Giorgio Antonio Presicce

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Two experiments were conducted to evaluate semen quality of bulls housed under controlled conditions at a large AI facility and relate results to fertility. In Experiment 1 semen was collected from six 6-yr-old bulls twice daily at 3- to 4-d intervals for 3 d. In Experiment 2 eleven 6- to 11-yr-old bulls were used. Extensive breeding information was(More)
The objective of this study was to monitor ovarian function in postpartum primiparous and pluriparous Mediterranean Italian buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis) during months of increasing daylength. Ovarian ultrasound monitoring was carried out for a total of 60 days from calving in 10 primiparous and 10 pluriparous buffaloes. Progesterone was determined from(More)
The aim of this study was to test the effect of progesterone supplementation to Ovsynch protocol in cyclic and non-cyclic Mediterranean Italian buffaloes on conception rate after fixed time artificial insemination. From 169 pluriparous buffaloes, 2 groups were identified and subjected to: (1) Ovsynch protocol (OV; n=83) and (2) Ovsynch protocol with the(More)
Bovine oocytes matured in vitro (IVM) for 20 hr vs. 40 hr were treated for activation with 7% ethanol in Dulbecco's phosphate-buffered saline for 5 min followed by incubation in M199 + 7.5% fetal calf serum containing cycloheximide (10 micrograms/ml). Treated IVM oocytes and the controls (no ethanol and cycloheximide exposures) were fixed after 0, 1, 2, 3,(More)
At the time of AI following Ovsynch protocol, a total of 51 buffaloes were randomly divided in a first group (n = 30) subjected to conventional AI into the uterine body with 20 million non-sex sorted frozen-thawed spermatozoa, while a second group (n = 21) was inseminated near the utero-tubal junction (UTJ) ipsilateral to the ovary carrying the preovulatory(More)
Bovine follicular oocytes were collected from ovarian antral follicles (2 to 7 mm in diameter) from slaughtered cattle. They were matured in vitro (IVM) for 23 to 24 h and then activated. In Experiment 1, 4 concentrations of ethanol were compared. The activation rates of oocytes were 4, 12, 36 and 27%, respectively, following exposure for 7 min to 0, 5, 7(More)
The average number of oocytes collected by ovum pick up (OPU) from Bos taurus cattle is <8 per live donor. The objective was to determine whether development of small numbers of cattle embryos (produced by OPU and IVF), was enhanced by including "helper" embryos, produced from abbatoir-derived oocytes and embedded in agarose. Oocytes were from(More)
This research was designed to improve our understanding of oocyte maturation and acquisition of developmental competence of oocytes using prepubertal heifers as a model. Oocytes were collected by ultrasound-guided transvaginal oocyte retrieval from 20 age-matched calves at 5, 7, 9, and 11 mo of age that had or had not received gonadotropin stimulation.(More)
The use of sexed semen in farm animal production and genetic improvement has been shown to be feasible with variable degree of efficiency in a number of species, and proved to be economically viable in cattle. In the last two decades, various newly developed reproductive technologies applicable in buffaloes have mushroomed. Recently, following the birth of(More)
Since bovine in vitro fertilization became possible in the early 80s, a lot of effort has been done to clarify the mechanisms of what seems more and more one of the crucial steps in this procedure, being oocyte maturation. Undoubtedly, many biological factors act together to prepare the immature oocyte for a successful development to a competent embryo(More)