Shigeki Ohboshi

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The objective of this study was to examine ultrastructural aspects of bovine in vitro-produced blastocysts associated with cryopreservation by vitrification. Morphologically good embryos were used and treated with ethylene-glycol-based vitrification solution (VS). The untreated embryos had conventional fine structure. The post-warming embryos treated with(More)
Phenotypic characterization of Akt1 and Igf2 null mice has revealed roles for each in the regulation of placentation, and fetal and postnatal growth. Insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2) is encoded by the Igf2 gene and influences cellular function, at least in part, through activation of an intracellular serine/threonine kinase called AKT1. Akt1 and Igf2(More)
A series of five experiments measured the high survival of bovine blastocysts produced in vitro after cryopreservation by vitrification. The vitrification solution (designated VS) contained 40% (v/v) ethylene glycol, 6% (w/v) polyethylene glycol and 0.5 M sucrose in phosphate-buffered saline. Embryos developed in vitro at Days 7 and 8 (Day 0 = insemination(More)
Rodents possess an expanded prolactin (PRL) family of genes. These genes encode for a family of structurally related hormones/cytokines that are expressed most prominently in the anterior pituitary, uterus and placenta. In this study, we have identified a new member of the rat PRL family through a search of the National Center for Biotechnology Information(More)
Approximately 50% of rat 8-cell embryos obtained from the oviduct on day 4 of pregnancy developed to the blastocyst stage after 18 of incubation in vitro. The embryos were compared with in vivo blastocysts derived from the uterus on day 5 of pregnancy as regards their response to vitrification treatment. Before vitrification, both types of embryos were(More)
Experiments were conducted to investigate the factors affecting the survival of bovine blastocysts produced in vitro after cryopreservation by vitrification. Zygotes were obtained by in vitro maturation and fertilization of oocytes. Embryos used in this study were developed in vitro at Day 7 and 8 (Day 0 = insemination day) in modified synthetic oviduct(More)
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