Cell-free DNA: a Non-invasive Test for Assessing Embryo Quality

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified July 2011 by IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino - IST Istituto Nazionale per la Ricerca sul Cancro, Genoa, Italy.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Merck Serono S.A., Geneva
Information provided by:
IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino - IST Istituto Nazionale per la Ricerca sul Cancro, Genoa, Italy
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01397136
First received: July 14, 2011
Last updated: July 18, 2011
Last verified: July 2011
  Purpose

In the present project we propose to deeply characterize nuclear and/or mitochondrial DNA in embryo culture medium, in order to investigate whether both cell-free nucleic acid types may provide additional, reliable, predictive parameters for embryo viability and implantation potential.


Condition
Culture Media
DNA

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Cell-free DNA: a Non-invasive Test for Assessing Embryo Quality

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Further study details as provided by IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino - IST Istituto Nazionale per la Ricerca sul Cancro, Genoa, Italy:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Isolation and characterization of nuclear and/or mitocondrial DNA into embryo culture medium [ Time Frame: Month 6 of the project ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Prediction of high quality embryos according to molecular profiling of cell-free DNA released into culture medium. [ Time Frame: Month 12 of the project ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Publication of scientific reports. [ Time Frame: Month 12 of the project ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Dissemination of results by participating at national and international meetings, workshops and specific courses. [ Time Frame: Months 3-12 of the project ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA

After normally fertilized oocytes will be identified, they will be transferred into Sydney IVF Cleavage Medium (Cook Medical) for culture from day 1 to day 3 (up to 8 cell stage). For a subset of embryos we will also perform culture until blastocyst stage. For this purpose, embryos will be transferred into Sydney IVF Blastocist medium (Cook Medical) from day 3 to day 5/6. We will focus on embryo development in a single embryo culture medium. Embryos will be cultured at 37°C, 6.0% CO2, 5.0% O2 into Galaxy 48R incubators (New Brunswick Scientific). At the moment of transfer of embryos into the uterine cavity, we will collect embryo culture media into DNase- and RNase-free 1.5 ml tubes (Eppendorf AG). The media will be immediately frozen and stored at -20° until nucleic acid purification.


Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: July 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 7 Days
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population

Culture media from human embryos collected at day 2-7 after in-vitro fertilization.

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • We will enroll in the study only embryos obtained from fresh gametes. It is to note that we currently transfer more than one embryo (with a maximum of 3, according to patient's age) and we will follow such criteria alongside the project. Consequently, we will take into consideration this aspect in correlating DNA parameters with embryo's outcome.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • We will exclude cryopreserved embryos, in order to avoid potential biases due to cooling/defrosting procedures.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01397136

Contacts
Contact: Paola Scaruffi, PhD +39-010-555 ext 5846/5847 paola.scaruffi@hsanmartino.it
Contact: Paola Anserini, MD +39-010-555 ext 5840 paola.anserini@hsanamrtino.it

Locations
Italy
Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino Recruiting
Genova, GE, Italy, 16132
Contact: Paola Scaruffi, PhD    +39-010-555 ext 5846/5847    paola.scaruffi@hsanmartino.it   
Principal Investigator: Paola Scaruffi, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Paola Anserini, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Levi Shanti, BS         
Sponsors and Collaborators
IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino - IST Istituto Nazionale per la Ricerca sul Cancro, Genoa, Italy
Merck Serono S.A., Geneva
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Paola Scaruffi, PhD Center of Physiopathology of Human Reproduction, Dept. Obstetrics and Gynecology, A.O.U. San Martino
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Dr. Paola Scaruffi, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino, Center of Physiopathology of Human Reproduction, L.go R. Benzi, 10 - 16132 - Genova - Italy
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01397136     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GFI2011_PS
Study First Received: July 14, 2011
Last Updated: July 18, 2011
Health Authority: Italy: Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino - IST Istituto Nazionale per la Ricerca sul Cancro, Genoa, Italy:
Human embryo
Culture media
Cell-free DNA
In vitro fertilization
Infertility

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