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Ozawa M.,Dh Barron Reproductive And Perinatal Biology Research Program | Ozawa M.,Tokyo Medical University | Sakatani M.,Japan National Agriculture and Food Research Organization | Yao J.,The Interdisciplinary Center | And 9 more authors.
BMC Developmental Biology | Year: 2012

Background: The first distinct differentiation event in mammals occurs at the blastocyst stage when totipotent blastomeres differentiate into either pluripotent inner cell mass (ICM) or multipotent trophectoderm (TE). Here we determined, for the first time, global gene expression patterns in the ICM and TE isolated from bovine blastocysts. The ICM and TE were isolated from blastocysts harvested at day 8 after insemination by magnetic activated cell sorting, and cDNA sequenced using the SOLiD 4.0 system. Results: A total of 870 genes were differentially expressed between ICM and TE. Several genes characteristic of ICM (for example, NANOG, SOX2, and STAT3) and TE (ELF5, GATA3, and KRT18) in mouse and human showed similar patterns in bovine. Other genes, however, showed differences in expression between ICM and TE that deviates from the expected based on mouse and human. Conclusion: Analysis of gene expression indicated that differentiation of blastomeres of the morula-stage embryo into the ICM and TE of the blastocyst is accompanied by differences between the two cell lineages in expression of genes controlling metabolic processes, endocytosis, hatching from the zona pellucida, paracrine and endocrine signaling with the mother, and genes supporting the changes in cellular architecture, stemness, and hematopoiesis necessary for development of the trophoblast. © 2012 Ozawa et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Moss J.I.,University of Florida | Moss J.I.,Dh Barron Reproductive And Perinatal Biology Research Program | Garrett T.J.,University of Florida | Hansen P.J.,University of Florida | Hansen P.J.,Dh Barron Reproductive And Perinatal Biology Research Program
Journal of Animal Science | Year: 2012

Development of the mammalian preimplantation embryo is susceptible to disruption by elevated temperature. The molecular and biochemical bases for developmental, genetic, and other differences in embryonic resistance to heat shock are largely not known. Here we tested the hypothesis that increasing free cholesterol content could improve embryonic resistance to heat shock. Culture of bovine embryos at 41.0°C for 15 h beginning at 30 h after insemination (1- to 2-cell stage) reduced development to the blastocyst stage. Reduction in embryonic cholesterol content by culture with methyl-β-cyclodextrin (MBCD) reduced development. This effect of MBCD could be abrogated in 1 of 2 experiments if the molecule was loaded with cholesterol before addition to culture medium. Even though culture with cholesterol-loaded MBCD increased free cholesterol content, it did not increase resistance of embryos to heat shock. Treatment of embryos with cholesterol-loaded high density lipoprotein (HDL) increased embryonic resistance to heat shock even though it slightly reduced embryo cholesterol content. It is likely that other actions of HDL (e.g., protection from free radicals) were responsible for the thermoprotective properties of this molecule. A fi nal experiment was performed to determine whether the increased resistance of embryos at d 5 of development to heat shock as compared with the 2-cell embryo was due to changes in free cholesterol content. However, there was no signifi cant difference in cholesterol content between 2-cell embryos and d 5 embryos that were > 16 cells in development. In conclusion, raising cholesterol content does not improve embryonic survival in response to heat shock. Depletion of cholesterol, in contrast, reduces competence of embryos to develop to the blastocyst stage. High density lipoprotein is thermoprotective to embryos and probably acts through a mechanism independent of its actions on embryonic content of free cholesterol. © 2012 American Society of Animal Science. All rights reserved.

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