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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 133-139
Non-invasive metabolomic analysis using a commercial NIR instrument for embryo selection

1 Eugonia Unit of Assisted Reproduction, Athens, Greece
2 Boston IVF Inc. Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

Correspondence Address:
Ioannis A Sfontouris
Eugonia Unit of Assisted Reproduction, 7 Ventiri Street, 11528 Athens
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-1208.117174

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Context: Metabolomics was introduced in human in vitro fertilization (IVF) for noninvasive identification of viable embryos with the highest developmental competence. Aims: To determine whether embryo selection using a commercial version of metabolomic analysis leads to increased implantation rates (IRs) with fetal cardiac activity (FCA) compared with morphology evaluation alone. Setting and Design: Randomized controlled trial from April to December 2010 at a private IVF unit. The study was terminated prematurely due to the market withdrawal of the instrument. Materials and Methods: IVF patients ≥18 and ≤43 years with ≥4 × 2PN were randomly allocated to metabolomic analysis combined with embryo morphology (ViaMetrics-E; metabolomics + morphology group) or embryo morphology alone (morphology group). Cycles with frozen embryos, oocyte donations, or testicular biopsy were excluded. Statistical Analysis: Categorical and continuous data were analyzed for statistical significance using 2-tailed Fisher's exact test and t-test, respectively. Statistical significance was accepted when P < 0.05. Results: A total of 125 patients were included in the study; 39 patients were allocated to metabolomics + morphology group and 86 patients to morphology group. Patients were stratified according to the day of embryo transfer (Days 2, 3, or 5). IRs with FCA were similar for Days 2 and 3 transfers in both groups. For Day 5 transfers, IRs with FCA were significantly higher in the metabolomics + morphology group (46.8% vs. 28.9%; P = 0.041; 95% confidence intervalp [CI]: 1.09-34.18). Pregnancy and live births rates were similar for Days 2, 3, and 5 in both groups. The study was terminated early following the voluntary market withdrawal of ViaMetrics-E in December 2010. Conclusions: Metabolomic analysis using the commercial near-infrared (NIR) instrument does not appear to have a beneficial effect on pregnancy and live births, with improvement in IR with FCA for Day 5 transfers. However, no solid conclusions can be reached due to the lack of adequate study power. Identifier: NCT01490515

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