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Embryo biopsy

M Irani, N Zaninovic, C Canon, C O'Neill, V Gunnala, Q Zhan, G Palermo, D Reichman, Z Rosenwaks
STUDY QUESTION: Is there a benefit to assessing ploidy in delayed embryos reaching the morula stage on Day 6 of development? SUMMARY ANSWER: Day-6 morulae should be considered for biopsy in women <40 years old undergoing preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A) because they are associated with acceptable, albeit reduced, euploidy and implantation rates (IRs). WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Embryo development and morphology have been shown to correlate with aneuploidy and pregnancy rates...
March 13, 2018: Human Reproduction
Yan Hao, Dawei Chen, Zhiguo Zhang, Ping Zhou, Yunxia Cao, Zhaolian Wei, Xiaofeng Xu, Beili Chen, Weiwei Zou, Mingrong Lv, Dongmei Ji, Xiaojin He
Hearing loss may place a heavy burden on the patient and patient's family. Given the high incidence of hearing loss among newborns and the huge cost of treatment and care (including cochlear implantation), prenatal diagnosis is strongly recommended. Termination of the fetus may be considered as an extreme outcome to the discovery of a potential deaf fetus, and therefore preimplantation genetic diagnosis has become an important option for avoiding the birth of affected children without facing the risk of abortion following prenatal diagnosis...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Amber M Klimczak, Lucia E Pacheco, Kelsey E Lewis, Niloofar Massahi, Jon P Richards, William G Kearns, Antonio F Saad, John R Crochet
PURPOSE: The aim was to study the association between embryonal mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) content and embryo quality and implantation outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed with data collected from a private IVF center database. The study population included female infertility patients with ages ranging from 31 to 38 years old, and the main outcome measures were embryo quality and transfer outcomes. RESULTS: From a total of 1510 blastocyst biopsies, the majority of embryos consisted of grade 1 (High), followed by grade 2 (mid), and grade 3 (poor)...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
M Vera-Rodriguez, A Diez-Juan, J Jimenez-Almazan, S Martinez, R Navarro, V Peinado, A Mercader, M Meseguer, D Blesa, I Moreno, D Valbuena, C Rubio, C Simon
STUDY QUESTION: What is the origin and composition of cell-free DNA in human embryo spent culture media? SUMMARY ANSWER: Cell-free DNA from human embryo spent culture media represents a mix of maternal and embryonic DNA, and the mixture can be more complex for mosaic embryos. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In 2016, ~300 000 human embryos were chromosomally and/or genetically analyzed using preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidies (PGT-A) or monogenic disorders (PGT-M) before transfer into the uterus...
February 20, 2018: Human Reproduction
Nina Desai, Jeffrey M Goldberg, Cynthia Austin, Tommaso Falcone
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether cleavage anomalies, multinucleation, and specific cellular kinetic parameters available from time-lapse imaging are predictive of developmental capacity or blastocyst chromosomal status. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data. SETTING: Single academic center. PATIENT(S): A total of 1,478 zygotes from patients with blastocysts biopsied for preimplantation genetic screening were cultured in the EmbryoScope...
February 13, 2018: Fertility and Sterility
G Kakourou, S Kahraman, G C Ekmekci, H A Tac, G Kourlaba, E Kourkouni, A Cervero Sanz, J Martin, H Malmgren, C Giménez, V Gold, F Carvalho, C Billi, J F C Chow, X Vendrell, G Kokkali, J Liss, J Steffann, J Traeger-Synodinos
STUDY QUESTION: Has PGD-HLA been successful relative to diagnostic and clinical efficacy? SUMMARY ANSWER: The diagnostic efficacy of PGD-HLA protocols was found lower in this study in comparison to published PGD-HLA protocols and to that reported for general PGD by ESHRE (78.5 vs 94.1% and vs 92.6%, respectively), while the clinical efficacy has proven very difficult to assess due to inadequate follow-up of both the ART/PGD and HSCT procedure outcomes. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The first clinical cases for PGD-HLA were reported in 2001...
February 8, 2018: Human Reproduction
Liang Hu, Yajing Wei, Keli Luo, Pingyuan Xie, Fei Gong, Bo Xiong, Yueqiu Tan, Guangxiu Lu, Ge Lin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical outcomes in carriers of complex chromosomal rearrangements (CCRs). DESIGN: Case series. SETTING: An institute for reproductive and stem cell engineering. PATIENT(S): Seven couples with CCRs. INTERVENTION(S): Assisted reproduction with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): PGD results, embryo rating, pregnancy outcomes...
February 7, 2018: Fertility and Sterility
Arnaud Reignier, Jenna Lammers, Paul Barriere, Thomas Freour
Embryo morphology assessment performs relatively poorly in predicting implantation. Embryo aneuploidy screening (PGS) has recently improved, but its clinical value is still debated, and the development of a cheap non-invasive method for the assessment of embryo ploidy status is a highly desirable goal. The growing implementation of time-lapse devices led some teams to test the effectiveness of morphokinetic parameters as predictors of embryo ploidy, with conflicting results. The aim of this study was to conduct a comprehensive review of the literature on the predictive value of morphokinetic parameters for embryo ploidy status...
February 1, 2018: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
Xiaoyan Chen, Yingyu Liu, Wing Ching Cheung, Yiwei Zhao, Jin Huang, Jacqueline Pui Wah Chung, Chi Chiu Wang, Tin Chiu Li
OBJECTIVE: To compare the expression pattern of angiogenic cytokines in CD56+ uNK cells from peri-implantation endometrium in women with a history of recurrent miscarriage and fertile controls. METHODS: 28 women were recruited, from which 18 women were diagnosed as recurrent miscarriage and 10 women were of proven fertility. Endometrial biopsy samples were obtained precisely 7 days after luteinization hormone surge in a natural cycle. The angiogenic profile of isolated CD56+ uNK cells was determined by RayBio human angiogenesis antibody array G Series 1000...
January 30, 2018: Cytokine
Eva-Stina Edholm, Jacques Robert
Generation of transgenic frogs through the stable integration of foreign DNA into the genome is well established in Xenopus This protocol describes the combination of transgenesis with stable RNA interference as an efficient reverse genetic approach to study gene function in Xenopus Initially developed in the fish medaka and later adapted to Xenopus, this transgenic method uses the I-SceI meganuclease, a "rare-cutter" endonuclease with an 18 bp recognition sequence. In this protocol, transgenic X. laevis with knocked down expression of a specific gene are generated using a double promoter expression cassette...
January 30, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
Vitaly A Kushnir, Sarah K Darmon, David H Barad, Norbert Gleicher
BACKGROUND: Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) is increasingly utilized as an adjunct procedure to IVF. Recently healthy euploid live birth were reported following transfer of mosaic embryos. Several recent publications have surmised that the degree of trophectoderm (TE) mosaicism in transferred embryos is predictive of ongoing pregnancy and miscarriage rates. METHODS: This is a corrected analysis of previously published retrospective data on vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle outcomes involving replacement of 143 mosaic and 1045 euploid embryos tested by PGS, utilizing high-resolution next-generation sequencing (NGS) of TE and determination of percentages of mosaicism...
January 26, 2018: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Se Yeon Won, Hannah Kim, Woo Sik Lee, Ji Won Kim, Sung Han Shim
Objective: Indications for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)/preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) cycles and clinical outcomes were evaluated at CHA Gangnam Medical Center. Methods: This is retrospective cohort study. All patients (n=336) who went through in vitro fertilization (IVF)-PGD/PGS cycles (n=486) between January 2014 and December 2015 were included in Fertility Center of CHA Gangnam Medical Center. Patients underwent IVF-PGD/PGS with 24-chromosome screening...
January 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Gloria E Evans, Gregory T M Phillipson, Peter H Sykes, Les A McNoe, Cristin G Print, John J Evans
STUDY QUESTION: Does gene expression of putative endometrial implantation markers vary in expression between menstrual cycles? SUMMARY ANSWER: In fertile women the expression of certain genes exhibits a pattern of stable regulation.which is not affected even when sampled twice in one cycle. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Successful implantation occurs in a minority of IVF embryo transfers. In contrast to knowledge regarding the ovulatory process, there is a sparse understanding of endometrial genes critical to implantation...
January 23, 2018: Human Reproduction
Jacqueline R Ho, Nabil Arrach, Katherine Rhodes-Long, Wael Salem, Lynda K McGinnis, Karine Chung, Kristin A Bendikson, Richard J Paulson, Ali Ahmady
PURPOSE: Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) and assessment of mitochondrial content (MC) are current methods for selection of the best embryos for transfer. Studies suggest that time-lapse morphokinetics (TLM) may also be helpful for selecting embryos more likely to implant. In our study, we sought to examine the relationship between TLM parameters and MC to determine if they could be used adjunctively in embryo selection. We also examined the relationship between MC with ploidy and blastulation...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Ciro D Martinhago, Kalina Rn Endo, Mariana A Oliveira, Alex Mm Dias, Gislaine S Pereira, Augusto M Azzolini, Paula Rq Estrada, Caio G Bruzaca, Ana Carolina N Martinhago
Sickle cell anemia is an inherited systemic hemoglobinopathy that affects hemoglobin production in red blood cells, leading to early morbidity and mortality. It is caused by a homozygous nucleotide substitution (c.20A>T) in the β-globin gene (HBB) that changes a glutamic acid to a valine in the protein. We present a case report of a fertile couple, both carriers of the sickle cell anemia mutation, with one affected daughter. Six cycles of assisted reproductive techniques were performed, resulting in 53 embryos in cleavage stage...
January 18, 2018: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
J D Shen, W Wu, L Shu, L L Cai, J Z Xie, L Ma, X P Sun, Y G Cui, J Y Liu
Objective: To evaluate the efficiency of the application of array comparative genomic hybridization (array-CGH) in preimplantation genetic diagnosis or screening (PGD/PGS), and compare the clinical outcomes of different stage embryo biopsy. Methods: The outcomes of 381 PGD/PGS cycles referred in the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University from July 2011 to August 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. There were 320 PGD cycles with 156 cleavage-stage-biopsy cycles and 164 trophectoderm-biopsy cycles, 61 PGS cycles with 23 cleavage-stage-biopsy cycles and 38 trophectoderm-biopsy cycles...
December 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
M Enciso, J P Carrascosa, J Sarasa, P A Martínez-Ortiz, S Munné, J A Horcajadas, J Aizpurua
STUDY QUESTION: Is it possible to determine the receptivity status of an endometrium by combined quantitative reverse transcription PCR (RT-qPCR) expression analysis of genes involved in endometrial proliferation and immunity? SUMMARY ANSWER: The new ER Map®/ER Grade® test can predict endometrial receptivity status by RT-qPCR using a new panel of genes involved in endometrial proliferation and the maternal immune response associated to embryonic implantation. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The human endometrium reaches a receptive status adequate for embryonic implantation around Days 19-21 of the menstrual cycle...
February 1, 2018: Human Reproduction
Yi-Fan Gu, Qin-Wei Zhou, Shuo-Ping Zhang, Chang-Fu Lu, Fei Gong, Yue-Qiu Tan, Guang-Xiu Lu, Ge Lin
BACKGROUND: The use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) has been reported to increase the incidence of monozygotic twinning (MZT) compared with the incidence following natural conception. It has been hypothesized that splitting of the inner cell mass (ICM) through a small zona hole may result in MZT. In this study, using a cohort of patients undergoing preimplantation genetic diagnosis/screening (PGD/PGS), we compared the clinical and neonatal outcomes of human 8-shaped blastocysts hatching with ICM incarceration with partially or fully hatched blastocysts, and attempted to verify whether this phenomenon increases the incidence of MZT pregnancy or negatively impact newborns...
2018: PloS One
Parvin Dorfeshan, Marefat Ghaffari Novin, Mohammad Salehi, Reza Masteri Farahani, Fatemeh Fadaei-Fathabadi, Ronak Sehatti
OBJECTIVES: In vitro maturation technique (IVM) is shown to have an effect on full maturation of immature oocytes and the subsequent embryo development. Embryonic genome activation (EGA) is considered as a crucial and the first process after fertilization. EGA failure leads to embryo arrest and possible implantation failure. This study aimed to determine the role of IVM in EGA-related genes expression in human embryo originated from immature oocytes and recovered from women receiving gonadotrophin treatment for assisted reproduction...
April 2018: Cell Journal
Maria José de Los Santos, Antonio Diez Juan, Amparo Mifsud, Amparo Mercader, Marcos Meseguer, Carmen Rubio, Antonio Pellicer
OBJECTIVE: To study the potential variables that affect the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) content of trophectoderm (TE) cells in blastocysts that have undergone TE biopsy. DESIGN: Observational retrospective single-center analysis. SETTING: University-affiliated private in vitro fertilization center. PATIENT(S): A total of 465 consecutive preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) cycles of 402 women undergoing preimplantation genetic testing...
January 2018: Fertility and Sterility
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