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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054705/cistanches-herba-an-overview-of-its-chemistry-pharmacology-and-pharmacokinetics-property
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REVIEW
Zhifei Fu, Xiang Fan, Xiaoying Wang, Xiumei Gao
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Cistanches Herba is an Orobanchaceae parasitic plant. As a commonly used Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), its traditional functions include treating kidney deficiency, impotence, female infertility and senile constipation. Chemical analysis of Cistanches Herba revealed that phenylethanoid glycosides, iridoids, lignans, oligosaccharides, and polysaccharides were the main constituents. Pharmacological studies demonstrated that Cistanches Herba exhibited neuroprotective, immunomodulatory, hormonal balancing, anti-fatigue, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotection, anti-oxidative, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-tumor effects, etc...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045673/age-related-changes-in-the-mitochondria-of-human-mural-granulosa-cells
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Yifan Liu, Ming Han, Xiaoshuang Li, Hui Wang, Minyue Ma, Shihui Zhang, Yifan Guo, Shuling Wang, Yuanfen Wang, N Duan, Bing Xu, Jingwen Yin, Yuanqing Yao
STUDY QUESTION: What changes in the mitochondria of human mural granulosa cells (mGCs) with maternal aging? SUMMARY ANSWER: The mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) and the ability of oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) of mGCs declines with reproductive aging, accompanied with more abnormal mitochondria. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Mitochondria play an important role in the dialogue between the mGCs and oocytes. However, the underlying mechanism of mitochondrial dysfunction in mGCs in aging is still poorly understood...
October 17, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044420/characterization-of-a-novel-role-for-the-dynamin-mechanoenzymes-in-the-regulation-of-human-sperm-acrosomal-exocytosis
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Wei Zhou, Amanda L Anderson, Adrian P Turner, Geoffry N De Iuliis, Adam McCluskey, Eileen A McLaughlin, Brett Nixon
STUDY QUESTION: Does dynamin regulate human sperm acrosomal exocytosis? SUMMARY ANSWER: Our studies of dynamin localization and function have implicated this family of mechanoenzymes in the regulation of progesterone-induced acrosomal exocytosis in human spermatozoa. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Completion of an acrosome reaction is a prerequisite for successful fertilization in all studied mammalian species. It follows that failure to complete this unique exocytotic event represents a common aetiology in the defective spermatozoa of male infertility patients that have failed IVF in a clinical setting...
October 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040606/pinopode-score-around-the-time-of-implantation-is-predictive-of-successful-implantation-following-frozen-embryo-transfer-in-hormone-replacement-cycles
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X Y Jin, L J Zhao, D H Luo, L Liu, Y D Dai, X X Hu, Y Y Wang, X Lin, F Hong, T C Li, S Y Zhang
STUDY QUESTION: Is pinopode measurement of any prognostic value? SUMMARY ANSWER: Pinopode expression was significantly associated with the occurrence of pregnancy after frozen embryo transfer. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Pinopodes are expressed in the endometrium during the implantation period. Pinopode measurement has been proposed as a marker of endometrial receptivity. STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION: A prospective cohort study was conducted at the Center of Reproductive Medicine, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, between 2014 and 2016, recruiting 172 women with infertility and undergoing frozen embryo transfer following IVF treatment...
October 13, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040589/corifollitropin-alfa-followed-by-highly-purified-hmg-versus-recombinant-fsh-in-young-poor-ovarian-responders-a-multicentre-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Panagiotis Drakopoulos, Thi Ngoc Lan Vuong, Ngoc Anh Vu Ho, Alberto Vaiarelli, Manh Tuong Ho, Christophe Blockeel, Michel Camus, Anh Tuan Lam, Arne van de Vijver, Peter Humaidan, Herman Tournaye, Nikolaos P Polyzos
STUDY QUESTION: Does administration of corifollitropin alfa followed by highly purified (hp) HMG result in higher ongoing pregnancy rates compared with daily recombinant FSH (rFSH) in young poor responders? SUMMARY ANSWER: Corifollitropin alfa followed by hp-HMG does not increase ongoing pregnancy rates compared with rFSH in young poor responders, although more supernumerary cryopreserved embryos were obtained with corifollitropin alfa and hp-HMG. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Poor ovarian response remains one of the main therapeutic challenges in women undergoing ovarian stimulation, given that very low live birth rates of 6% have been reported in this particular group of infertile patients...
September 23, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040570/cumulative-live-birth-rates-following-miscarriage-in-an-initial-complete-cycle-of-ivf-a-retrospective-cohort-study-of-112-549-women
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Natalie J Cameron, Siladitya Bhattacharya, Sohinee Bhattacharya, David J McLernon
STUDY QUESTION: In women undergoing IVF/ICSI who miscarry in their first complete cycle, what is the chance of a live birth in subsequent complete cycles, and how does this compare with those whose first complete cycle ends with live birth or without a pregnancy? SUMMARY ANSWER: After two further complete cycles of IVF/ICSI, women who had miscarried or had a live birth in their first complete cycle had a higher chance of live birth (40.9 and 49.0%, respectively) than those who had no pregnancies (30...
September 20, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040540/new-debate-is-it-time-for-infertility-weight-loss-programmes-to-be-couple-based
#7
Damian Best, Alison Avenell, Siladitya Bhattacharya, Gertraud Stadler
With obesity on the rise in the general population, it has also become more prevalent among people of reproductive age. Weight loss has shown benefits in overweight women and men experiencing fertility problems. However, the existing weight-loss interventions for individuals with infertility are associated with high drop-out rates and limited success. In this article, we argue for the development of weight-loss programmes targeting couples, as couples are routinely seen in fertility clinics, rather than individuals...
October 12, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040512/fertility-related-knowledge-and-reproductive-goals-in-childhood-cancer-survivors-short-communication
#8
V Lehmann, M C Keim, L Nahata, E L Shultz, J L Klosky, M A Tuinman, C A Gerhardt
STUDY QUESTION: Do young adult survivors of childhood cancer know their fertility status, in the context of their parenthood goals and screening for gonadal functioning? SUMMARY ANSWER: While 80% of survivors (who were without children) wanted children in the future, most did not know their fertility status, and screening for gonadal functioning was underutilized. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Survivors of childhood cancer are at risk for infertility, but fertility counseling and assessment are underutilized...
September 29, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039170/-research-progress-on-the-safety-of-offsprings-conceived-by-assisted-reproductive-technology
#9
Liya Wang, Yeqing Qian, Fan Jin
Assisted reproductive technology (ART) employs superovulation, in vitro culture and other micromanipulation to complete oocyte maturation, fertilization and early embryo development. Although these techniques have been successfully applied to solve infertility problems, the process may interfere in cell proliferation, differentiation and growth. The clinical and laboratory studies on the safety issue of ART are reviewed in this article. Studies found that the incidence of birth defects increased in ART offspring...
May 25, 2017: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036845/sexual-concerns-after-spinal-cord-injury-an-update-on-management
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Marcalee Sipski Alexander, Carrie Mlynarczyk Aisen, Sterling Morrison Alexander, Mindy Lipson Aisen
BACKGROUND: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) causes neurological impairment with resultant neurogenic sexual dysfunction which can compound preexisting psychological and medical sexual concerns. Understanding these concerns is important in managing the lifelong needs of persons with SCIs. OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of the impact of SCI on sexuality along with a framework for treatment of sexual concerns. To briefly review male infertility and its treatments and pregnancy in females after SCI...
October 11, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034438/the-pathways-fertility-preservation-decision-aid-website-for-women-with-cancer-development-and-field-testing
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Terri L Woodard, Aubri S Hoffman, Laura A Covarrubias, Deborah Holman, Leslie Schover, Andrea Bradford, Derek B Hoffman, Aakrati Mathur, Jerah Thomas, Robert J Volk
PURPOSE: To improve survivors' awareness and knowledge of fertility preservation counseling and treatment options, this study engaged survivors and providers to design, develop, and field-test Pathways: a fertility preservation patient decision aid website for young women with cancer©. METHODS: Using an adapted user-centered design process, our stakeholder advisory group and research team designed and optimized the Pathways patient decision aid website through four iterative cycles of review and revision with clinicians (n = 21) and survivors (n = 14)...
October 15, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029549/progress-and-future-prospect-of-in-vitro-spermatogenesis
#12
REVIEW
Fahar Ibtisham, Jiang Wu, Mei Xiao, Lilong An, Zachary Banker, Aamir Nawab, Yi Zhao, Guanghui Li
Infertility has become a major health issue in the world. It affects the social life of couples and of all infertility cases; approximately 40-50% is due to "male factor" infertility. Male infertility could be due to genetic factors, environment or due to gonadotoxic treatment. Developments in reproductive biotechnology have made it possible to rescue fertility and uphold biological fatherhood. In vitro production of haploid male germ cell is a powerful tool, not only for the treatment of infertility including oligozoospermic or azoospermic patient, but also for the fertility preservation in pre-pubertal boys whose gonadal function is threatened by gonadotoxic therapies...
September 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025019/differing-molecular-response-of-young-and-advanced-maternal-age-human-oocytes-to-ivm
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J M Reyes, E Silva, J L Chitwood, W B Schoolcraft, R L Krisher, P J Ross
STUDY QUESTION: What effect does maternal age have on the human oocyte's molecular response to in vitro oocyte maturation? SUMMARY ANSWER: Although polyadenylated transcript abundance is similar between young and advanced maternal age (AMA) germinal vesicle (GV) oocytes, metaphase II (MII) oocytes exhibit a divergent transcriptome resulting from a differential response to in vitro oocyte maturation. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Microarray studies considering maternal age or maturation stage have shown that either of these factors will affect oocyte polyadenylated transcript abundance in human oocytes...
September 15, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024992/formation-and-function-of-sperm-tail-structures-in-association-with-sperm-motility-defects
#14
Mari S Lehti, Anu Sironen
Male infertility is an increasing problem partly due to inherited genetic variations. Mutations in genes involved in formation of the sperm tail cause motility defects and thus male infertility. Therefore it is crucial to understand the protein networks required for sperm differentiation. Sperm motility is produced through activation of the sperm flagellum, which core structure, the axoneme, resembles motile cilia. In addition to this cytoskeletal axonemal structure sperm tail motility requires various accessory structures...
August 30, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023059/hematological-and-mineral-profiles-of-reproductive-failure-of-exotic-breed-cattle-in-payakumbuh-west-sumatra-indonesia
#15
Yuherman, Reswati, Yulianti Fitri Kurnia, Indahwati, Khalil
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Female exotic breed cattle raised by traditional small farms are susceptible to reproductive disturbances that result in failure or delay to produce calves. The present research investigated the hematologic profiles of exotic breed cattle having reproductive troubles versus heifers and pregnant cows raised by small farms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A survey was conducted to identify the reproduction performance of 160 female Simmental cows raised at 15 smallholders in Payakumbuh, West Sumatra, Indonesia...
2017: Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences: PJBS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017720/insights-into-the-molecular-roles-of-zika-virus-in-human-reproductive-complications-and-congenital-neuropathologies
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REVIEW
Rajendra Gharbaran, Latchman Somenarain
The recent upsurge in the association of congenital neurological disorders and infection by the Zika virus (ZIKV) has resulted in increased research focus on the biology of this flavivirus. Studies in animal models indicate that ZIKV can breach the placental barrier and selectively infect and deplete neuroprogenitor cells (NPCs) of the developing fetus, resulting in changes of brain structures, reminiscent of human microcephaly. In vitro and ex vivo studies using human cells and tissues showed that human NPCs and placental cells are targeted by ZIKV...
October 7, 2017: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016666/novel-genes-and-mutations-in-patients-affected-by-recurrent-pregnancy-loss
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Paula Quintero-Ronderos, Eric Mercier, Michiko Fukuda, Ronald González, Carlos Fernando Suárez, Manuel Alfonso Patarroyo, Daniel Vaiman, Jean-Christophe Gris, Paul Laissue
Recurrent pregnancy loss is a frequently occurring human infertility-related disease affecting ~1% of women. It has been estimated that the cause remains unexplained in >50% cases which strongly suggests that genetic factors may contribute towards the phenotype. Concerning its molecular aetiology numerous studies have had limited success in identifying the disease's genetic causes. This might have been due to the fact that hundreds of genes are involved in each physiological step necessary for guaranteeing reproductive success in mammals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993454/dynamics-of-cytoplasm-and-cleavage-divisions-correlates-with-preimplantation-embryo-development
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Robert Milewski, Marcin Szpila, Anna Maria Ajduk
In vitro fertilization has become increasingly popular as an infertility treatment. In order to improve efficiency of this procedure, there is a strong need for a refinement of existing embryo assessment methods and development of novel, robust and non-invasive selection protocols. Studies conducted on animal models can be extremely helpful here, as they allow for more extensive research on the potential biomarkers of embryo quality. In the present paper we subjected mouse embryos to non-invasive time-lapse imaging and combine the Particle Image Velocimetry analysis of cytoplasmic dynamics in freshly fertilized oocytes with the morphokinetic analysis of recordings covering 5 days of preimplantation development...
October 9, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987005/hybrid-asexuality-as-a-primary-postzygotic-barrier-between-nascent-species-on-the-interconnection-between-asexuality-hybridization-and-speciation
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Karel Janko, Jan Pačes, Hilde Wilkinson-Herbots, Rui J Costa, Jan Roslein, Pavel Drozd, Nataliia Iakovenko, Jakub Rídl, Miluše Hroudová, Jan Kočí, Radka Reifová, Věra Šlechtová, Lukáš Choleva
Although sexual reproduction is ubiquitous throughout nature, the molecular machinery behind it has been repeatedly disrupted during evolution, leading to the emergence of asexual lineages in all eukaryotic phyla. Despite intensive research, little is known about what causes the switch from sexual reproduction to asexuality. Interspecific hybridization is one of the candidate explanations but the reasons for the apparent association between hybridization and asexuality remain unclear. In this study we combined cross-breeding experiments with population genetic and phylogenomic approaches to reveal the history of speciation and asexuality evolution in European spined loaches (Cobitis)...
October 7, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985318/nonhuman-primates-a-vital-model-for-basic-and-applied-research-on-female-reproduction-prenatal-development-and-women-s-health
#20
Richard L Stouffer, Teresa K Woodruff
The comparative biology of reproduction and development in mammalian species is remarkable. Hence, because of similarities in environmental and neuroendocrine control of the reproductive axis, the cyclic function of the ovary and reproductive tract, establishment and control of the maternal-fetal-placental unit during pregnancy, and reproductive aging from puberty through menopause, nonhuman primates (NHPs) are valuable models for research related to women's reproductive health and its disorders. This chapter provides examples of research over the past 10+ years using Old World monkeys (notably macaque species), baboons, and to a lesser extent New World monkeys (especially marmosets) that contributed to our understanding of the etiology and therapies or prevention of: (1) ovarian disorders, e...
August 28, 2017: ILAR Journal
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