Aida Rodríguez

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Quantitative real-time reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) is a useful tool for assessing gene expression in different tissues, but the choice of adequate controls is critical to normalise the results, thereby avoiding differences and maximizing sensitivity and accuracy. So far, many genes have been used as a single reference gene, without having previously(More)
The nuclear stage at which oocytes are cryopreserved influences further development ability and cryopreservation affects ultrastructure of both cumulus cells and the oocyte. In this work, we analyze the effects of vitrification at different nuclear and cytoplasmic maturation stages on the oocyte ultrastructure and developmental ability. Culture in TCM199 +(More)
The presence of retinoic acid (RA) during in vitro maturation (IVM) improves bovine oocyte quality and developmental potential. In this work, we investigated the underlying molecular mechanisms. Cumulus-oocyte complexes were meiotically arrested by roscovitine and/or matured in defined medium containing RA, 1% ethanol (vehicle), or no additives.(More)
Parthenotes may represent an alternate ethical source of stem cells, once biological differences between parthenotes and embryos can be understood. In this study, we analyzed development, trophectoderm (TE) differentiation, apoptosis/necrosis, and ploidy in parthenotes and in vitro produced bovine embryos. Subsequently, using real-time PCR, we analyzed the(More)
The crosstalk between the epiblast and the trophoblast is critical in supporting the early stages of conceptus development. FGF4 and BMP4 are inductive signals that participate in the communication between the epiblast and the extraembryonic ectoderm (ExE) of the developing mouse embryo. Importantly, however, it is unknown whether a similar crosstalk(More)
Total lipids, lipid classes and their associated fatty acids were measured in developing eggs, yolksac larvae and starving larvae (from fertilized egg to day 9 after hatch) of the common dentex Dentex dentex (L., 1758). The larvae of common dentex during lecitotrophia and subsequent starvation consumed 1.6 μg of total lipid per larvae per day. The overall(More)
Since 2006, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has instituted policy changes and training programs to support system-wide implementation of two evidence-based psychotherapies (EBPs) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To assess lessons learned from this unprecedented effort, we used PubMed and the PILOTS databases and networking with researchers(More)
An ultrastructural comparison between the unistellate spermatozoa of the shrimps Penaeus kerathurus and P. japonicus reveals a number of similarities that are common among dendrobranchiates, but also some marked differences which would confirm the validity of a potential use of sperm structure in systematic and phylogenetic studies. Typical morphological(More)
The establishment of the pluripotent ICM during early mammalian development is characterized by the differential expression of the transcription factors NANOG and GATA4/6, indicative of the epiblast and hypoblast, respectively. Differences in the mechanisms regulating the segregation of these lineages have been reported in many species, however little is(More)
Retinoids regulate development and differentiation of the bovine blastocyst in vitro, although the underlying mechanisms remain to be clarified. A challenge in reproductive biotechnology is the identification of pathways that regulate early embryonic development and their influence on blastocyst differentiation, apoptosis and survival to cryopreservation as(More)