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OBJECTIVE To evaluate uterine contractility, oxytocin receptor (OTR) expression in myometrial smooth muscle cells (MSMCs) derived from uterine tissues from women with and without adenomyosis correlate OTR expression with uterine contractility and dysmenorrhea severity, and see whether trichostatin A (TSA) and andrographolide inhibit OTR expression. DESIGN(More)
Adenomyosis is a tough disease to manage nonsurgically. Levo-tetrahydropalmatine (l-THP), a known analgesic, and andrographolide, a nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) inhibitor, are both active ingredients extracted from Chinese medicinal herbs. We sought to determine whether treatment of l-THP, andrographolide, and valproic acid (VPA) would suppress the(More)
Early embryonic arrest is one of the major causes of female infertility. However, because of difficulties in phenotypic evaluation, genetic determinants of human early embryonic arrest are largely unknown. With the development of assisted reproductive technology, the phenotype of early human embryonic arrest can now be carefully evaluated. Here, we describe(More)
BACKGROUND Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs), the causative agents for life-threatening human disease botulism, have been recognized as biological warfare agents. Monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapeutics hold considerable promise as BoNT therapeutics, but the potencies of mAbs against BoNTs are usually less than that of polyclonal antibodies (or oligoclonal(More)
STUDY QUESTION Are there any new type of mutations and novel phenotypes in patients with arrest in oocyte maturation, fertilization or early embryonic development having tubulin beta eight class VIII (TUBB8) mutations? SUMMARY ANSWER We identified new types of mutations in TUBB8 associated with maturation, fertilization and developmental arrest. WHAT IS(More)
To investigate neonatal outcomes and congenital malformations in children born after in vitro fertilization (IVF) and vitrified embryo transfer cycles using human menopausal gonadotrophin and medroxyprogesterone acetate (hMG + MPA) treatment. We performed a retrospective cohort study including 4596 live born babies. During January 2014–June 2016, children(More)
OBJECTIVE To study if hysteroscopy and short-term copper intrauterine device placement (Cu-IUD) improves the pregnancy rates of women with repeated implantation failure (RIF) undergoing frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET). DESIGN Retrospective study. SETTING Medical university hospital. PATIENT(S) Infertile women with at least two implantation(More)
An optimal image simulation technique should be able to resolve the distortion particular even for wide-angle camera. In practice, this is quite difficult to realize because of nonlinearity. This paper disposes a new method which utilizes forward camera model to resolve the integer undistorted coordinates hard to relate distorted coordinates. The experiment(More)
Previous studies show that a dual trigger ovulation regimen significantly improves number and maturity of retrieved oocytes for normal ovarian responders or patients with history of low oocyte yield. The current retrospective cohort study investigated whether dual trigger of final oocyte maturation may benefit IVF outcomes for poor ovarian responders(More)
Oocyte maturation arrest results in female infertility, but the genetic determinants of human oocyte maturation arrest remain largely unknown. Previously, we identified TUBB8 mutations responsible for human oocyte maturation arrest, indicating the important role of genetic factors in the disorder. However, TUBB8 mutations account for only around 30% of(More)
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