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Embryo quality

Gökhan Artaş, Şehmus Pala, Tuncay Kuloğlu, Remzi Atilgan, Şeyda Yavuzkir, Alparslan Akyol
The aim of this study was to compare the effects of only aspiration with aspiration and 5% trichloroacetic acid (TCA) application on ovarian cyst size and ovarian reserve. The ovarian cysts of 14 rats that were divided into two groups randomly were investigated after total salpingectomy procedure. G1 was the group of saline application after cyst aspiration, while in G2, after aspiration 5% TCA at half amount of aspiration volume was injected into the cyst and re-aspirated after five minutes. The abdomens of the rats were closed and re-explored after 1 month...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Brittany L Daughtry, Shawn L Chavez
The use of time-lapse microscopic imaging has proven to be a powerful tool for the study of mitotic divisions and other cellular processes across diverse species and cell types. Although time-lapse monitoring (TLM) of human preimplantation development was first introduced to the in vitro fertilization (IVF) community several decades ago, it was not until relatively recently that TLM systems were commercialized for clinical embryology purposes. Traditionally, human IVF embryos are assessed by successful progression and morphology under a stereomicroscope at distinct time points prior to selection for transfer...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Astrid Marais
By allowing a woman to terminate the life of the embryo, the law of 17 January 1975 leads us to ask the question about how to qualify the embryo. Is it a thing or a person ? Subordinate to the birth of a viable, living being, the embryo can have no acknowledged legal personality. Its particularity must nevertheless be noted : it is the only thing in law that is likely to become a person. So, conjugated in the present (The reality of the present : the embryo is a thing), the embryo is without doubt a thing.This qualification is implicit and results from an a contrario interpretation of article 16 CC...
March 7, 2018: Journal International de Bioéthique et D'éthique des Sciences
Pedro A A Monteleone, Pedro F M Peregrino, Edmund C Baracat, Paulo C Serafini
INTRODUCTION: Assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) are associated with potential risks, mainly related to multiple pregnancies, which are around 20% to 25%. Iatrogenic multiple pregnancies due to ovarian stimulation with multiples embryos transferred can be avoided by the elective single-embryo transfer (eSET), a growing practice worldwide. Adequately applied eSET, which impact on the incidence of complications without compromising treatment success, is still a challenge. The aim of this study was to compare the cumulative success rates of elective transfer of 2 embryos when transferred one by one (eSET), versus the success rates of elective double-embryo transfer (DET) in a single procedure, in a good prognosis population...
January 1, 2018: Reproductive Sciences
Charalampos S Siristatidis, Eleni Sertedaki, Dennis Vaidakis, Christos Varounis, Marialena Trivella
BACKGROUND: In order to overcome the low effectiveness of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and the high incidence of multiple births, metabolomics is proposed as a non-invasive method to assess oocyte quality, embryo viability, and endometrial receptivity, and facilitate a targeted subfertility treatment. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of metabolomic assessment of oocyte quality, embryo viability, and endometrial receptivity for improving live birth or ongoing pregnancy rates in women undergoing ART, compared to conventional methods of assessment...
March 16, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Alexandra J Harvey, Carmel O'Brien, Jack Lambshead, John R Sheedy, Joy Rathjen, Andrew L Laslett, David K Gardner
Reprogramming somatic cells to a pluripotent cell state (induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells) requires reprogramming of metabolism to support cell proliferation and pluripotency, most notably changes in carbohydrate turnover that reflect a shift from oxidative to glycolytic metabolism. Some aspects of iPS cell metabolism differ from embryonic stem (ES) cells, which may reflect a parental cell memory, or be a consequence of the reprogramming process. In this study, we compared the metabolism of 3 human iPS cell lines to assess the fidelity of metabolic reprogramming...
2018: PloS One
Marcia C Inhorn, Pasquale Patrizio
Reproductive health services, including infertility care, are important in countries with infrastructure deficits, such as Lebanon, which now hosts more than one million Syrian refugees. Islamic prohibitions on child adoption and third-party reproductive assistance (donor eggs, sperm, embryos, and surrogacy) mean that most Muslim couples must turn to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to overcome their childlessness. Attempts to bring low-cost IVF-ICSI to underserved populations might help infertile couples where no other services are available...
March 1, 2018: AMA Journal of Ethics
Yudi Geng, Qiaohong Lai, Yang Xun, Lei Jin
OBJECTIVE: To explore factors causing a premature rise in luteinizing hormone among high ovarian responders undergoing the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist ovarian stimulation protocol. METHODS: The present retrospective study included healthy women undergoing fresh cycles using a fixed GnRH antagonist protocol with a predicted high response and antral follicle count (AFC) of at least 15 at the Reproductive Medicine Center of Tongji Hospital, China, between January 1 and December 31, 2016...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
Zaineb Al-Qazwini, Zhen Yu Gordon Ko, Kalpesh Mehta, Nanguang Chen
We report an ultrahigh-speed and high-resolution line-scan spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) system that integrates a number of mechanisms for improving image quality. The illumination uniformity is significantly improved by the use of a Powell lens; Phase stepping and differential reconstruction are combined to suppress autocorrelation artifacts; Nonlocal means (NLM) is employed to enhance the signal to noise ratio while minimizing motion artifacts. The system is capable of acquiring cross-sectional images at more than 3,500 B-scans per second with sensitivities between 70dB and 90dB...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Mingzhu Dou, Yaohua Zhang, Suxin Yang, Xianzhong Feng
The endosperm occupies most of the available space within mature rice seeds, contains abundant nutrients, and directly influences both the quality and quantity of rice production. Initial reports noted that AtZHOUPI (AtZOU) coordinates endosperm breakdown and the concomitant separation of the embryo from this structure in Arabidopsis . The results of this study show that rice genomes contain two most closely related homologs of AtZOU , OsZOU-1 and OsZOU-2 ; of these, OsZOU-1 expression is limited to within the endosperm where it can be detected throughout this structure 5 days after pollination (DAP)...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Juline M Walter, Fabyano A C Lopes, Mônica Lopes-Ferreira, Lívia M Vidal, Luciana Leomil, Fabiana Melo, Girlene S de Azevedo, Rossandra M S Oliveira, Alba J Medeiros, Adriana S O Melo, Carlos E De Rezende, Amilcar Tanuri, Fabiano L Thompson
Harmful cyanobacterial blooms have become increasingly common in freshwater ecosystems in recent decades, mainly due to eutrophication and climate change. Water becomes unreliable for human consumption. Here, we report a comprehensive study carried out to investigate the water quality of several Campina Grande reservoirs. Our approach included metagenomics, microbial abundance quantification, ELISA test for three cyanotoxins (microcystin, nodularins, and cylindrospermopsin), and in vivo ecotoxicological tests with zebrafish embryos...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Shih-Jeng Huang, Fu-Kuei Huang, Yu-Shan Li, Shu-Yao Tsai
Cordyceps militaris , a medicinal and edible mushroom, was used to ferment buckwheat and embryo rice by solid-state fermentation (SSF). Our aim was to investigate the effect of ultraviolet B (UVB) light irradiation on the content of vitamin D2 and biologically effective components, and antioxidant properties of buckwheat and embryo rice in SSF with C. militaris . Irradiated samples of buckwheat and embryo rice fermented by C. militaris had significantly increased vitamin D2 content, from 0-0.3 to 1.18-16.79 μg/g, while the increase in fresh embryo rice fermented by C...
December 2017: Food Technology and Biotechnology
Kathrine Vauvert R Hviid, Sara Sofia Malchau, Anja Pinborg, Henriette Svarre Nielsen
BACKGROUND: The incidence of monozygotic twins (MZT) after ART appears to be higher than the incidence after spontaneous conceptions contradicting the aim of ART to avoid multiple pregnancies because of the associated risks. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: The aim was to study the frequency of MZT after IVF and ICSI and how it is influenced by the day of embryo transfer, maternal age, zona pellucida manipulation, controlled ovarian stimulation, stimulation protocol, culture media and embryo quality...
March 12, 2018: Human Reproduction Update
Tomasz Dobrzycki, Monika Krecsmarik, Florian Bonkhofer, Roger Patient, Rui Monteiro
Advances in genome engineering have resulted in the generation of numerous zebrafish mutant lines. A commonly used method to assess gene expression in the mutants is in situ hybridization (ISH). Because the embryos can be distinguished by genotype after ISH, comparing gene expression between wild type and mutant siblings can be done blinded and in parallel. Such experimental design reduces the technical variation between samples and minimises the risk of bias. This approach, however, requires an efficient method of genomic DNA extraction from post-ISH fixed zebrafish samples to ascribe phenotype to genotype...
March 13, 2018: Biology Open
Daniele Missio, Natália Picolli Folchini, Fabio Gallas Leivas, Cecília Isabel Inês Urquiza Machado Pavin, Hirya Fernandes Pinto, Francielli Weber Santos Cibin, Daniela Dos Santos Brum
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of Percoll volume on recovery rate, sperm quality, and embryo development kinetics in in vitro production of cattle embryos. Straws of conventional and sex-sorted semen were allocated to three different volumes of Percoll: 300 μL of each Percoll gradient (90%, 60%, and 30%), Control; 100 μL of each Percoll gradient, P100; and 200 μL of each Percoll gradient, P200. Sperm quality, fertilization rate, and embryo morpho-kinetic development using time lapse cinematography up to 48 h post-insemination were evaluated...
March 4, 2018: Animal Reproduction Science
R Poverini, R Lisi, F Lisi, V Berlinghieri, W Bielli, P Carfagna, A Costantino, D Iacomino, G Nicodemo
Granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulation factor plays different crucial roles during embryo implantation and subsequent development. Here we aimed to evaluate the effects of embryo cell culture medium, with the inclusion of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulation factor (GM-CSF), on embryo development and pregnancy rate. To this end, we took advantage of our retrospective observational study to correlate the outcomes from two different culture media. We included in this study 25 unselected patient from our IVF Center that underwent heterologous IVF cycle with crypreserved oocytes...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Sadikah Behbehani, Stefano Polesello, Joseph Hasson, Justin Silver, Weon-Young Son, Michael Dahan
OBJECTIVE: Asses clinical pregnancy rates and live birth rates in the presence of non-cavity deforming intramural fibroids in single fresh blastocyst transfer cycles DESIGN CLASSIFICATION: Canadian Task Force classification II-2 SETTING SETTING: Academic fertility center. PATIENT(S): 929 fresh single blastocyst transfer cycles were included; 94 with only non cavity distorting intramural fibroids and 764 without fibroids. Cleavage embryo transfers were excluded to reduce bias based on embryo quality INTERVENTION(S): none MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Live birth rate (LBR) and clinical pregnancy rate (CPR) RESULT(S): There were no differences noted in gravity, parity, or body mass index in patients with and without fibroids...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
E Mangoli, M A Khalili, A R Talebi, S Ghasemi-Esmailabad, A Hosseini
The main goal was to evaluate the correlation between sperm parameters and chromatin quality with embryo kinetics via time-lapse monitoring system (TLM). A total of 40 couples involved in the ICSI program as a result of male infertility. For assessment of sperm chromatin and DNA quality, we used aniline blue, toluidine blue, chromomycin A3, acridine orange and terminal transferase-mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate biotin end labelling assays. All mature oocytes were injected, and the generated zygotes (2PNs) were cultured in TLM...
March 12, 2018: Andrologia
Ahmet Eser, Belgin Devranoğlu, Evrim Bostancı Ergen, Ciğdem Yayla Abide
OBJECTIVE: To compare metaphase II (MII) rate, fertilization rate and embryo quality with dual trigger gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRH) and normal dose human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) versus normal dose hCG trigger in antagonist intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles of poor ovarian responders. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Patients defined poor ovarian responder according to Bologna criteria who underwent ICSI with GnRH antagonist protocol and triggered with dual trigger or hCG alone for oocyte maturation...
March 8, 2018: Journal of the Turkish German Gynecological Association
Rahia Mashoodh, Ireneusz B Habrylo, Kathryn M Gudsnuk, Geralyn Pelle, Frances A Champagne
The paternal transmission of environmentally induced phenotypes across generations has been reported to occur following a number of qualitatively different exposures and appear to be driven, at least in part, by epigenetic factors that are inherited via the sperm. However, previous studies of paternal germline transmission have not addressed the role of mothers in the propagation of paternal effects to offspring. We hypothesized that paternal exposure to nutritional restriction would impact male mate quality and subsequent maternal reproductive investment with consequences for the transmission of paternal germline effects...
March 14, 2018: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
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