PURPOSE: To visualize SARS-CoV-2 host receptors ACE2 and CD147 on human oocytes and blastocysts.

METHODS: Immunohistochemistry and confocal microscopy on human primary oocytes and pre (5 days post fertilization (dpf5) and (dpf6))- and peri (dpf7)-implantation blastocysts donated to research.

RESULTS: SARS-CoV-2 host receptors ACE2 and CD147 are present on the membrane of trophectoderm, epiblast and hypoblast cells in human blastocysts. CD147 is also present on the oolemma.

CONCLUSION: Theoretically, the earliest stages of embryonic development may be vulnerable for SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Sep 2020

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