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Preimplantation embryo

N Aleksandrova, E Shubina, A Ekimov, T Kodyleva, I Mukosey, N Makarova, E Kulakova, L Levkov, D Trofimov, G Sukhikh
Chromosomal aneuploidies are known for being the main cause of abnormal development of embryos with normal morphology, their implantation failure and early reproductive losses in IVF treatments. Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) allows selecting embryos with normal chromosomal content and increases IVF treatment efficiency due to higher implantation rates and less frequent early pregnancy losses. New technologies used for PGS allow making genome-wide analysis of the presence of all chromosomes in embryos...
October 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
Tetsuya Ishii
Genome editing based on site-directed nucleases facilitated efficient and versatile genetic modifications in human cells. However, recent reports, demonstrating CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing in human embryos have raised profound concerns worldwide. This commentary explores the clinical justification and feasibility of reproductive medicine using germline genome editing. Despite the perceived utility of reproductive medicine for treating intractable infertility, it is difficult to justify germline genome editing from the perspective of the prospective child...
October 5, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
Antonio Capalbo, Filippo Maria Ubaldi, Laura Rienzi, Richard Scott, Nathan Treff
Embryonic mosaicism, defined as the presence of karyotypically distinct cell lines within an embryo, has been frequently reported with a high incidence in preimplantation embryos derived from IVF and is thought to be one of the major biological limitations for the routine application of PGD for aneuploidies (PGD-A). The incidence of mosaicism in preimplantation embryos is in fact reported to be between 4 and 90%. However, these data are in sharp contrast with what is known from clinical pregnancies, where true foetal mosaicism is observed in less than 0...
October 13, 2016: Human Reproduction
A K Datta, S Campbell, B Deval, G Nargund
A series of new technologies and adjuvant therapies have been advocated in order to improve the success of IVF treatment. Dehydro-epiandrostenedione, growth hormones, Coenzyme Q 10, calcium ionosphores, immune therapy, heparin, low-dose aspirin, and vasodilators are among commonly prescribed pharmacological adjuvants. New technologies that are proposed to improve IVF outcomes include advanced sperm selection procedures, time- lapse embryo monitoring, preimplantation genetic screening, assisted hatching endometrial injury or embryo-glue...
December 28, 2015: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
Krithika Ravichandran, Luis Guzman, Tomas Escudero, Xuezhong Zheng, Pere Colls, Amy Jordan, Jacques Cohen, Dagan Wells, Santiago Munné
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis of aneuploidy (PGD-A) with comprehensive chromosome analysis has been known to improve pregnancy outcomes. Accuracy in detecting sex chromosomes becomes important when selecting against embryos at risk for sex-linked disorders. A total of 21,356 PGD-A cycles consisting of day-3 (cleavage) or day-5 (blastocyst) biopsies were received at the same laboratory for PGD-A via fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) or array comparative genome hybridization (aCGH) from multiple fertility centres...
August 20, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
Federica Federici, Aristea Magaraki, Evelyne Wassenaar, Catherina J H van Veen-Buurman, Christine van de Werken, Esther B Baart, Joop S E Laven, J Anton Grootegoed, Joost Gribnau, Willy M Baarends
In mouse female preimplantation embryos, the paternal X chromosome (Xp) is silenced by imprinted X chromosome inactivation (iXCI). This requires production of the noncoding Xist RNA in cis, from the Xp. The Xist locus on the maternally inherited X chromosome (Xm) is refractory to activation due to the presence of an imprint. Paternal inheritance of an Xist deletion (XpΔXist) is embryonic lethal to female embryos, due to iXCI abolishment. Here, we circumvented the histone-to-protamine and protamine-to-histone transitions of the paternal genome, by fertilization of oocytes via injection of round spermatids (ROSI)...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Yongchun Zuo, Guanghua Su, Shanshan Wang, Lei Yang, Mingzhi Liao, Zhuying Wei, Chunling Bai, Guangpeng Li
Recent genome-wide omics studies have confirmed the early embryogenesis strictly dependent on the rigorous spatiotemporal activation and multilevel regulation. However, the full effect of functional pathway was not considered. To obtain complete understanding of the gene activation during early development, we performed systematic comparisons based on differential co-expression analysis for bovine preimplantation embryo development (PED). The results confirmed that the functional pathways actively transcribes as early as the 2-cell and 4-cell waves, which Basal transcription factor, Endocytosis and Spliceosome pathway can represent first signs of embryonic activity...
September 29, 2016: Oncotarget
Kei-Ichiro Ishiguro, Manuela Monti, Tomohiko Akiyama, Hiromi Kimura, Nana Chikazawa-Nohtomi, Miki Sakota, Saeko Sato, Carlo Alberto Redi, Shigeru B H Ko, Minoru S H Ko
Mouse zinc finger and SCAN domain containing 4 (Zscan4) proteins, which are encoded by multiple copies of Zscan4 genes, are expressed specifically in preimplantation embryos in vivo and embryonic stem (ES) cells in vitro. However, the expression patterns of mouse Zscan4 in vivo have been largely elusive. Here, we show that Zscan4 proteins are expressed in adult ovaries and testes. In ovaries, Zscan4 proteins were detected in germinal vesicle (GV) stage oocytes in antral follicles, indicating that Zscan4 genes are activated during the diplotene/dictyate stage in meiotic prophase I...
October 3, 2016: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
Kei-Ichiro Ishiguro, Yuhki Nakatake, Nana Chikazawa-Nohtomi, Hiromi Kimura, Tomohiko Akiyama, Mayumi Oda, Shigeru B H Ko, Minoru S H Ko
Mouse Zinc finger and SCAN domain containing 4 (Zscan4) is encoded in multiple copies of Zscan4 genes, which are expressed in late two-cell stage preimplantation embryos and in 1-5% of the embryonic stem (ES) cell population at a given time. Due to the highly identical nucleotide sequences of multiple copies of Zscan4 paralogs and pseudogenes in the mouse Zscan4 genomic cluster, previous analyses have been done using exogenous transgenes under the regulation of Zscan4c promoter. In this manuscript, we generated knock-in mouse ES cell lines and mouse lines, in which the expression of endogenous Zscan4c, one of the Zscan4 genes, can be specifically monitored with a green fluorescent protein variant, Emerald...
October 3, 2016: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
Nilay Kuşcu, Mariano Bizzarri, Arturo Bevilacqua
Myo-inositol (myo-Ins) has a physiological role in mammalian gametogenesis and embryonic development and a positive clinical impact on human medically assisted reproduction. We have previously shown that mouse embryo exposure to myo-Ins through preimplantation development in vitro increases proliferation activity and blastocyst production, representing an improvement in culture conditions. We have herein investigated biochemical mechanisms elicited by myo-Ins in preimplantation embryos and evaluated myo-Ins effects on postimplantation/postnatal development...
2016: International Journal of Endocrinology
Gian Mario Tiboni, Adalisa Ponzano
Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) are a class of drugs that act by blocking the production of estrogens from androgens. The current review concentrates on the prenatal developmental toxicity of AIs in experimental models. Available data indicate that AIs may affect pregnancy at human therapeutic or lower doses. The window of vulnerability to AIs is not limited to organogenesis, but also includes the preimplantation stage and fetal periods. Decreased embryo/fetal survival was the prominent treatment-related effect...
September 30, 2016: Reproductive Toxicology
A Mishra, I J Reddy, Psp Gupta, S Mondal
The objective of this study was to find out the impact of L-carnitine (10 mM) on developmental regulation of preimplantation sheep embryos cultured in vitro when supplemented in maturation medium and post-fertilization medium separately. Subsequent objective was to observe the L-carnitine-mediated alteration in expression of apoptotic genes (Bcl2, Bax, Casp3 and PCNA) in sheep oocytes and developing embryos produced in vitro. Oocytes matured with L-carnitine showed significantly (p < .05) higher cleavage (67...
September 30, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Liron Bar-El, Yael Kalma, Mira Malcov, Tamar Schwartz, Shaul Raviv, Tania Cohen, Hadar Amir, Yoni Cohen, Adi Reches, Ami Amit, Dalit Ben-Yosef
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to explore the effect of blastomere biopsy for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) on the embryos' dynamics, further cleavage, development, and implantation. METHODS: The study group included 366 embryos from all PGD treatments (September 2012 to June 2014) cultured in the EmbryoScope™ time-lapse monitoring system. The control group included all intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) embryos cultured in EmbryoScope™ until day 5 during the same time period (385 embryos)...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Pouria HosseinNia, Mehdi Hajian, Mojtaba Tahmoorespur, Sayyed Morteza Hosseini, Somayyeh Ostadhosseini, Mohammad Reza Nasiri, Mohammad Hossein Nasr-Esfahani
BACKGROUND: Little is understood about the regulation of gene expression during early goat embryo development. This study investigated the expression profile of 19 genes, known to be critical for early embryo development in mouse and human, at five different stages of goat in vitro embryo development (oocyte, 8-16 cell, morula, day-7 blastocyst, and day 14 blastocyst). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this experimental study, stage-specific profiling using real time-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) revealed robust and dynamic patterns of stage-specific gene activity that fall into four major clusters depending on their respective mRNA profiles...
October 2016: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
Oscar Swift, Enric Vilar, Belinda Rahman, Lucy Side, Daniel P Gale
AIMS: No recommendations currently exist regarding implementation of both prenatal diagnosis and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). This study evaluated attitudes in ADPKD patients with either chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages I-IV or end-stage renal failure (ESRF) toward prenatal diagnosis and PGD. METHODS: Ninety-six ADPKD patients were recruited from an outpatient clinic, wards, and dialysis units...
September 30, 2016: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
Juanjuan Xu, Rui Fang, Li Chen, Daozhen Chen, Jian-Ping Xiao, Weimin Yang, Honghua Wang, Xiaoqing Song, Ting Ma, Shiping Bo, Chong Shi, Jun Ren, Lei Huang, Li-Yi Cai, Bing Yao, X Sunney Xie, Sijia Lu
Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) is widely used to select in vitro-fertilized embryos free of chromosomal abnormalities and to improve the clinical outcome of in vitro fertilization (IVF). A disadvantage of PGS is that it requires biopsy of the preimplantation human embryo, which can limit the clinical applicability of PGS due to the invasiveness and complexity of the process. Here, we present and validate a noninvasive chromosome screening (NICS) method based on sequencing the genomic DNA secreted into the culture medium from the human blastocyst...
September 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Pinar Tulay, Souraya Jaroudi, Alpesh Doshi, Sioban B SenGupta
Preimplantation embryos may have an increased risk of having mismatches due to the rates of cell proliferation and DNA replication. Elimination of mismatches in human gametes and embryos has not been investigated. In this study we developed a sensitive functional assay to examine the repair or elimination of mismatches in both commercially available cell extracts and extracts obtained from preimplantation embryos. Heteroduplex molecules were constructed using synthetic oligonucleotides. Efficiency of the repair of mismatches was semi-quantitatively analysed by exposure to nuclear/whole cell extracts (as little as 2...
September 29, 2016: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Mélanie A Eckersley-Maslin, Valentine Svensson, Christel Krueger, Thomas M Stubbs, Pascal Giehr, Felix Krueger, Ricardo J Miragaia, Charalampos Kyriakopoulos, Rebecca V Berrens, Inês Milagre, Jörn Walter, Sarah A Teichmann, Wolf Reik
Mouse embryonic stem cells are dynamic and heterogeneous. For example, rare cells cycle through a state characterized by decondensed chromatin and expression of transcripts, including the Zscan4 cluster and MERVL endogenous retrovirus, which are usually restricted to preimplantation embryos. Here, we further characterize the dynamics and consequences of this transient cell state. Single-cell transcriptomics identified the earliest upregulated transcripts as cells enter the MERVL/Zscan4 state. The MERVL/Zscan4 transcriptional network was also upregulated during induced pluripotent stem cell reprogramming...
September 27, 2016: Cell Reports
Pinar Tulay, Alpesh Doshi, Paul Serhal, Sioban B SenGupta
Gene expression from both parental genomes is required for completion of embryogenesis. Differential methylation of each parental genome has been observed in mouse and human preimplantation embryos. It is possible that these differences in methylation affect the level of gene transcripts from each parental genome in early developing embryos. The aim of this study was to investigate if there is a parent-specific pattern of BRCA1 expression in human embryos and to examine if this affects embryo development when the embryo carries a BRCA1 or BRCA2 pathogenic mutation...
September 28, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Florence Pagé-Larivière, Amélie Tremblay, Céline Campagna, Manuel J Rodriguez, Marc-André Sirard
Bromodichloromethane (BDCM) is one of the trihalomethanes present in chlorinated water. Humans are thus daily exposed. Previous contradictory results failed to clearly establish the adverse effects of low concentrations of BDCM. By using the porcine preimplantation embryo as a sensitive model, we showed that exposure to low concentrations of BDCM (10 and 100ppb) during the first week of embryo development induced adverse effect on the blastocyst rate and alteration of the estradiol pathway. Our results also suggest that blastocysts exposed to BDCM present transcriptomic and epigenomic adaptive modifications compatible with the cardiac anomalies observed by previous studies of newborns exposed to BDCM during gestation...
September 23, 2016: Reproductive Toxicology
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