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Atsuo Ogura
Reproductive engineering techniques are essential for assisted reproduction of animals and generation of genetically modified animals. They may also provide invaluable research models for understanding the mechanisms involved in the developmental and reproductive processes. At the RIKEN BioResource Center (BRC), I have sought to develop new reproductive engineering techniques, especially those related to cryopreservation, microinsemination (sperm injection), nuclear transfer, and generation of new stem cell lines and animals, hoping that they will support the present and future projects at BRC...
October 19, 2016: Experimental Animals
Gilvandro Lins de Oliveira, Fernando Cesar Serralheiro, Fernando Luiz Affonso Fonseca, Onésimo Duarte Ribeiro, Fernando Adami, Denise Maria Christofolini, Bianca Bianco, Caio Parente Barbosa
Objective: To compare the anesthetic techniques using propofol and fentanyl versus midazolam and remifentanil associated with a paracervical block with lidocaine in performing ultrasound-guided transvaginal oocyte aspiration. Methods: A randomized double-blind clinical trial (#RBR-8kqqxh) performed in 61 women submitted to assisted reproductive treatment. The patients were divided into two groups: anesthetic induction with 1mcg/kg of fentanyl associated with 1.5mg/kg of propofol (FP Group, n=32), in comparison with anesthetic induction using 0...
July 2016: Einstein
G C Luvoni, M G Morselli
The hidden treasure represented by epididymal spermatozoa has great potential in the current reproductive technologies in dogs. In case of azoospermia or when a donor male accidentally dies or undergoes orchiectomy, the retrieval of epididymal spermatozoa opens new possibilities to generate progeny. Spermatozoa can be collected by different techniques from ex vivo or in vivo testicles and can be cryopreserved for a future use. Freeze tolerance of canine epididymal spermatozoa seems lower than that of ejaculated spermatozoa; however, puppies were born after artificial insemination with frozen epididymal semen, other than with fresh and chilled...
October 18, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Yves J R Menezo, Erica Silvestris, Brian Dale, Kay Elder
The negative effect of oxidative stress on the human reproductive process is no longer a matter for debate. Oxidative stress affects female and male gametes and the developmental capacity of embryos. Its effect can continue through late stages of pregnancy. Metabolic disorders and psychiatric problems can also be caued by DNA methylation and epigenetic errors. Age has a negative effect on oxidative stress and DNA methylation, and recent observations suggest that older men are at risk of transmitting epigenetic disorders to their offspring...
September 27, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
James Conniff
A transformation in legal and cultural attitudes toward same-sex relationships is under way nationwide. As same-sex marriage has become legal, the unique social and medicolegal issues faced by individuals in same-sex relationships are evolving rapidly. National organizations have published recommendations for making clinical environments more inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ) individuals and their families. Medical issues for patients in same-sex relationships include a higher risk of HIV infection for men who have sex with men (a majority of new cases of HIV infection occur within relationships), higher rates of obesity among women who have sex with women, and disproportionately high rates of mental health issues and alcohol and drug use...
October 2016: FP Essentials
Wim Ombelet
What will be the future of IVF taking into account the growing attention of health care providers: will providing the best success-rate per trial by using more and more innovative techniques become our only goal or should we also focus on a strategy to reduce costs wherever possible. A go-together of both strategies seems to be the best option to convince governments and health care providers to further support the use of assisted reproductive technologies. To provide cost-effective, high quality and affordable IVF should be our main concern not only from an economical but also from an ethical point of view...
December 28, 2015: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
Elaine M Carnevale
Assisted reproductive techniques that are based on oocyte manipulations have gained acceptance in the equine industry. Methods to collect and handle immature or maturing oocytes have been developed, and systems to ship oocytes now allow for collection in one location and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in another. Subsequently, ICSI-produced embryos can be transferred onsite, shipped to another location, or cryopreserved. Methods for the collection, identification, culture, maturation, and shipment of equine oocytes are reviewed, with an emphasis on procedures from laboratories providing clinical services with documented success...
October 8, 2016: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Equine Practice
Serena Pinzauti, Chiara Ferrata, Silvia Vannuccini, Giulia Di Rienzo, Filiberto M Severi, Felice Petraglia, Mariarosaria Di Tommaso
OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to investigate whether advanced maternal age (≥40years) still impairs the outcome of twin pregnancies after assisted reproductive techniques (ART). STUDY DESIGN: The retrospective observational study evaluated 430 nulliparous dichorionic diamniotic twin pregnancies conceived with ART. The population was divided into women <40 years old (Group A, n=265) and ≥40 years old (Group B, n=165). RESULTS: Gestational diabetes mellitus and gestational hypertension/preeclampsia were significantly more frequent in nulliparous twin pregnancies after ART ≥40years compared to <40years (p=0...
September 21, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Ophelia Yin, Kamaria Cayton, James H Segars
CONTEXT: A current limitation of assisted reproduction is the number of available female gametes. This Commentary discusses in vitro activation (IVA), a technique that activates dormant ovarian follicles so that these follicles can become mature oocytes for fertilization. There is considerable evidence that mechanical signaling plays an important role in oocyte maturation and survival; manipulation of the mechanical environment is a key component of the IVA process. IVA acts on existing follicles and does not promote neo-oogenesis, which likely contributes little to the primordial follicle pool in the adult...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
L Casarini, G Brigante, M Simoni, D Santi
Gonadotropins (LH, FSH, and hCG) act in concert in the regulation of female reproductive system. Exploiting this influence, they are part of the assisted reproductive technique protocols. In this review we analyze the effectiveness of the different available gonadotropin formulations and the consequent adverse events. Moreover, different protocols for poor-responders and polycystic ovary syndrome affected women are explored. All these clinical different approaches have specific molecular bases, covered in this review starting from evolution and population genetics, getting to in vitro studies of gonadotropins action...
2016: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
Shabnam Zarei Moradi, Najmehsadat Masoudi, Anahita Mohseni Meybodi, Khadijeh Anisi Hemaseh, Ramin Mozafari Kermani, Abolhasan Shahzadeh Fazeli, Hamid Gourabi
BACKGROUND: To verify the hypothesis that the incidence of chromosomal abnormalities increases in babies conceived by different assisted reproduction procedures. The availability of the umbilical cord blood encouraged us to study this hypothesis via this method. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a descriptive study, umbilical cord blood samples of assisted reproductive technology (ART) children were analyzed with standard cytogenetic techniques (G banding). Karyotyping was possible in 109 cases...
October 2016: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
Ashok Agarwal, Shubhadeep Roychoudhury, Kimberly B Bjugstad, Chak-Lam Cho
The diagnosis of male infertility relies largely on conventional semen analysis, and its interpretation has a profound influence on subsequent management of patients. Despite poor correlation between conventional semen parameters and male fertility potential, inclusion of advanced semen quality tests to routine male infertility workup algorithms has not been widely accepted. Oxidative stress is one of the major mediators in various etiologies of male infertility; it has deleterious effects on spermatozoa, including DNA damage...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Urology
Ida Marie Boisen, Lasse Bøllehuus Hansen, Li Juel Mortensen, Beate Lanske, Anders Juul, Martin Blomberg Jensen
Vitamin D is a versatile signaling molecule with an established role in the regulation of calcium homeostasis and bone health. In recent years the spectrum of vitamin D target organs has expanded and a reproductive role is supported by the presence of the vitamin D receptor (VDR) and the vitamin D metabolizing enzymes in the gonads, reproductive tract, and human spermatozoa. Interestingly, expression levels of VDR and the vitamin D inactivating enzyme CYP24A1 in human spermatozoa serve as positive predictive markers of semen quality and are higher expressed in spermatozoa from normal than infertile men...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Julian Santiago-Moreno, Milagros Cristina Esteso, Silvia Villaverde-Morcillo, Adolfo Toledano-Díaz, Cristina Castaño, Rosario Velázquez, Antonio López-Sebastián, Agustín López Goya, Javier Gimeno Martínez
Postcopulatory sexual selection through sperm competition may be an important evolutionary force affecting many reproductive traits, including sperm morphometrics. Environmental factors such as pollutants, pesticides, and climate change may affect different sperm traits, and thus reproduction, in sensitive bird species. Many sperm-handling processes used in assisted reproductive techniques may also affect the size of sperm cells. The accurately measured dimensions of sperm cell structures (especially the head) can thus be used as indicators of environmental influences, in improving our understanding of reproductive and evolutionary strategies, and for optimizing assisted reproductive techniques (e...
September 27, 2016: Asian Journal of Andrology
Safak Hatırnaz, Ebru Hatırnaz, Michael H Dahan, Seang Lin Tan, Alev Ozer, Mine Kanat-Pektas, Baris Ata
OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical outcome of single-embryo transfer (SET) with double-embryo transfer (DET) in in vitro maturation (IVM) cycles performed in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and to determine which factors predict those outcomes. DESIGN: A retrospective analysis. SETTING: Private assisted reproduction center. PATIENT(S): One hundred and fifty-nine women with PCOS. INTERVENTION(S): In vitro maturation with elective SET or DET conducted between September 2007 and May 2014...
September 24, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
Marta Simó González, Joaquim Calaf Alsina, Núria Terribas Sala, Nerea Luqui Scarcelli, Juliana Plana Borrás, Ana Polo Ramos
We present the case report of a 66-year-old woman who was attended at our gynaecology department at a tertiary university hospital in Barcelona, Spain for a high-risk pregnancy and comment on the obstetric implications and bioethical issues. We retrospectively analysed clinical data about the case and bibliographic references related to the issue. The woman underwent in vitro fertilisation of donated embryos in a private centre and came to our unit at 27 weeks of gestation for pregnancy care. At 33 weeks, she presented pre-eclampsia and a caesarean section was performed...
September 26, 2016: European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care
I Motte, H Roman, B Clavier, F Jumeau, I Chanavaz-Lacheray, M Letailleur, B Darwish, N Rives
OBJECTIVE: Ovarian endometrioma ablation using plasma energy appears to be a valuable alternative to cystectomy, because it could spare underlying ovarian parenchyma resulting in high spontaneous and overall pregnancy rates. After initial postoperative decrease, anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) level progressively increases several months after ablation. The aim of our study was to assess the outcomes of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in women managed for ovarian endometriomas by ablation using plasma energy, when compared to those in women free of endometriosis...
September 21, 2016: Gynécologie, Obstétrique & Fertilité
Georgina M Chambers, Handan Wand, Alan Macaldowie, Michael G Chapman, Cynthia M Farquhar, Mark Bowman, David Molloy, William Ledger
STUDY QUESTION: Have ART live birth rates improved in Australia over the last 12 years? SUMMARY ANSWER: There were striking improvements in per-cycle live birth rates observed for frozen/thaw embryo transfers, blastocyst transfer and single embryo transfer (SET), while live birth rates following ICSI were lower than IVF for non-male factor infertility in most years. WHAT IS ALREADY KNOWN: ART and associated techniques have become the predominant treatment of infertility over the past 30 years in most developed countries...
September 22, 2016: Human Reproduction
Meriem Baziz, Zohra Hamouli-Said, Ilham Ratbi, Mohamed Habel, Soukaina Guaoua, Aziza Sbiti, Abdelaziz Sefiani
BACKGROUND: In Algeria, the data on infertility and its various causes are rare. Recently, the introduction of assisted reproduction has allowed expecting that 300000 couples, which represent 7% of couples of reproductive age, face difficulty conceiving a child. Knowing that most idiopathic cases are likely to be due to chromosomal abnormalities, we aimed to investigate genetic defects by karyotype analysis in Algerian infertile men, using peripheral blood lymphocytes. METHODS: A cytogenetic study was conducted on 10 men from infertile couples by Karyotype analysis of R-banding performed by lymphocyte culture technique...
June 2016: Iranian Journal of Public Health
Mara Simopoulou, Laertis Gkoles, Panagiotis Bakas, Polina Giannelou, Theodoros Kalampokas, Konstantinos Pantos, Michael Koutsilieris
: Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is the most frequently applied method for fertilization making the process of identifying the perfect spermatozoon fundamental. Herein we offer a critical and thorough presentation on the techniques reported regarding (i) handling and preparing semen samples, (ii) identifying and 'fishing' spermatozoa, and (iii) improving key factors, such as motility for a successful ICSI practice. These approaches are suggested to make the process easier and more effective especially in atypical and challenging circumstances...
September 20, 2016: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
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