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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161658/reproductive-performance-of-lactating-dairy-cows-after-inducing-ovulation-using-hcg-in-a-five-day-progesterone-based-fixed-time-ai-protocol
#1
I Garcia-Ispierto, F De Rensis, X Casas, F Caballero, R Mur-Novales, F López-Gatius
This study compares the effects of inducing ovulation using human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) or gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) at the end of a 5-day progesterone(P4)-based protocol for fixed-time artificial insemination (FTAI) in lactating dairy cows on ovarian dynamics and fertility. A P4 intravaginal device (PRID) was fitted for five days and GnRH administered upon PRID insertion and a double dose (24 h apart) of prostaglandin F2α upon PRID removal. Cows received either GnRH (GnRH group; n = 98), 1000 IU hCG (hCG-1 group; n = 97), or 3000 IU hCG (hCG-2 group; n = 104) 36 h after PRID removal and were inseminated 50-56 h after PRID removal...
November 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154176/seasonal-changes-in-the-sperm-fatty-acid-composition-of-shetland-pony-stallions
#2
Christine Aurich, Cristina Ortega Ferrusola, Fernando Juan Peña Vega, Nadine Schrammel, David Morcuende, Jörg Aurich
Spermatozoa contain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). Cryopreservation damages sperm membranes and they become less functional after thawing. We analysed the lipid composition of spermatozoa from Shetland stallions (n = 15) collected monthly from January to June and hypothesized that sperm lipid patterns change with season. In addition, one ejaculate per month was submitted to cryopreservation. Content of saturated palmytic and stearic acid decreased from January to March (p < 0.001) while content of the PUFA docosapentaenoic (p < 0...
November 10, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154161/effect-of-bovine-sperm-chromatin-integrity-evaluated-using-three-different-methods-on-in%C3%A2-vitro-fertility
#3
L S Castro, A F P Siqueira, T R S Hamilton, C M Mendes, J A Visintin, M E O A Assumpção
In vitro fertility potential of individual bulls is still relatively uncharacterized. Classical sperm analysis does not include the evaluation of all sperm characteristics and thus, some cell compartments could be neglected. In humans, sperm DNA integrity has already proven to have major influence in embryo development and assisted reproduction techniques successfully. In bovine, some studies already correlated chromatin integrity with field fertility. However, none of those have attempted to relate DNA assessment approaches such as chromatin deficiency (CMA3), chromatin stability (SCSA; AO+) and DNA fragmentation (COMET assay) to predict in vitro bull fertility...
November 10, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149676/high-salt-diet-decreases-reproductive-performance-in-rams-and-down-regulates-gene-expression-of-some-components-of-the-renin-angiotensin-system-in-the-testis
#4
Yi Fang, Rongzhen Zhong, Xuezhao Sun, Daowei Zhou
Although salt-tolerant plants can be used to combat dryland salinity, these plants contain high concentrations of salt (NaCl), which may have deleterious effects if fed to livestock. Twenty-four Merino rams (9 mo of age) with similar body weight were equally allocated to two groups and fed a normal- or high-salt diet (0.5 and 12% NaCl, respectively) for 3 mo. Rams fed the high-salt diet had lower live weight gains, higher water intake, smaller testes (466 ± 48.4 vs 604 ± 51.1 g) and reductions (P <0...
November 10, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132037/flunixin-meglumine-improves-pregnancy-rate-in-embryo-recipient-beef-cows-with-an-excitable-temperament
#5
R K Kasimanickam, J B Hall, C T Estill, J P Kastelic, C Joseph, R L Abdel Aziz, D Nak
Objectives were to determine effects of: 1) handling temperament and administration of flunixin meglumine, an inhibitor of prostaglandin F2a (PGF2a) synthesis, given at the time of embryo transfer, on pregnancy rates in beef cattle embryo transfer recipients; 2) handling temperament and flunixin meglumine on peripheral concentrations of progesterone, cortisol, substance-P, prostaglandin F metabolites (PGFM, (13,14-dihydro-15-keto-PGF2a) and isoprostane 8-epi PGF2a; and 3) flunixin meglumine treatment on proportion of non-pregnant recipient cows returning to estrus within an expected interval...
November 10, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128697/comparison-of-pregnancy-outcomes-using-either-an-ovsynch-or-a-cosynch-protocol-for-the-first-timed-ai-with-liquid-or-frozen-semen-in-lactating-dairy-cows
#6
S Borchardt, L Schüller, L Wolf, C Wesenauer, W Heuwieser
The objective of this study was to evaluate fertility to the first timed AI (TAI) using either liquid semen or frozen semen after an Ovsynch or a Cosynch protocol in lactating dairy cows. The hypothesis was that there is an increase in fertility to the first TAI when cows are inseminated with liquid semen compared to that when frozen semen is used in a Cosynch protocol. Lactating dairy cows (n = 1724; 540 primiparous, 1184 multiparous) from 9 commercial dairy farms were enrolled on a weekly basis to facilitate first timed AI...
November 9, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145063/prevalence-causes-resolution-and-consequences-of-bovine-dystocia-in-italy
#7
Ippolito De Amicis, Maria Cristina Veronesi, Domenico Robbe, Alessia Gloria, Augusto Carluccio
The aim of this study was to report prevalences and causes of dystocias in dairy and beef cattle, in primiparous and multiparous cows, as well as the mortality rate of calves and cows, obtained after 11 years of records across various farms in Italy. On a total of 14,575 records from dairy Italian Friesian cows, beef Romagnola and Marchigiana cows, a prevalence of 5.6% was observed, with a significant higher prevalence in primiparous (p < 0.0001), and dairy cows (p < 0.0001). Dystocias of fetal origin were higher than the ones of maternal origin (p < 0...
November 7, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161657/effects-of-local-lipopolysaccharide-administration-on-the-expression-of-toll-like-receptor-4-and-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-in-uterus-and-oviduct-of-rabbit-does
#8
Laura Menchetti, Olimpia Barbato, Iulia Elena Filipescu, Giovanna Traina, Leonardo Leonardi, Angela Polisca, Alessandro Troisi, Gabriella Guelfi, Federica Piro, Gabriele Brecchia
Inflammation of the uterus and oviduct is associated with reduced reproductive performance in humans and domestic animals. Toll-like receptors are expressed in various immune and non-immune cells and play a crucial role in innate immunity. Toll-like receptor - 4 (TLR4) can detect lipopolysaccharide (LPS) from Gram-negative bacteria leading to the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines, chemokines, antimicrobial peptides and other inflammatory mediators. To investigate the effects of a local inflammation on the expression levels of TLR4 and pro-inflammatory cytokines, 12 female rabbits received an intracervical infusion with either saline solution endotoxin-free (carrier, 2 mL; n = 6) or LPS (500 μg diluted in 2 mL of saline solution; n = 6)...
November 5, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149677/effects-of-deslorelin-implants-on-reproduction-and-feeding-behavior-in-tasmanian-devils-sarcophilus-harrisii-housed-in-free-range-enclosures
#9
Holly R Cope, Carolyn J Hogg, Karen Fagg, Olivia Barnard, Peter J White, Catherine A Herbert
In captive breeding programs, it is becoming increasingly important to maximize the retention of genetic diversity by managing the reproductive contribution of each individual, which can be facilitated through the use of selective contraception. This becomes critical when captive populations are held for several generations, and managers must prevent the confines of housing space and financial support from compromising genetic integrity. For example, the Tasmanian devil insurance population, established in 2006, is strategically managed to equalize founder representation...
November 4, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145066/relationship-between-follicular-dynamics-and-oocyte-maturation-during-in%C3%A2-vitro-culture-as-a-non-invasive-sign-of-caprine-oocyte-meiotic-competence
#10
J Cadenas, C Maside, A C A Ferreira, L A Vieira, J Leiva-Revilla, V M Paes, B G Alves, F Z Brandão, A P R Rodrigues, M B Wheeler, J R Figueiredo
The search for non-invasive signs of oocyte meiotic competence is very important for the development of in vitro follicle culture (IVFC) systems. The aims of the present study were: (1) to investigate the effect of in vitro maturation (IVM) of in vivo grown goat COCs, in group or individually, on oocyte chromatin configuration (Experiment 1), and (2) the influence of IVFC period (12 vs. 18 days) on the ability of the oocyte to resume meiosis immediately after IVFC (before in vitro maturation; IVM), or after IVM (Experiment 2)...
November 4, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145065/gestational-differences-in-murine-placenta-glycolytic-metabolism-and-pregnancy-parameters
#11
Renee E Albers, Christopher A Waker, Chanel Keoni, Melissa R Kaufman, Michael A Bottomley, Sarah Min, David R Natale, Thomas L Brown
The placenta is a complex and essential organ composed largely of fetal-derived cells, including several different trophoblast subtypes that work in unison to support nutrient transport to the fetus during pregnancy. Abnormal placental development can lead to pregnancy-associated disorders that often involve metabolic dysfunction. The scope of dysregulated metabolism during placental development may not be fully representative of the in vivo state in defined culture systems, such as cell lines or isolated primary cells...
November 4, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132039/the-cxcl12-cxcr4-signaling-promotes-oocyte-maturation-by-regulating-cumulus-expansion-in-sheep
#12
Rui-Na Zhang, Bo Pang, Shang-Rong Xu, Peng-Cheng Wan, Song-Chang Guo, Han-Zhong Ji, Gong-Xue Jia, Lin-Yong Hu, Xin-Quan Zhao, Qi-En Yang
Gonadotropins and growth factors synergistically regulate folliculogenesis and oocyte development. C-X-C motif chemokine 12 (CXCL12) and its receptor CXCR4 are expressed in ovaries of sheep, cattle and other species, however, roles of this multifunctional signal axis in oocyte maturation are not defined. Using sheep as a model, we examined the expression patterns and functions of the CXCL12-CXCR4 axis during oocyte maturation. CXCL12 and CXCR4 mRNA and protein were present in oocytes and granulosa cells. Relative abundance of CXCR4 transcript was controlled by epidermal growth factor (EGF)...
November 4, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132038/hemodynamics-of-the-corpus-luteum-in-mares-during-experimentally-impaired-luteogenesis-and-partial-luteolysis
#13
J C Ferreira, L F Novaes Filho, Y L Boakari, H S Canesin, D L Thompson, F S Lima, C Meira
The aim of the current project was to characterize the luteal vascularity and the plasma concentrations of progesterone (P4), prolactin (PRL) and 13,14-dihydro-15-keto-PGF2α (PGFM) in mares with luteal disturbances during early and mid-diestrus. In Experiment 1, twenty-one mares were treated with 2 mL of 0.9% NaCl, or 1 mg Dinoprost, or 10 mg Dinoprost on day two after ovulation (Control-D2, 1/10PGF-D2 and PGF-D2 groups, respectively; n = 7 mares/group). In Experiment 2, similar treatments were performed eight days post-ovulation using a different cohort of 21 mares (Control-D8, 1/10PGF-D8 and PGF-D8 groups, respectively; n = 7 mares/group)...
November 4, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132036/holding-immature-bovine-oocytes-in-a-commercial-embryo-holding-medium-high-developmental-competence-for-up-to-10%C3%A2-h-at-room-temperature
#14
Osvaldo Bogado Pascottini, Maaike Catteeuw, Ann Van Soom, Geert Opsomer
Bovine in vitro embryo production (IVP) following Ovum Pick Up (OPU) is all too often hampered by a large time gap between the harvest of oocytes of the first and last OPU session of the day. Immediately after retrieval, oocyte maturation is initiated, resulting in oocytes maturing at different time points which necessitates laborious scheduling of the IVP process. In this study, the potential of a commercial embryo holding medium (EHM; Syngro, Bioniche Inc.) to hold immature bovine oocytes was validated. We assessed the effect of holding time and temperature on (1) oocytes' maturation; (2) blastocyst development and quality at day 8 post insemination; and (3) blastocyst yield in small groups of oocytes/zygotes simulating OPU settings...
November 4, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128702/effects-of-preovulatory-follicle-size-on-estradiol-concentrations-corpus-luteum-diameter-progesterone-concentrations-and-subsequent-pregnancy-rate-in-buffalo-cows-bubalus-bubalis
#15
A K Pandey, S P S Ghuman, G S Dhaliwal, M Honparkhe, J B Phogat, S Kumar
The present study was undertaken to investigate the effects of preovulatory follicle (POF) size on estradiol concentrations, luteal profile (CL diameter and progesterone concentration) and subsequent pregnancy rate in Murrah buffalo cows. The buffalo cows (n = 49) were synchronized for estrus by two doses of PGF2α given 11 days apart. The buffalo cows were inseminated during standing estrus and again after 24 h. Ovaries were scanned at estrus and 24 h intervals until ovulation, thereafter on days 5, 12 and 16 post-ovulation to examine the POF and CL diameter...
November 4, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156418/characterization-of-domestic-pig-spermatogenesis-using-spermatogonial-stem-cell-markers-in-the-early-months-of-life
#16
Julio Almunia, Kotono Nakamura, Mami Murakami, Shigeo Takashima, Masaki Takasu
In pigs, spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs), which include gonocytes and undifferentiated spermatogonia, are classically defined as being present till up to 2 months of life. However, knowledge about this transition from gonocytes to undifferentiated spermatogonia in pigs is limited. In this study, we characterized pig SSCs in neonatal (n = 6), one-month-old (1-mo-old, n = 6), two-month-old (2-mo-old, n = 6), and adult testes (n = 6) anatomically, histologically, and immunohistologically. Anatomically, testicular circumference (TC) was measured at each development stage...
November 3, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120707/using-specific-recombinant-gonadotropins-to-induce-spermatogenesis-and-spermiation-in-the-european-eel-anguilla-anguilla
#17
D S Peñaranda, V Gallego, C Rozenfeld, J G Herranz-Jusdado, L Pérez, A Gómez, I Giménez, J F Asturiano
New specific European eel (Anguilla anguilla) recombinant gonadotropins (aarGths) produced in the ovarian cells of Chinese hamsters (CHO) were used to induce maturation in captive male eels. In the first experiment, five different hormonal treatments were assayed: one group was given a constant dose of recombinant European eel follicle-stimulating hormone (aarFsh; 4 μg/fish) for 9 weeks, and the second group received a constant dose of recombinant European eel luteinizing hormone (aarLh; 2 μg/fish) also for 9 weeks...
November 3, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128700/long-term-maintenance-of-frozen-mouse-spermatozoa-at%C3%A2-80%C3%A2-%C3%A2-c
#18
Marcello Raspa, Martin Fray, Renata Paoletti, Lluis Montoliu, Alessandro Giuliani, Ferdinando Scavizzi
Maintaining mouse stocks as frozen materials offers both ethical and economical advantages over live animal breeding if the lines are not actively used. The European Mouse Mutant Archive (EMMA) promotes the archiving and distribution of important mouse models for biomedical research through the cryopreservation of their embryos and gametes. Embryo freezing in liquid nitrogen (LN2) at -196 °C has traditionally been the method of choice for archiving mouse lines. However, sperm freezing is emerging as a more convenient alternative due to the application of innovative cryopreservation and recovery protocols...
October 31, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128698/seminal-plasma-antioxidants-are-directly-involved-in-boar-sperm-cryotolerance
#19
Junwei Li, Isabel Barranco, Asta Tvarijonaviciute, Manuel F Molina, Emilio A Martinez, Heriberto Rodriguez-Martinez, Inmaculada Parrilla, Jordi Roca
Boar ejaculates are ejected in fractions with a specific composition in terms of sperm numbers and seminal plasma (SP), which is reflected in the varying sperm cryotolerance observed among different fractions. As boar sperm are particularly sensitive to oxidative stress, this study evaluated the role of SP antioxidants in the observed differences in sperm cryotolerance among ejaculate fractions. Ten ejaculates from five boars were manually collected in fractions: the first 10 mL of the sperm-rich fraction (SRF), the rest of the SRF and the post-SRF...
October 31, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128701/quality-evaluation-of-sperm-from-livebearing-fishes-standardized-assessment-of-sperm-bundles-spermatozeugmata-from-xenotoca-eiseni-goodeidae
#20
Yue Liu, Leticia Torres, Terrence R Tiersch
Standardized evaluation of sperm quality is essential for research, commercial-scale cryopreservation, and induced spawning. However, standardized methods for evaluation of sperm bundles (spermatozeugmata or spermatophores) have not been established. The purpose of the present study was to use Redtail Splitfin (Xenotoca eiseni) as a model for freshwater livebearing fishes to establish initial standardized methods to collect sperm bundles, and quantitatively and qualitatively evaluate quality-related attributes...
October 28, 2017: Theriogenology
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