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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090465/does-intrauterine-injection-of-low-molecular-weight-heparin-improve-the-clinical-pregnancy-rate-in-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection
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Ahmed Mohamed Kamel, Yahia El-Faissal, Mona Aboulghar, Ragaa Mansour, Gamal I Serour, Mohamed Aboulghar
OBJECTIVE: Heparin can modulate proteins, and influence processes involved in implantation and trophoblastic development. This study aimed to assess the improvement of clinical pregnancy and implantation rates after local intrauterine injection of low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) in patients undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). METHODS: A randomised case/control design was followed in women scheduled for ICSI. The study arm was injected with intrauterine LMWH during mock embryo transfer immediately following the ovum pickup procedure, while the control arm was given an intrauterine injection with a similar volume of tissue culture media...
December 2016: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090461/effects-of-maternal-age-on-embryo-quality-and-pregnancy-outcomes-using-testicular-sperm-with-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection
#2
Hye Won Choi, Yong-Seog Park, Sun-Hee Lee, Chun Kyu Lim, Ju Tae Seo, Kwang Moon Yang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of maternal age on fertilization, embryo quality, and clinical pregnancy in patients undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) using testicular sperm from partners with azoospermia. METHODS: A total of 416 ICSI cycles using testicular spermatozoa from partners with obstructive azoospermia (OA, n=301) and non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA, n=115) were analyzed. Female patients were divided into the following age groups: 27 to 31 years, 32 to 36 years, and 37 to 41 years...
December 2016: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089824/mitochondrial-uncoupling-protein-2-in-human-cumulus-cells-is-associated-with-regulating-autophagy-and-apoptosis-maintaining-gap-junction-integrity-and-progesterone-synthesis
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Hongshan Ge, Fan Zhang, Duan Ping, Nan Zhu, Jiayan Zhang, Feijun Ye, Dan Shan, Hua Chen, XiaoSheng Lu, ChunFang Zhu, Renshan Ge, Zhenkun Lin
To explore the roles of mitochondrial Uncoupling Protein 2 (UCP2) in cumulus cells (CCs), human CCs were cultured in vitro, and the UCP2 was inhibited by treatment with Genipin, a special UCP inhibitor, or by RNA interference targeting UCP2. No significant differences in adenosine triphosphate levels and the ratio of ADP/ATP were observed after UCP2 inhibition. UCP2 inhibition caused a significant increase in cellular oxidative damage, which was reflected in alterations to several key parameters, including reactive oxygen species (ROS) and lipid peroxidation levels and the ratio of reduced GSH to GSSG...
January 12, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089717/persistent-organic-pollutants-pops-in-human-follicular-fluid-and-in-vitro-fertilization-outcomes-a-pilot-study
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Michael S Bloom, Victor Y Fujimoto, Robin Storm, Li Zhang, Celeste D Butts, Diana Sollohub, Robert L Jansing
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are ubiquitously distributed among the U.S. population and adversely impact human reproduction. These compounds have been detected in human ovarian follicular fluid (FF), where they directly contact a developing oocyte. As a pilot investigation, we measured 43 polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners, p,p'-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), and its persistent metabolite p,p'-dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) in residual FF collected from 32 women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF)...
January 9, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086935/does-the-transfer-of-a-poor-quality-embryo-together-with-a-good-quality-embryo-affect-the-in-vitro-fertilization-ivf-outcome
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Eliana Muskin Wintner, Anat Hershko-Klement, Keren Tzadikevitch, Yehudith Ghetler, Ofer Gonen, Oren Wintner, Adrian Shulman, Amir Wiser
BACKGROUND: IVF cycles which result in only one good quality embryo, and a second poor quality embryo present a dilemma when the decision involves transferring two embryos. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether a poor quality embryo has a negative effect on a good quality embryo when transferred along with a good quality embryo. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles involving single embryo transfers (SET) and double embryo transfers (DET)...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Ovarian Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077604/the-mitochondrial-dna-content-of-cumulus-granulosa-cells-is-linked-to-embryo-quality
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V Desquiret-Dumas, A Clément, V Seegers, L Boucret, V Ferré-L'Hotellier, P E Bouet, P Descamps, V Procaccio, P Reynier, P May-Panloup
STUDY QUESTION: Could the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) content of cumulus granulosa cells (CGCs) be related to oocyte competence? SUMMARY ANSWER: The quality of embryos obtained during IVF procedures appears to be linked to mtDNA copy numbers in the CGCs. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Oocyte quality is linked to oocyte mtDNA content in the human and other species, and the mtDNA copy number of the oocyte is related to that of the corresponding CGCs. Moreover, the quantification of CGC mtDNA has recently been proposed as a biomarker of embryo viability...
January 6, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073982/urinary-triclosan-concentrations-and-early-outcomes-of-in-vitro-fertilization-embryo-transfer
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Rui Hua, Yao Zhou, Biao Wu, Zhongwei Huang, Yongtong Zhu, Yali Song, Yanhong Yu, Hong Li, Song Quan
Triclosan (TCS) exists ubiquitously in the environment. Several in vitro and in vivo studies have demonstrated that TCS exerts endocrine disruptive effects on reproduction, but data from human populations are limited and conflicting. The objective of our study was to investigate whether high urinary TCS concentration is adversely associated with early reproductive outcomes in women undergoing in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET). This prospective cohort study was conducted from September 2015 to June 2016, including 156 infertile women undergoing their first IVF-ET cycle...
March 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069903/improvement-of-in-vitro-produced-bovine-embryo-treated-with-coa-a-under-heat-stressed-condition
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Imran Khan, Kyeong-Lim Lee, Lianguang Xu, Ayman Mesalam, Mmr Chowdhury, Myeong-Don Joo, Ihsan-Ul- Haq, Bushra Mirza, Il-Keun Kong
Heat stress has large effects on reproduction including conception rate in cattle. In this study, we examined the effects of coagulansin-A (coa-A), a steroidal lactone, on acquired thermo tolerance during in vitro production of bovine embryos. Oocytes were incubated in in vitro maturation (IVM) media with or without coa-A at two different temperatures, 40.5 °C and 42 °C, for 20 h. The treatment of coa-A significantly improved blastocyst development only at 40.5 °C (P < 0.05). Interestingly, immunofluorescence analysis demonstrated that coa-A induced heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) and phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K), but significantly attenuated nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2)...
January 9, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069183/evaluation-of-in%C3%A2-vitro-fertilization-outcomes-using-interleukin-8-in-culture-medium-of-human-preimplantation-embryos
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Guanyou Huang, Congrong Zhou, Chi-Ju Wei, Shuyun Zhao, Fa Sun, Hua Zhou, Wenjie Xu, Jun Liu, Chao Yang, Lingfei Wu, Guidan Ye, Zhuo Chen, Yongli Huang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether selected cytokines are detectable in the embryo culture medium (EM) of human preimplantation embryos (HPE) and what the relationship is of the cytokines with clinical outcomes. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: University-affiliated tertiary teaching hospital. PATIENT(S): Three-hundred and thirty infertile women who underwent fresh cycle in vitro fertilization (IVF) between January and December 2014...
January 6, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069172/morphologic-grading-of-euploid-blastocysts-influences-implantation-and-ongoing-pregnancy-rates
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Mohamad Irani, David Reichman, Alex Robles, Alexis Melnick, Owen Davis, Nikica Zaninovic, Kangpu Xu, Zev Rosenwaks
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether blastocyst grading can predict pregnancy outcomes in the frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET) of euploid blastocysts. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Academic medical center. PATIENT(S): Women who underwent FET of euploid embryo(s) between January 2013 and December 2015, with blastocysts were divided into four groups based on their morphologic grading before cryopreservation: excellent (≥3AA), good (3-6AB, 3-6BA, 1-2AA), average (3-6BB, 3-6AC, 3-6CA, 1-2AB, 1-2BA), and poor (1-6BC, 1-6CB, 1-6CC, 1-2BB)...
January 6, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068315/hyperspectral-phasor-analysis-enables-multiplexed-5d-in-vivo-imaging
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Francesco Cutrale, Vikas Trivedi, Le A Trinh, Chi-Li Chiu, John M Choi, Marcela S Artiga, Scott E Fraser
Time-lapse imaging of multiple labels is challenging for biological imaging as noise, photobleaching and phototoxicity compromise signal quality, while throughput can be limited by processing time. Here, we report software called Hyper-Spectral Phasors (HySP) for denoising and unmixing multiple spectrally overlapping fluorophores in a low signal-to-noise regime with fast analysis. We show that HySP enables unmixing of seven signals in time-lapse imaging of living zebrafish embryos.
January 9, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066836/a-comparative-study-on-the-results-of-agonist-and-antagonist-protocols-based-on-serum-amh-levels-in-patients-undergoing-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection
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Fatemeh Nikmard, Behrouz Aflatoonian, Elham Hosseini, Abbas Aflatoonian, Mehrdad Bakhtiyari, Reza Aflatoonian
BACKGROUND: Serum concentrations of antimullerian hormone (AMH) correlate with ovarian response during assisted reproduction treatment (ART) cycles. OBJECTIVE: This retrospective study attempted to evaluate the selection of ovarian stimulation protocols based on serum AMH levels in patients and its impact on the results of ART. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Based on AMH levels, the patients with tubal factor infertility were divided in three groups of normal, low and high AMH levels...
December 2016: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066833/the-role-of-g-csf-in-recurrent-implantation-failure-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-control-trial
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Fatemeh Davari-Tanha, Ensieh Shahrokh Tehraninejad, Mohadese Ghazi, Zahra Shahraki
BACKGROUND: Recurrent implantation failure (RIF) is the absence of implantation after three consecutive In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycles with transferring at least four good quality embryos in a minimum of three fresh or frozen cycles in a woman under 40 years. The definition and management of RIF is under constant scrutiny. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of Granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) on RIF, pregnancy rate, abortion rate and implantation rates...
December 2016: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064422/improved-detection-of-mineral-oil-toxicity-using-an-extended-mouse-embryo-assay
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Alessandra J Ainsworth, Jolene R Fredrickson, Dean E Morbeck
PURPOSE: Successful in vitro fertilization (IVF) relies on sound laboratory methods and culture conditions which depend on sensitive quality control (QC) testing. This study aimed to improve the sensitivity of mouse embryo assays (MEA) for detection of mineral oil toxicity. METHODS: Five experiments were conducted to study modifications of the standard mouse embryo assay (MEA) in order to improve sensitivity using clinical grade mineral oil with known peroxide concentrations...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062641/melatonin-levels-in-follicular-fluid-as-markers-for-ivf-outcomes-and-predicting-ovarian-reserve
#15
Jing Tong, Shi-le Sheng, Yun Sun, Huihui Li, Wei-Ping Li, Cong Zhang, Zijiang Chen
Good-quality oocytes are critical for the success of in vitro fertilization (IVF), but, to date, there is no marker of ovarian reserve available that can accurately predict oocyte quality. Melatonin exerts its antioxidant actions as a strong radical scavenger that might affect oocyte quality directly, since it is the most potent antioxidant in follicular fluid. To investigate the precise role of endogenous melatonin in IVF outcomes, we recruited 61 women undergoing treatment cycles of IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) procedures and classified them into three groups according to their response to ovarian stimulation...
January 6, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062551/new-stimulation-regimens-endogenous-and-exogenous-progesterone-use-to-block-the-lh-surge-during-ovarian-stimulation-for-ivf
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REVIEW
Nathalie Massin
BACKGROUND: The advent of embryo and oocyte vitrification today gives reproductive specialists an opportunity to consider new strategies for improving the practice and results of IVF attempts. As the freezing of entire cohorts does not compromise, and may even improve, the results of IVF attempts, it is possible to break away from the standard sequence of stimulation-retrieval-transfer. The constraints associated with ovarian stimulation in relation to the potential harmful effects of the hormonal environment on endometrial receptivity can be avoided...
January 5, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062104/assessment-of-a-novel-device-for-onsite-integrative-large-volume-solid-phase-extraction-of-water-samples-to-enable-a-comprehensive-chemical-and-effect-based-analysis
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Tobias Schulze, Marijan Ahel, Jörg Ahlheim, Selim Aït-Aïssa, François Brion, Carolina Di Paolo, Jean Froment, Anita O Hidasi, Juliane Hollender, Henner Hollert, Meng Hu, Anett Kloß, Sanja Koprivica, Martin Krauss, Melis Muz, Peter Oswald, Margit Petre, Jennifer E Schollée, Thomas-Benjamin Seiler, Ying Shao, Jaroslav Slobodnik, Manoj Sonavane, Marc J-F Suter, Knut Erik Tollefsen, Zuzana Tousova, Karl-Heinz Walz, Werner Brack
The implementation of targeted and nontargeted chemical screening analysis in combination with in vitro and organism-level bioassays is a prerequisite for a more holistic monitoring of water quality in the future. For chemical analysis, little or no sample enrichment is often sufficient, while bioanalysis often requires larger sample volumes at a certain enrichment factor for conducting comprehensive bioassays on different endpoints or further effect-directed analysis (EDA). To avoid logistic and technical issues related to the storage and transport of large volumes of water, sampling would benefit greatly from onsite extraction...
January 3, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056775/genetic-effects-and-genotype%C3%A2-%C3%A3-%C3%A2-environment-interactions-govern-seed-oil-content-in-brassica-napus-l
#18
Yanli Guo, Ping Si, Nan Wang, Jing Wen, Bin Yi, Chaozhi Ma, Jinxing Tu, Jitao Zou, Tingdong Fu, Jinxiong Shen
BACKGROUND: As seed oil content (OC) is a key measure of rapeseed quality, better understanding the genetic basis of OC would greatly facilitate the breeding of high-oil cultivars. Here, we investigated the components of genetic effects and genotype × environment interactions (GE) that govern OC using a full diallel set of nine parents, which represented a wide range of the Chinese rapeseed cultivars and pure lines with various OCs. RESULTS: Our results from an embryo-cytoplasm-maternal (GoCGm) model for diploid seeds showed that OC was primarily determined by genetic effects (VG) and GE (VGE), which together accounted for 86...
January 5, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055238/valproic-acid-increases-histone-acetylation-and-alters-gene-expression-in-the-donor-cells-but-does-not-improve-the-in-vitro-developmental-competence-of-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis-embryos-produced-by-hand-made-cloning
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Naresh L Selokar, Monika Saini, Himanshu Agrawal, Prabhat Palta, Manmohan Singh Chauhan, Radheysham Manik, Suresh Kumar Singla
Use of histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACis) is believed to improve the developmental competence and quality of cloned embryos produced. We examined the effects of treatment of buffalo fibroblasts with valproic acid (VPA), a HDACi on these cells and on embryos produced from them by hand-made cloning. VPA treatment (1.5, 3.0, or 4.5 mM) altered (p < 0.05) the growth characteristics and relative expression level of HDAC1, DNMT1, DNMT3a, P53, and CASPASE3, and the global level of H3K9/14ac, H4K5ac, and H3K18ac but not H3K27me3 in the cells...
January 5, 2017: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054230/tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-and-pregnancy-focus-on-biologics-an-updated-and-comprehensive-review
#20
REVIEW
Jaume Alijotas-Reig, Enrique Esteve-Valverde, Raquel Ferrer-Oliveras, Elisa Llurba, Josep Maria Gris
Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) is a central regulator of inflammation, and TNF-α antagonists may be effective in treating inflammatory disorders in which TNF-α plays a major pathogenic role. TNF-α has also been associated with inflammatory mechanisms related to implantation, placentation, and pregnancy outcome. TNF-α is secreted by immune cells and works by binding to TNFR1 and TNFR2 cell receptors. TNF-α is also related to JAK/STAT pathways, which opens up hypothetical new targets for modifying. The accurate balance between Th1 cytokines, mainly TNF-α, Th17, and Th2, particularly IL-10 is essential to achieve good obstetric outcomes...
January 4, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
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