Predictive Roles of Proteomic Profiles in Assisted Reproduction-An Update
Sajal Gupta, Rakesh Sharma, Jasmine Eliwa and Ashok Agarwal*
Center for Reproductive Medicine, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ashok Agarwal
Professor, Lerner College of Medicine, Director
Andrology Centre and Centre for Reproductive Medicine
Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic
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Received date: January 07, 2015; Accepted date: March 13, 2015; Published date: March 17, 2015
Citation: Gupta S, Sharma R, Eliwa J, Agarwal A (2015) Predictive Roles of Proteomic Profiles in Assisted Reproduction-An Update. J Proteomics Bioinform S8:005. doi: 10.4172/jpb.S8-005
Copyright: © 2015 Gupta S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The prevalence of infertility is 12-15% in sexually active couples. When, a subgroup analysis is done, 50% of infertility can be ascribed to male factor or a combination of male and female factor. With the growing trend of male factor infertility and the desire for infertile couples to reproduce, assisted reproductive technology provides a means to overcome these challenges. Several techniques exist depending on the extent of the infertility. For cases of severe oligospermia or even azoospermia, a combination of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic injection is used. There has been birth of more than 4 million babies worldwide using the assisted reproductive techniques. In the United States alone 1% of the total babies born each year are conceived through ART However, there are very low rates of successful implantation and pregnancy per transferred embryo in in vitro fertilization. According to literature reports 70% of transferred embryos fail to implant. Also, several ART clinics perform multiple embryo transfer, rather than a single embryo transfer, which exposes patients to several complications. Proteomics has the potential to aid in selection of the best embryo. In this review, we present an appraisal; of existing scientific literature regarding the proteomic profiles of the key players impacting ART outcomes. We elaborate on the potential proteomic biomarkers that are a key to establishing a non-invasive, reliable, reproducible, and specific means of assessing endometrial receptivity, embryonic viability, aneuploidy, and fertilizing potential of the sperm. These biomarkers include a variety of both structural and functional proteins. The application of these potential biomarkers in the future will help in enhancing the ART outcomes by offering a personalized treatment for patients based upon their individualized signature proteomics profiles.