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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339853/prosurvival-effect-of-cumulus-prostaglandin-g-h-synthase-2-prostaglandin2-signaling-on-bovine-blastocyst-impact-on-in-vivo-posthatching-development%C3%A2
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Fabienne Nuttinck, Alice Jouneau, Gilles Charpigny, Isabelle Hue, Christophe Richard, Pierre Adenot, Sylvie Ruffini, Ludivine Laffont, Martine Chebrout, Véronique Duranthon, Brigitte Marquant-Le Guienne
Apoptotic activity is a common physiological process which culminates at the blastocyst stage in the preimplantation embryo of many mammals. The degree of embryonic cell death can be influenced by the oocyte microenvironment. However, the prognostic significance of the incidence of apoptosis remains undefined. Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) derived from prostaglandin G/H synthase-2 (PTGS2) activity is a well-known prosurvival factor that is mainly studied in oncology. PGE2 is the predominant PTGS2-derived prostaglandin present in the oocyte microenvironment during the periconceptional period...
March 7, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333356/the-safety-and-efficacy-of-controlled-ovarian-hyperstimulation-for-fertility-preservation-in-women-with-early-breast-cancer-a-systematic-review
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Rachael J Rodgers, Geoffrey D Reid, Juliette Koch, Rebecca Deans, William L Ledger, Michael Friedlander, Robert B Gilchrist, Kirsty A Walters, Jason A Abbott
STUDY QUESTION: Can controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) for fertility preservation be effectively conducted in women with breast cancer without worsening their prognosis? SUMMARY ANSWER: COH with co-administration of letrozole suppresses oestradiol levels without significantly impacting oocyte yield or decreasing disease-free survival rates. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Oestradiol has the capacity to stimulate the proliferation of breast cancer cells...
February 27, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333245/euploidy-rates-in-donor-egg-cycles-significantly-differ-between-fertility-centers
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S Munné, M Alikani, L Ribustello, P Colls, Pedro A Martínez-Ortiz, D H McCulloh
STUDY QUESTION: Do external factors affect euploidy in egg donor cycles? SUMMARY ANSWER: The study demonstrates that during human assisted reproduction, embryonic chromosome abnormalities may be partly iatrogenic. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Chromosome abnormalities have been linked in the past to culture conditions such as temperature and Ph variations, as well as hormonal stimulation. Those reports were performed with older screening techniques (FISH), or ART methods no longer in use, and the subjects studied were not a homogeneous group...
March 2, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333029/low-concentration-of-hyaluronidase-for-oocyte-denudation-can-improve-fertilization-rates-and-embryo-quality
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Bernardo R L de Moura, Mariana C A Gurgel, Suelen Pp Machado, Priscila A Marques, Juliana R Rolim, Marcelo C de Lima, Lister L Salgueiro
OBJECTIVE: Hyaluronidase enzyme is an extremely important factor for the process of oocyte denudation, but little is known about its negative effects. METHODS: This prospective randomized study analyzed the results of using different concentrations of hyaluronidase (Diluted: 8IU/mL and Normal: 80IU/mL) used for denudation of sibling-oocytes for 22 women undergoing treatment for assisted reproduction by ICSI. A total of 192 oocytes were injected, being 104 for group I (diluted) and 88 for group II (normal)...
February 1, 2017: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329872/doxorubicin-has-dose-dependent-toxicity-on-mouse-ovarian-follicle-development-hormone-secretion-and-oocyte-maturation
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Shuo Xiao, Jiyang Zhang, Mingjun Liu, Hideyuki Iwahata, Hunter B Rogers, Teresa K Woodruff
Doxorubicin (DOX), one of the most commonly used anticancer medications, has been reported to affect fertility by damaging ovarian follicles; however, the dose-dependent toxicity of DOX on the dynamic follicle development and oocyte maturation has not been well-defined. Our objective is to determine the effects of human-relevant exposure levels of DOX on follicular functions across developmental time. In vitro cultured multilayered secondary mouse follicles were treated with DOX at 0, 2, 20, 100, and 200 nM for 24 hours, and follicle development, hormone secretion, and oocyte maturation were analyzed...
March 17, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326508/exposure-to-high-ambient-temperatures-alters-embryology-in-rabbits
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M L García, M J Argente
High ambient temperatures are a determining factor in the deterioration of embryo quality and survival in mammals. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of heat stress on embryo development, embryonic size and size of the embryonic coats in rabbits. A total of 310 embryos from 33 females in thermal comfort zone and 264 embryos of 28 females in heat stress conditions were used in the experiment. The traits studied were ovulation rate, percentage of total embryos, percentage of normal embryos, embryo area, zona pellucida thickness and mucin coat thickness...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324667/gtpase-activating-protein-elmod2-is-essential-for-meiotic-progression-in-mouse-oocytes
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Chun-Xiang Zhou, Li-Ya Shi, Rui-Chao Li, Ya-Hong Liu, Bo-Qun Xu, Jin-Wei Liu, Bo Yuan, Zhi-Xia Yang, Xiao-Yan Ying, Dong Zhang
Meiotic failure in oocytes is the major determinant of human zygote-originated reproductive diseases, the successful accomplishment of meiosis largely relay on the normal functions of many female fertility factors. Elmod2 is a member of the Elmod family with the strongest GAP (GTPase-activating protein) activity; although it was identified as a possible maternal protein, its actual physiologic role in mammalian oocytes has not been elucidated. Herein we reported that among Elmod family proteins, Elmod2 is the most abundant in mouse oocytes, and that inhibition of Elmod2 by specific siRNA caused severe meiotic delay and abnormal chromosomal segregation during anaphase...
March 21, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323970/obesity-modulates-inflammation-and-lipid-metabolism-oocyte-gene-expression-a-single-cell-transcriptome-perspective
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Meghan L Ruebel, Matthew Cotter, Clark R Sims, Dean M Moutos, Thomas M Badger, Mario A Cleves, Kartik Shankar, Aline Andres
Context: It is hypothesized that obesity adversely affects the ovarian environment which can disrupt oocyte maturation and may further impact embryonic development. Objective: This study aimed to compare oocyte gene expression profiles and follicular fluid (FF) content from overweight/obese (OW) women and normal weight (NW) women who were undergoing fertility treatments. Design: Using single cell transcriptomic analyses, we investigated oocyte gene expression using RNA-seq...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322350/agonist-mediated-assembly-of-the-crustacean-methyl-farnesoate-receptor
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Elizabeth K Medlock Kakaley, Helen Y Wang, Gerald A LeBlanc
The methyl farnesoate receptor (MfR) orchestrates aspects of reproduction and development such as male sex determination in branchiopod crustaceans. Phenotypic endpoints regulated by the receptor have been well-documented, but molecular interactions involved in receptor activation remain elusive. We hypothesized that the MfR subunits, methoprene-tolerant transcription factor (Met) and steroid receptor coactivator (SRC), would be expressed coincident with the timing of sex programming of developing oocytes by methyl farnesoate in daphnids...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321005/the-concentration-dependent-effect-of-progesterone-on-follicle-growth-in-the-mouse-ovary
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Kouji Komatsu, Satoru Masubuchi
Follicle growth in the mammalian ovary is coordinately controlled by multiple factors to sustain periodic ovulation. In this study, we investigated the role of progesterone on follicle growth in the mouse ovary. As the concentration of progesterone changes during the estrus cycle, we cultured the sliced mouse ovary in a medium containing 10 ng/ml, 100 ng/ml, and 1 μg/ml progesterone. Progesterone promoted the growth of primordial to primary follicles at 100 ng/ml, while it suppressed the growth of secondary follicles at 1 μg/ml...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320563/the-establishment-of-appropriate-methods-for-egg-activation-by-human-plcz1-rna-injection-into-human-oocyte
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Takashi Yamaguchi, Masahiko Ito, Keiji Kuroda, Satoru Takeda, Atsushi Tanaka
Phospholipase C-zeta (PLCZ1), a strong candidate of egg-activating sperm factor, can induce Ca(2+) oscillations and cause egg activation. For the application of PLCZ1 to clinical use, we examined the pattern of Ca(2+) responses and developmental rate by comparing PLCZ1 RNA injection methods with the other current methods, such as cytosolic aspiration, electrical stimulation and ionomycin treatment in human oocytes. We found that the pattern of Ca(2+) oscillations after PLCZ1 RNA injection exhibited similar characteristics to that after ICSI treatment...
March 6, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317066/er%C3%AE-and-gnrh-co-localize-in-the-hypothalamic-neurons-of-the-south-american-plains-vizcacha-lagostomus-maximus-rodentia-caviomorpha
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Pablo Ignacio Felipe Inserra, Santiago Elías Charif, Noelia Paula Di Giorgio, Lucía Saucedo, Alejandro Raúl Schmidt, Nicolas Fraunhoffer, Julia Halperin, María Constanza Gariboldi, Noelia Paola Leopardo, Victoria Lux-Lantos, Candela Rocío Gonzalez, Alfredo Daniel Vitullo, Verónica Berta Dorfman
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is the key regulator of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. Estradiol (E2) affects GnRH synthesis and delivery. Hypothalamic estrogen receptors (ER) modulate GnRH expression acting as transcription factors. The South American plains vizcacha, Lagostomus maximus, is able to ovulate up to 800 oocytes per reproductive cycle, and shows continuous folliculogenesis with pre-ovulatory follicle formation and an ovulatory event at mid-gestation. The aim of this work was to analyze the hypothalamic expression of ER in the vizcacha at different gestational time-points, and its relationship with GnRH expression, serum luteinizing hormone (LH) and E2...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316977/microrna-mediating-networks-in-granulosa-cells-associated-with-ovarian-follicular-development
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Baoyun Zhang, Long Chen, Guangde Feng, Wei Xiang, Ke Zhang, Mingxing Chu, Pingqing Wang
Ovaries, which provide a place for follicular development and oocyte maturation, are important organs in female mammals. Follicular development is complicated physiological progress mediated by various regulatory factors including microRNAs (miRNAs). To demonstrate the role of miRNAs in follicular development, this study analyzed the expression patterns of miRNAs in granulosa cells through investigating three previous datasets generated by Illumina miRNA deep sequencing. Furthermore, via bioinformatic analyses, we dissected the associated functional networks of the observed significant miRNAs, in terms of interacting with signal pathways and transcription factors...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315656/expression-of-odc1-spd-spm-and-azin1-in-the-hypothalamus-ovary-and-uterus-during-rat-estrous-cycle
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Joseph R D Fernandes, Sammit Jain, Arnab Banerjee
The aim of the present study was to investigate variation in the expression pattern of ornithine decarboxylase (ODC1), spermine (SPM), spermidine (SPD) and antizyme inhibitor (AZIN1) in hypothalamus, ovary and uterus during the estrous cycle of rats. Further, to understand any correlation between polyamines and GnRH I expression in hypothalamus; effect of putrescine treatment on GnRH I expression in hypothalamus and progesterone and estradiol levels in serum were investigated. The study also aims in quantifying all the immunohistochemistry images obtained based on pixel counting algorithm to yield the relative pixel count...
March 15, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306561/diving-into-the-oocyte-pool
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Stine G Kristensen, Susanne E Pors, Claus Y Andersen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The ovarian reserve comprises an enormous surplus of follicles. Despite this, some women produce insufficient numbers of oocytes by conventional fertility treatments. However, recent technical accomplishments may transform assisted reproductive technology (ART) in such a way that oocytes are not necessarily the limiting factor. In this review, we present possible new strategies for enhancing the quantity of mature oocytes, and current views on autologous oocytes as potential sources of mitochondria to lift performance of compromised oocytes...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302936/cryotolerance-of-porcine-blastocysts-is-improved-by-treating-in-vitro-matured-oocytes-with-l-carnitine-prior-to-fertilization
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Jenna L Lowe, Louise K Bartolac, Roslyn Bathgate, Christopher G Grupen
Sufficient generation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) by oocytes is critical for fertilization and embryo development. The objective of this study was to determine the effects of supplementing media with L-carnitine, a co-factor required for the metabolism of fatty acids, during the peri-fertilization period on embryo development and energy generation. Firstly, in vitro fertilization (IVM) porcine oocytes were co-incubated with sperm in IVF medium supplemented with 0‒24 mM L-carnitine. The blastocyst formation rate of the control group was greater than those of the L-carnitine groups (P < 0...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295807/interaction-of-melatonin-and-gonadotropin-inhibitory-hormone-on-the-zebrafish-brain-pituitary-reproductive-axis
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Thangal Yumnamcha, Zeeshan A Khan, Chongtham Rajiv, Sijagurumayum D Devi, Gopinath Mondal, Haobijam S Devi, Rupjyoti Bharali, Asamanja Chattoraj
Circadian cycles and photoperiod are known to influence reproductive physiology in several animals. Neuropeptides, such as gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GNIH) and gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GNRH), are influenced by melatonin in birds and mammals. The present study demonstrates the role of melatonin in oocyte maturation in the zebrafish (Danio rerio), via the brain-pituitary-reproductive axis, under different photic conditions. Melatonin was significantly higher both in the whole brain and ovary under continuous dark (DD) compared to continuous light (LL) conditions...
March 10, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292619/obesity-and-female-infertility-potential-mediators-of-obesity-s-impact
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REVIEW
Darcy E Broughton, Kelle H Moley
The worldwide upward trend in obesity has been dramatic, now affecting more than 20% of American women of reproductive age. Obesity is associated with many adverse maternal and fetal effects prenatally, but it also exerts a negative influence on female fertility. Obese women are more likely to have ovulatory dysfunction due to dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis. Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome who are also obese demonstrate a more severe metabolic and reproductive phenotype. Obese women have reduced fecundity even when eumenorrheic and demonstrate poorer outcomes with the use of in vitro fertilization...
March 11, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289071/disorganization-of-the-germ-cell-pool-leads-to-primary-ovarian-insufficiency
#19
Ikko Kawashima, Kazuhiro Kawamura
The mammalian ovary is an organ that controls female germ cell development, storing them and releasing mature oocytes for transporting to the oviduct. During the fetal stage, female germ cells change from a proliferative state to meiosis before forming follicles with the potential for growth of surrounding somatic cells. Understanding of molecular and physiological bases of germ cell development in the fetal ovary contributed not only to the elucidation of genetic disorders in primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), but also advancement of novel treatments for patients with POI...
March 13, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285567/increased-scf-in-follicular-fluid-and-granulosa-cells-positively-correlates-with-oocyte-maturation-fertilization-and-embryo-quality-in-humans
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Jun Tan, Yang Zou, Xing-Wu Wu, Li-Feng Tian, Qiong Su, Jin-Xia He, Zhi-Hui Huang, Yan Zhao, Li-Ping Wu, Qiong-Fang Wu
Stem cell factor (SCF), which is derived from granulosa cells (GCs), plays a key role in the process of follicular development and oocyte maturation. The present study aimed to explore whether the levels of SCF in follicular fluid (FF) and GCs can be used as a potential marker for predicting oocyte developmental potential. Follicular fluid and GC samples from 150 female patients undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm injection were collected in this study. The SCF concentrations in FFs and SCF messenger RNA (mRNA) in GCs were evaluated by using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and real-time polymerase chain reaction, respectively...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
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