[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Y chromosome microdeletion is the most important genetic cause of impairment of spermatogenesis. Nevertheless, a significant proportion of patients with spermatogenic failure do not have this condition. This study investigated the expression level of AZF genes, DDX3Y (DBY), RBMY1, DAZ and TSPY in testicular tissues of 42 subjects with impaired spermatogenesis compared with 33 with normal spermatogenesis. Histopathological evaluation was performed in all subjects and tissues were classified according to Johnsen Score. Transcript amounts were determined by quantitative-competitive RT-PCR. Patients with complete Sertoli cell-only syndrome (SCOS) did not exhibit RBMY1, DAZ and TSPY gene expression, however, we detected very low expression of DDX3Y transcript. Tissue samples with focal SCOS showed significantly decreased expression of all genes (P < 0.001). Maturation arrest and hypospermatogenesis tissues expressed significantly low levels of DDX3Y testicular transcript (P < 0.001), while the mRNA levels of the other genes were similar to that in tissues from the normal spermatogenesis group. Negative or diminished gene expression of DDX3Y, RBMY1, DAZ and TSPY in tissues samples with SCOS or focal SCOS reflects the absence or the lower number of germ cells, respectively. The finding that the testicular transcript of DDX3Y is significantly decreased in patients with severe spermatogenenic failure, especially in those presenting maturation arrest, suggests an important role of DDX3Y during spermatogenesis.
Preview · Article · Nov 2007 · Molecular Human Reproduction
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To determine the prevalence of AZFc subdeletions in infertile Chilean men with severe spermatogenic impairment.
University infertility clinic.
Ninety-five secretory azo/oligozoospermic men without AZFc Y chromosome microdeletions: 71 whose testicular histology showed severe spermatogenic impairment and 24 who exhibited reduced testicular volume and elevated serum FSH levels. As controls, we studied 77 men (50 fertile and/or normozoospermic, and 27 with azoospermia and normal spermatogenesis).
Peripheral blood was drawn to obtain genomic DNA for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) digestion assays of DAZ-sequence nucleotide variants and for AZFc-STS PCR after a complete testicular characterization (biopsy, hormonal, and physical evaluation).
DAZ genes and AZFc subdeletion types.
In cases we observed two "gr/gr" subdeletions (2.1%), one with absence of DAZ1/DAZ2 (g1/g2 subtype), and the other with absence of DAZ3/DAZ4 (r2/r4 subtype). Additionally, we found a g1/g3 subdeletion in a patient with Sertoli-cell-only syndrome. In controls, we observed two gr/gr subdeletions with absence of DAZ1/DAZ2 (2.6%) in a fertile/normozoospermic and in an obstructive azoospermic man.
AZFc subdeletions do not seem to cause severe impairment of spermatogenesis. Moreover, gr/gr-DAZ1/DAZ2 subdeletions do not appear to affect fertility in Chilean men.
No preview · Article · Nov 2007 · Fertility and sterility
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cryptorchidism and oligozoospermia are clinical conditions closely associated with impaired fertility. Oxidative stress and related sperm DNA damage have been identified as significant causes of male infertility.
To determine the extent of sperm nuclear DNA damage in patients affected with idiopathic oligozoospermia or undescended testes and to examine its relationship with oxidative stress.
We studied 20 patients with idiopathic oligozoospermia and 18 with undescended testes (who previously underwent orchiopexy) and 25 normozoospermic healthy controls. All subjects underwent semen analysis. Sperm DNA damage was evaluated by the sperm chromatin structure assay/flow cytometry (SCSA-FCM) and by the dUTP-biotin nick end labeling (TUNEL) assay. Levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and total antioxidant capacity (TAC) were assessed by a chemiluminescence assay.
DFI (percentage of sperm with denatured DNA) values and percentage of TUNEL positive cells were significantly greater in patients with oligozoospermia (DFI: 28.8+/-5.6; TUNEL+: 26.9+/-3.0) or cryptorchidism (DFI: 26.4+/-10.1; TUNEL+: 29.1+/-3.9), compared with controls (DFI: 7.1+/-0.9; TUNEL+: 14.2+/-1.2). Similarly, both groups of patients had significantly higher (p<0.01) levels of ROS. TAC levels did not differ between control and patient groups, suggesting that the DNA damage occurs before spermiation.
Sperm DNA damage is significantly increased in men with idiopathic oligozoospermia and in cryptorchid subjects. The finding of increased ROS levels may indicate that seminal oxidative stress may be involved in the pathogenesis of sperm DNA damage in these patients.
No preview · Article · Mar 2007 · Revista medica de Chile
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The pathophysiology of the testicular damage in varicocele has not been completely understood. Oxidative stress and related sperm DNA damage have been identified as significant causes of male infertility. The current study was designed to determine the extent of sperm nuclear DNA damage in patients with varicocele and to examine its relationship with oxidative stress.
Semen samples from 55 patients with clinical varicocele and 25 normozoospermic donors were examined. Varicocele sperm samples were classified as normal or abnormal according to World Health Organization guidelines. Sperm DNA damage was evaluated by the sperm chromatin structure assay/flow cytometry and by the terminal deoxyribonucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labelling (TUNEL) assay. Levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and total antioxidant capacity were assessed by a chemiluminescence assay.
DNA fragmentation index (DFI) (percentage of sperm with denatured DNA) values and the percentage of TUNEL-positive cells were significantly greater in patients with varicocele, either with normal (DFI, 20.7 +/- 4.0; TUNEL positive, 26.1 +/- 3.2) or with abnormal (DFI, 35.5 +/- 9.0; TUNEL positive, 32.2 +/- 4.1) semen profile, compared with controls (DFI, 7.1 +/- 0.9; TUNEL positive, 14.2 +/- 1.2). Similarly, ROS levels were significantly higher (P < 0.01) in both groups of patients with varicocele.
The presence of a varicocele is associated with high levels of DNA-damage spermatozoa even in the presence of normal semen profile. The results also indicate that oxidative damage is associated with sperm DNA damage in these patients.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To investigate the expression of Fas protein on the surface of ejaculated spermatozoa of normozoospermic and nonnormozoospermic men.
University infertility clinic.
Twenty-three volunteer normozoospermic men (controls) and 43 men undergoing infertility evaluation (cases).
Analysis of ejaculated spermatozoa by indirect immunofluorescence of Fas protein by flow cytometry.
Comparison of flow cytometric analysis of autofluorescence, control tests (secondary antibody and isotype control), and experimental tests (anti-Fas monoclonal antibody) in the spermatozoa of ejaculated samples.
No expression of Fas protein was found on the surface of ejaculated spermatozoa of controls and cases.
The Fas molecules are not present in substantial amounts in the ejaculated spermatozoa of normozoospermic and nonnormozoospermic men. Therefore, our results do not support the "abortive apoptosis" theory.
No preview · Article · May 2004 · Fertility and Sterility