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Vitrification of in vitro matured ovine oocytes affects in vitro pre-implantation development and mRNA abundance

Succu, Sara and Bebbere, Daniela and Bogliolo, Luisa and Ariu, Federica and Fois, Stefano and Leoni, Giovanni Giuseppe and Berlinguer, Fiammetta and Naitana, Salvatore and Ledda, Sergio (2008) Vitrification of in vitro matured ovine oocytes affects in vitro pre-implantation development and mRNA abundance. Molecular Reproduction and Development, Vol. 75 (3), p. 538-546. eISSN 1098-2795. Article.

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DOI: 10.1002/mrd.20784


The impact of vitrification procedures on in vitro matured (IVM) ovine oocytes mRNA content and ability to undergo successful fertilization, cleavage and embronic development was assessed. Vitrified-warmed (n = 113) and control (n = 140) IVM oocytes were in vitro fertilized and cultured up to blastocyst stage under standard conditions. Vitrified oocytes showed lower cleavage rate (47% vs. 75%, P < 0.001) and development to blastocyst stage (17% vs. 57%, P < 0.001) than controls. In addition, the timings of the first cleavage and blastocysts production were significantly delayed in the vitrified-warmed group (P < 0.001 in both cases). In parallel, we analyzed by reverse transcriptase real-time PCR the relative abundance of beta-actin, H2A.Z histone, Poli A Polimerase (PAP), Heat Shock Protein 90β(HSP90β), P34cdc2, Cyclin b, Na/K-ATPase and Type I cadherin (E-Cad) transcripts in single IVM controls (n = 24) and vitrified-warmed oocytes (n = 40). Results were normalized against the exogenous rabbit α-globin mRNA standard and the β-actin housekeeping gene and similarly described a lower abundance of most mRNAs in oocytes subjected to vitrification procedures. When normalized against the exogenous standard mRNA, all transcripts except for β-actin and H2A.Z showed a significantly different abundance in the two classes of oocytes. The same results were obtained after normalization against the internal standard, except for HSP90β and E-Cad transcripts, whose lower abundance in vitrified-warmed oocytes resulted prominent, but not significant (P = 0.083 and P = 0.068, respectively). The oocyte lower transcripts abundance following vitrification might be an early indicator of poor quality in good correlation with the developmental data to blastocyst stage.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:1697
Uncontrolled Keywords:Vitrification, gene expression, ovine oocyte, developmental competence
Subjects:Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > VET/10 Clinica ostetrica e ginecologia veterinaria
Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > VET/02 Fisiologia veterinaria
Area 05 - Scienze biologiche > BIO/10 Biochimica
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Scienze fisiologiche, biochimiche e cellulari
001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Patologia e clinica veterinaria
001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Biologia animale
Additional Information:Pubblicato online il 20 settembre 2007.
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