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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202723/mapping-of-voltage-sensor-positions-in-resting-and-inactivated-mammalian-sodium-channels-by-lret
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Tomoya Kubota, Thomas Durek, Bobo Dang, Rocio K Finol-Urdaneta, David J Craik, Stephen B H Kent, Robert J French, Francisco Bezanilla, Ana M Correa
Voltage-gated sodium channels (Navs) play crucial roles in excitable cells. Although vertebrate Nav function has been extensively studied, the detailed structural basis for voltage-dependent gating mechanisms remain obscure. We have assessed the structural changes of the Nav voltage sensor domain using lanthanide-based resonance energy transfer (LRET) between the rat skeletal muscle voltage-gated sodium channel (Nav1.4) and fluorescently labeled Nav1.4-targeting toxins. We generated donor constructs with genetically encoded lanthanide-binding tags (LBTs) inserted at the extracellular end of the S4 segment of each domain (with a single LBT per construct)...
February 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202471/oocyte-shuttle-a-recombinant-protein-transporting-donor-dna-into-the-xenopus-oocyte-in-situ
#2
Duri Rungger, Lisbeth Muster, Oleg Georgiev, Elisabeth Rungger-Brändle
The newly developed oocyte shuttle protein contains a streptavidin moiety that tightly binds biotinylated DNA. Injected intravenously into adult Xenopus females, the protein-DNA complex is rapidly transported through the bloodstream and, within the ovary, the vitellogenin ligand present in the protein binds to the receptors at the surface of the oocytes. The bound complex is internalized and translocates into the oocyte nucleus thanks to an SV40 nuclear localization signal, enhanced by an adjacent casein kinase phosphorylation site...
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197932/effect-of-gnrha-ovulation-trigger-dose-on-follicular-fluid-characteristics-and-granulosa-cell-gene-expression-profiles
#3
Thi Ngoc Lan Vuong, M T Ho, T Q Ha, M Brehm Jensen, C Yding Andersen, P Humaidan
PURPOSE: A recent dose-finding study showed no significant differences in number of mature oocytes, embryos and top-quality embryos when triptorelin doses of 0.2, 0.3 or 0.4 mg were used to trigger final oocyte maturation in oocyte donors co-treated with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist. This analysis investigated whether triptorelin dosing for triggering final oocyte maturation in oocyte donors induced differences in follicular fluid (FF) hormone levels and granulosa cell gene expression...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191700/supplement-of-autologous-ooplasm-into-porcine-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer-embryos-does-not-alter-embryo-development
#4
W-J Lee, J-H Lee, R-H Jeon, S-J Jang, S-C Lee, J-S Park, S-L Lee, W-A King, G-J Rho
Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) is considered as the technique in which a somatic cell is introduced into an enucleated oocyte to make a cloned animal. However, it is unavoidable to lose a small amount of the ooplasm during enucleation step during SCNT procedure. The present study was aimed to uncover whether the supplement of autologous ooplasm could ameliorate the oocyte competence so as to improve low efficiency of embryo development in porcine SCNT. Autologous ooplasm-transferred (AOT) embryos were generated by the supplementation with autologous ooplasm into SCNT embryos...
February 13, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186611/-ethical-issues-of-oocyte-donation
#5
Yanjin Liu, Libai Cai
The birth and development of oocyte donation technology have brought hope for women with poor ovarian reserve and repeated failure for in vitro fertilization, as well as for those with chromosomal abnormalities, premature ovarian failure, or at perimenopausal or menopausal stages. It has not only preserved their reproductive right, but also stabilized their families and increased social harmony. However, this technology does not only involve infertile couples themselves, but also social and ethical issues concerning their families and the society...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173814/the-human-oocyte-preservation-experience-hope-registry-evaluation-of-cryopreservation-techniques-and-oocyte-source-on-outcomes
#6
Zsolt Peter Nagy, Robert E Anderson, Eve C Feinberg, Brooke Hayward, Mary C Mahony
BACKGROUND: This prospective, Phase IV, multicenter, observational registry of assisted reproductive technology clinics in the USA studied outcomes of first cycles using thawed/warmed cryopreserved (by slow-freezing/vitrification) oocytes (autologous or donor). METHODS: Patients were followed up through implantation, clinical pregnancy, and birth outcomes. The main outcome measure was live birth rate (LBR), defined as the ratio of live births to oocytes thawed/warmed minus the number of embryos cryopreserved for each cycle, averaged over all thawing cycles...
February 7, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166968/interspecies-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer-in-asiatic-cheetah-using-nuclei-derived-from-post-mortem-frozen-tissue-in-absence-of-cryo-protectant-and-in%C3%A2-vitro-matured-domestic-cat-oocytes
#7
F Moulavi, S M Hosseini, N Tanhaie-Vash, S Ostadhosseini, S H Hosseini, M Hajinasrollah, M H Asghari, H Gourabi, A Shahverdi, A D Vosough, M H Nasr-Esfahani
Recent accomplishments in the field of somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) hold tremendous promise to prevent rapid loss of animal genetic resources using ex situ conservation technology. Most of SCNT studies use viable cells for nuclear transfer into recipient oocytes. However, preparation of live cells in extreme circumstances, in which post-mortem material of endangered/rare animals is improperly retained frozen, is difficult, if not impossible. This study investigated the possibility of interspecies-SCNT (iSCNT) in Asiatic cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus), a critically endangered subspecies, using nuclei derived from frozen tissue in absence of cryo-protectant at -20 °C and in vitro matured domestic cat oocytes...
March 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28136000/altruism-or-obligation-the-motivations-and-experience-of-women-who-donate-oocytes-to-known-recipients-in-assisted-conception-treatment-an-interpretative-phenomenological-analysis-study
#8
Santanu Acharya, Louise Bryant, Maureen Twiddy
INTRODUCTION: This qualitative study was conducted to explore the motivations and experience of oocyte donors donating to women known to them. METHODS: Three women who donated oocytes to a close relative were interviewed and data were analysed using an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis approach. RESULTS: The two key elements noted were "motivations for donation" and "coping with the consequences of oocyte donation". The motivation for donation was influenced by the familial bond that was strengthened by the donation process in some cases...
March 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114395/assisted-reproductive-technology-and-newborn-size-in-singletons-resulting-from-fresh-and-cryopreserved-embryos-transfer
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Galit Levi Dunietz, Claudia Holzman, Yujia Zhang, Nicole M Talge, Chenxi Li, David Todem, Sheree L Boulet, Patricia McKane, Dmitry M Kissin, Glenn Copeland, Dana Bernson, Michael P Diamond
OBJECTIVES AND STUDY DESIGN: The aim of this study was two-fold: to investigate the association of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and small newborn size, using standardized measures; and to examine within strata of fresh and cryopreserved embryos transfer, whether this association is influenced by parental infertility diagnoses. We used a population-based retrospective cohort from Michigan (2000-2009), Florida and Massachusetts (2000-2010). Our sample included 28,946 ART singletons conceived with non-donor oocytes and 4,263,846 non-ART singletons...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111738/interventions-for-the-prevention-of-ohss-in-art-cycles-an-overview-of-cochrane-reviews
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REVIEW
Selma Mourad, Julie Brown, Cindy Farquhar
BACKGROUND: Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) in assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles is a treatment-induced disease that has an estimated prevalence of 20% to 33% in its mild form and 3% to 8% in its moderate or severe form. These numbers might even be higher for high-risk women such as those with polycystic ovaries or a high oocyte yield from ovum pickup. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this overview is to identify and summarise all evidence from Cochrane systematic reviews on interventions for prevention or treatment of moderate, severe and overall OHSS in couples with subfertility who are undergoing ART cycles...
January 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100115/paternal-age-is-not-associated-with-pregnancy-outcomes-after-single-thawed-euploid-blastocyst-transfer
#11
Ashley W Tiegs, Nidhee M Sachdev, Jamie A Grifo, David H McCulloh, Frederick Licciardi
Although controversial, increasing paternal age has been shown to negatively affect assisted reproductive technology (ART) outcomes and success rates. Most studies investigating the effect of paternal age on ART outcomes use a donor oocyte model to minimize maternal aneuploidy contribution. This study sought to determine whether increasing paternal age is associated with adverse in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes when aneuploidy is minimized using preimplantation genetic screening. There were 573 single thawed euploid embryo transfers from 473 patients undergoing oocyte donor and autologous IVF cycles...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097780/a-man-made-disease-fetal-neonatal-alloimmune-thrombocytopenia-due-to-incompatibility-between-oocyte-donor-and-gestational-mother
#12
Assaf Arie Barg, Aviya Dvir Ifrah, Tzipi Strauss, Michal J Simchen, Raoul Orvieto, Nurit Rosenberg, Gili Kenet
The incompatibility causing fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) results from a fetus inheriting a paternal human platelet antigen (HPA), which is different from the maternal HPA. We present a unique case of FNAIT in a pregnancy involving an oocyte recipient mother with Turner syndrome. This is the first report of FNAIT in which the suggested mechanism involves antibodies produced by a gestational mother against the incompatible HPA of the oocyte donor.
January 18, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070808/combined-positive-effect-of-oocyte-extracts-and-brilliant-cresyl-blue-stained-recipient-cytoplasts-on-epigenetic-reprogramming-and-gene-expression-in-buffalo-nuclear-transfer-embryos
#13
E M Sadeesh, Shah Fozia, Kataria Meena
This study examined the effects of buffalo oocyte extracts (BOE) on donor cells reprogramming and molecular characterisation of oocytes screened via brilliant cresyl blue (BCB) staining and comparison of gene expression profiles of developmentally important genes in blastocysts from IVF and cloned derived from BOE treated donor cells with BCB selected recipient cytoplasts. Relative abundance (RA) of OCT4 and NANOG was increased (P < 0.05) and HDAC-1, DNMT-1, and DNMT-3A decreased (P < 0.05) in extract treated cells (ETCs)...
January 9, 2017: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070055/superovulatory-responses-in-cynomolgus-monkeys-macaca-fascicularis-depend-on-the-interaction-between-donor-status-and-superovulation-method-used
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Ji-Su Kim, Seung-Bin Yoon, Kang-Jin Jeong, Bo-Woong Sim, Seon-A Choi, Sang-Il Lee, Yeung Bae Jin, Bong-Seok Song, Sang-Rae Lee, Sun-Uk Kim, Kyu-Tae Chang
The current study was performed to investigate the effect of oocyte donor status, including age and body weight, on metaphase II (MII) oocyte recovery using two superovulation methods in cynomolgus monkeys. The use of Method A [recombinant gonadotrophin (75 IU/kg, 3×, 3-day intervals) and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)] led to great increases in ovary size and the mean number of MII oocytes retrieved in age- and body-weight-dependent manner; in contrast, both the parameters were similar in Method B [recombinant gonadotrophin (60 IU, twice daily, 6 days), recombinant gonadotropin and recombinant human luteinizing hormone (rhLH) (60 IU, twice daily, 3 days), and hCG]...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069900/impact-of-donor-and-recipient-adiposity-on-feto-placental-growth-in-adolescent-sheep
#15
Jacqueline M Wallace, John S Milne, Clare L Adam, Raymond P Aitken
The influence of maternal obesity during oocyte development and its putative interaction with nutrient reserves at conception on pregnancy outcome were examined in an adolescent sheep model. Donor ewes were nutritionally managed to achieve contrasting adiposity (control [CD]/obese [ObD]) for 6 weeks prior to superovulation, and inseminated by a non-obese sire. Morulae from 6 CD and 7 ObD were transferred in singleton into adolescent recipients of identical age but differing adiposity, classified as relatively fat or thin, respectively...
January 9, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028772/hydroxypropyl-cellulose-supplementation-in-vitrification-solutions-a-prospective-study-with-donor-oocytes
#16
Miguel Gallardo, María Hebles, Beatriz Migueles, Mónica Dorado, Laura Aguilera, Mercedes González, Paloma Piqueras, Alejandro Lucas, Lorena Montero, Pascual Sánchez-Martín, Fernando Sánchez-Martín, Ramón Risco
PURPOSE: Hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC), a polysaccharide that forms a viscous gel under low temperatures, is a promising substitute of the blood-derived macromolecules traditionally used in cryopreservation solutions. The performance of a protein-free, fully synthetic set of vitrification and warming solutions was assessed in a matched pair analysis with donor oocytes. METHODS: A prospective study including 219 donor MII oocytes was carried out, comparing the laboratory outcomes of oocytes vitrified with HPC-based solutions and their fresh counterparts...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010150/repeated-doses-of-gnrh-antagonist-at-midcycle-in-artificial-frozen-embryo-transfer-cycles-may-not-affect-pregnancy-outcomes
#17
Katherine L Palmerola, Jennifer Y Hsu, Lisa C Grossman, Mark V Sauer, Roger A Lobo
No significant differences in outcomes have been found between protocols of endometrial preparation for frozen embryo transfer (FET), though gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonists may have detrimental effects on the endometrium. We conducted a retrospective cohort noninferiority study at a single academic center of women receiving multiple doses of mid-cycle GnRH antagonist (GAnt) to those receiving GnRH agonist (GAg) to determine if there are detrimental effects of GnRH antagonists. 1047 FET cycles were identified, detailed data was available in 840 cycles: 610 GAg and 230 GAnt cycles...
December 23, 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998857/-clinical-outcome-of-in-vitro-fertilization-or-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-embryo-transfer-in-women-aged-40-years-and-above
#18
Xing-Yu Zhou, Shu-Xian Feng, Xue-Lan Li, Yu-Dong Liu, Xin Chen, De-Sheng Ye, Jing Niu, Shi-Ling Chen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical outcomes in vitro fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection-embryo transfer (IVF/ICSI-ET) in women aged over 40 years. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 1050 non-donor IVF/ICSI-ET cycles performed from January, 2007 to December, 2015 in women at the age 40 years or above, including 393 women at 40 years of age, 266 at 41 years, 158 at 42 years, 107 at 43 years, 64 at 44 years, and 65 at 45-51 years. The clinical characteristics and outcomes of the women in different age groups were compared and analyzed...
December 20, 2016: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977320/selection-of-high-quality-spermatozoa-may-be-promoted-by-activated-vitamin-d-in-the-woman
#19
Lasse Bøllehuus Hansen, Anders Rehfeld, Rosanna de Neergaard, John Erik Nielsen, Lea Hedegaard Iversen, Ida Marie Boisen, Li Juel Mortensen, Beate Lanske, Kristian Almstrup, Elisabeth Carlsen, Anders Hayden Berg, Niels Jørgensen, Anders Nyboe Andersen, Anders Juul, Martin Blomberg Jensen
CONTEXT: The vitamin D receptor (VDR) and enzymes involved in activation (CYP2R1, CYP27B1) and inactivation (CYP24A1) of vitamin D are expressed in ovary, testes, and spermatozoa. OBJECTIVE: Determine responsiveness to 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)2D3) in spermatozoa from normal and infertile men, identify site of exposure and how 1,25(OH)2D3 influences sperm function. DESIGN: Spermatozoa expressing VDR, CYP2R1, CYP27B1, and CYP24A1 were analyzed in normal and infertile men...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932551/antigen-unmasking-enhances-visualization-efficacy-of-the-oocyte-activation-factor-phospholipase-c-zeta-in-mammalian-sperm
#20
Junaid Kashir, Luke Buntwal, Michail Nomikos, Brian L Calver, Panagiotis Stamatiadis, Peter Ashley, Vyronia Vassilakopoulou, David Sanders, Paul Knaggs, Evangelia Livaniou, Adnan Bunkheila, Karl Swann, F Anthony Lai
STUDY QUESTION: Is it possible to improve clinical visualization of phospholipase C zeta (PLCζ) as a diagnostic marker of sperm oocyte activation capacity and male fertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: Poor PLCζ visualization efficacy using current protocols may be due to steric or conformational occlusion of native PLCζ, hindering antibody access, and is significantly enhanced using antigen unmasking/retrieval (AUM) protocols. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Mammalian oocyte activation is mediated via a series of intracellular calcium (Ca(2+)) oscillations induced by sperm-specific PLCζ...
December 8, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
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