Systems biology in reproductive medicine Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Informa Healthcare

Journal description

Current impact factor: 1.70

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 1.7
2012 Impact Factor 1.847
2011 Impact Factor 1.524
2010 Impact Factor 0.244
2009 Impact Factor 0.8

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

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5-year impact 0.80
Cited half-life 0.00
Immediacy index 0.00
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.20
Other titles Systems biology in reproductive medicine (Online), Systems biology in reproductive medicine, SBiRM
ISSN 1939-6376
OCLC 166289315
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: This study was performed to assess and compare the outcomes of testicular sperm extraction (TESE)-intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) using spermatozoa from fresh and frozen testicular tissue from men with subgroups of non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA). A total of 110 cycles of TESE-ICSI were performed. Patients were classified into one of the following NOA subgroups: hypospermatogenesis (HS), maturation arrest (MA), or Sertoli cell-only syndrome (SCO). Laboratory (fertilization, cleavage stage of embryo, and good quality embryo) and clinical (pregnancy, clinical pregnancy, implantation, and delivery) outcomes were assessed. No statistically significant differences were observed in any of the other measured parameters between the three subgroups of NOA. No significant differences in laboratory outcomes were observed between spermatozoa from fresh and frozen testicular spermatozoa; however, statistically significant differences were observed in the pregnancy and implantation rates between groups (p < 0.05). The outcomes of using spermatozoa retrieved from fresh testicular tissue in each of the three subgroups were also compared; although clinical outcomes showed low results, no significant differences were observed between the three subgroups. Similarly, no significant differences were observed in spermatozoa retrieved from frozen testicular tissue. Once spermatozoa have been successfully obtained, acceptable laboratory outcomes can be achieved for NOA, whether or not the spermatozoa are cryopreserved. However, satisfactory clinical outcomes may be more difficult to achieve as the results showed in each group of fresh and frozen testicular spermatozoa. Therefore, achieving acceptable clinical pregnancy results and efficient cryopreservation of testicular spermatozoa should be considered in patients with NOA.
    Systems biology in reproductive medicine 06/2015; DOI:10.3109/19396368.2015.1056885
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    ABSTRACT: Four genes involved in DNA double-strand break repair and chromosome synapsis, i.e., testis expressed gene 11 (TEX11), testis expressed gene 15 (TEX15), mutL homolog 1 (MLH1), and homolog 3 (MLH3), play critical roles in genome integrity, meiotic recombination, and gametogenesis. We explored the possible association between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in these genes and idiopathic male infertility involving azoospermia or oligozoospermia. A total of 614 fertile control and infertile men were recruited to this study in Sichuan, China. The latter group included 244 men with azoospermia and 72 men with oligozoospermia. Six SNPs in the TEX11, TEX15, MLH1, and MLH3 genes were investigated in both patients and controls by sequencing. The frequency distributions of SNPs rs6525433, rs175080, rs6525433–rs4844247, and rs1800734–rs175080 were found to be significantly different between patients and control groups (p < 0.05), while rs4844247, rs323344, rs323346, and rs1800734 showed no significant difference between the two cohorts. Thus, the SNPs TEX11 rs6525433, MLH3 rs175080, rs6525433–rs4844247, and rs1800734–rs175080 might be associated with male infertility.
    Systems biology in reproductive medicine 06/2015; DOI:10.3109/19396368.2015.1027014
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the reproductive outcome and assisted reproductive technology (ART) outcomes of patients with hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HH) and to compare the results with male factor (MF) infertility patients. The reproductive outcome of 33 HH patients was evaluated retrospectively and compared with results of 47 patients with mild male factor infertility. For ovulation induction, human menopausal gonadotropin (hMG) was used in HH patients and recFSH was used in MF infertility patients. HH patients were divided into subgroups according to retrieved oocyte numbers and the groups were compared with each other. The main outcome measures were total gonadotropin dose used, duration of stimulation, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) day estradiol level and endometrial thickness, oocyte number retrieved, and rate of clinical pregnancy. ART outcomes and cycle characteristics of 33 HH patients were compared with 47 MF infertility patients. There was no difference in age and body mass index (BMI) between the groups, but mean follicle stimulating hormone FSH and luteinizing hormone LH levels were significantly lower in the HH group (p < 0.001). Duration of stimulation was 12.5 ± 2.06 days in the HH patients and 10.08 ± 1.62 days in the MF infertility patients and the difference was significant (p < 0.001). Total gonadotropin dose used was higher in the HH group than the MF infertility group (p < 0.001). However, there were no differences in hCG day estradiol levels, endometrial thickness on hCG day, total oocyte number retrieved, MII oocyte number, and pregnancy rate. In the HH subgroups, patient ages were significantly lower in the >15 oocyte retrieved group. Although patients with HH have a long-term estrogen deficiency, their response to controlled ovarian hyperstimulation treatment is similar to normal women. However, the HH group is heterogeneous and estimating the ovarian reserve before treatment is not always possible in this group.
    Systems biology in reproductive medicine 06/2015; DOI:10.3109/19396368.2015.1037936
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    ABSTRACT: Thymoquinone (TQ) is a phytochemical compound found in the plant Nigella sativa. It has antioxidant and anti-cancer effects. This study investigated the effects of TQ on obesity and testicular structure of high-fat-diet (HFD) fed rats. Obese control (OC) and obese thymoquinone (OT) groups were fed a special diet containing 40% of total calories from fat. Non-obese control (NC) and non-thymoquinone (NT) groups were fed a standard diet for nine weeks. Then, intraperitoneal TQ injections were carried out to the OT and NT groups for six weeks and testes were removed. Catalase and myeloperoxidase activity were determined in rat testis tissue. Stereological, histopathological, and immunohistochemical changes were evaluated in the testes of the rats. In stereological studies, mean volumes of testis and seminiferous tubules, the number of spermatogenic cells and also Leydig cells in the OC group were reduced, but these values significantly increased in the OT group. Apoptotic cells were observed in the OC group in comparison to the OT group. The number of healthy sperms were reduced in the OC group, whereas the majority showed anomalies in the head, neck, and tail. The number of healthy sperm was increased and the anomalies significantly reduced by using TQ in both the NT, and especially the OT group. TQ like antioxidants may improve fertility by means of increasing the healthy sperm number and preventing sperm anomalies.
    Systems biology in reproductive medicine 06/2015; DOI:10.3109/19396368.2015.1044135
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    ABSTRACT: The vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a major angiogenic factor, is known to play an important role in the development of endometriosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the association of three VEGF (-460 C/T, +405 G/C, and +936 C/T) polymorphisms with the risk of endometriosis in the Tunisian population. This study includes 105 women with endometriosis and 150 women with no laparoscopic evidence of disease. Genotyping of the VEGF -460 C/T, +405 G/C, and +936 C/T polymorphisms were performed by polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP). The distribution of genotypes (P = 0.006) and allele (P = 0.0009) frequencies of the +936 C/T polymorphism was significantly different between patients and controls. Patients with stages III-IV endometriosis showed a higher VEGF + 936T allele frequency than controls (P = 0.0001). However, the distribution of genotypes and allele frequencies of the VEGF -460 C/T and +405 G/C polymorphisms did not differ significantly between endometriosis patients and controls. These findings suggest that the VEGF +936 C/T polymorphism may be a risk factor for endometriosis development and the VEGF +936 T allele is associated with an increased risk of stages III-IV endometriosis in the Tunisian population.
    Systems biology in reproductive medicine 05/2015; DOI:10.3109/19396368.2015.1041622
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    ABSTRACT: In many species, extended semen can be stored at low temperatures to slow bacterial growth. However, boar semen performs poorly at temperatures below 15°C and this poses unique challenges, as it is not easy to maintain a constant 15-19°C during shipment. Some extenders have been formulated with egg yolk for storage at 5°C but the addition of egg yolk is not applicable in the majority of commercial operations. The purpose of this study was to evaluate if boar dietary supplementation with powdered egg yolk imparts any protective effects on sperm quality when stored at 15°C and 5°C for up to 11 days in a conventional extender. Ten boars were fed a commercial diet with the addition of 0.11Kg of powdered egg yolk for 10 weeks. Ejaculates collected on weeks 4, 6, 8, and 10 were processed for storage at both 15°C and 5°C and compared with ejaculates from boars fed a standard diet. Throughout an 11-day storage period, sperm quality was assessed including several motility and morphologic parameters and select plasma membrane properties (fluidity, integrity, and triacylglycerol content). Linear regression models were used to describe effects of treatment, storage day, week and temperature on all sperm parameters. Overall, there were minimal beneficial effects of egg yolk treatment on sperm quality parameters. Sperm from egg yolk supplemented boars did have a slower decline in viability and plasma membrane fluidity than that observed in the control sperm when stored at 5°C (p < 0.001). Additionally, there was an increase in total morphologic abnormalities in sperm from egg yolk fed boars compared to controls at week 10 (p < 0.001). In conclusion, the results of this study do not support a significant benefit to sperm quality or resistance to cold storage when feeding a 10-week dietary supplementation of 0.11Kg powdered egg yolk to crossbred boars.
    Systems biology in reproductive medicine 05/2015; DOI:10.3109/19396368.2015.1040137
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    ABSTRACT: The data of 3,841 cycles undergoing in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET) in our reproductive Center between January 2003 and December 2013 were retrospectively analyzed. According to the number of oocytes retrieved, this study was divided into the high ovarian response group (oocyte retrieval ≥20, 842 cycles), the moderate ovarian response group (5< oocyte retrieval <20, 2008 cycles), and the low ovarian response group (oocyte retrieval ≤5, 991 cycles). The treatment outcomes were compared between the patients with an increased progesterone (P) level and the patients where the P level did not increase. With increase in ovarian response, the cut-off values of serum P on the day of human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) rose, and respectively were 2.5 ng/ml in the high ovarian response group, 2.25 ng/ml in the moderate ovarian response group, and 1.5 ng/ml in the low ovarian response group. In each group, the clinical pregnancy rate and embryo implantation rate were lower in the patients with an increased P level compared to those where the P level did not increase (all p < 0.05). However, there were no significant difference in the fertilization rate, cleavage rate, and high-quality embryo rate (all p > 0.05). The increased level of P on the day of hCG may affect the treatment outcomes of IVF-ET. The cut-off values of serum P seem to be associated with ovarian response. Increased ovarian response causes the cut-off values of serum P to rise.
    Systems biology in reproductive medicine 04/2015; 61(3):1-7. DOI:10.3109/19396368.2015.1033779
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    ABSTRACT: The multi-factorial nature of adverse reproductive effects mediated by endocrine disrupting compounds (or EDCs) makes understanding the mechanistic basis of reproductive dysfunction a highly pertinent area of research. As a consequence, a main motivator for continued research is to integrate 'multi-leveled' complexity (i.e., from genes to phenotype) using mathematical methods capable of encapsulating properties of physiological relevance. In this study, an in silico stoichiometric model of piscine steroidogenesis was augmented with a 'biomass' reaction associating the underlying stoichiometry of steroidogenesis with a reaction representative of gonad growth. The ability of the in silico model to predict perturbed steroidogenesis and subsequent effects on gonad growth was tested by exposing reproductively active male and female fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) to 88 ng/L of the synthetic estrogen, 17α-ethynylestradiol (EE2). The in silico model was parameterized (or constrained) with experimentally quantified concentrations of selected steroid hormones (using mass spectrometry) and fold changes in gene expression (using RT-qPCR) for selected steroidogenic enzyme genes, in gonads of male and female fish. Once constrained, the optimization framework of flux balance analysis (FBA) was used to calculate an optimal flux through the biomass reaction (analogous to gonad growth) and associated steroidogenic flux distributions required to generate biomass. FBA successfully predicted effects of EE2 exposure on fathead minnow gonad growth (%gonadosomatic index or %GSI) and perturbed production of steroid hormones. Specifically, FBA accurately predicted no effects of exposure on male %GSI and a significant reduction for female %GSI. Furthermore, in silico simulations accurately identified disrupted reaction fluxes catalyzing productions of androgens (in male fish) and progestogens (in female fish), an observation which agreed with in vivo experimentation. The analyses presented is the first-ever to successfully associate underlying flux properties of the steroidogenic network with gonad growth in fish, an approach which can incorporate in silico predictions with toxicological risk assessments.
    Systems biology in reproductive medicine 04/2015; 61(3):1-17. DOI:10.3109/19396368.2015.1035817
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    ABSTRACT: The sperm chromatin structure assay (SCSA) has been proposed as a useful addition to the battery of tests routinely used to explore semen quality and hence to give an indication of the likelihood of a successful pregnancy. As usually performed at present, the assay yields two main sperm variables, the DNA fragmentation index (DFI) and the high DNA stainability (HDS). In the present study 275 patients undergoing 215 in vitro fertilization (IVF) and 215 intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles were studied with the purpose of defining the clinical significance of HDS in IVF and ICSI cycles. Using the Spearman correlation test there were no significant statistical relationships between %HDS and fertilization rate, rate of embryo growth, blastocyst rate, implantation rate, or live birth rate. Rate of pregnancy loss showed a negative relationship significant at the 0.05 level which is unexplained. It is not known whether the normal practice of using processed sperm for fertilization plays any part in this lack of a negative effect of HDS level upon the stages of the cycle. A total of 16 patients with HDS levels >28% had an average live birth rate of 47.8% and an average pregnancy loss of 8.7%, which compared favourably with the group of patients as a whole.
    Systems biology in reproductive medicine 04/2015; DOI:10.3109/19396368.2015.1033065
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    ABSTRACT: Recurrent spontaneous abortion (RSA) is a multi-factor disease. The mammalian target of the the rapamycin (MTOR) gene has been reported to be involved in mouse embryo development and regulates the proliferation of embryonic stem cells. Our study explored the relationship between the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs17027478 in the promoter region of MTOR gene and the development of RSA. A total of 306 patients with RSA and 127 healthy females as the controls were recruited in the case-control study. The predesigned TaqMan SNP Genotyping Assay was adopted to analyze the association between rs17027478 and the development of RSA. Quantitative real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and luciferase reporter assays were conducted to analyze the function of the variant. It was found that a significant association exists between the variant and the risk of RSA among the patients who experienced no less than three spontaneous abortions (p = 0.043). However, the significant difference disappeared among the total samples (p = 0.524). Furthermore, we observed lower MTOR mRNA levels in the blood of RSA patients compared with healthy females (p = 0.020). The luciferase reporter assay showed that the rs17027478A allele significantly reduced the luciferase activity (p = 0.029). The results demonstrated that the variant rs17027478 in the promoter region of MTOR might be a good candidate responsible for the pathogenesis of RSA. Abbreviations RSA recurrent spontaneous abortion MTOR mammalian target of rapamycin SNP single nucleotide polymorphism qRT-PCR quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction URSA unexplained recurrent spontaneous abortion mTORC1 mTOR complex 1 ESC embryonic stem cells HKE-293 human embryonic kidney 293 cells HWE Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium ANOVA one-way analysis of variance.
    Systems biology in reproductive medicine 04/2015; DOI:10.3109/19396368.2014.977499
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    ABSTRACT: When sperm cannot be retrieved from the testes of patients with azoospermia due to spermatogenic dysfunction (ASD), there is no rational way for the patient to become a biological father. We investigated the possibility of inducing spermatogenesis in such patients by hormonal therapy with recombinant human follicle-stimulating hormone (rhFSH) alone. Twenty-six ASD patients who could not obtain spermatozoa by microdissection testicular sperm extraction (micro-TESE) were confirmed to have arrested spermatogenesis at the late stage of maturation arrest. They were subsequently treated with 75-150 IU two times/week rhFSH alone for 12 months. The primary endpoint was the appearance of sperm in ejaculate, and we followed the patients to determine the outcome of inseminating their partners. After rhFSH treatment, mature spermatozoa were found in the ejaculate in five of 26 (19.2%) patients, all of whom showed histology of non-uniform type maturation arrest. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection of the mature spermatozoa resulted in two ongoing clinical pregnancies (insemination success rate, 40.0%). Recombinant human follicle-stimulating hormone treatment can be used as an advanced assisted reproductive technology to improve spermatogenesis in some azoospermic patients with maturation arrest of spermatogenesis and is a potential treatment option after unsuccessful micro-TESE.
    Systems biology in reproductive medicine 03/2015; 61(3):1-3. DOI:10.3109/19396368.2015.1024897
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract The ovary is not only involved in female germ cell development and maturation, but also adjusts female endocrinology. Its function is severely impaired during chemotherapy, and premature ovarian failure may be induced. Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has displayed significant potential in the treatment of female endocrine disorders; however, it is unknown whether it can recover ovarian function impaired by chemotherapy. In the present study, CHM was used to treat rat models of ovarian dysfunction impaired by chemotherapeutic drugs. Three groups were included in this study: a prevention group, a treatment group, and a prevention-treatment group. Routine gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists (GnRHa) treatment was used as a control. The results showed that body weight, fertility, estrus days, hormone levels, and ovary weight were restored when CHM was administered in these rat models. Moreover, in the prevention-treatment group, the number of follicles at each developmental stage significantly increased compared with the prevention or treatment group. Furthermore, the number of apoptotic cells significantly decreased, and the relative mRNA expression of caspase-3 significantly decreased, in the prevention-treatment group. The results of gene expression analysis indicated that the expression of anti-Müllerianhormone (AMH) which indicates ovarian preservation was significantly up-regulated in the prevention-treatment group and was similar to normal rats. The expression of growth differentiation factor 9 (GDF9) was significantly enhanced in both the prevention-treatment group and the GnRHa group, which suggested that the oocytes were of better quality. Finally, we found that there were no differences in body weight and fertility in the offspring conceived by the drug-treated rats, which partly indicated the safety of the medicine. In conclusion, Chinese herbal medicine showed a beneficial role in the recovery of ovary function in these rat models and has significant potential in the clinic.
    Systems biology in reproductive medicine 05/2014; DOI:10.3109/19396368.2014.920057
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Presented is the case report of a patient noted to have gross distortion of the internal cervical canal during her attempt at embryo transfer following an in vitro fertilization with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF-ICSI) procedure. Multiple attempts at cervical dilation were unsuccessful and the patient was ultimately treated by transmyometrial embryo transfer also known as the Towako method. She successfully achieved a singleton pregnancy and delivered at 41 weeks by primary cesarean section because of arrest of cervical dilation. Transmyometrial embryo transfer represents a viable option for patients with cervical stenosis refractory to conventional methods of navigation or severe anatomical distortion of the internal cervical canal.
    Systems biology in reproductive medicine 05/2014; 60(4). DOI:10.3109/19396368.2014.917386
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Deficiencies in tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle enzymes have been shown to cause a wide spectrum of human diseases, including malignancies and neurological and cardiac diseases. In mammalian spermatozoa mitochondria, the TCA cycle is known to be a crucial metabolic pathway that contributes to produce ATP. There is little known about the role and mechanism of mitochondrial aconitase (ACO2), which is an important regulatory enzyme of the TCA cycle, in asthenozoospermia. In the current study, immunofluorescence staining localized ACO2 to the human sperm mid-piece. By immunoblotting, we demonstrated that the level of ACO2 protein in asthenozoospermic samples was significantly decreased compared with that in normal fertile men. Importantly, we first observed that co-incubation of isocitrate with low motile sperm suspensions significantly improved sperm motility, which might be due to elevated intracellular ATP. The improvement of the sperm motility by isocitrate may have important clinical implications in the treatment of asthenozoospermia and certainly warrants further investigation.
    Systems biology in reproductive medicine 04/2014; DOI:10.3109/19396368.2014.915360
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract The present study was performed to determine the effects of different antioxidants on testicular histopathology and oxidative damage induced by cadmium (Cd) in rat testis and prostate. Twenty five rats were equally divided into five groups (n = 5/group). The control group was injected subcutaneously with saline while the Cd alone treated group received a subcutaneous injection of 0.2 mg/kg CdCl2. Other groups were treated with sulphoraphane (25 µg/rat), vitamin E (75 mg/kg), and Ficus Religiosa plant extract (100 mg/kg) orally along with subcutaneous injections of 0.2 mg/kg CdCl2 for fifteen days. Oxidative damage in the testicular and prostate tissues were assessed by the estimation of catalase (CAT), peroxidase (POD), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and glutathione reductase (GSR) activity. Lipid peroxidation (TBARS), protein estimation, and histomorphology were also assessed. Cadmium exposure caused a significant decrease in antioxidant enzymes like CAT, POD, SOD, GSR, protein concentrations, and a marked increase in TBARS activity in rat testis and prostate. Histological examination of adult male rat testes showed a disruption in the arrangement of seminiferous tubules along with a reduction in the number of germ cells, Leydig cells, tunica albuginea thickness, diameter of seminiferous tubules, and height of germinal epithelium. Co-treatment with vitamin E, sulphoraphane, and Ficus religiosa were found to be effective in reversing Cd induced toxicity, representing potential therapeutic options to protect the reproductive tissues from the detrimental effects of Cd toxicity.
    Systems biology in reproductive medicine 04/2014; 60(4). DOI:10.3109/19396368.2014.912363