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follicular fluid

Denise Laskowski, Ylva Sjunnesson, Hans Gustafsson, Patrice Humblot, Göran Andersson, Renée Båge
BACKGROUND: Insulin has been used as a stimulatory factor for in vitro cell culture since many years. Even for routine in vitro embryo production (IVP), insulin is added to the media during different steps. There is a strong difference in concentrations used in vitro compared to what is measured in vivo in follicular fluid or serum. We performed a pilot study on insulin stability to explain possible reasons for that variation. RESULTS: We measured insulin concentrations before and after bovine oocyte maturation in an experiment by using a quantitative ELISA (Mercodia bovine insulin ELISA immunoassay) and found that concentrations were stable up to 22 h of incubation...
October 20, 2016: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
Antonella Caivano, Francesco La Rocca, Vittorio Simeon, Marco Girasole, Simone Dinarelli, Ilaria Laurenzana, Angelo De Stradis, Luciana De Luca, Stefania Trino, Antonio Traficante, Giovanni D'Arena, Giovanna Mansueto, Oreste Villani, Giuseppe Pietrantuono, Luca Laurenti, Luigi Del Vecchio, Pellegrino Musto
PURPOSE: The use of extracellular vesicles (EVs) from body fluids as "liquid biopsies" is emerging as a promising approach for the diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic monitoring of cancer patients. MicroRNA-155 (miR155), a non-coding transcript of the B-cell integration cluster (BIC) gene, has been reported to play a critical role in the pathogenesis of several types of hematologic malignancies (HMs) in which high miR155 levels have been found. At yet, however, the EV miR155 level and its putative clinical relevance in sera of HM patients have not been reported...
October 19, 2016: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
Adam J Massey, Bruce K Campbell, Nick Raine-Fenning, Catherine Pincott-Allen, Jane Perry, Kavita Vedhara
Evidence for an association between cortisol and clinical pregnancy in women undergoing In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is mixed with previous studies relying exclusively on short term measures of cortisol in blood, saliva, urine, and/or follicular fluid. Hair sampling allows analysis of systemic levels of cortisol over the preceding 3-6 months. The present study sought to explore the relationship between cortisol and clinical pregnancy outcome in women undergoing IVF utilising multiple indices of cortisol derived from both saliva and hair measured prior to commencing gonadotrophin treatment...
August 31, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Alberto Mansur Ghetti, Luiz Gustavo Bruno Siqueira, Eduardo Kenji Nunes Arashiro, Miller Pereira Palhao, Felipe Zandonadi Brandao, Joao Henrique Moreira Viana
BACKGROUND: Removal of the follicular content by ultrasound-guided transvaginal follicle aspiration (TVFA) may fail to induce immediate atresia and loss of function, resulting in the occurrence of residual follicles (RF). The aims of this study were to characterize the blood flow in RF and to determine the effects of the treatment with estradiol benzoate on RF fate. Lactating, cyclic Holstein-Gir crossbred cows were used. In Experiment 1, follicular wave emergence (D0) was synchronized in cows (n = 10) and follicular growth was then monitored by transrectal ultrasonography from D0 to D8, followed by TVFA of the largest follicle present on the ovaries 24 h later...
2016: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
Veronika Günther, Ibrahim Alkatout, Corinna Fuhs, Ali Salmassi, Liselotte Mettler, Jürgen Hedderich, Nicolai Maass, Mohamed Elessawy, Andreas Gerd Schmutzler, Christel Eckmann-Scholz
Cytokines are key modulators of the immune system and play an important role in the ovarian cycle. IL-18 levels in serum and follicular fluid were analyzed in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) treatment. The cohort study group consisted of 90 women, who were undergoing IVF or ICSI. The body mass index (BMI) was determined in all patients; IL-18 levels were measured in follicular fluid and serum. IL-18 levels in serum were significantly higher than those in follicular fluid...
2016: BioMed Research International
H Vroman, I M Bergen, B W S Li, J A C van Hulst, M Lukkes, D van Uden, R W Hendriks, M Kool
BACKGROUND: Chronic exposure to environmental triggers, such as house dust mite (HDM), drives T helper 2 (Th2) cell-mediated asthma. Recent evidence has shown that B-T cell interaction, and in particular germinal center reactions and follicular T helper (Tfh) cells are required for the development of eosinophilic airway inflammation in HDM-driven models containing a sensitization and challenge phase. Whether B-T cell interactions are essential for pulmonary eosinophilic inflammation following chronic allergen provocation remains unknown...
October 15, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Tue Kruse Rasmussen
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are lifelong diseases with increased mortality and chronic pains. They are both characterized by immunological imbalances causing the immune system attack and destroy the bodies own tissues (called autoimmune disease). The best treatment, we are currently able to offer these patients, cause significant side-effects and can not prevent significant loss of quality of life. At the heart of the disease mechanisms in RA and SLE are subsets of immune cells called T and B cells...
October 2016: Danish Medical Journal
Y Lee, H Lee, B Park, F Elahi, J Lee, S T Lee, C K Park, S H Hyun, E Lee
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) treatment during in vitro maturation (IVM) on nuclear maturation, intraoocyte glutathione (GSH) content, meiotic progression, and developmental competence after parthenogenesis (PA) and somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) in pigs. Medium-199 containing 10% (vol/vol) porcine follicular fluid (PFF; PPF control) or 0.4% (wt/vol) fatty acid-free BSA (BSA control) was used for IVM. The proportion of oocytes reaching the metaphase II (MII) stage was not influenced by ALA treatment at various concentrations (50, 100, and 200 μ)...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
J Blohberger, T Buck, D Berg, U Berg, L Kunz, A Mayerhofer
BACKGROUND: A previous study showed that dopamine (DA), which is contained in follicular fluid (FF) from IVF patients, strongly increased the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by cultured human granulosa cells (GCs). ROS, including H2O2, are assumed to play roles in ovarian physiology and pathology. Ovarian DA could be derived from the circulation, ovarian innervation and/or unknown ovarian sources. L-DOPA is the direct precursor of DA in its synthetic pathway. It was not yet described in FF...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Ovarian Research
Jennifer Roche, Christelle Ramé, Maxime Reverchon, Namya Mellouk, Marion Cornuau, Fabrice Guerif, Pascal Froment, Joëlle Dupont
Apelin (APLN) is a recently discovered adipokine involved in the regulation of various metabolic functions. Its receptor, APLNR, is expressed in reproductive tissues, however, its role in human ovarian cells is unknown. In this study we identified APLN and APLNR in human ovarian follicles and analyzed their expression in granulosa cells and follicular fluid obtained from obese and non-obese patients, with or without polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). We also investigated the effect of APLN on steroidogenesis in cultured human luteinized granulosa cells (hGCs) from non-obese patients without PCOS...
September 28, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
Zahra Eskandari, Rajab-Ali Sadrkhanlou, Vahid Nejati, Gholamreza Tizro
BACKGROUND: It is reasonable to think that some biochemical characteristics of follicular fluid (FF) surrounding the oocyte may play a critical role in determining the quality of oocyte and the subsequent potential needed to achieve fertilization and embryo development. OBJECTIVE: This study was carried out to evaluate the levels of FF homocysteine (Hcy) in IVF candidate polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) women and any relationships with FF glucose and estradiol (E2) levels...
August 2016: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
H R Nejabati, A Mota, L Farzadi, M Ghojazadeh, A Fattahi, K Hamdi, M Nouri
PURPOSE: Considering potential roles of soluble receptor for advanced glycation end products (sRAGE) and placental growth factor (PlGF) in ovarian function and embryo implantation, in the present study we have evaluated the association of these factors and also PlGF/sFlt-1 ratio with the ovarian response and implantation rate by dividing patients according to the OSI. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, 90 infertile women who were undergoing ICSI cycle using long protocol were recruited...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
S R Mishra, N Thakur, A Somal, M S Parmar, R Reshma, G Rajesh, V P Yadav, M K Bharti, Jaya Bharati, A Paul, V S Chouhan, G T Sharma, G Singh, M Sarkar
The present study investigated the expression and localization of FGF and its functional receptors in the follicle of buffalo and the treatment of FGF2 on mRNA expression of CYP19A1 (aromatase), PCNA, and BAX (BCL-2 associated X protein) in cultured buffalo granulosa cells (GCs). Follicles were classified into four groups based on size and E2 level in follicular fluid (FF): F1, 4-6mm diameter, E2<0.5ng/ml of FF; F2, 7-9mm, E2=0.5-5ng/ml; F3, 10-13mm, E2=5-40ng/ml; F4, >14mm, E2>180ng/ml. The qPCR studies revealed that the mRNA expression of FGF1, FGF2 and FGF7 were maximum (P<0...
October 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
Nalini Santanam, Nathaniel Zoneraich, Sampath Parthasarathy
As infertility is intimately associated with endometriosis, the levels of myeloperoxidase (MPO), a leukocyte enzyme and an oxidative stress marker, were determined in a case-control prospective study of 68 women with and without endometriosis undergoing in vitro fertilization in the outpatient fertility center within a tertiary care academic medical center. Measured values included plasma and follicular fluid (FF) concentrations of MPO, plasma estradiol, as well as oocyte quality, fertilization, implantation, and pregnancy rates in these women...
September 22, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
Bart Leemans, Bart M Gadella, Tom Arjun Edgar Stout, Catharina De Schauwer, Hilde Maria Nelis, Maarten Hoogewijs, Ann Van Soom
In contrast to man and many other mammalian species, conventional in vitro fertilization (IVF) with horse gametes is not reliably successful. The apparent inability of stallion spermatozoa to penetrate the zona pellucida in vitro is most likely due to incomplete activation of spermatozoa (capacitation) as a result of inadequate capacitating or fertilizing media. In vivo, the oviduct and its secretions provide a micro-environment that does reliably support and regulate interaction between the gametes. This review focuses on equine sperm-oviduct interaction...
September 20, 2016: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
L Scotti, M Di Pietro, N Pascuali, G Irusta, I de Zúñiga, M Gomez Peña, C Pomilio, F Saravia, M Tesone, D Abramovich, F Parborell
STUDY QUESTION: Are follicular fluid (FF) sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) levels in patients at risk of developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) altered and in part responsible for the high vascular permeability observed in these patients. STUDY ANSWER: FF S1P levels are lower in FF from patients at risk of OHSS and treatment with S1P may reduce vascular permeability in these patients. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Although advances have been made in the diagnosis, and management of OHSS and in basic knowledge of its development, complete prevention has proven difficult...
September 19, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
E Sinderewicz, K Grycmacher, D Boruszewska, I Kowalczyk-Zięba, I Woclawek-Potocka
Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) exerts various actions on the mammalian reproductive system. In cows, LPA stimulates the synthesis and secretion of luteotropic factors in the ovary, which affects the growth and development of ovarian follicles. The role of LPA in granulosa cells, oocyte and oocyte-cumulus complex (COC) has previously been investigated; but its role in the theca layer, which is an important structural and functional component of the ovarian follicle, is still unclear. The goal of this study was to investigate the expression of LPA in theca cells originating from different bovine ovarian follicle types...
September 20, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
E Warzych, P Pawlak, M Pszczola, A Cieslak, D Lechniak
The oocyte quality is to a large extent influenced by the sexual maturity of the donor female. Although this phenomenon has already been broadly described in domestic animals, the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. Published data focus on oocyte ultrastructure, fertilization abnormalities, and blastocyst developmental rate. The goal of the present experiment was to characterize the follicular environment (oocyte, cumulus [CC] and granulosa (GC) cells as well as follicular fluid [FF]) in ovarian follicles of prepubertal heifers and cows...
August 12, 2016: Theriogenology
Yanjie Guo, Tong Yu, Lei Lei, Anqin Duan, Xiaoling Ma, Huayan Wang
Direct reprogramming is an efficient strategy to convert one cell type to another. In this study, due to the failure of maintaining the undifferentiated state of goat embryotic stem- and induced pluripotent stem-like cells in vitro, we explored an alternative way to directly convert goat fibroblasts to lineage-specific cells. The 'Yamanaka factors' was ectopically expressed in fibroblasts for a short term to situate cells in a metastable state. By culturing with lineage-specific media for 1-2 weeks, the cardiomyocyte-like cells and neurocyte-like cells were generated and confirmed by the quantitative RT-PCR and immunocytochemical staining...
September 15, 2016: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
Hsuan-Shun Huang, Che-Fang Hsu, Sung-Chao Chu, Pao-Chu Chen, Dah-Ching Ding, Meng-Ya Chang, Tang-Yuan Chu
Fallopian tube fimbrial epithelium is considered the major origin of ovarian high-grade serous carcinoma, with p53 loss being the earliest and universal change. We previously reported that reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the ovulatory follicular fluids (FFs) are mutagenic and cytotoxic to fimbrial epithelial cells that bathe in the peritoneal fluid mixed with FFs. Here, we observed that ferryl haemoglobin (Hb), which was abundantly present in ovulatory FFs and pelvic peritoneal fluids, could rescue p53-deficient immortalized fimbrial epithelial (FE25) cells and oviduct epithelial cells from Trp53-null mice from lethal ovulatory ROS stress...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Pathology
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