Bettina Erguen

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The evident ability of the intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) procedure to achieve high fertilization and pregnancy rates regardless of semen characteristics has induced its application with spermatozoa surgically retrieved from azoospermic men. Here, ICSI outcome was analysed in 308 cases according to the cause of azoospermia; four additional cycles(More)
Transplanting a germinal vesicle (GV) to another enucleated oocyte provides a possible way to avoid age-related aneuploidy in metaphase II (MII) oocytes from older women. This study was conducted to examine the efficiency of each step of nuclear transplantation as reflected in the survival and maturation capacity of immature mouse oocytes subjected to this(More)
BACKGROUND RECK is a tumor suppressor which inhibits metastasis and angiogenesis. Based on RECK expression in prostate cancer tissue and cell lines, our aim was to investigate functional relevance of RECK for prostate carcinoma. METHODS RECK protein levels were determined by Western blotting in the human prostate cell lines BPH-1, DU-145, LNCaP, PC-3, and(More)
Injections of cytosolic preparations from mammalian sperm into oocytes have been shown to trigger calcium [Ca2+]i oscillations and initiate activation of development. Recently, a protein isolated from hamster sperm has been suggested to be involved in the generation of these oscillations and it was named "oscillin." The human homologue of hamster oscillin(More)
OBJECTIVE Prostate cancer (PCa) is a major health concern. Calliandra portoricensis (CP) is traditionally known for its analgesic, anti-ulcerogenic and anticonvulsant properties. However, its antiproliferative properties for PCa still need to be investigated. METHODS Antioxidant activities of CP were determined by 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryhydrazyl (DPPH) and(More)
BACKGROUND Our previous studies showed that fruit methanol extract from Xylopia aethiopica (MEXA) exhibited antiproliferative activity in human cervical cancer cells via the induction of apoptosis. The present study was designed to assess the antiproliferative, antiangiogenic and antioxidant effects of MEXA on prostate cancer (PCa) cells (PC-3 and LNCaP).(More)
Prostate cancer (PCa) is an international health problem and search for its effective treatment is in progress. Punicalagin (PN), polyphenol from pomegranate fruit, is known to exhibit potent anticancer activity in lung, breast and cervical cells. However, there is paucity of information on its effect in PCa. This study evaluated anti-proliferative effects(More)
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