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Comparison of different cell culture medium for in vitro production of bovine embryos in the absence of fetal calf serum

Grant number: 11/13463-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2011
Effective date (End): September 30, 2012
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Veterinary Medicine - Animal Reproduction
Principal Investigator:Fernanda da Cruz Landim
Grantee:Henrique Pedro Dias
Host Institution: Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia (FMVZ). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Botucatu. Botucatu , SP, Brazil


The culture media utilized for in vitro embryo production affects development after fecundation, interfering with embryo metabolism, gene expression, and pregnancy rates. Bovine embryos are, normally cultured in media supplemented with fetal calf serum (FCS). The serum contains several beneficial substances as growth factors, energetic substrates, aminoacids, vitamins, and antioxidants. The presence of the FCS promotes the computation of the morula and the expansion of the blastocyst. However, this compound has a biphasic effect on embryo development since its presence just after fertilization inhibits the first cleavage. Moreover, the serum is considered an indefinite product, interfering with the repeatability of the results obtained. Also, the utilization of FCS has been associated with lipid accumulation in vitro-produced embryos. The use of chemically defined media, without the addition of FCS, is an alternative for the in vitro production of embryos without the presence of animal additives aiming at the improvement of cryosurvival. So the goal of the present experiment is to test 3 different culture media to produce bovine embryos in vitro in culture systems in absence of FCS. The present study proposes the use of media normally used for embryonic stem cell cultures, such as DMEM and Alfa-MEM, in association with F12. Those media are not routinely used for embryo culture and their use will be compared with Sofia. As a replacement for FCS 10mg/mL of BSA Will is added to the media. This concentration was tested in a previous experiment performed by the same author with good embryo production.(AU)

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