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S Franik, D Smeets, G van de Zande, I Gomes, K D'Hauwers, D D M Braat, K Fleischer, L Ramos
With the use of testicular sperm extraction (TESE), spermatozoa can be retrieved in about 30%-50% of men with Klinefelter syndrome (KS). The reason for the absence or presence of spermatozoa in half of the men with KS remains unknown. Therefore, the search for an objective marker for a positive prediction in finding spermatozoa is of significant clinical value to avoid unnecessary testicular biopsies in males with (mostly) low testicular volume and impaired testosterone. The objective of this study was to determine whether paternal or maternal inheritance of the additional X-chromosome can predict the absence or presence of spermatogenesis in men with KS...
March 7, 2018: Andrologia
Geng An, Zihao Zou, Ryan Flannigan, Jianqiao Liu, Hongzi Du, Xin Fu, Feixiang Guo, Wen Zhang
BACKGROUND As a safety and efficacy protocol, oocyte vitrification has been widely used in IVF treatment. The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome of ICSI-ET utilizing vitrified oocytes with sperm obtained from non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) patients via micro-TESE. MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 150 NOA patients underwent micro-TESE. Ten patients were unable to ejaculate and refused to accept TESA at the time of oocyte retrieval; later, these patients underwent TESA. A total of 174 obstructive azoospermia (OA) patients underwent TESA...
March 7, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Congcong Cao, Yujiao Wen, Xiaoli Wang, Na Fang, Shuiqiao Yuan, Xunbin Huang
PURPOSE: PIWI-interacting RNA (piRNA) is a sub-group of small RNAs about 30 nucleotides length which specifically expressed in mammalian germ cells. Although piRNAs play pivotal roles in spermatogenesis regulation, little is known in the testicular tissues of infertile men. To explore whether piRNA profile could serve as a biomarker for male infertility diagnosis in a clinic, in this study, we systematically investigated the expression profile of piRNAs in testicular tissues from the patients with non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) between successful and unsuccessful sperm retrieval before micro-dissection testicular sperm extraction (micro-TESE)...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Andrea Garolla, Riccardo Selice, Massimo Menegazzo, Umberto Valente, Filiberto Zattoni, Massimo Iafrate, Tommaso Prayer-Galetti, Marina Gardiman Paola, Alberto Ferlin, Andrea Di Nisio, Carlo Foresta
STUDY QUESTION: To investigate whether sperm recovery is related to clinical features, hormone parameters and testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in patients with Klinefelter syndrome (KS). SUMMARY ANSWER: This study provides three interesting insights: i) the probability to retrieve sperm is not related to testicular volume; ii) TRT does not affect sperm retrieval rate (SRR); iii) reduced levels of LH and FSH represent a negative predictor of sperm retrieval in patients with TRT...
February 15, 2018: Clinical Endocrinology
Itsuto Hamano, Shingo Hatakeyama, Rika Nakamura, Rie Fukuhara, Daisuke Noro, Hiroko Seino, Takahiro Yoneyama, Yasuhiro Hashimoto, Takuya Koie, Yoshihito Yokoyama, Chikara Ohyama
Background: Although oncologic testicular sperm extraction (onco-TESE) has been increasingly practiced, the evidence of onco-TESE performed in patients with testicular cancer is insufficient. Furthermore, in bilateral testicular cancer, accounting for 0.5%-1% of testicular cancers, onco-TESE is more challenging and has been insufficiently reported. Case presentation: Here we report the case of a 25-year-old man who underwent onco-TESE from his residual single testis with a nonseminomatous germ cell tumor that occurred 5 years after orchiectomy of the contralateral testis...
2018: Basic and Clinical Andrology
Alper Eken, Feray Gulec
The aim of this study was to evaluate the predictive value of preoperative hormonal levels and pathology, as well as the outcome of microsurgical testicular sperm extraction in patients with non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA), presenting to our clinic for treatment of infertility. The records of 145 men with NOA who underwent microdissection testicular sperm extraction (micro-TESE) between March 2013 and November 2016 were studied. The patient's age, testicular volume, hormonal profile for follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), and testosterone (TT), and testicular pathology were recorded...
February 2018: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
George A Kanakis, Eberhard Nieschlag
Klinefelter syndrome (KS) is the most frequent chromosome disorder in males (1:650 newborn males), defined by 47,XXY karyotype. The classical phenotype is that of a tall male with relatively long legs, small, firm testes and gynecomastia. Azoospermia and infertility are almost inevitably present, but may be overcome by TESE and ICSI. Nevertheless, a broad spectrum of phenotypes has been described and more than 70% of the actually existing KS men may remain undiagnosed throughout their lifespan. Accordingly, hypogonadism is usually not evident until early adulthood and progresses with ageing...
January 31, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
Noriyuki Okuyama, Ryuichiro Obata, Nao Oka, Yusuke Nakamura, Hiromitsu Hattori, Yukiko Nakajo, Nobuya Aono, Masae Koizumi, Mayumi Toya, Koichi Nagao, Toshihiro Tai, Tomoko Hashimoto, Hideki Igarashi, Koichi Kyono
Purpose: To find the best methods to achieve the highest pregnancy and birth rates for couples needing testicular sperm extraction (TESE)-intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Methods: Retrospectively studied were 801 patients with male factor infertility who had undergone TESE-ICSI between April, 1996 and July, 2016 and who had been categorized into four groups: obstructive azoospermia (OA); non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA); Klinefelter syndrome (KS); and cryptozoospermia (Crypt)...
January 2018: Reproductive Medicine and Biology
Hatsuki Hibi, Makoto Sumitomo, Noritaka Fukunaga, Megumi Sonohara, Yoshimasa Asada
Purpose: To assess normal fertilization, clinical pregnancy, and live birth rates after the use of microscopic epididymal sperm aspiration (MESA). Methods: One-hundred-and-sixty azoospermic participants who underwent MESA were evaluated. The MESA was performed by using a micropuncture method with a micropipette. In cases in which motile sperm were not obtained after the MESA, conventional or micro-testicular sperm extraction (TESE) was completed. Results: Adequate motile sperm were retrieved in 71 participants by using MESA and in 59 out of 89 participants by using TESE...
January 2018: Reproductive Medicine and Biology
Yasushi Yumura, Akira Tsujimura, Takashi Imamoto, Yukihiro Umemoto, Hideyuki Kobayashi, Koji Shiraishi, Takeshi Shin, Hisanori Taniguchi, Koji Chiba, Yasushi Miyagawa, Teruaki Iwamoto
Purpose: To investigate the incidence, etiology, treatment indications, and outcomes regarding infertile male patients in Japan. Methods: Between April, 2014 and March, 2015, the authors contacted 47 clinical specialists in male infertility who had been certified by the Japan Society for Reproductive Medicine. The participating clinicians were sent a questionnaire regarding information on their infertile patients, according to etiology and the number and success rates of male infertility operations that had been performed in their practice...
January 2018: Reproductive Medicine and Biology
Kathrein von Kopylow, Wolfgang Schulze, Andrea Salzbrunn, Matthias Schaks, Elke Schäfer, Beate Roth, Stefan Schlatt, Andrej-Nikolai Spiess
STUDY QUESTION: Is it possible to induce in-vitro reorganization of primary human testis cells from testicular sperm extraction (TESE) biopsies, maintain their long-term cultivation in a 2D system and identify cellular compositions? SUMMARY ANSWER: In-vitro reorganization of primary human testis cells from TESE biopsies and their long-term cultivation on uncoated cell culture dishes is feasible and the cellular compositions can be uncovered through gene expression and microscopic analyses...
January 3, 2018: Molecular Human Reproduction
Toshinobu Miyamoto, Gaku Minase, Takeshi Shin, Hiroto Ueda, Hiroshi Okada, Kazuo Sengoku
Background: Infertility affects about 15% of couples who wish to have children and half of these cases are associated with male factors. Genetic causes of azoospermia include chromosomal abnormalities, Y chromosome microdeletions, and specific mutations/deletions of several Y chromosome genes. Many researchers have analyzed genes in the AZF region on the Y chromosome; however, in 2003 the SYCP3 gene on chromosome 12 (12q23) was identified as causing azoospermia by meiotic arrest through a point mutation...
April 2017: Reproductive Medicine and Biology
Massimo Alfano, Eugenio Ventimiglia, Irene Locatelli, Paolo Capogrosso, Walter Cazzaniga, Filippo Pederzoli, Nicola Frego, Rayan Matloob, Antonino Saccà, Luca Pagliardini, Paola Viganò, Pietro Zerbi, Manuela Nebuloni, Marina Pontillo, Francesco Montorsi, Andrea Salonia
The lack of clinically-reliable biomarkers makes impossible to predict sperm retrieval outcomes at testicular sperm extraction (TESE) in men with non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA), resulting in up to 50% of unnecessary surgical interventions. Clinical data, hormonal profile and histological classification of testis parenchyma from 47 white-Caucasian idiopathic NOA (iNOA) men submitted to microdissection TESE (microTESE) were analyzed. Logistic regression analyses tested potential clinical predictors of positive sperm retrieval...
December 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
G Cito, P A Della Camera, S Degli Innocenti, M E Coccia, G Nesi, A Cocci, S Morselli, A Minervini, M Carini, M Serni, M Gacci, A Natali
Infertility occurs in up to 54% of men with bilateral undescended testes. Orchiectomy is considered the best therapeutic approach, especially when cryptorchidism is diagnosed in adulthood, due to a high risk of malignancy. A 33-year-old man was referred with a clinical presentation of empty scrotum and an ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging evaluation of intra-abdominal bilateral cryptorchidism. Follicle-stimulating hormone was 23.20 IU/L, luteinising hormone was 14.10 IU/L, total testosterone was 12...
December 15, 2017: Andrologia
Sarah A Smith, Helen E Colley, Parveen Sharma, Klaudia M Slowik, Rowena Sison-Young, Andrew Sneddon, Steven D Webb, Craig Murdoch
CYP3A4 and CYP4A5 share specificity for a wide range of xenobiotics with the CYP3 subfamily collectively involved in the biotransformation of approximately 30% of all drugs. CYP3A4/5 mRNA transcripts have been reported in the skin, yet knowledge of their protein expression and function is lacking. In this study, we observed gene and protein expression of CYP3A4/5 in both human skin and tissue-engineered skin equivalents (TESEs), and enzyme activity was detected using the model substrate benzyl-O-methyl-cyanocoumarin...
December 11, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
Diana M Lopategui, Raphael Yechieli, Ranjith Ramasamy
Treatment for sarcoma can significantly decrease fertility, both due to the irradiation of gonads, and the impact of chemotherapy on gametogenesis. Infertility in cancer survivors causes significant regret and decreased quality of life in their adulthood. As this cancer mainly affects children and young adults, fertility preservation is an essential part of survivorship care, however it remains one of the least implemented services in adolescent and young adult cancer patients. Success of fertility preservation is highly dependent on the referral prior to oncologic treatment...
October 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
S Dar, R Orvieto, J Levron, J Haas, Itai Gat, G Raviv
OBJECTIVE: To assess clinical outcome among infertile couples treated by in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intra cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) using testicular sperm from azoospermic cancer survivors. STUDY DESIGN: This clinical retrospective study included infertile couples treated in a single tertiary referral center between 1996 and 2013. All male partners were cancer survivors who were diagnosed with azoospermia due to previous gonadotoxic treatments and referred to testicular sperm extraction (TESE)...
January 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Benjamin Z Starmer, Andrew Baird, Marc A Lucky
OBJECTIVE: To perform a review of the literature to assess the options for preserving fertility in patients with fertility threatening testicular injuries and their effectiveness to help guide surgeons who encounter these patients in the future. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Medline, Embase and Cochrane library databases were searched using the keywords 'treatment', 'therapy', 'management', 'scrotal trauma/injury', 'testicular trauma/injury/amputation', 'fertility', and 'fertility preservation'...
March 2018: BJU International
Bikem Soygur, Soner Celik, Ciler Celik-Ozenci, Leyla Sati
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to investigate whether erythrocyte-sperm separation medium (ESSM) has effects on human sperm motility, morphology, viability, membrane maturity, acrosome integrity, and nuclear attributes before and after cryopreservation. METHODS: Semen samples from normozoospermic (n = 36) and oligozoospermic (n = 9) patients were analyzed. Samples from the same patient were divided into three aliquots: group 1 and group 2 were resuspended in sperm washing media and ESSM, respectively...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Angela Vitrano, Massimiliano Sacco, Rosamaria Rosso, Alessandra Quota, Daniela Fiorino, Esther Oliva, Calogera Gerardi, Gaetano Roccamo, Vincenzo Spadola, Aldo Filosa, Lorenzo Tesé, Giuseppina Calvaruso, Lorella Pitrolo, Laura Mistretta, Filippo Cassarà, Rosario Di Maggio, Aurelio Maggio
OBJECTIVES: The liver remains the primary site of iron storage, with liver iron concentration (LIC) being a strong surrogate of total body iron. MRI-R2 can accurately measure LIC. The LICNET (Liver Iron Cutino Network) was established to diagnostics of liver iron overload by MRI-R2 subjects with hemochromatosis in hematological disorders. The aims of the study were to look at variation in LIC measurements during time across different chelation regimens. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of 130 patients attending 9 Italian centers participating in the LICNET...
February 2018: European Journal of Haematology
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