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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878377/calcium-ion-regulation-by-bapta-am-and-ruthenium-red-improved-the-fertilisation-capacity-and-developmental-ability-of-vitrified-bovine-oocytes
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Na Wang, Hai-Sheng Hao, Chong-Yang Li, Ya-Han Zhao, Hao-Yu Wang, Chang-Liang Yan, Wei-Hua Du, Dong Wang, Yan Liu, Yun-Wei Pang, Hua-Bin Zhu, Xue-Ming Zhao
Vitrification reduces the fertilisation capacity and developmental ability of mammalian oocytes; this effect is closely associated with an abnormal increase of cytoplasmic free calcium ions ([Ca(2+)]i). However, little information about the mechanism by which vitrification increases [Ca(2+)]i levels or a procedure to regulate [Ca(2+)]i levels in these oocytes is available. Vitrified bovine oocytes were used to analyse the effect of vitrification on [Ca(2+)]i, endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) (ER Ca(2+)), and mitochondrial Ca(2+) (mCa(2+)) levels...
September 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865549/effect-of-oocyte-vitrification-on-embryo-quality-time-lapse-analysis-and-morphokinetic-evaluation
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Ana Cobo, Aila Coello, Jose Remohí, Jose Serrano, Jose Maria de Los Santos, Marcos Meseguer
OBJECTIVE: To analyze whether oocyte vitrification may affect subsequent embryo development from a morphokinetic standpoint by means of time-lapse imaging. DESIGN: Observational cohort study. SETTING: University-affiliated private IVF center. PATIENT(S): Ovum donation cycles conducted with the use of vitrified (n = 631 cycles; n = 3,794 embryos) or fresh oocytes (n = 1,359 cycles; n = 9,935 embryos) over 2 years. INTERVENTIONS(S): None...
September 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863936/analysis-of-the-morphological-dynamics-of-blastocysts-after-vitrification-warming-defining-new-predictive-variables-of-implantation
#3
Aila Coello, Marcos Meseguer, Arancha Galán, Lucia Alegre, José Remohí, Ana Cobo
OBJECTIVE: To describe the morphological dynamics of vitrified/warmed blastocysts and to identify quantitative morphological variables related to implantation. Subsequently, by using the most predictive parameters, to develop a hierarchical model by subdividing vitrified/warmed blastocysts into categories with different implantation potentials. DESIGN: Observational, retrospective, cohort study. SETTING: University-affiliated private IVF center...
August 29, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859279/the-superovulated-environment-independent-of-embryo-vitrification-results-in-low-birthweight-in-a-mouse-model
#4
Rachel Weinerman, Teri Ord, Marisa S Bartolomei, Christos Coutifaris, Monica Mainigi
Epidemiological studies suggest that babies born following in vitro fertilization (IVF) and fresh embryo transfer are of lower birthweight than babies born following frozen embryo transfer, although the mechanism responsible for this phenotype is not known. We developed a novel mouse model that isolates the independent effects of embryo freezing and the superovulated environment, which cannot be performed in humans. We transferred blastocysts that had been vitrified and warmed, mixed with with fresh blastocysts, into individual pseudopregnant recipients produced by either natural mating or mating following injection with equine chorionic gonadotropin and human chorionic gonadotropin and hCG (superovulation)...
July 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835302/successful-vitrification-of-whole-juvenile-testis-in-the-critically-endangered-cyprinid-honmoroko-gnathopogon-caerulescens
#5
Shogo Higaki, Natsue Kuwata, Kotaro Tanaka, Ikuo Tooyama, Yasuhiro Fujioka, Noriyoshi Sakai, Tatsuyuki Takada
Sperm cryopreservation is a valuable conservation method for endangered fish species. Here we report an easy and efficient cryopreservation method for juvenile whole testis by vitrification and successful sperm production from the vitrified whole testis via in vitro spermatogenesis in the critically endangered cyprinid honmoroko (Gnathopogon caerulescens). Juvenile testis (approximately 10 mm in length and 1 mm in width), consisting predominantly of spermatogonia, were aseptically dissected out and adherent fatty and non-testicular tissues were subsequently removed...
August 24, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804108/effects-of-vitrification-and-a-rho-associated-coiled-coil-containing-protein-kinase-1-inhibitor-on-the-meiotic-and-developmental-competence-of-feline-oocytes
#6
Saengtawan Arayatham, Narong Tiptanavattana, Theerawat Tharasanit
Oocyte cryopreservation is the technique of choice for the long-term storage of female gametes. However, it induces an irreversible loss of oocyte viability and function. We examined the effects of vitrification and a Rho-associated coiled-coil containing protein kinase 1 (ROCK1) inhibitor (ROCKi) on the meiotic and developmental competence of feline oocytes. We examined the expression of LIM kinase (LIMK) 1 and 2, with and without ROCKi treatment. Cumulus oocyte complexes (COCs) were matured in vitro with 0, 10, 20, and 40 µM ROCKi...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799183/utilization-of-porcine-in%C3%A2-vitro-produced-parthenogenetic-embryos-for-co-transfer-with-vitrified-and-warmed-embryos
#7
Yoshiyuki Nakamura, Kazuhiro Kikuchi
The present study was conducted to evaluate the possibility of using in vitro-produced parthenogenetic (PA) embryos for co-transfer with morulae that had been collected in vivo and cryopreserved. The proportion of PA blastocysts (20.5%) was higher than that of their in vitro fertilization (IVF) counterparts (16.6%). Although there were no differences in morphology or diameter between the two groups, the number of cells in early PA blastocysts after in vitro culture for 6 days was lower than for IVF blastocysts (25...
August 10, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795845/analysis-of-embryo-intactness-and-developmental-potential-following-slow-freezing-and-vitrification
#8
Lan Yu, Chanwei Jia, Yonglian Lan, Rui Song, Liying Zhou, Ying Li, Yu Liang, Shuyu Wang
The aim of this study was to identify the parameters that are related to intactness and developmental potential of a day 3 embryo after warming to improve the selection criteria used to cryopreserve and transfer embryos. We also sought to compare slow freezing and vitrification methods of cryopreservation and to evaluate the viability of non-intact embryos. Embryos warmed following slow freezing (n=220) or vitrification (n=522) were divided into 3 groups according to the proportion of surviving blastomeres (I<50%; II=50-99%; and III=100%)...
October 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774548/safety-and-efficiency-of-oocyte-vitrification
#9
REVIEW
Neelke De Munck, Gábor Vajta
As the oocyte is the starting point for a new life, artificial reproductive technology (ART) techniques should not affect the (ultra) structural and functional integrity, or the developmental competence. Oocyte vitrification -one of the most significant achievements in human ART during the past decade- should therefore be a safe and efficient technique. This review discusses the principles and developments of the existing and future techniques, applications possibilities and safety concerns. The broad range of vitrification media and devices that are currently available, show differences in their effects on the oocyte ultrastructure and preimplantation development...
August 1, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696244/effect-of-vitrification-on-in-vitro-development-and-imprinted-gene-grb10-in-mouse-embryos
#10
Jianfeng Yao, Lixia Geng, Rongfu Huang, Weilin Peng, Xuan Chen, Xiaohong Jiang, Miao Yu, Ming Li, Yanfang Huang, Xiaoyu Yang
Vitrification of embryos is a routine procedure in IVF (in vitro fertilization) laboratories. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the effect of vitrification on mouse preimplantation embryo development in vitro, and effect on the epigenetic status of imprinted gene Grb10 in mouse embryos. The blastocyst formation rate for vitrified 8-cell embryos was similar to the non-vitrified 8-cell embryos, whereas the blastocyst hatching rate was lower than that of the non-vitrified group. The expression level of Grb10 major-type transcript decreased significantly in vitrified blastocysts compared with non-vitrified and in vivo blastocysts...
September 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676034/cathepsin-b-inhibitor-improves-developmental-competency-and-cryo-tolerance-of-in-vitro-ovine-embryos
#11
M Pezhman, S M Hosseini, S Ostadhosseini, Sh Rouhollahi Varnosfaderani, F Sefid, M H Nasr-Esfahani
BACKGROUND: Cathepsin B is a lysosomal cysteine protease involved in apoptosis and oocytes which have lower developmental competence show higher expression of Cathepsin B. Furthermore, expression of Cathepsin B show a decreasing trend from oocyte toward blastocyst stage. RESULTS: Present study assessed the effect of cathepsin B inhibitor, E-64, on developmental competency and cryo-survival of pre-implantation ovine IVF derived embryos. Cathepsin B inhibitor was added during day 3 to 8 of development...
July 4, 2017: BMC Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670425/vitrification-of-human-germinal-vesicle-oocytes-before-or-after-in-vitro-maturation
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Evangelia Kasapi, Byron Asimakopoulos, Katerina Chatzimeletiou, Stamatios Petousis, Yannis Panagiotidis, Nikos Prapas, Nikos Nikolettos
BACKGROUND: The use of immature oocytes derived from stimulated cycles could be of great importance, particularly for urgent fertility preservation cases. The current study aimed to determine whether in vitro maturation (IVM) was more successful before or after vitrification of these oocytes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective study was performed in a private in vitro fertilization (IVF) center. We collected 318 germinal vesicle (GV) oocytes from 104 stimulated oocyte donation cycles...
July 2017: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
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
#13
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/28531193/raman-microscopy-investigation-of-vitrification-induced-structural-damages-in-mature-bovine-oocytes
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Giulia Rusciano, Carolina De Canditiis, Gianluigi Zito, Marcello Rubessa, Maria Serena Roca, Rosa Carotenuto, Antonio Sasso, Bianca Gasparrini
Although oocyte cryopreservation has great potentials in the field of reproductive technologies, it still is an open challenge in the majority of domestic animals and little is known on the biochemical transformation induced by this process in the different cellular compartments. Raman micro-spectroscopy allows the non-invasive evaluation of the molecular composition of cells, based on the inelastic scattering of laser photons by vibrating molecules. The aim of this work was to assess the biochemical modifications of both the zona pellucida and cytoplasm of vitrified/warmed in vitro matured bovine oocytes at different post-warming times...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512855/insulin-like-growth-factor-i-enhances-the-developmental-competence-of-yak-embryos-by-modulating-aquaporin-3
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P Chen, Y Pan, Y Cui, Z Wen, P Liu, H He, Q Li, X Peng, T Zhao, S Yu
The objective of our present study was to determine the effects of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) on the development of yak (Bos grunniens) embryos after cumulus-oocyte complex (COC) vitrification and warming followed by in vitro fertilization (IVF). In Experiment 1, the yak COCs underwent vitrification and then IVF. Embryos were incubated in synthetic oviductal fluid (SOF) supplemented with four concentrations (0, 50, 100 and 200 ng/ml) of IGF-I, while the yak COCs without vitrification or IGF-I supplementation acted as the control group; the BAX, BCL-2, AQP3mRNA and aquaporin 3 (AQP3) protein expression levels in the five groups of blastocysts were evaluated using quantitative real-time PCR and immunofluorescence analyses...
May 16, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500451/pregnancy-rates-for-single-embryo-transfer-set-of-day-5-and-day-6-blastocysts-after-cryopreservation-by-vitrification-and-slow-freeze
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Leah Kaye, Erica Anspach Will, Alison Bartolucci, John Nulsen, Claudio Benadiva, Lawrence Engmann
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare clinical and ongoing pregnancy rates in cycles with single embryo transfer (SET) of blastocysts cryopreserved on day 5 or day 6. Our aim was to determine whether day 6 blastocysts perform adequately to recommend SET. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study including 468 transfer cycles for 392 women younger than age 38 undergoing SET at a university-affiliated IVF clinic in the USA. A total of 261 day 5 blastocysts and 207 day 6 blastocysts for frozen-thawed SET between 2010 and 2016 were analyzed...
July 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460662/downsizing-cumulus-cell-layers-to-improve-cryotolerance-of-germinal-vesicle-stage-bovine-oocytes
#17
Kazuya Tashima, Yuki Kubo, Masumi Hirabayashi, Shinichi Hochi
This study was undertaken to investigate whether complete removal or downsizing of the cumulus cell layers in germinal vesicle (GV)-stage bovine cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) can improve blastocyst development rate following Cryotop vitrification. Downsized COCs (196 μm in mean diameter) and denuded oocytes (141 μm in mean diameter) were prepared by vortex-mixing of full-sized COCs (330 μm in mean diameter) retrieved from abattoir-derived ovaries. Nuclear maturation rates, assessed by the first polar body extrusion, after vitrification and the subsequent 22-h IVM were comparable (61...
June 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458301/ultrastructural-characteristics-of-human-oocytes-vitrified-before-and-after-in-vitro-maturation
#18
Yolanda Segovia, Noemí Victory, Irene Peinado, Laura M García-Valverde, Magdalena García, Jon Aizpurua, Ana Monzó, María José Gómez-Torres
The development of an effective program that combines in vitro maturation (IVM) and cryopreservation for immature oocytes would represent a novel advance for in vitro fertilization (IVF), especially as a means to preserve the fertility of women in unique situations. The aim of this study was to analyze the ultrastructural characteristics of human oocytes, obtained after controlled ovarian stimulation, to determine whether IVM is best performed before or after vitrification. To this end, we analyzed the following features in a total of 22 MII oocytes: size, zona pellucida and perivitelline space, mitochondria number, M-SER (mitochondria-smooth endoplasmic reticulum) aggregates and M-V (mitochondria-vesicle) complexes, the number of cortical granules and microvilli, and the presence of vacuolization using transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433371/in%C3%A2-vitro-fertilization-with-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-for-aneuploidies-in-advanced-maternal-age-a-randomized-controlled-study
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Carmen Rubio, José Bellver, Lorena Rodrigo, Gema Castillón, Alfredo Guillén, Carmina Vidal, Juan Giles, Marcos Ferrando, Sergio Cabanillas, José Remohí, Antonio Pellicer, Carlos Simón
OBJECTIVE: To determine the clinical value of preimplantation genetic diagnosis for aneuploidy screening (PGD-A) in women of advanced maternal age (AMA; between 38 and 41 years). DESIGN: This was a multicenter, randomized trial with two arms: a PGD-A group with blastocyst transfer, and a control group with blastocyst transfer without PGD-A. SETTING: Private reproductive centers. PATIENT(S): A total of 326 recruited patients fit the inclusion criteria, and 205 completed the study (100 in the PGD-A group and 105 in the control group)...
May 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421505/appendix-a-cryotech-%C3%A2-vitrification-thawing
#20
Goral Gandhi, Masashige Kuwayama, Sakina Kagalwala, Priyanka Pangerkar
In the last 15-20 years, many centers are using vitrification as a method of choice for cryopreservation of human oocytes and embryos. As vitrification technologies have improved their success profiles, new applications seem to have emerged, making IVF treatments more successful and more flexible.This appendix describes the Cryotech(®) method, which is the latest "minimal volume approach" method, suitable for cryopreservation of oocytes and embryos of any developmental stage, including blastocysts. Dr. Masashige Kuwayama, who has introduced major advances in oocyte and embryo cryopreservation, has developed this method...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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