Ovarian follicular superstimulation and oocyte maturation in the anoestrous southern hairy-nosed wombat, Lasiorhinus latifrons

G Druery, Glenn Shimmin, David Taggart, Peter Temple-Smith, William Breed, C McDonald, Graeme Finlayson, M Paris

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Abstract

This study investigates the effect of three exogenous gonadotrophin regimens on ovarian follicular development in southern hairy-nosed wombats during the non-breeding season. Females were given either porcine follicle stimulating hormone (pFSH; total of 200 mg at 12 h intervals over 7 (Group 1), or 4 days (Group 2)), or pregnant maresa?? serum gonadotrophin (PMSG; single dose of 150 I.U. (Group 3)). In all treatment groups 25 mg of porcine luteinising hormone (pLH) was used to trigger maturation; Groups 1 and 2 received pLH 12 h after the final pFSH injection and Group 3 received pLH 72 h after PMSG. The results showed Group 1 produced significantly more follicles per ovary (5.91 A? 1.28) than Group 2 (1.67 A? 0.62), or Group 3 (2.17 A? 1.16) at p <0.05. Control females received saline injections concurrently with the three treatment groups (n = 6; 2 control animals for each treatment group). No follicular development occurred in any control female. Analysis of oocyte nuclear status revealed that while oocytes from all three treatment groups had resumed meiosis, only those in Group 1 (7-day pFSH/pLH treatment) progressed to metaphase II. These results have implications for the development of assisted breeding strategies in this species
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363 - 376
Number of pages14
JournalAnimal Reproduction Science
Volume99
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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