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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191261/global-dna-methylation-levels-are-altered-by-modifiable-clinical-manipulations-in-assisted-reproductive-technologies
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Jayashri Ghosh, Christos Coutifaris, Carmen Sapienza, Monica Mainigi
BACKGROUND: We analyzed placental DNA methylation levels at repeated sequences (LINE1 elements) and all CCGG sites (the LUMA assay) to study the effect of modifiable clinical or laboratory procedures involved in in vitro fertilization. We included four potential modifiable factors: oxygen tension during embryo culture, fresh embryo transfer vs frozen embryo transfer, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) vs conventional insemination or day 3 embryo transfer vs day 5 embryo transfer...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182605/assisted-reproductive-technology-surveillance-united-states-2014
#2
Saswati Sunderam, Dmitry M Kissin, Sara B Crawford, Suzanne G Folger, Denise J Jamieson, Lee Warner, Wanda D Barfield
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Since the first U.S. infant conceived with assisted reproductive technology (ART) was born in 1981, both the use of ART and the number of fertility clinics providing ART services have increased steadily in the United States. ART includes fertility treatments in which eggs or embryos are handled in the laboratory (i.e., in vitro fertilization [IVF] and related procedures). Women who undergo ART procedures are more likely than women who conceive naturally to deliver multiple-birth infants...
February 10, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158511/adjuncts-in-the-ivf-laboratory-where-is-the-evidence-for-add-on-interventions
#3
Joyce Harper, Emily Jackson, Karen Sermon, Robert John Aitken, Stephen Harbottle, Edgar Mocanu, Thorir Hardarson, Raj Mathur, Stephane Viville, Andy Vail, Kersti Lundin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 31, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064422/improved-detection-of-mineral-oil-toxicity-using-an-extended-mouse-embryo-assay
#4
Alessandra J Ainsworth, Jolene R Fredrickson, Dean E Morbeck
PURPOSE: Successful in vitro fertilization (IVF) relies on sound laboratory methods and culture conditions which depend on sensitive quality control (QC) testing. This study aimed to improve the sensitivity of mouse embryo assays (MEA) for detection of mineral oil toxicity. METHODS: Five experiments were conducted to study modifications of the standard mouse embryo assay (MEA) in order to improve sensitivity using clinical grade mineral oil with known peroxide concentrations...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031323/inter-observer-and-intra-observer-agreement-between-embryologists-during-selection-of-a-single-day-5-embryo-for-transfer-a-multicenter-study
#5
Ashleigh Storr, Christos A Venetis, Simon Cooke, Suha Kilani, William Ledger
STUDY QUESTION: What is the inter-observer and intra-observer agreement between embryologists when selecting a single Day 5 embryo for transfer? SUMMARY ANSWER: The inter-observer and intra-observer agreement between embryologists when selecting a single Day 5 embryo for transfer was generally good, although not optimal, even among experienced embryologists. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Previous research on the morphological assessment of early stage (two pronuclei to Day 3) embryos has shown varying levels of inter-observer and intra-observer agreement...
December 28, 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017976/acute-abdomen-in-the-17th-week-of-twin-pregnancy-due-to-ovarian-torsion-a-late-complication-of-ivf
#6
D Habek, R Bauman, L Rukavina Kralj, T Hafner, T Turudic, S Vujisic
Background: A 32-year-old woman with tubal factor infertility due to bilateral laparoscopic salpingectomy conceived twins with in vitro fertilization (IVF). She developed moderate ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome which was treated with anticoagulant therapy. The subsequent course of the twin pregnancy was normal until the 17th week of gestation when she presented to hospital because of a sharp pain in the right lower abdomen which ceased after admission. Case: Except for a single incident of vomiting, patient had no other subjective symptoms...
December 2016: Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003868/outcome-of-one-hundred-consecutive-icsi-attempts-using-patient-operated-home-sonography-for-monitoring-follicular-growth
#7
J Gerris, F Vandekerckhove, P De Sutter
OBJECTIVE: cohort study describing clinical and laboratory outcomes in ICSI patients using self-operated endovaginal tele-monitoring (SOET). SETTING: University department of reproductive medicine. PATIENTS: 78 patients undergoing 100 consecutive ICSI attempts. INTERVENTIONS: patients' recorded vaginal sonograms and sent recordings using the cloud based Sonaura device to the care provider who procured responses, avoiding hospital visits...
September 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909571/affordable-art-in-kenya-the-only-hope-for-involuntary-childlessness
#8
S W Ndegwa
The reported overall subfertility rate in Kenia is 26.1% with 50% attributed to tubal factors and 15% due to male factors. This is probably an underestimation taking into consideration that due to the stigma and myths of the disease, many couples are seeking alternative care from religious sects, witchdoctors, herbalists. Because the costs associated with IVF in private centres are only affordable for the happy few, the only true hope for most Kenyans struggling with unintended childlessness lies in the introduction of affordable ART services...
June 27, 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889868/biobanking-of-different-body-fluids-within-the-frame-of-ivf-a-standard-operating-procedure-to-improve-reproductive-biology-research
#9
Michael Schenk, Berthold Huppertz, Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch, Darja Kastelic, Martina Hörmann-Kröpfl, Gregor Weiss
PURPOSE: The aim of the present study was to develop a standard operating procedure (SOP) for the collection, transport, and storage of human cumulus cells, follicular fluid, blood serum, seminal plasma, embryo culture supernatant, and embryo culture supernatant control obtained within the IVF process under approved protocols and written informed consent from participating patients. The SOP was developed at the Kinderwunsch Institut Schenk, Dobl, Austria, together with Biobank Graz of the Medical University of Graz, Austria...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844488/how-do-laboratory-embryo-transfer-techniques-affect-ivf-outcomes-a-review-of-current-literature
#10
George Sigalos, Olga Triantafyllidou, Nikos Vlahos
Over the last few years, many studies have focused on embryo selection methods, whereas little attention has been given to the standardization of the procedure of embryo transfer. In this review, several parameters of the embryo transfer procedure are examined, such as the: (i) culture medium volume and loading technique; (ii) syringe and catheters used for embryo transfer; (iii) viscosity and composition of the embryo transfer medium; (iv) environment of embryo culture; (v) timing of embryo transfer; (vi) and standardization of the embryo transfer techniques...
November 15, 2016: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27827818/oocyte-embryo-and-blastocyst-cryopreservation-in-art-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-comparing-slow-freezing-versus-vitrification-to-produce-evidence-for-the-development-of-global-guidance
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REVIEW
Laura Rienzi, Clarisa Gracia, Roberta Maggiulli, Andrew R LaBarbera, Daniel J Kaser, Filippo M Ubaldi, Sheryl Vanderpoel, Catherine Racowsky
BACKGROUND: Successful cryopreservation of oocytes and embryos is essential not only to maximize the safety and efficacy of ovarian stimulation cycles in an IVF treatment, but also to enable fertility preservation. Two cryopreservation methods are routinely used: slow-freezing or vitrification. Slow-freezing allows for freezing to occur at a sufficiently slow rate to permit adequate cellular dehydration while minimizing intracellular ice formation. Vitrification allows the solidification of the cell(s) and of the extracellular milieu into a glass-like state without the formation of ice...
November 8, 2016: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821560/in-vitro-fertilization-research-is-translational-research
#12
Alan H DeCherney, Rebecca L Barnett
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the perfect example of translational research. Changes in IVF and the IVF laboratory have been transmitted to clinical care, showing dramatic improvements in health outcomes, including notable increases in the cumulative pregnancy rate. Current research in the laboratory focusing on culture media, embryo selection criteria, and implementation of genetic testing and manipulation promises to translate to further improvements in our ability to assist human reproduction. The field of IVF and ART remains a large source for clinical and scientific discovery and development, and will require the proper interested and invested personnel, occupational structuring, and funding for continued success...
December 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816236/elevated-circulating-micro-ribonucleic-acid-mirna-200b-and-mirna-429-levels%C3%A2-in-anovulatory-women
#13
Iris Eisenberg, Neta Nahmias, Michal Novoselsky Persky, Caryn Greenfield, Debra Goldman-Wohl, Arye Hurwitz, Ronit Haimov-Kochman, Simcha Yagel, Tal Imbar
OBJECTIVE: To study the role of micro-RNA (miRNA)-200b and miRNA-429 in human ovulation and to measure their expression levels in ovulatory and anovulatory patients. DESIGN: Micro-RNA-200b and miRNA-429 expression analysis in human serum and granulosa cells at different phases of the ovulation cycle in normal cycling women and women undergoing assisted reproductive technology cycles. SETTING: University-affiliated hospital and academic research laboratory...
January 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793366/accurate-quantitation-of-mitochondrial-dna-reveals-uniform-levels-in-human-blastocysts-irrespective-of-ploidy-age-or-implantation-potential
#14
Andrea R Victor, Alan J Brake, Jack C Tyndall, Darren K Griffin, Christo G Zouves, Frank L Barnes, Manuel Viotti
OBJECTIVE: To accurately determine mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) levels in human blastocysts. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. SETTING: IVF clinic. PATIENT(S): A total of 1,396 embryos derived from 259 patients. INTERVENTION(S): Blastocyst-derived trophectoderm biopsies were tested by next-generation sequencing (NGS) and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): For each sample the mtDNA value was divided by the nuclear DNA value, and the result was further subjected to mathematical analysis tailored to the genetic makeup of the source embryo...
January 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770437/death-in-the-clinic-women-s-perceptions-and-experiences-of-discarding-supernumerary-ivf-embryos
#15
Sheryl de Lacey
Perspectives on the status of human embryos and whether they should be discarded differ globally. Some countries protect embryos in law while in other countries embryos 'die' or 'succumb' in assisted reproductive technology clinics on a daily basis. This study analyses interview data drawn from a larger qualitative study conducted in South Australia from 2004-2007. 21 women and 12 of 21 partners were interviewed about the decision they made to discard their embryos. The analysis reported here sought to examine the ways in which women constructed and experienced the decision to discard embryos...
October 22, 2016: Sociology of Health & Illness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27759447/comparison-of-the-results-of-preimplantation-genetic-screening-obtained-by-a-cgh-and-ngs-methods-from-the-same-embryos
#16
N Aleksandrova, E Shubina, A Ekimov, T Kodyleva, I Mukosey, N Makarova, E Kulakova, L Levkov, D Trofimov, G Sukhikh
Chromosomal aneuploidies are known for being the main cause of abnormal development of embryos with normal morphology, their implantation failure and early reproductive losses in IVF treatments. Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) allows selecting embryos with normal chromosomal content and increases IVF treatment efficiency due to higher implantation rates and less frequent early pregnancy losses. New technologies used for PGS allow making genome-wide analysis of the presence of all chromosomes in embryos...
October 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27695529/oxidation-reduction-potential-of-semen-what-is-its-role-in-the-treatment-of-male-infertility
#17
Ashok Agarwal, Shubhadeep Roychoudhury, Kimberly B Bjugstad, Chak-Lam Cho
The diagnosis of male infertility relies largely on conventional semen analysis, and its interpretation has a profound influence on subsequent management of patients. Despite poor correlation between conventional semen parameters and male fertility potential, inclusion of advanced semen quality tests to routine male infertility workup algorithms has not been widely accepted. Oxidative stress is one of the major mediators in various etiologies of male infertility; it has deleterious effects on spermatozoa, including DNA damage...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27678484/microfluidics-for-mammalian-embryo-culture-and-selection-where-do-we-stand-now
#18
Séverine Le Gac, Verena Nordhoff
The optimization of in-vitro culture conditions and the selection of the embryo(s) with the highest developmental competence are essential components in an ART program. Culture conditions are manifold and they underlie not always evidence-based research but also trends entering the IVF laboratory. At the moment, the idea of using sequential media according to the embryo requirements has been given up in favor of the use of single step media in an uninterrupted manner due to practical issues such as time-lapse incubators...
September 27, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27670939/evaluation-of-spermatozoal-function-useful-tools-or-just-science
#19
W Niżański, A Partyka, S Prochowska
Conventional microscopic semen analysis does not provide precise information on the fertilizing potential of a male. The traditional basis for semen evaluation is that male fertility is dependent on production of a "proper" concentration/number of motile, morphologically normal spermatozoa in excess to achieve conception. Many independent studies, especially in human medicine, have demonstrated that the absolute number of spermatozoa does not accurately determine fertility, but their functional competence. Many functional tests of spermatozoa are developed over the last decades...
September 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27664207/population-trends-and-live-birth-rates-associated-with-common-art-treatment-strategies
#20
Georgina M Chambers, Handan Wand, Alan Macaldowie, Michael G Chapman, Cynthia M Farquhar, Mark Bowman, David Molloy, William Ledger
STUDY QUESTION: Have ART live birth rates improved in Australia over the last 12 years? SUMMARY ANSWER: There were striking improvements in per-cycle live birth rates observed for frozen/thaw embryo transfers, blastocyst transfer and single embryo transfer (SET), while live birth rates following ICSI were lower than IVF for non-male factor infertility in most years. WHAT IS ALREADY KNOWN: ART and associated techniques have become the predominant treatment of infertility over the past 30 years in most developed countries...
November 2016: Human Reproduction
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