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Gac Med Mex ; 156(4): 328-333, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32831326

RESUMO

In the efforts to explain COVID-19 pathophysiology, studies are being carried out on the correspondence between the expression of SARS-CoV-2 cell receptors and viral sequences. ACE2, CD147 and TMPRSS2 receptors expression could indicate poorly explored potential infection targets. For the genomic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 receptors, using BioGPS information was decided, which is a portal that centralizes genetic annotation resources, in combination with that of The Human Protein Atlas, the largest portal of human transcriptome and proteome data. We also reviewed the most recent articles on the subject. RNA and viral receptor proteins expression was observed in numerous anatomical sites, which partially coincides with the information reported in the literature. High expression in testicular cells markedly stood out, and it would be therefore important ruling out whether this anatomical site is a SARS-CoV-2 reservoir; otherwise, germ cell damage, as it is observed in infections with other RNA viruses, should be determined.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Testículo/virologia , Basigina/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/fisiopatologia , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Masculino , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/genética , Pneumonia Viral/fisiopatologia , Serina Endopeptidases/genética , Latência Viral
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3739, 2020 07 27.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32719317

RESUMO

The PIWI protein MIWI2 and its associated PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) instruct DNA methylation of young active transposable elements (TEs) in the male germline. piRNAs are proposed to recruit MIWI2 to the transcriptionally active TE loci by base pairing to nascent transcripts, however the downstream mechanisms and effector proteins utilized by MIWI2 in directing de novo TE methylation remain incompletely understood. Here, we show that MIWI2 associates with TEX15 in foetal gonocytes. TEX15 is predominantly a nuclear protein that is not required for piRNA biogenesis but is essential for piRNA-directed TE de novo methylation and silencing. In summary, TEX15 is an essential executor of mammalian piRNA-directed DNA methylation.


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Proteínas Argonauta/metabolismo , Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/metabolismo , Metilação de DNA/genética , Elementos de DNA Transponíveis/genética , Inativação Gênica , Animais , Proteínas Argonauta/genética , Feminino , Feto/citologia , Genoma , Células Germinativas/metabolismo , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Ligação Proteica , Testículo/metabolismo
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Aquat Toxicol ; 226: 105557, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32645606

RESUMO

Extensive studies have shown that estrogenic endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can disrupt testis differentiation and even cause feminization in vertebrates. However, little is known about the mechanisms by which estrogenic EDCs disrupt testis differentiation. Here, we employed Xenopus laevis, a model amphibian species sensitive to estrogenic EDCs, to explore the molecular and cellular events by which 17ß-estradiol (E2) disrupts testis differentiation and causes feminization. Following waterborne exposure to E2 from stage 45/46, genetically male X. laevis were confirmed to undergo testis differentiation inhibition and ovary differentiation activation at stages 52 and 53, ultimately displaying gonadal feminization at stage 66. Using a time-course RNA sequencing approach, we then identified thousands of differentially expressed transcripts (DETs) in genetically male gonad-mesonephros complexes at stages 48, 50 and 52 (the window for testis differentiation) between E2 treatment and the control. Enrichment analysis suggests alterations in cell proliferation, extracellular matrix, and cell motility following E2 exposure. Further verification by multiple methods demonstrated that E2 inhibited cell proliferation, disrupted extracellular matrix, and altered cell motility in the genetically male gonads compared with controls, implying that these events together contributed to testis differentiation disruptions and feminization in X. laevis. This study for the first time uncovered some of the early molecular and cellular events by which estrogen disrupts testicular differentiation and causes feminization in X. laevis. These new findings improve our understanding of the mechanisms by which estrogenic EDCs disrupt testicular differentiation in vertebrates.


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Diferenciação Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Disruptores Endócrinos/toxicidade , Estradiol/toxicidade , Feminização , Testículo/efeitos dos fármacos , Transcriptoma/efeitos dos fármacos , Poluentes Químicos da Água/toxicidade , Animais , Feminino , Feminização/induzido quimicamente , Feminização/genética , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Larva/efeitos dos fármacos , Larva/genética , Masculino , Ovário/efeitos dos fármacos , Xenopus laevis
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Aquat Toxicol ; 226: 105580, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32712368

RESUMO

Bisphenol A (BPA), a well-known estrogenic endocrine disruptor, is ubiquitously present in the environment, possessing the potential to interfere with the reproductive endocrine system in male mammals. However, there are limited studies on the reproductive toxicity in male aquatic animals associated with epigenetic modifications. In order to evaluate the potential effects of BPA on reproduction and better understand the underlying mechanism, adult male rare minnow (Gobiocypris rarus) were exposed to 15 µg L-1 BPA over a period of 63 d. Results showed that BPA induced congestion of blood vessels and infiltration of inflammatory cells after 21 d exposure, and decreased sperm fertilization after 63 d exposure. The genome DNA methylation levels were significantly increased throughout the treatment, and a strong positive stain were found in the spermatocyte, spermatid and sperm. The H3K4me3 level in all types of germ cell were increased by 21 d exposure while decreased following 63 d exposure. The positive stain of H3K9me3 was decreased in sperms while increased in spermatids by 21 d exposure. In addition, the H3K9me3 level was significantly increased after 63 d exposure, and a strong positive stain were found in spermatocytes, spermatids, and sperms. Our result also revealed that the transcripts of DNA methyltransferase genes (dnmt1 and dnmt3-8) and histone methyltransferase genes (mll2-5, setdb1-2 and ezh2) were also markedly changed under BPA exposure for 21-63 d. These findings indicated that BPA had toxicity in male reproductive, and DNA/histone methylation might play a vital role in the regulation of BPA-triggered the decreased of sperm quality.


Assuntos
Compostos Benzidrílicos/toxicidade , Cyprinidae/metabolismo , Metilação de DNA/efeitos dos fármacos , Disruptores Endócrinos/toxicidade , Histonas/metabolismo , Fenóis/toxicidade , Espermatozoides/efeitos dos fármacos , Poluentes Químicos da Água/toxicidade , Animais , DNA/metabolismo , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Análise do Sêmen , Espermatozoides/metabolismo , Testículo/efeitos dos fármacos
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Aquat Toxicol ; 225: 105553, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32622090

RESUMO

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can induce abnormalities in organisms via alteration of molecular pathways and subsequent disruption of endocrine functions. Bisphenol A (BPA) and 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE2) are ubiquitous EDCs in the environment. Many aquatic organisms, including fish, are often exposed to varying concentrations of BPA and EE2 throughout their lifespan. Both BPA and EE2 can activate estrogenic signaling pathways and cause adverse effects on reproduction via alteration of pathways associated with steroidogenesis. However, transcriptional pathways that are affected by chronic exposure to these two ubiquitous environmental estrogens during embryonic, larval, and juvenile stages are not clearly understood. In the present study, we examined transcriptional alterations in the testis of medaka fish (Oryzias latipes) chronically exposed to a low concentration of BPA or EE2. Medaka were exposed to BPA (10 µg/L) or EE2 (0.01 µg/L) from 8 h post-fertilization (as embryos) to adulthood 50 days post fertilization (dpf), and transcriptional alterations in the testis were examined by RNA sequencing (RNA-seq). Transcriptomic profiling revealed 651 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between BPA-exposed and control testes, while 1475 DEGs were found between EE2-exposed and control testes. Gene ontology (GO) analysis showed a significant enrichment of "intracellular receptor signaling pathway", "response to steroid hormone" and "hormone-mediated signaling pathway" in the BPA-induced DEGs, and of "cilium organization", "microtubule-based process" and "organelle assembly" in the EE2-induced DEGs. Pathway analysis showed significant enrichment of "integrin signaling pathway" in both treatment groups, and of "cadherin signaling pathway", "Alzheimer disease-presenilin pathway" in EE2-induced DEGs. Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and insertion-deletion (Indel) analysis found no significant differences in mutation rates with either BPA or EE2 treatments. Taken together, global gene expression differences in testes of medaka during early stages of gametogenesis were responsive to chronic BPA and EE2 exposure.


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Compostos Benzidrílicos/toxicidade , Etinilestradiol/toxicidade , Oryzias/fisiologia , Fenóis/toxicidade , Testículo/fisiologia , Poluentes Químicos da Água/toxicidade , Animais , Disruptores Endócrinos/metabolismo , Estrogênios/metabolismo , Etinilestradiol/metabolismo , Feminino , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Larva/efeitos dos fármacos , Masculino , Reprodução/efeitos dos fármacos , Testículo/efeitos dos fármacos
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0229967, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32645012

RESUMO

Phthalic acid esters (phthalates) are male reproductive toxicants, which exert their most potent toxicity during fetal development. In the fetal rat, exposure to phthalates reduces testosterone biosynthesis, alters the development of seminiferous cords and other male reproductive tissues, and induces the formation of abnormal multinucleated germ cells (MNGs). Identification of MNGs is a time-intensive process, and it requires specialized training to identify MNGs in histological sections. As a result, MNGs are not routinely quantified in phthalate toxicity experiments. In order to speed up and standardize this process, we have developed an improved method for automated detection of MNGs. Using hand-labeled histological section images with human-identified MNGs, we trained a convolutional neural network with a U-Net architecture to identify MNGs on unlabeled images. With unseen hand-labeled images not used in model training, we assessed the performance of the model, using five different configurations of the data. On average, the model reached near human accuracy, and in the best model, it exceeded it. The use of automated image analysis will allow data on this histopathological endpoint to be more readily collected for analysis of phthalate toxicity. Our trained model application code is available for download at github.com/brown-ccv/mngcount.


Assuntos
Automação Laboratorial/métodos , Núcleo Celular , Separação Celular/métodos , Células Germinativas/patologia , Processamento de Imagem Assistida por Computador , Animais , Feminino , Masculino , Redes Neurais de Computação , Ácidos Ftálicos/toxicidade , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Testículo/patologia
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Toxicon ; 185: 114-119, 2020 Oct 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32659238

RESUMO

Scorpion envenomation represents an important health problem in many parts of the world, due to the high number and severity of accidents. Recent studies demonstrated that some species can produce venoms with genetic damage potential. Here, we evaluated whether Tityus stigmurus venom causes genetic damage in blood and testicular cells of Swiss mice. We also analyzed the effect of the venom on the number of spermatogenic lineage cells. Five groups of mice received 0.387 mg/kg of the venom, intraperitoneally; one group received saline solution (control group). Blood and testicular cells were collected for comet assay and histological analysis at different times after treatment (1, 2, 6, 12, and 48 h). Blood was also collected 48 h after treatment for the micronucleus test in erythrocytes. Histological analysis was performed by counting cells of the spermatogenic lineages; the nuclear area of elongated spermatocytes was also evaluated. Treatment with the venom induced DNA damage that endured from 1 h to 48 h, as confirmed by the comet assay. The micronucleus test demonstrated that the venom induced mutations in erythrocytes. The number of spermatogonia and rounded spermatids decreased in some groups; the number of elongated spermatids increased, and their nuclear size decreased 1 h after treatment. Genetic damage can be caused directly by the venom, but we suggested that reactive oxygen species that result from inflammatory process caused by the envenomation may have an important role in the DNA damage. Genetic damage and apoptosis may explain the changes in the number of spermatogenic cells. Furthermore, the decrease in nuclear area may result from chromatin loss. Genetic damage in testicular cells, associated with alterations in the number and morphology of spermatogenic cells, can result in reproduction disorders in animals, or humans, stung by T. stigmurus.


Assuntos
Venenos de Escorpião/toxicidade , Escorpiões , Animais , Ensaio Cometa , Dano ao DNA , Humanos , Masculino , Camundongos , Testículo
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 4191-4203, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32606672

RESUMO

Purpose: To characterize the nanoparticle of antroquinonol from A. cinnamomea and its ameliorative effects on the reproductive dysfunction in the diabetic male rat. Material and Methods: The chitosan-silicate nanoparticle was used as the carrier for the delivery of antroquinonol from solid-state-cultured A. cinnamomea extract (AC). The rats were fed with a high-fat diet and intraperitoneally injected with streptozotocin to induce diabetes. The rats were daily oral gavage by water [Diabetes (DM) and Control groups], three different doses of chitosan-silicate nanoparticle of antroquinonol from solid-state-cultured A. cinnamomea (nano-SAC, NAC): (DM+NAC1x, 4 mg/kg of body weight; DM+NAC2x, 8 mg/kg; and DM+NAC5x, 20 mg/kg), solid-state-cultured AC (DM+AC5x, 20 mg/kg), or metformin (DM+Met, 200 mg/kg) for 7 weeks. Results: The nano-SAC size was 37.68±5.91 nm, the zeta potential was 4.13±0.49 mV, encapsulation efficiency was 79.29±0.77%, and loading capacity was 32.45±0.02%. The nano-SAC can improve diabetes-induced reproductive dysfunction by regulating glucose, insulin, and oxidative enzyme and by increasing the level of testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, and sperm count as well as sperm mobility. In testicular histopathology, the seminiferous tubules of A. cinnamomea-supplemented diabetic rats showed similar morphology with the control group. Conclusion: The nanoparticle of antroquinonol from Antrodia cinnamomea can be used as an effective strategy to improve diabetes-induced testicular dysfunction.


Assuntos
Antrodia/química , Diabetes Mellitus Experimental/tratamento farmacológico , Nanopartículas/química , Reprodução , Ubiquinona/análogos & derivados , Animais , Glicemia/metabolismo , Diabetes Mellitus Experimental/sangue , Diabetes Mellitus Experimental/patologia , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Jejum/sangue , Glutationa Peroxidase/metabolismo , Humanos , Insulina/efeitos adversos , Insulina/sangue , Rim/efeitos dos fármacos , Rim/fisiopatologia , Fígado/efeitos dos fármacos , Fígado/fisiopatologia , Masculino , Malondialdeído/metabolismo , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Contagem de Espermatozoides , Motilidade Espermática/efeitos dos fármacos , Estreptozocina , Superóxido Dismutase/metabolismo , Testículo/efeitos dos fármacos , Testículo/patologia , Ubiquinona/farmacologia , Ubiquinona/uso terapêutico
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(7): e1008601, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32614902

RESUMO

Sexual transmission and persistence of Zika virus (ZIKV) in the testes pose new challenges for controlling virus outbreaks and developing live-attenuated vaccines. It has been shown that testicular infection of ZIKV is initiated in the testicular interstitium, followed by spread of the virus in the seminiferous tubules. This leads to testicular damage and/or viral dissemination into the epididymis and eventually into semen. However, it remains unknown which cell types are targeted by ZIKV in the testicular interstitium, and what is the specific order of infectious events leading to ZIKV invasion of the seminiferous tubules. Here, we demonstrate that interstitial leukocytes expressing mir-511-3p microRNA are the initial targets of ZIKV in the testes, and infection of mir-511-3p-expressing cells in the testicular interstitium is necessary for downstream infection of the seminiferous tubules. Mir-511-3p is expressed concurrently with CD206, a marker of lineage 2 (M2) macrophages and monocyte derived dendritic cells (moDCs). Selective restriction of ZIKV infection of CD206-expressing M2 macrophages/moDCs results in the attenuation of macrophage-associated inflammatory responses in vivo and prevents the disruption of the Sertoli cell barrier in vitro. Finally, we show that targeting of viral genome for mir-511-3p significantly attenuates early ZIKV replication not only in the testes, but also in many peripheral organs, including spleen, epididymis, and pancreas. This incriminates M2 macrophages/moDCs as important targets for visceral ZIKV replication following hematogenous dissemination of the virus from the site of infection.


Assuntos
Células Dendríticas/virologia , Macrófagos/virologia , Testículo/virologia , Tropismo Viral/fisiologia , Infecção por Zika virus/virologia , Zika virus/fisiologia , Animais , Masculino , Camundongos
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Mol Syst Biol ; 16(7): e9610, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32715618

RESUMO

The novel SARS-coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) poses a global challenge on healthcare and society. For understanding the susceptibility for SARS-CoV-2 infection, the cell type-specific expression of the host cell surface receptor is necessary. The key protein suggested to be involved in host cell entry is angiotensin I converting enzyme 2 (ACE2). Here, we report the expression pattern of ACE2 across > 150 different cell types corresponding to all major human tissues and organs based on stringent immunohistochemical analysis. The results were compared with several datasets both on the mRNA and protein level. ACE2 expression was mainly observed in enterocytes, renal tubules, gallbladder, cardiomyocytes, male reproductive cells, placental trophoblasts, ductal cells, eye, and vasculature. In the respiratory system, the expression was limited, with no or only low expression in a subset of cells in a few individuals, observed by one antibody only. Our data constitute an important resource for further studies on SARS-CoV-2 host cell entry, in order to understand the biology of the disease and to aid in the development of effective treatments to the viral infection.


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Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Sistema Respiratório/metabolismo , Betacoronavirus , Vasos Sanguíneos/metabolismo , Túnica Conjuntiva/metabolismo , Enterócitos/metabolismo , Feminino , Vesícula Biliar/metabolismo , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos , Humanos , Imuno-Histoquímica , Túbulos Renais Proximais/metabolismo , Masculino , Espectrometria de Massas , Miócitos Cardíacos/metabolismo , Especificidade de Órgãos , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/genética , Placenta/metabolismo , Gravidez , RNA-Seq , Análise de Célula Única , Testículo/metabolismo
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Fertil Steril ; 114(1): 33-43, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32622411

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OBJECTIVE: To identify cell types in the male and female reproductive systems at risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection because of the expression of host genes and proteins used by the virus for cell entry. DESIGN: Descriptive analysis of transcriptomic and proteomic data. SETTING: Academic research department and clinical diagnostic laboratory. PATIENT(S): Not applicable (focus was on previously generated gene and protein expression data). INTERVENTION(S): None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Identification of cell types coexpressing the key angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) and transmembrane serine protease 2 (TMPRSS2) genes and proteins as well as other candidates potentially involved in SARS-CoV-2 cell entry. RESULT(S): On the basis of single-cell RNA sequencing data, coexpression of ACE2 and TMPRSS2 was not detected in testicular cells, including sperm. A subpopulation of oocytes in nonhuman primate ovarian tissue was found to express ACE2 and TMPRSS2, but coexpression was not observed in ovarian somatic cells. RNA expression of TMPRSS2 in 18 samples of human cumulus cells was shown to be low or absent. There was general agreement between publicly available bulk RNA and protein datasets in terms of ACE2 and TMPRSS2 expression patterns in testis, ovary, endometrial, and placental cells. CONCLUSION(S): These analyses suggest that SARS-CoV-2 infection is unlikely to have long-term effects on male and female reproductive function. Although the results cannot be considered definitive, they imply that procedures in which oocytes are collected and fertilized in vitro are associated with very little risk of viral transmission from gametes to embryos and may indeed have the potential to minimize exposure of susceptible reproductive cell types to infection in comparison with natural conception.


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Betacoronavirus/metabolismo , Infecções por Coronavirus/metabolismo , Fertilidade/fisiologia , Regulação Viral da Expressão Gênica/fisiologia , Pneumonia Viral/metabolismo , Reprodução/fisiologia , Internalização do Vírus , Adolescente , Adulto , Animais , Betacoronavirus/genética , Linhagem Celular , Infecções por Coronavirus/genética , Feminino , Humanos , Macaca fascicularis , Masculino , Ovário/citologia , Ovário/metabolismo , Ovário/virologia , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/biossíntese , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/genética , Pneumonia Viral/genética , Gravidez , Proteômica/métodos , Serina Endopeptidases/biossíntese , Serina Endopeptidases/genética , Testículo/citologia , Testículo/metabolismo , Testículo/virologia , Transcriptoma/fisiologia , Adulto Jovem
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Proc Biol Sci ; 287(1930): 20200578, 2020 07 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32605522

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Apoptosis is an evolutionarily conserved process of programmed cell death. Here, we show structural changes in the gonads caused by apoptosis during gametogenesis in the scleractinian coral, Euphyllia ancora. Anatomical and histological analyses revealed that from the non-spawning to the spawning season, testes and ovaries increased in size due to active proliferation, differentiation and development of germ cells. Additionally, the thickness and cell density of the gonadal somatic layer decreased significantly as the spawning season approached. Further analyses demonstrated that the changes in the gonadal somatic layer were caused by apoptosis in a subpopulation of gonadal somatic cells. The occurrence of apoptosis in the gonadal somatic layer was also confirmed in other scleractinian corals. Our findings suggest that decreases in thickness and cell density of the gonadal somatic layer are structural adjustments facilitating oocyte and spermary (male germ cell cluster) enlargement and subsequent gamete release from the gonads. In animal reproduction, apoptosis in germ cells is an important process that controls the number and quality of gametes. However, apoptosis in gonadal somatic cells has rarely been reported among metazoans. Thus, our data provide evidence for a unique use of apoptosis in animal reproduction.


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Antozoários/fisiologia , Apoptose , Animais , Diploide , Feminino , Células Germinativas , Gônadas , Masculino , Oócitos , Ovário , Estações do Ano , Testículo
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Arch Environ Contam Toxicol ; 79(2): 258-269, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32666217

RESUMO

Phenothiazine (PTZ) is a heterocyclic thiazine compound used for industrial and medical purposes. Through environmental surveillance studies, PTZ was found being discharged into a local river in Connecticut. Phenothiazine has been shown to act similarly to endocrine disrupting chemicals. This study sought to identify sex specific hormone receptor changes in Fundulus heteroclitus in response to PTZ exposure. Fundulus heteroclitus, also known as mummichog, are small fish native to the Atlantic coast of the United States and Canada. They reside in brackish waters and can survive harsh toxic environments. This model organism is native to the polluted waters found in Connecticut. In this study, fish were exposed to PTZ concentrations of 0.5 ppm, 1.0 ppm, and 2.0 ppm for 1 week. Following exposure, brain, liver, and gonad tissues were harvested; cDNA was synthesized; and mRNA expression was assessed for 6 different hormone receptors. Compared with vehicle control (ethanol) differences in mRNA expression, levels of hormone receptors were observed in various tissues from male and female fish. Many of the tissues assessed showed changes in expression level, while only female liver and testis showed no change. These results implicate PTZ as a potential endocrine disrupting compound to mummichog at environmentally relevant concentrations.


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Fundulidae/fisiologia , Fenotiazinas/toxicidade , Receptores de Esteroides/metabolismo , Poluentes Químicos da Água/toxicidade , Animais , Canadá , Disruptores Endócrinos/metabolismo , Monitoramento Ambiental , Feminino , Fundulidae/metabolismo , Fígado/química , Masculino , Fenotiazinas/metabolismo , Testículo/efeitos dos fármacos , Poluentes Químicos da Água/análise
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Rev Int Androl ; 18(3): 117-123, 2020.
Artigo em Espanhol | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32660697

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OBJECTIVE: The main objective of this revision is to summarize the current existing evidence of the potential adverse effects of SARS-CoV-2 on the male reproductive system and provide the recommendations of the Asociación Española de Andrología, Medicina Sexual y Reproductiva (ASESA) concerning the implications of COVID-19 infection in the management of male infertilty patients and testicular endocrine dysfunction. METHODS: A comprehensive systematic literature search of the databases of PubMed, Web of Science, Embase, Medline, Cochrane and MedRxiv, was carried out. RESULTS: The presence of orchitis as a potential complication of the infection by SARS-CoV-2 has not yet been confirmed. One study reported that 19% of males with COVID-19 infection had scrotal symptoms suggestive of viral orchitis which could not be confirmed. It is possible that the virus, rather than infecting the testes directly, may induce a secondary autoimmune response leading to autoimmune orchitis. COVID-19 has been associated with coagulation disorders and thus the orchitis could be the result of segmental vasculitis. Existing data concerning the presence of the virus in semen are contradictory. Only one study reported the presence of RNA in 15.8% of patients with COVID-19. However, the presence of nucleic acid or antigen in semen is not synonyms of viral replication capacity and infectivity. It has been reported an increase in serum levels of LH in males with COVID-19 and a significant reduction in the T/LH and FSH/LH ratios, consistent with subclinical hypogonadism. CONCLUSIONS: The findings of recent reports related to the potential effects of COVID-19 infection on the male reproductive system are based on poorly designed, small sample size studies that provide inconclusive, contradictory results. Since there still exists a theoretical possibility of testicular damage and male infertilty as a result of the infection by COVID-19, males of reproductive age should be evaluated for gonadal function and semen analysis. With regard to the sexual transmission of the virus, there is not sufficient evidence to recommend asymptomatic couples to abstein from having sex in order to protect themselves from being infected by the virus. Additional studies are needed to understand the long-term effects of SARS-CoV-2 on male reproductive function, including male fertility potential and endocrine testicular function.


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Betacoronavirus , Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/complicações , Saúde Reprodutiva , Saúde Sexual , Adulto , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Hormônio Foliculoestimulante/sangue , Humanos , Hipogonadismo/sangue , Hipogonadismo/etiologia , Imunoglobulina G/análise , Leucócitos , Hormônio Luteinizante/sangue , Masculino , Orquite/etiologia , Orquite/virologia , Próstata/virologia , RNA Viral/análise , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase Via Transcriptase Reversa , Sêmen/virologia , Preservação do Sêmen , Espanha , Testículo/imunologia , Testículo/patologia , Testículo/virologia , Testosterona/sangue , Vasculite/etiologia , Adulto Jovem
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Fertil Steril ; 113(6): 1135-1139, 2020 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-459476

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OBJECTIVE: To describe detection of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-coronavirus 2 (CoV-2) in seminal fluid of patients recovering from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and to describe the expression profile of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) and Transmembrane Serine Protease 2 (TMPRSS2) within the testicle. DESIGN: Observational, cross-sectional study. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENT(S): Thirty-four adult Chinese males diagnosed with COVID-19 through confirmatory quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) from pharyngeal swab samples. INTERVENTION(S): None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Identification of SARS-CoV-2 on qRT-PCR of single ejaculated semen samples. Semen quality was not assessed. Expression patterns of ACE2 and TMPRSS2 in the human testis are explored through previously published single-cell transcriptome datasets. RESULT(S): Six patients (19%) demonstrated scrotal discomfort suggestive of viral orchitis around the time of COVID-19 confirmation. Severe acute respiratory syndrome-CoV-2 was not detected in semen after a median of 31 days (interquartile range, 29-36 days) from COVID-19 diagnosis. Single-cell transcriptome analysis demonstrates sparse expression of ACE2 and TMPRSS2, with almost no overlapping gene expression. CONCLUSION(S): Severe acute respiratory syndrome-CoV-2 was not detected in the semen of patients recovering from COVID-19 1 month after COVID-19 diagnosis. Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2-mediated viral entry of SARS-CoV-2 into target host cells is unlikely to occur within the human testicle based on ACE2 and TMPRSS2 expression. The long-term effects of SARS-CoV-2 on male reproductive function remain unknown.


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Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Sêmen/virologia , Adolescente , Adulto , Betacoronavirus/genética , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/enzimologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/genética , Estudos Transversais , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/genética , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/enzimologia , Pneumonia Viral/genética , RNA-Seq , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real , Serina Endopeptidases/genética , Testículo/enzimologia , Testículo/virologia , Fatores de Tempo , Transcriptoma , Internalização do Vírus , Adulto Jovem
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Fertil Steril ; 113(6): 1135-1139, 2020 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-72246

RESUMO

OBJECTIVE: To describe detection of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-coronavirus 2 (CoV-2) in seminal fluid of patients recovering from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and to describe the expression profile of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) and Transmembrane Serine Protease 2 (TMPRSS2) within the testicle. DESIGN: Observational, cross-sectional study. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENT(S): Thirty-four adult Chinese males diagnosed with COVID-19 through confirmatory quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) from pharyngeal swab samples. INTERVENTION(S): None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Identification of SARS-CoV-2 on qRT-PCR of single ejaculated semen samples. Semen quality was not assessed. Expression patterns of ACE2 and TMPRSS2 in the human testis are explored through previously published single-cell transcriptome datasets. RESULT(S): Six patients (19%) demonstrated scrotal discomfort suggestive of viral orchitis around the time of COVID-19 confirmation. Severe acute respiratory syndrome-CoV-2 was not detected in semen after a median of 31 days (interquartile range, 29-36 days) from COVID-19 diagnosis. Single-cell transcriptome analysis demonstrates sparse expression of ACE2 and TMPRSS2, with almost no overlapping gene expression. CONCLUSION(S): Severe acute respiratory syndrome-CoV-2 was not detected in the semen of patients recovering from COVID-19 1 month after COVID-19 diagnosis. Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2-mediated viral entry of SARS-CoV-2 into target host cells is unlikely to occur within the human testicle based on ACE2 and TMPRSS2 expression. The long-term effects of SARS-CoV-2 on male reproductive function remain unknown.


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Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Sêmen/virologia , Adolescente , Adulto , Betacoronavirus/genética , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/enzimologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/genética , Estudos Transversais , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/genética , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/enzimologia , Pneumonia Viral/genética , RNA-Seq , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real , Serina Endopeptidases/genética , Testículo/enzimologia , Testículo/virologia , Fatores de Tempo , Transcriptoma , Internalização do Vírus , Adulto Jovem
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 3415-3431, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32523341

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Purpose: Lanthanum oxide (La2O3) nanoparticles (NPs) have been widely used in catalytic and photoelectric applications, but the reproductive toxicity is still unclear. This study evaluated the reproductive toxicity of two different-sized La2O3 particles in the testes. Materials and Methods: Fifty Kunming mice were randomly divided into five groups. Mice were treated with La2O3 NPs by repeated intragastric administration for 90 days (control, nano-sized with 5, 10, 50 mg/kg BW and micro-sized with 50 mg/kg BW). Mice in the control group were treated with de-ionised water without La2O3 NPs. Sperm parameters, testicular histopathology, TEM assessment, hormone assay and nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf-2) pathway were performed and evaluated. Results: The body weight of mice treated with La2O3 NPs or not had no difference; sperm parameters and histological assessment showed that La2O3 NPs could induce reproductive toxicity in the testicle. Serum testosterone and gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) in the NH (nano-sized with 50 mg/kg BW) group were markedly decreased relative to control group, and an increase of luteinizing hormone (LH) in NH group was detected . Additionally, transmission electron microscopy revealed that the ultrastructural abnormalities induced by La2O3 NPs were more severe than La2O3 MPs in the testes. Furthermore, La2O3 NPs treatment inhibited the translocation of nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf-2) from the cytoplasm into the nucleus as well as the expression of downstream genes NAD(P)H quinone oxidoreductase1 (NQO1), hemeoxygenase 1 (HO-1) and (glutathione peroxidase) GSH-Px, thus abrogating Nrf-2-mediated defense mechanisms against oxidative stress. Conclusions: The results of this study demonstrated that La2O3 NPs improved the spermatogenesis defects in mice. La2O3 NPs inhibited Nrf-2/ARE signaling pathway that resulted in apoptosis in the mice testes.


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Elementos de Resposta Antioxidante/genética , Lantânio/toxicidade , Fator 2 Relacionado a NF-E2/metabolismo , Nanopartículas/toxicidade , Óxidos/toxicidade , Reprodução/efeitos dos fármacos , Transdução de Sinais , Animais , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Concentração de Íons de Hidrogênio , Inflamação/patologia , Lantânio/sangue , Masculino , Camundongos , Nanopartículas/ultraestrutura , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Óxidos/sangue , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Espermatozoides/efeitos dos fármacos , Espermatozoides/metabolismo , Testículo/efeitos dos fármacos , Testículo/metabolismo , Testículo/patologia , Testículo/ultraestrutura , Testosterona/biossíntese , Testosterona/metabolismo
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Aging Cell ; 19(7)2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32558150

RESUMO

The COVID-19 coronavirus is now spreading worldwide. Its pathogen, SARS-CoV-2, has been shown to use angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) as its host cell receptor, same as the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) in 2003. Epidemiology studies found males although only slightly more likely to be infected than females account for the majority of the severely ill and fatality, which also bias for people older than 60 years or with metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. Here by analyzing GTEx and other public data in 30 tissues across thousands of individuals, we found a significantly higher level in Asian females, an age-dependent decrease in all ethnic groups, and a highly significant decrease in type II diabetic patients of ACE2 expression. Consistently, the most significant expression quantitative loci (eQTLs) contributing to high ACE2 expression are close to 100% in East Asians, >30% higher than other ethnic groups. A shockingly common enrichment of viral infection pathways was found among ACE2 anti-expressed genes, and multiple binding sites of virus infection related transcription factors and sex hormone receptors locate at ACE2 regulatory regions. Human and mice data analysis further revealed ACE2 expression is reduced in T2D patients and with inflammatory cytokine treatment and upregulated by estrogen and androgen (both decrease with age). Our findings revealed a negative correlation between ACE2 expression and COVID-19 fatality at both population and molecular levels. These results will be instrumental when designing potential prevention and treatment strategies for ACE2 binding coronaviruses in general.


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Betacoronavirus/metabolismo , Infecções por Coronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Variação Genética/genética , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/genética , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/genética , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Biologia Computacional , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Pandemias , Receptores Virais/genética , Receptores Virais/metabolismo , Testículo/metabolismo , Testículo/virologia
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Science ; 368(6495): 1053-1054, 2020 06 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32499425
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