Journal article

Ultrastructural Study of the Canine Zona Pellucida Surface During In Vitro Maturation

M De los Reyes, J Hetz, J Palomino

REPRODUCTION IN DOMESTIC ANIMALS | WILEY | Published : 2009

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to compare the ultrastructure of the surface of the zona pellucida (ZP) of immature and in vitro matured dog oocytes using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Bitch oocytes were collected after ovariohysterectomy; the ovaries were sliced and the released cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) were washed with phosphate buffered saline (PBS). The selected COCs were randomly allocated into three groups, two groups were processed after in vitro maturation at both 72 and 96 h and a third group was processed immediately at immature state in PBS medium. After that, oocytes were fixed, critical point dried and viewed by using SEM. The diameters of the outer holes of the ZP..

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