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  • 1.
    Abe, Y
    et al.
    Tohoku University, Japan; .
    Hara, K
    Tohoku University, Japan; .
    Matsumoto, H
    Tohoku University, Japan; .
    Kobayashi-, J
    Tohoku University, Japan; .
    Sasada, H
    Tohoku University, Japan; .
    Ekwall, H
    Tohoku University, Japan; .
    Rodriguez-Martinez, Heriberto
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; Sweden.
    Sato, E
    Tohoku University, Japan; .
    Feasibility of a nylon-mesh holder for vitrification of bovine germinal vesicle oocytes in subsequent production of viable blastocysts2005In: Biology of Reproduction, ISSN 0006-3363, E-ISSN 1529-7268, Vol. 72, no 6, p. 1416-1420Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    To improve the feasibility of nylon-mesh holder for vitrification of bovine cumulus-oocytes complexes (GV-COCs) having germinal vesicle, this study was conducted to demonstrate effects of sugars and protocol of exposure in vitrification on subsequent in vitro maturation, ultrastructural changes, and in vitro development in bovine immature oocytes after cryopreservation using nylon mesh. Before vitrification, GV-COCs were exposed to the cryoprotectant, which was composed of 40% (v/v) ethylene glycol, 18% (w/v) Ficoll-70, and 0.3 M sucrose (EFS40) or 0.3 M trehalose (EFT40), either by single step or in a stepwise way. The maturation rates in the stepwise exposure with EFS40 or EFT40 were significantly higher (P less than 0.05) compared with the corresponding rates in the single step. In the stepwise exposure, few abnormalities were observed compared with the single-step exposure, where most oocytes showed a highly vacuolated cytoplasm with many ruptured mitochondria. Cleavage rates in fertilized oocytes previously exposed stepwise to EFS40 or EFT40 were significantly higher than those exposed by the single-step procedure. The cleaved embryos derived from the stepwise exposure to EFS40 developed to blastocysts. After transfer of blastocysts derived from vitrified GV oocytes, a female calf was born. These results indicate that vitrification of large numbers of bovine GV-COCs using a nylon-mesh holder accompanied with stepwise exposure minimizes structural damage in organelles, resulting in yield of viable blastocysts following in vitro embryo production.

  • 2.
    Martin Munoz, Patricia
    et al.
    University of Extremadura, Spain.
    Ortega Ferrusola, Cristina
    University of Extremadura, Spain.
    Vizuete, Guillermo
    University of Extremadura, Spain.
    Plaza Davila, Maria
    University of Extremadura, Spain.
    Rodriguez-Martinez, Heriberto
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Pena, Fernando J.
    University of Extremadura, Spain.
    Depletion of Intracellular Thiols and Increased Production of 4-Hydroxynonenal that Occur During Cryopreservation of Stallion Spermatozoa Lead to Caspase Activation, Loss of Motility, and Cell Death2015In: Biology of Reproduction, ISSN 0006-3363, E-ISSN 1529-7268, Vol. 93, no 6, p. 143-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Oxidative stress has been linked to sperm death and the accelerated senescence of cryopreserved spermatozoa. However, the molecular mechanisms behind this phenomenon remain poorly understood. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are considered relevant signaling molecules for sperm function, only becoming detrimental when ROS homeostasis is lost. We hereby hypothesize that a major component of the alteration of ROS homeostasis in cryopreserved spermatozoa is the exhaustion of intrinsic antioxidant defense mechanisms. To test this hypothesis, semen from seven stallions was frozen using a standard technique. The parameters of sperm quality (motility, velocity, and membrane integrity) and markers of sperm senescence (caspase 3, 4-hydroxynonenal, and mitochondrial membrane potential) were assessed before and after cryopreservation. Changes in the intracellular thiol content were also monitored. Cryopreservation caused significant increases in senescence markers as well as dramatic depletion of intracellular thiols to less than half of the initial values (P < 0.001) postthaw. Interestingly, very high and positive correlations were observed among thiol levels with sperm functionality postthaw: total motility (r = 0.931, P < 0.001), progressive motility (r = 0.904, P < 0.001), and percentage of live spermatozoa without active caspase 3 (r = 0.996, P < 0.001). In contrast, negative correlations were detected between active caspase 3 and thiol content both in living (r = -0.896) and dead (r = -0.940) spermatozoa; additionally, 4-hydroxynonenal levels were negatively correlated with thiol levels (r = -0.856). In conclusion, sperm functionality postthaw correlates with the maintenance of adequate levels of intracellular thiols. The accelerated senescence of thawed spermatozoa is related to oxidative and electrophilic stress induced by increased production of 4-hydroxynoneal in thawed samples once intracellular thiols are depleted.

  • 3.
    Mjösberg, Jenny
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Clinical Immunology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Berg, Göran
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Jenmalm, Maria C.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Pediatrics. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Ernerudh, Jan
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Clinical Immunology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Immunology and Transfusion Medicine.
    FOXP3+ regulatory T cells, T helper 1, T helper 2 and T helper 17 cells in human early pregnancy decidua2010In: Biology of Reproduction, ISSN 0006-3363, E-ISSN 1529-7268, Vol. 82, no 4, p. 698-705Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In pregnancy, the decidua is infiltrated by leukocytes promoting fetal development without causing immunological rejection. Murine regulatory T (Treg) cells are known to be important immune regulators at this site. The aim of the study was to characterize the phenotype and origin of Treg cells and determine the quantitative relationship between Treg, T-helper type 1 (TH1), TH2, and TH17 cells in first-trimester human decidua. Blood and decidual CD4+ T cells from 18 healthy first-trimester pregnant women were analyzed for expression of Treg-cell markers (CD25, FOXP3, CD127, CTLA4, and human leukocyte antigen-DR [HLA-DR]), chemokine receptors (CCR4, CCR6, and CXCR3), and the proliferation antigen MKI67 by six-color flow cytometry. Treg cells were significantly enriched in decidua and displayed a more homogenous suppressive phenotype with more frequent expression of FOXP3, HLA-DR, and CTLA4 than in blood. More decidual Treg cells expressed MKI67, possibly explaining their enrichment at the fetal-maternal interface. Using chemokine receptor expression profiles of CCR4, CCR6, and CXCR3 as markers for TH1, TH2, and TH17 cells, we showed that TH17 cells were nearly absent in decidua, whereas TH2-cell frequencies were similar in blood and decidua. CCR6+ TH1 cells, reported to secrete high levels of interferon gamma (IFNG), were fewer, whereas the moderately IFNG-secreting CCR6 TH1 cells were more frequent in decidua compared with blood. Our results point toward local expansion of Treg cells and low occurrence of TH17 cells. Furthermore, local, moderate TH1 activity seems to be a part of normal early pregnancy, consistent with a mild inflammatory environment controlled by Treg cells.

  • 4.
    Ortega Ferrusola, C.
    et al.
    University of Extremadura, Spain .
    Gonzalez Fernandez, L.
    University of Extremadura, Spain .
    Macias Garcia, B.
    University of Extremadura, Spain .
    Salazar-Sandoval, C.
    University of Extremadura, Spain .
    Morillo Rodriguez, A.
    University of Extremadura, Spain .
    Rodriguez Martinez, Heriberto
    Swedish University of Agriculture Science, Sweden .
    A. Tapia, J.
    University of Extremadura, Spain .
    J. Pena, F.
    University of Extremadura, Spain .
    Effect of Cryopreservation on Nitric Oxide Production by Stallion Spermatozoa2009In: Biology of Reproduction, ISSN 0006-3363, E-ISSN 1529-7268, Vol. 81, no 6, p. 1106-1111Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The ability of stallion spermatozoa to produce nitric oxide (NO) before (fresh) and after freezing and thawing (FT) was evaluated by means of flow cytometry after loading the sperm suspension with the probe, 4,5-diaminofluorescenin diacetate. The presence of NO synthase (NOS) was investigated by Western blotting using anti-NOS1, anti-NOS3, or anti-universal NOS antibodies (Abs). While NO was detected both in fresh and FT sperm suspensions, its production increased after cryopreservation only when egg yolk was removed from the extender. Anti-NOS1 Ab intensively labeled a single band with an apparent molecular mass of approximately 83 kDa. On the other hand, the Ab developed against the NOS3 showed a band of approximately 96 kDa in fresh and FT sperm lysates. NO production was positively correlated with sperm motility and velocity after thaw, suggesting an NO role for the functionality of cryopreserved stallion spermatozoa; but the production of NO is compromised in egg yolk-containing extenders.

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