Developmental capacity and pregnancy rate of tetrahedral- versus non-tetrahedral-shaped 4-cell stage human embryos

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Abstract

PURPOSE:

The arrangement of the blastomeres within the 4-cell stage embryo reflects the orientation of the cleavage planes during the second division. To examine their relevance, the developmental capacity and the pregnancy rate were compared between tetrahedral-shaped and non-tetrahedral-shaped 4-cell stage human embryos.
METHODS:

The study included 3,546 4-cell stage embryos. The arrangement of the blastomeres at the 4-cell stage was annotated as being tetrahedral or non-tetrahedral on day 2 of preimplantation development. Embryo quality was compared on day 3 and day 5. Pregnancy rates were calculated per single embryo transfer on day 3 or day 5.
RESULTS:

In total, 2,803 4-cell stage embryos (79 %) displayed a tetrahedral arrangement and 743 (21 %) displayed a non-tetrahedral arrangement. Tetrahedral-shaped embryos developed more into high-quality embryos on day 3 (p?CONCLUSIONS:

The arrangement of the blastomeres according to their previous cleavage planes was correlated to the developmental potential of the 4-cell stage embryo up to the blastocyst stage. If embryo transfers are performed on day 3 and day 5 of development using embryos of adequate quality, the blastomere arrangement at the 4-cell stage had no predictable value regarding pregnancy success.
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Developmental capacity and pregnancy rate of tetrahedral- versus non-tetrahedral-shaped 4-cell stage human embryos. [J Assist Reprod Genet. 2014]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-434
Number of pages8
JournalJ Assist Reprod Genet
Volume31
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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