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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336253/mitochondrial-matters-mitochondrial-bottlenecks-self-assembling-structures-and-entrapment-in-the-female-germline
#1
Florence L Marlow
Mitochondrial replacement therapy, a procedure to generate embryos with the nuclear genome of a donor mother and the healthy mitochondria of a recipient egg, has recently emerged as a promising strategy to prevent transmission of devastating mitochondrial DNA diseases and infertility. The procedure may produce an embryo that is free of diseased mitochondria. A recent study addresses important fundamental questions about the mechanisms underlying maternal inheritance and translational questions regarding the transgenerational effectiveness of this promising therapeutic strategy...
March 15, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333245/euploidy-rates-in-donor-egg-cycles-significantly-differ-between-fertility-centers
#2
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/28292612/perinatal-outcomes-in-children-born-after-fresh-or-frozen-embryo-transfer-a-catalan-cohort-study-based-on-14-262-newborns
#3
Mar Vidal, Kilian Vellvé, Mireia González-Comadran, Ana Robles, Maria Prat, Mar Torné, Ramón Carreras, Miguel A Checa
OBJECTIVE: To ascertain whether perinatal outcomes are affected by vitrification and/or controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH). DESIGN: Register-based cohort study. SETTING: Not applicable. PATIENT(S): Women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) between 2008 and 2012 using autologous or donated eggs who had a singleton pregnancy delivered from the 24th week onward. INTERVENTION(S): Fresh embryo transfer (ET) or frozen-thawed ET in women undergoing IVF...
March 11, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287092/loss-of-centromere-cohesion-in-aneuploid-human-oocytes-correlates-with-decreased-kinetochore-localization-of-the-sac-proteins-bub1-and-bubr1
#4
Julie Lagirand-Cantaloube, Cendrine Ciabrini, Sophie Charrasse, Alice Ferrieres, Anna Castro, Tal Anahory, Thierry Lorca
In human eggs, aneuploidy increases with age and can result in infertility and genetic diseases. Studies in mouse oocytes suggest that reduced centromere cohesion and spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC) activity could be at the origin of chromosome missegregation. Little is known about these two features in humans. Here, we show that in human eggs, inter-kinetochore distances of bivalent chromosomes strongly increase with age. This results in the formation of univalent chromosomes during metaphase I (MI) and of single chromatids in metaphase II (MII)...
March 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285954/anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-concentrations-and-parity-in-fertile-women-the-model-of-oocyte-donors
#5
Sophie Catteau-Jonard, Marie Roux, Agathe Dumont, Anne-Sophie Delesalle, Geoffroy Robin, Didier Dewailly
In France until the end of 2015, oocyte donors must have had at least one child and be aged 18-37 years. This population of fertile women was selected to examine whether serum anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) concentration could be a reliable correlate of spontaneous pregnancy in women who had proven their fertility before. A cohort of 217 women followed between 2009 and 2015 for oocyte donation at the University Hospital of Lille comprised this retrospective study. In these egg donors, aged 20-37 (median: 32 years), the median serum AMH level was 22 pmol/l (5-95th percentiles: 4...
March 1, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246396/creation-of-mutant-mice-with-megabase-sized-deletions-containing-custom-designed-breakpoints-by-means-of-the-crispr-cas9-system
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Tomoko Kato, Satoshi Hara, Yuji Goto, Yuya Ogawa, Haruka Okayasu, Souichirou Kubota, Moe Tamano, Miho Terao, Shuji Takada
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) system is a useful tool for creation of mutant mice with mutations mirroring those in human patients. Various methods have been developed for this purpose, including deletions, inversions, and translocations. So far, mutant mice with deletions of up to 1.2 megabases (Mb) have been generated by microinjection of the CRISPR/Cas9 system into fertilized eggs; however, a method for generation of mutant mice with a deletion of more than several Mb size is necessary because such deletions have often been identified as possible causes of human diseases...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220277/establishment-of-a-heteroplasmic-mouse-strain-with-interspecific-mitochondrial-dna-haplotypes-and-improvement-of-a-pcr-rflp-based-measurement-system-for-estimation-of-mitochondrial-dna-heteroplasmy
#7
Hiroshi Shitara, Liqin Cao, Midori Yamaguchi, Hiromichi Yonekawa, Choji Taya
Mitochondrial DNA segregation is one of the characteristic modes of mitochondrial inheritance in which the heteroplasmic state of mitochondrial DNA is transmitted to the next generation in variable proportions. To analyze mitochondrial DNA segregation, we produced a heteroplasmic mouse strain with interspecific mitochondrial DNA haplotypes, which contains two types of mitochondrial DNA derived from C57BL/6J and Mus spretus strains. The strain was produced on a C57BL/6J nuclear genomic background by microinjection of donor cytoplasm into fertilized eggs...
February 20, 2017: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186611/-ethical-issues-of-oocyte-donation
#8
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/28185120/-one-for-sorrow-two-for-joy-american-embryo-transfer-guideline-recommendations-practices-and-outcomes-for-gestational-surrogate-patients
#9
REVIEW
Pamela M White
In January 2016, Melissa Cook, a California gestational surrogate experiencing a multiple-birth pregnancy following the in vitro fertilization (IVF) transfer of three embryos comprised of donor eggs and sperm provided by the intended father, went to the media when the intended father requested that she undergo a fetal reduction because twins were less expensive to raise than triplets. Much of the legal interest in this case to date has centered on the enforceability of surrogacy contracts. However, the Cook case also raises troubling issues about fertility treatment practices involving gestational surrogates, twin preference, and third-party reproduction medical decision-making...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178941/implications-of-human-evolution-and-admixture-for-mitochondrial-replacement-therapy
#10
Lavanya Rishishwar, I King Jordan
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial replacement (MR) therapy is a new assisted reproductive technology that allows women with mitochondrial disorders to give birth to healthy children by combining their nuclei with mitochondria from unaffected egg donors. Evolutionary biologists have raised concerns about the safety of MR therapy based on the extent to which nuclear and mitochondrial genomes are observed to co-evolve within natural populations, i.e. the nuclear-mitochondrial mismatch hypothesis...
February 8, 2017: BMC Genomics
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
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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/28122990/using-stem-cell-derived-gametes-for-same-sex-reproduction-an-alternative-scenario
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Seppe Segers, Heidi Mertes, Guido Pennings, Guido de Wert, Wybo Dondorp
It has been suggested that future application of stem-cell derived gametes (SCD-gametes) might lead to the possibility for same-sex couples to have genetically related children. Still, for this to become possible, the technique of gamete derivation and techniques of reprogramming somatic cells to a pluripotent state (directly or via somatic cell nuclear transfer) would have to be perfected. Moreover, egg cells would have to be derived from male cells and sperm cells from female cells, which is believed to be particularly difficult, if not impossible...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107054/helping-relatives-survive-and-reproduce-inclusive-fitness-and-reproductive-value-in-brood-parasitism
#13
Malte Andersson
Costly help can raise a relative's reproduction, survival, and reproductive value and increase the inclusive fitness of the donor of help. Donor fitness is explored here in conspecific brood parasitism. In this alternative reproductive tactic, some females, "parasites," lay eggs in nests of other females of the same species, "hosts," suppliers of help that alone take care of the offspring. Modeling shows that hosts can gain inclusive fitness if parasitized by relatives whose reproduction or survival is thereby increased...
February 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105298/the-right-to-know-one-s-genetic-origins-and-cross-border-medically-assisted-reproduction
#14
EDITORIAL
Vardit Ravitsky
The use of donor sperm or egg for reproduction raises the issue of the right of donor-conceived individuals to know their genetic origins. This paper argues in favor of acknowledging such a right and explores the challenges that cross-border medically assisted reproduction would raise in relation to it. It first explores possible justifications for such a right by discerning its possible conceptual and empirical groundings. It describes some key ethical and policy implications of the removal of donor anonymity...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102039/a-dispermic-chimerism-detected-in-a-taiwanese-potential-unrelated-hematopoietic-stem-cell-donor
#15
E K L Yang, S G E Marsh, P-Y Chen, C-P Chen, S-P Chen, P Y Lin
Chimerism is defined as the presence of 2 or more than 1 genetically distinct cell populations in an organism. Dispermic chimeras are derived from the fertilization of 1 or 2 matured nuclei by 2 sperms. We here report detection of a healthy and phenotypically normal female with normal ABO red blood cell typing in whom dispermic chimerism was suspected after 3 alleles were identified at multiple human leukocyte antigen (HLA) loci using molecular HLA analysis. Molecular HLA typing showed the donor to have 3 HLA-A, -B, -C, -DRB1, -DQB1 and -DPB1 alleles in blood, saliva and nail samples...
February 2017: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048961/resource-availability-drives-mating-role-selection-in-a-simultaneous-hermaphrodite-aplysia-californica
#16
Kyle T David, Phillip Tanabe, Lynne A Fieber
In simultaneous hermaphrodites, a clear conflict exists between sperm donor and sperm recipient roles, and how such conflict is mediated remains up for debate. This study observed and recorded mating role selection as a function of resource availability in the simultaneous hermaphrodite Aplysia californica. When food was plentiful, animals assumed both sperm donor and recipient roles at relatively even frequency. However, when half of the mating pairs were placed on restricted diets, food-limited animals assumed the sperm donor role at significantly (P < 0...
December 2016: Biological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003869/attitudes-toward-regulations-of-reproductive-care-in-the-european-union-a-comparison-between-travellers-for-cross-border-reproductive-care-and-citizens-of-the-local-country
#17
R Hertz, M K Nelson, J Suñol
This paper compares two populations with respect to attitudes toward the regulation of reproductive care by the European Union. The two populations are 252 individuals who crossed a national border to receive treatment at an independent clinic in Spain and 45 Spanish citizens who received treatment in their home country. Online surveys were sent to former patients (from many different countries) of a private Spanish clinic. By comparing those who engaged in cross-border reproductive care (CBRC) with those who did not, we examined attitudes toward whether or not the EU should extend to all clients in all countries the type of services the clinic provided...
September 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986906/shedding-new-light-on-the-process-of-licensing-for-pathogenicity-by-th-lymphocytes
#18
Cuiyan Tan, Wambui S Wandu, R Steven Lee, Samuel H Hinshaw, Dennis M Klinman, Eric Wawrousek, Igal Gery
Th cells sensitized against autoantigens acquire pathogenicity following two sequential events, namely activation by their target Ag and a process named "licensing." In this study, we analyzed these processes in a transgenic mouse system in which TCR-transgenic Th cells specific to hen egg lysozyme (HEL) are adoptively transferred to recipients and induce inflammation in eyes expressing HEL. Our data show that the notion that the lung is the organ where "licensing" for pathogenicity takes place is based on biased data collected with cells injected i...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917504/constructing-and-enacting-kinship-in-sister-to-sister-egg-donation-families-a-multi-family-member-interview-study
#19
Hanna Van Parys, Veerle Provoost, Kristin Zeiler, Petra De Sutter, Guido Pennings, Ann Buysse
Although intra-familial egg donation has been practiced for more than 15 years in several countries, little is known about family relationships in this family type. Framed within the new kinship studies, this article focuses on the experiential dimension of kinship in sister-to-sister egg donation families: how is kinship 'unpacked' and 'reconstructed' in this specific family constellation? Qualitative data analysis of interviews with receiving parents, their donating sisters and the donor children revealed six themes: (1) being connected as an extended family; (2) disambiguating motherhood; (3) giving and receiving as structuring processes; (4) acknowledging and managing the 'special' link between donor and child; (5) making sense of the union between father and donor; and (6) kinship constructions being challenged...
December 5, 2016: Sociology of Health & Illness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872720/a-comparative-study-on-the-effects-of-different-cryoprotectants-on-the-quality-of-canine-sperm-during-vitrification-process
#20
Sahar Nouri Gharajelar, Rajab Ali Sadrkhanloo, Masoud Onsori, Adel Saberivand
Cryopreservation has the capacity to extend spermatozoa's lifespan and viability. In addition, the semen samples can be collected, preserved and stored or sent to distant locations and still be used long after the death of the semen donor. In this study for the vitrification of dog sperm (fresh and swum-up sperm), different cryopreservation mediums on the basis of glycerol, milk and egg yolk were used. Then, all of the samples were vitrified in the liquid nitrogen and thawed at least 48 hr later for re-examination of sperm parameters...
2016: Veterinary Research Forum
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