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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215693/incidence-of-double-ovulation-during-the-early-postpartum-period-in-lactating-dairy-cows
#1
Hiromi Kusaka, Hiroshi Miura, Motohiro Kikuchi, Minoru Sakaguchi
In lactating cattle, the incidence of twin calving has many negative impacts on production and reproduction in dairy farming. In almost all cases, natural twinning in dairy cattle is the result of double ovulation. It has been suggested that the milk production level of cows influences the number of ovulatory follicles. The objective of the present study was to investigate the incidence of double ovulations during the early postpartum period in relation to the productive and reproductive performance of dairy cows...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215692/developing-a-puncture-free-in-ovo-chicken-transfection-strategy-based-on-bypassing-albumen-nucleases
#2
Hamid-Reza Amini, Abbas Pakdel, Hossein Moradi Shahr-Babak, Shahin Eghbalsaied
Chicken is a dual-purpose animal important from both agricultural and medical aspects. Even though significant improvements have been made in chicken transgenesis technologies, chicken genome manipulation has not been widely used in developmental biology. This study was aimed to evaluate chicken egg white nuclease properties and thereof plausibility of devising an in vivo transfection technology without causing physical damage to the embryo. First, the nuclease activity of egg albumen was assessed. The egg white nucleases were strongly active in degrading DNA and RNA...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215691/fertility-of-lactating-dairy-cows-treated-with-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-at-ai-5-days-after-ai-or-both-during-summer-heat-stress
#3
L G D Mendonça, F M Mantelo, J S Stevenson
Objectives of this experiment were to evaluate pregnancy per AI (P/AI) and progesterone (P4) concentrations after AI of lactating dairy cows under heat stress conditions treated with 100 μg gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) at AI, 5 d after AI, or both. Lactating Holstein cows from two herds were enrolled in the study during summer. Cows detected in estrus based on tail paint removal were allocated to four treatments: (1) control (CON = 722); (2) GnRH treatment at AI (G0 = 739); (3) GnRH treatment 5 d post-AI (G5 = 697); or (4) GnRH treatment at AI and 5 d post-AI (G0+G5 = 697)...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215690/seasonal-and-genera-specific-variations-in-semen-availability-and-semen-characteristics-in-large-parrots
#4
A Bublat, D Fischer, S Bruslund, H Schneider, S Meinecke-Tillmann, A Wehrend, M Lierz
In large parrots electro-stimulation is suitable for collecting semen, and therefore, to facilitate semen examination and artificial insemination. Previous studies have detected differences in the semen collection success rate and semen parameters between psittacine genera. It remained unclear whether these differences were genera-related, seasonal variations or depend on the males' relationship status. To answer these questions, semen collection and spermatological analysis were performed for four psittacine groups (macaws, amazons, eclectus parrots and cockatoos) over 13 months...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215689/histomorphometry-of-the-placental-vasculature-and-microcotyledons-in-thoroughbred-mares-with-chronic-laminitis
#5
Fernanda M Pazinato, Bruna da Rosa Curcio, Cristina G Fernandes, Carlos A Santos, Lorena S Feijó, Antonio Sérgio Varela, Carlos E W Nogueira
The objective of this study was to assess the placental vasculature and microcotyledons in pregnant mares with chronic laminitis. Twenty-six pregnant mares were enrolled in the study, 13 had chronic laminitis (Laminitis Group) and 13 were healthy mares (Healthy Group). Arterial systolic pressure and heart rate were measured in the last 30 days of gestation. After foaling, the fetal membranes were grossly evaluated and samples were harvested for histopathologic examination. All mares had digitalized images taken from chorioallantois for histomorphometry analyses (software-NIH ImageJ)...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215688/oxytocin-treatment-does-not-change-cardiovascular-parameters-hematology-and-plasma-electrolytes-in-parturient-horse-mares
#6
Christina Nagel, Lisa Trenk, Manuela Wulf, Natascha Ille, Jörg Aurich, Christine Aurich
In mares, foaling is associated with changes in hematology, plasma electrolytes, blood pressure and heart rate and it has been hypothesized that these are induced by oxytocin. To test this hypothesis, mares (n = 8-14/group) were treated with oxytocin (OT; 20 I.U.) or saline (CON) at 1 h (test A) and 12 h after foaling (test B) and during first postpartum diestrus (test C). Heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV), atrioventricular blocks, salivary cortisol concentration, blood pressure, plasma electrolytes and blood count were determined...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215687/deterioration-of-eggshell-quality-is-related-to-calbindin-in-laying-hens-infected-with-velogenic-genotype-viid-newcastle-disease-virus
#7
Ruiqiao Li, Xuefeng Qi, Xueying Han, Caihong Liu, Jing Wang, Ruichun Wang, Jingyu Wang, Jinhai Huang
The aim of this study was to determine the mechanism by which Newcastle disease virus (NDV) affects eggshell quality. Thirty-week-old specific pathogen free (SPF) egg-laying hens were inoculated with the velogenic genotype VIId NDV strain (infected group) or with inoculating media without virus (control group) by combined intraocular and intranasal routes. The levels of CaBP-D28k mRNA expression in the uterus, a gene related to eggshell quality, were examined by quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215686/transrectal-doppler-sonography-of-uterine-blood-flow-in-ewes-during-pregnancy
#8
Renato Travassos Beltrame, Carolina Covre, Lucas Buss Littig, Amanda de Barros Martins, Celia Raquel Quirino, Aylton Bartholazzi Junior, Ricardo Lopes Dias da Costa
In sheep, there is a lack of information on the behaviour of hemodynamic indices and parameters of blood flow velocity of the uterine artery during pregnancy, making it impossible to determine the real meaning of the values found and their probable relevance in normal physiological or pathological states. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the blood flow velocity parameters and hemodynamic indices of the uterine artery in ewes (18) during pregnancy (33). Based on non-invasive colour Doppler sonography, we evaluated the peak systolic velocity (PS), end diastolic velocity (ED), time-averaged maximum and minimum velocity in a cardiac cycle (TAMAX and TAMEAN), pulsatility index (PI), resistance index (RI), systolic/diastolic ratio (S/D), heart rate (HR), arterial diameter (AD) and the blood flow volume (BFV)...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215685/effects-of-female-bovine-plasma-collected-at-different-days-of-the-estrous-cycle-on-epididymal-spermatozoa-motility
#9
M Nait Mouloud, F Ouennoughi, L Yaiche, R Kaidi, M Iguer-Ouada
The aim of this study was to assess the effects of female bovine plasma collected at different days of the reproductive cycle on epididymal spermatozoa motility and to test hypothesis that the subpopulations pattern of motile spermatozoa is affected by this treatment. Blood plasma samples were collected from five Holstein Friesian cows at different stages of the estrous cycle (days 0, 5, 10, 12 and 18), one pregnant cow and one adult bull and were diluted 1:9 (V/V) with normal saline. Female charcoal-treated plasma, Bull plasma and saline were used as controls...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215684/expression-of-genes-involved-in-bmp-and-estrogen-signaling-and-ampk-production-can-be-important-factors-affecting-total-number-of-antral-follicles-in-ewes
#10
Golshan Foroughinia, Ali Fazileh, Shahin Eghbalsaied
Follicular growth and ovulation of healthy oocytes is a complicated process which is regulated by several endocrine and paracrine factors as well as cross-talk between the oocyte and its surrounding somatic cells. This study compared the expression profile of some candidate genes involved in BMP signaling as well as estrogen and AMPK production in cumulus-oocyte complex (COC) of small and large antral follicles and their associated somatic cell layers in ovaries from ewes with high- and low-antral follicle count (AFC)...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215683/effects-of-hormonal-stimulation-on-the-concentration-and-quality-of-excreted-spermatozoa-in-the-critically-endangered-panamanian-golden-frog-atelopus-zeteki
#11
Gina Della Togna, Vance L Trudeau, Brian Gratwicke, Matthew Evans, Lauren Augustine, Han Chia, Edward J Bronikowski, James B Murphy, Pierre Comizzoli
Knowledge of basic gamete biology is critical to better protect and propagate endangered amphibian species and also to develop reproductive technologies combined with germplasm cryopreservation. The objectives of the study were to test different hormonal stimulations and then characterize the quantity and quality of Panamanian golden frog (Atelopus zeteki) spermatozoa. Following intraperitoneal injection of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (des-Gly(10), D-Ala(6), Pro-NHEt(9-)-GnRH 1, 2 or 4 μg/g of body weight), human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG; 5 or 10 IU/gbw), or Amphiplex™ (0...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215682/correlation-between-phenotype-genotype-and-antral-follicle-population-in-beef-heifers
#12
F Morotti, G M G Santos, C Koetz Júnior, K C Silva-Santos, V M Roso, M M Seneda
The present study was performed in indicus-taurus heifers 1) to determine if the antral follicle count (AFC) exhibits repeatability from puberty to yearling age and 2) to evaluate whether the phenotypic and genotypic parameters used in genetic improvement programs are correlated with AFC. In study I, Braford heifers (3/8 Nelore x 5/8 Hereford, n = 137) were serially examined by ultrasonography (with 60-day intervals) from weaning (9 ± 1 mo of age) to yearling ages (20 ± 1 mo of age) to monitor the numbers of antral follicles...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215681/sperm-evaluation-of-jungle-cat-felis-chaus-obtained-by-urethral-catheterization-ct-after-medetomidine-administration
#13
M S Kheirkhah, M Mollapour Sisakht, M Mohammadsadegh, H R Moslemi
This study aimed to evaluate semen from Jungle Cat (Felis chaus) by urethral catheterization (CT) after medetomidine administration that offers feasible and different approaches to obtaining good quality sperm, especially in wild felids. Accordingly, this method was tested in five Jungle Cats. After general anesthesia with the α2-agonist medetomidine (which also stimulates semen release into the urethra) and ketamine, an abdomen ultrasound was performed to locate dilation of the first segment of the urethra (prostatic urethra)...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215680/production-of-sperm-from-porcine-fetal-testicular-tissue-after-cryopreservation-and-grafting-into-nude-mice
#14
Hiroyuki Kaneko, Kazuhiro Kikuchi, Nguyen Thi Men, Michiko Nakai, Junko Noguchi, Naomi Kashiwazaki, Junya Ito
A major goal of testicular xenografting is to salvage germ cells from immature animals that cannot be used for reproduction and generate their offspring. In this study, we investigated whether porcine fetal testicular tissue would acquire the ability to produce sperm with full developmental competence after they had been cryopreserved and grafted into nude mice. Testicular fragments from fetuses at 35, 55 and 90 days postartificial insemination (dpi) were vitrified and stored in liquid nitrogen. Immediately after warming, testicular fragments at each fetal stage were transplanted under the back skin of castrated nude mice (Crlj:CD1-Foxn1(nu)) (35-, 55- and 90-dpi groups, respectively) (day 0 = grafting)...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215679/causes-of-declining-fertility-in-dairy-cows-during-the-warm-season
#15
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F De Rensis, F Lopez-Gatius, I García-Ispierto, G Morini, R J Scaramuzzi
In the Northern Hemisphere, from June to September and in the Southern Hemisphere from December to March, there are periods of reduced fertility (sub-fertility) in dairy cows that are described as summer infertility. Several factors contribute to sub-fertility during this time, such as ambient temperature, humidity and photoperiod. During the warm season there is a reduction in feed intake that may compromise the energy balance of the cow and/or induce an imbalance in the activity of the hypothalamo-hypophyseal-ovarian axis...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215678/the-impact-of-ovarian-stimulation-protocol-on-oocyte-quality-subsequent-in%C3%A2-vitro-embryo-development-and-pregnancy-after-transfer-to-recipients-in-eld-s-deer-rucervus-eldii-thamin
#16
Ampika Thongphakdee, Debra K Berg, Theerawat Tharasanit, Nikorn Thongtip, Wanlaya Tipkantha, Chainarong Punkong, Daraka Tongthainan, Sakhon Noimoon, Umaporn Maikeaw, Nudthakamol Kajornklin, Boripat Siriaroonrat, Pierre Comizzoli, Sumate Kamolnorranath
Propagating genetically valuable individuals through oocyte collection, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer is critical to maintain sustainable populations of the endangered Eld's deer. The objectives of this study were to assess the impact of exogenous FSH injections on (1) the number and in vitro competence of oocytes collected and (2) the developmental potential of resulting IVF embryos after transfer into recipients during the breeding season (February-April). In a pilot experiment, estrus synchronization was conducted in three surplus females (using intravaginal progesterone-releasing devices, CIDRG for 14 days and injections of buserelin (a GnRH agonist)...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215677/pyridoxine-supplementation-during-oocyte-maturation-improves-the-development-and-quality-of-bovine-preimplantation-embryos
#17
Mansour Aboelenain, Ahmed Zaky Balboula, Manabu Kawahara, Abd El-Monem Montaser, Samy Moawad Zaabel, Sung-Woo Kim, Masashi Nagano, Masashi Takahashi
Recently, inhibition of cathepsin B (CTSB) activity during in vitro maturation (IVM) and culture (IVC) improved the developmental competence and quality of bovine oocytes and embryos. E-64 is a widely used inhibitor to inhibit CTSB activity, however, E-64 inhibits not only CTSB activity but also the activities of other proteases including cathepsin L (CTSL), papain, calpain, and trypsin. Pyridoxine, the catalytically active form of vitamin B6, plays a crucial role in several cellular processes and has the ability to inhibit CTSB activity...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215676/impact-of-phase-of-the-estrous-cycle-and-season-on-lh-surge-profile-and-fertility-in-dairy-cows-treated-with-different-gnrh-analogs-gonadorelin-vs-buserelin
#18
R Armengol-Gelonch, J M Mallo, D Ponté, A Jimenez, A Valenza, A H Souza
Our aim was to assess the GnRH-induced LH surge profile in dairy cows receiving two GnRH products (gonadorelin vs buserelin) given at proestrus or diestrus phase and to investigate whether season could alter LH surge profile in dairy cows. In Experiment 1, dairy cows at 108.2 ± 2.3 DIM, producing 41.5 ± 0.3 kg/day were randomized to receive, during proestrus and diestrus: Ovarelin(®) i.m. (OVA; n = 56; 100 mg of gonadorelin diacetate tetrahydrate; Ceva Animal Health, France) or Receptal(®) i.m. (REC; n = 52; 10 mcg of buserelin diacetate; MSD, Germany)...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215675/basic-fibroblast-growth-factor-is-critical-to-reprogramming-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis-primordial-germ-cells-into-embryonic-germ-stem-cell-like-cells
#19
Caizhu Wang, Yanfei Deng, Feng Chen, Peng Zhu, Jingwei Wei, Chan Luo, Fenghua Lu, Sufang Yang, Deshun Shi
Primordial germ cells (PGCs) are destined to form gametes in vivo, and they can be reprogrammed into pluripotent embryonic germ (EG) cells in vitro. Buffalo PGC have been reported to be reprogrammed into EG-like cells, but the identities of the major signaling pathways and culture media involved in this derivation remain unclear. Here, the effects of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and downstream signaling pathways on the reprogramming of buffalo PGCs into EG-like cells were investigated. Results showed bFGF to be critical to buffalo PGCs to dedifferentiate into EG-like cells (20 ng/mL is optimal) with many characteristics of pluripotent stem cells, including alkaline phosphatase (AP) activity, expression of pluripotency marker genes such as OCT4, NANOG, SOX2, SSEA-1, CDH1, and TRA-1-81, and the capacity to differentiate into all three embryonic germ layers...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215674/effect-of-vitrification-on-meiotic-maturation-mitochondrial-distribution-and-glutathione-synthesis-in-immature-silver-fox-cumulus-oocyte-complexes
#20
Xinyan Cao, Jingchun Li, Hailong Xue, Shiyong Wang, Weigang Zhao, Zhanyu Du, Yifeng Yang, Zhigang Yue
The present study was designed to investigate the effects of vitrifying oocytes obtained from silver foxes on nuclear maturation, mitochondrial distribution and glutathione (GSH) synthesis after in vitro culture for 72 h. Immature oocytes were randomly divided into three groups: (1) fresh GV (germinal vesicle) oocytes (Control group), (2) exposure to the equilibration and vitrification solution but without being plunged into liquid nitrogen (exposed group), and (3) vitrification by the cryoloop method (vitrified-warmed group)...
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