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Heat shock memory in preimplantation mouse embryos

Authors
Journal
Fertility and Sterility
0015-0282
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
93
Issue
8
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2010.02.031
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

To investigate the consequences of possible physiologic stress to embryos caused by in vitro fertilization procedures, we used heat shock response in preimplantation mouse embryos as a model. A heat shock “memory” was discovered that renders cleavage-stage embryos more responsive at the transcriptional level to secondary perturbation with very low doses of heat, even several cell cycles after the initial stress has occurred.

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