Effect of follicular components on meiotic arrest and resumption in horse oocytes. Academic Article uri icon


  • Two experiments were conducted to evaluate the effect of follicular components on the maintenance of meiotic arrest in horse oocytes. In Expt 1, oocytes were incubated for 24 h with follicular fluid, or with granulosa cells suspended either in medium or in follicular fluid at 25 x 10(6) cells ml-1. None of the treatments resulted in significant maintenance of the germinal vesicle stage over that of non-suppressive control. Culture with follicular fluid plus granulosa cells resulted in a significantly higher proportion of oocytes at metaphase I compared with controls. In Expt 2, oocytes were divided into those originally having compact or expanded cumuli. Oocytes were cultured with sheets of mural granulosa or sections of follicle wall, or after injection into intact dissected follicles. After incubation, half of the oocytes from each suppressive treatment were matured for 24 h. All three suppressive treatments were effective in maintaining oocytes at the germinal vesicle stage (no significant difference from control oocytes fixed directly after removal from the follicle). However, no treatment maintained normal viability of oocytes, as significantly fewer oocytes were at metaphase II after all the suppression-maturation treatments compared with the maturation control. The highest rate of post-suppression maturation was found in the mural granulosa treatment. Within this treatment, the proportion of oocytes in metaphase II was significantly higher for oocytes with expanded than for oocytes with compact cumuli (31% versus 11%, respectively; P < 0.05). Suppression by injection into an intact follicle was associated with a lack of progression to metaphase II during subsequent maturation.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

published proceedings

  • J Reprod Fertil

author list (cited authors)

  • Hinrichs, K., Martin, M. G., Schmidt, A. L., & Friedman, P. P.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • Hinrichs, K||Martin, MG||Schmidt, AL||Friedman, PP

publication date

  • May 1995