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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302748/smc5-6-is-required-for-the-formation-of-segregation-competent-bivalent-chromosomes-during-meiosis-i-in-mouse-oocytes
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Grace Hwang, Fengyun Sun, Marilyn O'Brien, John J Eppig, Mary Ann Handel, Philip W Jordan
SMC complexes include three major classes: cohesin, condensin, and SMC5/6. However, the localization pattern and genetic requirements for the SMC5/6 complex during mammalian oogenesis had not previously been examined. In mouse oocytes, the SMC5/6 complex is enriched at the pericentromeric heterochromatin, and also localizes along chromosome arms during meiosis. The infertility phenotypes of females with a Zp3-Cre-driven conditional knockout (cKO) of Smc5 demonstrated that maternally expressed SMC5 protein is essential for early embryogenesis...
March 16, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302135/myeloid-c-ebp%C3%AE-deficiency-reshapes-microglial-gene-expression-and-is-protective-in-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
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Marta Pulido-Salgado, Jose M Vidal-Taboada, Gerardo Garcia Diaz-Barriga, Joan Serratosa, Tony Valente, Paola Castillo, Jonathan Matalonga, Marco Straccia, Josep M Canals, Annabel Valledor, Carme Solà, Josep Saura
BACKGROUND: CCAAT/enhancer binding protein β (C/EBPβ) is a transcription factor that regulates the expression of important pro-inflammatory genes in microglia. Mice deficient for C/EBPβ show protection against excitotoxic and ischemic CNS damage, but the involvement in this neuroprotective effect of the various C/EBPβ-expressing cell types is not solved. Since C/EBPβ-deficient microglia show attenuated neurotoxicity in culture, we hypothesized that specific C/EBPβ deficiency in microglia could be neuroprotective in vivo...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299523/predictors-for-spontaneous-pregnancy-after-microsurgical-subinguinal-varicocelectomy-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Jian-Wei Zhang, Quan-Quan Xu, You-Lin Kuang, Yan Wang, Feng Xu, Yu-Dong Tian
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to determine the possible preoperative predictors of spontaneous pregnancy (SPR) for infertile males with varicocele after microsurgical subinguinal varicocelectomy (MVL) performed in two medical centers in a prospective cohort study. METHODS: A total of 120 males with varicocele that underwent MVL between June 2013 and June 2014 in two medical centers were documented. Related data, including male and female partner age, male body mass index (BMI), female BMI, preoperative semen parameters, hormone levels, testicular volume, grade and side of varicocele, were collected and analyzed...
March 15, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298247/tissue-specific-inhibition-of-urokinase-type-plasminogen-activator-expression-in-the-testes-of-mice-by-inducible-lentiviral-rna-interference-causes-male-infertility
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Kai Zhao, Yan Liu, Zhe Xiong, Lian Hu, Cheng-Liang Xiong
Urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) is involved in many physiological processes, including male infertility. To explore the effects of uPA in male reproduction, we constructed an inducible uPA short hairpin RNA (shRNA) system expressed by lentiviral vectors. After proving inhibition of uPA expression in the mouse Sertoli cell line TM4 by 1μgmL-1 doxycycline (Dox), two lentivirus (pLenti4-shRNA and pLenti6/TR) were co-microinjected into mouse testes to produce TetR&shuPA mice model. Though oral gavage by 0...
March 16, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297563/spermatogenesis-associated-22-is-required-for-dna-repair-and-synapsis-of-homologous-chromosomes-in-mouse-germ-cells
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E Hays, N Majchrzak, V Daniel, Z Ferguson, S Brown, K Hathorne, S La Salle
Analysis of the N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU)-induced repro42 mutation previously identified spermatogenesis associated 22 (Spata22) as a gene required for meiotic progression and fertility in both male and female mice, but its specific contribution to the process was unclear. Here, we report on a novel, null allele of Spata22 (Spata22(Gt) ) and confirm its requirement for germ cell development. Similar to repro42 mutant mice, histological and mating analyses indicate that gametogenesis is profoundly affected in Spata22(Gt/Gt) males and females, resulting in infertility...
March 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293058/ruptured-hemorrhagic-cyst-of-undescended-ovary-mimicking-mucocele-a-rare-pediatric-case
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Tamer Sekmenli, Metin Gündüz, Ilhan Ciftci
Undescended ovary is a rare entity and usually presentedas a case report. It is associated with urinary and uterine anomalies. Symptomatic patients are diagnosed during surgery. Most of the patients are asymptomatic and treatment is unnecessary. They are incidentally diagnosed during infertility evaluation and treatment such as ovarian hyperstimulation studies. A 15-year-old female patient presented with the diagnosis of renal cystic massas identifiedduring ultrasonography in another hospital. Abdominal computedtomography image was requested...
January 2017: Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292651/human-exposure-to-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-effects-on-the-male-and-female-reproductive-systems
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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/28292621/serum-reproductive-hormone-levels-and-ultrasound-findings-in-female-offspring-after-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-first-results
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Florence Belva, Mathieu Roelants, Veerle Vloeberghs, Johan Schiettecatte, Jan Evenepoel, Maryse Bonduelle, Michel de Vos
OBJECTIVE: To compare reproductive hormone levels and antral follicle count in intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)-conceived offspring and peers born after spontaneous conception. DESIGN: Single-center study of the reproductive health at the age of 18-22 years in the worldwide oldest cohort of female ICSI offspring. SETTING: University hospital. PATIENT(S): A longitudinally followed cohort of singleton women (n = 71) conceived by means of ICSI because of male infertility and a cross-sectionally recruited group of spontaneously conceived women of the same age (n = 81)...
March 11, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292619/obesity-and-female-infertility-potential-mediators-of-obesity-s-impact
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REVIEW
Darcy E Broughton, Kelle H Moley
The worldwide upward trend in obesity has been dramatic, now affecting more than 20% of American women of reproductive age. Obesity is associated with many adverse maternal and fetal effects prenatally, but it also exerts a negative influence on female fertility. Obese women are more likely to have ovulatory dysfunction due to dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis. Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome who are also obese demonstrate a more severe metabolic and reproductive phenotype. Obese women have reduced fecundity even when eumenorrheic and demonstrate poorer outcomes with the use of in vitro fertilization...
March 11, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289071/disorganization-of-the-germ-cell-pool-leads-to-primary-ovarian-insufficiency
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Ikko Kawashima, Kazuhiro Kawamura
The mammalian ovary is an organ that controls female germ cell development, storing them and releasing mature oocytes for transporting to the oviduct. During the fetal stage, female germ cells change from a proliferative state to meiosis before forming follicles with the potential for growth of surrounding somatic cells. Understanding of molecular and physiological bases of germ cell development in the fetal ovary contributed not only to the elucidation of genetic disorders in primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), but also advancement of novel treatments for patients with POI...
March 13, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285953/predictive-value-of-different-covariates-influencing-pregnancy-rate-following-intrauterine-insemination-with-homologous-semen-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Annelies Thijssen, An Creemers, Wim Van der Elst, Eva Creemers, Eva Vandormael, Nathalie Dhont, Willem Ombelet
The aim was to examine the value of different covariates in the prediction of intrauterine insemination (IUI) success. Between July 2011 and September 2015, data from 1401 IUI cycles with homologous semen in 556 couples were collected prospectively, by questionnaire, in a tertiary referral infertility centre. Statistical analysis was performed using generalized estimating equations (GEEs). GEEs were used instead of an ordinary logistic regression model to take into account the correlation between observations from the same person...
February 24, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285951/potential-role-of-green-tea-catechins-in-the-management-of-oxidative-stress-associated-infertility
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REVIEW
Shubhadeep Roychoudhury, Ashok Agarwal, Gurpriya Virk, Chak-Lam Cho
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are present in low concentrations in the genital tracts of males and females. Excessive ROS lead to oxidative stress, which damages DNA, lipids and proteins. Such molecular changes result in compromised vitality, increased morphological defects and decreased sperm motility in the male. In the female, oxidative stress interferes with oocyte maturation, and may inhibit in-vitro maturation of the oocyte. Recently, green tea supplementation has been reported to possess properties that may improve the quality of male and female gametes largely due to the ability of catechin polyphenols to quench ROS...
February 27, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284038/3d-and-4d-studies-from-human-reproduction-to-perinatal-medicine
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Sonal Panchal, Asim Kurjak, Chaitanya Nagori
Three-dimensional ultrasound (3D US) is a modality of choice for prenatal diagnosis of congenital malformations. But 3D-four-dimensional US(4D US) is of utmost importance also to achieve pregnancy. 3D US plays an important role for diagnosis of PCO, to assess ovarian reserve and response and thus to decide optimum stimulation protocols. It adds to the information on follicular maturity and endometrial receptivity, thus improving the chances to achieve pregnancy for patients under treatment for fertility. 3D hystero-contrast-salpingography (HyCoSy) has also proved itself to be one of the best modalities for assessment of tubal patency...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283302/perfluoroalkyl-substances-and-endometriosis-related-infertility-in-chinese-women
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Bin Wang, Rongrong Zhang, Fan Jin, Hangying Lou, Yuchan Mao, Wenting Zhu, Wei Zhou, Ping Zhang, Jun Zhang
Endometriosis is one of the main causes for female infertility. Previous studies suggested that perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), a group of ubiquitous environmental chemicals with properties of endocrine disruption and reproductive toxicity, were risk factors for endometriosis but there lacks direct evidence on the possible role of PFASs in endometriosis-related infertility. To fill this gap, we examined the association between PFASs and endometriosis-related infertility among Chinese reproductive-age women in a case-control study, which comprised 157 surgically confirmed endometriosis cases and 178 controls seeking infertility treatment because of male reproductive dysfunction in 2014 and 2015...
March 7, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277873/periodontal-disease-and-women-s-health
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Francesco Martelli, Maria Luisa Brandi, Marialaura Martelli, Piero Nobili, Enzo Medico, Maria Luisa Martelli
BACKGROUND: Periodontal disease (PD) is a multifactorial inflammatory condition in which inappropriate interaction between the host immune response and specific groups of bacterial pathogens leads to destruction of connective and bone tissues supporting the tooth. Dissemination of pathogens, toxins, and immune-complexes from and to periodontal lesions is at the basis of the increasingly recognized association between PD and various systemic diseases (SDs). Considering the growing attention of the medical community to "gender medicine", this review focuses on the association between PD and six systemic conditions heavily impacting women's health, with the aim of providing evidence in support of a joint effort between physicians and dentists to improve clinical management of these conditions...
February 20, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277110/effect-of-normal-sperm-morphology-rate-nsmr-on-clinical-outcomes-for-rescue-icsi-r-icsi-patients
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Mingzhao Li, Hui Wang, Wei Li, Juanzi Shi
PURPOSE: To investigate whether the normal sperm morphology rate (NSMR) can affect the clinical outcomes of rescue-ICSI(R-ICSI) patients. METHODS: Based on different NSMR, the patients were divided into two groups as follows: NSMR < 4% and NSMR ≥ 4% group. Main outcomes compared were fertilization, cleavage, normal fertilization, high-quality embryo, transferrable embryo, no transferrable embryo cycles, implantation, clinical pregnancy and abortion rate...
March 3, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275162/leptin-signalling-in-agrp-neurons-modulates-puberty-onset-and-adult-fertility-in-mice
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Olivia K Egan, Megan A Inglis, Greg M Anderson
The hormone leptin indirectly communicates metabolic information to brain neurons that control reproduction, using GABAergic circuitry. Agouti-related peptide (AgRP) neurons in the arcuate nucleus are GABAergic, express leptin receptors (LepR) and are known to influence reproduction. This study tested whether leptin actions on AgRP neurons are required and sufficient for puberty onset and subsequent fertility. Firstly, Agrp-Cre and Lepr-flox mice were used to target deletion of LepR to AgRP neurons. AgRP-LepR knockout female mice exhibited mild obesity and adiposity as previously described, as well as a significant delay in the pubertal onset of estrous cycles compared to control animals...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265333/fertility-preservation-options-for-children-and-adolescents-with-cancer
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REVIEW
Rodrigo L P Romao, Armando J Lorenzo
INTRODUCTION: Cancer in children and adolescents has seen a stark rise in survival rates in the last decades; overall survival in excess of 80% can be reasonably expected for many newly diagnosed patients with malignancies in this age group. Survivorship has unfolded several specific issues faced by these patients, including fertility concerns. Hence, fertility preservation efforts have been discussed and undertaken with increased frequency. METHODS: In this article, the authors provide a broad overview of the current recommendations surrounding fertility preservation in this patient population...
January 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264823/changing-trends-in-reproductive-lifestyle-factors-in-uk-women-descriptive-study-within-the-uk-collaborative-trial-of-ovarian-cancer-screening-ukctocs
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Aleksandra Gentry-Maharaj, Clara Glazer, Matthew Burnell, Andy Ryan, Hannah Berry, Jatinderpal Kalsi, Robert Woolas, Steve J Skates, Stuart Campbell, Mahesh Parmar, Ian Jacobs, Usha Menon
OBJECTIVE: There has been considerable interest in the impact of reproductive factors on health but there are little data on how these have varied over time. We explore trends in reproductive/lifestyle factors of postmenopausal British women by analysing self-reported data from participants of the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS). DESIGN: Prospective birth cohort analysis. SETTING: Population cohort invited between 2001 and 2005 from age-sex registers of 27 Primary Care Trusts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and recruited through 13 National Health Service Trusts...
March 6, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264579/-possibility-of-uterus-transplantation-trial-in-czech-republic-indications-research-and-clinical-experience
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Roman Chmel, Marta Nováčková, Zlatko Pastor, Jan Matěcha, Miloš Čekal, Jiří Froněk
Uterus transplantation is a novel experimental method of female infertility treatment. It is an appropriate treatment modality for women with absolute uterine factor infertility - congenital uterine malformations, absent uterus, hysterectomized women and non-functional uterus.Successful animal studies confirming the safety and efficacy were performed before introduction of uterus transplantation into human medicine. The first clinical trial was performed in 2012-2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The first child from the transplanted womb was delivered in 2014...
2017: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
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