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Reproductive Medicine and Biology

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Edited By: Norihiro Sugino, Yamaguchi University, Ube, Japan.

Online ISSN: 1447-0578

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Message from new Editor-in-Chief

ProfSugino

Switch Over to Open Access Journal

 I am now delighted that Reproductive Medicine and Biology (RMB) will be starting Open Access Journal in January 2017. It has been 15 years since RMB was launched as the official journal of the Japan Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Japan Society of Fertilization and Implantation, the Japan Society of Andrology in 2002. In 2016, the Asian Society of Endometriosis and Adenomyosis also jointed our Journal. RMB is an internationally peer-reviewed journal that includes original research articles, review papers, and case reports on a broad range of subjects related to the female/male reproductive system. I believe that our journal is making a progress. Currently, about 25-30 articles have been published per year. A number of excellent original papers and review papers have been published so far, and we are sure that our journal plays an important role among the many journals in the field of reproductive medicine and biology, even if it is only a small part of the whole. However, the number of submissions did not increase in these 10 years. After the first printed issue of RMB in 2002, submissions mainly come from Japan(domestic). We are afraid that RMB may not be well known in other countries. Therefore, the first thing we have to do is to spread the awareness of RMB, and for further development of RMB, we decided that our journal becomes an Open Access Journal from January 2017. Open access publishing was also supported by most of the members in the Japan Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Japan Society of Fertilization and Implantation, the Japan Society of Andrology, and Asian Society of Endometriosis and Adenomyosis.
 We hope that the number of not only submissions but also full-text downloads will increase greatly after becoming an Open Access Journal . In addition, we will take efforts for many researchers and clinicians to have a high interest in the original and review articles published in RMB, hopefully resulting in the increase in submissions from all over the world. Our emerging role is to present cutting-edge information as an international opinion leader in the field of reproductive medicine.
 It is a pleasure to invite you to contribute a review or an original research article to RMB. Authors and readers with their interest in reproductive medicine are welcome. We would appreciate it if you could refer RMB to your colleagues and other contacts in the field. I welcome submissions not only from our membership, but also from non-members around the world.
 I will work hard toward the achievement of our goals together with new editors. We all look forward to receiving submissions from all over the world.

ProfSugino

Norihiro Sugino
Editor-in-Chief

M.D.,Ph.D.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yamaguchi University

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    Yoko Maesawa, Masashi Deguchi, Kenji Tanimura, Mayumi Morizane, Yasuhiko Ebina and Hideto Yamada

    Version of Record online: 1 JAN 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/rmb2.12080

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    High dose intravenous immunoglobulin (HIVIg) therapy (20 g/day, 5 days) was performed in eight pregnancies from five women with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) who had a history of pregnancy failure despite receiving low dose aspirin plus unfractionated heparin therapy. Five of the eight pregnancies ended in live birth. HIVIg therapy might be beneficial as an immune modifier for pregnant women with APS.

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    Generation of germ cells from pluripotent stem cells in mammals

    Masafumi Hayashi, Takamasa Kawaguchi, Gabriela Durcova-Hills and Hiroshi Imai

    Version of Record online: 10 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/rmb2.12077

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    Mammalian PGC development in vivo and in vitro, have been studied primarily using the mouse model as a template to study PGCs specification in other mammals including humans, porcine and bovine.The growing body of published works reveal similarities as well as differences in PGCs establishment in and between mouse and human

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    Aki Oride, Haruhiko Kanasaki, Tomomi Hara, Hiroko Ohta and Satoru Kyo

    Version of Record online: 8 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/rmb2.12071

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    Expression of the gonadotropin receptors during follicular development (pages 11–19)

    Hiroshi Kishi, Yoshikazu Kitahara, Fumiharu Imai, Kohshiro Nakao and Hiroto Suwa

    Version of Record online: 7 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/rmb2.12075

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    In females, level of gonadotropins, along with the expression of their receptors, dynamically changes throughout the menstrual cycle. Various local factors derived from the granulosa and theca cells in response to FSH and LH stimulation, have to work in coordination in an autocrine/paracrine manner to maintain normal menstrual cycle.

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