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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129541/interspecies-chimerism-with-mammalian-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Jun Wu, Aida Platero-Luengo, Masahiro Sakurai, Atsushi Sugawara, Maria Antonia Gil, Takayoshi Yamauchi, Keiichiro Suzuki, Yanina Soledad Bogliotti, Cristina Cuello, Mariana Morales Valencia, Daiji Okumura, Jingping Luo, Marcela Vilariño, Inmaculada Parrilla, Delia Alba Soto, Cristina A Martinez, Tomoaki Hishida, Sonia Sánchez-Bautista, M Llanos Martinez-Martinez, Huili Wang, Alicia Nohalez, Emi Aizawa, Paloma Martinez-Redondo, Alejandro Ocampo, Pradeep Reddy, Jordi Roca, Elizabeth A Maga, Concepcion Rodriguez Esteban, W Travis Berggren, Estrella Nuñez Delicado, Jeronimo Lajara, Isabel Guillen, Pedro Guillen, Josep M Campistol, Emilio A Martinez, Pablo Juan Ross, Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte
Interspecies blastocyst complementation enables organ-specific enrichment of xenogenic pluripotent stem cell (PSC) derivatives. Here, we establish a versatile blastocyst complementation platform based on CRISPR-Cas9-mediated zygote genome editing and show enrichment of rat PSC-derivatives in several tissues of gene-edited organogenesis-disabled mice. Besides gaining insights into species evolution, embryogenesis, and human disease, interspecies blastocyst complementation might allow human organ generation in animals whose organ size, anatomy, and physiology are closer to humans...
January 26, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123056/human-embryos-cultured-in-vitro-to-14-days
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REVIEW
Samantha A Morris
We know a great deal about the development of the mammalian embryo until the time that the blastocyst implants into the uterus. With model organisms such as the mouse, we have also developed a considerable understanding of development immediately around gastrulation as embryos can be recovered at this stage for short-term in vitro culture. However, the intervening period of development remained a 'black box' because it takes place as the blastocyst is implanting into the uterus. Over the past 6 years, techniques pioneered and developed in Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz's laboratory for the in vitro culture of embryos through these implantation stages have opened up this box, affording the first glimpse of embryonic development through these previously hidden stages...
January 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115423/role-of-selectins-and-their-ligands-in-human-implantation-stage
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REVIEW
Ying Feng, Xue Ma, Liwen Deng, Bin Yao, Ying Xiong, Yilun Wu, Lin Wang, Qianhong Ma, Fang Ma
Selectins are a family of calcium-dependent, type I transmembrane, carbohydrate-binding glycoproteins. Selectins and their ligands are not only involved in physiological processes such as leukocyte homing and pathological processes such as cancer, but also play an essential role in the human implantation. L-selectin and its ligands participate in the adhesion of the blastocyst to the endometrium at the maternal-fetal interface. P-selectin and E-selectin are involved in immune recognition of maternal decidua to the embedded embryo as well as trophoblast migration within decidual spiral arterioles...
January 23, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087122/human-trophoblast-stem-cells-real-or-not-real
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Ching-Wen Chang, Mana M Parast
Abnormal trophoblast differentiation is the root cause of many placenta-based pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction. Human trophoblast differentiation is difficult to study due to the lack of a stem cell model. Such a multipotent "trophoblast stem" (TS) cell, with the ability to differentiate into all trophoblast subtypes, has been derived from mouse blastocysts, but attempts to derive similar human cells have failed. We consider here several possibilities for the TS cell niche in the human placenta...
January 5, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049832/forkhead-box-a2-foxa2-is-essential-for-uterine-function-and-fertility
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Andrew M Kelleher, Wang Peng, James K Pru, Cindy A Pru, Francesco J DeMayo, Thomas E Spencer
Establishment of pregnancy is a critical event, and failure of embryo implantation and stromal decidualization in the uterus contribute to significant numbers of pregnancy losses in women. Glands of the uterus are essential for establishment of pregnancy in mice and likely in humans. Forkhead box a2 (FOXA2) is a transcription factor expressed specifically in the glands of the uterus and is a critical regulator of postnatal uterine gland differentiation in mice. In this study, we conditionally deleted FOXA2 in the adult mouse uterus using the lactotransferrin Cre (Ltf-Cre) model and in the neonatal mouse uterus using the progesterone receptor Cre (Pgr-Cre) model...
February 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042415/chances-to-have-a-boy-after-gender-selection-by-pre-implantation-genetic-screening-are-reduced-in-couples-with-only-girls-and-without-a-boy-sired-by-the-male-partner
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Soryya Panahi, Fariba Fahami, Mohammad Reza Deemeh, Marziyeh Tavalaee, Hamid Gourabi, Mohammad Hossain Nasr-Esfahani
BACKGROUND: Gender selection and family planning have their roots in human history. Despite great interest in these fields, very few scientific propositions exist which could explain why some family do not attain the desired sex. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate whether sex of previous child or children could affect the outcomes of pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This historical cohort study including 218 PGS cases referring to Isfahan Fertility and Infertility Center (IFIC)...
January 2017: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980237/prediction-of-blastocyst-development-and-implantation-potential-in-utero-based-on-the-third-cleavage-and-compaction-times-in-mouse-pre-implantation-embryos
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Jihyun Kim, Seok Hyun Kim, Jin Hyun Jun
Cytokinesis and cell division during pre-implantation embryonic development occur as an orchestrated spatiotemporal program. Cleavage, compaction, and blastulation in pre-implantation embryos are essential for successful implantation and pregnancy. Their alteration is associated with chromosomal imbalance and loss of developmental competence. In this study, we evaluated the time of cleavage and compaction as predictors for in vitro pre- and peri-implantation development and in utero implantation potential by time-lapse monitoring...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938317/cell-viability-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-stored-for-a-period-of-9-years
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Geeta Shroff, Damini Vatsa
OBJECTIVES: Human embryonic stem cells are pluripotent cell lines usually derived from human blastocysts. Their potential critically depends on long-term proliferative capacity, developmental potential after prolonged culture, and karyotypic stability. Cell viability is an important parameter for assessing cell sample quality. Here, we elaborate the stored human embryonic stem cell lines' viability in a ready to use form for a period of 9 years (from 2007 to 2015). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Spare pre implantation stage in vitro fertilized ovum-derived cell lines were cultured in suitable media...
December 12, 2016: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924460/proteomic-profile-of-maternal-aged-blastocoel-fluid-suggests-a-novel-role-for-ubiquitin-system-in-blastocyst-quality
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Gabriella Tedeschi, Elena Albani, Elena Monica Borroni, Valentina Parini, Anna Maria Brucculeri, Elisa Maffioli, Armando Negri, Simona Nonnis, Mauro Maccarrone, Paolo Emanuele Levi-Setti
PURPOSE: The etiology of maternal aging, a common cause of female factor infertility and a rate-limiting step in vitro fertilization (IVF) success, remains still unclear. Proteomic changes responsible for the impaired successful pregnancy outcome after IVF with aged blastocysts have not been yet evaluated. The objective of this prospective study was to employ proteomic techniques and bioinformatic tools to enlight differences at the protein level in blastocoel fluid of aged and younger woman...
February 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917907/ecat1-is-essential-for-human-oocyte-maturation-and-pre-implantation-development-of-the-resulting-embryos
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Changyu Liu, Min Li, Tianjie Li, Hongcui Zhao, Jin Huang, Yun Wang, Qian Gao, Yang Yu, Qinghua Shi
ECAT1 is a subunit of the subcortical maternal complex that is required for cell cycle progression during pre-implantation embryonic development; however, its exact function remains to be elucidated. Here we investigated the expression of ECAT1 in human ovarian tissue, oocytes and pre-implantation embryos and assessed its function by using RNA interference (RNAi) in oocytes. ECAT1 mRNA was highly expressed in human oocytes and zygotes, as well as in two-cell, four-cell and eight-cell embryos, but declined significantly in morulae and blastocysts...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912901/individualized-versus-conventional-ovarian-stimulation-for-in%C3%A2-vitro-fertilization-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-assessor-blinded-phase-3-noninferiority-trial
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Anders Nyboe Andersen, Scott M Nelson, Bart C J M Fauser, Juan Antonio García-Velasco, Bjarke M Klein, Joan-Carles Arce
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy and safety of follitropin delta, a new human recombinant FSH with individualized dosing based on serum antimüllerian hormone (AMH) and body weight, with conventional follitropin alfa dosing for ovarian stimulation in women undergoing IVF. DESIGN: Randomized, multicenter, assessor-blinded, noninferiority trial (ESTHER-1). SETTING: Reproductive medicine clinics. PATIENT(S): A total of 1,329 women (aged 18-40 years)...
February 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911818/planar-cell-polarity-signaling-in-the-uterus-directs-appropriate-positioning-of-the-crypt-for-embryo-implantation
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Jia Yuan, Jeeyeon Cha, Wenbo Deng, Amanda Bartos, Xiaofei Sun, Hsin-Yi Henry Ho, Jean-Paul Borg, Terry P Yamaguchi, Yingzi Yang, Sudhansu K Dey
Blastocyst implantation is a complex process requiring coordination of a dynamic sequence of embryo-uterine interactions. Blood vessels enter the uterus from the mesometrium, demarcating the uterus into mesometrial (M) and antimesometrial (AM) domains. Implantation occurs along the uterine longitudinal axis within specialized implantation chambers (crypts) that originate within the evaginations directed from the primary lumen toward the AM domain. The morphological orientation of crypts in rodent uteri was recognized more than a century ago, but the mechanism remained unknown...
December 13, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905495/uterine-glands-impact-uterine-receptivity-luminal-fluid-homeostasis-and-blastocyst-implantation
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Andrew M Kelleher, Gregory W Burns, Susanta Behura, Guoyao Wu, Thomas E Spencer
Uterine glands are essential for pregnancy in mice and likely humans, because they secrete or transport bioactive substances that regulate uterine receptivity for blastocyst implantation. In mice, the uterus becomes receptive to blastocyst implantation on day 4, but is refractory by day 5. Here, blastocysts could be recovered from progesterone-induced uterine gland (PUGKO) but not wildtype (WT) mice on day 5 post-mating. Anti-adhesive Muc1 protein and microvilli were present on the luminal epithelium of PUGKO but not WT uteri...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843122/allele-specific-methylome-and-transcriptome-analysis-reveals-widespread-imprinting-in-the-human-placenta
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Hirotaka Hamada, Hiroaki Okae, Hidehiro Toh, Hatsune Chiba, Hitoshi Hiura, Kenjiro Shirane, Tetsuya Sato, Mikita Suyama, Nobuo Yaegashi, Hiroyuki Sasaki, Takahiro Arima
DNA methylation is globally reprogrammed after fertilization, and as a result, the parental genomes have similar DNA-methylation profiles after implantation except at the germline differentially methylated regions (gDMRs). We and others have previously shown that human blastocysts might contain thousands of transient maternally methylated gDMRs (transient mDMRs), whose maternal methylation is lost in embryonic tissues after implantation. In this study, we performed genome-wide allelic DNA methylation analyses of purified trophoblast cells from human placentas and, surprisingly, found that more than one-quarter of the transient-in-embryo mDMRs maintained their maternally biased DNA methylation...
November 3, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829441/characterization-of-exosomal-release-in-bovine-endometrial-intercaruncular-stromal-cells
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Yong Qin Koh, Hassendrini N Peiris, Kanchan Vaswani, Sarah Reed, Gregory E Rice, Carlos Salomon, Murray D Mitchell
BACKGROUND: Cell-to-cell communication between the blastocyst and endometrium is critical for implantation. In recent years, evidence has emerged from studies in humans and several other animal species that exosomes are secreted from the endometrium and trophoblast cells and may play an important role in cell-to-cell communication maternal-fetal interface during early pregnancy. Exosomes are stable extracellular lipid bilayer vesicles that encapsulate proteins, miRNAs, and mRNAs, with the ability to deliver their cargo to near and distant sites, altering cellular function(s)...
November 9, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809766/diversity-of-human-and-mouse-homeobox-gene-expression-in-development-and-adult-tissues
#16
Thomas L Dunwell, Peter W H Holland
BACKGROUND: Homeobox genes encode a diverse set of transcription factors implicated in a vast range of biological processes including, but not limited to, embryonic cell fate specification and patterning. Although numerous studies report expression of particular sets of homeobox genes, a systematic analysis of the tissue specificity of homeobox genes is lacking. RESULTS: Here we analyse publicly-available transcriptome data from human and mouse developmental stages, and adult human tissues, to identify groups of homeobox genes with similar expression patterns...
November 3, 2016: BMC Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798285/endocannabinoid-system-and-pregnancy
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REVIEW
Fernando Correa, Manuel L Wolfson, Paula Valchi, Julieta Aisemberg, Ana María Franchi
The endocannabinoid system (eCS), is a complex system, comprising the main endogenous ligands anandamide and 2-arachidonoyl glycerol, the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 and the biosynthetic and degrading enzymes. Cumulative evidence shows that the eCS plays an important role in reproduction, from egg fertilization to parturition. Therefore, alterations in this system, either by recreation/therapeutic use of cannabis or deregulation of the endogenous cannabinoids, might lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes, including retardation in embryo development, poor blastocyst implantation, inhibition of decidualization, miscarriage and compromised placentation...
December 2016: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796614/glycans-define-the-stemness-of-na%C3%A3-ve-and-primed-pluripotent-stem-cells
#18
Shoko Nishihara
Cell surface glycans are tissue-specific and developmentally regulated. They function as essential modulators in cell-cell interactions, cell-extracellular matrix interactions, and ligand-receptor interactions, binding to various ligands, including Wnt, fibroblast growth factors, and bone morphogenetic proteins. Embryonic stem (ES) cells, originally derived from the inner cell mass of blastocysts, have the essential characteristics of pluripotency and self-renewal. Recently, it has been proposed that mouse and human conventional ES cells are present in different developmental stages, namely pre-implantation blastocyst and post-implantation blastocyst stages, also called the naïve state and the primed state, respectively...
October 28, 2016: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796003/long-cut-straw-provides-stable-the-rates-of-survival-pregnancy-and-live-birth-for-vitrification-of-human-blasotcysts
#19
Jung-Woo Lee, Jeong-Ho Cha, Sun-Hee Shin, Yun-Jeong Kim, Seul-Ki Lee, Hye-Jin Cha, Ji-Hae Kim, Ji-Hyun Ahn, Hye-Young Kim, Kyung-Ah Pak, Ji-Sung Yoon, Seo-Young Park, Choon-Keun Park
Most of the commercial devices for vitrification are directly immersed into the warming solution (WS) for increasing of warming rate. However, the previous modified cut standard straw (MCS) which has reported is difficult to immerse into the WS. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the long cut straw (LCS) could be useful as a stable tool for vitrified-warmed human blastocysts. A total of 138 vitrified-warmed cycles were performed between November 2013 and November 2014 (exclusion criteria: women ≥38 years old, poor responder, surgical retrieval sperm, and severe male factor)...
September 2016: Balsaeng'gwa Saengsig
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793366/accurate-quantitation-of-mitochondrial-dna-reveals-uniform-levels-in-human-blastocysts-irrespective-of-ploidy-age-or-implantation-potential
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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
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