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Journal of Embryo Transfer 2013; 28(3): 251-256

Published online September 30, 2013

Copyright © The Korean Society of Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology.

Effect of Hh-Ag1.5 Treatment on the In Vitro Development and Apoptosis of In Vitro Fertilized Embryos in Pigs

권대진, 여재훈, 노원근, 곽태욱, 오건봉, 옥선아, 임석기, 박진기, 황성수

농촌진흥청 국립축산과학원 동물바이오공학과


The present study was performed to investigate the effect of Hh-Ag1.5, a small-molecule chemical agonist of SMOothened receptor, on the in vitro maturation and development of in vitro fertilized (IVF) embryos in pigs. Oocytes or fertilized embryos were cultured in a maturation or embryo culture medium supplemented with 0 (control), 25, 50 or 100 nM of Hh-Ag1.5, respectively. Although the maturation rate were not different among treatment groups, the blastocyst formation rate in the group treated with 25 nM Hh-Ag1.5 was significantly increased compared to other groups (P<0.05). While the highest dose of Hh-Ag1.5 (100 nM) did negatively affect to the embryo development and cell number in blastocysts compared to other groups (P<0.05), the apoptotic cell index in blastocysts was significantly lower in 25 and 50 nM groups than in control and 100 nM groups (P<0.05). The mRNA expression of the proapoptotic gene Bax and the ratio of Bax/Bcl-XL decreased in among treatment groups compared to control (P<0.05). The embryo quality related genes, Tert and Zfp42, were significantly decreased in 50 and 100 nM groups compared with control and 25 nM groups (P<0.05). In conclusion, the addition of 25 nM Hh-Ag1.5 to in vitro maturation and culture medium can enhance the developmental potential as well as quality of IVF embryos in pig.

Keywords: SMOothened, Hh-Ag1.5, apoptosis, embryo quality, pig