Kristo Ausmees

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BACKGROUND No polymorphisms affecting serum FSH levels have been described in the human FSHB gene. We have identified a potential regulatory single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP, rs10835638; G/T) 211 bp upstream from the FSHB mRNA transcription start-site, located within a highly conserved region among placental mammals. We aimed to determine the correlation(More)
CONTEXT The human FSHB promoter polymorphism (rs10835638; -211 G/T) has been associated with serum FSH in a cohort of young Estonian men. The minor allele carriers had reduced serum FSH (15.7% in GT heterozygotes; 40% in TT homozygotes) compared with GG homozygotes. OBJECTIVE Because FSH is essential for normal spermatogenesis and fertility, we speculated(More)
CONTEXT The detailed role of FSH in contributing to male testicular function and fertility has been debated. We have previously identified the association between the T-allele of the FSHB promoter polymorphism (rs10835638; G/T, -211 bp from the mRNA start) and significantly reduced male serum FSH. OBJECTIVE In the current study, the T-allele carriers of(More)
To compare the associations between non-malignant prostate conditions, genital tract inflammation, and reproductive function in middle-aged men. Three-hundred and eighty-two voluntary male subjects who underwent the screening for prostate health were recruited for the study. Semen quality and associated reproductive indicators, seminal inflammation, and(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the prevalence of asymptomatic inflammatory (National Institutes of Health category IV) prostatitis in a cross-sectional community sample of young men. METHODS The study group consisted of 565 men aged 18.9 +/- 1.8 years (mean +/- standard deviation). Cytologic examination of all ejaculates (using Bryan-Leishman stained slides), as(More)
Several studies have suggested the association of disturbed genital tract microbiota with infertility. Our aim was to clarify the influence of sexual intercourse on partner's genital tract microbiota in infertile couples. Seventeen couples were studied, and in 5 men inflammatory prostatitis (IP) was diagnosed. Semen samples were collected during(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the possible predictive values of seminal interleukin-6 (IL-6) and serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA), as well as their combined values, in differentiating between subjects with or without asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis. METHODS The study group consisted of 490 men (mean age 18.9 ± 1.8 years, range 16-25). Cytologic(More)
The aim of this study was to compare the reproductive parameters and the health-related, lifestyle and educational factors in middle-aged healthy men and male partners of infertile couples. Our patient group included 164 male partners of infertile couples with a preceding period of infertility of at least 12 months and 61 men attending a prostate health(More)
We investigated the prevalence of oxidative stress in male partners of infertile couples displaying different inflammation patterns in their genital tract and/or oligospermia. The levels of acknowledged oxidative stress markers (8-isoprostanes [8-EPI], diene conjugates, reactive oxygen species-total antioxidant capacity [ROS-TAC] score) were elevated in(More)
The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the importance of androgen receptor (AR) gene haplotypes and polymorphic CAG/GGN microsatellites in the aetiology of male infertility. We genotyped six haplotype-tagging single nucleotide polymorphisms and CAG/GGN microsatellites of the AR gene in 112 infertile and 212 control Estonian men. A total of 13 AR(More)