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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331828/a-recovery-time-after-warming-restores-mitochondrial-function-and-improves-developmental-competence-of-vitrified-ovine-oocytes
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Sara Succu, Sergio Domenico Gadau, Elisa Serra, Angelo Zinellu, Ciriaco Carru, Cristian Porcu, Salvatore Naitana, Fiammetta Berlinguer, Giovanni Giuseppe Leoni
The aim of the present study was to assess the ability of vitrified/warmed oocyte to recover from vitrification-induced damages after warming. In vitro matured, vitrified/warmed ovine oocytes were assessed for developmental competence, mitochondrial activity and distribution, ATP, ROS and catalase levels during 6 h of in vitro culture using fresh oocytes as control. ATP content in vitrified oocytes was lower than control during 4 h of post warming culture (p < .01). Vitrified oocytes were able to fill this gap only after 6 h of post-warming incubation...
December 26, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327111/the-role-of-the-endometrial-receptivity-array-era-in-patients-who-have-failed-euploid-embryo-transfers
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J Tan, A Kan, J Hitkari, B Taylor, N Tallon, G Warraich, A Yuzpe, G Nakhuda
PURPOSE: Endometrial receptivity issues represent a potential source of implantation failure. The aim of this study was to document our experience with the endometrial receptivity array (ERA) among patients with a history of euploid blastocyst implantation failure. We investigated whether the contribution of the endometrial factor could be identified with the ERA test and if actionable results can lead to improved outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed for 88 patients who underwent ERA testing between 2014 and 2017...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325603/culture-conditions-affect-ca2-release-in-artificially-activated-mouse-and-human-oocytes
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Yuechao Lu, Davina Bonte, Minerva Ferrer-Buitrago, Mina Popovic, Jitesh Neupane, Margot Van der Jeught, Luc Leybaert, Petra De Sutter, Björn Heindryckx
Inconsistent fertilisation and pregnancy rates have been reported by different laboratories after application of ionomycin as a clinical method of assisted oocyte activation (AOA) to overcome fertilisation failure. Using both mouse and human oocytes, in the present study we investigated the effects of ionomycin and Ca2+ concentrations on the pattern of Ca2+ release and embryonic developmental potential. In the mouse, application of 5μM ionomycin in potassium simplex optimisation medium (KSOM) or 10µM ionomycin in Ca2+-free KSOM significantly reduced the Ca2+ flux and resulted in failure of blastocyst formation compared with 10μM ionomycin in KSOM...
January 12, 2018: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322346/study-on-the-incidence-and-influences-on-heterotopic-pregnancy-from-embryo-transfer-of-fresh-cycles-and-frozen-thawed-cycles
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Shan Xiao, Meilan Mo, Xiaodong Hu, Hongzhan Zhang, Shiru Xu, Zhuran Wang, Yong Zeng
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the heterotopic pregnancy rate using fresh versus frozen-thawed embryo transfers and factors associated with heterotopic pregnancy (HP). Management and clinical outcomes after heterotopic pregnancy were also evaluated. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, we included 12,484 women who had clinical pregnancies after in vitro fertilization treatment at our fertility center between 2012 and 2017. Patients received fresh day 3 embryos (F-D3 group), fresh day 5 blastocysts (F-D5 group), frozen-thawed day 3 embryos (T-D3 group), or frozen-thawed day 5 or 6 blastocysts (T-D5/6 groups) transfers...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319820/embryo-implantation-war-in-times-of-love
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Nancy Ashary, Abhishek Tiwari, Deepak Modi
Contrary to widespread belief, the implantation of an embryo for the initiation of pregnancy is like a battle, in that the embryo uses a variety of coercive tactics to force its acceptance by the endometrium. We propose that embryo implantation involves a three step process: 1) identification of a receptive endometrium; 2) superimposition of a blastocyst-derived signature onto the receptive endometrium prior to implantation; and finally 3) breaching by the embryo and trophoblast invasion, culminating in decidualization and placentation...
January 8, 2018: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318868/embryo-development-until-blastocyst-stage-with-and-without-renewal-of-single-medium-on-day-3
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Fernando Peña, Rocío Dávalos, Adolfo Rechkemmer, Alvaro Ascenzo, Mauricio Gonzales
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the effects of using a single culture medium not renewed on day 3 on the development of the embryo up to the blastocyst stage. METHODS: The study was carried out in the Assisted Reproduction Laboratory of Clínica Miraflores in the period ranging from April to December of 2016. The study included 589 human embryos obtained from 82 couples submitted to IVF/ICSI with donor oocytes. The couples were randomly divided into two groups: group 1 (medium renewed on day 3) and group 2 (medium not renewed on day 3)...
January 10, 2018: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315321/inner-cell-mass-incarceration-in-8-shaped-blastocysts-does-not-increase-monozygotic-twinning-in-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-and-screening-patients
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29312817/murine-pluripotent-stem-cells-that-escape-differentiation-inside-teratomas-maintain-pluripotency
#8
Yangli Pei, Liang Yue, Wei Zhang, Jinzhu Xiang, Zhu Ma, Jianyong Han
Background: Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) offer immense potential as a source for regenerative therapies. The teratoma assay is widely used in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine, but the cell composition of teratoma is still elusive. Methods: We utilized PSCs expressing enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) under the control of the Pou5f1 promoter to study the persistence of potential pluripotent cells during teratoma formation in vivo. OCT4-MES (mouse embryonic stem cells) were isolated from the blastocysts of 3...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310712/genome-wide-screening-of-dna-methylation-in-bovine-blastocysts-with-different-kinetics-of-development
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Jessica Ispada, Camila Bruna de Lima, Marc-André Sirard, Patrícia Kubo Fontes, Marcelo Fábio Gouveia Nogueira, Kelly Annes, Marcella Pecora Milazzotto
BACKGROUND: The timing of the first cell divisions may predict the developmental potential of an embryo, including its ability to establish pregnancy. Besides differences related to metabolism, stress, and survival, embryos with different speeds of development present distinct patterns of gene expression, mainly related to energy and lipid metabolism. As gene expression is regulated by epigenetic factors, and that includes DNA methylation patterns, in this study we compared the global DNA methylation profile of embryos with different kinetics of development in order to identify general pathways and regions that are most influenced by this phenotype...
January 8, 2018: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310676/functional-role-of-akt-signaling-in-bovine-early-embryonic-development-potential-link-to-embryotrophic-actions-of-follistatin
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Mohamed Ashry, Sandeep K Rajput, Joseph K Folger, Jason G Knott, Nabil A Hemeida, Omaima M Kandil, Refaat S Ragab, George W Smith
BACKGROUND: TGF-β signaling pathways regulate several crucial processes in female reproduction. AKT is a non-SMAD signaling pathway regulated by TGF-β ligands essential for oocyte maturation and early embryonic development in the mouse, but its regulatory role in bovine early embryonic development is not well established. Previously, we demonstrated a stimulatory role for follistatin (a binding protein for specific members of TGF-β superfamily) in early bovine embryonic development...
January 8, 2018: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307391/variables-associated-with-mitochondrial-copy-number-in-human-blastocysts-what-can-we-learn-from-trophectoderm-biopsies
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306096/embryotoxic-cytokines-potential-roles-in-embryo-loss-and-fetal-programming
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REVIEW
Sarah A Robertson, Peck-Yin Chin, Joseph G Femia, Hannah M Brown
Cytokines in the reproductive tract environment at conception mediate a dialogue between the embryo and maternal tissues to profoundly influence embryo development and implantation success. Through effects on gene expression and the cell stress response, cytokines elicit an epigenetic impact with consequences for placental development and fetal growth, which in turn affect metabolic phenotype and long-term health of offspring. There is substantial evidence demonstrating that pro-survival cytokines, such as GM-CSF, CSF1, LIF, HB-EGF and IGFII, support embryos to develop optimally...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305835/vitrification-of-germinal-vesicle-stage-equine-oocytes-effect-of-cryoprotectant-exposure-time-on-in-vitro-embryo-production
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Heloísa Siqueira Canesin, Joao Gatto Brom-de-Luna, Young-Ho Choi, Amanda Macedo Pereira, Gustavo Guerino Macedo, Katrin Hinrichs
Previous studies have found low rates of blastocyst development (0-11%) after vitrification of germinal vesicle (GV)-stage equine oocytes. In this study, we systematically evaluated a short (non-equilibrating) system for GV-stage oocyte vitrification. In Exp. 1, we assessed oocyte volume in cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) exposed to components of a short protocol, using 2% each of ethylene glycol and propylene glycol in the first solution (VS1); 17.5% of each plus 0.3 M trehalose in the second solution (VS2); and fetal bovine serum as the base medium...
January 3, 2018: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305588/short-term-retinoic-acid-treatment-sustains-pluripotency-and-suppresses-differentiation-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Maria Teresa De Angelis, Elvira Immacolata Parrotta, Gianluca Santamaria, Giovanni Cuda
Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs), including human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) derived from blastocyst and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) generated from somatic cells by ectopic expression of defined transcriptional factors, have both the ability to self-renew and to differentiate into all cell types. Here we explored the two antagonistic effects of retinoic acid (RA) on hiPSCs. Although RA has been widely described as a pharmacological agent with a critical role in initiating differentiation of pluripotent stem cells, we demonstrate that short-term RA exposure not only antagonizes cell differentiation and sustains pluripotency of hiPSCs, but it also boosts and improves their properties and characteristics...
January 5, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303234/platelet-rich-plasma-as-an-adjuvant-in-the-endometrial-preparation-of-patients-with-refractory-endometrium
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Aixa Molina, Jose Sánchez, William Sánchez, Vanessa Vielma
OBJECTIVE: To improve endometrial quality and implantation rates after the administration of platelet-rich plasma in patients with refractory endometrium. METHODS: 19 patients undergoing in vitro fertilization, aged between 33 and 45 years with a history of refractory endometrium, to whom platelet rich plasma was given by infusion with a catheter into the uterine cavity on the tenth day of the hormone replacement therapy, and then 72 hours after the first administration...
January 5, 2018: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303233/high-percentages-of-embryos-with-21-18-or-13-trisomy-are-related-to-advanced-paternal-age-in-donor-egg-cycles
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Javier García-Ferreyra, Roly Hilario, Julio Dueñas
OBJECTIVE: Advanced paternal age is related to poor sperm quality; however, little is known on its effect on aneuploidy embryo rates and, more importantly, on chromosomal abnormalities like trisomy 21, 18 and 13. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of advanced paternal age on the trisomy rates of the chromosomes 21, 18 or 13 in embryos obtained from donated oocytes. METHODS: A total of 378 embryos, obtained from 52 IVF/ICSI cycles with donated oocytes in conjunction with PGD, were allocated according to paternal age in three groups: Group A: ≤39 years (n=115 embryos), Group B: 40-49 years (n=157 embryos) and Group C: ≥50 year (n=106 embryos)...
January 5, 2018: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301091/the-cyclin-dependent-kinase-inhibitor-jnj-7706621-improves-in-vitro-developmental-competence-of-porcine-parthenogenetic-activation-and-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer-embryos
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Qing Guo, Long Jin, Hai-Ying Zhu, Xiao-Xu Xing, Mei-Fu Xuan, Qi-Rong Luo, Guang-Lei Zhang, Zhao-Bo Luo, Jun-Xia Wang, Xi-Jun Yin, Jin-Dan Kang
In this study we examined the effects of JNJ-7706621, a cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor, on the in vitro growth of pig embryos that had been produced either by parthenogenetic activation (PA) or somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). A significantly higher percentage of PA embryos reached the blastocyst stage by Day 7 after exposure to 10µM JNJ-7706621 for 4h compared with embryos exposed to 5µgmL-1 cytochalasin B for 4h (P<0.05). Similarly, the rate of Tyr15 phosphorylation of the complex of cyclin and p34cdc2 (CDK1) was significantly elevated in the JNJ-7706621-treated embryos compared with embryos exposed to cytochalasin B or non-treated controls (P<0...
January 5, 2018: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298821/physiological-and-pathological-implications-of-retinoid-action-in-the-endometrium
#18
Yanwen Jiang, Lu Chen, Robert Taylor, Chunjin Li, Xu Zhou
Retinol (vitamin A) and its derivatives, collectively known as retinoids, are required for maintaining vision, immunity, barrier function, reproduction, embryogenesis, and cell proliferation and differentiation. Despite the fact that most events in the endometrium are predominantly regulated by steroid hormones (estrogens and progesterone), accumulating evidence shows that retinoid signaling is also involved in the development and maintenance of the endometrium, stromal decidualization, and blastocyst implantation...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297236/cleavage-stage-embryo-micromanipulation-in-the-clinical-setting
#19
Iman Halvaei, Shahin Ghazali, Stefania A Nottola, Mohammad Ali Khalili
Embryo micromanipulation was developed after introduction of microinjection to overcome infertility. Embryo micromanipulation may be performed at any embryo stage from pronuclear to blastocyst. The technique started out as basic and turned out to be increasingly more complex. Embryo micromanipulation at the cleavage-stage includes a wide range of techniques, from opening the zona pellucida in order to improve the chance of implantation, to removing detrimental components from the embryo to enhance embryo development or blastomeres for preimplantation genetic diagnosis and embryo splitting...
January 3, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297113/frozen-blastocyst-transfer-outcomes-in-immediate-versus-delayed-subsequent-cycles-following-gnrh-agonist-or-hcg-triggers
#20
Leah Kaye, Audrey Marsidi, Puja Rai, Jeffrey Thorne, John Nulsen, Lawrence Engmann, Claudio Benadiva
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to analyze clinical pregnancy rates (CPR) and ongoing pregnancy rates (OPR) for frozen embryo transfers (FET) performed with blastocysts in the cycle immediately after GnRH agonist (GnRHa) versus human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) triggers, with outcomes of delayed FET for comparison. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study at a university-affiliated in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic, including patients undergoing IVF between 2013-16 with a blastocyst FET performed within two menstrual cycles of a previous stimulation cycle and vaginal oocyte retrieval (VOR)...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
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