Barbara Cometti

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STUDY QUESTION Is the ongoing pregnancy rate with a new aqueous formulation of subcutaneous progesterone (Prolutex(®)) non-inferior to vaginal progesterone (Endometrin(®)) when used for luteal phase support of in vitro fertilization? SUMMARY ANSWER In the per-protocol (PP) population, the ongoing pregnancy rates per oocyte retrieval at 12 weeks of(More)
Endothelin-1 (ET-1), a vasoconstrictor and mitogenic peptide that plays an important role within the endocrine/reproductive system, is synthesized by oviduct cells and regulates tubal contractility. Because 17beta-estradiol (estradiol) regulates oviduct function by influencing the synthesis of autocrine/paracrine factors, estradiol may also regulate ET-1(More)
The extracellular cAMP-adenosine pathway refers to the local production of adenosine mediated by cAMP egress into the extracellular space, conversion of cAMP to AMP by ectophosphodiesterase (PDE), and the metabolism of AMP to adenosine by ecto-5'-nucleotidase. The goal of this study was to assess whether the cAMP-adenosine pathway is expressed in oviduct(More)
A novel aqueous progesterone formulation was developed. Study I: Three-way cross-over, open-label study in 24 post-menopausal women. Comparison of the pharmacokinetic profiles of a single 100 mg dose of test product administered by subcutaneous (s.c.) and intramuscular (i.m.) injection and an i.m. reference oily product. Study II: Three-way cross-over(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare a US clinical trial of gonadotropin therapy for IVF with a similar European trial to determine what factors may explain the higher clinical pregnancy rate in the US trial. DESIGN Comparison of baseline, treatment, and outcome variables in the United States (US) and European trials. SETTING IVF practices in the US (n=4) and Europe(More)
Progesterone plays an essential role in reproductive events. Its use for luteal support in patients undergoing infertility treatment is an established practice. The different routes used to administer progesterone impact on its efficacy in luteal support: oral administration has been shown to be ineffective due to an extensive first-pass metabolism in the(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the safety, efficacy, and tolerability of subcutaneous progesterone (Prolutex, 25 mg; IBSA Institut Biochimique SA) with vaginal progesterone gel (Crinone, 8%; Merck Serono) for luteal phase support (LPS) in assisted reproduction technologies (ART) patients. DESIGN Prospective, open-label, randomized, controlled, parallel-group,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Highly purified human menotrophin and urofollitrophin preparations obtained from human urine via a novel patented purification method have been tested over a timeframe of 14 years in the studies presented in this article. The objective of the studies was to investigate the pharmacokinetics and the pharmacodynamics of(More)
PROBLEM Gonadotrophin hormones are used for the controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) as part of the in vitro fertilization techniques. Therapeutic proteins have the potential to induce an unwanted immune response. METHOD OF STUDY The presence of anti-FSH, anti-LH and anti-hCG antibodies were determined in patients from two different clinical trials after(More)
In this prospective, controlled, randomized, multicentre, non-inferiority study, efficacy and safety of two HMG preparations (Menopur®- Ferring and Meriofert®- IBSA Institut Biochimique SA) for ovarian stimulation were compared (270 women undergoing IVF aged between 18 and 39 years; BMI 30 kg/m2 or less; less than three prior completed assisted reproduction(More)