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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822827/host-genes-regulate-transcription-of-sperm-introduced-hepatitis-b-virus-genes-in-embryo
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Ying Zhong, Dong-Ling Liu, Mohamed Morsi M Ahmed, Peng-Hao Li, Xiao-Ling Zhou, Qing-Dong Xie, Xiao-Qing Xu, Ting-Ting Han, Zhi-Wei Hou, Chen-Yao Zhong, Ji-Hua Huang, Fei Zeng, Tian-Hua Huang
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) can invade the male germline, and sperm-introduced HBV genes could be transcribed in embryo. This study was to explore whether viral gene transcription is regulated by host genes. Embryos were produced by in vitro fertilization of hamster oocytes with human sperm containing the HBV genome. Total RNA extracted from test and control embryos were subjected to SMART-PCR, SSH, microarray hybridization, sequencing and BLAST analysis. Twenty-nine sequences showing significant identity to five human gene families were identified, with CSH2, EIF4G2, PCBD2, PSG4 and TTN selected to represent target genes...
August 16, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822233/obese-fathers-lead-to-an-altered-metabolism-and-obesity-in-their-children-in-adulthood-review-of-experimental-and-human-studies
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REVIEW
Fernanda Ornellas, Priscila V Carapeto, Carlos A Mandarim-de-Lacerda, Marcia B Aguila
OBJECTIVE: To discuss the recent literature on paternal obesity, focusing on the possible mechanisms of transmission of the phenotypes from the father to the children. SOURCES: A non-systematic review in the PubMed database found few publications in which paternal obesity was implicated in the adverse transmission of characteristics to offspring. Specific articles on epigenetics were also evaluated. As the subject is recent and still controversial, all articles were considered regardless of year of publication...
August 16, 2017: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818972/fertile-offspring-from-sterile-sex-chromosome-trisomic-mice
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Takayuki Hirota, Hiroshi Ohta, Benjamin E Powell, Shantha K Mahadevaiah, Obah A Ojarikre, Mitinori Saitou, James M A Turner
Having the correct number of chromosomes is vital for normal development and health. Sex chromosome trisomy (SCT) affects 0.1% of the human population and is associated with infertility. We show that during reprogramming to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), fibroblasts from sterile trisomic XXY and XYY mice lose the extra sex chromosome, by a phenomenon we term trisomy-biased chromosome loss (TCL). Resulting euploid XY iPSCs can be differentiated into the male germ cell lineage and functional sperm that can be used in intracytoplasmic sperm injection to produce chromosomally normal, fertile offspring...
August 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818477/human-imprinting-disorders-principles-practice-problems-and-progress
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Deborah J G Mackay
Epigenetic regulation orchestrates gene expression with exquisite precision, over a huge dynamic range and across developmental space and time, permitting genomically-homogeneous humans to develop and adapt to their surroundings. Every generation, these epigenetic marks are re-set twice: in the germline, to enable differentiation of sperm and eggs, and at fertilisation, to create the totipotent zygote that then begins growth and differentiation into a new human. A small group of genes evades the second, zygotic wave of epigenetic reprogramming, and these genes retain an epigenetic 'imprint' of the parent from whom they were inherited...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816268/-expression-and-localization-of-transmembrane-protein-cmtm2-in-human-testis-and-sperm
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X W Zhang, K Lan, W B Yang, Q Li, Y P Zhao, H Q Yin, B Kite, W J Bai, T Xu
OBJECTIVE: To study the expression of transmembrane protein CMTM2 in the testis and sperm of adult males and to approach the potential function of the protein in the male reproductive system. METHODS: The expression of CMTM2 in human testis and sperm was confirmed by Western blot. Immunohistochemical staining was used for detecting CMTM2 localization in the testis tissue, TRITC-CMTM2 and FITC-Hoechst double immunofluorescence staining was performed to examine the subcellular localization of CMTM2 in the human sperm before and after acrosome reaction, that is, immunofluorescent staining was used for detecting CMTM2 localization in both the testis and sperm before and after the acrosome reaction...
August 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815751/flow-cytometry-in-spermatology-a-bright-future-ahead
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REVIEW
C Ortega-Ferrusola, M C Gil, H Rodríguez-Martínez, L Anel, F J Peña, P Martín-Muñoz
Techniques such as mass spectrometry have led to unprecedented knowledge of the proteins that are present in the spermatozoa of humans and other mammals. However, in spite of their high-throughput and fractioning techniques, most of the techniques in use only offer average values for the entire sperm population. Yet, ejaculate is very heterogeneous, and average values may mask relevant biological information.The application of flow cytometry may overcome this disadvantage, allowing proteomic analysis at the single-cell level...
August 15, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810709/parallel-evolution-of-sperm-hyper-activation-ca2-channels
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Jacob C Cooper, Nitin Phadnis
Sperm hyper-activation is a dramatic change in sperm behavior where mature sperm burst into a final sprint in the race to the egg. The mechanism of sperm hyper-activation in many metazoans, including humans, consists of a jolt of Ca2+ into the sperm flagellum via CatSper ion channels. Surprisingly, all nine CatSper genes have been independently lost in several animal lineages. In Drosophila, sperm hyper-activation is performed through the cooption of the polycystic kidney disease 2 (pkd2) Ca2+ channel. The parallels between CatSpers in primates and pkd2 in Drosophila provide a unique opportunity to examine the molecular evolution of the sperm hyper-activation machinery in two independent, nonhomologous calcium channels separated by > 500 million years of divergence...
July 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806153/expression-purification-and-refolding-of-human-lipocalin-6-and-production-of-a-monoclonal-antibody-against-this-protein
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Jiong Chen, Wei Feng, Yue Zhao, Yaqin Li, Fei Zhan
Human lipocalin 6 (hLCN6) is a member of the lipocalin family, which is a group of structurally conserved hydrophobic ligand binding proteins, and widely distributed in animal, plant, and bacteria. Specific expression of hLCN6 in the epididymis and localization of this protein on the surface of spermatozoa suggest a role played by hLCN6, which may function as a transporter to carry ligands in the epididymal channel. However, the role of hLCN6 in sperm maturation has been largely unknown due to the lack of effective antibodies...
August 2017: Monoclonal Antibodies in Immunodiagnosis and Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805603/modern-human-sperm-freezing-effect-on-dna-chromatin-and-acrosome-integrity
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Tahereh Rahiminia, Akram Hosseini, Morteza Anvari, Saeed Ghasemi-Esmailabad, Ali Reza Talebi
OBJECTIVE: Presence of vitrification method in sperm freezing and the introduction of solid surface vitrification beside rapid freezing in vapour, opens an easy and safe way to help infertility centres. While the effects of cryopreservation on motility, morphology and viability of sperm are documented, the question of the probable alteration of sperm DNA, chromatin and acrosome integrity after freezing and thawing procedures in different methods is still controversial. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Normal sample were collected according to WHO strict criteria...
August 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805023/onion-allium-cepa-l-peel-extract-ope-regulates-human-sperm-motility-via-protein-kinase-c-mediated-activation-of-the-human-voltage-gated-proton-channel
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M R Chae, S J Kang, K P Lee, B R Choi, H K Kim, J K Park, C Y Kim, S W Lee
Onion (Allium cepa L.) and quercetin protect against oxidative damage and have positive effects on multiple functional parameters of spermatozoa, including viability and motility. However, the associated underlying mechanisms of action have not yet been identified. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of onion peel extract (OPE) on voltage-gated proton (Hv1) channels, which play a critical role in rapid proton extrusion. This process underlies a wide range of physiological processes, particularly male fertility...
August 13, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799634/effectiveness-of-highly-purified-urofollitropin-treatment-in-patients-with-idiopathic-azoospermia-before-testicular-sperm-extraction
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Andrea Cocci, Gianmartin Cito, Giorgio I Russo, Marco Falcone, Marco Capece, Massimiliano Timpano, Pier Andrea Della Camera, Simone Morselli, Giovanni Tasso, Girolamo Morelli, Giuseppe Morgia, Andrea Minervini, Sergio Serni, Marco Carini, Alessandro Natali, Mauro Gacci
INTRODUCTION: Recent evidences demonstrated that male factor alone is responsible for about 30% cases of infertility. Human follicle-stimulating hormone (hFSH) has been introduced to increase sperm concentration, spermatogonial population, or both natural or assisted pregnancy rates (PRs) in oligozoospermic subjects with normal concentrations of gonadotropins. METHODS: Fifty infertile men affected by idiopathic azoospermia were enrolled in this study, after undergoing medical history, physical and clinical examination, baseline semen parameters and hormonal plasma concentrations...
August 7, 2017: Urologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795048/evaluation-of-human-embryo-development-in-in-vitro-fertilization-and-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-fertilized-oocytes-a-time-lapse-study
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Hyung Jun Kim, Hye Jin Yoon, Jung Mi Jang, Won Don Lee, San Hyun Yoon, Jin Ho Lim
OBJECTIVE: We investigated whether the insemination method (in vitro fertilization [IVF] or intracytoplasmic sperm injection [ICSI]) affected morphokinetic events and abnormal cleavage events in embryonic development. METHODS: A total of 1,830 normal fertilized embryos were obtained from 272 IVF and ICSI cycles that underwent ovum retrieval culture using a time-lapse system (Embryoscope) from June 2013 to March 2015. All embryos were investigated by a detailed time-lapse analysis that measured the developmental events in the hours after IVF or ICSI insemination...
June 2017: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795046/the-effects-of-different-types-of-media-on-in-vitro-maturation-outcomes-of-human-germinal-vesicle-oocytes-retrieved-in-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-cycles
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Farzaneh Fesahat, Razieh Dehghani Firouzabadi, Azita Faramarzi, Mohammad Ali Khalili
OBJECTIVE: Optimizing in vitro maturation (IVM) media to achieve better outcomes has been a matter of interest in recent years. The aim of this prospective clinical trial was to investigate the effects of different media on the IVM outcomes of immature oocytes at the germinal vesicle (GV) stage. METHODS: A total of 400 immature oocytes at the GV stage with normal morphology were retrieved from 320 infertile women aged 31±4.63 years during stimulated intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles...
June 2017: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794880/relationship-between-semenogelins-bound-to-human-sperm-and-other-semen-parameters-and-pregnancy-outcomes
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Kazumitsu Yamasaki, Kaoru Yoshida, Miki Yoshiike, Kazuhiko Shimada, Hiroyuki Nishiyama, Satoru Takamizawa, Kaoru Yanagida, Teruaki Iwamoto
BACKGROUND: Semenogelins (SEMGs) are major components of human seminal vesicle secretions. Due to SEMG's sperm-motility inhibitor, a significant negative correlation between sperm motility and the proportion of SEMG-bound spermatozoa (SEMG+) was found in asthenozoospermic patients. SEMGs also show intrinsic inhibitory capability for sperm capacitation; however, studies on actual clinical specimens have not been conducted. METHODS: To reveal the relationship between SEMGs and the fertilizing capacity of sperm from male infertile patients who are not restricted to asthenozoospermia, we measured the proportion of SEMG+ in the spermatozoa of 142 male infertile patients...
2017: Basic and Clinical Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777293/effects-of-highly-polluted-environment-on-sperm-telomere-length-a-pilot-study
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Cecilia Vecoli, Luigi Montano, Andrea Borghini, Tiziana Notari, Antonino Guglielmino, Antonella Mercuri, Stefano Turchi, Maria Grazia Andreassi
High environmental pressure may impair male fertility by affecting sperm quality, but the real effect remains controversial. Herein, we assessed the influence of environmental exposure on telomere length (TL) in both leukocytes (LTL) and sperm cells (STL). A pilot biomonitoring study was conducted in 112 clinically healthy, normospermic men living in various areas of Campania region (South of Italy) with high (n = 57, High Group) or low (n = 55, Low Group) environmental pressure. TL analysis was assessed by quantitative real time-PCR...
August 4, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776187/alzheimer-s-disease-related-amyloid-%C3%AE-1-42-peptide-induces-the-loss-of-human-sperm-function
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R S Tavares, S Martins, T Almeida-Santos, A P Sousa, J Ramalho-Santos, O A da Cruz E Silva
Characteristically identified as the main component of senile plaques present in patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease, Aβ has been detected in human testis and reproductive fluids, but its effect on spermatozoa has not been addressed. The present study evaluated whether the most toxic and aggregant amyloid precursor protein (APP)-proteolytic product, amyloid-β1-42 (Aβ1-42), was capable of affecting sperm functionality. Normozoospermic samples were either exposed to different Aβ1-42 doses or to the untreated and scrambled controls for a maximum of 48 h at 37 °C and 5%CO2, and motility, viability and mitochondrial status were evaluated...
August 3, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770381/effects-of-ascorbic-acid-on-spermatogenesis-and-sperm-parameters-in-diabetic-rats
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M Verónica Aguirre-Arias, Victoria Velarde, Ricardo D Moreno
Diabetes mellitus in human and animal models has been correlated with low sperm count, testicular abnormalities, high levels of germ cell death, and oxidative stress. In this study, we focus on three questions: (1) Is germ cell apoptosis stage-specific in diabetic male rats? (2) Could ascorbic acid (AA) reverse oxidative and histological damage and restore testicular dysfunction? (3) Could AA treatment restore fertility parameters in diabetic rats? Adult Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups: control, diabetic, control plus AA, and diabetic plus AA...
August 2, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770056/telomere-dynamics-in-a-lizard-with-morph-specific-reproductive-investment-and-self-maintenance
#18
Nicky Rollings, Christopher R Friesen, Joanna Sudyka, Camilla Whittington, Mathieu Giraudeau, Mark Wilson, Mats Olsson
Telomeres in human fibroblasts shorten progressively during in vitro culturing and trigger replicative senescence. Furthermore, shortened telomeres can be used as biomarkers of disease. These observations have led to the suggestion that telomere dynamics may also be associated with viability and selection for life history variation in non-human taxa. Model systems to examine this suggestion would particularly benefit from the coexistence of multiple phenotypes within the same species with different life history trade-offs, since those could be compared in terms of telomere characteristics...
July 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764714/testis-specific-histone-2b-is-associated-with-sperm-chromatin-dynamics-and-bull-fertility-a-pilot-study
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Naseer A Kutchy, Ana Velho, Erika S B Menezes, Marie Jacobsen, Giselle Thibaudeau, Robert W Wills, Arlindo Moura, Abdullah Kaya, Andy Perkins, Erdogan Memili
BACKGROUND: Bull fertility is the degree of sperm's ability to fertilize and activate the egg and support embryo development, and this is critical for herd reproductive performance. We used the bull as a unique model organism for the study of male fertility because cattle genetics and physiology is similar to those of other mammals including humans. Moreover, reliable fertility data along with well-established in vitro systems are available for bovine. The objective of this original study was to ascertain evolutionary diversification and expression dynamics of Testis Specific Histone 2B (TH2B) in sperm from Holstein bulls with different fertility scores...
August 1, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754128/does-air-pollution-play-a-role-in-infertility-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Julie Carré, Nicolas Gatimel, Jessika Moreau, Jean Parinaud, Roger Léandri
BACKGROUND: Air pollution is involved in many pathologies. These pollutants act through several mechanisms that can affect numerous physiological functions, including reproduction: as endocrine disruptors or reactive oxygen species inducers, and through the formation of DNA adducts and/or epigenetic modifications. We conducted a systematic review of the published literature on the impact of air pollution on reproductive function. Eligible studies were selected from an electronic literature search from the PUBMED database from January 2000 to February 2016 and associated references in published studies...
July 28, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
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