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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911457/what-is-the-impact-of-extracorporeal-shock-wave-lithotripsy-on-semen-parameters-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Mohammad H Radfar, Nasser Simforoosh, Mehdi Sotoudeh, Mehdi H Ramezani, Mohammad J Mollakoochakian, Maryam Nikravesh, Hamidreza Shemshaki
BACKGROUND: Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is an important tool for the management of urolithiasis. The effects of shockwaves on tissues are established. The aim of this meta-analysis is to evaluate the microscopic semen characteristics of young men before and after ESWL treatment for lower ureteral calculi. METHODS: Literature searches were performed following the Cochrane guidelines. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis that included six trials that investigated the effects of ESWL on semen parameters, including sperm concentration, motility, and hematospermia...
December 2, 2016: Urologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909569/the-walking-egg-project-how-to-start-a-twe-centre
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W Ombelet, J Goossens
The main objective of the Walking Egg non-profit organization is the implementation of good quality and affordable infertility centres in resource-poor countries. Three levels of assistance are suggested: A level 1 infertility clinic is a basic infertility clinic capable of offering semen analysis, hormonal assays, follicular scanning, ovulation induction and intrauterine inseminations. Level 2 infertility clinics are supposed to perform simplified IVF as well. Level 3 infertility clinics capable of offering ICSI, cryopreservation and operative endoscopy are not part of the Walking Egg Project in the initial phase...
June 27, 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907243/an-optimized-centrifugal-method-for-separation-of-semen-from-superabsorbent-polymers-for-forensic-analysis
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Lucy R Camarena, Bailey K Glasscock, Demi Daniels, Nicolle Ackley, Marybeth Sciarretta, Sarah J Seashols-Williams
Connection of a perpetrator to a sexual assault is best performed through the confirmed presence of semen, thereby proving sexual contact. Evidentiary items can include sanitary napkins or diapers containing superabsorbent polymers (SAPs), complicating spermatozoa visualization and DNA analysis. In this report, we evaluated the impact of SAPS on the current forensic DNA workflow, developing an efficient centrifugal protocol for separating spermatozoa from SAP material. The optimized filtration method was compared to common practices of excising the top layer only, resulting in significantly higher sperm yields when a core sample of the substrate was taken...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896585/effect-of-an-herbal-mixture-of-cinnamon-cortex-persicae-semen-and-natril-sulfas-on-collagen-induced-arthritis-and-lipopolysaccharides-induced-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BA-b-signaling
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Ji-Won Lee, Jae-Hwan Lew, Tae-Woo Kim, Hee Kang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory effects of the mixture of three herbal agents, Cinnamon Cortex, Persica Semen, and Natril Sulfas (CPN), the major ingredients of Taoren Chengqi Decoction (). METHODS: Collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) was induced by immunization with bovine type II collagen on day 1 and 21. DBA/1J mice were orally administered the water extract of CPN (100 and 500 mg/kg) and indomethacin (1 mg/kg) or vehicle (water) 3 times per week for 6 weeks...
November 17, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895910/proteomic-identification-of-cryostress-in-epididymal-spermatozoa
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Sung Jae Yoon, Md Saidur Rahman, Woo Sung Kwon, Do Yeal Ryu, Yoo Jin Park, Myung Geol Pang
BACKGROUND: Cryopreservation of epididymal spermatozoa is important in cases in which it is not possible to collect semen using normal methods, as the sudden death of an animal or a catastrophic injury. However, the freezing and thawing processes cause stress to spermatozoa, including cold shock, osmotic damage, and ice crystal formation, thereby reducing sperm quality. We assessed the motility (%), motion kinematics, capacitation status, and viability of spermatozoa using computer-assisted sperm analysis and Hoechst 33258/chlortetracycline fluorescence staining...
2016: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893825/low-birth-weight-is-associated-with-a-decreased-overall-adult-health-status-and-reproductive-capability-results-of-a-cross-sectional-study-in-primary-infertile-patients
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Luca Boeri, Eugenio Ventimiglia, Paolo Capogrosso, Silvia Ippolito, Angela Pecoraro, Marco Paciotti, Roberta Scano, Alessandro Galdini, Luca Valsecchi, Enrico Papaleo, Francesco Montorsi, Andrea Salonia
Individuals born with low birth weight (LBW) risk cardiometabolic complications later in life. However the impact of LBW on general health status and male reproductive function has been scantly analysed. We investigated the clinical and seminal impact of different birth weights (BW) in white-European men presenting for primary couple's infertility. Demographic, clinical, and laboratory data from 827 primary infertile men were compared with those of 373 consecutive fertile men. Patients with BW ≤2500, 2500-4200, and ≥4200gr were classified as having LBW, normal (NBW), and high BW (HBW), respectively...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891185/spermatozoal-cell-death-inducing-dna-fragmentation-factor-%C3%AE-like-effector-a-cidea-gene-expression-and-dna-fragmentation-in-infertile-men-with-metabolic-syndrome-and-normal-seminogram
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Ayman Z Elsamanoudy, Hussein Abdelaziz Abdalla, Mohammed Hassanien, Mohammad A Gaballah
BACKGROUND: This is the first study to investigate spermatozoal cell death-inducing DNA fragmentation factor-α-like effector A (CIDEA) gene expression and DNA fragmentations in the spermatozoa of men diagnosed with metabolic syndrome (MS) who have normal seminograms with unexplained infertility, and to correlate these parameters with seminal glucose concentration. METHODS: This study included 120 participants: 75 male subjects with MS (38 fertile and 37 infertile), and a control group of 45 fertile males without MS...
2016: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888380/kinetin-improves-motility-viability-and-antioxidative-parameters-of-ram-semen-during-storage-at-refrigerator-temperature
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Elham Zadeh Hashem, Mohsen Eslami
The present experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of kinetin on ram semen quality during cold storage. Ejaculates were collected using an artificial vagina from five Qezel rams. Ejaculates which met the criteria (volume of 0.75-2 ml; minimum spermatozoa concentration of 2.5 × 109 spermatozoa/ml and forward progressive motility of 80%), were pooled, diluted with extender without kinetin (control) or enriched with 25 (K 25), 50 (K 50), 100 (K 100) and 200 (K 200) μM kinetin at a final concentration of 500 × 106 spermatozoa per mL...
November 25, 2016: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887718/novel-centrifugal-technology-for-measuring-sperm-concentration-in-the-home
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Ulrich Y Schaff, Laura L Fredriksen, Jon G Epperson, Tiffany R Quebral, Sara Naab, Mark J Sarno, Michael L Eisenberg, Greg J Sommer
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the analytical performance and usability of the Trak Male Fertility Testing System, a semiquantitative (categorical) device recently US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared for measuring sperm concentration in the home by untrained users. DESIGN: A three-site clinical trial comparing self-reported lay user results versus reference results obtained by computer-aided semen analysis (CASA). SETTING: Simulated home use environments at fertility centers and urologist offices...
November 22, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885720/a-retrospective-clinical-study-of-endoscopic-assisted-transcervical-insemination-in-the-bitch-with-frozen-thawed-dog-semen
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S J Mason
Since the conclusion of data collation from previously published work, a further 352 inseminations using frozen-thawed dog semen by endoscopic-assisted transcervical insemination (EIU) have been performed by the author. Insemination was performed on the second day in which crenulation of the anterior vagina was detected in conjunction with a progesterone concentration of >10 ng/ml. All semen samples were analysed for total number of sperm, total motility and progressive motility using computer-assisted semen analysis (CASA)...
November 24, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881345/-extraction-and-identification-of-semen-derived-exosomes-using-peg6000
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Cheng Yang, Wen-Bin Guo, Wan-Song Zhang, Jun Bian, Jian-Kun Yang, Tao Qi, Chun-Yan Wang, Cun-Dong Liu
OBJECTIVE: To extract and identify semen-derived exosome using PEG6000. METHODS: Exosomes were extracted from semen specimens from 6 healthy volunteers with step-by-step centrifugations and ultracentrifugation prior to 8% PEG6000 enrichment. The extracted exosomes were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA) and Western blotting. RESULTS: The pellets obtained were round or elliptic membrane vesicles 30 to 150 nm in diameter with intact double membranes and contained low electron density material...
November 20, 2016: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878108/can-ultrasound-findings-be-a-good-predictor-of-sperm-parameters-in-patients-with-varicocele-a-cross-sectional-study
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Ali Mahdavi, Reza Heidari, Mehrdad Khezri, Abolfazl Shiravi, Reyhaneh Pirjani, Reyhaneh Saheb Kashaf
BACKGROUND: Varicocele, one of the most common causes of sperm abnormalities in men, is the dilation of the testicular vein (the pampiniform venous plexus) by more than 2 mm. Ultrasonography is the primary imaging procedure for varicocele diagnosis. The venous diameter is evaluated using B-mode sonography, and venous reflux is assessed using color Doppler sonography. OBJECTIVES: In this study, we investigated the association of ultrasound findings with sperm parameters in patients with varicocele...
September 2016: Nephro-urology Monthly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875219/automatic-tracking-and-motility-analysis-of-human-sperm-in-time-lapse-images
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Leonardo Urbano, Puneet Masson, Matthew VerMilyea, Moshe Kam
We present a fully automated multi-sperm tracking algorithm. It has the demonstrated capability to detect and track simultaneously hundreds of sperm cells in recorded videos while accurately measuring motility parameters over time and with minimal operator intervention. Algorithms of this kind may help in associating dynamic swimming parameters of human sperm cells with fertility and fertilization rates. Specifically, we offer an image processing method, based on radar tracking algorithms, that detects and tracks automatically the swimming paths of human sperm cells in timelapse microscopy image sequences of the kind that is analyzed by fertility clinics...
November 18, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867114/serine-protease-inhibitor-kazal-type-2-is-expressed-in-the-male-reproductive-tract-of-carp-with-a-possible-role-in-antimicrobial-protection
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Mariola A Dietrich, Mariola Słowińska, Halina Karol, Mikołaj Adamek, Dieter Steinhagen, Anna Hejmej, Barbara Bilińska, Andrzej Ciereszko
The presence of the low-molecular-mass serine protease inhibitor Kazal-type (Spink) is a characteristic feature of vertebrate semen. Its main function is control of the serine protease in the acrosome, acrosin. Here we showed for the first time that Spink is present in the seminal plasma of carp, which have anacrosomal spermatozoa. Using a three-step isolation procedure that consisted in gel filtration and RP-HPLC and re-RP-HPLC, we isolated this inhibitor and identified it as serine protease inhibitor Kazal-type 2 (Spink2), a reproductive-derived member of the Spink family...
November 17, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864361/causes-of-male-infertility-a-9-year-prospective-monocentre-study-on-1737-patients-with-reduced-total-sperm-counts
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M Punab, O Poolamets, P Paju, V Vihljajev, K Pomm, R Ladva, P Korrovits, M Laan
STUDY QUESTION: What are the primary causes of severe male factor infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: Although 40% of all patients showed primary causes of infertility, which could be subdivided into three groups based on the severity of their effect, ~75% of oligozoospermia cases remained idiopathic. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: There are few large-scale epidemiological studies analyzing the causes of male factor infertility. STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION: A prospective clinical-epidemiological study was conducted at the Andrology Centre, Tartu University Hospital between 2005 and 2013, recruiting male partners of couples failing to conceive a child for over ≥12 months...
November 17, 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862365/electroejaculation-in-patients-with-spinal-cord-injuries-a-21-year-single-center-experience
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Timo Fw Soeterik, Paul W Veenboer, Ralph Ja Oude-Ophuis, Tycho Mtw Lock
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate treatment results of electroejaculation in patients with spinal cord injuries and the additional value of repeated electroejaculation. METHODS: We carried out a retrospective chart analysis of all spinal cord injury patients treated with electroejaculation at University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands, from January 1994 to January 2015. Data were collected on the patients' demographics and medical history. We evaluated sperm quality according to World Health Organization standards, pregnancy and delivery rates...
November 16, 2016: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836756/cyclic-nucleotide-phosphodiesterases-in-human-spermatozoa-and-seminal-fluid-presence-of-an-active-pde10a-in-human-spermatozoa
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Loïze Maréchal, Christine Guillemette, Serge Goupil, Patrick Blondin, Pierre Leclerc, François J Richard
BACKGROUND: Cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) plays a crucial role as a signaling molecule for sperm functions such as capacitation, motility and acrosome reaction. It is well known that cAMP degradation by phosphodiesterase (PDE) enzyme has a major impact on sperm functions. The present study was undertaken to characterize cAMP-PDE activity in human semen. METHODS: cAMP-PDE activity was measured in human sperm and seminal plasma using family specific PDE inhibitors...
November 9, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832353/a-proof-of-principal-study-on-the-use-of-direct-pcr-of-semen-and-spermatozoa-and-development-of-a-differential-isolation-protocol-for-use-in-cases-of-alleged-sexual-assault
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Shanan S Tobe, Yuvaneswari C Swaran, Lynn Dennany, Ursula Sibbing, Kristina Schulze Johann, Lindsey Welch, Marielle Vennemann
Sexual assault samples are some of the most common samples encountered in forensic analysis. These samples can require a significant time investment due to differential extraction processes. We report on the first record of successful direct amplification of semen for STR analysis. Neat seminal fluid, dilutions ranging from 1:5 to 1:160 and GEDNAP samples were successfully amplified using a direct method. A mild differential isolation technique to enrich spermatozoa was developed and successfully implemented to separate and directly amplify a mixture of semen and female epithelial cells...
November 10, 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27827323/sequence-variation-at-klk-and-wfdc-clusters-and-its-association-to-semen-hyperviscosity-and-other-male-infertility-phenotypes
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Patrícia Isabel Marques, Filipa Fonseca, Ana Sofia Carvalho, Diana A Puente, Isabel Damião, Vasco Almeida, Nuno Barros, Alberto Barros, Filipa Carvalho, Mikel Azkargorta, Felix Elortza, Hugo Osório, Rune Matthiesen, Victor Quesada, Susana Seixas
STUDY QUESTION: Are kallikreins (KLKs), the whey-acidic-protein four-disulfide core domain (WFDCs) and their neighbors, semenogelins (SEMGs), known to play a role in the cascade of semen coagulation and liquefaction, associated with male infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: Several KLK and SEMG variants are overrepresented among hyperviscosity, asthenozoospermia and oligozoospermia, supporting an effect of abnormal semen liquefaction on the loss of semen quality and in lowering male reproductive fitness...
November 7, 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826688/improving-dairy-production-in-malawi-a-literature-review
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Ivo Baur, Léa Tabin, McLoyd Banda, Daniel Chiumia, Markus Lips
Milk production in Malawi is stagnating while steadily increasing in neighboring countries. We performed a literature review to identify factors negatively affecting milk production in Malawi and propose potential solutions to overcome the particular constraints. We structured the analysis along the value chain with three major components: upstream providers, on-farm production, and downstream providers. It is shown that the literature strongly focuses on on-farm constraints and most prominently on animal health, breed choice, and milk yield...
November 8, 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
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