Rescuing monopronucleated-derived human blastocysts: a model to study chromosomal topography and fingerprinting.

Soler, N, Bautista-Llacer, R, Escrich, L, Oller, A, Grau, N, Tena, R, Insua, MF, Ferrer, P, Escriba, MJ, Vendrell, X
Fertil Steril. Apr. 2021 doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2021.03.038


Objective: To quantify the percentage of monopronuclear-derived blastocysts (MNBs) that are potentially useful for reproductive purposes using classic and state-of-the-art chromosome analysis approaches, and to study chromosomal distribution in the inner cell mass (ICM) and trophectoderm (TE) for intertissue/intratissue concordance comparison. Design: Prospective experimental study. Setting: Single-center in vitro fertilization clinic and reproductive genetics laboratory. Patient(s): A total of 1,128 monopronuclear zygotes were obtained between June 2016 and December 2018. Intervention(s): MNBs were whole-fixed or biopsied to obtain a portion of ICM and 2 TE portions (TE1 and TE2) and were subsequently analyzed by fluorescence in situ hybridization, new whole-genome sequencing, and fingerprinting by single-nucleotide polymorphism array-based techniques (a-SNP). Main outcome measure(s): We assessed MNB rate, ploidy rate, and chromosomal constitution by new whole-genome sequencing, and parental composition by comparative a-SNP, performed in a "trio"-format (embryo/parents). The 24-chromosome distribution was compared between the TE and the ICM and within the TE. Result(s): A total of 18.4% of monopronuclear zygotes progressed to blastocysts; 77.6% of MNBs were diploid; 20% of MNBs were male and euploid, which might be reproductively useful. Seventy-five percent of MNBs were biparental and half of them were euploid, indicating that 40% might be reproductively useful. Intratissue concordance (TE1/TE2) was established for 93.3% and 73.3% for chromosome matching. Intertissue concordance (TE/ICM) was established for 78.8%, but 57.6% for chromosome matching. When segmental aneuploidy was not considered, intratissue concordance and chromosome matching increased to 100% and 80%, respectively, and intertissue concordance and chromosome matching increased to 84.8% and 75.8%, respectively. Conclusion(s): The a-SNP-trio strategy provides information about ploidy, euploidy, and parental origin in a single biopsy. This approach enabled us to identify 40% of MNBs with reproductive potential, which can have a significant effect in the clinical setting. Additionally, segmental aneuploidy is relevant for mismatched preimplantation genetic testing of aneuploidies, both within and between MNB tissues. Repeat biopsy might clarify whether segmental aneuploidy is a prone genetic character.