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Effect of butafosfan supplementation during oocyte maturation on bovine embryo development

  • Lucas Teixeira Hax (a1), Joao Alveiro Alvarado Rincón (a1), Augusto Schneider (a1), Lígia Margareth Cantarelli Pegoraro (a2), Letícia Franco Collares (a1), Rubens Alves Pereira (a3), Jorgea Pradieé (a1), Francisco Augusto Burket Del Pino (a1) and Marcio Nunes Corrêa (a1)...


Around 60–80% of oocytes maturated in vivo reached competence, while the proportion of maturation in vitro is rarely higher than 40%. In this sense, butafosfan has been used in vivo to improve metabolic condition of postpartum cows, and can represent an alternative to increase reproductive efficiency in cows. The aim of this study was to evaluate the addition of increasing doses of butafosfan during oocyte maturation in vitro on the initial embryo development in cattle. In total, 1400 cumulus–oocyte complexes (COCs) were distributed in four groups and maturated according to supplementation with increasing concentrations of butafosfan (0 mg/ml, 0.05 mg/ml, 0.1 mg/ml and 0.2 mg/ml). Then, 20 oocytes per group were collected to evaluate nuclear maturation and gene expression on cumulus cells and oocytes and the remaining oocytes were inseminated and cultured until day 7, when blastocysts were collected for gene expression analysis. A dose-dependent effect of butafosfan was observed, with decrease of cleavage rate and embryo development with higher doses. No difference between groups was observed in maturation rate and expression of genes related to oocyte quality. Our results suggest that butafosfan is prejudicial for oocytes, compromising cleavage and embryo development.


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Address for correspondence: Marcio Nunes Corrêa, Departamento de Clínicas Veterinária, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Campus capão do Leão, CEP: 96010–000 Pelotas, RS – Brazil. Tel: +55 53 32757136. E-mail: má


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Effect of butafosfan supplementation during oocyte maturation on bovine embryo development

  • Lucas Teixeira Hax (a1), Joao Alveiro Alvarado Rincón (a1), Augusto Schneider (a1), Lígia Margareth Cantarelli Pegoraro (a2), Letícia Franco Collares (a1), Rubens Alves Pereira (a3), Jorgea Pradieé (a1), Francisco Augusto Burket Del Pino (a1) and Marcio Nunes Corrêa (a1)...


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