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H Bayram, A Sayadi, J Goenaga, E Immonen, G Arnqvist
The seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus is a significant agricultural pest and increasingly studied model of sexual conflict. Males possess genital spines that increase the transfer of seminal fluid proteins (SFPs) into the female body. As SFPs alter female behaviour and physiology, they are likely to modulate reproduction and sexual conflict in this species. Here, we identified SFPs using proteomics combined with a de novo transcriptome. A prior 2D-sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis analysis identified male accessory gland protein spots that were probably transferred to the female at mating...
October 24, 2016: Insect Molecular Biology
Matthew C Ferroni, Kevin J Rycyna, Timothy D Averch, Michelle J Semins
PURPOSE: Vitamin D deficiency is often detected during metabolic evaluation in the nephrolithiasis population. Multiple vitamin D repletion protocols exist, however their differing impact on urinary stone formation risk factors is unclear. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with a history of calcium stones and vitamin D deficiency (<30ng/ml) were randomized to receive either 1,000 International Units (IU) daily or 50,000 IU weekly of vitamin D supplementation for 6 weeks...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Urology
Alain de Chambrier, Carlos Daniel Pinacho-Pinacho, Jesus Servando Hernà Ndez-Orts, Tomà ŠScholz
Cichlidocestus n. gen. is proposed to accommodate 2 new species of proteocephalidean cestodes, Cichlidocestus gillesi n. sp. from Cichlasoma amazonarum in Peru Amazonia (type species) and Cichlidocestus janikae n. sp. from Hypsophrys nicaraguensis (all Perciformes: Cichlidae) in Costa Rica. The new genus is unique among all but 1 proteocephalidean genera in the position of the ovary that occupies the middle and posterior thirds of proglottids (versus the ovary in the posterior third of proglottids near their posterior margin in all but 1 remaining taxa)...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Parasitology
Abraham Speedie, Cinosh Mathew, Ramgopal S Shahi, Rajneesh Calton
INTRODUCTION: The development of implantable technology for cardiac rhythm management remains one of the seminal achievements of the second half of the 20th century. The development of artificial pacemakers for the electrical control of the cardiac rhythm has greatly enhanced the physician's ability to treat cardiac dysrhythmias. An ageing population and the extension of indications will in all probability result in an increasing number of cardiac device implantations. OBJECTIVE OF STUDY: To study mortality and morbidity in patients with permanent pacemaker implantation at a tertiary care hospital in North India...
September 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
S S Zou, S Yang, Q Xiao, C Sun, K M Lu, W B Shi, Y Liu, J Qiu, Y Z Du, X F Chen
Objective: To study and analyze the transcript and expression pattern of SOX5 in human semen, thus to provide evidence for exploring the role of transcription factor SOX5 in the process of spermatogenesis in testis. Methods: A total of 61 semen samples and 3 blood samples (as controls) collected from healthy volunteer donors at Shanghai Human Sperm Bank in September 2015 were randomly selected. Expression of SOX5 in the semen samples was detected and quantified using agarose gel electrophoresis and real time-quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) analysis...
September 27, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
S X Tang, H L Zhou, Y L Ding
Objective: To analyze the effectiveness of transurethral seminal vesiculoscopy in the treatment of persistent hematospermia, and oligoasthenozoospermia and azoospermia from ejaculatory duct obstruction. Methods: The clinical date of 56 cases of persistent hematospermia, or azoospermia/oligoasthenozoospermia from ejaculatory duct obstruction treated with transurethral seminal vesiculoscopy between November 2013 and January 2016 in the First Affiliated Hospital of Fujian Medical University were reviewed. A total of 30 cases were persistent hematospermia for 6 months to 3 years, with no response to routine antibiotic therapy for >4 weeks; 24 cases were obstructive azoospermia; and the other 2 cases were extreme oligoasthenozoospermia...
September 27, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Carles Soler, Ana Alambiaga, Maria A Martí, Almudena García-Molina, Anthony Valverde, Jesús Contell, Marcos Campos
Dogs have been under strong artificial selection as a consequence of their relationship with man. Differences between breeds are evident that could be reflected in seminal characteristics. The present study was to evaluate differences in sperm head morphometry between seven well-defined breeds of dog: the British Bulldog, Chihuahua, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, Spanish Mastiff, Staffordshire Terrier, and Valencian Rat Hunting dog. Semen samples were obtained by masturbation and smears stained with Diff-Quik...
September 30, 2016: Asian Journal of Andrology
Carles Soler, Jesús Contell, Lorena Bori, MarIa Sancho, Almudena García-Molina, Anthony Valverde, Jan Segarvall
This work provides information on the blue fox ejaculated sperm quality needed for seminal dose calculations. Twenty semen samples, obtained by masturbation, were analyzed for kinematic and morphometric parameters by using CASA-Mot and CASA-Morph system and principal component (PC) analysis. For motility, eight kinematic parameters were evaluated, which were reduced to PC1, related to linear variables, and PC2, related to oscillatory movement. The whole population was divided into three independent subpopulations: SP1, fast cells with linear movement; SP2, slow cells and nonoscillatory motility; and SP3, medium speed cells and oscillatory movement...
September 30, 2016: Asian Journal of Andrology
Fernando Vásquez, Carles Soler, Patricia Camps, Anthony Valverde, Almudena GarcIa-Molina
This work evaluates sperm head morphometric characteristics in adolescents from 12 to 18 years of age, and the effect of varicocele. Volunteers between 150 and 224 months of age (mean 191, n = 87), who had reached oigarche by 12 years old, were recruited in the area of Barranquilla, Colombia. Morphometric analysis of sperm heads was performed with principal component (PC) and discriminant analysis. Combining seminal fluid and sperm parameters provided five PCs: two related to sperm morphometry, one to sperm motility, and two to seminal fluid components...
September 30, 2016: Asian Journal of Andrology
Thomas M Pisansky, Shree Agrawal, Daniel A Hamstra, Bridget F Koontz, Stanley L Liauw, Jason A Efstathiou, Jeff M Michalski, Felix Y Feng, Matthew C Abramowitz, Alan Pollack, Mitchell S Anscher, Drew Moghanaki, Robert B Den, Kevin L Stephans, Anthony L Zietman, W Robert Lee, Michael W Kattan, Andrew J Stephenson, Rahul D Tendulkar
PURPOSE: To determine whether a dose-response relationship exists for salvage radiation therapy (RT) of biochemical failure after prostatectomy for prostate cancer. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Individual data from 1108 patients who underwent salvage RT at 10 academic centers were pooled. The cohort was enriched for selection criteria more likely associated with tumor recurrence in the prostate bed (margin positive and pre-RT prostate-specific antigen [PSA] level of ≤2...
September 3, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Shuang G Zhao, S Laura Chang, Daniel E Spratt, Nicholas Erho, Menggang Yu, Hussam Al-Deen Ashab, Mohammed Alshalalfa, Corey Speers, Scott A Tomlins, Elai Davicioni, Adam P Dicker, Peter R Carroll, Matthew R Cooperberg, Stephen J Freedland, R Jeffrey Karnes, Ashley E Ross, Edward M Schaeffer, Robert B Den, Paul L Nguyen, Felix Y Feng
BACKGROUND: Postoperative radiotherapy has an important role in the treatment of prostate cancer, but personalised patient selection could improve outcomes and spare unnecessary toxicity. We aimed to develop and validate a gene expression signature to predict which patients would benefit most from postoperative radiotherapy. METHODS: Patients were eligible for this matched, retrospective study if they were included in one of five published US studies (cohort, case-cohort, and case-control studies) of patients with prostate adenocarcinoma who had radical prostatectomy (with or without postoperative radiotherapy) and had gene expression analysis of the tumour, with long-term follow-up and complete clinicopathological data...
October 12, 2016: Lancet Oncology
Cavit Ceylan, Senol Tonyali, Ibrahim Keles
This study aimed to determine the effect of surgical margin positivity on biochemical recurrence (BCR) in patients with locally advanced prostate cancer (PCa) who underwent radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP). The medical records of all patients with locally advanced PCa that underwent RRP were retrospectively reviewed. Patient demographics, digital rectal examination findings, prostate biopsy Gleason score, prostate volume, pre- and post-treatment prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, definitive pathology Gleason score, surgical margin status, seminal vesicle invasion, perineural invasion, absence or presence of BCR, and the time to BCR were analyzed...
October 2016: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
Ann C Palmenberg
Science is our best current approximation of the way things work. You cannot do science unless you believe there is a discernable truth inherent to the arrangement of our tangible world. The problem is, we in our given time never know where exactly the asymptote lies or how far we are from it. My curiosity about the natural world is innate, but fate has variously gifted me with outstanding personal opportunities to indulge that curiosity through the study of viruses. To a woman of the boomer generation, professional paths were not always open-door, and to a certain extent they still aren't...
September 29, 2016: Annual Review of Virology
Hakmin Lee, Chan Kyo Kim, Byung Kwan Park, Hyun Hwan Sung, Deok Hyun Han, Hwang Gyun Jeon, Byong Chang Jeong, Seong Il Seo, Seong Soo Jeon, Han Yong Choi, Hyun Moo Lee
INTRODUCTION: We investigated the accuracy of multiparametric MRI (mpMRI) for preoperative staging and its influence on the determination of neurovascular bundle sparing and disease prognosis in patients with localized prostate cancer. METHODS: We reviewed 1045 patients who underwent radical prostatectomy with preoperative mpMRI at a single institution. Clinical local stages determined from mpMRI were correlated with preoperative and postoperative pathological outcomes...
October 13, 2016: World Journal of Urology
John Heesakkers, Fawzy Farag, Ricarda M Bauer, Jaspreet Sandhu, Dirk De Ridder, Arnulf Stenzl
CONTEXT: The incidence and awareness of postprostatectomy incontinence (PPI) has increased during the past few years, probably because of an increase in prostate cancer surgery. Many theories have been postulated to explain the pathophysiology of PPI. OBJECTIVE: The current review scrutinizes various pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying the occurrence of PPI. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A search was conducted on PubMed and EMBASE for publications on PPI...
October 6, 2016: European Urology
Petr Smýkal, Rajeev K Varshney, Vikas K Singh, Clarice J Coyne, Claire Domoney, Eduard Kejnovský, Thomas Warkentin
This work discusses several selected topics of plant genetics and breeding in relation to the 150th anniversary of the seminal work of Gregor Johann Mendel. In 2015, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the presentation of the seminal work of Gregor Johann Mendel. While Darwin's theory of evolution was based on differential survival and differential reproductive success, Mendel's theory of heredity relies on equality and stability throughout all stages of the life cycle. Darwin's concepts were continuous variation and "soft" heredity; Mendel espoused discontinuous variation and "hard" heredity...
October 7, 2016: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
Antonio B Porcaro, Nicolò de Luyk, Paolo Corsi, Marco Sebben, Alessandro Tafuri, Irene Tamanini, Tania Processali, Maria A Cerruto, Filippo Migliorini, Matteo Brunelli, Salvatore Siracusano, Walter Artibani
AIM: To determine clinical factors associated with multiple bilateral lymph node micrometastases and seminal vesicle invasion (pT3b) in organ-confined prostate cancer (PCa). METHODS: The study excluded patients under androgen deprivation, with lymph node involvement (cN1 status), and having undergone unilateral pelvic lymph node dissection (PLND) during radical prostatectomy (RP). Lymph node micrometastases were classified as unilateral (pN1m) and bilateral (pN1b)...
September 27, 2016: Tumori
Won Sik Jang, Lawrence H C Kim, Cheol Yong Yoon, Koon Ho Rha, Young Deuk Choi, Sung Joon Hong, Won Sik Ham
BACKGROUND: Current National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines recommend postoperative radiation therapy based only on adverse pathologic findings (APFs), irrespective of preoperative risk group. We assessed whether a model incorporating both the preoperative risk group and APFs could predict long-term oncologic outcomes better than a model based on APFs alone. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 4,404 men who underwent radical prostatectomy (RP) at our institution between 1992 and 2014...
2016: PloS One
Andrew D Skol, Mark M Sasaki, Kenan Onel
More than 12 % of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Although there have been tremendous advances in elucidating genetic risk factors underlying both familial and sporadic breast cancer, much of the genetic contribution to breast cancer etiology remains unknown. The discovery of BRCA1 and BRCA2 over 20 years ago remains the seminal event in the field and has paved the way for the discovery of other high-penetrance susceptibility genes by linkage analysis. The advent of genome-wide association studies made possible the next wave of discoveries, in which over 80 low-penetrance and moderate-penetrance variants were identified...
October 3, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Emad A Taha, Sohair K Sayed, Hisham D Gaber, Hatem K Abdel Hafez, Nagwa Ghandour, Asmaa Zahran, Taymour Mostafa
The effect of being overweight on seminal variables was assesed in 165 fertile men. Participants were divided into three groups: fertile men with normal body mass index (BMI) (18.5-24.9 kg/m(2)), fertile overweight men (BMI 25-29.9 kg/m(2)) and fertile obese men (BMI >30 kg/m(2)). Medical history was taken, a clinical examination conducted. Semen analysis was undertaken and BMI measured. Seminal reactive oxygen species (ROS) was estimated by chemiluminescent assay, sperm vitality by the hypo-osmotic swelling test and sperm DNA fragmentation by propidium iodide staining with flowcytometry...
September 16, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
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