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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944997/desire-for-parenthood-and-reproductive-health-knowledge-in-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-sickle-cell-disease-and-their-caregivers
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Leena Nahata, Nicole M Caltabellotta, Kyle Ball, Sarah H O'Brien, Susan E Creary
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Sickle cell disease (SCD) and hydroxyurea have implications for fertility and reproductive health. The goal of this study was to examine desire for parenthood and reproductive health knowledge among a cohort of adolescent and young adult (AYA) with SCD receiving hydroxyurea and their caregivers at a large pediatric academic center. METHODS: Patients with SCD were approached from September 2016 to July 2017 if they were: (1) 12-20 years old, (2) prescribed hydroxyurea for at least 6 months, (3) proficient in English, and (4) accompanied by a caregiver who was proficient in English and willing to participate...
September 25, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944724/rapid-prototyping-of-a-cyclic-olefin-copolymer-microfluidic-device-for-automated-oocyte-culturing
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Miguel Berenguel-Alonso, Maria Sabés-Alsina, Roser Morató, Oriol Ymbern, Laura Rodríguez-Vázquez, Oriol Talló-Parra, Julián Alonso-Chamarro, Mar Puyol, Manel López-Béjar
Assisted reproductive technology (ART) can benefit from the features of microfluidic technologies, such as the automation of time-consuming labor-intensive procedures, the possibility to mimic in vivo environments, and the miniaturization of the required equipment. To date, most of the proposed approaches are based on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) as platform substrate material due to its widespread use in academia, despite certain disadvantages, such as the elevated cost of mass production. Herein, we present a rapid fabrication process for a cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) monolithic microfluidic device combining hot embossing-using a low-temperature cofired ceramic (LTCC) master-and micromilling...
October 2017: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943090/genome-architecture-and-evolution-of-a-unichromosomal-asexual-nematode
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Hélène Fradin, Karin Kiontke, Charles Zegar, Michelle Gutwein, Jessica Lucas, Mikhail Kovtun, David L Corcoran, L Ryan Baugh, David H A Fitch, Fabio Piano, Kristin C Gunsalus
Asexual reproduction in animals, though rare, is the main or exclusive mode of reproduction in some long-lived lineages. The longevity of asexual clades may be correlated with the maintenance of heterozygosity by mechanisms that rearrange genomes and reduce recombination. Asexual species thus provide an opportunity to gain insight into the relationship between molecular changes, genome architecture, and cellular processes. Here we report the genome sequence of the parthenogenetic nematode Diploscapter pachys with only one chromosome pair...
September 14, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942525/subcutaneous-ovarian-tissue-transplantation-in-nonhuman-primates-duration-of-endocrine-function-and-normalcy-of-subsequent-offspring-as-demonstrated-by-reproductive-competence-oocyte-production-and-telomere-length
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David M Lee, Carrie M Thomas, Fuhua Xu, Richard R Yeoman, Jing Xu, Richard L Stouffer, Don P Wolf, Mary B Zelinski
PURPOSE: The main purposes of the study were to investigate the endocrine function of ovarian tissue transplanted to heterotopic subcutaneous sites and the reproductive competence and telomere length of a nonhuman primate originating from transplanted tissue. METHODS: Ovarian cortex pieces were transplanted into the original rhesus macaques in the arm subcutaneously, in the abdomen next to muscles, or in the kidney. Serum estradiol (E2) and progesterone (P4) concentrations were measured weekly for up to 8 years following tissue transplantation...
September 23, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942449/fshr-and-lhr-expression-and-signaling-as-well-as-maturation-and-apoptosis-of-cumulus-oocyte-complexes-following-treatment-with-fsh-receptor-binding-inhibitor-in-sheep
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Suocheng Wei, Xiaoyun Shen, Zhuandi Gong, Yingying Deng, Luju Lai, Haoqin Liang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Currently, it remains unknown whether FSH receptor binding inhibitor (FRBI) influences follicular development and reproduction functions in humans and animals. The present study aimed to investigate FRBI effects on in vitro maturation (IVM) and apoptosis of cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) of sheep, to determine the effect of FRBI on mRNA and protein levels of FSHR and LHR in COCs, and to elucidate the signal pathway of FRBI effects. METHODS: COCs were in vitro cultured for 24h in the IVM media supplemented with varying concentrations of FRBI (0, 10, 20, 30 and 40µg/mL) and FSH (10IU/mL)...
September 22, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941819/characterization-of-anogenital-distance-and-its-relationship-to-fertility-in-lactating-holstein-cows
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M Gobikrushanth, T C Bruinjé, M G Colazo, S T Butler, D J Ambrose
Anogenital distance (AGD) serves as a marker for prenatal androgenization, reproductive development, and fertility in humans and rodents. The primary objectives of this observational study in lactating dairy cows were to (1) characterize the distribution and variability of AGD, (2) determine the relationship among AGD and potential postnatal AGD determinants of age and height, and (3) evaluate the associations between AGD and pregnancy to first artificial insemination (P/AI) and cumulative pregnancy by 250 d in milk (DIM) within parity groups (first, second, and third+ parities)...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941656/factors-influencing-fertility-sparing-treatment-for-gynecologic-malignancies-a-survey-of-society-of-gynecologic-oncology-members
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Jaimin S Shah, Rosa Guerra, Diane C Bodurka, Charlotte C Sun, Gary B Chisholm, Terri L Woodard
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to examine practice patterns of gynecologic oncologists (GO) regarding fertility-sparing treatments (FST) for gynecology malignancies and explores attitudes toward collaboration with reproductive endocrinologists (RE). METHODS: An anonymous 23-question survey was sent to 1087 GO with a 14.0% completion rate. Descriptive statistics, Fisher's exact test, and Chi-square tests were used for data analysis. RESULTS: The majority of GOs offer FST for gynecologic malignancies...
September 21, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940661/dna-methylation-in-embryo-development-epigenetic-impact-of-art-assisted-reproductive-technologies
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Sebastian Canovas, Pablo J Ross, Gavin Kelsey, Pilar Coy
DNA methylation can be considered a component of epigenetic memory with a critical role during embryo development, and which undergoes dramatic reprogramming after fertilization. Though it has been a focus of research for many years, the reprogramming mechanism is still not fully understood. Recent results suggest that absence of maintenance at DNA replication is a major factor, and that there is an unexpected role for TET3-mediated oxidation of 5mC to 5hmC in guarding against de novo methylation. Base-resolution and genome-wide profiling methods are enabling more comprehensive assessments of the extent to which ART might impair DNA methylation reprogramming, and which sequence elements are most vulnerable...
September 21, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938748/random-start-ovarian-stimulation-for-fertility-preservation-appears-unlikely-to-delay-initiation-of-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-for-breast-cancer
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Joseph M Letourneau, Nikita Sinha, Kaitlyn Wald, Eve Harris, Molly Quinn, Tal Imbar, Evelyn Mok-Lin, A Jo Chien, Mitchell Rosen
STUDY QUESTION: Is random start ovarian stimulation associated with delays in initiation of neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer? SUMMARY ANSWER: Among women who complete fertility preservation (FP) consultation, random start ovarian stimulation is unlikely to delay time to initiation of neoadjuvant chemotherapy start. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is now a widely accepted treatment modality for operable breast cancer and random start ovarian stimulation is an increasingly-utilized modality for FP...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938746/women-s-career-priority-is-associated-with-attitudes-towards-family-planning-and-ethical-acceptance-of-reproductive-technologies
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Michael K Simoni, Lin Mu, Stephen C Collins
STUDY QUESTION: Do women who place high importance on career success have different perceptions of pregnancy planning, delayed reproduction, and the ethical acceptability of ART than women with less emphasis on their career? SUMMARY ANSWER: Career-focused women place more importance on pregnancy planning, have greater confidence in delayed childbearing, and are more ethically accepting of donor gamete ART than women who do not place as much importance on career success...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938425/linking-stress-and-infertility-a-novel-role-for-ghrelin
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Luba Sominsky, Deborah M Hodgson, Eileen A McLaughlin, Roger Smith, Hannah M Wall, Sarah J Spencer
Infertility affects a remarkable one in four couples in developing countries. Psychological stress is a ubiquitous facet of life, and while stress affects us all at some point, prolonged or unmanageable stress may become harmful for some individuals, negatively impacting on their health, including fertility. For instance, women who struggle to conceive are twice as likely to suffer from emotional distress than fertile women. Assisted reproductive technology treatments place an additional physical, emotional and financial burden of stress, particularly on women, who are often exposed to invasive techniques associated with treatment...
July 27, 2017: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936793/restricted-female-function-of-hermaphrodites-in-a-gynodioecious-shrub-daphne-jezoensis-thymelaeaceae
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Akari Shibata, Yoshiaki Kameyama, Gaku Kudo
Gynodioecy is the coexistence of hermaphrodites and females in a population. It is supposed to be an intermediate stage in the evolutionary pathway from hermaphroditism to dioecy in angiosperm. Hermaphrodites gain fitness through both seed and pollen production whereas females gain fitness only through seed production. As females spread in a gynodioecious population, sexual selection prompts hermaphrodites to invest in male function and male-biased hermaphrodites prevail. In the gynodioecious shrub Daphne jezoensis (Thymelaeaceae), female frequency is stably around 50% in most populations, and fruit-set rate of hermaphrodites is commonly low...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936672/transgenic-reproductive-cell-ablation
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Shai J Lawit, Mark A Chamberlin
Numerous cell ablation technologies are available and have been used in reproductive tissues, particularly for male tissues and cells. The importance of ablation of reproductive tissues is toward a fundamental understanding reproductive tissue development and fertilization, as well as, in developing sterility lines important to breeding strategies. Here, we describe techniques for developing ablation lines for both male and female reproductive cells. Also discussed are techniques for analysis, quality control, maintenance, and the lessening of pleiotropism in such lines...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936664/analysis-of-proteins-enriched-in-rice-gamete
#14
Takashi Okamoto
In angiosperms, female gamete differentiation, fertilization, and subsequent zygotic development occur in embryo sacs deeply embedded in the ovaries. Despite their importance in plant reproduction and development, how the egg cell is specialized, fuses with the sperm cell, and converts into an active zygote for early embryogenesis remains unclear. Proteins enriched in each cell type are thought to reflect the biological function of the cells, since the composition of cellular proteins generally differs depending on cell type...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936657/whole-mount-rna-fish-on-ovules-and-developing-seeds
#15
Andrea Bleckmann, Thomas Dresselhaus
A key element to understand developmental and reproductive processes like germline development, double fertilization, and embryogenesis is the study of cell-specific gene expression patterns which is best analyzed by RNA in situ hybridization. Different visualization techniques have been established to mark either the region of mRNA production (using the classical chromogenic detection system) or the specific localization of mRNAs (using fluorescent labeled probes). In this chapter, we describe and compare whole mount RNA in situ hybridization techniques on ovules and young developing seeds from Arabidopsis thaliana using three different detection systems...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936648/live-cell-imaging-of-f-actin-dynamics-during-fertilization-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#16
Daichi Susaki, Daisuke Maruyama, Ramesh Yelagandula, Frederic Berger, Tomokazu Kawashima
Fertilization comprises a complex series of cellular processes leading to the fusion of a male and female gamete. Many studies have been carried out to investigate each step of fertilization in plants; however, our comprehensive understanding of all the sequential events during fertilization is still limited. This is largely due to difficulty in investigating events in the female gametophyte, which is deeply embedded in the maternal tissue. Recent advances in confocal microcopy assisted by fluorescent marker lines have contributed to visualizing subcellular dynamics in real time during fertilization in vivo...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935491/measurement-of-uterine-natural-killer-unk-cell-percentage-in-the-peri-implantation-endometrium-from-fertile-women-and-women-with-recurrent-reproductive-failure-establishment-of-a-reference-range
#17
Xiaoyan Chen, Najat Mariee, Lingming Jiang, Yingyu Liu, Chi Chiu Wang, Tin Chiu Li, Susan Laird
BACKGROUND: Uterine natural killer (uNK) cells are the major leucocytes present in the peri-implantation endometrium. Previous studies have found controversial differences in uNK cell percentage in women suffering from recurrent reproductive failure, compared with fertile controls. OBJECTIVE: To compare the uNK cell percentage in women with recurrent reproductive failure and fertile controls. STUDY DESIGN: It was a retrospective study carried out in university hospitals...
September 18, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935430/-health-care-needs-and-barriers-in-seeking-medical-care-for-global-health-and-sexual-and-reproductive-health-among-students-from-f%C3%A3-lix-houphou%C3%A3-t-boigny-university-abidjan-c%C3%A3-te-d-ivoire
#18
M Inghels, P A Coffie, J Larmarange
BACKGROUND: In Ivory Coast, little is known about health needs and health access barriers among young people. The aim of this study was to describe health provision, health needs and barriers when seeking medical care, with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive health, and the acceptability of a medical examination for students attending their first year at the Houphouët-Boigny University, Abidjan, Ivory Coast. METHODS: We conducted a representative cross-sectional study among second year students who were selected by two-stage equiprobable random sampling...
September 18, 2017: Revue D'épidémiologie et de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935366/review-diagnosis-and-impact-of-sperm-dna-alterations-in-assisted-reproduction
#19
REVIEW
Luke Simon, Benjamin R Emery, Douglas T Carrell
Sperm nuclear and chromatin abnormalities are common among infertile men and are known to influence natural reproduction. These abnormalities are also considered detrimental to normal fertilization, embryo development, and successful implantation and pregnancies following assisted reproductive treatment (ART). Abnormalities in the sperm nucleus can be broadly classified into sperm chromosomal abnormalities (aneuploidies) and sperm DNA abnormalities such as abnormal packing, DNA integrity, or DNA fragmentation...
August 2, 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933362/male-infertility-the-effect-of-natural-antioxidants-and-phytocompounds-on-seminal-oxidative-stress
#20
REVIEW
Malik Adewoyin, Muhammad Ibrahim, Ramli Roszaman, Muhammad Lokman Md Isa, Nur Aizura Mat Alewi, Ainin Azwani Abdul Rafa, Mohd Nur Nasyriq Anuar
Defective sperm function has been identified as the most common cause of infertility. The objective of this study was to review recent findings on the effects of various antioxidants on male fertility. High amounts of poly unsaturated fatty acid are found in the mammalian spermatozoa membranes, thereby making them susceptible to lipid peroxidation. Although, free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) play major roles in reproduction, they are strongly associated with oxidative stress. Furthermore, factors such as obesity, inflammation, pollutants and cigarette smoking are negatively correlated with spermatogenesis...
March 1, 2017: Diseases (Basel)
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