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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204536/zona-pellucida-gene-mrna-expression-in-human-oocytes-is-related-to-oocyte-maturity-zona-inner-layer-retardance-and-fertilization-competence
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S Canosa, T Adriaenssens, W Coucke, P Dalmasso, A Revelli, C Benedetto, J Smitz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198817/dynamic-properties-of-calcium-activated-chloride-currents-in-xenopus-laevis-oocytes
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Ildefonso M De la Fuente, Iker Malaina, Alberto Pérez-Samartín, María Dolores Boyano, Gorka Pérez-Yarza, Carlos Bringas, Álvaro Villarroel, María Fedetz, Rogelio Arellano, Jesus M Cortes, Luis Martínez
Chloride is the most abundant permeable anion in the cell, and numerous studies in the last two decades highlight the great importance and broad physiological role of chloride currents mediated anion transport. They participate in a multiplicity of key processes, as for instance, the regulation of electrical excitability, apoptosis, cell cycle, epithelial secretion and neuronal excitability. In addition, dysfunction of Cl(-) channels is involved in a variety of human diseases such as epilepsy, osteoporosis and different cancer types...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197668/mechanisms-controlling-germline-cyst-breakdown-and-primordial-follicle-formation
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Chao Wang, Bo Zhou, Guoliang Xia
In fetal females, oogonia proliferate immediately after sex determination. The progress of mitosis in oogonia proceeds so rapidly that the incompletely divided cytoplasm of the sister cells forms cysts. The oogonia will then initiate meiosis and arrest at the diplotene stage of meiosis I, becoming oocytes. Within each germline cyst, oocytes with Balbiani bodies will survive after cyst breakdown (CBD). After CBD, each oocyte is enclosed by pre-granulosa cells to form a primordial follicle (PF). Notably, the PF pool formed perinatally will be the sole lifelong oocyte source of a female...
February 14, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193786/bile-acids-potentiate-proton-activated-currents-in-xenopus-laevis-oocytes-expressing-human-acid-sensing-ion-channel-asic1a
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Alexandr V Ilyaskin, Alexei Diakov, Christoph Korbmacher, Silke Haerteis
Acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) are nonvoltage-gated sodium channels transiently activated by extracellular protons and belong to the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC)/Degenerin (DEG) family of ion channels. Bile acids have been shown to activate two members of this family, the bile acid-sensitive ion channel (BASIC) and ENaC. To investigate whether bile acids also modulate ASIC function, human ASIC1a was heterologously expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes. Exposing oocytes to tauro-conjugated cholic (t-CA), deoxycholic (t-DCA), and chenodeoxycholic (t-CDCA) acid at pH 7...
February 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193732/error-prone-meiotic-division-and-subfertility-in-mice-with-oocyte-conditional-knockdown-of-pericentrin
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Claudia Baumann, Xiaotian Wang, Luhan Yang, Maria M Viveiros
Mouse oocytes lack canonical centrosomes and instead contain unique acentriolar microtubule-organizing centers (aMTOCs). To test the function of these distinct aMTOCs in meiotic spindle formation -Pericentrin (Pcnt), an essential centrosome/MTOC protein, was knocked down exclusively in oocytes using transgenic RNAi. Here we provide evidence that disruption of aMTOC function in oocytes promotes spindle instability and severe meiotic errors that lead to pronounced female subfertility. Pcnt-depleted oocytes from transgenic (Tg) mice are ovulated at metaphase-II, but show significant chromosome misalignment, aneuploidy and premature sister chromatid separation...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188844/infertility-and-ovarian-follicle-reserve-depletion-are-associated-with-dysregulation-of-the-fsh-and-lh-receptor-density-in-human-antral-follicles
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Sheena L P Regan, Phil G Knight, John L Yovich, James D Stanger, Yee Leung, Frank Arfuso, Arun Dharmarajan, Ghanim Almahbobi
The low take-home baby rate in older women in Australia (5.8%) undergoing IVF is linked to the depletion of the ovarian reserve of primordial follicles. Oocyte depletion causes an irreversible change to ovarian function. We found that the young patient FSH receptor and LH receptor expression profile on the granulosa cells collected from different size follicles were similar to the expression profile reported in natural cycles in women and sheep. This was reversed in the older patients with poor ovarian reserve...
February 7, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188594/extracellular-micrornas-in-follicular-fluid-and-their-potential-association-with-oocyte-fertilization-and-embryo-quality-an-exploratory-study
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Ronit Machtinger, Rodosthenis S Rodosthenous, Michal Adir, Abdallah Mansour, Catherine Racowsky, Andrea A Baccarelli, Russ Hauser
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to determine the profile of extracellular microRNAs (exmiRNAs) in follicular fluid (FF) and explore their association with fertilization potential and embryo quality. METHODS: We collected FF from single follicles containing mature oocytes from 40 women undergoing IVF and we screened for the expression of 754 exmiRNAs in FF using the TaqMan OpenArray® qPCR platform. To determine the association of exmiRNAs and IVF outcomes, we compared their expression levels in FF samples that differ by fertilization status (normally, abnormally, and failed to fertilize) and embryo quality (top vs...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185934/corticosteroids-deeply-depress-the-in-vitro-steroidogenic-capacity-of-eurasian-perch-ovary-at-the-end-of-the-reproductive-cycle
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S N M Mandiki, S Milla, S Nkogo Robles, P Kestemont
Corticosteroids play positive or negative role in the reproductive mechanisms of many fish species but the physiological contexts relating to such biphasic actions are not well defined. In the present study we investigated to what extent corticosteroids (cortisol-Co, 11-deoxycorticosterone-DOC) hormones may interfere with the steroidogenic capacity of Eurasian perch follicles, and we tested whether the negative interference of corticosteroids may be mitigated by potential stimulating endocrine factors, namely insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF), human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) or thyroid hormones (Triidothyronine-T3, thyroxine-T4)...
February 6, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185602/impaired-hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular-axis-activity-spermatogenesis-and-sperm-function-promote-infertility-in-males-with-lead-poisoning
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Jason Gandhi, Rafael J Hernandez, Andrew Chen, Noel L Smith, Yefim R Sheynkin, Gargi Joshi, Sardar Ali Khan
Lead poisoning is a stealthy threat to human physiological systems as chronic exposure can remain asymptomatic for long periods of time before symptoms manifest. We presently review the biophysical mechanisms of lead poisoning that contribute to male infertility. Environmental and occupational exposure of lead may adversely affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis, impairing the induction of spermatogenesis. Dysfunction at the reproductive axis, namely testosterone suppression, is most susceptible and irreversible during pubertal development...
February 10, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185085/h-dependent-inorganic-phosphate-uptake-in-trypanosoma-brucei-is-influenced-by-myo-inositol-transporter
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Thais Russo-Abrahão, Carolina Macedo Koeller, Michael E Steinmann, Stephanie Silva-Rito, Thaissa Marins-Lucena, Michele Alves-Bezerra, Naira Ligia Lima-Giarola, Iron Francisco de-Paula, Amaia Gonzalez-Salgado, Erwin Sigel, Peter Bütikofer, Katia Calp Gondim, Norton Heise, José Roberto Meyer-Fernandes
Trypanosoma brucei is an extracellular protozoan parasite that causes human African trypanosomiasis or "sleeping sickness". During the different phases of its life cycle, T. brucei depends on exogenous inorganic phosphate (Pi), but little is known about the transport of Pi in this organism. In the present study, we showed that the transport of (32)Pi across the plasma membrane follows Michaelis-Menten kinetics and is modulated by pH variation, with higher activity at acidic pH. Bloodstream forms presented lower Pi transport in comparison to procyclic forms, that displayed an apparent K0...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173814/the-human-oocyte-preservation-experience-hope-registry-evaluation-of-cryopreservation-techniques-and-oocyte-source-on-outcomes
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Zsolt Peter Nagy, Robert E Anderson, Eve C Feinberg, Brooke Hayward, Mary C Mahony
BACKGROUND: This prospective, Phase IV, multicenter, observational registry of assisted reproductive technology clinics in the USA studied outcomes of first cycles using thawed/warmed cryopreserved (by slow-freezing/vitrification) oocytes (autologous or donor). METHODS: Patients were followed up through implantation, clinical pregnancy, and birth outcomes. The main outcome measure was live birth rate (LBR), defined as the ratio of live births to oocytes thawed/warmed minus the number of embryos cryopreserved for each cycle, averaged over all thawing cycles...
February 7, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170286/effects-of-alcohol-on-mitochondrial-functions-of-cumulus-cells-in-mice
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Wanlu Xu, Lihui Huo, Jingjing Li, Chunli Xu, Shuang Wang, Yanhong Yang, Chuang Liu, Xiaomin Zheng, Xiuliang Feng, Xingrong Yan
Alcohol is an important compound used in food, agriculture, and medicine. In this study, we investigated the effect of alcohol on oocyte quality in mice by exposing animals for different duration times during an estrous cycle. Cumulus-oocyte complexes were collected from mice after pregnant mare serum gonadotropin- and human chorionic gonadotropin-induced superovulation. Ovulation number, E2 level in serum, and parthenogenetic embryo development in vitro were evaluated. Mitochondrial gene expression, mitochondrial membrane potential, and reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels in the cumulus were also assessed...
February 7, 2017: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169188/clinical-outcomes-after-ivf-or-icsi-using-human-blastocysts-derived-from-oocytes-containing-aggregates-of-smooth-endoplasmic-reticulum
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Fumiaki Itoi, Yukiko Asano, Masashi Shimizu, Rika Nagai, Kanako Saitou, Hiroyuki Honnma, Yasutaka Murata
In this study the clinical and neo-natal outcomes after transfer of blastocysts derived from oocytes containing aggregates of smooth endoplasmic reticulum (SER) were compared between IVF and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles. Clinical and neo-natal outcomes of blastocysts in cycles with at least one SER metaphase II oocyte (SER + MII; SER + cycles) did not significantly differ between the two insemination methods. When SER + MII were cultured to day 5/6, fertilization, embryo cleavage and blastocyst rates were not significantly different between IVF and ICSI cycles...
January 25, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166994/deoxynivalenol-induces-toxic-effects-in-the-ovaries-of-pigs-an-ex%C3%A2-vivo-approach
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Juliana Rubira Gerez, Stela Silva Desto, Ana Paula Frederico Rodrigues Loureiro Bracarense
Deoxynivalenol (DON) is a frequently found trichothecene mycotoxin that elicits toxic effects on humans and animals. In pigs, DON induces changes in digestive and immune systems. Effects on the reproductive system are scarce and mainly based in in vitro models. The aim of this study was to evaluate, using an ex vivo model, the effects of DON on the morphology of ovaries of pigs in all stages of follicular development. Six 5-month-old pigs were used for sampling the explants. Thirty-six explants were incubated for 48 hours in culture medium (n = 18) or medium containing 10 μM of DON (n = 18)...
March 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161239/cryopreservation-of-bovine-somatic-cells-using-antifreeze-polyamino-acid-carboxylated-poly-l-lysine
#15
Takuro Fujikawa, Takaaki Ando, Yuki Gen, Suong-Hyu Hyon, Chikara Kubota
Carboxylated poly-l-lysine (CPLL) is an ampholytic polymer compound, obtained by converting 65 mol% of amino groups to carboxyl groups after synthesizing ε-poly-l-lysine aqueous solution and succinic anhydride. CPLL has cryoprotective properties similar to those of anti-freeze protein. The addition of CPLL to freezing medium has been reported to improve the post-thawing survival rate of murine cells, human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, embryonic stem (ES) cells and embryos. In this study, investigating CPLL for its effectiveness as a new cryoprotective material is aimed...
February 1, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153493/cyp2c76-deficiency-is-embryonic-lethal-in-cynomolgus-macaques-the-potential-role-of-cyp2c76-in-early-embryogenesis
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Shuzo Koyama, Koji Fukuda, Sho Watanabe, Akinori Matsushita, Hideaki Tsuchiya, Nahoko Fujinami, Sakae Kohara, Norie Murayama, Masashi Nagano, Hiroshi Yamazaki, Koichiro Fukuzaki, Yasuhiro Uno, Yoshihiko Hosoi
Cynomolgus macaques are an important primate species for drug metabolism studies; however cynomolgus CYP2C76, an important drug-metabolizing enzyme, accounts for drug metabolism differences to humans, so that CYP2C76-null animals might show drug-metabolizing properties more similar to humans. In this study, attempts were made to produce CYP2C76-null animals by assisted reproduction technology. Oocytes and sperm collected from the heterozygotes for the null allele (c.449TG > A) were subjected to intracytoplasmic sperm injection, and the embryos produced were cultured in vitro through the blastocyst stage...
October 27, 2016: Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152037/reassessing-the-feasibility-of-the-zygote-score-for-predicting-embryo-viability-in-ivf-icsi-using-the-gnrh-antagonist-protocol-compared-to-the-long-protocol
#17
Pin-Yao Lin, Fu-Jen Huang, Fu-Tsai Kung, Yi-Chi Lin, Hsin-Ju Chiang, Yu-Ju Lin, Kuo-Chung Lan
BACKGROUND: Many factors from the oocyte/sperm or the process of fertilization may affect the zygote formation. The zygote score (Z-score) describes the quality of a human zygote based on its pronuclear morphology, nucleolar precursor bodies, and alignment of polar bodies, and it can be used in the selection process at the zygote stage for embryo transfer or cryopreservation. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this retrospective cohort study was to investigate the relationship between different controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) protocols and the zygote score (Z-score) and to assess the feasibility of the Z-score for predicting embryo survival in the GnRH-antagonist (GnRH-ant) protocol...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144640/cyclic-gmp-mediated-inhibition-of-spontaneous-germinal-vesicle-breakdown-both-with-and-without-cumulus-in-mouse-oocyte
#18
Heekyung Hwang, Yong-Pil Cheon
Intact germinal vesicle (GV) arrest and release are essential for maintaining the fertility of mammals inducing human. Intact germinal vesicle release, maturation of oocytes is maintained by very complex procedures along with folliculogenesis and is a critical step for embryonic development. Cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) has been suggested a key factor for meiotic arrest but so far its mechanisms are controversy. In this study we examine the effects of cGMP on germinal vesicle breakdown in cumulus-enclosed oocytes and denuded oocytes...
December 2016: Balsaeng'gwa Saengsig
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139950/can-early-%C3%AE-human-chorionic-gonadotropin-predict-birth-of-singletons-and-twins-after-in-vitro-fertilization
#19
Ana Póvoa, Milton Severo, Pedro Xavier, Alexandra Matias, Isaac Blickstein
OBJECTIVE: To assess the predictive value for clinical pregnancy outcome of β-hCG level at 13 days after embryo transfer. METHODS: Retrospective study of IVF clinical pregnancies diagnosed at 6 weeks. We calculated the value of β-hCG level at 13 days after embryo transfer to predict live births. RESULTS: We analyzed 177 IVF cycles between 2009 and 2014 (50 singleton births, 50 twin births, 27 sets with a vanishing twin, 43 first trimester singleton pregnancy loss and 7 first trimester total twin pregnancy loss)...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137754/efficacy-and-safety-of-follitropin-alfa-lutropin-alfa-in-art-a-randomized-controlled-trial-in-poor-ovarian-responders
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P Humaidan, W Chin, D Rogoff, T D'Hooghe, S Longobardi, J Hubbard, J Schertz
STUDY QUESTION: How does the efficacy and safety of a fixed-ratio combination of recombinant human FSH plus recombinant human LH (follitropin alfa plus lutropin alfa; r-hFSH/r-hLH) compare with that of r-hFSH monotherapy for controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) in patients with poor ovarian response (POR)? SUMMARY ANSWER: The primary and secondary efficacy endpoints were comparable between treatment groups and the safety profile of both treatment regimens was favourable...
January 30, 2017: Human Reproduction
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