Hugo J Hernandez-Fonseca

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Experiments were carried out to investigate putative beneficial effects of adding epidermal growth factor (EGF) or insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) for bovine embryo culture in chemically defined media. Presumptive zygotes (18 h post-insemination) were randomly assigned to culture treatments. In experiment 1, treatments involved additions of recombinant(More)
Ovarian cortex cryopreservation and xenotransplantation into immunodeficient mice represents a potential means for female germplasm conservation and an immediate model for investigation of folliculogenesis. The objectives of this study were to: (1) assess follicle survival after cryopreservation and transplantation of cat ovarian tissue into non-obese(More)
The objective of these experiments was to assess putative embryotrophic effects of leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) on bovine preimplantation development in chemically defined media. Recombinant human LIF was added to embryo culture media at a concentration of 100 ng/ml. When added for culture of morulae LIF had no positive effect on the proportion of(More)
The present work was designed to study the in vitro and in vivo viability, as assessed by blastocyst formation, pregnancy rate and term delivery of bovine embryos produced under completely defined conditions with or without insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) following direct transfer after cryopreservation. Slaughterhouse-derived bovine oocytes were(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine, with a bovine model, the appropriate interval for xenografted adult and newborn ovarian tissue to develop gonadotropin-responsive follicles. DESIGN Controlled experiment. SETTING Academic research laboratory. ANIMAL(S) Male non-obese diabetic (NOD) severe combined immunodeficient (SCID) mice (n = 20)(More)
Three separate trials of bovine embryo transfers were performed consisting of 32, 41 and 33 transfers, respectively, to examine the effects of (a) the developmental stage of in vitro-derived blastocysts, (b) the amount of interferon-tau (IFN-tau) they secreted during culture and (c) the cyclic stage of the recipient at the time of transfer on the(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the response of human ovarian xenografts to transplantation into different sites and in different host conditions. DESIGN Controlled experiment. SETTING Academic research laboratory. PATIENT(S) Donated ovarian tissue from two young women. INTERVENTION(S) Human ovarian cortical pieces were transplanted either under the kidney(More)
The association between conception rate at first service and numbers of follicles developed during a follicular wave was examined in 102 suckled beef cows and 14 heifers. Follicular development was monitored using ultrasonography for either two (trial 1) or three (trial 2) consecutive oestrous cycles (pre-breeding, breeding and post-breeding equivalent).(More)
One hundred and twenty-six suckled crossbred cows (Bos taurus x Bos indicus), with body condition score >or=3 (1-5 point scale), were employed in the present study to evaluate the effectiveness of intravaginal progestin-releasing sponges (IVS) for shortening anoestrous interval. Fifty-four cows were assigned to control group. Seventy-two cows were treated(More)
Early luteal regression in cattle has an embryotoxic effect that is not overcome by replacement with progesterone, but is prevented by removal of the regressing CL. Two experiments were designed to test the null hypothesis that the luteal component of the embryotoxic effect is delivered by a systemic pathway. Beef heifers and cows (n = 39) received two good(More)