Reproductive biology Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Towarzystwo Biologii Rozrodu

Journal description

Current impact factor: 1.05

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 1.048
2012 Impact Factor 1.222
2011 Impact Factor 1.921
2010 Impact Factor 1.5
2009 Impact Factor 0.882

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 1.51
Cited half-life 6.20
Immediacy index 0.06
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.37
Other titles Reproductive Biology
ISSN 1642-431X
OCLC 168875590
Material type Periodical
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Autophagy is activated by environment unfavorable for survival and requires Atg9a protein. Mice heterozygous for p57Kip2, devoid of the imprinted paternal allele (p57Kip2+/−), are known to develop hypertension during pregnancy. To determine whether fetal Atg9a is involved in the intrauterine survival and growth of fetal mice, this study was performed on Atg9a heterozygous (Atg9a+/−) pregnant mice with and without p57Kip2+/−. The pregnant mice heterozygous for both knockout alleles of Atg9a and p57Kip2 (Atg9a+/−/p57Kip2+/−), but not those heterozygous for Atg9a alone, developed hypertension during pregnancy. Placental expression of Atg9a mRNA was significantly decreased in the Atg9a−/− mice compared to Atg9a+/− or Atg9a+/+ mice. The Atg9a−/− fetal mice exhibited significantly retarded growth and were more likely to die in utero compared to Atg9a+/+ and Atg9a+/− fetal mice. Growth retardation was observed in the presence of maternal hypertension in Atg9a−/− fetal mice. These results suggest that Atg9a−/− fetal mice from pregnant dams heterozygous for both knockout alleles of Atg9a and p57Kip2 are more susceptible to hypertensive stress than fetuses with intact autophagic machinery.
    Reproductive biology 06/2015; 27. DOI:10.1016/j.repbio.2015.05.001
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the current study was to examine whether environmental conditions may explain interpopulation variation in fecundity and egg size of the spirlin from two rivers of the Vistula River basin. The obtained results indicated that the reproductive performance, including the gonadosomatic index, was similar in both rivers and fecundity increased with total length of females. The observed differences in water temperatures and flow speed between the rivers were too small to cause discernible differences in the reproductive performance of fish.
    Reproductive biology 04/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.repbio.2015.03.004
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    ABSTRACT: The genetic integrity of sperm DNA can contribute to the infertility problems experienced by couples. Sperm DNA fragmentation (SDF) is the most common DNA abnormality in male gametes, and yet its effect on embryo kinetics has not been widely studied. Embryo morphokinetic parameters during the first days of embryo culture after intracytoplasmatic sperm injection (ICSI) are weakly predictive of both embryo development and pregnancy outcome. This study investigated the effect of SDF on embryo morphokinetic parameters following ICSI. The DNA fragmentation index (DFI) in spermatozoa from all males in the study (n=165) was determined before ICSI and the morphokinetic parameters of the embryos (n=165) were monitored via time-lapse recording. We found that a low DFI index in spermatozoa corresponded with embryos that reached the blastocyst stage at a faster rate after ICSI. Overall, lower SDF levels were also found in the group of patients that achieved pregnancy. Thus, higher SDF levels can slow down embryo morphokinetic parameters, and may be predictive of pregnancy outcomes after ICSI. Copyright © 2015 Society for Biology of Reproduction & the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn. Published by Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp. z o.o. All rights reserved.
    Reproductive biology 04/2015; 15(2). DOI:10.1016/j.repbio.2015.03.003
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    ABSTRACT: Time-lapse videography showed that human early cleavage embryos were quicker following intracytoplasmic sperm injection to reach developmental milestones compared to in vitro fertilization when using insemination as the timing start point (t0), due to differences in the time taken for embryos to reach pronuclear fading (PNF). These differences disappeared when PNF was used as t0. Using a biological rather than procedural t0 will allow a unified assessment strategy to be applied to all cycles irrespective of the insemination method. Copyright © 2015 Society for Biology of Reproduction & the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn. Published by Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp. z o.o. All rights reserved.
    Reproductive biology 03/2015; 15(2). DOI:10.1016/j.repbio.2015.03.002
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    ABSTRACT: We developed a quadruplex real-time PCR assay that allows rapid and simultaneous detection of 47,XXY and azoospermia factor (AZF) microdeletions on Y chromosome. The quadruplex assay consisted of four hydrolysis probes and primer sets. Three probes and the corresponding primers were used to qualitatively detect AZFa, AZFb, and AZFc deletions. For the detection of 47,XXY, the hydrolysis probe-mediated melting analysis was conducted to analyze the relative amounts of X and Y chromosomes. The quadruplex assay for detecting 47,XXY was characterized by very high analytical specificity (100%) in a wide template DNA range (2-100ng). The detection limit of the assay was 2ng of genomic DNA, and the optimal template DNA amount for the detection of 47,XXY was 25ng. The quadruplex assay for detecting 47,XXY and AZF microdeletions has also demonstrated very high diagnostic sensitivity and specificity (100%). The assay was found to be rapid, sensitive, reliable, and inexpensive. This method is suggested to be applied as a first-step tool in genetic screening of patients with non-obstructive azoospermia and severe oligospermia. Copyright © 2015 Society for Biology of Reproduction & the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn. Published by Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp. z o.o. All rights reserved.
    Reproductive biology 02/2015; 15(2). DOI:10.1016/j.repbio.2015.02.002
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    ABSTRACT: In order to simplify management of early pregnancy loss, our goal was to elucidate predictors of successful medical management of miscarriage with a single dose of misoprostol. In this secondary analysis of data from a multicenter randomized controlled trial, candidate biomarkers were compared between 49 women with missed abortion who succeeded in passing their pregnancy with a single dose of misoprostol and 46 women who did not pass their pregnancy with a misoprostol single dose. We computed the precision of trophoblastic protein and hormone concentrations to discriminate between women who succeed or fail single dose misoprostol management. We also included demographic factors in our analyses. We found overlap in the concentrations of the individual markers between women who succeeded and failed single-dose misoprostol. However, hCG levels ≥4000mIU/mL and ADAM-12 levels ≥2500pg/mL were independently associated with complete uterine expulsion after one dose of misoprostol in our population. A multivariable logistic model for success included non-Hispanic ethnicity and parity <2 in addition to hCG ≥4000mIU/mL and ADAM-12 ≥2500pg/mL and had an area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) of 0.81 (95% confidence interval: 72-90%). Categorizing women with a predicted probability of ≥0.65 resulted in a sensitivity of 75.0%, specificity 77.1% and positive predictive value of 81.8%. While preliminary, our data suggest that serum biomarkers, especially when combined with demographic characteristics, may be helpful in guiding patient decision-making regarding the management of early pregnancy failure (EPF). Further study is warranted. Copyright © 2015 Society for Biology of Reproduction & the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn. Published by Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp. z o.o. All rights reserved.
    Reproductive biology 02/2015; 15(2). DOI:10.1016/j.repbio.2015.02.001
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    ABSTRACT: To develop techniques for seedling production of yellowfin tuna, the behavior of primordial germ cells (PGCs) and gonadogenesis were examined at 1-30 days post hatching (dph) using morphometric analysis, histological examination, and in situ hybridization. Immediately after hatching, PGCs were located on the dorsal side of the posterior end of the rectum under the peritoneum of the larvae, and at 3dph they came into contact with stromal cells. PGCs and stromal cells gradually moved forward from the anus prior to 5dph. At 7-10dph, germ cells were surrounded by stromal cells and the gonadal primordia were formed. In individuals collected at 12dph, PGCs were detected by in situ hybridization using a vasa mRNA probe that is a germ-cell-specific detection marker. The proliferation of germ cells in the gonadal primordia began at 7-10dph. We observed double the number of germ cells at 30dph (22±3.2 cells), compared to that at 1dph (11±2.1 cells). Therefore, based on our data and previous reports, the initial germ cell proliferation of yellowfin tuna is relatively slower than that of other fish species. Copyright © 2015 Society for Biology of Reproduction & the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn. Published by Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp. z o.o. All rights reserved.
    Reproductive biology 02/2015; 15(2). DOI:10.1016/j.repbio.2015.01.003
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    ABSTRACT: The accessory gland weight, testicular and epididymal morphometry and sperm production were analyzed in four groups of rats housed at 20 or 34°C: (1) control rats (CR) kept at 20°C from birth to day 90; (2) adult heat-acclimated rats (AHA) kept at 20°C from birth to day 45 followed by 34°C to day 90; (3) neonatal heat-acclimated rats (NHA) kept at 34°C from birth to day 90 and (4) de-acclimated rats (DA) kept at 34°C from birth to day 45 followed by 20°C to day 90. In NHA and DA rats, accessory gland weight was higher than in controls. Despite the lack of differences in testicular and epididymal morphometry, curvilinear velocity of spermatozoa was lower in the NHA group compared to controls. Areas of seminiferous tubules were lower in the DA than in CR and NHA groups, however, sperm concentration and motility were not affected by the treatment in this group. In AHA rats, epithelium of approximately 20% of seminiferous tubules was degenerated and Sertoli cell number was lower in the remaining tubules. In contrast to sperm motility, epididymal duct area, area of the duct occupied by spermatozoa and cauda epididymis sperm concentration were lower in AHA rats than in the other groups. In conclusion, neonatal heat acclimation did not affect the testicular morphometry and epididymal sperm concentration, suggesting adjustment to high ambient temperature. On the contrary, adult heat acclimation of rats affected the examined parameters, leading to decreased sperm concentration. Copyright © 2015 Society for Biology of Reproduction & the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn. Published by Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp. z o.o. All rights reserved.
    Reproductive biology 01/2015; 15(1). DOI:10.1016/j.repbio.2015.01.001
  • Reproductive Biology; 12/2014
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    ABSTRACT: A total of 341 fertilized and 37 unfertilized oocytes from 63 intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) treatment cycles were included for retrospective assessment using the Embryoscope™ time-lapse video system. The second polar body (pb2) extrusion occurred at 2.9 ± 0.1 h (range 0.70–10.15 h) relative to sperm injection. All oocytes reduced in size following sperm injection (p < 0.05) with shrinkage ceasing after 2 h in the unfertilized and at pb2 extrusion in the fertilized oocytes. Pb2 extrusion was significantly delayed for women aged >38 years compared to those <35 years (3.4 ± 0.2 vs. 2.8 ± 0.1, p < 0.01) or 35–38 years (3.4 ± 0.2 vs. 2.8 ± 0.1, p < 0.01), but timing was not related to the Day 3 morphological grades (1–4) of subsequent embryos (2.9 ± 0.1, 2.9 ± 0.1, 2.8 ± 0.2 and 3.0 ± 0.1; p > 0.05 respectively). A shorter time of first cleavage division relative to either sperm injection or pb2 extrusion is associated with both top grade (AUC = 0.596 or 0.601, p = 0.006 or 0.004) and usable embryos (AUC = 0.638 or 0.632, p = 0.000 respectively) on Day 3. In summary, (i) pb2 of human oocytes extrudes at various times following sperm injection, (ii) the timing of pb2 extrusion is significantly delayed when female age >38 years, but not related to subsequent embryo development, (iii) all human oocytes reduce in size following sperm injection, (iv) completion of pb2 extrusion in the fertilized oocytes is a pivotal event in terminating shrinkage of the vitellus, and (v) time to first cleavage division either from sperm injection or pb2 extrusion is a significant predictive marker for embryo quality on Day 3.
    Reproductive biology 12/2014; 14(4):249-256. DOI:10.1016/j.repbio.2014.08.003
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    ABSTRACT: Thyroid dysfunction can cause ovarian cycle and ovulatory disturbances, however, the molecular link(s) between these two disorders remains largely unknown. In the current study, we examined the roles of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and thyroid hormone receptor alpha 1 (TRα1) in these disorders using immature hyper-thyroid (hyper-T) and hypo-thyroid (hypo-T) rats. In comparison to controls, hyper-T rats had higher serum concentrations of triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), whereas hypo-T rats had lower serum T3 and T4. Serum estradiol (E2) level was decreased in both hyper-T and hypo-T animals and serum E2 in hyper-T rats were lower than in hypo-T rats. We found that neuronal NOS (nNOS) and TRα1 were present in oocytes, granulosa cells and theca cells of all examined rat groups. Ovarian nitric oxide (NO) content and the constitutive NOS (cNOS) activity in hyper-T rats were significantly decreased compared with control or hypo-T rats. Moreover, the number of large antral follicles was reduced in hyper-T rats, and number of primordial follicles was decreased in hypo-T rats compared with control rats. In conclusion, we observed an association between thyroid hormone and NO signaling pathways during the process of ovarian follicular development in immature rats. In hyperthyroidism, thyroid hormones induced an estrogen deficiency that inhibited the function of nNOS, resulting in the inhibition of NO synthesis and suppressed development of large antral follicles, while in hypothyroidism only development of primordial follicles was inhibited. Copyright © 2014 Society for Biology of Reproduction & the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn. Published by Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp. z o.o. All rights reserved.
    Reproductive biology 11/2014; 15(1). DOI:10.1016/j.repbio.2014.11.002
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    ABSTRACT: Some reports have linked intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) with chromosomal abnormalities, low developmental potential and altered gene expression in embryos. ICSI has also been linked with obesity, early aging and increased incidence of tumors in offspring. Other reports have demonstrated that some of these complications disappeared within a few weeks of life or even showed a lack of such associations. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare embryo development, quality and gene expression in bovine embryos generated by ICSI and by conventional in vitro fertilization (IVF) insemination. The results showed differences in cleavage (88.5% in IVF and 64.1% in ICSI) and blastocyst formation rates (36.1% in IVF and 22.3% in ICSI). The proportion of ICM cells to total cell count was higher in ICSI (39.2%) than in IVF embryos (29.5%). However, no differences were observed in the total embryonic cell numbers (159.3±28.5 and 161.2±56.2 for IVF and ICSI, respectively) or in the proportion of apoptotic nuclei to the total embryonic cell numbers (2.12 and 2.64% for IVF and ICSI, respectively). Gene expression analysis showed a down-regulation of insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2) and overexpression of bcl-2-like protein 4 (BAX), octamer-binding transcription factor four (OCT4), interferon-tau (IFNt), Mn-superoxide dismutase in the mitochondria (SOD2), and catalase (CAT) in embryos generated by ICSI. In conclusion, our study demonstrated differences in the morphological development of bovine embryos as well as in the expression of genes involved in early development between ICSI and IVF embryos. The results may indicate lower developmental potential of ICSI embryos compared with that of IVF. Copyright © 2014 Society for Biology of Reproduction & the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn. Published by Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp. z o.o. All rights reserved.
    Reproductive biology 11/2014; 15(1). DOI:10.1016/j.repbio.2014.11.001