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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353449/blastulation-timing-is-associated-with-differential-mitochondrial-content-in-euploid-embryos
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Jacqueline R Ho, Nabil Arrach, Katherine Rhodes-Long, Wael Salem, Lynda K McGinnis, Karine Chung, Kristin A Bendikson, Richard J Paulson, Ali Ahmady
PURPOSE: Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) and assessment of mitochondrial content (MC) are current methods for selection of the best embryos for transfer. Studies suggest that time-lapse morphokinetics (TLM) may also be helpful for selecting embryos more likely to implant. In our study, we sought to examine the relationship between TLM parameters and MC to determine if they could be used adjunctively in embryo selection. We also examined the relationship between MC with ploidy and blastulation...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353144/effects-of-the-hdac-inhibitor-scriptaid-on-the-in%C3%A2-vitro-development-of-bovine-embryos-and-on-imprinting-gene-expression-levels
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R Laguna-Barraza, M J Sánchez-Calabuig, A Gutiérrez-Adán, D Rizos, S Pérez-Cerezales
This study examines the effects of the histone deacetylation inhibitor scriptaid (SCR) on preimplantation embryo development in vitro and on imprinting gene expression. We hypothesized that SCR would increase histone acetylation levels, enhance embryonic genome activation, and regulate imprinting and X-chromosome inactivation (XCI) in in vitro produced bovine embryos. Zygotes were cultured in vitro in presence or absence of SCR added at different time points. We assessed cleavage and blastocyst rates as well as the quality of blastocysts through: (i) differential cell counts; (ii) survival after vitrification/thawing and (iii) gene expression analysis -including imprinted genes...
January 11, 2018: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351814/setdb1-prevents-tet2-dependent-activation-of-iap-retroelements-in-na%C3%A3-ve-embryonic-stem-cells
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Özgen Deniz, Lorenzo de la Rica, Kevin C L Cheng, Dominik Spensberger, Miguel R Branco
BACKGROUND: Endogenous retroviruses (ERVs), which are responsible for 10% of spontaneous mouse mutations, are kept under control via several epigenetic mechanisms. The H3K9 histone methyltransferase SETDB1 is essential for ERV repression in embryonic stem cells (ESCs), with DNA methylation also playing an important role. It has been suggested that SETDB1 protects ERVs from TET-dependent DNA demethylation, but the relevance of this mechanism for ERV expression remains unclear. Moreover, previous studies have been performed in primed ESCs, which are not epigenetically or transcriptionally representative of preimplantation embryos...
January 19, 2018: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331235/antim%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-as-a-predictor-of-live-birth-following-assisted-reproduction-an-analysis-of-85-062-fresh-and-thawed-cycles-from-the-society-for-assisted-reproductive-technology-clinic-outcome-reporting-system-database-for-2012-2013
#4
Reshef Tal, David B Seifer, Ethan Wantman, Valerie Baker, Oded Tal
OBJECTIVE: To determine if serum antimüllerian hormone (AMH) is associated with and/or predictive of live birth assisted reproductive technology (ART) outcomes. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology Clinic Outcome Reporting System database from 2012 to 2013. SETTING: Not applicable. PATIENT(S): A total of 69,336 (81.8%) fresh and 15,458 (18.2%) frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycles with AMH values...
January 11, 2018: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330350/selection-against-balb-c-strain-cells-in-mouse-chimaeras
#5
Pin-Chi Tang, Gillian E MacKay, Jean H Flockhart, Margaret A Keighren, Anna Kopakaki, John D West
It has been shown previously that BALB/c strain embryos tend to contribute poorly to mouse aggregation chimaeras. In the present study we showed that BALB/c cells were not preferentially allocated to any extraembryonic lineages of mouse aggregation chimaeras, but their contribution decreased during the early postimplantation period and they were significantly depleted by E8.5. The development of BALB/c strain preimplantation embryos lagged behind embryos from some other strains and the contribution that BALB/c and other embryos made to chimaeras correlated with their developmental stage at E2...
January 12, 2018: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325267/-analysis-of-clinical-outcomes-of-different-embryo-stage-biopsy-in-array-comparative-genomic-hybridization-based-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-and-screening
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J D Shen, W Wu, L Shu, L L Cai, J Z Xie, L Ma, X P Sun, Y G Cui, J Y Liu
Objective: To evaluate the efficiency of the application of array comparative genomic hybridization (array-CGH) in preimplantation genetic diagnosis or screening (PGD/PGS), and compare the clinical outcomes of different stage embryo biopsy. Methods: The outcomes of 381 PGD/PGS cycles referred in the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University from July 2011 to August 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. There were 320 PGD cycles with 156 cleavage-stage-biopsy cycles and 164 trophectoderm-biopsy cycles, 61 PGS cycles with 23 cleavage-stage-biopsy cycles and 38 trophectoderm-biopsy cycles...
December 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325037/mediator-complex-component-med13-regulates-zygotic-genome-activation-and-is-required-for-postimplantation-development-in-the-mouse
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Yi-Liang Miao, Andrés Gambini, Yingpei Zhang, Elizabeth Padilla-Banks, Wendy N Jefferson, Miranda L Bernhardt, Weichun Huang, Leping Li, Carmen J Williams
Understanding factors that regulate zygotic genome activation (ZGA) is critical for determining how cells are reprogrammed to become totipotent or pluripotent. There is limited information regarding how this process occurs physiologically in early mammalian embryos. Here we identify a mediator complex subunit, MED13, as translated during mouse oocyte maturation and transcribed early from the zygotic genome. Knockdown and conditional knockout approaches demonstrate that MED13 is essential for ZGA in the mouse, in part by regulating expression of the embryo-specific chromatin remodeling complex, esBAF...
January 9, 2018: Biology of 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
#8
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/29297236/cleavage-stage-embryo-micromanipulation-in-the-clinical-setting
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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/29295902/parthenogenetic-activation-of-oocytes
#10
Matthew H Kaufman
Numerous studies have been initiated to investigate the influence of maternal and paternal genomes on early mammalian development. For this type of study, parthenogenetic embryos provide a unique source of preimplantation and early postimplantation embryos that (by definition) develop in the absence of any contribution from a male gamete. Parthenogenetic activation is used for biochemical and morphological studies of oocytes during fertilization and early development and is a critical component of the cloning procedure...
January 2, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295897/administration-of-gonadotropins-for-superovulation-in-mice
#11
Richard Behringer, Marina Gertsenstein, Kristina Vintersten Nagy, Andras Nagy
For experiments that require large numbers of preimplantation mouse embryos, such as microinjection of zygotes, gonadotropins are administered to females before mating to increase the number of oocytes that are ovulated (i.e., to induce superovulation). Pregnant mare serum gonadotropin (PMSG) is used to mimic the oocyte maturation effect of the endogenous follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is used to mimic the ovulation induction effect of luteinizing hormone (LH).
January 2, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286136/proteomic-investigation-of-the-effects-of-preimplantation-factor-on-human-embryo-implantation
#12
Min Yang, Yixuan Yang, Sha She, Sanglin Li
Despite the use of adjuvant therapies, the cumulative proportion of live births remains at ~40%. Accumulating data show that low pregnancy rates, even in the presence of high fertility rates, are due to implantation failure. The present study aimed to identify and construct a profile of proteins that react with preimplantation factor (PIF) and to provide an understanding into the molecular mechanisms by which PIF promotes trophoblast invasion. Cytoplasmic proteins were immunoprecipitated with biotin‑labeled synthetic PIF or intralipid and scrambled PIF (PIFscr)...
December 22, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282583/high-quality-human-preimplantation-embryos-actively-influence-endometrial-stromal-cell-migration
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R P Berkhout, C B Lambalk, J Huirne, V Mijatovic, S Repping, G Hamer, S Mastenbroek
PURPOSE: The purpose of this paper is to study whether human preimplantation embryos regulate endometrial stromal cell (hESC) migration. METHODS: Primary hESCs were isolated from fertile patients undergoing hysterectomy for benign conditions (uterine scar niche n = 3, dysmenorrhea n = 2; no hormonal treatment). Migration and proliferation assays were performed by culturing decidualized or non-decidualized hESCs in the presence of embryo conditioned medium (ECM) from high-quality embryos (fragmentation ≤ 20%) or from low-quality embryos (fragmentation > 20%) or in non-conditioned medium from the same dishes (control)...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280479/assisted-reproductive-technology-art-cumulative-live-birth-rates-following-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-for-aneuploidy-pgd-a-or-morphological-assessment-of-embryos-a-cohort-analysis
#14
Evelyn Lee, Georgina Mary Chambers, Lyndon Hale, Peter Illingworth, Leeanda Wilton
BACKGROUND: Preimplantation genetic diagnosis for aneuploidy (PGD-A) for all 24 chromosomes improves implantation and clinical pregnancy rates per single assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycle. However, there is limited data on the live-birth rate of PGD-A over repeated cycles. AIM: To assess the cumulative live-birth rates (CLBR) of PGD-A compared with morphological assessment of embryos of up to three 'complete ART cycles' (fresh plus frozen/thaw cycles) in women aged 37 years or older...
December 27, 2017: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277131/direct-comparison-of-vasectomized-males-and-genetically-sterile-gapdhs-knockout-males-for-the-induction-of-pseudopregnancy-in-mice
#15
Wiebke Garrels, Dirk Wedekind, Isabell Wittur, Ulrike Freischmidt, Dirk Korthaus, Thomas Rülicke, Martina Dorsch
The laboratory mouse is the most used animal model in biomedical research. Several artificial reproductive techniques, such as revitalization of cryopreserved strains, rederivation after hygienic contaminations and the production of transgenic mouse models, require the transfer of preimplantation embryos to surrogate mothers. Pseudopregnancy is essential in recipient females and is induced by mating with sterile males. Commonly, surgically vasectomized males are used for this purpose. As an alternative, genetically modified mouse strains have been identified, in which homozygous infertile males are sexually active...
January 1, 2017: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276809/new-advances-in-human-x-chromosome-status-from-a-developmental-and-stem-cell-biology
#16
Benjamin Patterson, Yoshiaki Tanaka, In-Hyun Park
Recent advances in stem cell biology have dramatically increased the understanding of molecular and cellular mechanism of pluripotency and cell fate determination. Additionally, pluripotent stem cells (PSCs), including embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), arose as essential resources for disease modeling and cellular therapeutics. Despite these advancements, the epigenetic dysregulation in pluripotency such as the imprinting status, and X chromosome dosage compensation, and its consequences on future utility of PSCs yet remain unresolved...
December 2017: Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274203/establishing-a-comprehensive-genetic-diagnosis-strategy-for-hemophilia-b-and-its-application-in-chinese-population
#17
X Y Lin, J Wang, X Xiao, Y W Xu, Q J Yan, W Y Jiang
INTRODUCTION: To reduce the incidence of hemophilia B (HB) which with no complete cure currently, prenatal diagnosis and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) are effective and feasible means. However, previous studies about genetic diagnosis in HB mostly just focused on the detection of patients and carriers. Here, we established a comprehensive genetic diagnosis strategy for HB and worked it out in Chinese population. The strategy includes the detection of patients and carriers, prenatal diagnosis, and PGD...
December 23, 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273634/loss-of-the-deubiquitinase-usp36-destabilizes-the-rna-helicase-dhx33-and-causes-preimplantation-lethality-in-mice
#18
Julia M Fraile, Diana Campos-Iglesias, Francisco Rodríguez, Aurora Astudillo, Roser Vilarrasa-Blasi, Nuria Verdaguer-Dot, Miguel A Prado, Joao A Paulo, Steven P Gygi, José I Martín-Subero, José M P Freije, Carlos López-Otín
Deubiquitinases are proteases with a wide functional diversity that profoundly impact multiple biological processes. Among them, the ubiquitin-specific protease 36 (USP36) has been implicated in the regulation of nucleolar activity. However, its functional relevance in vivo has not yet been fully described. Here, we report the generation of an Usp36-deficient mouse model to examine the function of this enzyme. We show that Usp36 depletion is lethal in pre-implantation mouse embryos, where it blocks the transition from morula to blastocyst during embryonic development...
December 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259458/theory-about-the-embryo-cryo-treatment
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Iavor K Vladimirov, Desislava Tacheva, Antonio Diez
Background: To create hypothesis, which can give a logical explanation related to the benefits of freezing/thawing embryos. Cryopreservation is not only a technology used for storing embryos, but also a method of embryo treatment that can potentially improve the success rate in infertile couples. Methods: From the analysis of multiple results in assisted reproductive technology, which have no satisfactory explanation to date, we found evidence to support a 'therapeutic' effect of the freezing/thawing of embryos on the process of recovery of the embryo and its subsequent implantation...
April 2017: Reproductive Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244016/oleic-acid-in-the-modulation-of-oocyte-and-preimplantation-embryo-development
#20
Shabnam Fayezi, Jo L M R Leroy, Marefat Ghaffari Novin, Masoud Darabi
Potential reproductive effects are considered as the major aspect of biomolecules functionality in an organism. The recent identification of differential patterns of fatty acids across ovarian follicles and their association with levels of sexual maturity highlights the importance of these biomolecules. It is well known that fatty acids are highly diverse in terms of their functional properties. Oleic acid is chemically classified as an unsaturated omega-9 fatty acid. Besides serving as an important energy source, oleic acid is involved in metabolic and structural roles...
December 15, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
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