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C L Ackermann, C S Asa, R Krisher, K Bauman, S Casey, M D Lopes
Cryopreservation of gametes is an important tool to preserve fertility, but for most species, including domestic dogs, data regarding ovarian tissue cryopreservation are limited. We aimed to evaluate the follicular and tissue viability and follicular growth after in vitro culture of domestic dog ovarian cortical slices cryopreserved by vitrification. Ovarian cortex was obtained from ten pairs of ovaries from domestic dogs using two methods (A and B), one for each ovary from the same bitch. At least four slices for each method were obtained from each ovary, one was processed for histology and the other three were vitrified...
October 18, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Federico Canavese, Alain Dimeglio, Davide Barbetta, Marco Galeotti, Bartolomeo Canavese, Fabio Cavalli
BACKGROUND: This experimental study provides a qualitative description and the morpho-structural features of the fusions taking place in the thoracic spine between prepubertal age and skeletal maturity. There is a lack of informations regarding the influence of partial or total dorso-thoracic vertebral arthrodesis on the development of the thoracic cage as well as its potential effects on different intra and extra-thoracic organs. This study admits the hypothesis that vertebral arthrodesis may have influence on other body areas and so, it intends to verify the possible secondary involvement of other body parts, such as intervertebral discs, cervical and thoracic spinal ganglia, sternocostal cartilage, ovaries and lungs...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
J Philippe York, Yi Athena Ren, Jie Zeng, Bin Zhang, Fang Wang, Rui Chen, Jianqiao Liu, Xuefeng Xia, Pumin Zhang
In the mouse ovary, the primordial follicle pool is established through a diverse array of signaling pathways and tissue remodeling events. Growth arrest specific gene two (GAS2) is a highly conserved cytoskeleton-associated protein whose in vivo function remains unclear. In Drosophila, loss of the GAS2 homolog, Pigs, results in infertility. We demonstrate herein that, in the mouse ovary, GAS2 is expressed in the stromal cells surrounding the oocyte cysts on 16.5 dpc, and in stromal cells surrounding growing follicles during juvenile and adult life...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Sherman Silber
After fresh or frozen ovary transplantation, FSH levels return to normal, and menstrual cycles resume by 150 days, coincident with anti-Müllerian hormone rising to higher than normal levels. AMH then returns to well below normal levels by 240 days, remaining as such for many years with nonetheless normal ovulation and fertility. To date, 20 babies have been born in our program from 11 fresh and 13 cryopreserved ovary transplant recipients with a live baby rate of over 70 % (11 babies from fresh and 9 from frozen)...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Somayeh Tavana, Mahnaz Azarnia, Mojtaba Rezazadeh Valojerdi, Abdolhossein Shahverdi
One of the problems encountered during ovarian transplantation is that the number of primordial follicles in the grafts is considerably reduced 2 d after transplantation due to post-transplantation ischemia. This study investigates if the use of hyaluronic acid-based hydrogel (HABH) with and without vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) could prevent or minimize ischemia-induced follicle loss during ovarian autotransplantation and thereby restore ovarian tissue function in the rat model...
October 6, 2016: Biomedical Materials
Ophelia Yin, Kamaria Cayton, James H Segars
CONTEXT: A current limitation of assisted reproduction is the number of available female gametes. This Commentary discusses in vitro activation (IVA), a technique that activates dormant ovarian follicles so that these follicles can become mature oocytes for fertilization. There is considerable evidence that mechanical signaling plays an important role in oocyte maturation and survival; manipulation of the mechanical environment is a key component of the IVA process. IVA acts on existing follicles and does not promote neo-oogenesis, which likely contributes little to the primordial follicle pool in the adult...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Jeremy J Allen, Susan L Herrick, Joanne E Fortune
In cattle, primordial follicles form before birth. Fetal ovarian capacity to produce progesterone and estradiol is high before follicle formation begins and decreases around the time follicles first appear (around 90 days of gestation). However, mechanisms that regulate steroid production during this time remain unclear. We hypothesized that LH stimulates progesterone and androgen production and that FSH stimulates aromatization of androgens to estradiol. To test this, we cultured pieces from fetal bovine ovaries for 10 days without or with exogenous hormones and then measured the accumulation of steroids in the culture medium by RIA...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
Roseanne Rosario, Panagiotis Filis, Victoria Tessyman, Hazel Kinnell, Andrew J Childs, Nicola K Gray, Richard A Anderson
Germ cell development and primordial follicle formation during fetal life is critical in establishing the pool of oocytes that subsequently determines the reproductive lifespan of women. Fragile X-associated primary ovarian insufficiency (FXPOI) is caused by inheritance of the FMR1 premutation allele and approximately 20% of women with the premutation allele develop ovarian dysfunction and premature ovarian insufficiency. However, the underlying disease mechanism remains obscure, and a potential role of FMRP in human ovarian development has not been explored...
2016: PloS One
Valerio Rossi, Monica Lispi, Salvatore Longobardi, Maurizio Mattei, Francesca Di Rella, Antonietta Salustri, Massimo De Felici, Francesca G Klinger
Premature ovarian failure and female infertility are frequent side effects of anticancer therapies, owing to the extreme sensitivity of the ovarian reserve oocytes to the damaging effects of irradiation and chemotherapy on DNA. We report here a robust protective effect of luteinizing hormone (LH) on the primordial follicle pool of prepubertal ovaries against the cisplatin (Cs)-induced apoptosis. In vitro LH treatment of prepubertal ovarian fragments generated anti-apoptotic signals by a subset of ovarian somatic cells expressing LH receptor (LHR) through cAMP/PKA and Akt pathways...
September 30, 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
Xin-Hui Zhou, Dan Zhang, Jin Shi, Yi-Jun Wu
BACKGROUND: Vitrification is the standard method for cryopreserving human oocytes and embryos, but its effects on ovarian tissue are uncertain. The purpose of this meta-analysis was to compare the proportion of intact primordial follicles in ovarian tissue cryopreserved with vitrification versus slow freezing. METHODS: Medline, Cochrane, EMBASE, and Google Scholar databases were searched until November 11, 2014 using combinations of the search terms: ovarian tissue, cryopreservation, vitrification, follicle, follicles...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Rachel Cinco, Michelle A Digman, Enrico Gratton, Ulrike Luderer
Previous work characterizing ovarian bioenergetics has defined follicular metabolism by measuring metabolic byproducts in culture media. However, culture conditions perturb the native state of the follicle, and these methods do not distinguish between metabolism occurring within oocytes or granulosa cells. We applied the phasor approach to fluorescent lifetime imaging microscopy (Phasor FLIM) at 740 nm 2-photon excitation to examine the spatial distribution of free and protein-bound nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide hydride (NADH) during primordial through preovulatory stages of follicular development in fresh ex vivo murine neonatal and gonadotropin stimulated pre-pubertal ovaries...
September 28, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
Liangyan Shi, Jinjin Zhang, Zhiwen Lai, Yong Tian, Li Fang, Meng Wu, Jiaqiang Xiong, Xian Qin, Aiyue Luo, Shixuan Wang
Ovarian aging is a long-term and complex process associated with a decrease in follicular quantity and quality. The damaging effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in ovarian aging and ovarian aging-associated disorders have received relatively little attention. Thus, we assessed if the oxidative stress induced by long-term (defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as at least 30 days in duration) moderate ozone inhalation reduced ovarian reserves, decreased ovarian function and induced ovarian aging-associated disorders...
2016: PloS One
John Huntriss, Jianping Lu, Karen Hemmings, Rosemary Bayne, Richard Anderson, Anthony Rutherford, Adam Balen, Kay Elder, Helen M Picton
PURPOSE: Gametocyte-specific factor 1 has been shown in other species to be required for the silencing of retrotransposons via the Piwi-interacting RNA (piRNA) pathway. In this study, we aimed to isolate and assess expression of transcripts of the gametocyte-specific factor 1 (GTSF1) gene in the human female germline and in preimplantation embryos. METHODS: Complementary DNA (cDNA) libraries from human fetal ovaries and testes, human oocytes and preimplantation embryos and ovarian follicles isolated from an adult ovarian cortex biopsy were used to as templates for PCR, cloning and sequencing, and real time PCR experiments of GTSF1 expression...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Minghui Chen, Yanwen Xu, Benyu Miao, Hui Zhao, Lu Luo, Huijuan Shi, Canquan Zhou
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that circadian genes might be involved in the development of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Hyperandrogenism is a hallmark feature of PCOS. However, the effect of hyperandrogenism on circadian gene expression in human granulosa cells is unknown, and the general expression pattern of circadian genes in the human ovary is unclear. METHODS: Expression of the circadian proteins CLOCK and PER2 in human ovaries was observed by immunohistochemistry...
2016: Journal of Ovarian Research
D Phoophitphong, S Srisuwatanasagul, P Tummaruk
Luteinizing hormone receptor (LHR) is a specific membrane receptor on the granulosa and theca cells that bind to luteinizing hormone (LH), resulting in androgen and progesterone production. Hence, the regulation of LHR expression is necessary for follicle maturation, ovulation and corpus luteum formation. We examined the immunolocalization of LHR in cyclic gilt ovaries. The ovaries were obtained from 21 gilts aged 326.0 ± 38.7 days and weighing 154.6 ± 15.7 kg. The ovarian tissues were incubated with rabbit anti-LHR polyclonal antibody...
September 9, 2016: Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia
Andrew K Edwards, Irina Olariu, Diane S Nakamura, Soo Hyun Ahn, Chandrakant Tayade
BACKGROUND: Angiogenesis is an essential process in endometriosis disease progression. Earlier, we demonstrated that anti-angiogenic peptide, ABT-898 prevents neoangiogenesis of human endometriotic lesions in a xenograft mouse model. Since angiogenesis is essential for normal ovarian and uterine function, we evaluated effects of ABT-898 on normal female reproductive processes in mice. METHODS: Cycling female C57BL/6N mice were dosed with ABT-898 (100 mg/kg) or 5 % dextrose control for 21 consecutive days to cover multiple estrous cycles (average estrous cycle 4 to 5 days in mice)...
2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Yu Gao, Dan Jia, Qing Hu, Dapeng Li
Two foxl2 paralogs, foxl2 (also named foxl2a) and foxl3 (also named foxl2b) were considered as fish-specific duplicates. Both belong to the Forkhead box family of transcription factors, which play important roles in regulating reproduction involved in sexual differentiation and regulation of primordial germ cell and gonadal somatic cell development. We isolated the complete foxl3 cDNA from the rice field eel (Monopterus albus), which undergoes a natural female-to-male sex change via an intersex stage during its life cycle...
September 1, 2016: Endocrinology
Jelena Danilović Luković, Aleksandra Korać, Ivan Milošević, Tijana Lužajić, Nela Puškaš, Milica Kovačević Filipović, Anita Radovanović
Thyroid hormones (TH) are one of the key factors for normal prenatal development in mammals. Previously, we showed that subclinical maternal hypothyroidism leads to premature atresia of ovarian follicles in female rat offspring in the pre-pubertal and pubertal periods. The influence of decreased concentration of TH on primordial follicles pool formation during neonatal and early infantile period of rat pups was not investigated previously. Maternal hypothyroidism during pregnancy has irreversible negative influence on primordial follicles pool formation and population of resting oocytes in female rat offspring...
November 2016: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
M A Abdel-Ghani, T M El-Sherry, H H Abdelhafeez
To improve the reproductive performance of water buffalo to level can satisfy our needs, the mechanisms controlling ovarian follicular growth and development should be thoroughly investigated. Therefore, in this study, the expressions of growth differentiation factor-9 (GDF-9) in buffalo ovaries were examined by immunohistochemistry, and the effects of GDF-9 treatment on follicle progression were investigated using a buffalo ovary organ culture system. Frozen-thawed buffalo ovarian follicles within slices of ovarian cortical tissue were cultured for 14 days in the presence or absence of GDF-9...
October 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Ewelina Sikora-Grabka, Marcin Adamczak, Piotr Kuczera, Magdalena Szotowska, Paweł Madej, Andrzej Wiecek
BACKGROUND/AIMS: In women with chronic kidney disease (CKD) fertility abnormalities occur frequently. Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) inhibits excessive recruitment of primordial follicles. The aim of the study was to evaluate the serum AMH concentration in women on hemodialysis and after kidney transplantation (KTx). METHODS: 46 hemodialysed women and 14 with CKD about to undergo kidney transplantation were enrolled into the study. The control group consisted of 40 healthy women...
August 24, 2016: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
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