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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646146/optical-coherence-microscopy-as-a-novel-non-invasive-method-for-the-4d-live-imaging-of-early-mammalian-embryos
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Karol Karnowski, Anna Ajduk, Bartosz Wieloch, Szymon Tamborski, Krzysztof Krawiec, Maciej Wojtkowski, Maciej Szkulmowski
Imaging of living cells based on traditional fluorescence and confocal laser scanning microscopy has delivered an enormous amount of information critical for understanding biological processes in single cells. However, the requirement for a high numerical aperture and fluorescent markers still limits researchers' ability to visualize the cellular architecture without causing short- and long-term photodamage. Optical coherence microscopy (OCM) is a promising alternative that circumvents the technical limitations of fluorescence imaging techniques and provides unique access to fundamental aspects of early embryonic development, without the requirement for sample pre-processing or labeling...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639180/initial-maternal-serum-human-chorionic-gonadotropin-levels-in-pregnancies-achieved-after-assisted-reproductive-technology-are-higher-after-preimplantation-genetic-screening-and-after-frozen-embryo-transfer-a-retrospective-cohort
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Elie Hobeika, Sonali Singh, Shaveta Malik, Eric S Knochenhauer, Michael L Traub
PURPOSE: Few published articles have compared initial hCG values across all different types of ART cycles, including cycles with fresh or frozen embryo transfer. No articles have compared initial hCG values in cycles utilizing preimplantation genetic screening (PGS). The purpose of this study is to compare initial hCG values after fresh embryo transfer, frozen embryo transfer, and after PGS. METHODS: This was a single-center retrospective cohort study at an academically affiliated private IVF center...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633287/genetic-diseases-and-aneuploidies-can-be-detected-with-a-single-blastocyst-biopsy-a-successful-clinical-approach
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Maria Giulia Minasi, Francesco Fiorentino, Alessandra Ruberti, Anil Biricik, Elisabetta Cursio, Ettore Cotroneo, Maria Teresa Varricchio, Matteo Surdo, Francesca Spinella, Ermanno Greco
STUDY QUESTION: Can simultaneous detection of aneuploidies and genetic diseases or chromosomal aberrations in blastocysts reduce the chance of transferring embryos with low implantation potential, guaranteeing good clinical outcomes? SUMMARY ANSWER: The screening for chromosomal aneuploidies revealed that 50.6% of blastocysts diagnosed free of genetic disease or balanced, were aneuploid, therefore avoiding the transfer of blastocysts potentially resulting in implantation failures, miscarriages, or in some cases, in health affected live births...
June 12, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630431/role-of-methionine-adenosyltransferase-2a-in-bovine-preimplantation-development-and-its-associated-genomic-regions
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Shuntaro Ikeda, Ryouka Kawahara-Miki, Hisataka Iwata, Miki Sugimoto, Shinichi Kume
Methionine adenosyltransferase (MAT) is involved in folate-mediated one-carbon metabolism, which is essential for preimplantation embryos in terms of both short-term periconceptional development and long-term phenotypic programming beyond the periconceptional period. Here, our immunofluorescence analysis of bovine oocytes and preimplantation embryos revealed the consistent expression of MAT2A (the catalytic subunit of the ubiquitously expressed-type of MAT isozyme) during this period. Addition of the MAT2A inhibitor FIDAS to the culture media of bovine preimplantation embryos reduced their blastocyst development, revealing the particular importance of MAT2A in successful blastocyst development...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630100/nlrp2-and-faf1-deficiency-blocks-early-embryogenesis-in-the-mouse
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Hui Peng, Hai-Jun Liu, Fang Liu, Yuyun Gao, Jing Chen, Jianchao Huo, Jinglin Han, Tianfang Xiao, Wenchang Zhang
Nlrp2 is a maternal effect gene specifically expressed by mouse ovaries; deletion of this gene from zygotes is known to result in early embryonic arrest. In the present study, we identified FAF1 protein as a specific binding partner of the NLRP2 protein in both mouse oocytes and preimplantation embryos. In addition to early embryos, both Faf1 mRNA and protein were detected in multiple tissues. NLRP2 and FAF1 proteins were co-localized to both the cytoplasm and nucleus during the development of oocytes and preimplantation embryos...
June 19, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629378/microrna-130b-is-involved-in-bovine-granulosa-and-cumulus-cells-function-oocyte-maturation-and-blastocyst-formation
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Pritam Bala Sinha, Dawit Tesfaye, Franca Rings, Munir Hossien, Michael Hoelker, Eva Held, Christaine Neuhoff, Ernst Tholen, Karl Schellander, Dessie Salilew-Wondim
BACKGROUND: Oocyte maturation and preimplantation embryo development are controlled by array of genes that are post-transcriptionally regulated by microRNAs. With respect to this, previously, we identified altered expression of microRNA-130b (miR-130b) during oocyte maturation. Here, we aimed to investigate the role of miR-130b in bovine granulosa and cumulus cell function, oocyte maturation and preimplantation embryo development using gain- and loss-of- function approach. METHODS: For this study, the granulosa cells, cumulus cells and the oocytes were collected from ovaries obtained from slaughterhouse...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Ovarian Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627828/the-relationship-between-the-mthfr-c677t-genotypes-to-serum-anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-concentrations-and-in-vitro-fertilization-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-outcome
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Seyedeh Z Shahrokhi, Faranak Kazerouni, Firouzeh Ghaffari, Ali Rahimipour, Mir D Omrani, Arezoo Arabipoor, Ramin Lak, Elaheh T Ghane
BACKGROUND: The expression of the 5,10-methylentetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene in human oocytes and preimplantation embryos suggests that the MTHFR gene is involved in folliculogenesis and female reproduction. Considering the importance of the MTHFR gene on female reproduction, the aim of this study was to evalu- ate the influence of MTHFR C677T polymorphism on ovarian marker reserve, particularly serum anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) levels, and ovarian response as well as clinical pregnancy rates after in vitro fertilization (IVF)/ intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)...
May 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627120/new-insights-into-human-primordial-germ-cells-and-early-embryonic-development-from-single-cell-analysis
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REVIEW
Jörg Otte, Wasco Wruck, James Adjaye
Human preimplantation developmental studies are difficult to accomplish due to associated ethical and moral issues. Preimplantation cells are rare and exist only in transient cell states. From a single cell, it is very challenging to analyse the origination of the heterogeneity and complexity inherent to the human body. However, recent advances in single-cell technology and data analysis have provided new insights into the process of early human development and germ cell specification. In this Review, we examine the latest single-cell datasets of human preimplantation embryos and germ cell development, compare them to bulk cell analyses, and interpret their biological implications...
June 18, 2017: FEBS Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623529/ameliorative-effect-of-omega-3-on-spermatogenesis-testicular-antioxidant-status-and-preimplantation-embryo-development-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetes-in-rats
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Mehdi Khavarimehr, Vahid Nejati, Mazdak Razi, Gholamreza Najafi
PURPOSE: The present study was done to determine the ameliorative effect of polyunsaturated fatty acid omega-3 against experimental diabetes-induced damages on testicular tissue, sperm parameters and preimplantation embryo development in rat model. METHODS: Thirty-two mature male rats were divided into two control and test groups. The experimental diabetes (50 mg kg(-1) streptozotocin, ip) was induced in test group and subdivided into non-treated diabetic, 300 and 600 mg kg(-1) omega-3-treated (orally by gavage) groups...
June 16, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623283/dosage-compensation-in-the-process-of-inactivation-reactivation-during-both-germ-cell-development-and-early-embryogenesis-in-mouse
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Xiaoyong Li, Zhiqiang Hu, Xuelin Yu, Chen Zhang, Binbin Ma, Lin He, Chaochun Wei, Ji Wu
Ohno proposed that dosage compensation in mammals evolved as a two-step mechanism involving X-inactivation and X-upregulation. While X-inactivation is well characterized, it remains to further analysis whether upregulation of the single activated X chromosome in mammals occurs. We obtained RNA-seq data, including single-cell RNA-seq data, from cells undergoing inactivation/reactivation in both germ cell development and early embryogenesis stages in mouse and calculated the X: A ratio from the gene expression...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621329/single-cell-multi-omics-sequencing-of-mouse-early-embryos-and-embryonic-stem-cells
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Fan Guo, Lin Li, Jingyun Li, Xinglong Wu, Boqiang Hu, Ping Zhu, Lu Wen, Fuchou Tang
Single-cell epigenome sequencing techniques have recently been developed. However, the combination of different layers of epigenome sequencing in an individual cell has not yet been achieved. Here, we developed a single-cell multi-omics sequencing technology (single-cell COOL-seq) that can analyze the chromatin state/nucleosome positioning, DNA methylation, copy number variation and ploidy simultaneously from the same individual mammalian cell. We used this method to analyze the reprogramming of the chromatin state and DNA methylation in mouse preimplantation embryos...
June 16, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617148/outcomes-of-ivf-cycles-coupled-with-pgs-by-acgh-of-embryos-from-donor-and-autologous-oocytes-transferred-after-vitrification-to-women-of-advanced-maternal-age
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Elena M Fedorova, Svetlana A Shlykova, Ksenia V Shunkina, Olga G Zaitceva, Elena N Lapina, Taras V Yanchuk, Alla S Kalugina
It is well documented that aneuploidy rate in preimplantation embryos increases with the mother's age, and at the same time the number of oocytes diminishes. Consequently, for patients of advanced maternal age two options are available to overcome these limitations: use of oocytes from young donors, or use of own oocytes coupled with preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) for 24 chromosomes. However, it is not clear which strategy might be more effective. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate outcomes of IVF cycles coupled with transfer of vitrified embryos from donor or autologous oocytes, both with or without PGS...
June 15, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614992/preimplantation-genetic-screening
#13
Joyce C Harper
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis was first successfully performed in 1989 as an alternative to prenatal diagnosis for couples at risk of transmitting a genetic or chromosomal abnormality, such as cystic fibrosis, to their child. From embryos generated in vitro, biopsied cells are genetically tested. From the mid-1990s, this technology has been employed as an embryo selection tool for patients undergoing in vitro fertilisation, screening as many chromosomes as possible, in the hope that selecting chromosomally normal embryos will lead to higher implantation and decreased miscarriage rates...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Medical Screening
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610639/impact-of-the-ivf-laboratory-environment-on-human-preimplantation-embryo-phenotype
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D K Gardner, R L Kelley
The phenotype of the human embryo conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF), that is its morphology, developmental kinetics, physiology and metabolism, can be affected by numerous components of the laboratory and embryo culture system (which comprise the laboratory environment). The culture media formulation is important in determining embryo phenotype, but this exists within a culture system that includes oxygen, temperature, pH and whether an embryo is cultured individually or in a group, all of which can influence embryo development...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604975/-advance-in-the-methods-of-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-for-single-gene-diseases
#15
Yixin Ren, Jie Qiao, Liying Yan
More than 7000 single gene diseases have been identified and most of them lack effective treatment. As an early form of prenatal diagnosis, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a combination of in vitro fertilization and genetic diagnosis. PGD has been applied in clinics for more than 20 years to avoid the transmission of genetic defects through analysis of embryos at early stages of development. In this paper, a review for the recent advances in PGD for single gene diseases is provided.
June 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604677/pramel7-mediates-ground-state-pluripotency-through-proteasomal-epigenetic-combined-pathways
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Urs Graf, Elisa A Casanova, Sarah Wyck, Damian Dalcher, Marco Gatti, Eva Vollenweider, Michal J Okoniewski, Fabienne A Weber, Sameera S Patel, Marc W Schmid, Jiwen Li, Jafar Sharif, Guido A Wanner, Haruhiko Koseki, Jiemin Wong, Pawel Pelczar, Lorenza Penengo, Raffaella Santoro, Paolo Cinelli
Naive pluripotency is established in preimplantation epiblast. Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) represent the immortalization of naive pluripotency. 2i culture has optimized this state, leading to a gene signature and DNA hypomethylation closely comparable to preimplantation epiblast, the developmental ground state. Here we show that Pramel7 (PRAME-like 7), a protein highly expressed in the inner cell mass (ICM) but expressed at low levels in ESCs, targets for proteasomal degradation UHRF1, a key factor for DNA methylation maintenance...
June 12, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594768/detection-of-an-inherited-deletion-in-products-of-conception-in-a-patient-with-recurrent-losses-and-normal-karyotype
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Jeffrey Thorne, Alicia Craffey, John C Nulsen
BACKGROUND: Microarray analysis testing on products of conception can provide valuable information in the evaluation of recurrent pregnancy loss beyond ploidy status. CASE: A maternally inherited deletion on the X chromosome was detected by microarray analysis performed on products of conception in a couple with recurrent pregnancy loss. The mother had a previously demonstrated normal karyotype with standard cytogenetic analysis but was subsequently determined to have the same X chromosome deletion by oligonucleotide single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) microarray analysis...
June 6, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591825/corticotrophin-releasing-hormone-and-corticosterone-impair-development-of-preimplantation-embryos-by-inducing-oviductal-cell-apoptosis-via-activating-the-fas-system-an-in-vitro-study
#18
Xiu-Wen Tan, Chang-Li Ji, Liang-Liang Zheng, Jie Zhang, Hong-Jie Yuan, Shuai Gong, Jiang Zhu, Jing-He Tan
STUDY QUESTION: What are the mechanisms by which corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) and corticosterone impair the development of preimplantation embryos in the oviduct. SUMMARY ANSWER: CRH and corticosterone do not affect preimplantation embryos directly, but impair their development indirectly by triggering apoptosis of oviductal epithelial cells (OECs) through activation of the Fas system. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Studies report that stress impairs embryo development with facilitated secretion of CRH and glucocorticoids...
June 7, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587702/protective-effects-of-coenzyme-q10-on-developmental-competence-of-porcine-early-embryos
#19
Shuang Liang, Ying Jie Niu, Kyung-Tae Shin, Xiang-Shun Cui
Coenzyme Q10 (Q10) plays an important role in the cellular antioxidant system by protecting the cells from free-radical oxidative damage and apoptosis. In the present study, we have investigated the effect of Q10 on the preimplantation development of porcine parthenogenetic embryos, as well as the underlying mechanism. The results showed that 100 μM was the optimal concentration of Q10, which resulted in significantly increased cleavage and blastocyst formation rates and improvement of blastocyst quality. Q10 improved the blastocyst hatching rate and cellular proliferation rate in hatching blastocysts and increased the expression of hatching-related genes...
June 7, 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582519/x-chromosome-inactivation-in-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-as-a-model-for-human-development-back-to-the-drawing-board
#20
Mieke Geens, Susana M Chuva De Sousa Lopes
BACKGROUND: Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC), both embryonic and induced (hESC and hiPSC), are regarded as a valuable in vitro model for early human development. In order to fulfil this promise, it is important that these cells mimic as closely as possible the in vivo molecular events, both at the genetic and epigenetic level. One of the most important epigenetic events during early human development is X chromosome inactivation (XCI), the transcriptional silencing of one of the two X chromosomes in female cells...
June 5, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
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