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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217948/shrna-mediated-ablation-of-prostate-and-testis-expressed-pate-messenger-rna-results-in-impaired-sperm-function-and-fertility
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A Rajesh, S Yenugu
Spermatogenesis and sperm maturation are complex processes mediated by a variety of proteins present in the testicular and epididymal mileu. In the recent years, functional characterization of these proteins is being studied by genetic manipulations that involve targeted over expression or knock down of specific genes. In this study, we adopted FuGENE 6-based in vivo transfection of rat cauda epididymis with pGFP-V-RS plasmid that encodes shRNA to knock down Pate mRNA levels to implicate a possible role for this gene in sperm function...
February 19, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194463/improved-bovine-embryo-production-in-an-oviduct-on-a-chip-system-prevention-of-poly-spermic-fertilization-and-parthenogenic-activation
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Marcia A M M Ferraz, Heiko H W Henning, Pedro F Costa, Jos Malda, Ferry P Melchels, R Wubbolts, Tom A E Stout, Peter L A M Vos, Bart M Gadella
The oviduct provides the natural micro-environment for gamete interaction, fertilization and early embryo development in mammals, such as the cow. In conventional culture systems, bovine oviduct epithelial cells (BOEC) undergo a rapid loss of essential differentiated cell properties; we aimed to develop a more physiological in vitro oviduct culture system capable of supporting fertilization. U-shaped chambers were produced using stereo-lithography and mounted with polycarbonate membranes, which were used as culture inserts for primary BOECs...
February 14, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185602/impaired-hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular-axis-activity-spermatogenesis-and-sperm-function-promote-infertility-in-males-with-lead-poisoning
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Jason Gandhi, Rafael J Hernandez, Andrew Chen, Noel L Smith, Yefim R Sheynkin, Gargi Joshi, Sardar Ali Khan
Lead poisoning is a stealthy threat to human physiological systems as chronic exposure can remain asymptomatic for long periods of time before symptoms manifest. We presently review the biophysical mechanisms of lead poisoning that contribute to male infertility. Environmental and occupational exposure of lead may adversely affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis, impairing the induction of spermatogenesis. Dysfunction at the reproductive axis, namely testosterone suppression, is most susceptible and irreversible during pubertal development...
February 10, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176444/an-intact-acrosome-is-required-for-the-chemotactic-response-to-progesterone-in-mouse-spermatozoa
#4
H A Guidobaldi, N Hirohashi, M Cubilla, M G Buffone, L C Giojalas
Mammalian sperm become fertilization-competent in the oviduct, during a process known as capacitation that involves the acquisition of the ability to exocytose the acrosome but also the chemotactic responses - both of which contribute to successful fertilization. Chemotaxis is used by spermatozoa to orient and to locate the egg; the acrosome reaction facilitates sperm binding to and fusing with the egg membrane. Mammalian spermatozoa are able to sense picomolar concentrations of progesterone, which drives chemotactic behavior...
February 8, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167483/quercetin-inhibits-human-sperm-functions-by-reducing-sperm-ca2-i-and-tyrosine-phosphorylation
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Xiaolei Liang, Zhili Xia, Jiexi Yan, Yiqing Wang, Shilong Xue, Xuehong Zhang
Quercetin is widely known as potent natural antioxidant and scavenger of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and nitric oxide both in vitro and in vivo. Quercetin has a wide range of biological functions and health-promoting effects. There are more and more interests in the addition of this flavonol to various traditional food products. However, the in vitro toxicity of quercetin to mature human sperm remains unknown. In this study, we investigated the in vitro effects of quercetin on human sperm functions. The results showed that the total sperm motility were significantly inhibited compared to the controls following exposure to 100, 200 and 400µM quercetin for 6 and 12h; quercetin did not affect human sperm viability...
November 2016: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166971/functional-and-molecular-characterization-of-voltage-gated-sodium-channel-nav-1-8-in-bull-spermatozoa
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Dharmendra Singh Chauhan, Dilip Kumar Swain, Nadeem Shah, Hanuman Prasad Yadav, Udayraj P Nakade, Vijay Kumar Singh, Rajesh Nigam, Sarvajeet Yadav, Satish Kumar Garg
The aim of our study was to characterize the voltage gated sodium channel Nav 1.8 in bull spermatozoa. Forty ejaculates were collected from four Hariana bulls and semen samples were pooled in view of the nonsignificant variations between different ejaculates. Functional characterization was undertaken using A-803467, a selective blocker of Nav1.8, and veratridine as an opener of the voltage gated sodium channels while molecular characterization was done using western blotting and indirect immunofluorescence assays...
March 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120399/the-effect-of-cooling-to-different-subzero-temperatures-on-dog-sperm-cryosurvival
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A Alcantar-Rodriguez, A Medrano
The objective was to assess the effect of cooling to different subzero temperatures around ice formation (-5°C) on dog sperm cryosurvival and plasma membrane fluidity. Semen was centrifuged, and sperm were resuspended in a Tris-egg yolk medium (3% glycerol). Diluted sperm were cooled from 22 to 5°C, and then, a Tris-egg yolk medium containing 7% glycerol was added (final concentration of 5% glycerol and 200 × 10(6)  cells/ml). Sperm were packaged in 0.5-ml plastic straws, and equilibration was done 16 hr at 5°C before freezing...
January 25, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115407/biological-basis-for-human-capacitation-revisited
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REVIEW
Christopher De Jonge
BACKGROUND: A little more than a decade ago a review entitled 'Biological basis for human capacitation' was published. A primary conclusion of the review was that with all the technological advances that have been made since the first experiments demonstrated the in vivo requirement of capacitation for fertilization, very little progress had since been made, most significantly for human. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: The present review was carried out to provide an update on the biological basis for human capacitation...
January 23, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077244/the-catsper-channel-modulates-boar-sperm-motility-during-capacitation
#9
Alejandro Vicente-Carrillo, Manuel Álvarez-Rodríguez, Heriberto Rodríguez-Martínez
The cation channel of sperm (CatSper) comprises four transmembrane subunits specifically expressed in human, equine, murine and ovine spermatozoa, apparently implicated in capacitation, hyperactivation and acrosome exocytosis. Western blotting and immunocytochemistry showed hereby that CatSper subunits are also present in boar spermatozoa, primarily over the sperm neck, tail and cytoplasmic droplets; albeit CatSper -1 presented in addition some distribution over the membrane of the acrosome and CatSper -2 and -4 over the membrane of the post-acrosome...
January 8, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076980/status-of-sperm-born-oocyte-activating-factors-pawp-plc%C3%AE-and-sperm-chromatin-in-uncapacitated-capacitated-and-acrosome-reacted-conditions
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Marziyeh Tavalaee, Kazem Parivar, Abdol-Hossein Shahverdi, Kamran Ghaedi, Mohammad Hossein Nasr-Esfahani
The aim of this study was to investigate the value of sperm factors PAWP and PLCζ involved in oocyte activation and sperm chromatin status, as indicators of sperm quality during uncapacitated, capacitated and acrosome-reacted conditions. Semen samples collected from 10 normozoospermic men and sperm factors PAWP, PLCζ, protamine deficiency and DNA fragmentation evaluated in fresh samples, processed sample by DGC (density gradient centrifugation), capacitated and acrosome reacted sperm, using immunofluorescence and flow cytometry...
January 12, 2017: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063926/luteinizing-hormone-modulates-intracellular-calcium-protein-tyrosine-phosphorylation-and-motility-during-human-sperm-capacitation
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Aideé S López-Torres, María E González-González, Esperanza Mata-Martínez, Fernando Larrea, Claudia L Treviño, Mayel Chirinos
In order to fertilize, spermatozoa must undergo physiological and biochemical changes during their transit along the female reproductive tract before reaching and fusing with the oocyte, process known as capacitation. Sperm modifications associated with capacitation are modulated by their interaction with molecules present in the female reproductive tract. During the woman fertile window, some reproductive hormones reach their maximum concentrations in serum, such as the luteinizing hormone (LH). Since spermatozoa preparing to fertilize may be exposed to LH, the purpose of this work was to study the effects of this hormone on intracellular Ca(2+) concentrations ([Ca(2+)]i), protein tyrosine phosphorylation, sperm motility and acrosome reaction under capacitating conditions...
January 4, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054406/surfactant-protein-d-regulates-murine-testicular-immune-milieu-and-sperm-functions
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Sushama Rokade, Uday Kishore, Taruna Madan
PROBLEM: Surfactant protein D (SP-D), a pattern recognition protein that regulates inflammation and immune homoeostasis, is expressed by testicular germ cells under the influence of testosterone. This study investigates the role of SP-D in testicular immune privilege and sperm functions. METHOD OF STUDY: Testicular levels of cytokines and immunoregulatory molecules were evaluated in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-challenged SP-D gene knockout mice (SP-D(-/-) ). Further, sperm functions were assessed by computer-assisted sperm analyser (CASA) and in vitro capacitation...
January 5, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049872/involvement-of-calcium-channels-and-intracellular-calcium-in-bull-sperm-thermotaxis
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Md Anisuzzaman Mondal, Yuji Takagi, Shoji A Baba, Koh-Ichi Hamano
Thermotaxis that sperm migrate to higher temperature area has been confirmed in rabbit and human. In this study, we examined the migration ability of bull sperm in a temperature gradient to confirm thermotaxis and elucidate the involvement of calcium in such thermotaxis, as well as the relation between sperm capacitation and bull fertility. Thermotaxis was evaluated in a temperature gradient of 34-42ºC using a cross-type column 22-mm long, 40-mm wide, and 100-μm deep. Significantly more sperm migrated to the high-temperature area of 39ºC in a 2ºC temperature gradient, and to 40ºC in a 1ºC temperature gradient...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043371/sperm-bound-antisperm-antibodies-prevent-capacitation-of-bovine-spermatozoa
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M S Ferrer, J Klabnik-Bradford, D E Anderson, A C Bullington, R A Palomares, L M J Miller, R Stawicki, M Miesner
It was hypothesized here that sperm-bound antisperm antibodies (ASAs) impair the ability of bovine spermatozoa to undergo capacitation, bind to the zona pellucida, and complete the acrosome reaction. The effect of ASA binding on these functions was evaluated in frozen/thawed spermatozoa from four bulls before and after induction of ASAs. Ejaculates were divided into ASA negative (<10% immunoglobulin [Ig]G- and IgA-bound spermatozoa) or ASA positive (≥20% IgG and/or IgA-bound spermatozoa). The percentage of capacitated (Merocyanine 540 positive) live spermatozoa in response to heparin was lower in ASA-positive than ASA-negative ejaculates (P < 0...
February 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025393/peroxiredoxins-prevent-oxidative-stress-during-human-sperm-capacitation
#15
Donghyun Lee, Adel R Moawad, Tania Morielli, Maria C Fernandez, Cristian O'Flaherty
STUDY QUESTION: Do peroxiredoxins (PRDXs) control reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels during human sperm capacitation? SUMMARY ANSWER: PRDXs are necessary to control the levels of ROS generated during capacitation allowing spermatozoa to achieve fertilizing ability. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Sperm capacitation is an oxidative event that requires low and controlled amounts of ROS to trigger phosphorylation events. PRDXs are antioxidant enzymes that not only act as scavengers but also control ROS action in somatic cells...
December 26, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017538/sedimentation-properties-in-density-gradients-correspond-with-levels-of-sperm-dna-fragmentation-chromatin-compaction-and-binding-affinity-to-hyaluronic-acid
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Forough Torabi, Adel Binduraihem, David Miller
Mature spermatozoa bind hyaluronic acid in the extracellular matrix via hyaladherins. Immature spermatozoa may be unable to interact because they do not express the appropriate hyaladherins on their surface. Fresh human semen samples were fractionated using differential density gradient centrifugation (DDGC) and the ability of these fractions to bind hyaluronic acid was evaluated. The presence of sperm hyaladherins was also assessed. CD44 was located mainly on the hyaluronic and equatorial segment and became more restricted to the equatorial segment in capacitated spermatozoa...
December 15, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992447/heat-sensing-receptor-trpv1-is-a-mediator-of-thermotaxis-in-human-spermatozoa
#17
Luca De Toni, Andrea Garolla, Massimo Menegazzo, Sabina Magagna, Andrea Di Nisio, Iva Šabović, Maria Santa Rocca, Valentina Scattolini, Andrea Filippi, Carlo Foresta
The molecular bases of sperm thermotaxis, the temperature-oriented cell motility, are currently under investigation. Thermal perception relies on a subclass of the transient receptor potential [TRP] channels, whose member TRPV1 is acknowledged as the heat sensing receptor. Here we investigated the involvement of TRPV1 in human sperm thermotaxis. We obtained semen samples from 16 normozoospermic subjects attending an infertility survey programme, testis biopsies from 6 patients with testicular germ cell cancer and testis fine needle aspirates from 6 patients with obstructive azoospermia undergoing assisted reproductive technologies...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921298/female-induced-remote-regulation-of-sperm-physiology-may-provide-opportunities-for-gamete-level-mate-choice
#18
Jukka Kekäläinen, Jonathan P Evans
In sedentary externally fertilizing species, direct interactions between mating partners are limited and prefertilization communication between sexes occurs largely at the gamete level. Certain combinations of eggs and sperm often have higher fertilization success than others, which may be contingent on egg-derived chemical factors that preferentially attract sperm from compatible males. Here, we examine the mechanisms underlying such effects in the marine mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis, where differential sperm attraction has recently been shown to be associated with variation in offspring viability...
December 6, 2016: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912195/mass-spectrometry-profiling-of-oxysterols-in-human-sperm-identifies-25-hydroxycholesterol-as-a-marker-of-sperm-function
#19
Chiara Zerbinati, Luisa Caponecchia, Rosa Puca, Marco Ciacciarelli, Pietro Salacone, Annalisa Sebastianelli, Antonio Pastore, Giovanni Palleschi, Vincenzo Petrozza, Natale Porta, Rocco Rago, Antonio Carbone, Luigi Iuliano
Cholesterol is a main lipid component of sperm cell that is essential for sperm membrane fluidity, capacitation, and acrosomal reaction. Recent data obtained in bovine sperm showed that sperm capacitation is associated to the formation of oxysterols, oxidized products of cholesterol. The aim of this study was to profile oxysterol content in human semen, and to investigate their potential role in sperm pathophysiology. Among the 12 oxysterols analyzed, 25-hydroxycholesterol (25-HC) resulted the most represented in normozoospermic samples, and its concentration positively correlated with spermatozoa number...
November 22, 2016: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902451/vitamin-d-and-male-reproductive-system
#20
Pablo R Costanzo, Pablo Knoblovits
Vitamin D deficiency is a highly prevalent worldwide condition and affects people of all ages. The most important role of vitamin D is the regulation of intestinal calcium absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus to maintain muscle and bone homeostasis. Furthermore, in recent years it has been discovered that the vitamin D receptor (VDR) is widely distributed in many organs and tissues where vitamin D can perform other actions that include the modulation of the immune response, insulin secretion, anti-proliferative effect on cells of vascular smooth muscle, modulation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and regulates cell growth in several organs...
December 1, 2016: Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation
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