Carolina Madeira Lucci

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The aim of this study was to verify the histological and ultrastructural characteristics of sheep preantral follicles after exposure of ovarian tissue to cryopreservation in glycerol (GLY), ethylene glycol (EG), propanediol (PROH) or dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) in order to determine the optimum method to store sheep ovarian tissue for later experimental or(More)
The aims of the present study were to investigate the effects of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) on survival, activation and growth of caprine primordial follicles using histological and ultrastructural studies. Pieces of caprine ovarian cortex were cultured for 1 or 7 days in minimum essential medium (MEM - control medium) supplemented with different(More)
Cryopreservation of ovarian tissue is a new and promising technique for germ-line storage. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of four cryoprotectants (at two concentrations each) on the preservation of zebu bovine preantral follicles after ovarian cryostorage. Strips of ovarian cortex were cryopreserved using glycerol (GLY; 10 or 20%),(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of growth and differentiation factor-9 (GDF-9) on the survival and activation of preantral follicles, as well as their subsequent progression to secondary follicles, using goat ovarian cortical culture in vitro. Pieces of ovarian cortex were cultured for 1 and 7 days in minimum essential medium(More)
The aims of the present study were to evaluate the effects of fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) on survival, activation and growth of caprine early-staged (preantral) follicles using histological and ultrastructural studies. Fragments of caprine ovarian cortex were cultured for 1 or 5 days in an enriched minimum essential medium, supplemented or not with(More)
The preantral follicles are the major source of oocytes and its utilization has been investigated as an important tool to store large numbers of female gametes for further utilization in reproductive programs. The aim of the present study was to perform quantitative and qualitative analyses of the efficacy of a mechanical method for isolating of preantral(More)
The present study was designed to compare Day 14 bovine embryos that were produced entirely in vitro using the post-hatching development (PHD) system with in vivo-derived embryos without or with transient PHD culture from Day 7 to Day 14. Embryos on Day 14 were used for sex determination and gene expression analysis of PLAC8, KRT8, CD9, SLC2A1, SLC2A3,(More)
The objective of this study was to compare morphological characteristics, kinetics of development, and gene expression of male and female IVP embryos that were cultured until day (D)15 (fertilization = D0), using either phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) or Milli-Q water (MQW) to dilute the agarose gel used for tunnel construction. On D11, embryos (n = 286)(More)
The caprine ovary is a rich source of potentially viable immature oocytes enclosed in preantral follicles (PF). Previous experiments showed that these oocytes can be successfully cryopreserved in ovarian tissue of several species. However, until now, no information about the caprine PF cryopreservation is available in the literature. The aim of the present(More)
Preservation of preantral follicles becomes very important to ensure follicle quality at the onset of cryopreservation or in vitro culture. However, for domestic animals, the ovarian donor of preantral follicles for in vitro studies is commonly encountered far away from reproduction laboratories. We investigated the effectiveness of coconut water and(More)