Different culture systems were evaluated for their ability to support attachment and proliferation of the somatic cells obtained from ovine semen. Ejaculates (n=14) were collected from eight rams representing three breeds, Dorper, Suffolk and Hampshire. All samples were processed immediately and somatic cells were obtained from 11 of the 14 ejaculates. These cells had classic epithelial morphology and expressed cytokeratin, indicating they were of epithelial origin. Cells from four rams with the greatest growth rates were used for subsequent studies. Cells were cultured in four different media for 5 days and total numbers of attached cells vs. total numbers of seeded cells were counted and compared each day. Four media were evaluated: (1) a supplemented medium composed of DMEM/F12, 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS), 10 ng/ml epidermal growth factor, 30 microg/ml bovine pituitary extract, 5 microg/ml insulin, 10 ng/ml cholera toxin, and 50 microg/ml gentamycin; (2) sheep fetal fibroblast (SFF)-conditioned medium; (3) swiss 3T3 fibroblast-conditioned medium; and (4) basic medium composed of DMEM/F12, 10% FBS, and 50 microg/ml gentamycin. Cell proliferation was greater in the supplemented medium, SFF-conditioned medium, and 3T3 fibroblast-conditioned medium compared to the basic medium by day 2 of culture (p<0.05, n=24), and greater in supplemented medium compared to the SFF-conditioned medium and 3T3 fibroblast-conditioned medium by day 4 of culture (p<0.05, n=24). Three different surfaces: (1) Matrigel basement membrane matrix-coated plastic; (2) collagen I-coated plastic; and (3) uncoated plastic were evaluated for their ability to support proliferation and attachment of the cells obtained from semen. Cell proliferation was greater when cells were cultured on the Matrigel-coated compared to the collagen I-coated and uncoated plastic by day 2 of culture (p<0.05, n=16). Cell attachment was greater when cells were plated on the Matrigel-coated and collagen I-coated plastic compared to the uncoated plastic (p<0.05, n=16). These studies describe an effective system for the culture and proliferation of epithelial cells obtained from ovine semen samples. The system may increase the likelihood of obtaining cells from frozen semen, which could be used for cloning to recover animals of genetic value in which semen is the only material that is available.
"Following seeding, cell attachment and proliferation were observed in all frozen-thawed semen samples, the frequency of which varied between 60–100% and 0–100%, respectively, among individual bulls. The attempts to isolate culture and establish somatic cells from frozen-thawed semen have so far been unsuccessful –. One of the reasons for lack of success in establishing semen-derived cells in earlier studies could be the epithelial nature of these cells since, compared to fibroblasts, epithelial cells are more difficult to maintain in culture and require a more complex culture system . "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Somatic cells were isolated from cryopreserved semen of 4 buffalo bulls, 3 of which had died over 10 years earlier, and were established in culture. The cells expressed cytokeratin-18, keratin and vimentin indicating that they were of epithelial origin. The cells were used as nuclear donors for hand-made cloning for producing buffalo embryos. The blastocyst rate and quality, as indicated by apoptotic index, were comparable among embryos produced using cells obtained from fresh or frozen-thawed semen or those obtained from conventional cell sources such as skin. Examination of the epigenetic status revealed that the global level of H3K27me3 but not that of H3K9/14ac and H4K5ac differed significantly (P<0.05) among cloned embryos from different bulls. The relative mRNA abundance of HDAC1, DNMT1, P53 and CASPASE 3 but not that of DNMT3a differed in cells and in cloned embryos. Following transfer of 24 cloned embryos produced from fresh semen-derived cells to 12 recipients, one calf weighing 55 kg, which is now 6 months of age and is normal, was born through normal parturition. Following transfer of 20 embryos produced from frozen-thawed semen-derived cells to 10 recipients, 2 became pregnant, one of which aborted in the first trimester; the calf born was severely underweight (17 kg), and died 12 h after birth. The ability of cells derived from fresh and frozen-thawed semen to produce live offspring confirms the ability of these cells to be reprogrammed. Our findings pave the way for restoration of highly precious progeny-tested bulls, which has immense economic importance, and can also be used for restoration of endangered species.
PLoS ONE 03/2014; 9(3):e90755. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0090755 · 3.23 Impact Factor
"Then, the semen sample was placed in a Styrofoam cooler with an ice pack in the bottom, and separated by a paper towel, for transport (~15 min) and subsequent preparation for processing in the laboratory. Somatic cells were isolated and cultured as described in Liu et al. (2009) and Nel-Themaat et al. (2008a; b) with minor modifications. Briefly, each semen sample was gently layered over a 3-layer gradient column (2.5 mL each of 20%, 50%, and 90% Percoll®) in a 15 mL conical tube and centrifuged at 400g for 20 min. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Somatic cells in mammalian semen can be a potential source of nuclei for nuclear transfer to produce cloned animals. Somatic cells recovered from avian semen could also provide a source of cells for use in chimera formation or cloning of threatened and endangered birds. This type of assisted reproductive technology is especially important when a genetically unique animal has died and the only viable genetic material available is semen cryopreserved for artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization purposes. The usefulness of somatic cells obtained from fresh and frozen mammalian semen for nuclear transfer has already been evaluated, but still remains to be accomplished for avian semen. A non-invasive, or minimally invasive, technique to conserve avian genetic diversity via somatic cell collection from fresh avian semen, to our knowledge, has not been described. The present study investigated the use of fresh semen samples from domestic chickens (Gallus domesticus) (n = 7), i.e., white leghorn (n = 4) and silkie chickens (n = 3), as a source of somatic cells, specifically fibroblast-like cells and epithelial cells, for cytological analysis and somatic cell gene banking. Ultimately, somatic cell culture was successful for two of six selected samples (33.3%), with two of four white leghorn semen samples yielding cell cultures compared to 0 of 2 silkie chicken semen samples. Further research may include applying this technique to other avian species or address the effects of cryopreservation on the viability and DNA integrity of somatic cells derived in this manner.
Avian biology research 12/2013; 6(4):255-260. DOI:10.3184/175815513X13801240386288 · 0.93 Impact Factor
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