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fertility and human reproduction

Zeev Blumenfeld
The ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is an iatrogenic syndrome, which may, infrequently, become severe and evenly fatal. Until the last decade, the worldwide popularity of assisted reproductive technology (ART) and ovulation induction/controlled ovarian hyperstimulation employed in ART for either in vivo fertilization or in vitro fertilization, in the last two decades, has been accompanied by an increase in the cases of OHSS. In the last decade, the substitution of the human chorionic gonadotropin trigger with the gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist trigger has decreased the incidence of this syndrome but did not eliminate it completely...
2018: Vitamins and Hormones
Patrizia Limonta, Marina Montagnani Marelli, Roberta Moretti, Monica Marzagalli, Fabrizio Fontana, Roberto Maggi
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is recognized as the central regulator of the functions of the pituitary-gonadal axis. The increasing knowledge on the mechanisms controlling the development and the function of GnRH-producing neurons is leading to a better diagnostic and therapeutic approach for hypogonadotropic hypogonadisms and for alterations of the puberty onset. During female life span, the function of the GnRH pulse generator may be affected by a number of inputs from other neuronal systems, offering alternative strategies for diagnostic and therapeutic interventions...
2018: Vitamins and Hormones
Michael W Pankhurst, Rebecca L Kelley, Rachel L Sanders, Savana R Woodcock, Dorothy E Oorschot, Nicola J Batchelor
Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is an ovarian regulator that affects folliculogenesis. AMH inhibits the developmental activation of the dormant primordial follicles and the oocyte within. In more mature follicles, AMH reduces granulosa cell sensitivity to follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). We examined the effects of AMH overexpression on the stages of ovarian folliculogenesis, and the development of embryos, with a transgenic mouse that overexpresses human AMH in central nervous system neurons under the control of the mouse Thy1...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Endocrinology
Z Merhi, E Buyuk, M J Cipolla
STUDY QUESTION: Does vitamin D attenuate the adverse effects of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) on steroidogenesis by human granulosa cells (GCs)? SUMMARY ANSWER: AGEs alter the expression of genes important in steroidogenesis while 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (vit D3) in vitro attenuates some of the actions of AGEs on steroidogenic gene expression, possibly by downregulating the expression of the pro-inflammatory cell membrane receptor for AGEs (RAGE). WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Vitamin D attenuates the pro-inflammatory effects of AGEs in non-ovarian tissues...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Human Reproduction
Sellappan Selvaraju, Sivashanmugam Parthipan, Lakshminarayana Somashekar, B Krishnan Binsila, Atul P Kolte, Arunachalam Arangasamy, Janivara Parameshwaraiah Ravindra, Stephen A Krawetz
With artificial insemination (AI) and other precision dependent assisted reproductive technologies (ART) being followed in large scale in human and animal reproduction, assessing semen quality and fertilizability is under continuous scrutiny. Various tests have been developed to predict semen quality, but so far no single, highly reliable test is available. In this regard, transcriptomic profiling of spermatozoa assumes significance as it carries the information about spermatogenesis, sperm function, and paternal roles in post-fertilization events...
March 14, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Xiao Wang, Huarong Wang, Wei Liu, Zhiyuan Zhang, Yanhao Zhang, Wenqiang Zhang, Zijiang Chen, Guoliang Xia, Chao Wang
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is characterized by hyperandrogenism, is a complex endocrinopathy that affects the fertility of 9%-18% of reproductive-age women. However, the exact mechanism of PCOS, especially hyperandrogen-induced anovulation, is largely unknown to date. Physiologically, the natriuretic peptide type C/natriuretic peptide receptor 2 (CNP/NPR2) system is essential for sustaining oocyte meiotic arrest until the preovulatory luteinizing hormone (LH) surge. We therefore hypothesized that the CNP/NPR2 system is also involved in PCOS and contributes to arresting oocyte meiosis and ovulation...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
Aila Coello, Antonio Pellicer, Ana Cobo
In recent years, growing evidence for the safety and efficiency of oocyte vitrification has made this technique be increasingly proposed for fertility preservation (FP). The populations who could benefit from FP include oncological patients who need the option to preserve their gametes before undergoing potential sterilizing treatment, patients with non oncologic conditions requiring gonadotoxic chemotherapy and women who wish to delay their motherhood for a variety of reasons. By vitrifying oocytes, women have the chance to conceive in the future, have their own genetic offspring and maintain their reproductive autonomy...
March 8, 2018: Minerva Ginecologica
Carolina Mondillo, María Luisa Varela, Adriana María Belén Abiuso, Ramiro Vázquez
Histamine (HA) is a pleiotropic biogenic amine synthesized exclusively by histidine decarboxylase (HDC) in most mammalian tissues. The literature on the role of HA within the male gonad has expanded over the last years, attracting attention to potential unexpected side-effects of anti-histamines on testicular function. In this regard, HA receptors (HRH1, HRH2 and HRH4) have been described in Leydig cells of different species, including human. Via these receptors, HA has been reported to trigger positive or negative interactions with the LH/hCG signaling pathway depending upon its concentration, thereby contributing to the local control of testicular androgen levels...
March 9, 2018: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
Erica Silvestris, Giovanni de Pergola, Raffaele Rosania, Giuseppe Loverro
Both obesity and overweight are increasing worldwide and have detrimental influences on several human body functions including the reproductive health. In particular, obese women undergo perturbations of the 'hypothalamic pituitary ovarian axis', and frequently suffer of menstrual dysfunction leading to anovulation and infertility. Besides the hormone disorders and subfertility that are common in the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), in obesity the adipocytes act as endocrine organ. The adipose tissue indeed, releases a number of bioactive molecules, namely adipokines, that variably interact with multiple molecular pathways of insulin resistance, inflammation, hypertension, cardiovascular risk, coagulation, and oocyte differentiation and maturation...
March 9, 2018: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Eser S Ozyurek, Tolga Karacan, Cenk Ozdalgicoglu, Salih Yilmaz, Salman Isik, Mevlide San, Erdal Kaya
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the role of anti-human heat shock protein 60 (hHsp60) antibody positivity in the pathogenesis of ectopic pregnancy, following Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) infection. STUDY DESIGN: In a case-control study, serological tests for anti-hHsp60 were performed in ectopic pregnancies (study group) and parturients with normal reproductive histories (control group). All participants in both groups were CT IgG(+). hHsp60 IgG(+) prevalences were compared between the two groups, by semiquantitative ELISA...
March 5, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Maria Dempsey, Rob King, Andrea Nagy
OBJECTIVE: New technologies present new ethical dilemmas. Our ethical intuitions may mislead us in relation to new technologies such as nuclear power, vaccines, GMOs and assistive reproductive technologies (ART). Between 1999 and 2008 the number of ART treatment cycles increased by 265% in Ireland. The implications and potentials of such technologies are profound - challenging existing understanding of humans' relationships to reproduction. Because such technologies are comparatively unregulated, and their use has only been occurring for a single generation, detailed investigation of how awareness of ART influences understanding of personal fertility is needed...
February 2018: Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Chen-Yu Huang, Guan-Yeu Chen, Miawh-Lirng Shieh, Hsin-Yang Li
BACKGROUND: The use of oral progestin has been shown to effectively prevent luteining hormone (LH) surge during ovarian stimulation with daily human menopausal gonadotropin injections. This study was aimed to investigate the efficacy of long-acting follicle stimulating hormone (long-acting FSH; corifollitropin alfa, Elonva®) use in progestin-primed ovarian stimulation for normal and high responders undergoing IVF/ICSI. METHODS: This is a retrospective and proof-of-concept study...
March 5, 2018: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Gamze Sinem Çağlar, Nicolas Garrido
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is one of the most common viral sexually-transmitted diseases worldwide. The prevalence of HPV is higher in infertile males when compared with fertile men and ranges between 10 and 35.7% in men affected by unexplained infertility. HPV can bind to spermatozoa and can potentially be transferred to fertilized oocytes. Viral detection in blastocysts and trophoblastic cells is associated with impaired embryo development and poor pregnancy outcomes. Nevertheless, attempts to eliminate HPV-DNA from sperm samples through routine washing techniques have failed...
March 1, 2018: Journal of the Turkish German Gynecological Association
Rosemary L Hopcroft
Fitness is always relative to the fitness of others in the group or breeding population. Even in very low-fertility societies, individual fitness as measured by the share of genes in subsequent generations may still be maximized. Further, sexual selection theory from evolutionary biology suggests that the relationship between status and fertility will differ for males and females. For this reason it is important to examine the relationship between status and fertility separately for males and females-something few demographic studies of fertility do...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Biosocial Science
Marzieh Aghahosseini, Ashraf Aleyasin, Fatemeh Sadat Sarfjoo, Atossa Mahdavi, Mansooreh Yaraghi, Hojattollah Saeedabadi
Background: The effect of elevated progesterone level on human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) day in in vitro fertilization cycles is controversial. Some suppose that rise in progesterone level seems to have a negative impact on implantation and pregnancy by desynchronizing the endometrium, while others disagree. Objective: To evaluate the superiority of the frozen cycle over fresh cycle on live birth in patients with elevated progesterone level on HCG day. Materials and Methods: In this double-blind, randomized clinical trial, 72 women undergoing assisted reproductive technology with elevated progesterone level (≥1...
December 2017: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
S García-Martínez, M A Sánchez-Hurtado, H Gutiérrez, F M Sánchez-Margallo, R Romar, R Latorre, P Coy, O López-Albors
STUDY QUESTION: Is O2 tension in the pig oviduct and uterus affected by the estrous cycle stage and the animal's age, and can the outcome of in vitro embryo development be improved by mimicking these physiological values? SUMMARY ANSWER: O2 tension within the pig reproductive organs is affected by the animal's age, and values close to those measured in vivo have a positive impact on embryo development and quality when used during IVF and embryo culture (EC). WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: To obtain a healthy embryo in vitro, it is necessary to adopt a culture microenvironment that approximates physiological conditions...
February 27, 2018: Molecular Human Reproduction
E Scott Sills, Natalie S Rickers, Xiang Li, Gianpiero D Palermo
Platelets modulate clinically relevant yet incompletely understood tissue regeneration processes, and platelet rich plasma (PRP) has been previously used with some success in various non-reproductive medical contexts. Here, we extended PRP application to ovarian tissue with a view to document impact on ovarian reserve among women attending for infertility treatment. PRP was freshly isolated from patients (n= 4) with diminished ovarian reserve as determined by at least one prior IVF cycle canceled for poor follicular recruitment response or estimated by serum AMH and/or FSH, no menses for ≥1 year...
February 28, 2018: Gynecological Endocrinology
Yaelle Elfassy, Chloe McAvoy, Soraya Fellahi, Joëlle Dupont, Bruno Fève, Rachel Levy, Jean-Philippe Bastard
Infertility, which increased worldwide over the past few decades, has recently been linked to obesity prevalence. Adipokines, produced by adipose tissue, could be the link between obesity and infertility. The association between circulating adipokines and female infertility has been extensively studied in the last ten years. However, the male aspect has been less investigated, although some adipokines are present in seminal plasma. We have attempted to analyze published studies that measured seminal plasma adipokines and their relationships with semen parameters...
November 1, 2017: European Cytokine Network
Emna Ouni, Didier Vertommen, Maria Costanza Chiti, Marie-Madeleine Dolmans, Christiani Andrade Amorim
Fertility preservation research in women today is increasingly taking advantage of bioengineering techniques to develop new biomimetic materials and solutions to safeguard ovarian cell function and microenvironment in vitro and in vivo. However, available data on the human ovary are limited and fundamental differences between animal models and humans are hampering researchers in their quest for more extensive knowledge of human ovarian physiology and key reproductive proteins that need to be preserved. We therefore turned to multi-dimensional label-free mass spectrometry to analyze human ovarian cortex, as it is a high-throughput and conclusive technique providing information on the proteomic composition of complex tissues like the ovary...
February 23, 2018: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
Yao-Yao Du, Na Guo, Yi-Xin Wang, Xiang Hua, Tao-Ran Deng, Xue-Mei Teng, Yang-Cheng Yao, Yu-Feng Li
BACKGROUND: Phthalates, a class of endocrine disruptors, have been demonstrated to accelerate loss of ovarian follicle pool via disrupting folliculogenesis, and lead to diminished ovarian reserve. However, human data are limited. Here, we aimed to examine whether urinary phthalate metabolites are correlated with markers of ovarian reserve among women attending a fertility clinic. METHODS: We measured eight phthalate metabolites in urine samples collected from 415 women seeking infertility treatment at the Reproductive Medicine Center of Tongji Hospital, Wuhan, China...
February 23, 2018: Reproductive Health
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