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Pierre F Ray, Aminata Toure, Metzler-Guillemain, Michael J Mitchell, Christophe Arnoult, Charles Coutton
Infertility, defined by the inability of conceiving a child after one year is estimated to concern approximately 50 million couples worldwide. As the male gamete is readily accessible and can be studied by a simple spermogram it is easier to subcategorize male than female infertility. Subjects with a specific sperm phenotype are more likely to have a common origin thus facilitating the search for causal factors. Male infertility is believed to be often multifactorial and caused by both genetic and extrinsinc factors, but severe cases of male infertility are likely to have a predominant genetic etiology...
October 25, 2016: Clinical Genetics
G Galeati, E Giaretta, A Zannoni, D Bucci, C Tamanini, M Forni, M Spinaci
Oxidative stress caused from in vitro culture contributes to inadequate oocyte maturation which leads to a poor embryo development. Therefore, it is important to protect oocytes and embryos against oxidative stress. This study was aimed at evaluating the effect of Embelin (2,5-dihydroxy-3-undecyl-1,4-benzoquinone), an antioxidant with various pharmacologic activities, on nuclear and cytoplasmic maturation of pig oocytes as well as on steroidogenesis of cumulus cells (CCs). Another objective was to determine the influence of Embelin on developmental competence of pig oocytes as well as the expression levels of three key genes (Nanog, Sox2 and Oct4) involved in the control of pluripotency in parthenogenetically activated embryos...
August 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
M E Cielesh, B M McGrath, C J Scott, S T Norman, C P Stephen
Kisspeptin is a neuropeptide involved in the hypothalamic regulation of reproduction in many species. Recent studies have revealed kisspeptin within the ovaries of rats, Siberian hamsters and humans, indicating a local role in reproduction. However, the role of kisspeptin in the ovary is poorly understood in the bitch. This study investigated the presence and location of kisspeptin protein (KISS1) and kisspeptin receptors (KISS1R) in the canine ovary during different stages of the reproductive cycle (pre-pubertal, anoestrus and cycling) by means of immunohistochemical staining...
October 23, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
H Tanaka, T Hamatsu, K Mori
Potential fecundity models of walleye or Alaska pollock Gadus chalcogrammus in the Pacific waters off Hokkaido, Japan, were developed. They were compared using a generalized linear model with using either standard body length (LS ) or total body mass (MT ) as a main covariate along with Fulton's condition factor (K) and mean diameter of oocytes (DO ) as additional potential covariates to account for maternal conditions and maturity stage. The results of model selection showed that MT was a better single predictor of potential fecundity (FP ) than LS ...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
Asuka Onuma, Wataru Fujii, Koji Sugiura, Kunihiko Naito
Genome editing using the CRISPR/Cas system can induce mutations with high efficiency, and allows easier production of genome-modified animals than that offered by the conventional method where embryonic stem cells are used. However, studies using CRISPR/Cas systems have been mostly limited to proliferating somatic cells and pronuclear-stage fertilized eggs. In contrast, the efficiency of a CRISPR/Cas system in immature and maturing oocytes progressing through meiosis has not yet been assessed. In the present study, we evaluated the genome-modification efficiency of the CRISPR/Cas system during meiotic maturation of porcine oocytes...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
Tatiana D Saccon, Fabiana Moreira, Luis A Cruz, Rafael G Mondadori, Yimin Fang, Carlos C Barros, L Spinel, A Bartke, Michal M Masternak, A Schneider
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of growth hormone (GH) in the maintenance of the ovarian primordial follicle reserve. Ovaries from 16 mo old GH-deficient Ames Dwarf (df/df) and Normal (N/df) mice were used. A subgroup of df/df and N mice received GH or saline injections for six weeks starting at 14 mo of age. In addition, ovaries from 12 mo old mice overexpressing bovine GH (bGH) and controls were used. df/df mice had higher number of primordial and total follicles than N/df mice (p < 0...
October 19, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Yavuz Emre Şükür, Batuhan Özmen, Elif Didem Özdemir, Mehmet Murat Seval, Erkan Kalafat, Murat Sönmezer, Bülent Berker, Ruşen Aytaç, Cem Somer Atabekoğlu
Triptorelin 0.2 mg and leuprolide 1 mg subcutaneous injections for triggering final follicular maturation were compared in patients with a high risk for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). Infertile patients treated with GnRH antagonist protocol between January 2014 and March 2016 were recruited. Patients with high serum oestradiol levels on HCG day (>3000 pg/ml) indicating a risk of OHSS consisted of the study groups (A and B). Patients with serum oestradiol levels less than 3000 pg/ml consisted of the control group (C)...
October 17, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
Carolynne J Joonè, Martin L Schulman, Henk J Bertschinger
Despite more than 40 years of research into zona pellucida (ZP)-based vaccines, relatively little is known about their mechanism of action. Early research demonstrated precipitation of ZP glycoproteins by antiovarian antiserum, rendering oocytes resistant to sperm binding in vitro. Subsequent work showed significantly decreased fertilization rates following passive immunization, sparking interest in anti-ZP immunocontraception for human and animal use. The primary mechanism of action of ZP vaccines is generally considered to be an antibody-mediated interference with sperm-oocyte binding and/or fertilization...
September 17, 2016: Theriogenology
Yakun Wang, Xiaoqiong Hao, Jing Yang, Jia Li, Meijia Zhang
A surge of luteinizing hormone (LH) from the pituitary gland induces the expression of the epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like factors, which triggers oocyte maturation, cumulus expansion, and ovulation. How LH induces EGF-like factor expression is unclear. In the present study, a rapid increase of phosphorylated cAMP response element binding protein (CREB) was observed after the activation of LH receptor by human chorionic gonadotropin. Large antral follicles from equine chorionic gonadotropin-primed mice were cultured in medium with LH to stimulate the expression of EGF-like factors...
October 22, 2016: Molecular Reproduction and Development
Anna Hegsted, Forrest A Wright, SarahBeth Votra, David Pruyne
Formins are regulators of actin filament dynamics. We demonstrate here that two formins, FHOD-1 and EXC-6, are important in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans for ovulation, during which actomyosin contractions push a maturing oocyte from the gonad arm into a distensible bag-like organ, the spermatheca. EXC-6, a homolog of the disease-associated mammalian formin INF2, is highly expressed in the spermatheca, where it localizes to cell-cell junctions and to circumferential actin filament bundles. Loss of EXC-6 does not noticeably affect the organization the actin filament bundles, and causes only a very modest increase in the population of junction-associated actin filaments...
October 22, 2016: Cytoskeleton
Auke B C Otten, Alphons P M Stassen, Michiel Adriaens, Mike Gerards, Richard G J Dohmen, Adriana J Timmer, Sabina J V Vanherle, Rick Kamps, Iris B W Boesten, Jo M Vanoevelen, Marc Muller, Bert Smeets
Of all pathogenic mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations in humans, ~25% is de novo, although the occurrence in oocytes has never been directly assessed. We used next generation sequencing to detect point mutations directly in the mtDNA of 3-15 individual mature oocytes and three somatic tissues from eight zebrafish females. Various statistical and biological filters allowed reliable detection of de novo variants with heteroplasmy ≥1.5%. In total, we detected 38 de novo base substitutions, but no insertions or deletions...
October 21, 2016: Genetics
Evangelia Elenis, Gunilla Sydsjö, Alkistis Skalkidou, Claudia Lampic, Agneta Skoog Svanberg
BACKGROUND: Pregnancies resulting through oocyte donation have been associated with increased risk for adverse outcomes for the mother, such as gestational hypertensive disorders. However, little is known about possible neonatal complications of such pregnancies. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the neonatal health outcomes among singleton pregnancies in a population of relatively young and healthy oocyte recipients in Sweden, taking into account the medical indication leading to treatment...
October 21, 2016: BMC Pediatrics
Deepak Adhikari, Kiran Busayavalasa, Jingjing Zhang, Mengwen Hu, Sanjiv Risal, Mustafa Bilal Bayazit, Meenakshi Singh, M Kasim Diril, Philipp Kaldis, Kui Liu
A unique feature of female germ cell development in mammals is their remarkably long arrest at the prophase of meiosis I, which lasts up to 50 years in humans. Both dormant and growing oocytes are arrested at prophase I and completely lack the ability to resume meiosis. Here, we show that the prolonged meiotic arrest of female germ cells is largely achieved via the inhibitory phosphorylation of Cdk1 (cyclin-dependent kinase 1). In two mouse models where we have introduced mutant Cdk1(T14AY15F) which cannot be inhibited by phosphorylation (Cdk1AF) in small meiotically incompetent oocytes, the prophase I arrest is interrupted, leading to a premature loss of female germ cells...
October 21, 2016: Cell Research
Denise Laskowski, Ylva Sjunnesson, Hans Gustafsson, Patrice Humblot, Göran Andersson, Renée Båge
BACKGROUND: Insulin has been used as a stimulatory factor for in vitro cell culture since many years. Even for routine in vitro embryo production (IVP), insulin is added to the media during different steps. There is a strong difference in concentrations used in vitro compared to what is measured in vivo in follicular fluid or serum. We performed a pilot study on insulin stability to explain possible reasons for that variation. RESULTS: We measured insulin concentrations before and after bovine oocyte maturation in an experiment by using a quantitative ELISA (Mercodia bovine insulin ELISA immunoassay) and found that concentrations were stable up to 22 h of incubation...
October 20, 2016: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
Ming Chen, Shun-Ping Chang, Gwo-Chin Ma, Wen-Hsian Lin, Hsin-Fu Chen, Shee-Uan Chen, Horng-Der Tsai, Feng-Po Tsai, Ming-Ching Shen
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a powerful tool to tackle the transmission of monogenic inherited disorders in families carrying the diseases from generation to generation. It currently remains a challenging task, despite PGD having been developed over 25 years ago. The major difficulty is it does not have an easy and general formula for all mutations. Different gene locus needs individualized, customized design to make the diagnosis accurate enough to be applied on PGD, in which the quantity of DNA is scanty, whereas timely laboratory diagnosis is mandatory if fresh embryo transfer is desired occasionally...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Thomas Freour, Rita Vassena
: The study of oocyte and preimplantation embryo biology has been regarded with great curiosity throughout scientific history, but it is not until the development of robust methods for in vitro observation and manipulation of animal gametes that developmental biology has flourished as a discipline. By far the biggest technical challenge in studying transcription in oocytes and early embryo has been the necessity of developing techniques that retain a high level of accuracy when starting from small amount of material...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
Jae Gyu Yoo, Byeong-Woo Kim, Mi-Rung Park, Deug-Nam Kwon, Yun-Jung Choi, Teak-Soon Shin, Byung-Wook Cho, Jakyeom Seo, Jin-Hoi Kim, Seong-Keun Cho
Objective: The present study investigates pre- and post-implantation developmental competence of nuclear-transferred porcine embryos derived from male and female fetal fibroblasts. Methods: Male and female fetal fibroblasts were transferred to in vitro-matured enucleated oocytes and in vitro and in vivo developmental competence of reconstructed embryos was investigated. And, a total of 6,789 female fibroblast nuclear-transferred embryos were surgically transferred into 41 surrogate gilts and 4,746 male fibroblast nuclear-transferred embryos were surgically transferred into 25 surrogate gilts...
October 20, 2016: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
Yuki Ito, Eriko Shiraishi, Atsuko Kato, Takayuki Haino, Kouhei Sugimoto, Aikou Okamoto, Nao Suzuki
PURPOSE: To identify the utility and issues associated with the use of decision trees in oncofertility patient care in Japan. METHODS: A total of 35 women who had been diagnosed with cancer, but had not begun anticancer treatment, were enrolled. We applied the oncofertility decision tree for women published by Gardino et al. to counsel a consecutive series of women on fertility preservation (FP) options following cancer diagnosis. Percentage of women who decided to undergo oocyte retrieval for embryo cryopreservation and the expected live-birth rate for these patients were calculated using the following equation: expected live-birth rate = pregnancy rate at each age per embryo transfer × (1 - miscarriage rate) × No...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
Yoon Kim, Amin Tamadon, Seung-Yup Ku
In vitro culture of ovarian follicles is a promising bioengineering technique for preserving fecundity in reproductive age female by providing fertilizable oocytes. Successful clinical application should be preceded by developing the protocols that can efficiently overcome follicular cell apoptosis since the apoptosis is a critical phenomenon in in vivo folliculogenesis and in in vitro follicular maturation. Numerous pro-survival and anti-apoptotic molecules including follicular developmental regulators have been reported to be involved in the intra-ovarian apoptosis...
October 20, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
Xiao-Min Song, Hong Jiang, Wen-Xiang Zhang, Yun Zhou, Feng Ni, Xue-Mei Wang
AIM: The aim of this study was to compare the clinical outcomes of in vitro fertilization (IVF) for patients with hydrosalpinx between ultrasound sclerotherapy and surgical intervention. METHODS: The data of 482 IVF/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles were divided into three groups according to different intervention protocols before IVF/ICSI. Group A included 265 cycles in which ultrasound sclerotherapy pretreatment was carried out before controlled ovarian hyperstimulation...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
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