Journal article

Inhibiting 3-phosphoglycerate kinase by EDTA stimulates the development of the cleavage stage mouse embryo

M Lane, DK Gardner

MOLECULAR REPRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT | WILEY-LISS | Published : 2001

Abstract

Addition of EDTA to the medium significantly enhances mouse embryo development in culture. Embryos cultured in the absence of EDTA exhibit abnormal increases in glycolytic activity that result in reduced development. Culture with EDTA was able to prevent this increase in glycolysis and, therefore, maintain developmental competence. EDTA was shown to inhibit the activity of the glycolytic enzyme, 3-phosphoglycerate kinase. Additionally, the effect of EDTA on maintaining high rates of embryo development in culture could be mimicked by the addition of Cibacron blue, an inhibitor of 3-phosphoglycerate kinase. The inhibition of 3-phosphoglycerate kinase by EDTA could be overcome by the addition o..

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