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A Rotating Spiral Micromotor for Noninvasive Zygote Transfer

ABSTRACT: Abstract Embryo transfer (ET) is a decisive step in the in vitro fertilization process. In most cases, the embryo is transferred to the uterus after several days of in vitro culture. Although studies have identified the beneficial effects of ET on proper embryo development in the earlier stages, this strategy is compromised by the necessity to transfer early embryos (zygotes) back to the fallopian tube instead of the uterus, which requires a more invasive, laparoscopic procedure, termed zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT). Magnetic micromotors offer the possibility to mitigate such surgical interventions, as they have the potential to transport and deliver cellular cargo such as zygotes through the uterus and fallopian tube noninvasively, actuated by an externally applied rotating magnetic field. This study presents the capture, transport, and release of bovine and murine zygotes using two types of magnetic micropropellers, helix and spiral. Although helices represent an established micromotor architecture, spirals surpass them in terms of motion performance and with their ability to reliably capture and secure the cargo during both motion and transfer between different environments. Herein, this is demonstrated with murine oocytes/zygotes as the cargo; this is the first step toward the application of noninvasive, magnetic micromotor?assisted ZIFT. Spiral micropropellers that capture, transport, and release oocytes and zygotes, actuated solely by a rotating magnetic field, and are transferred between different environments without losing the cargo, are presented. The propulsion and transport performance of the innovative propellers and their advantages over established helical micromotors are demonstrated regarding applicability in a noninvasive alternative concept to laparoscopy, zygote transfer by micromotors.

PROVIDER: S-EPMC7509649 | BioStudies |

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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