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      Premature Ovarian Insufficiency: Past, Present, and Future


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          Premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) is the loss of normal ovarian function before the age of 40 years, a condition that affects approximately 1% of women under 40 years old and 0.1% of women under 30 years old. It is biochemically characterized by amenorrhea with hypoestrogenic and hypergonadotropic conditions, in some cases, causing loss of fertility. Heterogeneity of POI is registered by genetic and non-genetic causes, such as autoimmunity, environmental toxins, and chemicals. The identification of possible causative genes and selection of candidate genes for POI confirmation remain to be elucidated in cases of idiopathic POI. This review discusses the current understanding and future prospects of heterogeneous POI. We focus on the genetic basis of POI and the recent studies on non-coding RNA in POI pathogenesis as well as on animal models of POI pathogenesis, which help unravel POI mechanisms and potential targets. Despite the latest discoveries, the crosstalk among gene regulatory networks and the possible therapies targeting the same needs to explore in near future.

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              Primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) and polycystic ovarian syndrome are ovarian diseases causing infertility. Although there is no effective treatment for POI, therapies for polycystic ovarian syndrome include ovarian wedge resection or laser drilling to induce follicle growth. Underlying mechanisms for these disruptive procedures are unclear. Here, we explored the role of the conserved Hippo signaling pathway that serves to maintain optimal size across organs and species. We found that fragmentation of murine ovaries promoted actin polymerization and disrupted ovarian Hippo signaling, leading to increased expression of downstream growth factors, promotion of follicle growth, and the generation of mature oocytes. In addition to elucidating mechanisms underlying follicle growth elicited by ovarian damage, we further demonstrated additive follicle growth when ovarian fragmentation was combined with Akt stimulator treatments. We then extended results to treatment of infertility in POI patients via disruption of Hippo signaling by fragmenting ovaries followed by Akt stimulator treatment and autografting. We successfully promoted follicle growth, retrieved mature oocytes, and performed in vitro fertilization. Following embryo transfer, a healthy baby was delivered. The ovarian fragmentation-in vitro activation approach is not only valuable for treating infertility of POI patients but could also be useful for middle-aged infertile women, cancer patients undergoing sterilizing treatments, and other conditions of diminished ovarian reserve.

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                Front Cell Dev Biol
                Front Cell Dev Biol
                Front. Cell Dev. Biol.
                Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                10 May 2021
                : 9
                : 672890
                [1] 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gachon University Gil Medical Center, College of Medicine, Gachon University , Incheon, South Korea
                [2] 2Department of Molecular Medicine, College of Medicine, Gachon University , Incheon, South Korea
                [3] 3Lee Gil Ya Cancer and Diabetes Institute , Incheon, South Korea
                [4] 4Department of Health Sciences and Technology, GAIHST, Gachon University , Incheon, South Korea
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                Edited by: Marcela Alejandra Michaut, CONICET Mario H. Burgos Institute of Histology and Embryology (IHEM), Argentina

                Reviewed by: So-Youn Kim, University of Nebraska Medical Center, United States; April K. Binder, Central Washington University, United States

                *Correspondence: Zobia Umair, zobiamughal@ 123456gmail.com

                This article was submitted to Molecular and Cellular Reproduction, a section of the journal Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology

                Copyright © 2021 Chon, Umair and Yoon.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

                : 26 February 2021
                : 09 April 2021
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                Figures: 1, Tables: 5, Equations: 0, References: 127, Pages: 13, Words: 0
                Funded by: National Research Foundation of Korea 10.13039/501100003725
                Award ID: NRF-2020R1C1C1009913
                Funded by: Gil Medical Center, Gachon University 10.13039/501100006107
                Award ID: FRD2019-03
                Cell and Developmental Biology

                premature ovarian insufficiency,premature ovarian failure,early menopause,ovarian aging,ovary


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