Research Group on Maternal Fetal Communication

Reproductive Medicine Area

Project origin of diseases: functional capacity of miRNAs secreted into endometrial fluid in obese and type 2 diabetic patients to determine if they are capable of modifying mouse embryos transcriptomically and/or epigeneticallyProject Transcriptomic and epigenetic modifications in human embryos: obtain the target genes of miRNA miR-30d in human embryos to have a list of regions potentially susceptible to methylation. These regions will be used to design the PCRs of the bisulfite regions by miSeq sequencing

Project Function of DNA and RNA contained in extracellular vesicles secreted by the human endometrium on the pre-implantation embryo: it has been described that the endometrial fluid is secreted by a series of populations of extracellular vesicles (apoptotic bodies, microvesicles and exosomes) that represent a conveyance. We propose that these vesicles contain biomolecules of different natures, specifically focusing on the different types of RNAs and DNA, and that their composition in these chemical species varies throughout the menstrual cycle and depending on the subpopulation of vesicles that is analyzed

Dr. Felip Vilella Mitjana
Dr. Felip Vilella Mitjana

Leading, R4
Established, R3

Felip Vilella Mitjana    
Francisco Raga Baixauli

Recognised/Emerging, R2

Ana Monteagudo Sánchez
Diego Amorós Cerdán

First Stage, R1

Javier González Fernández

Collaborating Researchers

Ana Ochando Hernández
Sofía Zaragozano Martínez
Anna Quirant Pellín

Administrative assistant
Decoding the endometrial niche of Asherman’s Syndrome at single-cell resolution. Santamaria X, Roson B, Perez-Moraga R, Venkatesan N, Pardo-Figuerez M, Gonzalez-Fernandez J, Llera-Oyola J, Fernandez E, Moreno I, Salumets A, Vankelecom H, Vilella F, Simon C. Nature Communications. 2023 Sep 21;14(1):5890. doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-41656-1. PMID: 37735465

The human periconceptional maternal-embryonic space in health and disease. Moreno I, Capalbo A, Mas A, Garrido-Gomez T, Roson B, Poli M, Dimitriadis E, Santamaria X, Vilella F, Simon C. Physiological Reviews. 2023 Jul 1;103(3):1965-2038. doi: 10.1152/physrev.00050.2021. PMID: 36796099

The role of extracellular vesicles in intercellular communication in human reproduction. Gonzalez Fernandez J, Moncayo Arlandi J, Ochando A, Simon C, Vilella F. Clinical Science. 2023 Feb 14;137(3):281-301. doi: 10.1042/CS20220793. PMID: 36762584

Vertical transmission of maternal DNA through extracellular vesicles associates with altered embryo bioenergetics during the periconception period. Bolumar D, Moncayo-Arlandi J, Gonzalez-Fernandez J, Ochando A, Moreno I, Monteagudo-Sanchez A, Marin C, Diez A, Fabra P, Checa M, Espinos J, Gardner D, Simon C, Vilella F. eLife. 2023 Dec 27:12:RP88008. doi: 10.7554/eLife.88008. PMID: 38149847

Endometrial microbiota composition is associated with reproductive outcome in infertile patients. Moreno I, Garcia-Grau I, Perez-Villaroya D, Gonzalez-Monfort M, Bahceci M, Barrionuevo MJ, Taguchi S, Puente E, Dimattina M, Lim MW, Meneghini G, Aubuchon M, Leondires M, Izquierdo A, Perez-Olgiati M, Chavez A, Seethram K, Bau D, Gomez C, Valbuena D, Vilella F, Simon C. Microbiome. 2022 Jan 4;10(1):1. doi: 10.1186/s40168-021-01184-w. PMID: 34980280

Single-cell RNA Sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 cell entry factors in the preconceptional human endometrium. Vilella F, Wang W, Moreno I, Roson B, Quake S, Simon C. Human Reproduction. 2021 Sep 18;36(10):2709-2719. doi: 10.1093/humrep/deab183. PMID: 34329437

Understanding the human endometrium in the 21st century. Vilella F, Wang W, Moreno I, Quake SR, Simon C. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2021 Jul;225(1):1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2021.04.224. PMID: 34023092

Reference: PI21/00528
Title: Caracterización transcriptómica de la implantación embrionaria humana a nivel de célula única usando un endometrio 3D en un chip de microfluidica
Funding body: Instituto de Salud Carlos III – Cofinanciado FEDER
Principal Investigator: Felipe Vilella Mitjana
Duration: 2022 – 2024
Total budget: 90.750 €
Reference: 874867 – HUTER
Title: Human Uterus Cell Atlas
Funding body: European Commission
Principal Investigator: Carlos Simón Vallés
Duration: 2020 – 2022
Total budget: 4.118.943 €
Reference: PI18/00957
Title: Función del ADN y ARN contenido en vesiculas extracelulares secretadas por el endometrio humano sobre el embrion pre-implantatorio
Funding body: Instituto de Salud Carlos III – Cofinanciado FEDER
Principal Investigator: Felip Vilella Mitjana
Duration: 2019 – 2022
Total budget: 135.520 €
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Title: Extracellular vesicles in the human maternal-embryo crosstalk during the preconception period
Doctoral candidate: Bolumar Recuero, David
Director(s): Simón Vallés, Carlos; Vilella Mitjana, Felipe
Date of the defense: 21/12/2020
University: Universitat de València

Title: Epigenetic analysis of cell-free dna as a tool to study pathogenesis and maternal syndrome of preeclampsia
Doctoral candidate: Corachán García, Irene
Director(s): Simón Vallés, Carlos; Díez Juan, Antonio; Vilella Mitjana, Felipe
Date of the defense: 14/02/2020
University: Universitat de València

Title: Maternal-fetal crosstalk. Elucitaing the role of mir30d in endometrial receptivity and pregnancy outcome
Doctoral candidate: Balaguer Cuenca, Nuria
Director(s): Vilella Mitjana, Felipe; Simón Vallés, Carlos
Date of the defense: 14/01/2019
University: Universitat de València