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CoQ10 Supplementation in Patients Undergoing IVF-ET: The Relationship with Follicular Fluid Content and Oocyte Maturity

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Department of Clinical Sciences, Polytechnic University of Marche, 60123 Ancona, Italy
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Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, Polytechnic University of Marche, 60131 Ancona, Italy
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Antioxidants 2018, 7(10), 141; https://doi.org/10.3390/antiox7100141
Received: 7 August 2018 / Revised: 18 September 2018 / Accepted: 8 October 2018 / Published: 13 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue CoQ10 in Longevity)
Background: The target of the reduced fecundity with aging is the oocyte. The follicular fluid and its components are strongly linked with the environment of the maturing oocyte. The aim of the present study was to evaluate CoQ10 bioavailability in follicular fluids after oral supplementation and its possible implication in oocyte maturation. Methods: Fifteen female partners of infertile couples, aged 31–46, undergoing IVF-ET and taking 200 mg/day oral CoQ10 were compared to unsupplemented patients. CoQ10 content, its oxidative status and total antioxidant capacity were evaluated also in relation to oocyte maturation indexes. Results: CoQ10 supplementation produced a significant increase in follicular content and a significant improvement of its oxidative status. Follicular fluid total antioxidant capacity highlighted a significant decrease in patients supplemented with CoQ10, specially in women >35 years. CoQ10 supplementation was associated with a significant decrease in total antioxidant capacity of fluid from follicles containing mature oocyte, moreover CoQ10 oxidative status was also significantly reduced but in follicles containing immature oocyte. Conclusions: Our observation leads to the hypothesis that the oral supplementation of CoQ10 may improve follicular fluid oxidative metabolism and oocyte quality, specially in over 35-year-old women. View Full-Text
Keywords: Coenzyme Q10; In vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET); follicular fluid; oocyte maturity Coenzyme Q10; In vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET); follicular fluid; oocyte maturity
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Giannubilo, S.R.; Orlando, P.; Silvestri, S.; Cirilli, I.; Marcheggiani, F.; Ciavattini, A.; Tiano, L. CoQ10 Supplementation in Patients Undergoing IVF-ET: The Relationship with Follicular Fluid Content and Oocyte Maturity. Antioxidants 2018, 7, 141.

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