Removal of annexin V-positive sperm cells for intracytoplasmic sperm injection in ovum donation cycles does not improve reproductive outcome: a controlled and randomized trial in unselected males

Romany, L, Garrido, N, Motato, Y, Aparicio, B, Remohi, J, Meseguer, M,
Fertil Steril. Dec. 2014 doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2014.09.001


OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of removing presumptive apoptotic sperm cells from samples from unselected males by means of magnetic activated cell sorting (MACS) on live-birth delivery rates after intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in couples undergoing ovum donation (OD). DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, triple-blinded, and controlled study. SETTING: Private university-affiliated IVF center. PATIENT(S): A total of 237 infertile couples undergoing ICSI as part of an OD program. INTERVENTION(S): Semen specimens from the control group were prepared by swim-up. Samples from the study group were prepared by swim-up followed by MACS and incubation with annexin V-conjugated microbeads to remove annexin V-positive (AV+) sperm cells. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Fertilization rates, morphological features of early embryo development, implantation rates, ongoing pregnancy rates, and live-birth rates. RESULT(S): Similar results were obtained between groups for all the parameters compared: fertilization rates of 75.3% (95% confidence interval [CI], 71.6-78.9) versus 72.1% (95% CI, 68.6-75.7); percentage of good-quality embryos on day 2 of 53.7% (95% CI, 50.3-57.1) versus 51.8% (95% CI, 48.3-55.3) and on day 3 of 54.2% (95% CI, 50.7-57.6) versus 48.9% (95% CI, 45.3-52.4); implantation rates of 42.2% (95% CI, 33.8-48.1) versus 40.1% (95% CI, 34.8-49.6); positive beta-hCG tests of 63.2% (95% CI, 54.7-71.6) versus 68.6% (95% CI, 60.2-76.9), and live-birth rates of 48.4% (95% CI, 39.6-57.1) versus 56.4% (95% CI, 47.3-65.5) in the MACS versus control group. None of the differences reached statistical significance. CONCLUSION(S): Applying MACS technology to remove AV+ sperm cells from unselected males does not improve the reproductive outcome of ICSI in OD.