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Periconceptional folate supplementation reduces the risk of neural-tube defects. We studied the frequency of the 677C-->T mutation in the 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene in 55 patients with spina bifida and parents of such patients (70 mothers, 60 fathers). 5% of 207 controls were homozygous for the 677C-->T mutation compared with 16%(More)
Current treatments of subfertile couples are usually empiric, as the true cause of subfertility often remains unknown. Therefore, we outline the role of nutritional and biochemical factors in reproduction and subfertility. A literature search was performed using MEDLINE, Science Direct and bibliographies of published work with both positive and negative(More)
Elevated total plasma homocysteine (tHcy) concentrations are considered a risk factor for neural tube defects (NTD) and cardiovascular disease. Supplementation with folic acid decreases the risk of women having children with NTD. In both sexes, it decreases tHcy levels. We investigated the efficacy of natural dietary folate in improving folate and(More)
OBJECTIVE To establish the prevalence of hyperhomocysteinemia in women with unexplained recurrent early pregnancy loss. DESIGN In a patient-control study, the methionine-homocysteine metabolism was investigated by a standardized oral methionine-loading test. SETTING Gynecologic outpatient department of university hospital. PATIENTS One-hundred and two(More)
We conducted a genome-wide association study involving 224 cases and 383 controls of Central European origin to identify susceptibility loci for nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (NSCL/P). A 640-kb region at chromosome 8q24.21 was found to contain multiple markers with highly significant evidence for association with the cleft phenotype,(More)
In this study, the semen analysis results of a fertile population were compared with those from a subfertile population, in order to establish normal cut-off values for the standard semen parameters with the aid of receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis. The fertile group comprised healthy males (n = 107) without any history of fertility(More)
BACKGROUND Thiols are scavengers of reactive oxygen species (ROS). We aim to investigate associations between thiols in various fluids in (sub)fertile couples and fertility outcome parameters. METHODS In 156 couples undergoing assisted reproduction techniques (ART), we measured the concentrations of glutathione (GSH), cysteine (Cys), homocysteine (Hcy)(More)
The beneficial effect of additional folic acid in the periconceptional period to prevent neural tube defects, orofacial clefts, and conotruncal heart defects in the offspring has been shown. Folate shortage results in homocysteine accumulation. Elevated levels of homocysteine have been related to neural tube defects. We studied the behavior of(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence of overweight and obesity in men of reproductive ages is rising, which may affect fertility. Therefore, this study aims to assess the associations between BMI, central adiposity and sperm parameters in men of subfertile couples. METHODS Ejaculate volume (ml), sperm concentration (millions per ml), percentage of progressive motile(More)
CONTEXT Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is associated with a higher frequency of cardiovascular risk factors. Apolipoprotein (apo) A-I and apoB are potent markers for cardiovascular risk. Data on apo levels in women with PCOS are scarce and contradictory. OBJECTIVE Our objective was to identify changes in lipid metabolism in women with PCOS, and the(More)