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Three genes encoding granule-bound starch synthase (wx-TmA, wx-TsB, and wx-TtD) have been isolated from Triticum monococcum (AA), and Triticum speltoides (BB), by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) approach, and from Triticum tauschii (DD), by screening a genomic DNA library. Multiple sequence alignment indicated that the wx-TmA, wx-TsB, and wx-TtD genes(More)
The 330 Merino ewes used in the study were placed with rams at a synchronized oestrus and, on Days 2-14 after mating, the ewes were placed in a feed lot and fed daily a low, medium or high ration (25%, 100% or 200% of maintenance respectively). Progesterone supplement was given to some ewes on Days 8-14 after mating by using a device containing 340 mg(More)
Embryos were collected from ewes on Day 6 after estrus (Day 0 = estrus), placed in M2 culture medium, and assigned to 1 of 4 treatment groups. Some embryos were transferred to recipient ewes on Day 6 of their estrous cycle either in pairs (group 1) or singularly (group 2) within 3 h of collection. The remaining embryos were individually cultured for 48 h in(More)
A radioimmunoassay has been developed for the measurement of dexamethasone in plasma and milk of cows injected with long- and short-acting dexamethasone esters. Dexamethasone antiserum was produced by injecting cows with a dexamethasone-21-hemisuccinate-human serum albumin complex. The antisera was highly specific for dexamethasone, cross-reacting less than(More)
Feral does of various ages were treated with intravaginal progestagen sponges for 16 days to synchronize oestrus. On Day 2 before sponge removal the goats were given 1200 i.u. PMSG to induce superovulation: 6 of the goats were also injected every 12 h with flunixin meglumine, a prostaglandin (PG) synthetase inhibitor, from Day 3 to 7 of the synchronized(More)
Plasma concentrations of neurophysin I/II (N-I/II), 13,14-dihydro-15-keto-prostaglandin F (PGFM) and progesterone were measured by radioimmunoassay in plasma samples collected from four sheep at hourly intervals between 0700 and 1900 h from Days 12-17 of the estrous cycle. Plasma samples were also collected from a fifth sheep at 2-hourly intervals during(More)
Neutral lipids in the maternal uterine caruncular epithelium were studied by histochemical localization with Oil Red O. Results using a scoring system of 1 (negligible lipid) to 5 (maximal lipid) showed that intraepithelial lipid stores were minimal until Days 7-8 of the oestrous cycle and then increased to have a mean score of 4.4 on Day 14-15. In early(More)
Ovariectomized ewes were given progesterone and oestrogen priming as steroid pretreatment and subsequently treated with progesterone, prostaglandin F2 alpha (PGF2 alpha), or both. In Expt 1, plasma concentrations of the metabolite 13,14-dihydro-15-keto-PGF2 alpha (PGFM) were measured after an i.v. injection of oxytocin. There was little PGFM response in the(More)
Three cows and 2 sheep were passively immunized against prostaglandin (PG) F on Day 16 and Days 13-15 of the oestrous cycle respectively. The PGF antiplasma was raised in ovariectomized ewes against a PGF-2 alpha-bovine serum albumin complex and showed 100%, 12.5%, 0.3%, less than 0.05% and less than 0.01% cross-reactivity with PGF-2 alpha, PGE-2, PGA-2,(More)