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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732188/adapted-methods-for-scanning-electron-microscopy-in-assessment-of-human-sperm-morphology
#1
Petra Nussdorfer, Ines Cilenšek, Branko Zorn, Daniel Petrovič
Infertility is a widespread problem, and in some cases, the routine basic semen analysis is not sufficient to detect the cause of male infertility. The use of the scanning electron microscope (SEM) could provide a detailed insight into spermatozoa morphology, but it requires specific sample preparation techniques. The purpose of this study was to select, adjust, and optimize a method for the preparation of spermatozoa samples prior to SEM analysis, and to establish the protocol required for its use in clinical practice...
July 21, 2017: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731265/application-of-dead-end-knockout-zebrafish-as-recipients-of-germ-cell-transplantation
#2
Qian Li, Wataru Fujii, Kunihiko Naito, Goro Yoshizaki
Germ cell transplantation is a promising technology for the propagation of endangered or valuable fishes. In this technique, sterile male and female recipient fish are injected with donor germ cells so they can produce viable gametes derived from the donor cells. The dead end (dnd) gene is involved in the migration of primordial germ cells; therefore, dnd-knockout zebrafish are expected to be germ-cell-free, making them suitable recipients for germ cell transplantation. dnd mutants were produced by microinjecting 2 nl of 10 ng/μl cRNAs encoding zinc finger nucleases against dnd into the blastodisc of zebrafish embryos before the cell cleavage stage...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709686/toxicologic-evaluations-of-recombinant-liver-targeting-interferon-ifn-csp-genotoxicity-and-tegenicratoity
#3
Wenting Zeng, Chunxu Wu, Jie Wang, Lingjie Cao, Xiaobao Jin, Jiayong Zhu, Xuemei Lu
Interferon alpha as the one of FDA recommended drugs for Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection has many side effects. Targeting IFNα to the liver may be a strategy to increase its efficacy locally and may increase efficacy of IFNα-based therapy of HBV infection. We have prepared a novel liver-targeting fusion interferon (IFN-CSP) combining IFN α2b with plasmodium region I peptide and have revealed it may be an excellent candidate as a liver-targeting anti-HBV agent. In this study, we investigated the genotoxic and teratogenic effects of IFN-CSP...
July 11, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709083/the-peculiar-extra-acrosomal-structure-of-the-collembola-hexapoda-spermatozoa
#4
P P Fanciulli, C Mencarelli, D Mercati, R Dallai, P Lupetti
The springtail Collembola are characterized by having rolled spermatozoa, with a long cylindrical extracellular structure adhering to the acrosome. This structure is produced by the secretory activity of the testes epithelial cells at almost the end of spermiogenesis. At the beginning of its formation, it is a thin extension with a helical wall and a dense axial region. Later the cylindrical structure shows an inner organization which is different in the several species examined: species of Entomobryidae contain material with a paracrystalline structure, whilst some of Symphypleona contain ovoid structures...
June 29, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708510/changes-in-localization-and-density-of-cd63-positive-exosome-like-substances-in-the-hen-oviduct-with-artificial-insemination-and-their-effect-on-sperm-viability
#5
A Huang, N Isobe, Y Yoshimura
Avian sperm are stored in the sperm storage tubules (SSTs) of the hen oviduct for a prolonged period. However, the precise mechanisms by which sperm are kept alive in the SSTs are still not fully understood. The aim of this study was to determine whether exosomes are secreted by SST cells and play a role in the survival of sperm. Utero-vaginal junction (UVJ) tissue from approximately 50 wk old White Leghorn hens was collected before (control group) and after intravaginal insemination with seminal plasma (SP group) or semen (AI group)...
June 29, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692759/sperm-morphology-assessment-pathophysiology-clinical-relevance-and-state-of-the-art-in-2017
#6
REVIEW
N Gatimel, J Moreau, J Parinaud, R D Léandri
For over 30 years, sperm morphology assessment has been one of the most common tests in evaluation of fertility. This review examines the clinical relevance of sperm morphology assessment in the diagnosis of infertility and in assisted reproductive technology, as well as its analytical reliability. Publications on the pathophysiology, the analytical reliability of the test and its clinical relevance in diagnosis and in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) were evaluated. This review compared and discussed study methodologies and results, including patient characteristics, preparation, smear staining methods and classification systems...
July 10, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678425/semi-automated-scoring-of-triple-probe-fish-in-human-sperm-using-confocal-microscopy
#7
Francesca Branch, GiaLinh Nguyen, Nicholas Porter, Heather A Young, Sheena E Martenies, Nathan McCray, Glen Deloid, Anastas Popratiloff, Melissa J Perry
Structural and numerical sperm chromosomal aberrations result from abnormal meiosis and are directly linked to infertility. Any live births that arise from aneuploid conceptuses can result in syndromes such as Kleinfelter, Turners, XYY and Edwards. Multi-probe fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is commonly used to study sperm aneuploidy, however manual FISH scoring in sperm samples is labor-intensive and introduces errors. Automated scoring methods are continuously evolving. One challenging aspect for optimizing automated sperm FISH scoring has been the overlap in excitation and emission of the fluorescent probes used to enumerate the chromosomes of interest...
July 5, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675921/cycle-regimens-for-frozen-thawed-embryo-transfer
#8
REVIEW
Tarek Ghobara, Tarek A Gelbaya, Reuben Olugbenga Ayeleke
BACKGROUND: Among subfertile couples undergoing assisted reproductive technology (ART), pregnancy rates following frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET) treatment cycles have historically been found to be lower than following embryo transfer undertaken two to five days following oocyte retrieval. Nevertheless, FET increases the cumulative pregnancy rate, reduces cost, is relatively simple to undertake and can be accomplished in a shorter time period than repeated in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles with fresh embryo transfer...
July 5, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670143/bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cell-repair-of-cyclophosphamide-induced-ovarian-insufficiency-in-a-mouse-model
#9
Ahmed Badawy, Mohamed A Sobh, Mohamed Ahdy, Mohamed Sayed Abdelhafez
OBJECTIVE: Attempting in vivo healing of cyclophosphamide-induced ovarian insufficiency in a mouse model using bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs). METHODS: Female BALB/c white mice were used to prepare a model for premature ovarian failure by single intraperitoneal injection of cyclophosphamide (80 mg/kg). Ten mice were injected with BMMSCs and then sacrificed after 21 days for morphometric evaluation of the ovaries. Hormonal profile was evaluated while mice were being sacrificed...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642479/a-genetically-enhanced-sterile-insect-technique-against-the-fruit-fly-bactrocera-dorsalis-hendel-by-feeding-adult-double-stranded-rnas
#10
Muhammad Waqar Ali, Wenping Zheng, Summar Sohail, Qingmei Li, Weiwei Zheng, Hongyu Zhang
RNAi based sterile insect technique (SIT) is an authentic insect management approach but requires proper target genes. During this study, spermless males were developed by interfering with germ cell differentiation and azoospermia related genes. Data demonstrates significant reductions in the target genes expressions (boul, zpg, dsx (M) , fzo and gas8) after oral dsRNAs administration. Knock down of target genes significantly affected the reproductive ability of males and reduced egg-hatching as compared to the control group...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622434/magnetic-activated-cell-sorting-before-density-gradient-centrifugation-improves-recovery-of-high-quality-spermatozoa
#11
T S Berteli, M G Da Broi, W P Martins, R A Ferriani, P A Navarro
Recent studies have evaluated the use of magnetic-activated cell sorting (MACS) to reduce apoptotic spermatozoa and improve sperm quality. However, the efficiency of using MACS alone, before or after sperm processing by density gradient centrifugation (DGC) has not yet been established. The purpose of this study is to determine the optimal protocol of MACS in assisted reproduction techniques (ART). Thus, we compared sperm quality obtained by DGC alone (DGC), DGC followed by MACS (DGC-MACS), MACS followed by DGC (MACS-DGC), and MACS alone (MACS), and found that the combined methods (MACS-DGC and DGC-MACS) led to retrieval of less spermatozoa with fragmented DNA compared to the single protocols...
June 16, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611311/genome-wide-5-hydroxymethylcytosine-patterns-in-human-spermatogenesis-are-associated-with-semen-quality
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Olga A Efimova, Anna A Pendina, Andrei V Tikhonov, Sergey E Parfenyev, Irina D Mekina, Evgeniia M Komarova, Mariia A Mazilina, Eugene V Daev, Olga G Chiryaeva, Ilona A Galembo, Mikhail I Krapivin, Oleg S Glotov, Irina S Stepanova, Svetlana A Shlykova, Igor Yu. Kogan, Alexander M Gzgzyan, Tatyana V Kuznetzova, Vladislav S Baranov
We performed immunofluorescent analysis of DNA hydroxymethylation and methylation in human testicular spermatogenic cells from azoospermic patients and ejaculated spermatozoa from sperm donors and patients from infertile couples. In contrast to methylation which was present throughout spermatogenesis, hydroxymethylation was either high or almost undetectable in both spermatogenic cells and ejaculated spermatozoa. On testicular cytogenetic preparations, 5-hydroxymethylcytosine was undetectable in mitotic and meiotic chromosomes, and was present exclusively in interphase spermatogonia Ad and in a minor spermatid population...
June 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609274/comparison-of-in-vitro-fertilization-outcomes-in-icsi-cycles-after-human-sperm-preparation-by-density-gradient-centrifugation-and-direct-micro-swim-up-without-centrifugation
#13
Simone Palini, Silvia De Stefani, Mariangela Primiterra, Serena Benedetti, Stefano Barone, Luca Carli, Enrico Vaccari, Ulug Murat, Wilfried Feichtinger
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a non-expensive, easy and fast technique (direct micro swim-up) for sperm preparation in intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) treatments without the use of centrifuge. METHODS: We carried out a multicentric study in which a total of 140 ICSI-cycles were included. Sibling oocytes were divided into two groups according to semen preparation procedures: group A, discontinuous gradients (DG) (oocytes n=668), and group B, direct micro swim-up (MSU) (oocytes n=660)...
June 1, 2017: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601162/immature-and-mature-sperm-morphometry-in-fresh-and-frozen-thawed-falcon-ejaculates
#14
S Villaverde-Morcillo, A J Soler, M C Esteso, C Castaño, A Miñano-Berna, F Gonzalez, J Santiago-Moreno
Sperm morphometry is one characteristic which may be useful in prediction of fertility and sperm freezability in a species. Knowledge of the sperm characteristics of the ejaculate and the morphometric descriptors is necessary to effectively develop sperm cryopreservation. The aim of the current study was to provide a general description of the sperm from two falcon species (Peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus peregrinus/brookei and Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus) including immature sperm, sperm head morphometric descriptors, and the existence of mature sperm subpopulations...
August 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534052/tea-polyphenol-t-arjuna-bark-as-sperm-antioxidant-extender-in-infertile-smokers
#15
R Parameswari, K A Rao, P Manigandan, A S Vickram, A Archana, T B Sridharan
BACKGROUND: Antioxidants protect spermatozoa against lipid peroxidation during freezing. OBJECTIVE: The study is designed to elucidate the suitable extender to preserve infertile semen of smokers against ROS damage using natural Tea polyphenol (T. arjuna bark extract). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-two infertile subjects with smoking habit and 28 fertile subjects without smoking habit were considered for the study. Four semen extenders including our naturally derived antioxidant component were prepared and used to preserve semen sample from the study subjects for a period of one month...
March 2017: Cryo Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530327/-clinical-aspects-of-intrauterine-insemination
#16
REVIEW
Eliezer Girsh, Semion Meltzer, Buzhena Saar-Ryss, Gad Liberty, Jaakov Rabinson, Shevach Friedler
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is an intervention performed frequently in the treatment of couples suffering from subfertility and women treated using donor sperm. The factors predicting its success include female parameters such as age and ovarian function and male parameters such as sperm quality. However, many details regarding its clinical application such as the methodology of sperm preparation, timing of IUI, the number of inseminations in the same cycle, the recommended number of cycles to be performed and the minimal threshold values of the sperm sample profile required are controversial...
August 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509550/sugars-require-rigid-multivalent-displays-for-activation-of-mouse-sperm-acrosomal-exocytosis
#17
He Huang, Maria T Rodolis, Surita R Bhatia, Nicole S Sampson
As a prerequisite to mammalian fertilization, the sperm acrosomal vesicle fuses with the plasma membrane and the acrosome contents are exocytosed. Induction occurs through engagement of the sperm receptors by multiple sugar residues. Multivalent polymers displaying mannose, fucose, or GlcNAc are effective synthetic inducers of mouse sperm acrosomal exocytosis (AE). Each carbohydrate is proposed to have a distinct binding site on the sperm cell surface. To determine the role of the scaffold structure in the efficiency of AE induction, different polymer backbones were employed to display the different activating sugar residues...
June 6, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506466/impaired-steroidogenesis-in-the-testis-of-leptin-deficient-mice-ob-ob
#18
Fabiane Ferreira Martins, Marcia Barbosa Aguila, Carlos Alberto Mandarim-de-Lacerda
The obesity and its comorbidities, including resistance to leptin, impacts the reproductive function. Testes express leptin receptors in the germ cells and Leydig cells. Then, leptin-deficient animals are obese and infertile. We aimed to evaluate the structure and steroidogenic pathway of the testis of deficient leptin mice. Three months old male C57BL/6 mice (wild-type, WT) and deficient leptin (ob/ob) mice had their testes dissected and prepared for analyses. Compared to the WT group, the ob/ob group showed a greater body mass with smaller testes, and alterations in the germinative epithelium: fewer spermatogonia, spermatocytes, and spermatids...
May 13, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497913/role-of-antioxidants-in-assisted-reproductive-techniques
#19
REVIEW
Ashok Agarwal, Ahmad Majzoub
Oxidative stress (OS) has been recognized as a significant cause of suboptimal assisted reproductive outcome. Many of the sperm preparation and manipulation procedures that are necessary in the in vitro environment can result in excessive production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) thereby exposing the gametes and growing embryos to significant oxidative damage. Antioxidants have long been utilized in the management of male subfertility as they can counterbalance the elevated levels of ROS inducing a high state of OS...
April 30, 2017: World Journal of Men's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479754/effect-of-body-mass-index-on-the-outcome-of-in-vitro-fertilization-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-in-women
#20
Manish Banker, Dipesh Sorathiya, Sandeep Shah
BACKGROUND: Obesity, a known epidemic, is a leading cause of various reproductive disorders. Association of body mass index (BMI) with pregnancy outcomes, either ovarian or endometrial, is controversial and least elucidated. AIM: This study aimed to analyze the effect of BMI on in-vitro fertilization (IVF)/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) outcome in women using self-oocytes, embryos prepared from donor oocytes (DE), or vitrified/frozen embryos (VE) obtained from both the SE and DE groups...
January 2017: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
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