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Metabolic markers of developmental competence for in vitro-matured mouse oocytes

KA Preis, G Seidel, DK Gardner



In vitro maturation of oocytes has enormous potential in assisted reproductive technology, but its use has been limited due to insufficient knowledge of oocyte physiology during this dynamic period and lack of an adequate maturation system. The aim of this study was to characterize the metabolic profiles of three groups of oocytes throughout maturation: cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs), denuded oocytes, and denuded oocytes co-cultured with cumulus cells. Mouse oocytes were collected from 28-day-old unstimulated females and matured in a defined medium. Oocytes were matured individually and transferred into fresh 0.5 microl drops of medium at 4 h intervals until 16 h. Ultramicrofluorimetry was ..

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