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Degradation of biochemical pools labelled with [14C]glucose during culture of 8-cell and morula--early blastocyst-stage mouse embryos in vitro and in vivo

Edirisinghe, W.R., Wales, R.G. and Pike, I.L. (1984) Degradation of biochemical pools labelled with [14C]glucose during culture of 8-cell and morula--early blastocyst-stage mouse embryos in vitro and in vivo. Reproduction, 72 (1). pp. 59-65.

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Abstract

Summary. When 8-cell mouse embryos were chase cultured for 24 h in vitro or in vivo (in uteri of pseudopregnant mice) there was no indication of utilization of the small amount of acid-soluble glycogen synthesized during the pulse. At the morula—early blastocyst stage of development almost 50% of the label incorporated during the pulse was found in the acid-soluble glycogen fraction. The biochemical pools at this stage were relatively stable in vitro and in vivo during a short (5 h) chase period. However, marked degradation of the acid-soluble glycogen pool occurred during long periods of exposure to the uterine environment and, over 48 h in utero, almost all of the label was lost from this pool. By contrast, embryos cultured in vitro for the same period retained >60% of their acid-soluble glycogen. Utilization of glucose carbon in the acidinsoluble glycogen fraction occurred during in-vitro and in-vivo chase but there was a suggestion that the change in vivo was less than that in vitro. The non-glycogen macromolecular pool was relatively stable except during extended chase culture of morulae—early blastocysts when some utilization occurred. Under these conditions utilization was less in utero than in vitro.

The experiments show that the uterine environment has a marked influence on the metabolism, particularly of glycogen, of the embryo and indicate that some factor in the uterus causes net degradation of acid-soluble glycogen by the embryo at the late preimplantation stage of development.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary Studies
Publisher: Society for Reproduction and Fertility
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/34020
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