Ana Isabel Polo Peña

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The Catalonian donkey breed is in danger of extinction, and much needs to be learned about the reproductive features of its females if breeding and conservation programmes are to be successful. This study reports the oestrous behaviour, oestrus cycle characteristics and dynamic ovarian events witnessed during 50 oestrous cycles (involving 106 ovulations) in(More)
The objectives of the present study were to evaluate the effects of adding Equex to a TRIS-extender, diluting the semen in 1 or 2 steps, freezing according to 2 methods, thawing at 2 rates, and the interactions between these treatments, on the post-thaw survival of dog spermatozoa at 38 degrees C. Ten ejaculates were obtained from 8 dogs. Each ejaculate was(More)
The aims of the present study were: (1) to determine the existence of sperm subpopulations with specific motility characteristics in fresh ejaculates from Holstein bulls, (2) to investigate the effects of semen cryopreservation and post-thaw incubation on the distribution of spermatozoa within the different subpopulations, and (3) to evaluate the existence(More)
The present study was aimed to evaluate the functional status of cryopreserved dog spermatozoa after different periods (2, 8 and 24 h) of capacitation in vitro. Sperm motility, viability and binding capacity to the zona pellucida of canine oocytes derived from frozen-thawed ovaries were evaluated at each time point. Sperm viability was assessed by flow(More)
The aim of this study was to identify different motile sperm subpopulations in ejaculates from an autochthonous bull breed (Bos taurus) and to determine possible modifications in these subpopulations resulting from cryopreservation. Ejaculates were collected and cryopreserved following a conventional protocol. The overall sperm motility and the kinematic(More)
This study was aimed at determining if a GnRH analogue, buserelin, could be used for ovulation induction in rabbit does submitted to artificial insemination (AI) by intravaginal administration, by adding the hormone to the seminal dose. In a first experiment, 39 secondiparous experimental does (Hyplus strain PS19, Grimaud Frères, France, of about 30 weeks(More)
The main scope of this manuscript is to analyse the dynamics of mitochondrial activity in boar sperm subjected to 'in vitro' capacitation (IVC) and subsequent progesterone-induced 'in vitro' acrosome reaction (IVAR). This was determined after analysis of the rhythm of O(2) consumption and concomitant changes in the mitochondria activity-specific JC-1(More)
This study was aimed to evaluate the reproductive performance of rabbit does artificially inseminated (AI) with a GnRH analogue [des-Gly10, D-Ala6]-LHRH. ethylamide to induce ovulation by intravaginal administration, delivered in the seminal dose. In a preliminary experiment, 39 does were divided into three groups (n = 13) that, at the time of AI, received(More)
Incubation of dog spermatozoa with 10 mmol l(-1) glucose or fructose rapidly increased the intracellular content of glucose 6-phosphate and fructose 6-phosphate, although the effect of fructose was greater. These effects were correlated with increases in ATP, ribose 5-phosphate and glycogen contents, and in the rates of formation of L-lactate and CO2. In(More)
Incubation of dog spermatozoa in a medium without glucose and in the presence of lactate and pyruvate (l-CCM) for 4 h at 38.5 degrees C in a 5% CO(2) atmosphere induced in vitro capacitation of these cells. This was verified after the combined specific capacitation-like changes in percentages of viability and altered acrosomes, motility characteristics,(More)