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Levels of the epidermal growth factor-like peptide amphiregulin in follicular fluid reflect the mode of triggering ovulation: a comparison between gonadotrophin-releasing hormone agonist and urinary human chorionic gonadotrophin.

Author(s): Humaidan P, Westergaard LG, Mikkelsen AL, Fukuda M, Yding Andersen C

Affiliation(s): Fertility Clinic, Skive Regional Hospital, Skive, Denmark. peter.humaidan@viborg.rm.dk

Publication date & source: 2011-05, Fertil Steril., 95(6):2034-8. Epub 2011 Mar 5.

Publication type: Comparative Study; Multicenter Study; Randomized Controlled Trial

OBJECTIVE: To detect differences in follicular fluid (FF) levels of amphiregulin (AR), depending on mode of triggering final oocyte maturation. DESIGN: Prospective randomized trial. SETTING: Three IVF units. PATIENT(S): Ninety-six patients undergoing IVF-intracytoplasmic sperm injection. INTERVENTION(S): Ovulation triggered with either urinary hCG or GnRH agonist (GnRH-a). Controls: 15 FF samples from small antral follicles (3-9 mm) and 12 FF samples from natural cycle. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Follicular fluid concentration of AR, P4, E2, vascular endothelial growth factor, and inhibin B. RESULT(S): Significantly lower levels of AR were found in FF from the GnRH-a group versus the hCG group, 51+/-3.5 versus 71+/-6.0 ng/mL. In FF from natural cycles, levels of AR were significantly higher than those of GnRH-a triggering but significantly lower than those of urinary hCG triggering. In small antral follicles only 5 out of 15 follicles contained measurable amounts of AR. When urinary hCG and GnRH-a triggering were compared, FF P4 was significantly higher after urinary hCG triggering, whereas no difference was seen regarding E2, vascular endothelial growth factor, and inhibin B. A total of 14% more metaphase II oocytes and 11% more transferable embryos were obtained after GnRH-a triggering. CONCLUSION(S): This study suggests that oocyte competence is linked to granulosa cell AR secretion. Copyright (c) 2011 American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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