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J Boujenah, P Santulli, E Mathieu-d'Argent, C Decanter, C Chauffour, P Poncelet
INTRODUCTION: Using the structured methodology of French guidelines (HAS-CNGOF), the aim of this chapter was to formulate good practice points (GPP), in relation to optimal non-ART management of endometriosis related to infertility, based on the best available evidence in the literature. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This guideline was produced by a group of experts in the field including a thorough systematic search of the literature (from January 1980 to March 2017)...
March 15, 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
Ioannis E Messinis, Christina I Messini, George Anifandis, Antonios Garas, Alexandros Daponte
Gonadotropin surge-attenuating factor (GnSAF) is a nonsteroidal ovarian substance, which attenuates the endogenous LH surge in superovulated women. Different molecular sequences have been found, but only one of them has shown substantial homology to a known substance of the human genome. A molecular mass of 12.5kDa showing identity to the carboxyl-terminal fragment of human serum albumin and expressing GnSAF bioactivity in vitro has been identified. It has been suggested that in the normal menstrual cycle the in vivo bioactivity of GnSAF increases under the influence of the intercycle rise of FSH...
2018: Vitamins and Hormones
Pedro Henrique Nicolau Pinto, Mario Felipe Alvarez Balaro, Joanna Maria Gonçalves Souza-Fabjan, Lilian Dos Santos Ribeiro, Gláucia Mota Bragança, Ceci Ribeiro Leite, Eduardo Kenji Nunes Arashiro, Kleibe de Moraes Silva, Jeferson Ferreira Da Fonseca, Felipe Zandonadi Brandão
This study aims to compare four different methods for selecting high responding sheep donors for in vivo embryo production. These methods include a pre-selection eCG test (eCG), antral follicle count (AFC), plasma anti-Müllerian hormone measurement (AMH) and genotyping for the presence of the FecGE mutation (a polymorphism in the GDF9 gene associated with increased ovulation rate). Santa Ines ewe lambs (n = 25) underwent superovulation (SOV) with 800 IU equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG) and the corpus luteum (CL) count was recorded by laparoscopy after eight days...
February 23, 2018: Theriogenology
Kristin Van Heertum, Rachel Weinerman
In vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo cryopreservation have become increasingly common in recent years. As utilization increases, it is important to understand the clinical effects these technologies have on offspring, as well as the mechanisms behind these effects. Many epidemiologic studies have observed that pregnancies following IVF are more likely to be affected by obstetric complications such as pre-eclampsia, preterm birth, and small for gestational age neonates compared with naturally conceived pregnancies...
March 1, 2018: Birth Defects Research
Brenna A M Velker, Michelle M Denomme, Robert T Krafty, Mellissa R W Mann
Assisted reproductive technologies are fertility treatments used by subfertile couples to conceive their biological child. Although generally considered safe, these pregnancies have been linked to genomic imprinting disorders, including Beckwith-Wiedemann and Silver-Russell Syndromes. Silver-Russell Syndrome is a growth disorder characterized by pre- and post-natal growth retardation. The Mest imprinted domain is one candidate region on chromosome 7 implicated in Silver-Russell Syndrome. We have previously shown that maintenance of imprinted methylation was disrupted by superovulation or embryo culture during pre-implantation mouse development...
July 2017: Environmental Epigenetics
Yi Fang, Shoulong Deng, Jinlong Zhang, Haijun Liu, Yihai Li, Xiaosheng Zhang, Yixun Liu
Cumulus cells of pre-pubertal domestic animals are dysfunctional, perhaps due to age-specific epigenetic events. This study was designed to determine effects of melatonin treatment of donors on methylation modification of pre-pubertal cumulus cells. Cumulus cells from germinal vesicle stage cumulus oocyte complexes (COCs) were collected from eighteen lambs which were randomly divided into control group (C) and melatonin group given an 18 mg melatonin implant subcutaneous (M). Compared to the C group, the M group had higher concentrations of melatonin in plasma and follicular fluid ( p < 0...
February 23, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Mohamad Irani, Stephen Chow, Derek Keating, Simone Elder, Zev Rosenwaks, Gianpiero Palermo
The objective of this study was to identify sperm score thresholds to achieve satisfactory intrauterine insemination (IUI) success rates according to the response to stimulation with clomiphene citrate (CC). To minimize the confounding effect of female age, we included only CC/IUI cycles of women ≤35 years old. A total of 1,194 CC/IUI cycles were included. Semen volume, concentration, and motility influenced the clinical pregnancy rate (CPR). Normal morphology (≥4%) was associated with a comparable CPR with 3%, 2%, and 1% normal forms (15...
February 20, 2018: Gynecological Endocrinology
Jian Wang, Bo Xu, Geng G Tian, Tao Sun, Ji Wu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Oogenesis is a highly complex process that is intricately regulated by interactions of multiple genes and signaling molecules. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms are poorly understood. There is emerging evidence that microRNAs contribute to oogenesis. Here, we aimed to investigate the role of miR-17-92 cluster in regulating oogenesis. METHODS: The miR-17-92 cluster was genetically ablated in germ cells of female mice by applying the Cre-loxp system for conditional gene knockout...
January 25, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Malihezaman Monsefi, Akram Nadi, Zeinab Alinejad
Background: Salvia officinalisL. has been used since ancient times but there are little data about effects of this herb on normal reproductive cells. Objective: To investigate the toxicity effects of Salvia officinalis L. on granulosa cells (GCs) and maturation of oocytes. Materials and Methods: GCs and oocytes were extracted from superovulated ovaries of immature mice. The cells were treated with concentrations of 10, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 μg/ml of Salvia officinalis hydroalcoholic extracts and compared with the control culture...
October 2017: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
Edward Narayan, Gregory Sawyer, Simone Parisella
Reproductive wastage is a key issue for sheep producers, both regionally and globally. The reproductive output of farm animals can be influenced by physiological and environmental factors. Rapid and reliable quantification of physiological stress can provide a useful tool for designing and testing on-farm management interventions to improve farm animal welfare and productivity. In this study, we quantified physiological stress non-invasively using faecal glucocorticoid metabolites-FGMs analysis and body temperature measurements of 15 superovulated donor merino ewes (Ovis aries) during participation in artificial insemination (AI) program conducted during 2015/2016 Australian summer...
2018: PloS One
Volker Röttgen, Frank Becker, Armin Tuchscherer, Christine Wrenzycki, Sandra Düpjan, Peter C Schön, Birger Puppe
The reliable detection of estrus is an important scientific and practical challenge in dairy cattle farming. Female vocalization may indicate reproductive status, and preliminary evidence suggests that this information can be used to detect estrus in dairy cattle. The aim of this study was to associate the changes in the vocalization rate of dairy heifers with behavioral estrus indicators as well as test the influence of the type of estrus (natural estrus vs. superovulation-induced estrus). We analyzed 6 predefined estrus-related behavior patterns (standing to be mounted, head-side mounting, active mounting, chin resting, being mounted while not standing, and active sniffing in the anogenital region) and vocalization rates in the peri-estrus period (day of estrus ± 1 d) of 12 German Holstein heifers using audio-visual recordings...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
Zhiqiang Wang, Mingjie Shen, Ping Xue, Sara A DiVall, James Segars, Sheng Wu
Female offspring of many species exposed to high doses of androgens in utero experience endocrine dysfunction during adulthood. The phenotype of offspring from females with pre-pregnancy hyperandrogenemia and impaired ovulation, however, has not been examined. We developed a mouse model of hyperandrogenemia by implanting a low dose dihydrotestosterone (DHT) pellet 15 days before conception. The serum DHT levels in dams treated with the pellet were 1.7 to 2 fold higher (p<0.005) than levels in dams without DHT...
January 5, 2018: Endocrinology
Maryam Ezzati, Leila Roshangar, Jafar Soleimani Rad, Nahid Karimian
OBJECTIVES: Infertility is a worldwide health problem which affects approximately 15% of sexually active couples. One of the factors influencing the fertility is melatonin. Also, protection of oocytes and embryos from oxidative stress inducing chemicals in the culture medium is important. The aim of the present study was to investigate if melatonin could regulate hyaluronan synthase-2 (HAS2) and Progesterone receptor (PGR) expressions in the cumulus cells of mice oocytes and provide an in vitro fertilization (IVF) approach...
April 2018: Cell Journal
Richard Behringer, Marina Gertsenstein, Kristina Vintersten Nagy, Andras Nagy
For experiments that require large numbers of preimplantation mouse embryos, such as microinjection of zygotes, gonadotropins are administered to females before mating to increase the number of oocytes that are ovulated (i.e., to induce superovulation). Pregnant mare serum gonadotropin (PMSG) is used to mimic the oocyte maturation effect of the endogenous follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is used to mimic the ovulation induction effect of luteinizing hormone (LH).
January 2, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
Xiangguo Wang, Boyang Zhu, Shanhui Xiong, Xihui Sheng, Xiaolong Qi, Qizhen Huang, Chaolei Chen, Yong Guo, Hemin Ni
Mucin 1 (MUC1), a cell surface glycoprotein, is expressed mainly in the endometrial luminal epithelium (LE) and glandular epithelium (GE) of the endometrium in many mammalian species including mice, rats, pigs, sheep, horses and humans during various stages of a menstrual or oestrous cycle, where it plays an important role in embryo implantation and placentation. However, the expression and function of MUC1 in uterine tissues during early pregnancy in sheep after artificially-induced oestrous is not known. Therefore, we investigated the expression and function of MUC1 in the early pregnant and non-pregnant uterine tissues of sheep with natural oestrous or artificially-induced oestrous on days 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 of the cycle by in situ hybridization, quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction, immunohistochemical staining and western blotting methods...
December 20, 2017: Theriogenology
Kira Lynn Marshall, Rocío Melissa Rivera
A societal preference of delaying maternal age at first childbirth has increased reliance on assisted reproductive technologies/therapies (ART) to conceive a child. Oocytes that have undergone physiologic aging (≥35 years for humans) are now commonly used for ART, yet evidence is building that suboptimal reproductive environments associated with aging negatively affect oocyte competence and embryo development - although the mechanisms underlying these relationship are not yet well understood. Epigenetic programming of the oocyte occurs during its growth within a follicle, so the ovarian stimulation protocols that administer exogenous hormones, as part of the first step for all ART procedures, may prevent the gamete from establishing an appropriate epigenetic state...
December 27, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
C C L Fernandes, L H Aguiar, C E M Calderón, A M Silva, J P M Alves, R Rossetto, L R Bertolini, M Bertolini, D Rondina
Changes in the nutritional plan have been shown to affect oocyte quality, crucial to oocyte donors animals used in cloning. This study aimed to evaluate the impact of diets with increasing nutritional levels (maintenance diet=M; 1.3M; 1.6M; 1.9M) fed to goats for four weeks on follicular fluid composition, gene expression and oocyte competence used to cloning in goats. Donor females were superovulated for the retrieval of matured oocytes and physical measurements reported. After four weeks, groups receiving diets above maintenance increased thickness of subcutaneous adipose tissue and body weight, with higher values in 1...
January 2018: Animal Reproduction Science
Nurul Kamsani Hamirah, Yuhaniza Shafinie Kamsani, Nor-Ashikin Mohamed Nor Khan, Sharaniza Ab Rahim, Mohd Hamim Rajikin
BACKGROUND Cytoskeletal structures, in particular actin and tubulin, provide a fundamental framework in all cells, including embryos. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of nicotine, which is a source of oxidative stress, and subsequent supplementation with Tocotrienol-rich fraction (TRF) on actin and tubulin of 2- and 8-cell murine embryos. MATERIAL AND METHODS Thirty female Balb/C mice were divided into 4 groups: Group 1 received: subcutaneous (sc) injection of 0.9% NaCl; Group 2 received sc injection of 3...
December 8, 2017: Medical Science Monitor Basic Research
Gabriel A Bó, Dragan R Rogan, Reuben J Mapletoft
A single dose protocol of FSH for superstimulation in cattle may improve compliance and superovulatory response. A single subcutaneous (sc) administration of pFSH was efficacious, but response depended on body condition and injection site; the adipose tissue pad behind the shoulder was most efficacious. Inconsistent results in Holsteins were partially overcome by sc administration of 75% of the total pFSH dose behind the shoulder on the first day followed by 25% 48 h later. An alternative would be to combine FSH with polymers that cause it to be released slowly over several days...
May 2018: Theriogenology
Ramya Nair, Shahin Aboobacker, Srinivas Mutalik, Guruprasad Kalthur, Satish Kumar Adiga
Parthenotes are characterized by poor in vitro developmental potential either due to the ploidy status or the absence of paternal factors. In the present study, we demonstrate the beneficial role of sperm-derived factors (SDF) on the in vitro development of mouse parthenotes. Mature (MII) oocytes collected from superovulated Swiss albino mice were activated using strontium chloride (SrCl2) in the presence or absence of various concentrations of SDF in M16 medium. The presence of SDF in activation medium did not have any significant influence on the activation rate...
December 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
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