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Kei Sudo, Keisuke Niikura, Kouta Iwaki, Shunshi Kohyama, Kei Fujiwara, Nobuhide Doi
The cytosolic delivery of therapeutic proteins (e.g., antibodies or enzymes) by cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs), such as a human immunodeficiency virus-derived TAT peptide, is facilitated by fusogenic peptides (FPs). For instance, we recently demonstrated that an FP, B18, which is derived from a sea urchin gamete fusion protein, promotes endosomal escape of an enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP)-TAT fusion protein directly conjugated to it. However, the potential clinical use of FPs raises concerns because all conventional FPs are non-human-derived...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376139/cryopreservation-of-nili-ravi-buffalo-bull-sperm-in-cryodiluent-supplemented-with-lolium-perenne-protein-preparations
#2
S Qadeer, M A Khan, M S Ansari, B A Rakha, R Ejaz, A U Husna, A Azam, N Ullah, V K Walker, S Akhter
BACKGROUND: Semen from the Nili-Ravi buffalo bull, Bubalus bubalis, shows poor survival after freeze storage compared to bovine (Bos taurus and Bos indicus) semen. Freeze-susceptibility distinctions in these two genera have been attributed to differences in sperm membranes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We measured the impact of protein preparations derived from a frost-resistant perennial grass, Lolium perenne, with ice recrystallization inhibition activity on the low temperature storage of B...
January 2017: Cryo Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356499/relationship-of-dna-integrity-to-hrg-c633t-snp-and-art-outcome-in-infertile-couples
#3
Arumugam Kumaresan, Anders Johannisson, Sarah Nordqvist, Karin Kårehed, Helena Åkerud, Karin Lindgren, Jane Morrell
The status of sperm DNA fragmentation, protamine deficiency, free thiols and disulphide bonds in colloid-selected samples and its relationship to ART outcome or HRG C633T SNP is not known. The objective of this study was to determine these relationships in spermatozoa from men with male factor or unknown factor infertility (n=118) undergoing IVF or ICSI. Sperm DNA integrity was analyzed by flow cytometry using three fluorescent probes (Acridine Orange, Monobromobimane and Chromomycin A3). Principal component analysis was used to identify the parameters that most influenced fertility...
March 29, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343757/clinical-utility-of-newly-developed-highly-purified-human-menopausal-gonadotrophins-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#4
Hwa Seon Koo, Hwang Kwon, Doo Seok Choi, Song Han, Jung Youn Seo, Kwang Moon Yang
The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of IVF-M HP, a newly developed highly purified human menopausal gonadotrophin preparation, for ovarian stimulation in women with infertility undergoing IVF, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF-ICSI) and embryo transfer using a GnRH antagonist protocol. This was a multicentre, randomized, active-controlled, parallel design, open-label, non-inferiority clinical study. Of the 112 patients randomized for treatment using the GnRH antagonist protocol, 111 were treated...
March 1, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322098/effect-of-sperm-dna-fragmentation-on-clinical-outcomes-for-chinese-couples-undergoing-in%C3%A2-vitro-fertilization-or-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection
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Lin-Tao Xue, Rui-Xue Wang, Bing He, Wei-Ying Mo, Li Huang, Shi-Kai Wang, Xian-Bao Mao, Jun-Ping Cheng, Yue-Yue Huang, RuiZhi Liu
Objective To investigate the effect of sperm DNA fragmentation on the fertilization rate, embryo development and pregnancy outcome of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in a cohort of Chinese couples. Methods Infertile couples that had undergone assisted reproductive technology at our centre between January 2011 and December 2013 were included in this retrospective study. Fractions of prepared sperm samples were evaluated for sperm DNA fragmentation on the day of oocyte recovery...
December 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306342/nmr-based-plasma-metabolomic-discrimination-for-male-fertility-assessment-of-rats-treated-with-eurycoma-longifolia-extracts
#6
Forough Ebrahimi, Baharudin Ibrahim, Chin-Hoe Teh, Vikneswaran Murugaiyah, Kit-Lam Chan
Male infertility is one of the leading causes of infertility which affects many couples worldwide. Semen analysis is a routine examination of male fertility status which is usually performed on semen samples obtained through masturbation that may be inconvenient to patients. Eurycoma longifolia (Tongkat Ali, TA), native to Malaysia, has been traditionally used as a remedy to boost male fertility. In our recent studies in rats, upon the administration of high-quassinoid content extracts of TA including TA water (TAW), quassinoid-rich TA (TAQR) extracts, and a low-quassinoid content extract including quassinoid-poor TA (TAQP) extract, sperm count (SC) increased in TAW- and TAQR-treated rats when compared to the TAQP-treated and control groups...
June 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302936/cryotolerance-of-porcine-blastocysts-is-improved-by-treating-in-vitro-matured-oocytes-with-l-carnitine-prior-to-fertilization
#7
Jenna L Lowe, Louise K Bartolac, Roslyn Bathgate, Christopher G Grupen
Sufficient generation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) by oocytes is critical for fertilization and embryo development. The objective of this study was to determine the effects of supplementing media with L-carnitine, a co-factor required for the metabolism of fatty acids, during the peri-fertilization period on embryo development and energy generation. Firstly, in vitro fertilization (IVM) porcine oocytes were co-incubated with sperm in IVF medium supplemented with 0‒24 mM L-carnitine. The blastocyst formation rate of the control group was greater than those of the L-carnitine groups (P < 0...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296340/lactadherin-is-a-candidate-oviduct-lewis-x-trisaccharide-receptor-on-porcine-spermatozoa
#8
E Silva, D Frost, L Li, N Bovin, D J Miller
A recent study has demonstrated that porcine spermatozoa recognize with high affinity carbohydrate structures containing Lewis X motifs. Sperm adhesion to Lewis X is proposed to mediate sperm binding to the oviduct epithelium to form a reservoir. The objective of this study was to identify Lewis X-binding proteins from porcine spermatozoa as candidate receptors for oviduct glycans. To identify low-abundance proteins typically masked by proteins originating from seminal fluid, Lewis X candidate receptors were enriched from cauda epididymal boar spermatozoa...
March 15, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295487/sperm-dna-fragmentation-as-a-result-of-ultra-endurance-exercise-training-in-male-athletes
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D Vaamonde, C Algar-Santacruz, A Abbasi, J M García-Manso
Intensive sports practice seems to exert negative effects on semen parameters; in order to assess these effects, the objective of this study was to assess semen, including DNA fragmentation, and hormone parameters in elite triathletes. Twelve high-level triathletes preparing for a National Triathlon Championship participated in the study. The qualitative sperm parameters analysed were volume, sperm count, motility, morphology and DNA fragmentation; when needed, additional testing was performed. Assessed hormones were testosterone (T), cortisol (C) and testosterone-cortisol ratio (T/C)...
March 15, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294638/potential-targetability-of-multi-walled-carbon-nanotube-loaded-with-silver-nanoparticles-photosynthesized-from-ocimum-tenuiflorum-tulsi-extract-in-fertility-diagnosis
#10
Pradeep K Jha, Rakhi K Jha, Dilip Rout, Sathishkumar Gnanasekar, Suresh Vs Rana, Maidul Hossain
Nanocarrier mediated targeted delivery and biosensing in reproductive health care is a major exploratory domain. This work demonstrates the loading of silver nanoparticle (AgNP) inside the multiwalled Carbon nanotube(MWCNT) and their targetability to the intracellular part of the sperm cell for its further application in biosensing based infertility diagnosis. Ocimum tenuiflorum (tulsi extract) mediated photosynthesized AgNP exhibited spherical shape, 5-40nm size and surface plasmonic resonance at 430 nm...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294447/development-of-an-in-vitro-oviduct-epithelial-explants-model-for-studying-sperm-oviduct-binding-in-the-buffalo
#11
K K Saraf, A Kumaresan, S Nayak, S Chhillar, L Sreela, S Kumar, U K Tripathi, T K Datta, T K Mohanty
In this study, we developed an in vitro model for studying sperm-oviduct binding in the buffalo. Oviduct explants were prepared by overnight culture of epithelial cells in TCM-199 medium under 5% CO2 at 38.5 °C. Cryopreserved spermatozoa from buffalo bulls (n = 4) were incubated with the oviduct explants, and the sperm-oviduct explants complex was stained with JC-1. The effect of sperm concentration (2, 3 and 4 million), size of the oviduct explants (<0.2, 0.2-0.3, 0.3-0.4 and >0.4 mm(2) ) and time of incubation (1 hr and 4 hr) on binding index (BI-number of sperm bound to unit area of explants) was studied...
March 10, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290776/synthesis-characterization-and-cytotoxicity-studies-of-platinum-ii-complexes-with-reduced-amino-pyridine-schiff-base-and-its-derivatives-as-ligands
#12
Li-Jun Li, Qin-Qin Yan, Guo-Jun Liu, Zhen Yuan, Zhen-Hua Lv, Bin Fu, Yan-Jun Han, Jian-Long Du
A series of reduced amino pyridine Schiff base platinum(II) complexes were prepared as potential anticancer drugs, and characterized by NMR, IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, and molar conductivity. UV and CD results showed the binding mode between these compounds and salmon sperm DNA may be intercalation. The cytotoxicity of these complexes was validated against A549, Hela, and MCF-7 cell lines by MTT assay. Some complexes exhibited better cytotoxic activity than cisplatin against Hela and MCF-7 cell lines...
March 14, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268040/long-term-liquid-storage-and-reproductive-evaluation-of-an-innovative-boar-semen-extender-formula12-%C3%A2-containing-a-non-reducing-disaccharide-and-an-enzymatic-agent
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Carla Bresciani, Annalisa Bianchera, Ruggero Bettini, Annamaria Buschini, Laura Marchi, Clotilde Silvia Cabassi, Alberto Sabbioni, Federico Righi, Claudio Mazzoni, Enrico Parmigiani
There are no reports of saccharolytic enzymes being used in the preparation of formulations for animal semen extenders. In the present study, the use of an innovative semen extender (Formula12(®)) in the long-term liquid storage of boar semen at 17°C was evaluated. The formulation included use of a disaccharide (sucrose) as the energy source precursor coupled to an enzymatic agent (invertase). The innovative extender was evaluated and compared in vitro to a commercial extender (Vitasem LD(®)) for the following variables: Total Motility (TM), Forward Progressive Motility (FPM), sperm morphology, membrane integrity, acrosome integrity, and chromatin instability...
February 24, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265333/fertility-preservation-options-for-children-and-adolescents-with-cancer
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Rodrigo L P Romao, Armando J Lorenzo
INTRODUCTION: Cancer in children and adolescents has seen a stark rise in survival rates in the last decades; overall survival in excess of 80% can be reasonably expected for many newly diagnosed patients with malignancies in this age group. Survivorship has unfolded several specific issues faced by these patients, including fertility concerns. Hence, fertility preservation efforts have been discussed and undertaken with increased frequency. METHODS: In this article, the authors provide a broad overview of the current recommendations surrounding fertility preservation in this patient population...
January 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262463/spermatozoa-with-high-mitochondrial-membrane-potential-and-low-tyrosine-phosphorylation-preferentially-bind-to-oviduct-explants-in-the-water-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis
#15
Kaustubh Kishor Saraf, Arumugam Kumaresan, Shivani Chhillar, Samiksha Nayak, Sreela Lathika, Tirtha Kumar Datta, Subhash Chand Gahlot, Prabha Karan, Kiran Verma, Tushar Kumar Mohanty
Although it is understood that spermatozoa are subjected to selection processes to form a functional sperm reservoir in the oviduct, the mechanism remains obscure. With the aim to understand the sperm selection process in the oviduct, in the present in vitro study, we analyzed mitochondrial membrane potential and tyrosine phosphorylation status in oviduct-explants bound and unbound spermatozoa. Frozen semen from Murrah buffalo bulls (n=10) used under progeny testing programme were utilized for the study. Oviduct explants were prepared by overnight culture of epithelial cells in TCM- 199 and washed spermatozoa were added to the oviduct explants and incubated for 4h...
February 28, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261842/sperm-rna-preparation-for-transcriptomic-analysis-review-of-the-techniques-and-personal-experience
#16
S El Fekih, M-H Nguyen, A Perrin, D Beauvillard, F Morel, A Saad, H Ben Ali, M De Braekeleer
In the last 10 years, several approaches, including microarrays, have been applied to investigate sperm transcript levels. However, success using microarray profiling is highly dependent of the quality of the RNA obtained. Therefore, the development of methods that deliver highly purified and intact RNA is of utmost importance. The three steps used to achieve this goal, purification of spermatozoa, RNA extraction and evaluation of RNA quality, are reviewed. Following that review and preliminary experiments, we processed sperm samples from seven normozoospermic men with a combination of gradient centrifugation and somatic cell lysis...
March 6, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251671/ascorbic-acid-reduces-redox-potential-in-human-spermatozoa-subjected-to-heat-induced-oxidative-stress
#17
G Ahmad, A Agarwal, S C Esteves, R Sharma, M Almasry, A Al-Gonaim, G AlHayaza, N Singh, L Al Kattan, W M Sannaa, E Sabanegh
Oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) is a new measure of oxidative stress. It is a balance between the total available oxidants and reductants. This study measures the efficiency of ascorbic acid (AA) against oxidative stress induced by either heat alone or heat and hydrogen peroxide in sperm suspensions using the MiOXSYS System. Two concentrations of ascorbic acid (400 and 600 μmol/L) were tested against heat- and heat plus hydrogen peroxide-induced oxidative stress in sperm suspensions after 2 and 4 hr of incubation...
March 1, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216914/the-quality-of-sperm-preparation-medium-affects-the-motility-viability-and-dna-integrity-of-human-spermatozoa
#18
Fatemeh Anbari, Iman Halvaei, Ali Nabi, Shahin Ghazali, Mohammad Ali Khalili, Lars Johansson
AIM: The goal was to compare the effects of three different sperm preparation media on sperm motility, viability, and DNA integrity of semen samples from normozoospermic men. METHODS: A total of 15 normozoospermic males were included in the study. The semen analysis (SA) was performed in accordance with the WHO guidelines (2010). After SA, each sample was divided into three aliquots, and swim-up was performed with three different sperm preparation media (Sperm Preparation Media, Origio, Denmark; Ham's F10, Biochrome, Berlin, Germany; and VitaSperm™, Innovative Biotech, Iran)...
October 2016: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189123/impact-of-various-progestins-with-or-without-transdermal-testosterone-on-gonadotropin-levels-for-non-invasive-hormonal-male-contraception-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#19
M Zitzmann, J Rohayem, J Raidt, S Kliesch, N Kumar, R Sitruk-Ware, E Nieschlag
Although several progestins have been tested for hormonal male contraception, the effects of dosage and nature of various progestins on gonadotropin suppression combined with and without additional testosterone has not been performed in a comparative trial. The aim of this study was to evaluate the differential impact of four oral or transdermal progestins on the suppression of gonadotropins in healthy men: oral: cyproterone acetate (CPA), levonorgestrel (LNG), norethisterone acetate (NETA), and transdermal: Nestorone(®) (NES), all in combination with transdermal testosterone (T)...
February 11, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151076/histological-study-on-the-effect-of-aroclor-1254-on-the-epididymis-of-adult-rats-and-the-role-of-l-name-administration
#20
Nehad F Mazen, Rania A Zidan
INTRODUCTION: Aroclor 1254, a commercial polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) mixture, was found to elicit various adverse effects on human health. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the structural alterations in the epididymis induced by aroclor 1254, and to assess the possible protective role of L-NAME (NG-Nitro-L arginine methyl ester). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-five adult male albino rats were divided into three groups: control group (15 rats), equally subdivided into subgroup a; negative control group, subgroup b: received intraperitoneal corn oil (5 ml/kg/day), and subgroup c: received intraperitoneal L-NAME (10 mg/kg/day)...
March 2017: Ultrastructural Pathology
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