Ivina Rocha Brito

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The objective was to evaluate the effects of growth hormone (GH) on the survival, growth, maturation, and fertilization of oocytes derived from caprine preantral ovarian follicles cultured in vitro. Preantral follicles were isolated from the cortex of caprine ovaries and individually cultured for 18 d in the absence (control) or presence of bovine GH at(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of a dynamic medium containing kit ligand (KL) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) on the in vitro culture of caprine preantral follicles for 16 days. Ovarian fragments were cultured in α-MEM(+) containing or not containing KL (50 ng/ml) and/or FSH (50 ng/ml) added during the first (days 0-8) and/or(More)
The aim of this study was to develop a dynamic culture medium containing FSH, LH and EGF to promote the in vitro development of oocytes obtained from goat preantral follicles to complete maturation and to improve the capacity of these oocytes for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo production. For experiment I, preantral follicles were cultured for 18(More)
The mRNA expression and localization of Aquaporin 3 (AQP3) were investigated in the ovarian follicles of ewes at different stages of development (primordial, primary, secondary, small, and large antral). The gene expression was quantified by qPCR, while the protein identification and localization were determined by Western blot and immunohistochemistry,(More)
This study examined caprine follicular development in different concentrations of alginate matrix to determine the optimal conditions for culture. Caprine preantral follicles were cultured in a two-dimensional system (control) or a three-dimensional encapsulated system in 0.25%, 0.5%, or 1% alginate (ALG 0.25, ALG 0.5, and ALG 1, respectively). A higher(More)
Our aim was to verify the steady-state level of epidermal growth factor (EGF) mRNA in goat follicles at various developmental stages and to investigate the influence of EGF on the survival, antrum formation and growth of secondary follicles cultured for 6 days. Primordial, primary and secondary goat follicles and small and large antral follicles were(More)
Summary This study investigated the effect of three different culture media (α minimum essential medium (α-MEM), McCoy or TCM199 during the in vitro culture (IVC) of bovine isolated pre-antral follicles. Pre-antral follicles greater than 150 μm in size were isolated and cultured for 0 (control), 8 or 16 days in one of the abovementioned culture media.(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the stability of six housekeeping genes, and the relative expression of growth factors (EGF, GDF-9, BMP-15, VEGF, FGF-2, BMP-6, IGF-1 and KL) and hormone receptors (FSH, LH and GH) in goat preantral follicles. To evaluate to stability of housekeeping genes micro-dissected fresh follicles (150-200 μm) as well(More)
We investigated the effect of the leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) alone or in association with follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) on the in vitro growth and antrum formation of sheep preantral follicles. To evaluate oocyte quality, parthenogenetic activation of the oocytes recovered from in vitro grown preantral follicles was performed. Preantral follicles(More)
This study evaluated the levels of c-kit mRNA in goat follicles and the effects of kit ligand (KL) on the in vitro development of cultured preantral follicles. Preantral follicles isolated from goat ovarian cortex were cultured for 18 days in α-MEM(+) supplemented with KL (0, 50 or 100 ng/mL) in the absence or presence of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).(More)