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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430390/chronic-toxicity-of-binary-metal-mixtures-of-cadmium-and-zinc-to-daphnia-magna
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Edgar Pérez, Tham C Hoang
The present study characterized the chronic effect of binary-metal mixtures of cadmium (Cd) and zinc (Zn) on Daphnia magna. The titration design was chosen to characterize the 21-d chronic effects of the binary-metal mixtures on survival, growth, reproduction, and metal accumulation in D. magna. Using this design, increasing concentrations of Zn (10, 20, 40, 80, 120, 160 and 200µg/L) were titrated against a constant concentration of 1.5µg/L Cd. The results demonstrated that Cd was highly toxic to D. magna...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429340/controlled-prospective-observational-study-on-the-efficiency-and-tolerability-of-a-combination-of-potential-nrf2-inducing-antioxidants-and-micronutrients-as-pre-treatment-for-icsi-in-dyspermic-patients-with-previous-failure
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R Rago, M Gallo, A Dal Lago, E Licata, G Paciotti, M Amodei, C Meneghini, C Fabiani, G Dani, C Liberanome, D Antonaci, R Corno, D Miriello, G Giuffrida, B Giammusso
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficiency of pre-treatment in dyspermic males in IVF couples with a combination of micronutrients, for the purpose of improving the fertilization rate, the implantation rate and the outcome of the pregnancy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This controlled prospective clinical study was performed in two medically assisted reproduction centers. 59 males with mild oligo-astheno-teratospermia (OAT) were admitted to the study. All of them had a history of previous in vitro fertilization (IVF) attempts with female partners aged < 40 diagnosed having tubal or idiopathic infertility...
April 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429153/relative-abundance-of-heat-shock-proteins-and-clusterin-transcripts-in-spermatozoa-collected-form-boar-routinely-utilised-in-an-artificial-insemination-centre-preliminary-results
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A Zannoni, C Bernardini, A Zaniboni, E Ferlizza, D Ventrella, M L Bacci, M Forni
It is widely accepted that mature sperm contains RNA. The first hypothesis was that sperm RNAs have no functions of their own but are simply residues of spermatogenesis reflecting the events that occurred during their formation in the testes. More recently new discoveries have essentially expanded these views, showing that sperm mRNAs constitute a population of stable full-length transcripts, many of which are selectively retained during spermatogenesis and delivered to oocytes contributing to early embryo development...
April 21, 2017: Veterinary Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428945/a-successful-pregnancy-using-completely-immotile-but-viable-frozen-thawed-spermatozoa-selected-by-laser
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Huanhua Chen, Guixue Feng, Bo Zhang, Hong Zhou, Jinhui Shu, Xianyou Gan
The aim of this study was to report a successful pregnancy using completely immotile frozen-thawed spermatozoa selected by laser. A single laser shot was used to detect the presence of viable immotile spermatozoa in fresh and frozen-thawed testicular spermatozoa. The viability rate was 55.8% after the laser detection, and cryopreservation was carried out immediately. The thawing test was performed on the day of oocyte pick-up, and no motile sperm were observed after extending the culture for another 4 hours, while a survival rate of 39...
March 2017: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428123/transvaginal-ultrasound-guided-embryo-transfer-in-ivf
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Lionel Larue, Gwenola Keromnes, Anne Massari, Clémence Roche, Julie Moulin, Héloïse Gronier, Dominique Bouret, Nino Guy Cassuto, Jean Philippe Ayel
OBJECTIVES: to determine whether transvaginal ultrasound-guided embryo transfer is a technique that can be used routinely, whether it improves IVF outcomes and whether it makes difficult transfers easier and more successful. MATERIAL AND METHOD: non-randomised retrospective study conducted between 2012 and 2016 in the Fertility Centre of the Diaconesses-Croix St Simon Hospital Group. The outcomes of 3910 transfers performed by 5 senior operators under transabdominal ultrasound guidance are compared with those of 800 transfers performed by 1 senior operator under transvaginal ultrasound guidance...
April 17, 2017: J Gynecol Obstet Hum Reprod
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424715/temporal-petal-closure-benefits-reproductive-development-of-magnolia-denudata-magnoliaceae-in-early-spring
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Liya Liu, Chulan Zhang, Xiangyu Ji, Zhixiang Zhang, Ruohan Wang
The Magnoliaceae shows strong phylogenetic niche conservatism, in which temporal petal closure has been extensively reported. However, it is yet elusive whether temporal petal closure is an idle floral character inherited from their ancestors or an adaptive trait to their habitats. Here, we monitored the process of temporal floral closure and re-opening in a thermogenic plant, Magnolia denudata (Magnoliaceae). Furthermore, we artificially interrupted temporal petal closure and investigated its effects on development of female and male gametophytes...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424053/stress-induced-nuclear-granules-form-in-response-to-accumulation-of-misfolded-proteins-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Katherine M Sampuda, Mason Riley, Lynn Boyd
BACKGROUND: Environmental stress can affect the viability or fecundity of an organism. Environmental stressors may affect the genome or the proteome and can cause cellular distress by contributing to protein damage or misfolding. This study examines the cellular response to environmental stress in the germline of the nematode, C. elegans. RESULTS: Salt stress, oxidative stress, and starvation, but not heat shock, induce the relocalization of ubiquitin, proteasome, and the TIAR-2 protein into distinct subnuclear regions referred to as stress induced nuclear granules (SINGs)...
April 19, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422380/comparing-the-long-acting-and-short-acting-forms-of-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-agonists-in-the-long-protocol-of-ivf-icsi-cycles-a-retrospective-study
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Liyan Duan, Shihua Bao, Kunming Li, Xiaoming Teng, Ling Hong, Xiaoyu Zhao
AIM: This study aimed to compare the efficacy of long- and short-acting gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist on clinical outcomes of in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF/ICSI) long protocol cycles. METHODS: In this retrospective study, 478 patients were enrolled from October 2012 to November 2014. The pituitary downregulation result, serum hormone levels, gonadotropin (Gn) dose during controlled ovarian hyperstimulation, and outcome of IVF/ICSI-embryo transfer were compared between the two groups...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422363/the-occhiolino-occ-mutant-zebrafish-a-model-for-development-of-the-optical-function-in-the-biological-lens
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Masamoto Aose, Tor H Linbo, Owen Lawrence, Tadashi Senoo, David W Raible, John I Clark
BACKGROUND: Zebrafish visual function depends on quality optics. An F3 screen for developmental mutations in the zebrafish nervous system was conducted in wild-type (wt) AB zebrafish exposed to 3 mM of N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU). RESULTS: Mutant offspring, identified in an F3 screen, were characterized by a small pupil, resulting from retinal hypertrophy or hyperplasia and a small lens. Deficits in visual function made feeding difficult after hatching at approximately 5-6 dpf (days post fertilization)...
April 19, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421902/the-role-of-ovarian-reserve-markers-in-prediction-of-clinical-pregnancy
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Ali G Zebitay, Orkun Cetin, Fatma F Verit, Seda Keskin, M Nafi Sakar, Sercin Karahuseyinoglu, Gulsah Ilhan, Sezai Sahmay
To evaluate the role of ovarian reserve markers in the prediction of clinical pregnancy and embryo transfer accomplishment among poor responder IVF applicants. 304 female poor responder IVF applicants were included in this prospective cohort study conducted at the IVF-unit. Antral follicle count, FSH, LH, E2, AMH and IVF outcomes were compared in pregnant and non-pregnant groups as well as in ET vs. non-ET groups. The number of retrieved oocytes was significantly correlated positively with AMH and AFC, and negatively with FSH and age...
May 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420503/age-is-a-major-prognosticator-in-extremely-low-oocyte-retrieval-cycles
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Yu-Ting Su, Pin-Yao Lin, Fu-Jen Huang, Fu-Tsai Kung, Yu-Ju Lin, Yi-Ru Tsai, Kuo-Chung Lan
OBJECTIVE: Clinical prognosis appears to be varied in females with poor ovarian response (POR), and poor responders defined by the Bologna criteria might not be sufficiently homogeneous. The aim of this study was to determine the major predictor of reproductive outcomes in extremely low oocyte retrieval cycles. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cohort of fresh in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection cycles (n = 858) was analyzed from January 2001 to September 2014...
April 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420500/does-different-bmi-influence-oocyte-and-embryo-quality-by-inducing-fatty-acid-in-follicular-fluid
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Parvaneh Mirabi, Mohammad Javad Chaichi, Sedighe Esmaeilzadeh, Seyed Gholam Ali Jorsaraei, Ali Bijani, Mahjobeh Ehsani
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to assess the effects of obesity-related follicular fluid (FF) fatty acids (FAs) on the number and quality of oocytes, good embryo quality rate, and pregnancy rate. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective cohort study was conducted on 105 infertile women under the age of 38, who underwent intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) from March 2015 to October 2015. They were grouped into three body mass index (BMI) categories. The fatty acids composition of the FF was analyzed by GC-MS head space method...
April 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420480/comparative-analysis-of-granulosa-cell-gene-expression-in-association-with-oocyte-competence-in-fsh-stimulated-holstein-cows
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David A Landry, Chloé Fortin, Anne-Marie Bellefleur, Rémi Labrecque, François-Xavier Grand, Christian Vigneault, Patrick Blondin, Marc-André Sirard
Ovarian stimulation with exogenous FSH followed by FSH withdrawal or 'coasting' is an effective means of increasing the number of oocytes obtainable for the in vitro production of cattle embryos. However, the quality of the oocytes thus obtained varies considerably from one cow to the next. The aim of the present study was to gain a better understanding of the follicular conditions associated with low oocyte developmental competence. Granulosa cells from 94 Holstein cows in a commercial embryo production facility were collected following ovarian stimulation and coasting...
April 19, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419839/near-infrared-laser-irradiation-improves-the-development-of-mouse-pre-implantation-embryos
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Masaki Yokoo, Miho Mori
The aim of the present study was to assess the effects of near-infrared laser irradiation on the in vitro development of mouse embryos. Female ICR mice were superovulated with pregnant mare serum gonadotropin and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), and mated with male mice. Two-cell stage embryos were collected 40 h after administering hCG and cultured in M16 medium. Two-cell embryos (0 h after culture), 8-cell embryos (approx. 30 h after culture), morula (approx. 48 h after culture), and blastocysts (approx...
April 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418847/quercetin-delays-postovulatory-aging-of-mouse-oocytes-by-regulating-sirt-expression-and-mpf-activity
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HaiYang Wang, Yu-Jin Jo, Jeong Su Oh, Nam-Hyung Kim
If no fertilization occurs at an appropriate time after ovulation, oocyte quality deteriorates rapidly as a process called postovulatory aging. Because the postovulatory aging of oocytes has detrimental effects on embryo development and offspring, many efforts have been made to prevent oocyte aging. Here we showed that quercetin prevented the decline in oocyte quality during postovulatory aging of oocytes. Quercetin treatment reduced aging-induced morphological changes and reactive oxygen species accumulation...
March 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417349/a-higher-prevalence-of-endometriosis-among-asian-women-does-not-contribute-to-poorer-ivf-outcomes
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Ayae Yamamoto, Erica B Johnstone, Michael S Bloom, Heather G Huddleston, Victor Y Fujimoto
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to determine whether diagnosis of endometriosis or endometriosis with endometrioma influences in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes in an ethnically diverse population. METHODS: Women undergoing a first IVF cycle (n = 717) between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009, at a university-affiliated infertility clinic, were retrospectively assessed for an endometriosis diagnosis. Differences in prevalence of endometriosis by ethnicity were determined, as well as differences in IVF success by ethnicity, with a focus on country of origin for Asian women...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417052/relationship-between-meiotic-spindles-visualization-and-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-outcomes-in-human-oocytes
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Elham Asa, Reza Tabatabaee, Ahmad Farrokhi, Reza Nejatbakhsh
In assisted reproductive techniques, the operator attempts to select morphologically best embryos to predict embryo viability. Development of polarized light microscope, which evaluates the oocytes' spindles according to birefringence of living cells, had been helpful in oocyte selection. The aim of this study is evaluating the relationship between meiotic spindles visualization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) outcomes in human oocytes. In this study, 264 oocytes from 24 patients with an average age of 30...
March 2017: Anatomy & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412990/influence-of-pre-storage-incubation-on-hatchability-traits-thyroid-hormones-antioxidative-status-and-immunity-of-newly-hatched-chicks-at-two-chicken-breeder-flock-ages
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T A Ebeid, F A Twfeek, M H Assar, A M Bealish, R E Abd El-Karim, M Ragab
Egg storage longer than 7 days is associated with negative effects on hatchability traits. Pre-storage incubation has been a suggested method to reduce the negative effects of long-term storage times by enhancing the developmental stage of the embryo and probably reducing the embryonic stress. The objective of the present study was to investigate the effects of pre-storage incubation and storage time on hatchability characteristics, chick quality and serum thyroid hormones, antioxidative properties and immunoglobulin Y (IgY) concentrations of newly hatched chicks at two breeder flock ages...
April 17, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410126/fertilization-failure-and-gamete-health-is-there-a-link
#19
Snehil Budhwar, Vertika Singh, Priyanka Verma, Kiran Singh
Fertilization is a hallmark event of sexual reproduction marked by the fusion of male and female gamete to form zygote. It is a highly complex, yet a robust process that is intricately regulated by various signalling molecules. A healthy fertilization is determined by the quality of zygote which is contingent on the health of egg and sperm. The relationship between infertility and gametic health can be reciprocal. On one hand gametogenesis has to be dynamic and unremitting to sustain the reproductive health, while on the other hand it has to be error free for proper embryonic development...
June 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Scholar Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408705/time-lapse-imaging-of-cleavage-divisions-in-embryo-quality-assessment
#20
Robert Milewski, Anna Maria Ajduk
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most important procedures for treating infertility. As several embryos are usually produced in a single IVF cycle, it is crucial to select only the most viable ones for transfer to the patient. Morphokinetics, i.e. analysis of the dynamics of cleavage divisions and processes such as compaction and cavitation, has provided both biologists and clinicians with a new set of data regarding embryonic behaviour during preimplantation development and its association with embryo quality...
April 13, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
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