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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941401/effect-based-assessment-of-toxicity-removal-during-wastewater-treatment
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Pia Välitalo, Riccardo Massei, Ilse Heiskanen, Peter Behnisch, Werner Brack, Andrew J Tindall, David Du Pasquier, Eberhard Küster, Anna Mikola, Tobias Schulze, Markus Sillanpää
Wastewaters contain complex mixtures of chemicals, which can cause adverse toxic effects in the receiving environment. In the present study, the toxicity removal during wastewater treatment at seven municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) was investigated using an effect-based approach. A battery of eight bioassays was applied comprising of cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, endocrine disruption and fish embryo toxicity assays. Human cell-based CALUX assays, transgenic larval models and the fish embryo toxicity test were particularly sensitive to WWTP effluents...
September 7, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938778/comparison-of-hatching-egg-characteristics-embryo-development-yolk-absorption-hatch-window-and-hatchability-of-pekin-duck-eggs-of-different-weights
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A Ipek, A Sozcu
This study was carried out to determine the hatching egg characteristics, embryo development and yolk absorption during incubation, hatch window, and hatchability of Pekin duck eggs of different weights. A total of 960 hatching eggs was obtained from a breeder flock 35 to 36 wk of age. The eggs were classed into 3 weight categories: "light" (L; <75 g), "medium" (M; 76 to 82 g), and "heavy" (H; >83 g). The albumen weight was the highest in the heavy eggs, whereas the yolk weight was higher in the medium and heavy eggs...
October 1, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938744/an-improved-ivm-method-for-cumulus-oocyte-complexes-from-small-follicles-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-patients-enhances-oocyte-competence-and-embryo-yield
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F Sánchez, F Lolicato, S Romero, M De Vos, H Van Ranst, G Verheyen, E Anckaert, J E J Smitz
STUDY QUESTION: Are meiotic and developmental competence of human oocytes from small (2-8 mm) antral follicles improved by applying an optimized IVM method involving a prematuration step in presence of C-Type Natriuretic Peptide (CNP) followed by a maturation step in presence of FSH and Amphiregulin (AREG)? SUMMARY ANSWER: A strategy involving prematuration culture (PMC) in the presence of CNP followed by IVM using FSH + AREG increases oocyte maturation potential leading to a higher availability of Day 3 embryos and good-quality blastocysts for single embryo transfer...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935366/review-diagnosis-and-impact-of-sperm-dna-alterations-in-assisted-reproduction
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REVIEW
Luke Simon, Benjamin R Emery, Douglas T Carrell
Sperm nuclear and chromatin abnormalities are common among infertile men and are known to influence natural reproduction. These abnormalities are also considered detrimental to normal fertilization, embryo development, and successful implantation and pregnancies following assisted reproductive treatment (ART). Abnormalities in the sperm nucleus can be broadly classified into sperm chromosomal abnormalities (aneuploidies) and sperm DNA abnormalities such as abnormal packing, DNA integrity, or DNA fragmentation...
August 2, 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935242/supplementation-of-cilostazol-during-in-vitro-maturation-enhances-the-meiosis-and-developmental-competence-of-yak-oocytes-by-influencing-camp-content-and-mrna-expression
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Xian-Rong Xiong, Dao-Liang Lan, Jian Li, Ya-Qiu Lin, Ming-Yang Li
The efficiency of in vitro embryo production remains low compared with that observed in vivo. Recent studies have independently shown that cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) modulation prior to in vitro maturation (IVM) supplementation improves oocyte developmental competence. In this context, special cAMP modulators have been applied during IVM as promising alternatives to improve this biotechnology. Accordingly, this study was conducted to evaluate the effects of treatment with cilostazol, a PDE3 inhibitor, during pre-IVM culture on oocyte meiotic maturation in yak...
August 24, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934084/outcome-of-icsi-with-motile-testicular-spermatozoa-obtained-through-microscopically-assisted-testicular-sperm-extraction-in-relation-to-the-ovarian-response
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E Erdem, M Karacan, A Usta, A Arvas, Z Cebi, T Camlibel
INTRODUCTION: To determine the relationship between AFC, basal FSH level, woman's age, the number of oocytes retrieved and the outcome of ICSI with testicular spermatozoa obtained with microscopically assisted testicular sperm extraction. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, a total of 340 couples who underwent ICSI treatment with testicular sperm were enrolled. Women aged?40years and the first cycles of couples were included. ICSI was performed with motile testicular spermatozoa obtained from 89 men with obstructive azoospermia and 251 men with nonobstructive azoospermia...
May 2017: Journal of gynecology obstetrics and human reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932956/time-lapse-imaging-provides-further-evidence-that-planar-arrangement-of-blastomeres-is-highly-abnormal
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Thomas Ebner, Alexandra Höggerl, Peter Oppelt, Elisabeth Radler, Simon-Hermann Enzelsberger, Richard B Mayer, Erwin Petek, Omar Shebl
PURPOSE: Recently, guidelines on the annotation of dynamic human embryo monitoring recommended screening for the presence of planar blastomere arrangement at the 4-cell stage. This observational study was set up in order to analyze whether developmental kinetics of planar human embryos are different from tetrahedral ones. METHODS: Therefore, embryos of 115 consecutive ICSI patients (showing 32 planar and 554 tetrahedral embryos) were cultured in a new time-lapse system (Miri TL) and their embryos were annotated for morphokinetic development and screened for irregular cleavages and morphological dysmorphisms...
September 20, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931865/use-of-medroxyprogesterone-acetate-in-women-with-ovarian-endometriosis-undergoing-controlled-ovarian-hyperstimulation-for-in-vitro-fertilization
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Haiyan Guo, Yun Wang, Qiuju Chen, Weiran Chai, Lihua Sun, Ai Ai, Yonglun Fu, Qifeng Lyu, Yanping Kuang
This study investigated the use of medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) or a short protocol for controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) in patients with advanced endometriosis who have normal ovarian function, and to compare cycle characteristics and pregnancy outcomes after frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET). This was a retrospective case-control study of 244 patients with advanced endometriosis undering COH. The patients were allocated to three groups: the surgery group with MPA COH (62 patients, 71 IVF/ICSI cycles, 78 FET cycles); the aspiration group with MPA COH (85 patients had ovarian "chocolate" cysts (>3 cm) aspirated, 90 IVF/ICSI cycles, 76 FET cycles); and the short protocol group (97 patients, 101 IVF/ICSI cycles, 51 FET cycles)...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929987/cell-and-genetic-predictors-of-human-blastocyst-hatching-success-in-assisted-reproduction
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Anastasiya G Syrkasheva, Nataliya V Dolgushina, Andrey Yu Romanov, Olga V Burmenskaya, Nataliya P Makarova, Espet O Ibragimova, Elena A Kalinina, Gennady T Sukhikh
The aim was to identify cell and genetic predictors of human blastocyst hatching success in assisted reproduction programmes via a prospective case-control study. Blastocysts, donated by couples in assisted reproduction programmes were used. Hatching success assessment was performed after 144-146 h post-fertilization. The mRNA expression levels of cathepsin V (CTSV), GATA-binding protein 3 (GATA3) and human chorionic gonadotropin beta subunit 3, 5, 7 and 8 (CGB) genes were detected by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction...
September 20, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929981/the-presence-of-acylated-ghrelin-during-in-vitro-maturation-of-bovine-oocytes-induces-cumulus-cell-dna-damage-and-apoptosis-and-impairs-early-embryo-development
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Matias A Sirini, Juan Mateo Anchordoquy, Juan Patricio Anchordoquy, Ana M Pascua, Noelia Nikoloff, Ana Carranza, Alejandro E Relling, Cecilia C Furnus
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of acylated ghrelin supplementation during in vitro maturation (IVM) of bovine oocytes. IVM medium was supplemented with 20, 40 or 60 pM acylated ghrelin concentrations. Cumulus expansion area and oocyte nuclear maturation were studied as maturation parameters. Cumulus-oocyte complexes (COC) were assessed with the comet, apoptosis and viability assays. The in vitro effects of acylated ghrelin on embryo developmental capacity and embryo quality were also evaluated...
September 20, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927798/effect-of-charcoal-dextran-stripped-fetal-bovine-serum-on-in-vitro-development-of-bovine-embryos
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Ayman Mesalam, Rami Kong, Imran Khan, Mmr Chowdhury, Byung-Hyun Choi, Sung Woo Kim, Kyu-Woan Cho, Jong-In Jin, Il-Keun Kong
This study investigated the ability of charcoal:dextran stripped fetal bovine serum (CDS FBS) and heat-inactivated fetal bovine serum (HI FBS) to support in vitro development of bovine embryos. The developmental ability and quality of bovine embryos were determined by assessing their cell number, lipid content, mitochondrial activity, gene expression, and cryo-tolerance. The percentage of embryos that formed a blastocyst was significantly (P<0.05) higher in medium containing CDS FBS than in medium containing HI FBS (42...
September 16, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927010/the-role-of-oocyte-organelles-in-determining-developmental-competence
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REVIEW
Karen L Reader, Jo-Ann L Stanton, Jennifer L Juengel
The ability of an oocyte to undergo successful cytoplasmic and nuclear maturation, fertilization and embryo development is referred to as the oocyte's quality or developmental competence. Quality is dependent on the accumulation of organelles, metabolites and maternal RNAs during the growth and maturation of the oocyte. Various models of good and poor oocyte quality have been used to understand the essential contributors to developmental success. This review covers the current knowledge of how oocyte organelle quantity, distribution and morphology differ between good and poor quality oocytes...
September 18, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926960/genetic-and-hormonal-regulation-of-chlorophyll-degradation-during-maturation-of-seeds-with-green-embryos
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REVIEW
Galina Smolikova, Elena Dolgikh, Maria Vikhnina, Andrej Frolov, Sergei Medvedev
The embryos of some angiosperms (usually referred to as chloroembryos) contain chlorophylls during the whole period of embryogenesis. Developing embryos have photochemically active chloroplasts and are able to produce assimilates, further converted in reserve biopolymers, whereas at the late steps of embryogenesis, seeds undergo dehydration, degradation of chlorophylls, transformation of chloroplast in storage plastids, and enter the dormancy period. However, in some seeds, the process of chlorophyll degradation remains incomplete...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926587/functional-characterization-of-zebrafish-orthologs-of-the-human-beta-3-glucosyltransferase-b3glct-gene-mutated-in-peters-plus-syndrome
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Eric Weh, Hideyuki Takeuchi, Sanaa Muheisen, Robert S Haltiwanger, Elena V Semina
Peters Plus Syndrome (PPS) is a rare autosomal recessive disease characterized by ocular defects, short stature, brachydactyly, characteristic facial features, developmental delay and other highly variable systemic defects. Classic PPS is caused by loss-of-function mutations in the B3GLCT gene encoding for a β3-glucosyltransferase that catalyzes the attachment of glucose via a β1-3 glycosidic linkage to O-linked fucose on thrombospondin type 1 repeats (TSRs). B3GLCT was shown to participate in a non-canonical ER quality control mechanism; however, the exact molecular processes affected in PPS are not well understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923420/high-doses-of-lipid-core-nanocapsules-do-not-affect-bovine-embryonic-development-in-vitro
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Caroline Lucas, Mariana Remião, Franciele Bruinsmann, Isadora Lopes, Morgana Borges, Ana Laura Feijó, Andrea Cristina Basso, Adriana Pohlmann, Silvia Guterres, Vinicius Campos, Fabiana Seixas, Tiago Collares
The improvement of in vitro embryo production by culture media supplementation has been a potential tool to increase blastocyst quality and development. Recently, lipid-core nanocapsules (LNC), which were developed for biomedical applications as a drug-delivery system, have demonstrated beneficial effects on in vitro embryo production studies. LNCs have a core composed of sorbitan monostearate dispersed in capric/caprylic triglyceride. Based on that, we firstly investigated if LNCs supplemented during in vitro oocyte maturation had affinity to the mineral oil placed over the top of the IVM media...
September 15, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923282/association-between-abo-blood-type-and-live-birth-outcomes-in-single-embryo-transfer-cycles
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Nigel Pereira, Hency H Patel, Logan D Stone, Paul J Christos, Rony T Elias, Steven D Spandorfer, Zev Rosenwaks
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between ABO blood type and live-birth outcomes in patients undergoing IVF with day 5 single embryo transfer (SET). DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: University-affiliated center. PATIENT(S): Normal responders, <40 years old, undergoing their first IVF cycle with fresh SET. INTERVENTION(S): None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Live-birth rate was the primary outcome...
September 15, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923067/a-new-insight-into-male-fertility-preservation-for-patients-with-completely-immotile-spermatozoa
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Huanhua Chen, Guixue Feng, Bo Zhang, Hong Zhou, Caizhu Wang, Jinhui Shu, Xianyou Gan, Ruoyun Lin, Dongmei Huang, Yingqin Huang
BACKGROUND: Sperm cryopreservation is the most effective method to preserve male fertility but this is normally used for motile spermatozoa. Thus, only motile spermatozoa are used for cryopreservation in most reproductive medicine centers worldwide. The immotile spermatozoa from some problematic patients are usually discarded, resulting in a missed opportunity of sterility cryopreservation for future assisted reproductive treatments. Many studies have shown that successful fertilization can be obtained after selection of viable sperm from the completely immotile spermatozoa before ICSI...
September 18, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915981/transcutaneous-electrical-acupoint-stimulation-improves-the-outcomes-of-in-vitro-fertilization-a-prospective-randomized-and-controlled-study
#18
Fan Qu, Fang-Fang Wang, Yan Wu, Jue Zhou, Nicola Robinson, Paul J Hardiman, Jie-Xue Pan, Yi-Jing He, Yu-Hang Zhu, Han-Zhi Wang, Xiao-Qun Ye, Ke-Lin He, Long Cui, Hong-Li Zhao, Ying-Hui Ye
OBJECTIVES: To explore whether transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation (TEAS) can improve the outcomes of in vitro fertilization (IVF). DESIGN: A prospective, randomized, and controlled study. SETTING: IVF center in a university hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Four hundred and eighty-one infertile patients with bilateral tubal blockage who were referred for IVF. Patients were randomized into four groups. INTERVENTION: TEAS was administered for 30min, respectively, at 24h before TVOR and two hours before ET...
September 2017: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915785/seed-maturation-associated-transcriptional-programs-and-regulatory-networks-underlying-genotypic-difference-in-seed-dormancy-and-size-weight-in-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l
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Yuji Yamasaki, Feng Gao, Mark C Jordan, Belay T Ayele
BACKGROUND: Maturation forms one of the critical seed developmental phases and it is characterized mainly by programmed cell death, dormancy and desiccation, however, the transcriptional programs and regulatory networks underlying acquisition of dormancy and deposition of storage reserves during the maturation phase of seed development are poorly understood in wheat. The present study performed comparative spatiotemporal transcriptomic analysis of seed maturation in two wheat genotypes with contrasting seed weight/size and dormancy phenotype...
September 16, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913800/wheat-genetic-transformation-using-mature-embryos-as-explants
#20
Harsh Chauhan, Paramjit Khurana
Feeding the growing population utilizing the limited agricultural resources remains a great challenge. Plant biotechnology plays a vital role in crop improvement by incorporating desired quality traits, tolerance to abiotic stresses and resistance to biotic stresses, which are otherwise tough to achieve by conventional plant breeding methodologies. Genetic engineering is a powerful tool to develop desired traits in selected crops to make the crops suitable for future demand and environment. For genetic engineering of crops like wheat, the development of efficient transformation and regeneration systems has always been a prime requirement...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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