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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429768/reassembling-embryos-in-vitro-from-component-stem-cells
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Caroline Kubaczka, George Q Daley
Researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK have succeeded in reconstructing mouse embryos by combining pluripotent embryonic and multipotent trophoblast stem cells in a 3D scaffold; the study from the laboratory of Professor Zernicka-Goetz, recently published in Science, provides a break-through tool to probe early mammalian development outside the uterus. Achieving a similar feat with human cells might necessitate reconsideration of the 14-day rule as a limitation of such research.
April 21, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429249/are-there-moral-differences-between-maternal-spindle-transfer-and-pronuclear-transfer
#2
César Palacios-González
This paper examines whether there are moral differences between the mitochondrial replacement techniques that have been recently developed in order to help women afflicted by mitochondrial DNA diseases to have genetically related children absent such conditions: maternal spindle transfer (MST) and pronuclear transfer (PNT). Firstly, it examines whether there is a moral difference between MST and PNT in terms of the divide between somatic interventions and germline interventions. Secondly, it considers whether PNT and MST are morally distinct under a therapy/creation optic...
April 20, 2017: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428943/pathogenic-variant-in-nlrp7-19q13-42-associated-with-recurrent-gestational-trophoblastic-disease-data-from-early-embryo-development-observed-during-in-vitro-fertilization
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E Scott Sills, Alexandra J Obregon-Tito, Harry Gao, Thomas K McWilliams, Anthony T Gordon, Catharine A Adams, Rima Slim
OBJECTIVE: To describe in vitro development of human embryos derived from an individual with a homozygous pathogenic variant in NLRP7 (19q13.42) and recurrent hydatidiform mole (HM), an autosomal recessive condition thought to occur secondary to an oocyte defect. METHODS: A patient with five consecutive HM pregnancies was genomically evaluated via next generation sequencing followed by controlled ovarian hyperstimulation, in vitro fertilization (IVF) with intracytoplasmic sperm injection, embryo culture, and preimplantation genetic screening...
March 2017: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427939/nrage-induces-%C3%AE-catenin-arm-o-glcnacylation-and-negatively-regulates-wnt-signaling
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Yuxin Chen, Lei Jin, Bin Xue, Dong Jin, Fenyong Sun, Chuanjun Wen
The Wnt pathway is crucial for animal development, as well as tumor formation. Understanding the regulation of Wnt signaling will help to elucidate the mechanism of the cell cycle, cell differentiation and tumorigenesis. It is generally accepted that in response to Wnt signals, β-catenin accumulates in the cytoplasm and is imported into the nucleus where it recruits LEF/TCF transcription factors to activate the expression of target genes. In this study, we report that human NRAGE, a neurotrophin receptor p75 (p75NTR) binding protein, markedly suppresses the expression of genes activated by the Wnt pathway...
April 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425928/porcine-circoviruses-and-xenotransplantation
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REVIEW
Joachim Denner, Annette Mankertz
Allotransplantation and xenotransplantation may be associated with the transmission of pathogens from the donor to the recipient. Whereas in the case of allotransplantation the transmitted microorganisms and their pathogenic effect are well characterized, the possible influence of porcine microorganisms on humans is mostly unknown. Porcine circoviruses (PCVs) are common in pig breeds and they belong to porcine microorganisms that still have not been fully addressed in terms of evaluating the potential risk of xenotransplantation using pig cells, tissues, and organs...
April 20, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423135/childhood-cancer-and-environmental-integrity-a-commentary-and-a-proposal
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Carlo Modonesi, Enrico Oddone, Celestino Panizza, Gemma Gatta
Improvements in the health standards of developed and developing societies depend primarily on the relationships between economy and environment. Recent long-term changes in the chemical composition of man-made environments may be linked to changes in the biology of human beings. Here we argue that children are at the greatest risk of being affected by the dangerous effects of these changes, with particular reference to cancer. The concept of cancer risk must be extended to new contexts. Considering the increasing rates of chemical pollution and its spreading in the environment, we illustrate a proposal aiming to protect the human health, in an intra- and intergenerational perspective...
April 10, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422719/fbxw7-haploinsufficiency-loses-its-protection-against-dna-damage-and-accelerates-mnu-induced-gastric-carcinogenesis
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Yannan Jiang, Xinming Qi, Xinyu Liu, Jun Zhang, Jun Ji, Zhenggang Zhu, Jin Ren, Yingyan Yu
Fbxw7, a subunit of the SCF E3 ubiquitin ligase, recognizes oncoprotein substrates and leads to their proteasomal degradation. Fbxw7 acts as a tumor suppressor via inducing apoptosis and growth arrest in various kinds of tumors. To clarify the initiating role in gastric carcinogenesis as well as the histologic characterization of tumor in Fbxw7 allele haploinsufficient mice, we generated Fbxw7 heterozygous knockout mice (Fbxw7+/-) and treated them with chemical carcinogen N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU) at 5-6 weeks of age...
April 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422380/comparing-the-long-acting-and-short-acting-forms-of-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-agonists-in-the-long-protocol-of-ivf-icsi-cycles-a-retrospective-study
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Liyan Duan, Shihua Bao, Kunming Li, Xiaoming Teng, Ling Hong, Xiaoyu Zhao
AIM: This study aimed to compare the efficacy of long- and short-acting gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist on clinical outcomes of in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF/ICSI) long protocol cycles. METHODS: In this retrospective study, 478 patients were enrolled from October 2012 to November 2014. The pituitary downregulation result, serum hormone levels, gonadotropin (Gn) dose during controlled ovarian hyperstimulation, and outcome of IVF/ICSI-embryo transfer were compared between the two groups...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422355/new-insights-into-the-morphogenesis-of-the-gubernaculum-testis-and-the-inguinal-canal
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Jose Bouzada, Teresa Vázquez, Manuel Duran, Vincent Delmas, Theresa Larkin, Miguel A Cuesta, Jose SañUDO
There is no consensus about the role of the gubernaculum testis (GT). Nineteen human embryos (Carnegie stages 15-23), 36 fetuses (9 weeks to term), and eight neonates were examined. All the embryos and 25 fetuses (from weeks 9-16) were processed for paraffin wax histology and serially sectioned at 10 µm thickness. The remaining 11 fetuses and the eight neonates were fresh specimens that were dissected under a surgical microscope. The GT appeared during the embryonic period (stages 17-23) with a horseshoe-shaped mesenchyme condensation of the superior concavity, which was observed in four different topographical regions sequentially through development...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421509/appendix-e-rapid-i-tm-closed-vitrification-device-by-vitrolife
#10
Mark G Larman
Cryopreservation of gametes and embryos is a growing technique in numerous reproductive fields including human-assisted reproduction. With improved understanding of embryo physiology and optimized culture conditions, there are now more embryos than ever to vitrify for potential use in subsequent cycles. Many gametes and embryos have been cryopreserved in open systems, but there are concerns with regard to contamination from the liquid nitrogen and also cross-contamination between patients' germplasm. The development of the Rapid-i™, a closed vitrification device that does not use direct contact with liquid nitrogen during vitrification or subsequent storage, will be discussed as well as clinical protocols for human oocytes and embryos...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421508/appendix-d-irvine-scientific-%C3%A2-vitrification-system
#11
Matthew VerMilyea, Amber Brewer
This chapter will describe the use of the Irvine Scientific(®) vitrification and warming solutions (Vit Kits(®)) along with a detailed protocol for the correct use of the CryoTip(®) vitrification device for human embryos and oocytes. Successful pregnancies have been reported after carrying out rapid vitrification methods of oocytes, cleavage stage embryos, and blastocysts using the CryoTip(®) (Popwell et al. Fertil Steril, 101:e20, 2014; Kuwayama et al. Reprod Biomed 11:608-614, 2005; Kuwayama et al. Fertil Steril 84:S187, 2005; Kuwayama et al...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421506/appendix-b-solid-surface-vitrification
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Mohan S Kamath, K Muthukumar
Solid surface vitrification method involves direct contact of carrier loaded with droplet containing gametes or embryos with precooled metal surface. Over the years, following certain modifications, solid surface vitrification has emerged as an efficient method for vitrifying human gametes and embryos. Here, we describe the principle and methodology of solid surface vitrification.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421505/appendix-a-cryotech-%C3%A2-vitrification-thawing
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Goral Gandhi, Masashige Kuwayama, Sakina Kagalwala, Priyanka Pangerkar
In the last 15-20 years, many centers are using vitrification as a method of choice for cryopreservation of human oocytes and embryos. As vitrification technologies have improved their success profiles, new applications seem to have emerged, making IVF treatments more successful and more flexible.This appendix describes the Cryotech(®) method, which is the latest "minimal volume approach" method, suitable for cryopreservation of oocytes and embryos of any developmental stage, including blastocysts. Dr. Masashige Kuwayama, who has introduced major advances in oocyte and embryo cryopreservation, has developed this method...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421495/chapter-11-human-embryo-vitrification
#14
Juergen Liebermann
Cryopreservation is one of the keystones in clinical infertility treatment. In particular vitrification has become a well-established and widely used routine procedure that has allowed important expansion of therapeutic strategies when IVF is used to treat infertility. Vitrification of human blastocysts allows us to maximize the potential for conception from any single in vitro fertilization cycle and prevents wastage of embryos. The technology may even be used to eliminate fresh embryo transfers for reasons of convenience, uterine receptivity, fertility preservation, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, or emergency management...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421493/chapter-9-slow-freezing-and-thawing-of-human-cleavage-stage-embryos
#15
David H Edgar, Janell Archer, Debra A Gook
The ability to store human embryos in a viable state at very low temperatures has been critical to the evolution of responsible practice in clinical Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). It has encouraged a reduction in the frequency of simultaneous multiple embryo transfer and thereby reduced the risks associated with multiple pregnancy while maintaining high cumulative pregnancy rates from single oocyte collection cycles. In this chapter, we describe a simple slow freezing procedure for human early cleavage stage embryos that results in a high proportion of post-thaw embryos surviving and retaining their implantation potential...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421492/chapter-8-human-oocytes-slow-rate-freezing-methodology
#16
C Zacà, A Borini
Cryopreservation of human oocytes is an important technique for the treatment of human infertility, as it deals successfully with legal, ethical, and moral issues related to embryo cryopreservation (Coticchio et al., Human Fertil (Camb) 4:152-157, 2001; Tucker et al., Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol 113: 524-527, 2004) and maintains reproductive potential in women with diseases or conditions that may compromise reproductive capacity. Here, we describe an oocyte cryopreservation technique involving slow freezing-rapid thawing with differential sucrose concentration (0...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421485/chapter-1-historical-background-on-gamete-and-embryo-cryopreservation
#17
Jaffar Ali, Naif H AlHarbi, Nafisa Ali
This chapter describes the development of the science of cryopreservation of gametes and embryos of various species including human. It attempts to record in brief the main contributions of workers in their attempts to cryopreserve gametes and embryos. The initial difficulties faced and subsequent developments and triumphs leading to present-day state of the art are given in a concise manner. The main players and their contributions are mentioned and the authors' aim is to do justice to them. This work also attempts to ensure that credit is correctly attributed for significant advances in gamete and embryo cryopreservation...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421165/the-diverse-cellular-and-animal-models-to-decipher-the-physiopathological-traits-of-mycobacterium-abscessus-infection
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REVIEW
Audrey Bernut, Jean-Louis Herrmann, Diane Ordway, Laurent Kremer
Mycobacterium abscessus represents an important respiratory pathogen among the rapidly-growing non-tuberculous mycobacteria. Infections caused by M. abscessus are increasingly found in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients and are often refractory to antibiotic therapy. The underlying immunopathological mechanisms of pathogenesis remain largely unknown. A major reason for the poor advances in M. abscessus research has been a lack of adequate models to study the acute and chronic stages of the disease leading to delayed progress of evaluation of therapeutic efficacy of potentially active antibiotics...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420820/high-insulin-impaired-ovarian-function-in-early-pregnant-mice-and-the-role-of-autophagy-in-this-process
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Yan Su, Juan Wu, Junlin He, Xueqing Liu, Xuemei Chen, Yubin Ding, Chen Zhang, Wenqi Chen, Yingxiong Wang, Rufei Gao
Metabolic disorders, such as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and T2DM (type 2 diabetes mellitus), are associated with menstrual dysfunction, anovulation, infertility, and early pregnancy loss. Ovarian dysfunction is not only related to low pregnancy rates but also to the increased risk of miscarriage. Women with PCOS or T2DM, characterized by hyperinsulinemia, commonly experience ovarian dysfunction. In this study, we first explored whether high insulin levels directly affected ovarian functioning during embryo implantation...
April 18, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420519/simultaneous-cul-de-sac-and-tubal-pregnancy-following-in%C3%A2-vitro-fertilization
#20
Cheng-En Hsieh, Yuh-Ming Hwu, Sheng-Hsiang Li, Robert Kuo-Kuang Lee
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to share a valuable experience of heterotopic pregnancy following in vitro fertilization. CASE REPORT: A 37-year-old, gravida 3, para 2 (cesarean section 2 times), woman underwent in vitro fertilization with three embryos transferred. On Day 23 after the embryo transfer, right tubal pregnancy with a 0.7-cm gestational sac was found by ultrasound, and her serum β-human chorionic gonadotropin level was 81,388 mIU/mL. She underwent a laparotomy with right salpingectomy...
April 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
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