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BACKGROUND Changes in DNA methylation may play an important role in the deleterious reproductive effects reported in association with exposure to environmental pollutants. In this pilot study, we identify candidate methylation changes associated with exposure to pollutants in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). METHODS Blood and urine were(More)
Here we assess bisphenol A (BPA) in couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) and indicators of embryo quality; embryo cell number (ECN) and embryo fragmentation score (EFS). Twenty-seven couples provided serum on the day of oocyte retrieval. Unconjugated BPA was measured by HPLC with Coularray detection. Odds ratios (OR) were generated using ordinal(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate associations between serum bisphenol A (BPA) concentrations and follicular response to exogenous ovary stimulation. DESIGN Fasting serum was prospectively collected on the day of oocyte retrieval and assessed for unconjugated BPA using high-performance liquid chromatography with Coularray detection. Multivariable linear regression(More)
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disruptor with estrogenic properties that can adversely affect meiotic spindle assemblies. Our data indicate that BPA exposure in female patients may interfere with oocyte quality during IVF, as suggested by the inverse association between serum unconjugated BPA concentration and normal fertilization.
Trace exposures to the toxic metals mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb) may interfere with in vitro fertilization (IVF). The aim of this study is to explore biologically plausible hypotheses concerning associations between metals and embryo quality indicators during IVF. For 24 female patients, a multivariable ordinal logistic regression model suggests(More)
An interlaboratory study was performed in eight laboratories to validate a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) method for the simultaneous determination of aflatoxins and sterigmatocystin (STC) in white rice and sorghum (Sorghum bicolor). Fortified samples (at three different levels) of white rice and sorghum were extracted, purified(More)
This cross-sectional pilot study was conducted to assess environmental exposures to toxic elements through seafood consumption, among infertile couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). Twenty-five women and 15 men completed a questionnaire, and provided biologic specimens for quantification of Hg, Pb, Cd, and As using ICP-MS. Consumption of(More)
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