Annabelle Rodriguez, M.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine
The Johns Hopkins University
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Mice Prompt Look at Cholesterol's Role in Female Fertility
By Jennifer Couzin-Frankel
SCIENCE
www.sciencemag.org
Vol 332
June 10, 2011

Summary: It's easy to forget that cholesterol isn't simply a villain. The white, waxy substance is famously intertwined with heart disease, but cholesterol lives all over the body, building cell membranes and hormones. A small group of researchers is now wondering whether cholesterol also helps maintain fertility—and whether cholesterol abnormalities impair a woman's ability to get and stay pregnant. There's even speculation that a cholesterol-lowering drug, which is no longer on the market, could treat a subset of women who are battling infertility.


 

SCARB1 Gene Update
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Media Relations and Public Affairs
Media Contact: Stephanie Desmon
410-955-8665
sdesmon1@jhmi.edu
May 16, 2011

Summary: A variation in a gene involved in regulating cholesterol in the bloodstream also appears to affect progesterone production in women, making it a likely culprit in a substantial number of cases of their infertility, a new study from Johns Hopkins researchers suggests.


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