Chromatin and microtubule morphology during the first cell cycle in bovine zygotes

C. R. Long, C. Pinto-Correia, R. T. Duby, F. A. Ponce De Leon, M. P. Boland, J. F. Roche, J. M. Robl

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Chromatin and microtubule configurations during the first cell cycle of bovine zygotes were analyzed by DNA staining and microtubule immunolocalization using an IVM/IVF system and oocytes matured and fertilized in vivo, in order to investigate the origin of the active centrosome and to characterize the nuclear and the cytoplasmic changes following bovine fertilization. Our results suggest that the paternal centrosome is active during early zygotic development, forming a conspicuous sperm aster soon after fertilization. We also report that polyspermy in bovine eggs, leads to the formation of numerous sperm asters with different degrees of association with the chromatin. The maternal structures in both monospermic and polyspermic zygotes can be lost or degenerate. Consequently, these cells may resume the first cell cycle as androgenotes, very often with several types of mitotic activity taking place in different regions of the cell cytoplasm at the same time. As indicated by a comparison of monospermic and polyspermic fertilization rates to rates of development, it is possible that some androgenetic embryos cleave and develop to the blastocyst stage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-32
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular Reproduction and Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993


  • Adrogenote
  • Aster
  • Bovine
  • Centrosome
  • Polyspermy
  • Sperm


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