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Roberta Venturella, Alberto Vaiarelli, Laura Buffo, Pietro D'alessandro, Silvia Colamaria, Sara Pedri, Costantino Di Carlo, Erminia Alviggi, Marina Forte, Federica Faustini, Fulvio Zullo, Laura Rienzi, Flippo M Ubaldi
We aimed to evaluate patients' perspectives on a progesterone subcutaneous formulation for endometrial preparation for frozen-thawed blastocyst transfer. In this prospective study, women with at least one experience with vaginal progesterone, undergone endometrial preparation with oral estradiol valerate and daily subcutaneous progesterone administered from the fifth day before the transfer until the day of the beta-hCG test. Patients completed three questionnaires, at enrollment (Q1), for gathering information on the experience with vaginal treatment and expectations about the subcutaneous route and then at the time of the transfer (Q2) and eight days later (Q3)...
March 16, 2018: Gynecological Endocrinology
Masami Hayashi, Kayo Yoshida, Kohei Kitada, Akane Kizu, Daisuke Tachibana, Mitsuru Fukui, Takashi Morita, Masayasu Koyama
PURPOSE: To study the outcomes of mouse preimplantation embryos irradiated with low doses of X-rays (≤ 1 Gy) and investigate apoptosis and pluripotency of the irradiated embryos. METHODS: Mouse embryos at the 2-cell stage were collected for in vitro culture. After reaching the 8-cell stage, embryos were irradiated with various low doses of X-rays (0-1 Gy). Blastocysts with a normal appearance were transferred into a pseudopregnant uterus. The developmental rate to blastocysts and the survival rate following embryo transfer were examined...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Mark T Brown
Moral status ascribes equal obligations and rights to individuals on the basis of membership in a protected group. Substance change is an event that results in the origin or cessation of individuals who may be members of groups with equal moral status. In this paper, two substance changes that affect the moral status of human embryos are identified. The first substance change begins with fertilization and ends with the formation of the blastocyst, a biological individual with moral status comparable to that ascribed to human organs...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
Te-Sha Tsai, Sonika Tyagi, Justin C St John
STUDY QUESTION: What are the molecular differences between mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)-deficient and mtDNA-normal oocytes and how does mitochondrial supplementation alter these? SUMMARY ANSWER: Changes to DNA methylation in a 5' cytosine-phosphate-guanine 3' (CpG) island in the mtDNA-specific replication factor (DNA polymerase gamma (POLG)) of mtDNA-deficient oocytes mediates an increase in mtDNA copy number by the 2-cell stage that positively modulates the expression of nuclear genes, which affect cellular and metabolic processes, following autologous mitochondrial supplementation...
March 13, 2018: Human Reproduction
Lanlin Yang, Sufen Cai, Shuoping Zhang, Xiangyi Kong, Yifan Gu, Changfu Lu, Jing Dai, Fei Gong, Guangxiu Lu, Ge Lin
STUDY QUESTION: Does single cleavage-stage (Day 3) embryo transfer using a time-lapse (TL) hierarchical classification model achieve comparable ongoing pregnancy rates (OPR) to single blastocyst (Day 5) transfer by conventional morphological (CM) selection? SUMMARY ANSWER: Day 3 single embryo transfer (SET) with a hierarchical classification model had a significantly lower OPR compared with Day 5 SET with CM selection. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Cleavage-stage SET is an alternative to blastocyst SET...
March 13, 2018: Human Reproduction
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
Qingqing Wei, Ruiqi Li, Liang Zhong, Haiyuan Mu, Shaopeng Zhang, Liang Yue, Jinzhu Xiang, Enhong Li, Minglei Zhi, Suying Cao, Jianyong Han
After zygotic genome activation and lineage specification, zygotes develop into late blastocysts comprising three distinct cell types. The molecular mechanisms underlying this progress are largely unknown in pigs. Here, we intended to analyze an extensive set of regulators at the single-cell level to define the events involved in the development of the porcine blastocysts. Using a quantitative microfluidics approach in single cells, we detected mRNA levels of 96 genes known to function in early embryonic development and maintenance of stem cell pluripotency simultaneously in 480 individual cells derived from porcine preimplantation embryos...
March 13, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Evangelos G Papanikolaou, Hakan Yarali, Evi Timotheou, Michael Grynberg, Odysseas Zafeiratis, Herman Tournaye, Robert Najdecki
Introduction: A drawback of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist protocols in in vitro fertilization (IVF) is that they have limited flexibility in cycle programming. This proof of concept study explored the efficacy of a single-dose, long-acting GnRH antagonist IVF protocol. Trial registration number is NCT03240159, retrospectively registered on March 08, 2017. Materials and methods: The efficacy of a single-dose long-acting antagonist, degarelix, was explored initially in healthy donors and subsequently in infertile patients...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Panyu Chen, Tingting Li, Lei Jia, Cong Fang, Xiaoyan Liang
The purpose of this study is to determine whether all-blastocyst-culture can benefit advanced maternal age (AMA) patients with low ovarian reserve. We retrospectively analyze AMA patients with low ovarian reserve undergoing IVF/ICSI in Reproductive Medicine Research Center of the Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University from May 2016 to August 2017. We divide them into group A (all-blastocyst-culture) and group B (none-blastocystculture) based on different culture approach of D3 transferrable embryo...
March 16, 2018: Gynecological Endocrinology
Mohamed Fathi, Adel R Moawad, Magdy R Badr
Cryopreservation of oocytes would serve as an alternative to overcome the limited availability of dromedary camel oocytes and facilitate improvements in IVP techniques in this species. Our goal was to develop a protocol for the vitrification of camel oocytes at the germinal vesicle (GV) stage using different cryoprotectant combinations: 20% EG and 20% DMSO (VS1), 25% EG plus 25% DMSO (VS2) or 25% EG and 25% glycerol (VS3) and various cryo-carriers; straws or open pulled-straw (OPS) or solid surface vitrification (SSV); and Cryotop...
2018: PloS One
A M Duszewska, P Gręda, M Baraniewicz, W Bielecki, W Niżański, A Partyka, M Tracz, Z Nowak, A Chełmońska-Soyta, W Olech
Wisent, or European bison (Bison bonasus), is listed as "vulnerable" on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and is therefore protected by international law. For the first time, a Wisent embryo has been obtained in vitro. This procedure creates a new opportunity to protect and increase Wisent reproductive potential and thereby opens new possibilities for the establishment of a controlled and broad reserve of the gene pool.
March 14, 2018: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Kathrine Vauvert R Hviid, Sara Sofia Malchau, Anja Pinborg, Henriette Svarre Nielsen
BACKGROUND: The incidence of monozygotic twins (MZT) after ART appears to be higher than the incidence after spontaneous conceptions contradicting the aim of ART to avoid multiple pregnancies because of the associated risks. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: The aim was to study the frequency of MZT after IVF and ICSI and how it is influenced by the day of embryo transfer, maternal age, zona pellucida manipulation, controlled ovarian stimulation, stimulation protocol, culture media and embryo quality...
March 12, 2018: Human Reproduction Update
Yangyang Ma, Tong Yu, Yuanxing Cai, Huayan Wang
Derivation of bona fide porcine pluripotent stem cells is still a critical issue because porcine embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are not available yet, and most of the culture conditions to maintain porcine induced pluripotent stem cells (piPSCs) are based on conditions for mouse and human iPS cells. In this study, we generated a doxycycline-inducible porcine iPS cell line (DOX-iPSCs) and used it to screen the optimal culture condition to sustain the self-renewal of piPSCs. We found that LIF and b-FGF were required for porcine cell reprogramming, but were not essential cytokines for maintaining the self-renewal and pluripotency of piPSCs...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Ziqiang Huang, Yunwei Pang, Haisheng Hao, Weihua Du, Xueming Zhao, Huabin Zhu
Objective: Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is a major ingredient of catechin polyphenols and is considered one of the most promising bioactive compounds in green tea because of its strong antioxidant properties. However, the protective role of EGCG in bovine oocyte in vitro maturation (IVM) has not been investigated. Therefore, we aimed to study the effects of EGCG on IVM of bovine oocytes. Methods: Bovine oocytes were treated with different concentrations of EGCG (0, 25, 50 100, and 200 μM) , and the nuclear and cytoplasmic maturation, cumulus cell expansion, intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels, total antioxidant capacity, the early apoptosis and the developmental competence of in vitro fertilized embryos were measured...
March 13, 2018: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
Sadikah Behbehani, Stefano Polesello, Joseph Hasson, Justin Silver, Weon-Young Son, Michael Dahan
OBJECTIVE: Asses clinical pregnancy rates and live birth rates in the presence of non-cavity deforming intramural fibroids in single fresh blastocyst transfer cycles DESIGN CLASSIFICATION: Canadian Task Force classification II-2 SETTING SETTING: Academic fertility center. PATIENT(S): 929 fresh single blastocyst transfer cycles were included; 94 with only non cavity distorting intramural fibroids and 764 without fibroids. Cleavage embryo transfers were excluded to reduce bias based on embryo quality INTERVENTION(S): none MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Live birth rate (LBR) and clinical pregnancy rate (CPR) RESULT(S): There were no differences noted in gravity, parity, or body mass index in patients with and without fibroids...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Mathilde Bourdon, Pietro Santulli, Fleur Kefelian, Laurine Vienet-Legue, Chloé Maignien, Khaled Pocate-Cheriet, Jacques de Mouzon, Louis Marcellin, Charles Chapron
STUDY QUESTION: How does the duration of estrogen (E2) treatment prior to frozen-blastocyst transfers affect the live birth rate (LBR)? SUMMARY ANSWER: Prolonged E2 exposure as part of artificial endometrial preparation (AEP) significantly decreases the LBR after autologous frozen-thawed blastocyst transfer. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: One effective method for endometrial preparation prior to frozen embryo transfer is AEP, a sequential regimen with E2 and progesterone, which aims to mimic the endocrine exposure of the endometrium in a normal cycle...
February 26, 2018: Human Reproduction
Jaime Guerrero, Miguel Gallardo, Adoración Rodríguez-Arnedo, Jorgen Ten, Rafael Bernabeu
The survival of human blastocysts to vitrification with two different carriers is compared. Both vitrification carriers used in this study are in the category of closed carriers, as they completely isolate the samples from direct contact with liquid nitrogen or its vapours during cooling and storage, until warming. This characteristic is appealing because it reduces or eliminates the theoretical risk of cross-contamination during that period of time. The two closed vitrification systems used present very different design and features: in the High Security Vitrification device, the carrier straw containing the embryos is encapsulated inside an external straw before plunging in liquid nitrogen, resulting in thermal insulation during cooling...
March 8, 2018: Cryobiology
Malinda S Lee, Eden R Cardozo, Anatte E Karmon, Diane L Wright, Thomas L Toth
OBJECTIVE: To identify the impact of embryo transfer time (total seconds from the loading of the transfer catheter to the expulsion of the embryo(s) into the uterine cavity) on clinical pregnancy (CPR), implantation (IR), and live birth (LBR) rates. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Academic hospital practice. PATIENT(S): A total of 465 women undergoing 571 frozen-embryo transfers with the use of cryopreserved blastocysts in a single academic institution from 2007 through 2014...
March 7, 2018: Fertility and Sterility
Kristin M Whitworth, Raissa Cecil, Joshua A Benne, Bethany K Redel, Lee D Spate, Melissa S Samuel, Randall S Prather, Kevin D Wells
Genetically engineered pigs are often created with a targeting vector that contains a loxP flanked selectable marker like neomycin. The Cre-loxP recombinase system can be used to remove the selectable marker gene from the resulting offspring or cell line. Here is described a new method to remove a loxP flanked neomycin cassette by direct zygote injection of an mRNA encoding Cre recombinase. The optimal concentration of mRNA was determined to be 10 ng/μL when compared to 2 and 100 ng/μL (P < 0.0001)...
March 7, 2018: Transgenic Research
M-A Sirard, F-X Grand, R Labrecque, C Vigneault, P Blondin
The selection of the best dairy heifers is mainly driven by the genetic value of their parents. The phenotype analysis of cows and of the daughters of bulls has been used to identify the best genetic value for decades before being replaced by genomic selection of individuals that are not yet parents. Because it is possible to predict the future value of an individual by its genetic makeup, it becomes feasible to do it as early as the blastocyst stage and to decide which should be transferred or not. Because we know the genotype of an animal at birth, or even before, it is becoming desirable to reproduce this animal as soon as possible to reduce generation interval and improve selection speed...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
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