Animal reproduction science Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Elsevier Masson

Journal description

Current impact factor: 1.58

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 1.581
2012 Impact Factor 1.897
2011 Impact Factor 1.75
2010 Impact Factor 1.721
2009 Impact Factor 1.563
2008 Impact Factor 1.89
2007 Impact Factor 1.739
2006 Impact Factor 2.186
2005 Impact Factor 2.136
2004 Impact Factor 1.41
2003 Impact Factor 1.286
2002 Impact Factor 1.681
2001 Impact Factor 1.196
2000 Impact Factor 1.08
1999 Impact Factor 0.813
1998 Impact Factor 1.105
1997 Impact Factor 0.93
1996 Impact Factor 0.838
1995 Impact Factor 0.709
1994 Impact Factor 0.855
1993 Impact Factor 0.678
1992 Impact Factor 0.701

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5-year impact 2.11
Cited half-life 6.30
Immediacy index 0.32
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.51
ISSN 1873-2232

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    ABSTRACT: Sow culling rates have a direct correlation to the economic efficiency of both breeding herd and commercial herd. Analyzing the reasons of sow culling could lead to improve production efficiency of farms. This study, which involved inspections of four farms in Southern China, manifested that the rate of unplanned sow-culling has reached to 78.1% in total culls. In which, reproductive disorders and lameness accounted for 35.3% and 22.5%, respectively. The average parity of culled sows was 4.9, but a high proportion (19.6%) of sows was culled at their first parity. Anestrus, the highest proportion of reproductive disorders, accounting for 47.7%, occurred in July followed by June (17.7% and 11.8% respectively). The frequency of culling due to reproductive disorders in Southern China was higher than others regions, which suffered from the high temperature and humidity in Southern China. The frequency of sow culling reached its peak in the summer, specifically in July (12.3%), which means that hot weather has an adverse effect on sow culling. Pig farmers should take effective measures to reduce heat stress as nutrition strategies or cooling systems in gestation and/or farrowing sow herds between May and July in Southern China. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Animal reproduction science 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2015.06.018
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to determine the effects in Bos indicus calves of intra-testicular injection of either saline (n=9) or one of two doses of zinc acetate ((ZA1, 57.75mg, n=10, or ZA2, 71.75mg, n=10) or surgical castration (n=9) on circulating concentrations of testostosterone and liveweight. Human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG, 1500IU) was administered 202 and 525 days after treatment on Day 0 and animals were slaughtered on Day 860. In animals left intact treatment with ZA reduced mean serum concentrations of testosterone (Saline: 5.58±0.79ng/mL, ZA1: 1.28±0.27ng/mL, ZA2: 1.01±0.17ng/mL; P<0.001) and concentrations 48h following administration of hCG. The maximum concentration of testosterone recorded throughout the study in six out of 19 animals treated with ZA was ≤0.21ng/mL. Treatment with ZA did not significantly affect live weights or carcass weights or result in any detectable scrotal lesions. Animals with concentrations of testosterone ≥1.0ng/mL exhibited greater liveweights throughout most of the study and yielded heavier carcass weights (340.9±7.02 versus 309.3±6.17kg, P=0.002). It is concluded that a single, intra-testicular administration of either 57.75mg or 71.75mg of ZA was able to similarly reduce circulating concentrations of testosterone without significantly affecting liveweights or carcass weights. Treatment with ZA can result in variation in circulating concentrations of testosterone which could lead to differences in behaviour, liveweights and carcass characteristics. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Animal reproduction science 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2015.06.012
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    ABSTRACT: Short-term storage of equine sperm at 5°C in an extender containing milk and/or egg yolk components is common practice in the equine breeding industry. Sperm motility, viability, DNA integrity and, consequently, fertilizing ability decline over time, partly due to reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. We investigated whether adding the anti-oxidant d-penicillamine to a commercial milk/egg yolk extender delayed the decrease in semen quality. Semen was recovered on four consecutive days from eight 3-year old Warmblood stallions. On day 5, seven of the stallions were castrated and sperm recovered from the caudae epididymides. Ejaculated samples were split, and one portion was centrifuged and re-suspended to reduce seminal plasma content. All samples were diluted to 50millionsperm/ml and divided into two portions, one of which was supplemented with 0.5mM d-penicillamine. After 48h, 96h, 144h and 192h storage, sperm motility was assessed by computer-assisted semen analysis (CASA), viability by SYBR14/PI staining, and DNA integrity using the sperm chromatin structure assay (SCSA). d-Penicillamine had no effect on motility of ejaculated sperm (P>0.05) but reduced total and progressive motility of epididymal sperm. Sperm chromatin integrity was not influenced by storage time, seminal plasma or d-penicillamine. In short, adding d-penicillamine to a commercial semen extender was neither beneficial nor detrimental to the maintenance of quality in ejaculated semen stored at 5°C. The negative effect on motility of epididymal sperm may reflect differences in (membrane) physiology of spermatozoa that have not been exposed to seminal plasma. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Animal reproduction science 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2015.06.011
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    ABSTRACT: This study was undertaken to examine the effect of cholesterol-loaded-cyclodextrin (CLC) on boar sperm viability and spermatozoa cryosurvival during boar semen cryopreservation, and methyl-β-cyclodextrin (MBCD) was treated for comparing with CLC. Boar semen treated with CLC and MBCD before freezing process to monitor the effect on survival and capacitation status by flow cytometry with appropriate fluorescent probes. Sperm viability was higher in 1.5mg CLC-treated sperm (76.9±1.01%, P<0.05) than un-treated and MBCD-treated sperm before cryopreservation (58.7±1.31% and 60.3±0.31%, respectively). For CTC patterns, F-pattern was higher in CLC treated sperm than MBCD-treated sperm, for B-pattern was higher in CLC-treated sperm than fresh sperm (P<0.05). For AR pattern (an acrosome-reacted sperm) was lower in CLC-treated sperm than MBCD-treated sperm (P<0.05). Moreover, we examined in vitro development of porcine oocytes after in vitro fertilization using CLC-treated frozen-thawed semen, in which CLC treatment prior to freezing and thawing increased the development of oocytes to blastocyst stage in vitro. In conclusion, CLC could protect the viability of spermatozoa from cryodamage prior to cryopreservation in boar semen. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Animal reproduction science 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2015.06.006
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    ABSTRACT: Glutathione-S-transferase genes (GSTs) encode enzymes that are involved in detoxification and neutralization of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in male reproductive system and play protective role during spermatogenesis. The aim of the study was to evaluate whether C/G missense mutation (rs135955605) within glutathione-S-transferase M1 (GSTM1) gene is associated with selected parameters of frozen-thawed semen in 309 Holstein-Friesian bulls. Single nucleotide substitution C/G was identified by amplification of GSTM1 gene fragment followed be digestion with restriction enzyme DdeI. Bulls with GG genotype were the most frequent (67.96%), in comparison to CC (2.59%) and GC (29.45%). Significant associations were found between GSTM1 genotypes and ATP content and total sperm motility. Bulls with GG genotype had the highest values for both traits. Rare variant C of GSTM1 was associated with significant decrease of sperm motility and ATP content. Our results demonstrate that C/G missense mutation within GSTM1 gene is involved in bull sperm quality. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Animal reproduction science 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2015.06.001
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    ABSTRACT: The current study aimed to compare some biochemical and hormonal constituents in follicular fluids and serum of female dromedary camels with different sized ovarian follicles. Therefore, follicular fluids from follicles sized 1.1-1.5cm (n=10), 1.6-2.1cm (n=10) and 2.2-2.5cm (n=10) and sera were harvested from 20 female camels. The concentrations of ascorbic acid, glucose, cholesterol and activities of acid phosphatase (ACP) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) were not changed significantly neither in follicular fluids of all follicle sizes nor in sera of female camels with different sized follicles. The concentrations of estradiol-17β (E2) in the follicular fluid of follicles sized 2.2-2.5cm were significantly lower (P<0.01) than its corresponding value in follicular fluid of other follicle sizes. The concentrations of progesterone (P4), tri-iodothyronine (T3), thyroxin (T4), cortisol and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) remained comparable in follicular fluids of all examined different sized follicles. The concentrations of E2, P4, T3, T4, cortisol and IGF-1 were similar in the serum of camels with different sized follicles. Interestingly, mean concentrations of P4 and IGF-1 in follicular fluids were higher than their corresponding values in sera of camels with different sized follicles and the mean concentrations of glucose, cholesterol, ALP and cortisol in sera were higher than their corresponding values in follicular fluids of the examined camels. With the exception of E2, there were no significant differences in biochemical and hormonal constituents between follicular fluids from different sized follicles. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Animal reproduction science 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2015.06.002
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    ABSTRACT: Chitosan oligosaccharide (COS) has a blood glucose lowering effect in diabetic rats and is widely used as a dietary supplement. However, the effect of COS on the offspring of supplemented mothers is unknown. This experiment investigates the effect of supplementing sows during gestation and lactation on the levels of plasma glucose on suckling piglets. From day 85 of gestation to day 14 of lactation, 40 pregnant sows were divided into two treatment groups and fed either a control diet or a control diet containing 30mgCOS/kg. One 14 day old piglet per pen was selected to collect plasma and tissue (8pens/diet). Performance, hepatic gluconeogenesis genes and proteins expression, amino acids contents in sow milk, hepatic glycogen and free fatty acid were determined. Results showed that supplementation of the maternal diet with COS improved daily gain and weaning weight (P<0.05), and the concentration of amino acids in sow milk (P<0.05). Meanwhile, maternal supplementation with COS increased (P<0.05) mRNA expression levels and activities of PEPCK-C, PEPCK-M and G6Pase in the liver of piglets compared with piglets from control fed sows. Correspondingly, the level of plasma glucose was higher (P<0.001) and hepatic glycogen was lower (P<0.05) in piglets from COS fed sows when compared with that in the control group. In conclusion, dietary supplementation of the diet with COS during late gestation and lactation reduced piglet hypoglycemia by stimulating hepatic gluconeogenesis and improved the growth rate of suckling piglets. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Animal reproduction science 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2015.06.004
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    ABSTRACT: Ozone therapy has been in use since 1896 in the USA. As a highly reactive molecule, ozone may inactivate bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts and protozoans, stimulate the oxygen metabolism of tissue, treat diseases, activate the immune system, and exhibit strong analgesic activity. More recently, ozone has been used in veterinary medicine, particularly in buiatrics, but still insufficiently. Medical ozone therapy has shown effectiveness as an alternative to the use of antibiotics, which are restricted to clinical use and have been withdrawn from non-clinical use as in-feed growth promoters in animal production. This review is an overview of current knowledge regarding the preventive and therapeutic effects of ozone in ruminants for the treatment of puerperal diseases and improvement in their fertility. In particular, ozone preparations have been tested in the treatment of reproductive tract lesions, urovagina and pneumomovagina, metritis, endometritis, fetal membrane retention and mastitis, as well as in the functional restoration of endometrium in dairy cows and goats. In addition, the preventive use of the intrauterine application of ozone has been assessed in order to evaluate its effectiveness in improving reproductive efficiency in dairy cows. No adverse effects were observed in cows and goats treated with ozone preparations. Moreover, there is a lot of evidence indicating the advantages of ozone preparation therapy in comparison to the application of antibiotics. However, there are certain limitations on ozone use in veterinary medicine and buiatrics, such as inactivity against intracellular microbes and selective activity against the same bacterial species, as well as the induction of tissue inflammation through inappropriate application of the preparation. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Animal reproduction science 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2015.05.017
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    ABSTRACT: Several genetic and epigenetic events that take place in the nucleus (i.e. meiotic recombination, meiotic silencing, chromatin reorganization and histone replacement) are crucial for the spermatogenesis process, as well as, is the assembling of cytoplasmic bodies (or chromatoid bodies). In this minireview, we give special attention to the most recent research approaches involved in the molecular structure and physiology of the chromatoid body (CB). Though it was described several decades ago, the CB is still a very intriguing cytoplasmic structure of male germ cells. It plays roles in the most important steps of the spermatozoon formation, such as mRNA regulation, smallRNA-mediated gene control, and cell communication among round spermatids. Studies that have been done on the CB largely focus on two main topics: (1) CB proteome, in this minireview focused on 'Evidences linking the nucleolar cycle and the CB assembling; and Circadian proteins found in the CB'; and (2) CB transcriptome, in this minireview focused on 'miRNAs and piRNAs pathways; and X but not Y chromosome transcripts enriching the CB'. Herein, we described the most relevant results produced in each of these subjects in order to clarify the main physiological role played by this intriguing cytoplasmic structure in the germ cells of male mammals, which though long since described, still fascinates researchers in the field. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Animal reproduction science 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2015.05.018
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    ABSTRACT: This study aimed to evaluate the hormonal and ovarian responses to the administration of a metastin/kisspeptin analog (TAK-683) under the endocrine environments of luteal and follicular phases in goats. Five estrous cycling goats received a prostaglandin F2α injection followed by 10 days of progesterone treatment by CIDR. The TAK-683 (35nmol) was intravenously administered (Hour 0) on 3 days after CIDR insertion (luteal phase condition; LC) and at 12h after CIDR removal (follicular phase condition; FC). Blood samples were collected at 10min (-2 to 6h), 2h (6-24h) or 6h intervals (24-48h). In the LC, small increases in the basal concentrations of LH were observed after TAK-683 administration from 0 to 6h, which were associated with an increase in estradiol concentration, followed by a surge-like release of LH with a peak at 12.5±1.0h (n=4) after TAK-683 administration. In the FC, a surge-like release of LH occurred immediately after TAK-683 administration with a peak at 6.0±3.5h (n=5), which was earlier than that in the LC (P<0.01). The peak concentration of estradiol did not differ between the two conditions, whereas the time interval from TAK-683 treatment to estradiol peak in the LC was longer than that in the FC (12.0±0.0 compared with 6.0±4.2h, P<0.05). These findings suggest that the timing of surge-like release of LH after TAK-683 administration is associated with blood estradiol concentration at the time of treatment. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Animal reproduction science 05/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2015.05.016
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    ABSTRACT: RFamide-related peptide 3 (RFRP3) has been implicated in regulating reproduction and growth. This regulation appears to be dependent upon sex, species, physiological status, and developmental stage. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effects of RFRP3 on circulating concentrations of luteinizing hormone (LH) and growth hormone (GH) in mature boars. The hypothesis was RFRP3 would reduce circulating concentrations of LH and increase concentrations of GH. Meishan boars (716.6±2.8 days of age; 125.0±12.4kg BW) were randomly assigned to treatment: saline (n=4) or RFRP3 (8.5mg; n=5). Plasma was collected at 15-min intervals during 3 periods: pre-treatment, treatment, and post-treatment. During the treatment period, saline or RFRP3 were administered at 15-min intervals. Treatment was administered as a loading dose of 5mg RFRP3, followed by seven repeated injections of 0.5mg RFRP3. Pulsatile secretion of LH and GH were not affected by saline treatment. Mean concentrations of LH in RFRP3-treated boars were greater (P<0.01) in the pre-treatment period than in the treatment and post-treatment periods; however, the individual response to RFRP3 challenge was varied. RFRP3 suppressed (P<0.05) mean concentrations of GH during the treatment period. It is concluded that RFRP3 can act to suppress LH secretion in some boars, but the minimal and varied response between animals does not strongly support the idea that RFRP3 is a potent hypohysiotropic hormone in the pig. Results indicate that RFRP3 may function in regulating the growth axis of swine. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Animal reproduction science 05/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2015.05.013
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the expression of mRNA encoding natriuretic peptides (NPs) and their receptors in the cumulus-oocyte complex in cattle, a monovular mammalian species, and also to investigate the role of NPs in oocyte meiotic resumption in vitro. mRNA was observed for the NP precursor type-A (NPPA), type-C (NPPC), NP receptor-1 (NPR-1), receptor-2 (NPR-2) and receptor-3 (NPR-3) in bovine cumulus cells, and NPR-2 mRNA was observed in oocytes. These results are different from those obtained in mouse and pig models. The effects of NPPA, NP precursor type-B (NPPB) and NPPC on the resumption of arrested meiosis maintained by forskolin were studied at three different doses (10, 100 and 1000nM) with a 12h culture system. The germinal vesicle breakdown rates were greater (P≤0.05) in oocytes that were cultured in the presence of one or a combination of NPs (from 44% to 73%) than the negative control (from 24% to 27%). Additionally, it was demonstrated that the concentration of cyclic guanosine 3',5'-monophosphate (cGMP) is increased by NPPA and NPPC in oocytes and cumulus cells after 3h of in vitro maturation. However, in both groups, the concentration of cyclic adenosine 3',5'-monophosphate (cAMP) in the oocyte did not increase between 3 and 6h of culture, even when forskolin was used. In summary, we observed the presence of mRNA for NPs and their receptors in the bovine cumulus-oocyte complex and demonstrated that, in vitro, NPPA, NPPB and NPPC stimulate oocyte meiotic resumption in a monovular species. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Animal reproduction science 05/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2015.05.012
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to develop a new injection-molded intravaginal insert manufactured from ethylene-vinyl acetate containing progesterone for a 7-day insertion period in cattle. The manufacturing process resulted in a reduction in the residual drug compared to the silicone insert available while still maintaining biological performance. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Animal reproduction science 05/2015; 158. DOI:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2015.05.007
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    ABSTRACT: To examine the effects of maternal metabolizable protein (MP) restriction during late gestation on uterine and umbilical blood flows, conceptus size, and amino acid concentrations in the uterine and umbilical vessels, 11 ewes with singleton pregnancies were assigned to one of three isocaloric diets formulated to provide 60% of MP (MP60), 80% of MP (MP80), or 100% of MP (MP100) requirements from days 100 to 130 of gestation. On day 130 of gestation, intraoperative uterine and umbilical blood flows were obtained as well as serum samples from the uterine artery, uterine vein, umbilical artery, and umbilical vein. Ewes on the MP60 diet had lighter (P=0.04) and smaller (P≤0.05) fetuses, but increased (P=0.02) uterine blood flow relative to fetal weight compared with MP100 ewes, with MP80 being intermediate. Umbilical blood flow was similar (P=0.70) across treatments. Glutamine, glycine, isoleucine, leucine, ornithine, serine, and valine concentrations were impacted (P≤0.02) by maternal treatment. While uterine flux of total serum nitrites was greater (P=0.03) in MP60 and MP80 ewes compared with MP100 ewes, fetal flux did not differ. Decreased maternal protein intake resulted in less (P<0.01) maternal cytochrome P450 1A enzyme activity. There were minimal impacts of maternal diet on steroid concentrations. Maternal dietary protein may alter fetal growth by impacting placental vasculature function and nutrient absorptive capabilities. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Animal reproduction science 05/2015; 158. DOI:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2015.05.009
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    ABSTRACT: The objectives of this study were to investigate the potential effects of 1α,25-(OH)2VD3 (biologically active form of Vitamin D) on basal and LH-induced testosterone production and mitochondrial dehydrogenase activity in Leydig cells from immature and mature rams cultured in vitro. Leydig cells were isolated from testes of immature and mature rams, treated without (control) or with increasing concentrations of LH (1, 10, 100ng/ml) and/or 1α,25-(OH)2VD3 (1, 10, 100nM). After 24h, concentrations of testosterone in culture media were measured. After 96h, mitochondrial dehydrogenase activity in Leydig cells were measured. In immature and mature ram Leydig cells, treatment with 10 and 100ng/ml LH increased testosterone production and mitochondrial dehydrogenase activity. Treatment with 1α,25-(OH)2VD3 in the absence of LH did not increase testosterone production, but 10 and 100nM 1α,25-(OH)2VD3 increased LH induced testosterone production for both immature and mature ram Leydig cells. Treatment with all doses of 1α,25-(OH)2VD3 in the absence of LH and 10 and 100ng/ml LH in the absence of 1α,25-(OH)2VD3 increased mitochondrial dehydrogenase activity for cultured Leydig cells from immature and mature rams and 1 and 10nM 1α,25-(OH)2VD3 treatment enhanced the LH induced increase in mitochondrial dehydrogenase activity. Result demonstrate Vitamin D3 induced regulation of function of Leydig cells from immature and mature rams cultured in the presence or absence of LH and support a potential role for Vitamin D3 in regulation of gonadal function in rams. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Animal reproduction science 05/2015; 158. DOI:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2015.05.008
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    ABSTRACT: The role of preovulatory estradiol on post-fertilization embryo survival and pregnancy establishment has not been well characterized in beef cows. We hypothesized that preovulatory estradiol is important for embryo survival and pregnancy establishment in beef cows. Twenty-four ovariectomized multiparous cows were used in a replicated 3×3 Latin Square design. Cows received estradiol cypionate (ECP) 36h, estradiol benzoate (EB) 12h, or no estradiol (CON) before a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (d 0) induced LH surge. Luteal phase progesterone was mimicked with twice daily progesterone injections from d 3 to 6. On d 7 cows received one embryo and progesterone was supplemented with progesterone-releasing devices (CIDR). Expression of interferon stimulated genes, ISG15, MX2, and OAS1, in leukocytes was determined on d 17, 19, 21, and 28 to determine capability of embryonic signaling. Pregnancy specific protein B concentrations were measured in serum samples from d 17 through 29 to determine embryonic attachment. Transrectal ultrasonography was performed on d 29 and 32 to determine pregnancy viability (heartbeat). Serum estradiol profiles during simulated proestrus/estrus were different (P<0.001) between treatments. Mean serum progesterone concentrations from d 17 to 24 were decreased (P=0.05) in EB and ECP cows compared to CON. Transrectal ultrasonography indicated that fewer CON (4%) cows had a viable embryo present compared to estradiol treated cows (25%). Embryonic loss in cows that did not receive estradiol during the simulated preovulatory period occurred following maternal recognition of pregnancy, indicating that its impact was likely on uterine receptivity and embryonic attachment. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Animal reproduction science 05/2015; 158. DOI:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2015.05.006