A combination of growth factors and cytokines alter preimplantation mouse embryo development, foetal development and gene expression profiles
Kathryn H Gurner, Thi T Truong, Alexandra J Harvey, David K Gardner
Molecular Human Reproduction | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2020
Within the maternal tract, the preimplantation embryo is exposed to an array of growth factors (GFs) and cytokines, most of which are absent from culture media used in clinical IVF. Whilst the addition of individual GFs and cytokines to embryo culture media can improve preimplantation mouse embryo development, there is a lack of evidence on the combined synergistic effects of GFs and cytokines on embryo development and further foetal growth. Therefore, in this study, the effect of a combined group of GFs and cytokines on mouse preimplantation embryo development and subsequent foetal development and gene expression profiles was investigated. Supplementation of embryo culture media with an opt..View full abstract
This work was funded by a research grant from Vitrolife AB, Sweden. K.H.G was the recipient of an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship, University of Melbourne.