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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907920/aneuploidy-detection-and-mtdna-quantification-in-bovine-embryos-with-different-cleavage-onset-using-a-next-generation-sequencing-based-protocol
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Miroslav Hornak, David Kubicek, Petr Broz, Pavlina Hulinska, Katerina Hanzalova, Darren Griffin, Marie Machatkova, Jiri Rubes
Bovine embryos are now routinely used in agricultural systems as a means of disseminating superior genetics worldwide, ultimately with the aim of feeding an ever-growing population. Further investigations, common for human IVF embryos, thus have priority to improve cattle IVF, as has screening for aneuploidy (abnormal chromosome number). Although the incidence and consequences of aneuploidy are well documented in human preimplantation embryos, they are less well known for the embryos of other animals. To address this, we assessed aneuploidy levels in thirty-one 2-cell bovine embryos derived from early- and late-cleaving zygotes...
December 2, 2016: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906583/isolation-of-bovine-skin-derived-precursor-cells-and-their-developmental-potential-after-nuclear-transfer
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Jiajia Xiao, Qiaoqiao Li, Pengxiang Qu, Zihan Zhang, Shaohui Pan, Yongsheng Wang, Yong Zhang
Nuclei from less differentiated stem cells yield high cloning efficiency. However, pluripotent stem cells are rather difficult to obtain from bovines. Skin-derived precursor (SKPs) cells exhibit a certain degree of pluripotency, which has been shown to enhance the efficiency of nuclear transfer (NT) in pigs. In this study, bovine SKPs were isolated and characterized. Results showed that bovine SKPs expressed nestin, fibronectin, vimentin, pluripotency-related genes, and characteristic neural crest markers, such as NGFR, PAX3, SOX9, SNAI2, and OCT4...
November 2016: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906186/preimplantation-factor-is-an-anti-apoptotic-effector-in-human-trophoblasts-involving-p53-signaling-pathway
#3
Hadia Moindjie, Esther Dos Santos, Rita-Josiane Gouesse, Nelly Swierkowski-Blanchard, Valérie Serazin, Eytan R Barnea, François Vialard, Marie-Noëlle Dieudonné
From the earliest stages of gestation, embryonic-maternal interaction has a key role in a successful pregnancy. Various factors present during gestation may significantly influence this type of juxta/paracrine interaction. PreImplantation Factor (PIF) is a recently identified factor with activity at the fetomaternal interface. PIF is secreted by viable embryos and directly controls placental development by increasing the invasive capacity of human extravillous trophoblasts (EVTs). To further specify PIF's role in the human placenta, we analyzed the genome-wide expression profile of the EVT in the presence of a synthetic PIF analog (sPIF)...
December 1, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906131/the-mir-125-family-is-an-important-regulator-of-the-expression-and-maintenance-of-maternal-effect-genes-during-preimplantational-embryo-development
#4
Kyeoung-Hwa Kim, You-Mi Seo, Eun-Young Kim, Su-Yeon Lee, Jini Kwon, Jung-Jae Ko, Kyung-Ah Lee
Previously, we reported that Sebox is a new maternal effect gene (MEG) that is required for early embryo development beyond the two-cell (2C) stage because this gene orchestrates the expression of important genes for zygotic genome activation (ZGA). However, regulators of Sebox expression remain unknown. Therefore, the objectives of the present study were to use bioinformatics tools to identify such regulatory microRNAs (miRNAs) and to determine the effects of the identified miRNAs on Sebox expression. Using computational algorithms, we identified a motif within the 3'UTR of Sebox mRNA that is specific to the seed region of the miR-125 family, which includes miR-125a-5p, miR-125b-5p and miR-351-5p...
November 2016: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901130/huwe1-plays-important-role-in-mouse-preimplantation-embryo-development-and-the-dysregulation-is-associated-with-poor-embryo-development-in-humans
#5
L J Chen, W M Xu, M Yang, K Wang, Y Chen, X J Huang, Q H Ma
HUWE1 is a HECT domain containing ubiquitin ligase implicated in neurogenesis, spermatogenesis and cancer development. The purpose of the current study is to investigate the role of HUWE1 in early embryo development. Here we demonstrate that Huwe1 is expressed in both nucleus and cytoplasm of preimplantation mouse embryos as well as gametes. Hypoxia (5% O2) treatment could significantly increase Huwe1 expression during mouse embryo development process. HUWE1 knockdown inhibited normal embryonic development and reduced blastocyst formation, and increased apoptotic cell numbers were observed in the embryos of HUWE1 knockdown group...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900612/early-human-embryos-are-naturally-aneuploid-can-that-be-corrected
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Amy Lee, Ann A Kiessling
Aneuploidy is common and may be a natural occurrence in early human embryos. Selecting against embryos containing aneuploid cells for embryo transfer has been reported to increase clinical pregnancies per transfer in some studies, but not others. Some aneuploidy is due to misallocation of chromosomes during meiosis, in either the egg or sperm, but most aneuploidy is due to misallocation of chromosomes during mitoses after fertilization. Big questions are as follows: Why does this happen? How much aneuploidy in a preimplantation embryo is compatible with normal fetal development? Is aneuploidy increased by in vitro culture, and/or could it be prevented or corrected in the IVF lab?...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869233/towards-functional-annotation-of-the-preimplantation-transcriptome-an-rnai-screen-in-mammalian-embryos
#7
Wei Cui, Xiangpeng Dai, Chelsea Marcho, Zhengbin Han, Kun Zhang, Kimberly D Tremblay, Jesse Mager
With readily available transcriptome-wide data, understanding the role of each expressed gene is an essential next step. Although RNAi technologies allow for genome-wide screens in cell culture, these approaches cannot replace strategies for discovery in the embryo. Here we present, for the first time, a knockdown screen in mouse preimplantation embryos. Early mammalian development encompasses dynamic cellular, molecular and epigenetic events that are largely conserved from mouse to man. We assayed 712 genes for requirements during preimplantation...
November 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859869/signaling-pathways-in-mammalian-preimplantation-development-linking-cellular-phenotypes-to-lineage-decisions
#8
REVIEW
Sergio Menchero, Teresa Rayon, Maria Jose Andreu, Miguel Manzanares
The first stages of mammalian development, before implantation of the embryo in the maternal uterus, result in the establishment of three cell populations in the blastocyst: trophectoderm, epiblast, and primitive endoderm. These events involve only a small number of cells, and are initiated by morphological differences among them related to cell adhesion and polarity. Much attention has been paid to the master transcription factors that are critical for establishing and maintaining early lineage choices. Nevertheless, a large body of work also reveals that additional molecular mechanisms are involved...
November 18, 2016: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857135/asynchronous-fate-decisions-by-single-cells-collectively-ensure-consistent-lineage-composition-in-the-mouse-blastocyst
#9
Néstor Saiz, Kiah M Williams, Venkatraman E Seshan, Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis
Intercellular communication is essential to coordinate the behaviour of individual cells during organismal development. The preimplantation mammalian embryo is a paradigm of tissue self-organization and regulative development; however, the cellular basis of these regulative abilities has not been established. Here we use a quantitative image analysis pipeline to undertake a high-resolution, single-cell level analysis of lineage specification in the inner cell mass (ICM) of the mouse blastocyst. We show that a consistent ratio of epiblast and primitive endoderm lineages is achieved through incremental allocation of cells from a common progenitor pool, and that the lineage composition of the ICM is conserved regardless of its size...
November 18, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855520/novel-technologies-emerging-for-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-and-preimplantation-genetic-testing-for-aneuploidy
#10
Karen Sermon
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) was introduced as an alternative to prenatal diagnosis: embryos cultured in vitro were analysed for a monogenic disease and only disease-free embryos were transferred to the mother, to avoid the termination of pregnancy with an affected foetus. It soon transpired that human embryos show a great deal of acquired chromosomal abnormalities, thought to explain the low success rate of IVF - hence preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A) was developed to select euploid embryos for transfer...
December 1, 2016: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853913/differences-in-pregnancy-outcomes-in-donor-egg-frozen-embryo-transfer-fet-cycles-following-preimplantation-genetic-screening-pgs-a-single-center-retrospective-study
#11
Alison Coates, Brandon J Bankowski, Allen Kung, Darren K Griffin, Santiago Munne
PURPOSE: This study aims to test the hypothesis, in a single-center retrospective analysis, that live birth rates are significantly different when utilizing preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) compared to not utilizing PGS in frozen-thawed embryo transfers in our patients that use eggs from young, anonymous donors. The question therefore arises of whether PGS is an appropriate intervention for donor egg cycles. METHODS: Live birth rates per cycle and live birth rates per embryo transferred after 398 frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycles were examined from patients who elected to have PGS compared to those who did not...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853269/unraveling-the-association-between-genetic-integrity-and-metabolic-activity-in-pre-implantation-stage-embryos
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Fiona D'Souza, Shivanand M Pudakalakatti, Shubhashree Uppangala, Sachin Honguntikar, Sujith Raj Salian, Guruprasad Kalthur, Renu Pasricha, Divya Appajigowda, Hanudatta S Atreya, Satish Kumar Adiga
Early development of certain mammalian embryos is protected by complex checkpoint systems to maintain the genomic integrity. Several metabolic pathways are modulated in response to genetic insults in mammalian cells. The present study investigated the relationship between the genetic integrity, embryo metabolites and developmental competence in preimplantation stage mouse embryos with the aim to identify early biomarkers which can predict embryonic genetic integrity using spent medium profiling by NMR spectroscopy...
November 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852683/potential-of-human-twin-embryos-generated-by-embryo-splitting-in-assisted-reproduction-and-research
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REVIEW
Laila Noli, Caroline Ogilvie, Yacoub Khalaf, Dusko Ilic
BACKGROUND: Embryo splitting or twinning has been widely used in veterinary medicine over 20 years to generate monozygotic twins with desirable genetic characteristics. The first human embryo splitting, reported in 1993, triggered fierce ethical debate on human embryo cloning. Since Dolly the sheep was born in 1997, the international community has acknowledged the complexity of the moral arguments related to this research and has expressed concerns about the potential for reproductive cloning in humans...
November 16, 2016: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846407/development-of-an-in-vitro-test-battery-for-the-screening-of-the-receptor-mediated-mechanism-and-the-spindle-poison-mode-of-action-of-estrogenic-compounds
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Corinne Quadalti, Cesare Galli, Giovanna Lazzari
The implementation of the REACH regulation has imposed the urgent need of developing alternative testing methods to screen large number of compounds more quickly and at lower costs. In this study, a battery of tests, suitable for reproductive toxicology testing, was developed with the objective of detecting the mechanism of action of estrogenic and xenoestrogenic compounds. With this aim, two compounds known for their estrogenic activity, diethylstilbestrol and 17β-estradiol, were used to set up four different in vitro tests: 1) bovine oocyte in vitro maturation assay, 2) bovine preimplantation embryo in vitro culture assay and 3) MCF-7 and 4) BALB/3T3 cell lines proliferation and cytotoxicity assay, respectively...
December 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845423/glycine-increases-preimplantation-development-of-mouse-oocytes-following-vitrification-at-the-germinal-vesicle-stage
#15
Xin-Yan Cao, Jack Rose, Shi-Yong Wang, Yong Liu, Meng Zhao, Ming-Jie Xing, Tong Chang, Baozeng Xu
Ice-free cryopreservation, referred to as vitrification, is receiving increased attention in the human and animal assisted reproduction. However, it introduces the detrimental osmotic stress by adding and removing high contents of cryoprotectants. In this study, we evaluated the effects of normalizing cell volume regulation by adding glycine, an organic osmolyte, during vitrification of mouse germinal vesicle stage oocyte and/or subsequent maturation on its development. The data showed that glycine supplementation in either vitrification/thawing or maturation medium significantly improved the cytoplasmic maturation of MII oocytes manifested by spindle assembly, chromosomal alignment, mitochondrial distribution, euploidy rate, and blastocyst development following fertilization in vitro, compared to the control without glycine treatment...
November 15, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842993/diagnosis-and-clinical-management-of-embryonic-mosaicism
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REVIEW
Nidhee M Sachdev, Susan M Maxwell, Andria G Besser, James A Grifo
Embryonic mosaicism occurs when two or more cell populations with different genotypes are present within the same embryo. New diagnostic techniques for preimplantation genetic screening (PGS), such as next-generation sequencing, have led to increased reporting of mosaicism. The interpretation of mosaicism is complicated because the transfer of some mosaic embryos has resulted in live births. Mosaic embryos may represent a third category between normal (euploidy) and abnormal (aneuploidy). This category of mosaic embryos may be characterized by decreased implantation and pregnancy potential as well as increased risk of genetic abnormalities and adverse pregnancy outcomes...
November 11, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835649/human-oocyte-derived-methylation-differences-persist-in-the-placenta-revealing-widespread-transient-imprinting
#17
Marta Sanchez-Delgado, Franck Court, Enrique Vidal, Jose Medrano, Ana Monteagudo-Sánchez, Alex Martin-Trujillo, Chiharu Tayama, Isabel Iglesias-Platas, Ivanela Kondova, Ronald Bontrop, Maria Eugenia Poo-Llanillo, Tomas Marques-Bonet, Kazuhiko Nakabayashi, Carlos Simón, David Monk
Thousands of regions in gametes have opposing methylation profiles that are largely resolved during the post-fertilization epigenetic reprogramming. However some specific sequences associated with imprinted loci survive this demethylation process. Here we present the data describing the fate of germline-derived methylation in humans. With the exception of a few known paternally methylated germline differentially methylated regions (DMRs) associated with known imprinted domains, we demonstrate that sperm-derived methylation is reprogrammed by the blastocyst stage of development...
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833086/comparative-study-of-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-array-and-next-generation-sequencing-based-strategies-on-triploid-identification-in-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-and-screen
#18
Jiawei Xu, Wenbin Niu, Zhaofeng Peng, Xiao Bao, Meixiang Zhang, Linlin Wang, Linqing Du, Nan Zhang, Yingpu Sun
Triploidy occurred about 2-3% in human pregnancies and contributed to approximately 15% of chromosomally caused human early miscarriage. It is essential for preimplantation genetic diagnosis and screen to distinct triploidy sensitively. Here, we performed comparative investigations between MALBAC-NGS and MDA-SNP array sensitivity on triploidy detection. Self-correction and reference-correction algorism were used to analyze the NGS data. We identified 5 triploid embryos in 1198 embryos of 218 PGD and PGS cycles using MDA-SNP array, the rate of tripoidy was 4...
November 9, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832581/effect-of-nutritionally-induced-hyperlipidaemia-on-in-vitro-bovine-embryo-quality-depends-on-the-type-of-major-fatty-acid-in-the-diet
#19
Waleed F A Marei, Maria Arias Alvarez, Veerle Van Hoeck, Alfonso Gutierrez-Adan, Peter E J Bols, Jo L M R Leroy
The present study examined whether the effects of dietary-induced hyperlipidaemia on preimplantation embryo development depend on the predominant fatty acid (FA) type in the diet. In a combined in vivo-in vitro bovine model, two groups of cows (n=3 in each group) were fed with three diets consecutively (4 weeks feeding for each): (1) a maintenance control diet (CONT); (2) a high-starch diet rich in saturated fat (SAT); and (3) a high-starch diet rich in omega-3 unsaturated fat (UNSAT). Two feeding sequences were used to test for carry-over effects: Group A was fed CONT, SAT1 and then UNSAT2, whereas Group B was fed CONT, UNSAT1 and then SAT2...
November 11, 2016: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822654/number-of-blastocysts-biopsied-as-a-predictive-indicator-to-obtain-at-least-one-normal-balanced-embryo-following-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-with-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-microarray-in-translocation-cases
#20
Yi-Zi Wang, Chen-Hui Ding, Jing Wang, Yan-Hong Zeng, Wen Zhou, Rong Li, Can-Quan Zhou, Ming-Fen Deng, Yan-Wen Xu
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to investigate the minimum number of blastocysts for biopsy to increase the likelihood of obtaining at least one normal/balanced embryo in preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for translocation carriers. METHODS: This blinded retrospective study included 55 PGD cycles for Robertsonian translocation (RT) and 181 cycles for reciprocal translocation (rcp) to indicate when only one of the couples carried a translocation. Single-nucleotide polymorphism microarray after trophectoderm biopsy was performed...
November 7, 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
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