Type of chromosome abnormality affects embryo morphology dynamics

Fertil Steril. 2017 Jan;107(1):229-235.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2016.09.019. Epub 2016 Nov 2.


Objective: To study the differences in the cleavage time between types of embryo chromosomal abnormalities and elaborate algorithm to exclude aneuploid embryos according to the likelihood to be euploid.

Design: Retrospective cohort study.

Setting: University affiliated private center.

Patient(s): Preimplantational genetic screening patients (n = 112) including cases of advanced maternal age, repeated implantation failure, and recurrent miscarriage. A total of 485 embryos were analyzed.

Intervention(s): None.

Main outcome measure(s): All biopsied embryos were cultured in an incubator with time-lapse technology, cleavage timing from insemination to day 3 and all kinetic parameters that have been described in previous studies by our group.

Result(s): Logistic regression analysis were used to identify morphokinetic parameters and some were strongly associated with complex aneuploid embryos; t3 (odds ratio = 0.590, 95% confidence interval 0.359-0.971) and t5-t2 (odds ratio = 0.151, 95% confidence interval 0.082-0.278).

Conclusion(s): Embryo morphokinetics are affected by chromosome aneuploidy and further analysis of the chromosome content reveals higher differences when the complexity in the chromosome disorders is increased. The use of time-lapse monitoring, although not able to detect an abnormal embryo, may be potentially useful to discard those embryos with high risk of complex chromosomal abnormalities.

Keywords: Embryo kinetics; array CGH; complex abnormalities; time lapse.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aneuploidy
  • Biopsy
  • Blastocyst / pathology*
  • Chromosome Aberrations*
  • Chromosome Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Chromosome Disorders / genetics
  • Chromosome Disorders / pathology
  • Chromosomes, Human*
  • Comparative Genomic Hybridization
  • Embryonic Development
  • Female
  • Fertilization in Vitro / adverse effects*
  • Genetic Testing
  • Humans
  • Kinetics
  • Logistic Models
  • Microscopy, Video
  • Odds Ratio
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Pregnancy
  • Preimplantation Diagnosis / methods
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Time-Lapse Imaging / methods