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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919982/clinical-significance-of-the-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-ratio-in-prostate-cancer-treatment-with-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy
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Hiroko Yamaguchi, Masatoshi Hori, Osamu Suzuki, Yuji Seo, Fumiaki Isohashi, Yasuo Yoshioka, Iori Sumida, Motohide Uemura, Kazutoshi Fujita, Akira Nagahara, Takeshi Ujike, Atsunari Kawashima, Norio Nonomura, Noriyuki Tomiyama, Kazuhiko Ogawa
AIM: We aimed to investigate the correlation between biochemical recurrence (BCR) and the pretreatment apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) ratio of tumor to normal prostate tissue in patients with prostate cancer who underwent intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective analyses were performed for 101 patients diagnosed with localized prostate cancer who underwent IMRT at a dose of 70-78 Gy to the prostate gland and medial part of the seminal vesicles...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918991/sample-preparation-of-serum-to-allow-capillary-electrophoresis-analysis-of-prostate-specific-antigen-isoforms
#2
Noemi Farina-Gomez, Silvia Barrabes, Jorge E Gomez-Lopez, Monica Gonzalez, Angel Puerta, Diana Navarro-Calderon, Eduardo Albers-Acosta, Carlos Olivier, Jose C Diez-Masa, Rosa Peracaula, Mercedes de Frutos
Prostate cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in men worldwide. Currently prostate specific antigen (PSA) serum concentration is the most used prostate cancer marker, but it only shows limited specificity. Because PSA glycosylation is altered by prostate cancer, detecting glycosylation changes could increase PSA specificity as a prostate cancer marker. Changes in PSA glycosylation can modify its electrophoretic- behavior and techniques such as capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) and two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) could be applied to detect changes in PSA glycosylation...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917611/high-mass-and-spatial-resolution-mass-spectrometry-imaging-of-nicolas-poussin-painting-cross-section-by-cluster-tof-sims
#3
M Noun, E Van Elslande, D Touboul, H Glanville, S Bucklow, P Walter, A Brunelle
The painting Rebecca and Eliezer at the Well, which hangs in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK, is possibly one of the last figure painting executed by Nicolas Poussin at the very end of his life and is usually dated to the early 1660s. In this perspective special feature, Philippe Walter, Alain Brunelle and colleagues give new insights on the artist's working methods by a careful stateof-the-art imaging ToF-SIMS study of one sample taken on the edge of the painting. This approach allowed for the identification of the pigments used in the painting, their nature and components and those of the ground and preparatory layers, with the identification of the binder(s) and possible other additions of organic materials such as glue...
December 2016: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905879/transcriptome-profiling-in-the-damselfly-ischnura-elegans-identifies-genes-with-sex-biased-expression
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Pallavi Chauhan, Maren Wellenreuther, Bengt Hansson
BACKGROUND: Sexual dimorphism occurs widely across the animal kingdom and has profound effects on evolutionary trajectories. Here, we investigate sex-specific gene expression in Ischnura elegans (Odonata: dragonflies and damselflies), a species with pronounced sexual differences including a female-limited colour polymorphism with two female-like gynochrome morphs and one male-mimicking, androchrome morph. Whole-organism transcriptome profiling and sex-biased gene expression analysis was conducted on adults of both sexes (pooling all females as well as separating the three morphs) to gain insights into genes and pathways potentially associated with sexual development and sexual conflict...
December 1, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898766/genomic-regions-influencing-seminal-root-traits-in-barley
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Hannah Robinson, Lee Hickey, Cecile Richard, Emma Mace, Alison Kelly, Andrew Borrell, Jerome Franckowiak, Glen Fox
Water availability is a major limiting factor for crop production, making drought adaptation and its many component traits a desirable attribute of plant cultivars. Previous studies in cereal crops indicate that root traits expressed at early plant developmental stages, such as seminal root angle and root number, are associated with water extraction at different depths. Here, we conducted the first study to map seminal root traits in barley ( L.). Using a recently developed high-throughput phenotyping method, a panel of 30 barley genotypes and a doubled-haploid (DH) population (ND24260 × 'Flagship') comprising 330 lines genotyped with diversity array technology (DArT) markers were evaluated for seminal root angle (deviation from vertical) and root number under controlled environmental conditions...
March 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895139/human-spermatozoa-quantitative-proteomic-signature-classifies-normo-and-asthenozoospermia
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Mayank Saraswat, Sakari Joenväärä, Tushar Jain, Anil Kumar Tomar, Ashima Sinha, Sarman Singh, Savita Yadav, Risto Renkonen
Scarcely understood defects lead to asthenozoospermia which results in poor fertility outcomes. Incomplete knowledge of these defects hinders the development of new therapies and reliance on interventional therapies, such as in vitro fertilization, increases. Sperm cells, being transcriptionally and translationally silent, necessitate the proteomic approach to study the sperm function. We have performed a differential proteomics analysis of human sperm and seminal plasma and identified and quantified 667 proteins in sperm and 429 proteins in seminal plasma dataset which were used for further analysis...
November 28, 2016: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893825/low-birth-weight-is-associated-with-a-decreased-overall-adult-health-status-and-reproductive-capability-results-of-a-cross-sectional-study-in-primary-infertile-patients
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Luca Boeri, Eugenio Ventimiglia, Paolo Capogrosso, Silvia Ippolito, Angela Pecoraro, Marco Paciotti, Roberta Scano, Alessandro Galdini, Luca Valsecchi, Enrico Papaleo, Francesco Montorsi, Andrea Salonia
Individuals born with low birth weight (LBW) risk cardiometabolic complications later in life. However the impact of LBW on general health status and male reproductive function has been scantly analysed. We investigated the clinical and seminal impact of different birth weights (BW) in white-European men presenting for primary couple's infertility. Demographic, clinical, and laboratory data from 827 primary infertile men were compared with those of 373 consecutive fertile men. Patients with BW ≤2500, 2500-4200, and ≥4200gr were classified as having LBW, normal (NBW), and high BW (HBW), respectively...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891749/chlorophyll-derived-yellow-phyllobilins-of-higher-plants-as-medium-responsive-chiral-photoswitches
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Chengjie Li, Klaus Wurst, Steffen Jockusch, Karl Gruber, Maren Podewitz, Klaus R Liedl, Bernhard Kräutler
The fall colors are signs of chlorophyll breakdown, the biological process in plants that generates phyllobilins. Most of the abundant natural phyllobilins are colorless, but yellow phyllobilins (phylloxanthobilins) also occur in fall leaves. As shown here, phylloxanthobilins are unique four-stage photoswitches. Which switching mode is turned on is controlled by the molecular environment. In polar media, phylloxanthobilins are monomeric and undergo photoreversible Z/E isomerization, similar to that observed for bilirubin...
November 28, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891185/spermatozoal-cell-death-inducing-dna-fragmentation-factor-%C3%AE-like-effector-a-cidea-gene-expression-and-dna-fragmentation-in-infertile-men-with-metabolic-syndrome-and-normal-seminogram
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Ayman Z Elsamanoudy, Hussein Abdelaziz Abdalla, Mohammed Hassanien, Mohammad A Gaballah
BACKGROUND: This is the first study to investigate spermatozoal cell death-inducing DNA fragmentation factor-α-like effector A (CIDEA) gene expression and DNA fragmentations in the spermatozoa of men diagnosed with metabolic syndrome (MS) who have normal seminograms with unexplained infertility, and to correlate these parameters with seminal glucose concentration. METHODS: This study included 120 participants: 75 male subjects with MS (38 fertile and 37 infertile), and a control group of 45 fertile males without MS...
2016: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888380/kinetin-improves-motility-viability-and-antioxidative-parameters-of-ram-semen-during-storage-at-refrigerator-temperature
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Elham Zadeh Hashem, Mohsen Eslami
The present experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of kinetin on ram semen quality during cold storage. Ejaculates were collected using an artificial vagina from five Qezel rams. Ejaculates which met the criteria (volume of 0.75-2 ml; minimum spermatozoa concentration of 2.5 × 109 spermatozoa/ml and forward progressive motility of 80%), were pooled, diluted with extender without kinetin (control) or enriched with 25 (K 25), 50 (K 50), 100 (K 100) and 200 (K 200) μM kinetin at a final concentration of 500 × 106 spermatozoa per mL...
November 25, 2016: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881345/-extraction-and-identification-of-semen-derived-exosomes-using-peg6000
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Cheng Yang, Wen-Bin Guo, Wan-Song Zhang, Jun Bian, Jian-Kun Yang, Tao Qi, Chun-Yan Wang, Cun-Dong Liu
OBJECTIVE: To extract and identify semen-derived exosome using PEG6000. METHODS: Exosomes were extracted from semen specimens from 6 healthy volunteers with step-by-step centrifugations and ultracentrifugation prior to 8% PEG6000 enrichment. The extracted exosomes were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA) and Western blotting. RESULTS: The pellets obtained were round or elliptic membrane vesicles 30 to 150 nm in diameter with intact double membranes and contained low electron density material...
November 20, 2016: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867114/serine-protease-inhibitor-kazal-type-2-is-expressed-in-the-male-reproductive-tract-of-carp-with-a-possible-role-in-antimicrobial-protection
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Mariola A Dietrich, Mariola Słowińska, Halina Karol, Mikołaj Adamek, Dieter Steinhagen, Anna Hejmej, Barbara Bilińska, Andrzej Ciereszko
The presence of the low-molecular-mass serine protease inhibitor Kazal-type (Spink) is a characteristic feature of vertebrate semen. Its main function is control of the serine protease in the acrosome, acrosin. Here we showed for the first time that Spink is present in the seminal plasma of carp, which have anacrosomal spermatozoa. Using a three-step isolation procedure that consisted in gel filtration and RP-HPLC and re-RP-HPLC, we isolated this inhibitor and identified it as serine protease inhibitor Kazal-type 2 (Spink2), a reproductive-derived member of the Spink family...
November 17, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866302/expression-analysis-of-dickkopf-related-protein-3-dkk3-suggests-its-pleiotropic-roles-for-a-secretory-glycoprotein-in-adult-mouse
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Junji Inoue, Hirofumi Fujita, Tetsuya Bando, Yoichi Kondo, Hiromi Kumon, Hideyo Ohuchi
Dickkopf-related protein 3 (Dkk3) is the third member of the Dkk gene family and identical to the gene, whose expression was reduced in immortalized cells. Therefore, its another name is reduced expression in immortalized cells. Since the intratumoral introduction of Dkk3 inhibits tumor growth in mouse models of cancers, Dkk3 is likely a tumor suppressor gene. However, the functions of Dkk3 in vivo remain unclear. As the first step to decipher the physiological roles of this gene, we examined the expression pattern of Dkk3 in various tissues from adult mice...
November 19, 2016: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864361/causes-of-male-infertility-a-9-year-prospective-monocentre-study-on-1737-patients-with-reduced-total-sperm-counts
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M Punab, O Poolamets, P Paju, V Vihljajev, K Pomm, R Ladva, P Korrovits, M Laan
STUDY QUESTION: What are the primary causes of severe male factor infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: Although 40% of all patients showed primary causes of infertility, which could be subdivided into three groups based on the severity of their effect, ~75% of oligozoospermia cases remained idiopathic. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: There are few large-scale epidemiological studies analyzing the causes of male factor infertility. STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION: A prospective clinical-epidemiological study was conducted at the Andrology Centre, Tartu University Hospital between 2005 and 2013, recruiting male partners of couples failing to conceive a child for over ≥12 months...
November 17, 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852008/selection-for-higher-fertility-reflects-in-the-seminal-fluid-proteome-of-modern-domestic-chicken
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Mohammad Atikuzzaman, Libia Sanz, Davinia Pla, Manuel Alvarez-Rodriguez, Marie Rubér, Dominic Wright, Juan J Calvete, Heriberto Rodriguez-Martinez
The high egg-laying capacity of the modern domestic chicken (i.e. White Leghorn, WL) has arisen from the low egg-laying ancestor Red Junglefowl (RJF) via continuous trait selection and breeding. To investigate whether this long-term selection impacted the seminal fluid (SF)-proteome, 2DE electrophoresis-based proteomic analyses and immunoassays were conducted to map SF-proteins/cytokines in RJF, WL and a 9th generation Advanced Intercross Line (AIL) of RJF/WL-L13, including individual SF (n=4, from each RJF, WL and AIL groups) and pools of the SF from 15 males of each group, analyzed by 2DE to determine their degree of intra-group (AIL, WL, and RJF) variability using Principal Component Analysis (PCA); respectively an inter-breed comparative analysis of intergroup fold change of specific SF protein spots intensity between breeds...
November 3, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836756/cyclic-nucleotide-phosphodiesterases-in-human-spermatozoa-and-seminal-fluid-presence-of-an-active-pde10a-in-human-spermatozoa
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Loïze Maréchal, Christine Guillemette, Serge Goupil, Patrick Blondin, Pierre Leclerc, François J Richard
BACKGROUND: Cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) plays a crucial role as a signaling molecule for sperm functions such as capacitation, motility and acrosome reaction. It is well known that cAMP degradation by phosphodiesterase (PDE) enzyme has a major impact on sperm functions. The present study was undertaken to characterize cAMP-PDE activity in human semen. METHODS: cAMP-PDE activity was measured in human sperm and seminal plasma using family specific PDE inhibitors...
November 9, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832353/a-proof-of-principal-study-on-the-use-of-direct-pcr-of-semen-and-spermatozoa-and-development-of-a-differential-isolation-protocol-for-use-in-cases-of-alleged-sexual-assault
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Shanan S Tobe, Yuvaneswari C Swaran, Lynn Dennany, Ursula Sibbing, Kristina Schulze Johann, Lindsey Welch, Marielle Vennemann
Sexual assault samples are some of the most common samples encountered in forensic analysis. These samples can require a significant time investment due to differential extraction processes. We report on the first record of successful direct amplification of semen for STR analysis. Neat seminal fluid, dilutions ranging from 1:5 to 1:160 and GEDNAP samples were successfully amplified using a direct method. A mild differential isolation technique to enrich spermatozoa was developed and successfully implemented to separate and directly amplify a mixture of semen and female epithelial cells...
November 10, 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27827338/blood-flukes-of-asiatic-softshell-turtles-revision-of-coeuritrema-mehra-1933-digenea-schistosomatoidea-and-a-new-species-infecting-chinese-softshell-turtles-pelodiscus-sinensis-trionychidae-from-vietnam
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Jackson R Roberts, Raphael Orelis-Ribeiro, Binh T Dang, Kenneth M Halanych, Stephen A Bullard
Coeuritrema Mehra, 1933, previously regarded as a junior subjective synonym of Hapalorhynchus Stunkard, 1922, herein is revised to include Coeuritrema lyssimus Mehra, 1933 (type species), Coeuritrema rugatus (Brooks et Sullivan, 1981) comb. n., and Coeuritrema platti Roberts et Bullard sp. n. These genera are morphologically similar by having a ventral sucker, non-fused caeca, two testes, a pre-testicular cirrus sac, an intertesticular ovary, and a common genital pore that opens dorsally and in the sinistral half of the body...
September 6, 2016: Folia Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825912/purification-and-characterization-of-crisp-3-from-human-seminal-plasma-and-its-real-time-binding-kinetics-with-psp94
#19
Jenifer H Anklesaria, Rushika R Pandya, Bhakti R Pathak, Smita D Mahale
Cysteine-rich secretory proteins (CRISPs) have been postulated to have a role in male reproduction and prostate pathophysiology. Of the mammalian CRISPs, CRISP-3 levels in particular have been shown to be upregulated in prostate cancer. Efforts have been made to obtain highly pure CRISP-3 for gaining structure-function information of this protein. However, well characterized and highly pure protein is not available yet. CRISPs from snake venom have been purified using prostate secretory protein of 94 amino acids (PSP94) has been reported earlier...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818346/improved-cancer-specificity-in-psa-assay-using-aleuria-aurantia-lectin-coated-eu-nanoparticles-for-detection
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Henna Kekki, Mari Peltola, Sandra van Vliet, Chris Bangma, Yvette van Kooyk, Kim Pettersson
OBJECTIVES: The objective was to study the differences in PSA fucosylation obtained from LNCaP and PC-3 prostate cancer cell lines, seminal plasma PSA and recombinant precursor form of PSA expressed in baculovirus, using Aleuria aurantia lectin (AAL). The aim was to assess whether differences in fucosylation (Fucα1-6/3GlcNAc carbohydrates) of PSA either in urine, blood or tissue enable the discrimination of patients with prostate cancer (PCa) from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and young males...
November 3, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
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