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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538003/use-of-fertility-medications-and-cancer-risk-a-review-and-update
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Lindsay Kroener, Daniel Dumesic, Zain Al-Safi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: There is increasing use of fertility medications for ovulation induction and ovarian stimulation for in-vitro fertilization in the treatment of female infertility. In this review, recent literature regarding the association between fertility medication and cancer risk is reviewed. RECENT FINDINGS: Several important publications have recently addressed the relationship between use of fertility medications and cancer risk. There are methodological limitations to many of these studies, including unique challenges in studying rare cancers that often develop several years after the time of fertility medication exposure...
May 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533904/-this-is-where-it-all-started-the-pivotal-role-of-plc%C3%AE-within-the-sophisticated-process-of-mammalian-reproduction-a-systemic-review
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Itai Gat, Raoul Orvieto
Mammalian reproduction is one of the most complex and fascinating biological phenomenon, which aims to transfer maternal and paternal genetic material to the next generation. At the end of oogenesis and spermatogenesis, both haploid gametes contain a single set of chromosomes ready to form the zygote, the first cell of the newly developing individual. The mature oocyte and spermatozoa remain in a quiescent state, during which the oocyte is characterized by nuclear and cytoplasmic arrest, while the spermatozoa necessitates further maturation within the epididymis and female reproductive track prior to egg fertilization...
2017: Basic and Clinical Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527569/estrogen-hormone-biology
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Katherine J Hamilton, Sylvia C Hewitt, Yukitomo Arao, Kenneth S Korach
The hormone estrogen is involved in both female and male reproduction, as well as numerous other biological systems including the neuroendocrine, vascular, skeletal, and immune systems. Therefore, it is also implicated in many different diseases and conditions such as infertility, obesity, osteoporosis, endometriosis, and a variety of cancers. Estrogen works through its two distinct nuclear receptors, estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) and estrogen receptor beta (ERβ). Various transcriptional regulation mechanisms have been identified as the mode of action for estrogen, mainly the classical mechanism with direct DNA binding but also a nongenomic mode of action and one using tethered or indirect binding...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523952/is-male-factor-infertility-associated-with-midlife-low-grade-inflammation-a-population-based-study
#4
Katia Keglberg Hærvig, Lene Kierkegaard, Rikke Lund, Helle Bruunsgaard, Merete Osler, Lone Schmidt
Male factor infertility is associated with an increased risk of disease and mortality, which has been related to markers of chronic systemic inflammation. The objective of this study was to investigate the association between male factor infertility and low-grade inflammation and furthermore to examine the lifetime prevalence of male factor infertility and overall infertility (also including female and couple infertility). The study population consisted of 2140 members of the Metropolit 1953 Danish Male Birth Cohort who had participated in the Copenhagen Aging and Midlife Biobank data collection in 2009-2011...
May 19, 2017: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523198/uterine-fibroid-torsion-during-pregnancy-a-case-of-laparotomic-myomectomy-at-18-weeks-gestation-with-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Annachiara Basso, Mariana Rita Catalano, Giuseppe Loverro, Serena Nocera, Edoardo Di Naro, Matteo Loverro, Mariateresa Natrella, Salvatore Andrea Mastrolia
Uterine myomas are the most common benign growths affecting female reproductive system, occurring in 20-40% of women, whereas the incidence rate in pregnancy is estimated from 0.1 to 3.9%. The lower incidence in pregnancy is due to the association with infertility and low pregnancy rates and implantation rates after in vitro fertilization treatment. Uterine myomas, usually, are asymptomatic during pregnancy. However, occasionally, pedunculated fibroids torsion or other superimposed complications may cause acute abdominal pain...
2017: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522293/direct-action-of-adiponectin-ameliorates-increased-androgen-synthesis-and-reduces-insulin-receptor-expression-in-the-polycystic-ovary
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Anusha Singh, Puran Bora, Amitabh Krishna
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine and metabolic disorder of reproductive age females, leading to infertility. Despite extensive research, the exact pathophysiology and treatment are lacking. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the direct role of adiponectin either alone or together with luteinizing hormone (LH) on sex hormone synthesis and changes in insulin receptor (IR) in the ovary of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)-treated PCOS-mice. Immunohistochemical study showed decreased expression of adiponectin receptor (AdipoR1) in PCOS-ovary which correlated with increased synthesis of androgen and decreased expression of IR...
May 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521685/weighing-the-impact-of-diet-and-lifestyle-on-female-reproductive-function
#7
Gabriella Garruti, Raffaella De Palo, Maria De Angelisc
In the last years several scientific societies and expert groups focused on the role played by nutritional factors, lifestyle and excess of body fat in interfering with female reproduction and fertility. In many studies a confounding factor is represented by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) which is one of the major causes of infertility where genetic and family factors are certainly playing a role, together with lifestyle and nutritional factors. In an attempt to define "the optimal fertility diet", we will consider the role played by Mediterranean lifestyle and some macronutrients (animal and vegetable proteins) on ovulatory disorders and female fertility also considering some new visions derived from randomized trials of Lifestyle programs in obese Infertile women asking for in vitro fertilization or alternative assisted reproduction technologies...
May 17, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521061/extracellular-camp-activates-molecular-signalling-pathways-associated-with-sperm-capacitation-in-bovines
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Carlos Agustín I Alonso, Claudia E Osycka-Salut, Luciana Castellano, Andreína Cesari, Nicolás Di Siervi, Adrián Mutto, Anders Johannisson, Jane M Morrell, Carlos Davio, Silvina Perez-Martinez
STUDY QUESTION: Is extracellular cAMP involved in the regulation of signalling pathways in bovine sperm capacitation? SUMMARY ANSWER: Extracellular cAMP-induced sperm capacitation through the activation of different signalling pathways that involve phospholipase C (PLC), PKC/ERK1-2 signalling and an increase in sperm Ca2+ levels, as well as soluble AC and cAMP/protein kinase A (PKA) signalling. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In order to fertilize the oocyte, ejaculated spermatozoa must undergo a series of changes in the female reproductive tract, known as capacitation...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520870/defining-the-role-of-estrogen-receptor-beta-in-the-regulation-of-female-fertility
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Ma Karim Rumi, Prabhakar Singh, Katherine F Roby, Xiao Zhao, Khursheed Iqbal, Anamika Ratri, Tianhua Lei, Wei Cui, Shaon Borosha, Pramod Dhakal, Kaiyu Kubota, Damayanti Chakraborty, Jay L Vivian, Michael W Wolfe, Michael J Soares
Estrogens are essential hormones for the regulation of fertility. Cellular responses to estrogens are mediated by estrogen receptor alpha (ESR1) and estrogen receptor beta (ESR2). In mouse and rat models, disruption of Esr1 causes infertility in both males and females. However, the role of ESR2 in reproductive function remains undecided due to a wide variation in phenotypic observations among Esr2 mutant mouse strains. Regulatory pathways independent of ESR2 binding to its cognate DNA response element have also been implicated in ESR2 signaling...
May 16, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514243/celiac-disease-symptom-resolution-effectiveness-of-the-gluten-free-diet
#10
Naire Sansotta, Stefano Guandalini, Karine Amirikian, Hilary Jericho
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of the gluten free diet (GFD) on gastrointestinal and extra-intestinal symptom resolution and identify predictors for persistence of symptoms in all celiac patients at the University of Chicago. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review from 2002 to 2015. Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms included: abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, failure to thrive/weight loss, nausea, reflux and vomiting. Extra-intestinal (EI) symptoms included: abnormal liver enzymes, arthralgia/arthritis, dermatitis herpetiformis, alopecia, fatigue, headache, anemia, stomatitis, myalgia, psychiatric disorders, rashes, seizures, neuropathy, short stature, delayed puberty, osteoporosis, and infertility...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513460/the-role-of-oxidative-stress-in-female-infertility-and-in-vitro-fertilization
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Joanna Wojsiat, Jerzy Korczyński, Marta Borowiecka, Halina Małgorzata Żbikowska
Infertility problem involves many couples of reproductive age. It has been estimated that in Poland 0.7-1.0 million pairs require treatment, while for more than half of them assisted reproduction is the only recommended and effective method. Infertility affects 13 to 15% of the world's population. A major concern is the age-related decline in female fertility even more that often a decision about pregnancy is taken at later age. Recent studies show that increased production of reactive oxygen species is an important factor in etiopathogenesis of pregnancy and affects female reproduction...
May 9, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511976/fertility-pregnancy-and-prolactinoma-a-survey-of-pituitary-surgeons-view-and-review-of-the-literature
#12
Walter C Jean, Daniel R Felbaum
OBJECTIVE: Pituitary surgeons frequently encounter female prolactinoma patients seeking treatment to restore fertility. Current medical guidelines recommend using dopamine agonist (DA) for this, but for fetal safety, DA should stop upon pregnancy confirmation. The probability that prolactinoma may grow during pregnancy makes this last recommendation imperfect. With the advances in endoscopic surgery, we queried the potential role for surgery in these infertile patients, who may be ambivalent about both stopping and continuing DA while pregnant...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511462/story-of-a-giant-endometrial-polyp-in-asymptomatic-postmenopausal-female
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Jahnavi Meena, Rahul Manchanda, Sudhir Kulkarni, Nirmal Bhargava, Priyanka Mahawar
Endometrial polyps are localized overgrowth of endometrial glands and stoma through the uterine cavity. They are associated with postmenopausal bleeding, infertility and menorrhagia and are affected by unbalanced oestrogen therapy or increased frequency of tamoxifen exposure. We report a case of giant endometrial polyp in postmenopausal female without vaginal bleeding and hormone or drug use. A 65-year-old, postmenopausal female P3L2 with hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus (DM) came for routine health check-up...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511457/leptin-as-a-predictive-marker-in-unexplained-infertility-in-north-indian-population
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Pratibha Kumari, S P Jaiswar, Pushplata Shankhwar, Sujata Deo, Kalim Ahmad, Bushra Iqbal, A A Mahdi
INTRODUCTION: According to WHO, the primary infertility in India is about 3.9% (age-standardized to 25-49 year) and 16.8% (age-standardized to 15-49 year), using the "age but no birth" definition. Several factors which affect fertility include low sperm production in men, poor egg quality and blocked fallopian tubes in women and also hormonal imbalances. Leptin plays a critical role in women's reproduction and neuroendocrine health. It is used for treating exercise-induced bone loss, eating disorders and infertility...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511444/pseudoangiomatous-stromal-hyperplasia-a-rare-cause-of-breast-lump-in-a-premenopausal-female
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Zeeshan Kareem, Sandhya Iyer, Mansha Singh
Pseudoangiomatous Stromal Hyperplasia (PASH) of the breast is a rare benign proliferating breast condition. We report a case of a 26-year-old female who was being worked up for infertility and was incidentally noted to have a well defined lump in the left breast. Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC) and core needle biopsy of the lump were suggestive of benign breast disease. Patient underwent excision of the lump. Histopathology report of which was suggestive of PASH of the breast.
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507189/oxidative-stress-affects-sperm-performance-and-ejaculate-redox-status-in-subordinate-house-sparrows
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Alfonso Rojas Mora, Alexandra Firth, Sophie Blareau, Armelle Vallat, Fabrice Helfenstein
Oxidative stress (OS) is the result of random cellular damage caused by reactive oxygen species that leads to cell death, ageing, or illness. Most physiological processes can result in OS, which in turn has been identified as a major cause of infertility. In promiscuous species, the fertilizing ability of the ejaculate partly determines the male reproductive success. When dominance determines access to fertile females, theory predicts that lower ranking males should increase resource investment into enhancing ejaculate quality...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506985/histone-acetyltransferase-kat8-is-essential-for-mouse-oocyte-development-by-regulating-ros-levels
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Shi Yin, Xiaohua Jiang, Hanwei Jiang, Qian Gao, Fang Wang, Suixing Fan, Teka Khan, Nazish Jabeen, Manan Khan, Asim Ali, Peng Xu, Tej K Pandita, Heng-Yu Fan, Yuanwei Zhang, Qinghua Shi
Proper oocyte development is critical for female fertility and requires timely and accurate control of gene expression. K (Lysine) Acetyltransferase 8 (KAT8), an important component of the X chromosome dosage compensation system in Drosophila, regulates gene activity by acetylating histone H4 preferentially at lysine 16. To explore the function of Kat8 during mouse oocyte development, we crossed Kat8(flox/flox) mice with Gdf9-Cre mice to specifically delete Kat8 in oocytes. Oocyte Kat8 deletion resulted in female infertility with follicle development failure in the secondary and preantral follicle stages...
May 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506298/fecx-bar-a-novel-bmp15-mutation-responsible-for-prolificacy-and-female-sterility-in-tunisian-barbarine-sheep
#18
Narjess Lassoued, Zohra Benkhlil, Florent Woloszyn, Ahmed Rejeb, Mohamed Aouina, Mourad Rekik, Stephane Fabre, Sonia Bedhiaf-Romdhani
BACKGROUND: Naturally occurring mutations in growth and differentiation factor 9 (GDF9) or bone morphogenetic protein 15 (BMP15) genes are associated with increased ovulation rate (OR) and litter size (LS) but also sterility. Observing the Tunisian Barbarine ewes of the "W" flock selected for improved prolificacy, we found prolific and infertile ewes with streaky ovaries. Blood genomic DNA was extracted from a subset of low-ovulating, prolific and infertile ewes of the "W" flock, and the entire coding sequences of GDF9 and BMP15 were sequenced...
May 15, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502234/a-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-agonist-for-the-prevention-of-docetaxel-induced-gonadal-damage
#19
Ilhae Park, Sanghoon Lee, Ki-Jin Ryu, Kyung-Jin Min, Jin Hwa Hong, Jae Yun Song, Jae Kwan Lee, Nak Woo Lee
This study aimed to evaluate the protective effect of a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist against docetaxel-induced gonadotoxicity in a mouse model. Forty mice (female B6, 6-8 weeks old, weighing 16-18 g) were divided randomly into four groups. Groups 1 and 2 were treated with a single intraperitoneal dose of 0.1 mL normal saline; Groups 3 and 4 received 30 mg/kg docetaxel. Groups 2 and 4 were pre-treated with a subcutaneous injection of 0.3 mg leuprolide acetate, 2 weeks before the administration of docetaxel...
May 14, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500824/vitamin-d-and-aspects-of-female-fertility
#20
REVIEW
Nick Voulgaris, Labrini Papanastasiou, George Piaditis, Anna Angelousi, Gregory Kaltsas, George Mastorakos, Eva Kassi
The role of vitamin D in female reproduction has been intensively examined over the last few decades. A large body of evidence suggests that vitamin D might have beneficial effects on metabolic/hormonal parameters of PCOS and endometriosis, while it appears to be associated with IVF outcomes. However, due to the heterogeneity among observational and interventional studies, no cause-effect relationship has yet been established. The aim of this review is to analyze recent in vitro animal and human studies which examined the association of vitamin D with disease entities affecting female fertility potential...
January 2017: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
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