Journal article

Maternal age and ovarian stimulation independently affect oocyte mtDNA copy number and cumulus cell gene expression in bovine clones

Lynsey M Cree, Elizabeth R Hammond, Andrew N Shelling, Martin C Berg, John C Peek, Mark P Green

HUMAN REPRODUCTION | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2015

Abstract

STUDY QUESTION: Does maternal ageing and ovarian stimulation alter mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) copy number and gene expression of oocytes and cumulus cells from a novel bovine model for human IVF? SUMMARY ANSWER: Oocytes collected from females with identical nuclear genetics show decreased mtDNA copy number and increased expression of an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress gene with repect to ovarian stimulation, whilst differences in the expression of genes involved in mitochondrial function, antioxidant protection and apoptosis were evident in relation to maternal ageing and the degree of ovarian stimulation in cumulus cells. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Oocyte quality declines with advancing matern..

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