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Zhu J.,Peking University | Zhu J.,Key Laboratory of Assisted Reproduction | Zhu J.,Beijing Key Laboratory of Reproductive | Li M.,Peking University | And 11 more authors.
Human Reproduction | Year: 2014

STUDY QUESTION Does protein source or human serum albumin (HSA) in embryo culture media influence the subsequent birthweight? SUMMARY ANSWER A significant difference was observed in gestational age- and gender-adjusted birthweight (Z scores) and the proportion of large-for-gestational age (LGA) babies between embryos cultured in G1 v5 and those cultured in G1-PLUS v5 media. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY It has been reported that the birthweights of singletons born from embryos cultured in Vitrolife are significantly higher than those cultured in the Cook group of media, and that G1-PLUS (Vitrolife, Gothenburg, Sweden) is associated with increased birth and placenta weights compared with Medicult ISMI. STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, AND DURATION This study was a retrospective analysis of neonatal birthweights, and included 1097 singletons born from fresh embryo transfer cycles at the Center for Reproductive Medicine of Peking University Third Hospital between January 2011 and August 2012. The number of singletons born from G1 v5 culture media was 489, and the number of singletons born from G1-PLUS v5 media was 608. PARTICIPANTS/MATERIALS, SETTING, AND METHODS Patients <40 years of age with a BMI <30 kg/m2 were analysed. Only data from newborns from singleton pregnancies and born alive after the 28th week of gestation were included. Patients with a vanishing twin or with pregnancy-related complications, such as diabetes and hypertension, were excluded, as were patients who received preimplantation genetic diagnosis or used donor oocytes. Multiple linear regression analysis was performed to determine the influence of individual factors on birthweights of singleton newborns. The birthweights and Z scores of singletons and LGA babies were compared between the G1 v5 and G1-PLUS v5 media groups. MAIN RESULTS AND THE ROLE OF CHANCE The absolute birthweights for singletons resulting from G1-PLUS v5 were not different from singletons resulting from G1 v5 (3375.9 ± 479.6 g versus 3333.2 ± 491.6 g, respectively; P = 0.14). However the Z scores for singletons from embryos cultured in G1-PLUS v5 were significantly higher than for singletons cultured in G1 v5 (0.28 ± 1.12 versus 0.09 ± 1.15, respectively; P = 0.04), and more LGA babies were born from G1-PLUS v5 culture compared with G1 v5 (16.8 versus 12.1%, respectively; P = 0.03) culture. Finally, multiple linear regression analysis suggested that female weight (P = 0.00), male height (P = 0.04), gestational age at birth (P = 0.00), infant gender (P = 0.00) and culture media (P = 0.04) all had significant effects on the birthweights of singleton newborns. LIMITATIONS AND REASONS FOR CAUTION This study was limited by its retrospective design. WIDER IMPLICATIONS OF THESE FINDINGS Our study suggests that protein source/HSA has a significant effect on birthweights of singleton newborns. STUDY FUNDING/COMPETING INTEREST(S) This study was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China for Young Scholars (81300483). The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare. TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER Not applicable. © 2014 The Author.


Hou Y.,Peking University | Fan W.,Peking University | Fan W.,Peking Tsinghua Center for Life Science | Yan L.,Peking University | And 11 more authors.
Cell | Year: 2013

Single-cell genome analyses of human oocytes are important for meiosis research and preimplantation genomic screening. However, the nonuniformity of single-cell whole-genome amplification hindered its use. Here, we demonstrate genome analyses of single human oocytes using multiple annealing and looping-based amplification cycle (MALBAC)-based sequencing technology. By sequencing the triads of the first and second polar bodies (PB1 and PB2) and the oocyte pronuclei from same female egg donors, we phase the genomes of these donors with detected SNPs and determine the crossover maps of their oocytes. Our data exhibit an expected crossover interference and indicate a weak chromatid interference. Further, the genome of the oocyte pronucleus, including information regarding aneuploidy and SNPs in disease-associated alleles, can be accurately deduced from the genomes of PB1 and PB2. The MALBAC-based preimplantation genomic screening in in vitro fertilization (IVF) enables accurate and cost-effective selection of normal fertilized eggs for embryo transfer. PaperFlick © 2013 Elsevier Inc.


Huang J.,Peking University | Huang J.,Key Laboratory of Assisted Reproduction | Yan L.,Peking University | Yan L.,Key Laboratory of Assisted Reproduction | And 9 more authors.
Fertility and Sterility | Year: 2014

Objective: To validate multiple annealing and looping-based amplification cycle (MALBAC) sequencing for 24-chromosome aneuploidy screening of cleavage embryos and to explore the chromosomal characteristics of embryos at the cleavage stage. Design: The 24-chromosome aneuploidy analyses of the blastomeres included comparative genomic hybridization (CGH), single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), and MALBAC sequencing. Setting: University-affiliated IVF center. Patient(s): Three couples who delivered babies from the same IVF cycle, which included 23 donated, frozen cleavage embryos. Intervention(s): None. Main Outcome Measure(s): Three blastomeres were selected from each single embryo and subject to CGH, SNP, and MALBAC sequencing for 24-chromosome aneuploidy, respectively. The results of MALBAC sequencing were compared with the results of CGH and SNP. The chromosomal status and occurrence of the abnormal chromosomes were investigated. The relationship between the embryos' morphology and the euploid state was analyzed. Result(s): Among the 23 donated embryos, the MALBAC sequencing results of 18 (78.26%) embryos were identical to those of CGH or SNP, including 8 embryos that had identical results by all three techniques. In terms of euploidy, only 6 of these 23 embryos (26.09%) were diploid. Blastomere abnormality was observed in all autosomes and sex chromosomes. In addition, the frequency of abnormality was different for certain chromosomes. Conclusion(s): With sequencing at 0.04× genome depth, MALBAC sequencing has been validated as a satisfactory method for 24-chromosome aneuploidy screening. The proportion of abnormal chromosomes was high in cleavage-stage embryos, and any chromosome could be abnormal. ©2014 by American Society for Reproductive Medicine.


Qin Y.,Shandong University of Technology | Zhao H.,Shandong University of Technology | Xu J.,Fudan University | Shi Y.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | And 11 more authors.
Human Molecular Genetics | Year: 2012

Premature ovarian failure (POF) is a complex heritable disorder known to be caused by chromosomal abnormalities and to date a limited number of known mutations, often autosomal. We sought to identify additional genetic loci associated with POF by performing the first large-scale genome-wide association study (GWAS). GWAS, using Affymetrix SNP 6.0 chip, was conducted in an initial discovery set of 391 well-documented (follicle-stimulating hormone >40 IU/ml) Chinese Han POF patients, compared with 895 unrelated Chinese female controls. A replication study on the most significant loci was then performed in an independent set of 400 cases and 800 controls. Suggestive significant associations were observed at 8q22.3. Replication of eight single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (rs10464815, rs10808365, rs3847152, rs3847153, rs3847154, rs3843552, rs10955242, rs3843555) (P ≤ 3.86 × 10 -6) was confirmed in verification sets. No specific candidate gene was found in the immediate region of 8q22.3. This GWAS, involving by far the largest sample of POF cases accumulated to date, revealed heretofore unrecognized association between POF and a novel genetic locus or region of unknown nature on 8q22.3. We speculate existence of a long-distance regulatory region that has relevance to the control of ovarian differentiation or oogenesis. Given failure to find association with any of the other autosomal regions known to harbor genes causing ovarian failure, our findings also underscore the likelihood of considerable genetic and etiologic heterogeneity in POF and the need for additional approaches like whole-genome sequencing. © The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.


Fan Y.,Guangzhou University | Li R.,Peking University | Huang J.,Peking University | Yu Y.,Peking University | And 4 more authors.
Cell Cycle | Year: 2013

Human embryonic stem cells have shown tremendous potential in regenerative medicine, and the recent progress in haploid embryonic stem cells provides new insights for future applications of embryonic stem cells. Disruption of normal fertilized embryos remains controversial; thus, the development of a new source for human embryonic stem cells is important for their usefulness. Here, we investigated the feasibility of haploid and diploid embryo reconstruction and embryonic stem cell derivation using microsurgically repaired tripronuclear human zygotes. Diploid and haploid zygotes were successfully reconstructed, but a large proportion of them still had a tripolar spindle assembly. The reconstructed embryos developed to the blastocyst stage, although the loss of chromosomes was observed in these zygotes. Finally, triploid and diploid human embryonic stem cells were derived from tripronuclear and reconstructed zygotes (from which only one pronucleus was removed), but haploid human embryonic stem cells were not successfully derived from the reconstructed zygotes when two pronuclei were removed. Both triploid and diploid human embryonic stem cells showed the general characteristics of human embryonic stem cells. These results indicate that the lower embryo quality resulting from abnormal spindle assembly contributed to the failure of the haploid embryonic stem cell derivation. However, the successful derivation of diploid embryonic stem cells demonstrated that microsurgical tripronuclear zygotes are an alternative source of human embryonic stem cells. In the future, improving spindle assembly will facilitate the application of triploid zygotes to the field of haploid embryonic stem cells. © 2013 Landes Bioscience.


Wen L.,Peking University | Li X.,Peking University | Yan L.,Peking University | Yan L.,Key Laboratory of Assisted Reproduction | And 24 more authors.
Genome Biology | Year: 2014

Background: 5-methylcytosine (mC) can be oxidized by the tet methylcytosine dioxygenase (Tet) family of enzymes to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (hmC), which is an intermediate of mC demethylation and may also be a stable epigenetic modification that influences chromatin structure. hmC is particularly abundant in mammalian brains but its function is currently unknown. A high-resolution hydroxymethylome map is required to fully understand the function of hmC in the human brain.Results: We present genome-wide and single-base resolution maps of hmC and mC in the human brain by combined application of Tet-assisted bisulfite sequencing and bisulfite sequencing. We demonstrate that hmCs increase markedly from the fetal to the adult stage, and in the adult brain, 13% of all CpGs are highly hydroxymethylated with strong enrichment at genic regions and distal regulatory elements. Notably, hmC peaks are identified at the 5′splicing sites at the exon-intron boundary, suggesting a mechanistic link between hmC and splicing. We report a surprising transcription-correlated hmC bias toward the sense strand and an mC bias toward the antisense strand of gene bodies. Furthermore, hmC is negatively correlated with H3K27me3-marked and H3K9me3-marked repressive genomic regions, and is more enriched at poised enhancers than active enhancers.Conclusions: We provide single-base resolution hmC and mC maps in the human brain and our data imply novel roles of hmC in regulating splicing and gene expression. Hydroxymethylation is the main modification status for a large portion of CpGs situated at poised enhancers and actively transcribed regions, suggesting its roles in epigenetic tuning at these regions. © 2014 Wen et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


Yan L.,Peking University | Yan L.,Key Laboratory of Assisted Reproduction | Yang M.,Peking University | Guo H.,Peking University | And 17 more authors.
Nature Structural and Molecular Biology | Year: 2013

Measuring gene expression in individual cells is crucial for understanding the gene regulatory network controlling human embryonic development. Here we apply single-cell RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) analysis to 124 individual cells from human preimplantation embryos and human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) at different passages. The number of maternally expressed genes detected in our data set is 22,687, including 8,701 long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), which represents a significant increase from 9,735 maternal genes detected previously by cDNA microarray. We discovered 2,733 novel lncRNAs, many of which are expressed in specific developmental stages. To address the long-standing question whether gene expression signatures of human epiblast (EPI) and in vitro hESCs are the same, we found that EPI cells and primary hESC outgrowth have dramatically different transcriptomes, with 1,498 genes showing differential expression between them. This work provides a comprehensive framework of the transcriptome landscapes of human early embryos and hESCs. © 2013 Nature America, Inc. All rights reserved.


Zhao Y.,Peking University | Zhao Y.,Key Laboratory of Assisted Reproduction | Zhao Y.,Beijing Key Laboratory of Reproductive Endocrinology and Assisted Reproductive Technology | Qiao J.,Peking University | And 2 more authors.
Steroids | Year: 2013

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine problem affecting women of reproductive age and is investigated from many regions of the world. Some reports have indicated ethnic difference in its manifestation. This review addressed the evidences for ethnic variation in the expression of PCOS phenotypes and explored the potential ethnic-specific diagnosis of this syndrome. To determine ethnic variation, community prevalence and clinical and metabolic problems, including hyperandrogenism, oligomenorrhoea/amenorrhoea, polycystic ovaries, obesity, insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome, had been compared from differing backgrounds and populations. Moreover, a link between ethnicity and variation in the metabolic phenotype of PCOS had also been identified. East Asian women with PCOS have a lower BMI and a milder hyperandrogenic phenotype, but with the highest prevalence of metabolic syndrome. South Asians in particular have a high prevalence of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome, and are at risk for type 2 diabetes, with central obesity more than BMI reflecting their metabolic risk. African American and Hispanic women are more obese and more prone to metabolic problems. Besides, there is a higher prevalence of hirsutism among women of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean origin. Ethnically appropriate guidelines are needed for identifying anthropometric thresholds for better screening and diagnosis in high-risk ethnic groups.


Lu Q.,Peking University | Lu Q.,Key Laboratory of Assisted Reproduction | Shen H.,Peking University | Shen H.,Key Laboratory of Assisted Reproduction | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics | Year: 2014

Objective: To investigate the association of basal testosterone (T) levels with the outcome of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in women with diminished ovarian reserve (DOR). Methods: Complete clinical data on the first 223 IVF cycles in women with DOR were retrospectively analyzed. The associations of basal follicle stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, estradiol, and T levels with ovarian response and IVF outcome were studied. Results: Basal T levels were significantly different between pregnant and non-pregnant women. However, basal T levels showed no correlation with controlled ovarian hyperstimulation parameters after adjusting for age. The association of basal T levels with pregnancy rate was significant after adjusting for other impact factors. Using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis, the basal T level of 1.115 nmol/L for predicting pregnancy outcome had a sensitivity of 82.80 % and specificity of 58.09 %. The women were divided into two groups based on this value; although the clinical characteristics and ovarian stimulation parameters were similar, the clinical pregnancy (16.18 % (11/68) vs. 40.15 % (53/132), respectively, p∈=∈0.000) and implantation rates (10.07 % (15/149) vs. 22.41 % (65/290), respectively, p∈=∈0.002) were significantly different in the low and high T level groups. Conclusion: In women with DOR, the basal T level presented a positive association with pregnancy outcome in IVF. The poor reproductive outcome observed in women with lower basal T levels may be due to the decreased implantation rate. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York.


PubMed | Key Laboratory of Assisted Reproduction and Peking University
Type: | Journal: Scientific reports | Year: 2016

Recent whole-exome sequencing (WES) studies demonstrated that TRAIP is associated with primordial dwarfism. Although TRAIP was partially studied in mitosis, its function in oocyte meiosis remained unknown. In this study, we investigated the roles of TRAIP during mouse oocyte meiosis. TRAIP was stably expressed during oocytes meiosis and co-localized with CREST at the centromere region. Knockdown of TRAIP led to DNA damage, as revealed by the appearance of H2AX. Although oocytes meiotic maturation was not affected, the proportions of misaligned chromosomes and aneuploidy were elevated after TRAIP knockdown, suggesting TRAIP is required for stable kinetochore-microtubule (K-MT) attachment. TRAIP knockdown decreased the accumulation of Mad2 on centromeres, potentially explaining why oocyte maturation was not affected following formation of DNA lesions. Securin, a protein which was prevent from precocious degradation by Mad2, was down-regulated after TRAIP knockdown. Inhibition of TRAIP by microinjection of antibody into pro-metaphase I (pro-MI) stage oocytes resulted in precocious first polar body (PB1) extrusion, and live-cell imaging clearly revealed misaligned chromosomes after TRAIP knockdown. Taken together, these data indicate that TRAIP plays important roles in oocyte meiosis regulation.

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