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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818272/on-human-parthenogenesis
#1
Gabriel Jose de Carli, Tiago Campos Pereira
Spontaneous parthenogenetic and androgenetic events occur in humans, but they result in tumours: the ovarian teratoma and the hydatidiform mole, respectively. However, the observation of fetiform (ovarian) teratomas, the serependious identification of several chimeric human parthenotes and androgenotes in the last two decades, along with the creation of viable bi-maternal mice in the laboratory based on minor genetic interferences, raises the question of whether natural cases of clinically healthy human parthenotes have gone unnoticed to science...
September 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815566/maturation-promoting-factor-destabilization-mediates-human-chorionic-gonadotropin-induced-meiotic-resumption-in-rat-oocytes
#2
Meenakshi Tiwari, Shail K Chaube
Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) mimics the action of luteinizing hormone (LH) and triggers meiotic maturation and ovulation in mammals. The mechanism by which hCG triggers meiotic resumption in mammalian oocytes remains poorly understood. We aimed to find out the impact of hCG surge on morphological changes, adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP), guanosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cGMP), cell division cycle 25B (Cdc25B), Wee1, early mitotic inhibitor 2 (Emi2), anaphase-promoting complex/cyclosome (APC/C), meiotic arrest deficient protein 2 (MAD2), phosphorylation status of cyclin-dependent kinase 1 (Cdk1), its activity and cyclin B1 expression levels during meiotic resumption from diplotene as well as metaphase-II (M-II) arrest in cumulus oocyte complexes (COCs)...
August 16, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810691/improvement-of-implantation-potential-in-mouse-blastocysts-derived-from-ivf-by-combined-treatment-with-prolactin-epidermal-growth-factor-and-4-hydroxyestradiol
#3
Miki Takeuchi, Misato Seki, Etsuko Furukawa, Akihito Takahashi, Kyosuke Saito, Mitsuru Kobayashi, Kenji Ezoe, Emiko Fukui, Midori Yoshizawa, Hiromichi Matsumoto
STUDY QUESTION: Can supplementation of medium with prolactin (PRL), epidermal growth factor (EGF) and 4-hydroxyestradiol (4-OH-E2) prior to embryo transfer improve implantation potential in mouse blastocysts derived from IVF? SUMMARY ANSWER: Combined treatment with PRL, EGF and 4-OH-E2 improves mouse blastocyst implantation rates, while alone, each factor is ineffective. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Blastocyst dormancy during delayed implantation caused by ovariectomy is maintained by continued progesterone treatment in mice, and estrogen injection rapidly activates blastocysts to implantation-induced status in vivo...
August 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807882/control-of-nucleus-positioning-in-mouse-oocytes
#4
REVIEW
Maria Almonacid, Marie-Emilie Terret, Marie-Hélène Verlhac
The position of the nucleus in a cell can instruct morphogenesis in some cases, conveying spatial and temporal information and abnormal nuclear positioning can lead to disease. In oocytes from worm, sea urchin, frog and some fish, nucleus position regulates embryo development, it marks the animal pole and in Drosophila it defines the future dorso-ventral axis of the embryo and of the adult body plan. However, in mammals, the oocyte nucleus is centrally located and does not instruct any future embryo axis. Yet an off-centre nucleus correlates with poor outcome for mouse and human oocyte development...
August 11, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798983/role-of-aqp9-in-transport-of-monomethyselenic-acid-and-selenite
#5
Xiangrong Geng, Joseph McDermott, Joseph Lundgren, Liu Liu, Kan-Jen Tsai, Jian Shen, Zijuan Liu
AQP9 is an aquaglyceroporin with a very broad substrate spectrum. In addition to its orthodox nutrient substrates, AQP9 also transports multiple neutral and ionic arsenic species including arsenic trioxide, monomethylarsenous acid (MAs(III)) and dimethylarsenic acid (DMA(V)). Here we discovered a new group of AQP9 substrates which includes two clinical relevant selenium species. We showed that AQP9 efficiently transports monomethylselenic acid (MSeA) with a preference for acidic pH, which has been demonstrated in Xenopus laevis oocyte following the overexpression of human AQP9...
August 10, 2017: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796038/clomiphene-citrate-is-associated-with-favorable-cycle-characteristics-but-impaired-outcomes-of-obese-women-with-polycystic-ovarian-syndrome-undergoing-ovarian-stimulation-for-in-vitro-fertilization
#6
Shutian Jiang, Yanping Kuang
The aim of this study was to explore the effect of clomiphene citrate (CC) on the cycle characteristics and outcomes of obese women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) undergoing ovarian stimulation for in vitro fertilization (IVF).This is a retrospective cohort study, and it was conducted at the tertiary-care academic medical center.This study included 174 obese PCOS patients undergoing IVF.In the study group (n = 90), CC and human menopausal gonadotropin (HMG) were administered simultaneously beginning on cycle day 3, while in control group (n = 84) HMG was used only...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795048/evaluation-of-human-embryo-development-in-in-vitro-fertilization-and-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-fertilized-oocytes-a-time-lapse-study
#7
Hyung Jun Kim, Hye Jin Yoon, Jung Mi Jang, Won Don Lee, San Hyun Yoon, Jin Ho Lim
OBJECTIVE: We investigated whether the insemination method (in vitro fertilization [IVF] or intracytoplasmic sperm injection [ICSI]) affected morphokinetic events and abnormal cleavage events in embryonic development. METHODS: A total of 1,830 normal fertilized embryos were obtained from 272 IVF and ICSI cycles that underwent ovum retrieval culture using a time-lapse system (Embryoscope) from June 2013 to March 2015. All embryos were investigated by a detailed time-lapse analysis that measured the developmental events in the hours after IVF or ICSI insemination...
June 2017: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795046/the-effects-of-different-types-of-media-on-in-vitro-maturation-outcomes-of-human-germinal-vesicle-oocytes-retrieved-in-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-cycles
#8
Farzaneh Fesahat, Razieh Dehghani Firouzabadi, Azita Faramarzi, Mohammad Ali Khalili
OBJECTIVE: Optimizing in vitro maturation (IVM) media to achieve better outcomes has been a matter of interest in recent years. The aim of this prospective clinical trial was to investigate the effects of different media on the IVM outcomes of immature oocytes at the germinal vesicle (GV) stage. METHODS: A total of 400 immature oocytes at the GV stage with normal morphology were retrieved from 320 infertile women aged 31±4.63 years during stimulated intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles...
June 2017: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791050/effect-of-increased-endometrial-thickness-and-implantation-rate-by-granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor-on-unresponsive-thin-endometrium-in-fresh-in-vitro-fertilization-cycles-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#9
Fatemeh Sarvi, Marjan Arabahmadi, Ashraf Alleyassin, Marzieh Aghahosseini, Marzieh Ghasemi
BACKGROUND: The correlation between endometrial thickness and receptivity has been mentioned in various studies. This study investigated the effect of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor in treating thin endometrium of infertile women who were chosen for in vitro fertilization in our infertility clinic in 2014 and 2015. METHODS: In this randomized clinical trial, 28 women who were chosen for in vitro fertilization and had endometrial thickness of less than 6 mm on the day of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) injection were included in the study...
2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780921/neo-oogenesis-in-mammals
#10
Tania Janeth Porras-Gómez, Norma Moreno-Mendoza
Recently, the existence of a mechanism for neo-oogenesis in the ovaries of adult mammals has generated much controversy within reproductive biology. This mechanism, which proposes that the ovary has cells capable of renewing the follicular reserve, has been described for various species of mammals. The first evidence was found in prosimians and humans. However, these findings were not considered relevant because the predominant dogma for reproductive biology at the time was that of Zuckerman. This dogma states that female mammals are born with finite numbers of oocytes that decline throughout postnatal life...
August 7, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774548/safety-and-efficiency-of-oocyte-vitrification
#11
REVIEW
Neelke De Munck, Gábor Vajta
As the oocyte is the starting point for a new life, artificial reproductive technology (ART) techniques should not affect the (ultra) structural and functional integrity, or the developmental competence. Oocyte vitrification -one of the most significant achievements in human ART during the past decade- should therefore be a safe and efficient technique. This review discusses the principles and developments of the existing and future techniques, applications possibilities and safety concerns. The broad range of vitrification media and devices that are currently available, show differences in their effects on the oocyte ultrastructure and preimplantation development...
August 1, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768768/regulation-of-the-epithelial-na-channel-by-paraoxonase-2
#12
Shujie Shi, Teresa M Buck, Carol L Kinlough, Allison L Marciszyn, Rebecca P Hughey, Martin Chalfie, Jeffrey L Brodsky, Thomas R Kleyman
Paraoxonase-2 (PON-2) is a membrane-bound lactonase with unique anti-oxidative and anti-atherosclerotic properties. PON-2 shares key structural elements with MEC-6, an endoplasmic reticulum resident molecular chaperone in Caenorhabditis elegans MEC-6 modulates the expression of a mechano-transductive ion channel comprised of MEC-4 and MEC-10 in touch receptor neurons. Because pon-2 mRNA resides in multiple rat nephron segments, including aldosterone-sensitive distal nephron where the epithelial Na(+) channel (ENaC) is expressed, we hypothesized that PON-2 would similarly regulate ENaC expression...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768767/iron-is-a-substrate-of-the-plasmodium-falciparum-chloroquine-resistance-transporter-pfcrt-in-xenopus-oocytes
#13
Naziha Bakouh, Sebastiano Bellanca, Britta Nyboer, Sonia Moliner Cubel, Zoubida Karim, Cecilia P Sanchez, Wilfred D Stein, Gabrielle Planelles, Michael Lanzer
The chloroquine resistance transporter of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, PfCRT, is an important determinant of resistance to several quinoline and quinoline-like antimalarial drugs. PfCRT also plays an essential role in the physiology of the parasite during development inside erythrocytes. However, the function of this transporter besides its role in drug resistance is still unclear. Using electrophysiological and flux experiments conducted on PfCRTexpressing Xenopus laevis oocytes, we show here that both wild type PfCRT and a PfCRT variant associated with chloroquine resistance transport both ferrous and ferric iron, albeit with different kinetics...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758506/exposure-to-modern-widespread-environmental-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-and-their-effect-on-the-reproductive-potential-of-women-an-overview-of-current-epidemiological-evidence
#14
Anetta Karwacka, Dorota Zamkowska, Michał Radwan, Joanna Jurewicz
Growing evidence indicates that exposure to widespread, environmental contaminants called endocrine disruptors (EDCs) negatively affects animal and human reproductive health and has been linked to several diseases including infertility. This review aims to evaluate the impact of environmental exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals [phthalates, parabens, triclosan, bisphenol A (BPA), organochlorine (PCBs) and perfluorinated (PFCs) compounds] on the reproductive potential among women, by reviewing most recently published literature...
July 31, 2017: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755171/sirt1-induces-resistance-to-apoptosis-in-human-granulosa-cells-by-activating-the-erk-pathway-and-inhibiting-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-with-anti-inflammatory-functions
#15
Ying Han, Haining Luo, Hui Wang, Jun Cai, Yunshan Zhang
SIRT1, a member of the sirtuin family, has recently emerged as a vital molecule in controlling ovarian function. The aims of the present study were to investigate SIRT1 expression and analyze SIRT1-mediated apoptosis in human granulosa cells (GCs). Human ovarian tissues were subjected to immunohistochemistry for localization of SIRT1 expression. SIRT1 knockdown in a human ovarian GC tumor line (COV434) was achieved by small interfering RNA, and the relationship between apoptosis and SIRT1 was assessed by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and western blotting...
July 28, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754128/does-air-pollution-play-a-role-in-infertility-a-systematic-review
#16
REVIEW
Julie Carré, Nicolas Gatimel, Jessika Moreau, Jean Parinaud, Roger Léandri
BACKGROUND: Air pollution is involved in many pathologies. These pollutants act through several mechanisms that can affect numerous physiological functions, including reproduction: as endocrine disruptors or reactive oxygen species inducers, and through the formation of DNA adducts and/or epigenetic modifications. We conducted a systematic review of the published literature on the impact of air pollution on reproductive function. Eligible studies were selected from an electronic literature search from the PUBMED database from January 2000 to February 2016 and associated references in published studies...
July 28, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752970/-trans-differentiation-of-human-amniotic-epithelial-cells-into-follicle-like-structure
#17
Hui Wang, Fei Wang, Li-Ping Bai, Xiao-Yu Mo, Hui-Yun Tang, Ai Zheng
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether hAECs can differentiate into follicle-like structure. METHODS: hAECs were isolated from human term placenta and cultured sequentially in medium supplemented with 5% human follicular fluid. The morphology of the cells was examined by inverted microscope. Changes of estradiol levels and expressions of germ cell specific gene in the cultured medium were detected by chemiluminescence immunoassay and Real time-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), respectively...
July 2017: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750635/proteomic-analysis-of-human-follicular-fluid-associated-with-successful-in-vitro-fertilization
#18
Xiaofang Shen, Xin Liu, Peng Zhu, Yuhua Zhang, Jiahui Wang, Yanwei Wang, Wenting Wang, Juan Liu, Ning Li, Fujun Liu
BACKGROUND: Human follicular fluid (HFF) provides a key environment for follicle development and oocyte maturation, and contributes to oocyte quality and in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcome. METHODS: To better understand folliculogenesis in the ovary, a proteomic strategy based on dual reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) coupled to matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MALDI TOF/TOF MS) was used to investigate the protein profile of HFF from women undergoing successful IVF...
July 27, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745404/testicular-oocytes-in-smallmouth-bass-in-northeastern-minnesota-in-relation-to-varying-levels-of-human-activity
#19
Sarah M Kadlec, Rodney D Johnson, David R Mount, Jennifer H Olker, Brian D Borkholder, Patrick K Schoff
Testicular oocytes (TOs) have been found in black basses (Micropterus spp.) from many locations in North America. The presence of TOs is often assumed to imply exposure to estrogenic endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs), however, a definitive causal relationship has yet to be established, and TO prevalence is not consistently low in fish from areas lacking evident EDC sources. This might indicate any of a number of situations: (a) unknown or unidentified EDCs or EDC sources, (b) induction of TOs by other stressors, or (c) TOs occurring spontaneously during normal development...
July 26, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743736/sfpq-a-multifunctional-nuclear-protein-regulates-the-transcription-of-pde3a
#20
Dong Keun Rhee, Steven C Hockman, Sun-Kyung Choi, Yong-Eun Kim, Chungoo Park, Vincent C Manganiello, Kee Kwang Kim
Phosphodiesterase 3A (PDE3A), a member of the cGMP-inhibited cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase (PDE) family, plays important roles in oocyte maturation and vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation. However, the molecular mechanisms that regulate PDE3A gene expression remain largely unknown. In this study, we investigated the transcriptional regulation of PDE3A , and found that the splicing factor proline and glutamine rich (SFPQ) protein modulated PDE3A mRNA levels. Multiple transcription start sites (TSS1, 2, and 3) were identified within the first exon of PDE3A using 5'-rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE)...
July 25, 2017: Bioscience Reports
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