Relationship between embryo collection results after superovulation treatment of Japanese Black cows and their plasma β-carotene and vitamin concentrations

Fumio Sekizawa, Ken Sawai, Minoru Tanaka, Kiyoshi Okuda

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between the plasma concentrations of vitamin A (VA), vitamin E (VE) and β-carotene (BC) during embryo collection in Japanese Black cows that had undergone superovulation treatment and the embryo collection results. Following superovulation treatment in 116 Japanese Black cows, we collected 1317 embryos by nonsurgical means seven days after artificial insemination. The collected embryos were classified into transferable embryos, unfertilized oocytes and degenerated embryos. After embryo collection, we collected blood samples from the cows and measured the plasma concentrations of VA, VE and BC. The cows were then divided into 2 groups depending on the plasma concentration of VA (L and H: < 80 IU/dl and ≥ 80 IU/dl), VE (L and H: < 150 μg/dl and ≥ 150 μg/dl) and BC (L and H: < 150 μg/dl and ≥ 150 μg/dl). As a result, the number of collected embryos in the H group of VE was significantly (P<0.01) higher than that in L groups. Furthermore, the number of transferable embryos was higher (P<0.05) in all VA, VE and BC H groups than in the L groups. The H group for BC showed a high ratio of transferable embryos compared with the L group (P<0.05). Consequently, the present study suggests that the plasma VE and BC concentrations are positively correlated with the embryo collection results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-379
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Reproduction and Development
Volume58
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 19 2012

Keywords

  • Embryo collection
  • Japanese Black cow
  • Superovulation treatment
  • Vitamin
  • ß-carotene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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