José Ricardo Figueiredo

José Ricardo Figueiredo
Universidade Estadual do Ceará · Department of Educational Technology Support

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Ovine ovarian fragments (3 × 3 × 1 mm) were fixed in neutral buffered formalin (NBF), Carnoy’s solution (CAR), Davidson’s solution (DAV), or paraformaldehyde (PFA) for 12 h or 24 h. After this fixation time, each fragment was prepared for histological analysis. Although fixative and fixation period did not affect follicular and stromal cells densit...
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Purpose 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU), an anti-cancer drug, has been used for hepatoblastoma (HB) chemotherapy in children, who may have impaired ovarian follicle pool reserve with lasting effects to reproduction. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate 5-FU effects on survival, growth, and morphology of ovarian preantral follicles from C57BL6J young mi...
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The development of culture systems capable of maintaining follicular growth since the preantral stage has been the target of investigations. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) present potential for use in a wide range of applications, including research aimed at preserving fertility. Therefore, this study investigated the use of caprine Wharton’s Jelly M...
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Ethanol is used routinely to dilute cell culture media supplements with little or no water solubility. This study evaluates the effect of low concentration of ethanol on the follicular development, oocyte maturation, hormone production, gene expression, and metabolomics profile of spent culture medium after long-term culture of isolated ovine prean...
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This study aimed to evaluate the role of anethole during the in vitro culture of caprine early antral follicles. Early antral follicles were isolated from caprine ovaries and cultured for 18 days without (control) or with anethole (300 µg/ml). After culture , the cumulus-oocyte complexes were subjected to in vitro maturation, followed by parthenoge...
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Oxidative stress is one of the most detrimental factors that affect oocyte developmental competence and embryo development in vitro. The impact of anethole supplementation to in vitro maturation (IVM) media on oocyte maturation and further bovine in vitro embryo production was investigated. Oocytes of slaughterhouse-derived bovine ovaries were plac...
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Two farms applying reproductive technology for the Nellore beef cattle were selected. Both farms had the same technology programme of oestrous synchronization and embryo transfer, but management was different, especially regarding twins pregnancies. In the present study, we followed the farms from the moment of oestrous synchronization, embryo tran...
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Three different sources of FSH (porcine pituitary, pFSH; recombinant bovine, rbFSH; and recombinant human, rhFSH) were compared during in vitro culture of preantral and early antral follicles of goats for 18 days. Treatments were: base medium supplemented with no FSH (control), 10, 50, or 100 mIU/mL pFSH (pFSH10, pFSH50, and pFSH100, respectively),...
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An appropriate implantation site favors angiogenesis and avoids ovarian tissue damage after tissue grafting. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of intramuscular (IM) and subcutaneous (SC) sites for ovarian grafts in goats by evaluating follicular morphology and activation, preantral follicle and stromal cell densities, tissue D...
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The impact of zearalenone (ZEN) on female reproduction remains an issue, since its effects may differ among exposed cell types. Besides the use of decontaminants in animal diet, other approaches should be considered to minimise ZEN effects after exposure. Since the first organ in contact with ZEN is the gastrointestinal tract, we hypothesise that p...
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The aim of this study was to evaluate the immunolocalization for glucocorticoid receptor (NR3C1) in goat ovarian follicles and the effect of cortisol on in vitro development of preantral follicles. Goat ovarian fragments were cultured for 7 days under different cortisol concentrations (0, 1, 5 and 10 ng/ml). Before and after culture, the protein ex...
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Oxidative stress is one of the most detrimental factors that affect oocyte developmental competence and embryo development in vitro. The impact of anethole supplementation to in vitro maturation (IVM) media on oocyte maturation and further bovine in vitro embryo production was investigated. Oocytes of slaughterhouse-derived bovine ovaries were plac...
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Ovarian biopsies from five health adult monkeys were collected by exploratory laparotomy. Preantral follicles (primordial, primary, and secondary) were classified as normal or degenerated and submitted to morphometric analysis in which granulosa cell counts and the areas of follicles, oocytes, and oocyte nuclei were measured. Ovarian fragments were...
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Brazilian Somalis is a locally‐adapted breed of rams raised in tropical climate and native pastures. The present study was conducted to evaluate gene expression and proteome of the reproductive tract of such rams. Samples were collected from testes, epididymides, seminal vesicles and bulbourethral glands of four rams. Expression of clusterin (CLU),...
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We evaluated the effects of the vitrification solution (i.e., ethylene glycol (EG) + dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) with or without propylene glycol (PG)) and of exposure time on the re-expansion and hatching rates of vitrified Bos indicus embryos. In vitro produced embryos (n = 1050) were divided into seven groups: control group (non-vitrified embryos)...
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Anyone clicking on this link before September 13, 2018 will be taken directly to the final version of your article on ScienceDirect. No sign up, registration or fees are required – you can simply click and read. https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1XRjQ2ZLBdx5R We aimed to evaluate the effect of three extracellular cryoprotectants on the morphology of...
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Comprehensive studies on spatial distribution of preantral follicles in the ovary are scarce. Considering that preantral follicles represent the main ovarian reserve, harvesting of these follicles is crucial for the development/use of assisted reproductive techniques. Therefore, knowledge on follicle spatial distribution can be helpful for targetin...
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Contents The aim was to verify the effect of follicle‐stimulating hormone (FSH) supplementation to α‐MEM+ or TCM199+ media on the in vitro development of ovarian preantral follicles (PFs) derived from collared peccaries. Ovaries (n = 5 pairs) were collected and divided into fragments destined to control group (non‐cultured) or treatments that were...
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The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of frutalin (FTL) on in vitro maturation (IVM), and fertilization (IVF) of pig oocytes. In the Experiment 1, cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) were submitted to IVM in maturation medium alone or supplemented with different FTL concentration (0.6, 6 and 60 μg/mL), or 0.3 μg/mL doxorubicin (DXR)....
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The objective of this study was to assess the effects of bovine embryo vitrification by applying three different vitrification solutions containing ethylene glycol (EG) and dimethylsulphoxide (DMSO) at different concentrations (10, 20 or 25% each) combined with 1.0 M glucose or 1.0 M sucrose, on the in vitro hatching and expansion rates. Healthy oo...
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Constant progress in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer disease has increased the number and prognosis of cancer survivors. However, the toxic effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy on ovarian function have resulted in premature ovarian failure. Patients are, therefore, still expecting methods to be developed to preserve their fertility succes...
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The effects of epidermal growth factor (EGF) concentrations (0, 10, 50, and 100 ng/ml) on in vitro culture (IVC) of equine preantral follicles were evaluated using histology, estradiol and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and metabolomics. After IVC, the percentage of normal follicles was lower (P < 0.05) for all treatments when compared to...
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Objective: This study investigated the effect of two different follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) preparations (diluted/dynamised and diluted) on the in vitro development and steroid production (estradiol, progesterone and testosterone) of isolated porcine preantral follicle after in vitro culture. Methods: Secondary follicles were cultured in A...
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The effect of FSH supplementation on an enriched cultured medium containing insulin (10 ng/mL) and EGF (50 ng/mL) was investigated on in vitro culture of equine ovarian biopsy tissue. Ovarian tissue fragments were collected from mares (n = 10) and distributed in the following treatments: noncultured control, cultured control, and cultured + FSH. Bo...
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The method of transportation and the conditions imposed on the ovarian tissue are pivotal aspects for the success of ovarian tissue cryopreservation (OTC). The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of the size of the ovarian tissue (e.g., whole ovary, biopsy size, and transplant size) during different times of storage (0, 6, 12, and 24 h) on...
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Resumo: A foliculogênese ovariana é modulada por fatores autócrinos, parácrinos e endócrinos. Dentre os fatores endócrinos, os hormônios da tireóide triiodotironina (T3) e tiroxina (T4), têm sido amplamente estudados durante décadas. Um desequilíbrio dos hormônios tireoidianos acarreta danos reversíveis à função reprodutiva. Nesse contexto, a prese...
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Contents This study aimed to establish a culture system that improves the in vitro development of caprine preantral follicles. In a first experiment, follicles were encapsulated as a single unit per bead and cultured singly or in groups or with five follicles in the same alginate (ALG) bead for 18 days. In a subsequent experiment, the “five follicl...
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The aims of this study were to investigate the effects of medium replacement system (experiment I) and of FSH presentations (homeopathic – FSH 6cH and allopathic FSH – rFSH; experiment II) on the in vitro development, hormone production and gene expression of isolated ovine preantral follicles cultured for 6 days. In experiment I, secondary follicl...
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The aims of this study were: 1) to evaluate the effect of different insulin concentrations, alone or in combination with either a fixed FSH concentration or increasing FSH concentrations on the in vitro culture of isolated caprine preantral follicles; 2) to analyze the efficiency of two in vitro maturation media and maturation culture systems (with...
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Background: Auxemma oncocalyx and its main component oncocalyxone A (onco A) have a high level of antioxidant and antitumor activity, but there are no studies on the action of both of these drugs regarding folliculogenesis. Material and methods: Caprine ovarian tissue fragments were fixed (non-cultured control) or cultured for 1 or 7 days in α-M...
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Our aim has been to evaluate the effect of cryoprotective agents (CPAs) on the exposure, vitrification (VIT), and in vitro culture (IVC) of ovarian tissue with regard to the expression and immunolocalization of aquaporins (AQPs) 3 and 9 in ovine preantral follicles. Tissues were treated as follows: Experiment I: (1) control (without exposure to CPA...
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Equine assisted reproductive technologies (e.g., superovulation and in vitro fertilization) have limited efficiency when compared with other species (bovine, ovine, human). Therefore, in vitro culture (IVC) of preantral follicles (PAF) has emerged as a future source of meiotically competent oocytes. Recently, reports have shown a positive effect of...
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Despite the increase in the incidence of cancer, the number of women who survive cancer treatment is growing. However, one of the principal results of chemotherapy is premature ovarian failure (POF). The aim of this study was to use the in situ culture preantral follicles as an in vitro model to evaluate the toxicity of two anticancer drugs, doxoru...
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The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH), with and without FSH, on the in vitro development of isolated caprine preantral follicles, as well as follicular steroid production and mRNA levels of AMH, hormone receptors (AMH and FSH), CYP19A1 (cytochrome P450, family 19, subfamily A, polypeptide 1), CYP17...
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A homeopatia apresenta‐se como uma excelente opção de baixo custo e toxicidade para uso na prática da reprodução tanto humana quanto animal. Entretanto, desperta um alto nível de ceticismo em relação a sua real eficácia, notadamente devido ao possível efeito placebo. O uso de modelos in vitro, como a tecnologia do ovário artificial, apresenta‐se co...
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This study investigated the effect of androstenedione (A4) alone or in association with different concentrations of bovine recombinant FSH on the in vitro culture of isolated goat preantral follicles. Follicles were mechanically isolated from ovarian tissue and cultured for 18 days in α-MEM supplemented or not with A4 (10 ng/ml) alone or in associa...
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Objective: This study compared 2 types of recombinant follicle stimulating hormone (rFSH): diluted and diluted/dynamized, on in vitro development of ovine follicles. Methods: In experiment 1, ovarian fragments were cultured for 1 or 7 days in α-MEM(+) in the absence or presence of different concentrations of diluted rFSH to determine the best co...
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Cryopreservation of ovarian cortex is potentially an important tool for the conservation of endangered species. It will allow preserving the large pool of primordial and primary follicles to retrieve fertilizable oocytes in the future. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of slow freezing on the morphology and viability of canine folli...
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The effects of Amburana cearensis ethanolic extract, with or without addition of a mix of supplements associated or not with FSH, on in vitro morphology and development of caprine secondary follicles were evaluated. In experiment 1, isolated follicles (250 μm in diameter) were cultured for 12 days in α-MEM alone (control) or in medium composed of d...
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Durante a foliculogênese em mamíferos, ocorre um longo e complexo processo no qual o oócito adquire a competência necessária para a fecundação. Nesse processo ocorre uma comunicação metabólica bidirecional entre os oócitos e as células somáticas dentro do folículo que garante substratos para o oócito em desenvolvimento. Essa comunicação é mediada p...
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Ovarian tissue collected by biopsy procedures allows the performance of many studies with clinical applications in the field of female fertility preservation. The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of reproductive phase (anestrous vs. diestrous) and ovarian structures (antral follicles and corpus luteum) on the quality, class...
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The aims of this study were to evaluate the localization, by immunohistochemistry, of the anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) in goat ovaries and to investigate its effects on the in vitro survival and development of caprine pre-antral follicles enclosed in fragments of ovarian tissue. Pre-antral follicles were cultured in vitro for 1 or 7 days in α-MEM(+...
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During the last two decades, research on in vitro preantral follicle growth and oocyte maturation has delivered fascinating advances concerning the knowledge of processes regulating follicle growth and the developmental competence of oocytes. These advances include: (1) information about the role of several hormones and growth factors on in vitro a...
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The mare has been strongly advocated by several research groups as an important comparative animal model to study antral follicular dynamics in women due to some similarities in reproductive events. More recently, the mare has also been suggested as a potential model for studies related to preantral follicles. The search for an appropriate animal m...
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To develop a preantral follicular culture system that will support follicular growth and result in fertilizable oocytes, we conducted an experiment designed to determine the best medium for culture. In our preliminary experiment, we compared 2 common base media used for porcine oocytes: α-minimal essential medium and NCSU-23. Ovaries were collected...
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BMP-6 has been found to be important to ovarian cells and oocyte, as well as to uterus. Thus, this study investigated the effect of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP-6) and recombinant follicle-stimulating hormone (rFSH) alone or in combination on the in vitro culture (IVC) of isolated caprine secondary follicles (Experiment 1) and the mRNA levels fo...
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The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of three concentrations of anethole (30, 300 and 2000 μg/mL) on survival, antrum formation, follicular diameter and oocyte maturation in the caprine species. The study also evaluated the effects of anthole on transcripts of ICAM-1, CAV-1, TIMP-2 and PAI-1 genes, and levels of reactive oxygen speci...
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Cryopreservation of preantral follicles is a promising technique to preserve female fertility. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of vitrification on the development of secondary follicles included in ovarian tissue or isolated after microdissection. An important endpoint included is the capacity of grown oocytes to resume meiosis. Sh...
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A preservação da fertilidade de jovens mulheres em idade reprodutiva tem se tornado um dos grandes desafios da medicina, já que a maioria dos tratamentos contra o câncer pode causar insuficiência ovariana prematura, devido à toxicidade ovariana dos agentes quimioterápicos. Com base nessa sensibilidade e com vistas a reverter ou minimizar os danos à...
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Emergency in vitro fertilization followed by embryo vitrification is one feasible fertility preservation option for cancer patients. However, its clinical application has several limitations. Hormonal stimulation delays the initiation of oncotherapy and it is contraindicated in hormone-sensitive cancers or for use in pre-pubertal females. Vitrifica...
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This study investigated the effect of insulin concentration on in vitro culture of equine preantral follicles enclosed in ovarian tissue. Ovarian tissue samples were immediately fixed (non-cultured control) or cultured for 1 or 7 days in α-MEM+ supplemented with 0 ng/mL, 10 ng/mL, or 10 μg/mL insulin. Ovarian tissues were processed and analyzed by...
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This study aimed to evaluate mRNA levels of angiotensin II (ANG II) receptors (AGTR1 and AGTR2) in caprine follicles and to investigate the influence of ANG II on the viability and in vitro growth of preantral follicles. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was used to quantify AGTR1 and AGTR2 mRNA levels in the different follicular stages. Fo...
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Background: The ovarian function is coordinated by many growth factors and hormones responsible for ensuring the success of follicular and oocyte development. To obtain competent oocytes is necessary to have a perfect interaction between follicular somatic cells and the oocyte, which is potentially regulated by paracrine factors produced in the ova...
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The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of human follicle stimulating hormone (hFSH) on the in vitro culture of caprine preantral follicles. Fragments of goat ovarian cortex were cultured in α-MEM+ supplemented with 0, 10, or 50 ng/mL hFSH for one or seven days. Small fragments of non-cultured and cultured ovarian tissue were processed...
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The risk of reintroducing malignant cells after ovarian graft into patients following post-cancer treatment is an obstacle for clinical applications (autotransplantation). In this context, in vitro follicle culture would be an alternative to transplantation in order to minimize such risks. Therefore, the aim of this study was to compare the develop...
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O aumento da expectativa de vida, o crescimento da participação da mulher na economia, sub/infertilidade causada por fatores externos e os crescentes prognósticos de sobrevivência e cura de jovens pacientes de câncer, são realidades que dão suporte ao avanço de técnicas de assistência reprodutiva. Sub- ou infertilidade durante a idade reprodutiva g...