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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528022/direct-effect-of-curcumin-on-porcine-ovarian-cell-functions
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Attila Kádasi, Nora Maruniaková, Aneta Štochmaľová, Miroslav Bauer, Roland Grossmann, Abdel Halim Harrath, Adriana Kolesárová, Alexander V Sirotkin
Curcuma longa Linn (L.) is a plant widely used in cooking (in curry powder a.o.) and in folk medicine, but its action on reproductive processes and its possible mechanisms of action remain to be investigated. The objective of this study was to examine the direct effects of curcumin, the major Curcuma longa L. molecule, on basic ovarian cell functions such as proliferation, apoptosis, viability and steroidogenesis. Porcine ovarian granulosa cells were cultured with and without curcumin (at doses of 0, 1, 10 and 100μg/ml of medium)...
May 12, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535997/sperm-sexing-in-nili-ravi-buffalo-through-modified-swim-up-validation-using-sybr-%C3%A2-green-real-time-pcr
#2
Asma-Ul-Husna, Muhammad Amjad Awan, Abid Mehmood, Tasawar Sultana, Qaisar Shahzad, Muhammad Sajjad Ansari, Bushra Allah Rakha, S M Saqlan Naqvi, Shamim Akhter
Sperm sexing through flow-sorting technology is relatively expensive, requires considerable technical support and is actually not practicable in many developing countries. The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of producing enriched pools of X or Y chromosome-bearing sperm by a modified swim-up method. For this purpose semen was collected from five mature Nili-Ravi buffalo bulls for a period of six weeks. The qualifying ejaculates were divided into two aliquots for further processing through modified swim-up or control (untreated)...
May 6, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511863/expression-of-tnf-%C3%AE-system-members-in-bovine-ovarian-follicles-and-the-effects-of-tnf-%C3%AE-or-dexamethasone-on-preantral-follicle-survival-development-and-ultrastructure-in-vitro
#3
A W B Silva, R P Ribeiro, V G Menezes, R S Barberino, J R S Passos, A M P Dau, J J N Costa, L R F Melo, F T G Bezerra, M A M Donato, C A Peixoto, M H T Matos, P B D Gonçalves, R van den Hurk, J R V Silva
This study was conducted to detect the protein expression of TNF-α system members (TNF-α/TNFR1/TNFR2) in bovine ovarian follicles and to evaluate the effects of TNF-α or dexamethasone on the survival and growth of primordial follicles in vitro, as well as on gene expression in cultured ovarian tissue. It was hypothesized that TNF-α induces follicular atresia in ovarian tissues cultured in vitro, and that dexamethasone suppresses the production of endogenous TNF-α, which can improve follicle viability in vitro...
May 6, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495018/effects-of-leptin-administration-on-development-vascularization-and-function-of-corpus-luteum-in-alpacas-submitted-to-pre-ovulatory-fasting
#4
María Cecilia Norambuena, Francisca Hernández, Jonathan Maureira, Carolina Rubilar, Jorge Alfaro, Gonzalo Silva, Mauricio Silva, César Ulloa-Leal
The objective of this study was to determine the effect of leptin administration on the development, vascularization and function of Corpus luteum (CL) in alpacas submitted to pre-ovulatory fasting. Fourteen alpacas were kept in fasting conditions for 72h and received five doses of o-leptin (2μg/kg e.v.; Leptin group) or saline (Control group) every 12h. Ovulation was induced with a GnRH dose (Day 0). The ovaries were examined every other day by trans-rectal ultrasonography (7.5MHz; mode B and power Doppler) from Day 0 to 13 to determine the pre-ovulatory follicle diameter and ovulation, and then to monitor CL diameter and vascularization until the regression phase...
May 3, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477950/effect-of-sexual-excitation-on-testosterone-and-nitric-oxide-levels-of-water-buffalo-bulls-bubalus-bubalis-with-different-categories-of-sexual-behavior-and-their-correlation-with-each-other
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Ayman Abdel-Aziz Swelum, Islam M Saadeldin, Hany A Zaher, Sawsan A M Alsharifi, Abdullah N Alowaimer
We studied the effect of sexual excitation on serum testosterone and nitric oxide (NO) levels in water buffalo bulls with different categories of sexual behavior and their correlation with each other. Buffalo bulls were classified according to their sexual behavior (including reaction time, sexual aggressiveness and mating ability): acceptable (good to excellent) (n=5), fair (n=5), and unacceptable (poor) (n=5) sexual behavior. Blood samples were collected from all animals immediately before and after sexual teasing and/or mounting to estimate the testosterone and NO levels using a commercial radioimmunoassay kit and Griess reaction test, respectively...
May 3, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502649/post-implantation-development-of-red-rumped-agouti-dasyprocta-leporina-linnaeus-1758
#6
Gleidson Benevides de Oliveira, Hélio Noberto de Araújo Júnior, Herson da Silva Costa, Alexandre Rodrigues Silva, Carlos Eduardo Bezerra de Moura, Hugo Alexandre de Oliveira Rocha, Maria Angélica Miglino, Moacir Franco de Oliveira
Fourteen pregnant agouti (Dasyprocta leporina Linnaeus, 1758) females at gestational ages of 30-100days and two at gestational ages of 55-100days, were studied, including 24 embryos/fetuses and two neonates (single offspring from two females). Females were euthanized and embryos/fetuses were examined, measured, and photographed. Embryos at 30days post-copulation were "C-shaped," with paddle-shaped limb buds and 10.75±0.11mm crown-rump length (CRL). In embryos at 35days post-copulation, paddle-shaped forelimbs, fin-shaped pelvic limbs, and a liver bud were evident, with 15...
May 2, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461086/storage-temperature-and-sucrose-concentrations-affect-ram-sperm-quality-after-vitrification
#7
A Arando, A Gonzalez, J V Delgado, F A Arrebola, C C Perez-Marín
The aim of this study was to analyse the characteristics of ram spermatozoa subjected to varying concentrations of sucrose, and the influence of storage temperature (22°C or 5°C) prior to vitrification. Ejaculated semen was diluted in TCFEY (tris-citric acid-fructose 20% egg yolk), and two aliquots were prepared at a final concentration of 100×10(6)spz/ml, one maintained at room temperature (22°C) and the other at 5°C. In the first experiment, the toxicity of sucrose diluents on the sperm was analysed; sperm samples at different temperatures were diluted (1:2) in TCF-BSA 2% (control) or in the same extender supplemented with various sucrose concentrations (0...
April 25, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522314/relationship-of-antral-follicular-blood-flow-velocity-to-superovulatory-responses-in-ewes
#8
M E F Oliveira, P M Bartlewski, N Jankowski, L C Padilha-Nakaghi, L G Oliveira, S D Bicudo, J F Fonseca, W R R Vicente
The aim of this study was to examine the association between antral follicular blood flow velocity and the response of ewes to hormonal ovarian superstimulation. Ten Santa Inês ewes were subjected to a short- (7days; Group 1) or long-term (13days; Group 2) progesterone (CIDR(®); InterAg, Hamilton, New Zealand) priming, and a superovulatory treatment with porcine follicle-stimulating hormone (pFSH; Folltropin(®)-V; Bioniche Animal Health, Belleville, ON, Canada), given twice daily for four consecutive days in decreasing doses and initiated four or ten days after CIDR insertion, respectively...
April 24, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476426/description-of-the-composition-of-fatty-acids-and-lipids-in-the-breeders-muscle-oocytes-and-in-the-embryonic-development-of-brycon-orthotaenia-g%C3%A3-nther-1864
#9
Edenilce de Fatima Ferreira Martins, Larisa Magnone, Martin Bessonart, Deliane Cristina Costa, José Cláudio Epaminondas Dos Santos, Nilo Bazolli, Cintia Labussière Nakayama, Ronald Kennedy Luz
The objective of this work was to evaluate the fatty acid and lipid composition of oocytes, newly hatched larvae (NHL), first feeding larvae (FFL) and muscle tissue of female Brycon orthotaenia broodstock. Total and polar lipid was significantly (P<0.05) abundant in oocytes and larvae in different stages of development. The lowest content (P<0.05) of total lipids was found in the muscles, whereas total lipid content of oocytes, NHL and FFL did not show any significant difference. Polar lipid content was different (P<0...
April 19, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442176/mastitis-outcomes-on-pre-ovulatory-follicle-diameter-estradiol-concentrations-subsequent-luteal-profiles-and-conception-rate-in-buffaloes
#10
Mohamed Mohsen Mansour, Moustafa M Zeitoun, Fekry M Hussein
The objectives of this study was to investigate the outcome of mastitis, in its clinical or subclinical forms, on the mean diameter of pre-ovulatory follicle (POF), plasma estradiol concentration on the day of estrus, subsequent luteal profile and subsequent conception rate in buffaloes. Sixty dairy buffalo (Bubalus bubalus) conducted in this study were divided into three groups {healthy (H), n=20; subclinical mastitis (SCM), n=18; and clinical mastitis (CM), n=22}. Ultrasonography of ovaries revealed that mean diameter of POF was larger (P<0...
April 14, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511862/effect-of-different-concentrations-of-egg-yolk-and-virgin-coconut-oil-in-tris-based-extenders-on-chilled-and-frozen-thawed-bull-semen
#11
A A Tarig, H Wahid, Y Rosnina, N Yimer, Y M Goh, F H Baiee, A M Khumran, H Salman, M Ebrahimi
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of 8% virgin coconut oil (VCO) combined with different percentages of egg yolk in Tris extender on the quality of chilled and frozen-thawed bull semen. A total of 24 ejaculates from four bulls were collected using an electroejaculator. Semen samples were diluted with 8% VCO in Tris extender which contained different concentrations 0% (control), 4%, 8%, 12%, 16% and 20% egg yolk. The diluted semen samples were divided into two fractions: one was chilled and stored at 4°C until evaluation after 24, 72, and 144h; the second fraction was processed by chilling for 3h at 4°C to equilibrate, then packaged in 0...
April 10, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416376/seminal-plasma-removal-by-density-gradient-centrifugation-is-superior-for-goat-sperm-preservation-compared-with-classical-sperm-washing
#12
J Santiago-Moreno, M C Esteso, C Castaño, A Toledano-Díaz, J A Delgadillo, A López-Sebastián
Seminal plasma removal is routine in goat sperm cryopreservation protocols. The classical washing procedure designed to accomplish this usually leaves the pellet resulting from use of this procedure contaminated with dead sperm, debris, and cells other than sperm. This contamination negatively affects viability of sperm after cryopreservation. The present research was conducted to compare the effect on chilled and frozen-thawed goat sperm of the classical washing method to that of a selective washing method involving density gradient centrifugation (DGC)...
April 9, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431863/the-myometrial-contractility-during-late-pregnancy-in-dairy-cows-in-vitro
#13
L Górriz-Martín, S E Ulbrich, M Schmicke, G Hirsbrunner, C Keller, N Yücesoy, C Pfarrer, H Bollwein, M Heppelmann
This study aimed to investigate the in vitro contractility of the myometrium and its relationship to the blood concentrations of estradiol-17β (E2β), progesterone (P4), 15-keto-13,14-dihydro-PGF2α (PGFM) and ionised calcium (Ca(2+)) prior to tissue harvest in 12 healthy Holstein-Friesian cows in late pregnancy. Three circular (CM) and 3 longitudinal myometrial (LM) strips were dissected during a caesarean section and mounted in an organ bath containing modified Krebs solution (KS). The spontaneous contractility was recorded during five 30-min time periods (T1 to T5), after which the strips were exposed to increasing concentrations of oxytocin (OT; 10(-10)-10(-7)M), a natural PGF2α-analogue (PGF; 10(-7)-10(-4)M) and KS (Cont) for four 30-min time periods (T6 to T9)...
April 7, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433506/heifers-express-g-protein-coupled-receptor-61-in-anterior-pituitary-gonadotrophs-in-stage-dependent-manner
#14
Kiran Pandey, Onalenna Kereilwe, Vitaliano Borromeo, Hiroya Kadokawa
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone receptors (GnRHRs) colocalize with insulin and glucocorticoid receptors in lipid rafts of the gonadotroph plasma membrane, where they facilitate downstream signaling. We recently found that orphan G-protein-coupled receptor (GPR)61 is expressed in the anterior pituitary (AP) of heifers, leading us to speculate that GPR61 colocalizes with GnRHR in the plasma membrane of gonadotroph and is expressed at specific times of the reproductive cycle. To test this hypothesis, we examined the coexpression of GnRHR, GPR61, and either luteinizing hormone (LH) β subunit or follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) β subunit in AP tissue and cultured AP cells by immunofluorescence microscopy...
April 4, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416377/comparison-between-two-estradiol-progesterone-based-protocols-for-timed-artificial-insemination-in-blocks-in-lactating-nelore-cows
#15
L F M Pfeifer, N A Castro, P M A Neves, J P Cestaro, A Schneider
The aim of this study was to compare the use of artificial insemination in time blocks (Artificial Insemination Blocks, AIB) using an 8 and 9 d estradiol-progesterone based protocol. In this experiment, lactating Nelore cows (n=253) were subjected to two estradiol-progesterone based TAI protocols. On the morning of Day 10 (8d group, n=124) or Day 11 (9d group, n=129), cows were examined by ultrasonography to evaluate the diameter of the preovulatory follicle and were inseminated once at one of the following time points, according to the diameter of the pre-ovulatory follicle (POF): Block 0 (POF≥15mm, TAI 0h after conventional TAI), Block 1 (POF 13...
April 4, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389048/postnatal-developmental-of-neuromedin-s-and-its-receptor-in-the-male-xiaomeishan-pig-reproductive-axis
#16
Zhiyu Ma, Yangyang Zhao, Yuan Yao, Zhihai Lei, Mengmeng Jin, Xiang Li, Cuicui Jia, Zheng Zhang, Xiaoliang Li, Juan Su
Neuromedin S (NMS) has been identified as an endogenous ligand for FM-3/GPR66 and FM-4/TGR-1 which are NMU receptors NMUR1 and NMUR2, respectively. The NMS molecule is present in some peripheral tissues and the central nervous system (CNS), and it had been documented that NMS has fundamental and important roles in multiple physiological functions and processes such as circadian rhythm, energy balance, feeding behavior, stress responses and reproduction. The possible role of NMS in sexual development postnatally, however, is still obscure...
April 2, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431864/toward-an-integrative-and-predictive-sperm-quality-analysis-in-bos-taurus
#17
J L Yániz, C Soler, C Alquézar-Baeta, P Santolaria
There is a need to develop more integrative sperm quality analysis methods, enabling researchers to evaluate different parameters simultaneously cell by cell. In this work, we present a new multi-parametric fluorescent test able to discriminate different sperm subpopulations based on their labeling pattern and motility characteristics. Cryopreserved semen samples from 20 Holstein bulls were used in the study. Analyses of sperm motility using computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA-mot), membrane integrity by acridine orange-propidium iodide combination and multi-parametric by the ISAS(®)3Fun kit, were performed...
March 31, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416375/automatic-and-manual-doppler-velocimetry-measurements-of-the-uterine-artery-in-pregnant-ewes
#18
Renato Travassos Beltrame, Lucas Buss Littig, Carolina Covre, Amanda de Barros Martins, Celia Raquel Quirino, R L D Costa
We aimed to compare measurements of speed and blood flow parameters obtained manually and automatically in the uterine arteries of pregnant ewes. Eighteen Santa Inês ewes, confirmed to be pregnant, were followed every 2 weeks until parturition. The systolic peak (PS), end diastolic velocity (ED), maximum and average speed in the cardiac cycle (TAMAX and TAMEAN, respectively), pulsatility index (PI), resistance index (RI) and the systole/diastole (S/D) ratio and body flow volume (BFV) was measured. We began the wave evaluation automatically, then the observer manually marked the beginning and end of the wave...
March 31, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412080/reproductive-parameters-of-critically-endangered-european-mink-mustela-lutreola-in-captivity
#19
Kairi Kiik, Tiit Maran, Kristel Nemvalts, Siiri-Lii Sandre, Toomas Tammaru
Founding captive populations is often the last chance for saving endangered species from extinction. Ensuring successful reproduction is typically most critical for the maintenance of captive populations, with purposeful selection of individuals for breeding being one of the crucial aspects. Comparable cross-species data on the determinants of reproduction success are most useful for solving problems in captive species programs. In the present study, we provide an overview of a 20-year captive breeding program of the critically endangered European mink...
March 31, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385397/maternal-age-modulates-the-effects-of-early-pregnancy-l-proline-supplementation-on-the-birth-weight-of-piglets
#20
P Gonzalez-Añover, A Gonzalez-Bulnes
Previous results obtained in gilts maintained under experimental conditions suggest that amino acid supplementation during pregnancy may be a promising strategy for diminishing the incidence of embryo losses and low birth-weight newborn. The current study evaluated the effects of a short-term supplementation with L-proline, around implantational stages, on litter size and birth-weight of piglets in sows of different parities maintained under commercial farm conditions. There were no significant effects in mature sows with three or more parities, but the supplementation improved the reproductive efficiency of the high-prolific first-parity sows and of all the sows at second-parity...
March 30, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
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