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Track: ART – LAB
Poster : ART Lab: Basic
Albert Li
Embryologist
Reproductive Medicine
Associates of New York
New York, New York

 

Objective: Following intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) of an oocyte in vitro, fertilization is evaluated using morphological assessment and count of pronuclei (PN). Normal fertilization is characterized by the appearance of 2 PN, observed 13-19 hours post-ICSI. Occasionally, a 3rd “micro” PN can be observed in the zygote. This finding has traditionally been interpreted by embryologists to be an abnormality that is consistent with embryonic aneuploidy, including triploidy [1,4]. Reproductive biologists have demonstrated that the appearance of a 3rd micro PN following injection of a single spermatozoon can result from the retention of the second polar body, oocyte meiotic failure, or sperm abnormalities [2, 3]. Embryos resulting from tri-pronucleated zygotes have also been found to be euploid, perhaps due to self-correction during subsequent cell division [4]. This study aims to evaluate the clinical viability of micro 3PN zygotes by assessing rates of embryo ploidy and frozen embryo transfer (FET) outcomes. DESIGN: Retrospective MATERIALS AND

Methods: Micro 3PN zygotes were identified from patients who underwent IVF with ICSI and pre-implantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A). On day 3 of development, embryos underwent laser assisted hatching to breach the zona pellucida. At the blastocyst stage of development (day 5, 6 or 7), a trophectoderm biopsy was performed on any embryo(s) that met biopsy criteria (≥5 trophectoderm cells herniating, ≥grade “C” inner cell mass and trophectoderm). Samples of biopsied trophectoderm were sent to a commercial laboratory for genetic analysis using a next generation sequencing method. Embryos were vitrified post-biopsy, and euploid embryos were subsequently thawed for FET.

Results: A total of 107 micro 3PN zygotes were evaluated between March 2018 and January 2020. After culturing to the blastocyst stage,16.8% (n=18) of the embryos were biopsied, and 72.2% (n=13) of those displayed diverse types of aneuploidy, although triploid embryos were not found. A euploid rate of 27.8% (n=5) was detected, with 60% (n=3) of those transferred in a FET cycle. A clinical pregnancy rate of 66.7% (n=2) was achieved. One patient reported a livebirth and the other pregnancy is currently ongoing.

Conclusions: This study demonstrates the reproductive potential of micro 3PN zygotes within an IVF setting. Although there is a high rate of embryonic aneuploidy in micro 3PN-derived blastocysts, our study shows a proportion of these embryos are euploid, can be selected for embryo transfer, and lead to a positive pregnancy outcome. We suggest extending culture of micro 3PN zygotes due to their capability of having a normal genetic profile. With the validation of genetic screening, patients can be assured that normal pregnancies can be sourced from micro 3PN zygotes.

 

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