Relationship between day of collection and embryo recovery in superovulated alpacas

F. Miriam Cervantes, L. Wilfredo Huanca, C. Mario Gonzales, C. Manuel Palomino, V. Víctor Leyva

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The relationship between day of collection and embryo recovery was studied in multiparous adult alpacas. Females with ?7 mm follicles were superovulated, mated with fertile males (day 0 = day of service) and embryos were recovered on day 5 (G1), 6 (G2) and 7 (G3) post copula, where the number and size of corpora lutea were echographically evaluated. In Exp. 1, 14 females were slaughtered and embryos were recovered from the uterine horns and the oviduct. In Exp. 2, embryos were recovered in vivo from 21 females. Each uterine horn was flushed with 250 ml of PBS using a Foley catheter; and oviducts were flushed from the utero-tubal junction to the fimbria using 20 ml of PBS. The number and rate of embryos recovered from the uterine horns was higher in G2 and G3 as compared to G1 (p<0.05), while in the oviduct was higher in G1. Collected embryos from uterine horns had the condition of excellent and good in 81.4% (35/43) in Exp. 1 and 74.5% (38/51) in Exp. 2, and without statistical differences between treatments in each experiment. The most frequent level of embryo development was hatching blastocyst (77.7%, 73/94), and without differences between G2 and G3. It was concluded that embryos could be recovered until day 5 after mating in oviducts and from day 6 onwards in the uterine horns.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)125-132
Number of pages8
JournalRevista de Investigaciones Veterinarias del Peru
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011


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