María José Amengual

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BACKGROUND The analysis of sperm DNA fragmentation has become a new marker to predict male infertility, and many techniques have been developed. The sperm Comet assay offers the possibility of differentiating single- and double-stranded DNA (ssDNA and dsDNA) breaks, which could have different effects on fertility. The objective of this study was to perform(More)
Sperm DNA fragmentation (SDF) is becoming an important test to assess male infertility. Several different tests are available, but no consensus has yet been reached as to which tests are most predictive of infertility. Few publications have reported a comprehensive analysis comparing these methods within the same population. The objective of this study was(More)
PURPOSE 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. MATERIALS(More)
Sperm cryopreservation is widely used for both research and reproduction purposes, but its effect on sperm DNA damage remains controversial. Sperm DNA fragmentation (SDF) has become an important biomarker to assess male infertility. In particular, the differentiation between single- and double-stranded DNA fragmentation (ssSDF and dsSDF) has clinical(More)
It is known that sperm samples from recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) couples have an increase in their sperm DNA fragmentation (SDF), but no studies have been performed in order to identify differences between single stranded SDF (ssSDF) and double stranded SDF (dsSDF) in these patients. This could be relevant because the type of DNA damage could have(More)
This investigation was conducted to assess the baseline level of sperm DNA fragmentation (SDF) in a cohort of patients presenting chromosomal rearrangements (nine reciprocal translocations and two inversions). In a separate experiment, a dynamic analysis to calculate the rate of SDF (rSDF), after a varying period of sperm storage (0 h, 1 h, 4 h, 8 h and 24(More)
Type-1 neurofibromatosis (NF-1) or Von Recklinghausen disease is an autosomal dominant hereditary condition that may affect the gastrointestinal tract in 25% of cases and which takes three main forms: ganglioneuromatosis, stromal tumors, and tumors in the duodenum and periampullar region. Not infrequently, these patients present with gastrointestinal(More)
Twenty consecutive patients with serologically confirmed Mediterranean spotted fever were analyzed for determination of plasma levels of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) by means of an ELISA. Increased levels of TNF-alpha in plasma were found during the acute phase of the disease (52.3 +/- 49.8 pg/mL) compared to levels in the convalescent phase (9.0(More)
The primary aim of this study was to determine the effect of oral antioxidant treatment (1500 mg of l-Carnitine; 60 mg of vitamin C; 20 mg of coenzyme Q10; 10 mg of vitamin E; 10 mg of zinc; 200 μg of vitamin B9; 50 μg of selenium; 1 μg of vitamin B12) during a time period of 3 months upon the dynamics of sperm DNA fragmentation following varying periods of(More)
Pulmonary function studies were performed in 10 patients undergoing surgery for heart transplantation. The study was repeated 6 to 12 months after surgery. The comparison between data before and after transplantation showed an overall improvement in lung function indices, except for the lung diffusing capacity (DLCO). A mean 14% reduction (p less than 0.01)(More)