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Rose B.V.,Lane College | Cabrera-Sharp V.,Lane College | Firth M.J.,Lane College | Barrelet F.E.,Rossdales Equine Practice | And 13 more authors.
Placenta | Year: 2016

Early pregnancy loss occurs in 6-10% of equine pregnancies making it the main cause of reproductive wastage. Despite this, reasons for the losses are known in only 16% of cases. Lack of viable conceptus material has inhibited investigations of many potential genetic and pathological causes. We present a method for isolating and culturing placental cells from failed early equine pregnancies. Trophoblast cells from 18/30 (60%) failed equine pregnancies of gestational ages 14-65 days were successfully cultured in three different media, with the greatest growth achieved for cells cultured in AmnioChrome™ Plus. Genomic DNA of a suitable quality for molecular assays was also isolated from 29/30 of these cases. This method will enable future investigations determining pathologies causing EPL. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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