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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063926/luteinizing-hormone-modulates-intracellular-calcium-protein-tyrosine-phosphorylation-and-motility-during-human-sperm-capacitation
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Aideé S López-Torres, María E González-González, Esperanza Mata-Martínez, Fernando Larrea, Claudia L Treviño, Mayel Chirinos
In order to fertilize, spermatozoa must undergo physiological and biochemical changes during their transit along the female reproductive tract before reaching and fusing with the oocyte, process known as capacitation. Sperm modifications associated with capacitation are modulated by their interaction with molecules present in the female reproductive tract. During the woman fertile window, some reproductive hormones reach their maximum concentrations in serum, such as the luteinizing hormone (LH). Since spermatozoa preparing to fertilize may be exposed to LH, the purpose of this work was to study the effects of this hormone on intracellular Ca(2+) concentrations ([Ca(2+)]i), protein tyrosine phosphorylation, sperm motility and acrosome reaction under capacitating conditions...
January 4, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056797/comparative-proteomic-analysis-reveals-a-dynamic-pollen-plasma-membrane-protein-map-and-the-membrane-landscape-of-receptor-like-kinases-and-transporters-important-for-pollen-tube-growth-and-interaction-with-pistils-in-rice
#2
Ning Yang, Tai Wang
BACKGROUND: The coordination of pollen tube (PT) growth, guidance and timely growth arrest and rupture mediated by PT-pistil interaction is crucial for the PT to transport sperm cells into ovules for double fertilization. The plasma membrane (PM) represents an important interface for cell-cell interaction, and PM proteins of PTs are pioneers for mediating PT integrity and interaction with pistils. Thus, understanding the mechanisms underlying these events is important for proteomics. RESULTS: Using the efficient aqueous polymer two-phase system and alkali buffer treatment, we prepared high-purity PM from mature and germinated pollen of rice...
January 5, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050954/comparison-of-two-sperm-processing-techniques-for-low-complexity-assisted-fertilization-sperm-washing-followed-by-swim-up-and-discontinuous-density-gradient-centrifugation
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Cássio L Fácio, Lígia F Previato, Ligiane A Machado-Paula, Paulo Cs Matheus, Edilberto Araújo
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess and compare sperm motility, concentration, and morphology recovery rates, before and after processing through sperm washing followed by swim-up or discontinuous density gradient centrifugation in normospermic individuals. METHODS: Fifty-eight semen samples were used in double intrauterine insemination procedures; 17 samples (group 1) were prepared with sperm washing followed by swim-up, and 41 (group 2) by discontinuous density gradient centrifugation...
December 1, 2016: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042543/relationship-between-potential-sperm-factors-involved-in-oocyte-activation-and-sperm-dna-fragmentation-with-intra-cytoplasmic-sperm-injection-clinical-outcomes
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Marziyeh Tavalaee, Abbas Kiani-Esfahani, Mohammad Hossein Nasr-Esfahani
OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to simultaneously evaluate the association between expression of three potential factors [post-acrosomal sheath WW domain-binding protein (PAWP), phospholipase Cζ (PLCζ), and truncated form of the kit receptor (TR-KIT)] as candidates of oocyte activation with fertilization rate and early embryonic development. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this experimental study, semen samples were collected from 35 intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) candidates and analyzed according to World Health Organization criteria (2010)...
2017: Cell Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995374/nuclear-migration-during-karyogamy-in-rice-zygotes-is-mediated-by-continuous-convergence-of-actin-meshwork-toward-the-egg-nucleus
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Yukinosuke Ohnishi, Takashi Okamoto
Fertilization is comprised of two sequential fusion processes; plasmogamy and karyogamy. Karyogamy completes with migration and fusion of the male and female nuclei in the fused cell. In animals, microtubules organized by the centrosome control female/male pronuclei migration. In contrast, the nuclear migration in fused gametes of angiosperms is controlled by actin filaments, but the mechanism that regulates actin filament-dependent nuclear migration is not clear. In this study, we prepared fused rice (Oryza sativa L...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27958357/semen-preparation-methods-and-sperm-telomere-length-density-gradient-centrifugation-versus-the-swim-up-procedure
#6
Feifei Zhao, Qingling Yang, Senlin Shi, Xiaoyan Luo, Yingpu Sun
Previous studies have shown that both density gradient centrifugation (DGC) and swim up (SU) procedures can select spermatozoa with longer telomeres for assisted reproduction techniques (ART). However, it is unknown which approach is more effective. The aim of the present study was to compare the effects of these two methods on sperm telomere length (STL). A total of 150 normozoospermic subjects were recruited. STL, DNA fragmentation index (DFI), reactive oxygen species (ROS) content and progressive motility of semen samples were detected before and after the procedures of DGC and SU...
December 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938385/comparison-of-the-effect-of-a-combination-of-eight-micronutrients-versus-a-standard-mono-preparation-on-sperm-parameters
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Markus Lipovac, Florian Bodner, Martin Imhof, Peter Chedraui
BACKGROUND: There are reports showing that l-carnitine alone or in combination with other micronutrients improve sperm parameters. However, comparative studies are still lacking. This study was carried out to compare the short term effects of a combination of eight micronutrients including l-carnitine vs. a mono-substance (l-carnitine alone) on sperm parameters. METHODS: This was a prospective, open-labelled, nonrandomized study that included male subjects (20 to 60 years) with at least 1 year of subfertility and at least one pathological semen analysis who received 3 months treatment with a mono-substance (500 mg l-carnitine/twice a day, n = 156) or a combined compound (440 mg l-carnitine + 250 mg l-arginine + 40 mg zinc + 120 mg vitamin E + 80 mg glutathione + 60 μg selenium + 15 mg coenzyme Q10 + 800 μg folic acid/once a day, n = 143) for the same time period...
December 9, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933295/sperm-chromatin-dispersion-test-before-sperm-preparation-is-predictive-of-clinical-pregnancy-in-cases-of-unexplained-infertility-treated-with-intrauterine-insemination-and-induction-with-clomiphene-citrate
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Frank W R C Vandekerckhove, Ilse De Croo, Jan Gerris, Etienne Vanden Abbeel, Petra De Sutter
BACKGROUND/AIMS: A large proportion of men with normal sperm results as analyzed using conventional techniques have fragmented DNA in their spermatozoa. We performed a prospective study to examine the incidence of DNA fragmentation in sperm in cases of couples with previously unexplained infertility and treated with intrauterine insemination. We evaluated whether there was any predictive value of DNA fragmentation for pregnancy outcome in such couples. METHODS: The percentage of DNA fragmentation and all classical variables to evaluate sperm before and after sperm treatment were determined...
2016: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925001/dehydration-preparation-of-mouse-sperm-for-vitrification-and-rapid-laser-warming
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E Paredes, P Mazur
BACKGROUND: Mice are fundamental models of study due to their ease of breeding, manipulation, and the well-studied genome. There has been extensive research focused on the cryopreservation of mouse germaplasm, as a way to help maintain the different transgenic mouse breeds. The first protocols for mouse sperm were developed in the 90's using slow cooling and a mixture of raffinose and glycerol. Since then, the rate of success reported remains highly variable. OBJECTIVE: The Aim of this work is to study factors that are key for developing vitrification protocols for ultra-rapid laser warming of mouse sperm...
September 2016: Cryo Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908215/in-vitro-effect-of-myo-inositol-on-sperm-motility-in-normal-and-oligoasthenospermia-patients-undergoing-in-vitro-fertilization
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P G Artini, E Casarosa, E Carletti, P Monteleone, A Di Noia, O M Di Berardino
It is a known fact that abnormal seminal liquid specimens contain abnormal amounts of oxygen free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS), and that the use of antioxidant molecules both in vivo and in vitro leads to improvement of semen quality in terms of motility, reduction in DNA damage, with obvious consequences on the fertilization potential. Myo-inositol has been observed to have anti-oxidant properties and be present in much greater concentrations specifically in seminal liquid than in the blood. Moreover, there seems to be a direct relationship between myo-inositol and mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) and sperm motility...
December 2, 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883175/heads-you-win-tails-you-lose-filtration-processing-for-the-microscopical-examination-of-sperm-heads
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I A Brewis, M A Watkinson, C J VON Ruhland
The sperm head plays a key role in many fertilisation events and determining the precise location of molecules within the head region is important in mechanistically dissecting the fertilisation process. Such molecules may be present in low copy number and many sperm head profiles must be examined to localise them to particular subcellular structures with confidence. Filtration has traditionally been used for the purpose of concentrating biological material, such as free-living cells, spores, and subcellular fractions, and little attempt has been made to extend the procedure to encompass the entire processing schedule, mainly due to the incompatibility of intermediate dehydrating solvents with membrane filters...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864361/causes-of-male-infertility-a-9-year-prospective-monocentre-study-on-1737-patients-with-reduced-total-sperm-counts
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M Punab, O Poolamets, P Paju, V Vihljajev, K Pomm, R Ladva, P Korrovits, M Laan
STUDY QUESTION: What are the primary causes of severe male factor infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: Although 40% of all patients showed primary causes of infertility, which could be subdivided into three groups based on the severity of their effect, ~75% of oligozoospermia cases remained idiopathic. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: There are few large-scale epidemiological studies analyzing the causes of male factor infertility. STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION: A prospective clinical-epidemiological study was conducted at the Andrology Centre, Tartu University Hospital between 2005 and 2013, recruiting male partners of couples failing to conceive a child for over ≥12 months...
January 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852632/predicting-the-chances-of-a-live-birth-after-one-or-more-complete-cycles-of-in-vitro-fertilisation-population-based-study-of-linked-cycle-data-from-113%C3%A2-873-women
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David J McLernon, Ewout W Steyerberg, Egbert R Te Velde, Amanda J Lee, Siladitya Bhattacharya
OBJECTIVE:  To develop a prediction model to estimate the chances of a live birth over multiple complete cycles of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) based on a couple's specific characteristics and treatment information. DESIGN:  Population based cohort study. SETTING:  All licensed IVF clinics in the UK. National data from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority register. PARTICIPANTS:  All 253 417 women who started IVF (including intracytoplasmic sperm injection) treatment in the UK from 1999 to 2008 using their own eggs and partner's sperm...
November 16, 2016: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818535/amine-reactive-dyes-an-alternative-to-estimate-membrane-integrity-in-fish-sperm-cells
#14
Leticia Torres, Terrence R Tiersch
Fluorescent dyes that binds irreversibly to cellular amines, come in several available emission spectra, and do not poses health concerns were used to evaluate membrane integrity in fish sperm cells. The objectives of the present study were to determine: (1) a working dye concentration for fish sperm samples, and (2) if the traditional propidium iodide/SYBR-14 staining combination was comparable with the amine reactive dye (ARD) methods at identifying cell populations with intact and compromised membranes after sperm activation, refrigerated storage, and exposure to cryoprotectant and surfactant...
October 1, 2016: Aquaculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805545/effect-of-sperm-preparation-on-development-of-bovine-blastocyst-in-vitro
#15
Maria Celina Abraham, Anders Johannisson, Jane M Morrell
Sperm preparation is an important step in the in vitro production of embryos. Centrifugation through colloids has been used to select normal sperm for assisted reproduction in several species. Animal models can sometimes be used as a preliminary step to investigate sperm preparation methods that are potentially of use for human fertility treatments. In this study bovine semen was prepared using three variants of the single-layer centrifugation sperm selection technique (Small, Mini, Mini-EP) with Bovicoll (Androcoll-B)...
December 2016: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803588/ficoll-400-density-gradient-method-as-an-effective-sperm-preparation-technique-for-assisted-reproductive-techniques
#16
Hyacinth N Highland, A Sharma Rishika, S Shaikh Almira, P Bansal Kanthi
BACKGROUND: Infertility being a burning issue, the male itself contributes about 40% as a cause, as evident by statistical data. However, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) has emerged as a powerful tool in the management of infertility. Sperm preparation techniques govern the selection procedure to separate functional spermatozoa which can then be used in IUI, IVF, and ART and for cryopreservation. AIM: The present study was aimed at evaluation of sperm preparation techniques for reliability, performance and to determine the most effective, feasible and economical technique...
July 2016: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773484/mechanisms-of-aneuploidy-in-human-eggs
#17
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Alexandre Webster, Melina Schuh
Eggs and sperm develop through a specialized cell division called meiosis. During meiosis, the number of chromosomes is reduced by two sequential divisions in preparation for fertilization. In human female meiosis, chromosomes frequently segregate incorrectly, resulting in eggs with an abnormal number of chromosomes. When fertilized, these eggs give rise to aneuploid embryos that usually fail to develop. As women become older, errors in meiosis occur more frequently, resulting in increased risks of infertility, miscarriage, and congenital syndromes, such as Down's syndrome...
January 2017: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27758006/mitigation-of-sperm-tail-abnormalities-using-demembranation-approach-in-the-clouded-leopard-neofelis-nebulosa
#18
W Tipkantha, P Thuwanut, B Siriaroonrat, P Comizzoli, K Chatdarong
Clouded leopards (Neofelis nebulosa) produced high proportion of abnormal spermatozoa (mainly tail defects) that can limit sperm movement and conception. The study aimed to better identify the origin of those defects using a demembranation approach. Ejaculates (1-2 ejaculations/male; n = 9) were allocated to simple washing (control; resulting in 11.7% ± 1.9% coiled tails) and processed through colloid centrifugation to reduce the number of sperm with tail defects (treatment, resulting in 5.9% ± 0.9% coiled tails)...
October 18, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27690295/factors-and-pathways-involved-in-capacitation-how-are-they-regulated
#19
Shi-Kai Jin, Wan-Xi Yang
In mammals, fertilization occurs via a comprehensive progression of events. Freshly ejaculated sperm have yet to acquire progressive motility or fertilization ability. They must first undergo a series of biochemical and physiological changes, collectively known as capacitation. Capacitation is a significant prerequisite to fertilization. During the process of capacitation, changes in membrane properties, intracellular ion concentration and the activities of enzymes, together with other protein modifications, induce multiple signaling events and pathways in defined media in vitro or in the female reproductive tract in vivo...
September 27, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27678485/uterosome-like-vesicles-prompt-human-sperm-fertilizing-capability
#20
A Franchi, M Cubilla, H A Guidobaldi, A A Bravo, L C Giojalas
STUDY QUESTION: Does the rapid transit through the uterine environment modulate the sperm physiological state? SUMMARY ANSWER: The uterosome-like vesicles (ULVs) secreted by endometrial epithelial cells (EECs) in vitro are able to fuse with human spermatozoa, prompting their fertilizing capacity. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Early studies suggest that sperm capacitation begins in the uterus and ends in the oviduct, and that a synergistic effect of both female organs may accelerate this process...
December 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
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