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CONTEXT Human follicular fluid is a combination of proteins, metabolites, and ionic compounds that is indicative of the general state of follicular metabolism and is associated with maturation and quality of oocytes. Deviations in these components are often associated with reproductive diseases. There has been no report of microRNAs (miRNAs) in human(More)
The MYO7A encodes a protein classified as an unconventional myosin. Here, we present a family with non-syndromic autosomal dominant hearing impairment that clinically resembles other previously published DFNA11 families. Affected members of the family present with an ascending audiogram affecting low and middle frequencies at young ages and then affecting(More)
Background Human reproduction depends on the fusion of a mature oocyte with a sperm cell to form a fertilized egg. The genetic events that lead to the arrest of human oocyte maturation are unknown. Methods We sequenced the exomes of five members of a four-generation family, three of whom had infertility due to oocyte meiosis I arrest. We performed Sanger(More)
Estrogen plays key roles in vertebrate reproductive system via estrogen receptors (ERs) as mediating pathways. In the present study, three full-length ERs cDNA sequences were isolated from a protogynous teleost, the orange-spotted grouper (Epinephelus coioides), and were 2235bp for gERα, 1967bp for gERβ1 and 2158bp for gERβ2, respectively. Phylogenetic and(More)
Cultivation conditions of cellulases production by Aspergillus niger HQ-1 in solid-state fermentation (SSF) were optimized. Furthermore, partial enzymatic characterization of the crude cellulases on hydrolyzing chitosan was studied. The moisture content, cultivation temperature, and initial culture pH were identified by Plackett-Burman design (PBD) as the(More)
Previous work from our laboratory demonstrated the existence of miRNAs in human follicular fluid. In the current study, we have sought to identify miRNAs that might affect oocyte/embryo quality in patients undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm injection and to investigate their roles in in vitro fertilization outcomes in mouse oocytes. 53 samples were(More)
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone receptor (GNRHR) is a member of the G protein-coupled Ca(2+)-dependent family of receptors. It interacts with GnRH, whose signaling plays an important role in thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) secretion and insulin activity. There has been no study on the genetic effect of GNRHR on TSH secretion and insulin action in(More)
CONTEXT Telomeres are specialized chromatin structures located at the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes, and telomere length plays a clear role in various diseases. However, it is not known whether telomere length is related to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). OBJECTIVE We hypothesized that leukocyte telomere length (LTL) plays an important role in the(More)
Aromatase is a key enzyme involved in estradiol and estrone biosynthesis. Given that polymorphisms of the CYP19A1 gene encoding aromatase have been correlated with plasma testosterone levels, CYP19A1 may therefore act as a genetic modifier of the hyperandrogenic phenotype of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). However, no functional CYP19A1 polymorphisms that(More)
The SAM and SH3 domain containing 1 (SASH1) gene was originally identified as a potential tumor suppressor gene in breast cancer, mapped on chromosome 6q24.3. The expression of SASH1 plays a prognostic role in human colon cancer. Its expression is frequently downregulated in several human malignancies. However, the(More)