Ali, TA), native to Malaysia, has been traditionally used as a remedy to boost male fertility. In our recent studies in rats, upon the administration of high-quassinoid content extracts of TA including TA water (TAW), quassinoid-rich TA (TAQR) extracts, and a low-quassinoid content extract including quassinoid-poor TA (TAQP) extract, sperm count (SC) increased in TAW- and TAQR-treated rats when compared to the TAQP-treated and control groups...
March 17, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300557/high-fat-diet-aggravates-2-2-4-4-tetrabromodiphenyl-ether-inhibited-testosterone-production-via-dax-1-in-leydig-cells-in-rats
#9
Zhan Zhang, Yongquan Yu, Hengsen Xu, Chao Wang, Minghui Ji, Jun Gu, Lu Yang, Jiansheng Zhu, Huibin Dong, Shou-Lin Wang
Growing evidence has revealed that a high-fat diet (HFD) could lead to disorders of glycolipid metabolism and insulin-resistant states, and HFDs have been associated with the inhibition of testicular steroidogenesis. Our previous study demonstrated that 2,2',4,4'-tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE47) could increase the risk of diabetes in humans and reduce testosterone production in rats. However, whether the HFD affects BDE47-inhibited testosterone production by elevating insulin levels and inducing related pathways remains unknown...
March 12, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297560/an-investigation-of-the-potential-effect-of-sperm-nuclear-vacuoles-in-human-spermatozoa-on-dna-fragmentation-using-a-neutral-and-alkaline-comet-assay
#10
E Pastuszek, J Kiewisz, P Skowronska, J Liss, M Lukaszuk, A Bruszczynska, G Jakiel, K Lukaszuk
Presence of vacuoles and degree of sperm DNA damage are considered to be the basic factors used for the assessment of sperm fertilization capacity. We aimed to investigate the link between these two parameters. According to our knowledge, this is the first study where the Comet assay was used to assess the degree of DNA fragmentation of sperm categorized by Motile Sperm Organelle Morphology Examination (MSOME) Grades. Semen samples from 10 patients were assessed. Spermatozoa were graded into four MSOME groups according to the Vanderzwalmen's criteria...
March 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294638/potential-targetability-of-multi-walled-carbon-nanotube-loaded-with-silver-nanoparticles-photosynthesized-from-ocimum-tenuiflorum-tulsi-extract-in-fertility-diagnosis
#11
Pradeep K Jha, Rakhi K Jha, Dilip Rout, Sathishkumar Gnanasekar, Suresh Vs Rana, Maidul Hossain
Nanocarrier mediated targeted delivery and biosensing in reproductive health care is a major exploratory domain. This work demonstrates the loading of silver nanoparticle (AgNP) inside the multiwalled Carbon nanotube(MWCNT) and their targetability to the intracellular part of the sperm cell for its further application in biosensing based infertility diagnosis. Ocimum tenuiflorum (tulsi extract) mediated photosynthesized AgNP exhibited spherical shape, 5-40nm size and surface plasmonic resonance at 430 nm...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292651/human-exposure-to-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-effects-on-the-male-and-female-reproductive-systems
#12
REVIEW
Stavros Sifakis, Vasilis P Androutsopoulos, Aristeidis M Tsatsakis, Demetrios A Spandidos
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) comprise a group of chemical compounds that have been examined extensively due to the potential harmful effects in the health of human populations. During the past decades, particular focus has been given to the harmful effects of EDCs to the reproductive system. The estimation of human exposure to EDCs can be broadly categorized into occupational and environmental exposure, and has been a major challenge due to the structural diversity of the chemicals that are derived by many different sources at doses below the limit of detection used by conventional methodologies...
March 6, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291811/systematic-identification-and-characterization-of-long-non-coding-rnas-in-mouse-mature-sperm
#13
Xiaoning Zhang, Fengxin Gao, Jianbo Fu, Peng Zhang, Yuqing Wang, Xuhui Zeng
Increasing studies have shown that mature spermatozoa contain many transcripts including mRNAs and miRNAs. However, the expression profile of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in mammalian sperm has not been systematically investigated. Here, we used highly purified RNA to investigate lncRNA expression profiles in mouse mature sperm by stranded-specific RNA-seq. We identified 20,907 known and 4,088 novel lncRNAs transcripts, and the existence of intact lncRNAs was confirmed by RT-PCR and fluorescence in situ hybridization on two representative lncRNAs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289609/the-regenerative-effect-of-bone-marrow-derived-stem-cells-in-spermatogenesis-of-infertile-hamster
#14
Akbar Vahdati, Alireza Fathi, Mehrdokht Hajihoseini, Ghaem Aliborzi, Ebrahim Hosseini
BACKGROUND: Infertility is a serious social problem in advanced nations, with male factor in half of all cases of infertility. This study was conducted to determine the regenerative effect of bone marrow-derived stem cells in spermatogenesis of infertile hamster. METHODS: Twelve adult male hamsters were equally divided into azoospermic and control groups. Busulfan was intraperitoneally used for induction of azoospermia, while the right testis was treated with bone marrow-derived stem cells (10(6) BM-SCs), labeled with sterile trypan blue, 35 days after busulfan injection...
January 2017: World Journal of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288930/assessing-the-effect-of-oral-exposure-to-paenibacillus-alvei-a-potential-biocontrol-agent-in-male-non-pregnant-pregnant-animals-and-the-developing-rat-fetus
#15
Robert L Sprando, Thomas Black, Nicholas Olejnik, Zachary Keltner, Vanessa Topping, Martine Ferguson, Darcy Hanes, Eric Brown, Jie Zheng
Paenibacillus alvei, a naturally occurring soil microorganism, may be used in the control and/or elimination of human/animal pathogens present on/within produce commodities associated with human consumption. The safety of oral exposure to P. alvei in male, nulliparous females, the pregnant dam and developing fetus was assessed. Adult male and female rats received a single oral dose (gavage) of P. alvei and tissues were collected at post exposure days 0, 3 and 14. To evaluate the effect of the test organism on fetal development, sperm positive female rats received the test organism every 3 days thereafter throughout gestation...
March 10, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285567/increased-scf-in-follicular-fluid-and-granulosa-cells-positively-correlates-with-oocyte-maturation-fertilization-and-embryo-quality-in-humans
#16
Jun Tan, Yang Zou, Xing-Wu Wu, Li-Feng Tian, Qiong Su, Jin-Xia He, Zhi-Hui Huang, Yan Zhao, Li-Ping Wu, Qiong-Fang Wu
Stem cell factor (SCF), which is derived from granulosa cells (GCs), plays a key role in the process of follicular development and oocyte maturation. The present study aimed to explore whether the levels of SCF in follicular fluid (FF) and GCs can be used as a potential marker for predicting oocyte developmental potential. Follicular fluid and GC samples from 150 female patients undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm injection were collected in this study. The SCF concentrations in FFs and SCF messenger RNA (mRNA) in GCs were evaluated by using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and real-time polymerase chain reaction, respectively...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283447/multi-centre-assessment-of-nitroblue-tetrazolium-reactivity-in-human-semen-as-a-potential-marker-of-oxidative-stress
#17
Jaime Gosálvez, Lamberto Coppola, Jose Luis Fernández, Carmen López-Fernández, Alfredo Góngora, Ricardo Faundez, John Kim, Nabil Sayme, Moises de la Casa, Rebeca Santiso, Keith Harrison, Ashok Agarwal, Stephen Johnston, Sandro C Esteves
The nitroblue tetrazolium (NBT) reaction as a tracer of oxidative stress was examined in 707 ejaculates from seven clinics. Semen was initially surveyed by classifying the NBT reaction using a pre-established rank for the Oxisperm® test based on three colourimetric levels: L1, low (n = 141 [20%]); L2, medium (n = 538 [76%]) and L3, high (n = 28 [4%]). L3 was indicative of a high level of superoxide anions. Halosperm® chromatin dispersion assay was used to analyse samples of ejaculates 30 min after ejaculation; no difference was found in DNA fragmentation of L1 or L3; L3 category semen samples incubated for 24 h at 37(o)C showed a significantly faster rate (P < 0...
February 16, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280418/intracellular-calcium-dependent-regulation-of-the-sperm-specific-calcium-activated-potassium-channel-hslo3-by-the-bkca-activator-ldd175
#18
Tharaka Darshana Wijerathne, Jihyun Kim, Dongki Yang, Kyu Pil Lee
Plasma membrane hyperpolarization associated with activation of Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels plays an important role in sperm capacitation during fertilization. Although Slo3 (slowpoke homologue 3), together with the auxiliary γ2-subunit, LRRC52 (leucine-rich-repeat-containing 52), is known to mediate the pH-sensitive, sperm-specific K(+) current KSper in mice, the molecular identity of this channel in human sperm remains controversial. In this study, we tested the classical BKCa activators, NS1619 and LDD175, on human Slo3, heterologously expressed in HEK293 cells together with its functional interacting γ2 subunit, hLRRC52...
March 2017: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279863/gold-standard-for-computer-assisted-morphological-sperm-analysis
#19
Violeta Chang, Alejandra Garcia, Nancy Hitschfeld, Steffen Härtel
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Published algorithms for classification of human sperm heads are based on relatively small image databases that are not open to the public, and thus no direct comparison is available for competing methods. We describe a gold-standard for morphological sperm analysis (SCIAN-MorphoSpermGS), a dataset of sperm head images with expert-classification labels in one of the following classes: normal, tapered, pyriform, small or amorphous. This gold-standard is for evaluating and comparing known techniques and future improvements to present approaches for classification of human sperm heads for semen analysis...
March 2, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278534/transcription-and-splicing-factor-tdp-43-role-in-regulation-of-gene-expression-in-testis
#20
Prabhakara P Reddi
TDP-43 (TAR DNA binding Protein of 43 kD) is a transcription factor and RNA-binding protein with diverse functions. We cloned TDP-43 from the mouse testis in a screen for promoter-binding proteins and showed that it functions as a transcriptional repressor. TDP-43 plays a role in maintaining the precise pattern of spatiotemporal expression of the spermatid-specific Acrv1 gene during spermatogenesis by facilitating RNA polymerase II pausing at the promoter. We also showed that TDP-43 plays a partial role in preventing somatic cell expression of the Acrv1 gene by acting as an insulator-binding protein...
March 2017: Seminars in Reproductive Medicine
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