Khursheed Iqbal

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Injection of linearized DNA constructs into the pronuclei of fertilized mammalian eggs is a standard method for producing transgenic embryos and animals. Here, we show that injection of covalently closed circular (ccc) plasmids into the cytoplasm of fertilized bovine and murine eggs is a highly efficient and simple alternative for ectopic expression of(More)
Formation of the inner cell mass (ICM) and trophectoderm (TE) marks the first differentiation event in mammalian development. These two cell types have completely divergent fates for the remainder of the developmental process. The molecular mechanisms that regulate ICM and TE formation are poorly characterized in horses. The objective of this study was to(More)
The enzyme telomerase is active in germ cells and is critically involved in maintenance of telomere length in successive generations. In preimplantation mammalian embryos, telomerase activity is present from the morula stage onward and is associated with an increase in telomere length in blastocysts. Herein, we show that telomere length regulation in murine(More)
In mice hemizygous for the Oct4-GFP transgene, the F1 embryos show parent-of-origin dependent expression of the marker gene. F1 embryos with a maternally derived OG2 allele (OG2(mat)/-) express GFP in the oocyte and during preimplantation development until the blastocyst stage indicating a maternal and embryonic expression pattern. F1-embryos with a(More)
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