A pilot study investigating a novel particle-based growth factor delivery system for preimplantation embryo culture.
Kathryn H Gurner, Joseph J Richardson, Alexandra J Harvey, David K Gardner
Hum Reprod | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2021
STUDY QUESTION: Can vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-loaded silica supraparticles (V-SPs) be used as a novel mode of delivering VEGF to the developing preimplantation embryo in vitro? SUMMARY ANSWER: Supplementation of embryo culture media with V-SPs promoted embryonic development in a manner equivalent to media supplemented with free VEGF. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: VEGF is a maternally derived growth factor that promotes preimplantation embryonic development in vitro. However, its use in clinical media has limitations due to its low stability in solution. STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION: This study was a laboratory-based analysis utilising a mouse model. V-SPs were prepared in vitro and ..View full abstract