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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243796/can-high-levels-of-d-chiro-inositol-in-follicular-fluid-exert-detrimental-effects-on-blastocyst-quality
#1
K Ravanos, G Monastra, T Pavlidou, M Goudakou, N Prapas
OBJECTIVE: It was previously shown that higher concentrations of myo-inositol in human follicular fluid improve oocyte and embryo quality, whereas D-chiro-inositol seems to worsen oocyte quality and ovarian response in polycystic ovary syndrome patients. Our study was the first one aiming to test whether different myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol concentration in follicular fluids correlate with blastocyst quality in healthy young women. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eight egg donors and eleven couples undergoing in vitro fertilization, were involved in a prospective observational study...
December 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237021/human-specific-subcellular-compartmentalization-of-p-element-induced-wimpy-testis-like-piwil-granules-during-germ-cell-development-and-spermatogenesis
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Maria Gomes Fernandes, Nannan He, Fang Wang, Liesbeth Van Iperen, Cristina Eguizabal, Roberto Matorras, Bernard A J Roelen, Susana M Chuva De Sousa Lopes
STUDY QUESTION: What is the dynamics of expression of P-element induced wimpy testis-like (PIWIL) proteins in the germline during human fetal development and spermatogenesis? SUMMARY ANSWER: PIWIL1, PIWIL2, PIWIL3 and PIWIL4 were expressed in a sex-specific fashion in human germ cells (GC) during development and adulthood. PIWILs showed a mutually exclusive pattern of subcellular localization. PIWILs were present in the intermitochondrial cement and a single large granule in meiotic GC and their expression was different from that observed in mice, highlighting species-differences...
December 11, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236205/a-novel-fibrin-based-artificial-ovary-prototype-resembling-human-ovarian-tissue-in-terms-of-architecture-and-rigidity
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Maria Costanza Chiti, Marie-Madeleine Dolmans, Lucie Mortiaux, Flanco Zhuge, Emna Ouni, Parinaz Asiabi Kohneh Shahri, Evelyne Van Ruymbeke, Sophie-Demoustier Champagne, Jacques Donnez, Christiani Andrade Amorim
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to optimize fibrin matrix composition in order to mimic human ovarian tissue architecture for human ovarian follicle encapsulation and grafting. METHODS: Ultrastructure of fresh human ovarian cortex in age-related women (n = 3) and different fibrin formulations (F12.5/T1, F30/T50, F50/T50, F75/T75), rheology of fibrin matrices and histology of isolated and encapsulated human ovarian follicles in these matrices. RESULTS: Fresh human ovarian cortex showed a highly fibrous and structurally inhomogeneous architecture in three age-related patients, but the mean ± SD of fiber thickness (61...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233547/the-developing-spectrum-of-gastric-type-cervical-glandular-lesions
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REVIEW
Karen L Talia, W Glenn McCluggage
Adenocarcinoma of the cervix is less common than squamous cell carcinoma, although its relative prevalence is increasing. Oncogenic (high-risk) human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is implicated in the development of approximately 90% of all cervical adenocarcinomas. Of the remaining non-HPV associated tumours, the most frequent is gastric-type adenocarcinoma (GAS), which is recognised by the World Health Organization as a form of mucinous adenocarcinoma of the cervix. Minimal deviation adenocarcinoma (MDA) of mucinous type (adenoma malignum) is considered an extremely well differentiated variant of GAS and is encompassed within the category of GAS...
December 9, 2017: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231289/a-cell-friendly-window-for-the-interaction-of-cells-with-hyaluronic-acid-poly-l-lysine-multilayers
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Narayanan Madaboosi, Katja Uhlig, Stephan Schmidt, Anna S Vikulina, Helmuth Möhwald, Claus Duschl, Dmitry Volodkin
Polyelectrolyte multilayers assembled from hyaluronic acid (HA) and poly-l-lysine (PLL) are most widely studied showing excellent reservoir characteristics to host molecules of diverse nature; however, thick (HA/PLL)n films are often found cell repellent. By a systematic study of the adhesion and proliferation of various cells as a function of bilayer number "n" a correlation with the mechanical and chemical properties of films is developed. The following cell lines have been studied: mouse 3T3 and L929 fibroblasts, human foreskin primary fibroblasts VH-Fib, human embryonic kidney HEK-293, human bone cell line U-2-OS, Chinese hamster ovary CHO-K and mouse embryonic stem cells...
December 12, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225112/fisetin-a-bioactive-phytochemical-with-potential-for-cancer-prevention-and-pharmacotherapy
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REVIEW
Dharambir Kashyap, Ajay Sharma, Katrin Sak, Hardeep Singh Tuli, Harpal Singh Buttar, Anupam Bishayee
A wide variety of chronic diseases, such as neurodegenerative and cardiovascular disorders, diabetes mellitus, osteoarthtitis, obesity and various cancers, are now being treated with cost effective phytomedicines. Since synthetic medicines are very expensive, concerted efforts are being made in developing and poor countries to discover cost effective medicines for the treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Understanding the underlying mechanisms of bioactive medicines from natural sources would not only open incipient avenues for the scientific community and pharmaceutical industry to discover new drug molecules for the therapy of NCDs, but also help to garner knowledge for alternative therapeutic approaches for the management of chronic diseases...
December 7, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224110/sex-differences-in-androgen-regulation-of-metabolism-in-nonhuman-primates
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Cadence True, David H Abbott, Charles T Roberts, Oleg Varlamov
The in-depth characterization of sex differences relevant to human physiology requires the judicious use of a variety of animal models and human clinical data. Nonhuman primates (NHPs) represent an important experimental system that bridges rodent studies and clinical investigations. NHP studies have been especially useful in understanding the role of sex hormones in development and metabolism and also allow the elucidation of the effects of pertinent dietary influences on physiology pertinent to disease states such as obesity and diabetes...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223348/distinctive-binding-properties-of-the-negative-allosteric-modulator-3h-sb269-652-at-recombinant-dopamine-d3-receptors
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Irene Fasciani, Ilaria Pietrantoni, Mario Rossi, Clotilde Mannoury la Cour, Gabriella Aloisi, Francesco Marampon, Marco Scarselli, Mark J Millan, Roberto Maggio
Recently, employing radioligand displacement and functional coupling studies, we demonstrated that SB269,652 (N-[(1r,4r)-4-[2-(7-cyano-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinolin-2-yl)ethyl]cyclohexyl]-1H-indole-2-carboxamide) interacts in an atypical manner with dopamine D3 receptor displaying a unique profile reminiscent of a negative allosteric ligand. Here, we characterized the binding of radiolabelled [3H]SB269,652 to human dopamine D3 receptor stably expressed in Chinese Hamster Ovary cells. Under saturating conditions, SB269,652 showed a KD value of ≈ 1nM...
December 6, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221447/disruption-of-postnatal-folliculogenesis-and-development-of-ovarian-tumor-in-a-mouse-model-with-aberrant-transforming-growth-factor-beta-signaling
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Yang Gao, Xin Fang, David F Vincent, David W Threadgill, Laurent Bartholin, Qinglei Li
BACKGROUND: Transforming growth factor beta (TGFB) superfamily signaling is implicated in the development of sex cord-stromal tumors, a category of poorly defined gonadal tumors. The aim of this study was to determine potential effects of dysregulated TGFB signaling in the ovary using Cre recombinase driven by growth differentiation factor 9 (Gdf9) promoter known to be expressed in oocytes. METHODS: A mouse model containing constitutively active TGFBR1 (TGFBR1CA) using Gdf9-iCre (termed TGFBR1-CAG9Cre) was generated...
December 8, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220370/absence-of-anti-hypocretin-receptor-2-autoantibodies-in-post-pandemrix-narcolepsy-cases
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Guo Luo, Ling Lin, Louis Jacob, Mélodie Bonvalet, Aditya Ambati, Giuseppe Plazzi, Fabio Pizza, Ryan Leib, Christopher M Adams, Markku Partinen, Emmanuel Jean-Marie Mignot
BACKGROUND: A recent publication suggested molecular mimicry of a nucleoprotein (NP) sequence from A/Puerto Rico/8/1934 (PR8) strain, the backbone used in the construction of the reassortant strain X-179A that was used in Pandemrix® vaccine, and reported on anti-hypocretin (HCRT) receptor 2 (anti-HCRTR2) autoantibodies in narcolepsy, mostly in post Pandemrix® narcolepsy cases (17 of 20 sera). In this study, we re-examined this hypothesis through mass spectrometry (MS) characterization of Pandemrix®, and two other pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1)-2009 vaccines, Arepanrix® and Focetria®, and analyzed anti-HCRTR2 autoantibodies in narcolepsy patients and controls using three independent strategies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220342/effect-of-penetration-enhancers-on-the-percuaneous-delivery-of-hormone-replacement-actives
#11
John O Trimble, Bob Light
Transdermal compositions for hormone replacement are comprised of exogenous hormones that are biochemically similar to those produced endogenously by the ovaries or elsewhere in the body. In this work, estradiol, estriol, and testosterone were loaded in transdermal vehicles, prepared using one of three selected penetration enhancer mixtures: Vehicle 1 (olive oil and oleic acid), Vehicle 2 (isopropyl palmitate and lecithin), and Vehicle 3 (isopropyl myristate and lecithin). The influence of penetration enhancers on transdermal delivery was evaluated using Franz-type diffusion cells and Normal Human 3D Model of Epidermal Tissue...
November 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219003/the-futile-case-of-the-aging-ovary-is-it-mission-impossible-a-focused-review
#12
S Rasool, D Shah
Despite immense and impressive progress in the field of reproductive medicine, little has been achieved in terms of replenishing aged ovaries and improving their reproductive outcome. Age causes irreversible damage to human eggs in terms of quantity as well as quality. Nature probably designed women to reproduce best in their twenties and thirties. However, due to social, personal, career, educational and financial pressures, women delay pregnancies until their late thirties, by which time the chance of becoming pregnant is compromised by low fecundity rates and an increased risk of miscarriage...
December 8, 2017: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215149/pregnancy-outcomes-in-women-on-metformin-for-diabetes-or-other-indications-among-those-seeking-teratology-information-services
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Alice Panchaud, Valentin Rousson, Thierry Vial, Nathalie Bernard, David Baud, Emmanuelle Amar, Marco De Santis, Alessandra Pistelli, Anne Dautriche, Frederique Beau-Salinas, Matteo Cassina, Hannah Dunstan, Anneke Passier, Yusuf Cem Kaplan, Mine Kadioglu Duman, Eva Maňáková, Georgios Eleftheriou, Gil Klinger, Ursula Winterfeld, Laura E Rothuizen, Thierry Buclin, Chantal Csajka, Sonia Hernandez-Diaz
BACKGROUND: Metformin is used to treat type 2 diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome associated infertility, and gestational diabetes. Human studies evaluating the safety of metformin in early pregnancy are scarce. METHOD: We evaluated the risk of major birth defects and pregnancy losses in a cohort of pregnant women exposed to metformin during first trimester for different indications relative to a matched unexposed reference group. RESULTS: The risk of major birth defects was 5...
December 7, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207252/role-of-activin-c-in-normal-ovaries-and-granulosa-cell-tumours-of-mice-and-humans
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Karen L Reader, Francesco E Marino, Helen D Nicholson, Gail P Risbridger, Elspeth J Gold
Activins and inhibins play important roles in the development, growth and function of the ovary. Mice lacking inhibin develop granulosa cell tumours in their ovaries that secrete activin A, and these tumours are modulated by increased activin C expression. The aim of the present study was to identify where activin C is expressed in mouse and human ovaries and whether overexpression of activin C modulates normal follicular development in mice. Immunohistochemical staining for the activin βC subunit was performed on sections from mouse and human ovaries and human adult granulosa cell tumours...
December 6, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207172/ran-binding-protein-m-is-associated-with-human-spermatogenesis-and-oogenesis
#15
Wen-Hao Tang, Xin-Jie Zhuang, Shi-De Song, Han Wu, Zhe Zhang, Yu-Zhuo Yang, Hong-Liang Zhang, Jia-Ming Mao, De-Feng Liu, Lian-Ming Zhao, Hao-Cheng Lin, Kai Hong, Lu-Lin Ma, Jie Qiao, Weibing Qin, Yunge Tang, Hui Jiang
The aim of the present study was to explore the underlying mechanism and diagnostic potential of Ran‑binding protein M (RanBPM) in human spermatogenesis and oogenesis. RanBPM expression in human testis and ovaries was analysed using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and western blotting, and immunofluorescence was performed on testis and ovary tissue sections during different developmental stages of spermatogenesis and oogenesis using RanBPM antibodies. Interactions with a variety of functional proteins were also investigated...
November 23, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206944/the-direct-and-indirect-effects-of-kisspeptin-54-on-granulosa-lutein-cell-function
#16
L A Owens, A Abbara, A Lerner, S O'floinn, G Christopoulos, S Khanjani, R Islam, K Hardy, A C Hanyaloglu, S A Lavery, W S Dhillo, S Franks
STUDY QUESTION: What are the in vivo and in vitro actions of kisspeptin-54 on the expression of genes involved in ovarian reproductive function, steroidogenesis and ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) in granulosa lutein (GL) cells when compared with traditional triggers of oocyte maturation? SUMMARY ANSWER: The use of kisspeptin-54 as an oocyte maturation trigger augmented expression of genes involved in ovarian steroidogenesis in human GL cells including, FSH receptor (FSHR), LH/hCG receptor (LHCGR), steroid acute regulatory protein (STAR), aromatase, estrogen receptors alpha and beta (ESR1, ESR2), 3-beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (3BHSD2) and inhibin A (INHBA), when compared to traditional maturation triggers, but did not alter markers of OHSS...
December 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201646/laser-scanning-laser-diode-photoacoustic-microscopy-system
#17
Mohsen Erfanzadeh, Patrick D Kumavor, Quing Zhu
The development of low-cost and fast photoacoustic microscopy systems enhances the clinical applicability of photoacoustic imaging systems. To this end, we present a laser scanning laser diode-based photoacoustic microscopy system. In this system, a 905 nm, 325 W maximum output peak power pulsed laser diode with 50 ns pulsewidth is utilized as the light source. A combination of aspheric and cylindrical lenses is used for collimation of the laser diode beam. Two galvanometer scanning mirrors steer the beam across a focusing aspheric lens...
March 2018: Photoacoustics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201428/effect-of-aging-on-the-female-reproductive-function
#18
REVIEW
Koumei Shirasuna, Hisataka Iwata
Aging is a complex biological process that involves the accrual of bodily changes over a long life span. In humans, advanced maternal age is associated with infertility and adverse pregnancy complications. Cellular and organic senescence is hypothesized to contribute to the age-related decline in reproductive function. Accumulating evidence suggests that immune cells play pivotal roles in physiological reproductive function and pregnancy. The concept of "inflammaging" has recently emerged- an age-dependent, low-grade, chronic, and systemic inflammatory state induced by the senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP), which is produced by the innate immune, parenchymal, and nonparenchymal cells within the organs...
2017: Contraception and Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201049/metals-in-fishes-from-yongshu-island-southern-south-china-sea-human-health-risk-assessment
#19
Zhai Wu, Ye Xu, Minggang Cai, Sha-Yen Cheng, Huorong Chen, Dongren Huang, Kai Chen, Yan Lin, Tianyao Li, Mengyang Liu, Hengxiang Deng, Minjie Ni, Hongwei Ke
In order to assess the bioaccumulation of metals associated with gender, tissues, and their potential ecological risk, four species of fish were collected from the Yongshu Island in the Southern South China Sea. Metals and stable Pb isotopes in their tissues (muscle, gill, liver, intestine, and ovary) were determined. The concentrations of metals (mg/kg, dry weight) in these species were ND-21.60 (Cd), 1.21-4.87 (Cr), 0.42-22.4 (Cu), 1.01-51.8 (Mn), 0.30-3.28 (Ni), 6.04-1.29 × 103 (Zn), 14.89-1.40 × 103 (Fe), and 0...
2017: Journal of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199475/chromosomal-instability-and-cytotoxicity-induced-by-ribavirin-comparative-analysis-in-cell-lines-with-different-drug-metabolizing-profiles
#20
Carina Sperotto Librelotto, Daniel Simon, Ana Paula de Souza, Mário Reis Álvares-da-Silva, Rafael Rodrigues Dihl
Ribavirin is an important component of the treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and, in combination with the new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents, comprises the major current therapeutic regimens. This study evaluated the cytotoxicity and chromosomal instability induced by ribavirin using the in vitro cytokinesis-block micronucleus cytome (CBMN-Cyt) assay in two cell lines with different expression levels of drug-metabolizing enzymes: human hepatocellular carcinoma cells (HepG2) and Chinese hamster ovary (CHO-K1) cells...
December 4, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
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