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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088028/role-of-small-rnas-in-epigenetic-reprogramming-during-plant-sexual-reproduction
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REVIEW
German Martinez, Claudia Köhler
Sexual reproduction, the formation of a new individual from specialized reproductive cells after fertilization, involves the precise orchestration of different developmental and genomic processes. These processes are to a large extent governed by small RNAs (sRNAs) that either belong to the class of micro RNAs (miRNAs) or small-interfering RNAs (siRNAs). The latter are derived from transposable elements (TEs) and involved in genome defense and transgenerational inheritance of heterochromatin identity, ensuring genome stability...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087298/the-utility-of-sex-hormone-binding-globulin-in-hypogonadism-and-infertile-males
#2
Joshua Ring, Charles Welliver, Mike Parenteau, Stephen Markwell, Robert E Brannigan, Tobias S Köhler
PURPOSE: We sought to determine what role SHBG played with male infertility patients. METHODS: Retrospective review of 168 males seen in a fertility clinic from 2012-2014, to investigate the accuracy of TT in the biochemical diagnosis of hypogonadism using cBT as the reference value. We used a multivariable analysis to assess SHBG as an independent predictor of infertility. RESULTS: Computations using cBT as a standard in the measurement of definitive biochemical hypogonadism (<156 ng/dL) revealed a sensitivity, specificity, PPV, and NPV respectively of 81%, 83%, 81%, and 82% in diagnosing hypogonadism with TT alone...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081562/male-facial-appearance-and-offspring-mortality-in-two-traditional-societies
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Lynda G Boothroyd, Alan W Gray, Thomas N Headland, Ray T Uehara, David Waynforth, D Michael Burt, Nicholas Pound
It has been hypothesised that facial traits such as masculinity and a healthy appearance may indicate heritable qualities in males (e.g. immunocompetence) and that, consequently, female preferences for such traits may function to increase offspring viability and health. However, the putative link between paternal facial features and offspring health has not previously been tested empirically in humans. Here we present data from two traditional societies with little or no access to modern medicine and family planning technologies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081535/efficacy-and-safety-of-continuous-subcutaneous-infusion-of-recombinant-human-gonadotropins-for-congenital-micropenis-during-early-infancy%C3%A2
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Athanasia Stoupa, Dinane Samara-Boustani, Isabelle Flechtner, Graziella Pinto, Isabelle Jourdon, Laura González-Briceño, Maud Bidet, Kathleen Laborde, Didier Chevenne, Anne-Elodie Millischer, Henri Lottmann, Thomas Blanc, Yves Aigrain, Michel Polak, Jacques Beltrand
BACKGROUND: Early postnatal administration of gonadotropins to infants with congenital hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (CHH) can mimic minipuberty, thereby increasing penile growth. We assessed the effects of gonadotropin infusion on stretched penile length (SPL) and hormone levels in infants with congenital micropenis. METHODS: Single-center study including 6 males with micropenis in case of isolated CHH (n = 4), panhypopituitarism (n = 1), and partial androgen insensitivity syndrome (PAIS; n = 1)...
January 12, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078817/birth-of-puppies-of-predetermined-sex-after-artificial-insemination-with-a-low-number-of-sex-sorted-frozen-thawed-spermatozoa-in-field-conditions
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Yun-Fang Wei, Fang-Liang Chen, Shu-Sheng Tang, Ai-Guo Mao, Li-Guang Li, Lu-Guang Cheng, Chao Chen, Fei-Xiang Li, Bin Wang, Tao Xu, Yue-Jun Zhang, Jing Li, Jiu-Sheng Wan
The aim of this study was to evaluate fertility and sex ratios after artificial insemination in dogs under field conditions. Semen was cryopreserved as unsorted (control) or was separated into X- and Y-chromosome-bearing sperm using a cell sorter. Sixty female dogs were inseminated with frozen-thawed spermatozoa of 100 × 10(6) unsorted (a dose in practice) and 4 × 10(6) sorted (X and Y group, respectively). A total of 20 dogs became pregnant and 126 puppies were born from the three groups. The percentage of parturition was similar for the X (5/20; 25...
January 11, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078801/abnormal-pollen-vacuolation1-apv1-is-required-for-male-fertility-by-contributing-to-anther-cuticle-and-pollen-exine-formation-in-maize
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Yamuna Somaratne, Youhui Tian, Hua Zhang, Mingming Wang, Yanqing Huo, Fengge Cao, Li Zhao, Huabang Chen
Anther cuticle and pollen exine are the major protective barriers against various stresses. The proper functioning of genes expressed in the tapetum is vital for the development of pollen exine and anther cuticle. In this study, we report a tapetum-specific gene, Abnormal Pollen Vacuolation1 (APV1), in maize that affects anther cuticle and pollen exine formation. The apv1 mutant was completely male sterile. Its microspores were swollen, less vacuolated, with a flat and empty anther locule. In the mutant, the anther epidermal surface was smooth, shiny, and plate-shaped compared with the three-dimensional crowded ridges and randomly formed wax crystals on the epidermal surface of the wild type...
January 12, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078226/clinical-utility-of-sperm-dna-fragmentation-testing-practice-recommendations-based-on-clinical-scenarios
#7
REVIEW
Ashok Agarwal, Ahmad Majzoub, Sandro C Esteves, Edmund Ko, Ranjith Ramasamy, Armand Zini
Sperm DNA fragmentation (SDF) has been generally acknowledged as a valuable tool for male fertility evaluation. While its detrimental implications on sperm function were extensively investigated, little is known about the actual indications for performing SDF analysis. This review delivers practice based recommendations on commonly encountered scenarios in the clinic. An illustrative description of the different SDF measurement techniques is presented. SDF testing is recommended in patients with clinical varicocele and borderline to normal semen parameters as it can better select varicocelectomy candidates...
December 2016: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077131/granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor-g-csf-promotes-spermatogenic-regeneration-from-surviving-spermatogonia-after-high-dose-alkylating-chemotherapy
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Travis Kotzur, Roberto Benavides-Garcia, Jennifer Mecklenburg, Jamila R Sanchez, Matthew Reilly, Brian P Hermann
BACKGROUND: The lifesaving chemotherapy and radiation treatments that allow patients to survive cancer can also result in a lifetime of side-effects, including male infertility. Infertility in male cancer survivors is thought to primarily result from killing of the spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) responsible for producing spermatozoa since SSCs turn over slowly and are thereby sensitive to antineoplastic therapies. We previously demonstrated that the cytokine granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) can preserve spermatogenesis after alkylating chemotherapy (busulfan)...
January 11, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076602/incidence-of-y-chromosome-microdeletions-in-children-whose-fathers-underwent-vasectomy-reversal-or-in-vitro-fertilization-with-epididymal-sperm-aspiration-a-case-control-study
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Milton Ghirelli-Filho, Patricia Leme de Marchi, Fernanda Abani Mafra, Viviane Cavalcanti, Denise Maria Christofolini, Caio Parente Barbosa, Bianca Bianco, Sidney Glina
Objective: To evaluate the incidence of Y-chromosome microdeletions in individuals born from vasectomized fathers who underwent vasectomy reversal or in vitro fertilization with sperm retrieval by epididymal aspiration (percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration). Methods: A case-control study comprising male children of couples in which the man had been previously vasectomized and chose vasectomy reversal (n=31) or in vitro fertilization with sperm retrieval by percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration (n=30) to conceive new children, and a Control Group of male children of fertile men who had programmed vasectomies (n=60)...
October 2016: Einstein
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074843/sexy-males-and-sexless-females-the-origin-of-triploid-apomicts
#10
P Muralidhar, D Haig
Apomixis and polyploidy are closely associated in angiosperms, but the evolutionary reason for this association is unknown. Taraxacum officinale, the common dandelion, exists both as diploid sexuals and triploid apomicts. Here, in the context of T. officinale, we provide a model of the evolution of triploid apomicts from diploid sexuals. We posit an apomictic allele that arrests female meiosis in diploids, so that the plant produces diploid egg cells that can develop without fertilization, but haploid pollen...
January 11, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073973/human-foetal-ovary-shares-meiotic-preventing-factors-with-the-developing-testis
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Nelly Frydman, Marine Poulain, Brahim Arkoun, Clotilde Duquenne, Sophie Tourpin, Sébastien Messiaen, René Habert, Virginie Rouiller-Fabre, Alexandra Benachi, Gabriel Livera
STUDY QUESTION: How can pre-meiotic germ cells persist in the human foetal ovary? SUMMARY ANSWER: Numerous oogonia escaping meiotic entry were retrieved throughout human ovarian development simultaneously with the expression of signalling pathways preventing meiosis, typically described in the rodent embryonic testis. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The transition from mitosis to meiosis is a key event in female germ cells that remains poorly documented in research on the human ovary...
January 9, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073432/common-urologic-diseases-in-older-men-and-their-treatment-how-they-impact-fertility
#12
REVIEW
Gabriella Avellino, Didi Theva, Robert D Oates
As men age, medical and surgical diseases involving the genitourinary tract become more common. The conditions themselves, if not their treatments, can negatively impact the fertility potential of an affected man. Many older men maintain the desire to father children, so it is critical to understand the disturbed anatomy and physiology involved to properly counsel that individual. Should this or that treatment regimen be employed? Should sperm banking be undertaken before institution of a permanently ablative/suppressive therapy? What are the long-term consequences of one therapy over another vis-à-vis sperm production, sperm quality, and/or sperm transport? In this context, some of the more common genitourinary afflictions of the older male and the treatment options that are available will be discussed...
January 7, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072401/infection-a-new-threat-on-the-horizon-zika-virus-and-male-fertility
#13
Andreas Meinhardt
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 10, 2017: Nature Reviews. Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071690/generation-of-germline-ablated-male-pigs-by-crispr-cas9-editing-of-the-nanos2-gene
#14
Ki-Eun Park, Amy V Kaucher, Anne Powell, Muhammad Salman Waqas, Shelley E S Sandmaier, Melissa J Oatley, Chi-Hun Park, Ahmed Tibary, David M Donovan, Le Ann Blomberg, Simon G Lillico, C Bruce A Whitelaw, Alan Mileham, Bhanu P Telugu, Jon M Oatley
Genome editing tools have revolutionized the generation of genetically modified animals including livestock. In particular, the domestic pig is a proven model of human physiology and an agriculturally important species. In this study, we utilized the CRISPR/Cas9 system to edit the NANOS2 gene in pig embryos to generate offspring with mono-allelic and bi-allelic mutations. We found that NANOS2 knockout pigs phenocopy knockout mice with male specific germline ablation but other aspects of testicular development are normal...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071240/teucrium-polium-hexane-extract-downregulated-androgen-receptor-in-testis-and-decreased-fertility-index-in-rats
#15
Aaa Al-Tikriti, E Al-Khateeb, M A Abbas
Teucrium polium L. (Lamiaceae) is a commonly used medicinal plant in folk medicine. Among several uses, T. polium is used to treat male fertility problems. This research was conducted to study the effect of T. polium on spermatogenesis, testosterone level, androgen receptor expression, and fertility in male rats. Administration of hexane extract for 6 days to aging rats increased testosterone level. When administered for 60 days, T. polium hexane extract downregulated androgen receptors, decreased sperm count without producing histological changes in different stages of spermatogenesis...
January 1, 2017: Human & Experimental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069890/apobec1-complementation-factor-a1cf-is-not-required-for-c-to-u-rna-editing-in-vivo
#16
Elizabeth M Snyder, Christopher McCarty, Adrienne Mehalow, Karen Svenson, Stephen Murray, Ron Korstanje, Robert E Braun
Editing of the human and murine ApoB mRNA by APOBEC1, the catalytic enzyme of the protein complex that catalyzes C-to-U RNA editing, creates an internal stop codon within the APOB coding sequence, generating two protein isoforms. It has been long held that APOBEC1-mediated editing activity is dependent on the RNA binding protein A1CF. The importance of A1CF in adult tissues has been unclear as a previously reported null allele displays embryonic lethality. This work aimed to address the function of A1CF in adult mouse tissues using a conditional A1cf allele...
January 9, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069482/ovarian-response-and-in-vitro-fertilization-outcomes-after-salpingectomy-does-salpingectomy-indication-matter
#17
Nigel Pereira, Katherine P Pryor, Anna Voskuilen-Gonzalez, Jovana P Lekovich, Rony T Elias, Steven D Spandorfer, Zev Rosenwaks
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the ovarian response and pregnancy outcomes of patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) after salpingectomy is affected by the underlying indication for salpingectomy. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. DESIGN: Classification: II-3. SETTING: University-affiliated fertility center. PATIENTS: All patients <37 years of age undergoing IVF within 12 months of laparoscopic salpingectomy...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069465/effect-of-rnai-mediated-knockdown-of-nltor-gene-on-fertility-of-male-nilaparvata-lugens
#18
Ji-Chong Zhuo, Jian Xue, Jia-Bao Lu, Hai-Jian Huang, Hai-Jun Xu, Chuan-Xi Zhang
The target gene of rapamycin (TOR) is conserved from invertebrates to vertebrates, and plays critical roles in cell growth, nutrient sensing, lifespan and reproduction. In this paper, we employed RNA interference (RNAi) to study the function of TOR in male brown planthoppers (BPH), Nilaparvata lugens. Here we discovered that no offspring was produced when wildtype females BPH mated with NlTOR RNAi males. To understand the influence of NlTOR on male BPH infertility, we dissected the reproductive system of a NlTOR RNAi male, and found that the testes were normal and the seminal vesicles were full of sperm, while the accessory gland was poorly developed after knocking down NlTOR expression...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069178/outcomes-of-anastrozole-in-oligozoospermic-hypoandrogenic-subfertile-men
#19
Ohad Shoshany, Nikita Abhyankar, Naem Mufarreh, Garvey Daniel, Craig Niederberger
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the change in sperm parameters in subfertile hypoandrogenic men treated with anastrozole is correlated to the magnitude of increase in testosterone (T) to estrogen ratio in men responding to treatment. DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: Male fertility clinic. PATIENT(S): The study group consisted of 86 subfertile hypoandrogenic men with low T/estradiol (E2) ratio (n = 78) or a prior aversive reaction to clomiphene citrate (n = 8)...
January 6, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069056/determinants-of-fertility-desire-among-married-or-cohabiting-individuals-in-rakai-uganda-a-cross-sectional-study
#20
Joseph K B Matovu, Fredrick Makumbi, Rhoda K Wanyenze, David Serwadda
BACKGROUND: Recent trends in fertility rates indicate declines in total fertility rate (TFR) in some sub-Saharan African countries. However, countries such as Uganda continue to have a persistently high TFR partly attributed to strong preferences for large family sizes. We explored the factors that influence fertility desire among married or cohabiting individuals in Rakai, a rural district in southwestern Uganda. METHODS: This cross-sectional study of fertility desire (desire to have another child) was nested in a cluster-randomized demand-creation intervention trial for the promotion of couples' HIV counseling and testing uptake among married or cohabiting individuals that was conducted in Rakai district between March 1 and April 30, 2015...
January 10, 2017: Reproductive Health
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