Priscila Ramos-Ibeas

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The mouse is a convenient model to analyze the impact of in vitro culture (IVC) on the long-term health and physiology of the offspring, and the possible inheritance of these altered phenotypes. The preimplantation period of mammalian development has been identified as an early 'developmental window' during which environmental conditions may influence the(More)
Artificial reproductive techniques are currently responsible for 1.7-4% of the births in developed countries and intracytoplasmatic sperm injection (ICSI) is the most commonly used, accounting for 70-80% of the cycles performed. Despite being an invaluable tool for infertile couples, the technique bypasses several biological barriers that naturally select(More)
Preimplantation developmental plasticity has evolved in order to offer the best chances of survival under changing environments. Conversely, environmental conditions experienced in early life can dramatically influence neonatal and adult biology, which may result in detrimental long-term effects. Several studies have shown that small size at birth, which is(More)
UNLABELLED Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in mice using DNA-fragmented sperm (DFS) has been linked to an increased risk of genetic and epigenetic abnormalities both in embryos and offspring. This study examines: whether embryonic stem cells (ESCs) derived from DFS-ICSI embryos reflect the abnormalities observed in the DFS-ICSI progeny; the effect(More)
Cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) has been well described as an essential partner of prion diseases due to the existence of a pathological conformation (PrP(Sc)). Recently, it has also been demonstrated that PrP(C) is an important element of the pluripotency and self-renewal matrix, with an increasing amount of evidence pointing in this direction. Here, we(More)
X-chromosome inactivation (XCI) is a complex epigenetic process that ensures that most X-linked genes are expressed equally for both sexes. Female eutherian mammals inactivate randomly the maternal or paternal inherited X-chromosome early in embryogenesis, whereas the extra-embryonic tissues experience an imprinting XCI that results in the inactivation of(More)
Trophoblastic cells play a crucial role in implantation and placentogenesis and can be used as a model to provide substantial information on the peri-implantation period. Unfortunately, there are few cell lines for this purpose in cattle because of the difficulty of raising successive cell stocks in the long-term. Our results show that the combination of a(More)
The role of the epididymis as a quality control organ in preventing infertile gametes entering the ejaculate has been extensively explored, and it has been suggested that a specific region of mammalian epididymis is able to phagocytose abnormal germ cells. This study examines whether the epithelium of certain zones of the mouse epididymis can act as a(More)
In this study, the hypothesis that embryo development during routine IVF procedures is determined by the pre-ovulatory follicular fluid composition was tested. Follicular fluid from women with obesity ('obese') and a 'positive' or 'negative' IVF outcome was added during the in-vitro maturation of bovine oocytes. 'Negative' and 'obese' follicular fluid(More)
Selective methylation of CpG islands at imprinting control regions (ICR) determines the monoparental expression of a subset of genes. Currently, it is unclear whether artificial reprogramming induced by the expression of Yamanaka factors disrupts these marks and whether cell type of origin affects the dynamics of reprogramming. In this study, spermatogonial(More)