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Effects of increasing lipopolysaccharide concentrations on in vitro developmental competence of ovine oocytes

Sepideh Heydari; Akram Eidi; Fatemeh Kouhkan; Eva Tvrda; Abdollah Mohammadi-Sangcheshmeh

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Abstract: Although a considerable number of studies have investigated the effects of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) on the reproductive performance of dairy cows, the response of ovine oocytes to LPS during their in vitro maturation and development is not well defined yet. Ewe’s ovaries were obtained from a slaughterhouse, the oocytes were collected and matured in the presence of increasing concentrations (0, 0.01, 0.1, 1 and 10 µg/mL) of LPS in order to evaluate the meiotic maturation by measuring the proportion of oocytes reaching the MII stage. The concentration of intracellular glutathione (GSH) was measured in oocytes following maturation in vitro. In addition, concentrations of selected metabolites including glucose, pyruvate, lactate and glutamine were quantified in the medium following maturation. A number of treated matured oocytes along with the control group were subsequently fertilized using frozen semen and assessed for the rate of cleavage and for the proportion reaching the blastocyst stage. The number of oocytes in MII stage was significantly reduced in response to the increasing concentrations of LPS (77.83%, 70.64%, 68.86%, 66.32%, respectively, in case of 0.01, 0.1, 1 and 10 µg/mL LPS when compared to the control group, 76.34%; P<0.05). There were no differences neither in the intracellular concentration of GSH in the oocytes nor in case of the metabolites in the maturation medium. Although the rate of cleaved oocytes was not affected by increasing levels of LPS, the blastocyst rate was reduced in a dose dependent manner (36.69%, 34.21%, 30.35%, 17.27% and 14.03% for the control, 0.01, 0.1, 1 and 10 µg/mL LPS, respectively (P<0.05). These results demonstrate that the developmental competence of ovine oocytes may be affected detrimentally by LPS and such deleterious effects could be related to the maturation process.


embryo, GSH, in vitro fertilization, sheep oocyte


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