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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811525/totipotency-segregates-between-the-sister-blastomeres-of-two-cell-stage-mouse-embryos
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E Casser, S Israel, A Witten, K Schulte, S Schlatt, V Nordhoff, M Boiani
Following fertilization in mammals, it is generally accepted that totipotent cells are exclusive to the zygote and to each of the two blastomeres originating from the first mitotic division. This model of totipotency was inferred from a minority of cases in which blastomeres produced monozygotic twins in mice. Was this due to experimental limitation or biological constraint? Here we removed experimental obstacles and achieved reliable quantification of the prevalence of dual totipotency among mouse two-cell stage blastomeres...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810691/improvement-of-implantation-potential-in-mouse-blastocysts-derived-from-ivf-by-combined-treatment-with-prolactin-epidermal-growth-factor-and-4-hydroxyestradiol
#2
Miki Takeuchi, Misato Seki, Etsuko Furukawa, Akihito Takahashi, Kyosuke Saito, Mitsuru Kobayashi, Kenji Ezoe, Emiko Fukui, Midori Yoshizawa, Hiromichi Matsumoto
STUDY QUESTION: Can supplementation of medium with prolactin (PRL), epidermal growth factor (EGF) and 4-hydroxyestradiol (4-OH-E2) prior to embryo transfer improve implantation potential in mouse blastocysts derived from IVF? SUMMARY ANSWER: Combined treatment with PRL, EGF and 4-OH-E2 improves mouse blastocyst implantation rates, while alone, each factor is ineffective. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Blastocyst dormancy during delayed implantation caused by ovariectomy is maintained by continued progesterone treatment in mice, and estrogen injection rapidly activates blastocysts to implantation-induced status in vivo...
August 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809602/fertility-preservation-and-sexual-health-after-cancer-therapy
#3
Nigel Pereira, Glenn L Schattman
Recent developments in cancer diagnostics and treatments have considerably improved long-term survival rates. Despite improvements in chemotherapy regimens, more focused radiotherapy and diverse surgical options, cancer treatments often have gonadotoxic side-effects that can manifest as loss of fertility or sexual dysfunction, particularly in young cancer survivors. In this review, we focus on two pertinent quality-of-life issues in female cancer survivors of reproductive age-fertility preservation and sexual function...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801955/single-layer-centrifugation-of-fresh-dromedary-camel-semen-improves-sperm-quality-and-in-vitro-fertilization-capacity-compared-with-simple-sperm-washing
#4
C Malo, E G Crichton, J M Morrell, B S Pukazhenthi, J A Skidmore
Single layer centrifugation (SLC) through a colloid is a tool for selecting viable mammalian spermatozoa but has not been used previously for fresh dromedary camel sperm. Semen from six camels (2 ejaculates/male) was diluted 1:5 (v:v) or 1:10 (v:v) in a Tris-citrate-fructose buffer for mechanical liquefaction by gentle pipetting. Following liquefaction, semen was processed either by SLC or by centrifugation without a colloid (control). Total and progressive motilities, CASA kinematics, vitality and acrosome integrity (eosin-nigrosin) and plasma membrane integrity (Hypo-osmotic swelling test; HOST), and fertilizing ability in a heterologous assay (zona-free goat oocytes) were evaluated...
August 12, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801637/effect-of-golph3-on-cumulus-granulosa-cell-apoptosis-and-icsi-pregnancy-outcomes
#5
Dianliang Lin, Jing Ran, Suqin Zhu, Song Quan, Baofeng Ye, Aili Yu, Yuefan Kang, Yuan Lin
Previous studies have shown that GOLPH3 mediates cell growth, proliferation and differentiation and inhibits cell apoptosis; however, the role of GOLPH3 in cumulus granulosa cells and the value of GOLPH3 in predicting ICSI pregnancy outcomes remain unknown until now. Our findings showed higher positive expression rate, score of staining intensity, and immunohistochemical score of GOLPH3 in the cumulus granulosa cells of the pregnant women relative to non-pregnant women, and a higher apoptotic rate of cumulus granulosa cells was detected in non-pregnant women than in pregnant women...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800556/supplementation-of-lycopene-in-maturation-media-improves-bovine-embryo-quality-in%C3%A2-vitro
#6
M M R Chowdhury, Byung-Hyun Choi, Imran Khan, Kyeong-Lim Lee, Ayman Mesalam, Seok-Hwan Song, Lianguang Xu, Myeong-Don Joo, Fahmida Afrin, Il-Keun Kong
This study sought to modulate factors that reduce embryo quality in in vitro culture (IVC) systems. Over eight replicates, 3075 oocytes were cultured in in vitro maturation media containing various concentrations of lycopene, followed by in vitro fertilization and culture. The percentages of MII-stage oocytes, the presumptive zygotes that underwent cleavage and developed into blastocysts were significantly (P < 0.05) higher, the intracellular ROS concentrations reduced significantly (P < 0.05) in oocytes/blastocysts, TUNEL assay demonstrates reduced apoptosis and increased total cell number per blastocyst (P < 0...
August 3, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799828/molecular-characterization-and-comparison-of-phospholipase-c-zeta-plcz1-gene-between-swamp-bubalus-carabanensis-and-riverine-bubalus-bubalis-buffaloes-its-implications-and-future-perspectives
#7
Eufrocina P Atabay, Roseline D Tadeo, Edwin C Atabay, Emma V Venturina, Rafael A Fissore, Claro N Mingala
Phospholipase C zeta, a novel sperm-specific protein which is widely known to induce oocyte activation following fertilization, had already been characterized in various mammalian species, but not in water buffaloes thus far. The present study was conducted to initially characterize and compare the sequences of PLCZ1 gene of swamp and riverine buffaloes. Semen samples were collected; total RNA was extracted and reverse-transcribed. PLCZ1 cDNA was then amplified, and submitted for sequencing. Buffalo PLCZ1 gene yielded a sequence of 1905 base pair nucleotides translated into 634 bp amino acids...
August 11, 2017: Animal Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797744/mechanical-characterisation-of-oocytes-the-influence-of-sample-geometry-on-parameter-identification
#8
Johannes Dittmann, Andreas Dietzel, Markus Böl
The present study focused on the material characterisation of porcine oocytes by experiments combined with an inverse finite-element method (iFEM) approach. In doing so, two different deformation states, compression and indentation, were realised to enable the validation of the numerical model. In addition to classical force-strain relations, geometrical information on the oocyte's surface and volume changes during deformation were collected. These data reveal the typical exponential force-strain behaviour and the highly compressible behaviour of the zona pellucida, imparting overall compressibility to the entire cell...
July 26, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796907/likelihood-of-pregnancy-after-embryo-transfer-is-reduced-in-recipient-mares-with-a-short-preceding-oestrus
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J Cuervo-Arango, A N Claes, M Ruijter-Villani, T A Stout
BACKGROUND: Previous surveys reported a positive association between the length of the follicular phase and subsequent fertility in embryo transfer donor and Thoroughbred mares. However, it is unclear whether a longer oestrus positively influences fertilisation and oviductal development (oocyte quality, oviductal environment), or uterine receptivity and survival of the embryo in the uterus. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effect of length of oestrus (characterised by duration of endometrial oedema) on likelihood of pregnancy and early embryo loss (EEL) in recipient mares after embryo transfer (ET)...
August 10, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796038/clomiphene-citrate-is-associated-with-favorable-cycle-characteristics-but-impaired-outcomes-of-obese-women-with-polycystic-ovarian-syndrome-undergoing-ovarian-stimulation-for-in-vitro-fertilization
#10
Shutian Jiang, Yanping Kuang
The aim of this study was to explore the effect of clomiphene citrate (CC) on the cycle characteristics and outcomes of obese women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) undergoing ovarian stimulation for in vitro fertilization (IVF).This is a retrospective cohort study, and it was conducted at the tertiary-care academic medical center.This study included 174 obese PCOS patients undergoing IVF.In the study group (n = 90), CC and human menopausal gonadotropin (HMG) were administered simultaneously beginning on cycle day 3, while in control group (n = 84) HMG was used only...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795051/predictors-of-live-birth-and-pregnancy-success-after-in-vitro-fertilization-in-infertile-women-aged-40-and-over
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Hye Ok Kim, Nayoung Sung, In Ok Song
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate pregnancy outcomes and the live birth rate at 1-year age increments in women aged ≥40 years undergoing fresh non-donor in vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer (ET), and to identify predictors of success in these patients. METHODS: This retrospective study was performed among women ≥40 years of age between 2004 and 2011. Of the 2,362 cycles that were conducted, ET was performed in 1,532 (73.1%). RESULTS: The clinical pregnancy rate and live birth rate in women ≥40 years significantly decreased with each year of increased age (p<0...
June 2017: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795049/comparison-of-clinical-outcomes-between-in-vitro-fertilization-ivf-and-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-icsi-in-ivf-icsi-split-insemination-cycles
#12
Sun Hee Lee, Jae Hyun Lee, Yong-Seog Park, Kwang Moon Yang, Chun Kyu Lim
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to compare the clinical outcomes between in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in sibling oocytes. Additionally, we evaluated whether the implementation of split insemination contributed to an increase in the number of ICSI procedures. METHODS: A total of 571 cycles in 555 couples undergoing split insemination cycles were included in this study. Among them, 512 cycles (89.7%) were a couple's first IVF cycle...
June 2017: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795047/influence-of-the-insemination-method-on-the-outcomes-of-elective-blastocyst-culture
#13
Caizhu Wang, Guixue Feng, Bo Zhang, Jinhui Shu, Hong Zhou, Xianyou Gan, Ruoyun Lin
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the effects of the insemination method on the outcomes of elective blastocyst culture. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the outcomes of elective blastocyst culture performed between January 2011 and December 2014. RESULTS: There were 2,003 cycles of conventional in vitro fertilization (IVF) and 336 cycles of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), including 25,652 and 4,164 embryos that underwent sequential blastocyst culture, respectively...
June 2017: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795046/the-effects-of-different-types-of-media-on-in-vitro-maturation-outcomes-of-human-germinal-vesicle-oocytes-retrieved-in-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-cycles
#14
Farzaneh Fesahat, Razieh Dehghani Firouzabadi, Azita Faramarzi, Mohammad Ali Khalili
OBJECTIVE: Optimizing in vitro maturation (IVM) media to achieve better outcomes has been a matter of interest in recent years. The aim of this prospective clinical trial was to investigate the effects of different media on the IVM outcomes of immature oocytes at the germinal vesicle (GV) stage. METHODS: A total of 400 immature oocytes at the GV stage with normal morphology were retrieved from 320 infertile women aged 31±4.63 years during stimulated intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles...
June 2017: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794013/control-mechanisms-in-germ-cells-mediated-by-p53-family-proteins
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Jakob Gebel, Marcel Tuppi, Katharina Krauskopf, Daniel Coutandin, Susanne Pitzius, Sebastian Kehrloesser, Christian Osterburg, Volker Dötsch
Germ cells are totipotent and, in principle, immortal as they are the source for new germ cells in each generation. This very special role requires tight quality control systems. The p53 protein family constitutes one of the most important quality surveillance systems in cells. Whereas p53 has become famous for its role as the guardian of the genome in its function as the most important somatic tumor suppressor, p63 has been nicknamed 'guardian of the female germ line'. p63 is strongly expressed in resting oocytes and responsible for eliminating those that carry DNA double-strand breaks...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781772/enriched-endoplasmic-reticulum-mitochondria-interactions-result-in-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-apoptosis-in-oocytes-from-obese-mice
#16
Lihong Zhao, Tengfei Lu, Lei Gao, Xiangwei Fu, Shien Zhu, Yunpeng Hou
BACKGROUND: Maternal obesity alters oocytes and subsequent fetal metabolism. An increasing number of studies have shown that the endoplasmic reticulums (ER) or mitochondria have important effects on oocyte quality, but there has been no study of the effect of mitochondria-associated ER membranes (MAMs) on oocyte quality. The present study was designed to assess whether the level of MAM and MAM-related proteins were different in oocytes from obese and control mice. RESULTS: First, oocytes from mice with high-fat-diet (HFD)-induced obesity had higher levels (either greater numbers or a higher proportion for the same numbers) of MAM than oocytes from control mice...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780825/-effect-of-cigarette-smoke-exposure-during-pregnancy-on-offspring-of-ovarian-development-and-oocyte-dna-methylation-in-female-mice
#17
J G Gao, L Gong, Z H Wu, J K Yang, A Q Lin, W J Bu
Objective: To explore the effects of cigarette smoke exposure during pregnancy on the quality of oocytes and the whole genome DNA methylation in the offspring of female mice during the period of germinal vesicle (GV) . Methods: The pregnant 7 d mice were divided into 3 groups, exposure on the 0, 0.5, 1 lit cigarettes cabinet (volume 18 L) , at 9 am and 3 pm for 1 h twice daily, until delivery. When the mice were 6 weeks old, the organ index and the number of follicles in the ovary were detected by weighing and making HE stained sections...
June 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776828/the-quality-after-culture-in%C3%A2-vitro-or-in%C3%A2-vivo-of-porcine-oocytes-matured-and-fertilized-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-their-ability-to-develop-to-term
#18
Yoshiyuki Nakamura, Sigeyuki Tajima, Kazuhiro Kikuchi
The quality of porcine blastocysts produced in vitro is poor in comparison with those that develop in vivo. We examined the quality of in vitro-matured and fertilized (IVM/IVF) oocytes, their abilities to develop to blastocysts under in vivo and in vitro conditions, and the potential of the embryos to develop to term after transfer. IVM/IVF oocytes were either transferred and the embryos recovered on Days 5 and 6 (100% and 87.5%, respectively) ('ET-vivo' embryos), or cultured in vitro for 5 or 6 days ('IVC' embryos)...
August 4, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772113/structural-integrity-and-developmental-potential-of-spermatozoa-following-microwave-assisted-drying-in-the-domestic-cat-model
#19
Jennifer L Patrick, Gloria D Elliott, Pierre Comizzoli
Characterizing the resilience of mammalian cells to non-physiological conditions is necessary to develop preservation and long-term storage strategies at low or ambient temperatures. Using the domestic cat model, the objective of the study was to characterize structural integrity (morphology and DNA damage) as well as functional properties (sperm aster formation and embryo formation after sperm injection) of spermatozoa after microwave-assisted drying to a moisture content compatible with storage in a glassy state at supra-zero temperatures...
July 26, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758852/dehydroepiandrosterone-supplementation-in-women-undergoing-assisted-reproductive-technology-with-poor-ovarian-response-a-prospective-case-control-study
#20
Haifa A Al-Turki
Objective The effects of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) supplementation in Saudi Arabian women with poor ovarian response (POR) is presently unknown. The present study aimed to assess the benefits of DHEA supplementation in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Methods This was a prospective case-control study involving 62 women who were diagnosed with POR and underwent IVF/ICSI between January 2012 and June 2016. The positive influence of DHEA in 34 women, compared with 28 women without supplementation, was defined as improvements in the number of oocytes retrieved, the fertilization rate, the number of grade I embryos generated and the pregnancy rate...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
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