Stimulate the mitochondria! A Bonington approach to improving assisted reproductive technology outcomes or a call to action?

This introduction to the Views and Reviews on mitochondria and assisted reproduction summarizes the background and themes of the section.

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Volume 111, Issue 2, Pages 195–196


Richard S. Legro, M.D.


This introduction reviews the background of mitochondrial transplantation. Its goals are to provide both basic and clinical insights into mitochondria and reproduction. The articles will review the biology of mitochondria, mitochondrial DNA, mitochondrial dynamics, and mitochondrial stress (unfolded protein response), discuss novel imaging technology, fluorescent lifetime imaging microscopy to visualize mitochondria and their function in oocytes and early embryos, provide a critical and objective review of the data suggesting and refuting the possible use of mitochondrial DNA as well as other emerging technologies as a biomarker for embryo viability and finally to review the use of mitochondria as a rejuvenation tool in human in vitro fertilization.

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Fertility and Sterility

Editorial Office, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Fertility and Sterility® is an international journal for obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility and human reproductive disorders.