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To examine possible mechanisms for the association between cigarette smoking and reduced fertility, we have measured the concentration of the nicotine metabolite cotinine in ovarian follicular fluid collected at the time of oocyte recovery during treatment for in-vitro fertilisation. In a group of women in whom follicular fluid cotinine could not be(More)
It has been suggested that human spermatozoa contain an NADPH oxidase that could generate reactive oxygen species involved in signalling pathways to promote fertility. The proposal depends on observations that the addition of NADPH to purified human spermatozoa stimulates chemiluminescence by the superoxide (O2-) probe, lucigenin. We confirmed these(More)
Human sperm samples were prepared on a 30% Percoll gradient and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production was measured. In samples that generated ROS incubation under 95%O2:5%CO2 for 30 min decreased the proportion of spermatozoa capable of the stimulated acrosome reaction by 40% in comparison to samples incubated under 95%N2:5%CO2 (P< 0.001, repeated(More)
6-chloro-6-deoxyglucose (24 mg/kg/day) produces infertility in male rats and marmosets. In the present study very high doses (480 mg/kg/day) were found not to impair the fertility of male mice. However, such doses induced the formation of vacuolated lesions in specific regions of central nervous system grey matter causing varying degrees of physical(More)
1. COMPUTATIONAL PHYSIOLOGY, SPATIAL REALISM, AND PARALLEL COMPUTING Recent technological advances have changed biology from a largely data-limited, qualitative science to one of increasing quantitation that spans wide ranges of space and time. This transition creates two important downstream needs, the first aimed at large-scale data storage and analysis(More)
On U.S. highways single-vehicle road-departure (SVRD) accidents account for approximately one fourth of all accidents and one third of all fatalities. This paper describes an active safety system to help prevent SVRD accidents. Many aspects of the proposed system have been implemented on a prototype vehicle, and evaluated in driving tests. In addition to(More)
A prospective controlled study of donor insemination without sperm preparation or ovarian stimulation was performed to compare the use of a cervical cap incorporating an intracervical reservoir with a standard intracervical injection technique to inseminate 0.5 ml cryopreserved semen. Treatments were alternated in successive cycles in each patient after(More)
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