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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208955/high-serum-estradiol-and-heavy-metals-responsible-for-human-spermiation-defect-a-pilot-study
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Manish Jain, Amanpreet Kaur Kalsi, Amita Srivastava, Yogendra Kumar Gupta, Ashutosh Halder
INTRODUCTION: Spermiation is a process of releasing sperm into the lumen of seminiferous tubules. Failure in releasing sperm into the lumen is designated as spermiation defect. Spermiation defect cases present as oligo-azoospermia or azoospermia despite normal gonadotropins and testicular histology/cytology. Human spermiation defect never got attention to investigate infertility practice. Most of the information on spermiation defect, so far is from animal experiments. We assume some cases of non-obstructive azoospermia with normal gonadotropins and testicular histology/cytology could be due to spermiation defect...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188594/extracellular-micrornas-in-follicular-fluid-and-their-potential-association-with-oocyte-fertilization-and-embryo-quality-an-exploratory-study
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Ronit Machtinger, Rodosthenis S Rodosthenous, Michal Adir, Abdallah Mansour, Catherine Racowsky, Andrea A Baccarelli, Russ Hauser
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to determine the profile of extracellular microRNAs (exmiRNAs) in follicular fluid (FF) and explore their association with fertilization potential and embryo quality. METHODS: We collected FF from single follicles containing mature oocytes from 40 women undergoing IVF and we screened for the expression of 754 exmiRNAs in FF using the TaqMan OpenArray® qPCR platform. To determine the association of exmiRNAs and IVF outcomes, we compared their expression levels in FF samples that differ by fertilization status (normally, abnormally, and failed to fertilize) and embryo quality (top vs...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148467/comparison-of-fertility-of-liquid-or-frozen-semen-when-varying-the-interval-from-cidr-removal-to-insemination
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Brittany N Richardson, Erin L Larimore, Julie A Walker, Matthew D Utt, J Mel DeJarnette, George A Perry
Cryopreservation allows for long-term storage of semen; however, it leads to damage of sperm that may result in complete loss of viability or changes that possibly decrease sperm functionality. Liquid semen is not exposed to these stressors and may result in a longer lifespan in the female reproductive tract, thus increasing the range in timing of insemination without affecting fertility. The objective of this study was to compare fertility of liquid and frozen semen when varying the interval from CIDR removal to AI using the 7-day CO-Synch+CIDR protocol for synchronization of time of estrus...
January 24, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137808/two-novel-calcium-dependent-kinase-1-inhibitors-interfere-with-vertical-transmission-in-mice-infected-with-neospora-caninum-tachyzoites
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Joachim Müller, Adriana Aguado-Martínez, Vreni Balmer, Dustin J Maly, Erkang Fan, Luis-Miguel Ortega-Mora, Kayode K Ojo, Wesley C Van Voorhis, Andrew Hemphill
We present the effects of two novel bumped kinase inhibitors, BKI-1517 and BKI-1553 against Neospora caninum tachyzoites in vitro and in experimentally infected pregnant mice. The compounds inhibited tachyzoite proliferation of a transgenic beta-galactosidase reporter strain cultured in human foreskin fibroblasts with IC50 values of 0.05 ± 0.03 and 0.18 ± 0.03 μM, respectively. As assessed by Alamar blue assay, fibroblast IC50 values were above 20 μM, however, morphological changes occurred in cultures treated with more than 5 μM BKI-1517 after prolonged (>6 days) exposure...
January 30, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123059/overactivation-of-hedgehog-signaling-interferes-with-regression-of-the-m%C3%A3-llerian-duct
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Fernando F Migone, Pei-Hsuan Hung, Robert G Cowan, Vimal Selvaraj, Susan Suarez, Susan M Quirk
The influence of the hedgehog signaling pathway on reproduction was studied in transgenic mice in which a dominant active allele of the hedgehog signal transducer, smoothened (SMOM2), was conditionally expressed in the developing Müllerian duct and gonads through recombination mediated by anti-Müllerian hormone receptor 2-cre (Amhr2cre). Previous studies showed that development of the oviduct and uterus are abnormal in female Amhr2cre/+SmoM2 mice. In the current study, focusing on mutant males, litter size was reduced 53% in crosses with wild-type females...
January 25, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121646/minimally-invasive-myomectomy
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Rebecca Flyckt, Kathryn Coyne, Tommaso Falcone
Uterine fibroids can significantly impact a woman's health, fertility, and quality of life. When medical therapy fails, surgery is recommended; the gold standard in uterine-sparing surgery is myomectomy. The evidence-based benefits of minimally invasive myomectomy are detailed in this manuscript. Minimally invasive myomectomy techniques are reviewed, including laparoscopic, robotic-assisted, and laparoscopic or robotic-assisted with mini-laparotomy. Criteria for minimally invasive myomectomy are outlined and preoperative planning is discussed...
January 24, 2017: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119950/optimizing-inflammatory-bowel-disease-for-successful-in-vitro-fertilization
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Jason J Pan, Mora Cannon, Edward Kane, Gauree Konijeti
We present a nulliparous woman with mild to moderate ulcerative colitis (UC) and multiple failed cycles of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in whom we achieved a successful, viable pregnancy following clinical and endoscopic UC remission. Infertile patients with inflammatory bowel disease who have failed multiple cycles of IVF should try to achieve clinical remission and mucosal healing (absence of erosions or ulcers) prior to reattempting conception. Furthermore, deficiencies in vitamin B12, vitamin D, and iron should be addressed...
August 2016: ACG Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114360/extracellular-ca2-is-required-for-fertilization-in-the-african-clawed-frog-xenopus-laevis
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Katherine L Wozniak, Brianna L Mayfield, Alexis M Duray, Maiwase Tembo, David O Beleny, Marc A Napolitano, Monica L Sauer, Bennett W Wisner, Anne E Carlson
BACKGROUND: The necessity of extracellular Ca2+ for fertilization and early embryonic development in the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, is controversial. Ca2+ entry into X. laevis sperm is reportedly required for the acrosome reaction, yet fertilization and embryonic development have been documented to occur in high concentrations of the Ca2+ chelator BAPTA. Here we sought to resolve this controversy. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDING: Using the appearance of cleavage furrows as an indicator of embryonic development, we found that X...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104747/the-goddard-and-saturn-genes-are-essential-for-drosophila-male-fertility-and-may-have-arisen-de-novo
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Anna M Gubala, Jonathan F Schmitz, Michael J Kearns, Tery T Vinh, Erich Bornberg-Bauer, Mariana F Wolfner, Geoffrey D Findlay
New genes arise through a variety of mechanisms, including the duplication of existing genes and the de novo birth of genes from non-coding DNA sequences. While there are numerous examples of duplicated genes with important functional roles, the functions of de novo genes remain largely unexplored. Many newly evolved genes are expressed in the male reproductive tract, suggesting that these evolutionary innovations may provide advantages to males experiencing sexual selection. Using testis-specific RNA interference, we screened 11 putative de novo genes in Drosophila melanogaster for effects on male fertility and identified two, goddard and saturn, that are essential for spermatogenesis and sperm function...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098358/subclinical-alteration-of-the-cervical-vaginal-microbiome-in-women-with-idiopathic-infertility
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Giuseppina Campisciano, Fiorella Florian, Angela D'Eustacchio, David Stanković, Giuseppe Ricci, Manola Comar
Biomarkers have a wide application in research and clinic, they help to choose the correct treatment for diseases. Recent studies, addressing the vaginal microbiome using next generation sequencing (NGS), reported the involvement of bacterial species in infertility. We compared the vaginal microbiome of idiopathic infertility diagnosed women with that of healthy, non-idiopathic infertile and bacterial vaginosis affected women, to identify bacterial species suitable as biomarkers. Information on microorganisms was obtained from the V3-16S rDNA sequencing of cervical-vaginal fluids of 96 women using the Ion Torrent platform...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070708/delayed-treatment-of-undescended-testes-may-promote-hypogonadism-and-infertility
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Julia Rohayem, Alessandra Luberto, Eberhard Nieschlag, Michael Zitzmann, Sabine Kliesch
CONTEXT: Undescended testes at birth may be caused by testosterone deficiency during fetal development. It is unclear whether the process of failed descent contributes to permanent endocrine impairment. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of age at treatment of undescended testes on endocrine and spermatogenic testicular function in middle-aged men. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Reproductive hormone and semen data of 357 men with previously undescended testes were evaluated with respect to age at correction of testicular position and compared to those of 709 controls with eutopic testes at birth and normozoospermia...
January 9, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058611/clinical-predictors-of-failing-one-dose-of-methotrexate-for-ectopic-pregnancy-after-in-vitro-fertilization
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Paula C Brady, Stacey A Missmer, Leslie V Farland, Elizabeth S Ginsburg
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to investigate the clinical predictors of failure of a single dose of methotrexate (MTX) for management of ectopic pregnancy after in vitro fertilization (IVF). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed of women who conceived ectopic pregnancies following fresh or frozen IVF cycles at an academic infertility clinic between 2007 and 2014, and received intramuscular MTX (50 mg/m(2)). Successful single-dose MTX treatment was defined as a serum beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) decline ≥15% between days 4 and 7 post-treatment...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057770/neuroendocrine-integration-of-nutritional-signals-on-reproduction
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Maggie Corr Evans, Greg Anderson
Reproductive function in mammals is energetically costly and therefore tightly regulated by nutritional status. To enable this integration of metabolic and reproductive function, information regarding peripheral nutritional status must be relayed centrally to the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons that drive reproductive function. The metabolically relevant hormones leptin, insulin and ghrelin have been identified as key mediators of this 'metabolic control of fertility'. However, the neural circuitry through which they act to exert their control over GnRH drive remains incompletely understood...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049832/forkhead-box-a2-foxa2-is-essential-for-uterine-function-and-fertility
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Andrew M Kelleher, Wang Peng, James K Pru, Cindy A Pru, Francesco J DeMayo, Thomas E Spencer
Establishment of pregnancy is a critical event, and failure of embryo implantation and stromal decidualization in the uterus contribute to significant numbers of pregnancy losses in women. Glands of the uterus are essential for establishment of pregnancy in mice and likely in humans. Forkhead box a2 (FOXA2) is a transcription factor expressed specifically in the glands of the uterus and is a critical regulator of postnatal uterine gland differentiation in mice. In this study, we conditionally deleted FOXA2 in the adult mouse uterus using the lactotransferrin Cre (Ltf-Cre) model and in the neonatal mouse uterus using the progesterone receptor Cre (Pgr-Cre) model...
February 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043348/the-value-of-trans-scrotal-ultrasonography-at-bull-breeding-soundness-evaluation-bbse-the-relationship-between-testicular-parenchymal-pixel-intensity-and-semen-quality
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Martin Tomlinson, Amy Jennings, Alastair Macrae, Isabelle Truyers
Bull breeding soundness evaluation (BBSE) is commonly undertaken to identify bulls that are potentially unfit for use as breeding sires. Various studies worldwide have found that approximately 20% of the bulls fail their routine prebreeding BBSE and are therefore considered subfertile. Multiple articles describe the use of testicular ultrasound as a noninvasive aid in the identification of specific testicular and epididymal lesions. Two previous studies have hypothesized a correlation between ultrasonographic testicular parenchymal pixel intensity (PI) and semen quality; however to date, no published studies have specifically examined this link...
February 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007790/the-effect-of-expressive-writing-intervention-for-infertile-couples-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Yoon Frederiksen, Mia Skytte O'Toole, Mimi Y Mehlsen, Benedicte Hauge, Helle Olesen Elbaek, Robert Zachariae, Hans Jakob Ingerslev
STUDY QUESTION: Is expressive writing intervention (EWI) efficacious in reducing distress and improving pregnancy rates for couples going through ART treatment? SUMMARY ANSWER: Compared to controls, EWI statistically significantly reduced depressive symptoms but not anxiety and infertility-related distress. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: ART treatment is considered stressful. So far, various psychological interventions have been tested for their potential in reducing infertility-related distress and the results are generally positive...
December 21, 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006656/disruption-of-serinc1-which-facilitates-serine-derived-lipid-synthesis-fails-to-alter-macrophage-function-lymphocyte-proliferation-or-autoimmune-disease-susceptibility
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Edward P F Chu, Colleen M Elso, Abigail H Pollock, May A Alsayb, Leanne Mackin, Helen E Thomas, Thomas W H Kay, Pablo A Silveira, Ashley S Mansell, Katharina Gaus, Thomas C Brodnicki
During immune cell activation, serine-derived lipids such as phosphatidylserine and sphingolipids contribute to the formation of protein signaling complexes within the plasma membrane. Altering lipid composition in the cell membrane can subsequently affect immune cell function and the development of autoimmune disease. Serine incorporator 1 (SERINC1) is a putative carrier protein that facilitates synthesis of serine-derived lipids. To determine if SERINC1 has a role in immune cell function and the development of autoimmunity, we characterized a mouse strain in which a retroviral insertion abolishes expression of the Serinc1 transcript...
December 19, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990271/recent-advances-in-understanding-managing-male-infertility
#18
REVIEW
Jared M Bieniek, Kirk C Lo
Male infertility remains a struggle to definitively diagnose and treat with many men labelled as "idiopathic infertility" and eventually requiring assisted reproductive techniques.  Along those lines, research groups are continuing to explore current social and environmental factors, including the obesity epidemic, and their effects on male fertility potential.  Novel biomarkers of natural fertility status and azoospermia etiology have additionally seen recent attention with ACRV1 and TEX101/ECM1 assays either currently or soon to be commercially available...
2016: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988256/oocyte-competence-in-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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REVIEW
Stefano Palomba, Jessica Daolio, Giovanni Battista La Sala
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age and affects fertility and pregnancy in cases of oligoanovulation. Ovulation induction is often used to treat anovulatory patients with PCOS, but many of these women fail to conceive and resort to assisted reproductive technologies. Alterations in oocyte competence (OC) are considered potential causative factors for subfertility in women with PCOS. In this review we present and critically assess all recent clinical and experimental data regarding OC in women with PCOS...
December 14, 2016: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981253/efficacy-of-intrauterine-infusion-of-granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor-on-patients-with-history-of-implantation-failure-a-randomized-control-trial
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Maryam Eftekhar, Sepideh Miraj, Maryam Farid Mojtahedi, Nosrat Neghab
BACKGROUND: Although pregnancy rate in in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET) cycles has been increased over the preceding years, but the majority of IVF-ET cycles still fail. Granulocyte colony stimulating factor (GCSF) is a glycoprotein that stimulates cytokine growth factor and induces immune system which may improve pregnancy rate in women with history of implantation failure. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate GCSF ability to improve pregnancy rate in women with history of implantation failure...
November 2016: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
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