Marker genes for oocyte competence

Johan Smitz (Inventor), Sandra Wathlet (Inventor), Tom Adriaenssens (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


Cumulus cell (CC) gene expression is being explored as an additional method to morphological scoring to choose the embryo with the highest chance to pregnancy. The present invention relates to a novel method of identifying biomarker genes for evaluating the competence of a mammalian oocyte in giving rise to a viable pregnancy after fertilization, based on the use of live birth and embryonic development as endpoint criteria for the oocytes to be used in an exon level analysis of potential biomarker genes. The invention further provides CC-expressed biomarker genes thus identified, as well as prognostic models based on the biomarker genes identified using the methods of the present invention.
Original languageEnglish
Patent numberEP2956552
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2030


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