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  1. Efecto de enzimas proteolíticas y de la abstinencia sexual en la cuantificación bioquímica de alfa-glucosidasa en plasma seminal humano

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    2001-01-01

    Background: alpha-glucosidase is found in human seminal plasma as an acid form, located in accessory glands, and as a neutral form secreted almost exclusively by the epididymis. Quantification of alpha-glucosidase activity is a marker of the secretory function of the epididymis and indemnity of the sperm transport pathway Aim: To obtain reference values for alpha-glucosidase in normal samples of seminal plasma, to evaluate its behavior in serial samples and to determine the effect of proteoly...

  2. Extracellular superoxide dismutase of boar seminal plasma.

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    Kowalowka, M; Wysocki, P; Fraser, L; Strzezek, J

    2008-08-01

    Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is an enzymatic component of the antioxidant defense system that protects spermatozoa by catalysing the dismutation of superoxide anions to hydrogen peroxide and oxygen. Age and season effects on SOD activity in the seminal plasma were measured in boars at the onset of 8 months through a 35-month period. It was found that age-related changes in SOD activity in the seminal plasma were markedly higher in boars less than 2 years of age. However, it appeared that SOD activity was established at the early sexual maturity age (8-12 months). There were variations in SOD activity throughout the season, being significantly higher in spring and autumn than in summer. A secretory extracellular form of SOD (EC-SOD) was purified to homogeneity (350-fold) from boar seminal plasma, using a three-step purification protocol (affinity chromatography followed by ion exchange and ceramic hydroxyapatite chromatography). The molecular properties and specificity of SOD (molecular mass, isoelectric point, optimum pH, thermostability and susceptibility to inhibitors) confirmed that the purified enzyme is an extracellular form of Cu/Zn-superoxide dismutase occurring in boar seminal plasma. The results of this study indicate that EC-SOD is an important antioxidant enzyme of boar seminal plasma, which plays an important physiological role in counteracting oxidative stress in spermatozoa.

  3. Seminal plasma PSA in spinal cord injured men

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    Brasso, K; Sønksen, J; Sommer, P;

    1998-01-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of spinal cord injury on seminal plasma PSA concentration.......The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of spinal cord injury on seminal plasma PSA concentration....

  4. Hormones and endocrine disruptors in human seminal plasma.

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    Hampl, R; Kubatova, J; Heracek, J; Sobotka, V; Starka, L

    2013-07-01

    Seminal plasma represents a unique environment for maturation, nutrition, and protection of male germ cells from damaging agents. It contains an array of organic as well as inorganic chemicals, encompassing a number of biologically and immunologically active compounds, including hormones. Seminal plasma contains also various pollutants transferred from outer environment known as endocrine disruptors. They interfere with hormones at the receptor level, act as inhibitors of their biosynthesis, and affect hormone regulation.In this minireview, the main groups of hormones detected in seminal plasma are summarized. Seminal gonadal steroids were investigated mostly with aim to use them as biomarkers of impaired spermatogenesis (sperm count, motility, morphology). Concentrations of hormones in the seminal plasma often differ considerably from the blood plasma levels in dependence on their origin. In some instances (dihydrotestosterone, estradiol), their informative value is higher than determination in blood.Out of peptide hormones detected in seminal plasma, peptides of transforming growth factor beta family, especially antimullerian hormone, and oligopeptides related to thyrotropin releasing hormone have the high informative value, while assessment of seminal gonadotropins and prolactin does not bring advantage over determination in blood.Though there is a large body of information about the endocrine disruptors' impact on male reproduction, especially with their potential role in decline of male reproductive functions within the last decades, there are only scarce reports on their presence in seminal plasma. Herein, the main groups of endocrine disruptors found in seminal plasma are reviewed, and the use of their determination for investigation of fertility disorders is discussed.

  5. Proteins of the canine seminal plasma

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    Annice Aquino-Cortez

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: Studies have been performed to identify the proteins present in canine seminal plasma (SP and relate them to sperm quality as well as to discover molecular markers of reproductive tract diseases. There is evidence that heparin-binding proteins, zinc-binding proteins, and lactoferrin as well as the matrix metalloproteinase, superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase enzymes are associated with canine sperm quality. Other studies indicate that prolactin and enzymes like arginine esterase, acid phosphatase, and alkaline phosphatase could be successfully used as biomarkers of reproductive disorders. Thus, the present literature review aims to address aspects related to proteins of the canine SP, their influence on fertility, and their importance as biomarkers of reproductive disorders.

  6. Serum and seminal plasma hormonal profiles of infertile Nigerian male.

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    Akinloye, O; Arowojolu, A O; Shittu, O B; Abbiyesuku, F M; Adejuwon, C A; Osotimehin, B

    2006-12-01

    Male infertility constitutes a worldwide problem, especially in Nigeria where most men do not readily accept that they may contribute to the couple's infertility. In order to assess hormonal disturbances in the male infertility we compared male reproductive hormonal levels in human serum and seminal plasma and evaluated the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular-axis in infertile Nigerian males. The biophysical semen parameters were assessed by W.H.O. standard manual method. Serum and seminal plasma male reproductive hormones (Leutinizing hormones, Follicular stimulating hormone, Prolactin and Testosterone) were measured by Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA) technique of W.H.O. in sixty (60) infertile adult male Nigerians (Oligospermic; n = 40 and azoopermic; n = 20) and forty controls of proven fertility (Normospermic subjects; n = 40). The results show that the serum concentrations of gonadotropins (LH and FSH) were significantly higher (Pinfertile subjects than controls. Patterns of serum prolactin levels were similar. The values of gonadotropins in serum were significantly higher (Pseminal plasma. Seminal plasma testosterone in infertile subjects was significantly higher (Phormonal level and seminal plasma hormonal level in all the groups (Pinfertility in Nigerians is characterized by hyperprolactinaemia, raised serum gonadotropins (LH, FSH), and raised seminal plasma testosterone. Hormonal profiles in serum and seminal plasma were not significantly correlated, and hence cannot be used as exclusive alternative in male infertility investigations. The observed spermogram in spite of significant elevation of seminal plasma testosterone in infertile males investigated suggests Sertoli cells malfunction.

  7. Selenium, copper and zinc in seminal plasma of men with varicocele, relationship with seminal parameters.

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    Camejo, María Isabel; Abdala, Lyzeth; Vivas-Acevedo, Giovanny; Lozano-Hernández, Ricardo; Angeli-Greaves, Miriam; Greaves, Eduardo D

    2011-12-01

    Varicocele has been associated with decrease in seminal parameters. Selenium (Se), copper (Cu), and zinc (Zn) are trace elements essential for normal spermatogenesis of mammals and play a critical role as antioxidant defense system enzymes. Se, Cu, and Zn are associated with sperm quality in fertile and infertile men. However, there is little information about Se, Cu, and Zn concentrations in semen in patients with varicocele and its association with seminal parameters. The purpose of this study was to determine the concentrations of Se, Cu, and Zn in semen of patients with varicocele and the relationship with seminal parameters. Total Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence was used for the fist time in the seminal fluid analysis. The concentration of selenium in men with varicocele was smaller than the normozoospermic group, while no differences were observed for both concentrations of zinc and copper. A significant positive correlation between zinc and selenium concentration was observed. Selenium in seminal plasma correlates with a good spermatozoa concentrations, motility, and morphology. Additionally, a significant positive correlation was observed between zinc levels and sperm count. In conclusion, a decrease in selenium concentration was associated with detriment of seminal parameters. A study should be conducted to evaluate the benefits of both zinc and selenium supplementation to improve seminal parameters in patients with varicocele.

  8. Identification of fatty acids in canine seminal plasma.

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    Díaz, R; Inostroza, K; Risopatrón, J; Sanchez, R; Sepúlveda, N

    2014-03-01

    Seminal plasma contains various biochemical components associated with sperm function. However, there is limited information regarding the fatty acid composition of seminal plasma and their effect on sperm. The aim of this study was to identify the fatty acid content in canine seminal plasma using gas chromatography. Twelve ejaculates were studied, the seminal plasma was obtained by centrifugation and then the lipids were extracted, methylated and analysed by chromatography. The total lipids in the seminal plasma were 2.5 ± 0.3%, corresponding to 85% saturated fatty acids (SFA) and 15% unsaturated fatty acids (UFA). The greatest proportions of SFA were palmitic acid (30.4%), stearic acid (23.4%) and myristic acid (5.3%) and of UFA oleic acid (9.0%). Therefore, the protocols and techniques used enabled the identification of 18 different fatty acids in canine seminal plasma, which constitutes a good method to evaluate and quantify the fatty acid profile in this species. © 2013 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

  9. Impact of Seminal Chemical Elements on the Oxidative Balance in Bovine Seminal Plasma and Spermatozoa

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    Eva Tvrdá; Norbert Lukáč; Monika Schneidgenová; Jana Lukáčová; Csaba Szabó; Zofia Goc; Agnieszka Greń; Peter Massányi

    2013-01-01

    Mutual relationships between selected chemical elements (Na, K, Fe, Cu, Mg, and Zn), basic motility characteristics (motility and progressive motility), and markers of the oxidative balance (superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione, albumin, and malondialdehyde) were investigated in bovine seminal plasma and spermatozoa. Computer assisted sperm analysis was used to assess the motility parameters; mineral concentrations were determined by the voltammetric method and flame absorption spectro...

  10. Seminal plasma initiates a Neisseria gonorrhoeae transmission state.

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    Anderson, Mark T; Dewenter, Lena; Maier, Berenike; Seifert, H Steven

    2014-03-04

    Niche-restricted pathogens are evolutionarily linked with the specific biological fluids that are encountered during infection. Neisseria gonorrhoeae causes the genital infection gonorrhea and is exposed to seminal fluid during sexual transmission. Treatment of N. gonorrhoeae with seminal plasma or purified semen proteins lactoferrin, serum albumin, and prostate-specific antigen each facilitated type IV pilus-mediated twitching motility of the bacterium. Motility in the presence of seminal plasma was characterized by high velocity and low directional persistence. In addition, infection of epithelial cells with N. gonorrhoeae in the presence of seminal plasma resulted in enhanced microcolony formation. Close association of multiple pili in the form of bundles was also disrupted after seminal plasma treatment leading to an increase in the number of single pilus filaments on the bacterial surface. Thus, exposure of N. gonorrhoeae to seminal plasma is proposed to alter bacterial motility and aggregation characteristics to influence the processes of transmission and colonization. IMPORTANCE There are greater than 100 million estimated new cases of gonorrhea annually worldwide. Research characterizing the mechanisms of pathogenesis and transmission of Neisseria gonorrhoeae is important for developing new prevention strategies, since antibiotic resistance of the organism is becoming increasingly prevalent. Our work identifies seminal plasma as a mediator of N. gonorrhoeae twitching motility and microcolony formation through functional modification of the type IV pilus. These findings provide insight into motility dynamics and epithelial cell colonization under conditions that are relevant to sexual transmission. Type IV pili are common virulence factors with diverse functions among bacterial pathogens, and this work identifies interactions between type IV pili and the host environment. Finally, this work illustrates the importance of the host environment and niche

  11. Seminal plasma hexosaminidase in patients with normal and abnormal spermograms

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    Renata Julia Menendez-Helman

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Glycosidases profusion in male reproductive fluids suggests a possible relationship with sperm function. Although Hexosaminidase (Hex is the most active glycosidase in epididymal fluid and seminal plasma, as well as in spermatozoa, Glucosidase is considered a marker for epididymal function and azoospermia. Objective: The aim of this study was to determine Hex activity in seminal plasma from patients with normal and abnormal spermograms and analyze its correlation with seminal parameters. Materials and Methods: In this cross sectional study, seminal plasma from azoospermic, asthenozoospermic, teratozoospermic, and normozoospermic patients was analyzed for the activity of: total Hex, HexA isoform, and glucosidase. Besides, hexosamine levels were determined, and the amount of Hex was quantified by immunoblot with a specific antibody. Correlation of Hex activity with seminal parameters was also analyzed. Results: Hex activity, like glucosidase, was significantly reduced in azoospermic samples (44, 49, and 60% reduction for total Hex, HexA and glucosidase, respectively. A reduced amount of Hex in azoospermic samples was confirmed by western immunoblot. Hex activity was negatively correlated with round cells in azoospermic samples and positively correlated with motility in asthenozoospermic ones. Conclusion: The results suggested that Hex activity was reduced in azoospermic samples and this was due to a lower amount of enzyme. The correlation to seminal parameters related to particular pathologies suggests a possible relationship of Hex with fertilizing capacity.

  12. Analysis and differentiation of seminal plasma via polarized SERS spectroscopy

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    Chen X

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Xiwen Chen,1,* Zufang Huang,1,* Shangyuan Feng,1 Jinhua Chen,2 Lan Wang,1 Peng Lu,1 Haishan Zeng,3 Rong Chen1 1Key Laboratory of Opto-Electronic Science and Technology for Medicine of Ministry of Education, Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory for Photonics Technology, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, China; 2Fujian Provincial Hospital, Fuzhou, China; 3Imaging Unit – Integrative Oncology Department, British Columbia Cancer Agency Research Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada*These authors contributed equally to this workAbstract: Polarized surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS spectroscopy was applied for obtaining biochemical information about the seminal plasma. The effect of different laser polarizations (nonpolarized, linear-polarized, right-handed circularly polarized, and left-handed circularly polarized on seminal plasma SERS spectroscopy was explored for the first time. The diagnostic performance in differentiating abnormal seminal plasma (n = 37 from normal seminal plasma (n = 24 was evaluated. A combination of principal component analysis (PCA and linear discriminant analysis (LDA was employed to develop diagnostic algorithms. Classification results of different laser polarizations demonstrated different diagnostic sensitivities and specificities, among which, left-handed circularly polarized laser excitation showed the best diagnostic result (95.8% sensitivity and 64.9% specificity. Our exploratory study demonstrated that SERS spectroscopy with left-handed circularly polarized laser excitation has the potential for becoming a new diagnostic method in semen-quality assessment.Keywords: SERS, seminal plasma, PCA-LDA, polarized laser excitation, silver nanoparticles, biomolecule chirality

  13. PIXE analysis of human spermatozoa isolated from seminal plasma

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    Maeda, K.; Sasa, Y.; Kusuyama, H.; Yoshida, K.; Uda, M.

    1990-04-01

    PIXE has been applied to the multielemental and microanalysis of human spermatozoa. This is the first attempt to determine the chemical compositions of the motile spermatozoa free from contaminations of seminal plasma without loss of component elements during washing. The spermatozoa were isolated from semen by letting them swim into a kind of physiological saline, Tyrode's solution. Relative concentrations of P, K, Ca, Ti, Fe, Zn and Br in motile spermatozoa were determined by the use of the chlorine K X-ray peak intensity for evaluating the amount of Tyrode's solution contained in the sample targets. The concentrations of calcium and iron in spermatozoa were considerably higher than in seminal plasma. The concentrations of P, K, Zn and Br in spermatozoa were not so different from those in seminal plasma.

  14. Effect of seminal plasma and sperm of boars valued by freezability on seminal cryopreservation

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    Francisco Javier Henao Uribe

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to determine the effect of sperm and seminal plasma (SP on the freezability of porcine semen. Semen of eight commercial males from two farms in the central-western region of Colombia (four boars in each farm was frozen and tested to select two males with high freezability (MHF and two with low freezability (MLF, according to the percentage of functionally competent sperm (FCS. Immediately after the collection was completed, the SP and sperm from the males selected were separated by centrifugation to combine the two types of plasma with the two types of sperm, incubate them for three hours and then freeze them. The variables evaluated were: sperm morphology, structural and functional integrity of plasmatic membrane, progressive and total motility, DNA fragmentation, acrosome integrity, capacitated sperm and FCS. The combination of sperm and plasma of MHF recorded the highest value (P<0.01 of acrosome integrity (24.3 ± 0.082 vs 6.076 ± 0.16 when compared to MLF plasma and cells. Membrane structural integrity was higher (P<0.01 with MHF (53.56 ± 0.0395 than with MLF plasma (47.49 ± 0.0419. The differences in porcine semen freezability depend on interactions between seminal plasma and sperm.

  15. Seminal plasma improves cryopreservation of Iberian red deer epididymal sperm.

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    Martínez-Pastor, Felipe; Anel, Luis; Guerra, Camino; Alvarez, Mercedes; Soler, Ana J; Garde, J Julián; Chamorro, César; de Paz, Paulino

    2006-11-01

    We tested the protective action of seminal plasma on epididymal spermatozoa from Iberian red deer, especially considering cryopreservation, as a means for germplasm banking improvement. We obtained seminal plasma by centrifuging electroejaculated semen, and part of it was thermically inactivated (denatured plasma; 55 degrees C 30 min). Epididymal samples (always at 5 degrees C) were obtained from genitalia harvested after regulated hunting, and pooled for each assay (five in total). We tested three seminal plasma treatments (mixing seminal plasma with samples 2:1): no plasma, untreated plasma and denatured plasma; and four incubation treatments: 32 degrees C 15 min, 5 degrees C 15 min, 5 degrees C 2h and 5 degrees C 6h. After each incubation, samples were diluted 1:1 with extender: Tes-Tris-Fructose, 10% egg yolk, 4% glycerol; equilibrated for 2h at 5 degrees C, extended down to 10(8) spz./mL and frozen. Sperm quality was evaluated before 1:1 dilution, before freezing and after thawing the samples, assessing motility (CASA) and viability (percentage of viable and acrosome-intact spermatozoa; PI/PNA-FITC and fluorescent microscopy). Plasma treatment, both untreated and denatured, rendered higher viability before freezing and higher results for most parameters after thawing. The improvement was irrespective of incubation treatment, except for viability, which rendered slightly different results for untreated and denatured plasma. This may be due to the presence of thermolabile components. We still have to determine the underlying mechanisms involved in this protection. These results might help to improve the design of cryopreservation extenders for red deer epididymal sperm.

  16. Impact of Seminal Chemical Elements on the Oxidative Balance in Bovine Seminal Plasma and Spermatozoa.

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    Tvrdá, Eva; Lukáč, Norbert; Schneidgenová, Monika; Lukáčová, Jana; Szabó, Csaba; Goc, Zofia; Greń, Agnieszka; Massányi, Peter

    2013-01-01

    Mutual relationships between selected chemical elements (Na, K, Fe, Cu, Mg, and Zn), basic motility characteristics (motility and progressive motility), and markers of the oxidative balance (superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione, albumin, and malondialdehyde) were investigated in bovine seminal plasma and spermatozoa. Computer assisted sperm analysis was used to assess the motility parameters; mineral concentrations were determined by the voltammetric method and flame absorption spectrophotometry; antioxidants and malondialdehyde were evaluated by UV/VIS spectrophotometry. Concentrations of chemical elements in both seminal fractions were in the following descending order: Na > K > Zn > Mg > Fe > Cu. Higher amounts of all minerals and nonenzymatic antioxidants were detected in the seminal plasma (P Zn were positively correlated with the motility and antioxidant parameters (P < 0.05; P < 0.01; P < 0.001). Inversely, K exhibited the positive associations with malondialdehyde (P < 0.05). This study demonstrates that most chemical elements are integral components of bovine semen and are needed for the protection against oxidative stress development.

  17. Impact of Seminal Chemical Elements on the Oxidative Balance in Bovine Seminal Plasma and Spermatozoa

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    Eva Tvrdá

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Mutual relationships between selected chemical elements (Na, K, Fe, Cu, Mg, and Zn, basic motility characteristics (motility and progressive motility, and markers of the oxidative balance (superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione, albumin, and malondialdehyde were investigated in bovine seminal plasma and spermatozoa. Computer assisted sperm analysis was used to assess the motility parameters; mineral concentrations were determined by the voltammetric method and flame absorption spectrophotometry; antioxidants and malondialdehyde were evaluated by UV/VIS spectrophotometry. Concentrations of chemical elements in both seminal fractions were in the following descending order: Na > K > Zn > Mg > Fe > Cu. Higher amounts of all minerals and nonenzymatic antioxidants were detected in the seminal plasma (P<0.01; P<0.001, while higher MDA concentration and activity of enzymatic antioxidants were recorded in the cell lysates (P<0.01; P<0.001. Na, Fe, Cu, Mg, and Zn were positively correlated with the motility and antioxidant parameters (P<0.05; P<0.01; P<0.001. Inversely, K exhibited the positive associations with malondialdehyde (P<0.05. This study demonstrates that most chemical elements are integral components of bovine semen and are needed for the protection against oxidative stress development.

  18. Malate dehydrogenase activity in human seminal plasma and spermatozoa homogenates

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    Hulya Leventerler

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Malate Dehydrogenase is an important enzyme of the Krebs cycle, most cells require this enzyme for their metabolic activity. We evaluated the Malate Dehydrogenase (NAD/NADP activity in human seminal plasma and sperm homogenates in normozoospermic, fertile and infertile males. Also glucose and fructose concentrations were determined in the seminal plasma samples. Material and Methods: Malate Dehydrogenase (NAD/NADP activity in human seminal plasma and sperm homogenates of normozoospermic and infertile males was determined by spectrophotometric method. Semen analysis was considered according to the WHO Criteria. Results: Malat Dehydrogenase-NAD value in seminal plasma (the mean ± SD, mU/ml of asthenoteratospermic (40.0±25.7 and azospermic (38.0±43.6 groups were significantly lower than normozoospermic, (93.9±52.1 males. Malat Dehydrogenase-NAD value in sperm homogenates (the mean ± SD, mU/ 20x106 sperm of teratospermic group (136.8±61.8 was significantly higher compared to the normozoospermic (87.3±26.5 males. Glucose concentration (mg/dl in asthenoteratospermic (4.0±1.4 and azospermic (15.4±6.4 groups were significantly higher than fertile (2.0±2.1 males. Also fructose concentration (mg/dl in asthenoteratospermic (706.6±143.3 and azospermic (338.1±228.2 groups were significantly high compared to the normozoospermic (184.7±124.8 group. Conclusion: Sperm may be some part of the source of Malat Dehydrogenase activity in semen. Malat Dehydrogenase activity in seminal plasma has an important role on energy metabolism of sperm. Intermediate substrates of Krebs cycle might have been produced under the control of Malat Dehydrogenase and these substrates may be important for sperm motility and male infertility. [Cukurova Med J 2013; 38(4.000: 648-658

  19. Comparing Seminal Plasma Biomarkers between Normospermic and Azoospermic Men

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    Sabetian, Soudabeh; Ardekani, Ali M.; Hodjat, Mahshid; Akhondi, Mohammad Mehdi; Soltanghoraee, Haleh; Amirjannati, Naser; Lakpour, Niknam; Sadeghi, Mohammad Reza

    2010-01-01

    Introduction Azoospermia affects more than 10% - 15% of infertile male subjects attending infertilty clinics. At present, testicular biopsy is the golden standard procedure for evaluating spermatogenesis status in men with azoospermia. Semen collection and analysis is a non-invasive method and has proven to be valuable in the evaluation of spermatogenesis. Identification of seminal plasma markers with testicular or extra-testicular origins have a great value in predicting the prescence of sperm in testicular tissue and presumptive cause of azoospermia. The aim of this study was to find such markers by comparing the content of seminal plasma using different methods in normospermic and azoospermic men. Materials and Methods Semen samples were collected from 200 men attending Avicenna Infertility Clinic (AIC) in Tehran, Iran. Semen samples were analysed according to WHO guidlines. The subjects were divided into two groups: normospermic (n = 100; group one) and azoospermic men (n = 100; group two) according to semen analysis results. Seminal plasma was separated by high speed centrifuagation and stored in -20° C. Four markers including fructose, neutral alpha glucosidase (NαG), inhibin B and anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) were measured in seminal plasma. Fructose and NαG were evaluated by spectrophotometry, while inhibin B and AMH were assessed by ELISA method. The spermatogenesis status in the azoospermic group was evaluated by histopathological method following testicular biopsy. Results Fructose concentration showed no difference between the two groups. However, it was significantly correlated with sperm count (p < 0.01, r = -0.408). Seminal plasma inhibin B (OR: 1.01; 95%: CI: 1.005 - 1.016), AMH (OR: 1.63; 95% CI: 1.17 - 2.28) and NαG, (OR: 1.07; 95% CI: 1.04 - 1.1) levels were higher in normospermic subjects compared to azoospermic men. There were significant differences in inhibin B and AMH concentrations between the two groups based on the presence or

  20. Levels of oxidative stress biomarkers in seminal plasma and their relationship with seminal parameters

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    Zarghami Nosratollah

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There is growing evidence that damage to spermatozoa by reactive oxygen species (ROS play a key role in male infertility. The aim of the present study was to assess seminal plasma levels of total antioxidant capacity (TAC, free 8-Isoprostane and activities of catalase and superoxide dismutase (SOD in men with asthenozoospermia, asthenoteratozoospermia and oligoasthenoteratozoospermia compared with normozoospermic males. Methods The patients consisted of 46 men with seminal parameters abnormalities. The patients were grouped into asthenozoospermic (n = 15, asthenoteratozoospermic (n = 16 and oligoasthenoteratozoospermic (n = 15. The control group consisted of 16 healthy males with normozoospermia. Catalase activity was measured by Aebi spectrophotometeric method. Levels of TAC and SOD were measured by commercially available colorimetric assays. Level of free 8-Isoprostane was assessed by commercially available enzyme immunoassay (EIA method. Differences between groups were assessed using Mann-Whitney U test and Kruskal-Wallis test. Coefficients of correlation were calculated using Spearman's correlation analysis. All hypothesis tests were two-tailed with statistical significance assessed at the p value Results Levels of catalase and TAC were significantly lower in patients than the control group. No significant changes were seen in SOD activities. Levels of free 8-Isoprostane were significantly higher in patients than the control group. Furthermore, asthenozoospermic, asthenoteratozoospermic and oligoasthenoteratozoospermic groups had significantly lower values of catalase activity and TAC when compared to normozoospermic males. Levels of free 8-Isoprostane were significantly higher in all patients subgroups than the control group. Levels of catalase and TAC were positively correlated with sperm motility and morphology. Free 8-Isoprostane levels showed an inverse correlation with sperm motility and morphology. Conclusion

  1. Seminal plasma calcium in normal and infertile patients.

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    Skandhan, Kalanghot P; Mazumdar, Birendranath; Sumangala, Balakrishnan; Jaya, Vasudevan

    2017-02-03

    In this study an attempt is made to find out the level of calcium in seminal plasma of normal and infertile patients. Semen samples are collected from 34 normal men and 112 infertile patients. After semen evaluation seminal plasma was separated and calcium level was measured in it. Calcium level in mg% is recorded in each group as follows; in normozospermia (n34) 20.14 ± 1.25 (±SE), oligozoospermia (n26) 9.76 ± 1.17, azoospermia (n33) 14.65 ± 2.63, oligoasthenozoosperma (n28) 20.91 ± 1.94 and in asthenozoospermia (n25) 11.56 ± 1.68. Statistically highly significant reduction in calcium is seen in Oligozoospermia and asthenozoospermia. The probable reasons for these two conditions are discussed.

  2. Hormonal regulation of total antioxidant capacity in seminal plasma.

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    Mancini, Antonio; Festa, Roberto; Silvestrini, Andrea; Nicolotti, Nicola; Di Donna, Vincenzo; La Torre, Giuseppe; Pontecorvi, Alfredo; Meucci, Elisabetta

    2009-01-01

    Infertility is associated with oxidative stress, normally counterbalanced by different antioxidant systems. In order to explore the hormonal control of seminal plasma total antioxidant capacity (TAC) we evaluated TAC and hormone patterns in a group of unselected infertile patients and control subjects. One hundred and ten infertile patients (divided into 3 groups: inflammation, varicocele, and other etiologies) and 31 fertile men were examined, evaluating blood serum gonadotropins, testosterone, estradiol, free tri-iodothyronine, free tetraiodothyronine (FT4), thyrotropin, prolactin (PRL), seminal parameters, and TAC. TAC was measured using the H(2)O(2)-metmyoglobin system, which generates the spectroscopically detectable radical cation of the chromogenous compound 2,2(I)-azinobis (3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonate). The "lag time" of its appearance is proportional to the antioxidant activity. Lag phase was significantly higher in varicocele vs controls, whereas it was lower in patients with inflammation vs varicocele or other kinds of infertility. The correlation analysis between hormones and seminal parameters showed an inverse correlation between PRL and sperm motility, and a direct correlation of TAC with PRL and FT4, but not with gonadotropins or gonadal steroids. Our data suggest that systemic hormones may play a role in regulating seminal antioxidant capacity. This is interesting also because some hormones, such as thyroid and pituitary hormones, are not usually tested in the first-level evaluation of male patients with fertility problems.

  3. Sperm-immobilizing monoclonal antibody to human seminal plasma antigens.

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    Shigeta, M; Watanabe, T; Maruyama, S; Koyama, K; Isojima, S

    1980-01-01

    Rat spleen cells immunized to human azoospermic semen (a mixture of seminal plasma components) and mouse myeloma cells (P3/X63 Ag8U1; P3U1) (Marguilies et al., 1976) were successfully fused with polyethylene glycol (PEG 1500) and 19 of 89 fused cell cultures were found to produce sperm-immobilizing antibody. The cells that produced antibody indicating the highest sperm-immobilizing activity were distributed into wells for further recloning and 10 clones producing sperm-immobilizing antibody were established. The clone (1C4) producing the highest antibody titre was found to produce a large amount of IgG in culture supernatants and to contain a mixture of rat and mouse chromosomes. It was proved by immunodiffusion test that the monoclonal antibody was produced to the human seminal plasma antigen No. 7 which is common to human milk protein. Using this hybridoma which produced a large amount of monoclonal sperm-immobilizing antibody, a new method could be developed for purifying human seminal plasma antigen by immunoaffinity chromatography with bound antibody from the hybridoma. Images Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Fig. 4 PMID:6783353

  4. Glycoprotein fucosylation is increased in seminal plasma of subfertile men

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    Beata Olejnik

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Fucose, the monosaccharide frequent in N- and O-glycans, is a part of Lewis-type antigens that are known to mediate direct sperm binding to the zona pellucida. Such interaction was found to be inhibited in vitroby fucose-containing oligo- and polysaccharides, as well as neoglycoproteins. The objective of this study was to screen seminal plasma proteins of infertile/subfertile men for the content and density of fucosylated glycoepitopes, and compare them to samples of fertile normozoospermic subjects. Seminal proteins were separated in polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and blotted onto nitrocellulose membrane and probed with fucose-specific Aleuria aurantia lectin (AAL. Twelve electrophoretic bands were selected for quantitative densitometric analysis. It was found that the content, and especially the density of fucosylated glycans, were higher in glycoproteins present in seminal plasma of subfertile men. No profound differences in fucosylation density were found among the groups of normozoospermic, oligozoospermic, asthenozoospermic, and oligoasthenozoospermic subfertile men. According to the antibody probing, AAL-reactive bands can be attributed to male reproductive tract glycoproteins, including prostate-specific antigen, prostatic acid phosphatase, glycodelin and chorionic gonadotropin. Fibronectin, α1 -acid glycoprotein, α1 -antitrypsin, immunoglobulin G and antithrombin III may also contribute to this high fucosylation. It is suggested that the abundant fucosylated glycans in the sperm environment could interfere with the sperm surface and disturb the normal course of the fertilization cascade.

  5. Seminal Plasma HIV-1 RNA Concentration Is Strongly Associated with Altered Levels of Seminal Plasma Interferon-γ, Interleukin-17, and Interleukin-5

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    Hoffman, Jennifer C.; Anton, Peter A.; Baldwin, Gayle Cocita; Elliott, Julie; Anisman-Posner, Deborah; Tanner, Karen; Grogan, Tristan; Elashoff, David; Sugar, Catherine; Yang, Otto O.

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Seminal plasma HIV-1 RNA level is an important determinant of the risk of HIV-1 sexual transmission. We investigated potential associations between seminal plasma cytokine levels and viral concentration in the seminal plasma of HIV-1-infected men. This was a prospective, observational study of paired blood and semen samples from 18 HIV-1 chronically infected men off antiretroviral therapy. HIV-1 RNA levels and cytokine levels in seminal plasma and blood plasma were measured and analyzed using simple linear regressions to screen for associations between cytokines and seminal plasma HIV-1 levels. Forward stepwise regression was performed to construct the final multivariate model. The median HIV-1 RNA concentrations were 4.42 log10 copies/ml (IQR 2.98, 4.70) and 2.96 log10 copies/ml (IQR 2, 4.18) in blood and seminal plasma, respectively. In stepwise multivariate linear regression analysis, blood HIV-1 RNA level (pplasma HIV-1 RNA level. After controlling for blood HIV-1 RNA level, seminal plasma HIV-1 RNA level was positively associated with interferon (IFN)-γ (p=0.03) and interleukin (IL)-17 (p=0.03) and negatively associated with IL-5 (p=0.0007) in seminal plasma. In addition to blood HIV-1 RNA level, cytokine profiles in the male genital tract are associated with HIV-1 RNA levels in semen. The Th1 and Th17 cytokines IFN-γ and IL-17 are associated with increased seminal plasma HIV-1 RNA, while the Th2 cytokine IL-5 is associated with decreased seminal plasma HIV-1 RNA. These results support the importance of genital tract immunomodulation in HIV-1 transmission. PMID:25209674

  6. Determination of Some Biochemical Parameters in the Seminal Plasma of German Shepherd Dogs

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    GÜNAY, Ülgen

    2003-01-01

    In this study, we aimed to determine the levels of some biochemical parameters in the seminal plasma of German Shepherd dogs. Seven German Shepherd dogs were used as materials. A total of 35 ejaculates, five from each dog, were collected. The seminal plasma of each ejaculate was separated by centrifugation at 5000 rpm for 10 min. Biochemical analyses of the seminal plasma were performed. In conclusion, the average concentrations of total protein, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and pot...

  7. Correlation between Seminal Fluid Analysis and Levels of Gonadotropins in Serum and Seminal Plasma of Normozoospermic Men and Infertile Patients

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    Muhammad Baqir MR Fakhrildin

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Levels of serum gonadotropins have direct effects on testicular functions and spermatogenesis. Assessment of levels of serum gonadotropins from fathered subjects and infertile patients indicates wide range diversity. In this study, we tried to find out whether the levels of seminal FSH and LH affect the parameters of seminal fluid analysis (SFA and if there is any correlation between levels of serum FSH and LH in healthy men and infertile patients.Materials and Methods: Levels of FSH and LH in serum and seminal plasma were assessed randomly, in addition to examination of seminal fluid analysis from 12 normozoospermic subjects (age range: 33-56 years and 66 infertile patients (age range: 20-62 years with duration of infertility (15-201 months. Macroscopic and microscopic parameters of semen specimens were determined. Data were statistically analyzed using multiple correlation and regression, and MANOVA tests.Results: Result of the present study observed significant positive correlation between FSH levels in serum and seminal plasma (r=0.984; p<0.001 of normozoospermic subjects as compared to other groups of infertile patients. No correlations were noticed between LH levels in serum and seminal plasma of normozoospermic subjects and groups of infertile patients. Significant and positive correlation was assessed between sperm concentration and levels of seminal FSH (r=0.822; p<0.05 and r=0.940; p<0.01 and seminal LH (r=0.989; p<0.001 and r=0.999; p<0.001 of asthenozoospermic and OAT patients respectively. In asthenozoospermic patients, significant and positive correlations were observed between seminal FSH and percentages of sperm motility, progressive motility, sperm normal morphology and total progressive motile sperm/ejaculate.Conclusion: This study shows a strong association and effect between seminal FSH and serum FSH and parameters of SFA for normozoospermic men and different groups of infertile patients. These finding may call

  8. ADIÇÃO DO PLASMA SEMINAL AO SÊMEN OVINO DESCONGELADO

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    LIANA VIEIRA ROCHA

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The considerable variability in constituents of seminal plasma could explain the particular differences in responses to freezing and in fertility rates after artificial insemination in ovines. This study assessed the effect of a pool of concentrated seminal plasma on ovine semen after thawing. Ejaculates of 1 2 Santa Inês rams were collected using an artificial vagina, diluted in Tris/egg yolk /glycerol and frozen in a semen and embryo freezer. After thawing, sperms were incubated using concentrated seminal plasma (1 0X for 1 5 min. Semen was submitted to biochemical analysis, followed by a computerized assessment of its physical characteristics, hypoosmotic test and heat resistance evaluation. The electrophoretic analysis of seminal plasma indicated particular differences in the samples protein composition,which were attenuated by the seminal plasma pool. The samples treated with seminal plasma showed progressive reduced motility. No statistically significant difference was observed in the other semen characteristics (p<0.05,between samples treated with seminal plasma and control samples. The concentrated seminal plasma pool didnot improve the assessed semen characteristics.

  9. Nicotine, cotinine, and trans-3-hydroxycotinine levels in seminal plasma of smokers: effects on sperm parameters.

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    Pacifici, R; Altieri, I; Gandini, L; Lenzi, A; Pichini, S; Rosa, M; Zuccaro, P; Dondero, F

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    Sperm samples from 44 cigarette smokers and 50 nonsmokers attending an infertility clinic were examined by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) assay and HPLC-mass spectrometry for the presence of nicotine (NIC), cotinine (COT), and trans-3'-hydroxycotinine (THOC) in seminal plasma. Smokers were found to have levels of COT and THOC in seminal plasma that were similar to those found in serum. The level of NIC was significantly increased in seminal plasma compared to serum. Total motility of spermatozoa was significantly and negatively correlated to COT and THOC levels in seminal plasma. Forward motility of spermatozoa was correlated only with cotinine semen levels. On the basis of these results, we suggest that the presence of tobacco smoke constituents in seminal plasma could provide a warning of the adverse effects of cigarette smoke on the physiology of reproduction.

  10. Gelatinases and serine proteinase inhibitors of seminal plasma and the reproductive tract of turkey (Meleagris gallopavo).

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    Kotłowska, M; Kowalski, R; Glogowski, J; Jankowski, J; Ciereszko, A

    2005-04-01

    This study examined proteolytic enzymes and serine proteinase inhibitors in turkey seminal plasma with relation to their distribution within the reproductive tract and to yellow semen syndrome (YSS). Proteases of blood plasma, extracts from the reproductive tract, and seminal plasma were analyzed by gelatin zymography. We found a clear regional distribution of proteolytic enzymes in the turkey reproductive tract. Each part was characterized by a unique profile of serine proteolytic enzymes of molecular weights ranging from 29 to 88 kDa. The ductus deferens was found to be a site of very intense proteolytic activity. Two metalloproteases of 58 and 66 kDa were detected in all parts of the reproductive tract and seminal plasma. Using electrophoretic methods for detection of anti-trypsin activity, we found three serine proteinase inhibitors in turkey seminal plasma. Two inhibitors were found in the testis and epididymis and a third in the ductus deferens and seminal plasma. Blood plasma was characterized by the presence of two metalloproteinases and one serine proteinase inhibitor (of low migration rate) that were also detected in the reproductive tract. Amidase and anti-trypsin activities (expressed per gram of protein) differed for yellow and white seminal plasma. We concluded that turkey seminal plasma contains metalloproteases, serine proteinases, and serine proteinase inhibitors. The metalloproteases and one proteinase inhibitor are related to blood proteinases but the other two inhibitors and serine proteinases seem to be unique for the reproductive tract.

  11. Boar seminal plasma exosomes maintain sperm function by infiltrating into the sperm membrane.

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    Du, Jian; Shen, Jian; Wang, Yuanxian; Pan, Chuanying; Pang, Weijun; Diao, Hua; Dong, Wuzi

    2016-09-13

    Seminal plasma ingredients are important for maintenance of sperm viability. This study focuses on the effect of boar seminal plasma exosomes on sperm function during long-term liquid storage. Boar seminal plasma exosomes had typical nano-structure morphology as measured by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and molecular markers such as AWN, CD9 and CD63 by western blot analysis. The effect on sperm parameters of adding different ratio of boar seminal plasma exosomes to boar sperm preparations was analyzed. Compared to the diluent without exosomes, the diluent with four times or sixteen times exosomes compared to original semen had higher sperm motility, prolonged effective survival time, improved sperm plasma membrane integrity (p membrane of sperm head which could improve sperm plasma membrane integrity.

  12. Human leukocyte antigen-G in the male reproductive system and in seminal plasma

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    Larsen, Margit Hørup; Bzorek, Michael; Pass, Malene B

    2011-01-01

    -eclampsia. We have investigated whether HLA-G protein is present in human seminal plasma and in different tissue samples of the male reproductive system. Western blot technique and a soluble HLA-G (sHLA-G) assay were used to detect sHLA-G in human seminal plasma samples. Immunohistochemical staining......One of the non-classical human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class Ib proteins, HLA-G, is believed to exert important immunoregulatory functions, especially during pregnancy. The presence of HLA protein in paternal seminal fluid has been suggested to have an influence on the risk of developing pre...... was performed on paraffin-embedded tissue samples. We detected sHLA-G protein in seminal plasma, and HLA-G expression in normal testis and in epididymal tissue of the male reproductive system but not in the seminal vesicle. Furthermore, the results indicated a weak expression of HLA-G in hyperplastic prostatic...

  13. Modulation of innate and adaptive cellular immunity relevant to HIV-1 vaccine design by seminal plasma.

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    Selva, Kevin J; Kent, Stephen J; Parsons, Matthew S

    2017-01-28

    Mucosal exposure to HIV-1 infection generally occurs in the presence of semen. Immunomodulation by seminal plasma is well described in the reproductive biology literature. Little is known, however, about the impact of seminal plasma on innate and adaptive anti-HIV-1 cellular immunity. The study investigated the effects of seminal plasma on immune responses considered important for prophylactic HIV-1 vaccine development, namely innate and adaptive cellular immunity mediated by natural killer (NK) cells and T cells, respectively. The ability of seminal plasma to modulate direct, antibody-dependent and cytokine-stimulated NK cell activation was assessed utilizing intracellular cytokine staining. Direct and antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity was assessed using lactate dehydrogenase release assays. The effects of seminal plasma on T-cell activation upon stimulation with staphylococcus enterotoxin B or HIV-1 Gag peptides were assessed by intracellular cytokine staining. The impact of seminal plasma on redirected cytolysis mediated by T cells was measured using lactate dehydrogenase release assays. Both direct and antibody-dependent NK cell activation were dramatically impaired by the presence of either HIV-1-uninfected or HIV-1-infected seminal plasma in a dose-dependent manner. Additionally, seminal plasma suppressed both direct and antibody-dependent NK cell-mediated cytolysis, including anti-HIV-1 antibody-dependent cytolysis of gp120-pulsed CEM.NKr-CCR5 cells. Finally, seminal plasma attenuated both HIV-1 Gag-specific and staphylococcus enterotoxin B-induced CTL activation. Semen contains potent immunosuppressors of both NK cell and CD8 T-cell-mediated anti-HIV-1 immune responses. This could impede attempts to provide vaccine-induced immunity to HIV-1.

  14. Semen quality and concentration of soluble proteins in the seminal plasma of Alpine bucks Semen quality and concentration of soluble proteins in the seminal plasma of Alpine bucks

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    Simone Eliza Facione Guimarães

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available It was aimed to study the in vitro seminal quality analyzed by complementary tests and to compare them with physical, morphological and biochemical aspects of male goat semen of the Alpine breed. This experiment took place at the Federal University of Viçosa, situated at 20º45’ S latitude and 42º51’ W longitude, Southwest of Brazil. It was done during the summer months of January and February, and three adult male goats of the Alpine breed were used in intensive conditions. The semen was collected by artificial vagina method. In all semen samples (45 ejaculates, after the physical and morphological analysis, the hiposmotic test was done. In 24 ejaculates, it were done thermo-resistance test, and in 21 ejaculates it were determined the concentration of total soluble proteins in seminal plasma. The male goats presented difference in the semen physical and morphological aspects, in the hiposmotic test and thermo-resistance test, but they did not presented difference in total soluble proteins concentration in seminal plasma. Results of the slow thermo-resistance test and hiposmotic test were positively correlated (r = 0.60. It was concluded, according to our results, that the concentration of total soluble proteins in seminal plasma can not be used as a parameter to predict the seminal quality of Alpine bucks.It was aimed to study the in vitro seminal quality analyzed by complementary tests and to compare them with physical, morphological and biochemical aspects of male goat semen of the Alpine breed. This experiment took place at the Federal University of Viçosa, situated at 20º45’ S latitude and 42º51’ W longitude, Southwest of Brazil. It was done during the summer months of January and February, and three adult male goats of the Alpine breed were used in intensive conditions. The semen was collected by artificial vagina method. In all semen samples (45 ejaculates, after the physical and morphological analysis, the hiposmotic test

  15. Differential expression of miRNAs in the seminal plasma and serum of testicular cancer patients.

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    Pelloni, Marianna; Coltrinari, Giulia; Paoli, Donatella; Pallotti, Francesco; Lombardo, Francesco; Lenzi, Andrea; Gandini, Loredana

    2016-10-28

    Various microRNAs from the miR-371-3 and miR-302a-d clusters have recently been proposed as markers for testicular germ cell tumours. Upregulation of these miRNAs has been found in both the tissue and serum of testicular cancer patients, but they have never been studied in human seminal plasma. The aim of this study was, therefore, to assess the differences in the expression of miR-371-3 and miR-302a-d between the seminal plasma and serum of testicular cancer patients, and to identify new potential testicular cancer markers in seminal plasma. We investigated the serum and seminal plasma of 28 pre-orchiectomy patients subsequently diagnosed with testicular cancer, the seminal plasma of another 20 patients 30 days post-orchiectomy and a control group consisting of 28 cancer-free subjects attending our centre for an andrological check-up. Serum microRNA expression was analysed using RT-qPCR. TaqMan Array Card 3.0 platform was used for microRNA profiling in the seminal plasma of cancer patients. Results for both miR-371-3 and the miR-302 cluster in the serum of testicular cancer patients were in line with literature reports, while miR-371and miR-372 expression in seminal plasma showed the opposite trend to serum. On array analysis, 37 miRNAs were differentially expressed in the seminal plasma of cancer patients, and the upregulated miR-142 and the downregulated miR-34b were validated using RT-qPCR. Our study investigated the expression of miRNAs in the seminal plasma of patients with testicular cancer for the first time. Unlike in serum, miR-371-3 cannot be considered as markers in seminal plasma, whereas miR-142 levels in seminal plasma may be a potential marker for testicular cancer.

  16. Effect of Addition of Concentrated Proteins and Seminal Plasma Low Molecular Weight Proteins in Freezing and Thawing of Equine Semen

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    Bruno Fagundes

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Difficulties in obtaining equine frozen semen with potential fertility are recognized. This study was designed to investigate the effect of seminal plasma on frozen/thawing of eight stallion semen from different breed using the following treatments: Seminal plasma with ten-fold concentrated proteins with molecular weight above 10 kDa on frozen extender; Part of seminal plasma with proteins under 10 kDa on frozen extender; Conventional freezing, using whole seminal plasma on frozen extender. Using the parameter of 30% of seminal motility post-thawing as index of good freezability, it was verified an increased percentage of stallions that presented good freezability when semen was frozen with seminal plasma containing ten-fold concentrated proteins with molecular weight above 10 kDa on frozen extender. These results, suggested the use of seminal plasma concentrated proteins from own stallion to freezing/thawing semen.

  17. Proteomic analysis of white and yellow seminal plasma in turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo).

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    Słowińska, M; Kozłowski, K; Jankowski, J; Ciereszko, A

    2015-06-01

    Yellow semen syndrome (YSS) is endemic within domestic turkey populations. Yellow semen is of lower quality and, when used for insemination, results in reduced fertility and hatchability. Little is known about the etiology of YSS. The aim of this study was to compare the proteome of white and yellow seminal plasma of turkeys using 1) 2-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE) to quantify seminal plasma proteins and 2) matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry to identify the proteins that are differentially abundant in white and yellow seminal plasma. A total of 49 protein spots (30 upregulated and 19 downregulated) were differentially expressed in yellow seminal plasma compared with white seminal plasma. Transthyretin and serum albumin-like showed a 3-fold increase in seminal plasma from males with YSS, and the latter was validated using Western blot analysis. A 3-fold increase was observed for hemopexin-like and immunoglobulin light chain V-J-C region. Pantetheinase-like showed a 1.3-fold increase. Ovotransferrin, hepatocyte growth factor activator, cysteine-rich secretory protein 3-like, and ferritin heavy chain-like showed a significant decrease (at least a 1.3-fold decrease) in yellow semen. Further studies are necessary to evaluate the precise function of the above-mentioned proteins in YSS and to establish quality markers of turkey semen to predict the reproductive potential of individual turkeys.

  18. Seminal plasma zinc level may be associated with the effect of cigarette smoking on sperm parameters.

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    Liu, R-Z; Gao, J-C; Zhang, H-G; Wang, R-X; Zhang, Z-H; Liu, X-Y

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of cigarette smoking on seminal plasma zinc levels and sperm parameters, and to examine the role of seminal plasma zinc. Semen samples from 79 non-smokers and 68 smokers were obtained. There was a significant decrease in seminal plasma zinc in smokers and a clear correlation between seminal plasma zinc levels and the extent of smoking. Sperm parameters (concentration, motility and morphology) among smokers were significantly lower in comparison to non-smokers. These parameters were also significantly decreased among smokers with abnormal zinc levels, while there was no significant difference between non-smokers with normal zinc and non-smokers with abnormal zinc levels. As previous studies have shown that seminal plasma zinc is associated with a decrease of anti-oxidant defences, seminal plasma zinc could be a contributor to the effects of cigarette smoking on sperm parameters. In conclusion, cigarette smoking can affect sperm parameters and this study may help towards providing a mechanistic explanation.

  19. Characterization of the seminal plasma proteome in men with prostatitis by mass spectrometry

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    Kagedan Daniel

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland which affects approximately 10% of men. Despite its frequency, diagnosing prostatitis and monitoring patient response to treatment remains frustrating. As the prostate contributes a substantial percentage of proteins to seminal plasma, we hypothesized that a protein biomarker of prostatitis might be found by comparing the seminal plasma proteome of patients with and without prostatitis. Results Using mass spectrometry, we identified 1708 proteins in the pooled seminal plasma of 5 prostatitis patients. Comparing this list to a previously published list of seminal plasma proteins in the pooled seminal plasma of 5 healthy, fertile controls yielded 1464 proteins in common, 413 found only in the control group, and 254 found only in the prostatitis group. Applying a set of criteria to this dataset, we generated a high-confidence list of 59 candidate prostatitis biomarkers, 33 of which were significantly increased in prostatitis as compared to control, and 26 of which were decreased. The candidates were analyzed using Gene Ontology and Ingenuity Pathway analysis to delineate their subcellular localizations and functions. Conclusions Thus, in this study, we identified 59 putative biomarkers in seminal plasma that need further validation for diagnosis and monitoring of prostatitis.

  20. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LEVEL OF COPPER IN BOVINE SEMINAL PLASMA AND SPERMATOZOA MOTILITY

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    Zuzana Kňažická

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate relationship between copper (Cu concentration of bovine seminal plasma and spermatozoa motility. Semen samples were collected from 13 breeding bulls. The motility analysis was carried out using the Computer Assisted Sperm Analysis (CASA system. The mean value for the percentage of motile spermatozoa (MOT was 92.46±3.99% and the progressive motility of the spermatozoa (PROG as 90.23±4.02%. The seminal plasma Cu concentrations were analyzed by UV/VIS spectrophotometry. The total Cu concentration of the seminal plasma was 4.28±1.47 μM/L. The correlation analysis revealed a strong negative correlation between MOT and seminal plasma Cu concentration (rp=-0.781; P<0.01 as well as between PROG and Cu content in the seminal plasma (rp=-0.726; P<0.01. The data obtained from this study clearly indicated that concentration of copper in seminal plasma negatively affects the spermatozoa motility parameters and subsequently might cause reproductive alteration in male sexual functions.

  1. Ovulation-inducing factor: a protein component of llama seminal plasma

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    Huanca Wilfredo

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Previously, we documented the presence of ovulation-inducing factor (OIF in the seminal plasma of llamas and alpacas. The purpose of the study was to define the biochemical characteristics of the molecule(s in seminal plasma responsible for inducing ovulation. Methods In Experiment 1, llama seminal plasma was centrifuged using filtration devices with nominal molecular mass cut-offs of 30, 10 and 5 kDa. Female llamas (n = 9 per group were treated i.m. with whole seminal plasma (positive control, phosphate-buffered saline (negative control, or the fraction of seminal plasma equal or higher than 30 kDa, 10 to 30 kDa, 5 to 10 kDa, or Results In Experiment 1, all llamas in the equal or higher than 30 kDa and positive control groups ovulated (9/9 in each, but none ovulated in the other groups (P Conclusions We conclude that ovulation-inducing factor (OIF in llama seminal plasma is a protein molecule that is resistant to heat and enzymatic digestion with proteinase K, and has a molecular mass of approximately equal or higher than 30 kDa.

  2. Cytokines in Human Seminal Plasma and Their Effect on Male Fertility

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    Snje(z)ana (Z)idovec; Sanja Vujisi(c)

    2005-01-01

    Cytokines are a heterogeneous group of peptides that play an important role in intercellular communication, regulation of innate and specific immunity, hematopoiesis,interaction between the immune system and neuroendocrine network as well as in reproduction and development. Seminal plasma provides an immunological environment for the semen and contains important biological response mediators. Numerous studies investigated the presence of various cytokines in the seminal plasma and tried to correlate cytokine levels with sperm quality and male fertility. However, the pathophysiological significance of seminal cytokines in sperm function is still not completely understood. The purpose of this review is to provide a brief summary of the extensive literature dealing with cytokines in the seminal plasma and to discuss the contribution of local cytokine immunity to male fertility.

  3. Differential protein expression in seminal plasma from fertile and infertile males

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    Cadavid J, Angela P.; Alvarez, Angela; Markert, Udo R.; Maya, Walter Cardona

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    AIM: The aim of this study was to analyze human seminal plasma proteins in association with male fertility status using the proteomic mass spectrometry technology Surface-Enhanced Laser Desorption Ionization Time-of-Flight (SELDI-TOF-MS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Semen analysis was performed using conventional methods. Protein profiles of the seminal plasma were obtained by SELDI-TOF mass spectrometry over a strong anion exchanger, ProteinChip® Q10 array. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: We found statistically significant differences in motility and sperm count between fertile and infertile men. In addition, we observed ten seminal proteins that are significantly up-regulated in the infertile group. In conclusion, comparison of seminal plasma proteome in fertile and infertile men provides new aspects in the physiology of male fertility and might help in identifying novel markers of male infertility. PMID:25395747

  4. SEMINAL PLASMA LEVELS OF LEAD AND MERCURY IN INFERTILE MALES IN BENIN CITY, NIGERIA

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    Emokpae MA

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    Full Text Available Background/objectives: Studies on environmental exposure to toxic metals and their effects on male reproductive function are scare in our setting. This study evaluates the levels of lead and mercury in seminal plasma of infertile males who are non-occupationally exposed in Benin City, Nigeria and to determine the relationship between seminal quality and these toxic metals. Materials and Methods: A total of 80 subjects participated in this study which includes 60 infertile males on routine visit to the infertility clinics in Benin City and 20 fertile males as controls. The concentration of lead in seminal plasma was assayed by atomic absorption spectrophotometer while the concentration of mercury was measured using inductively coupled plasma Mass spectrometry. Semen analyses were performed using standard techniques as recommended by World Health Organization. Results: Mean seminal plasma lead and mercury levels were significantly higher (p<0.001 in infertile males compared with controls. Mercury and lead correlated negatively (p<0.001 with sperm count, progressive motility, total motility and morphology but not with semen volume. There was no significant correlation between toxic metals and sperm indices in fertile males (controls. Conclusion: The levels of the studied toxic metals were higher in seminal plasma of infertile males and appear to have adverse effect on seminal indices in non -occupationally exposed males.

  5. Seminal plasma affects sperm sex sorting in boars.

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    Alkmin, Diego V; Parrilla, Inmaculada; Tarantini, Tatiana; Del Olmo, David; Vazquez, Juan M; Martinez, Emilio A; Roca, Jordi

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    Two experiments were conducted in boar semen samples to evaluate how both holding time (24h) and the presence of seminal plasma (SP) before sorting affect sperm sortability and the ability of sex-sorted spermatozoa to tolerate liquid storage. Whole ejaculate samples were divided into three aliquots immediately after collection: one was diluted (1:1, v/v) in Beltsville thawing solution (BTS; 50% SP); the SP of the other two aliquots was removed and the sperm pellets were diluted with BTS + 10% of their own SP (10% SP) or BTS alone (0% SP). The three aliquots of each ejaculate were divided into two portions, one that was processed immediately for sorting and a second that was sorted after 24h storage at 15-17°C. In the first experiment, the ability to exhibit well-defined X- and Y-chromosome-bearing sperm peaks (split) in the cytometry histogram and the subsequent sorting efficiency were assessed (20 ejaculates). In contrast with holding time, the SP proportion influenced the parameters examined, as evidenced by the higher number of ejaculates exhibiting split and better sorting efficiency (P<0.05) in semen samples with 0-10% SP compared with those with 50% SP. In a second experiment, the quality (viability, total and progressive motility) and functionality (plasma membrane fluidity and intracellular generation of reactive oxygen species) of sex-sorted spermatozoa were evaluated after 0, 72 and 120h storage at 15-17°C (10 ejaculates). Holding time and SP proportion did not influence the quality or functionality of stored sex-sorted spermatozoa. In conclusion, a holding time as long as 24h before sorting did not negatively affect sex sorting efficiency or the ability of sorted boar spermatozoa to tolerate long-term liquid storage. A high proportion of SP (50%) in the semen samples before sorting reduced the number of ejaculates to be sorted and negatively influenced the sorting efficiency, but did not affect the ability of sex-sorted spermatozoa to tolerate liquid

  6. Biochemical isolation and purification of ovulation-inducing factor (OIF in seminal plasma of llamas

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    Pierson Roger A

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The objective of the present study was to isolate and purify the protein fraction(s of llama seminal plasma responsible for the ovulation-inducing effect of the ejaculate. Methods Semen collected from male llamas by artificial vagina was centrifuged and the seminal plasma was harvested and stored frozen. Seminal plasma was thawed and loaded onto a Type 1 macro-prep ceramic hydroxylapatite column and elution was carried out using a lineal gradient with 350 mM sodium phosphate. Three protein fractions were identified clearly (Fractions A, B, and C, where a prominent protein band with a mass of 14 kDa was identified in Fraction C. Fraction C was loaded into a sephacryl gel filtration column for further purification using fast protein liquid chromatography (FPLC. Isocratic elution resulted in 2 distinct protein fractions (Fractions C1 and C2. An in vivo bioassay (n = 10 to 11 llamas per group was used to determine the ovarian effect of each fraction involving treatment with saline (negative control, whole seminal plasma (positive control, or seminal plasma Fractions A, B or C2. Ultrasonography was done to detect ovulation and CL formation, and blood samples were taken to measure plasma progesterone and LH concentrations. Results Ovulation and CL formation was detected in 0/10, 10/11, 0/10, 2/11, and 10/11 llamas treated with saline, whole seminal plasma, Fractions A, B and C2 respectively (P Conclusion Ovulation-inducing factor was isolated from llama seminal plasma as a 14 kDa protein molecule that elicits a preovulatory LH surge followed by ovulation and CL formation in llamas, suggesting an endocrine effect at the level of the hypothalamus (release of GnRH or the pituitary (gonadotrophs.

  7. Zinc levels in seminal plasma are associated with sperm quality in fertile and infertile men.

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    Colagar, Abasalt Hosseinzadeh; Marzony, Eisa Tahmasbpour; Chaichi, Mohammad Javad

    2009-02-01

    Zinc has antioxidative properties and plays an important role in scavenging reactive oxygen species. We hypothesized that in the absence of Zn, the possibility of increased oxidative damage exists that would contribute to poor sperm quality. Therefore, measurement of seminal Zn in the seminal plasma of males with a history of subfertility or idiopathic infertility is necessary and can be helpful in fertility assessment. The primary objective of the present study was to assess the relationship between Zn levels in seminal plasma with sperm quality in fertile and infertile men. Semen samples were provided by fertile (smoker [n = 17], nonsmoker [n = 19]) and infertile men (smoker [n = 15], nonsmoker [n = 21]). After semen analysis, concentrations of Zn, Mg, Ca, Na, and K in the seminal plasma of all groups were determined by atomic absorption spectroscopy. Element concentrations in seminal plasma of all groups were in the order Na > K > Ca > Zn > Mg. Fertile subjects, smoker or not, demonstrated significantly higher seminal Zn levels than any infertile group (P sperm count (P sperm (P sperm and idiopathic male infertility.

  8. Altered Antioxidant Status and Increased Lipid Per-Oxidation in Seminal Plasma of Tunisian Infertile Men

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    Atig, Fatma; Raffa, Monia; Ali, Habib Ben; Abdelhamid, Kerkeni; Saad, Ali; Ajina, Mounir

    2012-01-01

    Human seminal plasma is a natural reservoir of antioxidants that protect spermatozoa from oxidative damages. There is evidence in literature supports the fact that impairments in seminal antioxidant and lipid per-oxidation status play important roles in the physiopathology of male infertility. Our present study forms the first one which was carried out in Tunisia. We evaluated the antioxidant status in the seminal plasma of 120 infertile men programmed to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) for the first tentative. Patients were characterized by an idiopathic infertility. They were divided into three groups: normozoospermics who were considered as controls (n=40), asthenozoospermics (Astheno; n=45) and oligoasthenoteratozoospermics (OAT; n=35). Seminal activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GPX) and the levels of glutathione (GSH), zinc (Zn) and malondialdehyde (MDA) were measured. With the significant increase of the seminal activities of SOD and GPX in normozoospermics group, there were positive correlations observed between this enzymes and sperm quality. Also, significant elevated rates of seminal zinc and GSH were observed in control group, but there was contradictory associations reflecting the effects of these antioxidants on semen parameters. However, we noted significant increase of MDA levels in groups with abnormal seminogram. We showed negative associations between this per-oxidative marker and sperm parameters. These results obviously suggested that impairment on seminal antioxidants is an important risk factor for low sperm quality associated to idiopathic infertility and as a result can lead to poor IVF outcome. PMID:22211112

  9. Altered Antioxidant Status and Increased Lipid Per-Oxidation in Seminal Plasma of Tunisian Infertile Men

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    Fatma Atig, Monia Raffa, Habib Ben Ali, Kerkeni Abdelhamid, Ali Saad, Mounir Ajina

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Human seminal plasma is a natural reservoir of antioxidants that protect spermatozoa from oxidative damages. There is evidence in literature supports the fact that impairments in seminal antioxidant and lipid per-oxidation status play important roles in the physiopathology of male infertility. Our present study forms the first one which was carried out in Tunisia. We evaluated the antioxidant status in the seminal plasma of 120 infertile men programmed to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF for the first tentative. Patients were characterized by an idiopathic infertility. They were divided into three groups: normozoospermics who were considered as controls (n=40, asthenozoospermics (Astheno; n=45 and oligoasthenoteratozoospermics (OAT; n=35. Seminal activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD and glutathione peroxidase (GPX and the levels of glutathione (GSH, zinc (Zn and malondialdehyde (MDA were measured. With the significant increase of the seminal activities of SOD and GPX in normozoospermics group, there were positive correlations observed between this enzymes and sperm quality. Also, significant elevated rates of seminal zinc and GSH were observed in control group, but there was contradictory associations reflecting the effects of these antioxidants on semen parameters. However, we noted significant increase of MDA levels in groups with abnormal seminogram. We showed negative associations between this per-oxidative marker and sperm parameters. These results obviously suggested that impairment on seminal antioxidants is an important risk factor for low sperm quality associated to idiopathic infertility and as a result can lead to poor IVF outcome.

  10. Seminal plasma applied post-thawing affects boar sperm physiology: a flow cytometry study.

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    Fernández-Gago, Rocío; Domínguez, Juan Carlos; Martínez-Pastor, Felipe

    2013-09-01

    Cryopreservation induces extensive biophysical and biochemical changes in the sperm. In the present study, we used flow cytometry to assess the capacitation-like status of frozen-thawed boar spermatozoa and its relationship with intracellular calcium, assessment of membrane fluidity, modification of thiol groups in plasma membrane proteins, reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels, viability, acrosomal status, and mitochondrial activity. This experiment was performed to verify the effect of adding seminal plasma on post-thaw sperm functions. To determine these effects after cryopreservation, frozen-thawed semen from seven boars was examined after supplementation with different concentrations of pooled seminal plasma (0%, 10%, and 50%) at various times of incubation from 0 to 4 hours. Incubation caused a decrease in membrane integrity and an increase in acrosomal damage, with small changes in other parameters (P > 0.05). Although 10% seminal plasma showed few differences with 0% (ROS increase at 4 hours, P boar spermatozoa, possibly through membrane changes and ROS increase. Although some effects were detrimental, the stimulatory effect of 50% seminal plasma could favor the performance of post-thawed boar semen, as showed in the field (García JC, Domínguez JC, Peña FJ, Alegre B, Gonzalez R, Castro MJ, Habing GG, Kirkwood RN. Thawing boar semen in the presence of seminal plasma: effects on sperm quality and fertility. Anim Reprod Sci 2010;119:160-5).

  11. Heparin-binding proteins of seminal plasma in Nellore bulls Proteínas ligadoras à heparina do plasma seminal em touros Nelore

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    Carlos Eurico Fernandes

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    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to identify heparin-binding proteins (HBPs in seminal plasma of Nellore (Bos taurus indicus bulls. Bulls (n=4, 30-36 months old, 500-550kg with satisfactory seminal quality were selected. After the centrifugation, samples of the seminal plasma were pooled and the HBPs were isolated by heparin-affinity chromatography. The recovered HBPs fractions were pooled. One-dimensional sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDSPAGE 12.5% was performed in vertical minigels. Eight bands with molecular weights ranging from 15 to 63kDa were observed. Two proteins were identified (22 and 25kDa, similar to those previously described in Bos taurus taurus bulls. Other bands identified in this study (39, 53, 58 and 63kDa have not been previously observed and possibly they are specific to Nellore semen.O objetivo deste estudo foi identificar proteínas ligadoras à heparina no plasma seminal de touros Nelore (Bos taurus indicus. Para tanto, foram selecionados quatro touros entre 30 e 36 meses de idade e peso aproximado de 500-550kg. Após centrifugação, amostras do plasma seminal foram misturadas e as proteínas ligadoras à heparina foram isoladas por meio da cromatografia por afinidade. As frações após a eluição foram agrupadas para caracterização das bandas protéicas (SDSPAGE, 12,5%. Foram identificadas oito bandas protéicas variando entre 15 e 63kDa. Duas proteínas com 22 e 25kDa foram similares às descritas em touros Bos taurus taurus. Outras proteínas identificadas com 39, 53, 58 e 63kDa ainda não foram descritas e possivelmente sejam específicas para Bos taurus indicus.

  12. Seminal plasma and serum fertility biomarkers in dromedary camels (Camelus dromedarius).

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    Waheed, M M; Ghoneim, I M; Alhaider, A K

    2015-03-01

    Eight healthy fertile (control) and 11 infertile male dromedaries were used to investigate whether specific seminal plasma and serum fertility biomarkers could be related to their in vivo fertility. Eight fertility biomarkers and testosterone were determined in both seminal plasma and serum of all studied camels during the rutting season using commercial kits. Results revealed a significant (P dromedaries in seminal plasma glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activity (15.04 ± 1.14 vs. 4.55 ± 0.96 nmol/min/mL, respectively) and both phospholipase A2 (sPLA2; 50.66 ± 6.28 vs. 23.56 ± 4.29 pg/mL, respectively) and testosterone concentrations (732.14 ± 57.12 vs. 396.36 ± 79.34 pg/mL, respectively). A significant (P dromedaries in serum concentrations of sPLA2, CRISP3, malonialdehyde, and insulinlike growth factor 1. In conclusion, CRISP3, sPLA2, GPx, and testosterone are fertility-associated biomarkers in both seminal plasma and serum of dromedary camels. Seminal plasma osteopontin is positively correlated and prostaglandin D synthase (lipocalcin-type) is negatively correlated with camels' fertility. Serum malonialdehyde, insulinlike growth factor 1, and clusterin are negatively correlated with fertility of male dromedary camels.

  13. Systematic characterization of seminal plasma piRNAs as molecular biomarkers for male infertility

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    Hong, Yeting; Wang, Cheng; Fu, Zheng; Liang, Hongwei; Zhang, Suyang; Lu, Meiling; Sun, Wu; Ye, Chao; Zhang, Chen-Yu; Zen, Ke; Shi, Liang; Zhang, Chunni; Chen, Xi

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    Although piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) play pivotal roles in spermatogenesis, little is known about piRNAs in the seminal plasma of infertile males. In this study, we systematically investigated the profiles of seminal plasma piRNAs in infertile males to identify piRNAs that are altered during infertility and evaluate their diagnostic value. Seminal plasma samples were obtained from 211 infertile patients (asthenozoospermia and azoospermia) and 91 fertile controls. High-throughput sequencing technology was employed to screen piRNA profiles in seminal plasma samples pooled from healthy controls and infertile patients. The results identified 61 markedly altered piRNAs in infertile patient groups compared with control group. Next, a quantitative RT-PCR assay was conducted in the training and validation sets to measure and confirm the concentrations of altered piRNAs. The results identified a panel of 5 piRNAs that were significantly decreased in seminal plasma of infertile patients compared with healthy controls. ROC curve analysis and risk score analysis revealed that the diagnostic potential of these 5 piRNAs to distinguish asthenozoospermic and azoospermic individuals from healthy controls was high. In summary, this study identifies a panel of piRNAs that can accurately distinguish fertile from infertile males. This finding may provide pathophysiological clues about the development of infertility. PMID:27068805

  14. Association between seminal plasma zinc level and asthenozoospermia: a meta-analysis study.

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    Taravati, A; Tohidi, F

    2016-08-01

    Zinc is proposed to have an important role in the morphology, viability and motility of spermatozoa. There are inconsistent reports on the association between seminal plasma zinc concentration and male infertility. For this purpose, papers reporting the level of seminal zinc among asthenozoospermic groups were selected and used for further analysis. This meta-analysis of previous published studies was performed to obtain more precise information on the association between seminal plasma zinc and asthenozoospermia. Relevant studies for inclusion were identified after preliminary investigation of research papers published on electronic databases up to February 2015. Eight reports and 475 subjects were finally included in the meta-analysis. In the overall analysis, a statistically significant reduction in seminal plasma zinc concentrations was observed in asthenozoospermic infertile men. Random-effects method was used to evaluate the summary effect size due to the presence of significant heterogeneity. The effect of zinc on asthenozoospermia was significant (Hedge's G effect size = -0.506, 95% confidence interval (95% CI): -0.998 to -0.014, P = 0.044). Taken together, despite of significant statistical heterogeneity between studies, our findings were indicative of significant association between zinc concentration and asthenozoospermia. In conclusion, the meta-analysis suggests that seminal plasma zinc concentration is negatively associated with male infertility.

  15. Localization of porcine seminal plasma (PSP) proteins in the boar reproductive tract and spermatozoa.

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    Manásková, P; Jonáková, V

    2008-06-01

    Spermadhesins are proteins containing a characteristic CUB domain, originally isolated from seminal plasma and ejaculated spermatozoa in domestic animals. Boar spermadhesins are multifunctional proteins exhibiting ligand-binding abilities with various endogenous ligands present in the male and female reproductive tracts and may play a role in the reproduction process. Porcine spermadhesins (AQN, AWN, PSP protein families) are secreted mainly by the seminal vesicles, but their mRNAs have been found also in the cauda epididymis and prostate. Unlike AQN and AWN spermadhesins, localization of porcine seminal plasma (PSP) proteins in the boar reproductive tract has not been completely resolved. This work has focused on PSP protein expression and localization in the boar reproductive organs and on spermatozoa. Using specific rabbit polyclonal antibodies (anti-PSP I and anti-PSP II), PSP I and PSP II proteins were immunodetected in tissue extracts and in secretory tissues of cauda epididymis, prostate, seminal vesicles and Cowper's glands on the blots and by an indirect immunofluorescence technique, respectively. Moreover, the ability of PSP proteins to bind to epididymal spermatozoa indicated their presence on cauda epididymal and ejaculated spermatozoa. Porcine seminal plasma proteins bind to the sperm surface at ejaculation and may modulate several aspects of sperm activity during reproduction. PSP proteins are produced not only by seminal vesicles and prostate, but also by epididymis. However, their prospective role in sperm epididymal maturation is not clear. Further characterization of seminal plasma protein forms expressed in the individual reproductive organs will help to understand their subsequent role in the reproduction process.

  16. Differential proteomics of human seminal plasma: A potential target for searching male infertility marker proteins.

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    Tomar, Anil Kumar; Sooch, Balwinder Singh; Singh, Sarman; Yadav, Savita

    2012-04-01

    The clinical fertility tests, available in the market, fail to define the exact cause of male infertility in almost half of the cases and point toward a crucial need of developing better ways of infertility investigations. The protein biomarkers may help us toward better understanding of unknown cases of male infertility that, in turn, can guide us to find better therapeutic solutions. Many clinical attempts have been made to identify biomarkers of male infertility in sperm proteome but only few studies have targeted seminal plasma. Human seminal plasma is a rich source of proteins that are essentially required for development of sperm and successful fertilization. This viewpoint article highlights the importance of human seminal plasma proteome in reproductive physiology and suggests that differential proteomics integrated with functional analysis may help us in searching potential biomarkers of male infertility.

  17. Sperm evaluation and biochemical characterization of cat seminal plasma collected by electroejaculation and urethral catheterization.

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    Zambelli, Daniele; Raccagni, Ramona; Cunto, Marco; Andreani, Giulia; Isani, Gloria

    2010-11-01

    This paper aimed to evaluate cat seminal plasma protein profile (with SDS-page) and determine differences in seminal plasma composition from ejaculates obtained using urethral catheterization after pharmacological induction (UrCaPI) and electroejaculation (EE). In addition, this study evaluates whether the recovery method affected seminal plasma protein and zinc concentrations. A single ejaculation was collected from 17 mixed-breed cats by EE (5/21) or UrCaPI (12/21), while 4/21 cats underwent four sperm collections once every four days using EE and UrCaPI techniques alternately. The semen parameters evaluated were: volume, percentage of motility and progressive motility, morphology, and sperm concentration. After centrifugation, the seminal plasma obtained was stored at -80 °C and later used to measure protein and zinc concentrations, and to determine protein profile by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE). The results obtained indicate that cat seminal plasma protein profile is characterized by many protein bands (>30) with a molecular weight ranging from 3.5 to 200 kDa, and that the recovery method influences the seminal plasma protein profile: EE is related to the absence of two proteins (P55 and P14), and alters three protein bands (P200, P80, P28). The collection technique also affected zinc concentration (mg/dL) and protein concentration (g/dL) which were significantly higher (P < 0.01) in samples collected by UrCaPI; on the contrary the total Zn and protein amount/ejaculate were not significantly different in samples collected by both technique (P < 0.05).

  18. Motility of liquid stored ram spermatozoa is altered by dilution rate independent of seminal plasma concentration.

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    Mata-Campuzano, M; Soleilhavoup, C; Tsikis, G; Martinez-Pastor, F; de Graaf, S P; Druart, X

    2015-11-01

    The fertility after use of liquid stored ram semen following cervical AI rapidly decreases if semen is stored beyond 12h. The dilution of seminal plasma is often cited as a key contributor to the diminished motility and fertility of ram spermatozoa subjected to liquid preservation. Two experiments were conducted to assess the effect of spermatozoa concentration (i.e. dilution rate) and percentage of seminal plasma on the motility and viability of liquid stored ram spermatozoa. In Experiment 1, semen was diluted to one of seven concentrations ranging from 0.2 to 1.4×10(9)spermatozoa/ml with milk and assessed for motility after 3 or 24h of storage at 15°C. In Experiment 2, semen was collected and washed to remove seminal plasma before re-dilution to 0.2-1.4×10(9)spermatozoa/ml with milk containing 0%, 20% or 40% (final v/v ratio) seminal plasma and assessed for viability and motility after 3 or 24h of storage at 15°C. Whereas motility was not affected by spermatozoa concentration after 3h of storage, the proportion of progressive spermatozoa decreased after 24h of storage when spermatozoa concentration was greater than 1.0×10(9)spermatozoa/ml. The duration of preservation and the spermatozoa concentration affected spermatozoa motility but had no impact on spermatozoa viability. This negative effect of greater spermatozoa concentrations on motility was independent of the presence and the concentration of seminal plasma. The seminal plasma at both concentrations (20% and 40%) had a protective effect on spermatozoa motility after 24h of storage. These findings have the potential to improve the efficiency of cervical AI with liquid stored ram semen.

  19. Proteomic Characterization of Zinc-Binding Proteins of Canine Seminal Plasma.

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    Mogielnicka-Brzozowska, M; Kowalska, N; Fraser, L; Kordan, W

    2015-12-01

    The zinc-binding proteins (ZnBPs) of the seminal plasma are implicated in different processes related to sperm-egg fusion. The aim of this study was to characterize the ZnBPs of canine seminal plasma using two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2D-PAGE) and mass spectrometry. The ZnBPs were isolated from the ejaculates of five dogs by affinity chromatography and subjected to 2D-PAGE analysis. The acquired spots, detected across the gels, were analysed by mass spectrometry. Using 2D-PAGE analysis, it was shown that canine seminal plasma comprised about 46-57 zinc-binding polypeptides, with molecular mass ranging from 9.3 to 138.7 kDa and pI at pH 5.2-10.0. It was found that zinc-binding polypeptides of low molecular masses (9.3-19.0 kDa and pI at pH 6.1-10.0) were predominant in the seminal plasma, and seven polypeptides, with molecular masses ranging from 11.7 to 15.4 kDa and pI at pH 6.8-8.7, were characterized by high optical density values. In addition, analysis with mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS/MS) revealed that the identified seven polypeptides are canine prostate-specific esterase (CPSE), which is the main proteolytic enzyme of the seminal plasma. The findings of this study indicate an important regulatory role of seminal plasma zinc ions in the functional activity of CPSE, which is of great significance for maintaining the normal function of canine prostate and the spermatozoa functions.

  20. Measurement of alkaline phosphatase in canine seminal plasma--an update.

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    Schäfer-Somi, S; Fröhlich, T; Schwendenwein, I

    2013-02-01

    In dogs, diagnosis of incomplete ejaculation and azoospermia can be made by measuring the activity of the enzyme alkaline phosphatase (AP) in seminal plasma. However, even though upper cut-off value of 5000 IU/l is given in the literature, results by different assays may vary considerably. Furthermore, no data exist concerning the stability of the enzyme during storage of frozen seminal plasma, and no recommendations for pre-analytic dilutions can be found. During the present study, we compared results from a conventional large scale wet chemistry analyzer to a widely used dry chemistry point of care system (POC) and established a best practice for pre-analytical dilutions. Furthermore, stability of enzyme activities in seminal plasma during storage at -18 °C for 24 h was evaluated. The average activity of AP in the 2nd fraction of normal ejaculates measured by Reflotron® was 107,328 IU/l. After 24 h of frozen storage, activities did not differ significantly (96,844 IU / l, p > 0.05). Fresh and frozen samples were analysed in parallel by the POC and conventional chemistry analyser, and the results compared that did not reveal a significant difference (p > 0.05). A dilution of seminal plasma with physiologic saline 1:100 prior to analysis was sufficient for the qualitative information whether AP activity is below or above 5000 IU/l. Present data show that AP measurement by a POC dry chemistry system is sufficiently accurate in diluted seminal plasma for the diagnosis of azoospermia and that seminal plasma can be stored frozen for 24h before analysis.

  1. Análise quantitativa da proliferação celular no epitélio seminífero humano

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    Graça, Maria Inês Pinho dos Santos

    2009-01-01

    Apesar de décadas de investigação básica na espermatogénese humana, pouco se sabe acerca da proliferação e diferenciação das células germinais humanas em termos quantitativos. Com este trabalho pretendeu-se estudar quantitativamente os efeitos temporais e específicos de cada estadio celular, da Hormona Foliculo Estimulante (FSH) e da testosterona (T) na capacidade proliferativa do epitélio seminífero humano normal sob condições de cultura de órgão. Para tal, fragmentos de túbul...

  2. Efecto del plasma seminal sobre el estado redox del semen equino criopreservado

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    Edison Pizarro L.

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo. Determinar el efecto del plasma seminal sobre la generación de especies reactivas de oxígeno (ERO y la peroxidación lipídica de semen equino criopreservado y su asociación con parámetros de calidad seminal. Materiales y métodos. El semen de cinco caballos de la raza criollo colombiano (dos eyaculados cada uno, fue criopreservado mediante un protocolo de congelación rápida, empleando un diluyente leche-yema de huevo, suplementado con 0%, 10% y 20% de plasma seminal equino. En muestras de semen fresco y criopreservado se evaluó la generación de ERO y la peroxidación lipídica por espectrofluorimetría, y los parámetros de calidad seminal de movilidad progresiva, vitalidad e integridad de membrana, mediante microscopia de contraste de fase. Para el análisis estadístico se ajustaron modelos mixtos y se realizaron análisis de regresión y correlación. Resultados. Se hallaron promedios post-descongelación de movilidad progresiva, vitalidad e integridad de membrana de 37.8%±20.2, 50.6% ± 14.6 y 37.8% ± 15.5, respectivamente. Para el semen fresco y criopreservado suplementado con 0%, 10% y 20% de plasma seminal, los promedios de producción de ERO (URF fueron de 13.34±10.7, 16.15 ± 13.5, 17.32 ± 16 y 22.98 ± 19.4, respectivamente; mostrando un incremento estadísticamente significativo (p≤0.05 en la producción de ERO por efecto de la criopreservación y la suplementación con plasma seminal. Los promedios de peroxidación lipídica (nmolMDA/ml para estos mismos tratamientos, fueron de 0.41 ± 0.25, 0.72±0.37, 0.51 ± 0.29 y 0.47±0.26, respectivamente; mostrando una reducción significativa (p≤0.05 de la peroxidación lipídica del semen suplementado con 10% y 20% de plasma seminal, respecto al semen no suplementado (0%. Conclusiones. El plasma seminal reduce la peroxidación lipídica del semen equino criopreservado.

  3. Mapping Fifteen Trace Elements in Human Seminal Plasma and Sperm DNA.

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    Ali, Sazan; Chaspoul, Florence; Anderson, Loundou; Bergé-Lefranc, David; Achard, Vincent; Perrin, Jeanne; Gallice, Philippe; Guichaoua, Marie

    2017-02-01

    Studies suggest a relationship between semen quality and the concentration of trace elements in serum or seminal plasma. However, trace elements may be linked to DNA and capable of altering the gene expression patterns. Thus, trace element interactions with DNA may contribute to the mechanisms for a trans-generational reproductive effect. We developed an analytical method to determine the amount of trace elements bound to the sperm DNA, and to estimate their affinity for the sperm DNA by the ratio: R = Log [metal concentration in the sperm DNA/metal concentration in seminal plasma]. We then analyzed the concentrations of 15 trace elements (Al, Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, Ti, V, Zn, As, Sb, and Se) in the seminal plasma and the sperm DNA in 64 normal and 30 abnormal semen specimens with Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). This study showed all trace elements were detected in the seminal plasma and only metals were detected in the sperm DNA. There was no correlation between the metals' concentrations in the seminal plasma and the sperm DNA. Al had the highest affinity for DNA followed by Pb and Cd. This strong affinity is consistent with the known mutagenic effects of these metals. The lowest affinity was observed for Zn and Ti. We observed a significant increase of Al linked to the sperm DNA of patients with oligozoospermia and teratozoospermia. Al's reproductive toxicity might be due to Al linked to DNA, by altering spermatogenesis and expression patterns of genes involved in the function of reproduction.

  4. Determination of fatty acid profile in ram spermatozoa and seminal plasma.

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    Díaz, R; Torres, M A; Bravo, S; Sanchez, R; Sepúlveda, N

    2016-08-01

    Fatty acids are important in male reproductive function because they are associated with membrane fluidity, acrosome reaction, sperm motility and viability, but limited information exists about the fatty acid profile of ram semen. Our aim was to determine the fatty acid composition in ram spermatozoa and seminal plasma. Sixty ejaculates were obtained from three ram (20 ejaculates/ram) using artificial vagina. Ram spermatozoa (RS) and seminal plasma (SP) were separated using centrifugation, and the fatty acids were analysed by gas chromatography. Total lipids obtained in ram spermatozoa were 1.8% and 1.6% in seminal plasma. Saturated fatty acid (SFA) was proportionally major in SP (66.6%) that RS (49.9%). The highest proportions of SFA corresponded to C4:0 (RS = 16.3% and SP = 28.8%) and C16:0 (RS = 16.3% and PS = 20%). The most important unsaturated fatty acid (UFA) was docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), 44.9% in RS and 31.5% in SP. The profile of fatty acid and their proportions showed differences between spermatozoa and seminal plasma.

  5. Clinical Significance and Expression of PAF and TNF-alpha in Seminal Plasma of Leukocytospermic Patients

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    Chaodong Liu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. Discuss the changes and roles of PAF in the reproductive tract infection by observing the expression of platelet activating factor (PAF and tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α in seminal plasma of patients with leukocytospermia. Methods. The seminal plasma was obtained from 22 cases of leukocytospermia and 15 cases of normal males; the peroxidase dyeing method was adopted for seminal plasma white blood count; the ELISA was adopted to test PAF and TNF-α concentration in seminal plasma. Result. PAF concentration ( ng/mL of leukocytospermia group was significantly lower than the normal group ( ng/mL, while TNF-α ( ng/mL was significantly higher than that of normal group ( ng/mL. There was negative correlation between PAF and TNF-α , (, ; the same situation existed in PAF and WBC (, ; but TNF-α was positively correlated to WBC (, . Conclusion. (1 Low expression of PAF and high expression of TNF-α in leukocytospermia affect the sperm motility, which is one of the reasons that leads to infertility. (2 Lower expression of PAF has its particularity during the reproductive tract infection.

  6. Serum and seminal plasma insulin-like growth factor-1 in male infertility.

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    Lee, Hyo Serk; Park, Yong-Seog; Lee, Joong Shik; Seo, Ju Tae

    2016-06-01

    Growth hormone and its mediator, insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), have been suggested to exert gonadotropic actions in both humans and animals. The present study was conducted to assess the relationship between serum IGF-1 concentration, seminal plasma concentration, and sperm parameter abnormalities. A total of 79 men were enrolled in this study from December 2011 to July 2012 and were prospectively analyzed. Patient parameters analyzed included age, body mass index, smoking status, urological history, and fertility history. Patients were divided into four groups based on their semen parameters: normal (A, n=31), abnormal sperm motility (B, n=12), abnormal sperm morphology (C, n=20), and two or more abnormal parameters (D, n=16). Patient seminal plasma and serum IGF-1 concentrations were determined. Patient baseline characteristics were not significantly different between any of the groups. The serum IGF-1 levels in groups B, C, and D were significantly lower than the levels in group A; however, the seminal plasma IGF-1 levels were not significantly different between any of the groups. Men with abnormal sperm parameters had significantly lower levels of serum IGF-1 compared with men with normal sperm parameters. Seminal plasma IGF-1 levels, however, did not differ significantly between the groups investigated here. Further investigations will be required to determine the exact mechanisms by which growth hormone and IGF-1 affect sperm quality.

  7. Serum and seminal plasma insulin-like growth factor-1 in male infertility

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    Lee, Hyo Serk; Park, Yong-Seog; Lee, Joong Shik

    2016-01-01

    Objective Growth hormone and its mediator, insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), have been suggested to exert gonadotropic actions in both humans and animals. The present study was conducted to assess the relationship between serum IGF-1 concentration, seminal plasma concentration, and sperm parameter abnormalities. Methods A total of 79 men were enrolled in this study from December 2011 to July 2012 and were prospectively analyzed. Patient parameters analyzed included age, body mass index, smoking status, urological history, and fertility history. Patients were divided into four groups based on their semen parameters: normal (A, n=31), abnormal sperm motility (B, n=12), abnormal sperm morphology (C, n=20), and two or more abnormal parameters (D, n=16). Patient seminal plasma and serum IGF-1 concentrations were determined. Results Patient baseline characteristics were not significantly different between any of the groups. The serum IGF-1 levels in groups B, C, and D were significantly lower than the levels in group A; however, the seminal plasma IGF-1 levels were not significantly different between any of the groups. Conclusion Men with abnormal sperm parameters had significantly lower levels of serum IGF-1 compared with men with normal sperm parameters. Seminal plasma IGF-1 levels, however, did not differ significantly between the groups investigated here. Further investigations will be required to determine the exact mechanisms by which growth hormone and IGF-1 affect sperm quality. PMID:27358827

  8. Relationship between Lipids Levels of Serum and Seminal Plasma and Semen Parameters in 631 Chinese Subfertile Men.

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    Jin-Chun Lu

    Full Text Available This prospective study was designed to investigate the relationship between lipids levels in both serum and seminal plasma and semen parameters.631 subfertile men were enrolled. Their obesity-associated markers were measured, and semen parameters were analyzed. Also, seminal plasma and serum TC, TG, HDL and LDL and serum FFA, FSH, LH, total testosterone (TT, estradiol (E2 and SHBG levels were detected.Seminal plasma and serum TG, TC and LDL levels were positively related to age. Serum TC, TG and LDL were positively related to obesity-associated markers (P < 0.001, while only seminal plasma TG was positively related to them (P < 0.05. For lipids levels in serum and seminal plasma, only TG level had slightly positive correlation between them (r = 0.081, P = 0.042. There was no significant correlation between serum lipids levels and semen parameters. However, seminal plasma TG, TC, LDL and HDL levels were negatively related to one or several semen parameters, including semen volume (SV, sperm concentration (SC, total sperm count (TSC, sperm motility, progressive motility (PR and total normal-progressively motile sperm counts (TNPMS. Moreover, seminal plasma TG, TC, LDL and HDL levels in patients with oligospermatism, asthenospermia and teratozoospermia were higher than those with normal sperm concentration, motility or morphology. After adjusting age and serum LH, FSH, TT, E2 and SHBG levels, linear regression analysis showed that SV was still significantly correlated with seminal plasma LDL (P = 0.012, both of SC and TSC with seminal plasma HDL (P = 0.028 and 0.002, and both of PR and sperm motility with seminal plasma TC (P = 0.012 and 0.051.The abnormal metabolism of lipids in male reproductive system may contribute to male factor infertility.

  9. Incorporation of selenium-75 into seminal plasma and spermatozoa of the bull.

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    Vanha-Perttula, T; Remes, E

    1990-01-01

    75Se was given intravenously into 5 bulls. Multiple blood and semen samples were taken and during slaughter 5, 10, 15, 20 and 80 days later samples of various reproductive and other organs were collected. After injection, 75Se in blood reached a peak at 6 h followed by a rapid decline. The label was mainly found in serum with very low levels in erythrocytes. Initially the serum 75Se was bound to a macromolecule with a mw of 80 kDa, but later a larger molecule (100 kDa) was observed. In semen 75Se was first mainly found in seminal plasma, where a plateau level was reached at 5 d followed by a gradual decline after 12 d. The total semen level, however, increased after 14 d and this increase was due to a rapid appearance of the label in spermatozoa. The sperm 75Se level reached a plateau at 20 d and remained high until 40 days, after which a gradual decline ensued. The seminal plasma 75Se eluted in gel filtration coincident with glutathione peroxidase. The highest levels of 75Se were found in the kidney followed by seminal vesicles and testicles. The seminal vesicle secretion was particularly rich in 75Se and its fractionation resembled that of the seminal plasma. 75Se appeared in the epididymal caput within 5 days and passed through the epididymis in 20 days. It is concluded that 75Se is actively incorporated in the bull seminal vesicles into GSH-Px, while in the testis it is incorporated into a structural sperm protein during spermatogenesis.

  10. MODES OF INTERACTION BETWEEN SPERMATOZOID ABNORMALITIES AND CYTOKINES IN SEMINAL PLASMA FROM INFERTILE MALES

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    B. I. Aisikovich

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract. Spearman rank correlation analysis was applied to assess some interrelations between morphological abnormalities of spermatozoids in males with long-term infertility, and cytokine levels in their seminal plasma. Such statistical analysis has revealed a significant positive correlation between prevalence of morphologically abnormal spermatozoids and the levels of IL-1β, MIP-1β, G-CSF, along with negative relationship with IL-5 and IL-10 contents in seminal fluid. The data are, generally, demonstrating participation of cytokines in regulation of male fertility. (Med. Immunol., 2008, Vol. 10, N 2-3, pp 203-208.

  11. Zinc and iron concentration and SOD activity in human semen and seminal plasma.

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    Marzec-Wróblewska, Urszula; Kamiński, Piotr; Lakota, Paweł; Szymański, Marek; Wasilow, Karolina; Ludwikowski, Grzegorz; Kuligowska-Prusińska, Magdalena; Odrowąż-Sypniewska, Grażyna; Stuczyński, Tomasz; Michałkiewicz, Jacek

    2011-10-01

    The aim of the present study was to measure zinc (Zn) and iron (Fe) concentration in human semen and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity in seminal plasma and correlate the results with sperm quality. Semen samples were obtained from men (N = 168) undergoing routine infertility evaluation. The study design included two groups based on the ejaculate parameters. Group I (n = 39) consisted of males with normal ejaculate (normozoospermia), and group II (n = 129) consisted of males with pathological spermiogram. Seminal Zn and Fe were measured in 162 samples (group I, n = 38; group II, n = 124) and SOD activity in 149 samples (group I, n = 37; group II, n = 112). Correlations were found between SOD activity and Fe and Zn concentration, and between Fe and Zn concentration. SOD activity was negatively associated with volume of semen and positively associated with rapid progressive motility, nonprogressive motility, and concentration. Negative correlation was stated between Fe concentration and normal morphology. Mean SOD activity in seminal plasma of semen from men of group I was higher than in seminal plasma of semen from men of group II. Fe concentration was higher in teratozoospermic males than in males with normal morphology of spermatozoa in group II. Our results suggest that Fe may influence spermatozoa morphology.

  12. Characterization of alkaline phosphatase activity in seminal plasma and in fresh and frozen-thawed stallion spermatozoa.

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    Bucci, Diego; Giaretta, Elisa; Spinaci, Marcella; Rizzato, Giovanni; Isani, Gloria; Mislei, Beatrice; Mari, Gaetano; Tamanini, Carlo; Galeati, Giovanna

    2016-01-15

    Alkaline phosphatase (AP) has been studied in several situations to elucidate its role in reproductive biology of the male from different mammalian species; at present, its role in horse sperm physiology is not clear. The aim of the present work was to measure AP activity in seminal plasma and sperm extracts from freshly ejaculated as well as in frozen-thawed stallion spermatozoa and to verify whether relationship exists between AP activity and sperm quality parameters. Our data on 40 freshly ejaculated samples from 10 different stallions demonstrate that the main source of AP activity is seminal plasma, whereas sperm extracts contribution is very low. In addition, we found that AP activity at physiological pH (7.0) is significantly lower than that observed at pH 8.0, including the optimal AP pH (pH 10.0). Alkaline phosphatase did not exert any effect on sperm-oocyte interaction assessed by heterologous oocyte binding assay. Additionally, we observed a thermal stability of seminal plasma AP, concluding that it is similar to that of bone isoforms. Positive correlations were found between seminal plasma AP activity and sperm concentration, whereas a negative correlation was present between both spermatozoa extracts and seminal plasma AP activity and seminal plasma protein content. A significant decrease in sperm extract AP activity was found in frozen-thawed samples compared with freshly ejaculated ones (n = 21), concomitantly with the decrease in sperm quality parameters. The positive correlation between seminal plasma AP activity measured at pH 10 and viability of frozen-thawed spermatozoa suggests that seminal plasma AP activity could be used as an additional predictive parameter for stallion sperm freezability. In conclusion, we provide some insights into AP activity in both seminal plasma and sperm extracts and describe a decrease in AP after freezing and thawing.

  13. Relationship between Lipids Levels of Serum and Seminal Plasma and Semen Parameters in 631 Chinese Subfertile Men

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    Yao, Qi; Fan, Kai; Wang, Guo-Hong; Feng, Rui-Xiang; Liang, Yuan-Jiao; Chen, Li; Ge, Yi-Feng; Yao, Bing

    2016-01-01

    Objective This prospective study was designed to investigate the relationship between lipids levels in both serum and seminal plasma and semen parameters. Methods 631 subfertile men were enrolled. Their obesity-associated markers were measured, and semen parameters were analyzed. Also, seminal plasma and serum TC, TG, HDL and LDL and serum FFA, FSH, LH, total testosterone (TT), estradiol (E2) and SHBG levels were detected. Results Seminal plasma and serum TG, TC and LDL levels were positively related to age. Serum TC, TG and LDL were positively related to obesity-associated markers (P lipids levels in serum and seminal plasma, only TG level had slightly positive correlation between them (r = 0.081, P = 0.042). There was no significant correlation between serum lipids levels and semen parameters. However, seminal plasma TG, TC, LDL and HDL levels were negatively related to one or several semen parameters, including semen volume (SV), sperm concentration (SC), total sperm count (TSC), sperm motility, progressive motility (PR) and total normal-progressively motile sperm counts (TNPMS). Moreover, seminal plasma TG, TC, LDL and HDL levels in patients with oligospermatism, asthenospermia and teratozoospermia were higher than those with normal sperm concentration, motility or morphology. After adjusting age and serum LH, FSH, TT, E2 and SHBG levels, linear regression analysis showed that SV was still significantly correlated with seminal plasma LDL (P = 0.012), both of SC and TSC with seminal plasma HDL (P = 0.028 and 0.002), and both of PR and sperm motility with seminal plasma TC (P = 0.012 and 0.051). Conclusion The abnormal metabolism of lipids in male reproductive system may contribute to male factor infertility. PMID:26726884

  14. Effect of increased testicular temperature on seminal plasma proteome of the ram.

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    Rocha, David R; Martins, Jorge André M; van Tilburg, Mauricio F; Oliveira, Rodrigo V; Moreno, Frederico B; Monteiro-Moreira, Ana Cristina O; Moreira, Renato A; Araújo, Airton A; Moura, Arlindo A

    2015-11-01

    The present study evaluated the effects of heat stress on the ram seminal plasma proteome. Six Morada Nova rams were scrotal insulated for 8 days. Scrotal circumference, sperm parameters, and seminal fluid proteins were evaluated before (Day 0) and twice during scrotal insulation (Days 4 and 8), and weekly until semen parameters returned to preinsulation values (normal). Seminal proteins were analyzed by two-dimensional SDS-PAGE and mass spectrometry. Scrotal circumference decreased from 30 ± 0.4 cm on Day 0 to 22.6 ± 0.6 cm on Day 36 (P Rams were azoospermic between Days 29 and 64, and sperm concentration came back to normal on Day 92. The number of spots/two-dimensional gel reduced from 256 ± 31 on Day 0 to 104 ± 14 on Day 29 (when rams were azoospermic) and then increased to 183 ± 9 on Day 113 (P rams, indicating alterations in both spermatogenesis and sperm maturation. Changes of seminal plasma proteome were coincidental with variations in semen parameters. Proteins affected by heat challenge are potentially involved in sperm protection, maturation, and fertilization.

  15. Isolation and characterization of gelatin-binding proteins from goat seminal plasma

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    Lazure Claude

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A family of proteins designated BSP-A1, BSP-A2, BSP-A3 and BSP-30 kDa (collectively called BSP proteins for Bovine Seminal Plasma proteins constitute the major protein fraction in the bull seminal plasma. These proteins interact with choline phospholipids on the sperm surface and play a role in the membrane stabilization (decapacitation and destabilization (capacitation process. Homologous proteins have been isolated from boar and stallion seminal plasma. In the current study we report the isolation and preliminary characterization of homologous proteins from goat seminal plasma. Frozen semen (-80°C was thawed and centrifuged to remove sperm. The proteins in the supernatant were precipitated by the addition of cold ethanol. The precipitates were dissolved in ammonium bicarbonate and lyophilised. The lyophilised proteins were dissolved in phosphate buffer and loaded onto a gelatin-agarose column, which was previously equilibrated with the same buffer. The column was successively washed with phosphate buffer, with phosphate buffer saline and with 0.5 M urea in phosphate buffer saline to remove unadsorbed proteins, and the adsorbed proteins were eluted with 5 M urea in phosphate buffer saline. Analysis of pooled, dialysed and lyophilised gelatin-agarose adsorbed protein fraction by SDS-PAGE indicated the presence of four protein bands that were designated GSP-14 kDa, GSP-15 kDa, GSP-20 kDa and GSP-22 kDa (GSP, Goat Seminal Plasma proteins. Heparin-affinity chromatography was then used for the separation of GSP-20 and -22 kDa from GSP-14 and -15 kDa. Finally, HPLC separation permitted further isolation of each one from the other. Amino acid sequence analysis of these proteins indicated that they are homologous to BSP proteins. In addition, these BSP homologs bind to hen's egg-yolk low-density lipoproteins. These results together with our previous data indicate that BSP family proteins are ubiquitous in mammalian seminal plasma, exist in

  16. Bovine Leukemia ProVirus: Evidence of Presence of Part of Gag Gene in Seminal Plasma of Naturally Infected Bulls

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    Razi Jafari

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available It is of critical importance to understand the modalities of BLV presence in semen, especially with regard to artificial insemination (AI. Presence of bovine leukemia provirus was demonstrated in fresh and frozen semen samples by researchers. In this study paired blood and semen samples from 45 bulls were assessed for the presence of part of gag gene and antibodies to BLV in blood, semen and cell-free fraction of the semen (seminal plasma. Proviral DNA was detected in 5 out of 45 seminal plasma samples. PCR products were sequenced and submitted to gene bank. This data strongly suggested that seminal plasma of seropositive bulls can be positive in PCR.

  17. NÍVEIS DE TESTOSTERONA NA SALIVA E NO PLASMA SEMINAL DE REPRODUTORES SUÍNOS

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    Thais Schwarz Gaggini

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The aims of this study were evaluated testosterone levels in saliva and seminal plasma and correlate these informations with libido and sperm production of two lines of boars. The hormonal analysis was done using ELISA (Enzyme Linked Immuno Sorbent Assay and test F and Sperman correlation of SAS program was used for statistical analysis. There was no difference (P>0.05 between boar lines and testosterone levels in saliva and seminal plasma, collection length, semen volume and concentration and sperm motility and viability. Boars used in this study had libido, semen production and sperm cells considered normal and there was no difference between the lines. The results obtained can be classified as normal parameters expected in this situation.

  18. Presence of membranous vesicles in cat seminal plasma: ultrastructural characteristics, protein profile and enzymatic activity.

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    Polisca, A; Troisi, A; Minelli, A; Bellezza, I; Fontbonne, A; Zelli, R

    2015-02-01

    This study sought to verify the presence of membranous vesicles in cat seminal plasma by means of transmission electron microscopy and to identify protein profile and some of the enzymatic activities associated with these particles. The transmission electron microscopy observations showed the existence of different sized vesicular membranous structures of more or less spherical shape. These vesicles were surrounded by single-, double- or multiple-layered laminar membranes. The vesicle diameters ranged from 16.3 to 387.4 nm, with a mean of 116.5 ± 70.7 nm. Enzyme activity determinations showed the presence of dipeptilpeptidase IV, aminopeptidase, alkaline and acid phosphatase. To our knowledge, this is the first report that identifies and characterizes the membranous vesicles in cat seminal plasma. However, further studies are necessary to identify the exact site of production of these membranous vesicles in the cat male genital tract and to determine their specific roles in the reproductive events of this species.

  19. Quantitative determination of citric acid in seminal plasma by using Raman spectroscopy.

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    Huang, Zufang; Chen, Xiwen; Li, Yongzeng; Chen, Jinhua; Lin, Juqiang; Wang, Jing; Lei, Jinping; Chen, Rong

    2013-07-01

    In this study, Raman spectroscopy was first used to study the linear relationship between Raman spectral intensities and citric acid concentrations in aqueous solution. By using the specific Raman band of 942 cm(-1), concentrations of citric acid ranging from 2 to 20 mg/mL were observed linearly (R(2) = 0.993), and the limit of detection was 1.0 mg/mL. Then, citric acid detection in clinical seminal plasma ultrafiltrate samples was performed, and the intensity of the Raman-specific peak demonstrates a good linear correlation (R(2) = 0.946) with citric acid concentrations determined by the enzymatic method. Our results showed that Raman spectroscopy has the potential of being applied to detect concentrations of citric acid in seminal plasma in clinic.

  20. Cholesterol concentration in seminal plasma as a predictive tool for quality semen evaluation.

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    Beer-Ljubić, B; Aladrović, J; Marenjak, T S; Laskaj, R; Majić-Balić, I; Milinković-Tur, S

    2009-11-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between lipid composition of bovine serum and seminal plasma, seasonality, and semen quality. The experiment was carried out in two groups of Simmental breeding bulls: Group I (ages 2 to 4 yr) and Group II (ages 5 to 10 yr). Blood samples were collected from jugular vein, and bovine semen was sampled with an artificial vagina once per season. Serum concentrations of total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), triacylglycerols, nonesterified fatty acids (NEFAs), and lipoprotein electrophoretic patterns were determined. Seminal plasma concentrations of total cholesterol, HDL-C, and LDL-C were assayed. Serum concentration of triacylglycerols in young bulls was significantly higher in winter compared with that in autumn, whereas serum NEFA concentration was significantly higher in autumn compared with that in other seasons. Serum concentration of total cholesterol, LDL-C, and LDL lipoproteins in older bulls was significantly higher in winter than in spring. Seminal plasma concentration of total cholesterol in young bulls was significantly higher in spring compared with that in summer, whereas in older bulls it was significantly higher in winter compared with that in autumn samples. Sperm volume of both groups was significantly higher in summer compared with that in autumn and winter. Sperm motility in young bulls was lowest in summer and differed significantly from the values recorded in other seasons. The changes observed in seminal plasma cholesterol concentration were associated with extracellular lipid use and appeared to be applicable as a biochemical marker of sperm quality.

  1. Characteristics of seminal plasma and cryopreservation of anoa (Bubalus sp. semen obtained by electroejaculation

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    Yudi

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available The population of anoa, which is an endemic fauna to Indonesia, was getting decrease caused by the illegal hunting and deforestation. Anoa is included in endangered species by IUCN, and Appendix I by CITES. The experiment aimed to characterize the seminal plasma contents and to cryopreserve the anoa semen for artificial insemination application in captivity. The experiment was carried out in Taman Safari Indonesia (Bogor. Semen was collected from 2 anesthetized males (4-10 years by electroejaculation. Seminal plasma gained by centrifugation of ejaculate (3000 rpm, 20 minutes, and then was evaluated the biochemical contents. Other ejaculates were evaluated macroscopically and microscopically, and then extended in Tris and Na-citrate media to a total concentration of 100 billion cells mL-1. Extended semen was stored at 4oC, and evaluated the motility and viability every 12 h. Frozen semen was made in Tris medium added with 5% of glycerol. The seminal plasma of anoa contained total lipid, Na, Ca and Mg higher than the buffalo, but its total protein, K and Cl were lower. Electrophoresis of seminal plasma using by SDS-PAGE method showed 10 bands of proteins (17-148 kDa. The motility and viability of chilled-extended semen in Tris and Na-citrate media were not significantly different (P > 0.05 during 72 h of evaluation. Extended semen in both of media may applicable for AI program for 24-48 h. Post thawing motility of frozen semen was still low, 26.00 ± 9.62%. Therefore, it is necessary to improve each stages of semen processing, so the motility will increased and resulted high pregnancy in AI program.

  2. Protein profile of the seminal plasma of collared peccaries (Pecari tajacu Linnaeus, 1758).

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    Santos, E A A; Sousa, P C; Martins, J A M; Moreira, R A; Monteiro-Moreira, A C O; Moreno, F B M B; Oliveira, M F; Moura, A A; Silva, A R

    2014-06-01

    This study was conducted to characterize the major proteins of the peccary seminal plasma, based on the semen samples collected from nine adult and reproductively sound animals. Our approach included the use of two-dimensional electrophoresis followed by Coomassie blue staining and analysis of polypeptide maps with PDQuest Software (Bio-Rad). Proteins were identified by tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). We detected 179 protein spots per gel and 98 spots were identified by mass spectrometry, corresponding to 23 different proteins. The combined intensity of those spots accounted for 56.2±6% of the intensities of all spots and 60.9% of the intensities of spots presented in every protein map. Protein spots identified as clusterin represented 19.7±8.3% of the integrated optical densities of all spots detected in the seminal plasma maps. There was a negative association (r=-0.87; P<0.05) between the intensity of a clusterin spot and the percentage of sperm with functional membrane. Spermadhesin porcine seminal plasma protein 1 and bodhesin 2 comprised 5.4±1.9 and 8.8±3.9% of the total intensity of all spots respectively. Many proteins appeared in a polymorphic pattern, such as clusterin (27 spots), epididymal secretory glutathione peroxidase (ten spots), inter-α-trypsin inhibitor (12 spots), and IgG-binding protein (ten spots), among others. In conclusion, we presently describe the major seminal plasma proteome of the peccary, which exhibits a distinct high expression of clusterin isoforms. Knowledge of wild species reproductive biology is crucial for an understanding of their survival strategies and adaptation in a changing environment.

  3. Expression of B-nerve growth factor in rabbit male tract and seminal plasma

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    García García, R. M.; Masdeu, M.; A. Sánchez Rodríguez; Bautista, J. M.; Arias Álvarez, María; LORENZO, P. L.; Garcia Rebollar, Pilar

    2015-01-01

    Nerve growth factor (NGF) has been recently identified as an ovulation inductor factor (OIF) in the seminal plasma (SP) (Ratto et al. PNAS 2012; 109:15042-7). The presence of OIF in rabbit has been suggested but this protein has not yet been identified. Our aim was to study the mRNA expression in the rabbit male reproductive tract and to identify the protein β-NGF in the SP.

  4. Relationship between seminal plasma zinc and semen quality in a subfertile population

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    DMAB Dissanayake

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Rationale : Current knowledge on the relationship between seminal zinc levels and different parameters of human semen is inconsistent. Objectives : To assess the relationship between seminal plasma zinc and semen quality using two markers; zinc concentration (Zn-C and total zinc per ejaculate (Zn-T. Design : The study was carried out as a cross-sectional study. Subjects and Methods : Semen parameters of 152 healthy men undergoing evaluation for subfertility were assessed. Seminal plasma zinc levels were determined using flame atomic absorption spectrometry. Zn-C, expressed as μg/mL, was multiplied by ejaculated volume to calculate Zn-T. Mann Whitney U test and Chi-square test were used to compare the zinc levels between different seminal groups when appropriate. Correlations were observed with Pearson′s correlation of coefficient. Analysis was carried out using SPSS 10.0 for windows software. Results : Zn-C was low in 23 (15% samples, while in 32 (21% of the samples Zn-T was abnormal. The number of subnormal samples was high in the low-zinc groups compared with the normal-zinc groups, 15 vs. 8 (P > 0.05 for Zn-C and 28 vs. 4 (P < 0.001 for Zn-T. Zn-C was significantly high in the asthenozoospermics compared with the normal motile group; 138.11 μg/mL (83.92 vs. 110.69 11 μg/mL (54.59 (P < 0.05. Zn-T was significantly low in samples with hyperviscosity compared with samples with normal viscosity; 220.06 μg (144.09 vs. 336.34 μg (236.33 (P < 0.05. Conversely, Zn-T was high in samples with low viability compared with those with normal viability; 437.67 μg (283.88 vs. 305.15 μg (221.19 (P < 0.05. Weak correlations were found between Zn and some semen parameters. However, the correlation was negative between pH and Zn-C (r = -0.193, P < 0.05 as well as Zn-T (r = -0.280, P < 0.01. On the other hand, correlations were positive between Zn-T and sperm count (r = 0.211, P < 0.05. Conclusion : Count, motility, viability, pH and viscosity are

  5. The identification of proteomic markers of sperm freezing resilience in ram seminal plasma.

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    Rickard, J P; Leahy, T; Soleilhavoup, C; Tsikis, G; Labas, V; Harichaux, G; Lynch, G W; Druart, X; de Graaf, S P

    2015-08-03

    The source and composition of seminal plasma has previously been shown to alter the ability of spermatozoa to survive cryopreservation. In the present study, the ionic and proteomic composition of seminal plasma from rams with high (HSP; n = 3) or low (LSP; n = 3) freezing resilient spermatozoa was assessed. 75 proteins were identified to be more abundant in HSP and 48 proteins were identified to be more abundant in LSP. Individual seminal plasma proteomes were established for each of the six rams examined. For each ram, correlations were conducted between previously recorded freezing resilience [1] and individual spectral counts in order to identify markers of freezing resilience. 26S proteasome complex, acylamino acid releasing enzyme, alpha mannosidase class 2C, heat shock protein 90, tripeptidyl-peptidase 2, TCP-1 complex, sorbitol dehydrogenase and transitional endoplasmic reticulum ATPase were found to be positively correlated (r(2) > 0.7) with freezing resilience. Cystatin, zinc-2-alpha glycoprotein, angiogenin-2-like protein, cartilage acidic protein-1, cathepsin B and ribonuclease 4 isoform 1 were found to be negatively correlated (r(2) > 0.7) with freezing resilience. Several negative markers were found to originate from the accessory sex glands, whereas many positive markers originated from spermatozoa and were part of or associated with the 26S proteasome or CCT complex.

  6. Zinc levels in seminal plasma and their correlation with male infertility: A systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Zinc is an essential trace mineral for the normal functioning of the male reproductive system. Current studies have investigated the relationship between seminal plasma zinc and male infertility but have shown inconsistent results. Hence, we systematically searched PubMed, EMBASE, Science Direct/Elsevier, CNKI and the Cochrane Library for studies that examined the relationship between seminal plasma zinc and male infertility, as well as the effects of zinc supplementation on sperm parameters....

  7. Association between sperm DNA integrity and seminal plasma antioxidant levels in health workers occupationally exposed to ionizing radiation

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    Kumar, Dayanidhi; Salian, Sujith Raj; Kalthur, Guruprasad; Uppangala, Shubhashree; Kumari, Sandhya [Division of Clinical Embryology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal 576104 (India); Challapalli, Srinivas [Department of Radiotherapy, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore (India); Chandraguthi, Shrinidhi Gururajarao [Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal (India); Jain, Navya; Krishnamurthy, Hanumanthappa [National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore (India); Kumar, Pratap [Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal (India); Adiga, Satish Kumar, E-mail: satish.adiga@manipal.edu [Division of Clinical Embryology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal 576104 (India)

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    There is a paucity of data regarding the association between occupational radiation exposure and risk to human fertility. Recently, we provided the first evidence on altered sperm functional characteristics, DNA damage and hypermethylation in radiation health workers. However, there is no report elucidating the association between seminal plasma antioxidants and sperm chromatin integrity in occupationally exposed subjects. Here, we assessed the seminal plasma antioxidants and lipid peroxidation level in 83 men who were occupationally exposed to ionizing radiation and then correlated with the sperm chromatin integrity. Flow cytometry based sperm chromatin integrity assay revealed a significant decline in αt value in the exposed group in comparison to the non-exposed group (P<0.0001). Similarly, both total and reduced glutathione levels and total antioxidant capacity in the seminal plasma were significantly higher in exposed group than the non-exposed group (P<0.01, 0.001 and 0.0001, respectively). However, superoxide dismutase level and malondialdehyde level, which is an indicator of lipid peroxidation in the seminal plasma, did not differ significantly between two groups. The total antioxidant capacity (TAC) and GSH level exhibited a positive correlation with sperm DNA integrity in exposed subjects. To conclude, this study distinctly shows that altered sperm chromatin integrity in radiation health workers is associated with increase in seminal plasma antioxidant level. Further, the increased seminal plasma GSH and TAC could be an adaptive measure to tackle the oxidative stress to protect genetic and functional sperm deformities in radiation health workers. - Highlights: • Seminal plasma antioxidants were measured in men occupationally exposed to radiation. • Sperm chromatin integrity was significantly affected in the exposed group. • Glutathione and total antioxidant capacity was significantly higher in exposed group. • Sperm DNA damage in exposed subjects

  8. Binding patterns of seminal plasma plasma proteins on bovine epididymal and ejaculated sperm membrane

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    C.E.A. Souza

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The present study was designed to investigate the topographical distribution of seminal plasma (SP proteins on epididymal and ejaculated bovine sperm. Using immunocytochemistry and confocal microscopy the binding patterns of bovine SP proteins BSP-A3, albumin, transferrin, prostaglandin D-synthase (PGDS and nucleobindin in ejaculated and cauda epididymal sperm from adult bulls were evaluated. Experiments were performed using sperm from 5 males. Data showed a positive signal, only detected for anti-PGDS, in the acrosomal cap of epididymal and ejaculated sperm. In ejaculated sperm, a very weak signal for nucleobindin 2 in the midpiece and equatorial regions was detected, using the anti-rat nucleobindin. BSP-A3 was detected on all sperm regions studied, with a more evidenced signal in acrosome and midpiece. However, no binding was detected for albumin or transferrin in neither epididymal nor ejaculated sperm. In conclusion, PGDS, BSP-A3 and nucleobindin interact directly with bovine sperm, with specific topographic distribution. These findings may add to the knowledge of how these proteins modulate sperm functions, thus providing fundamental support for studies designed to evaluate how they influence sperm functions.

  9. Isolation, characterization and cDNA sequencing of a Kazal family proteinase inhibitor from seminal plasma of turkey (Meleagris gallopavo).

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    Słowińska, Mariola; Olczak, Mariusz; Wojtczak, Mariola; Glogowski, Jan; Jankowski, Jan; Watorek, Wiesław; Amarowicz, Ryszard; Ciereszko, Andrzej

    2008-06-01

    The turkey reproductive tract and seminal plasma contain a serine proteinase inhibitor that seems to be unique for the reproductive tract. Our experimental objective was to isolate, characterize and cDNA sequence the Kazal family proteinase inhibitor from turkey seminal plasma and testis. Seminal plasma contains two forms of a Kazal family inhibitor: virgin (Ia) represented by an inhibitor of moderate electrophoretic migration rate (present also in the testis) and modified (Ib, a split peptide bond) represented by an inhibitor with a fast migration rate. The inhibitor from the seminal plasma was purified by affinity, ion-exchange and reverse phase chromatography. The testis inhibitor was purified by affinity and ion-exchange chromatography. N-terminal Edman sequencing of the two seminal plasma inhibitors and testis inhibitor were identical. This sequence was used to construct primers and obtain a cDNA sequence from the testis. Analysis of a cDNA sequence indicated that turkey proteinase inhibitor belongs to Kazal family inhibitors (pancreatic secretory trypsin inhibitors, mammalian acrosin inhibitors) and caltrin. The turkey seminal plasma Kazal inhibitor belongs to low molecular mass inhibitors and is characterized by a high value of the equilibrium association constant for inhibitor/trypsin complexes.

  10. Isolation and characterization of an ovoinhibitor, a multidomain Kazal-like inhibitor from Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) seminal plasma.

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    Słowińska, Mariola; Liszewska, Ewa; Nynca, Joanna; Bukowska, Joanna; Hejmej, Anna; Bilińska, Barbara; Szubstarski, Jarosław; Kozłowski, Krzysztof; Jankowski, Jan; Ciereszko, Andrzej

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    Turkey seminal plasma contains three serine proteinase inhibitors. Two of them, with low molecular masses (6 kDa), were identified as single-domain Kazal-type inhibitors responsible for regulating acrosin activity. Our experimental objective was to isolate and characterize the inhibitor with the high molecular weight from turkey seminal plasma. The inhibitor was purified using hydrophobic interaction and affinity chromatography. Pure preparations of the inhibitor were used for identification by mass spectrometry, for determination of physicochemical properties (molecular weight, pI, and content and composition of the carbohydrate component), for kinetic studies, and for antibacterial tests. Gene expression and immunohistochemical detection of the inhibitor were analyzed in the testis, epididymis, and ductus deferens. The inhibitor with a high molecular weight from turkey seminal plasma was identified as an ovoinhibitor, which was found in avian semen for the first time. The turkey seminal plasma ovoinhibitor was a six-tandem homologous Kazal-type domain serine proteinase inhibitor that targeted multiple proteases, including subtilisin, trypsin, and elastase, but not acrosin. Our results suggested that hepatocyte growth factor activator was a potential target proteinase for the ovoinhibitor in turkey seminal plasma. The presence of the ovoinhibitor within the turkey reproductive tract suggested that its role was to maintain a microenvironment for sperm in the epididymis and ductus deferens. The turkey seminal plasma ovoinhibitor appeared to play a significant role in an antibacterial semen defense against Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus.

  11. Seminal plasma total antioxidant capacity and vitamin- C levels in asthenozoospermia: a case- control study

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    Ali Bidmeshkipour

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    Full Text Available "n Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} Background: Defective sperm function is now recognized as one of the most important causes of male infertility. Seminal plasma possesses a rich source of different enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidants such as vitamin C (ascorbic acid that protect spermatozoa against oxidative stress as one of the mediators of infertility causing sperm dysfunction and low sperm quality. The aim of this study was investigation of seminal total antioxidant capacity and determination of vitamin C effects on sperm motility. "n"nMethods: We designed a case-control study with a total subject of 62 males. Sperm parameters were analyzed according to World Health Organization guidelines (WHO, 1999. Total antioxidant capacity and vitamin C level of seminal plasma were measured in the 32 normozoospermic as the control group and 32 asthenospermic men as the case group using FRAP (Ferric Reducing of Antioxidants Powers and RP-HPLC (Reverse Phase High Performance Liquid Chromatography methods, respectively. "n"nResults: Our results indicated that total antioxidant capacity levels in the seminal plasma of asthenospermic men were significantly lower than healthy men (p=0.002. In addition, we found a positive correlation between reduced total

  12. Ion-exchange chromatography used to isolate a spermadhesin-related protein from domestic goat (Capra hircus) seminal plasma.

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    Teixeira, Dárcio Italo Alves; Melo, Luciana Magalhães; Gadelha, Carlos Alberto de Almeida; Cunha, Rodrigo Maranguape Silva da; Bloch, Carlos; Rádis-Baptista, Gandhi; Cavada, Benildo Sousa; Freitas, Vicente José de Figueirêdo

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    Mammalian seminal plasma contains among others, proteins called spermadhesins, which are the major proteins of boar and stallion seminal plasma. These proteins appear to be involved in capacitation and sperm-egg interaction. Previously, we reported the presence of a protein related to spermadhesins in goat seminal plasma. In the present study, we have further characterized this protein, and we propose ion-exchange chromatography to isolate this seminal protein. Semen was obtained from four adult Saanen bucks. Seminal plasma was pooled, dialyzed against distilled water and freeze-dried. Lyophilized proteins were loaded onto an ion-exchange chromatography column. Dialyzed-lyophilized proteins from the main peak of DEAE-Sephacel were applied to a C2/C18 column coupled to an RP-HPLC system, and the eluted proteins were lyophilized for electrophoresis. The N-terminal was sequenced and amino acid sequence similarity was determined using CLUSTAL W. Additionally, proteins from DEAE-Sephacel chromatography step were dialyzed and submitted to a heparin-Sepharose high-performance liquid chromatography. Goat seminal plasma after ion-exchange chromatography yielded 6.47 +/- 0.63 mg (mean +/- SEM) of the major retained fraction. The protein was designated BSFP (buck seminal fluid protein). BSFP exhibited N-terminal sequence homology to boar, stallion and bull spermadhesins. BSFP showed no heparin-binding capabilities. These results together with our previous data indicate that goat seminal plasma contains a protein that is structurally related to proteins of the spermadhesin family. Finally, this protein can be efficiently isolated by ion-exchange and reverse-phase chromatography.

  13. Effect of seminal plasma and egg yolk concentration on freezability of goat semen

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    Valéria da Silva Ferreira

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    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of egg yolk and seminal plasma on the viability of cryopreserved goat semen. To this end, four fertile Saanen bucks, aged between 10 months and 1 year, and weighing 18 to 25 kg, were used. Semen was collected from each buck by the artificial vagina method at the end of breeding season (June-July. The extender used was the yolk citrate, which was split into two equal aliquots: 5% egg yolk (2.5 mL egg yolk: 47.5 mL citrate solution were added to one of the samples and 10% egg yolk (5.0 mL egg yolk: 45.0 mL citrate solution were added to another. The sperm motility and vigor after thawing and post thermal resistance test (TRT were evaluated and the data were subjected to analysis of variance and means were compared by the F test at 5.0% probability. The observed values for motility and vigor after thawing and post thermal resistance test (TRT, fast and slow, according to the presence of seminal plasma and egg yolk percentage were: 5% egg yolk with plasma (25.0% and 3.3; 1.60% and 0.7; 12.36% and 1.6, respectively; 5% egg yolk without plasma (23.61% and 3.1; 1.25% and 0.2; 9.93% and 1.3, respectively; 10% egg yolk with plasma (30.8% and 3.3; 4.4% and 1.9; 19.5% and 2.7, respectively; and 10% egg yolk without plasma (13.4% and 2.5; 4.1% and 0.5; 17.0% and 1.0, respectively. There were significant differences between the analyzed data in relation to semen with or without plasma at different percentages of egg yolk, and the group that presented the best results was 10% egg yolk citrate in extender with plasma. The presence of seminal plasma and higher concentration of egg yolk in extender provide a higher viability of cryopreserved goat semen.

  14. Seminal plasma protein profiles of ejaculates obtained by internal artificial vagina and electroejaculation in Brahman bulls.

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    Rego, J P A; Moura, A A; Nouwens, A S; McGowan, M R; Boe-Hansen, G B

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    The present study was conducted to investigate if differences exist in the seminal plasma protein profile from mature Brahman bulls using two methods of semen collection: internal artificial vagina (IAV) and electroejaculation (EEJ). Semen was collected four times from three bulls on the same day and parameters were assessed immediately post-collection. Seminal plasma proteins were evaluated by 2-D fluorescence difference gel electrophoresis and identified by mass spectrometry. Semen volume was greater (P < 0.05) for EEJ (4.6 ± 0.35 mL) than for IAV (1.86 ± 0.24 mL) but sperm concentration was greater in IAV (1505 ± 189 × 10(6) sperm/mL) than in EEJ samples (344 ± 87 × 10(6) sperm/mL). Sperm motility and the percentage of normal sperm were not different between treatments. Total concentration of seminal plasma proteins was greater for samples collected by IAV as compared to EEJ (19.3 ± 0.9 compared with 13.0 ± 1.8 mg/mL, P < 0.05; respectively). Based on 2-D gels, 22 spots had a greater volume (P < 0.05) in gels derived from IAV samples, corresponding to 21 proteins identified as transferrin, albumin, epididymal secretory glutathione peroxidase, among others. Thirty-three spots, corresponding to 26 proteins, had a greater volume (P < 0.05) in gels derived from EEJ samples. These proteins were identified as spermadhesin-1, Bovine Sperm Protin 1, 3 and 5 isoforms, angiogenin-1, alpha-1B-glycoprotein, clusterin, nucleobindin-1, cathepsins, spermadhesin Z13, annexins, among others. Thus, proteins in greater amounts in samples obtained by IAV and EEJ were mainly of epididymal origin and accessory sex glands, respectively. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Maldi-tof fingerprinting of seminal plasma lipids in the study of human male infertility.

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    Camargo, Mariana; Intasqui, Paula; de Lima, Camila Bruna; Montani, Daniela Antunes; Nichi, Marcílio; Pilau, Eduardo Jorge; Gozzo, Fabio Cesar; Lo Turco, Edson Guimarães; Bertolla, Ricardo Pimenta

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    This study proposed lipid fingerprinting of human seminal plasma by mass spectrometry as an analytical method to differentiate biological conditions. For this purpose, we chose infertile men as a model to study specific conditions, namely: high and low seminal plasma lipid peroxidation levels (sub-study 1.1), high and low sperm nuclear DNA fragmentation (sub-study 1.2), and intervention status: before and after subinguinal microsurgical varicocelectomy (study 2). Study 1 included 133 patients, of which 113 were utilized for sub-study 1.1 and 89 for sub-study 1.2. Study 2 included 17 adult men submitted to subinguinal varicocelectomy, before and 90 days after varicocelectomy. Lipids were extracted from seminal plasma and submitted to Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Quadrupole-Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry in the positive ionization mode. Spectra were processed using Waters(®) MassLynx, and MetaboAnalyst online software was used for statistical analyses. For sub-studies 1.1 and 1.2, and study 2, univariate analysis revealed 8, 87 and 34 significant ions, respectively. Multivariate analysis was performed through PCA and PLS-DA. PCA generated 56, 32 and 34 components respectively for each study and these were submitted to logistic regression. A ROC curve was plotted and the area under the curve was equal to 97.4, 92.5 and 96.5%. PLS-DA generated a list of 19, 24 and 23 VIP ions for sub-studies 1.1 and 1.2, and study 2, respectively. Therefore, this study established the lipid profile and comparison of patterns altered in response to specific biological conditions.

  16. Seminal plasma enhances cervical adenocarcinoma cell proliferation and tumour growth in vivo.

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    Full Text Available Cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death in women in sub-Saharan Africa. Extensive evidence has shown that cervical cancer and its precursor lesions are caused by Human papillomavirus (HPV infection. Although the vast majority of HPV infections are naturally resolved, failure to eradicate infected cells has been shown to promote viral persistence and tumorigenesis. Furthermore, following neoplastic transformation, exposure of cervical epithelial cells to inflammatory mediators either directly or via the systemic circulation may enhance progression of the disease. It is well recognised that seminal plasma contains an abundance of inflammatory mediators, which are identified as regulators of tumour growth. Here we investigated the role of seminal plasma in regulating neoplastic cervical epithelial cell growth and tumorigenesis. Using HeLa cervical adenocarcinoma cells, we found that seminal plasma (SP induced the expression of the inflammatory enzymes, prostaglandin endoperoxide synthase (PTGS1 and PTGS2, cytokines interleukin (IL -6, and -11 and vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A. To investigate the role of SP on tumour cell growth in vivo, we xenografted HeLa cells subcutaneously into the dorsal flank of nude mice. Intra-peritoneal administration of SP rapidly and significantly enhanced the tumour growth rate and size of HeLa cell xenografts in nude mice. As observed in vitro, we found that SP induced expression of inflammatory PTGS enzymes, cytokines and VEGF-A in vivo. Furthermore we found that SP enhances blood vessel size in HeLa cell xenografts. Finally we show that SP-induced cytokine production, VEGF-A expression and cell proliferation are mediated via the induction of the inflammatory PTGS pathway.

  17. Induction of ovulation in rabbit does using purified nerve growth factor and camel seminal plasma

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    Masdeu, M.; García García, R. M.; Cardinali, R.; Millán, P.; Arias Álvarez, M.; C. Castellini; LORENZO, P. L.; Garcia Rebollar, Pilar

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    The presence of an ovulation-inducing factor (OIF) in the seminal plasma (SP) of several species with spontaneous and induced ovulation, including the rabbit, has been documented. Recent studies have demonstrated that the OIF in the SP of camels (SPCAM) is a nerve growth factor (β-NGF). The aim of this study was to determine if purified β-NGF from mouse submandibular glands or SPCAM could provoke ovulation induction in the rabbit doe. A total of 35 females were synchronized with 25 IU of equi...

  18. Prostasomes of canine seminal plasma - zinc-binding ability and effects on motility characteristics and plasma membrane integrity of spermatozoa.

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    Mogielnicka-Brzozowska, M; Strzeżek, R; Wasilewska, K; Kordan, W

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    Prostasomes are small lipid membrane-confined vesicles that are involved in various fertilization-related processes. The aim of this study was to demonstrate canine seminal plasma prostasomes' ability to bind zinc ions, as well as examining their effects on sperm motility characteristics and plasma membrane integrity during cold storage. Ejaculates, collected from five cross-bred dogs (n = 50), were subjected to ultracentrifugation followed by gel filtration (GF) on a Superose 6 column. Prostasomes appeared as a single fraction in the elution profile. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis of canine prostasomes revealed the presence of membrane vesicles with diameters ranging from 20.3 to 301 nm. The zinc-affinity chromatography on a Chelating Sepharose Fast Flow - Zn(2 +) showed that from 93 to 100% of the prostasome proteins bind zinc ions (P(+) Zn). SDS-PAGE revealed that canine P(+) Zn comprised four protein bands, with low molecular weights (10.2-12 kDa). We have also shown a positive effect of prostasomes (p spermatozoa with intact plasma membrane (SYBR/PI dual staining) and intact acrosome (Giemsa stained), after 2 h storage at 5°C, was showed, in variant A (1.5% of total seminal plasma protein) and B, when compared with Control and variant C (2.5% of total seminal plasma protein). The prostasomes' effect on motility and plasma membrane integrity of canine cold-stored spermatozoa may be related to their ability to bind zinc ions and regulate their availability to the sperm.

  19. Proteomic analysis of seminal plasma from asthenozoospermia patients reveals proteins that affect oxidative stress responses and semen quality.

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    Wang, Jun; Wang, Jian; Zhang, Hua-Rong; Shi, Hui-Juan; Ma, Duan; Zhao, Hong-Xin; Lin, Biaoyang; Li, Run-Sheng

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    Asthenozoospermia (AS) is a common cause of human male infertility. In one study, more than 80% of the samples from infertile men had reduced sperm motility. Seminal plasma is a mixture of secretions from the testis, epididymis and several male accessory glands, including the prostate, seminal vesicles and Cowper's gland. Studies have shown that seminal plasma contains proteins that are important for sperm motility. To further explore the pathophysiological character of AS, we separated the seminal plasma proteins from AS patients and healthy donors using sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and in-gel digestion, and then subjected the proteins to liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analysis. A total of 741 proteins were identified in the seminal plasma, with a false discovery rate of 3.3%. Using spectral counting, we found that 45 proteins were threefold upregulated and 56 proteins were threefold downregulated in the AS group when compared with the control. Most of these proteins originated from the epididymis and prostate. This study identified a rich source of biomarker candidates for male infertility and indicates that functional abnormalities of the epididymis and prostate can contribute to AS. We identified DJ-1-a protein that has been shown elsewhere to be involved in the control of oxidative stress (OS)-as a downregulated protein in AS seminal plasma. The levels of DJ-1 in AS seminal plasma were about half of those in the control samples. In addition, the levels of reactive oxygen species were 3.3-fold higher in the AS samples than in the controls. Taken together, these data suggest that downregulation of DJ-1 is involved in OS in semen, and therefore affects the quality of the semen.

  20. Toxic metals signature in the human seminal plasma of Pakistani population and their potential role in male infertility.

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    Zafar, Ambreen; Eqani, Syed Ali Musstjab Akber Shah; Bostan, Nazish; Cincinelli, Alessandra; Tahir, Faheem; Shah, Syed Tahir Abbas; Hussain, Alamdar; Alamdar, Ambreen; Huang, Qingyu; Peng, Siyuan; Shen, Heqing

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    Aims of this study were to provide firsthand data on the incidence of trace metals in human seminal plasma and find possible correlations between levels of toxic metals and semen quality of Pakistani population. Human semen samples were collected from male partners of couples undergoing infertility assessment at the National Institute of Health Islamabad (Pakistan). We investigated seventy-five seminal plasma samples, which were further categorized into three groups (normozoospermia, oligozoospermia and azoospermia) according to WHO guidelines. The concentration of 17 different toxic metals in human seminal plasma was determined simultaneously by using Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Out of 17 trace metals, Cd and Ni showed significant difference (p metals were lower and/or comparable to that found in populations of other countries. The results show the first evidence of the effect of toxic metals on semen quality and male infertility in Pakistan.

  1. Zinc levels in seminal plasma and their correlation with male infertility: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Zhao, Jiang; Dong, Xingyou; Hu, Xiaoyan; Long, Zhou; Wang, Liang; Liu, Qian; Sun, Bishao; Wang, Qingqing; Wu, Qingjian; Li, Longkun

    2016-03-02

    Zinc is an essential trace mineral for the normal functioning of the male reproductive system. Current studies have investigated the relationship between seminal plasma zinc and male infertility but have shown inconsistent results. Hence, we systematically searched PubMed, EMBASE, Science Direct/Elsevier, CNKI and the Cochrane Library for studies that examined the relationship between seminal plasma zinc and male infertility, as well as the effects of zinc supplementation on sperm parameters. Twenty studies were identified, including 2,600 cases and 867 controls. Our meta-analysis results indicated that the seminal plasma zinc concentrations from infertile males were significantly lower than those from normal controls (SMD (standard mean differences) [95% CI] -0.64 [-1.01, -0.28]). Zinc supplementation was found to significantly increase the semen volume, sperm motility and the percentage of normal sperm morphology (SMD [95% CI]: -0.99 [-1.60, -0.38], -1.82 [-2.63, -1.01], and -0.75 [-1.37, -0.14], respectively). The present study showed that the zinc level in the seminal plasma of infertile males was significantly lower than that of normal males. Zinc supplementation could significantly increase the sperm quality of infertile males. However, further studies are needed to better elucidate the correlation between seminal plasma zinc and male infertility.

  2. Subsequent effect of subacute T-2 toxicosis on spermatozoa, seminal plasma and testosterone production in rabbits.

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    Kovács, M; Tornyos, G; Matics, Zs; Kametler, L; Rajli, V; Bodnár, Zs; Kulcsár, M; Huszenicza, Gy; Keresztes, Zs; Cseh, S

    2011-08-01

    Pannon White (n=12) male rabbits (weight: 4050 to 4500 g, age: 9 months) received 2 ml of a suspension containing purified T-2 toxin by gavage for 3 days. The daily toxin intake was 4 mg/animal (0.78 to 0.99 mg/kg body weight (BW)). Control animals (n=12) received toxin-free suspension for 3 days. Since a feed-refusal effect was observed on the second day after T-2 administration, a group of bucks (n=10) were kept as controls (no toxin treatment) but on a restricted feeding schedule, that is, the same amount of feed was provided to them as was consumed by the exposed animals. On day 51 of the experiment (i.e. 48 days after the 3-day toxin treatment), semen was collected, and pH, concentration, motility and morphology of the spermatozoa, as well as concentration of citric acid, zinc and fructose in the seminal plasma, were measured. After gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) analogue treatment, the testosterone level was examined. One day of T-2 toxin treatment dramatically decreased voluntary feed intake (by 27% compared to control, P0.05). The ratio of spermatozoa with abnormal morphology increased (Pplasma (Pplasma parameters (fructose and zinc) was observed. T-2 toxin decreased the basic testosterone level by 45% compared to control (Pcomposition of the seminal plasma or testosterone concentration--its effect needs further examination.

  3. Terminal Mannose Residues in Seminal Plasma Glycoproteins of Infertile Men Compared to Fertile Donors

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    Full Text Available The impact of seminal plasma components on the fertilization outcomes in humans is still under question. The increasing number of couples facing problems with conception raises the need for predictive biomarkers. Detailed understanding of the molecular mechanisms accompanying fertilization remains another challenge. Carbohydrate–protein recognition may be of key importance in this complex field. In this study, we analyzed the unique glycosylation pattern of seminal plasma proteins, the display of high-mannose and hybrid-type oligosaccharides, by means of their reactivity with mannose-specific Galanthus nivalis lectin. Normozoospermic infertile subjects presented decreased amounts of lectin-reactive glycoepitopes compared to fertile donors and infertile patients with abnormal semen parameters. Glycoproteins containing unveiled mannose were isolated in affinity chromatography, and 17 glycoproteins were identified in liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry with electrospray ionization. The N-glycome of the isolated glycoproteins was examined in matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry. Eleven out of 27 identified oligosaccharides expressed terminal mannose residues, responsible for lectin binding. We suggest that lowered content of high-mannose and hybrid type glycans in normozoospermic infertile patients may be associated with impaired sperm protection from preterm capacitation and should be considered in the search for new infertility markers.

  4. Terminal Mannose Residues in Seminal Plasma Glycoproteins of Infertile Men Compared to Fertile Donors

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    Olejnik, Beata; Jarząb, Anna; Kratz, Ewa M.; Zimmer, Mariusz; Gamian, Andrzej; Ferens-Sieczkowska, Mirosława

    2015-01-01

    The impact of seminal plasma components on the fertilization outcomes in humans is still under question. The increasing number of couples facing problems with conception raises the need for predictive biomarkers. Detailed understanding of the molecular mechanisms accompanying fertilization remains another challenge. Carbohydrate–protein recognition may be of key importance in this complex field. In this study, we analyzed the unique glycosylation pattern of seminal plasma proteins, the display of high-mannose and hybrid-type oligosaccharides, by means of their reactivity with mannose-specific Galanthus nivalis lectin. Normozoospermic infertile subjects presented decreased amounts of lectin-reactive glycoepitopes compared to fertile donors and infertile patients with abnormal semen parameters. Glycoproteins containing unveiled mannose were isolated in affinity chromatography, and 17 glycoproteins were identified in liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry with electrospray ionization. The N-glycome of the isolated glycoproteins was examined in matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry. Eleven out of 27 identified oligosaccharides expressed terminal mannose residues, responsible for lectin binding. We suggest that lowered content of high-mannose and hybrid type glycans in normozoospermic infertile patients may be associated with impaired sperm protection from preterm capacitation and should be considered in the search for new infertility markers. PMID:26147424

  5. RNASET2 in human spermatozoa and seminal plasma: a novel relevant indicator for asthenozoospermia.

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    Liu, Y; Chen, G; Lu, L; Sun, H; Guo, Q; Xue, K; Fan, Y; Ding, Z

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    Adequate sperm motility is requisite for human fertilization, whereas the underlying causes or mechanisms of impaired sperm motility, asthenozoospermia, still remain largely unknown. RNASET2 (Ribonuclease T2) may be one of the effectors modulating human sperm motility. We determined if there is a correlation between RNASET2 expression levels in human semen from asthenozoospermia and fertile individuals. Thus, RNASET2 expression levels in spermatozoa and seminal plasma of healthy and asthenozoospermia individuals were evaluated using Western blot, laser scanning confocal microscope analysis, ELISA and flow cytometry. The results revealed that RNASET2 expression was identified in both human spermatozoa and seminal plasma. In spermatozoa from fertile individuals, it was localized to the acrosome, neck and the middle piece of tail regions. However, in spermatozoa from asthenozoospermia individuals (n = 67), RNASET2 staining was especially more frequent and evident in the neck and middle piece than that in fertile individuals (n = 59, p asthenozoospermia than in fertile individuals (p asthenozoospermia individuals may contribute to sperm motility impairment.

  6. Selenium in blood, semen, seminal plasma and spermatozoa of stallions and its relationship to sperm quality.

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    Bertelsmann, H; Keppler, S; Höltershinken, M; Bollwein, H; Behne, D; Alber, D; Bukalis, G; Kyriakopoulos, A; Sieme, H

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    The essential trace element selenium is indispensable for male fertility in mammals. Until now, little data existed regarding the relationship between selenium and sperm quality in the stallion. Selenium, or selenium-dependent glutathione peroxidase activity, was determined in red blood cells, semen, seminal plasma and spermatozoa, and the percentages of spermatozoa with progressive motility (PMS), intact membranes (PMI), altered (positive) acrosomal status (PAS) and detectable DNA damage, determined by the sperm chromatin structure assay, were evaluated in 41 healthy stallions (three samples each). The pregnancy rate per oestrus cycle (PRC) served as an estimation of fertility. An adverse effect on stallion fertility caused by low dietary selenium intake was excluded, as all stallions had sufficient selenium levels in their blood. Interestingly, no significant correlations (P > 0.05) between the selenium level in blood and the selenium level in seminal plasma or spermatozoa were found, suggesting that the selenium level in blood is no indicator of an adequate selenium supply for spermatogenesis. The selenium level in spermatozoa (nmol billion(-1)) was correlated with PMI, PMS and PAS (r = 0.40, r = 0.31 and r = -0.42, respectively; P selenium concentration in spermatozoa (nmol g(-1)) was correlated with PRC (r = 0.40, P selenium status for the male equine reproduction requires the analysis of selenium in spermatozoa. Furthermore, selenium is associated with improved sperm quality and fertility in the stallion.

  7. Purification of human seminal plasma no. 7 antigen by immunoaffinity chromatography on bound monoclonal antibody.

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    Isojima, S; Koyama, K; Fujiwara, N

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    Human seminal plasma (HSP) No. 7 antigen was purified by immunoaffinity chromatography on bound 1C4 monoclonal antibody (Moab) (Shigeta et al., 1980b). The pooled HSP protein was applied to a CNBr-activated Sepharose 4B column of bound 1C4 Moab gamma globulin and the antibody bound fraction (fr) eluted was further purified by rechromatography in the same way. The purified antigen in the antibody bound fr obtained by rechromatography gave a single band on SDS-PAGE in a position corresponding to a molecular weight of 15,000 daltons. This preparation was 196.2 times more effective than the original HSP protein in neutralizing the sperm immobilizing activity of 1C4 Moab. The purified HSP No. 7 antigen contained iron, but was different from lactoferrin and transferrin. It did not show any enzymatic activities, such as those of acid phosphatase, LDH or trypsin inhibitor, and shared antigenicity with human milk protein. It was present in seminal plasma as a molecule with a higher molecular weight but seemed to be cleaved to a monomer of 15,000 daltons during purification procedures. This antigen is present on spermatozoa as sperm-coating antigen and the corresponding antibody can immobilize spermatozoa with complement. Images Fig. 3 PMID:7127911

  8. Purification and preliminary X-ray crystallographic studies of β-microseminoprotein from human seminal plasma

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    Kumar, Vijay; Roske, Yvette; Singh, Nagendra; Heinemann, Udo; Singh, Tej P.; Yadav, Savita

    2009-01-01

    β-Microseminoprotein (β-MSP) is a small cysteine-rich protein with a molecular mass of 10 kDa. It was first isolated from human seminal plasma and has subsequently been identified from several species. Comparison of the amino-acid sequences of β-MSP proteins suggests that the protein is a rapidly evolving protein. The function of β-MSP is poorly understood. Furthermore, no crystal structure has been reported of any β-MSP; therefore, determination of the crystal structure of β-MSP is the foremost task in order to understand the function of this protein completely. Here, the purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of β-MSP from human seminal plasma are described. The protein was purified using anion-exchange and size-exclusion chromatography and the purified protein was crystallized using 0.1 M ammonium sulfate, 0.1 M HEPES buffer pH 7.0 and 20%(w/v) PEG 3350. The crystals belonged to the tetragonal space group P4322 and contained three β-MSP molecules in the asymmetric unit. X-ray intensity data were collected to 2.4 Å resolution. PMID:19407392

  9. The Analysis of Sialylation, N-Glycan Branching, and Expression of O-Glycans in Seminal Plasma of Infertile Men

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    Ewa M. Kratz

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Carbohydrates are known to mediate some events involved in successful fertilization. Although some studies on the glycosylation of seminal plasma proteins are available, the total glycan profile was rarely analyzed as a feature influencing fertilization potential. In this work we aimed to compare some glycosylation traits in seminal plasma glycoproteins of fertile and infertile men. The following findings emerge from our studies: (1 in human seminal plasma the presence and alterations of O-linked glycans were observed; (2 the expression of SNA-reactive sialic acid significantly differs between asthenozoospermia and both normozoospermic (fertile and infertile groups; (3 the expression of PHA-L-reactive highly branched N-glycans was significantly lower in oligozoospermic patients than in both normozoospermic groups. Indication of the appropriate lectins that would enable the possibly precise determination of the glycan profile seems to be a good supplement to mass spectrum analysis. Extension of the lectin panel is useful for the further research.

  10. PARTIAL PURIFICATION AND IMMUNO-BIOCHEMICAL CHARACTERISATION OF FERTILITY ASSOCIATED PROTEIN OF KARAN FRIES BULL SEMINAL PLASMA

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    Brajesh Raman

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the present study was detection, isolation, partial purification and immunobiochemical characterization of fertility associated protein in the seminal plasma of high prolific Karan fries bull. Seminal plasma of Karan Fries bull was partially purified by gel filtration chromatography and analyzed by 10% SDS-PAGE for their polypeptide profile. PAGE analysis revealed major band of 55 kDa, and 26 kDa. Hyperimmune serum was raised in rabbit against crude seminal plasma protein. Single precipitin line was observed in DID test when each of the partially purified 26 kDa and 55 kDa proteins were reacted with hyperimmune serum. These proteins were also found to be immunoreactive against hyperimmune serum in Western blot technique.

  11. Differences in seminal plasma and spermatozoa antioxidative systems and seminal plasma lipid and protein levels among boar breeds and hybrid genetic traits.

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    Žura Žaja, Ivona; Samardžija, Marko; Vince, Silvijo; Vilić, Marinko; Majić-Balić, Ivanka; Đuričić, Dražen; Milinković-Tur, Suzana

    2016-07-01

    The objectives of this study were to determine the influence of breed and hybrid genetic traits of boars on lipid and protein concentrations and antioxidative system variables in seminal plasma (SP) and spermatozoa and their correlations with semen quality variables. Semen samples from 27 boars: Swedish Landraces (SL), German Landraces (GL), Large Whites (LW), Pietrains (P) and Pig Improvement Company hybrids (PIC-hybrid), aged from 1.5 to 3 years old, were collected. SP was spectrophotometrically analyzed to determine total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), triacylglycerol (TAG), total protein (TP), albumin, and zinc concentrations. The antioxidative system in SP and spermatozoa was established spectrophotometrically by determining total antioxidative status (TAS), total superoxide dismutase (TSOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) parameters, as well as copper-zinc superoxide dismutase (CuZnSOD) and manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) activity in spermatozoa. The hybrid boars had higher (Pspermatozoa of: TAS and CuZnSOD than SL; TSOD and GSH-Px than SL and P; and MnSOD than SL and LW. Differences in SP and spermatozoa antioxidative system variables and the significant differences in SP protein and lipid variables exist among boars of different breeds and hybrid. Novel data and observed differences in semen variables among boar breeds and hybrids and their correlations with semen quality parameters in this study could contribute to better assessment of boar semen quality.

  12. Seminal plasma proteins interacting with sperm surface revert capacitation indicators in frozen-thawed ram sperm.

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    Ledesma, Alba; Fernández-Alegre, Estela; Cano, Adriana; Hozbor, Federico; Martínez-Pastor, Felipe; Cesari, Andreína

    2016-10-01

    This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of interacting seminal plasma proteins (iSPP) obtained by AV or EE on frozen-thawed ram sperm in order to test the hypothesis whether this fraction could be sufficient to emulate the effect of complete seminal plasma (SP). Additionally, we evaluated whether these proteins have a differential effect between spermatozoa from high and low fertility rams and between breeding and non-breeding seasons. We assessed sperm motility, quality parameters (intracellular reactive oxygen species, membrane fluidity, plasma membrane permeability and mitochondrial activity) and capacitation status. The main findings from this work were: i) iSPP had no effect on sperm motility, whereas SP (AV or EE) addition produced the highest values of total motility (74.13±2.99 and 72.27±2.99 for AV and EE, respectively) and progressive motility (64.97±2.64 and 63.73±2.64 for AV and EE, respectively); ii) iSPP had no effect on sperm quality parameters (p>0.05), but whole SP improved all parameters evaluated. Moreover, SP collected by AV yielded significantly higher viability (44.60±2.87) and sperm with stable plasma membrane (44.56±2.49) comparing with the addition of SP collected by EE (35.80±2.47 and 36.67±1.71, respectively); iii) iSPP and SP collected by EE, but not by AV, reverted molecular signals of capacitation as protein tyrosine phosphorylation caused by freezing temperatures; iv) there were no effects of fertility or season in sperm quality parameters evaluated. This study demonstrated that, although the iSPP have a clear decapacitating effect, including the ability to revert cryo-capacitation indicators, they are not sufficient to emulate the effects of complete SP regarding sperm functional parameters.

  13. Características Bioquímicas del Plasma Seminal Fresco y Congelado/Descongelado de Alpaca (Vicugna pacos)

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    Díaz V., Hugo; Laboratorio de Farmacología y Toxicología, Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima; Espinoza B., Juan; Laboratorio de Farmacología y Toxicología, Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima; Huanca L., Wilfredo; Laboratorio de Reproducción Animal, Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima; Lopez-Torres, Bernardo; Laboratorio de Farmacología y Toxicología, Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima; Rodríguez G., José; Estación Experimental del Centro de Investigación IVITA – El Mantaro, Huancayo

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    El objetivo del estudio fue determinar y comparar las características bioquímicas del plasma seminal de alpacas en fresco y descongelado. Se recolectó semen, mediante electroeyaculación de cuatro alpacas adultas, una vez por semana por cuatro semanas. El semen se centrifugó y el plasma seminal fue separado. Una parte se analizó en fresco y la otra parte se almacenó en nitrógeno líquido por un mes. Se le hizo el análisis bioquímico a ambos juegos de muestras. Se determinaron los niveles de glu...

  14. Effect of donkey seminal plasma on sperm movement and sperm-polymorphonuclear neutrophils attachment in vitro.

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    Miró, Jordi; Vilés, Karina; García, Wilber; Jordana, Jordi; Yeste, Marc

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    To evaluate the effect of seminal plasma in endometrial inflammation in donkeys, samples from fresh pure, fresh diluted and frozen-thawed semen of three different jackasses were co-incubated in water bath at 37°C with uterine Jennie's secretions collected 6h after artificial insemination with frozen-thawed donkey semen. Individual sperm movement parameters using the computerised sperm analysis system (CASA) and sperm-polymorphonuclear neutrophils (sperm-PMN) attachment observed in Diff-Quick stained smears were evaluated at 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4h of co-incubation. Controls consisted of incubating diluted or frozen-thawed sperm in the absence of uterine secretions. For data analyses, a repeated measures ANOVA was performed with incubation time as intra-subject factor and with treatment and donkey as inter-subject factor, followed by a post-hoc Bonferroni's test. Greater values (Pdonkey semen. As a result, spermatozoa with the greater motility characteristics are selected.

  15. Leptin and insulin in the seminal plasma of zebu bulls in peripuberty

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    Fernando Andrade Souza

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available In order to determine the profile of leptin and insulin values in seminal plasma and their correlations with sperm patterns during the peripuberty, a total of 16 crossbred Gyr dairy bulls were monitored from 60 days before to 60 days after puberty, separated into two groups, early and regular, according to the onset of puberty. Hormone values were determined by radioimmunoassay after gel filtration in fast performance liquid chromatography and semen patterns, according to the Brazilian College of Animal Reproduction. Insulin concentrations in seminal plasma did not differ between groups, nor between the ages, with the pooling of the data showing average of 35.15±16.93, 36.60±26.21, 26.82±09.81, and 43.56±31.71 32.24±16.71 U/mL for the pubertal period of -60, -30, 0, +30 and +60 days, respectively. These values were not correlated with sperm parameters, but differed in the group of animals with the highest percentage of major defects (31.08±18.58 U/mL compared with those with lower percentage of these sperm defects (40.01±25.37 U/mL. Leptin was not correlated with sperm parameters and did not differ between groups or stage of sexual development, with concentrations of 23.10±10.43, 24.35±9.42, 22.41±9.90, 23.76±9.69 and 24.99±11.42 ng/mL for the periods of puberty aforementioned, respectively, after being grouped. These results demonstrated the binding of insulin to the structural quality of the sperm cell, and this hormone is indicated in andrologycal evaluation of future breeding soundness.

  16. Boar seminal plasma exosomes: effect on sperm function and protein identification by sequencing.

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    Piehl, Lidia L; Fischman, M Laura; Hellman, Ulf; Cisale, Humberto; Miranda, Patricia V

    2013-04-15

    Mammalian seminal plasma contains membranous vesicles (exosomes), with a high content of cholesterol and sphingomyelin and a complex protein composition. Their physiological role is uncertain because sperm stabilization and activation effects have been reported. To analyze a putative modulatory role for semen exosomes on sperm activity in the boar, the effects of these vesicles on several sperm functional parameters were examined. Additionally, boar exosome proteins were sequenced and their incorporation into sperm was explored. Boar sperm were incubated under conditions that induce capacitation, manifested as increased tyrosine phosphorylation, cholesterol loss and greater fluidity in apical membranes, and the ability to undergo the lysophosphatidylcholine-induced acrosome reaction. After establishing this cluster of capacitation-dependent functional parameters, the effect produced by exosomes when present during or after sperm capacitation was analyzed. Exosomes inhibited the capacitation-dependent cholesterol efflux and fluidity increase in apical membranes, and the disappearance of a 14-kD phosphorylated polypeptide. In contrast, the acrosome reaction (spontaneous and lysophosphatidylcholine-induced) was not affected, and sperm binding to the oocyte zona pellucida was reduced only when vesicles were present during gamete coincubation. Liposomes with a lipid composition similar to that present in exosomes mimicked these effects, except the one on zona pellucida binding. Interaction between exosomes and sperm was confirmed by transfer of aminopeptidase activity. In addition, the major exosome protein, identified as actin, appeared to associate with sperm after coincubation. Exosome composition had a predominance for structural proteins (actin, plastin, ezrin, and condensin), enzymes, and several porcine seminal plasma-specific polypeptides (e.g., spermadhesins). Transfer of proteins from exosome to sperm and their ability to block cholesterol efflux supports a

  17. Lead level in seminal plasma may affect semen quality for men without occupational exposure to lead

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    Wu Hsien-Ming

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Infertility affects approximately 10–15% of reproductive-age couples. Poor semen quality contributes to about 25% of infertile cases. Resulting from the direct effect on testicular function or hormonal alterations, heavy metals exposure has been related to impaired semen quality. The objective of this study was to assess the level of lead in the seminal plasma in men without occupational exposure to lead, and to determine the relationship between semen quality and lead concentration in the semen. Methods This is a prospective and nonrandomized clinical study conducted in University infertility clinic and academic research laboratory. Three hundred and forty-one male partners of infertile couples undergoing infertility evaluation and management were recruited to the study. Semen samples collected for the analyses of semen quality were also used for the measurement of lead concentrations. Semen samples were evaluated according to the WHO standards. Results All subjects were married and from infertile couples without occupational exposure to lead. There is a significant inverse correlation between the lead concentration in seminal plasma and sperm count. A higher semen lead concentration was correlated with lower sperm count, but not with semen volume, sperm motility or sperm morphology as assessed by simple linear regression. Conclusions We found that semen lead concentration was significantly higher among the patients with lower sperm count. To our knowledge, this is the first study to demonstrate that a high level of lead accumulation in semen may reduce the sperm count contributing to infertility of men without occupational exposure to lead.

  18. EFFECT OF PROTEINE CONTENT IN BOAR SEMINAL PLASMA ON THE SPERM MOTILITY IN DILUTED SEMEN STORED FOR 3 DAYS

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    Jelena Apić

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Recently, it was frequently demonstrated that fertility of sows after artificially inseminated is lower than after mating. This is associated with a reduced fertilization capacity of overdiluted insemination doses. The aim of this study was to investigate the sperm motility in the semen samples, forming from the ejaculates with high or low protein content, stored in vitro on 17oC for 3 days. Progressive motility was significantly higher (p<0.01 in the ejaculates with high, compared to the ejaculates with low protein content (82% vs. 76%. After 3 days of storage, in the1:4 dilution proportion, the average progressive motility was significantly (p<0.01 decreased in relation to this value in native semen from the boars with high (82% to64%, as well from the boars with low protein content in seminal plasma (76% to48%. However, the average diluted semen progressive motility was significantly greater (p<0.01 in the boars with high (64%, compared to the boars with low protein content in seminal plasma (48%. The number of good diluted semen samples (≥65% progressive motility, was also significantly (p<0.01 greater in the boars with high (41%, compared to the boars with low protein content in seminal plasma (12%. These results show that seminal plasma proteins play an important role in maintaining the sperm progressive motility of diluted semen in vitro stored for 3 days.

  19. Sperm nuclear DNA fragmentation rate is associated with differential protein expression and enriched functions in human seminal plasma.

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    Intasqui, Paula; Camargo, Mariana; Del Giudice, Paula T; Spaine, Deborah M; Carvalho, Valdemir M; Cardozo, Karina H M; Zylbersztejn, Daniel S; Bertolla, Ricardo P

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    To analyse the proteomic profile of seminal plasma with the aim of identifying the proteins and post-genomic pathways associated with sperm DNA fragmentation. A cross-sectional study including 89 subjects from a human reproduction service was carried out. All semen samples were assessed for sperm DNA fragmentation using a comet assay. Results from 60 sperm were analysed using Komet 6.0.1 software and the 'Olive tail moment' variable was used to stratify these into low and high sperm DNA fragmentation groups. Seminal plasma proteins from the two groups were pooled and used for proteomic analysis. Quantitative data were used for functional enrichment studies. Seventy-two proteins were identified or quantified in seminal plasma. Of these, nine were differentially expressed in the low group and 21 in the high group. Forty-two proteins were conserved between these groups. Functional enrichment analysis indicated that sperm DNA fragmentation was related to functions such as lipoprotein particle remodelling and regulation, fatty acid binding and immune response. Proteins found exclusively in the low group may be involved in correcting spermatogenesis and/or improving sperm function. Proteins in the high group were associated with increased innate immune response, sperm motility and/or maturation and inhibition of mitochondrial apoptosis. Protein expression and post-genomic pathways of seminal plasma differ according to the rate of sperm DNA integrity. © 2013 The Authors. BJU International © 2013 BJU International.

  20. The relationship of seminal transforming growth factor-β1 and interleukin-18 with reproductive success in women exposed to seminal plasma during IVF/ICSI treatment.

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    Nikolaeva, Marina A; Babayan, Alina A; Stepanova, Elena O; Smolnikova, Veronika Y; Kalinina, Elena A; Fernández, Nelson; Krechetova, Lubov V; Vanko, Ludmila V; Sukhikh, Gennady T

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    It has been proposed that the transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 present in seminal plasma (SP) triggers a female immune response favorable for implantation. We hypothesize that seminal interleukin (IL)-18, a cytokine that can potentially cause implantation failure, interferes with the beneficial effect of TGF-β1. This study aims to determine whether the levels of seminal TGF-β1 and IL-18 are associated with reproductive outcomes in patients exposed to SP during in vitro fertilization (IVF) or IVF with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). A prospective study, which included 71 couples undergoing IVF/ICSI was carried out. Female patients were exposed to their partners' SP via timed intercourse before the day of ovum pick-up (OPU) and also subjected to intravaginal SP application just after OPU. Quantitative measurements of total TGF-β1 (active plus latent) as well as IL-18 were determined by FlowCytomix™ technology in the SP to be used for intravaginal applications. Comparison of SP cytokine profiles between pregnant and non-pregnant groups revealed that pregnancy was correlated with a lower concentration of IL-18 (P=0.018) and lower content per ejaculate for both of IL-18 (P=0.0003) and TGF-β1 (P=0.047). The ratio of TGF-β1-to-IL-18 concentration was significantly higher in the pregnant than in the non-pregnant group (P=0.026). This study supports the notion that two key cytokines TGF-β1 and IL-18, both present in SP are associated with reproductive outcomes in female patients exposed to SP during IVF/ICSI treatment.

  1. Hepatocyte growth factor activator is a potential target proteinase for Kazal-type inhibitor in turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) seminal plasma.

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    Słowińska, Mariola; Bukowska, Joanna; Hejmej, Anna; Bilińska, Barbara; Kozłowski, Krzysztof; Jankowski, Jan; Ciereszko, Andrzej

    2015-08-01

    A peculiar characteristic of turkey seminal plasma is the increased activity of serine proteinases. It is of interest if the single-domain Kazal-type inhibitor controls the activity of turkey seminal plasma proteinases. Pure preparations of the Kazal-type inhibitor and anti-Kazal-type inhibitor monospecific immunoglobulin Gs were used as ligands in affinity chromatography for proteinase isolation from turkey seminal plasma. Gene expression and the immunohistochemical detection of the single-domain Kazal-type inhibitor in the reproductive tract of turkey toms are described. The hepatocyte growth factor activator (HGFA) was identified in the binding fraction in affinity chromatography. Hepatocyte growth factor activator activity was inhibited by the Kazal-type inhibitor in a dose-dependent manner. This protease was a primary physiological target for the single-domain Kazal-type inhibitor. Numerous proteoforms of HGFA were present in turkey seminal plasma, and phosphorylation was the primary posttranslational modification of HGFA. In addition to HGFA, acrosin was a target proteinase for the single-domain Kazal-type inhibitor. In seminal plasma, acrosin was present only in complexes with the Kazal-type inhibitor and was not present as a free enzyme. The single-domain Kazal-type inhibitor was specific for the reproductive tract. The germ cell-specific expression of Kazal-type inhibitors in the testis indicated an important function in spermatogenesis; secretion by the epithelial cells of the epididymis and the ductus deferens indicated that the Kazal-type inhibitor was an important factor involved in the changes in sperm membranes during maturation and in the maintenance of the microenvironment in which sperm maturation occurred and sperm was stored. The role of HGFA in these processes remains to be established.

  2. Bioactivity of ovulation inducing factor (or nerve growth factor) in bovine seminal plasma and its effects on ovarian function in cattle.

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    Tribulo, P; Bogle, O; Mapletoft, R J; Adams, G P

    2015-06-01

    To understand the role of ovulation-inducing factor (or nerve growth factor) (OIF [NGF]) in bovine seminal plasma, we (1) used an in vivo llama bioassay to test the hypothesis that bovine seminal plasma induces ovulation and CL development in llamas similar to that of llama seminal plasma when the dose of seminal plasma is adjusted to ovulation-inducing factor content (experiment 1) and (2) determined the effect of bovine seminal plasma on the interval to ovulation and luteal development in heifers (experiment 2). Within species, seminal plasma was pooled (n = 160 bulls, n = 4 llamas), and the volume of seminal plasma used for treatment was adjusted to a total dose of 250 μg of ovulation-inducing factor. In experiment 1, mature female llamas were assigned randomly to four groups and treated intramuscularly with either 10 mL of PBS (negative control, n = 5), 50-μg GnRH (positive control, n = 5), 6-mL of llama seminal plasma (n = 6), or 12 mL of bull seminal plasma (n = 6). Ovulation and CL development were monitored by transrectal ultrasonography. In experiment 2, beef heifers were given a luteolytic dose of prostaglandin followed by 25-mg porcine LH (pLH) 12 hours later to induce ovulation. Heifers were assigned randomly to three groups and given 12 mL bovine seminal plasma intramuscularly 12 hours after pLH treatment (n = 10), within 4 hours after ovulation (n = 9), or no treatment (control, n = 10). Ovulation was monitored by ultrasonography every 4 hours, and the CL development was monitored daily until the next ovulation. In experiment 1, ovulation was detected in 0/5, 4/5, 4/6, 4/6 llamas in the PBS, GnRH, llama seminal plasma, and bovine seminal plasma groups, respectively (P pLH. Plasma progesterone concentration tended to be higher in heifers given bovine seminal plasma within 4 hours after ovulation, suggesting that bovine ovulation-inducing factor is luteotrophic.

  3. Effect of post-thaw addition of seminal plasma on motility, viability and chromatin integrity of cryopreserved donkey jack (Equus asinus) spermatozoa.

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    Sabatini, C; Mari, G; Mislei, B; Love, Cc; Panzani, D; Camillo, F; Rota, A

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    Pregnancy rates in donkeys after artificial insemination with cryopreserved semen are still low, compared to the horse species. Addition of autologous seminal plasma to frozen-thawed semen appeared to improve pregnancy rates. The aims of this study were to evaluate (1) sperm motility and plasma membrane integrity after thawing (T0) and after one and 2 h (T1 and T2) of post-thaw incubation in either 0% (SP0) or 70% (SP70) autologous seminal plasma and (2) sperm motility, plasma membrane integrity and DNA quality (%COMP-αt) after thawing (T0) and after 2 and 4 h (T2 and T4) of post-thaw incubation in either 0% (SP0), 5% (SP5) or 20% (SP20) homologous seminal plasma. In experiment 1, seminal plasma decreased total and progressive sperm motility and plasma membrane intact spermatozoa immediately after dilution and at all following time points (p donkey frozen semen characteristics in vitro over time.

  4. Adição de plasma seminal ao sêmen descongelado e taxa de prenhez de ovelhas inseminadas em tempo fixo Addition of seminal plasma to frozen-thawed semen and pregnancy rate of fixed time inseminated ewes

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    O.R. Prado

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    Full Text Available Avaliou-se o efeito da adição de plasma seminal ovino ao sêmen descongelado sobre a taxa de prenhez de ovelhas em rebanho comercial. Cento e setenta e quatro ovelhas cruza Texel foram distribuídas em quatro tratamentos: T1 inseminação artificial cervical (IAC com sêmen descongelado (SD diluído em solução tampão fosfato salino (PBS; T2 IAC com SD e adição de plasma seminal ovino; T3 grupo-controle I: IAC com sêmen fresco diluído em PBS; T4 grupo-controle II: inseminação artificial por laparoscopia com SD diluído em PBS. Para indução de cio, utilizaram-se esponjas impregnadas com acetato de medroxiprogesterona (MAP por 12 dias, com aplicação intramuscular de 400 UI de eCG (Novormon® e de 37,5µg de cloprostenol sódico (Sincrocio®, no dia da retirada das esponjas. O aparecimento de cio foi monitorado com rufiões vasectomizados a partir da retirada das esponjas até a inseminação artificial em tempo fixo - 54 a 60 horas. A taxa de prenhez do tratamento com adição de plasma seminal ao sêmen descongelado (7,0% não diferiu (P>0,05 do tratamento sem adição de plasma (4,3%, entretanto foi menor (PThe effect of seminal plasma addition to thawed-frozen ram semen on the pregnancy rate of commercial herd ewes was evaluated. One hundred and seventy-four crossbred Texel sheep were allocated to four treatments: T1 cervical artificial insemination (CAI using frozen-thawed semen (FTS diluted in phosphate buffered saline solution (PBS; T2 CAI using FTS diluted in ovine seminal plasma; T3 control group I: CAI using fresh semen diluted in PBS; T4 control group II: laparoscopic insemination using FTS diluted in PBS. Estrus induction was performed with medroxiprogesterone acetate (MAP impregnated sponges for 12 days, followed by intramuscular injection of 400 IU of eCG (Novormon® and 37.5µg of sodium cloprostenol (Sincrocio® on the day of sponge removal. Estrus was monitorated with vasectomized rams, beginning at the time of the

  5. Determination of some enzymes and macro- and microelements in stallion seminal plasma and their correlations to semen quality.

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    Pesch, Sandra; Bergmann, Martin; Bostedt, Hartwig

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    Seminal plasma is very important for sperm metabolism as well as sperm function and survival and transport in the female genital tract. Analysis of enzyme activities and concentrations of elements can estimate integrity and function of sperm cell membranes. In man much data are available about biochemical analyses of seminal plasma. However, not many studies have been conducted in horses yet. We collected ejaculates from 72 stallions, measured the volume, obtained seminal plasma by centrifugation and examined spermatozoa with light microscopy for motility, concentration, for dead sperm and morphology. Of seminal plasma fluid, we measured activities of aspartate-amino-transferase (AST), gamma-glutamyl-transferase (GGT), alkaline phosphatase (AlP), acid phosphatase (AcP) and lactate-dehydrogenase (LDH) as well as concentrations of sodium (Na(+)), potassium (K(+)), total and ionised calcium (Ca(TOTAL)/Ca(2+)), magnesium (Mg(2+)), phosphate (P), chloride (Cl), copper (Cu), iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn). In addition, correlations among different parameters in light microscopy and seminal plasma were statistically examined by using the Spearman rank correlation coefficient. Median enzyme activities for AST, GGT, AlP, AcP and LDH were 80.0, 7,500, 30,200, 20.0, 81.0 IU/L, respectively. Concentrations of Na(+), K(+), Ca(TOTAL), Ca(2+), Mg(2+), P, Cl were 110.5, 22.1, 2.9, 1.7, 3.1, 1.1 and 114.5 mmol/L, and of microelements Cu, Fe and Zn were 17.8, 1.9 and 13.2 micromol/L, respectively. Furthermore, we found significant correlations between semen volume as well as sperm concentration and AST, GGT, AlP, AcP and LDH as well as Fe and Zn. This made us propose a primary testicular and epididymal origin of these parameters. Significant correlation between GGT and motility may be a sign for its function for cell protection against free radicals. LDH activity significantly correlates with motility and progressive motility, live:dead-ratio and pathomorphology. In our study, LDH seems to

  6. Imunoidentification of Albumin and Osteopontin in Seminal Plasma of Taurine and Zebuine Bulls/ Imunoidentificação de Albumina e Osteopontina no Plasma Seminal de Reprodutores Taurinos e Zebuínos

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    Full Text Available Two dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis was performed in seminal plasma of seven Bos taurus taurus and seven Bos taurus indicus bulls with high semen freezability, from an artificialinsemination center. In a 8% polyacrylamide gels, three bands of 195, 66 and 55 kDa, present in 100% of the samples in both sub-species, were analyzed by their optical densities. In Bos taurus samples, the opticals densities of 55 kDa band, imunoidentified as osteopontin were superior (pAs proteínas do plasma seminal de 14 reprodutores (7 Bos taurus taurus e 7 Bos taurus indicus, foram analisadas por eletroforese bidimensional, em géis de poliacrilamida a 8%, corados por Comassie Blue. Três bandas protéicas, presentes em 100% das amostras de plasma seminal, foram quantificadas de acordo com a densidade óptica exibida: 195 kDa, pI 6,5-7,5 ; 66 kDa, pI 5,4 e 55 kDa, pI 4,5. As amostras de plasma seminal provenientes de taurinos apresentaram densidades ópticas significativamente superiores (p < 0,05 às dos zebuínos na banda de 55 kDa, que foi imunoidentificada como osteopontina. As demais proteínas analisadas não apresentaram variações significativas entre as subespécies. A banda protéica de 66 kDa, foi imunoidentificada como albumina. Nas amostras provenientes de taurinos, as densidades ópticas das três bandas protéicas quantificadas não evidenciaram variação significativa entre os reprodutores. Entretanto, nos zebuínos, as densidades ópticas da albumina apresentaram diferenças significativas entre os touros (p < 0,05.

  7. Ram seminal plasma proteins contribute to sperm capacitation and modulate sperm-zona pellucida interaction.

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    Luna, C; Colás, C; Casao, A; Serrano, E; Domingo, J; Pérez-Pé, R; Cebrián-Pérez, J A; Muiño-Blanco, T

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    Incubation of ram spermatozoa in capacitating conditions with cAMP-elevating agents promotes a progressive time-dependent increase in the capacitated sperm subpopulation. In this study, the fertilizing capacity of ram spermatozoa (ability to bind to the zona pellucida, ZBA rate) capacitated in these conditions was determined. The results showed an increase (P ram spermatozoa. Likewise, the presence of two seminal plasma (SP) proteins able to protect sperm against cold shock (RSVP14 and RSVP20) was evidenced in both SP and the ram sperm surface, and their influence in the fertilizing ability of spermatozoa capacitated in basal medium or with cAMP-elevating agents was determined. The results verified that RSVP14 and RSVP20 act as decapacitating factors given that their addition to SP-free sperm samples previously to capacitation maintained high proportions of the noncapacitated sperm pattern with no increase in protein tyrosine phosphorylation. However, the obtained ZBA rate in the high-cAMP-containing samples was increased in the presence of RSVP20 (P < 0.05). These findings would indicate that the stimulating effect exerted by this protein on the sperm-oocyte binding occurs downstream from the cAMP generation and that the mechanisms by which RSVP20 promotes the zona pellucida binding might be independent of protein tyrosine phosphorylation.

  8. Aggregation analysis of Con A binding proteins of human seminal plasma: a dynamic light scattering study.

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    Tomar, Anil Kumar; Sooch, Balwinder Singh; Singh, Sarman; Yadav, Savita

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    Concanavalin A (Con A) binding fraction of human seminal plasma is vital as it shows decapacitating activity and contains proteins which have critical roles in fertility related processes. Con A binding proteins were isolated by lectin affinity chromatography. These proteins form high molecular weight aggregates at near physiological pH (7.0) as inferred by gel filtration. Aggregation analysis was performed by dynamic light scattering (DLS). DLS analysis was also performed at different pH values and in presence of various additives including NaCl, EDTA, cholesterol and sugars, such as d-glucose, d-fructose and d-mannose to identify their effect on aggregation size. The results indicate that degree of aggregation was highly reduced in presence of d-fructose, EDTA and at lower and higher pH values as depicted by lowering of hydrodynamic radii. This aggregation behaviour might be decisive for fertility related events with a suggestive role towards inhibition of premature capacitation.

  9. Association of seminal plasma motility inhibitors/semenogelins with sperm in asthenozoospermia-infertile men.

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    Terai, K; Yoshida, K; Yoshiike, M; Fujime, M; Iwamoto, T

    2010-01-01

    Seminal plasma motility inhibitors (SPMIs) are proteinase-resistant fragments of semenogelin I and II (Sgs), which are the major proteins of semen coagulum. SPMIs inhibit the motility of spermatozoa, and Sgs are thought to be natural regulators of human sperm function. The mechanism underlying sperm motility regulation and its association with defective motility in infertile men remain unclear. The purpose of this study was to investigate the association between SPMIs and spermatozoa in infertile men with asthenozoospermia. Fifty-four semen samples from 37 asthenozoospermic patients and 17 samples from 9 normal healthy subjects were analyzed. Spermatozoa, washed by Percoll density gradients, were immunostained with anti-SPMI antibody and subjected to flow cytometric analysis. The proportion of spermatozoa labeled with the antibody and the average intensity of fluorescence labeling per spermatozoa were analyzed in relation to the parameters used for semen analysis. A significant negative correlation was found between sperm motility and the proportion (R = -0.68) and intensity (R = -0.38) of labeling. These results suggest that SPMIs remain on the sperm surface after liquefaction. This might account for some disorders of sperm motility observed in infertile men with asthenozoospermia.

  10. The activity of N-acetyl-β-hexosaminidase in boar seminal plasma is linked with semen quality and its suitability for cryopreservation.

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    Wysocki, Paweł; Orzołek, Aleksandra; Strzeżek, Jerzy; Koziorowska-Gilun, Magdalena; Zasiadczyk, Łukasz; Kordan, Władysław

    2015-04-15

    The determination of sperm cryotolerance is an important step in the process of developing optimal techniques for the storage of boar semen. The objective of this study was to determine individual proteome variations in boar seminal plasma and spermatozoa and establish their influence on the cryotolerance of ejaculate. Sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis revealed the presence of protein with estimated molecular weight of 90 kDa in sperm extracts from ejaculates of selected boars. In all cases, dialysis performed at the initial stage of cryopreservation effectively removed the protein from sperm cells. The protein had an affinity for Zn(2+) ions. Mass spectrometry revealed similarities between the discussed protein and the β subunit of N-acetyl-β-hexosaminidase (β-HEX). Seminal plasma β-HEX was purified 252-fold with approximately 27% recovery and specific activity of 1800 U/mg of protein. Enzyme activity in fresh seminal plasma was correlated with superoxide dismutase activity (r = -0.42, P 20,000 U/L) levels of β-HEX activity in seminal plasma. In plasma with high β-HEX activity, spermatozoa were characterized by lower plasma membrane integrity (84.7%, P spermatozoa/h) were reported in ejaculates with high seminal plasma β-HEX activity. The results of this study indicate that β-HEX activity in seminal plasma is a useful indicator in preliminary evaluations of boar sperm cryotolerance.

  11. The impact of blood and seminal plasma zinc and copper concentrations on spermogram and hormonal changes in infertile Nigerian men.

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    Akinloye, Oluyemi; Abbiyesuku, Fayeofori M; Oguntibeju, Oluwafemi O; Arowojolu, Ayodele O; Truter, Ernie J

    2011-07-01

    Zinc (Zn) and copper (Cu) concentrations in sera and seminal plasma of 60 infertile males (40 oligozoospermic and 20 azoospermic) and 40 males with evidence of fertility (normozoospermic; controls) were estimated using atomic absorption spectrophotometry. The results were correlated with the subject's spermogram and hormonal levels in order to determine their relationship and significance in male infertility. The mean serum concentration of zinc was significantly (pspermatozoa viability. In conclusion, the measurement of serum Zn level, apart from being a good index of the assessment of prostatic secretion and function, may be considered a useful tool in addition to other parameters in assessing male infertility. Also, a lower Cu/Zn ratio in seminal plasma may serve as a supportive tools in assessing male infertility.

  12. Seminal plasma proteomic and gene expression and ngf location and receptors (TRK1 and NGFR) in rabbit genital system

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    JÃsy Maria Arruda de Alencar

    2015-01-01

    The aim this study were (i) to map and identify proteins in seminal plasma of New Zealand white rabbits strain, using the techniques of two-dimensional electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry and to estimate associations between these proteins with sperm parameters and (ii) characterize expression of the nerve growth factor polypeptide beta ( -NGF) and its cognate neurotrophic receptor tyrosine kinase type 1 (NTRK1), and nerve growth factor receptor (NGFR) at gonads and sex glands in adu...

  13. Characterization of Nuclease Activity in Human Seminal Plasma and its Relationship to Semen Parameters, Sperm DNA Fragmentation and Male Infertility.

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    Fernandez-Encinas, Alba; García-Peiró, Agustí; Ribas-Maynou, Jordi; Abad, Carlos; Amengual, María José; Navarro, Joaquima; Benet, Jordi

    2016-01-01

    Some studies have shown that complementary biomarkers are needed in semen analysis to provide a more accurate diagnosis for couples with infertility problems. To our knowledge no study has been done to determine the relationships among nuclease activity in seminal plasma, semen parameters, sperm DNA fragmentation and male infertility. A total of 94 semen samples were collected according to WHO 2010 semen analysis parameters. Samples were analyzed using the single radial enzyme diffusion method for nuclease activity in seminal plasma, and alkaline and neutral Comet assay for sperm DNA fragmentation. Samples were obtained from 11 fertile donors with proven fertility, 17 patients with normozoospermia in an infertile couple, and 16 patients with asthenozoospermia, 19 with teratozoospermia, 21 with asthenoteratozoospermia and 10 with azoospermia. Nuclease activity analyzed in seminal plasma was higher in patients than in controls. It correlated with sperm motility and morphology, and sperm DNA fragmentation measured by the alkaline Comet assay. No correlation with sperm DNA fragmentation was measured by the neutral Comet assay. ROC curves to determine male infertility revealed 0.658 sensitivity, 0.727 specificity and 0.705 cm(2) AUC for the single radial enzyme diffusion method, 0.918, 1 and 0.994 cm(2) for the alkaline Comet assay, and 0.917, 0.250 and 0.373 cm(2), respectively, for the neutral Comet assay. Nuclease activity in seminal plasma corrected by sperm count is a good variable to predict male infertility. Results indicate that it could be a useful complementary parameter for male infertility diagnosis. Copyright © 2016 American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Seasonal variations of melatonin in ram seminal plasma are correlated to those of testosterone and antioxidant enzymes

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    Muiño-Blanco Teresa

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Some breeds of sheep are highly seasonal in terms of reproductive capability, and these changes are regulated by photoperiod and melatonin secretion. These changes affect the reproductive performance of rams, impairing semen quality and modifying hormonal profiles. Also, the antioxidant defence systems seem to be modulated by melatonin secretion, and shows seasonal variations. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of melatonin and testosterone in ram seminal plasma and their variations between the breeding and non-breeding seasons. In addition, we analyzed the possible correlations between these hormones and the antioxidant enzyme defence system activity. Methods Seminal plasma from nine Rasa Aragonesa rams were collected for one year, and their levels of melatonin, testosterone, superoxide dismutase (SOD, glutathione reductase (GRD, glutathione peroxidase (GPX and catalase (CAT were measured. Results All samples presented measurable quantities of hormones and antioxidant enzymes. Both hormones showed monthly variations, with a decrease after the winter solstice and a rise after the summer solstice that reached the maximum levels in October-November, and a marked seasonal variation (P Conclusions These results show the presence of melatonin and testosterone in ram seminal plasma, and that both hormones have seasonal variations, and support the idea that seasonal variations of fertility in the ram involve interplay between melatonin and the antioxidant defence system.

  15. Comparative analysis of boar seminal plasma proteome from different freezability ejaculates and identification of Fibronectin 1 as sperm freezability marker.

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    Vilagran, I; Yeste, M; Sancho, S; Castillo, J; Oliva, R; Bonet, S

    2015-03-01

    Variation in boar sperm freezability (i.e. capacity to withstand cryopreservation) between ejaculates is a limitation largely reported in the literature. Prediction of sperm freezability and classification of boar ejaculates into good (GFEs) and poor freezability ejaculates (PFEs) before cryopreservation takes place may increase the use of frozen-thawed spermatozoa. While markers of boar sperm freezability have been found from sperm cell extracts, little attention has been paid to seminal plasma. On this basis, the present study compared the fresh seminal plasma proteome of 9 GFEs and 9 PFEs through two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE) and liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The ejaculates were previously classified as GFE or PFE upon their sperm viability and progressive motility assessments at 30 and 240 min post thawing. From a total of 51 spots, four were found to significantly (p sperm quality parameters. Results confirmed that FN1 is a reliable marker of boar sperm freezability, because GFEs presented significantly (p boar sperm freezability marker. We can thus conclude that levels of FN1 in fresh seminal plasma from boar semen may be used as a sperm freezability marker, thereby facilitating the use of frozen-thawed boar spermatozoa.

  16. The relationship between seminal plasma aspartate aminotransferase activity, sperm osmotic resistance test value, and semen quality in boars

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    Jacyno Eugenia

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The relationship between the activity of aspartate aminotransferase (AspAT in seminal plasma and the values of the osmotic resistance test (ORT of acrosomal membranes and semen traits was examined on 120 young hybrid Pietrain and Duroc boars. The following semen quality traits were determined: the volume of the ejaculate, the percentage of spermatozoa with progressive motility, sperm concentration and the total number of spermatozoa in the ejaculate, percentage of spermatozoa with normal acrosome, the percentage of spermatozoa with major and minor morphological defects, ORT, and the activity of AspAT in seminal plasma. The activity of AspAT in seminal plasma was negatively correlated (p_0.01 with the spermatozoa concentration and total number per ejaculate, percentage of spermatozoa with progressive motility and percentage of spermatozoa with a normal acrosome, while positively with the percentage of spermatozoa with major (p≤0.001 and minor (p≤0.01 morphological defects. The ORT values negatively correlated with the percentage of spermatozoa with major (p≤0.05 and minor (p≤0.01 morphological defects, while positively (p≤0.001 with the percentage of spermatozoa with a normal acrosome.

  17. Elevated levels of Dickkopf-related protein 3 in seminal plasma of prostate cancer patients

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    Zenzmaier Christoph

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Expression of Dkk-3, a secreted putative tumor suppressor, is altered in age-related proliferative disorders of the human prostate. We now investigated the suitability of Dkk-3 as a diagnostic biomarker for prostate cancer (PCa in seminal plasma (SP. Methods SP samples were obtained from 81 patients prior to TRUS-guided prostate biopsies on the basis of elevated serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA; > 4 ng/mL levels and/or abnormal digital rectal examination. A sensitive indirect immunoenzymometric assay for Dkk-3 was developed and characterized in detail. SP Dkk-3 and PSA levels were determined and normalized to total SP protein. The diagnostic accuracies of single markers including serum PSA and multivariate models to discriminate patients with positive (N = 40 and negative (N = 41 biopsy findings were investigated. Results Biopsy-confirmed PCa showed significantly higher SP Dkk-3 levels (100.9 ± 12.3 vs. 69.2 ± 9.4 fmol/mg; p = 0.026. Diagnostic accuracy (AUC of SP Dkk-3 levels (0.633 was enhanced in multivariate models by including serum PSA (model A; AUC 0.658 or both, serum and SP PSA levels (model B; AUC 0.710. In a subpopulation with clinical follow-up > 3 years post-biopsy to ensure veracity of negative biopsy status (positive biopsy N = 21; negative biopsy N = 25 AUCs for SP Dkk-3, model A and B increased to 0.667, 0.724 and 0.777, respectively. Conclusions In multivariate models to detect PCa, inclusion of SP Dkk-3 levels, which were significantly elevated in biopsy-confirmed PCa patients, improved the diagnostic performance compared with serum PSA only.

  18. Role of seminal plasma in the anti-HIV-1 activity of candidate microbicides

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    Li Yun-Yao

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Evaluation of microbicides for prevention of HIV-1 infection in macaque models for vaginal infection has indicated that the concentrations of active compounds needed for protection by far exceed levels sufficient for complete inhibition of infection in vitro. These experiments were done in the absence of seminal plasma (SP, a vehicle for sexual transmission of the virus. To gain insight into the possible effect of SP on the performance of selected microbicides, their anti-HIV-1 activity in the presence, and absence of SP, was determined. Methods The inhibitory activity of compounds against the X4 virus, HIV-1 IIIB, and the R5 virus, HIV-1 BaL was determined using TZM-bl indicator cells and quantitated by measuring β-galactosidase induced by infection. The virucidal properties of cellulose acetate 1,2-benzene-dicarboxylate (CAP, the only microbicide provided in water insoluble, micronized form, in the presence of SP was measured. Results The HIV-1 inhibitory activity of the polymeric microbicides, poly(naphthalene sulfonate, cellulose sulfate, carrageenan, CAP (in soluble form and polystyrene sulfonate, respectively, was considerably (range ≈ 4 to ≈ 73-fold diminished in the presence of SP (33.3%. Formulations of micronized CAP, providing an acidic buffering system even in the presence of an SP volume excess, effectively inactivated HIV-1 infectivity. Conclusion The data presented here suggest that the in vivo efficacy of polymeric microbicides, acting as HIV-1 entry inhibitors, might become at least partly compromised by the inevitable presence of SP. These possible disadvantages could be overcome by combining the respective polymers with acidic pH buffering systems (built-in for formulations of micronized CAP or with other anti-HIV-1 compounds, the activity of which is not affected by SP, e.g. reverse transcriptase and zinc finger inhibitors.

  19. Quantification of leptin in seminal plasma of buffalo bulls and its correlation with antioxidant status, conventional and computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA) semen variables.

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    Kumar, Pradeep; Saini, Monika; Kumar, Dharmendra; Jan, M H; Swami, Dheer Singh; Sharma, R K

    2016-03-01

    The present study is the first to quantify leptin in seminal plasma of buffalo and investigate its relationship with seminal attributes. Ten ejaculates each from 10 Murrah buffalo bulls were collected. Semen quality variables such as semen volume, sperm concentration, sperm abnormalities, membrane integrity, antioxidant enzyme activities (superoxide dismutase, catalase and total antioxidant capacity), malondialdehyde (MDA) concentration, as well as sperm kinetics and motility variables were evaluated. The leptin concentration in serum and seminal plasma were estimated by the ELISA method. Bulls were classified in two groups on the basis of sperm concentration with Group I having >800 million sperm/mL and Group II <500 million sperm/mL. Greater (P<0.05) mean sperm abnormalities, seminal leptin concentrations and MDA concentrations were recorded in Group II than Group I. The seminal leptin was positively correlated with sperm abnormalities and MDA concentration while being negatively correlated with sperm concentration, but there was no correlation with sperm kinetic and motility variables, sperm membrane integrity and seminal plasma antioxidant enzyme activity. Thus, the data suggest that seminal leptin has a role in spermatogenesis and can be used as a marker for spermatogenesis to predict the capacity of buffalo bulls for semen production. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Effect of Three Days Storage of Coated Spermatozoa at Cooling and Adding Seminal Plasma on Ram Fertility

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    Alireza Vaferi

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Artificial insemination (AI has only been used as a supplement to natural mating. AI, when used in conjunction with accurate progeny testing schemes, can substantially increase the rate of genetic progress compared with that of natural service. Moreover, the use of AI causes the limitation of the transmitted diseases. Cervical insemination with frozen-thawed ram semen has not been widely adopted, probably because of the relative poor fertility obtained. Thus using fresh and diluted semen is only approach for performing AI. AI is currently limited by the poor fertility achieved after cervical insemination with the storage of liquid semen at sub-ambient temperature. The success of this procedure in sheep is restricted by the short length of time that ram sperm can be stored in a liquid state. Moreover, the effect of cooling on sperm differs depending on species. It is also well known that ram spermatozoa are more sensitive to cold-shock stress than those of other species. Seminal plasma, as physiological secretion, is a complex mixture of secretions originating from testis, epididymis and accessory sex glands which is mixed with epididymal sperm at ejaculation; it serves as the carrier of sperm to the female genital tract. This mixture contains numerous factors such as organic and nonorganic material which play an important role in the final maturation of the spermatozoa through hormonal, enzymatic and surface-modifying events. During natural mating, a mechanism may be activated to separate spermatozoa from seminal plasma. After being ejaculated into the vagina, sperm swim through cervical mucus and enter the uterus within minutes (>30 min; cervical mucus acts as a barrier for seminal plasma. In the artificial insemination industry, seminal plasma with all the useful and harmful components is not removed from semen and is in contact with sperm throughout cooling, freezing and storage. On the other hand, it was demonstrated that the

  1. Artificial Induction of Twinning by an Active Immunization of Beef Cows Against Inhibin Partially Purified from Porcine Seminal Plasma

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    YANG Li-guo; ZHANG Ju-nong; WANG Jin-rong; YE Rong; SANG Run-zi; NIU Shu-li; LIU Cheng-hai

    2002-01-01

    Two hundred and seventy multiparous Chinese Yellow cattle (beef) were selected at 1 to 3months postpartum and divided into three groups (90 cows for each). Animals were given both a primary and booster immunizations with a total dose of 3 mg (Group Th) or 1.5 mg (Group Tl) of seminal preparation containing inhibin activity, emulsified with Freund's complete adjuvant and incomplete adjuvant (for booster), at 3 or 4-week intervals. Other cows were treated with the same volume of seminal preparation without inhibin activity as procedures mentioned above to serve as a control (Group C). Artificial inseminations were given twice at 8 - 12 h intervals when the cow was in heat. Jugular venous blood samples were collected from each cow and used to assay the presence of antibody against seminal preparation by double-diffusion in agar precipitation test and to detect the titer of inhibin antibody by an ELISA method. Data from 247 cows showed that 83.9% (73/87) of cows were in estrus and ovulated 89 ova altogether, of which 19 cows ovulated twin ova and 15 cows produced twins in Group Th (n = 87). However, only 61.1% (44/72) of cows in Group Tl (n=72) and 62.5% (55/88) of cows in Group C were in estrus and ovulated 46 and 52 ova altogether respectively.The ovulation rate (1.27 + 0.03), calving rate ( 126.3% ) and twinning rate (26.3%) in Group Th were greater than those in Groups Tl or C (P<0.01). Furthermore, the ovulation rate was associated with antibody titer in sera of immunized animals (r = 0.7507, P <0.01). These results indicate that active immunization of postpartum cows against inhibin purified from porcine seminal plasma may increase the ovulation rate and induce twinning, suggesting the potential to develop a method to improve fertility in cows.

  2. Ultrasonographic and clinical correlates of seminal plasma interleukin-8 levels in patients attending an andrology clinic for infertility.

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    Lotti, F; Corona, G; Mancini, M; Filimberti, E; Degli Innocenti, S; Colpi, G M; Baldi, E; Noci, I; Forti, G; Adorini, L; Maggi, M

    2011-12-01

    This study was aimed at evaluating the association between seminal plasma interleukin-8 (sIL-8) and colour-Doppler ultrasound (CDU) characteristics of the male genital tract in a series of patients fulfilling the criteria of male accessory gland infections (MAGI). Of 250 subjects seeking medical care for couple infertility, 79 (mean age: 36.4 ± 7.5 years) met the criteria of MAGI and scored higher than the rest of the sample on the National Institutes of Health-Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index score. All patients underwent simultaneous hormone evaluation and seminal analysis (including sIL-8), along with scrotal and transrectal CDU before and after ejaculation. After adjusting for age, sIL-8 in patients with MAGI was significantly related to several abnormal semen and CDU parameters. In particular, leucocytospermia was closely associated with sIL-8. Ejaculate volume, unlike other semen or hormonal parameters, was negatively associated with sIL-8. When scrotal CDU was performed, sIL-8 was positively related to CDU inhomogeneous, hypo-echoic, hyper-echoic epididymis and to epididymal calcifications. In addition, a positive correlation among sIL-8, hyperaemic epididymis and an increased size of epididymal tail was found. When transrectal CDU was performed, an association among sIL-8 and hyper-echoic seminal vesicles, dilated ejaculatory ducts and duct calcifications was also observed. Finally, sIL-8 was positively related to prostate CDU abnormalities such as calcifications, inhomogeneous/hypo-echoic texture, hyperaemia and high arterial blood flow. No association was found with testis parameters. In conclusion, sIL-8 levels in patients with MAGI are associated with several parameters and CDU abnormalities of epididymis, seminal vesicles, ejaculatory ducts and prostate, but not of the testis. Furthermore, sIL-8 positively correlates with CDU signs of ejaculatory duct inflammatory subobstruction.

  3. Altered micro-ribonucleic acid expression profiles of extracellular microvesicles in the seminal plasma of patients with oligoasthenozoospermia.

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    Abu-Halima, Masood; Ludwig, Nicole; Hart, Martin; Leidinger, Petra; Backes, Christina; Keller, Andreas; Hammadeh, Mohamad; Meese, Eckart

    2016-10-01

    To determine whether microRNA (miRNA) expression profile is different in extracellular microvesicles collected from seminal plasma of men with oligoasthenozoospermia, to gain further insight into molecular mechanisms underlying male infertility. Microarray with quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction validation and Western blot analysis confirmation. University research and clinical institutes. A total of 24 men, including 12 oligoasthenozoospermic subfertile men and 12 normozoospermic men. None. Statistically significant altered miRNA expression profiles in oligoasthenozoospermic subfertile men compared with normozoospermic fertile men. Extracellular microvesicles including exosomes were isolated from seminal plasma by ultracentrifugation. Presence of exosome-specific proteins was confirmed by Western blotting. In the extracellular microvesicles, we analyzed 1,205 miRNAs by microarray and identified 36 miRNAs with altered expression levels in oligoasthenozoospermic compared with normozoospermic fertile men. Seven miRNAs were overexpressed and 29 miRNAs were underexpressed in oligoasthenozoospermic men. Using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction as an independent method, we confirmed the significantly higher expression levels of miR-765 and miR-1275 and the significantly lower expression level of miR-15a in oligoasthenozoospermic subfertile men as compared with the normozoospermic men. We identified altered expression levels of miRNAs in extracellular microvesicles from seminal plasma as part of the molecular events in the male genital tract. These miRNAs may help to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying male infertility. Copyright © 2016 American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Effects of the seminal plasma zinc content and catalase activity on the semen quality of water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) bulls.

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    Alavi-Shoushtari, S M; Rezai, S Asri; Ansari, M H Kh; Khaki, A

    2009-01-15

    In order to determine zinc and catalase content of seminal plasma in the buffalo and to study their associations with the semen characteristics, 54 semen samples were collected from 10 buffalo bulls; semen volume and sperm concentration, gross and progressive motility and viability were evaluated, seminal plasma was then harvested by centrifugation and its zinc content was estimated by atomic absorption spectrophotometer and its catalase activity determined by using a commercial kit. The zinc content of the seminal plasma (Mean +/- SEM) was recorded as 154.40 +/- 1.74 mg L(-1), while, the mean catalase value was 32.00 +/- 0.42 U mL(-1). The mean zinc values was highly correlated with sperm progressive motility and viability and with catalase values (p = 0.000 for all) and also was associated with gross motility (p = 0.020) and negatively with abnormal morphology (p = 0.049). The catalase values were highly associated with sperm progressive motility, viability and zinc content (p = 0.000 for all) and was associated with sperm gross motility (p = 0.024). For further clarification of these correlations, the samples were categorized in three groups of excellent (Ex, >90% motile, n = 33), good (Go, 80-89% motile, n = 15) and moderate (Mo, zinc and catalase values were recorded as 161.07 +/- 1.63 mg L(-1) and 33.41 +/- 0.34 U mL(-1) in Ex, 146.70 +/- 1.91 mg L(-1) and 31.01 +/- 0.67 in Go and 136.42 +/- 4.97 mg L(-1) and 26.51 +/- 0.87 U mL(-1) in Mo groups. The mean zinc value in Ex group was highly associated with sperm motility, viability and catalase values, in Go group was associated with catalase values and highly associated with sperm abnormal morphology and in Mo group it was highly associations with catalase values only. The mean catalase value in Ex group, was highly associated with sperm motility and viability, in Go group was associated with zinc content and in Mo groups was highly associated with the zinc content. These results show that seminal plasma zinc

  5. Perfluorinated compounds in human serum and seminal plasma from an urban and rural population in Sri Lanka

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    Guruge, Keerthi; Miyazaki, Shigeru; Yamanaka, Noriko [National Institute of Animal Health, Tsukuba (Japan); Taniyasu, Sacgu; Yamashita, Nobuyoshi [National Institute of Advance Industrial and Technology, Tsukuba (Japan); Wijeratna, S.; Seneviratne, H. [Colombo Univ. (Sri Lanka)

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    Fluorinated organic compounds (FOCs) have been used for variety of industrial applications such as surfactants, adhesives, insecticides, and their global production increase since 1970s. These compounds repel both water and oil. The high-energy carbon-fluorine covalent bonds in FOCs are strong enough to have high persistency in the environment. These compounds emerged as priory environmental pollutants since they are found in various biota throughout the world. Human contamination of some FOCs was reported mostly in developed countries such as USA, Japan and from Europe. In the present study, we report 10 FOCs in human serum including seminal plasma for the first time, collected from volunteers from Sri Lanka.

  6. Emtricitabine seminal plasma and blood plasma population pharmacokinetics in HIV-infected men in the EVARIST ANRS-EP 49 study.

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    Valade, Elodie; Tréluyer, Jean-Marc; Illamola, Silvia M; Bouazza, Naïm; Foissac, Frantz; De Sousa Mendes, Maïlys; Lui, Gabrielle; Chenevier-Gobeaux, Camille; Suzan-Monti, Marie; Rouzioux, Christine; Assoumou, Lambert; Viard, Jean-Paul; Hirt, Déborah; Urien, Saïk; Ghosn, Jade

    2015-11-01

    We aimed to describe blood plasma (BP) and seminal plasma (SP) pharmacokinetics of emtricitabine (FTC) in HIV-1-infected men, assess its penetration in the male genital tract, and evaluate its impact on seminal plasma HIV load (spVL) detection. Men from the EVARIST ANRS EP49 study receiving combined antiretroviral therapy with FTC and with suppressed BP viral load were included in the study. A total of 236 and 209 FTC BP and SP concentrations, respectively, were available. A population pharmacokinetic model was developed with Monolix 4.1.4. The impact of FTC seminal exposure on spVL detection was explored by receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves and mixed-effects logistic regressions. FTC BP pharmacokinetics was described by a two-compartment model. The addition of an effect compartment with different input and output constants best described FTC SP pharmacokinetics. No covariates were found to explain the variability in SP. FTC exposures (area under the concentration-time curve from 0 to 24 h [AUC0-24]) were higher in SP than in BP (median AUC0-24, 38.04 and 12.95 mg · liter(-1) · h, respectively). The median (range) SP-to-BP AUC0-24 ratio was 2.91 (0.84 to 10.08). Less than 1% of FTC AUC0-24 ratios were lower than 1. The impact of FTC SP AUC0-24 or FTC SP-to-BP AUC0-24 ratio on spVL detection was not significant (P = 0.943 or 0.893, respectively). This is the first population model describing FTC pharmacokinetics simultaneously in both BP and SP. FTC distributes well in the male genital tract with higher FTC concentrations in SP than in BP. FTC seminal plasma exposures were considered efficient in the majority of men.

  7. Estudo das catelicidinas no plasma seminal de garanhões e das interleucinas na resposta inflamatória pós-iseminação artificial em éguas

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    Fioratti, Eduardo Gorzoni [UNESP

    2013-01-01

    In the equine species, uterine interleukin expression and seminal plasma cathelicidins can modulate the magnitude and persistence of the post-breeding inflammatory reaction. The objectives were to verify the presence of cathelicidins in the stallion seminal plasma and characterize the uterine immune response by pro and anti-inflammatory interleukins. Seminal plasma was obtained by semen collection of 15 stallions and submitted to SDS-PAGE and DOT-blotting tests. Three experiments were designe...

  8. Semen parameters and seminal plasma protein and biochemical profiles of dogs with benign prostatic hyperplasia after botulinum toxin type A intraprostatic injection

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    Tathiana Ferguson Motheo

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to determine the effects of different concentrations of botulinum toxin type A (BT-A on semen parameters, and seminal plasma biochemical and protein profiles of dogs with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH. Eighteen sexually intact male dogs with BPH were randomly divided in three groups, and received an intraprostatic injection of saline solution (control group - CG, 250UI (GI or 500UI (GII of BT-A under transabdominal ultrasound guidance. Semen was collected at baseline, 2, 4 and 8 weeks after treatment. Semen parameters were determined and seminal plasma pH, total protein (TP, total chlorides (TC, calcium (Ca, potassium (K, and sodium (Na concentrations were assessed. One-dimensional sodium dodecyl sulfatepolyacrilamide gel eletrophoresis (SDS- PAGE was performed to determine seminal plasma protein profile. Sperm parameters and seminal plasma pH, TP, TC, Ca and K mean values did not change significantly at any time point and among treated groups (P>0.05. The SDS-PAGE analysis of the pooled fractions identified 31 protein bands with molecular weights ranging from 3.9 to 106.2kDA in all treatment groups during the entire evaluation period. Regardless the used dose, intraprostatic BT-A injection do not alter semen parameters and seminal plasma biochemical and protein profiles of dogs with BPH.

  9. Correlation of Seminal Plasma Total Antioxidant Capacity and Malondialdehyde Levels With Sperm Parameters in Men With Idiopathic Infertility

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    Fazeli

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background Oxidative stress is the result of an imbalance between the production and scavenging of reactive oxygen species (ROS. Recently, oxidative stress has been introduced as a major cause of male infertility. Objectives The aim of the present study was to determine the correlation between total antioxidant capacity (TAC and malondialdehyde (MDA as markers of oxidative stress in relation to idiopathic male infertility and sperm parameters. Patients and Methods This case control study was conducted using 35 men with idiopathic infertility and 34 men with proven fertility. Seminal plasma TAC and MDA were measured by ferric reducing ability of plasma (FRAP and thiobarbituric acid (TBA reaction methods, respectively. Results Seminal TAC levels were significantly lower and seminal MDA levels were significantly higher in men with idiopathic infertility than in fertile men (P < 0.0001 and P = 0.004, respectively. A positive correlation was shown between sperm motility, sperm morphology, and TAC levels in men with idiopathic infertility (P = 0.002 and P = 0.002, respectively. In addition, there was a correlation between sperm motility and TAC levels in fertile men (P = 0.005. There was no correlation between sperm count and TAC levels in either men with idiopathic infertility or in fertile men. Negative correlations were observed between MDA levels and sperm motility, morphology, and sperm count only in men with idiopathic infertility (P = 0.003, P = 0.001, and P = 0.006, respectively. Conclusions Our results show that oxidative stress could play an important role in male infertility as well as in sperm motility and sperm morphology.

  10. Purification and characterization of a native zinc-binding high molecular weight multiprotein complex from human seminal plasma.

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    Yadav, Vikash Kumar; Kumar, Vijay; Chhikara, Nirmal; Kumar, Sanjay; Manral, Pallavi; Kashav, Tara; Saini, Savita; Srinivasan, A; Singh, Sarman; Singh, Tej P; Yadav, Savita

    2011-05-01

    The seminal plasma comprises secretions from various accessory sex glands. During fertilization spermatozoa undergo complex sequences of precisely timed events that are regulated by the activation of different intracellular signaling pathways. The precision and efficacy of these pathways are often influenced by the assembly and interactions of multiprotein complexes, thereby directing the flow of regulatory information. Our knowledge about these protein complexes present in human seminal plasma (HuSP) is limited. Here we report the identification and characterization of a native high molecular weight zinc-binding multiprotein complex from HuSP by utilizing 2-DE followed by MS. Twenty-six proteins representing isoforms and/or fragments of 11 different proteins were found to be assembled in this complex. Prostate-specific antigen, zinc α2-glycoprotein, prostatic acid phosphatase, and prolactin inducible protein were the major proteins of this complex. Dynamic light scattering experiments revealed changes in aggregation pattern accompanied with deviation from physiological pH and in presence of SDS. However, no significant changes were observed in the presence of physiological ligands such as zinc and fructose. The present study will be useful and contribute to guide the future studies performed for elucidation of biological significance of this native complex in HuSP.

  11. Isothermal titration calorimetric studies on the interaction of the major bovine seminal plasma protein, PDC-109 with phospholipid membranes.

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    V Anbazhagan

    Full Text Available The interaction of the major bovine seminal plasma protein, PDC-109 with lipid membranes was investigated by isothermal titration calorimetry. Binding of the protein to model membranes made up of diacyl phospholipids was found to be endothermic, with positive values of binding enthalpy and entropy, and could be analyzed in terms of a single type of binding sites on the protein. Enthalpies and entropies for binding to diacylphosphatidylcholine membranes increased with increase in temperature, although a clear-cut linear dependence was not observed. The entropically driven binding process indicates that hydrophobic interactions play a major role in the overall binding process. Binding of PDC-109 with dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine membranes containing 25 mol% cholesterol showed an initial increase in the association constant as well as enthalpy and entropy of binding with increase in temperature, whereas the values decreased with further increase in temperature. The affinity of PDC-109 for phosphatidylcholine increased at higher pH, which is physiologically relevant in view of the basic nature of the seminal plasma. Binding of PDC-109 to Lyso-PC could be best analysed in terms of two types of binding interactions, a high affinity interaction with Lyso-PC micelles and a low-affinity interaction with the monomeric lipid. Enthalpy-entropy compensation was observed for the interaction of PDC-109 with phospholipid membranes, suggesting that water structure plays an important role in the binding process.

  12. Efficacy of concentration of egg yolk in Tris extender with and without seminal plasma on frozen semen quality of Saanen bucks

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    Surya Natal Tambing

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Bucks semen is easily damaged compared to bull semen during cryopreservation process. Consequently, frozen semen quality decrease especially motility, live sperm, intact plasma membrane, and intact acrosomal cap after thawing. Objectives of this research was to evaluate the effect of egg yolk concentration in Tris extender with and without seminal plasma in maintaing frozen semen quality of Saanen buck. Four heads of Saanen buck of 2-4 years old were used in this experiment. Semen was collected once a week using artificial vagina. Experimental design applied was factorial complete random desing 2x2, viz. A factor was seminal plasma (A1 = with seminal plasma and A2 = without seminal plasma, and B factor was concentration of egg yolk (B1 = 10% and B2 = 20%. Duncan test were applied to identity differences between treatment. Result of these study indicated that the mean percentage of motility (M, live sperm (LS, sperm with intact plasma membrane (IPM and intact acrosomal cap (IAC after dilution and equilibration were not significantly different (P>0.05 in all treatment. After thawing, the mean percentage of M, LS sperm with IPM and IAC in A1 treatment (41.43, 51.52, 56.63 and 50.35% respectively were significantly higher (P<0.05 than A2 treatment (37.14; 48.67; 52.31 and 45.09% respectively. Likewise, the mean percentage of M, LS, sperm with IPM and IAC in B2 treatment (41.79; 51.32; 55.78 and 49.50% respectively were significantly higher (P<0.05 than B1 treatment (36.79, 48.86; 53.16 and 45.94% respectively. There were a significant interaction between factors of seminal plasma and concentration egg yolk in Tris extender, where the increase of egg yolk concentration from 10% to 20% in unwashed seminal plasma treatment caused increase in percentages of M, LS, sperm with IPM and IAC. On the other hand in washed seminal plasma treatment there were a trend of decreasing frozen semen quality. It is concluded that the combination of 20% egg yolk in Tris

  13. Seminal plasma proteins and their relationship with percentage of morphologically normal sperm in 2-year-old Brahman (Bos indicus) bulls.

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    Boe-Hansen, G B; Rego, J P A; Crisp, J M; Moura, A A; Nouwens, A S; Li, Y; Venus, B; Burns, B M; McGowan, M R

    2015-11-01

    The objective was to determine the relationship between seminal plasma proteins and sperm morphology in Bos indicus bulls of the Brahman breed. Fifty-six 24-month-old Australian Brahman bulls were electroejaculated and samples were examined to determine the percentage of morphologically normal sperm (PNS24) and the seminal plasma protein composition was identified and quantified by 2-D gel electrophoresis. The total integrated optical density of 152 seminal plasma protein spots (SPPs) across all gels was determined using the PDQuest software version 8.0 (Bio Rad, USA). Using a single regression mixed model with the density of individual spots as a covariate for PNS24, 17 SPPs were significantly associated with PNS24 (pBrahman bulls and sperm morphology. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Modulation of chaperone-like and membranolytic activities of major horse seminal plasma protein HSP-1/2 by L-carnitine

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    C SUDHEER KUMAR; MUSTI J SWAMY

    2017-09-01

    The major protein of horse seminal plasma, HSP-1/2, exhibits membranolytic and chaperone-like activities and plays acrucial role in regulating sperm capacitation. L-Carnitine is a small polar molecule present in high concentrations inmammalian seminal plasma. The present results demonstrate that L-carnitine binds to HSP-1/2 and increases its thermalstability, enhances cooperativity of its chemical unfolding and decreases both chaperone-like and membranolytic activitiesof this protein. The HSP-1/2–L-carnitine complex exhibits anti-oxidative behaviour by inhibiting the production ofhydroxyl radicals, suggesting that it can protect other constituents of seminal plasma from damage by hydroxyl radicals. AsHSP-1/2 and L-carnitine share the same spatiotemporal location in the horse reproductive tract, this interaction is physiologicallysignificant and may prevent premature interaction of HSP-1/2 with sperm, which in turn regulates the spermcapacitation.

  15. [Fertility results after insemination of a moderate count of cock sperm, diluted in Blumberger cock sperm diluent and homologous seminal plasma].

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    Schramm, G P

    1989-11-01

    Incomplete studies into artificial insemination of White Leghorn hens appear to suggest that the generally common number of cock spermatozoa per insemination can be considerably reduced without adverse consequences for reproduction results. Fertilisation rates between 89.4 and 94.9% were recorded from inseminations of as little as 20 x 10(6) spermatozoa, based on tenfold dilution of ejaculate collections in Blumberg Cock Sperma Diluent (BCSD) or homologous seminal plasma or differentiated combinations of both. Addition of increasing amounts of seminal plasma, however, caused decline in hatching rates as a result of rising embryonic mortality. Best suitability was recorded from a diluent combination of 75% of BCSD with 25% of seminal plasma, with the hatching rate being 85.0%.

  16. Comparative blood and seminal plasma oxidant/antioxidant status of Arab stallions with different ages and their relation to semen quality

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    Objective: To investigate the antioxidant/oxidant levels in blood serum and seminal plasma of Arab stallion with different ages and their relation to semen quality. Methods: Healthy Arabian stallions (n = 57), were divided into three groups. Young (5–10years), Moderate (11–16 years) and Old stallions (>16 years) were subjected to semen evaluation. Seminal plasma and blood samples were collected and stored at −20 °C for measuring glutathione reduced, nitric oxide, Malondialdehyde, ascorbic ...

  17. Efeitos de dieta contendo castanha de caju sobre o desenvolvimento ponderal, parÃmetros seminais e proteoma do plasma seminal de carneiros Morada Nova

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    Emerson Pinto Moreira

    2015-01-01

    O presente estudo avaliou os efeitos da inclusÃo de 13% de farelo de castanha de caju (CNM) na dieta de carneiros Morada Nova nos parÃmetros seminais e proteÃnas do plasma seminal. Vinte carneiros foram distribuÃdos em dois grupos iguais: grupo castanha de caju (CNG) e grupo controle (COG). O CNG e COG receberam 13% e 0% de CNM na dieta durante 90 dias. Os grupos foram comparados para peso corporal, circunferÃncia escrotal, parÃmetros seminais e proteÃnas do plasma seminal, utilizando o MÃtod...

  18. Ureaplasma spp. in male infertility and its relationship with semen quality and seminal plasma components.

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    Zhou, Yun Heng; Ma, Hong Xia; Shi, Xiao Xing; Liu, Yang

    2017-06-22

    We investigated the prevalence of Ureaplasma spp. in semen samples of infertile men in Shanghai, China and evaluated the correlation between the sperm parameters (seminal volume, sperm concentration, progressive motility and non-progressive) and the secretary function in these infectious populations. Semens were collected from 540 infertile men and 260 fertile control group in shanghai, China and subjected to standard bacterial and Ureaplasma spp. culture. Positive Ureaplasma spp. isolates were further tested by PCR to detect the biovars and serotypes of Ureaplasma spp. Sperm seminological variabilities were analyzed by Computer-Assisted Semen Analysis according to the fifth edition of World Health Organization (WHO) laboratory manual for the examination and processing of human semen. Seminal markers were measured by the automatic analyzer. The prevalence of Ureaplasma spp. in semen specimens was 39.6% (214/540) and 19.2% (50/260) in infertile and control group, respectively. Significant difference was observed between the two groups (P  0.05). The progressive motility and the NAG activity of infertile men infected with UPA and mixed species were significantly lower than those of UUR infected subgroup (P role in male infertility. UPA has higher pathogenicity on the progressive motility and the secretary function of epididymis than UUR. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  19. A Five-Year Followup of Human Seminal Plasma Allergy in an 18-Year-Old Woman

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    Ole D. Wolthers

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Case reports of women with the rare condition of human seminal plasma allergy have indicated that the condition may be associated with life-threatening anaphylactic reactions in relation to coitus. Few observations, if any, of long-term outcome of the condition are available. The aim of this paper was to present a case diagnosed in an 18-year-old girl who presented with generalized urticaria, nasal congestion and secretion, conjunctivitis, and periorbital and labial oedema 6–8 hours after coitus. During five years of followup the condition improved clinically significantly. Due to intimacy concerns and the low prevalence of the condition robust long term data on the natural course of the condition are difficult to obtain. The present case suggests that in some patients the condition may improve over time.

  20. 牛精清蛋白及其作用%Bovine Seminal Plasma Proteins and Its Functions

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    孙志杰; 李青旺; 赵红卫; 孙秀柱; 罗桂芬

    2004-01-01

    牛精清(bovine seminal plasma BSP)蛋白家族共有四种蛋白质,分别为BSP-A1、BSP-A2、BSP-A3、和BSP-30-KDa.BSP结构上由a 和b 两个功能区组成.a区是肝素结合位点,b区与磷脂胆碱结合.BSP主要由精囊腺和输精管的壶腹部分泌.在雄性生殖道内BSP保证精子的稳定,在雌性生殖道内BSP协同高密度磷脂蛋白、肝素诱导精子获能.

  1. [Bacteriospermia in Assisted Reproductive Techniques: effects of bacteria on spermatozoa and seminal plasma, diagnosis and treatment].

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    Boitrelle, F; Robin, G; Lefebvre, C; Bailly, M; Selva, J; Courcol, R; Lornage, J; Albert, M

    2012-04-01

    The presence of bacteria in semen could induce impairment of sperm morphology, alteration of sperm function and mechanical or functional obstruction of the seminal tract. The term of bacteriospermia does not signify infection. Bacteriospermia and male accessory gland infection (MAGI) have indeed to be distinguished. They may lead both to male infertility but their diagnosis and treatment options differ. This review summarizes effects of bacteria and leucocytospermia on sperm parameters and functions. Then, indications, benefits and risks of treatment of bacteriospermia and MAGI, in assisted reproductive techniques (ART) will be discussed. For bacteria commonly observed in semen, this review aims at defining some thresholds above which a treatment is required. These thresholds were established according to literature, according to French microbiology society and in function of our usual practice. This review should help practitioners of reproductive medicine to take care of bacteriospermia in semen.

  2. Effects of exposure of epididymal boar spermatozoa to seminal plasma on the binding of zona pellucida proteins during in vitro capacitation

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    Harkema, W.; Colenbrander, B.; Engel, B.; Woelders, H.

    2004-01-01

    The purpose of the investigation was to determine whether seminal plasma plays a role in the increase during in vitro capacitation of the number of boar spermatozoa with enhanced binding of zona pellucida proteins. Ejaculated spermatozoa and spermatozoa collected from the caudae epididymides of boar

  3. Time bound changes (in 24 h in human sperm motility and level of calcium and magnesium in seminal plasma

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    J. Valsa

    2016-09-01

    Level of calcium (27.2 mg/dl and magnesium (13.54 mg/dl in seminal plasma did not show any significant changes during study period from that of at ½ h. The study concluded that electrolytes under study were not responsible for the decrease in motility during study period.

  4. Blood serum and seminal plasma selenium, total antioxidant capacity and coenzyme q10 levels in relation to semen parameters in men with idiopathic infertility.

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    Eroglu, Mustafa; Sahin, Sadik; Durukan, Birol; Ozakpinar, Ozlem Bingol; Erdinc, Nese; Turkgeldi, Lale; Sofuoglu, Kenan; Karateke, Ates

    2014-06-01

    In this case-control study, we aimed to evaluate the serum and seminal plasma levels of Selenium (Se), total antioxidant capacity (TAC), and Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ-10) and determine their relationship with sperm concentration, motility, and morphology in men with idiopathic infertility. A total of 59 subjects were enrolled in the study. Forty four patients were diagnosed with idiopathic male infertility and had abnormal sperm parameters, and 15 subjects had normal sperm parameters with proven fertility. Serum Se, semen Se, and semen TAC levels were significantly different in the fertile and infertile groups (pspermatozoa concentration, motility, and morphology. Additionally, seminal plasma levels of TAC correlated positively with all these sperm parameters. On the other hand, seminal plasma levels of CoQ-10 correlated only with sperm morphology but not with concentration or motility. No relationship was observed between serum levels of TAC or serum levels of CoQ-10 and sperm parameters. In conclusion, serum and seminal plasma Se deficiency may be a prominent determinant of abnormal sperm parameters and idiopathic male infertility. Measurement of serum Se levels may help determine nutritional status and antioxidant capacity in infertile patients, which may help distinguish those patients who will benefit from supplementation therapy.

  5. Isolation and Identification of Concanavalin A Binding Glycoproteins from Human Seminal Plasma: A Step Towards Identification of Male Infertility Marker Proteins

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    Anil Kumar Tomar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Human seminal plasma contains a large array of proteins of clinical importance which are essentially needed to maintain the reproductive physiology of spermatozoa and for successful fertilization. Thus, isolation and identification of seminal plasma proteins is of paramount significance for their biophysical characterization and functional analysis in reproductive physiological processes. In this study, we have isolated Concanavalin-A binding glycoproteins from human seminal plasma and subsequently identified them by MALDI-TOF/MS analysis. The major proteins, as identified in this study, are Aminopeptidase N, lactoferrin, prostatic acid phosphatase, zinc-alpha-2-glycoprotein, prostate specific antigen, progestagen-associated endometrial protein, Izumo sperm-egg fusion protein and prolactin inducible protein. This paper also reports preliminary studies to identify altered expression of these proteins in oligospermia and azoospermia in comparison to normospermia. In oligospermia, five proteins were found to be downregulated while in azoospermia, four proteins were downregulated and two proteins were upregulated. Thus, this study is of immense biomedical interest towards identification of potential male infertility marker proteins in seminal plasma.

  6. Isolation and Identification of Concanavalin A Binding Glycoproteins from Human Seminal Plasma: A Step Towards Identification of Male Infertility Marker Proteins

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    Tomar, Anil Kumar; Sooch, Balwinder Singh; Raj, Isha; Singh, Sarman; Singh, Tej P.; Yadav, Savita

    2011-01-01

    Human seminal plasma contains a large array of proteins of clinical importance which are essentially needed to maintain the reproductive physiology of spermatozoa and for successful fertilization. Thus, isolation and identification of seminal plasma proteins is of paramount significance for their biophysical characterization and functional analysis in reproductive physiological processes. In this study, we have isolated Concanavalin-A binding glycoproteins from human seminal plasma and subsequently identified them by MALDI-TOF/MS analysis. The major proteins, as identified in this study, are Aminopeptidase N, lactoferrin, prostatic acid phosphatase, zinc-alpha-2-glycoprotein, prostate specific antigen, progestagen-associated endometrial protein, Izumo sperm-egg fusion protein and prolactin inducible protein. This paper also reports preliminary studies to identify altered expression of these proteins in oligospermia and azoospermia in comparison to normospermia. In oligospermia, five proteins were found to be downregulated while in azoospermia, four proteins were downregulated and two proteins were upregulated. Thus, this study is of immense biomedical interest towards identification of potential male infertility marker proteins in seminal plasma. PMID:22182811

  7. Association of CAT-262C/T with the concentration of catalase in seminal plasma and the risk for male infertility in Algeria.

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    Bousnane, Nour El Houda; May, Sadiq; Yahia, Mouloud; Abu Alhaija, Abed Alkarem

    2017-10-01

    Catalase (CAT) plays a central role in the protection of different cell types against the deleterious effects of hydrogen peroxide. In human, CAT is implicated in many physiological and pathological conditions including idiopathic male infertility. In this study we examined the association between CAT levels in seminal plasma with different sperm parameters and with CAT-262 C/T polymorphism and their risk for idiopathic male infertility in Algeria. Semen and blood samples were obtained from 111 infertile males and 104 fertile controls from the region of Eastern Algeria following informed consent. Standard semen parameters, DNA integrity, and CAT concentration in seminal plasma were evaluated. CAT-262C/T genotypes were screened using allele specific PCR. Seminal CAT activity was significantly different (pinfertile males and controls, it was also markedly decreased in oligo-astheno-teratozoospermia (pdirect association between CAT-262C/T polymorphism and general male infertility. However, the results presented in this study showed that CAT activity is remarkably associated with the CAT-262T allele (p=0.001) and the different CAT-262C/T genotypes. This study highlighted the major differences in the seminal plasma CAT content between infertile and fertile males and the differences of CAT concentration between different CAT-262C/T genotypes carriers.

  8. Análise de ácidos graxos em plasma humano Analysis of fatty acids in human plasma

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    Jeane Eliete Laguila Visentainer

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Nesse fascículo da revista, o estudo de Morais et al. (2010 avaliou quatro metodologias clássicas de extração de lipídeos (métodos de Folch, Bligh-Dyer, Rose-Gottlieb e Gerber e uma técnica alternativa, com o objetivo de avaliar a eficiência da extração e a composição em ácidos graxos de plasma humano. O método alternativo proposto pelos autores usou o forno de micro-ondas como ferramenta e foi considerado muito rápido na extração lipídica e adequado na identificação de ácidos graxos, mas não em sua quantificação. O método de extração mais indicado para quantificação de ácidos graxos em plasma humano foi o método de Folch.In this issue of the journal, the study by Morais et al. (2010 evaluated four classical methodologies of lipid extraction (methods of Folch, Bligh-Dyer, Rose-Gottlieb and Gerber, and an alternative technique, in order to evaluate the efficiency of extraction and fatty acid composition of human plasma. The alternative method proposed by the authors used the microwave oven as a tool, and was considered very fast in lipid extraction and identification of fatty acids, but not in their quantification. The most suitable extraction method for quantification of fatty acids in human plasma was the method of Folch.

  9. To Evaluate the Efficacy of Combination Antioxidant Therapy on Oxidative Stress Parameters in Seminal Plasma in the Male Infertility

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    Singh, Alpana; Radhakrishnan, Gita; Banerjee, B.D.

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Infertility is defined as inability to conceive after 1 year of unprotected intercourse and it affects 7% of male population and 8–10% of couples. According to estimates WHO, 13-19 million couples in India are infertile. Oxidative stress is the causative factor in 25% of infertile males. Aim To study the efficacy of antioxidant therapy on oxidative stress parameters in seminal plasma of infertile male. Materials and Methods Forty patients of male infertility were enrolled in study after two abnormal semen analyses reports at 2-3 weeks interval, of oligozoospermia and/or asthenozoospermia, as per WHO guide line 1999. First semen sample was collected at a time of enrollment of study and second semen sample was collected three months after combined antioxidant therapy. Semen samples from the infertile male (the second confirmatory sample of oligoasthenozoospermia) were taken and after liquefaction semen sample were utilized for various analyses, 0.5 ml of sample for standard semen analysis, 1.2 ml sample for separation of seminal plasma to evaluate Oxidative stress (OS) parameters like Malondialdehyde (MDA), Protein Carbonyl (PC) and antioxidant capacity by Glutathione (GSH). We followed the patient for three months after completion of the treatment. Results Semen parameters – Out of 40 patients recruited in the study group 7 patients had only oligospermia (1 to 20 million/ml) and 31 patients had oligoasthenozoospermia (motility range 0-50%) and 2 patients had oligoasthenoteratozoospermia. There was no patient with asthenospermia alone as abnormal semen parameters. After the three months treatment with combined antioxidants the semen parameters like count (mean SD = -1.70±1.44) and motility (mean +SD= -9.56±9.05) were significantly increased (p-value=0.000). Oxidative Stress Assessment – The level of MDA which is a marker of oxidative stress was significantly lower after the three months therapy of antioxidants (p-value=0.002) whereas another

  10. The Association Between Calcium, Magnesium, and Ratio of Calcium/Magnesium in Seminal Plasma and Sperm Quality.

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    Liang, Hong; Miao, Maohua; Chen, Jianping; Chen, Kanglian; Wu, Bin; Dai, Qi; Wang, Jian; Sun, Fei; Shi, Huijuan; Yuan, Wei

    2016-11-01

    The study aimed to examine the relationships between calcium, magnesium, and calcium/magnesium ratio in semen plasma and sperm quality. It was a cross-sectional study based on a program aiming at promoting the reproductive health in less-developed areas. A total of 515 men aged between 18 and 55 years provided semen specimens at family planning clinics in Sandu County, Guizhou Province, China. Total calcium and magnesium concentrations in semen plasma were measured with flame atomic absorption spectrometry. Sperm quality, including sperm motility and concentration, was evaluated by using a computer-assisted sperm analysis method. The medians of seminal plasma calcium, magnesium, and zinc concentrations were 9.61, 4.41, and 2.23 mmol/l, respectively. Calcium concentration and calcium/magnesium ratio were negatively associated with sperm concentrations (β = -0.47, P = 0.0123 for calcium; β = -0.25, P = 0.0393 for calcium/magnesium ratio) after adjusting for zinc and other covariates. In stratified analyses, the association between calcium and sperm concentrations only persisted among subjects with a calcium/magnesium ratio of ≤2.5 (β = -0.71, P = 0.0268). In the same stratum, magnesium was associated with increased sperm concentration (β = 0.73, P = 0.0386). Among subjects with a calcium/magnesium ratio of >2.5, neither calcium nor magnesium was associated with sperm concentration. In conclusion, total calcium and magnesium concentrations were associated with sperm concentration among subjects with a lower calcium/magnesium ratio. The calcium and magnesium ratio had a modifying effect on the associations of calcium and magnesium with sperm concentration.

  11. Effect of transient scrotal hyperthermia on sperm parameters, seminal plasma biochemical markers, and oxidative stress in men

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    Meng Rao

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this experimental prospective study, we aimed to analyze the effect of transient scrotal hyperthermia on the male reproductive organs, from the perspective of sperm parameters, semen plasma biochemical markers, and oxidative stress, to evaluate whether different frequencies of heat exposure cause different degrees of damage to spermatogenesis. Two groups of volunteers (10 per group received testicular warming in a 43°C water bath 10 times, for 30 min each time: group 1: 10 consecutive days; group 2: once every 3 days. Sperm parameters, epididymis and accessory sex gland function, semen plasma oxidative stress and serum sex hormones were tested before treatment and in the 16-week recovery period after treatment. At last, we found an obvious reversible decrease in sperm concentration (P = 0.005 for Group 1 and P= 0.008 for Group 2 when the minimums were compared with baseline levels, the same below, motility (P = 0.009 and 0.021, respectively, the hypoosmotic swelling test score (P = 0.007 and 0.008, respectively, total acrosin activity (P = 0.018 and 0.009, respectively, and an increase in the seminal plasma malondialdehyde concentration (P = 0.005 and 0.017, respectively. The decrease of sperm concentration was greater for Group 2 than for Group 1 (P = 0.031. We concluded that transient scrotal hyperthermia seriously, but reversibly, negatively affected the spermatogenesis, oxidative stress may be involved in this process. In addition, intermittent heat exposure more seriously suppresses the spermatogenesis compared to consecutive heat exposure. This may be indicative for clinical infertility etiology analysis and the design of contraceptive methods based on heat stress.

  12. Growth, testis size, spermatogenesis, semen parameters and seminal plasma and sperm membrane protein profile during the reproductive development of male goats supplemented with de-oiled castor cake.

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    Oliveira, C H A; Silva, A M; Silva, L M; van Tilburg, M F; Fernandes, C C L; Velho, A L M C; Moura, A A; Moreno, F B M B; Monteiro-Moreira, A C O; Moreira, R A; Lima, I M T; Rondina, D

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    The present study was conducted to evaluate the effect of de-oiled castor cake on reproductive traits of crossbreed goats. Fourteen males were grouped into two lots (n = 7/group), as described: group without de-oiled castor cake (WCC) and group fed with de-oiled castor cake (CC). Goats received two diets containing a mixture of Bermudagrass hay and concentrates with the same energy (73% total digestive nutrients) and protein content (15% crude protein) during 150 days, corresponding to ages from 40 (puberty) to 60 weeks. Blood plasma concentrations of urea, albumin, lactate dehydrogenase, creatinine, alanine aminotransferase and testosterone were determined. We also evaluated scrotal circumference, sperm parameters, quantitative aspects of spermatogenesis and daily sperm production (DSP), as well as the proteome of seminal plasma and sperm membrane. Seminal fluid and sperm proteins were analyzed by 2D SDS-PAGE and mass spectrometry. After 150 days of castor cake feeding, animals had no changes in the biochemical composition of blood plasma, suggesting the absence of intoxication by ingestion of ricin. There were no alterations in dry mater intake, weight gain, testis size, peripheral concentrations of testosterone, sperm concentration, motility and morphology. Sertoli and germ cell populations in the testis and DSP were not affected either. However, there were significant variations in the expression of five seminal plasma proteins and four sperm membrane proteins. In conclusion, the replacement of soybean meal by castor cake (with ricin concentrations of 50mg/kg) did not interfere with the growth and core reproductive development of male goats. However, the diet with ricin altered the expression of certain seminal plasma and sperm membrane proteins, which play roles in sperm function and fertilization. Lower expression of these proteins may impair the ricin-fed animals to perform as high-fertility sires.

  13. Evaluation and Optimization of Paper-Based SERS Substrate for Potential Label-Free Raman Analysis of Seminal Plasma

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    Zufang Huang

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Characterization and optimization of paper SERS substrate were performed in detail, in which morphologies and distribution of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs on the paper substrate pretreated with different concentrations of NaCl and the subsequent soaking with colloidal AgNPs for different period of time were evaluated. Our results show that both NaCl concentration and soaking time with AgNPs have a significant influence on SERS enhancement, showing that an optimal EF of 2.27 × 107 was achieved when the paper substrate was treated with 20 mM NaCl and one-hour soak with AgNPs. Moreover, seminal plasma (SP was specifically selected to evaluate the performance of paper-based SERS substrate for potential clinical detection and diagnosis. The optimization of the paper SERS substrate demonstrates potential applications in reliable on-site detection of SP and clinical diagnosis of fertility-related diseases as well.

  14. Adição de plasma seminal ao sêmen descongelado e taxa de prenhez de ovelhas inseminadas em tempo fixo

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    O.R. Prado; G.M. Bastos; A.L.G. Monteiro; B.B. Saab; S. Gilaverte; C.C. Pierobom; F. Hentz; L.H.S. Martins; C.J.A. Silva; G.S. Dranca; T.S.S. Stivari; G. Cerqueira

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    Avaliou-se o efeito da adição de plasma seminal ovino ao sêmen descongelado sobre a taxa de prenhez de ovelhas em rebanho comercial. Cento e setenta e quatro ovelhas cruza Texel foram distribuídas em quatro tratamentos: T1) inseminação artificial cervical (IAC) com sêmen descongelado (SD) diluído em solução tampão fosfato salino (PBS); T2) IAC com SD e adição de plasma seminal ovino; T3) grupo-controle I: IAC com sêmen fresco diluído em PBS; T4) grupo-controle II: inseminação artificial por l...

  15. β-Microseminoprotein endows post coital seminal plasma with potent candidacidal activity by a calcium- and pH-dependent mechanism

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    Edström Hägerwall, Anneli; Rydengård, Victoria; Fernlund, Per;

    2012-01-01

    The innate immune factors controlling Candida albicans are mostly unknown. Vulvovaginal candidiasis is common in women and affects approximately 70-75% of all women at least once. Despite the propensity of Candida to colonize the vagina, transmission of Candida albicans following sexual intercourse...... identify β-microseminoprotein as an important innate immune factor active against C. albicans and may help explain the low sexual transmission rate of Candida....... is very rare. This prompted us to investigate whether the post coital vaginal milieu contained factors active against C. albicans. By CFU assays, we found prominent candidacidal activity of post coital seminal plasma at both neutral and the acid vaginal pH. In contrast, normal seminal plasma did...

  16. ASSOCIATION BETWEEN THE PRESENCE OF A 38 kDa FACTOR IN THE SEMINAL PLASMA AND INHIBITION OF SPERM MOTILITY IN JUNDIÁ FISH Rhamdia quelen

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    Full Text Available Protein factors have been identified in the seminal plasmaof fish and mammal species and, in some situations, associatedto sperm quality indicators. However, for jundiá fish (Rhamdiaquelen, such factors and those potential associations remainunknown. In the present study, we aimed to identify some proteinfactors present in the seminal plasma of jundiá fish and to evaluatetheir association to sperm motility. SDS-PAGE was used to identify14 bands, with molecular weight ranging from 217.1 to 7.1 kDa.Sperm motility was evaluated for 21 males. Four protein bands(81.5; 60.4; 33.6; and 25.5 kDa were present in all seminal plasmasamples. One protein band with molecular weight of 38.3 kDa wasassociated to reduced sperm motility of jundiá (P<0.01, since itwas detected in 91.4% of the samples having motility lower than80%. These results suggest that this seminal protein band associatedto lower sperm motility may be considered a potential biochemicalmarker for sperm quality.

  17. Parabens in urine, serum and seminal plasma from healthy Danish men determined by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS).

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    Frederiksen, Hanne; Jørgensen, Niels; Andersson, Anna-Maria

    2011-01-01

    Parabens are used as anti-microbial preservatives in a range of consumer products, especially in cosmetics. In vitro and animal studies have shown weak estrogenic and other endocrine disrupting effects of parabens, including reduced testosterone levels in exposed male rats. The knowledge of paraben exposure, distribution and excretion in humans is limited. In this study we determined the concentration of five parabens; methyl-, ethyl-, n-propyl-, n-butyl- and benzylparaben in urine, serum and seminal plasma samples from 60 healthy Danish men. To conduct the study a sensitive and specific method using LC-MS/MS for simultaneous determination of the five parabens was developed for all three different matrices. Highest concentrations of the parabens were found in urine, wherein methyl-, ethyl-, n-propyl- and n-butyl parabens were measurable in 98%, 80%, 98% and 83% of the men, respectively. Benzyl paraben was only measurable in urine from 7% of the men. Methyl- and n-propyl parabens were also measurable in the majority of serum and seminal plasma samples, whereas the other parabens could only be detected in some of the samples. In all the three matrices significant correlations between the parabens were seen. Furthermore, urinary paraben concentrations correlate to the paraben concentrations in both serum and seminal plasma.

  18. The associations among semen quality, oxidative DNA damage in human spermatozoa and concentrations of cadmium, lead and selenium in seminal plasma.

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    Xu, De-Xiang; Shen, Han-Ming; Zhu, Qi-Xing; Chua, Laiha; Wang, Qu-Nan; Chia, Sin-Eng; Ong, Choon-Nam

    2003-01-10

    To explore the associations among semen quality, oxidative DNA damage in human spermatozoa and concentrations of cadmium, lead and selenium in seminal plasma, 56 non-smoking subjects were asked to collect semen by masturbation into a sterile wide-mouth metal-free plastic container after 3 days of abstinence. The conventional semen parameters were analysed. The concentrations of Cd, Pb and Se in seminal plasma were detected using atomic absorption spectrophotometer. 8-OHdG levels in sperm DNA were measured using HPLC-EC. The results showed that the geometric mean concentrations of Cd, Pb and Se were 0.78, 7.8 and 51.4 microg/l, respectively. The geometric mean of 8-OHdG/10(6) dG was 51.4 (95% CI: 21.5-123.0). A significant inverse correlation exists between Cd and sperm density (r=-0.28, Pspermatozoa. Se could protect against oxidative DNA damage in human sperm cells. Pb did not appear to have any association with the semen quality when concentration of Pb in seminal plasma was below 10 microg/l.

  19. Seminal Plasma Characteristics and Expression of ATP-binding Cassette Transporter A1 (ABCA1) in Canine Spermatozoa from Ejaculates with Good and Bad Freezability.

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    Schäfer-Somi, S; Palme, N

    2016-04-01

    The composition of seminal plasma and the localization of the ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1) in spermatozoa from good and bad freezers were compared to frozen-thawed spermatozoa from the same dog. Ejaculates were obtained from 31 stud dogs, and the sperm-rich fraction (SRF) was kept for analysis. One aliquot was used for the analysis of concentration, progressive motility (P; CASA), viability (V; CASA) and leucocyte count, and the analysis was performed by flow cytometry (FITC-PNA/PI), SCSA and HOST. In seminal plasma, concentration of albumin, cholesterol, calcium, inorganic phosphate, sodium, potassium, zinc and copper was measured. Semen smears were prepared and evaluated for the expression of ABCA1. The remainder of each ejaculate was frozen. After thawing, the quality assessment was repeated and further smears were prepared. According to post-thaw semen quality, dogs were assigned to good freezers (n = 20) or bad freezers (n = 11), the latter were defined as 40% morphologically abnormal sperm and/or Bad freezers were older than good freezers (5.3 vs 3.4 years, p bad freezers, the percentage of sperm with ABCA1 signal in the acrosome was lower (26.3% vs 35.7%, p good freezers (p bad freezer sperm, an increase in acrosome damages coincided with an increased loss of cholesterol transporters and cell death, and a lower cholesterol concentration in seminal plasma. Follow-up studies revealed whether a relation exists between these findings.

  20. Novel Flow Cytometry Analyses of Boar Sperm Viability: Can the Addition of Whole Sperm-Rich Fraction Seminal Plasma to Frozen-Thawed Boar Sperm Affect It?

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    Díaz, Rommy; Boguen, Rodrigo; Martins, Simone Maria Massami Kitamura; Ravagnani, Gisele Mouro; Leal, Diego Feitosa; Oliveira, Melissa de Lima; Muro, Bruno Bracco Donatelli; Parra, Beatriz Martins; Meirelles, Flávio Vieira; Papa, Frederico Ozanan; Dell’Aqua, José Antônio; Alvarenga, Marco Antônio; Moretti, Aníbal de Sant’Anna; Sepúlveda, Néstor

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    Boar semen cryopreservation remains a challenge due to the extension of cold shock damage. Thus, many alternatives have emerged to improve the quality of frozen-thawed boar sperm. Although the use of seminal plasma arising from boar sperm-rich fraction (SP-SRF) has shown good efficacy; however, the majority of actual sperm evaluation techniques include a single or dual sperm parameter analysis, which overrates the real sperm viability. Within this context, this work was performed to introduce a sperm flow cytometry fourfold stain technique for simultaneous evaluation of plasma and acrosomal membrane integrity and mitochondrial membrane potential. We then used the sperm flow cytometry fourfold stain technique to study the effect of SP-SRF on frozen-thawed boar sperm and further evaluated the effect of this treatment on sperm movement, tyrosine phosphorylation and fertility rate (FR). The sperm fourfold stain technique is accurate (R2 = 0.9356, p > 0.01) for simultaneous evaluation of plasma and acrosomal membrane integrity and mitochondrial membrane potential (IPIAH cells). Centrifugation pre-cryopreservation was not deleterious (p > 0.05) for any analyzed variables. Addition of SP-SRF after cryopreservation was able to improve total and progressive motility (p 0.05) or improve IPIAH cells (p > 0.05). FR was not (p > 0.05) statistically increased by the addition of seminal plasma, though females inseminated with frozen-thawed boar semen plus SP-SRF did perform better than those inseminated with sperm lacking seminal plasma. Thus, we conclude that sperm fourfold stain can be used to simultaneously evaluate plasma and acrosomal membrane integrity and mitochondrial membrane potential, and the addition of SP-SRF at thawed boar semen cryopreserved in absence of SP-SRF improve its total and progressive motility. PMID:27529819

  1. Seminal plasma concentrations of Anti-Müllerian hormone and inhibin B predict motile sperm recovery from cryopreserved semen in asthenozoospermic men: a prospective cohort study.

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    Nery, S F; Vieira, M A F; Dela Cruz, C; Lobach, V N M; Del Puerto, H L; Torres, P B; Rocha, A L L; Reis, A B; Reis, F M

    2014-11-01

    The rate of motile sperm recovery after cryopreservation is very variable and difficult to predict. Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) and inhibin B are produced by Sertoli cells and released into the seminal plasma, where they could be functional markers of spermatogenesis and sperm resistance to thermal stress. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether seminal plasma levels of AMH and inhibin B predict sperm recovery after cryopreservation. The study included 153 men enrolled prospectively during a semen analysis. The cohort was stratified by the fresh semen characteristics into: normal (n = 52), high sperm count (n = 55), asthenozoospermia (n = 23), and oligozoospermia (n = 23). The main outcome measure was motile sperm recovery rate, defined as post-thaw total motile sperm count × 100/pre-freezing total motile sperm count. In men with asthenozoospermia there was a significant correlation between motile sperm recovery rate and the pre-freezing concentrations of AMH (r = 0.522, p < 0.05) and inhibin B (0.471, p < 0.05). In this group, the areas under the receiver operating characteristic curves of AMH and inhibin B for prediction of ≥50% motile sperm recovery after cryopreservation were, respectively, 0.808 and 0.638. AMH was particularly useful, with sensitivity of 0.85, specificity of 0.80, positive predictive value of 0.84 and negative predictive value of 0.80. The sensitivity, specificity, positive, and negative predictive values of inhibin B for the same outcome were, respectively, 0.62, 0.60, 0.67, and 0.55. The median motile sperm recovery rate was 83% when seminal plasma AMH concentration was ≥0.84 ng/mL, vs. 27% when AMH concentration was <0.84 ng/mL (p < 0.05). In other patient groups, there was no correlation between the two hormone levels in seminal plasma and the motile sperm recovery rate. In conclusion, seminal plasma AMH and inhibin B concentrations correlate with and can be used to predict motile sperm recovery after semen

  2. Effect of vitamins, probiotics and protein level on semen traits and seminal plasma biochemical parameters of post-moult male broiler breeders.

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    Khan, R U; Rahman, Z U; Javed, I; Muhammad, F

    2013-01-01

    1. A study was designed to investigate the comparative effect of supplementary vitamin E, vitamin C, probiotics and dietary crude protein concentration on semen traits and seminal plasma biochemical parameters in male broiler breeders after Zn-induced moulting. 2. A total of 180 male broiler breeders were induced to moult at 65 weeks of age by mixing ZnO in diet at the rate 3000 mg/kg of feed. After moulting, the males were divided into six groups that were given feed supplemented with: vitamin C (500 IU/kg), vitamin E (100 IU/kg), protein (140 g CP/kg), probiotics (50 mg/kg) and the combination of these components, while one group was kept as a control. Semen samples were collected weekly and semen volume, spermatozoa concentration, motility and dead spermatozoa percentage were determined. Seminal plasma was separated to determine the concentration of total antioxidant capacity (TAC), homocysteine, paraoxonase (PON1), arylesterase, ceruloplasmin, aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) activities. 3. Semen volume was significantly higher in the vitamin E and C groups compared to the control. Spermatozoa motility was higher in the vitamin E group and dead spermatozoa percentage was significantly lower in the vitamin C group compared with the control group. 4. Seminal plasma TAC was higher in the vitamin E group, homocysteine was lower in the vitamin C and E groups. PON1 was higher in the combination group. Arylesterase increased significantly in the vitamin C and combination groups over time. Seminal plasma AST was significantly lower in the vitamin C and E supplemented groups whereas ALT decreased significantly only in the vitamin E group compared with the control. Higher concentrations of ceruloplasmin were observed in the combination group compared with the other treatments. 5. It was concluded that additional vitamin E and C or their combination was the most potent nutrient treatment for improving the semen traits and

  3. The effects of honey supplementation on seminal plasma cytokines, oxidative stress biomarkers, and antioxidants during 8 weeks of intensive cycling training.

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    Tartibian, Bakhtyar; Maleki, Behzad Hajizadeh

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of natural honey supplementation on seminal plasma cytokines, oxidative stress biomarkers, and antioxidants during 8 weeks of intensive cycling training in male road cyclists. Thirty-nine healthy nonprofessional male road cyclists aged 18-28 years participated in this study. The participants were randomly assigned to exercise + supplement (E + S, n = 20) and exercise (E, n = 19) groups. All subjects participated in 8 weeks of intensive cycling training. Ninety minutes before each training session, subjects in the E + S group supplemented with 70 g of honey, whereas subjects in the E group received 70 g of an artificial sweetener. All subjects had an initial semen sampling at baseline (T(1)). The next 6 semen collections were collected immediately (T(2)) and 12 (T(3)) and 24 hours (T(4)) after the last training session in week 4, as well as immediately (T(5)) and 12 (T(6)) and 24 hours (T(7)) after the last training session in week 8, respectively. In the E group, 8 weeks of intensive cycling training significantly increased seminal interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, IL-8, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, reactive oxygen species (ROS), and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels (P < .008) and significantly decreased the levels of seminal superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and total antioxidant capacity (TAC) (P < .008). Significantly less elevation in seminal IL-1β, IL-6, IL-8, TNF-α, ROS, and MDA levels (P < .008) and significant increases in seminal SOD, catalase, and TAC concentrations were observed after the honey supplementation in the E + S group (P < .008). It may be possible that honey supplementation following long-term intensive cycling training would be effective in attenuating the probable aggravating effects of intensive cycling training on spermatogenesis and fertility capacity in road cyclists.

  4. Seminal plasma proteins modify the distribution of sperm subpopulations in cryopreserved semen of rams with lesser fertility.

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    Ledesma, Alba; Zalazar, Lucía; Fernández-Alegre, Estela; Hozbor, Federico; Cesari, Andreina; Martínez-Pastor, Felipe

    2017-09-01

    Any physiological mechanism involved in sperm selection and semen improvement has effects on heterogeneous sperm populations. This is mainly due to the fact that sperm populations within a single ejaculate have considerable heterogeneity for many variables, such as motility which is meaningful in terms of understanding how some sperm cells possess fertility advantages as compared with other cells. In the present research, initially there was a multivariate and clustering analysis used to assess sperm motility data from cryopreserved ram semen to identify subpopulations and compare the distribution of these clusters between rams with lesser and greater fertility. There were four classifications made of sperm subpopulations (clusters): CL1 fast/linear/progressive sperm; CL2 fast/non-linear sperm; CL3 very fast/linear sperm with vigorous beating and CL4 slow/non-linear sperm. Rams with greater fertility had a lesser proportion of sperm considered as "hyperactivated" (CL2) and a greater proportion of slow and non-linear sperm (CL4) than sperm of rams with lesser fertility. In addition, the effects were assessed for the capacity of seminal plasma (SP) and interacting SP proteins (iSPP) that were present during different seasons of the year to improve the distribution of sperm within subpopulations of semen from rams with lesser fertility. The iSPP and SP were obtained by artificial vagina (AV) and electroejaculation (EE) during breeding and non-breeding seasons and added to thawed semen. All the aggregates had a significant effect on the distribution of sperm subpopulations and effects differed among seasons of the year and depending on collection method used. Even though, future studies are needed to assess the contribution of each subpopulation on ram sperm fertility, it is important that a multivariate analysis be used to evaluate the effect of a treatment on sperm quality variables. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Association of Seminal Plasma Total Antioxidant Capacity and Malondialdehyde Levels With Sperm Parameters in Infertile Men With Varicocele

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Background Varicocele is one of the most common reasons for male infertility and could impair spermatogenesis through mechanisms that are not well known. Recently, oxidative stress has been introduced as a major reason for male infertility caused by varicocele. Objectives In the current study, we aimed to assess the TAC (total antioxidant capacity and MDA (malondialdehyde as stress oxidative markers in infertile men with varicocele and fertile men, and moreover, their correlation with sperm parameters. Patients and Methods This case control study was performed on 43 infertile men with varicocele and 46 men with proven fertility. The ferric reducing ability of plasma (FRAP and thiobarbituric acid (TBA reaction methods were used for seminal plasma TAC and MDA assay, respectively. Results Lower TAC levels (1.7 ± 0.2 vs. 1.3 ± 0.4 mmol/L, P = 0.0004 and higher MDA levels (2.5 ± 1.1 vs. 5.8 ± 1.9 mmol/L, P < 0.0001 were observed in infertile men with varicocele compared to fertile men. There was no correlation between TAC and MDA in fertile men (r = 0.02, P = 0.9, however, a negative correlation was found between TAC and MDA levels in varicocele infertile men (r = −0.44, P = 0.003. Moreover, a positive correlation was found between sperm count and sperm motility with TAC levels in varicocele infertile men (r = 0.4, P = 0.02 and r = 0.6, P < 0.0001, respectively. There was a correlation between sperm motility and TAC levels in fertile men (r = 0.5, P = 0.001, but other parameters did not correlate with TAC in this group. A negative correlation was shown between semen volume, sperm count, total sperm, sperm motility, and sperm morphology with MDA levels in varicocele infertile men (r = 0.3, P = 0.045; r = −0.4, P = 0.009; r = −0.5, P = 0.002; r = −0.5, P = 0.001 and r = −0.4, P = 0.008, respectively. There was no correlation between these parameters and MDA in fertile men. Conclusions Our findings indicated that oxidative stress could

  6. IGF-I, leptina, insulina e proteínas associadas à qualidade do plasma seminal: ação local

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    Fernando Andrade Souza

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available É possível que a expressividade de alguns elementos do plasma seminal dos bovinos, como proteínas e hormônios, possa servir como marcadores para sêmende alta ou baixa fertilidade. Vários estudos têm demonstrado a associação de proteínas do plasma seminalcom a fertilidade de touros. Dentre as mais estudadas, destacam-se aquelas com afinidade à heparina, que exercem importantes papéis na capacitaçãoespermática e na reação acrossômica. Alguns fatoresendócrinos e/ou locais, podem estar associados à expressividadee/ou função destas proteínas, auxiliandonas condições espermáticas favoráveis à fecundação. Dentre estes, destacam-se a insulina, a leptina e o fatorde crescimento semelhante à insulina do tipo I. Assim sendo, evidenciam diferenças entre animais,estando associados à estrutura e as condições metabólicasda célula espermática, auxiliando na determinação da qualidade do plasma seminal. Desta maneira,o estudo das proteínas do plasma seminal associadoà condição metabólica destes hormônios, presentesneste meio, pode servir como importante parâmetrode avaliação da condição reprodutiva do macho.

  7. Assessment of seminal plasma laminin in fertile and infertile men%正常生育和不育男性的精浆中层粘连蛋白的评价

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    M.R.El-Dakhly; G.A.Tawadrous; T.Mostafa; M.M.F.Roaia; A.R.M.El-Nashar; S.A.Shedeed; I.I.Kamel; A.A.Aziz; Y.El-Mohtaseb

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    Aim:To assess laminin levels in the seminal plasma of infertile and fertile men, and to analyze the correlation of laminin levels with sperm count, age, sperm motility and semen volume. Methods: One hundred and twenty-five recruited men were equally divided into five groups according to their sperm concentration and clinical examination: fertile normozoospermia, oligoasthenozoospermia, non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA), obstructive azoospermia (OA) and congenital bilateral absent vas deferens (CBAVD). The patients' medical history was investigated and patients underwent clinical examination, conventional semen analysis and estimation of seminal plasma laminin by radioimmunoassay. Results: Seminal plasma laminin levels of successive groups were: 2.82 ± 0.62, 2.49 ± 0.44,1.77 ± 0.56, 1.72 ± 0.76, 1.35 ± 0.63 U/mL, respectively. The fertile normozoospermic group showed the highest concentration compared to all infertile groups with significant differences compared to azoospermic groups (P<0.05). Testicular contribution was estimated to be approximately one-third of the seminal laminin. Seminal plasma laminin demonstrated significant correlation with sperm concentration (r = 0.460, P < 0.001) and nonsignificant correlation with age (r = 0.021, P = 0.940), sperm motility percentage (r = 0.142, P = 0.615) and semen volume (r = 0.035, P = 0.087). Conclusion: Seminal plasma laminin is derived mostly from prostatic and testicular portions and minimally from the seminal vesicle and vas deferens. Estimating seminal laminin alone is not conclusive in diagnosing different cases of male infertility.

  8. Adição de plasma seminal ao sêmen descongelado e taxa de prenhez de ovelhas inseminadas em tempo fixo

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    O.R. Prado

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Avaliou-se o efeito da adição de plasma seminal ovino ao sêmen descongelado sobre a taxa de prenhez de ovelhas em rebanho comercial. Cento e setenta e quatro ovelhas cruza Texel foram distribuídas em quatro tratamentos: T1 inseminação artificial cervical (IAC com sêmen descongelado (SD diluído em solução tampão fosfato salino (PBS; T2 IAC com SD e adição de plasma seminal ovino; T3 grupo-controle I: IAC com sêmen fresco diluído em PBS; T4 grupo-controle II: inseminação artificial por laparoscopia com SD diluído em PBS. Para indução de cio, utilizaram-se esponjas impregnadas com acetato de medroxiprogesterona (MAP por 12 dias, com aplicação intramuscular de 400 UI de eCG (Novormon® e de 37,5µg de cloprostenol sódico (Sincrocio®, no dia da retirada das esponjas. O aparecimento de cio foi monitorado com rufiões vasectomizados a partir da retirada das esponjas até a inseminação artificial em tempo fixo - 54 a 60 horas. A taxa de prenhez do tratamento com adição de plasma seminal ao sêmen descongelado (7,0% não diferiu (P>0,05 do tratamento sem adição de plasma (4,3%, entretanto foi menor (P<0,05 se comparada à taxa de prenhez dos grupos-controle I inseminação via cervical superficial com sêmen fresco diluído (50,0% e II inseminação via laparoscopia com sêmen descongelado (39,4%. A inseminação artificial por via cervical superficial com adição de plasma seminal ao sêmen descongelado não elevou o percentual de prenhez em valores que justifiquem a indicação desta biotecnologia em rebanhos comerciais de ovinos.

  9. Calcium, Magnesium and Total Antioxidant Capacity (TAC in Seminal Plasma of Water Buffalo (Bubalus Bubalis Bulls and their Relationships with Semen Characteristics

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    Mohammad-Hassan Khadem Ansari

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available In order to determine calcium (Ca, magnesium (Mg content and total antioxidant capacity (TAC of seminal plasma in buffalo and to study their associations with the semen characteristics, 54 semen samples were collected from 10 buffalo bulls; semen quality was evaluated, seminal plasma was then harvested by centrifugation and its Ca and Mg content were estimated and its TAC determined. The Ca and Mg content of the seminal plasma (Mean ± SEM were recorded as 22.36 ± 0.52 mg dl-1 and 11.94 ± 0.36 mg dl-1 respectively, while, its mean TAC value was 1.50 ± 0.02 mmol L-1. The mean Ca value was highly associated with sperm progressive motility, gross motility, viability (P = 0.000 for all, negatively with semen volume (P = 0.01, and with Mg and TAC values (P = 0.000 for both. The mean Mg values was highly associated with sperm progressive motility, gross motility and viability and seminal plasma Ca and TAC (P = 0.000 for all and negatively associated with semen volume (P = 0.014. The mean TAC values was highly associated with sperm progressive motility, gross motility and viability and seminal plasma Ca and Mg (P = 0.000 for all. For further clarification of these associations, the data was categorized in three groups of excellent (Ex, >90% motile, n = 33, good (Go, 80-89% motile, n = 15 and moderate (Mo, <79% motile, n = 6 according to their percentage of sperm motility. The mean progressive motility in Ex group was 92.24 ± 0.51%, in Go group it was 81.66 ± 0.62 %, and in Mo group it was 71.66 ± 1.05 %. The mean Ca, Mg and TAC values were respectively recorded as 25.12 ± 0.29 mg dl-1, 13.78 ± 0.20 mg dl-1, and 1.57 ± 0.009 mmol L-1 in Ex, 18.74 ± 0.63 mg dl-1, 9.14 ± 0.33mg dl-1, and 1.42 ± 0.044 mmol L-1 in Go, and 17.34 ± 0.18 mg dl-1, 8.06 ± 0.25 mg dl-1, and 1.23± 0.05 mmol L-1 in Mo groups. The associations in groups are discussed. These results show that seminal plasma Ca and Mg content and TAC are associated with semen

  10. Eficacia de la radiación ultravioleta en la esterilización del plasma seminal porcino y su comportamiento sobre calidad espermática

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    Ordóñez Arias, Wilmer Wilfrido

    2017-01-01

    El objetivo del presente trabajo fue evaluar el efecto de la Radiación Ultravioleta de Onda Corta (UV-C) como medio esterilizador de Plasma Seminal Porcino y su comportamiento sobre la calidad espermática. Donde se empleó un diseño de Bloques al azar conformados por 4 verracos de los que se obtuvo 4 eyaculados por cada uno divididos en 5 alícuotas para los tratamientos planteados dando un total de 80 unidades experimentales. Los tratamientos fueron: A.- sin exposición; B.- 5 minutos de exposi...

  11. Use of heterospermic inseminations and paternity testing to evaluate the relative contributions of common sperm traits and seminal plasma proteins in boar fertility.

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    Flowers, W L; Deller, F; Stewart, K R

    2016-11-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate relationships between common semen quality estimates including sperm motility, sperm morphology, spontaneous capacitation status and seminal plasma proteins and boar fertility using heterospermic inseminations and subsequent paternity testing. All boars (n=12) used in the study had excellent semen quality (≥70% normal sperm) that resulted in average farrowing rates and litter sizes of 88.9±0.7% and 11.7±0.1 pigs, respectively. Their ejaculates were combined to make heterospermic insemination doses in such a way that each boar was tested against all of his contemporaries. The proportion of piglets sired by each individual was used to separate boars into three fertility groups: High (71.6±4.8%; n=3); Medium (51.6±3.8%; n=6); and Low (25.2%±5.3%; n=3). Ejaculates from High fertility boars had more motile sperm with normal acrosomes that moved faster in a straight-line and were more likely to undergo an acrosome reaction (p≤0.05) compared with their counterparts in the Low fertility group. Ejaculates from High fertility boars contained the greatest concentrations of three seminal plasma proteins (25.9kD/5.9pI; 55.1kD/4.8pI; and 70.1kD/5.2pI; p≤0.05), whereas concentrations of a 19.1kD/6.8pI were highest in semen from Low fertility boars (p≤0.05). Multiple regression analyses indicated that concentrations of the 25.9kD/5.9pI seminal plasma protein explained 66% of the variation observed in the proportion of pigs sired within a litter among boars (p≤0.00001). These results demonstrate that heterospermic inseminations and subsequent paternity testing is an effective technique for defining relationships between common semen quality tests and fertility, especially in situations where reproductive performance of all the boars is high. Motility, normal acrosome morphology, average linear velocity of motile sperm, and the proportion of sperm capable of an acrosome reaction were all positively associated with boar

  12. EFFECT OF THE ADDITION OF SEMINAL PLASMA, VITAMIN E AND INCUBATION TIME ON POST-THAWED SPERM VIABILITY IN BOAR SEMEN

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    A. G. C. Pech- Sansores; F. G. Centurión- Castro; J. C. Rodríguez-Buenfil; J. C. Segura-Correa; J. R. Aké-Lopez

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    The objective of the study was to evaluate the effect of seminal plasma (SP), vitamin E (VE), and incubation time on sperm viability of post-thawed boar semen. Thirty six ejaculates were used and allocated to four treatments: T1, semen + BTS (Belstville Thawing Solution) + 10% SP; T2, semen + BTS + 200¿g/ml VE; T3, semen + BTS + 10% SP + 200¿g/ml VE; T4, semen + BTS (control). Motility (MOT), intact acrosomes (IA), membrane integrity (MI) and mitochondrial activity (MA) were evaluated, at 0 a...

  13. Zinc-binding proteins from boar seminal plasma -- isolation, biochemical characteristics and influence on spermatozoa stored at 4°C.

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    Mogielnicka-Brzozowska, Marzena; Wysocki, Paweł; Strzeżek, Jerzy; Kordan, Władysław

    2011-01-01

    Affinity chromatography on Chelating Sepharose Fast Flow Gel-Zn(2+) was used for fractionation of boar seminal plasma proteins. Approximately 30% of total boar seminal plasma proteins showed affinity for zinc ions (ZnBP fraction). Native electrophoresis (PAGE) of ZnBP revealed six protein fractions which separated into 27 bands under denaturing conditions (SDS/PAGE). Two-dimensional electrophoresis (2D PAGE) showed 148 polypeptides with isoelectric points mostly in the basic and neutral pH range. The zinc-binding proteins comprise mainly 10-20 kDa polypeptides which are probably members of the spermadhesin family. ZnBP present in the incubation mixture of spermatozoa stored for 1 or 24 h at 4 °C allowed preservation of a higher percentage of cells exhibiting linear motility in comparison to a control sample stored in PBS. Presented results indicate that proteins binding Zn(2+) ions have a shielding effect on the sperm plasma membrane and acrosome of spermatozoa, protecting these structures against consequences of cold shock.

  14. New strategies of boar sperm cryopreservation: development of novel freezing and thawing methods with a focus on the roles of seminal plasma.

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    Okazaki, Tetsuji; Shimada, Masayuki

    2012-09-01

    Cryopreservation of boar spermatozoa offers an effective means of long-term storage of important genetic material. Many researchers have investigated how to improve reproductive performance by artificial insemination (AI) using cryopreserved boar spermatozoa. Recently, we and other groups reported that high conception rates (70-80%) can be achieved by AI with frozen-thawed boar spermatozoa using a modified temperature program during freezing, or a novel cryopreservation extender to improve sperm quality (including sperm survivability, motility, membrane status and fertilization ability) after thawing, or a novel sperm infusion method, deep intra uterine insemination. However, these techniques have not yet been used for commercial pig production. The variation in sperm freezability among boars or among ejaculations in an identical boar is one of the main reasons for this problem. In our previous study, it was revealed that some components of seminal plasma have a negative effect on the freezability of boar sperm. One of these factors is bacteria-released endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide: LPS). LPS binds to Toll-like receptor-4 (TLR-4) expressed on the sperm surface, resulting in induction of apoptosis. On the other hand, seminal plasma suppresses cryo-capacitation induced by thawing stress. On the basis of these findings, we designed a novel protocol of AI using frozen-thawed boar sperm.

  15. Effect of Coenzyme Q10 supplementation on antioxidant enzymes activity and oxidative stress of seminal plasma: a double-blind randomised clinical trial.

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    Nadjarzadeh, A; Shidfar, F; Amirjannati, N; Vafa, M R; Motevalian, S A; Gohari, M R; Nazeri Kakhki, S A; Akhondi, M M; Sadeghi, M R

    2014-03-01

    Low seminal plasma concentrations of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) have been correlated with impaired sperm parameters, but the exact mechanism remains of dominating interest. This randomised, placebo-controlled study examined the effect of CoQ10 on catalase, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and F2 -isoprostanes in seminal plasma in infertile men and their relation with CoQ10 concentration. Sixty infertile men with idiopathic oligoasthenoteratozoospermia (OAT) were randomised to receive 200 mg d(-1) of CoQ10 or placebo for 3 months. 47 persons of them completed the study. Semen analysis, anthropometric measurements, diet and physical activity assessment were performed for subjects before and after treatment. Independent and paired t-test, chi-square test and ancova were compared outcomes of supplementation between two groups. CoQ10 levels increased from 44.74 ± 36.47 to 68.17 ± 42.41 ng ml(-1) following supplementation in CoQ10 (P concentration and normal sperm morphology (P = 0.037), catalase (P = 0.041) and SOD (P enzymes activity.

  16. Transgene transmission in chickens by sperm-mediated gene transfer after seminal plasma removal and exogenous DNA treated with dimethylsulfoxide or ,-dimethylacetamide

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    Tiago Collares; Vinicius Farias Campos; Priscila Marques Moura De Leon; Paulo V Cavalcanti; Marta G Amaral; Odir A Dellagostin; João Carlos Deschamps; Fabiana K Seixas

    2011-09-01

    Transgenic animals have been successfully produced by mass gene transfer techniques such as sperm-mediated gene transfer (SMGT). The aim of this work was to demonstrate transgene transmission by SMGT in chickens using dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) or ,-dimethylacetamide (DMAc) as transfectants after seminal plasma removal to prevent DNase activity. Sperm samples were prepared by repetitive washes, and after each wash sperm motility, seminal plasma proteins, exogenous DNA integrity and its uptake by spermatozoa were evaluated. Laying hens were inseminated using spermatozoa transfected with pEGFP-N1 vector in the presence of DMSO or DMAc. Transgene transmission in newborn chicks was evaluated by in vivo enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) expression, RT-PCR and PCR analysis. DNA internalization was limited to sperm samples washed twice. The presence of DMSO or DMAc during transfection had no effect on fertilization or hatching rates. PCR analysis detected the presence of EGFP DNA in 38% of newborn chicks from the DMSO group and 19% from the DMAc group. EGFP mRNA was detected in 21% of newborn chicks from the DMSO group, as against 8.5% from the DMAc group. However, in vivo expression of EGFP was only observed in a single animal from the DMSO group. Our data revealed that the plasmid DNA–DMSO combination coupled with sperm washes can be an efficient method for transfection in chickens.

  17. Prostaglandin levels in seminal plasma and sperm extracts of the domestic turkey, and the effects of cyclooxygenase inhibitors on sperm mobility

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    Thurston Ronald J

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Turkey reproduction is by artificial insemination using pooled semen so there is interest in storing semen. Fertilizing capacity declines after six hours storage, possibly due to poor sperm mobility. Prostaglandins (PG affect mammalian sperm motility, but avian sperm has not been widely studied. For this study, levels of PG E1, E2, and F2 alpha in turkey seminal plasma and sperm extract, and effects of cyclooxygenase (COX inhibitors on sperm mobility were determined. Methods Seminal Plasma and sperm extract PG E1, E2, and F2 alpha, from 1.0 mL pooled semen, were measured by ELISA. In Trial 1, PG were determined from 122 wk old toms (n = 4. Trial 2 used 36 wk old toms (n = 7. For Trial 3, PGE2 only was measured from 48 wk (n = 6 and 154 wk old toms (n = 3. The effects of non-specific COX inhibitors indomethacin, diclofenac, tolmetin, or aspirin (n = 10, or specific COX-1 or COX-2 inhibitors (n = 3 on sperm mobility were measured (Accudenz swim-down test. Results Seminal plasma PG (pg/mL in Trials 1 and 2, respectively, were 185.2 ± 88.4 and 187.2 ± 33.7 for PGE1; 141.4 ± 43.1 and 100.4 ± 14.6 for PGF2 alpha; and 431.0 ± 155.1 for PGE2 (Trial 1 only. Sperm extract PG (pg/10 billion cells in Trials 1 and 2, respectively, were 215.1 ± 38.1 and 208.9 ± 41.5 for PGE1; 133.7 ± 51.7 and 49.8 ± 8.3 for PGF2 alpha; and 52.3 ± 8.6 for PGE2 (Trial 1 only. In Trial 3, seminal plasma PGE2 (pg/mL in older versus younger males was 1097.9 ± 99.3 versus 853.2 ± 144.6 and sperm extract PGE2 (pg/10 billion cells was 208.0 ± 56.1 versus 102.4 ± 14.8. Cyclooxygenase inhibitors (0.001 to 10 mM decreased sperm mobility: indomethacin 15 to 100%; diclofenac 4 to 100%; tolmetin 27 to 74%; aspirin (tested at 0.01 to 15 mM 22 to 42%; resveratrol (COX-1 and NS-398 (COX-2, both tested at 0.1 to 10 mM, 38 to 98% and 44 to 85%, respectively. Conclusion These results indicate that PG are present in turkey seminal plasma and sperm, and COX

  18. On a matter of seminal importance

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    McGraw, Lisa A.; Suarez, Susan S.; Wolfner, Mariana F.

    2015-01-01

    Egg and sperm have, understandably, been the “stars” of mammalian fertilization biology, particularly because artificial reproductive technologies allow for fertilization to occur outside of the female reproductive tract without other apparent contributions from either sex. Yet, recent research, including an exciting new paper, reveals unexpected and important contributions of seminal plasma to fertility. For example, seminal plasma proteins play critical roles in modulating female reproductive physiology, and a new study in mice demonstrates that effects of some of these proteins on the female can even affect the health of her progeny. Furthermore, although several actions of seminal plasma have been conserved across taxa, male accessory glands and their products are diverse — even among mammals. Taken together, these studies suggest that the actions of seminal plasma components are important to understand, and also to consider in future development of assisted reproductive technologies for humans, farm species, and endangered species of mammals. PMID:25379987

  19. Study on the Effect of Seminal Plasma in Porcine Sperms Cryopreservation%精浆对猪精子冷冻效果影响的研究

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    刘彪; 逯心玉; 孔庆然; 苏兴盼; 何文腾; 胡魁; 刘忠华

    2012-01-01

    为优化猪精子冷冻技术,提高解冻后精子的活力和受精能力,本试验分别以含精浆浓度为10%、20%和30%的冷冻保护剂处理精子,以冷冻前、解冻后精子活力和质膜完整性,解冻后精子进行体外受精(IVF)的卵裂率和囊胚率等作为检测指标,同时以含有卵黄的Tris-柠檬酸—葡萄糖(Tris-citric acid-glucose,TCG)冷冻基础液作为对照研究精浆对猪冷冻精子的保护作用.结果显示,在含有10%精浆浓度的稀释液中,冷冻前质膜完整性,解冻后精子活率、质膜完整性、IVF囊胚率相对于对照组均显著提高(P<0.05);当含有10%精浆的冷冻精液解冻后用于人工授精时,与配母猪妊娠率、窝产仔数、窝产活仔数等仍显著低于鲜精授精组(P<0.05).上述结果表明,含10%精浆的冷冻保护剂能提高精子的冷冻后活力和IVF胚胎发育率,但用于人工授精配种与鲜精相比还有一定差距.%In order to improve the frozen porcine sperms motility and fertilizing ability after thawed, sperms were extended in basic cryoprotection extender with 0, 10%, 20%, 30% seminal plasma respectively before freezing. Sperm motility, membrane integrity, fertilization rate and blastocyst rate of IVF embryos and artificial insemination results were chosen as criteria for assessing the sperm quality. The results showed that the motility, membrane integrity of sperms extended in cryoprotection extender containing 10% seminal plasma were improved significantly (P<0. 05) after thawed compared with the control group. The blastocyst rate of IVF embryos derived from these sperms was also increased significantly. Artificial insemination with the thawed sperms from the group extended in cryoprotection extender containing 10% seminal plasma resulted in a significantly lower pregnancy rates, litter size and number of live littermate compared with fresh sperm insemination(P<0. 05). These results indicated that cryoprotectant with 10

  20. Comparison of anti-oxidant enzymes activity and levels of zinc and selenium in sperm and seminal plasma between fertile and idiopathic infertile men

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    Hadi Kharazi

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: Reactive oxygen species (ROS-induced lipidperoxidation can lead to dysfunction of sperm and thereby, infertility may be occurred. So, always there is a balance between amount of ROS and anti-oxidant molecules in semen. Anti-oxidant enzymes of sperm; superoxide dismutase (SOD, glutathione peroxidase (GPX, catalse and zinc and selenium can protect it from destructive effects of ROS. Hence, the present study was designed to compare the activities of these enzymes and trace elements between fertile and idiopathic infertile men.Methods: Semen specimens were collected from 30 infertile men with proven infertility by an urologist, and 30 fertile men as control donors, with age range between 20-40 years old. Semen analysis was conducted by CASA method. Atomic absorption method was used for measuring of zinc and selenium concentration. Activity assays of SOD and GPX were performed by Randox Kits. Aebi method also was applied for evaluation of catalase activity.Results: There was no difference between the activities of enzymes in fertile men and infertile ones. Also, it wasn't seen any difference in the selenium and zinc levels of seminal plasma. There was no relationship between evaluated items with sperm parameters. Only, in asthenoteratospermic individuals negative correlations were found between GPX and sperm motility, selenium and sperm morphology. Also, in these individuals ,there was a positive correlation between SOD and catalse activity.Conclusion: Measuring activities of SOD, GPx, and catalase and the contents of zinc and selenium of seminal plasma do not appear to be suitable tools for determining the fertility potential of sperm.

  1. 不育男性血清和精液血浆中的Beta-内啡肽%Beta-endorphin in serum and seminal plasma in infertile men

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    S. El-Haggar; S. El-Ashmawy; A. Attia; T. Mostafa; M. M. F. Roaiah; A. Fayez; S. Ghazi; W. Zohdy; N. Roshdy

    2006-01-01

    目的:评价Beta-内啡肽在不同组别的不育男性血清和精液血浆中的水平.方法:用酶标记免疫附测定法(enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay,ELISA)测定80名不育男子血清和精液血浆中的Beta-内啡肽,平均分为4组:非阻塞性无精组(NOA)、阻塞性无精组(OA)、先天双侧输精管缺失组(CBVAD)以及弱精组.将测定结果与20名正常男子的血清和精液血浆中的Beta-内啡肽水平进行对比.结果:所有不育组的精液血浆中Beta-内啡肽的平均水平都有所下降(平均数±标准差:NOA组51.30±27.37 pg/L,OA组51.88±9.47 pg/L,CBAVD组20.36±13.39 pg/L,弱精组49.26±12.49 pg/L).不育组中血清中Beta-内啡肽平均水平在与对照生育组中血清中Beta-内啡肽平均水平相比没有降低(不育组分别为51.09±14.71 pg/mL、49.76±12.4 pg/mL、33.96±7.2 pg/mL和69.1±16.57 pg/mL,对照生育组为49.26±31.32 pg/mL).先天双侧输精管缺失组精液血浆中Beta-内啡肽平均水平最低,精液Beta-内啡肽睾丸份额约占40%,精液Beta-内啡肽与精子密度之间存在显著相关性(r=0.699,P=0.0188),与血浆水平(r=0.375,P=0.185)或精子活力比例(r=0.470,P=0.899)之间存在非显著相关性.结论:由于下丘脑-垂体-性腺轴存在阿片样作用,单独测定Beta-内啡肽不足以评价男性生殖能力.%Aim: To access beta-endorphin levels in serum as well as seminal plasma in different infertile male groups. Methods:Beta-endorphin was estimated in the serum and seminal plasma by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)method in 80 infertile men equally divided into four groups: non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA), obstructive azoospermia (OA), congenital bilateral absent vas deferens (CBVAD) and asthenozoospermia. The results were compared to those of 20 normozoospermic proven fertile men. Results: There was a decrease in the mean levels of beta-endorphin in the seminal plasma of all successive infertile groups (mean ± SD: NOA 51.30 ± 27

  2. Decreased activity of superoxide dismutase in the seminal plasma of infertile men correlates with increased sperm deoxyribonucleic acid fragmentation during the first hours after sperm donation.

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    Wdowiak, Artur; Bakalczuk, Szymon; Bakalczuk, Grzegorz

    2015-07-01

    Sperm DNA fragmentation varies between individuals and is more pronounced with increased patient age and time after sperm donation. The intensification of DNA fragmentation depends on the balance of the oxidoreductive system, which is regulated mainly by two enzymes - superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase. The objective of this study was to determine the relationship between sperm DNA fragmentation dynamics, fertility and seminal SOD and catalase activity. The study was conducted in 2013 and 2014 at the Non-Public Health Care Unit 'Ovum Reproduction and Andrology' in Lublin, Lublin, Poland, and covered 218 men aged 25-35 (85 fertile and 133 patients treated for infertility). Percentage of fragmented DNA was measured in a modified chromatin dispersion test at four time points after sperm donation (t = 0, 3, 6, 12 h). SOD and catalase activities were determined spectrophotometrically. We confirmed that the activity of SOD in the seminal plasma of men with reproductive disorders was lower compared with fertile men. Conversely, no significant correlations were found between fertility and catalase activity. Sperm DNA of infertile males was initially more fragmented than fertile male sperm DNA. SOD and catalase activity did not correlate with the degree of DNA fragmentation in fertile men. In men with reproductive disorders, the rate of DNA fragmentation was slow within first 3 h after sperm donation and then increased between 6 and 12 h. In this group of infertile men, those with higher SOD activity had a lower DNA fragmentation index (DFI) after 12 h, and a reduced rate of intensity of fragmentation from 6 to 12 h. Alternatively, higher catalase activity among men treated for infertility was accompanied by higher initial DFI and higher rate of DNA fragmentation from 6 to 12 h. These results highlight the importance of determining a proper time window between sperm donation and procedures of assisted reproductive technology. © 2015 American Society of

  3. Blood and seminal plasma concentrations of selenium, zinc and testosterone and their relationship to sperm quality and testicular biometry in domestic cats.

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    Villaverde, Ana Izabel S B; Fioratti, Eduardo G; Ramos, Renata S; Neves, Renato C F; Ferreira, João Carlos P; Cardoso, Guilherme S; Padilha, Pedro M; Lopes, Maria Denise

    2014-11-10

    The aim of this study was to assess seminal plasma (SP) and serum concentrations of zinc (Zn), selenium (Se) and testosterone (T) in domestic cats and determine whether these are related to sperm quality and testicular biometry. Six tomcats were collected using an artificial vagina and sperm analysis included motility by CASA, morphology, plasma membrane integrity, and sperm count. Serum and SP were submitted to total T concentration determination using a solid-phase radioimmunoassay technique while Zn and Se were measured by atomic absorption spectroscopy. Serum T concentrations were greater compared to SP concentrations, but both values were significantly correlated. Se concentrations were higher in serum, whereas SP had greater Zn values. Concentrations of Se, Zn and T were not correlated with each other either in serum or SP. Negative correlations were detected between Se concentrations in SP and total sperm head defects, and between Se concentrations in serum and VAP, VSL, STR, and LIN. Serum concentrations of Zn were negatively correlated with total abnormal sperm and midpiece defects and positively related to progressive motility. Both serum and SP concentrations of T had no relationship with sperm quality. Concentrations of Se exhibited a negative correlation with total testicular weight, whereas T concentrations in SP and serum were correlated with total testicular volume and weight. In conclusion, both Se and Zn concentrations in serum were correlated to sperm quality variables in the domestic cat, thus, making these potential candidates for fertility markers.

  4. A pH Switch Regulates the Inverse Relationship between Membranolytic and Chaperone-like Activities of HSP-1/2, a Major Protein of Horse Seminal Plasma.

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    Kumar, C Sudheer; Swamy, Musti J

    2016-07-05

    HSP-1/2, a major protein of horse seminal plasma binds to choline phospholipids present on the sperm plasma membrane and perturbs its structure by intercalating into the hydrophobic core, which results in an efflux of choline phospholipids and cholesterol, an important event in sperm capacitation. HSP-1/2 also exhibits chaperone-like activity (CLA) in vitro and protects target proteins against various kinds of stress. In the present study we show that HSP-1/2 exhibits destabilizing activity toward model supported and cell membranes. The membranolytic activity of HSP-1/2 is found to be pH dependent, with lytic activity being high at mildly acidic pH (6.0-6.5) and low at mildly basic pH (8.0-8.5). Interestingly, the CLA is also found to be pH dependent, with high activity at mildly basic pH and low activity at mildly acidic pH. Taken together the present studies demonstrate that the membranolytic and chaperone-like activities of HSP-1/2 have an inverse relationship and are regulated via a pH switch, which is reversible. The higher CLA observed at mildly basic pH could be correlated to an increase in surface hydrophobicity of the protein. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study reporting regulation of two different activities of a chaperone protein by a pH switch.

  5. The detoxication of nitrate by two antioxidants or a probiotic, and the effects on blood and seminal plasma profiles and reproductive function of New Zealand White rabbit bucks.

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    Attia, Y A; Abd El Hamid, E A; Ismaiel, A M; El-Nagar, A

    2013-04-01

    Forty-two New Zealand White male rabbits were housed individually in wire cages and randomly distributed among six experimental groups of seven rabbits each, during 16 to 61 weeks of age. There were three main nitrate groups: 0 (tap water), 350 and 700 ppm. Within the 700 ppm of nitrate, there were four subgroups, in which one group was used as control group and the other three groups were supplemented with either 200 ppm of ascorbic acid (vitamin (Vit) C), 200 ppm of Vit E with 0.2 ppm of selenium (Se) and 1000 ppm of probiotic. The nitrate was supplemented as a sodium nitrate. The aim is to test the ability of Vit C and Vit E, Se and probiotic on the deleterious effects (blood and seminal plasma biochemical constituents, semen quality and productive performance) of nitrate in drinking water. Rabbits given nitrate at 700 ppm had significantly lower plasma globulin, red blood cells (RBCs), hemoglobin (Hgb), packed cell volume % (PCV%) and total antioxidant capacity (TAC) than those given the other concentrations of nitrate. Vit C, Vit E with Se and probiotic resulted in significantly (P rabbits given 700 ppm nitrate than in those given other concentrations of nitrate. Vit C, Vit E with Se and the probiotic significantly increased testosterone, fertility, number of offspring and total offspring weight of rabbits sired by bucks supplemented with 700 ppm of nitrate.

  6. 精浆锌含量与精液质量及体外受精结局的相关性%Correlation between seminal plasma Zinc concentration and semen quality,outcomes of in vitro fertilization

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    江莉; 李慕军; 牛冉冉; 翟丹梅; 袁华

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the relationship between seminal plasma Zinc concentration and sperm quality, outcomes of in vitro Fertilization. Methods The seminal plasma Zinc concentration of 81 infertile men was detected by using 5-Br-PAPS staining method. Spearman correlation between seminal plasma Zinc, conventional semen parameters and IVF fertilization rates, cleavage rate, and good quality embryo rate was analyzed. Results A significant positive correlation was found between seminal plasma Zinc concentration with sperm density, motility and IVF fertilization rate (r =0.49, 0. 305, 0.289; all P 0. 05 ). Conclusion Amount of seminal plasma zinc level can promote the maturation of sperm nuclear. Seminal plasma zinc content can decrease sperm density and motility, and also can decrease IVF fertilization rate; but no significant impact can be seen to the normal sperm morphology, IVF embryo cleavage rate and quality rate.%目的 探讨精浆锌含量对精液质量及体外受精(IVF)结局的影响.方法 采用5-Br-PAPS显色法检测81例不育男性患者精浆锌含量,Spearman相关分析法分析精浆锌含量与精液常规参数、成熟精子率及IVF结局的关系.结果 Spearman相关分析显示精浆锌含量与精子密度、精子活率、IVF受精数呈显著正相关(r=0.49、0.305、0.289,P均<0.05,与不成熟精子率呈负相关(r=- 0.278,P<0.05),与精子正常形态率及IVF卵裂率、优胚率无相关性(P均>0.05).结论 适量的精浆锌含量能够促进精子核成熟,精浆锌含量降低可致精子密度和活率下降,使IVF受精数降低;但是对精子的正常形态率,IVF卵裂率和优质胚胎率无显著影响.

  7. Relationship between in vitro sperm functional assessments, seminal plasma composition, and field fertility after AI with either non-sorted or sex-sorted bull semen.

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    Holden, S A; Fernandez-Fuertes, B; Murphy, C; Whelan, H; O'Gorman, A; Brennan, L; Butler, S T; Lonergan, P; Fair, S

    2017-01-01

    The hypothesis of this study was that different in vitro parameters are required to predict the in vivo fertility of non-sorted (NS) and sex-sorted (SS) semen. Thus, the aim was to correlate in vitro bull sperm functional parameters (experiment 1) and seminal plasma composition (experiment 2) with pregnancy rates using 2 cohorts of bulls (NS and SS). Experiment 1: ejaculates from each bull (n = 3 ejaculates per bull; n = 6 bulls for both NS and SS) were assessed for motility, thermal stress tolerance and morphology using microscopy, and viability, osmotic resistance, mitochondrial membrane potential, and acrosome integrity using flow cytometry. Fertilizing ability was assessed using IVF. Experiment 2: ejaculates (n = 3 per bull; n = 8 and 6 bulls for NS and SS, respectively) were collected, seminal plasma harvested and frozen and later analyzed for amino acid and fatty acid composition using gas chromatography mass spectrometry. In the NS cohort of bulls, there was no correlation between pregnancy rate and any of the sperm functional parameters assessed. However, within the SS cohort, motility and viability were correlated with pregnancy rate (r = 0.84 and 0.80, respectively; P < 0.05). There was no correlation between IVF outcome and pregnancy rate in either the SS or NS cohort of bulls. In the NS cohort of bulls, concentrations of the amino acid isoleucine and the fatty acid tricosylic acid (C23:0) were correlated with pregnancy rate (r = 0.80 and 0.74, respectively; P < 0.05). Within the SS cohort of bulls, the amino acid glutamic acid and the fatty acid arachidic acid (C20:0) were correlated with pregnancy rate (r = 0.84 and 0.82, respectively; P < 0.05). In conclusion, this study suggests that different in vitro markers of fertility are required to predict the fertility of NS and SS sperm.

  8. Effects of season and artificial photoperiod on semen and seminal plasma characteristics in bucks of two goat breeds maintained in a semen collection center

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    Francisco Arrebola

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Aim: This study quantified the effects of season and photoperiodic treatment on semen and seminal plasma (SP characteristics in 12 bucks of two Spanish goat breeds (Murciano-Granadina, and Payoya for the past 1 year. Materials and Methods: A total of 6 bucks (three of each breed were exposed to the natural day length and the other six males (three of each breed were exposed to alternating conditions of 2 months of long days (16 h light and 2 months of short days (8 h light. Weekly concentrations of glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase/aspartate aminotransferase (GOT/AST, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH, potassium, testosterone, and protein in SP were measured. Reaction time and scrotal circumference were recorded, and plasma testosterone concentrations were measured before semen collection. Results: Sperm volume, LDH, and potassium concentration in SP, and reaction time did not differ significantly between breeds, seasons, and photoperiodic treatment. Sperm concentrations were higher (p<0.001 in spring and summer than they were in autumn and winter. Mean percentage of positive hypo-osmotic swelling test sperm was the highest in summer and under the artificial photoperiod (p<0.01. GOT/AST concentrations differed (p<0.01 between breeds and seasons. Breed, season, and photoperiod had significant (p<0.001 effects on protein and testosterone levels in SP. Plasma testosterone concentrations were highest in summer (p<0.001, and differed significantly (p<0.01 between breeds. Scrotal perimeter differed significantly (p<0.001 between breeds and photoperiod. Conclusion: Recognition of those seasonal and breed-specific differences in the performance of bucks should help to improve the management of individual semen samples for use in artificial insemination programs.

  9. The activity of paraoxonase type 1 (PON-1) in boar seminal plasma and its relationship with sperm quality, functionality, and in vivo fertility.

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    Barranco, I; Tvarijonaviciute, A; Perez-Patiño, C; Alkmin, D V; Ceron, J J; Martinez, E A; Rodriguez-Martinez, H; Roca, J

    2015-03-01

    Paraoxonase 1 (PON-1) is a hydrolytic enzyme present in body fluids, capable of protecting cells against oxidative stress. The hypothesis was hereby to test that PON-1, present in seminal plasma (SP), acts protecting boar spermatozoa when showing a reasonable high activity in the ejaculate. SP-PON-1 activity differed (p boars (from 0.10 to 0.29 IU/mL). Intra-boar variability was also observed (p boars. SP-PON-1 activity differed among ejaculate portions, showing the spermatozoa-peak portion of spermatozoa-rich ejaculate fraction the highest levels (0.35 ± 0.03 IU/mL, ranging from 0.12 to 0.69) and the post-sperm ejaculate fraction the lowest levels (0.12 ± 0.01 IU/mL, ranging from 0.03 to 0.21). SP-PON-1 activity was positively correlated with the percentage of spermatozoa with rapid and progressive movement (p boars with highest farrowing rates. In conclusion, SP-PON-1 activity differed among boars and ejaculate fractions/portions. SP-PON-1 activity was positively correlated with sperm quality and functionality of liquid-stored semen samples and it evidenced a positive association with in vivo fertility.

  10. Glutathione Peroxidase 5 Is Expressed by the Entire Pig Male Genital Tract and Once in the Seminal Plasma Contributes to Sperm Survival and In Vivo Fertility

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    Barranco, Isabel; Tvarijonaviciute, Asta; Perez-Patiño, Cristina; Vicente-Carrillo, Alejandro; Parrilla, Inmaculada; Ceron, Jose J.; Martinez, Emilio A.; Rodriguez-Martinez, Heriberto; Roca, Jordi

    2016-01-01

    Glutathione peroxidase-5 (GPX5) is an H2O2-scavenging enzyme identified in boar seminal plasma (SP). This study attempted to clarify its origin and role on sperm survival and fertility after artificial insemination (AI). GPX5 was expressed (Western blot and immunocytochemistry using a rabbit primary polyclonal antibody) in testes, epididymis and accessory sex glands (6 boars). SP-GPX5 concentration differed among boars (11 boars, P boar (44 ejaculates, P sperm rich fraction (SRF, sperm-peak portion) had a significantly lower concentration (8.87 ± 0.78 ng/mL) than the rest of the SRF and the post-SRF (11.66 ± 0.79 and 12.37 ± 0.79 ng/mL, respectively, P Sperm motility of liquid-stored semen AI-doses (n = 44, at 15–17°C during 72h) declined faster in AI-doses with low concentrations of SP-GPX5 compared to those with high-levels. Boars (n = 11) with high SP-GPX5 showed higher farrowing rates and litter sizes than those with low SP-GPX5 (a total of 5,275 inseminated sows). In sum, GPX5 is widely expressed in the boar genital tract and its variable presence in SP shows a positive relationship with sperm quality and fertility outcomes of liquid-stored semen AI-doses. PMID:27627110

  11. The effects of insulin-like growth factorI (IGF I) complex from seminal plasma on capacitation, membrane integrity andDNA fragmentation in goat spermatozoa

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    Suherni Susilowati; Indah Norma Triana; Abdul Malik

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate the effects of the insulin-like growth factor I (IGF I) complex from seminal plasma on capacitation, membrane integrity and DNA fragmentation.Methods:A total of 0.5 mL of fresh semen was added to 1 mL of Bracket-Oliphant (BO) medium, and the sample was then centrifuged at a speed of 1 800 rpm for 10 minutes. The samples were analyzed before and after centrifugation for sperm viability, motility, membrane integrity and capacitation. The centrifuged samples were divided into three groups, each consisting of 3í 106spermatozoa. BO medium was added to group 1, BO ¬+ 12 ng IGF I complex medium was added to group 2, and 12 ng IGF I complex was added to group 3. Then, the samples were incubated for 15 minutes. Results:The result showed that sperm motility, viability and membrane integrity were significantly lower (P<0.05) after centrifugation. Furthermore, the sperm capacitation was significantly increased (P<0.05) after centrifugation. The percentages of sperm capacitation, membrane integrity and DNA fragmentation were significantly different (P< 0.05) in all media, including BO, BO + IGF-I complex and the IGF-I complex alone. Conclusions:Sperm quality include motility, viability and membrane integrity were lower after centrifugation. whereas DNA fragmentation after incubation in the IGF-I complex medium also was lower compared to that of specimens in the BO and BO + IGF-I complex media.

  12. 不育男性精浆生化标志物与精液参数分析%Analyse of biochemical marker in seminal plasma and sperm parameters of infertile male

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    何雁; 王岚; 高婷; 伏建峰; 刘俊

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the important role of biochemical marker of seminal plasma in male fertility evaluation, and the relationship between biochemical marker and sperm parameters. Methods: The activities of zinc and acid phosphatase in seminal plasma were routinely detected in 97 infertile men and 30 normal fertility as control. We carried out the biochemical detection of seminal plasma, including fructose content, acid phosphatase content, α - glycosidase content and zinc content. The data was be statistically analysed by SPSS - 11.0 software. Results: ①The seminal plasma fructose content of anormal sperm density in infertile group is significant higher than normal sperm density in infertile group or normal fertility group ( P < 0. 05 ); The seminal plasma fructose content of anormal sperm activity in infertile group have significant difference than normal fertility group ( P < 0.05 ). ② The seminal plasma acid phosphatase content of anormal sperm activity in infertile group is significant lower than normal sperm activity in infertile group or normal fertility group ( P < 0.05 ); The seminal plasma acid phosphatase content of anormal sperm density in infertile group have no statistical difference with normal sperm density in infertile group or normal fertility group ( P > 0.05 ). ③The seminal plasma α - glycosidase content of anormal sperm density in infertile group is significant lower than normal sperm density in infertile group or normal fertility group (P <0.05); The seminal plasma α - glycosidase content nf anormal sperm activity in infertile group is significant lower than normal sperm activity in infertile group or normal fertility group ( P < 0.05 ). ④The seminal plasma zinc content of anormal sperm density in infertile group is significant lower than normal sperm density in infertile group or normal fertility group (P <0.01 ); The seminal plasma zinc content of anormal sperm activity in infertile group have no statistical

  13. Longitudinal comparison between plasma and seminal HIV-1 viral loads during antiretroviral treatment Comparação longitudinal entre cargas virais seminais e plasmáticas do HIV-1 durante terapia anti-retroviral

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    Lauro Ferreira da Silva Pinto Neto

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available This study was designed to investigate the impact of anti-retroviral therapy on both plasma and seminal HIV-1 viral loads and the correlation between viral loads in these compartments after treatment. Viral load, CD4+ and CD8+ T-cell counts were evaluated in paired plasma and semen samples from 36 antiretroviral therapy-naïve patients at baseline and on days 45, 90, and 180 of treatment. Slopes for blood and seminal viral loads in all treated patients were similar (p = 0.21. Median HIV-1 RNA titers in plasma and semen at baseline were 4.95 log10 and 4.48 log10 copies/ml, respectively. After 180 days of therapy, the median viral load declined to 3.15 log10 copies/ml (plasma and 3.2 log10 copies/ml (semen. At this timepoint 22 patients presented HIV-1 viral load below 400 copies/ml in either plasma or semen, but only 9 had viral loads below 400 copies/ml in both compartments.Este estudo foi desenhado para investigar o impacto do tratamento com anti-retrovirais na evolução das cargas virais plasmáticas e seminais do HIV-1. A carga viral do HIV-1 e a contagem de linfócitos T CD4+ e CD8+ foi determinada em amostras pareadas de sangue e sêmen de 36 pacientes virgem de tratamento nos dias 0, 45, 90 e 180 após o início da terapia. As curvas de declínio das cargas virais plasmática e seminal foram semelhantes (p= 0.21. As medianas da carga viral plasmática e seminal no pré-tratamento (dia 0 foram 4.95 e 4.48 log10 cópias/ml, respectivamente. Seis meses após o início da terapia, a mediana da carga viral plasmática era 3.15 log10 cópias/ml e a seminal 3.2 log10 cópias/ml. Neste mesmo periodo, 22 pacientes apresentavam carga viral abaixo de 400 cópias/ml no plasma e/ou sêmen, enquanto apenas 9 pacientes apresentavam carga viral abaixo do limite de detecção nos dois compartimentos.

  14. Relationship between seminal plasma zinc concentration and spermatozoa–zona pellucida binding and the ZP-induced acrosome reaction in subfertile men

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    Liu, De-Yi; Sie, Boon-Shih; Liu, Ming-Li; Agresta,Franca; Baker, HW Gordon

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between seminal zinc concentration and spermatozoa–zona pellucida (ZP) binding and the ZP-induced acrosome reaction (ZPIAR) in subfertile men. Semen analyses and seminal zinc concentration assessments were carried out according to the World Health Organization manual for 458 subfertile men. A spermatozoa–ZP interaction test was carried out by incubating 2 × 106 motile spermatozoa with a group of four unfertilized oocytes obtained from a ...

  15. Cetrorelix suppresses the preovulatory LH surge and ovulation induced by ovulation-inducing factor (OIF present in llama seminal plasma

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    Letelier Claudia

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The purpose of the study was to determine if the effect of llama OIF on LH secretion is mediated by stimulation of the hypothalamus or pituitary gland. Methods Using a 2-by-2 factorial design to examine the effects of OIF vs GnRH with or without a GnRH antagonist, llamas with a growing ovarian follicle greater than or equal to 8 mm were assigned randomly to four groups (n = 7 per group and a pre-treated with 1.5 mg of GnRH antagonist (cetrorelix acetate followed by 1 mg of purified llama OIF, b pre-treated with 1.5 mg of cetrorelix followed by 50 micrograms of GnRH, c pre-treated with a placebo (2 ml of saline followed by 1 mg of purified llama OIF or d pre-treated with a placebo (2 ml of saline followed by 50 micrograms of GnRH. Pre-treatment with cetrorelix or saline was given as a single slow intravenous dose 2 hours before intramuscular administration of either GnRH or OIF. Blood samples for LH measurement were taken every 15 minutes from 1.5 hours before to 8 hours after treatment. The ovaries were examined by ultrasonography to detect ovulation and CL formation. Blood samples for progesterone measurement were taken every-other-day from Day 0 (day of treatment to Day 16. Results Ovulation rate was not different (P = 0.89 between placebo+GnRH (86% and placebo+OIF groups (100%; however, no ovulations were detected in llamas pre-treated with cetrorelix. Plasma LH concentrations surged (P Conclusion Cetrorelix (GnRH antagonist inhibited the preovulatory LH surge induced by OIF in llamas suggesting that LH secretion is modulated by a direct or indirect effect of OIF on GnRH neurons in the hypothalamus.

  16. Effects of the level of seminal plasma fructose on the infertile patients with reproductive tract infections%生殖道感染对男性不育患者精浆果糖的影响

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    毛金观; 李琴

    2015-01-01

    ObjectiveTo investigate the correlation between male infertility patients with reproductive tract infection and seminal plasma fructose.Methods1 390 patients were divided into asthenozoospermia (691 cases), normal group (422 cases), oligospermia (134 cases), severe oligozoospermia (62 cases), obstructive azoospermia (39 cases), non-obstructive azoospermia (24 cases), oligozoospermia (18 cases). Retrospectively analyzed the sperm quality of male infertility patients and seminal plasma fructose and seminal plasma elastase data.Results Compared with normal group, the seminal plasma fructose levels of obstructive azoospermia group and oligospermia group all showed significantly decreasing (t=5.049, 2.797,P<0.05). The non obstructive azoospermia showed significantly increasing (t=2.985,P<0.05). In normal sperm group, the seminal plasma fructose level of the confirmed infection patients compared with normal group showed significant decreasing (t=2.844,P<0.05). In oligospermia group, the seminal plasma fructose level of the confirmed infection patients compared with normal group also showed significant decreasing (t=2.647,P<0.05).ConclusionThe level of seminal plasma fructose can reduce in the infertile patients with reproductive tract infections.%目的:探讨男性不育患者生殖道感染与精浆果糖的相关性。方法选择2008年7月至2012年6月嘉兴市妇幼保健院收治的1390例不育症患者,分为弱精子症(691例)、正常精子组(422例)、少弱精子症(134例)、严重少精子症(62例)、梗阻性无精子症(39例)、非梗阻性无精子症(24例)、少精子症(18例)。回顾性分析男性不育患者的精子质量与精浆果糖及精浆弹性硬蛋白酶资料。结果(1)与正常精子组比较,梗阻性无精子症、弱精子症患者的精浆果糖水平降低,差异有统计学意义(t=5.049、2.797,均P<0.05);非梗阻性无精子症的精浆果糖水平增高,

  17. Enhancement of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Infection by Seminal Plasma and Semen Amyloids Implicates a New Target for the Prevention of HSV Infection

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    Torres, Lilith; Ortiz, Tatiana; Tang, Qiyi

    2015-01-01

    Human herpesviruses cause different infectious diseases, resulting in world-wide health problems. Sexual transmission is a major route for the spread of both herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) and -2. Semen plays an important role in carrying the viral particle that invades the vaginal or rectal mucosa and, thereby, initiates viral replication. Previously, we demonstrated that the amyloid fibrils semenogelin (SEM) and semen-derived enhancer of viral infection (SEVI), and seminal plasma (SP) augment cytomegalovirus infection (Tang et al., J. Virol 2013). Whether SEM or SEVI amyloids or SP could also enhance other herpesvirus infections has not been examined. In this study, we found that the two amyloids as well as SP strongly enhance both HSV-1 and -2 infections in cell culture. Along with SP, SEM and SEVI amyloids enhanced viral entry and increased infection rates by more than 10-fold, as assessed by flow cytometry assay and fluorescence microscopy. Viral replication was increased by about 50- to 100-fold. Moreover, viral growth curve assays showed that SEM and SEVI amyloids, as well as SP, sped up the kinetics of HSV replication such that the virus reached its replicative peak more quickly. The interactions of SEM, SEVI, and SP with HSVs are direct. Furthermore, we discovered that the enhancing effects of SP, SEM, and SEVI can be significantly reduced by heparin, a sulfated polysaccharide with an anionic charge. It is probable that heparin abrogates said enhancing effects by interfering with the interaction of the viral particle and the amyloids, which interaction results in the binding of the viral particles and both SEM and SEVI. PMID:25903833

  18. Enhancement of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV Infection by Seminal Plasma and Semen Amyloids Implicates a New Target for the Prevention of HSV Infection

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    Lilith Torres

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Human herpesviruses cause different infectious diseases, resulting in world-wide health problems. Sexual transmission is a major route for the spread of both herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1 and -2. Semen plays an important role in carrying the viral particle that invades the vaginal or rectal mucosa and, thereby, initiates viral replication. Previously, we demonstrated that the amyloid fibrils semenogelin (SEM and semen-derived enhancer of viral infection (SEVI, and seminal plasma (SP augment cytomegalovirus infection (Tang et al., J. Virol 2013. Whether SEM or SEVI amyloids or SP could also enhance other herpesvirus infections has not been examined. In this study, we found that the two amyloids as well as SP strongly enhance both HSV-1 and -2 infections in cell culture. Along with SP, SEM and SEVI amyloids enhanced viral entry and increased infection rates by more than 10-fold, as assessed by flow cytometry assay and fluorescence microscopy. Viral replication was increased by about 50- to 100-fold. Moreover, viral growth curve assays showed that SEM and SEVI amyloids, as well as SP, sped up the kinetics of HSV replication such that the virus reached its replicative peak more quickly. The interactions of SEM, SEVI, and SP with HSVs are direct. Furthermore, we discovered that the enhancing effects of SP, SEM, and SEVI can be significantly reduced by heparin, a sulfated polysaccharide with an anionic charge. It is probable that heparin abrogates said enhancing effects by interfering with the interaction of the viral particle and the amyloids, which interaction results in the binding of the viral particles and both SEM and SEVI.

  19. Effect of seminal plasma zinc–binding proteins on motility and membrane integrity of canine spermatozoa stored at 5°C

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    Mogielnicka-Brzozowska Marzena

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Sperm surface binding sites for non-zinc-binding proteins (nZnBPs and zinc-binding proteins (ZnBPs were studied by the fluorescence technique with biotin-labelled proteins. The nZnBPs binding pattern was unspecific, no characteristic sites on plasmalemma were found. ZnBPs were attached mainly to the acrosomal region of sperm head and to the sperm flagellum. ZnBPs added to the incubation mixture of the canine spermatozoa allowed the preservation of higher values for total motility, progressive motility, curvilinear line velocity, straight line velocity, and beat cross frequency (P < 0.05, both at time 0 and after 1 h incubation at 5ºC. The addition of nZnBPs to the incubation mixture caused only weak positive effects when compared with control sample (PBS. A higher percentage of canine-ejaculated spermatozoa with intact membranes were observed when ejaculate was incubated with ZnBPs in comparison to control sample stored with PBS (P < 0.05 or nZnBPs (P < 0.05. Spermatozoa diluted with ZnBPs and nZnBPs exhibited a higher percentage of cells with active mitochondria when compared with control, both at time 0 and after 1 h; however, no statistical differences were observed. Our results emphasise the role of seminal plasma protein in securing the correct quantity and availability of zinc ions as a component regulating the motility of canine spermatozoa. The protective effect of ZnBPs against the cooling effect may be due to their ability of preventing sperm membrane damage.

  20. Ovulation-inducing factor (OIF/NGF) from seminal plasma origin enhances Corpus Luteum function in llamas regardless the preovulatory follicle diameter.

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    Silva, M; Ulloa-Leal, C; Norambuena, C; Fernández, A; Adams, G P; Ratto, M H

    2014-08-01

    Ovulation-inducing factor (OIF) is a protein present in llama seminal plasma that has recently been identified as β-Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) and it induces not only a high rate of ovulation but also appears to have luteotrophic properties in this species. A 2-by-2 experimental design was used to determine the effect of treatments (OIF/NGF vs GnRH) and categories of preovulatory follicle diameter (7-10 vs >10mm) on ovulation rate, CL diameter and function in llamas. Llamas (n=32 llamas per group) were randomly assigned to receive an intramuscular dose of: (a) 1mg purified OIF/NGF in the presence of a follicle of 7-10mm in diameter; (b) 50 μg of GnRH in the presence of a follicle of 7-10mm in diameter; (c) 1mg purified OIF/NGF in the presence of a follicle >10mm in diameter; (d) 50 μg of GnRH in the presence of a follicle >10mm in diameter. Llamas were examined by ultrasonography every 12h from treatment to Day 2 (Day 0=treatment) to detect ovulation, and again on Day 8 to determine CL diameter. Ovulation rates did not differ among groups. There was an effect of preovulatory follicle size on Corpus Luteum diameter at Day 8 (PNGF - than that of the GnRH - treated group by the same day. We conclude that OIF/NGF treatment enhances CL function regardless preovulatory follicle size at the time of treatment.

  1. Relationship between seminal plasma zinc concentration and spermatozoa-zona pellucida binding and the ZP-induced acrosome reaction in subfertile men.

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    Liu, De-Yi; Sie, Boon-Shih; Liu, Ming-Li; Agresta, Franca; Baker, H W Gordon

    2009-07-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between seminal zinc concentration and spermatozoa-zona pellucida (ZP) binding and the ZP-induced acrosome reaction (ZPIAR) in subfertile men. Semen analyses and seminal zinc concentration assessments were carried out according to the World Health Organization manual for 458 subfertile men. A spermatozoa-ZP interaction test was carried out by incubating 2 x 10(6) motile spermatozoa with a group of four unfertilized oocytes obtained from a clinical in vitro fertilization programme. After 2 h of incubation, the number of spermatozoa bound per ZP and the ZPIAR of ZP-bound spermatozoa were examined. The effect of adding 0.5 mmol L(-1) zinc to the media on the ZPIAR of spermatozoa from normozoospermic men was also tested in vitro. Seminal zinc concentration positively correlated with sperm count and duration of abstinence, but negatively correlated with semen volume. On analysis of data from all participants, both spermatozoa-ZP binding and the ZPIAR were significantly correlated with sperm motility and normal morphology, but not with seminal zinc concentration. However, in men with normozoospermic semen, the seminal zinc concentration was significantly higher in men with defective ZPIAR (or= 16%) (P zinc to the culture media had no effect on spermatozoa-ZP binding, but significantly reduced the ZPIAR in vitro (P zinc concentration is correlated with sperm count and the duration of abstinence in subfertile men. In men with normozoospermic semen, high seminal zinc concentration may have an adverse effect on the ZPIAR.

  2. Influence of trace elements levels in seminal plasma on sperm morphology%精浆各微量元素含量对精子形态的影响

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    刘富新; 苏大林; 郝爱军; 李沛

    2012-01-01

    目的 通过观察分析精子形态,检测其精浆微量元素,探讨精浆各微量元素含量对精子形态的影响.方法 采集136例男性不育症患者的新鲜精液,置37 ℃温箱待液化后,先用计算机辅助精液分析系统进行分析,再取有精子的精液涂片做改良巴氏法染色镜检分析,然后精液离心取上清液检测各微量元素含量.结果 精子畸形率随精浆中钙、铜、铅、镉含量的增多及镁、锌含量减少而增高,相关分析显示呈不同程度的正负相关,与健康对照组比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 精浆微量元素的含量增多或减少均影响精子的形态质量,而且有害元素铅、镉对精子损伤更大,应引起临床的高度重视.%Objective To investigate the influence of trace elements levels on sperm morphous by observing and analyzing sperm morphous and testing seminal plasma levels of trace elements. Methods Fresh semen samples of 136 male infertility patients, after liquefaction in 37 °C incubator, were analyzed by using computer aided semen analysis system, microscopic analysis of sperm smear and detection of seminal plasma levels of trace elements. Results Sperm deformity rate increased with the increasing of calcium,conner lead and cadmium levels and decreasing of magnesium and zinc levels with various degree of positive and negative correla tion, demonstrated by correlation analysis. There was statistical difference of seminal plasma levels of trace elements between pa tients and healthy controls(P<0. 01). Conclusion Seminal plasma levels of trace elements could influence sperm morhous quality, and harmful elements of lead and cadmium caused more serious damage, which should be paid more attention.

  3. Proteomic analysis of heparin-binding proteins from human seminal plasma: a step towards identification of molecular markers of male fertility

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    Vijay Kumar; Md Imtaiyaz Hassan; Anil Kumar Tomar; Tara Kashav; Jaya Nautiyal; Sarman Singh; Tej P Singh; Savita Yadav

    2009-12-01

    Glycosaminoglycans, especially heparin, are involved in various cell processes such as apoptosis, cell cycle control, platelet activation, capacitation, acrosome reaction and sperm decondensation. Heparin-binding proteins (HBPs) are essential constituents of human seminal fluid, which bind to sperm lipids containing the phosphorylcholine group and mediate the fertilization process. We utilized a proteomic set-up consisting of affinity chromatography, isoelectric focusing (IEF) coupled with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry (MALDI TOF/MS) for protein analysis of human HBPs. We resolved 70 different spots on two-dimensional (2-D) gel and subsequently identified these proteins. Forty different types of proteins were identified. Functional analysis revealed that 38% of the proteins belonged to the enzyme category, 20% were involved in RNA processing and transcription, 18% in structure and transport function, and 16% in cell recognition and signal transduction. We also identified 8% of proteins with unknown functions, although their expression in seminal fluid has been documented. Proteins of seminal fluid that bind heparin may be directly involved in sperm capacitation and acrosome reaction (AR), which are the two critical steps for fertilization. This information on HBPs would be useful for identifying potential biomarkers of fertility in the near future.

  4. Seminal plasma anti-Müllerian hormone level correlates with semen parameters but does not predict success of testicular sperm extraction (TESE)%精液血浆抗苗勒管激素水平与精液参数相关但不能预测睾丸切开取精术是否成功

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    Taymour Mostafa; Medhat K. Amer; Guirgis Abdel-Malak; Taha Abdel Nsser; Wael Zohdy; Shedeed Ashour; Dina El-Gayar; Hosam H. Awad

    2007-01-01

    Eighty-four male cases were studied and divided into four groups: fertile normozoospermia (n = 16), oligoasthenoteratozoospermia (n = 15), obstructive azoospermia (OA) (n = 13) and non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) (n = 40).Conventional semen analysis was done for all cases. Testicular biopsy was done with histopathology and fresh tissue examination for testicular sperm extraction (TESE) in NOA cases. NOA group was subdivided according to TESE results into unsuccessful TESE (n = 19) and successful TESE (n = 21). Seminal plasma AMH was estimated by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and serum follicular stimulating hormone (FSH) was estimated in NOA cases only by radioimmunoassay (RIA). Results: Mean seminal AMH was signifcantly higher in fertile group than in oligoasthenoteratozoospermia with significance (41.5 ± 10.9 pmol/L vs. 30.5 ± 10.3 pmol/L, P < 0.05). Seminal AMH was not detected in any OA patients. Seminal AMH was correlated positively with testicular volume (r = 0.329, P = 0.005),sperm count (r = 0.483, P = 0.007), sperm motility percent (r = 0.419, P = 0.021) and negatively with sperm abnormal forms percent (r = -0.413, p = 0.023). Nonsignificant correlation was evident with age (r = -0.155, P = 0.414)and plasma FSH ( r = -0.014, P = 0.943). In NOA cases, seminal AMH was detectable in 23/40 cases, 14 of them were successful TESE (57.5%) and was undetectable in 17/40 cases, 10 of them were unsuccessful TESE (58.2%).Conclusion: Seminal plasma AMH is an absolute testicular marker being absent in all OA cases. However, seminal AMH has a poor predictability for successful testicular sperm retrieval in NOA cases.

  5. Detección temprana y altamente sensible de citomegalovirus en muestras de plasma humano VIH-positivas

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    2009-01-01

    La detección temprana de citomegalovirus humano puede evitar graves consecuencias en la salud de pacientes inmunocomprometidos; por ello, es importante el empleo de métodos de detección sensibles y precisos. En el presente trabajo comparamos la sensibilidad y la especificidad de detección de tres métodos: 1) COBAS AMPLICOR CMV MONITOR¿ Test (CACM), método comercial validado y semiautomatizado que utiliza la reacción en cadena de la polimerasa (PCR) para detectar la expresión del gen temprano ...

  6. Correlation between Semen PH Value and Semen Parameters or Biochemical Analyses Results of Seminal Plasma%精液pH值与精液参数及精浆生化的相关性研究

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    陈帅垒; 王祖龙

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨精液pH值与精液参数及精浆生化之间的相关性,明确精液pH值在精液质量检测中所具有的价值.方法 收集河南省中医院中西医结合生殖中心2009年1月-2011年3月资料完整的男性不育症患者精液分析及精浆生化记录616份,建立Excel数据库,采用SPSS 16.0统计软件,对精液pH值与精液参数及精浆生化进行相关性分析.结果 精液pH值和受试者精浆弹性蛋白酶、精液A级精子百分率、前向运动精子百分率及存活精子百分率呈正相关性(P<0.05);与精浆酸性磷酸酶、精浆锌呈负相关性(P<0.05);与年龄、精浆果糖、精浆α-糖苷酶、精液白细胞、精液量、液化时间、精子浓度、正常形态精子数量无明显相关性(P>0.05).结论 精液pH值和精液参数及精浆生化的多项数值均具有相关性,进一步研究精液pH值的影响,对于男性不育症患者的诊疗具有重要意义.%Objective To study the correlation between semen pH value and semen parameters and biochemical analyses results of seminal plasma, and evaluate the value of semen pH in the semen quality test. Methods The semen and biochemical analyses results of 616 male infertility patients in our hospital from January 2009 to March 2011 were collected and analyzed by u-sing SPSS statistical software to evaluate the correlation between semen pH value and semen parameters and biochemical analyses results of seminal plasma. Results The semen PH value was positively correlated to the seminal plasma elastase, rate of grade A sperm,rate of rapid progression motility sperm and sperm viability (P 0. 05) . Conclusion The semen PH value is closely correlated to the semen parameters and biochemical analyses results of seminal plasma. The further study on the influence of semen PH value should improve the diagnosis and treatment of male infertility patients.

  7. Biochemical analysis of the reproductive hormones and seminal plasma in infertile males with varicocele%精索静脉曲张不育患者生殖激素和精浆生化分析

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    郝伟玉; 冯友亮; 李小朋; 刘忠强; 王新生; 王沛涛

    2012-01-01

    目的 观察精索静脉曲张(VC)患者的生殖激素与精浆生化的关系.方法99例患者根据阴囊彩色多普勒超声诊断分为3组:VC不育组、原发性不育组和正常生育组,分别进行计算机辅助精子分析、电化学发光法测定生殖激素和分光光度法测定精浆生化.结果VC组和原发性不育组精液质量下降,睾酮(T)含量高于正常生育组,VC组酸性磷酸酶、锌低于原发性不育组和正常生育组,VC组T和锌存在负相关.结论VC可能会影响前列腺与下丘脑-垂体-性腺轴分泌功能,而两者之间的损害程度可能相关.%Objective To explore the correlation between the reproductive hormones and seminal plasma, and varicocele in infertile males. Methods Ninety-nine males were divided into three groups according to the scrotal color Doppler imaging, I.e. Group 1 (infertile males with varicocele, Group 2 (idiopathic infertile males), Grcpp 3 (males with reproduction ability).Computer-aided sperm analysis was performed to detect the sperm quality, electrochemiluminescence assay (ECLA) was performed to measure the gonadal hormones, spectrophotometry was performed to measure the biochemical changes of seminal plasma in each group. Results The semeri parameters were decreased, testosterone levels were increased in the first two groups compared with the last group, the level of acid phosphatase and zinc was lower in Group 1 than that in Group 2 and Group 3. The level of testosterone and seminal Zn in Group A was negatively correlated. Conclusion Vericocele may affect the secretory function of the prostate and hypothalamic pituitary-gonadal axis, and they are mutually affected by lesions.

  8. 禁欲时间对精子参数及精浆生化指标的影响%Effects of sexual abstinence on sperm parameters and seminal plasma biochemical indicators

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    李付彪; 张明; 封建军; 刘祥印; 刘睿智

    2008-01-01

    Objective To study the influences of the length of sexual abstinence on sperm parameters and seminal plasma biochemical indicator.Methods Sperm concentration and motility were detected by computer assisted sperm analysis(CASA).The sperm morphology was analyzed using semiautomatic sperm morphology analyzer.Seminal plasma fructose concentration,neutral a-glycosidase,zinc,and acid phosphates concentration were measured by spectrophotometer.Improved DTNB was conducted for detection of the content of seminal plasma novain.Prostatespecific antigen(PSA)was measured with commercial kit.Three groups were defined according to the days of sexual abstinence:G1(1-3 days),G2(4-5 days)and G3(>6 days).Results Sperm concentration of G2 was significantly higher than that of G1(P<0.01),and of G3 than that of G1 and G2(P<0.01).Sperm motility and per centage of morphologically normal sperm of G3 were significantly lower than that of G1(P<0.01).Seminal plasma fructose concentration of G3 was significantly lower than that of G1 and G2(P<0.01,P<0.05).Seminal plasma neutral a-glycosidase,carnutine,zinc concentration of G3 was significantly higher than that of G1 and G2(P<0.01,P<0.05).Conclusion The length of sexual abstinence can influence sperm parameters and seminal plasma biochemical indicator.%目的 探讨禁欲时间对精子参数及精浆生化指标的影响.方法 采用精子形态检测系统下人工修正方法进行精子形态分析.采用精子质量检测系统进行精子密度、活力分析.精浆果糖含量、中性a糖苷酶、精浆锌、酸性磷酸酶等采用分光光度比色法测定.采用DTNB改进法检测精浆肉毒碱含量.前列腺特异性抗原(PSA)采用试剂盒进行检测.根据禁欲时间分为3组:G1(禁欲1~3d)组、G2(禁欲4~5d)组和G3(禁欲6d以上)组.结果G2组精子密度[(70.64±63.79)×106]显著高于G1组[(57.40±45.36)×106,P<0.01],G3组精子密度[(77.00±65.43)×106]显著高于G1组[(57.40±45.36)×106

  9. Evaluation of lipid extraction and fatty acid composition of human plasma Avaliação da extração lipídica e composição em ácidos graxos do plasma humano

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    Damila Rodrigues de Morais

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available AIM: The objective of this study was to compare the efficiency of lipid extraction and to evaluate the fatty-acid composition in total lipids from human plasma, using a new technique and the established Folch, Lees and Stanley (FLS, Bligh and Dyer (BD, Rose-Gottlieb (RG, and Gerber (GM methods. METHOD: A new technique, the alternative method, to extract total lipids using a microwave was proposed and evaluated. RESULTS: The total lipids extracted from human plasma varied between 0.19% and 0.41%; the highest total lipid extracted were obtained by the Folch, Lees and Stanley (0.41%, alternative method (0.37% and Rose-Gottlieb (0.36% methods. The Gerber method was ineffective to extract total lipids from human plasma. A total of 24 fatty-acid species were quantified by gas chromatography. Of the methods studied, the highest concentrations were found using the Folch, Lees and Stanley method (p OBJETIVO: O objetivo desse estudo foi comparar a eficiência da extração lipídica e avaliar a composição em ácidos graxos nos lipídios totais (LT no plasma humano usando uma nova técnica e os métodos já conhecidos: Folch, Lees e Stanley (FLS, Bligh e Dyer (BD, Rose-Gottlieb (RG e Gerber (MG. MÉTODO: A nova técnica para extração de lipídios totais utiza o micro-ondas, método Alternativo (MA. RESULTADOS: Os lipídios totais (LT extraídos do plasma variaram de 0,19% a 0,41%, os maiores teores foram obtidos por FLS (0,41%, MA (0,37% e RG (0,36%. O MG foi ineficaz na extração dos lipídios totais do plasma. Um total de 24 espécies de ácidos graxos foi quantificado no plasma por cromatografia em fase gasosa. Entre os métodos estudados, as maiores concentrações de ácidos graxos foram obtidas usando-se o método de FLS (p< 0,05. CONCLUSÃO: O método Alternativo foi considerado uma técnica rápida de extração lipídica, a qual poderá ser utilizada somente na identificação de ácidos graxos em plasma humano, mas não adequado para a

  10. Seminal characteristics of German Shepherd dogs

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    José Adalmir Torres de Souza

    1995-09-01

    Full Text Available Semen was collected by masturbation from 25 German Shepherd dogs, 1 to 7 years old and weight from 30 to 35 kg. Aiming to utilize the semen for artificial insemination, only the second and partial third fractions were used. Results were as follows: mean ejaculation volume 7.17 ml; white colour and milky aspect: sperm motility 68.84%; vigour 3.5; concentration 136.192 spermatozoa/mm3 and 889.772.000 spermatozoa by ejaculation: 9.92% of major defects, 7.62% of minor defects and still an individual abnormalities classification. The pH of semen, of extenders and of extended semen, respectively, varied from 6.02 to 6.60; 5.85 to 6.90 and 5.97 to 6.76: osmotic pressure of 285.20 to 295.00; 240.00 to 310.00 and 272.32 to 303.92 mOlm and sodium and potassium concentrations, respectively, to seminal plasma and 4 extenders, 134.40 to 156.00 and 7.80 to 13.72 and 3.00 to 270.00 and 6.00 to 25.00 mEq/l. There was significant variation among dogs, in all seminal characteristics, except for osmotic pressure. There was also correlation between the seminal characteristics and between these and total sperm abnormalities. Variability of seminal characteristics among dogs is greater when comparing collections of each animal, with exception of osmotic pressure and sodium concentration variability that is reversed.

  11. Perfil em SDS-PAGE das proteínas do plasma seminal e sua relação com a congelabilidade do sêmen de touros doadores da raça gir

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    Marcelo Roncoletta

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Foram utilizados dez animais doadores de sêmen em nível de Central de Inseminação Artificial, da raça Gir, divididos em dois grupos, de acordo com o grau de congelabilidade do sêmen de cada animal. Os animais com sêmen de alta congelabilidade foram aqueles cuja porcentagem de ejaculados viáveis pós-descongelação foi superior a 80%. O grupo de baixa congelabilidade tinha animais com porcentagem menor que 50% de ejaculados viáveis pós-descongelação. Os critérios de avaliação da viabilidade do sêmen e seleção dos animais foram definidos pelo controle de qualidade do Departamento de Produção da Central de Inseminação Artificial. Foram feitas quatro coletas semanais consecutivas, sendo que obtiveram-se as amostras de plasma seminal por centrifugação a 1.500 g por 15 a 20 minutos a 4°C, momentos após a coleta do sêmen em vagina artificial. O plasma seminal foi dialisado em membrana de celulose, em tampão Tris-Glicina pH-7,4 por 24 horas a 4°C, em agitação lenta e constante. As amostras foram padronizadas em 1,0 mg/ml de proteína total, por diluição em tampão Tris-HCl 62mM pH-6,2 mais 20% de glicerol e 4% de SDS. Através de eletroforese do tipo SDS-PAGE, foram feitas as corridas em gel a 13%. A corrida foi feita com a constante de 25 mA, por um período de 5 horas. A coloração do gel foi feita por Coomassie Brilliant Blue. Pelos resultados obtidos, verificou-se que existe uma banda no grupo de alta congelabilidade, cujo fragmento polipeptídico desta proteína tem Mr (mobilidade relativa 20,3 e PM (peso molecular aproximado de 61.800 Da. Esta banda não foi detectada nas amostras do grupo de baixa congelabilidade, o que sugere ser um possível marcador bioquímico quanto ao potencial de criopreservação do sêmen de bovinos.

  12. A prospective double-blind randomized placebo-controlled study of the effect of saffron (Crocus sativus Linn.) on semen parameters and seminal plasma antioxidant capacity in infertile men with idiopathic oligoasthenoteratozoospermia.

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    Safarinejad, Mohammad Reza; Shafiei, Nayyer; Safarinejad, Shiva

    2011-04-01

    Male factor infertility is a multifactorial disorder that affects a significant percentage of infertile couples; however, many of them remained untreated. In recent years, considerable numbers of infertile men have sought 'herbal remedies' as an effective treatment. Among 'herbal remedies', saffron is recommended for male infertility in our community. The effect of saffron was evaluated compared with placebo for the treatment of idiopathic male factor infertility. The study included 260 infertile men with idiopathic oligoasthenoteratozoospermia (OAT) who were randomized to saffron 60 mg/day (130, group 1) or a similar regimen of placebo (130, group 2) for 26 weeks. The two groups were compared for changes in semen parameters and total seminal plasma antioxidant capacity. Saffron administration did not result in beneficial effects. At the end of the study no statistically significant improvements were observed in either group in any of the studied semen parameters (sperm density, morphology and motility) (all p = 0.1). At the end of the trial, patients in group 1 had a mean motility of 25.7 ± 2.4%, which was not statistically different from the mean of 24.9 ± 2.8% in the placebo group (p = 0.1). Normal sperm morphology was 18.7 ± 4.7% and 18.4 ± 4.3%, in groups 1 and 2, respectively (p = 0.1). Patients treated with saffron and placebo had a mean sperm density of 20.5 ± 4.6% and 21.4 ± 4.6% per mL, respectively (p = 0.1). Saffron administration did not improve total seminal plasma antioxidant capacity, compared with baseline (p = 0.1) and placebo subjects (p = 0.1). Based on Pearson correlations, each semen parameter did not correlate significantly with treatment duration, including sperm density (r = 0.146, p = 0.13), percent of motile sperm (r = 0.145, p = 0.15) and percent of sperm with normal morphology (r = 0.125, p = 0.30). Saffron does not statistically significantly improve semen parameters in infertile men with idiopathic OAT. If medical

  13. Effect of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) seminal plasma on the post-thaw quality of ram semen cryopreserved in a soybean lecithin-based or egg yolk-based extender.

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    Ustuner, Burcu; Alcay, Selim; Toker, M Berk; Nur, Zekariya; Gokce, Elif; Sonat, Fusun Ak; Gul, Zulfiye; Duman, Muhammed; Ceniz, Cafer; Uslu, Aydın; Sagirkaya, Hakan; Soylu, M Kemal

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the current study was to evaluate the effects of different concentrations of rainbow trout seminal plasma (RTSP) (0.1%, 1% and 10%) in extenders containing either egg yolk or lecithin for use in Awassi ram semen cryopreservation. Pooled sperm were diluted in a two-step dilution method to a final concentration of 1/5 (semen/extender) in egg yolk or lecithin extender containing no RTSP, 0.1%, 1% or 10% RTSP (v/v). Semen samples were assessed for sperm motility, plasma membrane integrity [hypoosmotic swelling test (HOST) and Hoechst 33258] and defective acrosomes [FITC-conjugated Pisum sativum agglutinin (PSA-FITC)] at the following five time points: after dilution with extender A; after equilibration; and post-thaw at 0h, 3h and 5h. Malondialdehyde (MDA) was examined only after thawing. Freezing and thawing procedures (dilution, equilibration and post-thaw incubation at 0h, 3h and 5h) negatively affected the motility (P<0.001) and acrosome integrity (P<0.001). Additionally, freezing and thawing negatively affected the plasma membrane integrity, as determined by the HOST and Hoechst 33258 (P<0.001). The extender group affected the motility (P<0.001) and the HOST results (P<0.001). Levels of MDA in the egg yolk extender with 1% RTSP group were significantly lower than in the lecithin control group (P<0.05). In conclusion, the egg yolk extender groups that were supplemented with 10% and 1% RTSP provided greater cryoprotective effects for semen survivability during 5h incubation than the other extender groups.

  14. On Constructing Seminal Paper Genealogy.

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    Bae, Duck-Ho; Hwang, Se-Mi; Kim, Sang-Wook; Faloutsos, Christos

    2014-01-01

    Let us consider that someone is starting a research on a topic that is unfamiliar to them. Which seminal papers have influenced the topic the most? What is the genealogy of the seminal papers in this topic? These are the questions that they can raise, which we try to answer in this paper. First, we propose an algorithm that finds a set of seminal papers on a given topic. We also address the performance and scalability issues of this sophisticated algorithm. Next, we discuss the measures to decide how much a paper is influenced by another paper. Then, we propose an algorithm that constructs a genealogy of the seminal papers by using the influence measure and citation information. Finally, through extensive experiments with a large volume of a real-world academic literature data, we show the effectiveness and efficiency of our approach.

  15. Congenital agenesis of seminal vesicle

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    Hong-Fei Wu; Di Qiao; Li-Xin Qian; Ning-Hong Song; Ning-Han Feng; Li-Xin Hua; Wei Zhang

    2005-01-01

    Congenital agenesis of the seminal vesicle (CASV) is frequently associated with congenital absence of the vas deferens (CAVD) or ipsilateral congenital vasoureteral communication. We reported two cases of a rare condition that the vas deferens open ectopically into Mullerian duct cyst associated with agenesis of the ipsilateral seminal vesicle. The diagnosis was confirmed by vasography. Transurethral unroofing of the Mullerian duct cyst was performed in both patients with favourable results, however, assisted reproductive technology (ART) was still necessary for them to father children.

  16. 精浆和血清生殖激素与精液质量的关系%Relationship between reproductive hormone in serum or seminal plasma and semen quality

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    宋明哲; 叶丽君; 尹彪; 赵明; 蔡靖; 曾勇; 邬绍文

    2016-01-01

    Objective: To estimate the relationship between concentration and motility of sperm and reproductive hormone in serum or seminal plasma from men with different semen quality, as well as investigate the correlation between reproductive hormone in serum and in seminal plasma. Methods: A total of 301 men were divided to four groups after semen examination according to the semen quality:normal group ( n=176 ) , asthenozoospermia group ( n=66 ) , oligozoospermia group ( n=40 ) and non-obstructive azoospermia group (n=19). Levels of FSH, LH, prolactin (PRL), progesterone (P), testosterone (T) and estradiol ( E2 ) in serum or seminal plasma were detected by electrochemiluminescence immunoassay. The inter-group variances were compared meanwhile the correlations were analyzed. Results: The levels of FSH and E2 in serum from normal and asthenozoospermic group were significantly lower than those from oligozoospermia and non-obstructive azoospermia group (P Conclusions: The PRL level in seminal plasma and FSH in serum could reflect sperm concentration and motility, which might offer reference and potential value in diagnosis of male infertility.%目的:为了评估精液质量不同的男性精浆和血清生殖激素的浓度与精子浓度及活动力的关系,探索精浆与血清生殖激素的关系。方法对301名男性进行精液检查,按照精液的质量参数将受试对象分成4组:精液正常组( n=176),弱精子症组(n=66),少精子症组(n=40)和非梗阻性无精子症组(n=19)。采用电化学发光免疫法测定各组受试对象血清卵泡刺激素(FSH)、黄体生成素(LH)、泌乳素(PRL)、孕酮(P)、睾酮(T)和雌二醇(E2)六项生殖激素和精浆PRL、T、P和E2四项生殖激素的浓度,比较组间差异并进行相关性分析。结果精液正常组和弱精子症组血清FSH和E2的浓度显著低于少精子症组和非梗阻性无精子症组(P<0.05),精液正常组血清LH和P 的浓度显著低于弱精子症、少精子

  17. Proliferación y diferenciación osteogénica de células madre mesenquimales en hidrogeles de plasma sanguíneo humano

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    Itali M. Linero

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Introducción. La utilización de las células madre mesenquimales en la práctica clínica ha aumentado considerablemente en la última década, ya que juegan un papel favorable en los procesos de reparación y regeneración tisular, siendo la principal herramienta de la terapia celular para el tratamiento de enfermedades que afectan funcionalmente el tejido óseo y cartilaginoso. Objetivo. Evaluar la proliferación y capacidad de diferenciación osteogénica in vitro de células madre mesenquimales derivadas de tejido adiposo humano en un hidrogel de plasma sanguíneo. Materiales y métodos. Se obtuvieron células madre mesenquimales a partir de explantes de tejido adiposo humano y se caracterizaron por citometría de flujo; se buscó demostrar su multipotencialidad por su capacidad de diferenciación osteogénica y adipogénica. Se evaluó la proliferación celular y la capacidad de diferenciación osteogénica de las células cultivadas en hidrogeles de plasma sanguíneo. Resultados. Las células madre mesenquimales derivadas de tejido adiposo cultivadas en el hidrogel de plasma sanguíneo humano mostraron un patrón de proliferación muy similar al de las células cultivadas en monocapa y, además, mantuvieron su capacidad de diferenciación hacia el linaje osteogénico. Conclusiones. El hidrogel de plasma sanguíneo humano es un soporte adecuado para que las células madre mesenquimales derivadas de tejido adiposo humano proliferen y se diferencien hacia el linaje osteogénico y constituye un vehículo adecuado para su administración en regeneración del tejido óseo.

  18. Parámetros protéicos del plasma seminal y su relación con la calidad del semen en toros de la raza nelore (bos taurus indicus

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    Ana Sánchez

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available El propósito de este estudio fue investigar la presenciae incidencia de bandas proteicas específicas delplasma seminal en toros Nelore, completa y parcialmente aptos para la actividad reproductiva. Se utilizaron 68 ejemplares; 20 de variedad Padrón y 48 Mochos, con edad media de 4 años. En el perímetro escrotal (35,05±0,49 cm e 33,30±0,39cm, índice de masa corpórea (302,62±5,87 e 284,19±5,15Kg|m2 hubo diferencia (p<0,05 entre las variedades Padrón y Mocho, respectivamente. Con respecto al peso corpóreo (627,70±11,37 e 611,58±8,66Kg; la altura (1,44±0,01e 1,47±0,01m; el volumen del eyaculado (5,82±0,48 e 5,17±0,29 mL, la motilidad espermática progresiva (73,50±2,81% e75,62±0,97%, el vigor espermático (4,30±0,19 e4,27±0,11 y motilidad en masa (4,27±0,11 e3,33±0,23 no se presentó diferencia (p>0,05. En morfología espermática, tampoco hubo desigualdad entre las variedades Padrón y Mocho, respectivamente con 5,06 ± 8,20% e 5,32 ± 6,40% de defectos mayores; 9,91±6,74% e 8,36±6,06% para los defectos menores; e 14,76±13,20% e 13,82±12,61% para los defectos totales. La electroforesis del plasma seminal reveló bandas proteicas con pesos entre 5 a 105 KDa. En el 100% de toros aptos para la reproducción, la proteína con pesos de 13 Kda estuvo presente. De la misma forma ocurrió con las bandas de 20 KDa. El resto de las bandas proteicas mostraron presencia con diferentes porcentajes de incidencia en toros aptos o parcialmente aptos para la actividad reproductiva. Las dos variedades estudiadas hicieron evidente la adaptación reproductiva eficaz en condiciones de clima semejantes.

  19. Cystadenoma of the seminal vesicle

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    Gil Antônio O.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Primary tumors of the seminal vesicle are extremely rare. Among them, there is a spectrum of tumors derived from both epithelium and stroma and so classified as epithelial-stromal tumors. Herein, we report a case of a cystadenoma in a 49-year-old asymptomatic man, detected in a routine ultrasonography for liver disease follow-up. The digital rectal examination detected a large mass anterior to rectum and posterior to bladder. Computed tomography scan and magnetic resonance imaging showed a normal prostate and a 9.0 cm cystic tumor, replacing the left seminal vesicle. The gross appearance and microscopic aspect was compatible with cystadenoma of seminal vesicle. Patient's postoperative recovery was uneventful. He is currently alive, 3 years after the diagnosis, with no signs of recurrence.

  20. When to biopsy seminal vesicles.

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    Panach-Navarrete, J; García-Morata, F; Hernández-Medina, J A; Martínez-Jabaloyas, J M

    2015-05-01

    The involvement of seminal vesicles in prostate cancer can affect the prognosis and determine the treatment. The objective of this study was to determine whether we could predict its infiltration at the time of the prostate biopsy to know when to indicate the biopsy of the seminal vesicles. observational retrospective study of 466 patients who underwent seminal vesicle biopsy. The indication for this biopsy was a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level greater than 10 ng/ml or an asymmetric or obliterated prostatoseminal angle. The following variables were included in the analysis: PSA level, PSA density, prostate volume, number of cores biopsied, suspicious rectal examination, and preservation of the prostatoseminal angle, studying its relationship with the involvement of the seminal vesicles. Forty-one patients (8.8%) had infiltrated seminal vesicles and 425 (91.2%) had no involvement. In the univariate analysis, the cases with infiltration had a higher mean PSA level (P 19.60 ng/dL (P < .01) and 2.95 times higher if there is a suspicious rectal examination (P = .014). Furthermore, this probability increases by 1.04 times for each unit of prostate volume lower (P < .01). The ROC curves showed maximum sensitivity and specificity at 19.6 ng/mL for PSA and 0.39 for PSA density. In this series, greater involvement of seminal vesicles was associated with a PSA level ≥20 ng/ml, a suspicious rectal examination and a lack of prostatoseminal angle preservation. Copyright © 2014 AEU. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  1. Adrenomedullin increases the short-circuit current in the mouse seminal vesicle: actions on chloride secretion.

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    Liao, S B; Cheung, K H; O, W S; Tang, Fai

    2014-08-01

    Adrenomedullin (ADM) may regulate seminal vesicle fluid secretion, and this may affect sperm quality. In this study, we investigated the effect of ADM on chloride secretion in the mouse seminal vesicle. The presence of ADM in mouse seminal vesicle was confirmed using immunostaining, and the molecular species was determined using gel filtration chromatography coupled with enzyme-linked assay for ADM. The effects of ADM on chloride secretion were studied by short-circuit current technique in a whole-mount preparation of mouse seminal vesicle in an Ussing chamber. The effects of specific ADM and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor antagonists were investigated. Whether the ADM effect depended on the cAMP- and/or calcium-activated chloride channel was also studied using specific chloride channel blockers. The results showed that ADM was present in seminal vesicle epithelial cells. The major molecular species was precursor in the mouse seminal vesicle. ADM increased short-circuit current through the calcium-activated chloride channel in mouse seminal vesicle, and CGRP receptor was involved. We conclude that ADM may regulate chloride and fluid secretion from the seminal vesicle, which may affect the composition of the seminal plasma bathing the sperm and, hence, fertility.

  2. El cuerpo humano

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    Tamir, Abraham; Ruiz Beviá, Francisco

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    El cuerpo humano es la estructura completa del humano y comprende cabeza, cuello, tronco (que incluye el tórax y el abdomen), brazos y manos, piernas y pies. Cada parte del cuerpo se compone de varios tipos de células. En la madurez, el número medio estimado de células en el cuerpo es de 37.2 billones. La composición del cuerpo humano la constituyen un número de ciertos elementos químicos como Ca+2, Na+, K+, C, en diferentes proporciones. El estudio del cuerpo humano implica la anatomía (desc...

  3. los Derechos Humanos

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    Luciano Barp Fontana

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Una declaración universal de los derechos humanos es incompleta si se reduce a un conjunto de recomendaciones para que cada persona y cada organismo de la sociedad se esfuerce para promover, mediante la enseñanza y la educación, el respeto a una serie de valores y de derechos ligados a la dignidad humana. Así se va depauperando la expresión “derechos humanos”, que actualmente tiende a confundirse con unas instancias en las que pueden frustrarse frecuentemente las esperanzas de quien busca justicia. Para que una declaración sea completa es necesario fundamentarla en la constitución universal humana. Solamente así quedará asegurada y garantizada su inviolabilidad. En efecto, la primera violación a los derechos humanos consiste en descuidar el deber urgente de aclarar la respuesta a la pregunta “¿qué es el ser humano?” De hecho, el tema de los derechos humanos debe ser fundamentalmente ontológico-antropológico. De la postura antropológica derivará el tema axiológico de la dignidad del ser humano. De la postura axiológica brotará el tema deontológico del deber ser del ser humano. Finalmente, de la postura deontológica derivará el tema jurídico de los derechos humanos de todos los humanos. Brevemente. El punto de partida es necesariamente el ser. El segundo paso es el ser humano. El tercer paso es el valor (dignidad del ser humano. El cuarto paso será el deber ser del ser humano. La fundamentación de los derechos humanos que proponemos en este artículo consiste en un proceso dinámico-histórico de una humanización concebida y realizada como una liberación de cada hombre y de todos los hombres, sin concesiones a posturas totalitarias que devalúan el valor del individuo, o bien a posturas liberales que no respetan la igualdad de todos los grupos humanos. En realidad, cada persona goza de los mismos derechos humanos, no por un beneficio concedido por una cierta clase social o por el Estado, sino precisamente por la

  4. Determination of indinavir in human plasma and its use in pharmacokinetic study Determinação de indinavir em plasma humano e sua aplicação em estudo farmacocinético

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    Talita Mota Gonçalves

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available We report the development and validation of a new sensitive, accurate and precise HPLC method with ultraviolet detection for the determination of indinavir sulfate (IND in human plasma and its application to a bioequivalence study of a new generic formulation. The extraction of IND from plasma samples was achieved by using liquid-liquid extraction with a mean recovery of 73.9%. The lower limit of quantification was 0.05 µg/mL. Bioequivalence between the products was determined by calculating 90% confidence intervals (CI for the ratio of Cmax, AUC0-t and AUC0-inf values for the test and reference products, within the 0.80-1.25 interval proposed by ANVISA and FDA. Therefore the medications are bioequivalent and inter-exchangeable.Foi desenvolvido e validado um novo método, sensível, exato e preciso por Cromatografia a Líquido de Alta Eficiência com detecção em UV para a determinação do sulfato de indinavir (IND em plasma humano. O fármaco foi extraído do plasma através de extração líquido-líquido obtendo recuperação média de 73.9%, com limite inferior de quantificação de 0.05 µg/mL. O método foi aplicado em estudo de farmacocinética para verificar a bioequivalência entre um novo medicamento genérico e seu produto de referência. A bioequivalência entre os produtos foi determinada calculando-se um intervalo de confiança (IC de 90% para a razão das médias do produto teste e referência compreendidas entre o intervalo de 0.80-1.25 proposto pela ANVISA e O FDA. Os produtos estudados são bioequivalentes e, portanto, intercambiáveis.

  5. Zinc Levels in Seminal Fluid in Infertile Males and its Relation with Serum Free Testosterone

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    Chaudhari, Ajay Rajeshwar

    2016-01-01

    Introduction The role of zinc is critical to reproduction potential. Seminal zinc is thought to be derived almost exclusively from prostatic secretions. Sperm motility is significantly influenced by zinc. Zinc deficiency has been linked with male sterility and subfertility. Aim To assess the influence of seminal plasma zinc on seminogram characteristics and whether endogenous testosterone affects the seminal levels of zinc. Materials and Methods The semen samples were obtained from 150 male partners of infertile couples who attended the Reproductive Biology Unit of the Department of Physiology, within the age 21-50 years and semen samples were analysed for the routine seminogram parameters. All the subjects were classified into two main groups, A- the subjects with normal ejaculates (n=62) and B- the subjects with abnormal ejaculates, who were further sub divided into the following groups: i) Asthenoteratozoospermics (n=43); ii) Oligoasthenoteratozoospermics (n=24); and iii) Azoospermics (n=21). The seminal plasma zinc was measured spectrophotometrically. The sample for serum free testosterone was sent to Thyrocare laboratory. Results The seminal plasma zinc was found to be significantly lower in the abnormal ejaculates than in the normal ejaculates. A statistically significant positive correlation was observed between the seminal plasma zinc and serum free testosterone (p<0.05, r=0.449). Statistically significant correlation was also found between seminal plasma zinc and all the seminogram parameters such as the sperm concentration, sperm motility and sperm morphology (p<0.05, r= 0.86, 0.87 and 0.86 respectively). Conclusion Low seminal plasma zinc might be a significant causative factor in impairing sperm functions and its dependence on endogenous free testosterone, is observed from a positive correlation between the two. PMID:27437207

  6. Effects of hypoxic environment at high altitude on biochemical components and anti sperm antibody in seminal plasma of adult male%高原低氧环境对成年男性精浆生化成分及抗精子抗体的影响

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    何江; 高晓康; 崔建华; 王瑞; 高亮; 杨柳; 曹金军; 张占平; 余伍忠

    2013-01-01

    Objective; To investigate the influence of hypoxic environment at high altitude on biochemical components and anti sperm antibody (AsAb) in seminal plasma of adult male. Methods; Using pre and post self-control test, same group of male soldiers stayed at 5380 m altitude were abserved with their biochemical components and AsAb in seminal plastma on four period times such as one month before, six months after, one year after staying on the high altitude and six months after down the high altitude. Seminal plasma biochemical components ( fructose, zinc, neutral a glycosidase and acid phosphatase) were measured by spectrophotometer. AsAb in seminal plastma were analysed by ELISA method. Results: Compared with the group that before staying at high altidude, seminal plasma fructose, zinc, neutral a glycosidase and acid phosphatase concentration in the group staying on high altitude for hah0 a year were significantly decreased and the positive rate of AsAb in seminal plastma was significantly increased. The group staying on high altitude for one year compared with that before staying, seminal plasma fructose, zinc, neutral a glycosidase and acid phosphatase concentration were further reduced. Moreover, the positive rate of AsAb in seminal plastma decreased gradually and were still significantly higher than that before staying. The concentrations of seminal plasma biochemical components and the positive rate of AsAb in seminal plastma were restored after down the high altitude six months. Conclusion; Hypoxic environment at high altitude can disturb the secretion function of seminal vesicle, epididymis and prostate of adult male and cause immunological injury of reproductive cells. These negative influence would gradually restored after leaving hypaxia exposure environment.%目的 探讨高原低氧环境对成年男性精浆生化指标及抗精子抗体的影响.方法 采用自身前后对照方法,对同一批进驻5380米高原某部男性军人,于上山前一个月

  7. Glutathione and glutathione S-transferases A1-1 and P1-1 in seminal plasma may play a role in protecting against oxidative damage to spermatozoa.

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    Raijmakers, M.; Roelofs, H.M.J.; Steegers, E.A.P.; Steegers-Theunissen, R.P.M.; Mulder, T.P.J.; Knapen, M.F.C.M.; Wong, W.Y.; Peters, W.H.M.

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    OBJECTIVE: To study the levels of glutathione, glutathione S-transferase A1-1, and glutathione S-transferase P1-1 in seminal fluid of fertile and subfertile men. DESIGN: Retrospective case-control study. SETTING: Departments of gastroenterology, obstetrics and gynecology, and epidemiology and biosta

  8. Glutathione and glutathione S-transferases A1-1 and P1-1 in seminal plasma may play a role in protecting against oxidative damage to spermatozoa.

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    Raijmakers, M.; Roelofs, H.M.J.; Steegers, E.A.P.; Steegers-Theunissen, R.P.M.; Mulder, T.P.J.; Knapen, M.F.C.M.; Wong, W.Y.; Peters, W.H.M.

    2003-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To study the levels of glutathione, glutathione S-transferase A1-1, and glutathione S-transferase P1-1 in seminal fluid of fertile and subfertile men. DESIGN: Retrospective case-control study. SETTING: Departments of gastroenterology, obstetrics and gynecology, and epidemiology and biosta

  9. Microbioma oral humano

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    Silva, Joana Pinto Oliveira e

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    O microbioma oral humano é constituído por um vasto conjunto de microrganismos presentes na cavidade oral. Analisando a cavidade oral podemos verificar que nela existem mais de 700 espécies de bactérias responsáveis pelo domínio de parte do microbioma humano, tornando-a um importante local de estudo. É um dos habitats com maior diversidade no corpo humano onde esses microrganismos se apresentam de forma organizada e estruturada. Estes habitats estão intimamente relacionados ...

  10. Método analítico para a determinação de meloxicam em plasma humano por cromatografia líquida de alta eficiência (CLAE Determination of meloxicam in human plasma by HPLC

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    Valentina Porta

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    Full Text Available Desenvolveu-se e validou-se método analítico simples, rápido e específico para quantificação de meloxicam (inibidor da COX-2 em plasma humano através da cromatografia líquida de alta eficiência, para aplicação em estudos de bioequivalência. Piroxicam foi utilizado como padrão interno. Empregou-se cromatografia em fase reversa com coluna modelo Synergi RP-MAX (150 x 4,6 mm, à temperatura de 30 ºC e fase móvel constituída por mistura de acetonitrila e tampão fosfato 0,025 mol/L pH 4,5 (40:60, v/v, a um fluxo de 1,0 mL/min. Os analitos foram detectados por UV a 364 nm. As amostras de plasma foram acidificadas com ácido clorídrico 1 mol/L, extraídas utilizando-se éter terc-butil metílico e, após filtração e secagem, o resíduo foi reconstituído em 250 mL de fase móvel para injeção em CLAE. Os tempos de retenção para meloxicam (padrão e piroxicam (padrão interno foram 3,35 e 4,19 minutos, respectivamente. Este método apresentou linearidade na faixa de concentração entre 50-4000 ng/mL (R² = 0,9995, com limite de quantificação inferior de 50 ng/mL e exatidão de 114%. O método analítico desenvolvido neste trabalho demonstrou especificidade, linearidade, precisão e exatidão adequadas, permitindo sua aplicação em ensaios de bioequivalência.A simple, rapid and specific high-performance liquid cromatographic (HPLC method was developed and validated to estimate meloxicam (COX-2 inhibitor levels in human plasma. Piroxicam was used as internal standard. Reversed phase chromatography was conducted using a Synergi RP-MAX (150 x 4.6 mm column at 30 ºC and a mobile phase of acetonitrile and 0.025 mol/L pH 4,5 phosphate buffer (40:60, v/v, at a flow rate of 1mL/min. Analytes were detected at 364 nm. Plasma samples were acidified with 1 mol/L hydrochloric acid and extracted with tert-butyl methyl ether, evaporated to dryness, reconstituted in 250 mL of mobile phase and injected in the column. The retention time of

  11. Morphology and functions of the human seminal vesicle.

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    Aumüller, G; Riva, A

    1992-01-01

    The seminal vesicles originate in embryos of about 58 mm crown-rump-length from the Wolffian duct under the influence of testosterone. Along with the ampulla of the vas deferens and the ejaculatory duct, they form a functional unit that develops slowly until the onset of puberty. Developmental malformations occur as uni- or bilateral agenesis, aplasia, cysts, or ureterovesicular fistules. After puberty, the glands form sac-like structures which have a capacity of about 3.4-4.5 ccm and contribute about 70% of the seminal fluid. In addition to secretion, they are capable of reabsorption of fluids or dissolved substances, and of spermatophagy (ingestion and degradation of damaged spermatozoa by epithelial cells). Secretory activity of the glands is a measure of testosterone supplementation to the epithelium. Nervous regulation of secretion is realized by cholinergic post-ganglionic, sympathetic (and perhaps parasympathetic) fibres, derived from pelvic plexus. Contraction of the muscular wall occurs under the influence of excitatory adrenergic and modulatory NPY-encephalin-peptidergic nerve fibres. The secretory products of the seminal vesicles encompass (1) ions (K+: 1.1 mM ml-1) (2) low molecular weight substances (fructose: above 1.2 mg ml-1; prostaglandins above 250 microliters ml-1, (3) peptides (endorphin: 330 pg ml-1), and (4) proteins. In addition to plasma protein related forms such as transferrin, lactoferrin, and fibronectin, specific proteins such as semenogelin (52 kDa) are synthesized, the scaffold protein of semen coagulate forming the substrate for PSA (prostate specific antigen), sperm motility inhibitor (ca. 18 kDa), and others (placental protein 5, protein kinase inhibitor, carboanhydrase, 5'-nucleotidase), some of which are immunosuppressive. Therefore, functions of the seminal vesicles concern (a) formation of seminal coagulum, (b) modification of sperm functions (motility, capacitation), and (c) immunosuppression. Additional functions within the

  12. Desenvolvimento de metodologia analitica para determinação de codeina em plasma humano utilizando extração solido-liquido "on-line" acoplado ao HPLC-MS/MS

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    Alessandro de Carvalho Cruz

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    Resumo: Neste trabalho, a codeína foi determinada em plasma humano, através de metodologia analítica baseada no acoplamento da extração sólido-líquido "online" HPLC-MS/MS por electrospray positivo. O método foi desenvolvido visando a injeção direta de amostras plasmáticas sem prévio tratamento. O padrão interno utilizado foi o tramadol. O tempo total de análise foi de 3 min./amostra e devido ao sincronismo entre a corrida cromatográfica e a extração "on-line" automatizada o método possibilita...

  13. Selenoprotein P in seminal fluid is a novel biomarker of sperm quality.

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    Michaelis, Marten; Gralla, Oliver; Behrends, Thomas; Scharpf, Marcus; Endermann, Tobias; Rijntjes, Eddy; Pietschmann, Nicole; Hollenbach, Birgit; Schomburg, Lutz

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    Hepatically-derived selenoprotein P (SePP) transports selenium (Se) via blood to other tissues including the testes. Male Sepp-knockout mice are infertile. SePP-mediated Se transport to Sertoli cells is needed for supporting biosynthesis of the selenoenzyme glutathione peroxidase-4 (GPX4) in spermatozoa. GPX4 becomes a structural component of sperm midpiece during sperm maturation, and its expression correlates to semen quality. We tested whether SePP is also present in seminal plasma, potentially correlating to fertility parameters. Semen quality was assessed by sperm density, morphology and motility. SePP was measured by an immunoluminometric assay, and trace elements were determined by X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. SePP levels were considerably lower in seminal plasma as compared to serum (0.4±0.1 mg/l vs. 3.5±1.0 mg/l); Se concentrations showed a similar but less pronounced difference (48.9±20.7 μg/l vs. 106.7±17.3 μg/l). Se and Zn correlated positively in seminal fluid but not in serum. Seminal plasma SePP concentrations were independent of serum SePP concentrations, but correlated positively to sperm density and fraction of vital sperm. SePP concentrations in seminal plasma of vasectomized men were similar to controls indicating that accessory sex glands are a testes-independent source of SePP. This notion was corroborated by histochemical analyses localizing SePP in epithelial cells of seminal vesicles. We conclude that SePP is not only involved in Se transport to testes supporting GPX4 biosynthesis but it also becomes secreted into seminal plasma, likely important to protect sperm during storage, genital tract passage and final journey.

  14. Study on relationship between sperm morphology with seminal plasma zinc and sperm acrosin activity in male infertile patients%男性不育患者精子形态与精浆锌和精子顶体酶活性关系的研究

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    邴晏如; 莫和国; 黄健云; 李璐琳; 欧水连; 黎泳仪; 陆小琴; 蔡锦梅

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    Objective To investigate the relationship of sperm morphology with seminal plasma zinc and sperm acrosin activity in male infertile patients.Methods 455 patients with male infertility were divided into 5 groups and 8 groups according to age and sperm morphology respectively.The sperm morphology,seminal plasma zinc and sperm acrosin activity were detected by the Diff-Quik stain,modified 5-Br-PAPS and modified Kennedy methods respectively.Results The percentages of morphologically normal sperm and seminal plasma zinc concentration in the infertile men groups were not different in various age groups(P >0.05 ).The sperm acrosin activity in the age group of 36-50 years was remarkably decreased (P 0.05).Seminal plasma zinc concentration in the infertile men groups were not different in the 8 groups (P >0.05 ).Sperm acrosin activity was decreased with the percentage decrease of morphologically normal sperm (r =0.93,P <0.01).Conclusion The percentage of morphologically normal sperm is not affectd by the age and the seminal plasma zinc,which is positively correlated with the sperm acrosin activity.%目的:研究男性不育患者精子形态与精浆锌和精子顶体酶活性关系。方法455例男性不育患者分别根据年龄和精子正常形态百分率分成5组和8组,采用 Diff-Quik 染色法、改良 PRA 法和改良 Kennedy 法分别进行精子形态、精浆锌和精子顶体酶活性的检测。结果各年龄组的正常形态精子百分率和精浆锌浓度差异无统计学意义(P >0.05),精子顶体酶活性在36~50岁年龄段显著降低(P <0.05),其他年龄段精子顶体酶活性差异无统计学意义(P >0.05)。在精子正常形态百分率不同的8组中,年龄差异无统计学意义,精浆锌总量差异无统计学意义,精子顶体酶活性随着精子正常形态百分率降低而降低(r =0.93,P <0.01)。结论精子正常形态百分率不受年龄和精浆锌的影响,与精

  15. Validación de un método de cromatografía líquida para la determinación de rifampicina en plasma humano

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    Full Text Available Objetivos: Validar un método de cromatografía líquida de alta resolución (HPLC para la determinación de rifampicina (RFP en plasma humano. Materiales y métodos. Se desarrolló un método HPLC para la determinación de RFP en plasma. La separación fue realizada por cromatografía de fase reversa con una columna C18 y una fase móvil compuesta por una mezcla de acetonitrilo y solución amortiguadora de fosfato de potasio monobásico 0,05 M (38:62 v/v a 335 nm. En el cual se empleó como estándar interno rifampicina quinona (RFP-QN. Resultados. Los tiempos de retención de RFP y RFP-QN fueron 7,81 y 12,26 minutos, respectivamente. El ensayo fue lineal de 0,5 a 250 ug/mL Los parámetros evaluados de precisión, exactitud, selectividad, linealidad, recuperación cumplieron con lo establecido en las guías internacionales de validación de métodos bioanalíticos. Conclusiones. El método HPLC desarrollado es simple, específico, sensible, selectivo y lineal para un amplio rango de concentraciones de RFP en plasma

  16. Leiomyoma of the seminal vesicles: laparoscopic excision.

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    Casado Varela, Javier; Hermida Gutiérrez, Juan Francisco; Castillón Vela, Ignacio T; León Rueda, Maria Eugenia; Ortega Medina, Luis; Moreno Sierra, Jesús

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    Leiomyoma of the seminal vesicles is an extremely rare type of benign tumor of the genitourinary system and can cause lower urinary tract symptoms. Despite their low incidence, these tumors can be identified with transrectal ultrasound of the seminal vesicles during prostate examination. The removal of these tumors is facilitated by a laparoscopic approach.

  17. [Transvesical Removal of Seminal Vesicle Cystadenoma].

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    Takayasu, Kenta; Harada, Jiro; Kawa, Gen; Ota, Syuichi; Sakurai, Takanori

    2015-07-01

    Primary tumors of the seminal vesicles are extremely rare. There have been 25 reports of this tumor from overseas and most cases are cystadenoma. We report a case of seminal vesicle cystadenoma in a 70-year-old man who presented with lower abdominal pain and urinary frequency. A digital rectal examination detected a projecting and hard mass in the right side of the prostate. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a 15 cm multiple cystic mass continuous with the right seminal vesicle. A transrectal needle biopsy revealed benign tissue. The tumor was resected using an open transvesical approach that enabled full exposure of the seminal vesicle without damaging the nerves and blood supply of the bladder. Pathology was consistent with a benign seminal vesicle cystadenoma. We describe the natural history, pathology,and surgical approach in this case.

  18. Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

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    Liliana Galdámez Zelada

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available La prohibición internacional de la tortura y los tratos o penas crueles inhumanos o degradantes plantea diversas dificultades desde el punto de vista de la definición y alcance de la prohibición. El trabajo jurisprudencial de los tribunales internacionales de derechos humanos ha contribuido a delimitar las nociones de tortura y los otros tratos y ha fortalecido el carácter absoluto de la prohibición, ha jugado en ello un rol fundamental el carácter progresivo del Derecho Internacional de los derechos humanos. El presente trabajo analiza los criterios jurisprudenciales aplicados por la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos entre 1989 y 2006 para delimitar el alcance de la prohibición de la tortura y los otros tratos.

  19. Historia del genoma humano

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    Castaño Valencia, Óscar

    2006-01-01

    En 1990 el Doctor Charles de Lisi presentó el proyecto del GENOMA HUMANO en asocio del Instituto de Salud Americano, el Instituto Whithead de Cambridge, la Universidad de Washingtong, el Colegio Médico de Baylor y el Instituto del Genoma Humano, de California.Estos organismos han venido actuando desde esa época, contando con la financiación de los gobiernos del Japón, Alemania, Francia, China y naturalmente del americano.En sus fases iniciales fue orientado por el Dr. James Watson quien contó...

  20. Relationship between seminal malondialdehyde levels and sperm quality in fertile and infertile men

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    Abasalt Hosseinzadeh Colagar

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to determine the level of malondialdehyde in seminal plasma of fertile and infertile men and investigate its relationship with sperm quality. Results showed that the mean of ± S.D. MDA concentration in seminal plasma of infertile men (0.94 ± 0.28 nmol/ml was significantly higher than fertile men (0.65 ± 0.17 nmol/ml (p value< 0.001, and had negative relationship with sperm count, motility and morphology. Therefore it could be concluded that increase in lipid peroxidation was associated with sperm membrane destructed and high level of MDA.

  1. Valores e Desenvolvimento Humano

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    F. Comim (Flavio); A. Macedo de Jesus (Anderson); R.C.B Oliveira (Raissa); A. Davison (Anna); S. Galeno (Sabrina); A.C.V. Ribeiro (Ana)

    2010-01-01

    markdownabstractA primeira parte desse Relatório de Desenvolvimento Humano do Brasil 2009/2010 começa com a descrição de um amplo processo de consulta aberta à sociedade, denominada Brasil Ponto a Ponto, para a escolha do tema do relatório. A Campanha Brasil Ponto a Ponto teve por objetivo estimul

  2. Valores e Desenvolvimento Humano

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    F. Comim (Flavio); A. Macedo de Jesus (Anderson); R.C.B Oliveira (Raissa); A. Davison (Anna); S. Galeno (Sabrina); A.C.V. Ribeiro (Ana)

    2010-01-01

    markdownabstractA primeira parte desse Relatório de Desenvolvimento Humano do Brasil 2009/2010 começa com a descrição de um amplo processo de consulta aberta à sociedade, denominada Brasil Ponto a Ponto, para a escolha do tema do relatório. A Campanha Brasil Ponto a Ponto teve por objetivo

  3. Valores e Desenvolvimento Humano

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    F. Comim (Flavio); A. Macedo de Jesus (Anderson); R.C.B Oliveira (Raissa); A. Davison (Anna); S. Galeno (Sabrina); A.C.V. Ribeiro (Ana)

    2010-01-01

    markdownabstractA primeira parte desse Relatório de Desenvolvimento Humano do Brasil 2009/2010 começa com a descrição de um amplo processo de consulta aberta à sociedade, denominada Brasil Ponto a Ponto, para a escolha do tema do relatório. A Campanha Brasil Ponto a Ponto teve por objetivo estimul

  4. Impact of seminal trace element and glutathione levels on semen quality of Tunisian infertile men

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    Atig Fatma

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Growing evidence indicates that oxidative stress can be a primary cause of male infertility. Non-enzymatic antioxidants play an important protective role against oxidative damages and lipid peroxidation. Human seminal plasma is a natural reservoir of antioxidants. The aim of this study was to determine glutathione (GSH concentrations, trace element levels (zinc and selenium and the lipid peroxidation end product, malondialdehyde (MDA, in the seminal plasma of men with different fertility potentials. Methods Semen samples from 60 fertile men (normozoospermics and 190 infertile patients (74 asthenozoospermics, 56 oligozoospermics, and 60 teratozoospermics were analyzed for physical and biochemical parameters. Zinc (Zn and selenium (Se levels were estimated by atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Total GSH (GSHt, oxidized GSH (GSSG, reduced GSH (GSHr and MDA concentrations were measured spectrophotometrically. Results Zn and Se concentrations in seminal plasma of normozoospermics were more elevated than the three abnormal groups. Nevertheless, only the Zn showed significant differences. On the other hand, Zn showed positive and significant correlations with sperm motility (P = 0.03, r = 0.29 and count (P Conclusions This report revealed that decreased seminal GSH and trace element deficiencies are implicated in low sperm quality and may be an important indirect biomarker of idiopathic male infertility. Our results sustain that the evaluation of seminal antioxidant status in infertile men is necessary and can be helpful in fertility assessment from early stages.

  5. Oral zinc supplementation restore high molecular weight seminal zinc binding protein to normal value in Iraqi infertile men

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    Hadwan Mahmoud

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Zinc in human seminal plasma is divided into three types of ligands which are high (HMW, intermediate (IMW, and low molecular weight ligands (LMW. The present study was aimed to study the effect of Zn supplementation on the quantitative and qualitative characteristics of semen along with Zinc Binding Protein levels in the seminal plasma in asthenozoospermic patients. Methods Semen samples were obtained from 37 fertile and 37 asthenozoospermic infertile men with matched age. The subfertile group was treated with zinc sulfate, every participant took two capsules per day for three months (each one 220mg. Semen samples were obtained (before and after zinc sulfate supplementation. After liquefaction seminal fluid at room temperature, routine semen analyses were performed. For determination of the amount of zinc binding proteins, the gel filtration of seminal plasma on Sephadex G-75 was performed. All the fractions were investigated for protein and for zinc concentration by atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Evaluation of chromatograms was made directly from the zinc concentration in each fraction. Results A significant high molecular weight zinc binding ligands percentage (HMW-Zn % was observed in seminal plasma of fertile males compared with subfertile males. However, seminal low molecular weight ligands (LMW-Zn have opposite behavior. The mean value of semen volume, progressive sperm motility percentage and total normal sperm count were increased after zinc sulfate supplementation. Conclusions Zinc supplementation restores HMW-Zn% in seminal plasma of asthenozoospermic subjects to normal value. Zinc supplementation elevates LMW-Zn% in seminal plasma of asthenozoospermic subjects to more than normal value. Trial registration ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT01612403

  6. 解脲支原体感染、精浆锌与男性不育患者精子形态的关系%Relationship between ureaplasma urealyticum infection,seminal plasma zinc and sperm morphology of infertile men

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    Objective To study the relationship between ureaplasma urealyticum(UU) infection,seminal plasma zinc and sperm morphology. Methods UU infection, seminal plasma zinc level and sperm morphology were dectected in 1071 male infertile patients. Results Seminal plasma zinc concentration in UU positive group was low than that in UU negative group(P0.05). Conclusion UU infection might affect sperm morphology of male infertility. Effect of seminal plasma zinc level on sperm morphology was easily changed by other complication, but this change should drive our attention.%  目的探讨男性不育患者解脲支原体感染、精浆锌与精子形态的关系。方法对1071例男性不育患者进行解脲支原体、精浆锌含量和精子形态的检测后,按是否感染解脲支原体分为感染组和未感染组,对比两组精浆锌水平,再将其细分为精浆锌正常组和异常组,在组与组之间分别对比正常精子形态百分率。结果解脲支原体感染组(117例)平均精浆锌的含量(1.63±0.34)μmol/L低于未感染组(954例)(2.47±0.38)μmol/L,两组差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。感染组正常精子形态百分率(12.21±4.92)%,显著低于未感染组(18.65±8.11)%。感染组中精浆锌异常组的形态百分率(8.71±3.51)%,低于精浆锌正常组(11.3±7.12)%(P<0.05),同时也低于未感染组中的精浆锌异常组(16.60±9.05)%(P<0.05)。未感染组中,精浆锌异常组的正常精子形态百分率与精浆锌正常组相比差异无统计学意义(P>0.05)。结论解脲支原体感染对男性不育患者的精子形态学有较大影响,需及时治疗。精浆锌对精子形态学的影响受其他因素的制约,但也应给予重视。

  7. Microsporidios en humanos

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    Ligia Moncada

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    Full Text Available Se hace una revisión sobre la taxonomía, la biología y los métodos diagnósticos de los microsporidios encontrados en humanos. A partir de 1981 -1982, con el advenimiento de la epidemia de SIDA, han sido muchos los informes sobre casos de microsporidiosis en humanos. Actualmente se han implicado especies correspondientes a los géneros Enterocytozoon, Encephalitozoon, Vittaforma, Pleistophora y Trachipleistophora, en diferentes patologías humanas no sólo en aquellos individuos que tienen algún compromiso del sistema inmune sino también en individuos sanos. Los métodos diagnósticos empleados se basan principalmente en coloraciones de cromotropo modificada y otras técnicas como microscopía electrónica de transmisión (TEM, análisis inmunogénicos y de ácidos nucleicos. La forma de transmisión para los humanos es incierta, pero se han encontrado algunas especies parasitando animales lo que sugiere que puede tratarse de una zoonosis.

  8. Transurethral seminal vesiculoscopy in the diagnosis and treatment of seminal vesicle stones

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    SONG Tao; ZHANG Xu; ZHANG Lei; ZHANG Fan; FU Wei-jun

    2012-01-01

    Background Seminal vesicle stones are one of the main causes of persistent hemospermia.Treatment requires removal of the stone,generally through open vesiculectomy.The purpose of this study was to apply a transurethral seminal vesiculoscopy for diagnosis and treatment of the seminal vesicle stones with an ureteroscope.We assessed whether this transurethral endoscopic technique is feasible and effective in the diagnosis and treatment of the seminal vesicle stones with intractable hemospermia.Methods Totally 12 patients with intractable hemospermia underwent transurethral seminal vesiculoscopy through the distal seminal tracts using a 7.3-French rigid ureteroscope.Age of patients ranged from 25 to 57 years (mean age (43.7±10.5) years).The patients' symptoms ranged in duration from 4 to 180 months (mean duration (47.8±45.3)months).All patients underwent transrectal ultrasonography,pelvic computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging before the operation.Positive imaging findings were observed in patients with seminal vesicle stones and dilated seminal vesicle size.A 7.3-French rigid ureteroscope entered the lumen of the verumontanum,and then the seminal vesicle under direct vision.Seminal vesicle stones were found unilaterally in 11 cases and bilaterally in one case.Results All 12 patients successfully underwent transurethral seminal vesiculoscopy.The seminal vesicle interior with single or multiple yellowish stones ranging from 1to 5 mm in diameter was clearly visible.All the stones were easily fragmented and endoscopically removed using a grasper.The operative time was 30 to 120 minutes (mean (49±22)minutes).The mean follow-up period was (6.9±3.0) months (range 3-13 months).Symptoms of hemospermia disappeared after one month in 10 patients and after three months in two patients.Three patients with painful ejaculation could completely be relieved postoperation.There was also improvement in one patient with erectile dysfunction.There were no postoperative

  9. Quick recovery and characterization of cell-free DNA in seminal plasma of normozoospermia and azoospermia: implications for non-invasive genetic utilities%参数正常和无精子症精液游离DNA的快速提取与一般特征:遗传研究及诊断的无创性途径

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    Hong-Gang Li; Shi-Yun Huang; Hui Zhou; Ai-Hua Liao; Cheng-Liang Xiong

    2009-01-01

    We established a quick and reliable method for recovering cell-free seminal DNA (cfsDNA), by using the binding-washing-elution procedure on the DNA purification column. Low variations (below 15%) among the triplicate values of cfsDNA quantity verified the reproducibility of our cfsDNA recovery method. Similar cfsDNA yield and size distribution between seminal plasma acquired by filtration and centrifugation confirmed the presence of cfsDNA. To investigate the general characterization of cfsDNA, the quantitation and size distribution of cfsDNA from normozoospermic and azoospermic semen were analyzed by real-time PCR and electrophoresis, respectively. CfsDNA concentration in semen with normozoospermia (n=11) was 1.34±0.65 μg mL~(-1), whereas a higher cfsDNA concentration was observed in azoospermia (2.56±1.43μg mL~(-1), n=9). The continuous distribution of DNA fragments ranging from ~1 kb to 15 kb and a spectrum of multiples of 180-bp fragments were observed in each normozoospermic and azoospermic sample. Distinct characteristic DNA ladder fragmentations in some azoospermic samples implicated that cfsDNA originate partly from apoptotic cells. CfsDNAs of 36 selected azoospermic patients with known information of Y chromosome microdeletion were subjected to the same microdeletion analysis by multiplex PCR and PCR amplification of sY114 (1 450 bp). All multiplex PCR reactions with cfsDNA amplified successfully and provided the same result as leukocyte DNA. PCR amplification of sY114 gave a 1 450-bp amplicon as expected. Our data suggested the potential use of cfsDNA in search of biomarker or diagnostic procedures.

  10. fuente de capital humano

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    Ligia Becerra

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available El capital intelectual es una concepción novedosa, tipificada como un activo intangible que agrega valor a la empresa; está formado por tres componentes: el capital organizacional, el humano y el relacional. El capital humano está relacionado con el desarrollo y los conocimientos del individuo, que permite diferenciar a un profesional de otro. El objetivo de este trabajo es analizar la formación del Contador Público egresado de la Universidad de Los Andes (ULA de Trujillo, como fuente de capital humano para su desempeño profesional. Los datos se recolectaron aplicando un cuestionario a una muestra aleatoria de 47 de estos profesionales, empleando para el análisis y presentación de los resultados técnicas estadísticas. La investigación evidencia que la mayoría de los encuestados poseen un nivel de satisfacción de medio a bajo con su formación de pregrado, señalando como principales debilidades del Plan de Estudio las áreas tributaria y cambiaria, el manejo instrumental del inglés y el conocimiento de las normativas que rigen el sistema económico. La formación en algunas de estas áreas la han mejorado a través de otras actividades de capacitación. No obstante reconocen algunas fortalezas tales como: el aprendizaje y dominio de conceptos y Principios Contables de Aceptación General, las matemáticas y estadística, el manejo de la contabilidad computarizada y las habilidades para analizar e interpretar problemas contables. Se concluye que a pesar de las deficiencias, la realización de cursos de actualización, junto con las fortalezas en la formación de la carrera, ha contribuido a que el contador público egresado de la ULA de Trujillo constituya un capital humano con ventaja competitiva.

  11. de derechos humanos

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    Ernesto Rey Cantor

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Se pretende demostrar que la reelección presidencial como norma constitucional es incompatible con el artículo 23 de la Convención Americana sobre Derechos Humanos, en aquellos Estados que han ratificado el tratado y lo han incorporado al derecho interno, mediante ley, como en los casos de Colombia y Venezuela. Se analiza el conflicto normativo a la luz del Bloque de Constitucionalidad, con base en los artículos 93 de la Constitución colombiana y 23 de la Constitución venezolana.

  12. Justicia y derechos humanos

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    Joel Flores Rentería

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    Full Text Available Las libertades básicas y los bienes que contemplan los derechos humanos constituyen los principios de la justicia social y política en los Estados modernos, estos bienes son producto de la evolución histórica, política, cultural y filosófica de la modernidad. Por tal motivo, llevan en sí una conceptualización de lo que es y debe ser la existencia humana; en consecuencia, lo justo sería que toda persona, en una sociedad, se encuentre en posesión de dichos bienes y libertades.

  13. Contratos de capital humano

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    Oscar Alejandro Goyes Viteri

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    Full Text Available Este documento busca dar a conocer el tema de la inversión en capital humano a través de la celebración de contratos atípicos y utilizando la fiducia mercantil y la titularización como vehículos financieros. Por medio de estos contratos un estudiante obtiene los recursos que requiere para financiar su educación superior, a cambio de entregar un porcentaje de sus ingresos después de su graduación a quien financió la operación.

  14. Desarrollo humano y justicia

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    Abeliuk, René; Acosta, Alberto; Bolívar Espinoza, Gardy Augusto; Bolívar Espinoza , Gardy Augusto; Caloca Osorio, Oscar Rogelio; Carmona Caldera, Cristóbal Gonzalo; Carvacho, Héctor; Cuéllar Saavedra, Óscar; Cuevas Moreno, Ricardo; Elizalde, Antonio; Espejo, Roberto; Foladori,Guillermo; Frei, Raimundo; García, Álvaro; González, Roberto

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    El desarrollo humano y la justicia, así como las maneras de su realización, han acompañado conflictivamente la historia de la civilización humana. Sin embargo el tema alcanza una especial significación desde la Segunda Guerra , gracias al crecimiento económico y la desigualdad inéditas. Algunos de los más destacados científicos de las ciencias sociales y humanas enfrentaron el desafío desde sus disciplinas a comienzos del siglo XX. Importantes fueron los planteamientos desde la educación y la...

  15. Desarrollo humano sustentable local

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    González Cruz, Francisco

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    El propósito de este ensayo es demostrar que el concepto del desarrollo humano sostenible está relacionado al desarrollo de nuevos paradigmas científicos, lo que le da una excelente base de epistemológica. La validez y el crecimiento de su importancia no se refiere sólo a su preocupación por la degradación ambiental del planeta, sino también a la consecuencia lógica de una nueva mirada a la realidad, fundamentalmente por el abandono de los postivistas racionalistas tan inclinados hacia el det...

  16. Individualismo y derechos humanos

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    Massini-Correas, C.I. (Carlos Ignacio)

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    A esta altura de nuestros desarrollos, nos es posible concretar en unas breves conclusiones el resultado de los análisis realizados hasta ahora, con la expresa advertencia de que ellos significan sólo una primera aproximación a la rica problemática que plantea la «doctrina individualista de los derechos humanos ». Estas conclusiones son: 1. Si bien no puede hablarse en los casos analizados de una escuela de pensamiento, existe toda una corriente de ideas, originaria de...

  17. Desarrollo humano y justicia

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    Abeliuk, René; Acosta, Alberto; Bolívar Espinoza, Gardy Augusto; Bolívar Espinoza , Gardy Augusto; Caloca Osorio, Oscar Rogelio; Carmona Caldera, Cristóbal Gonzalo; Carvacho, Héctor; Cuéllar Saavedra, Óscar; Cuevas Moreno, Ricardo; Elizalde, Antonio; Espejo, Roberto; Foladori,Guillermo; Frei, Raimundo; García, Álvaro; González, Roberto

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    El desarrollo humano y la justicia, así como las maneras de su realización, han acompañado conflictivamente la historia de la civilización humana. Sin embargo el tema alcanza una especial significación desde la Segunda Guerra , gracias al crecimiento económico y la desigualdad inéditas. Algunos de los más destacados científicos de las ciencias sociales y humanas enfrentaron el desafío desde sus disciplinas a comienzos del siglo XX. Importantes fueron los planteamientos desde la educación y la...

  18. Recursos humanos 2006

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    Los recursos humanos son el bien más importante para alcanzar los objetivos de cualquier institución, especial relevancia adquieren para el buen funcionamiento de las bibliotecas, pues además de los conocimientos propios de bibliotecología y ciencia de la información, así como los de la colección y servicios que ofrece el lugar donde laboran, deben poseer espíritu de servicio y una serie de aptitudes, actitudes, hábitos, entre otros, para que la biblioteca satisfaga las necesidades de informa...

  19. 自发性不育男性中谷胱甘肽S转移酶Mu-1基因的缺失使其精子和精浆的氧化损伤程度增加%Increased oxidative damage of sperm and seminal plasma in men with idiopathic infertility is higher in patients with glutathione S-transferase Mu-1 null genotype

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    B.Aydemir; I.Onaran; A.R.Kiziler; B.Alici; M.C.Akyolcu

    2007-01-01

    Aim:To examine whether a relationship exists between glutathione S-transferase Mu-1 (GSTM1) gene polymorphism and the susceptibility of sperm and seminal plasma from patients with idiopathic infertility to oxidative stress.Methods: Fifty-two men with idiopathic infertility and 60 healthy fertile men were recruited to this study. GSTM1 gene polymorphism was determined by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and both the infertile and control individuals were divided into GSTM1 null and GSTM1 positive groups according to their GSTM1 gene structure. We compared reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, malondialdehyde (MDA), protein carbonyls and glutathione (GSH) concentrations, and glutathione S-transferase (GST) activity in seminal plasma and spermatozoa from infertile patients and controls with respect to GSTM1 genotype. Results: Significantly higher levels of oxidative stress and damage markers were found in idiopathic infertile men with the GSTM1 null genotype compared with those with the GSTM1 positive genotype. There was no significant difference in genotype distribution for the GSTM1 variant between the idiopathic infertile subjects and fertile subjects. Patients with the GSTM1 null genotype also had lower sperm concentrations than those with GSTM1 positive genotype. Conclusion: Our results suggest that the susceptibility of sperm and seminal plasma to oxidative stress is significantly greater in idiopathic infertile men with the GSTM1 null genotype compared with those possessing the gene. Therefore, in patients with idiopathic infertility,GSTM1 polymorphism might be an important source of variation in susceptibility of spermatozoa to oxidative damage.

  20. Biochemical analysis of seminal plasma and change of semem parameter before and after varicoceletomy in infertile men with varicocle%精索静脉曲张不育患者精浆生化结果及手术前后精液参数变化的研究

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    肖平

    2008-01-01

    Objective To study and discuss the change of acid phosphatase.zinc a8 well 8,8 semen parameter before and after varicoceletomy.Methods The seminal plasma samples of 98 infertile men with varicocele and 38 fertile men were measured and analysed respectively for acid phosphatase zinc and semen parameter before and after varicoceletomy.Results The concentration of acid phosphatase in semihal plasma from men with normal fertility was significantly higher than that from infertile men with varicocele(P<0.01),the zinc in seminal plasma was obviously lower than that from men with normal fertility (P<0.05).The significant reduction (P<0.01)of sperm density,(A+B)grade sperm percentage and sperm viability as well from 42 patients.while the irregular-head sperm was much more than the normal men(P<0.01).Furthermore,the sperm quality was improved after varicoceletomy.Conclusion The varicocele can reduce sperm quality,acid phosphatase in seminal plasma and zinc,which actually results in infertility.The sperm quality can be improved effectively after varicoceletomy.%目的 探讨精索静脉曲张不育患者精浆中酸性磷酸酶、锌水平的变化及手术前、后精液参数变化的情况.方法 分别检测98例精索静脉曲张不育患者(精索静脉曲张不育组)和38例正常男性(对照组)的精浆中酸性磷酸酶、锌含量;观察42例行精索静脉高位结扎术的精索曲张不育患者(手术组)与对照组精液参数进行检测分析.结果 精索静脉曲张不育组患者精浆中酸性磷酸酶含量均显著低于对照组(P<0.01),精浆中锌含量明显低于对照组(P<0.05).手术组患者的精子密度、(A+B)级活动力精子、活动率较对照组明显降低(P<0.01),头部畸形率较对照组明显升高(P<0.01),手术组中24例患者术后精索静脉曲张全部消失,精子质量较术前明显改善.结论 精索静脉曲张引起精液质量下降,精浆中酸性磷酸酶、锌含量降低,从而造成男性

  1. Effect of Removal of Seminal Plasma, VE Supplementation and Different Balanced Ways on the Quality of Goat Semen Cryopreservation%除去精浆、添加维生素E及水浴平衡对莎能奶山羊精液冷冻效果的影响

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    权富生; 张亨德; 马会明; 王立华; 邓志诚; 高羽飞

    2011-01-01

    To determine the effect of centrifugation, VE and different balanced ways on the goat motility, acrosome status and membrane integrity after the frozen-thawed, so that it provided a basis for improving the effect of goat semen cryopreservation.Design of three experiments were that, in Experiment 1, the fresh semen was subsequently divided into three groups.The diluted semen was treated by centrifugation at the speed of 1 000 r/min for 6 min, removing one-half of the seminal plasma in group 1.The sample was removed the seminal plasma completely after centrifugalized three times in group 2.The sample was untreated in the control group (group 3).In Experiment 2, vitamin E was added in the extender at 15 g/L, and without vitamin E addition served as the control group.In Experiment 3, two balancing approach of semen were taken by gauze wrapped and water bath balancing.The results of the experiments indicated that, in Experiments 1, the motility of the half of seminal plasma group and without seminal plasma group was higher significantly than the uncentrifugal fresh semen (P<0.05).Sperm acrosome integrity rate and malformation rate were dropped, but no significant differences were detected with the control group (P>0.05).In Experiments 2, the acrosome integritywas significantly higher in the VE group than that of the control.Malformation rate and the semen motility had no significant difference with the control group (P<0.05).In Experiments 3, the semen motility and sperm acrosome integrity of water bath balanced group were higher than that of the gauze wrapped balance group (P<0.05), and malformation rate of water bath balanced group was lower than that of the gauze wrapped balance group (P<0.05).In conclusion, (1) Sperm motility was improved significantly by removing half of seminal plasma after centrifugation.(2)The rate of sperm acrosome integrity was improved significantly by adding vitamin E.(3)The frozen-thawed semen quality was better significantly by

  2. Estrogenic octylphenol affects seminal fluid production and its biochemical composition of eelpout (Zoarces viviparus).

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    Rasmussen, Tina H; Korsgaard, Bodil

    2004-10-01

    Estrogenic chemicals such as alkylphenols (APs) have been shown to disrupt the reproductive system of male fish. In the present study, the effects of the estrogenic chemical octylphenol (100 microg g(-1)) and 17 beta-estradiol on the semen production and the biochemical composition of the seminal fluid of the viviparous eelpout (Zoarces viviparus) were investigated at the time of spawning. After 10 days of octylphenol or estrogen treatment, vitellogenin (Vtg) synthesis was induced as indicated by increased plasma vitellogenin concentration. In accordance with the increased vitellogenin concentration, hepatosomatic index (HSI), total protein concentration, and total calcium concentration were also increased, and free amino acids concentration was decreased in blood plasma. Octylphenol treatment caused a decrease in the gonadosomatic index (GSI) and the milt volume and an increase in the spermatocrit. The histological examination revealed that octylphenol affected the normal lobular structure, including the Sertoli cells. In the majority of the octylphenol-treated fish, trapped sperm cells were observed in parts of the seminiferous lobules and the sperm ducts. The biochemical composition of the seminal fluid was also affected by the octylphenol or estrogen. The seminal plasma concentrations of magnesium, calcium, and total protein were elevated, and the concentration of free amino acids was reduced in the treated fish. This study indicates that octylphenol inhibits the seminal fluid production and changes its biochemical composition in eelpouts.

  3. Desarrollo humano en Venezuela

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    Idana Berosca Rincón Soto

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available El siguiente artículo tiene como objetivo principal analizar la tendencia y evolución del desarrollo humano en Venezuela para el periodo 2000-2010. Se abordó la investigación enmarcada en una metodología de tipo positivista con técnicas estadísticas. Se concluyó que los recursos escasos y las dificultades históricas exigen un incremento de esfuerzos presupuestarios y de gestión, en cantidad, calidad y transparencia por parte del Estado a través del gasto público. En los últimos años, el Estado no ha aprovechado plenamente el potencial de la política fiscal y los periodos de bonanza económica, precedidos por los auspiciosos auges petroleros, para fomentar, estimular y consolidar el desarrollo humano que permita a la población en general tener calidad de vida cónsonos con una sociedad conducente al bienestar general sostenible y permanente. Esto se explica por diversas limitaciones y retos afrontados, como la falta de diversificación del financiamiento y gasto público, la exigua carga fiscal, la corrupción dentro de la praxis política, la estructura mayormente regresiva del sistema de recaudación, el gasto público y social insuficiente e inequitativo.

  4. Paternal antigen-specific proliferating regulatory T cells are increased in uterine-draining lymph nodes just before implantation and in pregnant uterus just after implantation by seminal plasma-priming in allogeneic mouse pregnancy.

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    Shima, Tomoko; Inada, Kumiko; Nakashima, Akitoshi; Ushijima, Akemi; Ito, Mika; Yoshino, Osamu; Saito, Shigeru

    2015-04-01

    Paternal antigen-specific regulatory T (PA-specific Treg) cells play an important role in feto-maternal tolerance. To detect the PA-specific Tregs, female BALB/c mice were mated with male DBA/2 mice. Mls Ia antigen on DBA/2 mice is recognized by the T-cell receptor Vβ6; thus, CD4(+)Foxp3(+)Vβ6(+) cells are recognized as PA-specific Treg cells. CD4(+)CD25(+)Vβ6(+) cells effectively suppressed the allo-reactive proliferation of lymphocytes compared with that of CD4(+)CD25(+)Vβ6(-) cells. Vβ6(+) PA-specific Treg cells expressed CCR4 and CCR5 on their surface. The frequency of Ki67(+) PA-specific Treg cells among Treg cells was significantly increased in draining lymph nodes on day 3.5 post-coitus (pc; 6.8±1.1%, ppregnant mice compared with that in nonpregnant mice (2.7±0.2%). The frequency of Ki67(+) PA-specific Treg cells in the uterus increased significantly after day 5.5 pc in allogeneic pregnant mice compared with that in nonpregnant mice (8.8±2.8% vs. 1.2±1.3%, puterus in BALB/c×DBA/2 (SVX) allogeneic mating mice. These findings suggest that the priming by seminal fluid is important for the induction of proliferating PA-specific Tregs in uterine-draining lymph nodes just before implantation and pregnant uterus after implantation, resulting in successful implantation and the maintenance of allogeneic pregnancy.

  5. IMPLEMENTACIÓN DE UNA METODOLOGÍA PARA LA SEPARACIÓN DE PROTEOMAS DE PLASMA HUMANO MEDIANTE ELECTROFORESIS BIDIMENSIONAL

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    Ruth Andrea Rodríguez

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    Full Text Available El análisis proteómico en derivados sanguíneos es una importante herramienta en el descubrimiento de biomarcadores para el diagnóstico de enfermedades, aunque su caracterización exhibe desafíos relacionados con el amplio rango dinámico de las proteínas. En este trabajo se implementaron las condiciones para la separación de proteomas de plasma sanguíneo por electroforesis bidimensional. En muestras de plasma de infante y adulto se evaluaron dos sistemas de pretratamiento de la muestra para reducir el rango dinámico de las proteínas: inmunodepleción de proteínas abundantes y enriquecimiento de proteínas de baja abundancia. Los proteomas se separaron por electroforesis bidimensional y las imágenes se analizaron con el programa Melanie 7.0. Se encontró que ambos métodos de pretratamiento fueron reproducibles y permitieron ver las diferencias en los proteomas de infante y adulto, como muestran los análisis de componentes principales y de clasificación jerárquica tipo heatmap. El porcentaje de recuperación de proteínas fue mayor con la inmunodepleción en comparación con el enriquecimiento proteico. Estos resultados permitieron concluir que con la inmunodepleción, se tiene mayor control de las proteínas eliminadas y por tanto menor pérdida de información, lo que permite su aplicación en estudios exploratorios para la identificación de potenciales biomarcadores de enfermedad.

  6. The Regulation of Inflammatory Pathways and Infectious Disease of the Cervix by Seminal Fluid

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    Anthonio Adefuye

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The connection between human papillomavirus (HPV infection and the consequent sequelae which establishes cervical neoplastic transformation and invasive cervical cancer has redefined many aspects of cervical cancer research. However there is still much that we do not know. In particular, the impact of external factors, like seminal fluid in sexually active women, on pathways that regulate cervical inflammation and tumorigenesis, have yet to be fully understood. HPV infection is regarded as the initiating noninflammatory cause of the disease; however emerging evidence points to resident HPV infections as drivers of inflammatory pathways that play important roles in tumorigenesis as well as in the susceptibility to other infections such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV infection. Moreover there is emerging evidence to support a role for seminal fluid, in particular, the inflammatory bioactive lipids, and prostaglandins which are present in vast quantities in seminal fluid in regulating pathways that can exacerbate inflammation of the cervix, speed up tumorigenesis, and enhance susceptibility to HIV infection. This review will highlight some of our current knowledge of the role of seminal fluid as a potent driver of inflammatory and tumorigenic pathways in the cervix and will provide some evidence to propose a role for seminal plasma prostaglandins in HIV infection and AIDS-related cancer.

  7. Relationship of levels of seminal plasma lipoprotein (a),Zn2 + and prostate specific antigen in the semen with abnormal semen liquefaction%精浆脂蛋白(a)、锌和前列腺特异性抗原含量与精液液化的关系

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    张健清; 王东; 黄楚梅; 张式鸿; 蔡丹

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    Objectives:To explore the relationship of levels of seminal plasma lipoprotein (a),Zn2 +and prostate specific antigen in the semen with abnormal semen liquefaction.Methods:200 patients with abnormal se-men liquefaction and 200 men with semen liquefaction were selected.The level of seminal zinc was detected by color-developing method.The level of PSA in seminal was measured by ELISA and the lipoprotein (a)was measured by latex enhanced immunoturbidimetric assay.Results:The levels of Zn2 + in abnormal group and normal group were (90.0 ±35.1 )μg/mL and (1 25.1 ±25.5)μg/mL respectively,with significant difference (P <0.01 ).The levels of lipoprotein (a)in abnormal group and normal group were (550 ±250)μg/mL and (301 ±98)μg/mL re-spectively,with significant difference (P <0.01 ).The levels of PSA in abnormal group and normal group were (0.81 ±0.21 )mg/mL and (1 .31 ±0.30)mg/mL respectively,with significant difference (P <0.05).Conclu-sion:The levels of seminal lipoprotein (a),Zn2 + and PSA should be taken into account in the diagnosis of male in-fertility caused by abnormal liquefaction.%目的:探讨精浆脂蛋白(a)、锌和前列腺特异性抗原(PSA)与精液液化的关系。方法:筛选精液液化异常患者和精液液化正常男性各200例,显色法测定精浆锌离子(Zn2+),酶联免疫法测定 PSA,乳胶增强免疫透射比浊法测定脂蛋白(a),对比分析两组测定结果。结果:异常组精浆 Zn2+平均含量为(90.0±35.1)μg/mL,脂蛋白(a)水平为(550±250)μg/mL;正常组精浆 Zn2+平均含量为(125.1±25.5)μg/mL,脂蛋白(a)水平为(301±98)μg/mL,两者差异有统计学意义(均 P <0.01)。异常组精浆 PSA 含量为(0.81±0.21)mg/mL,正常组精浆 PSA 含量为(1.31±0.30)mg/mL,两者差异有统计学意义(P <0.05)。结论:精液液化异常可能与精浆脂

  8. La anatomia del cuerpo humano: exposicion temporal

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    Antommarchi, Francesco

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    El cuerpo humano representado en la obra de Paolo Mascagni y posteriormente en la de Antommarchi, plasma en detalle la totalidad de los órganos del cuerpo como el anatomista los podía ver en un cadáver: desde la capa superficial subyacente a los tegumentos comunes, hasta el esqueleto; la red subcutánea formada por los nervios y los vasos sanguíneos superficiales, todos los planos musculares con los nervios, los vasos sanguíneos y los vasos linfáticos; en fin, los órganos que componen las tres...

  9. 益心康泰胶囊对精浆中活性氧与精子质量影响的临床疗效观察%Clinical Efficacy Observation of Yixin Kangtai Capsule on Active Oxygen of Seminal Plasma and Sperm Quality

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    郭海彬; 周金桥; 杨锦建; 夏松

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To observe clinical efficacy of Yixin kangtai capsule on patient with oligospermia and asthenosper-mia. METHODS: 72 patients with diagnosed oligospermia and athenospermia were selected and divided into 2 groups: 32 cases in control group were given vitamin E 50 mg and 1 pill of zinc gluconate 3 times a day for consecutive 3 months; 40 cases in treatment group were additionally given 2 pills of Yixin kangtai capsule 3 times a day for consecutive 3 months on the basis of control group. After the last administration, semen routine were evaluated and the levels of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), malondialdehyde (MDA) and superoxide dismutase(SOD) in seminal plasma were tested. RESULTS: Treatment group was superior to control group in terms of spermatozoa density, spermatozoa activity, malformation rate, the levels of H2O2, MDA and SOD(/'<0.05 or P< 0.01). CONCLUSION: Yixin kangtai capsule can improve the dynamic balance of active oxygen in seminal plasma and the quality of sperm. Yixin kangtai capsule can be used for patient with oligospermia and asthenospermia.%目的:观察益心康泰胶囊治疗少弱精子症患者的临床疗效.方法:选择确诊的少弱精子症患者72例,分为2组.对照组32例,服用维生素E,每次50 mg;葡萄糖酸锌,每次1粒,均每日3次,连续3个月.治疗组40例,在对照组的基础上加服益心康泰胶囊,每次2粒,每日3次,连续3个月.末次给药后,行常规精液分析与精浆中过氧化氢(H2O2)、丙二醛(MDA)含量、超氧化物歧化酶(SOD)活性测定.结果:治疗组在用药后精子密度、精子活力、畸形率与H2O2、MDA、SOD水平均优于对照组(P<0.01或P<0.05).结论:益心康泰胶囊能通过改善精浆中活性氧的动态平衡,改善精液质量,可用于治疗少弱精子症.

  10. Desarrollo humano sustentable, derechos humanos y sexualidad en la salud

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    María Isabel Luengas Aguirre; Laura Patricia Sáenz

    2009-01-01

    En México el expresidente Vicente Fox propuso la revolución educativa a partir del desarrollo humano y social y el presidente actual, Felipe Calderón, plantea el desarrollo humano sustentable. Si bien estas propuestas retoman preocupaciones expresadas por la UNESCO para la educación superior (1997), en las que se plantea la pretensión de educar para la paz y los derechos humanos, estos planteamientos no se han reflejado en los currículos ni en la estructura de las IES para crear contextos ...

  11. Derechos humanos y desarrollo humano en México

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    Villeda Santana, Mary Carmen

    2011-01-01

    ResumenLos derechos humanos y el desarrollo humano comparten la misma visión y objetivo: garantizar la libertad, el bienestar y la dignidad de todas las personas del mundo. Para alcanzar un desarrollohumano alto es necesario el respeto y el ejercicio eficiente de los derechos humanos, como el acceso a la educación, a los servicios de salud, a la alimentación, a un trabajo dignoy bien remunerado, a la participación activa de las decisiones económicas, entre otros. Al mismo tiempo, es important...

  12. [Anaphylaxis caused by human seminal fluid].

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    Rubira, N; Roger, A; Nogueiras, C; Server, T; Guspi, R; Cadahia, A

    1995-01-01

    Anaphylaxis to human seminal fluid (HSF) is rare. We present an atopic woman with postcoital cutaneous and respiratory symptoms. Prick by prick to HSF was positive. CAP to FSH was also positive (4 KU/l). The clinical findings, differential diagnosis and different treatments are discussed.

  13. Function of seminal vesicles and their role on male fertility

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    Gustavo F. Gonzales

    2001-01-01

    The present review has been designed to update the recent developments on the function of seminal vesicles and their role on male fertility. It is indicated that the true corrected fructose level is a simple method for the assessment of the seminal vesicular function. Measurement of seminal fructose used universally as a marker of the seminal vesicle function is not an appropriate approach due to its inverse relationship with the sperm count. The true corrected fructose defined as [ log. motile sperm concentration ] multiplied by [ seminal fructose concentration ] has been shown to be a better marker of the seminal vesicle function.Seminal vesicular secretion is important for semen coagulation, sperm motility, and stability of sperm chromatin andsuppression of the immune activity in the female reproductive tract.In conclusion, the function of seminal vesicle is important for fertility. Parameters as sperm motility, sperm chromatin stability, and immuno-protection may be changed in case of its hypofunction.

  14. de los derechos humanos

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    Javier Pardo Falcón

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available A pesar de su uso en determinados foros políticos con connotaciones claramente negativas, el término globalización tiene un significado neutro que también puede hacer referencia a fines de bondad indudable. Así, tanto la Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos como otros instrumentos internacionales aprobados por las Naciones Unidas son normas jurídicas globalizadoras, surgidas con la idea de extender la vigencia de los derechos básicos de la persona a todos los países del mundo. Desde esta otra visión de la globalización, conseguir la efectiva vigencia de los derechos humanos en los países de Centroamérica resulta una tarea particularmente urgente y necesaria. En efecto, salvo Costa Rica, que puede considerarse una afortunada excepción en la turbulenta historia política centroamericana, todos los demás Estados de la región comparten un pasado marcado por los graves conflictos internos y el escaso desarrollo económico, circunstancias ambas que explican en buena parte un presente caracterizado por la debilidad de las instituciones, la falta de cohesión social y, en consecuencia, la insuficiente garantía de los derechos más básicos de la mayoría de la población. En este contexto, y desde su compromiso con la mejora de las condiciones materiales de vida de sus conciudadanos menos favorecidos, seis autores y autoras centroamericanos abordan, desde distintas perspectivas, la situación actual de los derechos fundamentales en sus respectivos países.

  15. El aceite de oliva virgen y las enfermedades cardiovasculares. Perfil lipídico en plasma y composición lipídica de la membrana de eritrocito humano

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    Ruiz Gutiérrez, V.

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    sólo disminuyeron la concentración plasmática de las lipoproteínas de baja densidad (LDL en los sujetos sanos. Hubo una reducción drástica de la relación colesterol/ fosfolípidos en la membrana de eritrocito de sujetos sanos, mientras que un aumento significativo en el eritrocito de pacientes hipertensos tras las dietas monoinsaturadas. El contenido en ésteres de colesterol disminuyó en los tres grupos experimentales. El aceite de oliva virgen, a diferencia del aceite de girasol alto-oleico, aumentó el contenido en ácidos grasos poliinsaturados (incluyendo el ácido araquidónico, y los ácidos docosapentaenoico y docosahexaenoico de la familia n-3 de la membrana de eritrocito de pacientes hipertensos. Estos efectos fueron mayores cuanto mayor fue el riesgo cardiovascular (hipercolesterolemia. Nuestro estudio parece indicar que tanto el aceite de oliva virgen como el de girasol alto-oleico mejoran el perfil aterogénico en el plasma sanguíneo de humanos, si bien el aceite de oliva virgen (y no el aceite de girasol alto-oleico actúa favorablemente sobre los procesos de homeostasis de las membranas celulares.

  16. Direitos humanos e propriedade intelectual

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    Piovesan,Flávia

    2009-01-01

    O presente artigo tem como objetivo investigar os seguintes problemas: Como compreender a propriedade intelectual à luz dos direitos humanos? Em que medida o sistema internacional de direitos humanos pode contribuir para a proteção do direito à propriedade intelectual sob uma perspectiva emancipatória? Qual há de ser o impacto dos regimes jurídicos de proteção da propriedade intelectual no campo dos direitos humanos? Qual é o alcance da função social da propriedade intelectual? Como tecer um ...

  17. Profesores universitarios y derechos humanos

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    Peralta-Varela, Carlos; Pérez-Viramontes, Gerardo

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    Se presentan algunas reflexiones sobre la forma como los textos internacionales entienden la relación educación-derechos humanos, a partir de la idea de la educación como el instrumento más importante para conformar una cultura universal de respeto a los derechos humanos. Se presenta la situación que guardan la educación y los derechos humanos en América Latina y en particular en México, así como el papel que se les asigna a los maestros para hacer que los valores universales se reafirmen en ...

  18. El genoma humano

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    García Barreno, Pedro

    2002-01-01

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    El redescubrimiento de las leyes de Mendel sobre la herencia en las semanas que abrieron el siglo XX incitó una búsqueda científica para comprender la naturaleza y el contenido de la información genética que ha impulsado la biología durante los últimos cien años. El progreso científico conseguido se ha fraguado en cuatro fases que se corresponden, aproximadamente, con los cuatro cuartos del siglo XX. El primero estableció las bases celulares de la herencia: los cromosomas. El segundo definió las bases moleculares de la herencia: la doble hélice de ADN. El tercero descifró las bases informativas de la herencia con el descubrimiento de los mecanismos biológicos mediante los que la célula lee la información codificada en los genes; luego, con la invención de la tecnología del ADN recombinante de clonajey de secuenciación, los científicos pudieron hacer lo mismo. El último cuarto del siglo estuvo marcado por un lento pero constante esfuerzo para descifrar genes primero y, por fin, genomas enteros que han propiciado el desarrollo de la genómica. El día 26 de junio de 2000 se hacía público un «borrador de trabajo» de la secuencia del genoma humano. Las revistas Nature (vol 409, n.º 6822 y Science (vol 291, n.º 5507 dedicaban números especiales a la publicación de la secuencia en el mes de febrero de 2001 (el día 15 Nature y, al día siguiente, Science. «La humanidad ha recibido un gran regalo. La conclusión de la secuencia del genoma humano ofrece una herramienta poderosa para descifrar los secretos de nuestra herencia genética y para precisar nuestro lugar entre otros participantes en la aventura de la vida».

  19. LINGUAGEM, INTERSUBJETIVIDADE E MOVIMENTO HUMANO

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    Lísia Costa Gonçalves de Araújo

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo aborda o tema do Movimento Humano, num contexto interdisciplinar, com base na ontologia da Linguagem em Merleau-Ponty e na teoria do agir comunicativo em Habermas. A Linguagem é tema central no processo educacional. Está intimamente ligada ao Movimento Humano, pois este cria um dinamismo, através da própria percepção que lhe é inerente, abrindo-nos para novas possibilidades de “ser no mundo”.

  20. Tactic-specific differences in seminal fluid influence sperm performance.

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    Locatello, Lisa; Poli, Federica; Rasotto, Maria B

    2013-03-22

    Seminal fluid often makes up a large part of an ejaculate, yet most empirical and theoretical studies on sperm competition have focused on how sperm characteristics (number and quality) affect fertilization success. However, seminal fluid influences own sperm performance and may potentially influence the outcome of sperm competition, by also affecting that of rivals. As a consequence males may be expected to allocate their investment in both sperm and seminal fluid in relation to the potential level of competition. Grass goby (Zosterisessor ophiocephalus) is an external fertilizer with guard-sneaker mating tactics, where sperm competition risk varies according to the tactic adopted. Here, we experimentally manipulated grass goby ejaculates by separately combining sperm and seminal fluid from territorial and sneaker males. While sperm of sneaker and territorial males did not differ in their performance when they interacted with their own seminal fluid only, sperm of sneakers increased their velocity and fertilization rate in the presence of territorial males' seminal fluid. By contrast, sneaker males' seminal fluid had a detrimental effect on the performance of territorial males' sperm. Sperm velocity was unaffected by the seminal fluid of males employing the same tactic, suggesting that seminal fluid's effect on rival-tactic sperm is not based on a self/non-self recognition mechanism. Our findings show that cross interactions of sperm and seminal fluid may influence the fertilization success of competing ejaculates with males investing in both sperm and seminal fluid in response to sperm competition risk.

  1. Sperm quality and fertility of boar seminal doses after 2 days of storage: does the type of extender really matter?

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    Pinart, Elisabeth; Yeste, Marc; Prieto-Martínez, Noelia; Reixach, Josep; Bonet, Sergi

    2015-06-01

    The present approach was designed to evaluate the extender effects on sperm quality and fertility of short-term refrigerated seminal doses from Landrace boars lodged in husbandry-controlled conditions. For this purpose, we analyzed the sperm quality of seminal doses diluted in short-term (Beltsville Thawing Solution) and extra-long-term (Duragen) extenders from Days 0 to 2 of storage at 17 °C during an 8-month period. Pregnancy rates and litter size were evaluated from double inseminations within an interval of 12 hours (36 and 48 hours of refrigeration) of multiparous females using seminal doses diluted in each extender type. Sperm quality was assessed from the analyses of sperm motility and kinetics, sperm viability, expressed as plasma and acrosome membrane integrity, membrane lipid disorder, intracellular calcium levels, and acrosin activity. Results indicated significant differences between the extenders in the sperm quality of seminal doses. Therefore, the seminal doses diluted in Duragen had higher percentages of progressive motile spermatozoa and membrane-intact spermatozoa than those diluted in Beltsville Thawing Solution throughout all the experimental months. Nevertheless, despite these differences in preserving the sperm quality, pregnancy rates (>90%) and litter sizes (>10 piglets born per litter) were similar between the extenders. Our results had great relevance from a practical point of view because they reported lack of an extender effect on the reproductive performance of seminal doses during short-tem storage.

  2. Effects of reduced seminal enzymatic antioxidants on sperm DNA fragmentation and semen quality of Tunisian infertile men.

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    Atig, Fatma; Kerkeni, Abdelhamid; Saad, Ali; Ajina, Mounir

    2017-03-01

    To evaluate levels of sperm DNA fragmentation and enzymatic antioxidant status in seminal plasma of Tunisian fertile and infertile men in order to assess the effects of seminal oxidative stress on sperm DNA integrity and semen quality. Semen samples from 100 infertile patients (40 oligoasthenoteratozoospermics, 31 teratozoospermics and 29 asthenozoospermics) and 50 fertile men (controls) were analyzed for DNA fragmentation by TUNEL assay and biochemical parameters. Seminal antioxidant activities (Superoxide dismutase, Glutathione peroxidase and Catalase) and malondialdehyde concentrations were measured spectrophotometrically. Sperm DNA fragmentation and malondialdehyde levels in infertile groups were more elevated than controls. Nevertheless, the activities of the antioxidant enzymes were significantly lower in abnormal groups compared to normozoospermics. Sperm DNA fragmentation was closely and positively correlated to malondialdehyde levels (r = 0.37, P = 0.008); meanwhile, reduced seminal antioxidant profile was negatively associated to sperm DNA fragmentation. Interestingly, we noted also that sperm DNA fragmentation was negatively correlated to sperm motility (r = -0.54, P fragmentation can be due to the impaired seminal enzymatic antioxidant profile and increased Lipid peroxidation. Our results sustain that the evaluation of sperm DNA fragmentation and seminal oxidative biomarkers in infertile men is recommended as a consistent prognostic tool for male infertility assessment.

  3. IL-6 and sICAM-1 in seminal plasma relate to male immune infertility%免疫性不育男性精浆白细胞介素6和可溶性细胞黏附分子1分析

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    史波; 魏任雄; 崔云; 周俊; 张晓霞

    2014-01-01

    intedeukin-6 (IL-6) and soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1) in the seminal plasma of infertile men and explore the role of inflammatory cytokines in male immune infertility.Methods:Based on the results of the sperm-bound antibody immunobead test,123 males with clinically suspected infertility were divided into an immune infertility group (n =41),other infertility group A (n =37),and other infertility group B (n =45).The immune infertility patients were further subdivided into a leukocyte-positive and a leukocyte-negative group according to the results of leukocyte peroxidase staining.The control group included 31 males confirmed to be fertile in the clinic.Statistical analyses were conducted on the differences in inflammatory cytokines expressions and main parameters in the seminal plasma among different groups.The seminal liquefaction time was measured by visual and microscopic observation,sperm concentration and motility detected using the computer-assisted sperm analysis system,sperm viability determined by hypotonic swelling assay,and the expression levels of IL-6 and sICAM-1 measured by ELISA.Results:The infertility groups showed significantly lowers perm viability (P < 0.05) and progressive motility (P < 0.01) than the fertile control,but no remarkable differences from the latter in sperm concentration (P >0.05) and semen liquefaction time (P > 0.05).No statistically significant differences were observed in seminal parameters between the immune infertility group and other infertility groups (P >0.05).The IL-6 and sICAM-1 levels in the seminal plasma were extremely significantly higher in the immune infertility group ([37.92 ± 17.01] ng/L and [89.15 ± 41.82] ng/ml),other infertility group A ([22.23 ± 13.77] ng/L and [67.81 ± 33.24] ng/ml),and other infertility group B ([18.75 ± 14.32] ng/L and [53.25 ± 27.09] ng/ml) than in the normal control group ([9.47 ± 5.76] ng/L and [19.46 ± 9.77] ng/ml) (P < 0.01),with remarkable differences

  4. Seminal androgens, oestradiol and progesterone in oligoasthenoteratozoospermic men with varicocele.

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    Zalata, A; El-Mogy, M; Abdel-Khabir, A; El-Bayoumy, Y; El-Baz, M; Mostafa, T

    2014-09-01

    This study aimed to assess seminal androgens, oestradiol, progesterone levels in oligoasthenoteratozoospermic (OAT) men with varicocele (Vx). In all, 154 men with matched age and body mass index were investigated that were divided into healthy fertile controls (n = 35), OAT men with Vx (n = 55), OAT men without Vx (n = 64). They were subjected to assessment of semen parameters, seminal levels of testosterone (T), androstenedione (A), 5α-androstane-3 α,17 β-diol (3 α-diol), oestradiol (E2 ), 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP) and progesterone (P). Seminal levels of T and A were significantly decreased where seminal levels of 3 α-diol, E2 , 17-OHP, P were significantly higher in OAT men with/without Vx compared with fertile controls. Sperm count, sperm motility and sperm normal forms percentage demonstrated significant positive correlation with seminal T and A and significant negative correlation with seminal 3 α-diol, E2 , P. It is concluded that in fertile men, seminal T and A are significantly increased and seminal 3 α-diol, E2 , 17-OHP, P are significantly decreased compared with infertile OAT men with/without Vx. Association of Vx demonstrated a nonsignificant influence on these hormonal levels in OAT cases. Sperm count, sperm motility and sperm normal forms demonstrated significant positive correlation with seminal T, A and significant negative correlation with seminal 3 α-diol, E2 , P.

  5. El perfil humano y profesional del responsable de recursos humanos

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    En el presente artículo se realiza un análisis del perfil humano y profesional que poseen actualmente los directivos del campo de Recursos Humanos. En el mismo, además de analizar sus circunstancias personales (sexo, edad, años de experiencia), se profundiza en la forma de acceso al puesto que ocupan, los motivos que les indujeron a entrar en este campo de dirección, la posición real que ocupan en los organigramas, así como las relaciones que poseen con el exterior de sus firmas. Información ...

  6. 男性不育中医证型与精浆游离microRNA表达相关性研究%Study on the expression of microRNA in seminal plasma in male infertility with different Chinese medicine syndromes

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    魏任雄; 崔云; 黄纪红; 娄江涛; 张晓霞; 周俊

    2016-01-01

    Objective To analyze the expressions of miR-34b, miR-122-3p and miR-141-5p in seminal plasma in male infertility with different Chinese medicine (TCM) syndromes, and find out molecular markers for the TCM Syndrome Types stratification and treatment in male infertility. Methods Total of 141 patients with male infertility were enrolled in the study, including 21 cases with deficiency of kidney yang, 43 cases with deficiency of kidney yin, 37 cases with phlegm-dampn retention, 40 cases with stagnation of liver qi and blood stasis, as well as 30 cases normal healthy men as the control group. Seminal parameters and the expression of seminal plasma miR-141-5p, miR-122-3p and miR-34b in each group were analyzed respectively. Sperm concentration and viability were measured by computer aided sperm analysis system. Sperm survival rate was evaluated by hypoosmotic swelling (HOS) test. Sperm viability was analyzed by Diff-Quick staining. miRNA expression was detected by real-time fluorescence quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Results Sperm concentration in the deficiency of kidney yang group was (52.37±15.31)×106/mL, it significantly lower than that of other groups (P<0.05). Sperm vitality and sperm motility percentage in stagnation of liver qi and blood stasis syndrome were (31.41±10.38)% and (24.18±4.65)%, which was lower than that of other groups (P<0.05 or P<0.01), and normal sperm morphology (%) was (3.21±1.68)%, which was significantly lower than that of deficiency of kidney yang syndrome group and phlegm-dampn retention syndrome group (P<0.01). Compared with that of deficiency of kidney yang, and phlegm-dampn retention, semen liquefaction time of kidney yin group was (36.13±10.91) min, semen in this group was obviously non liquefaction (P<0.05). There were significant differences in miR-141-5p, miR-122-3p and miR-34b expressions among the groups(P<0.01). The expression of miR-34b in deficiency of kidney yang syndrome group was significantly downregulated

  7. Derechos Humanos y Derecho Internacional

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    Carrillo Salcedo, Juan Antonio

    2000-09-01

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    La aparición de un nuevo consenso internacional en torno a las nociones de derechos humanos y democracia, como valores generalmente aceptados por la comunidad de naciones en su conjunto, y la afirmación de que el ser humano es titular de derechos propios, oponibles jurídicamente a todos los Estados, constituyen extraordinarias innovaciones que hacen que, a diferencia del Derecho internacional clásico, la persona no pueda seguir siendo considerada como un mero objeto del Derecho internacional.

  8. 男性不育患者精浆和血清中锌铅镉丙二醛含量及超氧化物歧化酶活力的研究%Zinc, lead, cadmium, malondialdehyde contents and superoxide dismutase activity in serum and seminal plasma in male infertily patients

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    高亚萍; 李荣秀; 高羽; 杜丽荣; 奏振顺; 胡振华

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To study the changes of zinc, lead? Cadmium and malondialdehyde (MDA) contents and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity in serum and seminal plasma in male infertility patients,and to provide the information for diagnosis and treatment of male infertility patients.Methods: A total of 120 male infertility patients with abnormal semen analysis were recruited as infertility group and 100 normal men with normal semen analysis as control group. The xanthine oxidase colori-metric analysis was used to determine SOD activity. The MDA content was assayed by the thiobarbituric acid colorimetry. The zinc, lead and cadmium contents were determined by using atomic absorption spec-trometric method.Results: In the seminal plasma, the zinc content [(27. 18 ± 7. 88) (μg/L](-x±s) and SOD activity [(210±41) U/L)] in infertility group were significantly lower than those in the control group [(46. 50± 6. 77) μg/L and (361±103)U/L respectively)] (P0. 05). In the serum, zinc content [(0. 59±0. 31) fig/L] was significantly lower than that in the control group [(0. 93±0. 60) /ig/L] (P0. 05).Conclusions: The seminal plasma lead content increased in male infertility patients could lead to the sperm cells peroxidation enhancement. The increased consumption of antioxidants I. E. Zinc and SOD and enhancement of the lipid peroxidation metabolites I. E. MDA would damage sperms and lower sperm quality.%目的 研究男性不育患者精浆中超氧化物歧化酶(SOD)活力、丙二醛(MDA)及锌、铅、镉含量的变化与精浆抗氧化能力的关系,为男性不育症患者寻找病因及诊治方法提供依据.方法 选择精液常规检查异常的男性不育者120例,为不育组;精液常规检查正常者100例,为对照组.SOD活力采用黄嘌呤氧化酶比色法测定,MDA采用硫代巴比妥酸比色法测定,锌、铅、镉采用原子吸收分光光度计法进行测定.结果 男性不育症患者精浆中锌、铅、镉

  9. Effect of Dietary Taurine on Semen Quality, Serum Hormone Content and Seminal Plasma Antioxidant Capability of Breeding Boars%牛磺酸对种公猪精液品质、血清激素含量及精浆抗氧化能力的影响

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    李方方; 蒋超群; 朱宇旌; 郑丽莉; 高原; 孟玲; 郭福来; 丁兰; 张勇

    2016-01-01

    本试验旨在研究牛磺酸( Tau)对种公猪性欲、精液品质、血清激素含量及精浆抗氧化能力的影响。选用24头年龄、体重相近的健康成年大约克夏种公猪,随机分为4个组,每组6个重复,每个重复1头猪。各组分别饲喂牛磺酸添加水平为0(对照组)、2、4、6 g/kg的饲粮,试验期90 d,分为1~45 d和46~90 d 2个阶段。结果表明:1)试验46~90 d时,添加6 g/kg牛磺酸显著提高了种公猪的性欲( P<0.05)、采精量( P<0.01)、精子活力( P<0.05),4 g/kg牛磺酸改善了精子密度和精子畸形率( P<0.05);2)与对照组相比,6 g/kg牛磺酸水平组极显著提高了种公猪血清促黄体素(LH)含量(P<0.01),显著提高了睾酮(T)含量(P<0.05);3)试验46~90 d时,6 g/kg牛磺酸显著降低了种公猪精浆丙二醛(MDA)含量(P<0.05),显著提高了超氧化物歧化酶(SOD)活力(P<0.05),4 g/kg牛磺酸显著提高了谷胱甘肽过氧化物酶(GSH-Px)活力(P<0.05)。由此可见,饲粮中长期添加牛磺酸可以调控种公猪血清激素含量,增加精浆抗氧化能力,进而增强种公猪性欲,提高种公猪精液品质,本试验条件下牛磺酸适宜添加水平为6 g/kg。%This study was conducted to investigate the effect of dietary taurine on libido, semen quality, serum hormone content and seminal plasma antioxidant capability of breeding boars. Twenty four healthy adult large Yorkshire breeding boars with similar age and weight were randomly divided into 4 groups with 6 replicates per group and 1 pig per replicate. Breeding boars were fed diets supplemented with 0 ( control) , 2, 4 and 6 g/kg taurine, respectively. The feeding trial lasted for 90 days consisted of 2 periods of 1 to 45 days and 46 to 90 days. The results showed as follows:1) the libido (P<0.05), semen production (P<0.01) and the sperm motility ( P<0.05) of breeding boars in 6 g/kg taurine level group were significantly higher than those in con-trol group during 46 to 90 days. The sperm

  10. Home-based treadmill training improved seminal quality in adults with type 2 diabetes.

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    Rosety-Rodriguez, M; Rosety, J M; Fornieles, G; Rosety, M A; Diaz, A J; Rosety, I; Rodríguez-Pareja, A; Rosety, M; Ordonez, F J; Elosegui, S

    2014-11-01

    This was the first study conducted to determine the influence of home-based treadmill training on seminal quality in adults with type 2 diabetes. Sixty sedentary adults with type 2 diabetes volunteered for the current study. Thirty were randomly allocated to the intervention group and performed a a 14-week, home-based, treadmill training program, 3 sessions per week, consisting of a warm-up (10-15min), 40min treadmill exercise at a work intensity of 55-70% of peak heart rate (increasing by 2.5% each two weeks) measured during a maximal treadmill test, and cooling-down (5-10min). The control group included 30, age and BMI matched adults with type 2 diabetes who did not take part in any training program. Seminal quality analysis included semen volume, sperm concentration, motility and normal morphologic features. Furthermore, total antioxidant status (TAS) as well as glutathione peroxidase (GPX) activity were assessed in seminal plasma. This protocol was approved by an Institutional Ethics Committee. The home-based treadmill training significantly increased sperm concentration as well as percentages of total sperm motility and normal spermatozoa. Furthermore, TAS and GPX activity were increased after the completion of the training program. No significant changes in any of the measured variables were found in the control group. Home-based treadmill training improved seminal quality in adults with type 2 diabetes. A secondary finding was that seminal antioxidant defense system was significantly increased after being exercised. Copyright © 2013 AEU. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  11. Myasis Miasis en humanos

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    Rafael Valderrama Hernández

    1991-02-01

    ón con larvas de mosca produce diversas manifestaciones según el sitio afectado y puede, Incluso, causar la muerte. No es una enfermedad común en humanos pero se observa con alguna regularidad en Colombia y en otros países neotropicales. Afecta con mayor frecuencia las áreas expuestas de la piel y se presenta raramente en ojos, nariz, senos paranasales, tracto urogenital o recto; en estos casos la Infestación se asocia con traumas previos o secreciones purulentas que atraen a las moscas adultas. La carencia de registros y de bibliografía adecuados no permite evaluar el Impacto real de esta parasitosis. Con la presente revisión se pretende contribuir a su conocimiento.

  12. Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

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    Carlos M. Ayala Corao

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available El autor analiza en el presente artículo el tema de la ejecución de las sentencias dictadas por la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos en los Estados parte, considerando la jurisprudencia de la propia Corte Interamericana y la evolución habida sobre la materia y la legislación de los Estados parte.

  13. Comparative Proteomic Analysis of Proteins Involved in the Tumorigenic Process of Seminal Vesicle Carcinoma in Transgenic Mice

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    Wei-Chao Chang

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available We studied the seminal vesicle secretion (SVS of transgenic mice by using one-dimensional gel electrophoresis combined with LTQ-FT ICR MS analysis to explore protein expression profiles. Using unique peptide numbers as a cut-off criterion, 79 proteins were identified with high confidence in the SVS proteome. Label-free quantitative analysis was performed by using the IDEAL_Q software program. Furthermore, western blot assays were performed to validate the expression of seminal vesicle proteins. Sulfhydryl oxidase 1, glia-derived nexin, SVS1, SVS3, and SVS6 showed overexpression in SVS during cancer development. With high sequence similarity to human semenogelin, SVS2 is the most abundance protein in SVS and is dramatically decreased during the tumorigenic process. Our results indicate that these protein candidates could serve as potential targets for monitoring seminal vesicle carcinoma. Moreover, this information can provide clues for investigating seminal vesicle secretion-containing seminal plasma for related human diseases.

  14. Effects of Seminal Plasma Relaxin on Human Sperm Motility

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    于宁妮; 陆欣; 徐胜; 冯京生; 吴明章

    1999-01-01

    To clarify the role of endogenous relaxin on sperm motility, relaxin in semen was neutraliged by anti-relaxin antibody in vitro.22 semen samples were collected from infertility clinic and tested with Hamilton-Thorn 2000 Motility Analyzer to detect spermmotility(%),progressive motility(%),path velocity (micro/sec) and velocity(0-4 grade) at the time of 0,15,30 and 60 min respectively.The results showed that sperm motility declined significantly after being incubated with anti-relaxin serum.Sperm progressive motility declined more obviously.This experiment revealed that endogenous relaxin could play an important role in the physiological process of maintaining sperm motility,especially progressive motility.

  15. Naturaleza de los derechos humanos

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    Carlos López Dawson

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available En la formación de una nueva Carta Fundamental los constituyentes requerirán conocer o consensuar sobre la naturaleza de los derechos humanos; luego, determinar cómo el Estado hará efectivo el respeto de tales derechos. Para ello es necesario recurrir a la historia y evolución de estos derechos, y el presente trabajo trata de contribuir a un debate productivo eficiente sobre la naturaleza de los derechos humanos, para que los ciudadanos puedan decidir en el entendido de que se trata de una decisión democrática reflexionada y fundada en el humanismo. El análisis se sitúa en el contexto técnico-ideológico del sistema republicano vigente que corresponde al estado actual del derecho internacional.

  16. Derechos humanos: estatistas, no cosmopolitas

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    Montero, Julio

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Current international law regards human rights as standards relative to the way states treat their own population. This view, which is known as the “state-centric perspective” on human rights, is now resisted by several authors. In this article I defend this view against some critiques recently suggested by Cristina Lafont in Isegoría and other prestigious journals. More concretely, I aim to show that, contrary to Lafont’s claims, the state-centric perspective accurately captures the point and purpose of contemporary human rights and is capable of preserving the interests of human beings from the threatens posed by the new globalized world.La visión imperante en el derecho internacional actual concibe los derechos humanos como normas relativas al trato que los Estados brindan a su propia población. Esta posición, que se conoce como la “perspectiva estatista” sobre los derechos humanos, es actualmente resistida por varios autores. En este artículo intentaré defender la perspectiva estatista contra una serie de críticas recientemente formuladas por Cristina Lafont en Isegoría y en otras importantes revistas especializadas. En particular, trataré de probar que, contrariamente a lo que Lafont argumenta, esta perspectiva captura adecuadamente la razón de ser de la práctica contemporánea de los derechos humanos y dispone de recursos para resguardar los intereses de los seres humanos de las nuevas amenazas surgidas en un mundo globalizado.

  17. Procoagulant tissue factor-exposing vesicles in human seminal fluid.

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    Franz, C; Böing, A N; Hau, C M; Montag, M; Strowitzki, T; Nieuwland, R; Toth, B

    2013-06-01

    Recent studies indicate that various types of vesicles, like microparticles (MP) and exosomes, are present in blood, saliva, bone marrow, urine and synovial fluid. These vesicles, which are released upon activation or shear stress, are thought to play a role in coagulation, neovascularisation, inflammation and intercellular signalling. Seminal fluid is a cell-, sperm- and protein-rich suspension. Although seminal fluid is known to contain vesicles like prostasomes, MP and exosomes have never been characterised. Therefore, the aim of our study was to analyse and characterise vesicles in seminal fluid in male partners of patients undergoing controlled ovarian stimulation for IVF/ICSI. MP from seminal fluid of patients during routine IVF/ICSI procedures were detected and analysed with flow cytometry (FACS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), using antibodies against tissue factor (TF), CD10, CD13, CD26 and annexin V. The coagulant properties of vesicles were studied using a fibrin generation test. MP were detected in human seminal fluid by both flow cytometry and TEM. Seminal fluid-derived MP expressed CD10, CD13, CD26 and TF, which was highly procoagulant and a powerful trigger of the extrinsic pathway of coagulation. The extent to which the procoagulant activity of MP in seminal fluid contributes to the implantation process itself and therefore affects human reproduction needs to be further elucidated.

  18. Amyloidosis of Seminal Vesicles; Incidence and Pathologic Characteristics

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    Asuman ARGON

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Amyloidosis is a rare disease with various etiologies with extracellular amyloid protein depositions. At present, at least 26 distinctive amyloid forms have been detected with different clinical importance and treatment. They have characteristic staning fetaures with Congo red. Amyloid may be detected in 2-10% of prostates that have been removed because of hyperplasia or carcinoma. Amyloidosis of seminal vesicles is accepted as senil amyloidosis and it is not accompanied by systemic amyloidosis or clinical symptoms. This condition is the most common form of localized amyloidosis. In this study we aimed to investigate incidence and histologic characteristics of amyloidosis of seminal vesicles in radical prostatectomy materials of the patients whose prostate carcinomas were treated surgically.Material and Method: Amyloid depositions in seminal vesicles of 207 radical prostatectomy materials that prostates had been removed due to localized prostate carcinoma. Amyloid depositions were confirmed with Congo red staining and polarization microscope.Results: Amyloidosis of seminal vesicles was detected in 10 (4.8% of cases. Mean age of the patients is 66.2 years. Amyloid depositions tend to be nodular and bilateral in subepithelial region of affected seminal vesicles. Amyloid depositions were not detected in blood vessels in seminal vesicles or prostate parenchyma.Conclusion: Localized amyloidosis of seminal vesicles is not an unusual finding. amyloidosis of seminal vesicles incidence in Turkish patients included in this study and histopathologic characteristics of these patients are not different from the other studies. Systemic AA amyloidosis is the most common form of amyloidosis in our country. To be aware of amyloidosis of seminal vesicles is of importance in discrimination from the other forms of amyloidosis.

  19. Validación del método analítico para la determinación de valsartán en plasma humano por HPLC/UV con adición de estándar empleando losartán como estándar interno

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    Milena Pérez

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: El concepto de validación se refiere a la evaluación estadística de los resultados obtenidos en la aplicación de técnicas analíticas, mediante pruebas convenientemente documentadas y demostrativas de que un método es lo suficientemente fiable a fin de producir el resultado previsto bajo condiciones definidas, como son: sistema analítico, intervalo de concentración, infraestructura y talento humano. Objetivo: Describir el proceso de validación del método analítico para la cuantificación de valsartán en plasma humano por HPLC-UV y su aplicación en estudios farmacocinéticos, de biodisponibilidad y bioequivalencia de medicamentos que contengan valsartán como principio activo.Metodología: Se desarrolló un método para la detección y cuantificación de valsartán en plasma humano, con elución isocrática por cromatografía líquida de fase reversa, con detección ultravioleta a 265 nm, mediante el método de adición de estándar. Se utilizó losartán como estándar interno. El método implica una extracción en fase sólida de los principios activos ( valsartán y losartán con cartuchos C8. La separación se realizó en una columna C18 en fase reversa y la fase móvil fue una mezcla de acetonitrilo: buffer fosfato (45:55 v/v ajustado a pH 2.7±0.1 con ácido fosfórico concentrado. El método se validó en el rango de concentraciones de 0.05 a 20 µg/ml con adición de estándar de valsartán de 2.5 µg/ml. Resultados y conclusiones: La curva de calibración fue lineal en el rango de concentraciones establecido. Se evaluó la reproducibilidad, estabilidad y porcentaje de recuperación del método. El método para determinar el valsartán en plasma humano por HPLC/UV fue preciso y exacto con un límite de cuantificación de 1.485 µg/ml. Este método fue suficientemente sensible para su aplicación en estudios farmacocinéticos de valsartán.

  20. Hormonal and seminal parameters in infertile men.

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    Bruno, B; Francavilla, S; Properzi, G; Martini, M; Fabbrini, A

    1986-01-01

    500 infertile patients (250 with and 250 without left side varicocele) and 33 fertile men were evaluated as far as seminal parameters and the hormonal status were concerned. Sperm motility was constantly lower in infertile patients also when infertile group was compared to fertile one with the same sperm density. Serum testosterone levels were lower in infertile groups when compared to fertile men, and this confirms the existence of an androgenic deficit as a common finding in infertility associated or not to varicocele. FSH and LH increased (p less than 0.001) when sperm density dropped to less than 5 X 10(6) spermatozoa/ml. A negative correlation was found between both gonadotropins and sperm count (p less than 0.001), also after exclusion of azoo- and oligozoospermic (less than 5 X 10(6) spermatozoa/ml) patients (p less than 0.01). Gonadotropins were moreover tightly correlated between each other (p less than 0.001). Our data suggest that both gonadotropins are tightly tuned with sperm output and thus with the spermatogenic potential.

  1. Universalidad de los Derechos Humanos

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    Orlando José Cadrazco Salcedo

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Resumen:La dimensión universal de los Derechos Humanos ha sido proclamada reiteradamente en el sistema de las Naciones Unidas. Dicha universalidad pretende reflejar y, a su vez, fortalecer el consenso de la comunidad internacional respecto de dichos derechos, sin que ello tenga que suponer, en principio, la imposición de ningún tipo de hegemonía jurídica, política o cultural, en particular la occidental, euro céntrica o atlantista. Sin embargo, ya sabemos que esto no resulta nada fácil ante la diversidad cultural de nuestro mundo. Por ejemplo, a nosotros, los “occidentales”, ahora nos resultan especialmente chocantes las normas -jurídicas o morales- fuertemente discriminatorias contra las mujeresexistentes en la mayoría de las culturas y religiones.Palabras claves:Derechos Humanos, Universalidad, Estados Sociales de Derecho, Positivización, Seres Humanos, Occidente, Organización de Naciones Unidas.Abstract :The universal dimension of human rights has been proclaimed repeatedly in the United Nations system. This universality is intended to reflect and, in turn, strengthen the international community consensus on these rights, without having to assume, in principle, the imposition of hegemony any legal, political or cultural, including Western central euro or Atlanta. However, we know that it is not easy to cultural diversity of our world. For example, we as “Westerners”, now we are particularly shocking and legal rules or moral, highly discriminatory against women exist in most cultures and religions.Key words:Human Rights, Universality, Social State of Law, Positivization, Human Beings, West, United Nations Organization.

  2. Recurrent mullerian adenosarcoma like tumor of seminal vesicle

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    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Adenosarcoma like tumor of the seminal vesicle is reported herein. A 35-year-old male presented with mass in the pelvis between bladder and rectum, involving the seminal vesicle and prostate. Mass recurred after enucleation in four years. Histologically, the tumor was multicystic with bland ciliated lining epithelium and sarcomatous stroma. A wide excision was performed followed with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Adenosarcomas have a low grade recurrent malignant potential and should be recognized.

  3. Cystadenoma of the seminal vesicle. A case report

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    Lundhus, E; Bundgaard, N; Sørensen, Flemming Brandt

    1984-01-01

    Cystadenomas of the seminal vesicle are extremely rare benign tumours, which only have been reported seven times earlier in the literature. The first Danish case is reported with discussion of symptomatology, pathology and treatment.......Cystadenomas of the seminal vesicle are extremely rare benign tumours, which only have been reported seven times earlier in the literature. The first Danish case is reported with discussion of symptomatology, pathology and treatment....

  4. El virus del papiloma humano

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    2012-01-01

    La infección por el Virus del Papiloma Humano es en nuestros tiempos una de las enfermedades de transmisión sexual más frecuentes y su prevalencia puede alcanzar hasta el 60% en las personas activas sexualmente. Este trabajo prentende recopilar datos sobre la enfermedad para comprender el por qué de su transmisión (causas), cómo se manifiesta (síntomas), complicaciones que éste puede producir, técnicas que se usan para su diagnóstico, el posible tratamiento y la controversia que éste ha ca...

  5. LAS GENERACIONES DE DERECHOS HUMANOS

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    2013-01-01

    El artículo se dirige a plantear el sentido y relevancia del análisis generacional de los derechos humanos. Su texto pretende analizar los nuevos perfiles de las libertades en las sociedades tecnológicas. No en vano los derechos de la tercera generación ha sido considerados, desde determinadas ópticas de la doctrina anglosajona contemporánea, como respuestas jurídicas y políticas a la "contaminación de las liberdades"(liberties pollution), que constituyen el inquietante reverso de determinado...

  6. Derechos humanos y acciones colectivas

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    2012-01-01

    El presente trabajo está subvencionado por la Consellería de Educación e Ordenación Universitaria de la Xunta de Galicia, la Consellería de Economía e Industria de la Xunta de Galicia (proyecto de investigación ref. INCITE09PXIB202096PR), el Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (proyecto de investigación DER2010-17048, subprograma JURI), y el FEDER Buena parte de las acciones civiles entabladas en EEUU por demandantes extranjeros en relación con violaciones de derechos humanos oc...

  7. Plasma and semen ascorbic levels in spermatogenesis

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    were significant decreases in the seminal and plasma ascorbic acid concentrations ... maintenance of sperm cell lipid membrane has generated increasing interest. .... function and its association with the genesis of reactivc oxygen species.

  8. Pobreza, discapacidad y derechos humanos

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    Beatriz Martínez Ríos

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Se estima que el 15% de la población mundial tiene una discapacidad. Existe un vínculo directo entre pobreza y discapacidad. La población con discapacidad se encuentra entre la más desaventajada y discriminada. Sin embargo, las teorías económicas sobre desarrollo han omitido cuestiones esenciales sobre esta población, contribuyendo a su invisibilidad y pobreza. La teoría de las capacidades desde un enfoque basado en los derechos humanos nos proporciona una nueva dimensión del desarrollo. Los costes extraordinarios derivados de la discapacidad y de las barreras psicológicas, físicas y sociales a las que se enfrentan las personas con discapacidad contribuyen a su pobreza, falta de libertad y vulneración de derechos humanos, y así se evidencia en los diferentes estudios llevados a cabo. La cooperación para el desarrollo se convierte en una herramienta esencial para la promoción de los derechos de las personas con discapacidad y la lucha contra la pobreza.

  9. The Application of Pediatric Ureteroscope for Seminal Vesiculoscopy

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    Shulin Guo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available To describe a novel technique of transurethral seminal vesiculoscopy using a pediatric ureteroscope in the diagnosis and management of persistent hematospermia, a retrospective study was carried out for 20 patients with recurrent hematospermia whom we evaluated and treated using a 6–7.5F (6F front end and 7.5F rear end pediatric ureteroscope from August 2009 to September 2013. For the 20 patients, the age ranges from 25 to 48 years with a mean age of 36 years. The duration of the hematospermia ranges from 6 to 48 months with a mean duration of 18 months. Transurethral seminal vesiculoscopy was successfully performed in the 20 cases and the mean operative time was 35 min (ranges from 25 to 90 min. Among the 20 patients, 11 patients were found to have seminal vesiculitis, five were with seminal vesicle stone, one was with prostatic utricle stone, one was with prostate cyst, and one was with ejaculatory duct obstruction. The mean follow-up period was 7 months (ranged from 6 to 12 months. Hematospermia in 19 cases disappeared after the surgery and only in one patient the hematospermia recurred 6 months after the surgery. The cure rate was 95%. This study indicated that transurethral seminal vesiculoscopy could be performed easily using a semirigid pediatric ureteroscope with few complications and is an effective therapeutic approach for persistent hematospermia.

  10. Seminal Quality Prediction Using Clustering-Based Decision Forests

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    Hong Wang

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Prediction of seminal quality with statistical learning tools is an emerging methodology in decision support systems in biomedical engineering and is very useful in early diagnosis of seminal patients and selection of semen donors candidates. However, as is common in medical diagnosis, seminal quality prediction faces the class imbalance problem. In this paper, we propose a novel supervised ensemble learning approach, namely Clustering-Based Decision Forests, to tackle unbalanced class learning problem in seminal quality prediction. Experiment results on real fertility diagnosis dataset have shown that Clustering-Based Decision Forests outperforms decision tree, Support Vector Machines, random forests, multilayer perceptron neural networks and logistic regression by a noticeable margin. Clustering-Based Decision Forests can also be used to evaluate variables’ importance and the top five important factors that may affect semen concentration obtained in this study are age, serious trauma, sitting time, the season when the semen sample is produced, and high fevers in the last year. The findings could be helpful in explaining seminal concentration problems in infertile males or pre-screening semen donor candidates.

  11. Método analítico por cromatografía líquida de alta resolución para la determinación de carbamazepina en plasma humano Analytical method by high resolution liquid chromatography for the determination of carbamazepine in human plasma

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    Narda M. Jiménez Alemán

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Entre los requisitos para desarrollar los estudios de biodisponibilidad y bioequivalencia se encuentra contar con metodologías analíticas validadas para el trabajo con muestras en fluidos biológicos. Se desarrolló un método por cromatografía líquida de alta resolución para la determinación de carbamazepina en plasma humano, se utilizó como fase móvil una mezcla de hidrógeno fosfato de sodio: acetonitrilo (65:35 ajustada a pH= 3,3 con ácido fosfórico, flujo de 1,2 mL/min y detección ultravioleta a 210 nm. Se empleó propilparabeno como estándar interno. Conforme con las regulaciones establecidas para la validación de métodos en fluidos biológicos se estudiaron los parámetros siguientes: estabilidad de las muestras, linealidad, especificidad, precisión, exactitud y límite de detección y cuantificación. El método resultó específico y sensible con un límite de detección y cuantificación de 0,9 y 1,0 ng, respectivamente. El método fue lineal, preciso y exacto en el rango de concentraciones de 1,07 a 12,67 µg/mL. La recuperación media no fue estadísticamente diferente del 100,0 %. El analito en la matriz biológica propuesta permaneció en el periodo estudiado. La metodología descrita en este trabajo se aplica en nuestro caso al estudio que evalúa la biodisponibilidad y bioequivalencia de una formulación cubana de carbamazepina en voluntarios sanos.One of the requirements to develop the studies of bioavailability and bioequivalence is to have analytic methodologies validated for the work with samples in biological fluids. A method was developed by high resolution liquid chromatography for the determination of carbamazepine in human plasma. A mixture of hydrogen phosphate of sodium: acetonitrile (65:35 adjusted to pH= 3.3 with phosphoric acid, flow of 1.2 mL/min and ultraviolet detection at 210 nm, was used as mobile phase. Propylparabene was used as an internal standard. According to the established regulations for

  12. Postcoital Hemorrhage of a Recurrent Seminal Vesicle Cyst Requiring Embolization

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    Eric Royston

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Herein is a case of a 23-year-old man with recurrence of a seminal vesicle cyst after percutaneous drainage and laparoscopic excision complicated by hemorrhage requiring embolization. He presented to the emergency department for pain after ejaculation. Computed tomographic scan of his pelvis revealed extravasation of contrast near his cyst and pelvic fluid collection suspicious for a hematoma. The patient had steadily decreasing hemoglobin and hematocrit levels. An interventional radiologist performed an embolization of the left seminal vesicle cystic arteries. Hemoglobin and hematocrit values improved and he was discharged. Hemorrhage resolved with embolization procedure and pain dissipated over the course of follow up care.

  13. Evaluation of Serum Testosterone, Progesterone, Seminal Antisperm Antibody, and Fructose Levels among Jordanian Males with a History of Infertility

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    Hala I. Al-Daghistani

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Due to the biochemical complexity of seminal fluid, we attempt to study the possible correlation between fructose, which is secreted under the effect of androgen hormone, and autoimmunity, which might play a role in varicocele associated infertility, in reducing sperm motility. Seminal fructose, antisperm antibodies (ASAs and blood steroids hormones (testosterone and progesterone levels were measured in 66 infertile males with varicocele and 84 without varicocele referred for fertility treatment. Seminal analysis was performed with biochemical measurements of seminal fructose and mixed agglutination reaction (MAR for ASA. Serum levels of progesterone and testosterone were estimated using a competitive chemoluminescent enzyme immunoassay. The mean values for serum testosterone were 380.74±24.331, 365.9±16.55, and 367.5±21.8 ng/dl, progesterone 0.325±0.243, 0.341±0.022, and 0.357  ±  0.0306 ng/ml, and seminal plasma fructose 359.6  ±  26.75, 315.6  ±  13.08, and 332.08  ±  24.38 mg/dl in males with varicocele, without varicocele, and fertile males, respectively. A significant high level of testosterone was observed within varicocele group (P=.001. This result showed that testosterone may play a role as an infertility determinant in subjects with varicocele. ASA was detected in 18 (26.47% of cases with varicocele, 20 (38.46% without varicocele, and in 16 (32.0% fertile men. Cases with ASAs associated with low sperm motility morphology. An inverse correlation between sperm-bound antibodies and viscosity has been shown (P=.017. ASA showed some significant inverse relations with ages, durations of infertility, and viscosity (P<.05. In addition, a significant correlation was observed between ASA positive seminal plasma and testosterone concentration among infertile cases (with or without varicocele and fertile (P<.05. Our results suggest a relationship between testicular steroid hormone levels with

  14. Derecho humano a la alimentación y desarrollo humano

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    Barriga-Rodríguez, Dayana; Saavedra Chumbe, Mónica

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    En este artículo se revisa la relación entre el derecho humano a la alimentación y el desarrollo humano, así como las políticas públicas de alimentación, existentes a nivel mundial, regional y nacional y los niveles de desarrollo de los países que las ejecutan. Concluyendo que existe una correlación directa entre el derecho humano a la alimentación y el desarrollo humano, tanto a nivel internacional como nacional; Las intervenciones en economía no son suficientes para mejorar el desarrollo hu...

  15. Interacciones humano-animal: características e implicaciones para el bienestar de los humanos

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    Natalia Piar; Diana Granados; Germán Gutiérrez

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    En este artículo se revisa la literatura reciente sobre interacciones humano-animal, su origen, sus características y cómo dichas interacciones afectan el bienestar físico, psicológico y social. En la primera parte se presentan los orígenes y evolución histórica de las relaciones humano - animal, empezando por los procesos de domesticación y se aborda la naturaleza de las interacciones humano animal. En la segunda parte, se revisan los efectos para los humanos de ...

  16. The zinc test as an alternative for acid phosphatase spot tests in the primary identification of seminal traces.

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    Hooft, P J; van de Voorde, H P

    1990-10-01

    The value of the acid phosphatase spot test in the primary visualization and identification of seminal traces is hampered by the sensitiveness of the enzyme to biodegradation. An alternative spot test is proposed, based on the high concentration of the more stable zinc metal in seminal plasma. The proposed zinc spot test is simple and suitable for on site investigation. Although the sensitivity in fresh stains is lower than that of the acid phosphatase spot test, this is largely compensated by the lower sensitiveness to biodegradation. The specificity for semen is higher than that of the acid phosphatase spot test. In vaginal swabs it was nevertheless seen, that samples should be taken within 24 h after alleged sexual assault to give reliable results.

  17. Los migrantes indocumentados y los derechos humanos

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    Forero, Eduardo Andrés Sandoval

    2007-01-01

    ... con la migración desde la perspectiva multicultural. Se argumenta la necesidad de empoderar a los migrantes con los derechos humanos de tal forma que se defiendan de las violaciones a sus derechos laborales...

  18. Esquistossomose mansônica em vesícula seminal Schistosomiasis mansoni in the seminal vesicle

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    Eduardo José Andrade Lopes

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Em regiões endêmicas, a esquistossomose mansônica é responsável por uma alta taxa de morbimortalidade por doenças associadas à infestação do sistema hepático. O acometimento genital pela schistosomiasis mansoni é raro. Nós relatamos o primeiro caso de esquistossomose mansônica em vesícula seminal diagnosticado, incidentalmente, pelo exame histopatológico da próstata e vesículas seminais removidos cirurgicamente.In endemic regions, Mansoni schistosomiasis is responsible for high morbidity-mortality rates due to diseases associated with infestation of the hepatic system. Genital involvement caused by Mansoni schistosomiasis is rare. We report the first case of Mansoni schistosomiasis in the seminal vesicle, which was diagnosed incidentally by means of histopathological study of the prostate and seminal vesicles after surgical removal.

  19. Determinación simultanea de seis analgésicos en plasma humano usando extracción en fase sólida y cromatografía liquida

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    Fernández, P.; V. Taboada; A.M. Bermejo; Carro, A. M.; R. A. Lorenzo

    2012-01-01

    Se desarrolló un método analítico para la determinación simultánea de paracetamol, ácido salicílico, metamizol, tramadol, ibuprofeno y diclofenaco en plasma, usando Cromatografía Líquida de Alta Resolución acoplada a un detector de array de diodos (HPLC-PDA). Se realizó una extracción en fase sólida (SPE) con cartuchos Oasis HLB® . Después de acondicionar los cartuchos con acetato de etilo, metanol y tampón fosfato pH 4, e introducir la muestra de plasma, los analitos fueron eluídos con a...

  20. On the symmetry of the seminal Horodecki state

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    Chruscinski, Dariusz, E-mail: darch@fizyka.umk.p [Institute of Physics, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Grudziadzka 5/7, 87-100 Torun (Poland); Kossakowski, Andrzej [Institute of Physics, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Grudziadzka 5/7, 87-100 Torun (Poland)

    2011-01-17

    It is shown that the seminal Horodecki 2-qutrit state belongs to the class of states displaying symmetry governed by a commutative subgroup of the unitary group U(3). Taking a conjugate subgroup one obtains another classes of symmetric states and one finds equivalent representations of the Horodecki state. These results are generalized to dxd systems.

  1. On the symmetry of the seminal Horodecki state

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    Chruściński, Dariusz; Kossakowski, Andrzej

    2011-01-01

    It is shown that the seminal Horodecki 2-qutrit state belongs to the class of states displaying symmetry governed by a commutative subgroup of the unitary group U(3). Taking a conjugate subgroup one obtains another classes of symmetric states and one finds equivalent representations of the Horodecki state. These results are generalized to d⊗d systems.

  2. On the symmetry of the seminal Horodecki state

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    Chruscinski, Dariusz

    2010-01-01

    It is shown that the seminal Horodecki 2-qutrit state belongs to the class of states displaying symmetry governed by a commutative subgroup of the unitary group U(3). Taking a conjugate subgroup one obtains another classes of symmetric states and one finds equivalent representations of the Horodecki state.

  3. Intermedin inhibits norepinephrine-induced contraction of rat seminal vesicle

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    P.F. Wong

    2014-09-01

    Conclusion: The results demonstrated that the inhibitory action of IMD on NE-induced seminal vesicle contraction was mediated via the ADM receptor(s and the nitric oxide production pathway, partially by the IMD receptor, but not by the CGRP receptor and the cAMP-PKA pathway.

  4. Ultrasound-guided seminal vesicle biopsies in prostate cancer

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    Wymenga, LFA; Duisterwinkel, FJ; Groenier, K; Mensink, HJA

    2000-01-01

    Invasion of prostatic adenocarcinoma into the seminal vesicles (SV) is generally accepted as an index of poor prognosis. The pre-operative identification of SV invasion is an important element in staging since it may alter subsequent treatment decisions. We studied the possibility of diagnosing SV i

  5. Mechanism of 3D domain swapping in bovine seminal ribonuclease

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    Spadaccini, Roberta; Ercole, Carmine; Graziano, Giuseppe; Wechselberger, Rainer; Boelens, Rolf; Picone, Delia

    2014-01-01

    3D domain swapping (3D-DS) is a complex protein aggregation process for which no unique mechanism exists. We report an analysis of 3D-DS in bovine seminal ribonuclease, a homodimeric protein whose subunits are linked by two disulfide bridges, based on NMR and biochemical studies. The presence of the

  6. Genomic Regions Influencing Seminal Root Traits in Barley

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    Hannah Robinson

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Water availability is a major limiting factor for crop production, making drought adaptation and its many component traits a desirable attribute of plant cultivars. Previous studies in cereal crops indicate that root traits expressed at early plant developmental stages, such as seminal root angle and root number, are associated with water extraction at different depths. Here, we conducted the first study to map seminal root traits in barley ( L.. Using a recently developed high-throughput phenotyping method, a panel of 30 barley genotypes and a doubled-haploid (DH population (ND24260 × ‘Flagship’ comprising 330 lines genotyped with diversity array technology (DArT markers were evaluated for seminal root angle (deviation from vertical and root number under controlled environmental conditions. A high degree of phenotypic variation was observed in the panel of 30 genotypes: 13.5 to 82.2 and 3.6 to 6.9° for root angle and root number, respectively. A similar range was observed in the DH population: 16.4 to 70.5 and 3.6 to 6.5° for root angle and number, respectively. Seven quantitative trait loci (QTL for seminal root traits (root angle, two QTL; root number, five QTL were detected in the DH population. A major QTL influencing both root angle and root number (/ was positioned on chromosome 5HL. Across-species analysis identified 10 common genes underlying root trait QTL in barley, wheat ( L., and sorghum [ (L. Moench]. Here, we provide insight into seminal root phenotypes and provide a first look at the genetics controlling these traits in barley.

  7. Idiopathic calcification of the seminal vesicles: a rare cause for prostate cancer overstaging.

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    Pannek, J; Senge, T

    2001-01-01

    Calcification of the seminal vesicles is a rare phenomenon. We present 2 cases in whom calcification of the seminal vesicles led to preoperative overstaging of prostate cancer. Although idiopathic calcifications are extremely rare, calcifications appear more frequently in diabetic patients. Therefore, knowledge of these formations is essential to prevent overstaging, namely infiltration of the seminal vesicles.

  8. Conservación seminal de mamíferos domésticos (Seminal conservation of domestics mammalia

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    Alejandro Córdova-Izquierdo

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo, se hace una revisión de las principales biotecnologías con posibilidad de aplicación a producción animal, como: clonación, inseminación artificial (IA, fecundación in vitro, cultivo in vitro de embriones, inyección intracitoplasmática espermática, sexaje de espermatozoides y de embriones; situación mundial de la inseminación artificial porcina; se presentan las causas primarias y secundarias que limitan el uso del semen congelado de porcino en la IA; principales actividades de la conservación seminal en el presente y el futuro; los antioxidantes en la conservación seminal, como una alternativa para la conservación de semen de mamíferos domésticos. In this work, a revision of the main biotechnologies is made with application possibility to animal production, as: cloning, artificial insemination (AI, in vitro fecundation, in vitro cultivation of embryos, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, sexing of sperms and of embryos; world situation of the swinish artificial insemination; the primary and secondary causes are presented that limit the use of the frozen semen of swinish in the AI; main activities of the seminal conservation presently and the future; the antioxidants in the seminal conservation, like an alternative for the conservation of semen of domestic mammals

  9. Determinación simultanea de seis analgésicos en plasma humano usando extracción en fase sólida y cromatografía liquida

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    P. Fernández

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Se desarrolló un método analítico para la determinación simultánea de paracetamol, ácido salicílico, metamizol, tramadol, ibuprofeno y diclofenaco en plasma, usando Cromatografía Líquida de Alta Resolución acoplada a un detector de array de diodos (HPLC-PDA. Se realizó una extracción en fase sólida (SPE con cartuchos Oasis HLB® . Después de acondicionar los cartuchos con acetato de etilo, metanol y tampón fosfato pH 4, e introducir la muestra de plasma, los analitos fueron eluídos con acetato de etilo; el extracto se evaporó a sequedad, se redisolvió en fase móvil y se inyectaron 30 μLen el cromatógrafo. La separación cromatográfica fue realizada TM usando una columna XBridge Shield RP18 (250x4.6 mm id, 5 μm tamaño partícula, y la elución se hizo con una fase móvil, compuesta por acetonitrilo, tampón fosfato pH 6,0 y agua Milli-Q, a un flujo de 1 mL/min, en modo gradiente. La respuesta del detector es lineal en el rango 0,1-20 μg/mL en plasma, con coeficientes de correlación mayores de 0.997. Los límites de detección variaron desde 7,3 a 30,1 ng/mL. Los coeficientes de variación fueron menores de 8%, y las recuperaciones oscilaron entre 90,1% para diclofenaco y 100,2% para ácido salicílico. Finalmente, se aplicó el método a 16 muestras de plasma procedentes de sujetos intoxicados con uno o más analgésicos.

  10. Seminal, clinical and colour-Doppler ultrasound correlations of prostatitis-like symptoms in males of infertile couples.

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    Lotti, F; Corona, G; Mondaini, N; Maseroli, E; Rossi, M; Filimberti, E; Noci, I; Forti, G; Maggi, M

    2014-01-01

    'Prostatitis-like symptoms' (PLS) are a cluster of bothersome conditions defined as 'perineal and/or ejaculatory pain or discomfort and National Institutes of Health-Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index (NIH-CPSI) pain subdomain score ≥4' (Nickel's criteria). PLS may originate from the prostate or from other portions of the male genital tract. Although PLS could be associated with 'prostatitis', they should not be confused. The NIH-CPSI is considered the gold-standard for assessing PLS severity. Although previous studies investigated the impact of prostatitis, vesiculitis or epididymitis on semen parameters, correlations between their related symptoms and seminal or scrotal/transrectal colour-Doppler ultrasound (CDU) characteristics have not been carefully determined. And no previous study evaluated the CDU features of PLS in infertile men. This study was aimed at investigating possible associations among NIH-CPSI (total and subdomain) scores and PLS, with seminal, clinical and scrotal/transrectal CDU parameters in a cohort of males of infertile couples. PLS of 400 men (35.8 ± 7.2 years) with a suspected male factor were assessed by the NIH-CPSI. All patients underwent, during the same day, semen analysis, seminal plasma interleukin 8 (sIL-8, a marker of male genital tract inflammation), biochemical evaluation, urine/seminal cultures, scrotal/transrectal CDU. PLS was detected in 39 (9.8%) subjects. After adjusting for age, waist and total testosterone (TT), no association among NIH-CPSI (total or subdomain) scores or PLS and sperm parameters was observed. However, we found a positive association with current positive urine and/or seminal cultures, sIL-8 levels and CDU features suggestive of inflammation of the epididymis, seminal vesicles, prostate, but not of the testis. The aforementioned significant associations of PLS were further confirmed by comparing PLS patients with age-, waist- and TT-matched PLS-free patients (1 : 3 ratio). In conclusion, NIH

  11. Average Weight of Seminal Vesicles: An Adjustment Factor for Radical Prostatectomy Specimens Weighed With Seminal Vesicles.

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    Tjionas, George A; Epstein, Jonathan I; Williamson, Sean R; Diaz, Mireya; Menon, Mani; Peabody, James O; Gupta, Nilesh S; Parekh, Dipen J; Cote, Richard J; Jorda, Merce; Kryvenko, Oleksandr N

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    The International Society of Urological Pathology in 2010 recommended weighing prostates without seminal vesicles (SV) to include only prostate weight in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) density (PSAD) calculation, because SV do not produce PSA. Large retrospective cohorts exist with combined weight recorded that needs to be modified for retrospective analysis. Weights of prostates and SV were separately recorded in 172 consecutive prostatectomies. The average weight of SV and proportion of prostate weight from combined weight were calculated. The adjustment factors were then validated on databases of 2 other institutions. The average weight of bilateral SV was 6.4 g (range = 1-17.3 g). The prostate constituted on average 87% (range = 66% to 98%) of the total specimen weight. There was no correlation between patient age and prostate weight with SV weight. The best performing correction method was to subtract 6.4 g from total radical prostatectomy weight and to use this weight for PSAD calculation. The average weights of retrospective specimens weighed with SV were not significantly different between the 3 institutions. Using our data allowed calibration of the weights and PSAD between the cohorts weighed with and without SV. Thus, prostate weight in specimens including SV weight can be adjusted by subtracting 6.4 g, resulting in significant change of PSAD. Some institution-specific variations may exist, which could further increase the precision of retrospective analysis involving prostate weight and PSAD. However, unless institution-specific adjustment parameters are developed, we recommend that this correction factor be used for retrospective cohorts or in institutions where combined weight is still recorded.

  12. Evaluation of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) membrane test assays for the forensic identification of seminal fluid.

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    Hochmeister, M N; Budowle, B; Rudin, O; Gehrig, C; Borer, U; Thali, M; Dirnhofer, R

    1999-09-01

    Prostate specific antigen (PSA, also known as p30), a glycoprotein produced by the prostatic gland and secreted into seminal plasma, is a marker used for demonstrating the presence of seminal fluid. Methods for the detection of PSA include Ouchterlony double diffusion, crossover electrophoresis, rocket immuno-electrophoresis, radial immunodiffusion, and ELISA. The extremely sensitive ELISA technique can detect PSA in concentrations as low as approximately 4 ng/mL. However, all these techniques are cumbersome and time consuming to perform in forensic laboratories, especially when only a few samples per week are processed. Various membrane tests are currently used in clinical settings to screen a patient's serum for the presence of PSA at levels greater than 4 ng/mL. In this study we evaluated three immunochromatographic PSA membrane tests by analyzing semen stains stored at room temperature for up to 30 years, post-coital vaginal swabs taken at different time after intercourse, semen-free vaginal swabs, and various female and male body fluids, including urine. The data demonstrate that PSA membrane test assays offer the same sensitivity as ELISA-based tests and provide a rapid approach for the forensic identification of seminal fluid. Furthermore, when the supernatant from a DNA extraction is used for the assay, there is essentially no DNA consumption for determining the presence of PSA in a forensic sample.

  13. Asociaciones en el aprendizaje instrumental en humanos

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    A. Matías Gámez Martínez

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Para profundizar en el conocimiento del aprendizaje como proceso psicológico es necesario esclarecer cuáles son sus contenidos. En este sentido, durante parte del siglo pasado numerosas investigaciones se han dedicado a determinar qué asociaciones están implicadas tanto en el aprendizaje pavloviano como instrumental en animales no humanos, siendo más escasos los estudios centrados en el ser humano. De esta forma, presentamos a continuación evidencia acerca de las asociaciones que pueden establecerse entre los elementos implicados en una situación de aprendizaje instrumental en seres humanos, a saber, el estímulo, la respuesta a ese estímulo y la consecuencia de dicha respuesta.

  14. Repensando los derechos humanos desde las luchas

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    Carballido, Manuel Eugenio Gándara; Universidad Pablo de Olavide

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    Resumen Asumiendo la historicidad propia de los procesos sociales y la exigencia de una permanente reconstrucción de los marcos teóricos que sobre esos procesos se elaboran, el texto plantea la necesidad de repensar los derechos humanos. Para ello, partiendo de un enfoque socio-histórico, y ubicándose en el horizonte del pensamiento crítico, se esbozan algunas propuestas y desafíos que enfrenta la tarea de reinventar los derechos humanos a partir de las luchas por condiciones de vida digna.Re...

  15. Flujos migratorios y movilidad del capital humano

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    2009-01-01

    En este trabajo se estiman los flujos migratorios de capital humano entre las regiones españolas a partir de un conjunto de hipótesis. Los resultados indican un aumento de la intensidad de los flujos brutos de migrantes con niveles de instrucción de 2° y 3er grado. Se constata que en España existen tres polos de atracción y emisión de capital humano centrados en Madrid, País Vasco y Cataluña, y actuando de forma independiente. Asimismo, se obtiene un grado de adecuación apreciable entre el ni...

  16. El órgano vomeronasal humano

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    Naser G,Alfredo; Fullá O,Juan; Varas P,Mª Antonieta; Nazar S,Rodolfo

    2008-01-01

    El órgano vomeronasal (OVN) es una estructura que estudiamos alguna vez en anatomía, sin embargo su ubicación, frecuencia y función específica en humanos ha sido poco estudiada. Por este motivo se realizó una revisión bibliográfica actualizada acerca del OVN humano, enf atizando en puntos Importantes como su anatomía y relación con algunas conductas. Hoy en día es considerado como un órgano olfatorio accesorio, capaz de percibir la presencia de vomeroferinas. Estas corresponden a un grupo de ...

  17. Accionar en sociedad: los derechos humanos

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    Javier Augusto Nicoletti

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available La concepción de Derechos Humanos se ha desarrollado a lo largo de la historia con diferentes modalidades transformándose en un campo de acción con fundamentación propia. Este artículo analiza el fundamento de los Derechos Humanos como un accionar en sociedad conformado por un macroescenario institucional constituido para su ejercicio así como de los microescenarios donde variados actores desempeñan roles, defienden intereses distintos, engendrando ópticas que alcanzan finalmente soluciones concretas que inciden directamente en nuestra vida cotidiana.

  18. Desarrollo emocional: Impactos en el desarrollo humano

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    Mulsow G., Gloria Natacha; Instituto de Filosofía y Estudios Educacionales Universidad Austral de Chile

    2008-01-01

    El presente artículo pretende generar espacios de reflexión en torno al hecho que el desarrollo emocional impacta el desarrollo humano y a la vez se ve impactado por éste. Lo que la persona aporta, a través de su constitución y herencia, al medio en el que se desenvuelve, le permite si las condiciones están dadas elaborar competencias socio-emocionales que le posibilitarán desenvolverse mejor y alcanzar una vida de calidad. El desarrollo humano no sólo debe ser sostenible sino que debe permit...

  19. Does Cigarette Smoking Affect Seminal Fluid Parameters? A Comparative Study

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    Zakarya Bani Meri

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To study the effect of cigarette smoking on seminal fluid parameters, namely; volume, sperm concentration, and motility, as well as morphology, leukocyte infiltration, among males complaining of infertility.Methods: Between August 2010 and July 2011, seminal fluid analysis was done for 1438 males who are partners of couples who visited the infertility clinic at Prince Rashid Ben Al Hassan Hospital (PRH for infertility. The men who fit the inclusion criteria (n=960 were classified into two groups: group a (non-smokers; n=564 and group B (smokers; n=396, which represents 41.25% of the study group. Seminal fluid was collected using masturbation after 3-5 days of abstinence then analyzed for volume, sperm count, sperm concentration, motility and morphology. In order to analyze whether the number of cigarettes smoked per day has an effect on the spermatogram; the smoking men were divided into two subgroups: the heavy smokers (n=266 and non-heavy smokers (n=130.Results: A total of 960 adult males were enrolled. Their age ranged between 21 and 76 years, 564 were non-smokers with mean age of 36. 45±6.27 (Mean±SD. Three-hundred-and-ninety-six were smokers with a mean age of 34.35±4.25 (Mean±SD. There was a significant effect of smoking on the motility of sperms and the ratios of abnormality (p<0.005. Concentration appeared not to be affected by smoking. Furthermore, the group of heavy smokers were found to have lower sperm concentrations and a higher percentage of abnormal sperms compared to the non-heavy smokers.Conclusion: Cigarette smoking has a deleterious effect on some of the seminal fluid parameters (motility, morphology and leukocyte count which in turn may result in male subfertility.

  20. Low grade epithelial stromal tumour of the seminal vesicle

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    Pozzoli Gianluigi

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The mixed epithelial stromal tumour is morphologically characterised by a mixture of solid and cystic areas consisting of a biphasic proliferation of glands admixed with solid areas of spindle cells with variable cellularity and growth patterns. In previous reports the seminal vesicle cystoadenoma was either considered a synonym of or misdiagnosed as mixed epithelial stromal tumour. The recent World Health Organisation Classification of Tumours considered the two lesions as two distinct neoplasms. This work is aimed to present the low-grade epithelial stromal tumour case and the review of the literature to the extent of establishing the true frequency of the neoplasm. Case presentation We describe a low-grade epithelial stromal tumour of the seminal vesicle in a 50-year-old man. Computed tomography showed a 9 × 4.5 cm pelvic mass in the side of the seminal vesicle displacing the prostate and the urinary bladder. Magnetic resonance was able to define tissue planes between the lesion and the adjacent structures and provided useful information for an accurate conservative laparotomic surgical approach. The histology revealed biphasic proliferation of benign glands admixed with stromal cellularity, with focal atypia. After 26 months after the excision the patient is still alive with no evidence of disease. Conclusion Cystoadenoma and mixed epithelial stromal tumour of seminal vesicle are two distinct pathological entities with different histological features and clinical outcome. Due to the unavailability of accurate prognostic parameters, the prediction of the potential biological evolution of mixed epithelial stromal tumour is still difficult. In our case magnetic resonance imaging was able to avoid an exploratory laparotomy and to establish an accurate conservative surgical treatment of the tumour.

  1. Primary seminal vesicle carcinoma: an immunohistochemical analysis of four cases.

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    Ormsby, A H; Haskell, R; Jones, D; Goldblum, J R

    2000-01-01

    Primary adenocarcinoma of the seminal vesicles is an extremely rare neoplasm. Because prompt diagnosis and treatment are associated with improved long-term survival, accurate recognition of this neoplasm is important, particularly when evaluating limited biopsy material. Immunohistochemistry can be used to rule out neoplasms that commonly invade the seminal vesicles, such as prostatic adenocarcinoma. Previous reports have shown that seminal vesicle adenocarcinoma (SVCA) is negative for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and prostate-specific acid phosphatase (PAP); however, little else is known of its immunophenotype. Consequently, we evaluated the utility of cancer antigen 125 (CA-125) and cytokeratin (CK) subsets 7 and 20 for distinguishing SVCA from other neoplasms that enter the differential diagnosis. Four cases of SVCA-three cases of bladder adenocarcinoma and a rare case of adenocarcinoma arising in a mullerian duct cyst-were immunostained for CA-125, CK7, and CK20. Three of four cases of SVCA were CA-125 positive and CK7 positive. All four cases were CK20 negative. All bladder adenocarcinomas and the mullerian duct cyst adenocarcinoma were CK7 positive and negative for CA-125 and CK20. In addition, CA-125 immunostaining was performed in neoplasms that commonly invade the seminal vesicles, including prostatic adenocarcinoma (n = 40), bladder transitional cell carcinoma (n = 32), and rectal adenocarcinoma (n = 10), and all were negative for this antigen. In conclusion, the present study has shown that the CK7-positive, CK20-negative, CA-125-positive, PSA/PAP-negative immunophenotype of papillary SVCA is unique and can be used in conjunction with histomorphology to distinguish it from other tumors that enter the differential diagnosis, including prostatic adenocarcinoma (CA-125 negative, PSA/PAP positive), bladder transitional cell carcinoma (CK20 positive, CA-125 negative), rectal adenocarcinoma (CA-125 negative, CK7 negative, CK20 positive), bladder

  2. Large bilateral star-shaped calculi in the seminal vesicles.

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    Namjoshi S

    2002-04-01

    Full Text Available Calculi in the seminal vesicles (SV are extremely rare. A patient having large bilateral star-shaped calculi in the SV is reported. They were seen on plain x-ray and confirmed by computed tomography. On the reconstructed CT scans the large stone on the right side measured about 35 X 35 X 50 mm and the one on the left, 30 X 20 X 45 mm. They were not felt on rectal examination, as they were situated laterally.

  3. Seminal vesicle intraepithelial involvement by prostate cancer: putative mechanism and clinicopathological significance.

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    Miyai, Kosuke; Kristiansen, Anna; Egevad, Lars; Pina-Oviedo, Sergio; Divatia, Mukul K; Shen, Steven S; Miles, Brian J; Ayala, Alberto G; Park, Yong Wook; Ro, Jae Y

    2014-09-01

    We have recently shown seminal vesicle intraepithelial involvement of prostate cancer in cases with seminal vesicle invasion (pT3b). Based on the manner of seminal vesicle invasion, there could be 2 possible mechanisms of seminal vesicle intraepithelial involvement: direct intraepithelial invasion from prostate carcinoma in the muscular wall of seminal vesicles or intraepithelial involvement of cancer from the invaginated extraprostatic space (IES)/ejaculatory duct system to extraprostatic seminal vesicle. We aimed to clarify the manner and clinicopathological significance of seminal vesicle intraepithelial involvement. Of 1629 consecutive radical prostatectomies, 109 cases (6.7%) showed seminal vesicle invasion in whole-mounted radical prostatectomy specimens. In these pT3b cases, 18 (17%) showed seminal vesicle intraepithelial involvement by prostate cancer. Stromal invasion of the IES/ejaculatory duct system and ejaculatory duct intraepithelial invasion by prostate cancer were identified in 62 and 5 of 109 pT3b cases, respectively. However, the presence/absence of IES/ejaculatory duct system involvement by prostate cancer does not predict seminal vesicle intraepithelial involvement. No statistically significant correlation was observed between all pathologic parameters/biochemical recurrence and the presence/absence of seminal vesicle intra-epithelial involvement in the pT3b cases. These findings suggest that seminal vesicle intraepithelial involvement is more likely due to direct invasion of carcinoma from the muscular wall of seminal vesicles rather than intraepithelial extension from the ejaculatory duct system in the IES. Further studies with a substantially greater case number are needed to clarify the clinicopathological significance of seminal vesicle intraepithelial involvement in a better manner.

  4. Seminal biomarkers for the evaluation of male infertility

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    Jared M Bieniek

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available For men struggling to conceive with their partners, diagnostic tools are limited and often consist of only a standard semen analysis. This baseline test serves as a crude estimation of male fertility, leaving patients and clinicians in need of additional diagnostic biomarkers. Seminal fluid contains the highest concentration of molecules from the male reproductive glands, therefore, this review focuses on current and novel seminal biomarkers in certain male infertility scenarios, including natural fertility, differentiating azoospermia etiologies, and predicting assisted reproductive technique success. Currently available tests include antisperm antibody assays, DNA fragmentation index, sperm fluorescence in situ hybridization, and other historical sperm functional tests. The poor diagnostic ability of current assays has led to continued efforts to find more predictive biomarkers. Emerging research in the fields of genomics, epigenetics, proteomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics holds promise for the development of novel male infertility biomarkers. Seminal protein-based assays of TEX101, ECM1, and ACRV1 are already available or under final development for clinical use. Additional panels of DNA, RNA, proteins, or metabolites are being explored as we attempt to understand the pathophysiologic processes of male infertility. Future ventures will need to continue data integration and validation for the development of clinically useful infertility biomarkers to aid in male infertility diagnosis, treatment, and counseling.

  5. Technetium-99m labeling and fibronectin binding ability of Corynebacterium diphtheriae; Marcacao de Corynebacterium diphtheriae com Tecnecio-99m e avaliacao da capacidade de ligacao a fibronectina de plasma humano

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    Souza, S.M.S.; Nagao, P.E.; Bernardo-Filho, M. [Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Biologia Roberto Alcantara Gomes; Pereira, G.A.; Napoleao, F.; Andrade, A.F.B.; Hirata Junior, R.; Mattos-Guaraldi, A.L. [Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas

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    The use of radionuclides has permitted advances in areas of clinical and scientific knowledge. Several molecules and cells have been labelled with Technetium-99m ({sup 99m}Tc). The stannous chloride (SnCl{sub 2}) has a significant influence on the labeling and stability of {sup 99m}Tc radiotracers. The frequent risk of diphtheria epidemics has intensified interest in the virulence factors of Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Although studies have looked at potential adhesins including haemagglutinins and exposed sugar residues, the molecular basis of mechanisms of adherence remains unclear. Adherence of pathogens to mammalian tissues may be mediated by fibronectin (FN) found in body fluids, matrix of connective tissues, and cell surfaces. In the present study we evaluated the binding ability to human plasma FN by {sup 99m}Tc labeled-C.diphtheriae. Due to adverse effects of stannous ions, microorganisms were submitted to survival and filamentation induction assays. Data showed a dose dependent susceptibility to SnCl{sub 2} bactericidal effects. Cell filamentation was observed for concentrations of SnCl{sub 2} > 110 {mu}g/ml. Adherence levels of {sup 99m}Tc labelled 241strain to coverslips coated with 20 {mu}g/ml FN were higher (P = 0.0037) than coated with bovine serum albumin. FN binding by the sucrose fermenting 241 C. diphtheriae strain (8.9% + 2.6) was significantly lower (P=0.0139) than Staphylococcus aureus Cowan I strain (34.1% {+-} 1.2). Therefore, bacterial {sup 99m}Tc labeling represents an additional tool that may contribute to the comprehension of C. diphtheriae interactions with host receptors such as FN that act as biological organizers by holding bacterial cells in position and guiding their migration. (author)

  6. Interacciones humano-animal: características e implicaciones para el bienestar de los humanos

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    Full Text Available En este artículo se revisa la literatura reciente sobre interacciones humano-animal, su origen, sus características y cómo dichas interacciones afectan el bienestar físico, psicológico y social. En la primera parte se presentan los orígenes y evolución histórica de las relaciones humano - animal, empezando por los procesos de domesticación y se aborda la naturaleza de las interacciones humano animal. En la segunda parte, se revisan los efectos para los humanos de la interacción con animales, especialmente con sus mascotas y se analiza la literatura científica sobre los efectos físicos, psicológicos y sociales. Finalmente, se aborda brevemente el desarrollo de esta área de investigación en Latinoamérica.

  7. EPIDEMIOLOGIA DEL VIRUS PAPILOMA HUMANO (HPV)

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    Rivera Z,René; Aguilera T.,Jorge; Larraín H,Angélica

    2002-01-01

    Se presenta una revisión de la epidemiología del Virus Papiloma Humano (HPV). Patogenia, prevalencia mundial, magnitud de la infección, factores de riesgo, algunas lesiones producidas según tipo específico y se describe el concepto de clearance y persistencia viral.

  8. Los incómodos derechos humanos

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    Kesch, Emilie

    2014-01-01

    A casi sesenta y un años de la firma del tratado por la ONU sobre los Derechos Humanos son innumerables los asesinatos, genocidios, y torturas ocurridos en todo el mundo. Basta con ojear un :poco en nuestro pasado histórico para darnos cuenta que la teoría difiere abismalmente de la práctica.

  9. Jurisprudencia del Tribunal Europeo de Derechos Humanos

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    Martínez Muñoz, Yolanda

    2016-01-01

    En este trabajo se realiza un análisis de la jurisprudencia del Tribunal Europeo de Derechos Humanos en materia tributaria durante el último año, incidiendo en aquellos problemas más importantes y en la solución del Tribunal en aquellos casos más relevantes.

  10. Heidegger: o estudo dos fenômenos humanos baseados na existência humana como ser-aí (Dasein

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    Ida Elizabeth Cardinalli

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo pretende esclarecer a posição crítica do filósofo Martin Heidegger, explicitada no livro Seminários de Zollikon, em relação à transposição do método da ciência natural moderna para o estudo dos fenômenos humanos e apresentar sua proposição de um método mais pertinente ao estudo da existência humana. O autor propõe indicações de um método baseado na compreensão do existir humano como "ser-aí" e "ser-no-mundo" e também nos existenciais descritos em Ser e tempo, tais como espacialidade, temporalidade, ser-com-o-outro e corporeidade. Ao mesmo tempo, destaca que os fenômenos humanos não deveriam ser submetidos e circunscritos às descrições ontológicas dos existenciais, quando o método visa ao esclarecimento das experiências específicas e singulares de cada ser humano.

  11. The Relationship between Seminal Melatonin with Sperm Parameters, DNA Fragmentation and Nuclear Maturity in Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection Candidates

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    Mina Sharbatoghli

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Melatonin, the chief secretory product of the pineal gland, regulates dynamic physiological adaptations that occur in seasonally breeding mammals as a response to changes in daylight hours. Because of the presence of melatonin in semen and the membrane melatonin receptor in spermatozoa, the impact of melatonin on the regulation of male infertility is still questionable. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of endogenous melatonin on human semen parameters (sperm concentration, motility and normal morphology, DNA fragmentation (DF and nuclear maturity. Materials and Methods: In this clinical prospective study, semen samples from 75 infertile men were routinely analyzed and assessed for melatonin and total antioxidant capacity (TAC levels using the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA and colorimetric assay kits, respectively. DF was examined by the sperm chromatin dispersion (SCD test. Acidic aniline blue staining was used to detect chromatin defects in the sperm nuclei. Results: There was no significant correlation between seminal plasma melatonin and TAC with sperm parameters and nuclear maturity. However, we observed a positive significant correlation between DF and melatonin level (r=0.273, P<0.05. Conclusion: Melatonin in seminal plasma is positively correlated with damaged sperm DNA of infertile patients. The mechanism of this phenomenon needs further study.

  12. A seminal monograph: Mackay and Burnet's Autoimmune diseases.

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    Roberts-Thomson, Peter J; Jackson, Michael W; Gordon, Thomas P

    2012-01-16

    Mackay and Burnet's Autoimmune diseases, published in 1962, marked the beginning of autoimmunity as a clinical science and led to the future acceptance of the existence of autoimmunity. While there is still controversy regarding the mechanisms of autoimmunity, the authors' insightful hypothesis based on clonal selection theory and the emergence of "forbidden clones", due to somatic mutations, is still current, with recent evidence giving further credence to this hypothesis. We salute Mackay and Burnet on the 50th anniversary of this seminal publication. It is particularly pleasing that it has an iconic Australian origin.

  13. Lesions of the Seminal Vesicles and their MRI Characteristics.

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    Reddy, Mahati N; Verma, Sadhna

    2014-01-01

    Over the past few decades, MRI of the prostate has made great strides in improving cancer detection and is being embraced by more clinicians each day. This article aims to review the imaging characteristics of common and uncommon, but consequential lesions involving the seminal vesicles (SV), as seen predominantly on MRI. Many of these findings are seen incidentally during imaging of the prostate. Anatomy and embryology of the SV will be described which will help illustrate the associations of abnormalities seen. Congenital, infectious, neoplastic, and tumor mimics will be explored in detail, with discussion on clinical presentation and treatment strategies.

  14. Lesions of the Seminal Vesicles and their MRI Characteristics

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    Mahati N Reddy

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Over the past few decades, MRI of the prostate has made great strides in improving cancer detection and is being embraced by more clinicians each day. This article aims to review the imaging characteristics of common and uncommon, but consequential lesions involving the seminal vesicles (SV, as seen predominantly on MRI. Many of these findings are seen incidentally during imaging of the prostate. Anatomy and embryology of the SV will be described which will help illustrate the associations of abnormalities seen. Congenital, infectious, neoplastic, and tumor mimics will be explored in detail, with discussion on clinical presentation and treatment strategies.

  15. TRUS, CT and MRI findings of hydatid disease of seminal vesicles

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    Saglam, M.; Tasar, M.; Bulakbasi, N.; Tayfun, C.; Somuncu, I. [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Guelhane Military Medical Academy and Medical School, Ankara (Turkey)

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    Hydatid disease of the urogenital system, especially seminal vesicles and prostate, or retroperitoneum is a very rare condition. Secondary dissemination of seminal vesicles has not been described before. We describe the transrectal ultrasonography (TRUS), CT and MRI findings of a secondary solitary hydatid cyst of the left seminal vesicle, in a patient with disseminated hydatid disease involving all abdominal organs except for right kidney. We obtained typical findings of hydatid cyst at all modalities. (orig.) With 3 figs., 11 refs.

  16. Drosophila melanogaster seminal fluid can protect the sperm of other males

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    Holman, Luke

    2009-01-01

    #  1. Many internally-fertilizing animals produce seminal fluid which is transferred along with sperm during mating. Seminal fluid typically contains a diverse range of chemicals that coordinate sperm storage, moderate sperm motility, provide advantages in sexual selection and influence female....... These findings suggest that residual seminal fluid inside females could benefit the sperm of subsequent mates, affecting the outcome of sperm competition and influencing the evolution of ejaculates and mating systems....

  17. Small round blue cell tumor of seminal vesicle in a young patient

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    Adriano A. De Paula

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Seminal vesicle tumor is a rare disease with unclear origin. Generally, it is presented as a pelvic mass that can be detected by sonography and digital rectal exam. The authors report a 25-year-old patient with a pelvic mass which the magnetic resonance and surgical specimen reveal a seminal vesicle tumor. Immunohistochemical findings favored a primitive neuroectodermal tumor of the seminal vesicle. Herein, the treatment, histological and histochemical findings of this entity are discussed.

  18. Seminal miRNA Relationship with Apoptotic Markers and Oxidative Stress in Infertile Men with Varicocele

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    Rashed, Laila A.; Nabil, Nashaat I.; Osman, Ihab; Mostafa, Rashad; Farag, Mohamed

    2016-01-01

    Aim. This study aimed to assess seminal miRNA relationship with seminal apoptotic markers and oxidative stress (OS) in infertile men associated with varicocele (Vx). Methods. In all, 220 subjects were divided into the following groups: fertile normozoospermic men, fertile normozoospermic men with Vx, infertile oligoasthenoteratozoospermic (OAT) men without Vx, and infertile OAT men with Vx. They were subjected to history taking, clinical examination, and semen analysis. In their semen, the following were estimated: miRNA-122, miRNA-181a, and miRNA-34c5 using quantitative real-time PCR, apoptotic markers (BAX, BCL2) protein expression, and OS markers [malondialdehyde (MDA) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx)]. Results. The mean levels of seminal miRNA-122, miRNA-181a, and miRNA-34c5 were significantly reduced in infertile OAT men with Vx compared with other groups coupled with Vx grade and Vx bilaterality. Seminal miRNA-122, miRNA-181a, and miRNA-34c5 were positively correlated with sperm concentration, total sperm motility, sperm normal morphology, seminal GPx, and seminal BCL2 and negatively correlated with seminal MDA and seminal BAX. Conclusions. Seminal miRNA-122, miRNA-181a, and miRNA-34c5 are decreased in infertile OAT men with Vx associated with increased Vx grade and Vx bilaterality. In addition, they are positively correlated with sperm parameters and negatively correlated with OS, apoptotic markers. PMID:28105423

  19. Seminal miRNA Relationship with Apoptotic Markers and Oxidative Stress in Infertile Men with Varicocele

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    Taymour Mostafa

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. This study aimed to assess seminal miRNA relationship with seminal apoptotic markers and oxidative stress (OS in infertile men associated with varicocele (Vx. Methods. In all, 220 subjects were divided into the following groups: fertile normozoospermic men, fertile normozoospermic men with Vx, infertile oligoasthenoteratozoospermic (OAT men without Vx, and infertile OAT men with Vx. They were subjected to history taking, clinical examination, and semen analysis. In their semen, the following were estimated: miRNA-122, miRNA-181a, and miRNA-34c5 using quantitative real-time PCR, apoptotic markers (BAX, BCL2 protein expression, and OS markers [malondialdehyde (MDA and glutathione peroxidase (GPx]. Results. The mean levels of seminal miRNA-122, miRNA-181a, and miRNA-34c5 were significantly reduced in infertile OAT men with Vx compared with other groups coupled with Vx grade and Vx bilaterality. Seminal miRNA-122, miRNA-181a, and miRNA-34c5 were positively correlated with sperm concentration, total sperm motility, sperm normal morphology, seminal GPx, and seminal BCL2 and negatively correlated with seminal MDA and seminal BAX. Conclusions. Seminal miRNA-122, miRNA-181a, and miRNA-34c5 are decreased in infertile OAT men with Vx associated with increased Vx grade and Vx bilaterality. In addition, they are positively correlated with sperm parameters and negatively correlated with OS, apoptotic markers.

  20. Usefulness of GATA-3 as a marker of seminal epithelium in prostate biopsies.

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    Ortiz-Rey, J A; Chantada-de la Fuente, D; Peteiro-Cancelo, M Á; Gómez-de María, C; San Miguel-Fraile, M P

    2017-04-28

    The incidental presence of seminal vesicle epithelium in prostate needle biopsies is generally recognisable through routine microscopy. However, the biopsy can sometimes be erroneously interpreted as malignant due to its architectural and cytological characteristics, and immunohistochemistry can be useful for correctly identifying the biopsy. Our objective was to analyse the potential usefulness of GATA-3 as a marker of seminal epithelium. Through immunohistochemistry with a monoclonal anti-GATA-3 antibody (clone L50-823), we studied seminal vesicle sections from 20 prostatectomy specimens, 12 prostate needle biopsies that contained seminal vesicle tissue and 68 prostate biopsies without seminal vesicle epithelium, 36 of which showed adenocarcinoma. Staining for GATA-3 was intense in the 20 seminal vesicles of the prostatectomy specimens and in the 12 prostate needle biopsies that contained seminal epithelium. In the 60 biopsies without a seminal vesicle, GATA-3 was positive in the prostate basal cells and even in the secretory cells (57 cases), although with less intensity in 55 of the cases. One of the 36 prostatic adenocarcinomas tested positive for GATA-3. The intense immunohistochemical expression of GATA-3 in the seminal vesicle epithelium can help identify the epithelium in prostate biopsies. This marker is also positive in the basal cells of healthy prostates and, with less intensity, in the secretory cells. Positivity, weak or moderate, is observed on rare occasions in prostatic adenocarcinomas. Copyright © 2017 AEU. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  1. Seminal Vesicle Leiomyoma Mimicking Extra-prostatic Extension of Prostatic Adenocarcinoma.

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    Arnold, Stacy J; Lin, Frank C; Eldersveld, Jordan M; Phung, Michael C; Walker, Jonathan R; Nguyen, Tan T

    2016-05-01

    Leiomyomas are common smooth muscle neoplasms; however, leiomyomas of the seminal vesicles are extremely rare. We report a case of seminal vesicle leiomyoma in a 55-year-old African American male who underwent robot assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) for Gleason 8 (4 + 4) adenocarcinoma. An incidental nodule arising from the left seminal vesicle was discovered during surgery, complicating the surgical dissection and suggesting extra-prostatic extension. The histologic findings in this case raised the possibility that this seminal vesicle leiomyoma may have arisen from a remnant of the mid-portion of the Müllerian duct; however, a thorough immunohistochemical (IHC) workup disproved this theory.

  2. HUMANOS EN EL DERECHO COMPARADO LATINOAMERICANO

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    Karen G. Añaños Bedriñana

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo aborda el estudio de la problemática constitucional actual, sobre la primacía de los tratados de derechos humanos en el derecho interno de los Estados latinoamericanos. Se analiza, comparativamente, una serie de cláusulas sobre el carácter (supraconstitucional, constitucional, supralegal o legal que conceden las constituciones a los tratados, frente a su propia legislación, cuando se incorporan en su derecho interno. Por último, se pretende que los tratados de derechos humanos se consideren un instrumento conceptual y operacional de todas las personas que están inmersas en este proceso, dentro de la función pública estatal. Y, en este contexto, se pueda superar la inexistencia, o la ambigüedad de las cláusulas constitucionales, que puede ocasionar conflictos en la aplicación de un tratado en el derecho interno.

  3. ¿Derechos humanos o derechos liberales?

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    Esther Parra Ramírez

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Compartiendo el desafío planteado por algunas organizaciones no gubernamentales de empezar el siglo y el milenio con la convicción de que desde lo cultural y lo educativo podemos contribuir a transformar los conflictos sin violencia1 , este artículo busca abrir un espacio para la reflexión sobre la problemática de los derechos humanos. Planteamos la necesidad de ahondar en torno a los derechos civiles, políticos, económicos y culturales como la condición sine qua non de la Paz Integral; pretendemos retomar este nuevo paradigma fundamental para afianzar los valores humanos en la conciencia colectiva de los ciudadanos, ya que si bien todos apelamos al lenguaje de los derechos, cada cual parece entender a su manera el sentido y el alcance de los mismos.

  4. Homo floresiensis. Humanos distintos a nosotros.

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    Carlos Alberto Marmelada

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Desde su descubrimiento, la polémica en torno al estatus de Homo floresiensis no ha cesado. ¿Son humanos de nuestra propia especie, pero que eran pigmeos que padecieron enanismo, microcefalia y otra serie de patologías, o se trata de miembros de una especie distinta a la nuestra? El hallazgo de restos pertenecientes a 13 individuos y el estudio de varias partes de su esqueleto avalan la segunda hipótesis.

  5. Charles Darwin: um observador do desenvolvimento humano

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    Eloisa Helena Rubello Valler Celeri; Antonio Carvalho de Ávila Jacintho; Paulo Dalgalarrondo

    2010-01-01

    ...". Colocando-se questões sobre as capacidades do bebê, como eles aprendem e como se comunicam e levantando hipóteses sobre possíveis significados de certos comportamentos, questões ainda hoje fundamentais para o estudo do desenvolvimento humano, Darwin mostra- -se também um pioneiro no estudo do bebê e da criança pequena, numa época na qual as capacidades d...

  6. Dimensiones de los derechos humanos fundamentales

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    MEZZAROBA, Orides

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    Full Text Available El presente artículo tiene por objetivo proponer un nuevoa bordaje filosófico y jurídico de los derechos humanos fundamentales, con el intuito de desarrollar una herramienta que permita al intérprete evaluar objetivamente casos concretos, de forma que pueda diferenciar una práctica cultural de una violación a la dignidad humana.

  7. Justicia, propiedad intelectual y genoma humano

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    Maria Graciela De Ortuzar

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available A partir del conocimiento de la secuenciación del genoma humano es posible el descubrimiento de nuevas terapias, drogas, y causas de enfermedades. Sin embargo, lejos de aumentar el acceso a la atención de la salud, el proyecto genoma humano restringió dicho acceso debido a la rápida comercialización y al creciente ?patentamiento del material humano? -hecho que atenta contra el fundamento ético del sistema jurídico internacional de patentes-.En manos exclusivas de monopolios privados, las ?patentes genéticas? pueden traducirse en altísimos costos de nuevas drogas, tests, y tratamientos para los países en desarrollo. Por lo tanto, si bien la salud humana es presentada como el objetivo último de las investigaciones genómicas, la citada comercialización atenta contra el derecho a la salud y el derecho al conocimiento debido a que imponen una mayor desigualdad y vulnerabilidad de los países en desarrollo por su restricción de acceso. Cabe destacar que es en dichos(países donde se obtiene la información primariaii. En éste nuevo orden internacional de distribución en salud impuesto desde la Organización Mundial de Comercio- OMC- y no desde la Organización Mundial de Salud - OMS-; el actor principal en la ley de patentes, y el beneficiario de la protección que la misma provee, no es ahora el que inventa sino el que invierte.iii Por ello, el objetivo general de la presente investigación es elaborar un marco ético-legal universalista, con especificación plural en ámbitos locales, que regule la investigación del genoma humano en pos de la justa distribución de sus beneficios .

  8. Flujos migratorios y movilidad del capital humano

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    Bernardí Cabrer

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se estiman los flujos migratorios de capital humano entre las regiones españolas a partir de un conjunto de hipótesis. Los resultados indican un aumento de la intensidad de los flujos brutos de migrantes con niveles de instrucción de 2° y 3er grado. Se constata que en España existen tres polos de atracción y emisión de capital humano centrados en Madrid, País Vasco y Cataluña, y actuando de forma independiente. Asimismo, se obtiene un grado de adecuación apreciable entre el nivel educativo de los inmigrantes y los requerimientos de cualificación de la mano de obra de cada región. Sin embargo, se obtiene que los años medios de estudio de la población potencialmente activa han aumentado frente a la estabilidad de los de la población migrante, por lo que no cabe señalar la inmigración como un factor relevante para reducir las disparidades interregionales en capital humano.

  9. Trihalometanos en aguas de consumo humano

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    C Hernández Sánchez

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Los trihalometanos (THMs son subproductos de desinfección que resultan de la cloración de las aguas. Los THMs engloban a sustancias como el cloroformo (CHCl , el 3 bromodiclorometano (CHBrCl , el clorodibromometano (CHBr Cl 2 2 y el tribromometano (CHBr . La Agencia Internacional para la 3 Investigación del Cáncer ha clasificado al cloroformo y al bromodiclorometano en el grupo 2B que incluye a las sustancias posiblemente carcinogénicas en humanos. Debido a su toxicidad y a que el agua de consumo humano constituye la principal vía de exposición del hombre a estos compuestos, su presencia en las aguas de consumo humano está limitada por la Directiva Europea 98/83/CE a 100 ìg/L. En esta revisión se destacan los aspectos más relevantes sobre su toxicidad, reglamentación, determinación, concentración en aguas, variaciones estacionales y eliminación.

  10. Obligaciones morales con seres no humanos

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    Rodrigo J. Ocampo

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Entre los modelos de reflexión ética a partir de los cuales es posible dar cuenta del debate sobre las relaciones entre seres humanos y no humanos están: el deontológico, el contractualista, el utilitarista, el neoaristotélico y el discursivo. En este artículo se examinará, a partir de ellos, la cuestión del estatus moral asignado a los animales y a la naturaleza, junto con la posibilidad de cada uno para sustentar la ampliación de las obligaciones morales. Para tal fin, se estudian los principales argumentos para reconocer o negar consideración moral a seres no humanos, así como los alcances de estas justificaciones para comprender el sentido y límites de la comunidad ética. Esto permitirá clasificar los enfoques éticos mencionados atendiendo a sus afinidades con diversas formas de antropocentrismo o biocentrismo.

  11. POBREZA, RECURSOS HUMANOS Y DESARROLLO SOSTENIBLE

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    Jorge Mora Alfaro

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Dos desafíos de enorme trascendencia enfrentan América Latina y el Caribe al arribar al siglo XXI: por un lado, crear las condiciones apropiadas para insertarse con éxito en el interconectado, competitivo y exigente mundo contemporáneo. Por otro lado, superar los obstáculos al logro de la aspiración del desarrollo humano sostenible, entre los que sobresale la ausencia de mecanismos eficaces de distribución del ingreso y la significativa cantidad de seres humanos sumidos en la pobreza y las privaciones.Estas dos dimensiones del desarrollo regional se encuentran estrechamente entrelazadas y mutuamente condicionadas. Una distribución más equitativa del ingreso contribuye a elevar la movilidad social, el acceso a la educación, el aumento de la productividad y la estabilidad, aspectos esenciales para acrecentar la capacidad competitiva y para lograr una inserción de calidad en el contexto internacional. Una estrategia de integración en el contexto internacional, sustentada en las fortalezas nacionales, en la identidad cultural y en el capital humano, posibilita la sostenibilidad y la distribución de los beneficios entre los diversos estratos de la sociedad.

  12. Seminal fluid mediates ejaculate competition in social insects

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    Den Boer, Susanne Petronella A; Baer, Boris; Boomsma, Jacobus Jan

    2010-01-01

    Queens of ants and bees normally obtain a lifetime supply of sperm on a single day of sexual activity, and sperm competition is expected to occur in lineages where queens receive sperm from multiple males. We compared singly mated (monandrous) and multiply mated (polyandrous) sister groups of ant...... and ants. In Atta leafcutter ants, the negative effect of the seminal fluid of other males was negated by secretion from the queen sperm-storage organ, suggesting that queens may control ejaculate competition after sperm storage.......Queens of ants and bees normally obtain a lifetime supply of sperm on a single day of sexual activity, and sperm competition is expected to occur in lineages where queens receive sperm from multiple males. We compared singly mated (monandrous) and multiply mated (polyandrous) sister groups of ants...... and bees and show that seminal fluid of polyandrous species has a more positive effect on the survival of a male's own sperm than on other males' sperm. This difference was not observed in the monandrous species, suggesting that incapacitation of competing sperm may have independently evolved in both bees...

  13. Effects of re-stripping on the seminal characteristics of pacu (Piaractus mesopotamicus) during the breeding season.

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    Kuradomi, Rafael Y; De Souza, Thiago G; Foresti, Fausto; Schulz, Rüdiger W; Bogerd, Jan; Moreira, Renata G; Furlan, Luiz R; Almeida, Eduardo A; Maschio, Lucilene R; Batlouni, Sergio R

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    Seminal characteristics in teleost fish with an annual reproductive period, such as pacu (Piaractus mesopotamicus), may vary during the breeding season. The sperm formed before the beginning of the spawning period may be stored for a long time, causing damage to the cells. Therefore, re-stripping may be an important way to eliminate the "old" and allow for the collection of "new" spermatozoids. In this study, we analyzed the seminal characteristics of hormonally induced pacu at the beginning, middle and end of the breeding season, and we analyzed samples from re-stripped males (stripped first at the beginning, re-stripped in the middle, and re-stripped again at the end of the season) during two breeding seasons. The sperm density, ionic composition, pH, and osmolality were similar among the groups. The semen volume, seminal plasma protein concentration and incidence of morphologically anomalous sperm increased over time. In addition, some parameters that are associated with good-quality semen decreased, such as sperm motility, viability and DNA integrity. Moreover, we observed a positive association among motility, viability and DNA integrity for sperm with elevated 11-ketotestosterone, but there was no such association for fshb or lhb mRNA levels in the pituitary. The semen that was obtained earlier (at the beginning) or from re-stripped males exhibited better characteristics than the other samples collected. In conclusion, collecting semen from pacu at the end of breeding season should be avoided; it is preferable to strip early and then re-strip later in the season, and this approach may be used for diverse aquaculture purposes.

  14. Oxitocina e comportamento humano Oxitocina y comportamiento humano Oxytocin and human behavior

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    Diana Catarina Ferreira de Campos; João Manuel Garcia do Nascimento Graveto

    2010-01-01

    Recentemente, têm surgido numerosas especulações sobre o papel da oxitocina nas emoções e relações sociais do ser humano. O presente artigo retrata um estudo essencialmente reflexivo sobre o papel da oxitocina no comportamento humano. A pesquisa bibliográfica foi efectuada nas bases de dados MEDLINE, versão PubMed e CINAHL. Os principais resultados das pesquisas sustentam que os níveis de oxitocina aumentam em resposta à aplicação de massagem e indução de emoções positivas. A administração in...

  15. Nacionalismo constitucional y Derecho internacional de los derechos humanos

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    Eduardo Meier García

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se analizan las sentencias del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia venezolano que desconocen el Derecho internacional de los derechos humanos, al realizar un inusual control de constitucionalidad sobre las sentencias de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, desestimar sus efectos directos e indirectos y solicitar la denuncia de la Convención Americana sobre Derechos Humanos.

  16. Terazosin-induced alterations in catalase expression and lipid peroxidation in the rat seminal vesicles.

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    Mitropoulos, D; Patris, E; Deliconstantinos, G; Kyroudi-Voulgari, A; Anastasiou, I; Perea, D

    2013-04-01

    Previous studies have shown that alpha1-adrenergic receptor antagonists may alter seminal vesicle contractility and impair fertility in male rats. This study was designed to investigate the effects of terazosin on the catalase expression in the seminal vesicles and the lipid peroxidation of the seminal fluid in normal adult rats. Wistar rats were treated with terazosin (1.2 mg kg(-1) body weight, given orally every second day) for 120 days. Catalase expression was assessed immunohistochemically in tissue sections of the seminal vesicles, and lipid peroxidation was estimated by measuring the malondialdehyde (MDA) levels in the seminal vesicles' fluid. The seminal vesicles in terazosin-treated rats were particularly distended in comparison with those of controls, and their secreting epithelium was suppressed. Cytoplasmic catalase expression in the secreting epithelial cells (% of cells) was increased in terazosin-treated specimens in comparison with controls (76.1 ± 17.1 versus 51.3 ± 25.1, P = 0.005). MDA levels (μm) were also higher in samples from treated subjects in comparison with controls (2.67 ± 1.19 versus 1.39 ± 0.19, P = 0.01). Although the direct effect of terazosin treatment on the seminal vesicles is that of impaired contractility, an indirect effect is that on fertility by increasing lipid peroxidation in the seminal fluid and/or through degrading of hydrogen peroxide that is essential for sperm capacitation.

  17. Yolk sac tumor of the seminal vesicles: A rare malignant cause of hematospermia

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    Jonathan D Gill

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Extra-gonadal yolk sac tumors (YSTs are rare and generally associated with poor outcomes. Involvement of the seminal vesicles is extremely rare with only one previously described case. We report a case of a primary YST of the seminal vesicles and discuss the management strategy.

  18. Yolk sac tumor of the seminal vesicles: A rare malignant cause of hematospermia.

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    Gill, Jonathan D; Bhattarai, Selina; Patel, Chirag N; Paul, Alan B

    2015-01-01

    Extra-gonadal yolk sac tumors (YSTs) are rare and generally associated with poor outcomes. Involvement of the seminal vesicles is extremely rare with only one previously described case. We report a case of a primary YST of the seminal vesicles and discuss the management strategy.

  19. Seminal fluid enhances sperm viability in the leafcutter ant Atta colombica

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    Den Boer, Susanne Petronella A; Boomsma, Jacobus Jan; Baer, Boris

    2008-01-01

    in life, although they may live and produce fertilized eggs for several decades. The mating biology and life history of these ants therefore suggests that the major function of seminal fluid is to maximize sperm viability during copulation, sperm transfer, and initial sperm storage. We tested......The seminal fluid that accompanies sperm in ejaculates has been shown or suggested to affect sperm competition and paternity success of insects by preventing female remating, inducing oviposition, and forming mating plugs. In Atta leafcutter ants, queens have multiple mates but never remate later...... this hypothesis by comparing the viability of testis sperm and ejaculated sperm (mixed with seminal fluid) and found a significant positive effect of seminal fluid on sperm viability. We further quantified this positive effect by adding accessory gland secretion (a major component of seminal fluid) in a dilution...

  20. Seminal, adventitious and lateral root growth and physiological responses in rice to upland conditions

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    杨玲; 郑炳松; 毛传澡; 易可可; 吴运荣; 吴平; 陶勤南

    2003-01-01

    Understanding the growth and physiological responses of rice to upland conditions would be helpful for designing treatments to improve the tolerance of rice under a rainfed system. The objective of this study was to investigate the initiation,elongation and membrane stability of seminal, lateral and adventitious roots of upland rice after 9-d upland condition treatment. Compared with control roots under waterlogged conditions, upland water deficiency conditions favor seminal and lateral root growth over adventitious root growth by accelerating seminal root elongation, promoting lateral root initiation and elongation, and reducing the elongation and number of adventitious roots. Enhanced total root number and length resulted in increase of total root dry weight and thereby increasing the root-to-shoot ratio. Organic compound leakage from seminal root tips and adventitious roots increased progressively to some extent with upland culture duration, while significant increases in seminal root tips were the consequence of loss of membrane integrity caused by the upland-condition enhanced growth.

  1. Effect of cigarette smoking on levels of seminal oxidative stress in infertile men: a prospective study.

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    Saleh, Ramadan A; Agarwal, Ashok; Sharma, Rakesh K; Nelson, David R; Thomas, Anthony J

    2002-09-01

    To investigate levels of seminal oxidative stress (OS) and sperm quality in a group of infertile men with a history of cigarette smoking. A prospective clinical study. Male infertility clinic, Urological Institute, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio. Infertile men who smoked cigarettes (n = 20), infertile men who were nonsmokers (n = 32), and healthy nonsmoking donors (n = 13). Genital examination, standard semen analysis, sperm DNA damage. Levels of seminal reactive oxygen species (ROS) and total antioxidant capacity (TAC) measured by a chemiluminescence assay and seminal OS assessed by calculating a ROS-TAC score. Sperm DNA damage was measured by sperm chromatin structure assay. Smoking was associated with a 48% increase in seminal leukocyte concentrations (Peffects of seminal OS on fertility, physicians should advise infertile men who smoke cigarettes to quit.

  2. [Seminal vesicle cysts and infertility in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease].

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    Peces, R; Venegas, J L

    2005-01-01

    Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a systemic hereditary disorder characterized by bilateral diffuse renal cysts. Extrarenal involvement is a well known manifestation of ADPKD. Cysts in the liver, pancreas, lung, spleen, oesophagus, ovary, testis, epididymis, prostate, thyroid, bladder, uterus, brain, paraespinal, and seminal vesicle have also been described. The occurrence of seminal vesicle cysts is often unrecognised. We report here a man with seminal vesicle cysts and azoospermia associated with ADPKD. Seminal vesicle cysts are not uncommon in ADPKD and in some cases it is associated with infertility. Ultrasound and computed tomography imaging were effective in documenting the underlying lesions non-invasively. Studies evaluating fertility in patients with seminal vesicle cysts and ADPKD are needed.

  3. Análise de ácidos graxos não-esterificados de plasma humano por cromatografia gasosa capilar com injeção sem divisão de fluxo Analysis of non-esterified fatty acids in human plasma by capillary gas-chromatography with splitless injection

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    Jacqueline G. Ney

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present work was to test the combination of non-esterified fatty acid (NEFA isolation using fumed silicon dioxide with capillary gas-chromatography (C-GC with splitless injection for the analysis of NEFAs in human plasma. Injection volume, solvent re-condensation and split purge flow-rate were the parameters evaluated for the analysis of fatty acid methyl esters by C-GC. The use of a solvent re-condensation technique, associated with 1.0 µL injection and a split purge flow rate of 80 mL/min resulted in satisfactory analysis of NEFAs. Fourteen fatty acids were identified in plasma samples, ranging from 2.03 to 184.0 µmol/L. The combination of both techniques proved useful for routine analyses of plasma NEFAs.

  4. Male mating rate is constrained by seminal fluid availability in bedbugs, Cimex lectularius.

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    Reinhardt, Klaus; Naylor, Richard; Siva-Jothy, Michael T

    2011-01-01

    Sexual selection, differences in reproductive success between individuals, continues beyond acquiring a mating partner and affects ejaculate size and composition (sperm competition). Sperm and seminal fluid have very different roles in sperm competition but both components encompass production costs for the male. Theoretical models predict that males should spend ejaculate components prudently and differently for sperm and seminal fluid but empirical evidence for independent variation of sperm number and seminal fluid volume is scarce. It is also largely unknown how sperm and seminal fluid variation affect future mating rate. In bedbugs we developed a protocol to examine the role of seminal fluids in ejaculate allocation and its effect on future male mating rate. Using age-related changes in sperm and seminal fluid volume we estimated the lowest capacity at which mating activity started. We then showed that sexually active males allocate 12% of their sperm and 19% of their seminal fluid volume per mating and predicted that males would be depleted of seminal fluid but not of sperm. We tested (and confirmed) this prediction empirically. Finally, the slightly faster replenishment of seminal fluid compared to sperm did not outweigh the faster decrease during mating. Our results suggest that male mating rate can be constrained by the availability of seminal fluids. Our protocol might be applicable to a range of other organisms. We discuss the idea that economic considerations in sexual conflict research might benefit from distinguishing between costs and benefits that are ejaculate dose-dependent and those that are frequency-dependent on the mating rate per se.

  5. Male mating rate is constrained by seminal fluid availability in bedbugs, Cimex lectularius.

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    Klaus Reinhardt

    Full Text Available Sexual selection, differences in reproductive success between individuals, continues beyond acquiring a mating partner and affects ejaculate size and composition (sperm competition. Sperm and seminal fluid have very different roles in sperm competition but both components encompass production costs for the male. Theoretical models predict that males should spend ejaculate components prudently and differently for sperm and seminal fluid but empirical evidence for independent variation of sperm number and seminal fluid volume is scarce. It is also largely unknown how sperm and seminal fluid variation affect future mating rate. In bedbugs we developed a protocol to examine the role of seminal fluids in ejaculate allocation and its effect on future male mating rate. Using age-related changes in sperm and seminal fluid volume we estimated the lowest capacity at which mating activity started. We then showed that sexually active males allocate 12% of their sperm and 19% of their seminal fluid volume per mating and predicted that males would be depleted of seminal fluid but not of sperm. We tested (and confirmed this prediction empirically. Finally, the slightly faster replenishment of seminal fluid compared to sperm did not outweigh the faster decrease during mating. Our results suggest that male mating rate can be constrained by the availability of seminal fluids. Our protocol might be applicable to a range of other organisms. We discuss the idea that economic considerations in sexual conflict research might benefit from distinguishing between costs and benefits that are ejaculate dose-dependent and those that are frequency-dependent on the mating rate per se.

  6. Recursos humanos de la C.E.

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    Eugenio GARCÍA ZARZA

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available El estudio geográfico de la población de cualquier grupo humano es un tema que interesa por sí mismo y por las ventajas que derivan de su conocimiento para apreciar los problemas que presenta y poder aplicar soluciones adecuadas a los mismos. Es un aspecto que ha preocupado siempre, como lo confirman los estudios realizados al respecto desde antiguo y mucho más en nuestros días, al contar con la información estadística necesaria y personal especializado para su realización.

  7. Derechos humanos, no-violencia, comunidad

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    Juan María Parent Jacquemin

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available La lucha por los derechos humanos universalmente reconocidos se extienden más allá de los límites académicos o sociales en los que nos habíamos acostumbrado. El título de este artículo anuncia, en una trilogía, la existencia de un mundo de instituciones, líderes, activistas que colaboran en este proceso anunciado por los primeros defensores modernos de la justicia y la verdad.

  8. Nacionalismo, migraciones forzosas y derechos humanos

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    El presente trabajo tiene como objetivo fundamental el estudio de tres conceptos que se encuentran ligados entre sí pero que en ocasiones entran en conflicto; tales conceptos no son otros que el nacionalismo, las migraciones forzosas y los derechos humanos. El trabajo se divide en dos partes, una primera parte más teórica y extensa dedicada a la explicación pormenorizada de los tres conceptos claves del trabajo y su relación entre ellos; y una segunda parte dedicada a uno de los mayores probl...

  9. Abordagem contingencial no gerenciamento dos recursos humanos

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    Pacheco Junior, Waldemar

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    Tese (doutorado) - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Centro Tecnológico. Programa de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia de Produção. O capital humano é tido como um dos fatores estratégicos às organizações, porém, um dos grandes desafios sob o ponto de vista do gerenciamento é o de melhor aproveitar o potencial dos trabalhadores, em face das dificuldades de encontrar formas de congruência entre objetivos de empresa e pessoas nela inseridas. Tal problema é normalmente uma decorrência de dese...

  10. Genética y derechos humanos

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    Gómez-Ojero y Martínez, Luis

    2016-01-01

    [ES]La tesis se propone realizar un análisis de los temás más novedosos en ciencia genética y del estado de la cuestión relativa a los Derechos Humanos y la Genética partiendo de los textos más relevantes, tanto a nivel jurídico como meramente institucional que, como en el caso de Naciones Unidas, tanta importancia tienen en la influencia que de facto suele lograr sobre el Derecho Internacional, el Derecho de la Unión Europea y, por reflejo, indirectamente, en los Ordenamientos Jurídicos Inte...

  11. Derecho humano al agua en el Ecuador

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    Buitrón Cisneros, Ricardo

    2010-01-01

    En el Ecuador existe un proceso histórico de concentración y acaparamiento del agua. La política de ajuste estructural llevó a que empresas de servicios de agua potable sean privatizadas. La constitución del 2008 modificó el marco normativo para el agua en el país, se reconoce el derecho humano al agua, los derechos de la naturaleza, el manejo exclusivo público y comunitario y su no privatización. El proceso de reorganización institucional y de construcción de la nueva propuesta de ley de ...

  12. Gestão de recursos humanos

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    Luz, Mirela Berendt Pinto da.

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    Dissertação (Mestrado) - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Centro Tecnológico. Análise da gestão de recursos humanos em três hotéis de Florianópolis. Estuda a história da hospitalidade, a importância da satisfação dos clientes internos de hotéis para a busca da excelência em serviços. Pesquisa realizada com dirigentes dos três hotéis e seus clientes internos.

  13. humanos de filiación otopame

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    Zaid Lagunas

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta una revisión bibliográfica de estudios de antropología física y temas afines a esta disciplina, realizados en grupos humanos pertenecientes al tronco lingüístico otopame. A partir de la información arqueológica y antropofísica disponible, se muestran y analizan las distintas formas de disponer de los muertos en la época prehispánica entre estos grupos, tanto de aquellas defunciones ocasionadas por actos de sacrificio humano como los fallecidos por otras causas. Se hace un recuento de la información osteológica, se describen los rasgos físicos y de orden cultural detectables en los restos esqueléticos de los otopames. Por lo que toca a la población contemporánea, se resumen y examinan estudios antropométricos y genéticos realizados en algunas comunidades, tanto en individuos adultos como en jóvenes y niños.

  14. Charles Darwin: um observador do desenvolvimento humano

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    Eloisa Helena Rubello Valler Celeri

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Os autores traduzem, pela primeira vez para o português, o artigo de Charles Darwin "A Biographical Sketch of an Infant", publicado no periódico Mind em julho de 1877. Utilizando anotações de observações do desenvolvimento de seus filhos, especialmente de seu filho mais velho William Erasmus (Doddy, Darwin descreve e estuda, a partir de seu enfoque naturalista, o filhote humano, narrando os primeiros indicativos comportamentais de emoções tais como raiva e medo, curiosidade e senso moral, o brincar e o prazer envolvido nesta atividade, a capacidade de imitação e os primeiros indícios daquilo que hoje conhecemos como "teoria da mente". Colocando-se questões sobre as capacidades do bebê, como eles aprendem e como se comunicam e levantando hipóteses sobre possíveis significados de certos comportamentos, questões ainda hoje fundamentais para o estudo do desenvolvimento humano, Darwin mostra-se também um pioneiro no estudo do bebê e da criança pequena, numa época na qual as capacidades dos bebês eram extremamente subestimadas e desconsideradas.

  15. Cárceles y derechos humanos en México

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    Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos

    2004-01-01

    Síntesis del informe especial de la Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos sobre la situación de los derechos humanos en los centros de reclusión de la república mexicana, dependientes de gobiernos locales y municipales.

  16. Inclusión digital: un nuevo derecho humano

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    López López, Pedro; Samek, Toni

    2009-01-01

    El artículo repasa la clasificación de los derechos humanos considerando la inclusión digital como un derecho humano de última generación, incluido en los derechos derivados de las nuevas tecnologías de la información y la comunicación.

  17. Transgelin: an androgen-dependent protein identified in the seminal vesicles of three Saharan rodents.

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    Kaci-Ouchfoun, Naïma; Izemrane, Djamila; Boudrissa, Abdelkrim; Gernigon, Thérèse; Khammar, Farida; Exbrayat, Jean Marie

    2013-10-15

    During the breeding season, a major androgen-dependent protein with an apparent molecular weight of 21 kDa was isolated and purified from the seminal vesicles of three Saharan rodents (MLVSP21 from Meriones libycus, MSVSP21 from Meriones shawi, and MCVSP21 from Meriones crassus). The 21-kDa protein was isolated and purified from soluble seminal vesicle proteins of homogenate by one-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). Using polyclonal antibodies directed against POSVP21 (Psammomys obesus seminal vesicles protein of 21 kDa), a major androgen-dependent secretory protein from sand rat seminal vesicles, identified previously as transgelin, we showed an immunological homology with POSVP21 by immunoblotting. These three major androgen-dependent proteins with a same apparent molecular weight of 21 kDa designated as MLVSP21 (Meriones libycus seminal vesicles protein of 21 kDa), MSVSP21 (Meriones shawi seminal vesicles protein of 21 kDa), and MCVSP21 (Meriones crassus seminal vesicles protein of 21 kDa) were localized by immunohistochemistry and identified by applying a proteomic approach. Our results indicated that the isolated proteins MLSVP21, MSSVP21, and MCSVP21 seem to correspond to the same protein: the transgelin. So that transgelin can be used as a specific marker of these rodent physiological reproduction mechanisms.

  18. Squamous cell carcinoma of the seminal vesicle. Review of the related literature and case report

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    V. B. Matveev

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Seminal vesicle tumors are very rare malignancies which are not diagnosed in daily clinical oncology practice. Primary malignant tumors in seminal vesicle are difficult to define due to the lack of specific symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Another obstacle of proper diagnosis is the frequent invasion of tumors of the surrounding organs, especially the prostate, rectum and bladder which is difficult to differentiate. Very often seminal vesicle tumors are difficult to detect. Digital rectal examination as well as transrectal ultrasound scan (US could reveal a bulky mass in the retrovesical space. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI are the main diagnostic methods which could help to reveal pathologic masses in the region of seminal vesicles. Levels of prostate-specific antigen, carcinoembryonic antigen and tumor markers specific for colorectal cancer are negative in seminal vesicle tumors.The world experience of treating seminal vesicle tumors is very limited. There is paucity of data regarding appropriate choice of surgical approach and further treatment strategy and most of the time the treatment is individualized and based on very scarce information. At the same time surgical approach may vary significantly from vesiculectomy to pelvic exenteration. Possibility of using any regimens of adjuvant radiation therapy, chemotherapy or hormone therapy is highly debatable. However, aggressive surgical approach with radical tumor removal followed by extended lymphodissection shows the most favorable results in survival of patients suffering from seminal vesicle cancer.Squamous cell carcinoma of the seminal vesicles is presumed to be an extremely rare disease as there are only 3 reports of it in the world literature. We report a case of patient B. suffering from squamous cell carcinoma of the right seminal vesicle whom we conducted an aggressive surgical approach – prostatovesiculectomy followed by resection of the

  19. Studies on Liquefaction Time and Proteins Involved in the Improvement of Seminal Characteristics in Dromedary Camels (Camelus dromedarius

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    Gorakh Mal

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Semen was collected from six dromedary camels using artificial vagina during rutting season. Liquefaction of the viscous semen occurred in 23.89±1.49 h. During liquefaction, proteins with molecular masses of 24.55 kDa and 22.07 kDa appeared in conjunction with the disappearance of intact 26.00 kDa protein after 18–24 h. These proteins were identified as β-nerve growth factors (β-NGFs in liquefied camel semen. Guanidine-HCL improves the rheological characteristics of dromedary camel semen along with significant (P<0.01 increase in sperm motility. No significant differences were found in viability of spermatozoa indicating no visible detrimental effects on spermatozoa. The cause of semen viscosity, as well as proteins that are present in liquefied dromedary camel seminal plasma, is described for the first time.

  20. Studies on Liquefaction Time and Proteins Involved in the Improvement of Seminal Characteristics in Dromedary Camels (Camelus dromedarius).

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    Mal, Gorakh; Vyas, Sumant; Srinivasan, Alagiri; Patil, Nitin Vasant Rao; Pathak, Krishan Murari Lal

    2016-01-01

    Semen was collected from six dromedary camels using artificial vagina during rutting season. Liquefaction of the viscous semen occurred in 23.89 ± 1.49 h. During liquefaction, proteins with molecular masses of 24.55 kDa and 22.07 kDa appeared in conjunction with the disappearance of intact 26.00 kDa protein after 18-24 h. These proteins were identified as β-nerve growth factors (β-NGFs) in liquefied camel semen. Guanidine-HCL improves the rheological characteristics of dromedary camel semen along with significant (P dromedary camel seminal plasma, is described for the first time.

  1. Peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumor of seminal vesicles: Is there a role for relatively aggressive treatment modalities?

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    Alessandro Crestani

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available A 50 year old white man received an incidental ultrasound diagnosis of hypoechoic mass interesting the right seminal vesicle. A CT scan showed the presence of a 7.8 cm roundish cyst, originating from the right seminal vesicle. He had been followed by the removal of the right seminal vesicle and both the cystic lesion. The histological findings of the specimen documented the presence of small round cells compatible with Ewing’s sarcoma/PPNET. The patient received also adjuvant chemotherapy and radiation treatment. After 10 years, the follow-up is still negative.

  2. Peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumor of seminal vesicles: is there a role for relatively aggressive treatment modalities?

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    Crestani, Alessandro; Guttilla, Andrea; Gardi, Mario; Gardiman, Marina; Dal Moro, Fabrizio; Valotto, Claudio; Zattoni, Filiberto

    2014-12-30

    A 50 year old white man received an incidental ultrasound diagnosis of hypoechoic mass interesting the right seminal vesicle. A CT scan showed the presence of a 7.8 cm roundish cyst, originating from the right seminal vesicle. He had been followed by the removal of the right seminal vesicle and both the cystic lesion. The histological findings of the specimen documented the presence of small round cells compatible with Ewing's sarcoma/PPNET. The patient received also adjuvant chemotherapy and radiation treatment. After 10 years, the follow-up is still negative.

  3. A unique scrotal extratesticular epidermod cyst attached to the seminal vesicles.

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    Sağlam, Hasan Salih; Kumsar, Sükrü; Köse, Osman; Adsan, Oztuğ

    2013-01-01

    A 46-year-old man was admitted with a scrotal long standing painless mass. The workup included physical examination, alpha-fetoprotein (αFP) and beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (β-hCG) analyses, scrotal ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging and urethrocystoscopy. Surgical exploration revealed a separate mass between the testes extending superiorly with a thin stalk. It was dissected easily to the anterior aspect of the seminal vesicles and removed from the junction to the seminal vesicles. Pathology reported an epidermoid cyst. To our knowledge this is the first case of a scrotal extratesticular epidermoid cyst attached to the seminal vesicles.

  4. About human genome Acerca del genoma humano

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    Mojica Tobias

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    Full Text Available The sequence ofthe human genome, an undertaking ofadvanced countries, is nearly complete. In fact The Human Genome Project has around 85% ofthe genome sequenced 4 times on the average, with an accuracy of roughly 1 in 1000 nucleotides. Celera Genomics, on the other hand, has 99% of the sequence of one person, with an accuracy of slightly less than 1 in 100. The Human Genome project trives to produce a physical map for public consumption following a step by step strategy, in which the researcher sequences short DNA fragments belonging to Iarger fragments of known relative
    position. Celera Genomics wants to have very rapidly a physical map which can be quickly used to develop genetic tests and drugs, which can be later sold. We feel that the sequence ofthe human genome is something, which will widen the gap between advanced and backward countries.En este artículo se revisan los eventos, alrededor del secuenciamiento del genoma humano, que han llevado a tanta excitación en los medios noticiosos y académicos en meses recientes. Se explican las estrategias que han llevado a que tengamos dos borradores diferentes pero complementarios, la estrategia llevada a cabo con el dinero
    de los contribuyentes que consiste en establecer el orden de fragmentos grandes de DNA antes de ser secuenciados y la estrategia llevada a cabo con dineros aportados por la industria privada, con la intención de explotar gananciosamente el conocimiento derivado del genoma humano. El genoma humano a mediados del año 2000 es
    un borrador incompleto que cubre aliededor del 85% de la secuencia con una precisión de un error en 1000 y el 99% de la secuencia con una precisión menor de 1 en 100 nucleótidos, También se discuten algunas de las posibles avenidas

  5. Mechanism of 3D domain swapping in bovine seminal ribonuclease.

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    Spadaccini, Roberta; Ercole, Carmine; Graziano, Giuseppe; Wechselberger, Rainer; Boelens, Rolf; Picone, Delia

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    3D domain swapping (3D-DS) is a complex protein aggregation process for which no unique mechanism exists. We report an analysis of 3D-DS in bovine seminal ribonuclease, a homodimeric protein whose subunits are linked by two disulfide bridges, based on NMR and biochemical studies. The presence of the covalent bonds between the subunits stabilizes the unswapped dimer, and allows distinct evaluation of the structural and dynamic effects of the swapping with respect to the dimerization process. In comparison with the monomeric subunit, which, in solution has a compact structure without any propensity for local unfolding, both swapped and unswapped dimers show increased flexibility. NMR analysis, together with urea denaturation and hydrogen–deuterium exchange data, indicates that the two dimers have increased conformational fluctuations. Furthermore, we found that the rate-limiting step of both the swapping and unswapping pathways is the detachment of the N-terminal helices from the monomers. These results suggest a new general mechanism in which a dimeric intermediate could facilitate 3D-DS in globular proteins.

  6. Direitos Humanos em Kant e Habermas

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    Alessandro Pinzani

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    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/1677-2954.2011v10n1p179O livro de Milene Tonetto é mais ambicioso do que o título poderia deixar pensar. Longe de limitar-se a uma exposição da temática dos direitos humanos nos dois autores em questão, o texto representa uma contribuição importante à discussão acerca dos fundamentos do direito em Kant e da relação entre direito e moral na obra deste pensador, assim como à discussão acerca da fundamentação do direito oferecida por Habermas.

  7. Direitos humanos e OEA. Processos e procedimentos

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    Christian Perrone

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo busca preencher a lacuna no tratamento do Direito Internacional dos Direitos Humanos, focando nos procedimentos internos dos organismos internacionais que acabam por dar corpo (positiva ou negativamente para estes conceitos jurídicos. Os três principais eixos serão os órgãos da Organização dos Estados Americanos que tratam destes direitos, os procedimentos gerais, e os mecanismos individuais de proteção. Como conclusão, tem-se que toda a Organização é responsável pela realização, desenvolvimento e proteção de direitos e que a sociedade coletiva ou individualmente possui espaço de influência através de mecanismos próprios.

  8. Editorial: Desarrollo humano, pobreza y salud

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    2006-01-01

    Según el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) Colombia ha mejorado el índice de desarrollo humano por los logros en la cobertura de educación y salud e incrementar el ingreso per cápita. Esto permitió pasar del puesto 77 al 69. Sin embargo, preocupa estar de undécimo entre los países con peor distribución del ingreso; el ingreso de un rico equivale a lo que reciben 58 personas más pobres de Colombia, mientras en Dinamarca y Japón equivale a 24.7 y 24.9 respectivamente. U...

  9. PLURINACIONALIDADE, ESTADO MULTICULTURAL E DIREITOS HUMANOS

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    Braulio de Magalhães Santos, UNIFEMM, Brasil

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Resumo: O presente artigo tem por objetivo ampliar a discussão sobre plurinacionalidade, tendo como campo de análise o Estado da Bolívia e as mudanças introduzidas pela sua nova Constituição Política. Remontamos o itinerário histórico deste país até a concertação que criou as bases para instituir essa nova formatação de um Estado que busca na diferença e multiculturalismo a integração nacional, inclusive com nova organização política, administrativa e jurídica. Nesse cenário os direitos humanos como concepção e múltiplas dimensões sustentam esse movimento de refundação do Estado com princípios e valores de democracia comunitária, inclusive garantindo proteção jurídica e institucional irrestrita. Os limites, entraves e possibilidades dessa nova gramática democrática que é a plurinacionalidade são discutidos, também, como parte de um movimento para novas bases epistemológicas do saber, que também se veem democratizadas para outras regiões do mundo, no caso, a América Latina. Palavras-chave: Plurinacionalidade. Estado. Multiculturalismo. Direitos humanos.

  10. Laparoscopic treatment of a calcium fluorophosphate stone within a seminal vesicle cyst

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    Ping Han; Yu-Ru Yang; Xin-Yuan Zhang; Qiang Wei

    2008-01-01

    Stones in the seminal vesicles are extremely rare. We present a 62-year-old patient with a stone within a seminal vesicle cyst, who was cured by laparoscopic treatment. The operative time was 80 min, and the estimated blood loss was 90 mL. Scanning electron microscope examination of the stone showed a compact crystal image externally and sparse spherical crystal structure in kernel. Composition of the stone was calcium fluorophosphate on X-ray diffractometer. The follow-up time was 15 months with no recurrence of cyst or stone. To our knowledge, this case is the first to describe laparoscopic removal of a stone within a seminal vesicle cyst, and the first to describe calcium fluorophosphate as the composition of seminal vesicle stones.

  11. Perceptual effects of linguistic category priming : The Stapel and Semin paradigm revisited in twelve experiments

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    IJzerman, H.; Regenberg, N.; Saddlemeyer, J.; Koole, S.L.

    2015-01-01

    Linguistic category priming is a novel paradigm to examine automatic influences of language on cognition (Semin, 2008). An initial article reported that priming abstract linguistic categories (adjectives) led to more global perceptual processing, whereas priming concrete linguistic categories

  12. Physical Warmth and Perceptual Focus: A Replication of IJzerman and Semin (2009): e112772

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    Janneke D Schilder; Hans IJzerman; Jaap J A Denissen

    2014-01-01

    ...." We sought to replicate a study from our own lab (IJzerman & Semin, 2009), to investigate the reproducibility of the reported effect that physical warmth leads to a greater focus on perceptual relations...

  13. The outcome of the seminal fluid parameters collected via coitus interruptus versus masturbation.

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    Bahyah, M Kamarul; Murad, Z Ahmad; Ghazali, I; Roszaman, R; Noraziana, A W; Mokhtar, A; Omar, M H

    2010-03-01

    A one year study was carried out to determine the outcome of the seminal fluid parameters collected via masturbation and coitus interruptus in 151 patients who were undergoing intrauterine insemination (IUI) and patients who came for seminal analysis. There were no statistically significant differences in terms of volume, concentration, progressive motility and normal morphology from specimens collected via coitus interruptus compared to specimens collected via masturbation. Pregnancy outcomes were also comparable.

  14. Un nuevo orden en los recursos humanos de las organizaciones

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    Ha sido mucho lo que se ha escrito sobre el comportamiento y la gestión de los recursos humanos. Este trabajo se fundamenta en dos tesis doctorales realizadas en España y en Holanda, en las que los autores se sirvieron de sus experiencias como investigadores en recursos humanos y profesores universitarios dedicados a la formación de ”profesionales reflexivos” que entiendan los recursos humanos desde el desarrollo de nuevas ideas y prácticas para su gestión. Desde un planteamiento personal ...

  15. La metafísica de los derechos humanos

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    Carlos Bernal Pulido

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Los derechos humanos, en cuanto institución, suscitan interesantes preguntas metafísicas u ontológicas. Las más importantes son qué tipo de entidades componen los derechos humanos, qué propiedades revisten esas entidades y cuál es la estructura con la que dichas propiedades se organizan para conformar tales entidades. Este texto se dedica a responder estos interrogantes pero sólo en cuanto se refiere a la acepción jurídica del término derechos humanos, es decir, entendidos como derechos del individuo garantizados por los sistemas internacionales de protección de los derechos humanos. En este sentido, este texto defiende la tesis de que los derechos humanos son una especie del género derechos jurídicos subjetivos. Los derechos humanos son derechos jurídicos subjetivos cuya differentia specifica estriba en su carácter de “humanos”. La formulación de un concepto de derechos humanos debe pasar, por tanto, primero, por entender el concepto de derechos jurídicos subjetivos y, segundo, por identificar cuáles son las propiedades constitutivas del carácter de “humanos” de los derechos humanos. Este artículo estudia la estructura de los derechos humanos y sus diferentes propiedades formales y materiales. Las propiedades formales son: la inclusión en los instrumentos internacionales sobre derechos humanos y el reconocimiento por parte de la jurisprudencia sobre derechos humanos de los tribunales internacionales especializados. Las propiedades materiales tienen que ver con la relación del derecho con los conceptos de persona propios del Estado liberal, democrático y social. Este texto examina hasta qué punto cada una de estas propiedades debe considerarse como una propiedad necesaria, suficiente o necesaria y suficiente para que un derecho sea considerado como un derecho humano.

  16. La metafísica de los derechos humanos

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    Carlos Bernal Pulido

    2010-01-01

    Los derechos humanos, en cuanto institución, suscitan interesantes preguntas metafísicas u ontológicas. Las más importantes son qué tipo de entidades componen los derechos humanos, qué propiedades revisten esas entidades y cuál es la estructura con la que dichas propiedades se organizan para conformar tales entidades. Este texto se dedica a responder estos interrogantes pero sólo en cuanto se refiere a la acepción jurídica del término derechos humanos, es decir, entendidos como derechos del i...

  17. Entre Confucianismo y Derechos Humanos: Individuo y Rey

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    RESUMEN En este artículo se aborda la cuestión de China y los derechos humanos  desde la perspectiva que, según opinión común, constituye la base de esa cultura: el confucianismo. Una perspectiva que es analizada tanto desde su marco contextual como en sí misma, cotejándola con el concepto de derechos humanos. El resultado de todo ello lleva a la conclusión de que los derechos humanos son ajenos al confucianismo y por ello a la cultura china. Sin embargo, no son necesariamente incompatibles c...

  18. La metafísica de los derechos humanos

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    Carlos Bernal Pulido

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    Full Text Available Los derechos humanos, en cuanto institución, suscitan interesantes preguntas metafísicas u ontológicas. Las más importantes son qué tipo de entidades componen los derechos humanos, qué propiedades revisten esas entidades y cuál es la estructura con la que dichas propiedades se organizan para conformar tales entidades. Este texto se dedica a responder estos interrogantes pero sólo en cuanto se refiere a la acepción jurídica del término derechos humanos, es decir, entendidos como derechos del individuo garantizados por los sistemas internacionales de protección de los derechos humanos. En este sentido, este texto defiende la tesis de que los derechos humanos son una especie del género derechos jurídicos subjetivos. Los derechos humanos son derechos jurídicos subjetivos cuya differentia specifica estriba en su carácter de “humanos”. La formulación de un concepto de derechos humanos debe pasar, por tanto, primero, por entender el concepto de derechos jurídicos subjetivos y, segundo, por identificar cuáles son las propiedades constitutivas del carácter de “humanos” de los derechos humanos. Este artículo estudia la estructura de los derechos humanos y sus diferentes propiedades formales y materiales. Las propiedades formales son: la inclusión en los instrumentos internacionales sobre derechos humanos y el reconocimiento por parte de la jurisprudencia sobre derechos humanos de los tribunales internacionales especializados. Las propiedades materiales tienen que ver con la relación del derecho con los conceptos de persona propios del Estado liberal, democrático y social. Este texto examina hasta qué punto cada una de estas propiedades debe considerarse como una propiedad necesaria, suficiente o necesaria y suficiente para que un derecho sea considerado como un derecho humano.

  19. Los derechos humanos hoy: perspectivas y retos XXII. Conferencias Aranguren

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    La primera parte versa sobre las generaciones de derechos humanos y analiza la evolución histórica de las libertades. Los derechos humanos nacieron en el seno de la Modernidad, con marcada impronta individualista, como libertades individuales que configuran la primera fase o generación de los derechos humanos. Dicha matriz ideológica individualista sufrirá un amplio proceso de erosión e impugnación en las luchas sociales del siglo XIX. Esos movimientos reivindicativos evidenciarán la necesida...

  20. Male seminal fluid substances affect sperm competition success and female reproductive behavior in a seed beetle.

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    Takashi Yamane

    Full Text Available Male seminal fluid proteins are known to affect female reproductive behavior and physiology by reducing mating receptivity and by increasing egg production rates. Such substances are also though to increase the competitive fertilization success of males, but the empirical foundation for this tenet is restricted. Here, we examined the effects of injections of size-fractioned protein extracts from male reproductive organs on both male competitive fertilization success (i.e., P2 in double mating experiments and female reproduction in the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus. We found that extracts of male seminal vesicles and ejaculatory ducts increased competitive fertilization success when males mated with females 1 day after the females' initial mating, while extracts from accessory glands and testes increased competitive fertilization success when males mated with females 2 days after the females' initial mating. Moreover, different size fractions of seminal fluid proteins had distinct and partly antagonistic effects on male competitive fertilization success. Collectively, our experiments show that several different seminal fluid proteins, deriving from different parts in the male reproductive tract and of different molecular weight, affect male competitive fertilization success in C. maculatus. Our results highlight the diverse effects of seminal fluid proteins and show that the function of such proteins can be contingent upon female mating status. We also document effects of different size fractions on female mating receptivity and egg laying rates, which can serve as a basis for future efforts to identify the molecular identity of seminal fluid proteins and their function in this model species.

  1. Male seminal fluid substances affect sperm competition success and female reproductive behavior in a seed beetle.

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    Yamane, Takashi; Goenaga, Julieta; Rönn, Johanna Liljestrand; Arnqvist, Göran

    2015-01-01

    Male seminal fluid proteins are known to affect female reproductive behavior and physiology by reducing mating receptivity and by increasing egg production rates. Such substances are also though to increase the competitive fertilization success of males, but the empirical foundation for this tenet is restricted. Here, we examined the effects of injections of size-fractioned protein extracts from male reproductive organs on both male competitive fertilization success (i.e., P2 in double mating experiments) and female reproduction in the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus. We found that extracts of male seminal vesicles and ejaculatory ducts increased competitive fertilization success when males mated with females 1 day after the females' initial mating, while extracts from accessory glands and testes increased competitive fertilization success when males mated with females 2 days after the females' initial mating. Moreover, different size fractions of seminal fluid proteins had distinct and partly antagonistic effects on male competitive fertilization success. Collectively, our experiments show that several different seminal fluid proteins, deriving from different parts in the male reproductive tract and of different molecular weight, affect male competitive fertilization success in C. maculatus. Our results highlight the diverse effects of seminal fluid proteins and show that the function of such proteins can be contingent upon female mating status. We also document effects of different size fractions on female mating receptivity and egg laying rates, which can serve as a basis for future efforts to identify the molecular identity of seminal fluid proteins and their function in this model species.

  2. Reproductive hacking. A male seminal protein acts through intact reproductive pathways in female Drosophila.

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    Rubinstein, C Dustin; Wolfner, Mariana F

    2014-01-01

    Seminal proteins are critical for reproductive success in all animals that have been studied. Although seminal proteins have been identified in many taxa, and female reproductive responses to receipt of these proteins have been documented in several, little is understood about the mechanisms by which seminal proteins affect female reproductive physiology. To explore this topic, we investigated how a Drosophila seminal protein, ovulin, increases ovulation rate in mated females. Ovulation is a relatively simple physiological process, with known female regulators: previous studies have shown that ovulation rate is promoted by the neuromodulator octopamine (OA) in D. melanogaster and other insects. We found that ovulin stimulates ovulation by increasing OA signaling in the female. This finding supports a model in which a male seminal protein acts through "hacking" a well-conserved, regulatory system females use to adjust reproductive output, rather than acting downstream of female mechanisms of control or in parallel pathways altogether. We also discuss similarities between 2 forms of intersexual control of behavior through chemical communication: seminal proteins and pheromones.

  3. Effect of androgen deprivation on the expression of aquaporins in rat prostate and seminal vesicles.

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    Tian, J C; Xia, J Y; Jiang, J; Jiang, R; He, Y Z; Lin, H

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    The aim of this study was to investigate the level of secretions of prostate and seminal vesicles and its association with the expression of AQP0, 1, 4, 5, 6 and 8 in castrated rats. Eight-week-old male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats (n = 18) were randomly divided into control group, castrated rats group and castrated followed testosterone replacement group. Four weeks after surgery, the secretions and expression of AQP0, 1, 4, 5, 6 and 8 of prostate and seminal vesicles were determined. Serum testosterone was significantly lower in castrated groups than in control and testosterone replacement groups (P seminal vesicle secretions and the expressions of AQP0, 1, 4, 5, 6 and 8 in prostate and seminal vesicles were significantly lower in castrated group than in control and castrated followed testosterone replacement groups (P seminal vesicle secretions in castrated rats may be related to the decrease in AQP0, 1, 4, 5, 6 and 8 in prostatic tissue and seminal vesicles.

  4. Kadar Prostaglandin F2? pada Cairan Vesikula Seminalis dan Produk Sel Monolayer Vesikula Seminalis Sapi Bali (CONCENTRATIONS OF PROSTAGLANDIN F2? IN SEMINAL VESICLE FLUID AND PRODUCT OF SEMINAL VESICLE MONOLAYER CELLS OF BALI CATTLE

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    Tjok Gde Oka Pemayun

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the concentration of prostaglandin F2 ? (PGF2? in seminal vesicle fluid and seminal vesicle monolayer cell cultures of Bali cattle was determined. The seminal vesicle fluid was aspirated and the epithelial cells of the seminal vesicles were cultured in tissue culture medium (TCM 199 growth medium containing 10% fetal calf serum (FCS and 10% oestrus mares serum (EMS with a density of 1.9 x 106 cells / ml medium. Following an incubation at 38.50 C in 5% CO2 atmosphere for 6 days and the level of PGF2 ? in the original seminal vesicle fluid and in the cell culture medium were determined by radioimmunoassay techniques (RIA. The results showed that the level of PGF2 ? in the non-extracted monolayer culture of seminal vesicle (1287,50 ± 3,39 pg/ml was significantly higher than that of detected in non-extracted seminal vesicle fluid (1,23 ± 0,79 pg/ml. In contrast, after extraction the level of PGF2 ? in seminal vesicle monolayer cell cultures (218,33 ± 2,87 pg/ml significantly decreased as compared to seminal vesicle fluid (1750,83 ± 2,71 pg/ml. In conclusion the highest level of PGF2 ? was found in the extract of seminal vesicle fluid.

  5. Shedding Light on the Nature of Seminal Round Cells.

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    Gianpiero D Palermo

    .05. There was lack of correlation between RC and bacteriological growth. Specific markers indicated that seminal RCs are mostly immature germ cells encased in the remnants of Sertoli cell cytoplasm. Moreover, their modest protamine content and their haploid status confirm that they are post-meiotic. Sequential observation in the same man showed that RC episodes were followed by an amelioration of semen parameters, and interestingly, the episodic occurrence of RCs often coincides with flu season peaks.Seminal RCs are not a marker of infectiousness but rather a transient indicator of spermatogenic insult that possibly occurs in most men following a mild and transient ailment such as the flu.

  6. La OMC y los derechos humanos: ?alguna relacion?

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    2012-01-01

    Este articulo sostiene que la OMC (Organizacion Mundial del Comercio) ha incorporado y puede incorporar, segun su normatividad interna, compromisos en materia de derechos humanos reconocidos tanto en el derecho nacional como internacional...

  7. PARA UNA LECTURA CRÍTICA DEL DESARROLLO HUMANO

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    Melisa Campana

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    Full Text Available El presente trabajo propone una lectura crítica del discurso del desarrollo humano articulado por Amartya Sen en Desarrollo y Libertad , desde el enfoque de la gubernamentalidad. En primer lugar, se precisa la perspectiva teórica adoptada, haciendo hincapié en las particularidades de la razón gubernamental neoliberal, marco en el que emerge el discurso del desarrollo humano. Se rastrea, luego, un conjunto de premisas del modelo de la elección racional, que brinda elementos conceptuales al discurso del desarrollo humano. A partir de estas claves, se examina una serie de postulados vertebradores de la propuesta de Amartya Sen, a los fines de identificar algunos de los efectos que ha producido el discurso del desarrollo humano en términos de concepción de la pobreza y de los dispositivos de intervención sobre ella.

  8. e implicaciones para el bienestar de los humanos

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    Germán Gutiérrez

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se revisa la literatura reciente sobre interacciones humano-animal, su origen, sus características y cómo dichas interacciones afectan el bienestar físico, psicológico y social. En la primera parte se presentan los orígenes y evolución histórica de las relaciones humano - animal, empezando por los procesos de domesticación y se aborda la naturaleza de las interacciones humano animal. En la segunda parte, se revisan los efectos para los humanos de la interacción con animales, especialmente con sus mascotas y se analiza la literatura científica sobre los efectos físicos, psicológicos y sociales. Finalmente, se aborda brevemente el desarrollo de esta área de investigación en Latinoamérica.

  9. Residuos de farmacos anabolizantes en carnes destinadas al consumo humano

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    Fajardo-Zapata, Alvaro L; Mendez-Casallas, Francy J; Molina, Luis H

    2011-01-01

    La produccion de carne para el consumo humano es uno de los renglones importantes dentro de la economia de un pais, tiene una gran importancia socioeconomica ya que sirve como base para el desarrollo...

  10. Los derechos humanos y el antisemitismo despues de Gaza

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    Grosfoguel, Ramon

    2009-01-01

    Este articulo analiza las consecuencias de las ultimas masacres israelies en Gaza en relacion con sus consecuencias globales en lo que concierne a los derechos humanos y el antisemitismo global en la actualidad...

  11. El factor del talento humano en las organizaciones

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    Mejia-Giraldo, Armando; Bravo-Castillo, Mario; Montoya-Serrano, Arturo

    2013-01-01

    El articulo plantea un analisis critico del concepto de talento humano desde la teoria economica empresarial, mostrando los elementos que lo componen y su aplicacion en el campo del desarrollo economico...

  12. Mixed epithelial-stromal tumor (MEST) of seminal vesicle: a proposal for unified nomenclature.

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    Reikie, Brian A; Yilmaz, Asli; Medlicott, Shaun; Trpkov, Kiril

    2015-03-01

    In contrast to the common tumors of the prostate, seminal vesicle demonstrates low potential for neoplastic proliferation. Of the rare primary seminal vesicle tumors, adenocarcinoma is the most common, but there are also rare seminal vesicle neoplasms which demonstrate epithelial and stromal components. These neoplasms have been described in the literature under various names, including "epithelial-stromal tumor," "cystic epithelial-stromal tumor," "cystadenoma," "cystomyoma," "mesenchymoma," "Müllerian adenosarcoma-like tumor," "phyllodes tumor," and "cystosarcoma phyllodes." The spectrum of reported mixed epithelial-stromal tumors (MEST) of seminal vesicle encompasses low, intermediate and high-grade tumors, but the precise distinction and nomenclature for these tumors remain unsettled. We propose a common nomenclature for these tumors, based on the review of published cases and 2 index cases from our practice, which represent the low-grade category. The first patient was 46 years old and presented with seminal vesicle neoplasm detected on routine rectal examination. The neoplasm measured 4 cm in greatest dimension, and completely replaced the left seminal vesicle. The tumor was circumscribed and consisted of multiple cysts separated by spindle-cell stroma. The second patient was a 60-year-old man, who had an incidental seminal vesicle neoplasm, which was discovered when he underwent a radical prostatectomy for a prostatic adenocarcinoma, (Gleason score 3+4, stage 3a). Both neoplasms contained hypercellular stroma, which was composed of uniform spindle cells, arranged in fascicles and interspersed between the glands. Both tumors lacked worrisome morphology, such as infiltrative borders, cell atypia, increased mitotic activity, hemorrhage, and necrosis. The stromal cells were reactive for estrogen and progesterone receptors, and desmin. The cysts and dilated glands were lined by epithelial cells, which were positive for cytokeratin 7 and were negative for

  13. Seminal and spermatic characteristics of fresh semen and the effects of sperm cooling in Steindachneridion melanodermatum (Garavello, 2005

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    Ronan Maciel Marcos

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This study describes the seminal and spermatic characteristics of fresh semen of Steindachneridion melanodermatum and investigates the effects of dilution, temperature, and storage period on its spermatic parameters. Sperm samples were collected from nine hormonally-induced males. The following parameters in fresh sperm were analyzed: seminal plasma osmolality (OSM, seminal pH, sperm motility (MOT, sperm velocity (SV (including sperm curvilinear velocity (CVV, sperm straight-line velocity (SLV, and sperm average path velocity (APV, total time of sperm motility (TEMP, sperm concentration (CONC, and index of sperm normality (NORM. Sperm samples from each male were diluted in a solution containing 5% fructose and 5% powdered milk, and stored at 10°C and 25°C. The same was carried out for sperm samples not subjected to dilution. From these samples, MOT, CVV, SLV, APV, SV, and TEMP were measured after 0 h, 5 h, 9 h, 18 h, 27 h, 36 h, 45 h, and 54 h. Males released 11.74 ± 5.38 mL of sperm, with an osmolality of 258.78 ± 29.36 mOsm.kg-1 and pH of 7.11 ± 0.31. The sperm presented a MOT of 99.86 ± 0.31% at a concentration of 1.03 × 1010 ± 3.65 × 109 spermatozoa.mL-1 with CVV of 185.58 ± 14.11 ?m.s-1, SLV of 49.15 ± 4.66 ?m.s-1, APV of 87.02 ± 4.13 ?m.s-1, SV of 106.52 ± 4.45 ?m.s-1, TEMP of 79.31 ± 5.62 s, NORM of 75.81 ± 5.71%. The results indicate that sperm motility, sperm velocity, and total time of sperm activation were affected by dilution, storage temperature, and storage period (p < 0.05. Procedures for semen storage should be performed with undiluted sperm cooled at 10°C, or kept undiluted at 25°C for up to 27 h.

  14. Factores humanos y su influencia en la productividad

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    La productividad es un concepto de naturaleza multidimensional en la que influyen ciertas características y comportamientos del individuo, dicha influencia implica procesos psicológicos y psicosociales complejos de cuantificar que constituyen los factores humanos. El objetivo general de la investigación, es analizar los factores humanos y su influencia en la productividad, vista desde la perspectiva de tres unidades diferentes; individuo, grupo y organización. Para tal fin, se plantearon ...

  15. G: estudio dibujístico del cuerpo humano femenino

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    Producción artítica centrada en el estudio dibujístico del cuerpo humano femenino y la manera personal de plasmarlo en el papel a través de la línea, el trazo, la mancha y el color. Noguera Maciá, A. (2014). G: estudio dibujístico del cuerpo humano femenino. http://hdl.handle.net/10251/47310. Archivo delegado

  16. Oxitocina e comportamento humano Oxitocina y comportamiento humano Oxytocin and human behavior

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    Diana Catarina Ferreira de Campos

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    Full Text Available Recentemente, têm surgido numerosas especulações sobre o papel da oxitocina nas emoções e relações sociais do ser humano. O presente artigo retrata um estudo essencialmente reflexivo sobre o papel da oxitocina no comportamento humano. A pesquisa bibliográfica foi efectuada nas bases de dados MEDLINE, versão PubMed e CINAHL. Os principais resultados das pesquisas sustentam que os níveis de oxitocina aumentam em resposta à aplicação de massagem e indução de emoções positivas. A administração intranasal de oxitocina aumenta os níveis de calma, diminui o nível de ansiedade e promove comportamentos de confiança entre as pessoas. Uma melhor compreensão dos mecanismos neurobioquímicos e biológicos do comportamento humano têm implicações cruciais para o desenvolvimento do conhecimento científico sobre patologias psiquiátricas com especial handicap nas relações sociais (exemplo: autismo, esquizofrenia, personalidade borderline.Recientemente, han surgido numerosas especulaciones sobre el papel de la oxitocina en las emociones y relaciones sociales del ser humano. El presente artículo retrata un estudio esencialmente reflexivo sobre el papel de la oxitocina en el comportamiento humano. La investigación bibliográfica fue efectuada en las bases de datos MEDLINE, versión PubMed y CINAHL. Los principales resultados de la investigación sustentan que los niveles de oxitocina aumentan en respuesta a la aplicación del masaje e inducción de emociones positivas. La administración intranasal de oxitocina aumenta los niveles de tranquilidad, disminuye el nivel de ansiedad y promueve comportamientos de confianza entre las personas. Una mejor comprensión de los mecanismos neurobioquímicos y biológicos del comportamiento humano tiene implicaciones cruciales para el desarrollo del conocimiento científico sobre patologías psiquiátricas con especial handicap en las relaciones sociales (ejemplo: autismo, esquizofrenia

  17. LA GENÉTICA Y LA DIGNIDAD DEL SER HUMANO

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    Nicolás Jouve de Barreda

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    Full Text Available Los elementos biológicos del hombre no son suficientes para afrontar las cuestiones bioéticas que se plantean en torno al concepto de persona, pero son necesarios para definir con precisión las propiedades de los seres humanos y los aspectos teológicos, filosóficos y jurídicos que son atribuibles a cada persona. El ser humano es un ser singular. En él que conviven dos dimensiones de distinta naturaleza, una material y otra espiritual, y precisamente esta es la principal de las diferencias entre el hombre y el resto de seres vivos. Pero además en el hombre aparece una nueva característica, única entre los seres vivos, la componente ética. Los valores y pautas del comportamiento moral y ético del ser humano deben considerarse de origen natural ya que han contribuido al éxito y supervivencia de la especie. El hombre no es solo Homo sapiens sino también Homo moralis. El reconocimiento de culpa, autodominio, solidaridad, amor, generosidad, altruismo y honestidad, entre otras, son cualidades innatas en los seres humanos. La antropología filosófica destaca el carácter único e irrepetible propio de cada ser humano, cada persona. Esto coincide plenamente con los datos de la ciencia, que destaca la identidad genética individual y singular de cada ser humano.

  18. Male Seminal Relaxin Contributes to Induction of the Post-mating Cytokine Response in the Female Mouse Uterus

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    Danielle J. Glynn

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    Full Text Available The hormone relaxin is important in female reproduction for embryo implantation, cardiovascular function, and during labor and lactation. Relaxin is also synthesized in males by organs of the male tract. We hypothesized that relaxin might be one component of seminal plasma responsible for eliciting the female cytokine response induced in the uterus at mating. When recombinant relaxin was injected into the uterus of wild-type (Rln+/+ mice at estrus, it evoked the production of Cxcl1 mRNA and its secreted protein product CXCL1 in four of eight animals. Mating experiments were then conducted using mice with a null mutation in the relaxin gene (Rln−/− mice. qRT-PCR analysis of mRNA expression in wild-type females showed diminished uterine expression of several cytokine and chemokine genes in the absence of male relaxin. Similar differences were also noted comparing Rln−/− and Rln+/+ females mated to wild-type males. Quantification of uterine luminal fluid cytokine content confirmed that male relaxin provokes the production of CXCL10 and CSF3 in Rln+/+ females. Differences were also seen comparing Rln−/− and Rln+/+ females mated with Rln−/− males for CXCL1, CSF3, and CCL5, implying that endogenous relaxin in females might prime the uterus to respond appropriately to seminal fluid at coitus. Finally, pan-leukocyte CD45 mRNA was increased in wild-type matings compared to other combinations, implying that male and female relaxin may trigger leukocyte expansion in the uterus. We conclude that male and/or female relaxin may be important in activating the uterine cytokine/chemokine network required to initiate maternal immune adaptation to pregnancy.

  19. Heterogenous turnover of sperm and seminal vesicle proteins in the mouse revealed by dynamic metabolic labeling.

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    Claydon, Amy J; Ramm, Steven A; Pennington, Andrea; Hurst, Jane L; Stockley, Paula; Beynon, Robert

    2012-06-01

    Plasticity in ejaculate composition is predicted as an adaptive response to the evolutionary selective pressure of sperm competition. However, to respond rapidly to local competitive conditions requires dynamic modulation in the production of functionally relevant ejaculate proteins. Here we combine metabolic labeling of proteins with proteomics to explore the opportunity for such modulation within mammalian ejaculates. We assessed the rate at which proteins are synthesized and incorporated in the seminal vesicles of male house mice (Mus musculus domesticus), where major seminal fluid proteins with potential roles in sperm competition are produced. We compared rates of protein turnover in the seminal vesicle with those during spermatogenesis, the timing of which is well known in mice. The subjects were fed a diet containing deuterated valine ([(2)H(8)]valine) for up to 35 days, and the incorporation of dietary-labeled amino acid into seminal vesicle- or sperm-specific proteins was assessed by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry of samples recovered from the seminal vesicle lumen and cauda epididymis, respectively. Analyses of epididymal contents were consistent with the known duration of spermatogenesis and sperm maturation in this species and in addition revealed evidence for a subset of epididymal proteins subject to rapid turnover. For seminal vesicle proteins, incorporation of the stable isotope was evident from day 2 of labeling, reaching a plateau of labeling by day 24. Hence, even in the absence of copulation, the seminal vesicle proteins and certain epididymal proteins demonstrate considerable turnover, a response that is consonant with the capacity to rapidly modulate protein production. These techniques can now be used to assess the extent of phenotypic plasticity in mammalian ejaculate production and allocation according to social and environmental cues of sperm competition.

  20. Seminal epithelium in prostate biopsy can mimic malignant and premalignant prostatic lesions.

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    Arista-Nasr, J; Trolle-Silva, A; Aguilar-Ayala, E; Martínez-Benítez, B

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    In most prostate biopsies, the seminal epithelium is easily recognised because it meets characteristic histological criteria. However, some biopsies can mimic malignant or premalignant prostatic lesions. The aims of this study were to analyse the histological appearance of the biopsies that mimic adenocarcinomas or preneoplastic prostatic lesions, discuss the differential diagnosis and determine the frequency of seminal epithelia in prostate biopsies. We consecutively reviewed 500 prostate puncture biopsies obtained using the sextant method and selected those cases in which we observed seminal vesicle or ejaculatory duct epithelium. In the biopsies in which the seminal epithelium resembled malignant or premalignant lesions, immunohistochemical studies were conducted that included prostate-specific antigen and MUC6. The most important clinical data were recorded. Thirty-six (7.2%) biopsies showed seminal epithelium, and 7 of them (1.4%) resembled various prostate lesions, including high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, atypical acinar proliferations, adenocarcinomas with papillary patterns and poorly differentiated carcinoma. The seminal epithelium resembled prostate lesions when the lipofuscin deposit, the perinuclear vacuoles or the nuclear pseudoinclusions were inconspicuous or missing. Five of the 7 biopsies showed mild to moderate cellular atypia with small and hyperchromatic nuclei, and only 2 showed cellular pleomorphism. The patients were alive and asymptomatic after an average of 6 years of progression. The seminal epithelium resembles prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, atypical acinar proliferations and various types of prostatic adenocarcinomas in approximately 1.4% of prostate biopsies. Copyright © 2015 AEU. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  1. POBREZA MUNDIAL, JUSTICIA Y DERECHOS HUMANOS

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    Mauricio Andrés Gallo Callejas

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    Full Text Available En este escrito pregunto por el estatus normativo que, bajo nuestras creencias actuales, debemos dar a la situación de millones de personas condenadas a pasar una vida en condiciones de pobreza extrema alrededor de todo el planeta. Asunto frente al cual formulo las siguientes dos tesis: (i la construcción de juicios normativos que nos permitan redescribir el sentido valorativo que estamos dando a su situación no sólo es posible, sino que es nuestro deber. Tal redescripción significa incluir su dolor y sufrimiento dentro de los asuntos dejusticia política global que incumben a toda la comunidad de seres humanos. Y (ii dicha redescripción, o lo que es igual, otorgar este nuevo estatus normativo a la pobreza mundial no nos exige ni proponer la creación de instituciones que, como la república mundial o principios globales de justicia distributiva, ponganen peligro el valor de los actuales Estados nación, ni mucho menos, justificar la violencia como herramienta de lucha política en búsqueda de la corrección moralde dichas instituciones.

  2. Quilombolas e direitos humanos no Suriname

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    Richard Price

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    Full Text Available Resumo Desde a independência do Suriname em 1975, o relacionamento entre o Estado e sua população quilombola (cerca de 52 mil pessoas, talvez 15% da população nacional deteriorou. Do ponto de vista quilombola, os tipos de atrocidades associadas às guerras coloniais do século dezoito voltaram à tona. A Guerra Civil que começou em 1986, que jogou o exército nacional contra os “Jungle Commandos” (compostos principalmente de quilombolas só fez piorar a situação dos quilombolas. Um grande julgamento pela Corte Inter-Americana de Direitos Humanos em 1992, tendo como réu o Estado do Suriname, terminou com uma vultosa indenização por danos aos quilombolas Saramaka, autores da queixa. Recentemente a situação piorou, quando os quilombolas – sem qualquer proteção legal sob a constituição do Suriname – viram as terras pelas quais os seus antepassados lutaram e morreram serem confiscadas unilateralmente pelo Estado e doadas, em concessões gigantescas, a companhias madeireiras e mineradoras multinacionais (da Indonésia, da Malásia, da China e do Canadá. O efeito das atuais políticas para os quilombolas não é nada menos do que etnocídio.

  3. Technical refinement of seminal vesiculoscopy and clinical application in seminal vesicle disease%精囊镜技术的改进与临床应用

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    夏永强; 叶敏; 于春晓; 王鹏飞; 孔波; 秦瑞; 安杰

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    Objective To refine the technique and improve the efficacy of seminal vesiculoscopy in the diagnosis and treatment of seminal vesicle disease.Methods The refined techniques of seminal vesculoscopy,using a patent catheter into the slit-like ejaculatory duct orifice through the verumontanum and another patent catheter introduced into seminal vesicle lumen,were performed in 58 cases,including intractable hematospermia in 42 cases and azoospermia in 16 cases.Results Seminal vesiculoscopy was successfully entered into the seminal vesicular lumen in 46 patients (79%) within 2-3 min.There was no obvious ejaculatory duct orifice in 12 of 16 azoopermia cases,and transurethral resection of verumontanum was performed,then seminal vesiculoscope was directly entered into seminal vesicle lumen.Symptoms of hematospermia were disappeared in 25 cases (60%),improved in 11 cases (26%),and azoospermia were cured in 6 cases (37%),improved in 5 (31%),unchanged in 5 (31%) during the follow-up period of 6-36 months (average 18 months).There were no major or minor complications in this series,and no urine reflux into ejaculatory duct in 19 cases demonstrated by contrast medium.Conclusion Refined seminal vesiculoscopy was technically safe,efficient,simple,and potentially widely used in the cases of hematospermia and ejaculatory duct obstructions.%目的 改进精囊镜技术,提高精囊镜在精囊病变诊治中的临床应用效果. 方法 2010年9月到2013年8月,以头端弯曲的专利导管引导精囊镜经精阜隐窝进入前列腺小囊,于其底部5、7点处的侧壁上,以另一种专利导管穿刺、引导精囊镜进入到精囊腔内.对58例患者,包括42例顽固性血精和16例无精子症者,进行相应处理. 结果 本组应用改进方法自前列腺隐窝进到精囊腔的时间仅需2 ~3 min,顺利进镜到精囊腔内46例,占79%.16例临床无精子症者中12例(75%)未见明显隐窝,怀疑精道梗阻,改用电切镜切除精阜隆起,

  4. Seminal Plasma Proteins as Androgen Receptor Corregulators Promote Prostate Cancer Growth

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    epithelium or high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, which could also predict biochemical recurrence after radical prostatectomy. However, no...nuclear SgI expression in prostatic carcinoma than in non-neoplastic prostatic epithelium or high- grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN...detected in 4 of 13 patients with lung cancer, although their functions in lung carcinogenesis and tumor progression were not studied [29]. Again, in

  5. Seminal Plasma Proteins as Androgen Receptor Coregulators Promote Prostate Cancer Growth

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    their reactions during gelation and liquefaction of human semen. J Clin Invest 80: 281–285, 1987. 3. Lundwall Å, Bjartell A, Olsson AY, Malm J...relapses as NEPC. In this study, we carried out longitudinal expression profiling of xenograft tumors during the trans-differentiation process to identify

  6. Lack of Detection of XMRV in Seminal Plasma from HIV-1 Infected Men in The Netherlands

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    Cornelissen, M; Zorgdrager, F.; Blom, P.; Jurriaans, S.; Repping, S.; van Leeuwen, E.; Bakker, M.; Berkhout, B.; van der Kuyl, A.C.

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    Background: Xenotropic murine leukaemia virus-related virus (XMRV) is a recently discovered human gammaretrovirus with yet unknown prevalence and transmission route(s). Its presence in prostate stromal fibroblasts and prostatic secretions suggests that XMRV might be sexually transmitted. We chose to

  7. Seminal Plasma Proteins as Androgen Receptor Corregulators Promote Prostate Cancer Growth

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    stained with 0.1% crystal violet, and counted. Reverse transcription (RT)- polymerase chain reaction ( PCR ) Total RNA (0.5 μg) was isolated from the...DHT for 48 hours were subjected to a quantitative reverse transcription- polymerase chain reaction . Expression of PSA gene was normalized to that of...using Phusion-High Fidelity DNA polymerase (Thermo Fisher Scientific) was subcloned into pSG5 [17] and lentivirus pWPI vector [19]. pSG5-AR, pGL3

  8. Low folate in seminal plasma is associated with increased sperm DNA damage

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    Boxmeer, Jolanda C.; Smit, Marij; Utomo, Elaine; Romijn, Johannes C.; Eijkemans, Marinus J. C.; Lindemans, Jan; Laven, Joop S. E.; Macklon, Nick S.; Steegers, Eric A. P.; Steegers-Theunissen, Regine P. M.

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    Objective: To determine associations between vitamin B status, homocysteine (tHcy), semen parameters, and sperm DNA damage. Design: Observational study. Setting: A tertiary referral fertility clinic. Patient(s): Two hundred fifty-one men of couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracyt

  9. Low folate in seminal plasma is associated with increased sperm DNA damage

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    Boxmeer, Jolanda C.; Smit, Marij; Utomo, Elaine; Romijn, Johannes C.; Eijkemans, Marinus J. C.; Lindemans, Jan; Laven, Joop S. E.; Macklon, Nick S.; Steegers, Eric A. P.; Steegers-Theunissen, Regine P. M.

    Objective: To determine associations between vitamin B status, homocysteine (tHcy), semen parameters, and sperm DNA damage. Design: Observational study. Setting: A tertiary referral fertility clinic. Patient(s): Two hundred fifty-one men of couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) or

  10. Low folate in seminal plasma is associated with increased sperm DNA damage

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    Boxmeer, Jolanda C.; Smit, Marij; Utomo, Elaine; Romijn, Johannes C.; Eijkemans, Marinus J. C.; Lindemans, Jan; Laven, Joop S. E.; Macklon, Nick S.; Steegers, Eric A. P.; Steegers-Theunissen, Regine P. M.

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    Objective: To determine associations between vitamin B status, homocysteine (tHcy), semen parameters, and sperm DNA damage. Design: Observational study. Setting: A tertiary referral fertility clinic. Patient(s): Two hundred fifty-one men of couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracyt

  11. Migraciones forzosas, nuevos refugios y derechos humanos

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    Gortázar Rotaeche, Cristina

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    antiguo, este Derecho ha entendido que los movimientos migratorios obedecen a motivaciones más o menos voluntarias, mientras que el refugio implica que una persona se encuentra sin posibilidad de protección en su Estado de origen. Sin embargo, en el Derecho internacional contemporáneo nos encontramos ante un cuadro dominado por la imprecisión: ¿Son voluntarias las migraciones provenientes desde el tercer mundo? En caso de respuesta negativa, ¿cuáles son forzosas y cuáles no lo son? ¿Acaso sólo son involuntarias las provocadas por el Estado de origen, sea por acción u omisión? ¿Qué sucede entonces con los desplazamientos humanos que traen causa en las catástrofes naturales?. Por fin, la respuesta de los Estados ante las migraciones forzosas y la protección de los nuevos refugiados trae consigo una toma de postura coherente ante la diversidad cultural, ya que ésta será determinante para que la denominada «integración» de los inmigrantes y refugiados. Asimismo, cualquier reflexión sobre la convivencia entre distintas culturas nos conduce al perdurable debate sobre el origen de los derechos humanos fundamentales y de su carácter universal, inderogable e indivisible.

  12. Defesa dos direitos humanos: sistemas regionais

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    Hélio Bicudo

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    Full Text Available O texto discorre sobre a institucionalização dos sistemas de promoção dos Direitos Humanos, ao longo do século XX. Tomando a Declaração Universal dos Direitos do Homem, de 1948, como base e ponto de partida, o articulista aborda as três principais vertentes dos sistemas de promoção desses direitos: a européia, a americana e a africana. A evolução de cada uma delas descrita analógica e epistemologicamente, de forma a salientar singularidades sem perder de vista as influências recíprocas ou mesmo as determinantes próprias do contexto espaço-social. Para finalizar, o articulista destaca a importância do Tribunal Penal Internacional no estabelecimento de uma justiça ecumênica. Concomitantemente, alerta para o perigo contido na ameaça de os EUA não o ratificarem.The text underlines the institutional character acquired by the main systems to promote Human Rights in the twentieth century. Taking the Universal Human Rigths Declaration, of 1948, as the basis for analysis, the author brings up three different approaches to promote these rights: the European, the American and the African. The evolution of each of them is described using its procedure as a basic reference. Besides, an analogical analysis, brings to the fore singularities, without ignoring reciprocal influences dictated by particular contexts, though. The author stresses the importance of the International Penal Court, as a means to establish ecumenical justice. At the same time, he reminds the reader of the risks implicit in the possible non-ratification of the IPC by United States.

  13. Fronteras abiertas, derechos humanos y justicia global

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    Velasco, Juan Carlos

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    Full Text Available A world with “open borders”, which does not mean a “world without borders”, would provide the most appropriate institutional framework for the recognition of human rights and the implementation of distributive justice on a global scale. This is the thesis we want to substantiate in this article. Such still fictional horizon is compared with the actual state of affairs, characterized by the systematic impediment of free circulation of people. Against this background, and with the aim to face in a more comprehensive way the question of international migration, the necessity of adopting a cosmopolitan point of view is demonstrated. To keep in view such utopian option that nevertheless is not beyond the bounds of possibility results indispensable for a critique of the disturbing perspective that conceives of human mobility as a potential threat for the established order.

    Un mundo con “fronteras abiertas”, que no un “mundo sin fronteras”, aporta el marco institucional más propicio para el respeto de los derechos humanos y la instauración de la justicia distributiva a nivel planetario. En este artículo se argumenta a favor de esta tesis. El horizonte propuesto se compara con el actual estado de cosas, caracterizado por la obstrucción sistemática de la libre circulación de personas. Ante este panorama, y con el fin de afrontar de manera más integral la cuestión de las migraciones internacionales, se señala la necesidad de adoptar una mirada cosmopolita. Mantener a la vista una opción situada más allá de lo realmente existente, que no de lo posible, resulta imprescindible para poder someter a una mirada crítica la inquietante perspectiva que nos presenta la movilidad humana como una potencial amenaza para el orden establecido.

  14. Ser humano: Ser-en-la-existencia

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    Víctor Ricardo Moreno Holguín

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    Full Text Available Es necesario superar el discurso sobre el SER y la Existencia para adentrarse en un camino práctico, que redescubre el dinamismo de la existencia de la persona humana como presencia encarnada del SER. Guiados por las palabras del místico Maestro Eckhart de Hochheim se redescubre al SER como Principio y Fundamento de la esencia de la perso- na, (SER al que buena parte de la humanidad ha llamado “Dios”, que por medio de diversas ma- nifestaciones percibidas a nivel psicológico, parece llamarlo al reencuentro. Por esto conviene ampliar la mirada para releer manifestaciones tales como la ansiedad y los estados emocionales incomprendidos por quienes los padecen y que la medicina tradicio- nal los trata como situaciones estáticas, como signos de un proceso dinámico en el alma. Así es nece- saria una psicología del Camino Interior durante el proceso que la persona realiza hasta acceder al Ser esencial. Este Camino Interior incluye la liberación de la dictadura de las emociones y de otras dolencias del alma. Finaliza este artículo con una anotación a una práctica que puede orientar hacia dónde dirigir la mirada cuando se opta por el Camino Interior; la práctica del sentarse, como no-acción y recogimien- to interior, el vivir con plena atención y mantener la respiración correcta, como se practica en muchos monasterios, que además de alejar del activismo y el frenesí de la cotidianidad, abre las puertas para el descubrimiento interior del ser humano como SER hecho Existencia

  15. Primary yolk sac tumor of seminal vesicle: a case report and literature review

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    Yao Xu-Dong

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Yolk sac tumor (endodermal sinus tumor is a rare malignant germ cell tumor arising in the testis or ovary. Extragonadal yolk sac tumor is even rarer and has only been described in case reports. Due to the rarity of the tumors, the appropriately optimal treatment remains unclear. We report a case of yolk sac tumor in the seminal vesicle. Case A 38-year-old Asian male presented with gross hematuria and hemospermia. Transrectal ultrasound scan showed a solid mass in the left seminal vesicle and the scrotal sonography showed no abnormalities. Bilateral seminal vesicles were resected, and histopathological examination showed a typical pattern of yolk sac tumor (YST. The patient responded poorly to comprehensive treatment of radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgeries, developed systemic multiple metastases, and died of cachexia one and half years after diagnosis.

  16. [Seminal vesicle cyst associated with homolateral renal agenesis and megaureter. Apropos of a case].

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    Rabii, R; Aboutaieb, R; Joual, A; el Mrini, M; Benjelloun, S

    1997-01-01

    We report a case of a 24-year-old male patient with cystic dilatation of the seminal vesicle associated with renal agenesis and megaureter. This patient complained of left renal colic with pollakiuria. We performed intravenous urography and ultrasound showed a cyst in the seminal vesicle associated with left megaureter and right renal agenesis. Treatment consisted of resection of the cyst and reimplantation of the left ureter into the bladder. No postoperative complications were observed. This association is rare and can be explained by the common embryological origin of the seminal vesicle and kidney and ureter. Its diagnosis is now facilitated by ultrasound and CT. The treatment of this tumor is surgical only when the lesions are responsible for clinical symptoms.

  17. Human seminal proteinase and prostate-specific antigen are the same protein

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    Abdul Waheed; Md Imtaiyaz Hassan; Robert L Van Etten; Faizan Ahmad

    2008-06-01

    Human seminal proteinase and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) were each isolated from human seminal fluid and compared. Both are glycoproteins of 32–34 kDa with protease activities. Based on some physicochemical, enzymatic and immunological properties, it is concluded that these proteins are in fact identical. The protein exhibits properties similar to kallikrein-like serine protease, trypsin, chymotrypsin and thiol acid protease. Tests of the activity of the enzyme against some potential natural and synthetic substrates showed that bovine serum albumin was more readily hydrolysed than casein. The results of this study should be useful in purifying and assaying this protein. Based on published studies and the present results, the broad proteolytic specificity of human seminal proteinase suggests a role for this protein in several physiological functions.

  18. Neuroendocrine carcinoma of the seminal vesicles presenting with Lambert Eaton syndrome: a case report

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    Burger Maximilian

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Primary tumors of seminal vesicles are rare and only a few cases have been reported. Diagnosis is difficult due to the absence of early clinical signs. Prognosis is generally poor. Case presentation We present the case of a 70-year-old Caucasian man with a seminal vesicle mass and concomitant lymph node metastasis detected by computed tomography and body positron emission tomography/low-dose computed tomography scan carried out for evaluation of Lambert Eaton syndrome. Transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy showed a poorly differented neuroendocrine carcinoma with an immunhistochemical profile similar to small cell lung cancer. Following chemotherapy the disease was stable and active surveillance was initiated. Conclusions Lambert Eaton syndrome may be the initial symptom of a seminal vesicle mass. Diagnosis needs to be obtained by transrectal biopsy and chemotherapy may delay progression of the tumor.

  19. TRY-5 is a sperm-activating protease in Caenorhabditis elegans seminal fluid.

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    Joseph R Smith

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Seminal fluid proteins have been shown to play important roles in male reproductive success, but the mechanisms for this regulation remain largely unknown. In Caenorhabditis elegans, sperm differentiate from immature spermatids into mature, motile spermatozoa during a process termed sperm activation. For C. elegans males, sperm activation occurs during insemination of the hermaphrodite and is thought to be mediated by seminal fluid, but the molecular nature of this activity has not been previously identified. Here we show that TRY-5 is a seminal fluid protease that is required in C. elegans for male-mediated sperm activation. We observed that TRY-5::GFP is expressed in the male somatic gonad and is transferred along with sperm to hermaphrodites during mating. In the absence of TRY-5, male seminal fluid loses its potency to transactivate hermaphrodite sperm. However, TRY-5 is not required for either hermaphrodite or male fertility, suggesting that hermaphrodite sperm are normally activated by a distinct hermaphrodite-specific activator to which male sperm are also competent to respond. Within males, TRY-5::GFP localization within the seminal vesicle is antagonized by the protease inhibitor SWM-1. Together, these data suggest that TRY-5 functions as an extracellular activator of C. elegans sperm. The presence of TRY-5 within the seminal fluid couples the timing of sperm activation to that of transfer of sperm into the hermaphrodite uterus, where motility must be rapidly acquired. Our results provide insight into how C. elegans has adopted sex-specific regulation of sperm motility to accommodate its male-hermaphrodite mode of reproduction.

  20. Cystosarcoma Phyllodes of the Seminal Vesicle: A Case Report and Literature Review

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    Lucio Olivetti

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Cystosarcoma of the seminal vesicle is a very rare malignant tumor; in the literature only four cases are reported. We present a case of cystosarcoma phyllodes arising in the right seminal vesicle of a 49-year-old man without any urinary symptom but with persistent constipation. Ultrasound examination showed a mass at the right superior base of the prostate subsequently studied with CT and MRI. The patient underwent vesiculectomy; his postoperative course was uneventful. The patient is still well, without evidence of recurrent disease.

  1. Seminal fluid enhances sperm viability in the leafcutter ant Atta colombica

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    Den Boer, Susanne Petronella A; Boomsma, Jacobus Jan; Baer, Boris

    2008-01-01

    The seminal fluid that accompanies sperm in ejaculates has been shown or suggested to affect sperm competition and paternity success of insects by preventing female remating, inducing oviposition, and forming mating plugs. In Atta leafcutter ants, queens have multiple mates but never remate later...... in life, although they may live and produce fertilized eggs for several decades. The mating biology and life history of these ants therefore suggests that the major function of seminal fluid is to maximize sperm viability during copulation, sperm transfer, and initial sperm storage. We tested...

  2. Editorial: Desarrollo humano, pobreza y salud

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    Armando Corté

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Según el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD Colombia ha mejorado el índice de desarrollo humano por los logros en la cobertura de educación y salud e incrementar el ingreso per cápita. Esto permitió pasar del puesto 77 al 69. Sin embargo, preocupa estar de undécimo entre los países con peor distribución del ingreso; el ingreso de un rico equivale a lo que reciben 58 personas más pobres de Colombia, mientras en Dinamarca y Japón equivale a 24.7 y 24.9 respectivamente. Una de las mayores barreras para reducir la pobreza es la inequidad distributiva de la riqueza. La sociedad colombiana es pobre, presenta una distribución desigual del ingreso y crece poco. Es probable que una mejor distribución del ingreso facilite el crecimiento económico, que sólo es posible con una base institucional confiable y con políticas macroeconómicas estables enfocadas hacia el desarrollo individual. Catorce millones de colombianos sobreviven con menos de dos dólares diarios. En total, 64 de cada 100 colombianos están en el «umbral» de pob