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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724967/a-balancing-act-rna-binding-protein-hur-ttp-axis-in-endometriosis-patients
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Kasra Khalaj, Soo Hyun Ahn, Mallikarjun Bidarimath, Yasmin Nasirzadeh, Sukhbir S Singh, Asgerally T Fazleabas, Steven L Young, Bruce A Lessey, Madhuri Koti, Chandrakant Tayade
Endometriosis, a major reproductive pathology affecting 8-10% of women is characterized by chronic inflammation and immune dysfunction. Human antigen R (HuR) and Tristetraprolin (TTP) are RNA binding proteins that competitively bind to cytokines involved in inflammation including: tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF), interleukin 6 (IL-6) among others, and stabilize and destabilize them, respectively. The aim of this study was to examine RNA binding protein (RNABP) HuR/TTP axis in endometriosis patients compared to menstrual stage matched healthy fertile controls in hopes of better understanding their contribution to the pathogenesis of endometriosis...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723303/folate-serum-levels-in-italian-women-entering-an-in-vitro-fertilization-program
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Adalisa Ponzano, Gian Mario Tiboni
Italian public health authorities recommend women of childbearing age to assume a daily dose of 0.4 mg of folic acid (FA) from at least one month before conception in order to reduce the risk of having children affected by neural tube defects (NTDs). In this study, folate, homocysteine and vitamin B12 serum levels were determined in 77 women entering an in vitro fertilization program. About 75% of patients had serum folate values compatible with the intake of the recommended dose of FA for at least three months, whereas only the 61% of them reached or exceeded the serum folate concentration regarded as the optimal concentration during the periconceptional period...
July 19, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722364/-allergy-to-human-seminal-plasma
#3
Laura Moi, Igor Salvadé, Camillo Ribi
Hypersensitivity to human seminal plasma is rare, but probably under-diagnosed. It should be suspected in women with unexplained anaphylaxis, vulvo-vaginitis, pelvic pain and dyspareunia. The diagnosis relies on the clinical presentation, the exclusion of other causes, a positive skin test result to seminal plasma and the detection of IgE directed to allergenic proteins (such as prostate specific antigen). Use of condoms is the best preventive measure. Premedication with antihistamines or anti-inflammatory agents is often unreliable...
April 5, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722165/dimorphic-ejaculates-and-sperm-release-strategies-associated-with-alternative-mating-behaviors-in-the-squid
#4
Lígia H Apostólico, José E A R Marian
Sperm competition is a powerful postcopulatory selective force influencing male adaptations associated with increasing fertilization success, and it is usually related to the evolution of different strategies of ejaculate expenditure between individuals. Ejaculates may also be influenced by additional selective pressures associated with sperm competition, such as timing between insemination and fertilization, female reproductive tract morphology, and fertilization environment. Also, males that adopt alternative mating tactics may face distinct sperm competition pressures, which may lead to the evolution of intraspecific diversity in ejaculates...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721678/pim1-a-promising-target-in-patients-with-triple-negative-breast-cancer
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REVIEW
Wen Zhao, RuiYue Qiu, Pan Li, Jin Yang
Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBCs) have poor prognosis, and chemotherapy remains the mainstay of therapy because of lack of discovered possible target. MYC were found overexpressed in TNBCs compared with other subtypes and especially in those resistant to chemotherapy, but the inhibition has been challenging to achieve. Recently, the cooperation of PIM1 and MYC was identified involved in cell proliferation, migration and apoptosis of TNBCs, which has been reported in hematological malignancy and prostatic cancer...
August 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720234/effect-of-music-therapy-on-the-anxiety-levels-and-pregnancy-rate-of-women-undergoing-in-vitro-fertilization-embryo-transfer-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Yilda Arzu Aba, Dilek Avci, Yilmaz Guzel, Semanur Kumral Ozcelik, Basak Gurtekin
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of music therapy on the anxiety levels and pregnancy rates of women who underwent in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer. METHODS: This prospective randomized controlled trial was conducted with 186 infertile women who presented to the In Vitro Fertilization Unit at the American Hospital in Turkey between April 2015 and April 2016. The infertile women who met the inclusion criteria were assigned to the music therapy group or the standard therapy group through block randomization...
August 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719824/supplementation-of-l-carnitine-during-in%C3%A2-vitro-maturation-improves-embryo-development-from-less-competent-bovine-oocytes
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Drahomira Knitlova, Pavlina Hulinska, Michal Jeseta, Katerina Hanzalova, Bartosz Kempisty, Marie Machatkova
The present study was designed to define the impact of l-carnitine, supplemented during maturation, on bovine oocytes with different meiotic competence in terms of their IVF outcomes. Meiotically more competent (MMC) and less competent (MLC) oocytes were obtained separately from differently sized follicles at selected phases of folliculogenesis. The oocytes were matured with or without l-carnitine, fertilized and cultured to the blastocyst stage. The oocytes were examined for nuclear maturation, mitochondrial cluster formation, lipid consumption, fertilization and embryo development...
July 5, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719345/h2o2-induced-mild-stress-in-relation-with-in-vitro-ovine-oocyte-developmental-competence-implications-for-blastocyst-apoptosis-and-related-genes-expression
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K Nikdel, M Aminafshar, A Mohammadi-Sangcheshmeh, N EmamJomeh-Kashan, E Seyedjafari
In this study, in vitro maturation was performed in presence of various concentrations (0, 10, 100, or 1000 µM) of H2O2. The intracellular glutathione (GSH) level, fertilization, cleavage, and blastocyst rates, total cell number, and apoptotic cell number and expression of Bax, Bcl-2, and p53 genes in blastocyst-stage embryos were studied. At 10 μM H2O2 concentration, a higher GSH level was detected in comparison to the other groups while oocytes exposed to 1000 μM H2O2 had the lowest GSH level. Treatment of oocytes with 1000 μM H2O2 decreased the rate of two pronuclei formation as compared with other groups...
May 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718894/sperm-cryopreservation-and-assisted-reproductive-technology-outcome-in-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury
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A Reignier, J Lammers, C Splingart, D Redhead, J J Labat, S Mirallié, P Barrière, T Fréour
This study aimed to describe spinal cord injured patients' semen characteristics before and after cryopreservation, and assisted reproductive technology cycles outcome compared to the infertile population. Data about sperm analysis and assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles outcomes for 78 men with spinal cord injury referred for sperm cryopreservation between 1998 and 2013 were retrospectively analysed and compared with a reference group consisting of every Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) cycle performed in our in vitro fertilization unit over the 2009-2014 period...
July 18, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718159/the-role-of-varicocele-in-male-factor-subfertility
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Dillon Sedaghatpour, Boback M Berookhim
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Varicocele may play a significant role in a subset of patients presenting with male factor infertility. Despite its relatively high prevalence amongst subfertile men, there has been controversy over the effectiveness of surgical treatments, patient selection, and when to administer treatment, particularly in the era of assisted reproductive technology. RECENT FINDINGS: In line with earlier finding, recent evidence strongly suggests that varicocelectomy improves pregnancy rates and semen parameters...
September 2017: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718081/blastocyst-utilization-rates-after-continuous-culture-in-two-commercial-single-step-media-a-prospective-randomized-study-with-sibling-oocytes
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Ioannis A Sfontouris, Efstratios M Kolibianakis, George T Lainas, Christos A Venetis, George K Petsas, Basil C Tarlatzis, Tryfon G Lainas
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to determine whether blastocyst utilization rates are different after continuous culture in two different commercial single-step media. METHODS: This is a paired randomized controlled trial with sibling oocytes conducted in infertility patients, aged ≤40 years with ≥10 oocytes retrieved assigned to blastocyst culture and transfer. Retrieved oocytes were randomly allocated to continuous culture in either Sage one-step medium (Origio) or Continuous Single Culture (CSC) medium (Irvine Scientific) without medium renewal up to day 5 post oocyte retrieval...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718080/a-comparison-of-live-birth-rates-and-perinatal-outcomes-between-cryopreserved-oocytes-and-cryopreserved-embryos
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Jacqueline R Ho, Irene Woo, Kristin Louie, Wael Salem, Sami I Jabara, Kristin A Bendikson, Richard J Paulson, Karine Chung
PURPOSE: Prior studies suggest that pregnancy outcomes after autologous oocyte cryopreservation are similar to fresh in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles. It is unknown whether there are differences in pregnancy and perinatal outcomes between cryopreserved oocytes and cryopreserved embryos. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study comparing pregnancy and perinatal outcomes between oocyte and embryo cryopreservation at a university-based fertility center. We included 42 patients and 68 embryo transfers in patients who underwent embryo transfer after elective oocyte preservation (frozen oocyte-derived embryo transfer (FOET)) from 2005 to 2015...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715965/dual-triggering-with-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-agonist-and-standard-dose-human-chorionic-gonadotropin-in-patients-with-a-high-immature-oocyte-rate
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Alberta Maria Fabris, M Cruz, V Legidos, C Iglesias, M Muñoz, J A García-Velasco
In in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles, some patients show a high rate of immature oocytes retrieved after controlled ovarian stimulation. In vitro oocyte maturation is an experimental technique, with poorer results than conventional IVF. For this reason, improving in vivo maturation could meliorate the reproductive outcome of these patients. We performed a retrospective, not interventional, study analyzing the difference in the number and percentage of mature oocytes retrieved in patients with more than 50% immature oocytes in a previous IVF cycle triggered with human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) compared to the number and rate of mature oocytes retrieved in subsequent cycles, triggered with both gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRH-a) and hCG...
August 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715087/association-between-endometrial-subendometrial-vasculature-and-embryo-transfer-outcome-a-meta-analysis-and-subgroup-analysis
#14
Jianing Wang, Fei Xia, Ying Zhou, Xuedong Wei, Yanyan Zhuang, Yingxue Huang
OBJECTIVES: To examine the association between endometrial/subendometrial vasculature and in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET) and frozen embryo transfer (FET) outcomes. METHODS: A meta-analysis of studies using endometrial/subendometrial 3-dimensional ultrasound and power Doppler angiography was performed to examine the vascularization index (VI), flow index (FI), and vascularization-flow index (VFI) in pregnant and nonpregnant women. Ten articles were analyzed, including 895 pregnant women and 882 nonpregnant women...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710641/a-ligand-binding-assay-to-measure-the-affinity-and-specificity-of-sterol-binding-proteins-in-vitro
#15
Rabih Darwiche, Roger Schneiter
Sterols are major constituents of the plasma membrane of eukaryotic cells and serve as a precursor for several classes of signaling molecules, including steroids and hydroxy sterols. They maintain the functionality and permeability barrier of the plasma membrane through lipid-lipid and lipid-protein interactions. The S. cerevisiae pathogen-related yeast proteins 1, 2, and 3 (Pry) belong to a large protein superfamily known as CAP/SCP/TAPS. Members of this superfamily have been implicated in a wide variety of processes, including immune defense in mammals and plants, pathogen virulence, sperm maturation and fertilization, venom toxicity, and prostate and brain cancer...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708875/predictive-value-of-serum-progesterone-level-on-%C3%AE-hcg-check-day-in-women-with-previous-repeated-miscarriages-after-in-vitro-fertilization
#16
Yong Jin Kim, Jung Ho Shin, Jun Yong Hur, Hoon Kim, Seung-Yup Ku, Chang Suk Suh
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the predictive value of the progesterone level at the beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (β-hCG) check day for ongoing pregnancy maintenance in in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles in women with previous unexplained repeated miscarriages. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred and forty-eight women, with visible gestational sac after IVF, were recruited in this observational study. All subjects had unexplained recurrent miscarriages in more than two previous IVF cycles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708512/insulin-during-in%C3%A2-vitro-oocyte-maturation-has-an-impact-on-development-mitochondria-and-cytoskeleton-in-bovine-day-8-blastocysts
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Denise Laskowski, Renée Båge, Patrice Humblot, Göran Andersson, Marc-André Sirard, Ylva Sjunnesson
Insulin is a key metabolic hormone that controls energy homeostasis in the body, including playing a specific role in regulating reproductive functions. Conditions associated with hyperinsulinemia can lower developmental rates in bovine in vitro embryo production and are linked to decreased fertility in humans, as in cases of obesity or type 2 diabetes. Embryo quality is important for fertility outcome and it can be assessed by choosing scoring standards for various characteristics, such as developmental stage, quality grade, cell number, mitochondrial pattern or actin cytoskeleton structure...
June 13, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708509/gdf8-activates-p38-mapk-signaling-during-porcine-oocyte-maturation-in%C3%A2-vitro
#18
Junchul David Yoon, Seon-Ung Hwang, Eunhye Kim, Minghui Jin, Soochong Kim, Sang-Hwan Hyun
Growth Differentiation Factor 8 (GDF8) is a member of the transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) family and has been identified as a strong physiological regulator. This factor is expressed as a paracrine factor in mural granulosa cells. To investigate the effects of GDF8 on the in vitro maturation (IVM) of porcine oocytes, we assessed the quality of matured oocytes as well as the specific gene transcription and protein activation levels in oocytes and cumulus cells (CCs) after IVM and subsequent embryonic development after in vitro fertilization (IVF) and parthenogenetic activation (PA)...
June 6, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708489/2-methoxystypandrone-improves-in%C3%A2-vitro-produced-bovine-embryo-quality-through-inhibition-of-ikbkb
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Ayman Mesalam, Imran Khan, Kyeong-Lim Lee, Seok-Hwan Song, M M R Chowdhury, Zia Uddin, Ki Hun Park, Il-Keun Kong
2-Methoxystypandrone (2-MS), a naphthoquinone from Polygonum cuspidatum, has been reported to exhibit antioxidant activities. However, its pharmacological properties have not been fully studied in vitro culture system of oocytes and embryos development. In this study, we examined the effects of 2-MS on bovine blastocyst developmental competency during preimplantation using TUNEL assay, qRT-PCR and immunocytochemistry. Oocytes were treated with 1 μM 2-MS during maturation, followed by in vitro fertilized and the zygotes were cultured...
May 19, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707438/long-term-impact-of-the-endocrine-disruptor-tributyltin-on-male-fertility-following-a-single-acute-exposure
#20
Sumonto Mitra, Ankit Srivastava, Shashi Khandelwal
Declining rate of human fertility is a growing concern, where lifestyle and environmental factors play an important role. We recently demonstrated that tributyltin (TBT), an omnipresent endocrine disruptor, affects testicular cells in vitro. In this study, male Wistar rats were gavaged a single dose of 10, 20, and 30 mg/kg TBT-chloride (TBTC) (to mimic accidental exposure in vivo) and sacrificed on day 3 and day 7, respectively. TBT bioavailability was evaluated by estimating total tin content, and essential metal levels were analyzed along with redox molecules (ROS and GSH/GSSG) to understand the effect on physiological conditions...
July 14, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
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