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Production of sHLA-G molecules by in vitro matured cumulus-oocyte complex

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Oocyte selection with the highest competence is a major goal in IVF. Several studies demonstrated that non-classical HLA class I HLA-G molecule modulation creates a tolerogenic microenvironment at the feto-maternal interface and is implicated in embryo implantation. This study investigated if soluble HLA-G molecules producted by the cumulus-oocyte complex (COC) are markers of oocyte maturation. sHLA-G molecule levels were analyzed using Bio-Plex assay in 152 COC supernatants obtained from 42 women and maturated by an ‘in vitro maturation procedure’. The presence of sHLA-G molecules was confirmed by Western blotting technique. The results demonstrate detectable amounts of sHLA-G molecules ranging from 300 to 800 pg/ml in 14/73 (19%) COCs that generated mature oocytes and complete absence of detectable sHLA-G antigens in the supernatants of COCs that corresponded to immature oocytes. The detection of sHLA-G molecules in the COC culture supernatants corresponding to matured oocytes is proposed to be a marker to identify gametes with higher functionality. This non-invasive marker could be used, in addition to morphological approaches, to reduce the number of fertilized oocytes and transferred embryos.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Experimental and Diagnostic Medicine, Laboratory of Immunogenetics, University of Ferrara, 46-44100 Ferrara, Italy

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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  • The International Journal of Molecular Medicine is a monthly, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the publication of high quality studies related to the molecular mechanisms of human disease. The journal welcomes research on all aspects of molecular and clinical research, ranging from biochemistry to immunology, pathology, genetics, human genomics, microbiology, molecular pathogenesis, molecular cardiology, molecular surgery and molecular psychology.

    The International Journal of Molecular Medicine aims to provide an insight for researchers within the community in regard to developing molecular tools and identifying molecular targets for the diagnosis and treatment of a diverse number of human diseases.
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