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Failed fertilization

Louise Hetherington, Elena Schneider, Caroline Scott, David DeKretser, Charles H Muller, Hubert Hondermarck, Tony Velkov, Mark A Baker
Globally, approximately 1 in 15 men of reproductive age are infertile, yet the precise mechanisms underlying their gamete failure are unknown. Although a semen-analysis is performed to determine fertilizing potential, the diagnostic suitability of this analysis has been questioned in several reports, as many men, classified as "infertile" according to their semen analysis, subsequently turn out to be fertile. Herein, we have used a quantitative (phospho)-proteomic analysis, using enrichment on titanium dioxide followed by ion-trap mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), to compare the semen of infertile versus fertile males...
October 21, 2016: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
Stephanie Robins, Helena J Barr, Rachel Idelson, Sylvie Lambert, Phyllis Zelkowitz
BACKGROUND: Many men lack knowledge about male infertility, and this may have consequences for their reproductive and general health. Men may prefer to seek health information online, but these sources of information vary in quality. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to determine if online sources of information regarding male infertility are readable, suitable, and of appropriate quality for Internet users in the general population. METHODS: This study used a cross-sectional design to evaluate online sources resulting from search engine queries...
October 21, 2016: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Sayani Mitra, Silke Schicktanz
BACKGROUND: During a commercial surrogacy arrangement, the event of embryo transfer can be seen as the formal starting point of the arrangement. However, it is common for surrogates to undergo a failed attempt at pregnancy conception or missed conception after an embryo transfer. This paper attempts to argue that such failed attempts can be understood as a loss. It aims to reconstruct the experiences of loss and grief of the surrogates and the intended parents as a consequence of their collective failure to conceive a surrogate pregnancy...
September 19, 2016: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine: PEHM
Tonghua Wu, Biao Yin, Yuanchang Zhu, Guangui Li, Lijun Ye, Chunmei Chen, Yong Zeng, Desheng Liang
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous abortion (SA) is the most common complication of pregnancy, and chromosome aberrations are the principal cause of the first trimester abortuses in natural conception (NC) The increasing use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) has raised concern about chromosome abnormalities in ART-initiated pregnancies. Up to date, the literature on the risk of aneuploidy in failed pregnancies among various ART factors remain limited and inconclusive. This study aimed to explore the genetic etiology of pregnancy loss conceived from varying ART procedures...
2016: Molecular Cytogenetics
J Floehr, E Dietzel, C Schmitz, A Chappell, W Jahnen-Dechent
STUDY QUESTION: Does antisense oligonucleotide (ASO)-mediated down-regulation of serum fetuin-B cause an infertility-like fetuin-B gene deficiency in female mice? SUMMARY ANSWER: Pharmacological fetuin-B down-regulation by ASO therapy results in reversible infertility in female mice. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Female fetuin-B deficient (Fetub(-/-)) mice are infertile owing to premature zona pellucida (ZP) hardening. Enzyme activity studies demonstrated that fetuin-B is a potent and highly specific inhibitor of the zona proteinase ovastacin, which cleaves ZP protein 2 (ZP2) and thus mediates definitive ZP hardening...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
Giulio Formoso, Enrica Perrone, Susanna Maltoni, Sara Balduzzi, Jack Wilkinson, Vittorio Basevi, Anna Maria Marata, Nicola Magrini, Roberto D'Amico, Chiara Bassi, Emilio Maestri
BACKGROUND: Tibolone is a synthetic steroid used for the treatment of menopausal symptoms, on the basis of short-term data suggesting its efficacy. We considered the balance between the benefits and risks of tibolone. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of tibolone for treatment of postmenopausal and perimenopausal women. SEARCH METHODS: In October 2015, we searched the Gynaecology and Fertility Group (CGF) Specialised Register, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, Embase and PsycINFO (from inception), the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) and clinicaltrials...
October 12, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Michiko Nakai, Junya Ito, Shun-Ichi Suzuki, Dai-Ichiro Fuchimoto, Shoichiro Senbon, Misae Suzuki, Junko Noguchi, Hiroyuki Kaneko, Akira Onishi, Naomi Kashiwazaki, Kazuhiro Kikuchi
In pigs, the efficiency of embryo production after intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is still low because of frequent failure of normal fertilization, which involves formation of two polar bodies and two pronuclei. To clarify the reasons for this, we hypothesized that ICSI does not properly trigger sperm-induced fertilization events, especially intracellular Ca(2+) signaling, also known as Ca(2+) oscillation. We also suspected that the use of in vitro-matured oocytes might negatively affect fertilization events and embryonic development of sperm-injected oocytes...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
Aimee Jaramillo-Lambert, Amy S Fabritius, Tyler J Hansen, Harold E Smith, Andy Golden
Topoisomerase II alleviates DNA entanglements that are generated during mitotic DNA replication, transcription, and sister chromatid separation. In contrast to mitosis, meiosis has two rounds of chromosome segregation following one round of DNA replication. In meiosis II, sister chromatids segregate from each other similar to mitosis. Meiosis I, on the other hand, segregates homologs, which requires pairing, synapsis, and recombination. The exact role that topoisomerase II plays during meiosis is unknown. In a screen re-examining Caenorhabditis elegant legacy mutants isolated thirty years ago, we identified a novel allele of the gene encoding topoisomerase II, top-2(it7) In this study, we demonstrate that top-2(it7) males produce dead embryos, even when fertilizing wild-type oocytes...
October 5, 2016: Genetics
Beatriz Fernandez-Fuertes, Fernando Narciandi, Cliona O'Farrelly, Alan K Kelly, Sean Fair, Kieran G Meade, Patrick Lonergan
Bovine beta-defensin 126 (BBD126) exhibits preferential expression for the cauda epididymis of males, where it is absorbed onto the tail and post acrosomal region of sperm. The aim of this study was to examine the role of BBD126 in bull sperm function. Fresh and frozen-thawed semen were incubated in the presence of different capacitating agents, as well as with phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C. These treatments, which have been successful in releasing beta-defensin 126 from macaque sperm, proved to be ineffective in bull sperm...
October 5, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
Zhengang Zhang, Wei Li, Yong Zhang, Ling Zhang, Maria E Teves, Hong Liu, Jerome F Strauss, Gregory J Pazour, James A Foster, Rex A Hess, Zhibing Zhang
Intraflagellar transport (IFT) is a conserved mechanism thought to be essential for the assembly and maintenance of cilia and flagella. However, little is known about its role in mammalian sperm flagella formation. To fill this gap, we disrupted the Ift20 gene in male germ cells. Homozygous mutant mice were infertile with significantly reduced sperm counts and motility. In addition, abnormally shaped elongating spermatid heads and bulbous round spermatids were found in the lumen of the seminiferous tubules...
September 28, 2016: Molecular Biology of the Cell
Helen B Chin, Penelope P Howards, Michael R Kramer, Ann C Mertens, Jessica B Spencer
OBJECTIVE: To assess which characteristics are associated with failure to receive fertility counseling among a cohort of young women diagnosed with cancer. DESIGN: Population-based cohort study. SETTING: Not applicable. PATIENT(S): A total of 1,282 cancer survivors, of whom 1,116 met the inclusion criteria for the analysis. INTERVENTION(S): None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): The main outcome in this study was whether or not women reported receiving any information at the time of their cancer diagnosis on how cancer treatment might affect their ability to become pregnant...
September 24, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
Celia Hoi Yan Chan, Hi Po Bobo Lau, Michelle Yi Jun Tam, Ernest Hung Yu Ng
STUDY QUESTION: What is the relationship between decisional conflict, decisional regret and psychological well-being in women following unsuccessful IVF cycles? SUMMARY ANSWER: The mediating effect of decisional regret on the relationship between decisional conflict and fertility-related quality of life (FRQOL) has been found to be moderated by the availability (versus absence) of frozen embryos after an unsuccessful IVF cycle. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Infertility treatment is marked by its open-ended nature...
September 22, 2016: Human Reproduction
R D Nerenz
Treatment for many infertile couples often consists of in vitro fertilization (IVF) but an estimated 70% of IVF cycles fail to produce a live birth. In an attempt to improve the live birth rate, the vast majority of IVF cycles performed in the United States involve the transfer of multiple embryos, a practice that increases the risk of multiple gestation pregnancy. This is a concern because multiple gestation pregnancies are associated with an increased incidence of maternal and fetal complications and significant cost associated with the care of preterm infants...
2016: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
Marshall Makate, Clifton Makate
The primary objective of this analysis is to investigate the causal effect of mother's schooling on under-five health - and the passageways through which schooling propagates - by exploiting the exogenous variability in schooling prompted by the 1994 universal primary schooling program in Malawi. This education policy, which saw the elimination of tuition fees across all primary schooling grades, creates an ideal setting for observing the causal influence of improved primary school enrollment on the under-five fatality rates of the subsequent generation...
November 2016: Social Science & Medicine
M Lambert, C Hocké, C Jimenez, S Frantz, A Papaxanthos, H Creux
OBJECTIVES: Investigate the proportion of abnormalities identified on the diagnostic assessment performed after at least two previous failed IVF attempts. Discuss the real benefit of this evaluation. METHODS: Retrospective descriptive study. Between January 2008 and January 2012, 205 couples with at least two consecutive failed IVF attempts had a diagnosis evaluation which consisted in couple's karyotypes; autoimmune and haemostasis biological check-up, pelvic ultrasound-Doppler and hysteroscopy for women...
September 14, 2016: Gynécologie, Obstétrique & Fertilité
Wu Dong, Jie Liu, Lixin Wei, Yang Jingfeng, Melissa Chernick, David E Hinton
This study examined developmental toxicity of different mercury compounds, including some used in traditional medicines. Medaka (Oryzias latipes) embryos were exposed to 0.001-10 µM concentrations of MeHg, HgCl2, α-HgS (Zhu Sha), and β-HgS (Zuotai) from stage 10 (6-7 hpf) to 10 days post fertilization (dpf). Of the forms of mercury in this study, the organic form (MeHg) proved the most toxic followed by inorganic mercury (HgCl2), both producing embryo developmental toxicity. Altered phenotypes included pericardial edema with elongated or tube heart, reduction of eye pigmentation, and failure of swim bladder inflation...
2016: PeerJ
Marije de Groot, Eline Dancet, Sjoerd Repping, Mariette Goddijn, Dominic Stoop, Fulco van der Veen, Trudie Gerrits
INTRODUCTION: Women can now opt to bank their oocytes with the intention of increasing their chances of achieving a pregnancy after their fertility has declined. This exploratory study aimed to gain insight into how women, considering oocyte banking to circumvent age-related fertility decline, perceive this intervention. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We conducted a qualitative study in a Dutch university medical center and held in-depth interviews with women on the waiting list for oocyte banking...
September 13, 2016: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Elizabeth G Crichton, Clara Malo, Budhan S Pukazhenthi, Peter Nagy, Julian A Skidmore
Cholesterol (cholesterol-loaded cyclodextrins: CLC) treatment of dromedary camel sperm prior to freezing enhances cryosurvival. The present study first validated the efficacy of a heterologous zona-free goat oocyte assay (n=115 oocytes) to evaluate camel sperm function in vitro (Experiment 1: n=6 bulls), then examined the effects of CLC treatment (1.5mg/mL CLC; CLC+) versus no treatment (0 CLC) of fresh (Experiment 2: n=4 bulls) and frozen-thawed (Experiment 3: n=5 bulls) camel sperm to penetrate, de-condense and form pro-nuclei in in vitro-matured goat oocytes...
August 31, 2016: Animal Reproduction Science
Fangyuan Zhou, Guodong Zhu, Haipeng Zhao, Zheng Wang, Ming Xue, Xianxian Li, Huaqiang Xu, Xiaodan Ma, Yanyan Liu
The onion maggot, Delia antiqua, is a devastating pest of liliaceous crops and current control measures fail to avert pesticide residues, threats to agroecosystem, and costly expenditures. Insect growth regulators (IGRs) are used as trypetid pest chemosterilants for their suppression on adult fertility and fecundity, but their effects on onion flies are unknown. Here, three IGRs (lufenuron, cyromazine, pyriproxyfen) were incorporated into baits to evaluate their effects on onion fly survival, fecundity, fertility, susceptibility of adults in different ages and offspring development...
2016: Scientific Reports
Gokhan Boyraz, Ilker Selcuk, Lale K Sokmensuer, Gurkan Bozdag, Roelof Menkveld, Serdar Gunalp
The parameters measured in the standard semen analysis may be insufficient for exact differentiation between fertile and infertile men. Therefore, we assume that the high rate of apoptotic sperm in ejaculate may play a role on the aetiology of unexplained infertility. Couples with unexplained infertility treated by ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination were consecutively enrolled (n = 94). To determine the proapoptotic sperm rate, the ejaculate from patients was stained with annexin V. Thirteen of the 94 couples (13...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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