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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/28929987/cell-and-genetic-predictors-of-human-blastocyst-hatching-success-in-assisted-reproduction
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Anastasiya G Syrkasheva, Nataliya V Dolgushina, Andrey Yu Romanov, Olga V Burmenskaya, Nataliya P Makarova, Espet O Ibragimova, Elena A Kalinina, Gennady T Sukhikh
The aim was to identify cell and genetic predictors of human blastocyst hatching success in assisted reproduction programmes via a prospective case-control study. Blastocysts, donated by couples in assisted reproduction programmes were used. Hatching success assessment was performed after 144-146 h post-fertilization. The mRNA expression levels of cathepsin V (CTSV), GATA-binding protein 3 (GATA3) and human chorionic gonadotropin beta subunit 3, 5, 7 and 8 (CGB) genes were detected by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction...
September 20, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927533/from-sperm-to-offspring-assessing-the-heritable-genetic-consequences-of-paternal-smoking-and-potential-public-health-impacts
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Marc A Beal, Carole L Yauk, Francesco Marchetti
Individuals who smoke generally do so with the knowledge of potential consequences to their own health. What is rarely considered are the effects of smoking on their future children. The objective of this work was to review the scientific literature on the effects of paternal smoking on sperm and assess the consequences to offspring. A literature search identified over 200 studies with relevant data in humans and animal models. The available data were reviewed to assess the weight of evidence that tobacco smoke is a human germ cell mutagen and estimate effect sizes...
July 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927307/biological-therapy-for-non-obstructive-azoospermia
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Sarah C Vij, Edmund Sabanegh, Ashok Agarwal
Most male patients with non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) have no therapeutic options outside of assisted reproductive techniques to conceive a biological child. If mature sperm cannot be obtained from the testes, these patients must rely on options of donor sperm or adoption. Several techniques are in the experimental stage to provide this patient population alternatives for conceiving. Areas covered: This review discusses three of the experimental techniques for restoring fertility in men with NOA: spermatogonial stem cell transplantation, the use of adult and embryonic stem cells to develop mature gametes and gene therapy...
September 19, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925396/mig-6-negatively-regulates-stat3-phosphorylation-in-uterine-epithelial-cells
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J-Y Yoo, W S Yang, J H Lee, B G Kim, R R Broaddus, J M Lim, T H Kim, J-W Jeong
Endometrial cancer is the most common malignancy of the female genital tract. Progesterone (P4) has been used for several decades in endometrial cancer treatment, especially in women who wish to retain fertility. However, it is unpredictable which patients will respond to P4 treatment and which may have a P4-resistant cancer. Therefore, identifying the mechanism of P4 resistance is essential to improve the therapies for endometrial cancer. Mitogen-inducible gene 6 (Mig-6) is a critical mediator of progesterone receptor (PGR) action in the uterus...
September 18, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923287/aberrant-expression-of-epithelial-leucine-rich-repeat-containing-g-protein-coupled-receptor-5-positive-cells-in-the-eutopic-endometrium-in-endometriosis-and-implications-in-deep-infiltrating-endometriosis
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Júlia Vallvé-Juanico, Elena Suárez-Salvador, Josep Castellví, Agustín Ballesteros, Hugh S Taylor, Antonio Gil-Moreno, Xavier Santamaria
OBJECTIVE: To characterize leucine-rich repeat containing G protein-coupled receptor 5-positive (LGR5(+)) cells from the endometrium of women with endometriosis. DESIGN: Prospective experimental study. SETTING: University hospital/fertility clinic. PATIENT(S): Twenty-seven women with endometriosis who underwent surgery and 12 healthy egg donors, together comprising 39 endometrial samples. INTERVENTION(S): Obtaining of uterine aspirates by using a Cornier Pipelle...
September 15, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916758/role-of-the-venus-kinase-receptor-in-the-female-reproductive-physiology-of-the-desert-locust-schistocerca-gregaria
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Cynthia Lenaerts, Jolien Palmans, Elisabeth Marchal, Rik Verdonck, Jozef Vanden Broeck
Venus kinase receptors (VKR) are a subfamily of invertebrate receptor tyrosine kinases, which have only recently been discovered. They contain an intracellular tyrosine kinase domain and an extracellular Venus FlyTrap domain. VKRs have been functionally and pharmacologically characterized in only two invertebrate species, namely the human parasite Schistosoma mansoni and the mosquito Aedes aegypti, where they play a crucial role in oogenesis. Here, we report the characterization of a VKR in the desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911169/obesity-induced-infertility-in-male-mice-is-associated-with-disruption-of-crisp4-expression-and-sperm-fertilization-capacity
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Beatriz C Borges, David Garcia-Galiano, Sanseray da Silveira Cruz-Machado, Xingfa Han, Galina B Gavrilina, Thomas L Saunders, Richard J Auchus, Saher S Hammoud, Gary D Smith, Carol F Elias
Approximately 15% of human couples of reproductive age have impaired fertility, and the male component accounts for about half of these cases. The etiology is usually unknown, but high correlation with the increase in obesity rates is documented. In this study, we show that diet-induced and genetically obese mice display copulatory behavior comparable to controls, but the number of females impregnated by obese males is remarkably low. Screening for changes in gene expression in the male reproductive tract showed decreased Crisp4 expression in testis and epididymis of obese mice...
September 1, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905710/cleavage-speed-and-blastomere-number-in-dba-2j-compared-with-c57bl-6j-mouse-embryos
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Hirofumi Nishizono, Kyosuke Uno, Hiroyuki Abe
DBA/2J mice are among the oldest and most important inbred strains still used in many research fields. However, this strain has reproductive problems, which may consume considerable time and effort during experiments requiring a large population. Because the quality of DBA/2J embryos has not yet been described in detail, we compared DBA/2J mice with the reproductively efficient C57BL/6J strain. Compared with C57BL/6J embryos, DBA/2J embryos had a slower cleavage speed (mean ± 1 SD; first cleavage: C57BL/6J, 16...
January 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905369/tsga10-is-a-novel-candidate-gene-associated-with-acephalic-spermatozoa
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Yan-Wei Sha, Yan-Kun Sha, Zhi-Yong Ji, Li-Bin Mei, Lu Ding, Qing Zhang, Ping-Ping Qiu, Shao-Bin Lin, Xu Wang, Ping Li, Xiaohui Xu, Lin Li
Acephalic spermatozoa is a rare teratozoospermia associated with male infertility. However, the pathogenesis of this disorder remains unclear. Here, we report a 27-year-old infertile male from a consanguineous family, who presented with 99% headless sperm in his ejaculate. Electron microscopic and immunofluorescence analysis suggested breakage at the midpiece of the patient's sperm cells. Subsequent whole-exome sequencing (WES) analysis identified a homozygous deletion within TSGA10 (c.211delG; p.A71Hfs*12), which resulted in the production of truncated TSGA10 protein...
September 14, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904495/to-study-the-vitamin-d-levels-in-infertile-females-and-correlation-of-vitamin-d-deficiency-with-amh-levels-in-comparison-to-fertile-females
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Indu Lata, Swasti Tiwari, Amrit Gupta, Subhash Yadav, Shashi Yadav
CONTEXT: Human and animal data suggest that low vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) status is associated with impaired fertility, endometriosis, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Vitamin D regulates antimullerian hormone (AMH), FSH, mRNA, and expression of genes in reproductive tissues, implicating a role in female reproduction. AIMS: To study the vitamin D levels in infertile females and to know the correlation of vitamin D deficiency (VDD) with serum AMH in infertile females compare to fertile females...
April 2017: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892486/misattribution-of-musical-arousal-increases-sexual-attraction-towards-opposite-sex-faces-in-females
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Manuela M Marin, Raphaela Schober, Bruno Gingras, Helmut Leder
Several theories about the origins of music have emphasized its biological and social functions, including in courtship. Music may act as a courtship display due to its capacity to vary in complexity and emotional content. Support for music's reproductive function comes from the recent finding that only women in the fertile phase of the reproductive cycle prefer composers of complex melodies to composers of simple ones as short-term sexual partners, which is also in line with the ovulatory shift hypothesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892223/dehydroepiandrosterone-as-a-potential-agent-to-slow-down-ovarian-aging
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Li-Te Lin, Jiin-Tsuey Cheng, Peng-Hui Wang, Chia-Jung Li, Kuan-Hao Tsui
AIM: Ovarian aging, which leads to diminished ovarian reserve and decreased oocyte quality, is highly associated with poor reproductive outcomes. It has been suggested that dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) might be able to temporarily slow down the aging process. This study attempted to investigate the clinical benefits of DHEA in older patients and the anti-senescence effect of DHEA on cumulus cells (CC) and human ovarian granulosa cells (HO23 cell line). METHODS: This prospective study enrolled 88 patients who underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF), including 30 younger patients (aged ≤ 37 years) and 58 older patients (aged > 37 years)...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892180/long-term-exposure-to-bisphenol-s-damages-the-visual-system-and-reduces-the-tracking-capability-of-male-zebrafish-danio-rerio
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Wenmin Liu, Xiaona Zhang, Penghao Wei, Hua Tian, Wei Wang, Shaoguo Ru
Bisphenol S (BPS) is widely detected in aquatic environments and in human bodies. BPS has reproductive and thyroid disrupting effects, but its effect on the visual system remains unknown. In the present study, zebrafish embryos were exposed to BPS at concentrations of 1, 10, 100 and 1000 μg l(-1) until 120 days post-fertilization in a semistatic system, and the effect of BPS on the visual behavior was examined using the optokinetic response and the optomotor response tests in male zebrafish. The retinal histology, mRNA expression of photoreceptor opsin genes (zfrho, zfblue, zfgr1, zfred and zfuv) and apoptosis-related genes (bax and bcl-2) were also assessed...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887675/how-bad-is-aluminum-exposure-to-reproductive-parameters-in-rats
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Viviane G S Mouro, Tatiana P Menezes, Graziela D A Lima, Rafael R Domingues, Ana Cláudia F Souza, Juraci A Oliveira, Sérgio L P Matta, Mariana Machado-Neves
Aluminum (Al) is the most widely distributed metal in the environment and is extensively used in human daily life without any known biological function. It is known that exposure to high concentrations of Al impacts negatively on serum testosterone levels, testicular histomorphometry, and sperm parameters; however, no information is available about the effects of low exposure levels on reproduction. International organizations have established the Al concentration tolerated in drinking water as 3.35 × 10(-4) mg/kg...
September 8, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874579/nitric-oxide-blocks-the-development-of-the-human-parasite-schistosoma-japonicum
#17
Jia Shen, De-Hua Lai, R Alan Wilson, Yun-Fu Chen, Li-Fu Wang, Zi-Long Yu, Mei-Yu Li, Ping He, Geoff Hide, Xi Sun, Ting-Bao Yang, Zhong-Dao Wu, Francisco J Ayala, Zhao-Rong Lun
Human schistosomiasis, caused by Schistosoma species, is a major public health problem affecting more than 700 million people in 78 countries, with over 40 mammalian host reservoir species complicating the transmission ecosystem. The primary cause of morbidity is considered to be granulomas induced by fertilized eggs of schistosomes in the liver and intestines. Some host species, like rats (Rattus norvegicus), are naturally intolerant to Schistosoma japonicum infection, and do not produce granulomas or pose a threat to transmission, while others, like mice and hamsters, are highly susceptible...
September 5, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868840/predicting-implantation-outcome-of-in-vitro-fertilization-and-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-using-data-mining-techniques
#18
Pegah Hafiz, Mohtaram Nematollahi, Reza Boostani, Bahia Namavar Jahromi
Background: In vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) are two important subsets of the assisted reproductive techniques, used for the treatment of infertility. Predicting implantation outcome of IVF/ICSI or the chance of pregnancy is essential for infertile couples, since these treatments are complex and expensive with a low probability of conception. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, the data of 486 patients were collected using census method...
October 2017: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864985/the-consequences-of-maternal-embryonic-cross-talk-during-the-periconception-period-on-subsequent-embryonic-development
#19
Dimitrios Rizos, Veronica Maillo, Maria-Jesús Sánchez-Calabuig, Patrick Lonergan
The periconception period comprises the final maturation of sperm and the processes of fertilization and early embryonic development, which take place in the oviduct. The final goal of these important events is to lead to establishment of pregnancy leading to the birth of healthy offspring. Studies in rodents and domestic animals have demonstrated that environmental conditions experienced during early development affect critical aspects of future growth, metabolism, gene expression, and physiology. Similarly, in vitro culture of embryos can be associated with changes in fetal growth, gene expression and regulation, and postnatal behavior...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864982/introduction-a-brief-guide-to-the-periconception-environment
#20
Alireza Fazeli, William V Holt
Definition of the periconception period is not an exact science and is probably somewhat arbitrary. One can define it as spanning the period from the final stages of gamete maturation until formation of the embryo and the stages of embryonic development and implantation. Hence, the periconception period includes periods when spermatozoa are in the female reproductive tract, oocytes are matured and ovulated into the oviduct, fertilization occurs and the embryo undergoes development. By definition the implantation process and the early stages of placenta formation are also regarded as a part of the periconception period...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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