Effect of oocyte chromatin status in porcine follicles on the embryo development in vitro

  • Lee, Joo Bin (Division of Animal and Dairy Science, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Lee, Min Gu (Division of Animal and Dairy Science, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Lin, Tao (Division of Animal and Dairy Science, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Shin, Hyeon Yeong (Division of Animal and Dairy Science, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Lee, Jae Eun (Division of Animal and Dairy Science, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Kang, Jung Won (Division of Animal and Dairy Science, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Jin, Dong-Il (Division of Animal and Dairy Science, Chungnam National University)
  • Received : 2018.10.05
  • Accepted : 2018.12.04
  • Published : 2019.07.01


Objective: The main goal of this study was to provide a morphological indicator that could be used to select high-quality oocytes of appropriate meiotic and developmental capabilities in pig. The higher quality of immature oocytes, the higher success rates of in vitro maturation (IVM) and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Thus, prior to the IVM culture, it is important to characterize oocytes morphologically and biochemically in order to assess their quality. Two of the largest indicators of oocyte quality are the presence of cumulus cells and status of chromatin. To investigate the effects of porcine oocyte chromatin configurations on the developmental capacity of blastocysts, we assessed oocyte chromatin status according to follicle size and measured the developmental potency of blastocysts. Methods: To sort by follicle size, we divided the oocytes into three groups (less than 1 mm, 1 to 3 mm, and more than 3 mm in diameter). To assess chromatin configuration, the oocytes were assessed for their stages (surrounded nucleolus [SN] germinal vesicle [GV], non-surrounded nucleolus [NSN] GV, GV breakdown, metaphase I [MI], pro-metaphase II [proMII], and metaphase II [MII]) at different maturation times (22, 44, and 66 h). To assess the development rate, oocytes of each follicle size were subjected to parthenogenetic activation for further development. Finally, GV oocytes were grouped by their chromatin configuration (SN, SN/NSN, and NSN) and their global transcriptional levels were measured. Results: SN GV oocytes were more suitable for IVF than NSN GV oocytes. Moreover, oocytes collected from the larger follicles had a greater distribution of SN GV oocytes and a higher developmental capacity during IVM, reaching MII more quickly and developing more often to blastocysts. Conclusion: Porcine oocytes with high-level meiotic and developmental capacity were identified by analyzing the relationship between follicle size and chromatin configuration. The porcine oocytes from large follicles had a significantly higher SN status in which the transcription level was low and could be better in the degree of meiotic progression and developmental capacity.


Supported by : Chungnam National University


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