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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 203: 111053, 2020 Oct 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32888615

RESUMO

Vinclozolin is a common dicarboximide fungicide used to protect crops from diseases. It is also an endocrine disruptor and is thought to be related to abnormalities of the reproductive tract. However, its mechanism of inducing abnormalities of the male reproductive tract is still unclear. The purpose of this study was to study the effect of gestational vinclozolin exposure on the development of rat fetal Leydig cells. Female pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to vinclozolin (0, 25, 50, and 100 mg/kg body weight/day) by gavage from gestational day 14-21. Vinclozolin dose-dependently reduced serum testosterone levels at doses of 50 and 100 mg/kg and the anogenital distance at 100 mg/kg. RNA-seq, qPCR, and Western blotting showed that vinclozolin down-regulated the expression of Nr5a1, Sox9, Lhcgr, Cyp11a1, Hsd3b1, Hsd17b3, Amh, Pdgfa, and Dhh and their encoded proteins. Vinclozolin reduced the number of NR2F2-positive stem Leydig cells at a dose of 100 mg/kg and enhanced autophagy in the testes. In conclusion, vinclozolin disrupts reproductive tract development and testis development in male fetal rats via several pathways.


Assuntos
Disruptores Endócrinos/toxicidade , Fungicidas Industriais/toxicidade , Organogênese/efeitos dos fármacos , Oxazóis/toxicidade , Efeitos Tardios da Exposição Pré-Natal/induzido quimicamente , Testículo/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Autofagia/efeitos dos fármacos , Relação Dose-Resposta a Droga , Feminino , Células Intersticiais do Testículo/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Intersticiais do Testículo/metabolismo , Células Intersticiais do Testículo/patologia , Masculino , Gravidez , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Testículo/embriologia , Testículo/patologia , Testosterona/sangue
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Andrologia ; 52(9): e13791, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32790205

RESUMO

Male infertility is linked to some viral infections including human papillomavirus (HPV), herpes simplex viruses (HSV) and human immunodeficiency viruses (HIVs). Almost nothing is known about severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) effect on fertility. The possible risk factors of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection on fertility comes from the abundance of angiotensin-Converting Enzyme-2 (ACE2), receptor entry of the virus, on testes, a reduction in important sex hormone ratios and COVID-19-associated fever. Recent studies have shown a gender difference for COVID-19 rates and comorbidity. In this review, we will discuss the potential effect of COVID-19 on male fertility and talk about what needs to be done by the scientific community to tackle our limited understanding of the disease. On the other side, we will focus on what is known so far about the risk of COVID-19 on pregnancy, neonatal health and the vertical transfer of the virus between mothers and their neonates. Finally, because reproduction is a human right and infertility is considered a health disease, we will discuss how assisted reproductive clinics can cope with the pandemic and what guidelines they should follow to minimise the risk of viral transmission.


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Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Transmissão Vertical de Doença Infecciosa , Infertilidade Masculina/virologia , Pneumonia Viral/complicações , Complicações Infecciosas na Gravidez/virologia , Saúde Reprodutiva , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Betacoronavirus/metabolismo , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Feminino , Infecções por HIV/complicações , Infecções por HIV/transmissão , Infecções por HIV/virologia , Herpes Simples/complicações , Herpes Simples/transmissão , Herpes Simples/virologia , Humanos , Infertilidade Masculina/patologia , Masculino , Pandemias , Infecções por Papillomavirus/complicações , Infecções por Papillomavirus/transmissão , Infecções por Papillomavirus/virologia , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Gravidez , Fatores de Risco , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/metabolismo , Testículo/metabolismo , Testículo/patologia
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Am J Hum Genet ; 107(3): 514-526, 2020 09 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32791035

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Multiple morphological abnormalities of the sperm flagella (MMAF) is a severe form of asthenoteratozoospermia. Although recent studies have revealed several MMAF-associated genes and demonstrated MMAF to be a genetically heterogeneous disease, at least one-third of the cases are still not well understood for their etiology. Here, we identified bi-allelic loss-of-function variants in CFAP58 by using whole-exome sequencing in five (5.6%) unrelated individuals from a cohort of 90 MMAF-affected Chinese men. Each of the men harboring bi-allelic CFAP58 variants presented typical MMAF phenotypes. Transmission electron microscopy demonstrated striking flagellar defects with axonemal and mitochondrial sheath malformations. CFAP58 is predominantly expressed in the testis and encodes a cilia- and flagella-associated protein. Immunofluorescence assays showed that CFAP58 localized at the entire flagella of control sperm and predominantly concentrated in the mid-piece. Immunoblotting and immunofluorescence assays showed that the abundances of axoneme ultrastructure markers SPAG6 and SPEF2 and a mitochondrial sheath protein, HSP60, were significantly reduced in the spermatozoa from men harboring bi-allelic CFAP58 variants. We generated Cfap58-knockout mice via CRISPR/Cas9 technology. The male mice were infertile and presented with severe flagellar defects, consistent with the sperm phenotypes in MMAF-affected men. Overall, our findings in humans and mice strongly suggest that CFAP58 plays a vital role in sperm flagellogenesis and demonstrate that bi-allelic loss-of-function variants in CFAP58 can cause axoneme and peri-axoneme malformations leading to male infertility. This study provides crucial insights for understanding and counseling of MMAF-associated asthenoteratozoospermia.


Assuntos
Anormalidades Múltiplas/genética , Astenozoospermia/genética , Axonema/genética , Infertilidade Masculina/genética , Peptídeos e Proteínas de Sinalização Intercelular/genética , Anormalidades Múltiplas/patologia , Alelos , Animais , Astenozoospermia/fisiopatologia , Axonema/patologia , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/genética , Homozigoto , Humanos , Infertilidade Masculina/patologia , Mutação com Perda de Função/genética , Perda de Heterozigosidade/genética , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Knockout , Proteínas dos Microtúbulos/genética , Mitocôndrias/genética , Cauda do Espermatozoide/metabolismo , Cauda do Espermatozoide/patologia , Testículo/metabolismo , Testículo/patologia , Sequenciamento Completo do Exoma
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PLoS Genet ; 16(8): e1008954, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32785227

RESUMO

The flagellum is essential for sperm motility and fertilization in vivo. The axoneme is the main component of the flagella, extending through its entire length. An axoneme is comprised of two central microtubules surrounded by nine doublets, the nexin-dynein regulatory complex, radial spokes, and dynein arms. Failure to properly assemble components of the axoneme in a sperm flagellum, leads to fertility alterations. To understand this process in detail, we have defined the function of an uncharacterized gene, Cfap97 domain containing 1 (Cfap97d1). This gene is evolutionarily conserved in mammals and multiple other species, including Chlamydomonas. We have used two independently generated Cfap97d1 knockout mouse models to study the gene function in vivo. Cfap97d1 is exclusively expressed in testes starting from post-natal day 20 and continuing throughout adulthood. Deletion of the Cfap97d1 gene in both mouse models leads to sperm motility defects (asthenozoospermia) and male subfertility. In vitro fertilization (IVF) of cumulus-intact oocytes with Cfap97d1 deficient sperm yielded few embryos whereas IVF with zona pellucida-free oocytes resulted in embryo numbers comparable to that of the control. Knockout spermatozoa showed abnormal motility characterized by frequent stalling in the anti-hook position. Uniquely, Cfap97d1 loss caused a phenotype associated with axonemal doublet heterogeneity linked with frequent loss of the fourth doublet in the sperm stored in the epididymis. This study demonstrates that Cfap97d1 is required for sperm flagellum ultra-structure maintenance, thereby playing a critical role in sperm function and male fertility in mice.


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Axonema/genética , Proteínas do Citoesqueleto/genética , Dineínas/genética , Infertilidade Masculina/genética , Animais , Chlamydomonas/genética , Cílios/genética , Cílios/patologia , Fertilização In Vitro , Humanos , Infertilidade Masculina/patologia , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Knockout , Motilidade Espermática/genética , Cauda do Espermatozoide/metabolismo , Cauda do Espermatozoide/patologia , Espermatozoides/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Espermatozoides/patologia , Testículo/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Testículo/patologia
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Life Sci ; 258: 118192, 2020 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32781062

RESUMO

The present study was conducted to identify possible health - promoting effects of wogonin (Wog) on testicular dysfunction in rats caused by cadmium. Pre-treatment of cadmium chloride (Cd: 5 mg/kg b.wt.) administered rats with wogonin (10 mg/kg b.wt) resulted in significant improvement in Cd-induced decrease in body and organ (testes and epididymides) weights. Wogonin treatment significantly improved Cd-induced reduction in sperm quality and quantity, steroidogenic gene (SFI, StAR, CYP11A1, 3ß-HSD, CYP17A1 and 17ß-HSD) and protein (SF1, StAR and CYP17A1) expressions and serum testosterone levels. Wogonin treatment provided significant protection to Cd-induced aggression in testicular oxidative (elevated levels of MDA) and anti-oxidative (diminished activities of SOD, CAT and GPx) status. Wog significantly up-regulated mRNA levels of Nrf2, NQO1 and HO-1 and down-regulation of Keap1 in cadmium treated testes. Wogonin administration significantly suppressed Cd-stimulated increase in inflammatory reactions (increase in NF-κB p65 DNA, p-IKKß, TNF-α levels and decrease in IL-10 levels). Wogonin prevented apoptotic damage by enhanced protein distribution of caspase-9, caspase-3, and Bax due to Cd exposure. Furthermore, Wogonin presented significant protection to histo-morphometric changes resulted after Cd administration. Taken together, the findings of this study provided clear evidence of the therapeutic potential of Cd-induced testicular toxicity at least partly due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic properties.


Assuntos
Anti-Inflamatórios/farmacologia , Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Cádmio/toxicidade , Flavanonas/farmacologia , Substâncias Protetoras/farmacologia , Transdução de Sinais , Testículo/patologia , Animais , Biomarcadores/metabolismo , Peso Corporal/efeitos dos fármacos , Ingestão de Líquidos/efeitos dos fármacos , Epididimo/efeitos dos fármacos , Epididimo/patologia , Comportamento Alimentar/efeitos dos fármacos , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Hormônios/sangue , Inflamação/patologia , Masculino , Oxirredução , RNA Mensageiro/genética , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Ratos Wistar , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Espermatogênese/efeitos dos fármacos , Espermatozoides/efeitos dos fármacos , Espermatozoides/metabolismo , Esteroides/metabolismo , Testículo/efeitos dos fármacos , Testículo/metabolismo
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 205: 111176, 2020 Dec 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32846301

RESUMO

The effects of 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE2) on sex ratio, gonopodium morphology, and gonadal histology of C. decemmaculatus were assessed by a full-lifecycle exposure experiment. Newborn fish were waterborne exposed to 30, 100, and 300 ng EE2/L for 90 d, using 50 fish per treatment. Additionally, in December of 2016, a field survey was conducted on a C. decemmaculatus population inhabiting the Girado Creek downstream of the Chascomus city wastewater effluent discharge. After 90 d of exposure, EE2 was able to histologically skew the sex ratio toward females and inhibit the full gonopodium development since the lowest tested concentration (LOEC = 30 ng/L). At higher concentrations, EE2 was toxic, inducing mortality in a concentration-dependent fashion (90 d-LC50 = 109.9 ng/L) and altering the gonadal histoarchitecture, causing neither testes nor ovaries discernible histologically (LOEC = 100 ng/L). In addition, a novel response, perianal hyperpigmentation, was discovered been induced by the EE2 exposure in a concentration-dependent fashion (90 d-EC50 = 39.3 ng/L). A higher proportion of females and perianal hyperpigmentation were observed in wild fish collected from the Girado Creek. The major reached conclusions are: i) EE2 induce different effects on the sexual traits of C. decemmaculatus when exposed from early-life or adult stages. ii) The most sensitive effects observed in the laboratory occur in a creek receiving wastewater effluent. iii) The perianal hyperpigmentation comes-up as a promising biomarker of exposure to estrogenic compounds.


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Ciprinodontiformes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Disruptores Endócrinos/toxicidade , Etinilestradiol/toxicidade , Gônadas/efeitos dos fármacos , Hiperpigmentação/induzido quimicamente , Poluentes Químicos da Água/toxicidade , Animais , Relação Dose-Resposta a Droga , Feminino , Gônadas/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Gônadas/patologia , Humanos , Estágios do Ciclo de Vida/efeitos dos fármacos , Masculino , Ovário/efeitos dos fármacos , Ovário/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Ovário/patologia , Fenótipo , Razão de Masculinidade , Testículo/efeitos dos fármacos , Testículo/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Testículo/patologia
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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.


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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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Rev Int Androl ; 18(3): 117-123, 2020.
Artigo em Espanhol | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32660697

RESUMO

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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Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 4191-4203, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32606672

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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.


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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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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(24): 13680-13688, 2020 06 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32493750

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Sex determination in mammals is governed by antagonistic interactions of two genetic pathways, imbalance in which may lead to disorders/differences of sex development (DSD) in human. Among 46,XX individuals with testicular DSD (TDSD) or ovotesticular DSD (OTDSD), testicular tissue is present in the gonad. Although the testis-determining gene SRY is present in many cases, the etiology is unknown in most SRY-negative patients. We performed exome sequencing on 78 individuals with 46,XX TDSD/OTDSD of unknown genetic etiology and identified seven (8.97%) with heterozygous variants affecting the fourth zinc finger (ZF4) of Wilms' tumor 1 (WT1) (p.Ser478Thrfs*17, p.Pro481Leufs*15, p.Lys491Glu, p.Arg495Gln [x3], p.Arg495Gly). The variants were de novo in six families (P = 4.4 × 10-6), and the incidence of WT1 variants in 46,XX DSD is enriched compared to control populations (P < 1.8 × 10-4). The introduction of ZF4 mutants into a human granulosa cell line resulted in up-regulation of endogenous Sertoli cell transcripts and Wt1 Arg495Gly/Arg495Gly XX mice display masculinization of the fetal gonads. The phenotype could be explained by the ability of the mutated proteins to physically interact with and sequester a key pro-ovary factor ß-CATENIN, which may lead to up-regulation of testis-specific pathway. Our data show that unlike previous association of WT1 and 46,XY DSD, ZF4 variants of WT1 are a relatively common cause of 46,XX TDSD/OTDSD. This expands the spectrum of phenotypes associated with WT1 variants and shows that the WT1 protein affecting ZF4 can function as a protestis factor in an XX chromosomal context.


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Transtornos Testiculares 46, XX do Desenvolvimento Sexual/metabolismo , Testículo/metabolismo , Proteínas WT1/metabolismo , Transtornos Testiculares 46, XX do Desenvolvimento Sexual/genética , Transtornos Testiculares 46, XX do Desenvolvimento Sexual/patologia , Animais , Pré-Escolar , Feminino , Humanos , Lactente , Masculino , Camundongos , Ovário/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Ovário/metabolismo , Testículo/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Testículo/patologia , Proteínas WT1/química , Proteínas WT1/genética , Dedos de Zinco , beta Catenina/genética , beta Catenina/metabolismo
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Life Sci ; 256: 117982, 2020 Sep 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32562693

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AIMS: This study was designed to evaluate the protective and therapeutic efficacy of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) against testicular degeneration and germ cell apoptosis after induced spermatic cord torsion/detorsion (TD) in rats. MATERIALS: Forty rats were allocated into 5 groups: 1) control, 2) short torsion/detorsion (STD), 3) long torsion detorsion (LTD), 4) protective (PRP/P) and 5) treatment (PRP/T). Testicular ischemia was induced by twisting the right testis 1080° clockwise for 2.5 h. PRP (10 µl) was injected intra-testicular 5 min before (PRP/P) and 3 h after (PRP/T) detorsion. At the end of the experiment, rats were euthanized at 2, 30, 2, and 30 days for groups 2-5 respectively. Nitric oxide, malondialdehyde, catalase, total antioxidant capacity, reduced glutathione, glutathione-S-transferase, interleukin1 beta, tumor necrosis factor, caspase-3, and B-cell lymphoma 2 expressions were assessed in the testes. Moreover, histological examination was performed. KEY FINDINGS: PRP treatment significantly mitigated the torsion-detorsion induced testicular degeneration. Particularly, by improving the state of oxidative stress (NO, P = 0.0001) and antioxidant markers (TAC, GSH, GST, P = 0.0001-0.01) and decreasing the expression of IL-1ß, TNF-α and cas 3 and increase the BCL2 fold changes (P = 0.0001). The protective use of PRP is superior to the therapeutic use of PRP in the restoration of the testicular histoarchitecture following TD. SIGNIFICANCE: This study illustrates the cyto-protective role of PRP against TD induced testicular cell injury that highlight possible application of PRP as a complementary therapy in different testicular degenerative diseases which might attribute to its ability to ameliorate the oxidative stress and inhibit induced apoptosis.


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Plasma Rico em Plaquetas/metabolismo , Traumatismo por Reperfusão/metabolismo , Traumatismo por Reperfusão/prevenção & controle , Torção do Cordão Espermático/metabolismo , Torção do Cordão Espermático/prevenção & controle , Testículo/metabolismo , Animais , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Masculino , Estresse Oxidativo/fisiologia , Ratos , Ratos Wistar , Traumatismo por Reperfusão/patologia , Torção do Cordão Espermático/patologia , Testículo/patologia , Resultado do Tratamento
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Chem Biol Interact ; 327: 109180, 2020 Aug 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32569592

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Testicular damage contributes to cyclosporine A (CsA) induced male infertility. However, the exact underlying molecular mediators involved in CsA-induced testis disorder remains unclear. The present study aimed to characterize the role of mir-34a/sirt-1 in CsA induced testicular injury alone or in combination with curcumin. A total of twenty-eight male Wistar rats were subdivided into four groups: control (Con), sham, cyclosporine A (CsA), cyclosporineA + curcumin (CsA + cur). The animals received cyclosporine A (30 mg/kg) and curcumin (40 mg/kg) for 28 days by oral gavage. At the end of the experiment, CsA administration significantly resulted in a decrease in testis weight and testis coefficient. The molecular analysis demonstrated that CsA exposure increased 8-OHdg and Nox4 protein contents in the testis tissue. TUNEL staining indicated that CsA caused the number of apoptotic cells to increase in the testes of male rats. In addition, exposure to CsA resulted in an increased expression of Bax, and a decreased expresion in that of Bcl-2, with a concomitant up-regulation of the Bax/Bcl-2, c-Caspase-3/p-Caspase-3 ratio and cytochrome c level. Meanwhile, exposure to CsA increased the expression of mir-34a and decreased sirt-1 protein level in the testis tissue samples compared to the control group. Taken together, our findings suggested that CsA can cause damage to testicular germ cells via oxidative stress and mitochondrial apoptotic pathway, and probably mir-34a/sirt-1 play a crucial role in this process. It also demonstrates that these negative effects of CsA can be reduced by using curcumin as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.


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Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Curcumina/uso terapêutico , Ciclosporina/toxicidade , MicroRNAs/metabolismo , Sirtuína 1/metabolismo , Doenças Testiculares/tratamento farmacológico , 8-Hidroxi-2'-Desoxiguanosina/metabolismo , Animais , Anti-Inflamatórios não Esteroides/uso terapêutico , Antioxidantes/uso terapêutico , Citocromos c/metabolismo , Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Masculino , Tamanho do Órgão/efeitos dos fármacos , Estresse Oxidativo , Ratos Wistar , Doenças Testiculares/induzido quimicamente , Testículo/efeitos dos fármacos , Testículo/patologia
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Toxicol Appl Pharmacol ; 401: 115077, 2020 08 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32479917

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Triclocarban (TCC) is an antimicrobial compound, widely used in personal care products, such as soaps, toothpaste, and shampoo. This agent is incompletely removed by wastewater treatment and represents an environmental contaminant. Studies show that TCC has been associated with some endocrine disruptions. In vitro, TCC demonstrated potent androgen-augmenting activity and aromatase inhibition. In this sense, exposure during critical periods of development (gestation and lactation) could lead to some adverse health outcomes in offspring. Therefore, the present study evaluated if maternal exposure to three different doses of TCC could interfere in the reproductive parameters of male offspring. Pregnant female Wistar rats were separated into four groups: vehicle Control (CTR); TCC 0.3 mg/kg (TCC 0.3); TCC 1.5 mg/kg (TCC 1.5); TCC 3.0 mg/kg (TCC 3.0). Dams were treated daily by oral gavage from gestational day 0 to lactational day 21. The males were evaluated in different timepoint: infancy (PND 21), puberty (PND 50) and adult life (PND 90-120). The histomorphometric analysis of testis and testosterone level were assessed on PND 21, 50, 120; sexual behavior and sperm parameters at adulthood. In the TCC 3.0 group, a decrease in the testis interstitial volume and an increase in testosterone levels were observed on PND 21. Moreover, there was a decrease in the diameter of the seminiferous tubules on PND 50, and a decrease in sexual competency in adulthood. These results suggest that exposure to a human relevant dose of TCC may interfere with reproduction and could have implications for human health.


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Anti-Infecciosos Locais/toxicidade , Carbanilidas/toxicidade , Lactação/efeitos dos fármacos , Efeitos Tardios da Exposição Pré-Natal/induzido quimicamente , Reprodução/efeitos dos fármacos , Comportamento Sexual Animal/efeitos dos fármacos , Fatores Etários , Animais , Feminino , Lactação/fisiologia , Masculino , Gravidez , Efeitos Tardios da Exposição Pré-Natal/sangue , Efeitos Tardios da Exposição Pré-Natal/patologia , Ratos , Ratos Wistar , Reprodução/fisiologia , Comportamento Sexual Animal/fisiologia , Testículo/efeitos dos fármacos , Testículo/patologia , Testosterona/sangue
15.
Andrologia ; 52(9): e13712, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32578263

RESUMO

We performed this systematic review to evaluate the possibility of an impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection on male fertility. SARS-CoV-2 enters the cells with the help of ACE2; therefore, testicular expression of ACE2 was analysed from transcriptome sequencing studies and our unpublished data. Literature suggested that SARS-CoV-1 (2002-2004 SARS) had a significant adverse impact on testicular architecture, suggesting a high possibility of the impact of SARS-CoV-2 as well. Out of two studies on semen samples from COVID-19 affected patients, one reported the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in the semen samples while the other denied it, raising conflict about its presence in the semen samples and the possibility of sexual transmission. Our transcriptome sequencing studies on rat testicular germ cells showed ACE expression in rat testicular germ cells. We also found ACE2 expression in transcriptome sequencing data for human spermatozoa, corroborating its presence in the testicular germ cells. Transcriptome sequencing data from literature search revealed ACE2 expression in the germ, Sertoli and Leydig cells. The presence of ACE2 on almost all testicular cells and the report of a significant impact of previous SARS coronavirus on testes suggest that SARS-CoV-2 is highly likely to affect testicular tissue, semen parameters and male fertility.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Infertilidade Masculina/virologia , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/complicações , Testículo/metabolismo , Animais , Betacoronavirus/metabolismo , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Infertilidade Masculina/patologia , Masculino , Modelos Animais , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Ratos , Sêmen/virologia , Espermatozoides/metabolismo , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/metabolismo , Testículo/patologia
16.
Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 3415-3431, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32523341

RESUMO

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.


Assuntos
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
17.
Eur Urol Focus ; 6(5): 1124-1129, 2020 Sep 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32563676

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), involves multiple organs. Testicular involvement is largely unknown. OBJECTIVE: To determine the pathological changes and whether SARS-CoV-2 can be detected in the testes of deceased COVID-19 patients. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Postmortem examination of the testes from 12 COVID-19 patients was performed using light and electron microscopy, and immunohistochemistry for lymphocytic and histiocytic markers. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was used to detect the virus in testicular tissue. OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS AND STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: Seminiferous tubular injury was assessed as none, mild, moderate, or severe according to the extent of tubular damage. Leydig cells in the interstitium were counted in ten 400× microscopy fields. RESULTS AND LIMITATIONS: Microscopically, Sertoli cells showed swelling, vacuolation and cytoplasmic rarefaction, detachment from tubular basement membranes, and loss and sloughing into lumens of the intratubular cell mass. Two, five, and four of 11 cases showed mild, moderate, and severe injury, respectively. The mean number of Leydig cells in COVID-19 testes was significantly lower than in the control group (2.2 vs 7.8, p < 0.001). In the interstitium there was edema and mild inflammatory infiltrates composed of T lymphocytes and histiocytes. Transmission EM did not identify viral particles in three cases. RT-PCR detected the virus in one of 12 cases. CONCLUSIONS: Testes from COVID-19 patients exhibited significant seminiferous tubular injury, reduced Leydig cells, and mild lymphocytic inflammation. We found no evidence of SARS-CoV-2 virus in the testes in the majority (90%) of the cases by RT-PCR, and in none by electron microscopy. These findings can provide evidence-based guidance for sperm donation and inform management strategies to mitigate the risk of testicular injury during the COVID-19 disease course. PATIENT SUMMARY: We examined the testes of deceased COVID-19 patients. We found significant damage to the testicular parenchyma. However, virus was not detected in testes in the majority of cases.


Assuntos
Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Túbulos Seminíferos/patologia , Testículo/patologia , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Betacoronavirus , Contagem de Células , Infecções por Coronavirus/metabolismo , Infecções por Coronavirus/fisiopatologia , Humanos , Inflamação , Células Intersticiais do Testículo/patologia , Células Intersticiais do Testículo/ultraestrutura , Masculino , Microscopia Eletrônica , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/fisiopatologia , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase Via Transcriptase Reversa , Túbulos Seminíferos/ultraestrutura , Células de Sertoli/patologia , Células de Sertoli/ultraestrutura , Espermatogênese/fisiologia , Testículo/metabolismo , Testículo/ultraestrutura , Testículo/virologia
18.
Mol Biol Rep ; 47(6): 4383-4392, 2020 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-260333

RESUMO

The ACE2 gene is a receptor of SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) for COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). To analyze the expression profiles and clinical significances for this gene in humans, RNA-seq data representing 27 different tissues were analyzed using NCBI; total RNA was extracted from different tissues of mouse and semi-quantitative reverse transcriptional-polymerase chain reaction (Q-RT-PCR) was carried out. Immunohistochemistry expression profiles in normal tissues and cancer tissues and TCGA survival analysis in renal and liver cancer were conducted. ACE2 was highly conserved in different species. In normal tissues, ACE2 expression distributions were organ-specific, mainly in the kidney, male testis and female breast, and cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems. High level of expression in testis, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal system indicated that SARS-CoV-2 might not only attack the lungs, but also affect other organs, particularly the testes, thus it may severely damage male sexual development for younger male and lead to infertility in an adult male, if he contracted COVID-19. On the other side, high expression of ACE2 was correlated with increased survival rate in renal and liver cancer, indicating that ACE2 is a prognostic marker in both renal cancer and liver cancers. Thus, the ACE2 is a functional receptor for SARS-CoV-2 and has a potential anti-tumor role in cancer. Taken together, this study may not only provide potential clues for further medical pathogenesis of COVID-19 and male fertility, but also indicate the clinical significance of the role of the ACE2 gene in cancer.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Neoplasias Renais/genética , Neoplasias Hepáticas/genética , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/genética , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Receptores Virais/genética , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Adulto , Animais , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/genética , Bases de Dados Genéticas , Feminino , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/genética , Humanos , Rim/metabolismo , Rim/patologia , Rim/virologia , Neoplasias Renais/mortalidade , Neoplasias Renais/patologia , Neoplasias Renais/virologia , Fígado/metabolismo , Fígado/patologia , Fígado/virologia , Neoplasias Hepáticas/mortalidade , Neoplasias Hepáticas/patologia , Neoplasias Hepáticas/virologia , Pulmão/metabolismo , Pulmão/patologia , Pulmão/virologia , Masculino , Glândulas Mamárias Humanas/metabolismo , Glândulas Mamárias Humanas/patologia , Glândulas Mamárias Humanas/virologia , Camundongos , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/genética , Ligação Proteica , Receptores Virais/metabolismo , Análise de Sequência de RNA , Transdução de Sinais , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/metabolismo , Análise de Sobrevida , Testículo/metabolismo , Testículo/patologia , Testículo/virologia
19.
Toxicology ; 440: 152489, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32416107

RESUMO

Busulfan is commonly used for cancer chemotherapy, nevertheless it cause male infertility via damaging the germ cells. Therefore, the underlying mechanism should be explored. In the present study, we demonstrated for the first time that ferroptosis was involved in busulfan-induced oligospermia in mice. Mice were given testicular injection of busulfan on both sides at the dose of 4 mg/kg body weight to establish the model of oligospermia. Four weeks later, the results showed that busulfan-treated mice exhibited decreased sperm concentration and motility, along with features of typical ferroptosis in testis, such as increased malondialdehyde (MDA) content and prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase (PTGS2) mRNA expression, and decreased NADPH content. Inhibition of ferroptosis by ferrostatin-1 (Fer-1) or deferoxamine (DFO) partially alleviated busulfan-induced oligospermia in mice. Additionally, we also revealed that busulfan treatment induced spermatogenic cells ferroptosis by down-regulating nuclear factor-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) and glutathione peroxidase 4 (GPX4) expressions, and decreasing iron efflux through reduction of ferroportin 1 (FPN1) expression. Fer-1 or DFO obviously reversed busulfan-induced ferroptosis by increasing Nrf2, GPX4 and FPN1 expressions. Furthermore, after activation of Nrf2 by sulforaphane, sperm concentration and motility in busulfan-treated mice increased, accompanied by enhanced expressions of GPX4 and FPN1. These findings imply that busulfan-induced ferroptosis might be mediated via inhibition of Nrf2-GPX4 (FPN1) signaling pathway, and highlight that targeting ferroptosis serves as a potential strategy for prevention of busulfan-induced damage and male infertility.


Assuntos
Antineoplásicos Alquilantes/toxicidade , Bussulfano/toxicidade , Ferroptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Oligospermia/induzido quimicamente , Oligospermia/prevenção & controle , Animais , Proteínas de Transporte de Cátions/antagonistas & inibidores , Cicloexilaminas/farmacologia , Ciclo-Oxigenase 2/efeitos dos fármacos , Desferroxamina/farmacologia , Masculino , Malondialdeído/metabolismo , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos ICR , Fator 2 Relacionado a NF-E2/antagonistas & inibidores , Oligospermia/patologia , Fenilenodiaminas/farmacologia , Fosfolipídeo Hidroperóxido Glutationa Peroxidase/antagonistas & inibidores , Motilidade Espermática/efeitos dos fármacos , Testículo/efeitos dos fármacos , Testículo/patologia
20.
Mol Biol Rep ; 47(6): 4383-4392, 2020 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32410141

RESUMO

The ACE2 gene is a receptor of SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) for COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). To analyze the expression profiles and clinical significances for this gene in humans, RNA-seq data representing 27 different tissues were analyzed using NCBI; total RNA was extracted from different tissues of mouse and semi-quantitative reverse transcriptional-polymerase chain reaction (Q-RT-PCR) was carried out. Immunohistochemistry expression profiles in normal tissues and cancer tissues and TCGA survival analysis in renal and liver cancer were conducted. ACE2 was highly conserved in different species. In normal tissues, ACE2 expression distributions were organ-specific, mainly in the kidney, male testis and female breast, and cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems. High level of expression in testis, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal system indicated that SARS-CoV-2 might not only attack the lungs, but also affect other organs, particularly the testes, thus it may severely damage male sexual development for younger male and lead to infertility in an adult male, if he contracted COVID-19. On the other side, high expression of ACE2 was correlated with increased survival rate in renal and liver cancer, indicating that ACE2 is a prognostic marker in both renal cancer and liver cancers. Thus, the ACE2 is a functional receptor for SARS-CoV-2 and has a potential anti-tumor role in cancer. Taken together, this study may not only provide potential clues for further medical pathogenesis of COVID-19 and male fertility, but also indicate the clinical significance of the role of the ACE2 gene in cancer.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Neoplasias Renais/genética , Neoplasias Hepáticas/genética , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/genética , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Receptores Virais/genética , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Adulto , Animais , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/genética , Bases de Dados Genéticas , Feminino , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/genética , Humanos , Rim/metabolismo , Rim/patologia , Rim/virologia , Neoplasias Renais/mortalidade , Neoplasias Renais/patologia , Neoplasias Renais/virologia , Fígado/metabolismo , Fígado/patologia , Fígado/virologia , Neoplasias Hepáticas/mortalidade , Neoplasias Hepáticas/patologia , Neoplasias Hepáticas/virologia , Pulmão/metabolismo , Pulmão/patologia , Pulmão/virologia , Masculino , Glândulas Mamárias Humanas/metabolismo , Glândulas Mamárias Humanas/patologia , Glândulas Mamárias Humanas/virologia , Camundongos , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/genética , Ligação Proteica , Receptores Virais/metabolismo , Análise de Sequência de RNA , Transdução de Sinais , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/metabolismo , Análise de Sobrevida , Testículo/metabolismo , Testículo/patologia , Testículo/virologia
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