Proteomic analysis of the early bovine yolk sac fluid and cells from the day 13 ovoid and elongated preimplantation embryos

Pernille L Jensen, Hans C Beck, Tonny S Petersen, Lotte Stroebech, Mette Schmidt, Lars M Rasmussen, Poul Hyttel

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    The bovine blastocyst hatches 8 to 9 days after fertilization, and this is followed by several days of preimplantation development during which the embryo transforms from a spherical over an ovoid to an elongated shape. As the spherical embryo enlarges, the cells of the inner cell mass differentiate into the hypoblast and epiblast, which remain surrounded by the trophectoderm. The formation of the hypoblast epithelium is also accompanied by a change in the fluid within the embryo, i.e., the blastocoel fluid gradually alters to become the primitive yolk sac (YS) fluid. Our previous research describes the protein composition of human and bovine blastocoel fluid, which is surrounded by the trophectoderm and undifferentiated cells of the inner cell mass. In this study, we further examine the changes in the protein composition in both the primitive YS fluid and the embryonic cells during early and slightly later stage cell differentiation in the developing bovine embryo. In vitro-produced Day 6 embryos were transferred into a recipient heifer and after 7 days of further in vivo culture, ovoid and elongated Day 13 embryos were recovered by flushing both uterine horns after slaughter. The primitive YS fluid and cellular components were isolated from 12 ovoid and three elongated embryos and using nano-high-performance liquid chromatography, tandem mass spectrometry, and isobaric tag for relative and absolute quantitation proteomic analysis, a total of 9652 unique proteins were identified. We performed GO term and keyword analyses of differentially expressed proteins in the fluid and the cells of the two embryonic stages, along with a discussion of the biological perspectives of our data with relation to morphogenesis and embryo-maternal communication. Our study thereby provides a considerable contribution to the current knowledge of bovine preimplantation development.

    Original languageEnglish
    Issue number5
    Pages (from-to)657-667
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2014


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