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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449121/tri-directional-anaphases-as-a-novel-chromosome-segregation-defect-in-human-oocytes
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Jenna Haverfield, Nicola L Dean, Diana Nöel, Gaudeline Rémillard-Labrosse, Veronique Paradis, Isaac-Jacques Kadoch, Greg FitzHarris
STUDY QUESTION: What are the chromosome segregation errors in human oocyte meiosis-I that may underlie oocyte aneuploidy? SUMMARY ANSWER: Multiple modes of chromosome segregation error were observed, including tri-directional anaphases, which we attribute to loss of bipolar spindle structure at anaphase-I. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Oocyte aneuploidy is common and associated with infertility, but mechanistic information on the chromosome segregation errors underlying these defects is scarce...
April 25, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446800/oxidative-stress-evoked-damages-on-rat-sperm-and-attenuated-antioxidant-status-on-consumption-of-aspartame
#2
I Ashok, P S Poornima, D Wankhar, R Ravindran, R Sheeladevi
Although several studies on toxic effect of aspartame metabolite have been studied, controversial reports over the use of aspartame owing to the fact that it releases methanol as one of its metabolite during metabolism exist. This present study is proposed to investigate whether aspartame (40 mg kg(-1) b.wt) administration for 90 days could induce oxidative stress and alter antioxidant status of epididymal sperm in Wistar strain male albino rats. To mimic the human methanol metabolism, methotrexate (MTX)-treated rats were included to study the effects of aspartame...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Impotence Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446182/improving-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-pgd-reliability-by-selection-of-sperm-donor-with-the-most-informative-haplotype
#3
Mira Malcov, Veronica Gold, Sagit Peleg, Tsvia Frumkin, Foad Azem, Ami Amit, Dalit Ben-Yosef, Yuval Yaron, Adi Reches, Shimi Barda, Sandra E Kleiman, Leah Yogev, Ron Hauser
BACKGROUND: The study is aimed to describe a novel strategy that increases the accuracy and reliability of PGD in patients using sperm donation by pre-selecting the donor whose haplotype does not overlap the carrier's one. METHODS: A panel of 4-9 informative polymorphic markers, flanking the mutation in carriers of autosomal dominant/X-linked disorders, was tested in DNA of sperm donors before PGD. Whenever the lengths of donors' repeats overlapped those of the women, additional donors' DNA samples were analyzed...
April 26, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445960/effect-of-folate-deficiency-on-promoter-methylation-and-gene-expression-of-esr1-cav1-and-elavl1-and-its-influence-on-spermatogenesis
#4
Hong-Fang Yuan, Kai Zhao, Yu Zang, Chun-Yan Liu, Zhi-Yong Hu, Jia-Jing Wei, Ting Zhou, Ying Li, Hui-Ping Zhang
This study aims to investigate the effect of folate deficiency on the male reproductive function and the underlying mechanism. A total of 269 screened participants from 421 recruitments were enrolled in this study. An animal model of folate deficiency was constructed. Folate concentration was measured in the ejaculate, and its association with semen parameters was then determined. The expression and promoter methylation status of ESR1, CAV1, and ELAVL1 were also evaluated. Results showed that seminal plasma folate level was significantly lower among subjects with azoospermia than those with normozoospermia...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443593/value-of-post-transfer-day-12-beta-human-chorionic-gonadotropin-levels-for-pregnancy-outcome-prediction-of-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-cycles
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İnci Kahyaoğlu, Berfu Demir, Sezin Ertürk Aksakal, İskender Kaplanoğlu, Leyla Mollamahmutoğlu
BACKGROUND: Several markers were studied previously in order to predict the pregnancy outcome of assisted reproductive techniques, however serum beta human chorionic gonadotropin (β-hCG) was found to be the most predictive marker. AIMS: The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the value of serum β-hCG levels in discriminating biochemical and clinical pregnancies 12 days after embryo transfer (ET) and to determine the factors predicting of ongoing pregnancy was established as the secondary aim...
April 13, 2017: Balkan Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443587/role-of-trace-elements-for-oxidative-status-and-quality-of-human-sperm
#6
Galina Nenkova, Lubomir Petrov, Albena Alexandrova
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress affects negatively the sperm quality. For maintaining the pro/antioxidative balance, some metal ions (e.g. copper, zinc, iron, selenium), which are co-factors of the antioxidant enzymes, are essential. However, iron and copper could act as prooxidants inducing oxidative damage of spermatozoa. AIMS: This study aims to reveal a possible correlation between the concentrations of some metal ions (iron, copper, zinc, and selenium) in human seminal plasma, oxidative stress, assessed by malondialdehyde (MDA) and total glutathione (tGSH) levels, and semen quality, assessed by the parameters count, motility, and morphology...
April 6, 2017: Balkan Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442719/chlamydia-trachomatis-neither-exerts-deleterious-effects-on-spermatozoa-nor-impairs-male-fertility
#7
Jenniffer Puerta Suarez, Leonardo R Sanchez, Florencia C Salazar, Hector A Saka, Rosa Molina, Andrea Tissera, Virginia E Rivero, Walter D Cardona Maya, Ruben D Motrich
Chlamydia trachomatis is the most prevalent sexually transmitted bacterial infection. However, whether Chlamydia trachomatis has a negative impact on sperm quality and male fertility is still controversial. Herein, we report the effects on sperm quality of the in vitro exposure of spermatozoa to Chlamydia trachomatis, and also the effects of male genital infection on male fertility using an animal model. Human and mouse sperm were obtained from healthy donors and cauda epididimys from C57BL/6 mice, respectively...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441547/phthalate-exposure-even-below-us-epa-reference-doses-was-associated-with-semen-quality-and-reproductive-hormones-prospective-marhcs-study-in-general-population
#8
Qing Chen, Huan Yang, Niya Zhou, Lei Sun, Huaqiong Bao, Lu Tan, Hongqiang Chen, Xi Ling, Guowei Zhang, Linping Huang, Lianbing Li, Mingfu Ma, Hao Yang, Xiaogang Wang, Peng Zou, Kaige Peng, Taixiu Liu, Xiefei Shi, Dejian Feng, Ziyuan Zhou, Lin Ao, Zhihong Cui, Jia Cao
BACKGROUND: Environment-Protection-Agency Reference Doses (EPA RfDs) for phthalate intakes are based on limited evidence, especially regarding low-dose male-reproductive toxicity. This study investigates the association between phthalate exposure and semen parameters and reproductive hormones in a general population with low phthalate exposure compared to the EPA RfDs. METHODS: The MARHCS (Male-Reproductive-Health-in-Chongqing-College-Students) cohort recruited 796 male students, who experienced a relocation of campuses and shifting environmental exposure...
April 22, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441342/of-oestrogens-and-sperm-a-review-of-the-roles-of-oestrogens-and-oestrogen-receptors-in-male-reproduction
#9
REVIEW
Pavla Dostalova, Eva Zatecka, Katerina Dvorakova-Hortova
The crucial role that oestrogens play in male reproduction has been generally accepted; however, the exact mechanism of their action is not entirely clear and there is still much more to be clarified. The oestrogen response is mediated through oestrogen receptors, as well as classical oestrogen receptors' variants, and their specific co-expression plays a critical role. The importance of oestrogen signalling in male fertility is indicated by the adverse effects of selected oestrogen-like compounds, and their interaction with oestrogen receptors was proven to cause pathologies...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439006/murine-model-indicates-22q11-2-signaling-adaptor-crkl-is-a-dosage-sensitive-regulator-of-genitourinary-development
#10
Meade Haller, Qianxing Mo, Akira Imamoto, Dolores J Lamb
The spectrum of congenital anomalies affecting either the upper tract (kidneys and ureters) or lower tract (reproductive organs) of the genitourinary (GU) system are fundamentally linked by the developmental origin of multiple GU tissues, including the kidneys, gonads, and reproductive ductal systems: the intermediate mesoderm. Although ∼31% of DiGeorge/del22q11.2 syndrome patients exhibit GU defects, little focus has been placed on the molecular etiology of GU defects in this syndrome. Among del22q11.2 patients exhibiting GU anomalies, we have mapped the smallest relevant region to only five genes, including CRKLCRKL encodes a src-homology adaptor protein implicated in mediating tyrosine kinase signaling, and is expressed in the developing GU-tract in mice and humans...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436704/association-of-cat-262c-t-with-the-concentration-of-catalase-in-seminal-plasma-and-the-risk-for-male-infertility-in-algeria
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Nour El Houda Bousnane, Sadiq May, Mouloud Yahia, Abed Alkarem Abu Alhaija
Catalase (CAT) plays a central role in the protection of different cell types against the deleterious effects of hydrogen peroxide. In human, CAT is implicated in many physiological and pathological conditions including idiopathic male infertility. In this study we examined the association between CAT levels in seminal plasma with different sperm parameters and with CAT-262 C/T polymorphism and their risk for idiopathic male infertility in Algeria. Semen and blood samples were obtained from 111 infertile males and 104 fertile controls from the region of Eastern Algeria following informed consent...
April 24, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436137/insights-into-in-vitro-spermatogenesis-in-mammals-past-present-future
#12
REVIEW
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/28433807/silver-nanoparticle-induced-toxicity-to-human-sperm-by-increasing-ros-reactive-oxygen-species-production-and-dna-damage
#13
Enyin Wang, Yan Huang, Qingyun Du, Yingpu Sun
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have been used in medical products and industrial coatings, due to their antimicrobial properties. Excessive use of AgNPs can have adverse effects on the human body, however, their toxicity characteristics to human sperm and the potential mechanisms are not entirely clear. In this study, we exposed human sperm to different doses of AgNPs (0, 50μgml(-1), 100μgml(-1), 200μgml(-1) or 400μgml(-1)) for various times (15min, 30min, or 60min), followed by analyses of the sperm viability, motility and the ratio of abnormal to normal sperm...
April 14, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432487/sodium-hydrogen-exchanger%C3%A2-expression-in-human-sperm-and-its-relationship-with-semen-parameters
#14
Zhe Zhang, Yuzhuo Yang, Han Wu, Hongliang Zhang, Haitao Zhang, Jiaming Mao, Defeng Liu, Lianming Zhao, Haocheng Lin, Wenhao Tang, Kai Hong, Hui Jiang
PURPOSE: Sperm-specific sodium-hydrogen exchanger (sNHE) is essential to maintain sperm normal function in mice; however, its role in human sperm has not been clarified to date. The aim of this study is to investigate the expression pattern of sNHE in human spermatozoa and its relationship with sperm functional parameters. METHOD: Semen samples from 68 asthenozoospermic and 61 normozoospermic men were analyzed for sperm concentration, motility, and acrosome reaction, and high motile spermatozoa were collected by swim-up method...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431793/alcohol-effects-on-the-epigenome-in-the-germline-role-in-the-inheritance-of-alcohol-related-pathology
#15
REVIEW
Lucy G Chastain, Dipak K Sarkar
Excessive alcohol exposure has severe health consequences, and clinical and animal studies have demonstrated that disruptions in the epigenome of somatic cells, such as those in brain, are an important factor in the development of alcohol-related pathologies, such as alcohol-use disorders (AUDs) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). It is also well known that alcohol-related health problems are passed down across generations in human populations, but the complete mechanisms for this phenomenon are currently unknown...
March 6, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431403/association-of-the-vdac3-gene-polymorphism-with-sperm-count-in-han-chinese-population-with-idiopathic-male-infertility
#16
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/28431025/1h-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-of-live-human-sperm
#17
S Reynolds, S J Calvert, M N Paley, A A Pacey
STUDY QUESTION: Can 1H Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) be used to obtain information about the molecules and metabolites in live human spermatozoa? SUMMARY ANSWER: Percoll-based density gradient centrifugation (DGC) followed by a further two washing steps, yielded enough sperm with minimal contamination (<0.01%) from seminal fluid to permit effective MRS which detected significant differences (p < 0.05) in the choline/glycerophosphocholine, lipid and lactate regions of the 1H MRS spectrum between sperm in the pellet and those from the 40/80% interface...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430968/sex-chromosome-dependent-differential-viability-of-human-spermatozoa-during-prolonged-incubation
#18
Young-Ah You, Woo-Sung Kwon, Md Saidur Rahman, Yoo-Jin Park, Young-Ju Kim, Myung-Geol Pang
STUDY QUESTION: Are there significant differences in the ability of X chromosome-bearing (X) spermatozoa and Y chromosome-bearing (Y) spermatozoa to survive incubation under stressful conditions? SUMMARY ANSWER: Y spermatozoa are more vulnerable to stress than their X counterparts depending on culture period and temperature, and show higher expression of apoptotic proteins. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The primary sex ratio is determined by there being an equal number of spermatozoa carrying X and Y chromosomes...
April 19, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429281/impact-of-thyroid-disease-on-testicular-function
#19
REVIEW
Sandro La Vignera, Roberto Vita, Rosita A Condorelli, Laura M Mongioì, Silvia Presti, Salvatore Benvenga, Aldo E Calogero
INTRODUCTION: Testis was considered unresponsive to thyroid hormone for a long time. However, like in animals, the presence of thyroid hormone receptors in different testicular cell types was demonstrated also in humans. Accordingly, thyrotoxicosis and hypothyroidism have remarkable effects on testicular function and more extensively on fertility. REVIEW: Thyrotoxicosis and hypothyroidism are associated with changes affecting the endocrine, sexual, or reproductive functions...
April 20, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428943/pathogenic-variant-in-nlrp7-19q13-42-associated-with-recurrent-gestational-trophoblastic-disease-data-from-early-embryo-development-observed-during-in-vitro-fertilization
#20
E Scott Sills, Alexandra J Obregon-Tito, Harry Gao, Thomas K McWilliams, Anthony T Gordon, Catharine A Adams, Rima Slim
OBJECTIVE: To describe in vitro development of human embryos derived from an individual with a homozygous pathogenic variant in NLRP7 (19q13.42) and recurrent hydatidiform mole (HM), an autosomal recessive condition thought to occur secondary to an oocyte defect. METHODS: A patient with five consecutive HM pregnancies was genomically evaluated via next generation sequencing followed by controlled ovarian hyperstimulation, in vitro fertilization (IVF) with intracytoplasmic sperm injection, embryo culture, and preimplantation genetic screening...
March 2017: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
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