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H Zhao, J Wang, D Fang, O Lee, R T Chatterton, V Stearns, S A Khan, S E Bulun
Obesity is associated with increased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal but not in premenopausal women. Many factors may be responsible for this difference. The aim of this study was to determine the mechanisms by which the genes related to the AMPK pathway, inflammation, and estrogen actions are affected by adiposity in breast tissue with the objective of identifying differences that may explain the different breast cancer risk in premenopausal and postmenopausal women. Random fine needle aspirates (rFNAs) of breast tissue were collected from 57 premenopausal and 55 postmenopausal women and were classified as normal weight, overweight, or obese...
March 15, 2018: Hormones & Cancer
O J Ginther, R R Domingues, S V Dangudubiyyam, E R Araujo
Diameter deviation or follicle selection during a follicular wave begins with continuous growth rate of F1 (dominant or selected follicle; DF) and decreasing growth rate of F2 (largest subordinate). Intraovarian patterns based on presence or absence of the DF and CL are DF-CL, DF, CL, and devoid (neither DF nor CL). The DF and CL relationships in a pair of ovaries are ipsilateral (DF-CL pattern and devoid pattern) and contralateral (DF pattern and CL pattern). The effects of patterns and relationships on F1, F2, and FSH during deviation were determined in 21 mares...
February 24, 2018: Theriogenology
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
Jessica R Zolton, Toral P Parikh, Dennis D Hickstein, Steven M Holland, Micah J Hill, Alan H DeCherney, Erin F Wolff
PURPOSE: To describe controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) in a population of women with GATA2 deficiency, a genetic bone marrow failure syndrome, prior to allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant METHODS: This is a retrospective case series of nine women with GATA2 deficiency who underwent oocyte preservation at a research institution. Main outcomes measured include baseline fertility characteristics ((antimullerian hormone (AMH) and day 3 follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and estradiol (E2)) and total doses of FSH and human menopausal gonadotropins (HMG), E2 on day of trigger, and total number of metaphase II oocytes retrieved...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Z Cui, A Agarwal, B F da Silva, R Sharma, E Sabanegh
Nonobstructive azoospermia (NOA) patients present with high levels of serum FSH. At the protein level, the aetiology and pathways underlying different subtypes of NOA are unclear. The aim was to evaluate quantitatively differences in proteomic profiles of NOA patients presenting with normal serum FSH and normal testicular volume and high serum FSH and small testicular volume. The study comprised of 14 nonobstructive azoospermic men (N = 4; normal FSH and normal testicular volume and N = 10; high FSH and small testicular volume) and seven normozoospermic men...
March 12, 2018: Andrologia
M-A Sirard, F-X Grand, R Labrecque, C Vigneault, P Blondin
The selection of the best dairy heifers is mainly driven by the genetic value of their parents. The phenotype analysis of cows and of the daughters of bulls has been used to identify the best genetic value for decades before being replaced by genomic selection of individuals that are not yet parents. Because it is possible to predict the future value of an individual by its genetic makeup, it becomes feasible to do it as early as the blastocyst stage and to decide which should be transferred or not. Because we know the genotype of an animal at birth, or even before, it is becoming desirable to reproduce this animal as soon as possible to reduce generation interval and improve selection speed...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
Erol Cakmak, Savas Karakus, Ozlem Demirpence, Banu Demet Coskun
BACKGROUND This study aimed to investigate ovarian reserve in patients of reproductive age with Celiac disease (CD) using anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) levels, antral follicle counts (AFCs), and ovarian volume. MATERIAL AND METHODS We included into this study 46 CD female patients and 40 healthy female subjects of reproductive age, ages 18-45 years. Venous blood samples were taken from both groups on days 2-4 of the menstrual cycle, and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), estradiol (E2), prolactin (PRL), and AMH levels were measured...
February 24, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Cem Haymana, Aydogan Aydogdu, Ibrahim Demirci, Mustafa Dinc, Orhan Demir, Deniz Torun, Fatih Yesildal, Coskun Meric, Yalcın Basaran, Alper Sonmez, Omer Azal
Patients with Klinefelter Syndrome (KS) have increased cardiometabolic risk however the pathogenesis is not clear. We investigated the presence of endothelial dysfunction, insulin resistance and inflammation in an unconfounded population of KS. A total of 32 patients with KS (mean age 21.59 ± 1.66 years) and 33 healthy control subjects (mean age: 22.15 ± 1.03 years) were enrolled. The demographic parameters, Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) index and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels were measured...
February 19, 2018: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
Shin Y Kim, Bom Y Lee, Ah R Oh, So Y Park, Hyo S Lee, Ju T Seo
To investigate the clinical, hormonal, and genetic factors in infertile men with idiopathic nonobstructive azoospermia (NOA) or azoospermic Klinefelter syndrome (KFS), a total of 556 and 96 patients, respectively, were included in this study. All patient samples were analyzed cytogenetically. Serum reproductive hormone levels were measured. Microdeletions in the azoospermia factor (AZF) region of the Y chromosome were detected by multiplex PCR using 16 specific sequence-tagged sites. FSH and LH levels in both NOA and KFS patients were significantly higher than the normal range, and the testosterone level in KFS patients was significantly lower...
February 22, 2018: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
C Ozer, P Caglar Aytac, M R Goren, S Toksoz, U Gul, T Turunc
Klinefelter syndrome is the most frequent chromosomal abnormality in patients with nonobstructive azoospermia. The development of advanced assisted reproductive techniques, such as testicular sperm extraction and intracytoplasmic sperm injection, has provided the possibility of biological fathering in nonobstructive azoospermic patients with Klinefelter syndrome. We aimed to evaluate our sperm retrieval rate by microdissection testicular sperm extraction and to analyse the intracytoplasmic sperm injection outcomes in these patients...
February 20, 2018: Andrologia
M C Lardone, F Argandoña, M Lorca, A Piottante, M Flórez, C Palma, M Ebensperger, A Castro
STUDY QUESTION: Is the expression of steroidogenic enzyme 17α-Hydroxylase/17,20-Lyase (CYP17A1) downregulated in Leydig cells (LCs) of men with spermatogenic failure and compensated impairment of LC function i.e. a low testosterone to LH (T/LH) ratio? SUMMARY ANSWER: Although the transcriptional expression of CYP17A1 is increased, its protein expression is decreased, in isolated LCs of men with spermatogenic failure and reduced serum T/LH. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Primary spermatogenic defects have been associated with functional and morphological abnormalities of LCs, characterized by decreased serum testosterone (T) levels, decreased T/LH, increased 17β-estradiol (E2) and E2/T ratio, and larger clusters of LCs (LC hyperplasia)...
February 9, 2018: Molecular Human Reproduction
Annie A Guedikian, Alexandria Y Lee, Tristan R Grogan, David H Abbott, Karla Largaespada, Gregorio D Chazenbalk, Daniel A Dumesic
OBJECTIVE: To determine the degree to which E2 hyperresponsiveness to FSH and antimüllerian hormone (AMH) overproduction in normal-weight women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) correlate with increased antral follicle number (AFN), hyperandrogenism, and/or metabolic dysfunction. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Academic medical center. PATIENT(S): Seven normal-weight women with PCOS (1990 National Institutes of Health criteria) ages 20-34 years and 13 age- and body mass index- (BMI-; 18...
February 7, 2018: Fertility and Sterility
A Khendek, A Chakraborty, J Roche, Y Ledoré, A Personne, T Policar, D Żarski, R Mandiki, P Kestemont, S Milla, P Fontaine
Pikeperch (Sander lucioperca) is a highly valuable fish in Europe. However, development of aquaculture of pikeperch is highly limited due to seasonality of production. This can be overcome by the controlled reproduction of domesticated fish. The first steps of domestication process may induce changes at anatomical, physiological and molecular levels, thereby affecting a variety of biological functions. While there is abundant literature on their effects on stress and growth for example, these effects on reproduction received limited attention notably in pikeperch, a promising candidate for the development of aquaculture...
February 8, 2018: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
Xiuying Jia, Zhengquan Liu, Xiangjun Lu, Juan Tang, Yingzhu Wu, Qiongxia Du, Jianbo He, Xinyun Zhang, Jinxiao Jiang, Wenli Liu, Yuqing Zheng, Ying Ding, Weiqin Zhu, Hangjun Zhang
Microcystin-leucine-arginine (MCLR) is the most popular and toxic variant among microcystins, which can cause severe reproductive toxicity to animals. However, the mechanisms of reproductive toxicity induced by MCLR in amphibians are still not entirely clear. In the current study, toxicity mechanisms of MCLR on the reproductive system of male Rana nigromaculata followed by low concentration (0, 0.1, 1, and 10 μg/L) and short-term (0, 7, and 14 days) MCLR exposure were shown. It was observed that MCLR could be bioaccumulated in the testes of male frogs, and the theoretical bioaccumulation factor values were 0...
February 1, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Carrie R Jonak, Nancy M Lainez, Ulrich Boehm, Djurdjica Coss
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) from the hypothalamus regulates synthesis and secretion of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) from the anterior pituitary gonadotropes. LH and FSH are heterodimers, comprised of a common α-subunit and unique β-subunits, which provide biological specificity and are limiting components of the mature hormone synthesis. Gonadotrope cells respond to GnRH via specific expression of the GnRH receptor. GnRH induces the expression of gonadotropin genes and of the GnRH receptor by activation of specific transcription factors...
February 2, 2018: Endocrinology
P H Santos, R A Satrapa, P K Fontes, F F Franchi, E M Razza, F Mani, M F G Nogueira, C M Barros, A C S Castilho
To better understand the impact of ovarian superstimulation on bovine follicular microenvironment, Nelore cows (Bos taurus indicus) were subjected to ovarian superstimulation with follicle stimulating hormone (FSH, n = 10; P-36 protocol) or FSH combined with eCG (n = 10; P-36/eCG protocol). Follicular fluid was analyzed for cholesterol concentration. Granulosa cells were analyzed by RT-qPCR to assess the expression of genes involved in steroidogenic and ovulatory and expression of microRNAs involved in final follicular development and luteinizing hormone/choriogonadotropin receptor (LHCGR) expression...
January 11, 2018: Theriogenology
M McLaughlin, D F Albertini, W H B Wallace, R A Anderson, E E Telfer
STUDY QUESTION: Can complete oocyte development be achieved from human ovarian tissue containing primordial/unilaminar follicles and grown in vitro in a multi-step culture to meiotic maturation demonstrated by the formation of polar bodies and a Metaphase II spindle? SUMMARY ANSWER: Development of human oocytes from primordial/unilaminar stages to resumption of meiosis (Metaphase II) and emission of a polar body was achieved within a serum free multi-step culture system...
January 30, 2018: Molecular Human Reproduction
E Nagyova, L Nemcova, A Bujnakova Mlynarcikova, M Blaha, R Prochazka, S Scsukova
Bone morphogenetic protein-15 (BMP-15), an oocyte-derived growth factor, has been shown to play integral roles in regulation of ovarian follicular function in mammals. Despite the recognition of the physiological importance of the BMP system in regulation of gonadotropin action in the ovary, molecular mechanisms of BMP-15 effect on oocyte and somatic follicular cell functions remain poorly understood. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of BMP-15 on the FSH/LH-stimulated synthesis of hyaluronan (HA) by oocyte cumulus complexes (OCC) and progesterone by OCC and granulosa cells (GC) in the presence or absence of serum using primary porcine cultures...
October 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Wei Li, Xiaojun Diao, Chunfu Chen, Congcong Li, Yingbo Zhang, Yingying Li
The incidence of migraine is higher in women than in men. Abnormality of the hypothalamus-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis is believed to be implicated in the pathogenesis of migraine. The aim of this study was to detect serum hormone levels in the HPG axis of migraineurs and analyze the relationship between the hormone levels and migraine-related clinical characteristics. One hundred and nineteen migraineurs were enrolled. Serum FSH, LH, estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, prolactin and GnRH was detected. Pain intensity and migraine-related disability were evaluated using the visual analogue scale (VAS) and the Migraine Disability Assessment questionnaire (MIDAS)...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Muskaan Belani, Abhilash Deo, Preeti Shah, Manish Banker, Pawan Singal, Sarita Gupta
Insulin resistance (IR) is one of the significant aberrations in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), however is only observed in 70%-80% of obese PCOS and 20%-25% of lean PCOS. Hyperinsulinemia accompanies PCOS-IR along with hyperandrogenemia against normal insulin and androgen levels in PCOS-non insulin resistance (NIR). This could possibly be due to defects in the downstream signaling pathways. The study thus aims to unravel insulin and steroidogenic signaling pathways in luteinized granulosa cells isolated from PCOS -IR and NIR vs matched controls...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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