Zdzisław Smorąg

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The goal of our study was to find the relationship between fertility of bulls qualified for AI and the percentage of spermatozoa with abnormal chromatin structure as an independent parameter. We used the frozen semen of 8 mature bulls from one AI center. Each bull was represented by 3 ejaculates collected with at least 2-week intervals. Bull fertility was(More)
The objective of the present study was to evaluate the lipid composition of cultured and non-cultured pig embryos during cleavage using histochemical methods. The authors studied pig zygotes as well as 2-to 4-cell embryos, morulae, and blastocysts that were either non-cultured or cultured in NCSU-23 medium. To detect different types of lipids, the authors(More)
In this study we compared the effects of preculture storage of ovaries, IVM medium, a reduced O(2) atmosphere and duration of culture on in vitro maturation (IVM) of domestic cat oocytes. One randomly selected ovary of each pair (69 pairs) was stored in PBS at 10 degrees C for 16-24h before oocyte recovery. The second ovary from each pair was used as a(More)
The aim of the experiment was to determine the effect of potential antioxidants (adenosine, L-cysteine hydrochloride, ascorbic acid, magnesium fumarate and prolactin) supplementing the Biosolwens extender on semen survival time and sperm chromatin structure. The semen motility was examined every day and the susceptibility of sperm chromatin to denaturation(More)
The aim of the study was to compare sperm chromatin structure of transgenic and non-transgenic rabbits. In addition, the effect of chromatin structure on semen fertility was determined. Twenty male rabbits transgenic (TG) for WAP bGH gene (Edison Biotechnology Institute Ohio University, USA) and nine non-transgenic (NTG) males were used. Both TG and NTG(More)
Mitochondria are important determinants of developmental competence for oocytes and embryos owing to their central role in cellular metabolism, yet mitochondrial activity and morphometry during early porcine development have not been quantified. In this study, we examined the membrane potential Δψ(m) and the surface density Sv(in,m) of the inner(More)
Among all species analyzed, the domestic pig seems to be the most appropriate organ donor for xenotransplantation. Porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERVs) are present in genomes of all pigs and are capable of infecting human cells in vitro thus posing a serious threat for xenotransplantation procedures. Despite the abundant distribution of PERVs integrated(More)
The article summarizes results of studies concerning: 1/ qualitative evaluation of pig nuclear donor cells to somatic cell cloning, 2/ developmental potency of sheep somatic cells to create chimera, 3/ efficient production of chicken chimera. The quality of nuclear donor cells is one of the most important factors to determine the efficiency of somatic cell(More)
The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effect of hyaluronan (HA) during IVM on meiotic maturation, embryonic development, and the quality of oocytes, granulosa cells (GC), and obtained blastocysts. COCs were matured in vitro in control medium and medium with additional 0.035% or 0.07% of exogenous HA. The meiotic maturity did not differ(More)
Hyperacute rejection (HAR) depends on the response of xenoreactive antibodies principally against porcine α-Gal epitope. Methods eliminating HAR include GGTA1 inactivation, regulation of the complement system and modification of the oligosaccharide structure of surface proteins in donor’s cells. Transgenic animals designed for the purpose of(More)