Rafał Kurzawa

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Culture of preimplantation embryos is complex and requires strictly defined culture media to sustain their viability and quality. In the current study, an effort was made to evaluate comprehensively the quality of mice embryos, grown in media enriched with IGF I, IGF II, EGF and TNFalpha. For that purpose, critically chosen and thoroughly described, complex(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of insulin-like growth factors (IGF1 and IGF2), stem cell factor (SCF) and epidermal growth factor (EGF) on the development of embryos exposed to oxidative stress. C3B6F1 female mice were stimulated with 5 IU of pregnant mare serum gonadotropin and 5 IU of equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG). Two-cell embryos(More)
It has been 25 years since the introduction of in vitro fertilization (IVF) for treatment of infertility. During this time very dynamic advances have taken place in all aspects of assisted reproductive technology (ART). The rapid improvement in embryological methods, especially these related to preimplantation embryo evaluation are of great importance. This(More)
Blastocyst culture requires strictly defined culture media to sustain its viability and quality. Although blastocyst media are commercially available, they do not meet all the needs and research focused on blastocyst-promoting agents is on the way. The aims of the study were to evaluate the significance of insulin-like growth factors I (IGF-I) and II(More)
The expression of mRNA for inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in rat epithelial cells of epididymis was investigated with reverse transcription followed by polymerase chain reaction. Immunocytochemical reaction for iNOS was performed to confirm the enzyme's localization in the epididymal epithelium. Additionally, an indirect spectrophotometric method(More)
Human umbilical cord blood contains haematopoietic stem cells, which are a potential source of cells for hematopoietic transplants. Early cord blood hematopoietic cells are influenced by so called proinflammatory cytokines, which are present in cord blood serum. In this study we tried to correlate the concentration of these cytokines with the number,(More)
The subcellular storage and release of noradrenaline (NA), dopamine-beta-hydroxylase (D beta H), and neuropeptide Y (NPY) was studied in the isolated perfused sheep spleen. Subcellular distribution studies showed a bimodal distribution for NA which was well reflected by D beta H and indicated the occurrence of two types of NA storage vesicles. The most(More)
The hypothesis has been recently presented that lead may exert its negative effect at least partially through the increase of reactive oxygen species (ROS) level in tissues. However, little is known about the influence of lead intoxication on equilibrium between generation and elimination of ROS in the male reproductive system. Sexually mature male Wistar(More)
The success rates of assisted reproduction techniques are still unsatisfactory. Relatively few in vitro cultured embryos reach the blastocyst stage. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the protective potential of epidermal growth factor (EGF), insulin-like growth factors 1 and 2 (IGF-I, IGF-II) and stem cell factor (SCF) on in vitro development of(More)
Infertility is a common problem affecting one in six couples, and in 30% of infertile couples, the male factor is a major cause due to defective sperm quality. P-glycoprotein (P-gp), a product of the MDR1 (ABCB1) gene, may be a link between genetic and environmental factors contributing to the development of male infertility because pesticides (P-gp(More)