Mary Lake Polan

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Despite the brain's central role in sexual function, little is known about relationships between brain activation and sexual response. In this study, we employed functional MRI (fMRI) to examine relationships between brain activation and sexual arousal in a group of young, healthy, heterosexual males. Each subject was exposed to two sequences of video(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate expression of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2), membranous type 1 matrix metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP), and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-2 (TIMP-2) in ectopic and eutopic endometrium from women with and without endometriosis throughout the menstrual cycle. DESIGN Molecular studies in human tissue. SETTING Reproductive(More)
OBJECTIVE To gain a comprehensive view of the gene expression and regulation involved in uterine leiomyomata and matched normal myometrium using oligonucleotide microarray-based hybridization analysis. DESIGN Retrospective analyses of tissue obtained in a prospective randomized clinical study. SETTING Academic institution. PATIENT(S) Seven patients(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate quantitative mRNA expression of matrix metalloproteinases MMP-1, MMP-2, MMP-9, and their inhibitors, the tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases TIMP-1, TIMP-2 and TIMP-3, in vaginal wall tissue from women with stress urinary incontinence compared to continent controls. Vaginal wall tissues were obtained from 7 women(More)
Previous studies in the human suggest that the interleukin-1 (IL-1) system, may be an important paracrine/autocrine mediator in local intercellular interaction in endometrial tissue. In this study we have determined that IL-1 receptor type I (IL-1R tI) is expressed at the messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein levels in glandular cells and its ligand, IL-1 beta(More)
INTRODUCTION We evaluated a community-based intervention to promote safe motherhood, focusing on knowledge and behaviors that may reduce maternal mortality and birth complications. The intervention aimed to increase women's birth preparedness, knowledge of birth danger signs, use of antenatal care services, and birth at a health care facility. METHODS(More)
The preimplantation embryo produces several factors during its development to signal its presence to the maternal organism. This paper will focus on the role of two distinctive cytokine and growth factor systems (interleukin-1 (IL-1) system and the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) system) during early embryonic development and implantation. IL-1(More)
Gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) regulates gonadotrophin biosynthesis and release in the anterior pituitary via specific receptors. Extrapituitary expression and action of GnRH have been demonstrated in several species. A possible role for GnRH in preimplantation embryonic development, endometrial preparation, and the implantation process has been(More)
Purpose: To investigate the effects of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) on the development of preimplantation mouse embryos. Methods: Mouse 2-cell embryos were collected and cultured in P-1 medium supplemented with GM-CSF at different concentrations. Using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, expression Bcl-2 and Bax(More)