María Teresa Prieto

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BACKGROUND The aim of this study is to analyze how the maternal intake of macronutrients before conception and in the 6th, 10th, 26th, and 38th weeks of pregnancy affects birth weight. METHODS A longitudinal study of food consumption to assess the nutritional status of 77 healthy female volunteers (age range: 24-36) who were planning immediate pregnancy(More)
The purpose of this study was to analyze the effect of housing system and cold stress on the heterophil-to-lymphocyte ratio, the fluctuating asymmetry, and the tonic immobility duration of chickens. In experiment 1, hens (n=120; 36 wk old) from 5 Spanish breeds and a White Leghorn population, which had been housed in pens with or without access to an(More)
A sperm cryopreservation protocol requiring dimethylacetamide (DMA, 6%) as a cryoprotectant was optimized via assays involving different prefreezing equilibration times (1, 10, 30, 60, and 120 min at 5°C) and different freezing rates achieved by the following: 1) using nitrogen vapor to reduce the temperature from 5°C to -85°C at 10°C/min (slow freezing(More)
This study examines whether photoperiod and/or melatonin treatments can improve sperm variables outside the breeding season in the Iberian ibex-a model species for wild mountain ruminants-thus helping in the collection of high quality sperm beyond the normal breeding season for depositing in genetic resource banks. Adult Iberian ibex males (n=17) were(More)
The purpose of this study was to analyze the associations among fluctuating asymmetry, duration of tonic immobility, and flight performance or ease of capture in chickens. Cocks (n = 220; 36 wk old) from 10 Spanish breeds and a White Leghorn population were used. The quantitative/qualitative relationship among fluctuating asymmetry, duration of tonic(More)
The purpose of this study was to analyze the associations among fluctuating asymmetry, duration of tonic immobility, heterophil-to-lymphocyte ratio, and one-legged standing, crooked toes, or footpad dermatitis in chickens. In experiment 1, cocks (n = 96; 36 wk old) from 11 Spanish breeds and a White Leghorn population that showed one-legged or normal(More)
The present screening work was devoted to the search for new ribosome-inactivating proteins (RIPs) in 21 plant species. Eight plants proved to be very active, inhibiting protein synthesis in eukaryotic in vitro systems (rat liver, Vicia sativa and wheat germ). They fulfil the major requirements for consideration as type 1 RIPs. Also, eight plants were found(More)
This study investigated ways of improving the usefulness of ~1700mL of poor-quality frozen semen collected from wild African elephant (Loxodonta africana) bulls. Ten semen samples from six bulls, frozen with 5% glycerol in Berliner cryomedium, with or without prior removal of the seminal plasma by centrifugation, were tested. All samples were subjected to(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the time in the third stage of labour, differences in maternal hematologic parameters 48h after birth and acid-base status in the umbilical cord between the early cord clamping (ECC) and delayed cord clamping (DCC). STUDY DESIGN 97 healthy pregnancies at term and a spontaneous vertex delivery at Clinic University Hospital "Virgen de(More)
The purpose of the present study was to examine the seasonal variation in freezing damage in free-range rooster sperm. Over a period of 1 year, heterospermic semen samples were collected weekly by massage from the roosters of 14 Spanish chicken breeds, all housed under natural photoperiod and climatic conditions. All samples were frozen in straws using DMA(More)