Journal article

136HIGH PROTEIN DIET INHIBITS INNER CELL MASS FORMATION AND INCREASES APOPTOSIS IN MOUSE BLASTOCYSTS DEVELOPED IN VIVO BY INCREASING THE LEVELS OF AMMONIUM IN THE REPRODUCTIVE TRACT

DK Gardner, KS Stilley, M Lane

Reproduction, Fertility and Development | CSIRO Publishing | Published : 2004

Abstract

Ammonium is known to adversely affect the development of mouse embryos in culture. Specifically, ammonium has been found to impair inner cell (ICM) mass formation, increase apoptosis, retard fetal development following embryo transfer and induce exencephaly. Significantly, high protein diets in cattle lead to reduced fecundity. This has been linked to elevated urea levels within fluid of the female tract. In this study we have determined the effects of a high protein diet for mice on the levels of ammonium within the female tract and the effects of such a diet on the development and viability of blastocysts developed in vivo. Outbred mice (CF1) were fed a diet of either 25% (high protein) or..

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