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Beneficial effects of a high fibre diet on oocyte maturity and embryo survival in gilts

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Sandra Edwards


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The present study examined the effects of feeding gilts a high fibre diet from the third post-pubertal oestrus until either day 19 of the same cycle or insemination at the following oestrus on oocyte maturity, embryo survival and associated changes in reproductive hormone concentrations. Gilts fed with the high fibre diet had lower circulating oestradiol concentrations on days 17,18 and 19 of the cycle and increased LH pulse frequency on day 18. More oocytes recovered on day 19 from gilts receiving the high fibre diet were at metaphase II after 46-h culture in medium containing 10% of their own follicular fluid, despite fewer large (> 7 mm) follicles in these gilts when compared with control animals. There was no effect of diet on ovulation rate, corpora lutea size or progesterone concentrations on days 10-12 after insemination, but embryo survival on days 27-29 after insemination was higher in gilts that received the high fibre diet. This study demonstrates that a high fibre diet that increases embryo survival also improves oocyte maturity and provides information on endocrine correlates that may shed light on underlying mechanisms. © 2007 Society for Reproduction and Fertility.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ferguson EM, Slevin J, Hunter MG, Edwards SA, Ashworth CJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Reproduction

Year: 2007

Volume: 133

Issue: 2

Pages: 433-439

ISSN (print): 1470-1626

ISSN (electronic): 1741-7899

Publisher: BioScientifica Ltd.


DOI: 10.1530/REP-06-0018

PubMed id: 17307911


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