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biomarkers for i fertility

W-S Kwon, M S Rahman, D-Y Ryu, A Khatun, M-G Pang
To overcome the limitations of conventional analysis of male fertility in animals and humans, proteomic studies have been performed to develop fertility-related biomarkers for prognosis and diagnosis of male fertility. However, the studies were focused on specific species or breeds. Therefore, a study is required to validate whether fertility-related markers would apply to other breeds in pigs. In this study, previously developed fertility-related biomarkers from Landrace were validated to use for prognosis of male fertility in commercially available breeds...
May 2017: Andrology
B M Hoenderboom, A A M van Oeffelen, B H B van Benthem, J E A M van Bergen, N H T M Dukers-Muijrers, H M Götz, C J P A Hoebe, A A Hogewoning, F R M van der Klis, D van Baarle, J A Land, M A B van der Sande, M G van Veen, F de Vries, S A Morré, I V F van den Broek
BACKGROUND: Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) among young women, can result in serious sequelae. Although the course of infection is often asymptomatic, CT may cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), leading to severe complications, such as prolonged time to pregnancy, ectopic pregnancy, and tubal factor subfertility. The risk of and risk factors for complications following CT-infection have not been assessed in a long-term prospective cohort study, the preferred design to define infections and complications adequately...
April 11, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
M K Praveen Kumar, S K Shyama, Shamim Kashif, S K Dubey, D'costa Avelyno, B H Sonaye, B Kadam Samit, R C Chaubey
The zebrafish is gaining importance as a popular vertebrate model organism and is widely employed in ecotoxicological studies, especially for the biomonitoring of pollution in water bodies. There is limited data on the genetic mechanisms governing the adverse health effects in regards to an early developmental exposure to gamma radiation. In the present study zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos were exposed to 1, 2.5, 5, 7.5 and 10Gy of gamma radiation at 3h post fertilization (hpf). Different developmental toxicity endpoints were investigated...
April 7, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Gea Oliveri Conti, Aldo Eugenio Calogero, Filippo Giacone, Maria Fiore, Martina Barchitta, Antonella Agodi, Margherita Ferrante
Benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) is a carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon for human tissues. Still today it is not fully investigated if BaP can affect negatively the male fertility through the BaP‑DNA adducts production. In the present study, BaP Tetrol I‑1 (TI‑1) and BaP Tetrol II‑2 (TII‑2) BaP‑DNA adducts were investigated in spermatozoa of a Sicilian male population. Semen samples from 86 volunteers in two eastern Sicilian cities (Regalbuto and Melilli) were collected. The quality of semen was evaluated in all samples according to the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines...
March 27, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
Vrinda Yatin Dambal, Karthikeyan Ponnien Selvan, Christy Lite, S Barathi, Winkins Santosh
MethylParaben (MP), a methyl ester of p-hydroxybenzoic acid, is used as an anti-microbial preservative in foods, drugs and cosmetics for decades. It enters the aquatic environment, and can have toxic effects on aquatic organisms. Little is known on the developmental toxicity of MP exposure to zebrafish during early life stages. In this study, the developmental effects of MP were evaluated in embryo-larval zebrafish (at concentrations ranging from 100μM, 200μM, 400µM, 800μM and 1000μM for 96h post fertilization (hpf)...
March 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Sylvie Bouvier, Odile Paulmyer-Lacroix, Nicolas Molinari, Alexandrine Bertaud, Marine Paci, Aurélie Leroyer, Stéphane Robert, Françoise Dignat George, Marcel Blot-Chabaud, Nathalie Bardin
Although progress was made in in vitro fertilization (IVF) techniques, the majority of embryos transferred fail to implant. Morphology embryo scoring is the standard procedure for most of IVF centres for choosing the best embryo, but remains limited since even the embryos classified as "top quality" may not implant. As it has been shown that i) CD146 is involved in embryo implantation and ii) membrane form is shed to generate soluble CD146 (sCD146), we propose that sCD146 in embryo supernatants may constitute a new biomarker of embryo selection...
2017: PloS One
Kuppusamy Chenniappan, Kadarkari Murugan
CONTEXT: Ionidium suffruticosum (L.) Ging (Violaceae) is an important medicinal plant widely used as a herbal traditional medicine in Ayurveda for the treatment of infertility. Currently, little pharmacological information is available on its male fertility properties following prolonged use. OBJECTIVE: To investigate I. suffruticosum leaf extracts for male fertility parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The ethanol lyophilized fraction was administered orally on carbendazim-induced sub-fertility rats (250 mg/kg body weight for 28 days)...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
Celia Corral-Vazquez, Joan Blanco, Albert Salas-Huetos, Francesca Vidal, Ester Anton
STUDY QUESTION: What is the most reliable normalization strategy for sperm microRNA (miRNA) quantitative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reactions (qRT-PCR) using singleplex assays? SUMMARY ANSWER: The use of the average expression of hsa-miR-100-5p and hsa-miR-30a-5p as sperm miRNA qRT-PCR data normalizer is suggested as an optimal strategy. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Mean-centering methods are the most reliable normalization strategies for miRNA high-throughput expression analyses...
December 8, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
E Gómez, M Muñoz, C Simó, C Ibáñez, S Carrocera, D Martín-González, A Cifuentes
Metabolic differences between early male and female embryos can be reflected in culture medium (CM). We used a single bovine embryo culture step (24h) supporting improved birth rates under chemically defined conditions (CDC) to investigate biomarker detection of embryonic sex in contrast to classical BSA-containing medium. In vitro matured slaughterhouse oocytes were fertilized in vitro with a single bull. Embryos were initially cultured in synthetic oviduct fluid with BSA. On day-6, morulae were cultured individually in droplets with (BSA) or without protein (CDC)...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
R Devjak, T Burnik Papler, I Verdenik, K Fon Tacer, E Vrtačnik Bokal
Since the introduction of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in clinical practice of infertility treatment, the indicators for high quality embryos were investigated. Cumulus cells (CC) have a specific gene expression profile according to the developmental potential of the oocyte they are surrounding, and therefore, specific gene expression could be used as a biomarker. The aim of our study was to combine more than one biomarker to observe improvement in prediction value of embryo development. In this study, 58 CC samples from 17 IVF patients were analyzed...
July 1, 2016: Balkan Journal of Medical Genetics: BJMG
Chan-I Chung, Ryoji Makino, Yuki Ohmuro-Matsuyama, Hiroshi Ueda
Fluorescence-based biosensor probes, especially those based on Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) between fluorescent protein (FP) variants, are widely used to monitor various biological phenomena, often detecting ligand-induced association of the receptor domains. While antibodies are fertile sources of specific receptors for various biomolecules, their potential has not been fully exploited. In this study, we used a fluorescent probe comprising FP-fused antibody variable region fragments to detect a bone metabolism biomarker, osteocalcin (BGP), by using fluorescence spectrometry/microscopy...
February 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Cecilia Dieci, Valentina Lodde, Rémi Labreque, Isabelle Dufort, Irene Tessaro, Marc-André Sirard, Alberto M Luciano
STUDY QUESTION: Does the gene expression profile of cumulus cells (CC) accompanying oocytes with different degrees of chromatin compaction within the germinal vesicle (GV) reflect the oocyte's quality and response in culture during in-vitro embryo production (IVP). SUMMARY ANSWER: The transcriptomic profile of the CC is related to oocyte competence, setting the stage for the development of customized pre-maturation strategies to improve IVP. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Oocytes complete the acquisition of their competence during antral follicle development...
December 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
Rahul Gajbhiye, Trupti Bendigeri, Arun Ghuge, Kashmira Bhusane, Shahina Begum, Neeta Warty, Raj Sawant, Kedar Padte, Anil Humane, Pramathes Dasmahapatra, Anahita Chauhan, Shagufta Khan
Endometriosis, characterized by the presence of endometrial-like tissue at extrauterine sites, is a common, chronic, estrogen-dependent, inflammatory condition associated with pelvic pain, subfertility, dysmenorrhea, and dyspareunia, affecting about 10% of reproductive-age women in any population. The diagnosis of endometriosis is usually delayed on an average by 8 to 11 years leading to significant consequences in terms of disease progression. The current study was aimed to validate enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay based on the epitopes of stomatin-like protein 2, tropomodulin 3 (TMOD3), and tropomyosin 3 (TPM3) for diagnosis of minimal-mild endometriosis (revised American Fertility Society Classification (rAFS) stage I-II) and to compare the performance with the reported markers: cancer antigen (CA) 125, CA19-9, α-enolase, Serine/threonine-protein kinase (PDIK1L), and syntaxin 5...
July 8, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
Joshua Jasensky, Andrew P Boughton, Alexander Khmaladze, Jun Ding, Chi Zhang, Jason E Swain, George W Smith, Zhan Chen, Gary D Smith
Cytosolic lipids participate in the growth, development, and overall health of mammalian oocytes including many roles in cellular homeostasis. Significant emphasis has been placed on the study of lipids as a dynamic organelle, which in turn requires the development of tools and techniques to quantitate and compare how lipid content relates to cellular structure, function, and normalcy. Objectives of this study were to determine if nonlinear vibrational microscopy (e.g., coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering or CARS microscopy) could be used for live-cell imaging to quantify and compare lipid content in mammalian oocytes during development and in relation to body composition; and compare its efficacy to methods involving cellular fixation and staining protocols...
August 7, 2016: Analyst
Elodie Scalici, Shaliha Bechoua, Karine Astruc, Laurence Duvillard, Thomas Gautier, Véronique Drouineaud, Clément Jimenez, Samir Hamamah
BACKGROUND: Follicular fluid (FF) is an important micro-environment influencing oocyte growth, its development competence, and embryo viability. The FF content analysis allows to identify new relevant biomarkers, which could be predictive of in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes. Inside ovarian follicle, the amount of FF components from granulosa cells (GC) secretion, could be regulated by gonadotropins, which play a major role in follicle development. METHODS: This prospective study included 61 female undergoing IVF or Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) procedure...
May 21, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Carolina Parelho, Filipe Bernardo, Ricardo Camarinho, Armindo Santos Rodrigues, Patrícia Garcia
The exposure to agrochemicals during farming activities affects the function of the reproductive system, as revealed by the increasing worldwide evidence of male infertility amongst farmers. The main objective of this study was to untangle the link between agricultural practices and male reproductive impairment due to chronic exposure to xenobiotics (such as agrochemicals) in conventional and organic farming environments. For this purpose, male wild mice (Mus musculus) populations from sites representing two distinct farming practices (conventional and organic farming systems) were used as bioindicators for observable effects of testicular damage, namely on a set of histological and cellular parameters: (i) relative volumetric density of different spermatogenic cells and interstitial space; (ii) damage in the seminiferous tubules and (iii) apoptotic cells in the germinal epithelium...
July 2016: Chemosphere
A Ubilla, I Valdebenito, M E Árias, J Risopatrón
In vitro storage of salmonid eggs leads to aging of the cells causing a decline in quality and reducing their capacity to develop and produce embryos. The quality of salmonid embryos is assessed by morphologic analyses; however, data on the application of biomarkers to determine the cell viability and DNA integrity of embryos in these species are limited. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect on embryo development, viability and DNA fragmentation in the embryonic cells of in vitro storage time at 4 °C of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) eggs...
May 2016: Theriogenology
Shyh-Jong Wu, Yu-Shin Cheng, Hsiao-Lung Liu, Hsing-He Wang, Hsiu-Lin Huang
Novel candidates for biomarkers of a high-fertilization rate were identified here through global transcriptional profiling of ovarian follicles. Some other differentially expressed candidate genes were first noted to influence animal reproduction in our previous cDNA microarray analysis and are now recognized as markers for marker-assisted selection. In the present study, we compared gene expression in ovarian follicles from animals with high- and low-fertilization rates using an oligonucleotide array. On the basis of a fold change of greater than 1...
May 2016: Theriogenology
A Thankamony, V Pasterski, K K Ong, C L Acerini, I A Hughes
Abnormal foetal testis development has been proposed to underlie common disorders of the male reproductive system such as cryptorchidism, hypospadias, reduced semen quality and testicular germ cell tumour, which are regarded as components of a 'testicular dysgenesis syndrome'. The increasing trends and geographical variation in their incidence have been suggested to result from in utero exposure to environmental chemicals acting as endocrine disruptors. In rodents, the anogenital distance (AGD), measured from the anus to the base of genital tubercle, is a sensitive biomarker of androgen exposure during a critical embryonic window of testis development...
July 2016: Andrology
Rakhi Jha, Pradeep K Jha, Santosh Gupta, S P Bhuvaneshwaran, Maidul Hossain, Sujoy K Guha
Nanomaterial mediated drug delivery represents a highly promising technique while its selectivity for reproductive healthcare application still remains a challenge. Since the delicate structure and functional role of reproductive tissue and gametes require the use of biocompatible nanomedicine/devices that do not affect fertility or the development of resulting offspring, this paper reports an intercomparative study of human spermatozoa interaction with three different nanoparticles (NPs) namely; iron oxide (Fe3O4), multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) and graphene platelet nanopowder (GPN) to probe their suitability for drug delivery carrier and biomarker development purposes...
April 1, 2016: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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