IMR Press / FBS / Volume 9 / Issue 4 / DOI: 10.2741/S496

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Genomics: Tool to predict and prevent male infertility

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1 Department of Reproductive Biology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.

Academic Editors: Pradyumna Kumar Mishra, Radhey Shyam Sharma, Nirmal Kumar Lohiya, Siamak Tabibzadeh

Front. Biosci. (Schol Ed) 2017, 9(4), 448–508;
Published: 1 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reproductive biomedicine: from basics to translational outcome)

A large number of human diseases arise as a result of genetic abnormalities. With the advent of improved molecular biology techniques, the genetic etiology of male infertility is increasing. The common genetic factors responsible for male infertility are chromosomal abnormalities, Yq microdeletion and cystic fibrosis. These are responsible for approximately 30 percent cases of male infertility. About 40 percent cases of male infertility are categorized as idiopathic. These cases may be associated with genetic and genomic abnormalities. During last few years more and more genes are implicated in male infertility leading to decline in prevalence of idiopathic etiology. In this review we will summarize up to date published works on genetic etiologies of male infertility including our own works. We also briefly describe reproductive technologies used to overcome male infertility, dangers of transmitting genetic disorders to offspring and ways to prevent transmission of genetic disorders during assisted reproduction. At the end we will provide our points on how genomic information can be utilized for prediction and prevention of male infertility in coming years.

Male Infertility
Genetic causes
Genomic causes
Prediction and Prevention strategies
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