Protective effects of antioxidants on linoleic acidtreated bovine oocytes during maturation and subsequent embryo development
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences. Veterinary Sciences
Los Altos, Calif.
Theriogenology: an international journal of animal reproduction. - Los Altos, Calif.
, p. 161-168
Linoleic acid (LA; n-6, 18:2) is the most abundant polyunsaturated fatty acid in the ovarian follicular fluid and is known to inhibit oocyte maturation and its subsequent development. In the present study, we investigated how its effects on cumulus cell expansion, oocyte nuclear maturation, and blastocyst development are altered by supplementation of the media with vitamin E (VE; 100 μM) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx; 1 μM) either alone or in combination, and whether it has any effect on the mRNA expression of GPx1, GPx4, or superoxide dismutase (SOD2) in the bovine cumulus oocyte complexes (COCs). LA supplementation of the culture media significantly (P ≤ 0.05) reduced the percentage of COCs exhibiting full cumulus cell expansion and the percentage of oocytes reaching metaphase II stage, and lowered the blastocyst rate compared with controls. And these inhibitory effects were associated with a reduction in the relative mRNA expression of GPx1 and SOD2 but not of GPx4 compared with controls. However, VE and GPx, both alone and in combination, completely abrogated the inhibitory effects of LA on nuclear maturation of oocytes and blastocyst rate but failed to do so for cumulus cell expansion. In conclusion, these data suggest that the detrimental effects of LA on oocyte developmental competence are mediated, at least in part, by a reduction in GPx1 and SOD2 mRNA expression. Moreover, VE and GPx may provide protection to most of the inhibitory effects of LA.