Sumika Okawara

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The aim of the present study was to improve cytoplasmic maturation of porcine oocytes by the addition of lycopene into in vitro maturation (IVM) media. We designed six experimental groups; IVM medium was supplemented with 10 IU/ml FSH, FSH and 10 IU/ml human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), or FSH and 7 μm lycopene in the first half of the IVM culture (0-22(More)
Glycerol plays multi-functional roles in cellular physiology. Other than forming the backbone molecule for glycerophospholipid and triglyceride (TG), glycerol acts as an energy substrate for glycolysis. Spermatozoa are known to utilize glycerol for energy production, but there are no reports of this in oocytes. In this study, the value of glycerol as an(More)
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