Reproductive biomedicine online

Publisher: Elsevier

Journal description

An international journal, produced on web and in paper copy, devoted to biomedical research and ethical issues surrounding human conception and the welfare of the human embryo. The period of human embryonic growth covered is between the formation of the primordial germ cells in the fetus until mid-pregnancy. High quality research on lower animals is included if it helps to clarify the human situation. Studies progressing to birth and later are published if they have a direct bearing on events in the earlier stages of pregnancy. Relevant topics include fertility and infertility, contraception, IVF and assisted reproduction, the preimplantation diagnosis of genetic disease, cloning, embryo stem cells, implantation and organogenesis, miscarriage, genetic disorders afflicting the embryo, and their alleviation, fetal operations and treatments, and the growth of embryos affected by these processes to term. Ethical and political topics arising through the treatment and care of various clinical conditions are presented. Counselling, news from wide sources, interviews with leading scientists and clinicians, replies to patients' queries, a manufacturers' corner, job opportunities, and other matters of relevance to the journal's fields of study will be presented on web, paper or both. Patients will not be counselled about their condition.

Current impact factor: 3.02

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 3.015
2013 Impact Factor 2.98
2012 Impact Factor 2.675
2011 Impact Factor 2.042
2010 Impact Factor 2.285
2009 Impact Factor 2.38
2008 Impact Factor 2.954
2007 Impact Factor 2.84
2006 Impact Factor 3.206

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 2.71
Cited half-life 5.70
Immediacy index 0.69
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.76
Website Reproductive BioMedicine Online website
Other titles Reproductive biomedicine online (Online), RBM online
ISSN 1472-6491
OCLC 52067842
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

Elsevier

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    • Publisher last reviewed on 03/06/2015
  • Classification
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigates whether the timing of in-vivo and in-vitro maturation influences ooplasmic dysmaturity. This is a retrospective comparison of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles (index cycles) complicated by complete fertilization failure (CFF) to cycles with successful fertilization in the same patient. The cycle following the index cycle was modified intentionally to increase fertilization. The times between human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) trigger and oocyte retrieval, HCG trigger and removal of cumulus cells, and HCG trigger and sperm injection were recorded. Fifteen patients were included. Compared with successful fertilization cycles, index (CFF) cycles showed a shorter time interval between HCG trigger and oocyte retrieval (2029.0 ± 16 versus 2195.0 ± 10 min; P < 0.001), HCG trigger and removal of cumulus cells (2201.4 ± 15 versus 2309.0 ± 23 min; P < 0.001) and oocyte retrieval and removal of cumulus cells (114.0 ± 13 versus 171.8 ± 15 min; P < 0.001). The interval between HCG trigger and ICSI was comparable between groups. Findings reveal novel patterns in time intervals between HCG trigger, oocyte retrieval, removal of cumulus cells and ICSI. Thus, modulating time intervals between HCG trigger, oocyte retrieval, removal of cumulus cells and ICSI to grant fertilization seems feasible.
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    ABSTRACT: A difficult and traumatic embryo transfer can negatively impact on embryo implantation. This study retrospectively compared the outcomes of ‘very difficult transcervical embryo transfer’ (vdTCET) versus transmyometrial embryo transfer (TMET) in a single centre over 10 years, reporting on 128 patients with vdTCET and 46 patients with TMET. The definition of vdTCET was a procedure rated by an experienced practitioner (with more than 100 transfers per year for >2 years) as very difficult and required two or more of the following: use of tenaculum, change of embryo transfer catheter and use of a stylet, reloading of the embryos or cancelling the procedure and freezing the embryo to transfer after cervical dilatation. The clinical pregnancy rates for TMET and vdTCET were 32.6% and 25%, respectively and the live birth rates were 26.1% and 16.4%, respectively. There was only one case of minor bleeding in the TMET group (2.2%). This study showed that TMET is a good alternative option in cases of vdTCET where it is impossible to achieve transcervical embryo transfer and may benefit cases with repeated failed cycles after vdTCET. Its superiority over vdTCET however could not be demonstrated.
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    ABSTRACT: This cross-sectional study aimed to evaluate IVF/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) outcomes in different polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) phenotypes (A, B, C and D) compared with a control group and the predictive values of serum anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) in PCOS phenotypes for main outcomes. This study evaluated 386 PCOS women and 350 patients with male factor infertility. Women with phenotypes A and C had significantly higher concentrations of AMH than those with phenotype B (P < 0.001). Clinical pregnancy rate (CPR) in the phenotype D group (53.3%) was higher than other groups (32.5%, 26.4% and 36.8%, respectively, in phenotypes A, B and C), but not to a significant level. Multivariable regression analysis, after adjusting for women's age and body mass index, revealed that PCOS phenotypes A and B were associated with a decreased CPR compared with the control group (odds ratio [OR]: 0.46, confidence interval [CI]: 0.26–0.8, P = 0.007 and OR: 0.34, CI: 0.18–0.62, P = 0.001, respectively). It seems a combination of hyperandrogenism and chronic anovulation is associated with a negative impact on the CPR in these patients. These results demonstrated that AMH concentration is related to PCO morphology but not predictive for CPR and live birth rate.
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigated the association between premature ovarian failure (POF), MTHFR C677T/A1298C and MTRR A66G genotypes and serum homocysteine (Hcy) concentration. A prospective study was conducted in Chinese women, which included POF patients (n = 180) and controls (n = 195). Peripheral blood samples were used to determine MTHFR C677T/A1298C and MTRR A66G genotypes, and serum Hcy and sex hormone concentrations. Results showed that serum Hcy concentrations of POF patients were significantly higher than those of controls (P < 0.0001). In POF patients, serum Hcy concentrations were significantly correlated with oestradiol and FSH concentrations (r = −0.174, P = 0.037 and r = +0.238, P = 0.006, respectively). There were no significant differences in the distributions of MTHFR C677T/A1298C or MTRR A66G genotypes between the two groups. However, these genetic variants influenced serum Hcy concentrations in POF patients, especially for MTRR 66 AA/AG/GG genotypes, which were significantly correlated with the patients' Hcy concentrations (τ= 0.166, P = 0.033). These results suggest that serum Hcy concentrations in Chinese POF patients are increased and correlated with serum oestradiol/FSH concentrations. In conclusion, MTHFR C667T/A1298C and MTRR A66G genotypes are not associated with POF development, but they affect the patients' serum Hcy concentrations.
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    ABSTRACT: Homeobox A10 (HOXA10) and empty spiracles homeobox 2 (EMX2) are two transcription factors necessary for female Müllerian duct differentiation and development. They are thought to play important roles in embryo implantation in mice and humans. The EMX2 gene is a known direct target of HOXA10 in the reproductive tract. Human teneurin-1 is directly regulated by EMX2 and is expressed during embryonic pattern formation and morphogenesis. This study aimed to investigate expression patterns of HOXA10, EMX2 and teneurin-1 in the mid-secretory endometrium of infertile patients with a Müllerian duct anomaly causing a partially septate uterus. Thirteen mid-secretory endometrial tissue samples were collected from women with partially septate uteri and 12 from women with normal uteri as controls. Expression levels of HOXA10, EMX2 and teneurin-1 mRNA and protein in the mid-secretory endometrium of infertile patients and controls were measured by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and western blotting. Compared with controls, mRNA and protein expression levels of HOXA10 decreased significantly (P < 0.01), whereas EMX2 and teneurin-1 increased dramatically in patients with Müllerian duct anomaly (P < 0.001). Changes in HOXA10, EMX2, and teneurin-1 expression levels might act in infertile women with Müllerian duct anomaly to cause a partially septate uterus.
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    ABSTRACT: In this retrospective study, karyotype results of 1510 couples with a history of recurrent spontaneous abortion were evaluated. The study was conducted at Balcalı Hospital in Adana region of Turkey. For all cases, peripheral blood lymphocytes were cultured for chromosome study using the standard method. Chromosome aberrations were detected in 62 couples (4.1% of all couples). At an individual level, chromosome aberrations were found in a total of 65 cases (41 females and 24 male cases), with structural chromosomal aberrations in 58 cases including balanced translocations in 30 cases, Robertsonian translocations in 12 cases, deletions in seven cases, inversions in nine cases and numerical chromosome aberrations in seven cases. The results of the study indicated that structural aberrations, particularly translocations, were the most common type of aberration observed among couples who had experienced recurrent spontaneous abortions and that these couples might benefit from cytogenetic analyses.
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    ABSTRACT: Dapper antagonist of catenin-1 (DACT1) plays an important role in embryogenesis and organogenesis of the female reproductive tract in mouse models. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between DACT1 mutations and human Müllerian duct anomalies (MDA). One hundred clinically well-defined Chinese Han patients with MDA and 200 healthy controls were recruited in this study. All four exons coding for DACT1 were amplified and sequenced. A missense mutation (c.G1084A, p.V362M) was identified in a patient who had a didelphic uterus and was absent from the control group. This variant changed the hydrophilicity of the amino acid residue and was predicted to be deleterious to the structure and function of DACT1 protein. The data indicate that the p.V362M mutation of DACT1 may be an underlying cause of MDA.
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    ABSTRACT: Sub-endometrial junctional zone peristalsis is increased by ovarian stimulation and traumatic embryo transfer, and is linked with decreased implantation and pregnancy rates in assisted reproduction treatments. Various agents have been used to inhibit uterine hyper-peristalsis at the time of embryo transfer with conflicting results. This systematic review aimed to identify if uterine relaxants administered in the peri-implantation period during assisted reproduction treatments could improve pregnancy outcomes through literature search with no language restrictions. The review reports on 3546 patients in 17 randomized controlled trials published between 1993 and 2014. Women undergoing assisted reproduction techniques who either received a uterine relaxant agent in the peri-implantation period versus placebo or no treatment were included. Primary outcome was live birth rate. The meta-analyses did not show statistically significant benefit of any uterine relaxing agents on live birth rate. Other meta-analyses did not show a significant effect on the clinical pregnancy, spontaneous abortion, ectopic pregnancy and multiple pregnancy rate. Most of the included studies were of low quality and lacked significant power to detect minimally important effect. Evidence is insufficient to recommend using these agents in routine practice. Further methodologically robust randomized controlled trials with more refined selection criteria might reveal a beneficial effect.
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    ABSTRACT: Cryopreservation of ovarian tissue has been successfully applied clinically, with over 60 live births to date. The aim of the present study was to perform a survey of patients who have had ovarian tissue cryopreserved in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Erlangen University Hospital, in order to obtain information about: why patients opt for fertility preservation; their current fertility; pregnancy attempts and outcomes; and their intended plans for the cryopreserved ovarian tissue. In total, 147 women took part in the survey (average age 25.0 ± 7.0 years; response rate 48%; mean follow-up period 6 years). Sixty-six reported regular menstrual cycles; 48 were amenorrhoeic. Sixty-two women had tried to conceive; 33 reported pregnancies. Twenty-five had delivered healthy children after conceiving naturally; eight had conceived with assisted reproduction. Five patients had had their ovarian tissue retransplanted. Although many patients continued to have ovarian function, none of them regretted choosing cryopreservation of ovarian tissue. Cryopreservation of ovarian tissue is an effective option and is very important for women diagnosed with cancer. Analyses of the clinical outcomes in these patients are essential in order to identify those patients capable of benefiting most from the procedure and in order to improve the technique.
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    ABSTRACT: The concept of contraceptive vaccines has interested reproductive biologists and immunologists for nearly 2 decades, but no approach has been approved. In this study, a new immunocontraceptive vaccine that targets placental trophoblasts was expored. We demonstrated that after in-vitro binding with heat shock protein 70, trophoblast-derived peptides can activate T cells both in vitro and in vivo. The activated T cells have a Th1 bias and specifically cause cytolysis of trophoblasts, leading to the termination of pregnancy. Such activated T cells seem to have an effect on early gestation, rather than influencing preimplantation. We did not observe side-effects of this vaccine in mice. In conclusion, a novel contraceptive strategy is described that uses heat shock protein 70-trophoblastic peptide complexes to generate a specific T-cell immune response against placental trophoblasts. This type of vaccine targeting the post-implantation phase does not generate a permanent effect but possibly raises an ethical issue.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to determine the concentrations of oxidative stress markers, antioxidant enzymes and cytokines in the follicular fluid of young women with low response in ovarian stimulation cycles compared with high responders and fertile oocyte donors of the same age, to assess the impact of oxidative stress on ovarian reserve. The activity of follicular fluid antioxidant enzymes glutathione transferase, glutathione reductase and glutathione peroxidase was significantly lower in young women with reduced ovarian reserve compared with that in high responders and oocyte donors. Follicular fluid concentrations of oxidative stress marker malondialdehyde combined with 4-hydroxyalkenals and nitric oxide were higher in low responders than in high responders and oocyte donors. Significant differences between low responders and donors in concentrations of IL-2, IL-6, IL-8 and vascular endothelial growth factor were observed, with higher concentrations in low responders. However, IL-10 concentration was lower in low responders than in high responders and donors. No significant differences were found in follicular fluid concentrations of tumour necrosis factor alpha between the three groups. These results demonstrate that different concentrations of oxidative stress markers, oxidant enzymes and cytokines in low responders compared with high responders and oocyte donors may negatively impact ovarian response.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this retrospective study was to explore the reproductive outcomes of IVF treatment in women with primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) showing intermittent follicular development. A total of 44 POI women with normal karyotype and absent autoimmunity, attending the centre for fertility treatment at Nanfang Hospital, Guangzhou from March 2009 to March 2011, were identified as suitable for inclusion in this study. Out of 44 women, 20 (20/44; 45.5%) had growing follicles and 13 underwent 27 oocyte retrievals. The empty follicle rate per oocyte retrieval was 70.4% (19/27); eight oocytes were recovered: one (12.5%) germinal vesicle (GV), two (25.0%) metaphase I (MI), one (12.5%) metaphase II (MII), and four (50.0%) atretic. One MI oocyte matured in vitro and two women had embryo transfer. Only the woman with the MI oocyte matured in vitro conceived, giving birth to a healthy baby at term. These results suggest that intermittent follicular development is common in women with POI but most of the developed follicles are empty or contain atretic oocytes. The pregnancy rate remains very low for IVF treatment.
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