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Theriogenology ; 126: 75-80, 2019 Mar 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30537656


In vitro fertilization (IVF) and somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) are important breeding techniques for livestock. High-quality MII oocytes produced from in vitro maturation (IVM) are required for the two techniques listed above. The ovaries used for IVM operations are primarily acquired from commercial abattoirs, and the pathogen status of slaughtered animals becomes an unavoidable issue. Our previous monitoring data showed that porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV-2) is the main pathogen present in ovaries from abattoirs. However, the characteristics and effects of PCV-2 infection in oocyte maturation and in vitro production (IVP) of embryos are unclear, and currently there are no relevant studies. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the PCV-2 infection pattern and determine whether it affects oocyte in vitro maturation and IVP embryo development. More than five hundred ovaries and five thousand oocytes were utilized in the present study. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was used to detect PCV-2 DNA in ovaries, follicular fluid (FF), oocytes, cumulus cells and IVP embryos. The effects of viral infections on the rate of oocyte maturation and IVP embryo development were evaluated. We also analyzed the number of copies of the virus in the IVM and IVP process by absolute quantitative fluorescence PCR. Our study showed that the prevalent virus subgenotype in ovaries was PCV-2a. PCV-2a infection did not significantly affect ovarian/oocyte morphology and maturation. Moreover, virus infection did not have a significant effect on the development of the IVP embryos except for a reduction in IVF blastocyst cell numbers. Further tests showed that the viral copy numbers fluctuated at different stages between the IVP embryos and culture medium. For the first time, this study identified the infection pattern of naturally sourced PCV-2 in the course of oocyte maturation and embryo development.

Infecções por Circoviridae/veterinária , Circovirus , Fertilização In Vitro/veterinária , Oócitos/virologia , Doenças dos Suínos/embriologia , Suínos/embriologia , Animais , Infecções por Circoviridae/embriologia , Meios de Cultura , DNA Viral/isolamento & purificação , Desenvolvimento Embrionário , Fertilização In Vitro/métodos , Técnicas de Maturação in Vitro de Oócitos/veterinária , Oócitos/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Suínos/virologia