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Tao Lin, Jae Eun Lee, Reza K Oqani, So Yeon Kim, Eun Seok Cho, Yong Dae Jeong, Jun Jong Baek, Dong Il Jin
The aim of this study is to investigate whether endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress attenuation could improve porcine somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) embryo developmental competence. We treated porcine SCNT embryos with TUDCA (tauroursodeoxycholic acid, an inhibitor of ER stress) and/or TM (tunicamycin, an ER stress inducer), and examined embryonic developmental potential, embryo quality, the levels of ER stress markers (XBP1 protein and mRNA) and apoptosis-related-genes (BAX and BCL2 mRNA). Immunostaining detected X-box-binding protein (XBP1), a key gene regulator during ER stress, at all stages of SCNT embryo development...
October 17, 2016: Reproductive Biology
Fabien Aubret, Florent Bignon, Philippe J R Kok, Gaëlle Blanvillain
Egg-clustering and communal nesting behaviours provide advantages to offspring. Advantages range from anti-predatory benefits, maintenance of moisture and temperature levels within the nest, preventing the eggs from rolling, to enabling hatching synchrony through embryo communication. It was recently suggested that embryo communication may extend beyond development fine-tuning, and potentially convey information about the quality of the natal environment as well as provide an indication of forthcoming competition amongst siblings, conspecifics or even heterospecifics...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Lekha T Pazhamala, Gaurav Agarwal, Prasad Bajaj, Vinay Kumar, Akanksha Kulshreshtha, Rachit K Saxena, Rajeev K Varshney
Seed development is an important event in plant life cycle that has interested humankind since ages, especially in crops of economic importance. Pigeonpea is an important grain legume of the semi-arid tropics, used mainly for its protein rich seeds. In order to understand the transcriptional programming during the pod and seed development, RNA-seq data was generated from embryo sac from the day of anthesis (0 DAA), seed and pod wall (5, 10, 20 and 30 DAA) of pigeonpea variety "Asha" (ICPL 87119) using Illumina HiSeq 2500...
2016: PloS One
E A Devyatova, K A Tsaturova, E V Vartanyan
Many of the uterine infertility factors are associated with chronic endometritis. Its prevalence reaches 92.6%. Quality of endometrial transformation during the "implantation window" is the basis of successful fertility. In our retrospective comparative study of 101 in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles, the efficacy of transvaginal Doppler ultrasound (TVDUS) in predicting successful implantation was evaluated. Inclusion criteria were as follows: age younger than 41 years and good quality of embryos. Exclusion criteria were as follows: 41 and older age, poor quality of embryos and uterine cavity lesions...
October 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
Mario A Cepeda, Jacob J H Pelling, Caitlin L Evered, Karla C Williams, Zoey Freedman, Ioana Stan, Jessica A Willson, Hon S Leong, Sashko Damjanovski
BACKGROUND: Membrane Type-1 Matrix Metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP) is a multifunctional protease implicated in metastatic progression ostensibly due to its ability to degrade extracellular matrix (ECM) components and allow migration of cells through the basement membrane. Despite in vitro studies demonstrating this principle, this knowledge has not translated into the use of MMP inhibitors (MMPi) as effective cancer therapeutics, or been corroborated by evidence of in vivo ECM degradation mediated by MT1-MMP, suggesting that our understanding of the role of MT1-MMP in cancer progression is incomplete...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Cancer
Sangita Sharma, Abha Majumdar
Objective. To determine the optimal duration of progesterone supplementation prior to transfer of cryopreserved embryos and its impact on implantation and pregnancy rates. Study Design. Prospective randomised study. Materials and Methods. In an IVF unit of a tertiary centre, sixty-six patients undergoing cryopreserved embryo transfer cycles were included. Endometrial preparation was done with estradiol valerate. Once it reached a minimum of 7 mm, patients were allocated randomly into group I (n = 39) and group II (n = 27)...
2016: International Journal of Reproductive Medicine
A L S Guimarães, S A Pereira, M N Diógenes, M A N Dode
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of adding a combination of insulin, transferrin and selenium (ITS) and l-ascorbic acid (AA) during in vitro maturation (IVM) and in vitro culture (IVC) on in vitro embryo production. To verify the effect of the supplements, cleavage and blastocyst rates, embryo size and total cell number were performed. Embryonic development data, embryo size categorization and kinetics of maturation were analyzed by chi-squared test, while the total cell number was analyzed by a Kruskal-Wallis test (P < 0...
October 17, 2016: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
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
Batu Aydinuraz, Enver Kerem Dirican, Safak Olgan, Ozlem Aksunger, Onur Kadir Erturk
This study aimed to evaluate the effect of artificial oocyte activation (AOA) by calcium ionophore after intracytoplasmic morphologically selected sperm injection (IMSI) on fertilization, cleavage rate and embryo quality. A total of 194 oocytes from 21 cycles from women with a history of low fertilization rate accompanying teratozoospermia were enrolled over a 3-month period. Mature oocytes from each patient were randomly allocated into two groups after IMSI. In the study group, half of the patients' oocytes (n = 97) were exposed to AOA, and in the control group (n = 97), AOA was not applied...
October 13, 2016: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
Fu Mei, Xu Kehui, Xu Wenming
Dicer, an RNAse III endonuclease, is critical for the biogenesis of small noncoding RNAs (microRNAs), including the biogenesis of microRNAs and small interfering RNAs, which transcriptionally and post-transcription ally regulate mRNA expression through binding to target mRNA and leading to subsequent mRNA degradation. Recent studies show that Dicer plays important roles in cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. It has been attracted more and more attention in the reproductive field. In the male reproduction field, mouse model shows that Dicer is critical for the development of spermatogenic cell, sperm maturation, sperm motility and morphology...
July 20, 2016: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
Yukou Sugano, Manami Yazawa, Sachio Takino, Sueo Niimura, Hideaki Yamashiro
The objective of this study was to classify spindle and first polar body (PB1) chromosome images in ovulated mouse oocytes over time to predict the developmental competence of metaphase II (MII) oocytes. Oocytes were collected at 12, 15, 20, and 25 h after human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) injection, and stained for spindle tubulin, chromosomes, and PB1 chromosomes. MII spindle morphology was classified as tapered type or barrel type and PB1 chromosomes were categorized as aggregated, separated, dot, or collapsed...
October 13, 2016: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
W P Martins, C O Nastri, L Rienzi, S Z van der Poel, C Gracia, C Racowsky
OBJECTIVES: Blastocyst transfer could be advantageous because it allows a more physiologic timing of exposure of the embryo to the uterine environment and permit embryo self-selection after activation of the embryonic genome on day 3. Conversely, the in vitro environment is probably inferior to that provided in vivo and in vitro culture beyond embryonic genomic activation could potentially harm embryos. Our objective was to identify, appraise and summarize the available evidence comparing the effectiveness of blastocyst and cleavage stage embryo transfer...
October 12, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Vladimir Isachenko, Karl Sterzik, Robert Maettner, Evgenia Isachenko, Plamen Todorov, Gohar Rahimi, Peter Mallmann, Erwin Strehler, Igor Pereligin, José Luis Alabart, Markus Merzenich
In natural conditions the oocyte and embryo are subjected to ever changing dynamic processes. However, the routine assisted reproductive technologies today involve the use of static in vitro culture systems. Objective was to determine whether there is any difference in the viability of embryos after in vitro culture under static and mechanical micro-vibration condition. It was evaluated the viability of embryonic cells (9,624 embryos) generated from 4,436 couples after in vitro culture. For Groups <29 years, 30-34 years, 35-39 years and >40 years, the following rate of high quality embryos without fragmentation (2 to 4 blastomeres on Day 2; 6 to 8 blastomeres and compacting morula on Day 3; blastocyst, expanded and hatching blastocyst on Day 5) was detected (static vs...
October 7, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Jigal Haas, Jim Meriano, Carl Laskin, Yaakov Bentov, Eran Barzilay, Robert F Casper, Ken Cadesky
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare the pregnancy rates between good quality blastocysts vitrified on day 6 versus blastocysts vitrified on day 5 after fertilization. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of 791 freeze-thaw cycles of blastocysts vitrified either on day 5 or on day 6 and transferred between January 2012 and October 2015. Five hundred and thirty-seven cycles included blastocysts vitrified on day 5, and 254 cycles included blastocysts vitrified on day 6...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Liyun Miao, Libin Zhang, Nadia Raboanatahiry, Guangyuan Lu, Xuekun Zhang, Jun Xiang, Jianping Gan, Chunhua Fu, Maoteng Li
Brassica napus is one of the most important oilseed crops in the world. However, there is currently no enough stem transcriptome information and comparative transcriptome analysis of different tissues, which impedes further functional genomics research on B. napus. In this study, the stem transcriptome of B. napus was characterized by RNA-seq technology. Approximately 13.4 Gb high-quality clean reads with an average length of 100 bp were generated and used for comparative transcriptome analysis with the existing transcriptome sequencing data of roots, leaves, flower buds, and immature embryos of B...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
C S Sousa, B A Barros, D Barh, P Ghosh, V Azevedo, E G Barros, M A Moreira
The enzymes 1,2-diacylglycerol cholinephosphotrans-ferase (CPT) and lysophosphatidylcholine acyltransferase (LPCAT) are important in lipid metabolism in soybean seeds. Thus, understand-ing the genes that encode these enzymes may enable their modification and aid the improvement of soybean oil quality. In soybean, the genes encoding these enzymes have not been completely described; there-fore, this study aimed to identify, characterize, and analyze the in silico expression of these genes in soybean. We identified two gene models encoding CPT and two gene models encoding LPCAT, one of which presented an alternative transcript...
August 26, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Anjit Sandhu, Sushil K Mohapatra, Himanshu Agrawal, Manoj K Singh, Prabhat Palta, Suresh K Singla, Manmohan S Chauhan, Radhey S Manik
Buffalo embryos were produced by hand-made cloning using skin fibroblasts from male and female buffaloes (n = 4 each) as donor cells for examining the effect of sex. Although the rate of blastocyst formation (43.8% ± 1.31% vs. 42.2% ± 1.22%) was similar, the total cell number (333 ± 10.4 vs. 270 ± 10.9) was higher (p < 0.05) whereas the apoptotic index (6.39 ± 0.25 vs. 8.52 ± 0.38) was lower (p < 0.05) for male than for female blastocysts. In the blastocysts, the global level of H3K18ac was found to be in the following order: male>female>IVF (in vitro fertilization) blastocysts (p < 0...
October 2016: Cellular Reprogramming
Dong-Kyung Lee, Chi-Hun Park, Kwang-Hwan Choi, Yeon-Ik Jeong, Kyung-Jun Uh, Jae Yeon Hwang, Sang-Goo Lee, Chang-Kyu Lee
The development of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) from large animal species has become an important model for therapeutic cloning using ESCs derived by somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). However, poor embryo quality and blastocyst formation have been major limitations for derivation of cloned ESCs (ntESCs). In this study, we have tried to overcome these problems by treating these cells with histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) and aggregating porcine embryos. First, cloned embryos were treated with Scriptaid to confirm the effect of HDACi on cloned embryo quality...
October 3, 2016: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
Zahra Eskandari, Rajab-Ali Sadrkhanlou, Vahid Nejati, Gholamreza Tizro
BACKGROUND: It is reasonable to think that some biochemical characteristics of follicular fluid (FF) surrounding the oocyte may play a critical role in determining the quality of oocyte and the subsequent potential needed to achieve fertilization and embryo development. OBJECTIVE: This study was carried out to evaluate the levels of FF homocysteine (Hcy) in IVF candidate polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) women and any relationships with FF glucose and estradiol (E2) levels...
August 2016: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
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