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      Relationship between mitochondrial DNA Copy Number and SIRT1 Expression in Porcine Oocytes

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          The present study assessed the effect of resveratrol on the expression of SIRT1 and mitochondrial quality and quantity in porcine oocytes. Supplementing the maturation medium with 20 µM resveratrol increased the expression of SIRT1, and enhanced mitochondrial functions, as observed from the increased ATP content and mitochondrial membrane potential. Addition of resveratrol also improved the ability of oocytes to develop into the blastocyst stage following activation. The effects of resveratrol on mitochondrial number were examined by comparing the mitochondrial DNA copy number (Mt number) between group of oocytes collected from the same donor gilt ovaries. Supplementing the maturation medium with only resveratrol did not affect the Mt number in the oocytes. However, supplementing the maturation medium with 10 µM MG132, a proteasome inhibitor, significantly increased the amount of ubiquitinated proteins and Mt number by 12 and 14%, respectively. In addition, when resveratrol was added to the medium containing MG132, the Mt number increased significantly by 39%, this effect was diminished by the addition of the SIRT1 inhibitor EX527. Furthermore, supplementing the medium with MG132 and EX527 did not affect Mt number. The mean SIRT1 expression in 20 oocytes was significantly and positively correlated with the Mt number in oocytes collected from the same donor. This study suggests that the expression of SIRT1 is associated with the Mt number in oocytes. In addition, activation of SIRT1 by resveratrol enhances the biosynthesis and degradation of mitochondria in oocytes, thereby replenishing and improving mitochondrial function and the developmental ability of oocytes.

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              Mitochondrial content reflects oocyte variability and fertilization outcome.

              To determine the content of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in oocytes from a range of patients with fertilization success and failure. Analysis of mtDNA content in fertilized and unfertilized oocytes and embryos by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). University hospital infertility and research center. Fifty-four women seeking treatment for infertility. None. A total of 142 fertilized and unfertilized oocytes were classified into three main groups. Group I consisted of 35 fertilized oocytes from 21 patients; group II, 65 unfertilized oocytes from 36 patients; and group III, 42 degenerate oocytes from 23 patients. Mitochondrial DNA content was determined by SYBR Green real-time PCR-based assay. The mean mtDNA copy number for the fertilized oocytes was 250,454, whereas for the unfertilized group it was 163,698. There were significant differences for mtDNA copy number between the male factor and female factor infertility unfertilized oocytes and between the unexplained infertility and female factor infertility groups. The mean copy number for the degenerate oocyte group was 44,629, which was significantly different from the other subdivisions in this group. Mitochondrial DNA content is critical to fertilization outcome and serves as an important marker of oocyte quality, explaining some cases of fertilization failure.

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                PLoS One
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                PLoS ONE
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                18 April 2014
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                Tokyo University of Agriculture, Funako, Atugi City, Japan
                RIKEN Advanced Science Institute, Japan
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                Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

                Conceived and designed the experiments: HI. Performed the experiments: DS HT NI ST HI. Analyzed the data: DS HT NI ST TK HI. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: DS HI. Wrote the paper: DS HI.


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                Grant-in-Aid for Scientic Research C (KAKENHI, grant number: 25450400). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
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