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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917614/age-and-fecundability-in-a-north-american-preconception-cohort-study
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Amelia K Wesselink, Kenneth J Rothman, Elizabeth E Hatch, Ellen M Mikkelsen, Henrik T Sørensen, Lauren A Wise
BACKGROUND: There is a well-documented decline in fertility treatment success with increasing female age; however, there are few preconception cohort studies examining female age and natural fertility. In addition, data on male age and fertility is inconsistent. Given the increasing number of couples attempting conception at older ages, a more detailed characterization of age-related fecundability in the general population is of great clinical utility. OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between female and male age with fecundability...
September 13, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915635/dysregulation-of-an-x-linked-primate-specific-epididymal-microrna-cluster-in-unexplained-asthenozoospermia
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Xingrong Qing, Jian Shi, Tingting Dong, Chunlin Wu, Lian Hu, Honggang Li
Asthenoszoopermia, characterized by reduced sperm motility, is one of the primary forms of male infertility. Whereas most cases were diagnosed into unexplained asthenozoospermia (UA) because the etiology cannot be identified. In animal models, epigenetic dysregulation in epididymis can impair sperm maturation and result in asthenozoospermia. However, researches of epididymal epigenetic regulation on humans are impeded by the difficulty in obtaining epididymal tissues. We previously identified cell-free seminal microRNAs predominately derived from epididymis in human ejaculate...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914500/comprehensive-proteomics-analysis-of-exosomes-derived-from-human-seminal-plasma
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C Yang, W-B Guo, W-S Zhang, J Bian, J-K Yang, Q-Z Zhou, M-K Chen, W Peng, T Qi, C-Y Wang, C-D Liu
Exosomes are membranous nanovesicles of endocytic origin that carry and transfer regulatory bioactive molecules and mediate intercellular communication between cells and tissues. Although seminal exosomes have been identified in human seminal plasma, their exact composition and possible physiologic function remain unknown. The objective of this study was to perform a comprehensive proteomics analysis of exosomes derived from human seminal plasma. Seminal exosomes were isolated and purified from 12 healthy donors using a 30% sucrose cushion-based exosome-isolation protocol, followed by characterization by western blot, transmission electron microscopy, and nanoparticle tracking analysis before performing extensive liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry proteomics analysis...
September 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911169/obesity-induced-infertility-in-male-mice-is-associated-with-disruption-of-crisp4-expression-and-sperm-fertilization-capacity
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Beatriz C Borges, David Garcia-Galiano, Sanseray da Silveira Cruz-Machado, Xingfa Han, Galina B Gavrilina, Thomas L Saunders, Richard J Auchus, Saher S Hammoud, Gary D Smith, Carol F Elias
Approximately 15% of human couples of reproductive age have impaired fertility, and the male component accounts for about half of these cases. The etiology is usually unknown, but high correlation with the increase in obesity rates is documented. In this study, we show that diet-induced and genetically obese mice display copulatory behavior comparable to controls, but the number of females impregnated by obese males is remarkably low. Screening for changes in gene expression in the male reproductive tract showed decreased Crisp4 expression in testis and epididymis of obese mice...
September 1, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905710/cleavage-speed-and-blastomere-number-in-dba-2j-compared-with-c57bl-6j-mouse-embryos
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Hirofumi Nishizono, Kyosuke Uno, Hiroyuki Abe
DBA/2J mice are among the oldest and most important inbred strains still used in many research fields. However, this strain has reproductive problems, which may consume considerable time and effort during experiments requiring a large population. Because the quality of DBA/2J embryos has not yet been described in detail, we compared DBA/2J mice with the reproductively efficient C57BL/6J strain. Compared with C57BL/6J embryos, DBA/2J embryos had a slower cleavage speed (mean ± 1 SD; first cleavage: C57BL/6J, 16...
January 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905369/tsga10-is-a-novel-candidate-gene-associated-with-acephalic-spermatozoa
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Yan-Wei Sha, Yan-Kun Sha, Zhi-Yong Ji, Li-Bin Mei, Lu Ding, Qing Zhang, Ping-Ping Qiu, Shao-Bin Lin, Xu Wang, Ping Li, Xiaohui Xu, Lin Li
Acephalic spermatozoa is a rare teratozoospermia associated with male infertility. However, the pathogenesis of this disorder remains unclear. Here, we report a 27-year-old infertile male from a consanguineous family, who presented with 99% headless sperm in his ejaculate. Electron microscopic and immunofluorescence analysis suggested breakage at the midpiece of the patient's sperm cells. Subsequent whole-exome sequencing (WES) analysis identified a homozygous deletion within TSGA10 (c.211delG; p.A71Hfs*12), which resulted in the production of truncated TSGA10 protein...
September 14, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904909/office-based-andrology-and-male-infertility-procedures-a-cost-effective-alternative
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Manaf Alom, Matthew Ziegelmann, Josh Savage, Tanner Miest, Tobias S Köhler, Landon Trost
BACKGROUND: From 2014-2016, our clinical practice progressively incorporated several male infertility and andrology procedures performed under local anesthesia, including circumcision, hydrocelectomy, malleable penile prostheses, orchiectomy, penile plication, spermatocelectomy, testicular prostheses, varicocelectomy, vasectomy reversal (VR), and testicular and microepididymal sperm aspiration (TESE/MESA). Given the observed outcomes and potential financial and logistical benefits of this approach for surgeons and patients, we sought to describe our initial experience...
August 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904906/a-step-by-step-guide-to-office-based-sperm-retrieval-for-obstructive-azoospermia
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Robert M Coward, Jesse N Mills
A variety of surgical options exists for sperm retrieval in the setting of obstructive azoospermia (OA). With appropriate preparation, the majority of these techniques can safely be performed in the office with local anesthesia and with or without monitored anesthesia care (MAC). The available techniques include percutaneous options such as percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration (PESA) and testicular sperm aspiration (TESA), as well as open techniques that include testicular sperm extraction (TESE) and microsurgical epididymal sperm aspiration (MESA)...
August 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904905/the-role-of-microsurgical-varicocelectomy-in-treating-male-infertility
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REVIEW
Alexander J Tatem, Robert E Brannigan
Varicoceles are the most common cause of male infertility. They afflict 15-20% of the general male population and 40% of males with primary infertility. Although multiple treatment modalities exist, including radiographic embolization and laparoscopy, open subinguinal microsurgical varicocelectomy is currently the gold standard of treatment for this condition. In this article, we discuss the role of varicocelectomy in the treatment of the modern infertile male and present a practical, safe, and reproducible technique for the microsurgical approach...
August 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904502/antispermatogenic-mechanism-of-trona-is-associated-with-lipid-peroxidation-but-not-testosterone-suppression
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Ayodeji F Ajayi, Roland E Akhigbe
BACKGROUND: About half of the cases of infertility in couples have been attributed to male factor. Despite the claim in folklore medicine that trona (a sesquicarbonate or hydrated carbonate of sodium) causes fetal loss, its effect on male reproductive function has not been investigated. AIM: This study sought to provide scientific evidence on the effect of trona on sperm characteristics, male reproductive hormones and organs, and lipid peroxidation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty male Wistar rats of comparable weights were used for the study...
April 2017: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903836/reconsidering-a-lower-level-of-follicle-stimulating-hormone-as-abnormal-in-sub-fertile-males-of-pakistan
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Shehla Arif, Ayesha Khan
OBJECTIVE: To assess the association between Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and semen parameters in order to evaluate whether the current laboratory reference for abnormal FSH levels should be readjusted. STUDY DESIGN: Observational, cross-sectional study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Infertility Clinic of Gynecology Unit 1, Civil Hospital, Karachi, from May 2015 to April 2016. METHODOLOGY: The study included 100 sub-fertile males inducted from the clinic...
August 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903822/evaluation-of-a-zinc-gluconate-neutralized-with-arginine-product-as-a-nonsurgical-method-for-sterilization-of-rhesus-macaques-macaca-mulatta
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Kacie N Woodward, Rebekah I Keesler, J Rachel Reader, Kari L Christe
Because rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) are prolific breeders, overpopulation can be problematic in both research and feral populations. Currently, the most effective contraceptive methods are hormonal control in female macaques and vasectomies in males. These methods each come with innate challenges, the foremost being the alteration of necessary hormonal patterns. In this study, we assessed the use of zinc gluconate neutralized with arginine as a novel, nonsurgical alternative to male contraception in 12 rhesus macaques...
September 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900261/a-phytochemical-approach-to-promotion-of-self-renewal-in-murine-spermatogonial-stem-cell-by-using-sedum-sarmentosum-extract
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Sang-Eun Jung, Yong-Hee Kim, Sunghun Cho, Bang-Jin Kim, Hee-Seok Lee, Seongsoo Hwang, Geun-Bae Kim, Young-Hyun Kim, Myung-Geol Pang, Sanghyun Lee, Buom-Yong Ryu
Spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) are the basis of spermatogenesis, which is dependent on the ability to self-renew and differentiation. Controlling self-renewal and differentiation of SSCs could apply to treatment of disease such as male infertility. Recently, in the field of stem cell research, it was demonstrated that effective increase in stem cell activity can be achieved by using growth factors derived from plant extracts. In this study, our aim is to investigate components from natural plant to improve the self-renewal of SSCs...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894282/idiopathic-male-infertility-and-polymorphisms-in-the-dna-methyltransferase-genes-involved-in-epigenetic-marking
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Qiuqin Tang, Yiqiu Chen, Wei Wu, Hongjuan Ding, Yankai Xia, Daozhen Chen, Xinru Wang
The purpose of this study was to investigate the association between male infertility and single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of DNA methyltransferases (DNMT) genes (DNMT3B: rs2424909, DNMT1: rs4804490, DNMT3A: rs1550117 and DNMT3L: rs7354779). Eight hundred and thirty three idiopathic infertile males and four hundred and ten fertile controls from the hospitals affiliated to Nanjing Medical University between 2010 and 2012 were recruited in the study. We demonstrated a significantly increased risk of idiopathic infertility with abnormal semen parameters in association with the heterozygous genotype of variant rs4804490...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894123/mutations-in-the-prostate-specific-antigen-psa-klk3-correlate-with-male-infertility
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Nishi Gupta, Digumarthi V S Sudhakar, Pravin Kumar Gangwar, Satya Narayan Sankhwar, Nalini J Gupta, Baidyanath Chakraborty, Kumarasamy Thangaraj, Gopal Gupta, Singh Rajender
Prostate specific antigen (PSA/KLK3) is known to be the chief executor of the fragmentation of semenogelins, dissolution of semen coagulum, thereby releasing sperm for active motility. Recent research has found that semenogelins also play significant roles in sperm fertility by affecting hyaluronidase activity, capacitation and motility, thereby making PSA important for sperm fertility beyond simple semen liquefaction. PSA level in semen has been shown to correlate with sperm motility, suggesting that PSA level/activity can affect fertility...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893621/rare-genetic-variants-in-the-sodium-dependent-organic-anion-transporter-soat-slc10a6-effects-on-transport-function-and-membrane-expression
#16
Josefine Bennien, Thomas Fischer, Joachim Geyer
Sulfo-conjugated steroid hormones, such as dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), pregnenolone sulfate or estrone-3-sulfate are abundant in the body, but are biologically inactive at classical androgen and estrogen steroid receptors. However, after carrier-mediated import and de-conjugation by the steroid sulfatase, these compounds participate in the overall steroid regulation of reproductive organs. The sodium-dependent organic anion transporter SOAT, coded by the SLC10A6 gene, is specific for the transport of steroid sulfates and is highly expressed in testicular germ cells, including pachytene spermatocytes, secondary spermatocytes, and round spermatids...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892594/male-infertility-the-other-side-of-the-equation
#17
Darren J Katz, Patrick Teloken, Ohad Shoshany
BACKGROUND: A male factor contributes to infertility in approximately 50% of couples who fail to conceive, causing significant psychosocial and marital stress. OBJECTIVE: This article reviews the general practitioner's (GP's) evaluation of male infertility and indications for referral to a male infertility specialist, and gives an overview of the specialist management of male infertility. DISCUSSION: Male infertility can result from anatomical or genetic abnormalities, systemic or neurological diseases, infections, trauma, iatrogenic injury, gonadotoxins and development of sperm antibodies...
September 2017: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890972/nanomechanical-sensors-for-direct-and-rapid-characterization-of-sperm-motility-based-on-nanoscale-vibrations
#18
Shangquan Wu, Zhiguo Zhang, Xiarong Zhou, Hong Liu, Changguo Xue, Gang Zhao, Yunxia Cao, Qingchuan Zhang, Xiaoping Wu
Infertility, whether of male or female origin, is a critical challenge facing the low birth rate and aging population throughout the world, and semen analysis is a cornerstone of the diagnostic evaluation of the male contribution to infertility. This means that tools which can characterize sperm properties in an effective manner are very much needed. The conventional approaches are essentially image-based, which have a limited value for analyzing sperm properties. Here, we show that an assay using nanomechanical sensors can detect sperm motility based on nanomotion...
September 11, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886318/new-insights-into-the-expression-profile-of-microrna-34c-and-p53-in-infertile-men-spermatozoa-and-testicular-tissue
#19
S Rahbar, M G Novin, E Alizadeh, V Shahnazi, F Pashaei-Asl, Y A AsrBadr, L Farzadi, E Ebrahimie, M Pashaiasl
Spermatogenesis is proliferation and differentiation processes of stem spermatogonia into mature spermatozoa controlled by the genes responsible for transcription and post transcription levels. MicroRNAs (miRNA) are  the key factors during gene expression in RNA silencing and post-transcriptional regulation. They play main roles in regulation of early and late spermatogenesis, and reproduction. In this study, we investigate the role of miRNAs in infertile males.The patients were assigned to five groups based on semen analysis (n=55), including normozoospermic (N), moderate oligoasthenoteratozoospermic (MOAT), severe oligoasthenoteratozoospermic (SOAT), obstructive azoospermia (OA) and non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA)...
August 30, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886262/effectiveness-of-antibiotic-treatment-in-infertile-patients-with-sterile-leukocytospermia-induced-by-tobacco-use
#20
Bogdan Pajovic, Ljiljana Pajovic, Marko Vukovic
Our study investigated whether antibiotic therapy in infertile tobacco users with sterile leukocytospermia and a history of former sexual transmitted disease (STD) has an advantage over cessation of smoking alone. For this study, 80 male infertile smokers were divided into two subgroups. The first group numbered 40 patients treated with a two week course of doxycycline, 100 mg, twice daily, while the second group simply ceased smoking. A control group of 20 patients with chronic abacterial prostatitis (CPPS III a) were treated with the same antibiotic for two weeks...
September 8, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
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