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Jiang He, Yuzu Zhao, Erhu Zhao, Xianxing Wang, Zhen Dong, Yibiao Chen, Liqun Yang, Hongjuan Cui
Background: The cancer-testis specific gene Opa interacting protein 5 (OIP5) is a testis-specific gene that is reactivated in many human cancers, but its functions in glioblastoma remain unclear. Here, we assessed the significance of OIP5 in the tumorigenesis and metastasis of glioblastoma for the first time. Methods: An immunohistochemistry assay was performed to detect OIP5 expression changes in glioblastoma patients. Overall survival analysis was performed to evaluate the prognostic significance of OIP5...
March 14, 2018: Neuro-oncology
Yu Shi, Wenguang Liu, Maoxian He
Bivalve mollusks exhibit hermaphroditism and sex reversal/differentiation. Studies generally focus on transcriptional profiling and specific genes related to sex determination and differentiation. Few studies on sex reversal/differentiation have been reported. A combination analysis of gonad proteomics and transcriptomics was conducted on Chlamys nobilis to provide a systematic understanding of sex reversal/differentiation in bivalves. We obtained 4258 unique peptides and 93,731 unigenes with good correlation between messenger RNA and protein levels...
March 15, 2018: Marine Biotechnology
Tolga Mercantepe, Deniz Unal, Levent Tümkaya, Zihni Acar Yazici
Cisplatin is an effective antineoplastic drug that is usually used to treat a number of different types of cancer in the clinic. One of the most notable side effects of cisplatin use is infertility. The present study was designed to determine the non-oxidative testicular effects caused by the use of cisplatin in rats. The rats were randomly allocated to the experimental groups. The untreated rats represented the control group (group I) and the treatment groups were as follows: cisplatin alone (group II), cisplatin+amifostine (group III), cisplatin+curcumin (group IV), and cisplatin+caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE; group V)...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Julia Fernandez Puñal de Araújo, Priscila Lang Podratz, Eduardo Merlo, Isabela Valim Sarmento, Charles Santos da Costa, Oscar Mauricio Santamaria Niño, Rodrigo Alves Faria, Leandro Ceotto Freitas Lima, Jones Bernardes Graceli
Organotin (OTs) compounds are organometallic compounds that are widely used in industry, such as in the manufacture of plastics, pesticides, paints, and others. OTs are released into the environment by anthropogenic actions, leading to contact with aquatic and terrestrial organisms that occur in animal feeding. Although OTs are degraded environmentally, reports have shown the effects of this contamination over the years because it can affect organisms of different trophic levels. OTs act as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which can lead to several abnormalities in organisms...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Fernanda Ramos-Gomes, Julia Bode, Alyona Sukhanova, Svetlana V Bozrova, Mara Saccomano, Miso Mitkovski, Julia Eva Krueger, Anja K Wege, Walter Stuehmer, Pavel S Samokhvalov, Daniel Baty, Patrick Chames, Igor Nabiev, Frauke Alves
Early detection of malignant tumours and, especially, micrometastases and disseminated tumour cells is still a challenge. In order to implement highly sensitive diagnostic tools we demonstrate the use of nanoprobes engineered from nanobodies (single-domain antibodies, sdAbs) and fluorescent quantum dots (QDs) for single- and two-photon detection and imaging of human micrometastases and disseminated tumour cells in ex vivo biological samples of breast and pancreatic metastatic tumour mouse models expressing human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) or carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA)...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Kamleshsingh Shadhu, Dadhija Ramlagun, Kai Zhu, Yao Zhang, Chen Chen, Di Xi, Jundong Zhu, Chenkui Miao, Yichun Wang, Chao Qin
Ovarian epithelial type tumors of the testis have been a rare entity in clinic. Its' awareness and management remain a clinical challenge. We described a case of an 18-year-old, obese, boy who presented with scrotal enlargement. He underwent eversion of tunica vaginalis and resection of epidydimal mass. The histology of the resected sample showed ovarian epithelial type borderline tumor. We believe this case helps to strengthen awareness and management of this rare disease.
March 12, 2018: Urology
C Krausz, Francesca Cioppi, Antoni Riera-Escamilla
Male infertility affects about 7% of the general male population, and it is a multifactorial, polygenic pathological condition. Known genetic factors, accounting for about 20-25% of male factor infertility, are present in each etiological category: i) hypothalamic-pituitary axis dysfunction; ii) quantitative and qualitative alterations of spermatogenesis; iii) ductal obstruction/dysfunction. Areas covered: All routinely available genetic tests are described. Indication for testing for chromosomal anomalies and Y chromosome microdeletions is based on sperm count (severe oligozoospermia/azoospermia)...
March 15, 2018: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
F de Michele, J Poels, M G Giudice, F De Smedt, J Ambroise, M Vermeulen, D Gruson, C Wyns
STUDY QUESTION: How does the formation of the blood-testis barrier (BTB), as reflected by the expression of connexin 43 and claudin 11 proteins during the pubertal transition period, take place in vitro compared to samples from a large cohort of pre/peripubertal boys? SUMMARY ANSWER: The BTB connexin 43 and claudin 11 expression patterns appeared to be partially achieved in organotypic culture when compared to that in samples from 71 pre/peripubertal patients. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Although alterations in the protein expression patterns of the BTB, whose main components are connexin 43 and claudin 11, are known to be associated with impaired spermatogenesis in mice and adult men, there is a lack of knowledge on its formation in pre-peripubertal human tissue both in vitro and in vivo...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Human Reproduction
X L Shi, J L Xie, X G Zhou
Objective: To evaluate the clinicopathological features, diagnosis and management of primary testicular NK/T cell lymphoma (NKTCL). Methods: Six cases of primary testicular NKTCL at Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital Medical University from January 2007 to December 2016 were retrospectively analyzed for the morphology, immunephenotype and outcome, and relevant literature was reviewed. Results: The median age of patients at diagnosis was 45 years(range 32-65 years). All patients presented with testicular masses as initial symptoms (6/6), five cases (5/6) were on the right...
March 8, 2018: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
Shuangbo Kong, Guixian Liang, Zhaowei Tu, Dunjin Chen, Haibin Wang, Jinhua Lu
Placental development is a complex and highly controlled process during which trophoblast stem cells differentiate to various trophoblast subtypes. The early embryonic death of systemic gene knockout models hampers the investigation of these genes that might play important roles during placentation. A trophoblast specific Cre mouse model would be of great help for dissecting out the potential roles of these genes during placental development. For this purpose, we generate a transgenic mouse with the Cre recombinase inserted into the endogenous locus of Elf5 gene that is expressed specifically in placental trophoblast cells...
March 13, 2018: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
Zhiming Li, Shuai Chen, Yufeng Yang, Xuan Zhuang, Chi-Meng Tzeng
The objective of this study was to identify genes regulated by methylation that were involved in spermatogenesis failure in non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA). Testis biopsies of patients with NOA and OA (with normal spermatogenesis) were evaluated by microarray analysis to examine DNA methylation and mRNA expression using our established integrative approach. Of the coordinately hypermethylated and down-regulated gene list, zinc-finger CCHC-type containing 13 ( ZCCHC13 ) was present within the nuclei of germ cells of testicular tissues according immunohistochemistry, and there was decreased protein expression in men with NOA compared with OA controls...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Zhong-Ling Wei, Cai-Ming Pan, Yi-Zhi Jiang, Yan-Dai, Lai-Quan Huanguang, Dong-Ping Huang
High-dose chemotherapy combined with autologous hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (ASCT) is the first-line treatment for multiple myeloma. Yet, some patients will relapse. Testicular plasmacytoma which rarely happens can be isolated or associated with progressive multiple myeloma. Here, we report a case of multiple myeloma (MM) undergoing ASCT when the patient obtained complete remission. He developed painless right testicular swelling after nearly 3 years since the ASCT. After radical orchiectomy, histopathology showed diffuse abnormal plasma cells infiltration of the testicular tissue...
January 2018: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
Pia Paffenholz, Linn Held, Sven H Loosen, David Pfister, Axel Heidenreich
PURPOSE: Small benign testicular masses are often misinterpreted as germ cell tumors, and immediate inguinal orchiectomy is performed. We aimed to analyse the diagnostic and therapeutic work-up of testicular masses in order to improve preoperative stratification algorithms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective, single-center analysis of 522 patients diagnosed with primary testicular masses of unknown malignant potential. RESULTS: 28 (5%) patients showed a primary benign tumor after resection: 9 (32%) Leydig cell tumors, 9 (32%) epidermoid cysts, 8 (29%) adenomatoid tumors and 2 (7%) Sertoli cell tumors...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Urology
Chong Wang, Yan Chen, Ram Kumar Manthari, Jundong Wang
cAMP response element modulator (CREM) is involved in regulating gene expression in normal spermatogenesis. The transcriptional activity of CREM is partly regulated by activator of CREM in the testis (ACT). To investigate the effects of different concentrations of sodium fluoride (NaF) on the gene and protein expression of CREM and ACT in the mouse testis, sexually mature male Kunming mice were exposed to 50, 100, or 150 mg/L NaF in their drinking water for 90 days. NaF reduced the sperm count and viability and increased the percentage of malformed sperm in a dose-dependent manner...
January 1, 2018: Toxicology and Industrial Health
B Güney Saruhan, H Sağsöz, E Akbalık, M A Ketani, S Erdoğan
The mammalian testis possesses a special immunological environment because of its properties of remarkable immune privilege and effective local innate immunity. The testicular immune privilege protects immunogenic germ cells from systemic immune attack, and local innate immunity is important in preventing testicular microbial infections. Thus, this study aimed to immunohistochemically demonstrate the distribution and localization of CD68-, CD8-, MHCI- and MHCII-positive immune cells in the testes and epididymes...
March 12, 2018: Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia
F Mohammadpour Lashkari, M A Sadighi Gilani, A Ghaheri, M R Zamanian, P Borjian Boroujeni, A Mohseni Meybodi, M Sabbaghian
Disorders of sex development (DSD) are congenital abnormalities as an atypical development process in either gonadal or chromosomal structure. It is the cause of the abnormality in phenotype and characteristics. Chromosomal analysis plays an important role in the DSD determination. 45,X/46,XY mosaicism is a rare karyotype, and its prevalence is about 1.5 in 10,000 newborns. It affects the growth, hormonal balance, gonad development and histology. All data such as height, male general appearance, testis size and volume, external genitalia, spermogram and hormonal levels, testis pathology, Y chromosome microdeletion and karyotype, and assisted reproductive technology (ART) outcome were recorded based on patients profile and history...
March 12, 2018: Andrologia
N A Hasona
This study scrutinised the ameliorative properties of grape seed extract (GSE) in dexamethasone (DEX)-induced testicular and thyroid dysfunction associated with oxidative stress in male albino rats. Thirty-two healthy adult male albino rats were divided into four groups of eight animals each: normal, DEX control, DEX + GSE (200 mg/kg body weight) group and DEX + GSE (400 mg/kg body weight) group. The body weight gain and testes weight were assessed. Plasma testosterone and thyroid profile were determined...
March 12, 2018: Andrologia
Anzu Yamamoto, Takuya Omotehara, Yuuka Miura, Tadashi Takada, Naoki Yoneda, Tetsushi Hirano, Youhei Mantani, Hiroshi Kitagawa, Toshifumi Yokoyama, Nobuhiko Hoshi
Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) produced in the developing testis induces the regression of the Müllerian duct, which develops into the oviducts, uterus and upper vagina. In our true hermaphrodite mouse with an ovary on one side and a testis on the other (O/T), the oviduct and uterus are present only on the ovary side, and nothing derived from the Müllerian duct is present on the testis side. Here, we investigate the mechanism underlying the unilateral Müllerian duct regression and the mode of AMH signaling, by performing immunohistology, Western blotting, and organ culture analyses...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
T Porseryd, N Reyhanian Caspillo, K Volkova, L Elabbas, T Källman, P Dinnétz, P-E Olsson, I Porsch-Hällström
17α-Ethinylestradiol (EE2 ) is a ubiquitous aquatic contaminant shown to decrease fish fertility at low concentrations, especially in fish exposed during development. The mechanisms of the decreased fertility are not fully understood. In this study, we perform transcriptome analysis by RNA sequencing of testes from zebrafish with previously reported lowered fertility due to exposure to low concentrations of EE2 during development. Fish were exposed to 1.2 and 1.6 ng/L (measured concentration; nominal concentrations 3 and 10 ng/L) of EE2 from fertilization to 80 days of age, followed by 82 days of remediation in clean water...
March 8, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Karolina Nowicka-Bauer, Małgorzata Ozgo, Adam Lepczynski, Marzena Kamieniczna, Agnieszka Malcher, Wiesław Skrzypczak, Maciej Kurpisz
The aim of this study was to identify and analyse human sperm proteins from normozoospermic men using 2-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) and mass spectrometry (MS). We identified 73 different sperm proteins, including two less characterized human sperm proteins, Annexin A7 (ANXA7) and c14orf105. Bioinformatic analysis of detected sperm proteins revealed new carbohydrate and lipid metabolic pathways, which supply energy to motile sperm. A comparison of our data with available mRNA microarray data from the human testis allows for validation of identified sperm proteins and aids in the recognition of their physiological pathways...
March 8, 2018: Reproductive Biology
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