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Embryo Culture Media

Kathrine Vauvert R Hviid, Sara Sofia Malchau, Anja Pinborg, Henriette Svarre Nielsen
BACKGROUND: The incidence of monozygotic twins (MZT) after ART appears to be higher than the incidence after spontaneous conceptions contradicting the aim of ART to avoid multiple pregnancies because of the associated risks. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: The aim was to study the frequency of MZT after IVF and ICSI and how it is influenced by the day of embryo transfer, maternal age, zona pellucida manipulation, controlled ovarian stimulation, stimulation protocol, culture media and embryo quality...
March 12, 2018: Human Reproduction Update
R Poverini, R Lisi, F Lisi, V Berlinghieri, W Bielli, P Carfagna, A Costantino, D Iacomino, G Nicodemo
Granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulation factor plays different crucial roles during embryo implantation and subsequent development. Here we aimed to evaluate the effects of embryo cell culture medium, with the inclusion of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulation factor (GM-CSF), on embryo development and pregnancy rate. To this end, we took advantage of our retrospective observational study to correlate the outcomes from two different culture media. We included in this study 25 unselected patient from our IVF Center that underwent heterologous IVF cycle with crypreserved oocytes...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Suyatno, Yuka Kitamura, Shuntaro Ikeda, Naojiro Minami, Masayasu Yamada, Hiroshi Imai
Undifferentiated spermatogonia eventually differentiate in the testis to produce haploid sperm. Within this cell population, there is a small number of spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs). SSCs are rare cells in the testis, and their cellular characteristics are poorly understood. Establishment of undifferentiated cell line would provide an indispensable tool for studying their biological nature and spermiogenesis/spermatogenesis in vitro. However, there have been few reports on the long-term culture of undifferentiated spermatogonia in species other than rodents...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Reproduction and Development
M Vera-Rodriguez, A Diez-Juan, J Jimenez-Almazan, S Martinez, R Navarro, V Peinado, A Mercader, M Meseguer, D Blesa, I Moreno, D Valbuena, C Rubio, C Simon
STUDY QUESTION: What is the origin and composition of cell-free DNA in human embryo spent culture media? SUMMARY ANSWER: Cell-free DNA from human embryo spent culture media represents a mix of maternal and embryonic DNA, and the mixture can be more complex for mosaic embryos. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In 2016, ~300 000 human embryos were chromosomally and/or genetically analyzed using preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidies (PGT-A) or monogenic disorders (PGT-M) before transfer into the uterus...
February 20, 2018: Human Reproduction
Tahereh Keshvari, Abdollah Najaphy, Danial Kahrizi, Alireza Zebarjadi
Stevia rebaudiana (Bert.) from Asteraceae family is a useful medicinal plant that prevents and cures diabetes, blood pressure, weight gain and tooth decay. Due to self-incompatibility in stevia, somatic embryo investigation for artificial seed production is valuable in this plant. In order to evaluate the callus induction characteristics in stevia, a factorial experiment was laid out based on a completely randomized design with three replications. The factors included ten hormone combinations and control, two kinds of media (MS and B5) and two types of explants (leaf and internode)...
February 10, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Mouhamadou Diaw, Renato M Salgado, Heloísa S Canesin, Nell Gridley, Katrin Hinrichs
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is an important tool for equine embryo production in both clinical and research settings. In clinical ICSI programs, immature equine cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) are often collected at the mare's location and shipped to the ICSI laboratory. To simplify shipment and aid scheduling of subsequent procedures, COCs can be held overnight at room temperature (∼22 °C) before placement into maturation culture, with no detrimental effect on meiotic or developmental competence...
February 2, 2018: Theriogenology
Eugeny Brusentsev, Elena Kizilova, Valentina Mokrousova, Valeria Kozhevnikova, Irina Rozhkova, Sergei Amstislavsky
The study represents a comparison of cryopreservation of domestic cat epididymal spermatozoa with two commercially available freezing media: CaniPlus Freeze (CPF) and SpermFreeze (SF). The viability of nonfrozen spermatozoa evaluated by the VitalScreen test was 68.7 ± 3.0%. These figures were lower for the frozen-thawed spermatozoa: 51.2 ± 6.3% for CPF group and 54.4 ± 3.1% for SF group. The motility of nonfrozen spermatozoa was 57.2 ± 4.5%. These figures were reduced in both frozen-thawed groups; however, there was no significant difference in these parameters between CPF (30...
December 29, 2017: Theriogenology
Maryam Farzaneh, Masoumeh Zare, Seyedeh-Nafiseh Hassani, Hossein Baharvand
Pluripotent stem cell (PSC) lines derived from embryonated avian eggs are a convenient platform for production of various recombinant proteins and vaccines. In chicks, both embryonic stem cells (ESC) and embryonic germ cells (EGC) are considered to be pluripotent cells obtained from early blastodermal cells (stage X) and gonadal tissues (stage HH28), respectively. However, the establishment and long-term maintenance of avian PSC lines faces several challenges and differs in efficiency between chick strains...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
José A Hernández, Rosa A Vázquez-Ruiz, Cristiana F Cazapal-Monteiro, Esther Valderrábano, Fabián L Arroyo, Iván Francisco, Silvia Miguélez, Rita Sánchez-Andrade, Adolfo Paz-Silva, María S Arias
Abstract: There are certain saprophytic fungi in the soil able to develop an antagonistic effect against eggs of parasites. Some of these fungal species are ingested by animals during grazing, and survive in their feces after passing through the digestive tract. To identify and isolate ovicidal fungi in the feces of wild captive animals, a total of 60 fecal samples were taken from different wild animals kept captive in the Marcelle Natureza Zoological Park (Lugo, Spain). After the serial culture of the feces onto Petri dishes with different media, their parasicitide activity was assayed against eggs of trematodes (Calicophoron daubneyi) and ascarids (Parascaris equorum)...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Fungi (Basel, Switzerland)
Ramon Cesar Botigelli, Eduardo Montanari Razza, Elisa Mariano Pioltine, Patricia Kubo Fontes, Kátia Regina Lancellotti Schwarz, Cláudia Lima Verde Leal, Marcelo Fábio Gouveia Nogueira
In our study, we added natriuretic peptide type C (NPPC) and/or sildenafil during in vitro maturation (IVM) of bovine cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) followed by in vitro culture (IVC) of embryos with or without sildenafil. We evaluated the effects on the lipid content (LC) of oocytes and embryos and also verified the expression of 96 transcripts related to competence in matured COCs and 96 transcripts related to embryo quality in blastocysts. After IVM, LC was decreased in oocytes by NPPC while sildenafil did not affect LC in oocytes...
January 17, 2018: Reproductive Biology
Leona D Scanlan, Steven P Lund, Sanem Hosbas Coskun, Shannon K Hanna, Monique E Johnson, Christopher M Sims, Karina Brignoni, Patricia Lapasset, Elijah J Petersen, John T Elliott, Bryant C Nelson
The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is used extensively in molecular, toxicological and genetics research. However, standardized methods for counting nematodes in liquid culture do not exist despite the wide use of nematodes and need for accurate measurements. Herein, we provide a simple and affordable counting protocol developed to maximize count accuracy and minimize variability in liquid nematode culture. Sources of variability in the counting process were identified and tested in 14 separate experiments...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yuechao Lu, Davina Bonte, Minerva Ferrer-Buitrago, Mina Popovic, Jitesh Neupane, Margot Van der Jeught, Luc Leybaert, Petra De Sutter, Björn Heindryckx
Inconsistent fertilisation and pregnancy rates have been reported by different laboratories after application of ionomycin as a clinical method of assisted oocyte activation (AOA) to overcome fertilisation failure. Using both mouse and human oocytes, in the present study we investigated the effects of ionomycin and Ca2+ concentrations on the pattern of Ca2+ release and embryonic developmental potential. In the mouse, application of 5μM ionomycin in potassium simplex optimisation medium (KSOM) or 10µM ionomycin in Ca2+-free KSOM significantly reduced the Ca2+ flux and resulted in failure of blastocyst formation compared with 10μM ionomycin in KSOM...
January 12, 2018: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
Julie Lamy, Julie Gatien, Florine Dubuisson, Lydie Nadal-Desbarats, Pascal Salvetti, Pascal Mermillod, Marie Saint-Dizier
In the present study we tested whether regulation of the metabolome in bovine oviductal fluid depended on the stage of the oestrous cycle, the side relative to ovulation and local concentrations of steroid hormones. Luminal fluid samples from both oviducts were collected in the preovulatory, postovulatory, mid- and late luteal phases, from cyclic cows at a local abattoir (18-27 cows per stage and side). The metabolomes were assessed by proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (H-NMR). In all, 39 metabolites were identified, among which the amino acid glycine and the energy substrates lactate and myoinositol were the most abundant at all stages...
January 5, 2018: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
Lilian B Romero-Sánchez, Manuel Marí-Beffa, Paloma Carrillo, Miguel Ángel Medina, Aránzazu Díaz-Cuenca
The osteogenic and angiogenic responses of organisms to the ionic products of degradation of bioactive glasses (BGs) are being intensively investigated. The promotion of angiogenesis by copper (Cu) has been known for more than three decades. This element can be incorporated to delivery carriers, such as BGs, and the materials used in biological assays. In this work, Cu-containing mesoporous bioactive glass (MBG) in the SiO2-CaO-P2O5 compositional system was prepared incorporating 5% mol Cu (MBG-5Cu) by replacement of the corresponding amount of Ca...
December 27, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
Kanchan Gupta, Vijay Kumar Sirohi, Suparna Kumari, Vinay Shukla, Murli Manohar, Pooja Popli, Anila Dwivedi
Earlier studies have demonstrated the cyclic variation and also the altered expression of sorcin in endometrium during early- to mid-secretory phase transition in women with unexplained infertility. The current study was undertaken to establish the functional role of sorcin in endometrial receptivity in mice. Results indicated that sorcin was highly expressed during the window of implantation in mice and functional blockage of sorcin caused significant reduction in number of implanted blastocyst. The receptivity markers (i...
December 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
R Tremblay, I Dufort, M A Sirard
The mammalian embryo is sensitive to and adapts to its metabolic environment. The mother's metabolic health and nutrient availability, for example, can modulate the oviductal fluid composition and thus embryo development. In this project, we induced energetic stress in bovine embryos during early culture to observe the epigenetic responses associated with metabolic stress, using a treatment paradigm known to decrease blastocyst rates. Embryos were generated using oocytes from slaughtered cows, and then exposed to an elevated glucose concentration (5 mM versus 0...
December 14, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
George Α Sigalos, Yannis Michalopoulos, Athanasios G Kastoras, Olga Triantafyllidou, Nikos F Vlahos
PURPOSE: The aim of this prospective randomized control trial was to evaluate if the use of two different volumes (20-25 vs 40-45 μl) of media used for embryo transfer affects the clinical outcomes in fresh in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles. METHODS: In total, 236 patients were randomized in two groups, i.e., "low volume" group (n = 118) transferring the embryos with 20-25 μl of medium and "high volume" group (n = 118) transferring the embryos with 40-45 μl of medium...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Srinivas Belide, Thomas Vanhercke, James Robertson Petrie, Surinder Pal Singh
Background: Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L.) is one of the world's most important cereal crops grown for multiple applications and has been identified as a potential biofuel crop. Despite several decades of study, sorghum has been widely considered as a recalcitrant major crop for transformation due to accumulation of phenolic compounds, lack of model genotypes, low regeneration frequency and loss of regeneration potential through sub-cultures. Among different explants used for genetic transformation of sorghum, immature embryos are ideal over other explants...
2017: Plant Methods
Min-Young Shin, Seung-Eun Lee, Yeo-Jin Son, Yun-Gwi Park, Sang-Gi Jeong, Eun-Young Kim, Se-Pill Park
Culture media modifications, including the addition of various factors, are important for the in vitro production of oocytes and embryos. In this study, we investigated the effects of lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) on porcine embryo development. Porcine parthenogenetic embryos were cultured with 0, 0.1, 1, and 10 μM LPA for 7 days, or cultured in basic medium until Day 4 and then treated with LPA from Days 4 to 7. No difference in the in vitro development of embryos cultured with LPA for 7 days was observed...
January 2018: Molecular Reproduction and Development
M M R Chowdhury, Ayman Mesalam, Imran Khan, Myeong-Don Joo, Kyeong-Lim Lee, Lianguang Xu, Fahmida Afrin, Il-Keun Kong
In vitro embryo development remains suboptimal compared to in vivo development due to the challenge from various stressors associated with in vitro culturing of oocytes. When 0.2 μM lycopene was added to oocyte in vitro maturation and embryo culture media, to assess its antioxidant effects on embryo development, we observed a significant (p < 0.05) increase in cleavage and blastocyst development rates compared to the corresponding controls (84.3 ± 0.6% vs. 73.1 ± 1.9% and 41.0 ± 1.4% vs...
January 2018: Molecular Reproduction and Development
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