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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088180/nuclear-envelope-structural-proteins-facilitate-nuclear-shape-changes-accompanying-embryonic-differentiation-and-fidelity-of-gene-expression
#1
Elizabeth R Smith, Yue Meng, Robert Moore, Jeffrey D Tse, Arn G Xu, Xiang-Xi Xu
BACKGROUND: Nuclear size and shape are specific to a cell type, function, and location, and can serve as indicators of disease and development. We previously found that lamin A/C and associated nuclear envelope structural proteins were upregulated when murine embryonic stem (ES) cells differentiated to primitive endoderm cells. Here we further investigated the morphological changes of nuclei that accompany this differentiation. RESULTS: The nuclei of undifferentiated wild type cells were found shaped as flattened, irregular ovals, whereas nuclei of Gata4-positive endoderm cells were more spherical, less flattened, and with a slightly reduced volume...
January 14, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087122/human-trophoblast-stem-cells-real-or-not-real
#2
Ching-Wen Chang, Mana M Parast
Abnormal trophoblast differentiation is the root cause of many placenta-based pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction. Human trophoblast differentiation is difficult to study due to the lack of a stem cell model. Such a multipotent "trophoblast stem" (TS) cell, with the ability to differentiate into all trophoblast subtypes, has been derived from mouse blastocysts, but attempts to derive similar human cells have failed. We consider here several possibilities for the TS cell niche in the human placenta...
January 5, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073983/a-novel-embryo-culture-media-supplement-that-improves-pregnancy-rates-in-mice
#3
A R Highet, T Bianco-Miotto, K G Pringle, A Peura, S Bent, J Zhang, M B Nottle, J G Thompson, C T Roberts
The preimplantation embryo in vivo is exposed to numerous growth factors in the female reproductive tract, which are not recapitulated in embryo culture media in vitro The IGF2 and plasminogen activator systems facilitate blastocyst development. We hypothesized that the addition of IGF2 in combination with urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA) and plasminogen could improve rates of blastocyst hatching and implantation in mice. B6BcF1 and CBAB6F2 mouse embryos were divided into one of four supplemented culture media treatment groups: (1) control (media only); (2) 12...
March 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070808/combined-positive-effect-of-oocyte-extracts-and-brilliant-cresyl-blue-stained-recipient-cytoplasts-on-epigenetic-reprogramming-and-gene-expression-in-buffalo-nuclear-transfer-embryos
#4
E M Sadeesh, Shah Fozia, Kataria Meena
This study examined the effects of buffalo oocyte extracts (BOE) on donor cells reprogramming and molecular characterisation of oocytes screened via brilliant cresyl blue (BCB) staining and comparison of gene expression profiles of developmentally important genes in blastocysts from IVF and cloned derived from BOE treated donor cells with BCB selected recipient cytoplasts. Relative abundance (RA) of OCT4 and NANOG was increased (P < 0.05) and HDAC-1, DNMT-1, and DNMT-3A decreased (P < 0.05) in extract treated cells (ETCs)...
January 9, 2017: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070710/the-accumulation-of-vitrified-oocytes-is-a-strategy-to-increase-the-number-of-euploid-available-blastocysts-for-transfer-after-preimplantation-genetic-testing
#5
Sandrine Chamayou, Maria Sicali, Carmelita Alecci, Carmen Ragolia, Annalisa Liprino, Daniela Nibali, Giorgia Storaci, Antonietta Cardea, Antonino Guglielmino
PURPOSE: In a preimplantation genetic diagnosis for aneuploidy (PGD-A) program, the more embryos available for biopsy, consequently increases the chances of obtaining euploid embryos to transfer. The aim was to increase the number of viable euploid blastocysts in patients undergoing PGD-A using fresh oocytes together with previously accumulated vitrified oocytes. METHODS: Sixty-nine patients with normal ovarian reserve underwent PGD-A for repeated implantation failure or recurrent pregnancy loss indication...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069986/mechanisms-involved-in-porcine-early-embryo-survival-following-ethanol-exposure
#6
Florence Pagé-Larivière, Céline Campagna, Marc-André Sirard
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is still a cause of preventable birth defects and developmental disabilities. However, little is known about the impact of ethanol on preimplantation embryos and the molecular mechanisms involved. We aimed to determine the toxicogenomic impacts and the mechanisms involved in preimplantation embryonic survival following 0.2% ethanol exposure in porcine embryos. Gene expression changes were measured with a porcine embryo specific microarray and confirmed by RT-qPCR. Compared to control, ethanol exposure led to a 43% decrease in blastocyst rate and activated pathways associated with oxidative stress and nervous system damage, such as TP53 and TGF...
January 9, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069903/improvement-of-in-vitro-produced-bovine-embryo-treated-with-coa-a-under-heat-stressed-condition
#7
Imran Khan, Kyeong-Lim Lee, Lianguang Xu, Ayman Mesalam, Mmr Chowdhury, Myeong-Don Joo, Ihsan-Ul- Haq, Bushra Mirza, Il-Keun Kong
Heat stress has large effects on reproduction including conception rate in cattle. In this study, we examined the effects of coagulansin-A (coa-A), a steroidal lactone, on acquired thermo tolerance during in vitro production of bovine embryos. Oocytes were incubated in in vitro maturation (IVM) media with or without coa-A at two different temperatures, 40.5 °C and 42 °C, for 20 h. The treatment of coa-A significantly improved blastocyst development only at 40.5 °C (P < 0.05). Interestingly, immunofluorescence analysis demonstrated that coa-A induced heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) and phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K), but significantly attenuated nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2)...
January 9, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069902/wnt-regulation-of-embryonic-development-likely-involves-pathways-independent-of-nuclear-ctnnb1
#8
Paula Tribulo, James I Moss, Manabu Ozawa, Zongliang Jiang, Cindy Tian, Peter J Hansen
The bovine was used to examine potential for WNT signaling to affect the preimplantation embryo. Expression of seven key genes involved in canonical WNT signaling declined to a nadir at the morula or blastocyst stage. Expression of 80 genes associated with WNT signaling in the morula and inner cell mass (ICM) and trophectoderm (TE) of the blastocyst was also evaluated. Many genes associated with WNT signaling were characterized by low transcript abundance. Seven genes were different between ICM and TE, and all of them were overexpressed in TE as compared to ICM, including WNT6, FZD1, FZD7, LRP6, PORCN, APC, and SFRP1...
January 9, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069172/morphologic-grading-of-euploid-blastocysts-influences-implantation-and-ongoing-pregnancy-rates
#9
Mohamad Irani, David Reichman, Alex Robles, Alexis Melnick, Owen Davis, Nikica Zaninovic, Kangpu Xu, Zev Rosenwaks
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether blastocyst grading can predict pregnancy outcomes in the frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET) of euploid blastocysts. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Academic medical center. PATIENT(S): Women who underwent FET of euploid embryo(s) between January 2013 and December 2015, with blastocysts were divided into four groups based on their morphologic grading before cryopreservation: excellent (≥3AA), good (3-6AB, 3-6BA, 1-2AA), average (3-6BB, 3-6AC, 3-6CA, 1-2AB, 1-2BA), and poor (1-6BC, 1-6CB, 1-6CC, 1-2BB)...
January 6, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069092/reduced-competence-of-immature-and-mature-oocytes-vitrified-by-cryotop-method-assessment-by-in-vitro-fertilization-and-parthenogenetic-activation-in-a-bovine-model
#10
Daiane L Bulgarelli, Alessandra A Vireque, Caroline P Pitangui-Molina, Marcos F Silva-de-Sá, Ana Carolina J de Sá Rosa-E-Silva
This study aimed to evaluate the embryo development competence, the nuclear maturation and the viability of germinal vesicle (GV) and metaphase II (MII) oocytes vitrified by the Cryotop method. Cumulus-oocyte complexes were derived from bovine ovaries and three experiments were conducted. In Experiment 1, GV oocytes were vitrified and underwent in vitro maturation (IVM) or not and their nuclear maturation was assessed by orcein staining. In Experiment 2, GV oocytes and MII oocytes were vitrified or not and the viability was assessed by calcein/ethidium homodimer-1 staining...
January 10, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065417/assisted-reproduction-technique-outcomes-for-fresh-versus-deferred-cryopreserved-day-2-embryo-transfer-a-retrospective-matched-cohort-study
#11
Mathilde Bourdon, Pietro Santulli, Vanessa Gayet, Chloé Maignien, Louis Marcellin, Khaled Pocate-Cheriet, Charles Chapron
Ovarian stimulation could adversely affect endometrial receptivity and consequently embryo implantation. One emerging strategy is the 'freeze-all' approach. Most studies have focused on blastocyst transfers, with limited research on day-2 deferred cryopreserved embryo transfers. In this large retrospective cohort study, outcomes were compared between day-2 fresh versus deferred cryopreserved embryo transfers. After matching by age and number of previous cycles, 325 cycles were included in the fresh group and 325 in the deferred cryopreserved embryo transfers group: no significant differences were found between groups in implantation (0...
December 19, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064422/improved-detection-of-mineral-oil-toxicity-using-an-extended-mouse-embryo-assay
#12
Alessandra J Ainsworth, Jolene R Fredrickson, Dean E Morbeck
PURPOSE: Successful in vitro fertilization (IVF) relies on sound laboratory methods and culture conditions which depend on sensitive quality control (QC) testing. This study aimed to improve the sensitivity of mouse embryo assays (MEA) for detection of mineral oil toxicity. METHODS: Five experiments were conducted to study modifications of the standard mouse embryo assay (MEA) in order to improve sensitivity using clinical grade mineral oil with known peroxide concentrations...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062641/melatonin-levels-in-follicular-fluid-as-markers-for-ivf-outcomes-and-predicting-ovarian-reserve
#13
Jing Tong, Shi-le Sheng, Yun Sun, Huihui Li, Wei-Ping Li, Cong Zhang, Zijiang Chen
Good-quality oocytes are critical for the success of in vitro fertilization (IVF), but, to date, there is no marker of ovarian reserve available that can accurately predict oocyte quality. Melatonin exerts its antioxidant actions as a strong radical scavenger that might affect oocyte quality directly, since it is the most potent antioxidant in follicular fluid. To investigate the precise role of endogenous melatonin in IVF outcomes, we recruited 61 women undergoing treatment cycles of IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) procedures and classified them into three groups according to their response to ovarian stimulation...
January 6, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062551/new-stimulation-regimens-endogenous-and-exogenous-progesterone-use-to-block-the-lh-surge-during-ovarian-stimulation-for-ivf
#14
REVIEW
Nathalie Massin
BACKGROUND: The advent of embryo and oocyte vitrification today gives reproductive specialists an opportunity to consider new strategies for improving the practice and results of IVF attempts. As the freezing of entire cohorts does not compromise, and may even improve, the results of IVF attempts, it is possible to break away from the standard sequence of stimulation-retrieval-transfer. The constraints associated with ovarian stimulation in relation to the potential harmful effects of the hormonal environment on endometrial receptivity can be avoided...
January 5, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058759/effect-of-sperm-pretreatment-with-glutathione-and-membrane-destabilizing-agents-lysolecithin-and-triton-x-100-on-the-efficiency-of-bovine-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection
#15
F Zambrano, L Aguila, M E Arias, R Sanchez, R Felmer
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is an assisted reproduction tool with several applications. Its effectiveness in bovines is lower than that in other species, mainly because of difficulties in the decondensation of the sperm nucleus after injection, and the presence of the acrosome and the plasma membrane which remain intact in this procedure. In this study, we assessed the effect of lysolecithin (LL) and Triton X-100 (TX), in combination with glutathione (GSH) as sperm pretreatments prior to ICSI. The GSH-LL and GSH-TX groups showed 0% of spermatozoa with intact membrane (SYBR 14+/PI), in comparison with the control (63...
January 6, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057448/improved-cryotolerance-and-developmental-competence-of-human-oocytes-matured-in-vitro-by-transient-hydrostatic-pressure-treatment-prior-to-vitrification
#16
Ruihuan Gu, Yun Feng, Song Guo, Shen Zhao, Xiaowei Lu, Jing Fu, Xiaoxi Sun, Yijuan Sun
BACKGROUND: At present, the metaphase II (MII) oocytes have a very special structure that leads to complex difficulties associated with its vitrification, and their efficacy still needs a large amount of study to observe. The present study was to investigate whether transient hydrostatic pressure (THP), which was utilized for oocytes before vitrification, had positive effect on the oocytes' developmental ability and reactive oxygen species, and had no damage on meiotic spindle, zona pellucida, and DNA copy number...
January 2, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055238/valproic-acid-increases-histone-acetylation-and-alters-gene-expression-in-the-donor-cells-but-does-not-improve-the-in-vitro-developmental-competence-of-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis-embryos-produced-by-hand-made-cloning
#17
Naresh L Selokar, Monika Saini, Himanshu Agrawal, Prabhat Palta, Manmohan Singh Chauhan, Radheysham Manik, Suresh Kumar Singla
Use of histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACis) is believed to improve the developmental competence and quality of cloned embryos produced. We examined the effects of treatment of buffalo fibroblasts with valproic acid (VPA), a HDACi on these cells and on embryos produced from them by hand-made cloning. VPA treatment (1.5, 3.0, or 4.5 mM) altered (p < 0.05) the growth characteristics and relative expression level of HDAC1, DNMT1, DNMT3a, P53, and CASPASE3, and the global level of H3K9/14ac, H4K5ac, and H3K18ac but not H3K27me3 in the cells...
January 5, 2017: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055234/scriptaid-upregulates-expression-of-development-related-genes-inhibits-apoptosis-and-improves-the-development-of-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer-mini-pig-embryos
#18
Li Zhang, Yuemeng Huang, Yanjun Wu, Jinglei Si, Yanna Huang, Qinyang Jiang, Ganqiu Lan, Yafen Guo, Hesheng Jiang
The present study was undertaken to investigate the mechanisms by which Scriptaid treatment improves the developmental competence of somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) mini-pig embryos in vitro. We found that treatment with 500 nmol/L Scriptaid for 15 hours significantly improved the development of mini-pig SCNT embryos. Compared with the control group, the blastocyst rate was higher (18.3% vs. 10.7%; p < 0.05). The acetylation level on H3K14 of the Scriptaid-treated group was higher compared with the control group in SCNT embryos at two-cell, four-cell, and blastocyst stages (p < 0...
January 5, 2017: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052267/the-effect-of-instant-urinary-catheterization-on-pregnancy-outcomes-after-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-and-embryo-transfer
#19
Safak Olgan, Enver Kerem Dirican
AIM: To evaluate the effect of instant urinary catheterization on pregnancy rates in women who are on bed rest after embryo transfer (ET). METHODS: This retrospective study included patients who underwent intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) treatment at the Akdeniz University Fertility Clinic between January 2015 and March 2016. All patients were advised bed rest for an hour after ET. The clinic's electronic database was screened to identify the uterine anatomy of the patients, transferred embryo quality, and urinary catheterization status...
January 5, 2017: Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050963/live-births-after-polar-body-biopsy-and-frozen-thawed-cleavage-stage-embryo-transfer-case-report
#20
Fernando Guimarães, Matheus Roque, Marcello Valle, Alessandra Kostolias, Rodrigo A de Azevedo, Ciro D Martinhago, Marcos Sampaio, Selmo Geber
Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) or screening (PGS) technology, has emerged and developed in the past few years, benefiting couples as it allows the selection and transfer of healthy embryos during IVF treatments. These techniques can be performed in oocytes (polar-body biopsy) or embryos (blastomere or trophectoderm biopsy). In this case report, we describe the first two live births to be published in Brazil after a polar-body (PB) biopsy. In case 1, a 42-year-old was submitted to PB biopsy with PGS due to advanced maternal age and poor ovarian reserve...
December 1, 2016: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
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