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Embryo implantation failure

N Aleksandrova, E Shubina, A Ekimov, T Kodyleva, I Mukosey, N Makarova, E Kulakova, L Levkov, D Trofimov, G Sukhikh
Chromosomal aneuploidies are known for being the main cause of abnormal development of embryos with normal morphology, their implantation failure and early reproductive losses in IVF treatments. Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) allows selecting embryos with normal chromosomal content and increases IVF treatment efficiency due to higher implantation rates and less frequent early pregnancy losses. New technologies used for PGS allow making genome-wide analysis of the presence of all chromosomes in embryos...
October 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
Jessica E Miller, Soo Hyun Ahn, Stephany P Monsanto, Kasra Khalaj, Madhuri Koti, Chandrakant Tayade
Endometriosis is a complex, inflammatory disease that affects 6-10% of reproductive-aged women. Almost half of the women with endometriosis experience infertility. Despite the excessive prevalence, the pathogenesis of endometriosis and its associated infertility is unknown and a cure is not available. While many theories have been suggested to link endometriosis and infertility, a consensus among investigators has not emerged. In this extensive review of the literature as well as research from our laboratory, we provide potential insights into the role of immune dysfunction in endometriosis associated infertility...
October 11, 2016: Oncotarget
Saghar Salehpour, Marzieh Zamaniyan, Nasrin Saharkhiz, Shahrzad Zadeh Modares, Sedighe Hosieni, Samira Seif, Narges Malih, Parinaz Rezapoor, Mohammad-Reza Sohrabi
BACKGROUND: Recurrent implantation failure is one of the most issues in IVF cycles. Some researchers found that beneficial effects of endometrial Scratching in women with recurrent implantation failure, while some authors demonstrated contrary results. OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to investigate the effect of intrauterine. Saline infusion as a form of endometrial injury, during fresh in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer cycle, among patients with recurrent implantation failure...
September 2016: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
Oscar Swift, Enric Vilar, Belinda Rahman, Lucy Side, Daniel P Gale
AIMS: No recommendations currently exist regarding implementation of both prenatal diagnosis and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). This study evaluated attitudes in ADPKD patients with either chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages I-IV or end-stage renal failure (ESRF) toward prenatal diagnosis and PGD. METHODS: Ninety-six ADPKD patients were recruited from an outpatient clinic, wards, and dialysis units...
September 30, 2016: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
Somayyeh Safari, Azita Faramarzi, Azam Agha-Rahimi, Mohammad Ali Khalili
The aim was to report a healthy live birth using re-vitrified-warmed cleavage-stage embryos derived from supernumerary warmed embryos after frozen embryo transfer (ET) in a patient with recurrent implantation failure (RIF). The case was a 39-year-old female with a history of polycystic ovarian syndrome and adenomyosis, along with RIF. After ovarian hyperstimulation, 33 cumulus-oocyte complexes were retrieved and fertilized with conventional in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection. Because of the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, 16 grade B and C embryos were vitrified...
September 2016: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
Stefan C Kane, Elissa Willats, Sammya Bezerra Maia E Holanda Moura, Jonathan Hyett, Fabrício da Silva Costa
Chromosomal aneuploidy is responsible for a significant proportion of pregnancy failures, whether conceived naturally or through in vitro fertilization (IVF). In an effort to improve the success rate of IVF, screening embryos for aneuploidy - or pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) - has been proposed as a means of ensuring only euploid embryos are selected for transfer. Early PGS approaches were based on fluorescence in situ hybridization testing, and have been shown not to improve live birth rates. Recent developments in genetic testing technologies - such as next-generation sequencing and quantitative polymerase chain reaction, coupled with embryo biopsy at the blastocyst stage - have shown promise in improving IVF outcomes, but they remain to be validated in adequately powered, prospective randomized trials...
September 29, 2016: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Joseph Friedrich, Dara Khatib, Keon Parsa, Ariana Santopietro, G Ian Gallicano
With the increasing publicity of marijuana due to recent legislation, it is pertinent that the effects of fetal exposure to the drug are assessed. While in utero cannabis exposure has been associated with early pregnancy failure, birth defects and developmental delay, the mechanisms of such outcomes are largely unexplained. Furthermore, the use of cannabinoids in cancer treatment via growth inhibition and apoptosis may indicate how cannabis exposure likely harms a growing fetus. Cannabinoid signaling is required for proper pre-implantation development, embryo transport to the uterus, and uterine receptivity during implantation...
September 29, 2016: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
N Navali, A Gassemzadeh, L Farzadi, S Abdollahi, M Nouri, K Hamdi, F Mallah, F Jalilvand
STUDY QUESTION: Does the intrauterine administration of hCG immediately after oocyte retrieval in antagonist cycles with ICSI and fresh embryo transfer (ET) influence the implantation rate or chemical and clinical pregnancy rates? SUMMARY ANSWER: The intrauterine administration of hCG after oocyte retrieval increases the implantation rate and chemical and clinical pregnancy rates. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Over half of IVF/ICSI cycles fail due to implantation failure...
September 28, 2016: Human Reproduction
M Lambert, C Hocké, C Jimenez, S Frantz, A Papaxanthos, H Creux
OBJECTIVES: Investigate the proportion of abnormalities identified on the diagnostic assessment performed after at least two previous failed IVF attempts. Discuss the real benefit of this evaluation. METHODS: Retrospective descriptive study. Between January 2008 and January 2012, 205 couples with at least two consecutive failed IVF attempts had a diagnosis evaluation which consisted in couple's karyotypes; autoimmune and haemostasis biological check-up, pelvic ultrasound-Doppler and hysteroscopy for women...
September 14, 2016: Gynécologie, Obstétrique & Fertilité
Camila O Silveira, Carolina P Rezende, Márcia C Ferreira, Helen L Del Puerto, Fernando M Reis
Embryo implantation involves a complex sequence of events, and a large amount of molecules have been postulated to be involved in the interaction of embryo and endometrium. This study evaluated the endometrial expression of α-inhibin and β-glycan in the mid-secretory phase of women scheduled to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and tested whether these markers are associated with implantation failure. We performed a nested case-control study including 52 women submitted to IVF and embryo transfer, divided into 2 groups: cases with implantation failure (n = 33) and controls with confirmed clinical pregnancy (n = 19)...
September 14, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
Yan Ouyang, Yueqiu Tan, Yan Yi, Fei Gong, Ge Lin, Xihong Li, Guangxiu Lu
STUDY QUESTION: Do early pregnancy losses (EPLs) with and without embryos differ in chromosomal distributions? SUMMARY ANSWER: The chromosomal abnormality rate is significantly higher in miscarriages with embryos than without after in vitro fertilization (IVF)-embryo transfer. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Chromosomal abnormalities are the main causes of EPLs, the rate of which is up to 24-30% in the IVF population. Little research has been conducted on the correlations between the chromosomal distributions of EPL and the existence of an embryo or with the postmortem embryonic pole length, and the existing results have been inconsistent...
October 2016: Human Reproduction
A Blázquez, D García, A Rodríguez, R Vassena, V Vernaeve
STUDY QUESTION: Does switching to donor semen after at least three failed oocyte donation (OD) cycles with the partner normozoospermic semen increase the live birth rate in a subsequent OD cycle? SUMMARY ANSWER: Switching to donor semen after at least three failed OD cycles with the partner normozoospermic semen does not increase the live birth rate. WHAT IS ALREADY KNOWN: In some patients, a viable pregnancy cannot be achieved after several OD cycles, despite normal diagnostic findings for the couple...
September 8, 2016: Human Reproduction
Daniela Bettio, Antonio Capalbo, Elena Albani, Laura Rienzi, Valentina Achille, Anna Venci, Filippo Maria Ubaldi, Paolo Emanuele Levi Setti
BACKGROUND: Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) provides an opportunity to eliminate a potential implantation failure due to aneuploidy in infertile couples. Some studies clearly show that twins following single embryo transfer (SET) can be the result of a concurrent natural conception and an incidence as high as 1 in 5 twins has been reported. In our case PGS was performed on trophectoderm (TE) biopsies by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). The product of conception (POC) was cytogenetically investigated after selection of the placental villi by means of the direct method...
2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Sarah A Robertson, Min Jin, Danqing Yu, Lachlan M Moldenhauer, Michael J Davies, M Louise Hull, Robert J Norman
There is ongoing interest in immune-suppressant corticosteroid drugs such as prednisolone to treat infertility in women with repeated IVF failure and recurrent miscarriage. The rationale draws on the pervasive but flawed view that immune activation is inconsistent with normal pregnancy. This ignores clear evidence that controlled inflammation and activation of the immune response is essential for embryo implantation. Generally, the immune response actively promotes reproductive success - by facilitating endometrial receptivity and tolerance of the foreign embryo, and promoting vascular adaptation to support placental morphogenesis...
October 2016: Human Reproduction
John B Whitney, Mitchel C Schiewe, Robert E Anderson
PURPOSE: The study aims to contrast the efficacy of trophectoderm biopsy preimplantation genetic screening (PGS)/vitrification (VTF)-all cycles to past treatment protocols. Specifically, do these applied technologies increase live birth rates on a per cycle/first transfer basis? MATERIALS AND METHODS: An observational, retrospective cohort study of first transfer outcomes was performed in two groups. Group 1 (PGS) included PGS/VTF-all cycles, and group 2 (no PGS) included the first transfer from non-PGS fresh cycles or VTF-ALL cycles...
August 20, 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Soheila Arefi, Ahmad Hoseini, Fattaneh Farifteh, Hojjat Zeraati
BACKGROUND: Natural endometrium in Frozen-thawed Embryo Transfer (FET) may have some benefits upon implantation in patients with Repeated Implantation Failure (RIF). It might be due to possible differences between natural and stimulated endometrial growth factors and cytokins secretions. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to compare the pregnancy rate of FET on modified natural cycle versus hormone replacement therapy (HRT) cycle endometrium in patients with RIF...
July 2016: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
Abbas Aflatoonian, Ramesh Baradaran Bagheri, Robabe Hosseinisadat
BACKGROUND: Implantation failure is one of the most important factors limiting success in IVF treatment. The majority of trials have demonstrated favorable effect of endometrial injury on implantation success rate especially in women with recurrent implantation failure, while some studies failed to detect any benefit. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of our trial was to explore whether endometrial injury in luteal phase prior to frozen-thawed embryo transfer cycles would improve pregnancy outcomes? MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a prospective controlled trial of 93 consecutive subjects at a research and clinical center for infertility...
July 2016: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
Nan Yu, Bo Zhang, Mei Xu, Sheng Wang, Rong Liu, Jianli Wu, Jing Yang, Ling Feng
PROBLEM: Intrauterine administration of autologous peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) activated by HCG in vitro was reported to improve implantation rates in patients with repeated failure of IVF-ET (in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer). In this article, the value of intrauterine administration of PBMCs before embryo transfer and its optimal cell culture method will be investigated. METHOD OF STUDY: Patients who had not experienced successful pregnancy despite three or more IVF-ET sessions were enrolled in this study (n=240, 240 cycles)...
September 2016: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
Yiyun Lou, Fan Zhang, Yuqin Luo, Liya Wang, Shisi Huang, Fan Jin
The ubiquitously expressed serum and glucocorticoid regulated kinase 1 (SGK1) is tightly regulated by osmotic and hormonal signals, including glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids. Recently, SGK1 has been implicated as a signal hub for the regulation of sodium transport. SGK1 modulates the activities of multiple ion channels and carriers, such as epithelial sodium channel (ENaC), voltage-gated sodium channel (Nav1.5), sodium hydrogen exchangers 1 and 3 (NHE1 and NHE3), sodium-chloride symporter (NCC), and sodium-potassium-chloride cotransporter 2 (NKCC2); as well as the sodium-potassium adenosine triphosphatase (Na⁺/K⁺-ATPase) and type A natriuretic peptide receptor (NPR-A)...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Xiaoqiu Wang, Greg A Johnson, Robert C Burghardt, Guoyao Wu, Fuller W Bazer
In all mammalian species, critical events including uterine receptivity and development of the conceptus (embryo/fetus and its associated extra-embryonic membranes) must be intricately orchestrated and carefully timed during the window of implantation. Otherwise, failure of conceptuses to implant is inevitable which accounts for 50%-75% of failures to establish pregnancy. Unlike human and rodent blastocysts, the blastocysts of pigs and ruminants undergo rapid transitions from spherical to tubular and filamentous conceptuses in response to histotroph during the peri-implantation period of pregnancy...
August 10, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
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