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OBJECTIVE To determine whether 25OH-D levels in the follicular fluid (FF) of infertile women undergoing IVF demonstrate a relationship with IVF cycle parameters and outcome, hypothesizing that levels of 25OH-D in body fluids are reflective of vitamin repletion status. DESIGN Prospective cohort study. SETTING Academic tertiary care center. PATIENT(S)(More)
(1) Neurogenesis driven by neural stem cells (NSCs) is regulated by physiological and pathological factors. Melatonin (MT) has profound neurotrophic and neuroprotective effects. Hence, we studied the role of MT in regulating the viability and differentiation of NSCs derived from rat ventral midbrain. (2) NSCs were isolated from the rat ventral midbrain. The(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate whether a diagnosis of diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) in premenopausal years has adverse implications for skeletal health and quality of life. DESIGN This was a cross-sectional study of infertile, albeit healthy, mid-reproductive-age women (younger than 42 y) attending an academic infertility practice. RESULTS Eighty-nine(More)
The mechanism(s) by which vitamin D(3) regulates female reproduction is minimally understood. We tested the hypothesis that peripubertal vitamin D(3) deficiency disrupts hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian physiology. To test this hypothesis, we used wild-type mice and Cyp27b1 (the rate-limiting enzyme in the synthesis of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3)) null mice to(More)
Female reproductive aging in rats is characterized by reduced gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) neuronal activation under estradiol positive feedback conditions and a delayed and attenuated luteinizing hormone (LH) surge. The newly identified excitatory neuropeptide kisspeptin is proposed to be a critical mediator of the pubertal transition and the(More)
While the early diagnosis of cancer has been fully respected, it is still however often difficult for clinicians to confirm malignant pleural effusions (PE), which essentially indicate the end-stage cancer. It has now been demonstrated that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a pivotal angiogenesis factor and associated with tumor growth and(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the association between inflammatory mediators, matrix degrading enzymes and acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and the impact of early reperfusion therapy on circulating biomarkers. DESIGN Peripheral serum levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) were(More)
Previous studies concerning the association between cytochrome P450 2A6 (CYP2A6) deletion polymorphism and lung cancer risk provided controversial results. To clarify the precise association, a meta-analysis was performed. The electronic databases PubMed, Chinese Biomedical Database and Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure Database were searched for(More)
To determine the survival and differentiation of cultured Human amniotic cells (HACs) upon transplantation into the brain of 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine(MPTP)-induced Parkinson disease (PD) mice. Mouse model of PD was established with injections of MPTP (15 mg/kg, fourth, 2 h interval). After being labeled with PKH26, HACs isolated from(More)
Reproductive success depends on a robust and appropriately timed preovulatory LH surge. The LH surge, in turn, requires ovarian steroid modulation of GnRH neuron activation by the neuropeptide kisspeptin and glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmission in the medial preoptic area (mPOA). Middle-aged females exhibit reduced excitation of(More)