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33 Improved Dog Cloning Efficiency Using Post-Activation with Ro-3306, a Cdk1 Inhibitor

M. J. Kim A , H. J. Oh A , E. M. N. Setyawan A , S. H. Lee A and B. C. Lee A
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Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Reproduction, Fertility and Development 30(1) 156-156
Published: 4 December 2017


Inactivation of maturation promoting factor requires proteolytic destruction of cyclin B that results in the loss of cyclin-dependent kinase 1 (Cdk1) activity and exit from metaphase. The aim of this study was to investigate that treatment of Ro-3306, a Cdk1 inhibitor, during post-activation could increase the development of somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) embryos in dogs. Mixed breed female dogs aged at 1 to 5 years and weighing 20 to 35 kg were used in this study (approval number: SNU-160602-14-1). Canine cumulus–oocyte complexes were collected surgically by flushing oviducts with HEPES-buffered TCM-199 medium ~72 h after ovulation, which was determined by serum progesterone concentration. After removal of cumulus cells from oocytes by repeated pipetting in hyaluronidase, matured oocytes were selected for the following experiment. In experiment I, oocytes were activated with (1) 10 μM calcium ionophore and then post-activated with 1.9 mM DMAP (control); (2) DMAP along with 10 μM Ro-3306 (10 μM group); or (3) DMAP along with 50 μM Ro-3306 (50 μM group). Parthenotes were cultured in the synthetic oviducal fluid (SOF) medium after post-activation, and in vitro development was evaluated at 48 h (2-4 cell) and 72 h (6-8 cell). In experiment II, SCNT embryos were produced after oocyte enucleation, donor cell injection, fusion, and activation. Only fused cytoplasts were activated with (1) 1.9 mM DMAP (control) or (2) DMAP along with 50 μM Ro-3306 (50 μM group) and transferred to the oviducts of recipients. The day of embryo transfer was regarded as Day 0. Pregnancy diagnosis was performed by ultrasonography after Day 28 and cloned puppies were delivered Day 58 to 60. Embryo developmental rates in experiment I and II were analysed by one-way ANOVA and t-test, respectively, and pregnancy and delivery rate were analysed by chi-squared test using Graph Prism software (GraphPad, San Diego, CA, USA). The significance level was P < 0.05. Results in experiment I showed that cleavage rate of parthenogenetic embryos in the 50 μM group (89.3 ± 6.8%) was significantly higher than that of 10 μM group or control (50.8 ± 9.9% and 55.4 ± 18.8%, respectively). However, embryonic development to 4 cells and 6-8 cells was not different between treatments. In experiment II, pregnancy rates of recipients receiving embryos in 50 μM group (3/5, 60.0%) were significantly higher than that of control (2/6, 33.3%), but the number of healthy cloned puppies delivered in the 50 µM group (n = 6) versus the control (n = 2) was not different. In conclusion, post-activation with 50 μM Ro-3306 may enhance nuclear reprogramming of dog cloned embryos.

This study was supported by RDA (#PJ010928032017), Korea IPET (#316002-05-2-SB010), Research Institute for Veterinary Science, Natural Balance Korea and the BK21 plus program.

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