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We report on the establishment of a human embryonic stem cell (HESC) line from a preimplantation fragile X-affected embryo and demonstrate its value as an appropriate model to study developmentally regulated events that are involved in the pathogenesis of this disorder. Fragile X syndrome results from FMR1 gene inactivation due to a CGG expansion at the(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the effect of P levels on oocyte and embryo quality and pregnancy rates (PRs) in IVF and oocyte donation. DESIGN Retrospective analysis of PRs in ovum donors and their recipients with regard to P levels on day of hCG administration. SETTING In Vitro Fertilization Units, oocyte donation programs. PATIENTS In vitro fertilization(More)
BACKGROUND The LC Polscope facilitates visualization of the meiotic spindle in human oocyte. This study aimed to investigate meiotic spindle assembly in correlation to time elapsed after HCG administration, and to determine whether spindle imaging may serve to indicate the likelihood of fertilization and embryo cleavage. METHODS Metaphase II (MII) oocytes(More)
Spermatogenesis may be focal in non-obstructive azoospermia. The present study was conducted to determine whether the performance of multiple, rather than a single testicular sample contributes to obtaining spermatozoa in amounts sufficient for fertilization and cryopreservation in non-obstructive, azoospermic patients. Furthermore, the aim was to clarify(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated whether hereditary thrombophilia is more prevalent in women with recurrent IVF-embryo transfer failures. METHODS This case-control study was conducted in an academic tertiary care hospital and compared 45 women with a history of four or more failed IVF cycles (group A) with 44 apparently healthy women matched for age and ethnic(More)
The potency for fertilization and successful implantation was compared between fresh and cryopreserved testicular spermatozoa obtained from the same patient with non-obstructive azoospermia. Spermatozoa cryopreserved at the outset were also evaluated. Non-obstructive azoospermic men (n = 55) underwent testicular sperm extraction (TESE); mature spermatozoa(More)
The objective of this paper is to assess whether ovarian hyperstimulation and in vitro fertilization (IVF) are associated with increased risk of cancer development, using an historical cohort analysis of infertile women who attended the IVF unit, Lis Maternity Hospital Tel Aviv Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel. One thousand and 82 women participated in the(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the outcome of ovarian stimulation and in vitro fertilization (IVF) in women undergoing fertility preservation prior to chemotherapy compared with healthy patients with infertility due to tubal factor. STUDY DESIGN Case control, retrospective study in an academic IVF unit. The study participants were 21 cancer patients and 1 patient(More)
This study was conducted to investigate the usefulness of organ-specific autoantibodies as possible markers for reproductive failure. Antithyroid and antiovarian autoantibody concentrations were measured in 78 patients with mechanical or unexplained infertility that were enrolled in an in-vitro fertilization (IVF)/embryo transfer programme with follow-up of(More)
There are numerous studies concerning pregnancy rates in oocyte donation, yet only a handful report the obstetric outcome in such pregnancies. The purpose of this study was to assess factors that influence pregnancy rates, to determine the incidence of complications, and to evaluate obstetric outcome in pregnancies resulting from oocyte donation. This study(More)