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Diamond M.P.,Wayne State University | Willman S.,Reproductive Science Center | Chenette P.,Pacific Fertility Center | Cedars M.I.,University of California at San Francisco
Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics | Year: 2012

Purpose To provide a rationale for continuation of efforts to improve the outcome of Assisted Reproductive Technology outcomes, thereby increasing the likelihood of the live birth of healthy neonates. Methods Description of rationale and a framework leading to improvement in Assisted Reproductive Technology outcomes. Results The opportunity for improvement in the success rate for Assisted Reproductive Technology outcome is predicated on selection of the highest quality embryo(s) for transfer. However, such approaches must be balanced by a limit to the number of embryos transferred so as to reduce the risk for multiple births and particularly higher order multiple gestations. Blastocyst transfer offers one such successful approach, but is confounded by suggestions of an increased risk of both pregnancy complications and epigenetic disorders. Conclusion There is a need for development of approaches which, individually or in combination, may assist in the early detection of embryos destined to develop into blastocysts. © 2012 The Author(s).

Seli E.,Yale University | Bruce C.,Yale University | Botros L.,Molecular Biometrics | Henson M.,Molecular Biometrics | And 12 more authors.
Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics | Year: 2011

Purpose: Assessment of embryo viability is a key component of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and currently relies largely on embryo morphology and cleavage rate. In this study, we used receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis to compare the Viability Score (generated by metabolomic profiling of spent embryo culture media using near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy) to morphologic grading for predicting pregnancy in women undergoing single embryo transfer (SET) on day 5. Methods: A total of 198 spent embryo culture media samples were collected in four IVF centers located in the USA, Europe and Australia. First, 137 samples (training set) were analyzed by NIR to develop an algorithm that generates a Viability Score predictive of pregnancy for each sample. Next, 61 samples (validation set) were analyzed by observers blinded to embryo morphology and IVF outcome, using the Day 5 algorithm generated with the training set. Pregnancy was defined as fetal cardiac activity (FCA) at 12 weeks of gestation. Results: The Area Under the Curve (AUC) was greater for the metabolomic Viability Score compared to Morphology [Training set: 0.75 versus 0.55, p=0.0011; Validation set: 0.68 versus 0.50, P=0.021], and for a Composite score (obtained using a model combining Viability Score with morphologic grading), compared to morphology alone [0.74 versus 0.50, p=0.004]. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that Viability Score alone or in combination with morphologic grading has the potential to be a better classifier for pregnancy outcome than morphology alone in women undergoing SET on day 5. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Egli D.,Harvard University | Egli D.,Harvard Stem Cell Institute | Egli D.,New York Stem Cell Foundation Laboratory | Egli D.,Columbia University | And 18 more authors.
Nature Communications | Year: 2011

Fertilized mouse zygotes can reprogram somatic cells to a pluripotent state. Human zygotes might therefore be useful for producing patient-derived pluripotent stem cells. However, logistical, legal and social considerations have limited the availability of human eggs for research. Here we show that a significant number of normal fertilized eggs (zygotes) can be obtained for reprogramming studies. Using these zygotes, we found that when the zygotic genome was replaced with that of a somatic cell, development progressed normally throughout the cleavage stages, but then arrested before the morula stage. This arrest was associated with a failure to activate transcription in the transferred somatic genome. In contrast to human zygotes, mouse zygotes reprogrammed the somatic cell genome to a pluripotent state within hours after transfer. Our results suggest that there may be a previously unappreciated barrier to successful human nuclear transfer, and that future studies could focus on the requirements for genome activation. © 2011 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

PubMed | Reproductive science Center, Reproductive Research Section, Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine, The Scotia Clinic and Rosenblatt Securities Inc
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Birth defects research. Part C, Embryo today : reviews | Year: 2016

Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) is a component of IVF entailing selection of an embryo for transfer on the basis of chromosomal normalcy. If PGS were integrated with single embryo transfer (SET) in a surrogacy setting, this approach could improve pregnancy rates, minimize miscarriage risk, and limit multiple gestations. Even without PGS, pregnancy rates for IVF surrogacy cases are generally satisfactory, especially when treatment utilizes embryos derived from young oocytes and transferred to a healthy surrogate. However, there could be a more general role for PGS in surrogacy, since background aneuploidy in embryos remains a major factor driving implantation failure and miscarriage for all infertility patients. At present, the proportion of IVF cases involving GS is limited, while the number of IVF patients requesting PGS appears to be increasing. In this report, the relevance of PGS for surrogacy in the rapidly changing field of assisted fertility medicine is discussed.

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