E. S. Solteiro Pires

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Serum anti-ovarian antibodies (AOAs) have been shown in autoimmune premature ovarian failure and in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET) cases. The specificity of assays detecting these antibodies has been questioned. Researchers have used several techniques (e.g., ELISA and indirect immunofluorescence). Few have reported on the non-specificity and(More)
Autoimmunity is a well-established causative factor of premature ovarian failure (POF), and evidence for the same has been well reported in the literature. Detection of specific autoantibodies remains the most practical clinical research marker of any autoimmune disease. Variation in efficiency and specificity in the detection of ovarian autoantibodies has(More)
OBJECTIVE To report autoantibodies to human heat-shock protein 90-beta (HSP90 beta) in sera of women with infertility. DESIGN Prospective, controlled observations. SETTING Major urban infertility referral center and research institution. PATIENT(S) Fifty women with premature ovarian failure, 65 infertile women enrolled in the in vitro(More)
Progesterone has been implicated in the process of spermatogenesis. This study aimed to investigate the association of progesterone receptor (PR) expression with spermatogenesis in the testis of infertile men. PR mRNA and protein were assessed by in-situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry in testicular biopsies obtained from 18 infertile men. The extent(More)
To provide an update of putative auto-antigens identified and proposed to be involved in human ovarian autoimmunity. Review of literature pertaining to ovarian auto-antigens / proteins identified with various immunological tools using sera of infertile women as a probe for investigation. An overview of autoimmune targets known till date in the study of(More)
Molecular mechanisms by which fertilization competent acrosome-reacted sperm bind to the oolemma remain uncharacterized. To identify oolemmal binding partner(s) for sperm acrosomal ligands, affinity panning was performed with mouse oocyte lysates using sperm acrosomal protein, SLLP1 as a target. An oocyte specific membrane metalloproteinase, SAS1B (Sperm(More)
BACKGROUND We earlier reported a simple specific test for detection of anti-ovarian antibodies in infertile women and identified number of specific molecular and cellular targets of which human heat shock protein 90-beta (HSP90 beta) was found to be the most immunodominant. The present study focuses on prediction and validation of the immunodominant(More)
To establish importance of anti-ovarian antibodies (AOA) testing in infertile women. A clinical reproductive outcome comparative study between two groups of women undergoing IVF-ET. Group 1 consists of women tested positive for AOA, put on corticosteroid therapy, reverted to AOA negative and then taken up for IVF-ET. Group 2 were seronegative for AOA. Major(More)
The metalloproteinase SAS1B [ovastacin, ASTL, astacin-like] was immunolocalized on the oolemma of ovulated human oocytes and in normal ovaries within the pool of growing oocytes where SAS1B protein was restricted to follicular stages spanning the primary-secondary follicle transition through ovulation. Gene-specific PCR and immunohistochemical studies(More)