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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326508/exposure-to-high-ambient-temperatures-alters-embryology-in-rabbits
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M L García, M J Argente
High ambient temperatures are a determining factor in the deterioration of embryo quality and survival in mammals. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of heat stress on embryo development, embryonic size and size of the embryonic coats in rabbits. A total of 310 embryos from 33 females in thermal comfort zone and 264 embryos of 28 females in heat stress conditions were used in the experiment. The traits studied were ovulation rate, percentage of total embryos, percentage of normal embryos, embryo area, zona pellucida thickness and mucin coat thickness...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325095/concomitant-use-of-fsh-and-low-dose-recombinant-hcg-during-the-late-follicular-phase-versus-conventional-controlled-ovarian-stimulation-for-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-cycles
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Carla Andrade Rebello Iaconelli, Amanda Souza Setti, Daniela Paes Almeida Ferreira Braga, Luiz Guilherme Louzada Maldonado, Assumpto Iaconelli, Edson Borges, Tsutomu Aoki
The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of low-dose hCG supplementation on ICSI outcomes and controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) cost. Three hundred and thirty patients undergoing ICSI were split into groups according to the COS protocol: (i) control group (n = 178), including patients undergoing conventional COS treatment; and (ii) low-dose hCG group (n = 152), including patients undergoing COS with low-dose hCG supplementation. Lower mean total doses of FSH administered and higher mean oestradiol level and mature oocyte rates were observed in the low-dose hCG group...
March 22, 2017: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324486/mitopho8%C3%AE-60-assay-as-a-tool-to-quantitatively-measure-mitophagy-activity
#3
Zhiyuan Yao, Xu Liu, Daniel J Klionsky
Mitophagy, a selective type of macroautophagy (hereafter referred to as autophagy), specifically mediates the vacuole/lysosome-dependent degradation of damaged or surplus mitochondria. Because this process regulates the number and quality of mitochondria, it is vital for proper cellular homeostasis. Mitophagy also plays critical roles in the clearance of paternal mitochondria in C. elegans embryos, in erythroid cell maturation, and in the prevention of neurodegenerative disease and cancer. In order to study the molecular mechanism and regulation of mitophagy, sensitive assays are necessary to quantitatively measure mitophagy activity...
March 22, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322775/pregnancy-and-birth-outcomes-in-couples-with-infertility-with-and-without-assisted-reproductive-technology-with-an-emphasis-on-us-population-based-studies
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REVIEW
Barbara Luke
Infertility, defined as the inability to conceive within one year of unprotected intercourse, affects an estimated 80 million individuals worldwide, or 10-15 percent of couples of reproductive age. Assisted reproductive technology (ART) includes all infertility treatments to achieve conception; in vitro fertilization (IVF) is the process by which an oocyte is fertilized by semen outside the body; non-IVF ART treatments include ovulation induction, artificial insemination, and intrauterine insemination. Use of ART has risen steadily in the United States during the past two decades due to several reasons, including childbearing at older maternal ages and increasing insurance coverage...
March 18, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322098/effect-of-sperm-dna-fragmentation-on-clinical-outcomes-for-chinese-couples-undergoing-in%C3%A2-vitro-fertilization-or-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection
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Lin-Tao Xue, Rui-Xue Wang, Bing He, Wei-Ying Mo, Li Huang, Shi-Kai Wang, Xian-Bao Mao, Jun-Ping Cheng, Yue-Yue Huang, RuiZhi Liu
Objective To investigate the effect of sperm DNA fragmentation on the fertilization rate, embryo development and pregnancy outcome of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in a cohort of Chinese couples. Methods Infertile couples that had undergone assisted reproductive technology at our centre between January 2011 and December 2013 were included in this retrospective study. Fractions of prepared sperm samples were evaluated for sperm DNA fragmentation on the day of oocyte recovery...
December 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319017/preliminary-investigation-of-the-prevalence-and-implantation-potential-of-abnormal-embryonic-phenotypes-assessed-using-time-lapse-imaging
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Amy Barrie, Roy Homburg, Garry McDowell, Jeremy Brown, Charles Kingsland, Stephen Troup
This retrospective, single site observational study aimed to delineate five abnormal embryonic developmental phenotypes, assessing their prevalence, development potential and suitability for inclusion in embryo selection models for IVF. In total, 15,819 embryos from 4559 treatment cycles cultured in EmbryoScope® incubators between January 2014 and January 2016 were included. Time-lapse images were assessed retrospectively for five abnormal embryo phenotypes: direct cleavage, reverse cleavage, absent cleavage, chaotic cleavage and cell lysis...
March 1, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316899/water-quality-assessment-in-the-german-river-of-the-years-2014-2015-how-a-case-study-on-the-impact-of-a-storm-water-sedimentation-basin-displayed-impairment-of-fish-health-in-the-argen-river-southern-germany
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Paul Thellmann, Bertram Kuch, Karl Wurm, Heinz-R Köhler, Rita Triebskorn
BACKGROUND: The present work investigates the impact of discharges from a storm water sedimentation basin (SSB) receiving runoff from a connected motorway in southern Germany. The study lasted for almost two years and was aimed at assessing the impact of the SSB on the fauna of the Argen River, which is a tributary of Lake Constance. Two sampling sites were examined up- and downstream of the SSB effluent. A combination of different diagnostic methods (fish embryo test with the zebrafish, histopathology, micronucleus test) was applied to investigate health impairment and genotoxic effects in indigenous fish as well as embryotoxic potentials in surface water and sediment samples of the Argen River, respectively, in samples of the SSB effluent...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314612/a-simple-imagej-macro-tool-for-analyzing-mitochondrial-network-morphology-in-mammalian-cell-culture
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Andrew J Valente, Lucas A Maddalena, Ellen L Robb, Fereshteh Moradi, Jeffrey A Stuart
Mitochondria exist in a dynamic cycle of fusion and fission whose balance directly influences the morphology of the 'mitochondrial network', a term that encompasses the branched, reticular structure of fused mitochondria as well as the separate, punctate individual organelles within a eukaryotic cell. Over the past decade, the significance of the mitochondrial network has been increasingly appreciated, motivating the development of various approaches to analyze it. Here, we describe the Mitochondrial Network Analysis (MiNA) toolset, a relatively simple pair of macros making use of existing ImageJ plug-ins, allowing for semi-automated analysis of mitochondrial networks in cultured mammalian cells...
March 14, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299549/elective-single-blastocyst-transfer-in-advanced-maternal-age
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Samer Tannus, Weon-Young Son, Michael Haim Dahan
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate reproductive outcomes following elective single blastocyst transfer (eSBT) compared with those of double blastocyst transfer (DBT) in advanced maternal age. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study performed at an academic fertility center. All women aged 40 and over for whom in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles were performed and in whom embryo culture was extended to the blastocyst stage were reviewed for possible inclusion...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293053/effect-of-melatonin-on-the-outcome-of-assisted-reproductive-technique-cycles-in-women-with-diminished-ovarian-reserve-a-double-blinded-randomized-clinical-trial
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Bahia Namavar Jahromi, Sara Sadeghi, Shohreh Alipour, Mohammad Ebrahim Parsanezhad, Shaghayegh Moradi Alamdarloo
Diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) significantly decreases the success rate of the assisted reproductive technique (ART). In this study, we assessed the effect of melatonin on the ART outcomes in women with DOR. A double-blinded, randomized, clinical trial was performed on 80 women with DOR as a pilot study in Shiraz, between 2014 and 2015. DOR was defined as the presence of 2 of the following 3 criteria: 1) anti-Müllerian hormone ≤1, 2) follicle-stimulating hormone ≥10, and 3) bilateral antral follicle count ≤6...
January 2017: Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293051/the-effect-of-four-different-gonadotropin-protocols-on-oocyte-and-embryo-quality-and-pregnancy-outcomes-in-ivf-icsi-cycles-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Mohammad Ebrahim Parsanezhad, Bahia Namavar Jahromi, Solmaz Rezaee, Leila Kooshesh, Sanaz Alaee
BACKGROUND: Despite the large number of papers published on the efficiency of different exogenous gonadotropins, no confirmed protocol exists. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to compare the efficacy of 4 exogenous gonadotropins in IVF/ICSI cycles. METHODS: This study, performed from January 2014 to May 2014, recruited 160 women referred to Ghadir Mother and Child Hospital and Dena Hospital, Shiraz, Iran. The patients underwent standard downregulation and were randomly divided into 4 groups of A, B, C, and D and were administered hMG, hFSH, rFSH, and combined sequential hFSH/rFSH, respectively...
January 2017: Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292619/obesity-and-female-infertility-potential-mediators-of-obesity-s-impact
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REVIEW
Darcy E Broughton, Kelle H Moley
The worldwide upward trend in obesity has been dramatic, now affecting more than 20% of American women of reproductive age. Obesity is associated with many adverse maternal and fetal effects prenatally, but it also exerts a negative influence on female fertility. Obese women are more likely to have ovulatory dysfunction due to dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis. Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome who are also obese demonstrate a more severe metabolic and reproductive phenotype. Obese women have reduced fecundity even when eumenorrheic and demonstrate poorer outcomes with the use of in vitro fertilization...
March 11, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291830/soluble-cd146-an-innovative-and-non-invasive-biomarker-of-embryo-selection-for-in-vitro-fertilization
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Sylvie Bouvier, Odile Paulmyer-Lacroix, Nicolas Molinari, Alexandrine Bertaud, Marine Paci, Aurélie Leroyer, Stéphane Robert, Françoise Dignat George, Marcel Blot-Chabaud, Nathalie Bardin
Although progress was made in in vitro fertilization (IVF) techniques, the majority of embryos transferred fail to implant. Morphology embryo scoring is the standard procedure for most of IVF centres for choosing the best embryo, but remains limited since even the embryos classified as "top quality" may not implant. As it has been shown that i) CD146 is involved in embryo implantation and ii) membrane form is shed to generate soluble CD146 (sCD146), we propose that sCD146 in embryo supernatants may constitute a new biomarker of embryo selection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287560/modified-microsecure-vitrification-a-safe-simple-and-highly-effective-cryopreservation-procedure-for-human-blastocysts
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Mitchel C Schiewe, Shane Zozula, Nancy Nugent, Kelley Waggoner, Jessica Borba, Lisa Gamboa, John B Whitney
Clinical embryo vitrification evolved with the development of unique vitrification devices in the 21(st) century and with the misconception that ultra-rapid cooling in an "open" system (i.e., direct LN2 contact) was a necessity to optimize vitrification success. The dogma surrounding the importance of cooling rates led to unsafe practices subject to technical variation and to the creation of vitrification devices that disregarded important quality-control factors (e.g., ease of use, repeatability, reliability, labeling security, and storage safety)...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287176/de-novo-and-reference-transcriptome-assembly-of-transcripts-expressed-during-flowering-provide-insight-into-seed-setting-in-tetraploid-red-clover
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Mallikarjuna Rao Kovi, Helga Amdahl, Muath Alsheikh, Odd Arne Rognli
Red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) is one of the most important legume forage species in temperate livestock agriculture. Tetraploid red clover cultivars are generally producing less seed than diploid cultivars. Improving the seed setting potential of tetraploid cultivars is necessary to utilize the high forage quality and environmentally sustainable nitrogen fixation ability of red clover. In the current study, our aim was to identify candidate genes involved in seed setting. Two genotypes, 'Tripo' with weak seed setting and 'Lasang' with strong seed setting were selected for transcriptome analysis...
March 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285882/effect-of-altering-the-intervals-between-consecutive-superovulatory-doses-of-porcine-follicle-stimulating-hormone-on-ovarian-responses-and-embryo-yields-in-anestrous-ewes
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P M Bartlewski, M Murawski, T Schwarz, M E F Oliveira
The effect of varying intervals between successive gonadotropin injections on the superovulatory outcomes in anestrous Rideau Arcott ewes superstimulated for ovarian follicular development with multiple doses of porcine FSH (pFSH) was evaluated in a single study. Twenty-five animals received six (1×2.5ml and 5×1.25ml) injections of Folltropin(®)-V given at 0800 and 1600h or at 0800 and 2000h in Group 1 (n=9) or Group 2 (n=16), respectively. An i.m. injection of 500 IU of equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG; Folligon(®)) was given concurrently with the first pFSH dose...
March 6, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285567/increased-scf-in-follicular-fluid-and-granulosa-cells-positively-correlates-with-oocyte-maturation-fertilization-and-embryo-quality-in-humans
#17
Jun Tan, Yang Zou, Xing-Wu Wu, Li-Feng Tian, Qiong Su, Jin-Xia He, Zhi-Hui Huang, Yan Zhao, Li-Ping Wu, Qiong-Fang Wu
Stem cell factor (SCF), which is derived from granulosa cells (GCs), plays a key role in the process of follicular development and oocyte maturation. The present study aimed to explore whether the levels of SCF in follicular fluid (FF) and GCs can be used as a potential marker for predicting oocyte developmental potential. Follicular fluid and GC samples from 150 female patients undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm injection were collected in this study. The SCF concentrations in FFs and SCF messenger RNA (mRNA) in GCs were evaluated by using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and real-time polymerase chain reaction, respectively...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281658/cumulative-effects-of-suspended-sediments-organic-nutrients-and-temperature-stress-on-early-life-history-stages-of-the-coral-acropora-tenuis
#18
Adriana Humanes, Gerard F Ricardo, Bette L Willis, Katharina E Fabricius, Andrew P Negri
Coral reproduction is vulnerable to both declining water quality and warming temperatures, with simultaneous exposures likely compounding the negative impact of each stressor. We investigated how early life processes of the coral Acropora tenuis respond to increasing levels of suspended sediments in combination with temperature or organic nutrients. Fertilization success and embryo development were more sensitive to suspended sediments than to high temperatures or nutrient enrichment, while larval development (after acquisition of cilia) and settlement success were predominantly affected by thermal stress...
March 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281144/predictive-value-of-spindle-retardance-in-embryo-implantation-rate
#19
Sabela García-Oro, María Isabel Rey, Marta Rodríguez, Ángel Durán, Roque Devesa, Diana Valverde
PURPOSE: We evaluated the relationship between meiotic spindle characteristics and in vitro fertilization cycle outcome. METHODS: Five hundred sixty-nine oocytes from 86 in vitro fertilization cycles were analyzed for fertilization and subsequent implantation rates. Oocytes were assessed for maturation status. The oocytes and embryos were cultured in sequential and nonsequential media (G Series, Vitrolife, Sweden) and incubated in 6% CO2, 5% O2 at 37 °C. Two hours following oocyte decumulation (38-39 h post-hCG/GnRH administration) and prior to microinjection, the structure of the meiotic spindle was assessed using the Oosight Imaging System (CRI, UK)...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278206/warming-and-drought-combine-to-increase-pest-insect-fitness-on-urban-trees
#20
Adam G Dale, Steven D Frank
Urban habitats are characterized by impervious surfaces, which increase temperatures and reduce water availability to plants. The effects of these conditions on herbivorous insects are not well understood, but may provide insight into future conditions. Three primary hypotheses have been proposed to explain why multiple herbivorous arthropods are more abundant and damaging in cities, and support has been found for each. First, less complex vegetation may reduce biological control of pests. Second, plant stress can increase plant quality for pests...
2017: PloS One
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