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Molecular Human Reproduction

C Yding Andersen
The aim of the present paper is to expand the concept on how follicular selection takes place in the follicular phase of the natural menstrual cycle. It is suggested that inhibin-B exerts a more intimate role in this process than previously understood. Inhibin-B shows a peak in the circulation around cycle day 7, simultaneous with selection of the dominant follicle, whereas levels of estradiol and inhibin-A only start to increase a few days later suggesting that inhibin-B is mainly responsible for down-regulating pituitary FSH release...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
E Dietzel, J Floehr, E Van de Leur, R Weiskirchen, W Jahnen-Dechent
STUDY QUESTION: Does fetuin-B inhibit premature zona pellucida (ZP) hardening in mouse oocytes in vitro and thus increase IVF rate? SUMMARY ANSWER: Supplementation of oocyte in vitro maturation (IVM) media with recombinant mouse fetuin-B (rmFetuB) increased fertilization rate without affecting mouse embryo development into blastocysts. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Mice deficient in fetuin-B are infertile owing to premature ZP hardening. Premature ZP hardening also occurs during oocyte IVM leading to decreased fertilization rate...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
J Floehr, E Dietzel, C Schmitz, A Chappell, W Jahnen-Dechent
STUDY QUESTION: Does antisense oligonucleotide (ASO)-mediated down-regulation of serum fetuin-B cause an infertility-like fetuin-B gene deficiency in female mice? SUMMARY ANSWER: Pharmacological fetuin-B down-regulation by ASO therapy results in reversible infertility in female mice. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Female fetuin-B deficient (Fetub(-/-)) mice are infertile owing to premature zona pellucida (ZP) hardening. Enzyme activity studies demonstrated that fetuin-B is a potent and highly specific inhibitor of the zona proteinase ovastacin, which cleaves ZP protein 2 (ZP2) and thus mediates definitive ZP hardening...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
Iordan Stefanov Batchvarov, Rachel Williamson Taylor, Ximena Bustamante-Marín, Michael Czerwinski, Erika Segear Johnson, Sally Kornbluth, Blanche Capel
STUDY QUESTION: Can host fertility be rescued by grafting of a fragment of a healthy ovary soon after chemotherapy? SUMMARY ANSWER: We found that grafting a green fluorescent protein (GFP)-positive fragment from a healthy isogenic ovary to the left ovary of a chemo-treated host rescued function and fertility of the grafted host ovary, and resulted in the production of host-derived offspring as late as the sixth litter after chemotherapy (CTx) treatment, whereas none of the ungrafted controls produced a second litter...
October 3, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
A Franchi, M Cubilla, H A Guidobaldi, A A Bravo, L C Giojalas
STUDY QUESTION: Does the rapid transit through the uterine environment modulate the sperm physiological state? SUMMARY ANSWER: The uterosome-like vesicles (ULV) secreted by endometrial epithelial cells (EEC) in vitro are able to fuse with human spermatozoa, prompting their fertilising capacity. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Early studies suggest that sperm capacitation begins in the uterus and ends in the oviduct, and that a synergistic effect of both female organs may accelerate this process...
September 27, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
Séverine Le Gac, Verena Nordhoff
The optimization of in-vitro culture conditions and the selection of the embryo(s) with the highest developmental competence are essential components in an ART program. Culture conditions are manifold and they underlie not always evidence-based research but also trends entering the IVF laboratory. At the moment, the idea of using sequential media according to the embryo requirements has been given up in favor of the use of single step media in an uninterrupted manner due to practical issues such as time-lapse incubators...
September 27, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
L Dumont, A Oblette, C Rondanino, F Jumeau, A Bironneau, D Liot, V Duchesne, J Wils, N Rives
STUDY QUESTION: Does vitamin A (retinol, Rol) prevent round spermatid nuclear damage and increase the production of motile sperm during in vitro maturation of vitrified pre-pubertal mouse testicular tissue? SUMMARY ANSWER: The supplementation of an in vitro culture of ~0.75 mm(3) testicular explants from pre-pubertal mice with Rol enhances spermatogenesis progression during the first spermatogenic wave. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The production of functional spermatozoa in vitro has only been achieved in the mouse model and remains a rare event...
September 25, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
L Scotti, M Di Pietro, N Pascuali, G Irusta, I de Zúñiga, M Gomez Peña, C Pomilio, F Saravia, M Tesone, D Abramovich, F Parborell
STUDY QUESTION: Are follicular fluid (FF) sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) levels in patients at risk of developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) altered and in part responsible for the high vascular permeability observed in these patients. STUDY ANSWER: FF S1P levels are lower in FF from patients at risk of OHSS and treatment with S1P may reduce vascular permeability in these patients. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Although advances have been made in the diagnosis, and management of OHSS and in basic knowledge of its development, complete prevention has proven difficult...
September 19, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
Premila Paiva, Michelle G Lockhart, Jane E Girling, Moshe Olshansky, Nicole Woodrow, Jennifer L Marino, Martha Hickey, Peter A W Rogers
STUDY QUESTION: Does the changing molecular profile of the endometrium during menstruation correlate with the histological profile of menstruation. SUMMARY ANSWER: We identified several genes not previously associated with menstruation; on Day 2 of menstruation (early-menstruation), processes related to inflammation are predominantly up-regulated and on Day 4 (late-menstruation), the endometrium is predominantly repairing and regenerating. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Menstruation is induced by progesterone withdrawal at the end of the menstrual cycle and involves endometrial tissue breakdown, regeneration and repair...
September 8, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
E C Røyrvik, J P Burgstaller, I G Johnston
STUDY QUESTION: Does mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) diversity in modern human populations potentially pose a challenge, via mtDNA segregation, to mitochondrial replacement therapies? SUMMARY ANSWER: The magnitude of mtDNA diversity in modern human populations is as high as in mammalian model systems where strong mtDNA segregation is observed; consideration of haplotype pairs and/or haplotype matching can help avoid these potentially deleterious effects. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In mammalian models, substantial proliferative differences are observed between different mtDNA haplotypes in cellular admixtures, with larger proliferative differences arising from more diverse haplotype pairings...
September 8, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
Boris Novakovic, Christine E Napier, Regan Vryer, Eva Dimitriadis, Ursula Manuelpillai, Andrew Sharkey, Jeffrey M Craig, Roger R Reddel, Richard Saffery
STUDY QUESTION: What factors regulate elongated telomere length in the human placenta? SUMMARY ANSWER: Hypomethylation of TERRA promoters in the human placenta is associated with high expression TERRA genes, however, no clear mechanistic link between these phenomena and elongated telomere length in the human placenta was found. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Human placenta tissue and trophoblasts show longer telomere lengths compared to gestational age-matched somatic cells...
September 7, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
Tom Trapphoff, Martyna Heiligentag, Jenny Simon, Nora Staubach, Thorsten Seidel, Kathrin Otte, Thomas Fröhlich, Georg J Arnold, Ursula Eichenlaub-Ritter
STUDY QUESTION: Can supplementation of media with a glutathione (GSH) donor, glutathione ethyl ester (GEE), prior to vitrification protect the mouse oocyte from oxidative damage and critical changes in redox homeostasis, and thereby improve cryotolerance? SUMMARY ANSWER: GEE supplementation supported redox regulation, rapid recovery of spindle and chromosome alignment after vitrification/warming and improved preimplantation development of mouse MII oocytes. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Cryopreservation may affect mitochondrial functionality, induce oxidative stress, and thereby affect spindle integrity, chromosome segregation and the quality of mammalian oocytes...
September 7, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
Cecilia Dieci, Valentina Lodde, Rémi Labreque, Isabelle Dufort, Irene Tessaro, Marc-André Sirard, Alberto M Luciano
STUDY QUESTION: Does the gene expression profile of cumulus cells (CC) accompanying oocytes with different degrees of chromatin compaction within the germinal vesicle (GV) reflect the oocyte's quality and response in culture during in-vitro embryo production (IVP). SUMMARY ANSWER: The transcriptomic profile of the cumulus cells is related to oocyte competence, setting the stage for the development of customized pre-maturation strategies to improve IVP. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Oocytes complete the acquisition of their competence during antral follicle development...
August 24, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
Vida Kocbek, Giovanni Grandi, Fabian Blank, Carlos Wotzkow, Nick A Bersinger, Michael D Mueller, Satoru Kyo, Brett D McKinnon
STUDY HYPOTHESIS: Can the activity of the IκB kinase (IKKβ) complex in endometriotic cells contribute to endometriotic lesion survival? STUDY ANSWER: There is a constitutive activity of the IKKβ catalytic complex in peritoneal and deeply infiltrating lesions that can influence epithelial, but not stromal cell viability. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Endometriotic lesions exist in an inflammatory microenvironment with higher local concentrations of cytokines, such as tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα)...
August 19, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
Jie Zhu, Yuanming Xu, Alexandra S Rashedi, Mary Ellen Pavone, J Julie Kim, Teresa K Woodruff, Joanna E Burdette
STUDY QUESTION: Do interactions between human fallopian tube epithelium and murine follicles occur during an artificial reproductive cycle in a co-culture system in vitro? SUMMARY ANSWER: In a co-culture system, human fallopian tissues responded to the menstrual cycle mimetic by changes in morphology and levels of secreted factors, and increasing murine corpus luteum progesterone secretion. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The entire fallopian tube epithelium, including ciliated and secretory cells, can be regulated in the reproductive cycle...
August 19, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
D Castelló, Y Motato, N Basile, J Remohí, M Espejo-Catena, M Meseguer
Can the time-lapse system (TLS) identify the best embryo for transfer? Although there are several studies that support this hypothesis, more research is required to improve the quality of the current evidence and also to assess live birth rate, miscarriage, stillbirth or clinical pregnancy in order to choose between a TLS or conventional incubation. In addition, although some authors report on effectiveness and safety in the use of TLS monitoring of embryo development in vitro, other authors that have not found relevant differences between the two systems for the culture and subsequence embryo selection...
October 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
Denny Sakkas
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October 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
David K Gardner, Basak Balaban
With the worldwide move towards single embryo transfer there has been a renewed focus on the requirement for reliable means of assessing embryo viability. In an era of 'OMICS' technologies, and algorithms created through the use of time-lapse microscopy, the actual appearance of the human embryo as it progresses through each successive developmental stage to the blastocyst appears to have been somewhat neglected in recent years. Here we review the key features of the human preimplantation embryo and consider the relationship between morphological characteristics and developmental potential...
October 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
Yue Jiang, Ruiwei Jiang, Xi Cheng, Qun Zhang, Yali Hu, Hui Zhang, Yun Cao, Mei Zhang, Junxia Wang, Lijun Ding, Zhenyu Diao, Haixiang Sun, Guijun Yan
STUDY QUESTION: How do NR4A receptors drive decidualization of human endometrial stromal cells (hESCs)? SUMMARY ANSWER: NR4A receptors modulate endometrial decidualization by transcriptional activation of FOXO1A, and in adenomyosis patients, the reduced expression of NR4A receptors in the eutopic endometrium may represent a novel mechanism to explain impaired decidualization and subfertility. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: A close relationship between impaired decidualization and subfertility has been established...
September 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
A Reda, M Hou, T R Winton, R E Chapin, O Söder, J-B Stukenborg
STUDY QUESTION: Do the organ culture conditions, previously defined for in vitro murine male germ cell differentiation, also result in differentiation of rat spermatogonia into post-meiotic germ cells exhibiting specific markers for haploid germ cells? SUMMARY ANSWER: We demonstrated the differentiation of rat spermatogonia into post-meiotic cells in vitro, with emphasis on exhibiting, protein markers described for round spermatids. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Full spermatogenesis in vitro from immature germ cells using an organ culture technique in mice was first reported 5 years ago...
September 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
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