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Chromosome analysis of single-pronuclear haploid parthenogenetic blastocysts and their inner cell mass derivatives.

Authors
  • Schnebelen, M T1
  • Kaufman, M H
  • 1 Department of Anatomy, University of Cambridge, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of embryology and experimental morphology
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1986
Volume
98
Pages
167–174
Identifiers
PMID: 3655645
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Single-pronuclear haploid parthenogenetically activated mouse embryos were transferred to the oviducts of suitable recipients. One group of embryos was isolated at the morula stage and subsequently allowed to develop to the expanded blastocyst stage in vitro. Intact embryos were either analysed by the air-drying technique at that stage to determine their total cell number and ploidy, or treated by immunosurgery to isolate their inner cell mass. These were either analysed to establish their total cell number and ploidy, or retained in culture for an additional 24h or 72h. The inner cell mass derivatives were then analysed to establish the total cell number and ploidy. A second group of recipients was ovariectomized on the 4th day of pseudopregnancy, treated with Depo-Provera and blastocysts recovered 5 or 6 days later. The 'delayed' blastocysts recovered were treated by immunosurgery, and the inner cell masses isolated and either analysed at this time or transferred to culture for 72h, 96h or 144h. As in the previous groups, the inner cell mass derivatives were analysed to establish the total cell population present and their ploidy. The analysis of this material was found to be technically particularly difficult, though in general the non-'delayed' embryos and their inner cell mass derivatives yielded higher success rates than the 'delayed' inner cell mass derivatives. The 'delayed' inner cell masses initially contained on average about twice the number of cells compared to the number present in those isolated from the non-'delayed' expanded blastocysts.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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