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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149327/focused-time-lapse-analysis-reveals-novel-aspects-of-human-fertilization-and-suggests-new-parameters-of-embryo-viability
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G Coticchio, M Mignini Renzini, P V Novara, M Lain, E De Ponti, D Turchi, R Fadini, M Dal Canto
STUDY QUESTION: Can focused application of time-lapse microscopy (TLM) lead to a more detailed map of the morphokinetics of human fertilization, revealing novel or neglected aspects of this process? SUMMARY ANSWER: Intensive harnessing of TLM reveals novel or previously poorly characterised phenomena of fertilization, such as a cytoplasmic wave (CW) preceding pronuclear formation and kinetics of pronuclear chromatin polarization, thereby suggesting novel non-invasive biomarkers of embryo quality...
November 15, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145852/a-preliminary-evaluation-of-influence-of-body-mass-index-on-in-vitro-fertilization-outcome-in-non-obese-endometriosis-patients
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Eliana Garalejic, Biljana Arsic, Jovana Radakovic, Dragana Bojovic Jovic, Dragana Lekic, Biljana Macanovic, Ivan Soldatovic, Milan Perovic
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Obese and overweight women experience a lower probability for pregnancy after IVF. However, despite the increasing prevalence of obesity, the large majority of infertile women are non-obese. One of the most common indications for IVF is endometriosis. Thought-provoking inverse correlation has been established between BMI and endometriosis. Lower BMI is a risk factor for development of endometriosis and a predictive factor for severe endometriosis. Since severe endometriosis carries lower reproductive chances, even after IVF, we preliminary tested a hypothesis that higher BMI among non-obese endometriosis patients improves IVF outcomes...
November 16, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145436/scrambled-eggs-proteomic-portraits-and-novel-biomarkers-of-egg-quality-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio
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Ozlem Yilmaz, Amélie Patinote, Thao Vi Nguyen, Emmanuelle Com, Regis Lavigne, Charles Pineau, Craig V Sullivan, Julien Bobe
Egg quality is a complex biological trait and a major determinant of reproductive fitness in all animals. This study delivered the first proteomic portraits of egg quality in zebrafish, a leading biomedical model for early development. Egg batches of good and poor quality, evidenced by embryo survival for 24 h, were sampled immediately after spawning and used to create pooled or replicated sample sets whose protein extracts were subjected to different levels of fractionation before liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143067/characterization-and-fine-mapping-of-qkc7-03-a-major-locus-for-kernel-cracking-in-maize
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Mingtao Yang, Lin Chen, Xun Wu, Xing Gao, Chunhui Li, Yanchun Song, Dengfeng Zhang, Yunsu Shi, Yu Li, Yong-Xiang Li, Tianyu Wang
A major locus conferring kernel cracking in maize was characterized and fine mapped to an interval of 416.27 kb. Meanwhile, combining the results of transcriptomic analysis, the candidate gene was inferred. Seed development requires a proper structural and physiological balance between the maternal tissues and the internal structures of the seeds. In maize, kernel cracking is a disorder in this balance that seriously limits quality and yield and is characterized by a cracked pericarp at the kernel top and endosperm everting...
November 15, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142448/expression-of-the-bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-bmp2-in-the-human-cumulus-cells-as-a-biomarker-of-oocytes-and-embryo-quality
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Sirin B Demiray, Ozlem Yilmaz, Ege N T Goker, Erol Tavmergen, Nilufer Calimlioglu, Ugur Sezerman, Huseyin O Soykam, Gulperi Oktem
Background: The members of the transforming growth factor-B superfamily, as the bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) subfamily and anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH), play a role during follicular development, and the bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP2), AMH, and THY1 are expressed in ovaries. Aim: This study was designed to define whether or not the expressions of these proteins in human cumulus cells (CCs) can be used as predictors of the oocyte and embryo competence...
July 2017: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141509/relative-morphokinetics-assessed-by-time-lapse-imaging-are-altered-in-embryos-from-patients-with-endometriosis
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Alexander Freis, Jens Erik Dietrich, Moritz Binder, Verena Holschbach, Thomas Strowitzki, Ariane Germeyer
INTRODUCTION: Time-lapse technology allows almost continuous noninvasive assessment of embryonic development. It was shown previously that relative kinetics defining cleavage synchronicity are better predictors of blastocyst quality than absolute time points. This study aims to compare relative kinetics in embryos from patients with and without endometriosis. METHODS: Time-lapse data were collected retrospectively from 596 patients undergoing infertility treatment for in vitro fertilization from January 2011 to July 2016...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139538/limitations-of-the-pax7-creer-t2-transgene-for-driving-deletion-of-nf1-in-adult-mouse-muscle
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Matthew A Summers, Kathy Mikulec, Lauren Peacock, David G Little, Aaron Schindeler
Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) is an autosomal dominant genetic disorder that results in a variety of characteristic manifestations. Prior studies have shown reduced muscle size and global skeletal muscle weakness in children with NF1. This associated weakness can lead to significant challenges impacting on quality of life. Pre-clinical studies using a muscle-specific NF1 knockout mouse have linked this weakness to an underlying primary metabolic deficiency in the muscle. However, the neonatal lethality of this strain prevents analysis of the role of NF1 in adult muscle...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136189/serum-omega-3-fatty-acids-and-treatment-outcomes-among-women-undergoing-assisted-reproduction
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Y-H Chiu, A E Karmon, A J Gaskins, M Arvizu, P L Williams, I Souter, B R Rueda, R Hause, J E Chavarro
STUDY QUESTION: Are serum polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) concentrations, including omega-3 (ω3-PUFA) and omega-6 (ω6-PUFA), related to ART outcomes? SUMMARY ANSWER: Serum levels of long-chain ω3-PUFA were positively associated with probability of live birth among women undergoing ART. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Intake of ω3-PUFA improves oocyte and embryo quality in animal and human studies. However, a recent cohort study found no relation between circulating ω3-PUFA levels and pregnancy rates after ART...
November 10, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136154/the-number-of-oocytes-retrieved-during-ivf-a-balance-between-efficacy-and-safety
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Åsa Magnusson, Karin Källen, Ann Thurin-Kjellberg, Christina Bergh
STUDY QUESTION: What is the relationship between the number of oocytes collected in fresh IVF treatments and the likelihood of cumulative delivery rate (fresh and frozen) per oocyte aspiration, severe ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) and thromboembolic events? SUMMARY ANSWER: Cumulative delivery rate per aspiration increases up to 20 oocytes retrieved and then evens out while the incidence of severe OHSS increases more rapidly from around 18 oocytes and thromboembolic events, although rare, occurs in particular if 15 or more oocytes are retrieved...
November 10, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135047/effects-of-voltage-strength-during-electroporation-on-the-development-and-quality-of-in-vitro-produced-porcine-embryos
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K Nishio, F Tanihara, T-V Nguyen, T Kunihara, M Nii, M Hirata, T Takemoto, T Otoi
This study was conducted to determine suitable conditions for an experimental method in which the CRISPR/Cas9 system is introduced into in vitro-produced porcine zygotes by electroporation. In the first experiment, when putative zygotes derived from in vitro fertilization (IVF) were electroporated by either unipolar or bipolar pulses, keeping the voltage, pulse duration and pulse number fixed at 30 V/mm, 1 msec and five repeats, respectively, the rate of blastocyst formation from zygotes electroporated by bipolar pulses decreased compared to zygotes electroporated by unipolar pulses...
November 14, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134715/relationship-between-follicular-volume-and-oocyte-competence-blastocyst-development-and-live-birth-rate-optimal-follicle-size-for-oocyte-retrieval
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Barbara Wirleitner, Jasmin Okhowat, Lucie Vištejnová, Milena Králíčková, Marie Karlíková, Pierre Vanderzwalmen, Fabien Ectors, Libor Hradecký, Maximilian Schuff, Maximilian Murtinger
OBJECTIVES: To analyse the oocyte competence in GnRHa stimulation cycles with regard to maturity, fertilization and blastocyst rate and clinical outcome (pregnancy and live birth rate) in correlation to follicular volume measured by 3D sonography and follicular fluid composition. METHODS: This was a prospective single-centre study conducted in the period June 2012 - June 2014 including 118 ovum pick-ups (OPUs) with subsequent embryo transfers (ET). Out of 1,493 aspirated follicles we analysed 1,236 follicles and traced oocytes grouped according to follicular volume...
November 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132734/role-of-vitamin-e-and-d3-supplementation-in-intra-cytoplasmic-sperm-injection-outcomes-of-women-with-polycystic-ovarian-syndrome-a-double-blinded-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
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Farnaz Fatemi, Afsaneh Mohammadzadeh, Mohammad Reza Sadeghi, Mohammad Mehdi Akhondi, Shayan Mohammadmoradi, Koorosh Kamali, Nicknam Lackpour, Sheida Jouhari, Simin Zafadoust, Sara Mokhtar, Ladan Giahi
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Ovulation induction has been proven to impose oxidative stress during ICSI treatment cycle. Also, data indicates that PCOS women show higher oxidative markers. Available data are not convincing about which antioxidant supplements have the potential to overcome oxidative stress in PCOS subjects. The aim of this trial was to investigate the possible role of combined vitamin E and D supplementation in the ICSI outcomes (oocyte number and quality, embryo number and quality, pregnancy rate) of PCOS subjects...
April 2017: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132036/holding-immature-bovine-oocytes-in-a-commercial-embryo-holding-medium-high-developmental-competence-for-up-to-10%C3%A2-h-at-room-temperature
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Osvaldo Bogado Pascottini, Maaike Catteeuw, Ann Van Soom, Geert Opsomer
Bovine in vitro embryo production (IVP) following Ovum Pick Up (OPU) is all too often hampered by a large time gap between the harvest of oocytes of the first and last OPU session of the day. Immediately after retrieval, oocyte maturation is initiated, resulting in oocytes maturing at different time points which necessitates laborious scheduling of the IVP process. In this study, the potential of a commercial embryo holding medium (EHM; Syngro, Bioniche Inc.) to hold immature bovine oocytes was validated. We assessed the effect of holding time and temperature on (1) oocytes' maturation; (2) blastocyst development and quality at day 8 post insemination; and (3) blastocyst yield in small groups of oocytes/zygotes simulating OPU settings...
November 4, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130195/detection-and-automated-analysis-of-single-transcripts-at-subcellular-resolution-in-zebrafish-embryos
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L Carine Stapel, Coleman Broaddus, Nadine L Vastenhouw
Single molecule fluorescence in situ hybridization (smFISH) is a method to visualize single mRNA molecules. When combined with cellular and nuclear segmentation, transcripts can be assigned to different cellular compartments resulting in quantitative information on transcript levels at subcellular resolution. The use of smFISH in zebrafish has been limited by the lack of protocols and an automated image analysis pipeline for samples of multicellular organisms. Here we present a protocol for smFISH on zebrafish cryosections...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123209/chromatin-protamination-and-catsper-expression-in-spermatozoa-predict-clinical-outcomes-after-assisted-reproduction-programs
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S Marchiani, L Tamburrino, F Benini, L Fanfani, R Dolce, G Rastrelli, M Maggi, S Pellegrini, E Baldi
Identification of parameters predicting assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) success is a major goal of research in reproduction. Quality of gametes is essential to achieve good quality embryos and increase the success of ARTs. We evaluated two sperm parameters, chromatin maturity and expression of the sperm specific calcium channel CATSPER, in relation to ART outcomes in 206 couples undergoing ARTs. Chromatin maturity was evaluated by Chromomycin A3 (CMA3) for protamination and Aniline Blue (AB) for histone persistence and CATSPER expression by a flow cytometric method...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119699/effect-of-follistatin-on-pre-implantational-development-of-pig-parthenogenetic-embryos
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Yunsheng Li, Xing Liu, Zhen Chen, Dandan Song, Jie Yang, Xiaoyuan Zuo, Zubing Cao, Ya Liu, Yunhai Zhang
The present study was designed to explore effects of follistatin (FST) on pre-implantational development of parthenogenetically activated embryos (PAEs) in pigs. First, we investigated the FST messenger RNA expression level and dynamic FST protein expression patterns in porcine oocytes and PAEs. Then, PAEs were placed in embryo culture medium supplemented with 10 ng/mL of FST-288, FST-300, and FST-315. Next, PAEs were cultured with 0, 1, 10 and 100 ng/mL of FST-315 protein throughout the in vitro culture (IVC) duration...
November 9, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118775/accumulation-profiles-of-embryonic-salt-soluble-proteins-in-maize-hybrids-and-parental-lines-indicate-matroclinous-inheritance-a-proteomic-analysis
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Fen Ning, Xiaolin Wu, Hang Zhang, Zhaokun Wu, Liangjie Niu, Hao Yang, Wei Wang
Maize is one of the most widely cultivated crops. It accumulates a large quantity of seed storage proteins, which are important for seed development and germination, and contribute to the nutritional quality of seeds. Based on solubility, the storage proteins are divided into albumins (water-soluble), globulins (salt-soluble), prolamins (alcohol-soluble), and glutelins (acid- or alkali-soluble). Maize hybrids are cultivated due to the superior performance of F1 hybrids than that of their parents, a phenomenon known as heterosis...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117320/update-on-fertility-preservation-from-the-barcelona-international-society-for-fertility-preservation-eshre-asrm-2015-expert-meeting-indications-results-and-future-perspectives
#18
Francisca Martinez
STUDY QUESTION: What progress has been made in fertility preservation (FP) over the last decade? SUMMARY ANSWER: FP techniques have been widely adopted over the last decade and therefore the establishment of international registries on their short- and long-term outcomes is strongly recommended. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: FP is a fundamental issue for both males and females whose future fertility may be compromised. Reproductive capacity may be seriously affected by age, different medical conditions and also by treatments, especially those with gonadal toxicity...
September 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116706/effect-of-sperm-dna-fragmentation-on-embryo-development-clinical-and-biological-aspects
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Cristian Alvarez Sedó, Melina Bilinski, Daniela Lorenzi, Heydy Uriondo, Felicitas Noblía, Valeria Longobucco, Estefanía Ventimiglia Lagar, Florencia Nodar
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of sperm DNA fragmentation on fertilization rate, embryo development (blastulation rate), and pregnancy outcomes for ICSI cycles performed in a cohort of couples using donor eggs and to assess the remaining embryos that were not transferred or frozen for apoptotic markers. METHODS: Eighty-two women (egg recipients) were included in the study (2016) were included in the study. The recipients' mean age was 41...
November 8, 2017: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113834/aflatoxin-b1-impairs-sperm-quality-and-fertilization-competence
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A Komsky-Elbaz, M Saktsier, Z Roth
Aflatoxins are poisonous byproducts of the soilborne fungus Aspergillus, involved in the decomposition of plant materials. Aflatoxins can be found in various food products, such as maize, sorghum, millet, rice and wheat. AFB1 is the most toxic of these, classified as a carcinogen and mutagen for both humans and animals. AFB1 has been detected in human cord blood and placenta; however, its toxic effect on sperm is less known. The current study examines sperm responses associated with AFB1 exposure. These included acrosome integrity and function, mitochondrial polarity, DNA fragmentation, fertilization competence and early embryonic development...
November 4, 2017: Toxicology
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