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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449121/tri-directional-anaphases-as-a-novel-chromosome-segregation-defect-in-human-oocytes
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Jenna Haverfield, Nicola L Dean, Diana Nöel, Gaudeline Rémillard-Labrosse, Veronique Paradis, Isaac-Jacques Kadoch, Greg FitzHarris
STUDY QUESTION: What are the chromosome segregation errors in human oocyte meiosis-I that may underlie oocyte aneuploidy? SUMMARY ANSWER: Multiple modes of chromosome segregation error were observed, including tri-directional anaphases, which we attribute to loss of bipolar spindle structure at anaphase-I. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Oocyte aneuploidy is common and associated with infertility, but mechanistic information on the chromosome segregation errors underlying these defects is scarce...
April 25, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444614/combined-gnrh-agonist-and-human-chorionic-gonadotropin-trigger-improves-icsi-cycle-outcomes-in-patients-with-history-of-poor-fertilization
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Rony T Elias, Nigel Pereira, Lisa Artusa, Amelia G Kelly, Monica Pasternak, Jovana P Lekovich, Gianpiero D Palermo, Zev Rosenwaks
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the utility of a combined GnRH-agonist (GnRH-a) and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) trigger in improving ICSI cycle outcomes in patients with poor fertilization history after standard hCG trigger in prior ICSI cycles. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study. Patients with a fertilization rate of <20% in at least two prior ICSI cycles who subsequently underwent another ICSI cycle with hCG trigger were compared to those who underwent another ICSI cycle with a combined GnRH-a and hCG trigger...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444513/in-vitro-fertilization-when-men-women-or-both-partners-are-positive-for-hiv-a-case-control-study
#3
Pauline Vankerkem, Yannick Manigart, Annick Delvigne, Lieveke Ameye, Deborah Konopnicki, Chloë Shaw-Jackson, Serge Rozenberg, Candice Autin
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare the outcomes of in vitro fertilization (IVF) for couples where one or both partners were positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to matched control couples. METHODS: A matched case-control retrospective study was performed. Data for 104 couples where the woman was HIV-positive; for 90 couples where the man was HIV-positive; and for 33 couples where both partners were HIV-positive were prospectively analyzed in comparison to matched controls treated in our center during the same period...
April 25, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442047/increased-frequency-of-chromosome-congression-defects-and-aneuploidy-in-mouse-oocytes-cultured-at-lower-temperature
#4
Jitka Danadova, Natalie Matijescukova, Anna Mac Gillavry Danylevska, Martin Anger
Optimal culture conditions are essential for successful IVM of mammalian oocytes and for their further development into an embryo. In the present study we used live cell imaging microscopy to assess the effects of suboptimal culture temperature on various aspects of IVM, including duration of meiosis I, dynamics of polar body extrusion, chromosome congression, anaphase-promoting complex/cyclosome (APC/C) activation and aneuploidy. The data showed that even a small deviation from the optimal incubation temperature causes marked changes in the duration and synchronicity of meiosis, APC/C activity and the frequency of chromosome congression and segregation errors...
April 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438565/improvements-in-oocyte-competence-in-superovulated-mice-following-treatment-with-cilostazol-ovulation-of-immature-oocytes-with-high-developmental-rates
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Ahmed M Taiyeb, Saeeda A Muhsen-Alanssari, William L Dees, Jill Hiney, Michael E Kjelland, Duane C Kraemer, Mundhir T Ridha-Albarzanchi
Exogenous administration of superovulatory hormones negatively affects oocyte competence in mammals. Phosphodiesterase 3A inhibitors were found to improve competence of oocytes matured in vitro in several species, including humans. This study was therefore designed to define oocyte maturation synchronization and competence in superovulated mice treated with cilostazol, a selective phosphodiesterase 3A inhibitor. Swiss Webster mice were superovulated and treated orally with 7.5mg cilostazol once or twice to result in ovulation of immature oocytes at the metaphase I (MI) or germinal vesicle (GV) stage, respectively...
April 21, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437434/comparisons-of-gnrh-antagonist-protocol-versus-gnrh-agonist-long-protocol-in-patients-with-normal-ovarian-reserve-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#6
Ruolin Wang, Shouren Lin, Yong Wang, Weiping Qian, Liang Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonist (GnRH-ant) protocol and gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRH-a) long protocol in patients with normal ovarian reserve. METHODS: We searched the PubMed (1992-2016), Cochrane Library (1999-2016), Web of Science (1950-2016), Chinese Biomedical Database (CBM, 1979-2016), and China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI, 1994-2016). Any randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that compared GnRH-ant protocol and GnRH-a long protocol in patients with normal ovarian reserve were included, and data were extracted independently by two reviewers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434825/rna-binding-proteins-in-human-oogenesis-balancing-differentiation-and-self-renewal-in-the-female-fetal-germline
#7
Roseanne Rosario, Andrew J Childs, Richard A Anderson
Primordial germ cells undergo three significant processes on their path to becoming primary oocytes: the initiation of meiosis, the formation and breakdown of germ cell nests, and the assembly of single oocytes into primordial follicles. However at the onset of meiosis, the germ cell becomes transcriptionally silenced. Consequently translational control of pre-stored mRNAs plays a central role in coordinating gene expression throughout the remainder of oogenesis; RNA binding proteins are key to this regulation...
April 18, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433372/intrinsic-fertility-of-human-oocytes
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Sherman J Silber, Keiichi Kato, Naoki Aoyama, Akiko Yabuuchi, Helen Skaletsky, Yuting Fan, Kazunori Shinohara, Noriyuki Yatabe, Tamotsu Kobayashi
OBJECTIVE: To study the intrinsic fertility of the human oocyte. DESIGN: A large retrospective study of natural cycle single embryo transfer (ET) IVF cycles. SETTING: Private IVF clinic, university, and private hospital. PATIENT(S): Patients were enrolled consecutively over an 8-year period in a single ET natural cycle protocol. INTERVENTION(S): A total of 13,949 oocyte retrievals with natural IVF single ET...
April 19, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431246/fatty-acids-regulate-germline-sex-determination-through-acs-4-dependent-myristoylation
#9
Hongyun Tang, Min Han
Fat metabolism has been linked to fertility and reproductive adaptation in animals and humans, and environmental sex determination potentially plays a role in the process. To investigate the impact of fatty acids (FA) on sex determination and reproductive development, we examined and observed an impact of FA synthesis and mobilization by lipolysis in somatic tissues on oocyte fate in Caenorhabditis elegans. The subsequent genetic analysis identified ACS-4, an acyl-CoA synthetase and its FA-CoA product, as key germline factors that mediate the role of FA in promoting oocyte fate through protein myristoylation...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431155/motoring-through-the-role-of-kinesin-superfamily-proteins-in-female-meiosis
#10
Nicole J Camlin, Eileen A McLaughlin, Janet E Holt
BACKGROUND: The kinesin motor protein family consists of 14 distinct subclasses and 45 kinesin proteins in humans. A large number of these proteins, or their orthologues, have been shown to possess essential function(s) in both the mitotic and the meiotic cell cycle. Kinesins have important roles in chromosome separation, microtubule dynamics, spindle formation, cytokinesis and cell cycle progression. This article contains a review of the literature with respect to the role of kinesin motor proteins in female meiosis in model species...
April 18, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428943/pathogenic-variant-in-nlrp7-19q13-42-associated-with-recurrent-gestational-trophoblastic-disease-data-from-early-embryo-development-observed-during-in-vitro-fertilization
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E Scott Sills, Alexandra J Obregon-Tito, Harry Gao, Thomas K McWilliams, Anthony T Gordon, Catharine A Adams, Rima Slim
OBJECTIVE: To describe in vitro development of human embryos derived from an individual with a homozygous pathogenic variant in NLRP7 (19q13.42) and recurrent hydatidiform mole (HM), an autosomal recessive condition thought to occur secondary to an oocyte defect. METHODS: A patient with five consecutive HM pregnancies was genomically evaluated via next generation sequencing followed by controlled ovarian hyperstimulation, in vitro fertilization (IVF) with intracytoplasmic sperm injection, embryo culture, and preimplantation genetic screening...
March 2017: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423339/germ-cell-specific-inflammasome-component-nlrp14-negatively-regulates-cytosolic-nucleic-acid-sensing-to-promote-fertilization
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Takayuki Abe, Albert Lee, Ramaswami Sitharam, Jordan Kesner, Raul Rabadan, Sagi D Shapira
Cytosolic sensing of nucleic acids initiates tightly regulated programs to limit infection. Oocyte fertilization represents a scenario wherein inappropriate responses to exogenous yet non-pathogen-derived nucleic acids would have negative consequences. We hypothesized that germ cells express negative regulators of nucleic acid sensing (NAS) in steady state and applied an integrated data-mining and functional genomics approach to identify a rheostat of DNA and RNA sensing-the inflammasome component NLRP14. We demonstrated that NLRP14 interacted physically with the nucleic acid sensing pathway and targeted TBK1 (TANK binding kinase 1) for ubiquitination and degradation...
April 18, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421509/appendix-e-rapid-i-tm-closed-vitrification-device-by-vitrolife
#13
Mark G Larman
Cryopreservation of gametes and embryos is a growing technique in numerous reproductive fields including human-assisted reproduction. With improved understanding of embryo physiology and optimized culture conditions, there are now more embryos than ever to vitrify for potential use in subsequent cycles. Many gametes and embryos have been cryopreserved in open systems, but there are concerns with regard to contamination from the liquid nitrogen and also cross-contamination between patients' germplasm. The development of the Rapid-i™, a closed vitrification device that does not use direct contact with liquid nitrogen during vitrification or subsequent storage, will be discussed as well as clinical protocols for human oocytes and embryos...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421508/appendix-d-irvine-scientific-%C3%A2-vitrification-system
#14
Matthew VerMilyea, Amber Brewer
This chapter will describe the use of the Irvine Scientific(®) vitrification and warming solutions (Vit Kits(®)) along with a detailed protocol for the correct use of the CryoTip(®) vitrification device for human embryos and oocytes. Successful pregnancies have been reported after carrying out rapid vitrification methods of oocytes, cleavage stage embryos, and blastocysts using the CryoTip(®) (Popwell et al. Fertil Steril, 101:e20, 2014; Kuwayama et al. Reprod Biomed 11:608-614, 2005; Kuwayama et al. Fertil Steril 84:S187, 2005; Kuwayama et al...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421505/appendix-a-cryotech-%C3%A2-vitrification-thawing
#15
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421494/chapter-10-human-oocyte-vitrification
#16
Laura Rienzi, Ana Cobo, Filippo Maria Ubaldi
Discovery and widespread application of successful cryopreservation methods for MII-phase oocytes was one of the greatest successes in human reproduction during the past decade. Although considerable improvements in traditional slow-rate freezing were also achieved, the real breakthrough was the result of introduction of vitrification. Here we describe the method that is most commonly applied for this purpose, provides consistent survival and in vitro developmental rates, results in pregnancy and birth rates comparable to those achievable with fresh oocytes, and does not result in higher incidence of gynecological or postnatal complications...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421493/chapter-9-slow-freezing-and-thawing-of-human-cleavage-stage-embryos
#17
David H Edgar, Janell Archer, Debra A Gook
The ability to store human embryos in a viable state at very low temperatures has been critical to the evolution of responsible practice in clinical Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). It has encouraged a reduction in the frequency of simultaneous multiple embryo transfer and thereby reduced the risks associated with multiple pregnancy while maintaining high cumulative pregnancy rates from single oocyte collection cycles. In this chapter, we describe a simple slow freezing procedure for human early cleavage stage embryos that results in a high proportion of post-thaw embryos surviving and retaining their implantation potential...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421492/chapter-8-human-oocytes-slow-rate-freezing-methodology
#18
C Zacà, A Borini
Cryopreservation of human oocytes is an important technique for the treatment of human infertility, as it deals successfully with legal, ethical, and moral issues related to embryo cryopreservation (Coticchio et al., Human Fertil (Camb) 4:152-157, 2001; Tucker et al., Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol 113: 524-527, 2004) and maintains reproductive potential in women with diseases or conditions that may compromise reproductive capacity. Here, we describe an oocyte cryopreservation technique involving slow freezing-rapid thawing with differential sucrose concentration (0...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421491/chapter-7-human-epididymal-and-testicular-sperm-cryopreservation
#19
Pankaj Talwar, Sarabpreet Singh
Since the advent of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in the early 1990s, surgical techniques to recover samples from the epididymis and testis directly have been used to benefit patients suffering from obstructive and nonobstructive azoospermia. Various studies have demonstrated comparable fertilization, ongoing pregnancy, and implantation rates when fresh and frozen-thawed epididymal sperms were used for ICSI [1]. Injection of fresh and frozen testicular sperms into mature oocytes resulted in similar fertilization rates in cases of obstructive azoospermia...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420163/beneficial-effects-of-melatonin-on-the-in-vitro-maturation-of-sheep-oocytes-and-its-relation-to-melatonin-receptors
#20
Xiuzhi Tian, Feng Wang, Lu Zhang, Changjiu He, Pengyun Ji, Jing Wang, Zhenzhen Zhang, Dongying Lv, Wusiman Abulizi, Xuguang Wang, Zhengxing Lian, Guoshi Liu
(1) Background: The binding sites of melatonin, as a multifunctional molecule, have been identified in human, porcine, and bovine samples. However, the binding sites and mechanisms of melatonin have not been reported in sheep; (2) Methods: Cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) were cultured in TCM-199 supplemented with melatonin at concentrations of 0, 10(-3), 10(-5), 10(-7), 10(-9), and 10(-11) M. Melatonin receptors (MT1 and MT2) were evaluated via immunofluorescence and Western blot. The effects of melatonin on cumulus cell expansion, nuclear maturation, embryo development, and related gene (GDF9, DNMT1, PTX3, HAS2, and EGFR) expression were investigated...
April 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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