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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651344/uterine-responses-to-early-pre-attachment-embryos-in-the-domestic-dog-and-comparisons-with-other-domestic-animal-species
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Felix R Graubner, Aykut Gram, Ewa Kautz, Stefan Bauersachs, Selim Aslan, Ali R Agaoglu, Alois Boos, Mariusz P Kowalewski
In the dog there is no luteolysis in the absence of pregnancy. Thus, this species lacks any anti-luteolytic endocrine signal as found in other species that modulate uterine function during the critical period of pregnancy establishment. Nevertheless, in the dog an embryo-maternal communication must occur in order to prevent rejection of embryos. Based on this hypothesis, we performed microarray analysis of canine uterine samples collected during pre-attachment phase (days 10-12) and in corresponding non-pregnant controls, in order to elucidate the embryo attachment signal...
June 23, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650953/de-novo-paternal-fbn1-mutation-detected-in-embryos-before-implantation
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Shuling Wang, Ziru Niu, Hui Wang, Minyue Ma, Wei Zhang, Shu Fang Wang, Jun Wang, Hong Yan, Yifan Liu, Na Duan, Xiandong Zhang, Yuanqing Yao
BACKGROUND Marfan syndrome (MFS) is an autosomal dominant disease caused by mutations in the Fibrillin (FBN)1 gene and characterized by disorders in the cardiovascular, skeletal, and visual systems. The diversity of mutations and phenotypic heterogeneity of MFS make prenatal molecular diagnoses difficult. In this study, we used pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to identify the pathogenic mutation in a male patient with MFS and to determine whether his offspring would be free of the disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS The history and pedigree of the proband were analyzed...
June 26, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650694/investigation-of-the-developmental-potential-and-developmental-kinetics-of-bovine-parthenogenetic-and-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer-embryos-using-a-time-lapse-monitoring-system
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Min-Jee Park, Eun-Young Kim, Man-Jong Kang, Jun-Beom Lee, Chang-Jin Jeong, Se-Pill Park
A time-lapse monitoring system has predictive value for selecting good-quality embryos with the highest implantation potential. Using this new tool, we investigated the developmental potential and developmental kinetics of bovine parthenogenetic (PA) and two types of somatic cell nuclear transfer (NT) embryos. Bovine non-transgenic ear cells (bECs) or transgenic cells (bTGCs) were used as donor cells. The cleavage and blastocyst development rates did not significantly differ among the PA, NT-bEC, and NT-bTGC groups, and first cleavage occurred an average of 19...
June 26, 2017: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649393/single-cell-transcriptome-of-early-embryos-and-cultured-embryonic-stem-cells-of-cynomolgus-monkeys
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Tomonori Nakamura, Yukihiro Yabuta, Ikuhiro Okamoto, Kotaro Sasaki, Chizuru Iwatani, Hideaki Tsuchiya, Mitinori Saitou
In mammals, the development of pluripotency and specification of primordial germ cells (PGCs) have been studied predominantly using mice as a model organism. However, divergences among mammalian species for such processes have begun to be recognized. Between humans and mice, pre-implantation development appears relatively similar, but the manner and morphology of post-implantation development are significantly different. Nevertheless, the embryogenesis just after implantation in primates, including the specification of PGCs, has been unexplored due to the difficulties in analyzing the embryos at relevant developmental stages...
2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648921/karyomapping-a-single-centre-s-experience-from-application-of-methodology-to-ongoing-pregnancy-and-live-birth-rates
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Jara Ben-Nagi, Dagan Wells, Karen Doye, Kalliopi Loutradi, Holly Exeter, Emily Drew, Samer Alfarawati, Roy Naja, Paul Serhal
This study aimed to determine whether karyomapping can be applied to couples requiring preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for single gene disorder (SGD) and/or chromosomal rearrangement. 75/82 (91.5%) and 6/82 (7.3%) couples were referred for autosomal SGD and X-linked disease, respectively. One couple (1.2%) was referred for SGD and chromosomal rearrangement. Of 608 embryos, 146 (24%, 95% CI 21-28) day-3 and 462 (76%, 95% CI 72-79) blastocyst biopsies were performed. A total of 81 embryo transfers were performed; 16/81 (20%) were following day-3 embryo biopsy, 65/81 (80%) were following blastocyst biopsy and cryopreserved embryo transfer...
June 15, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647784/replacing-single-frozen-thawed-euploid-embryos-in-a-natural-cycle-in-ovulatory-women-may-increase-live-birth-rates-compared-to-medicated-cycles-in-anovulatory-women
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Alexis P Melnick, Robert Setton, Logan D Stone, Nigel Pereira, Kangpu Xu, Zev Rosenwaks, Steven D Spandorfer
PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to compare pregnancy outcomes between natural frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycles in ovulatory women and programmed FET cycles in anovulatory women after undergoing in vitro fertilization with preimplantation genetic screening (IVF-PGS). METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study performed at an academic medical center. Patients undergoing single FET IVF-PGS cycles between October 2011 and December 2014 were included. Patients were stratified by type of endometrial replacement: programmed cycles with estrogen/progesterone replacement and natural cycles...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647515/a-phytoestrogen-supplement-prevents-the-altered-gene-expression-associated-with-pregnancy-implantation-induced-by-il-1%C3%AE-in-endometrial-epithelial-cells
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Sayaka Suzuki, Noe Nakashima, Masakatsu Kageyama, Kazuo Yamagata
Phytoestrogens stimulate expression of the uterine estrogen receptor and regulate uterine functions in reproductive tissues. However, comprehensive understanding of the beneficial impacts of phytoestrogens on uterine biology at the molecular level remains unexplored. Interleukin-1β (IL-1β) expression is increased in the inflamed decidua and is associated with first trimester pregnancy loss. AglyMax-Sup has the same composition as that of the phytoestrogen supplement AglyMax but with added vitamins and other components...
June 21, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647356/optimizing-bone-morphogenic-protein-4-mediated-human-embryonic-stem-cell-differentiation-into-trophoblast-like-cells-using-fibroblast-growth-factor-2-and-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-activin-nodal-signalling-inhibition
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Mariann Koel, Urmo Võsa, Kaarel Krjutškov, Elisabet Einarsdottir, Juha Kere, Juha Tapanainen, Shintaro Katayama, Sulev Ingerpuu, Viljar Jaks, Ulf-Hakan Stenman, Karolina Lundin, Timo Tuuri, Andres Salumets
Several studies have demonstrated that human embryonic stem cells (hESC) can be differentiated into trophoblast-like cells if exposed to bone morphogenic protein 4 (BMP4) and/or inhibitors of fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2) and the transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β)/activin/nodal signalling pathways. The goal of this study was to investigate how the inhibitors of these pathways improve the efficiency of hESC differentiation when compared with basic BMP4 treatment. RNA sequencing was used to analyse the effects of all possible inhibitor combinations on the differentiation of hESC into trophoblast-like cells over 12 days...
June 12, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646452/dosage-effects-of-zp2-and-zp3-heterozygous-mutations-cause-human-infertility
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Wenqiang Liu, Kunming Li, Dandan Bai, Jiqing Yin, Yuanyuan Tang, Fengli Chi, Linfeng Zhang, Yu Wang, Jiaping Pan, Shanshan Liang, Yi Guo, Jingling Ruan, Xiaochen Kou, Yanhong Zhao, Hong Wang, Jiayu Chen, Xiaoming Teng, Shaorong Gao
The zona pellucida (ZP) is an extracellular matrix universally surrounding mammalian eggs, which is essential for oogenesis, fertilization, and pre-implantation embryo development. Here, we identified two novel heritable mutations of ZP2 and ZP3, both occurring in an infertile female patient with ZP-abnormal eggs. Mouse models with the same mutations were generated by CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system, and oocytes obtained from female mice with either single heterozygous mutation showed approximately half of the normal ZP thickness compared to wild-type oocytes...
June 24, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645634/hormonal-behavior-correlates-with-follicular-recruitment-at-mid-gestation-in-the-south-american-plains-vizcacha-lagostomus-maximus-rodentia-caviomorpha
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Nicolas Alejandro Fraunhoffer, Federico Jensen, Noelia Leopardo, Pablo Ignacio Felipe Inserra, Analía Meilerman Abuelafia, María Beatriz Espinosa, Santiago Elías Charif, Verónica Berta Dorfman, Alfredo Daniel Vitullo
In mammals, hormonal regulation during gestation is crucial for embryo implantation and pregnancy success. This regulation is controlled through the level of progesterone (P4) that blocks the activity of the hypothalamic-hypophyseal-gonadal (HHG) axis. Previous studies in the pregnant South American plains vizcacha, Lagostomus maximus, have shown that the HHG axis activates around mid-gestation, promoting pre-ovulatory follicle formation. However, the characterization of the hormonal dynamics throughout gestation and its ovarian correlation has not been studied in depth...
June 20, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643503/the-use-of-morphokinetic-as-a-predictor-of-implantation
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Alberto Tejera, Belén Aparicio-Ruiz, Marcos Meseguer
In recent years the increased efforts intended for improving future outcomes in the laboratory have focused mostly on the search of additional markers of embryo quality to add up present embryo selection criteria. Time-lapse system involves an alternative tool in assisted reproduction techniques, being able to improve the embryo selection from a dynamic and interactive approach while standard embryo assessment implies a subjective and static morphology evaluation and consequently reducing the information gained for embryo selection, time-lapse technology adds several morphokinetic parameters, providing additional input for embryo evaluation...
June 22, 2017: Minerva Ginecologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642151/the-role-of-the-lb-structural-loop-and-its-interactions-with-the-pdz-domain-of-the-human-htra3-protease
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Tomasz Wenta, Przemysław Glaza, Mirosław Jarząb, Urszula Zarzecka, Dorota Żurawa-Janicka, Adam Lesner, Joanna Skórko-Glonek, Barbara Lipińska
Human HtrA3 protease is a proapoptotic protein, involved in embryo implantation and oncogenesis. In stress conditions the protease is activated by removal of its N-terminal domain. The activated form, ΔN-HtrA3L is a homotrimer composed of the protease (PD) and PDZ domains. The LB structural loop of the PD is longer by six amino acid residues than its counterparts of other human HtrA proteins and interacts with the PDZ in a way not observed in other known HtrA structures. By size exclusion chromatography of the ΔN-HtrA3L mutated variants we found that removal of the additional LB loop residues caused a complete loss of the proper trimeric structure while impairing their interactions with the PDZ domain decreased the amount of the trimers...
June 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638003/molecular-and-cellular-events-during-blastocyst-implantation-in-the-receptive-uterus-clues-from-mouse-models
#13
Hiromichi Matsumoto
The success of implantation is an interactive process between the blastocyst and the uterus. Synchronized development of embryos with uterine differentiation to a receptive state is necessary to complete pregnancy. The period of uterine receptivity for implantation is limited and referred to as the "implantation window", which is regulated by ovarian steroid hormones. Implantation process is complicated due to the many signaling molecules in the hierarchical mechanisms with the embryo-uterine dialogue. The mouse is widely used in animal research, and is uniquely suited for reproductive studies, i...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637981/effects-of-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-on-osteoblasts-around-dental-implants-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#14
Mengkai Guang, Bo Huang, Yang Yao, Liang Zhang, Bo Yang, Ping Gong
Vasculogenesis is a pivotal procedure during dental implant osseointegration and bone repair process. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), regarded as one of the most important vasculogenesis factor, also plays a central role in bone repair, but its role around dental implants is still unknown. In the present study, rat primary osteoblasts seeded on titanium discs were tested using proliferation, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, Real-time PCR, and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) expression. Chicken embryo chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) was used to test the vasculogenesis property...
2017: Journal of Oral Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637295/inhibition-of-polyamine-synthesis-causes-entry-of-the-mouse-blastocyst-into-embryonic-diapause1
#15
Jane C Fenelon, Bruce D Murphy
Embryonic diapause is a common reproductive strategy amongst mammals, requiring an intimate cross-talk between the endometrium and the blastocyst. To date, the precise molecular signals responsible are unknown in the mouse or any other mammal. Previous studies in the mink implicate polyamines as major regulators of the control of diapause. In the mouse, inhibiting the rate-limiting enzyme of polyamine synthesis, ornithine decarboxylase (ODC1) during early pregnancy largely prevents implantation, but the fate of the non-implanted embryos is unknown...
June 16, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635583/cigarette-smoke-is-associated-with-altered-expression-of-antioxidant-enzymes-in-granulosa-cells-from-women-undergoing-in-vitro-fertilization
#16
Maria Cristina Budani, Erminia Carletti, Gian Mario Tiboni
This study was undertaken to evaluate whether cigarette smoke is associated with changes in the expression of antioxidant enzymes in granulosa cells of women undergoing IVF treatments. For this aim, the expression of three antioxidant enzymes (SOD1, SOD2 and catalase) in non-smokers (n = 20) and smokers (n = 20) was analyzed. There was a statistically significant overexpression of SOD2 and catalase mRNA levels in smokers in comparison with non-smokers. Cigarette smoking was associated with a lower fertilization rate, implantation rate and pregnancy rate in comparison with non-smokers...
June 21, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634372/dna-methylation-changes-in-endometrium-and-correlation-with-gene-expression-during-the-transition-from-pre-receptive-to-receptive-phase
#17
Viktorija Kukushkina, Vijayachitra Modhukur, Marina Suhorutšenko, Maire Peters, Reedik Mägi, Nilufer Rahmioglu, Agne Velthut-Meikas, Signe Altmäe, Francisco J Esteban, Jaak Vilo, Krina Zondervan, Andres Salumets, Triin Laisk-Podar
The inner uterine lining (endometrium) is a unique tissue going through remarkable changes each menstrual cycle. Endometrium has its characteristic DNA methylation profile, although not much is known about the endometrial methylome changes throughout the menstrual cycle. The impact of methylome changes on gene expression and thereby on the function of the tissue, including establishing receptivity to implanting embryo, is also unclear. Therefore, this study used genome-wide technologies to characterize the methylome and the correlation between DNA methylation and gene expression in endometrial biopsies collected from 17 healthy fertile-aged women from pre-receptive and receptive phase within one menstrual cycle...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633287/genetic-diseases-and-aneuploidies-can-be-detected-with-a-single-blastocyst-biopsy-a-successful-clinical-approach
#18
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/28631552/effect-of-2-3-4-4-5-pentachlorobiphenyl-exposure-on-endometrial-receptivity-and-the-methylation-of-hoxa10
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Xin-Lan Qu, Ming-Zhang, Yuan-Fang, Hui Wang, Yuan-Zhen Zhang
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are one of the most common endocrine-disrupting chemicals and have obvious toxicity on human reproductive development. The aim of our study was to investigate the toxicity of chronic 2,3',4,4',5-pentachlorobiphenyl (PCB 118) exposure on embryo implantation and endometrial receptivity, with the possible mechanism of DNA methylation involved. Virgin CD-1 female mice (3 weeks old) were housed and orally treated with PCB 118 (0, 1, 10, 100 μg/kg) for a month. After mating with fertile males, the pregnant mice were killed on gestation day 4...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630707/evidence-of-endometrial-amino-acid-metabolism-and-transport-modulation-by-peri-ovulatory-endocrine-profiles-driving-uterine-receptivity
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Moana Rodrigues França, Maressa Izabel Santos da Silva, Guilherme Pugliesi, Veerle Van Hoeck, Mario Binelli
BACKGROUND: In beef cattle, changes in the periovulatory endocrine milieu are associated with fertility and conceptus growth. A large preovulatory follicle (POF) and the resulting elevated concentrations of progesterone (P4) during diestrus positively affect pregnancy rates. Amino acids (AA) are important components of maternally derived secretions that are crucial for embryonic survival before implantation. The hypothesis is that the size of the POF and the concentration of P4 in early diestrus modulate the endometrial abundance of SLC transcripts related to AA transport and metabolism and subsequently impact luminal concentrations of AA...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
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