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Gad, A., S. Abu Hamed, M. Khalifa, A. Amin, A. El-Sayed, S. A. Swiefy, and S. El-Assal, "Retinoic acid improves maturation rate and upregulates the expression of antioxidant-related genes in in vitro matured buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) oocytes", International Journal of Veterinary Science and Medicine, vol. 6, issue 2: Elsevier, pp. 279–285, sep, 2018. AbstractWebsite

Retinoic acid, vitamin A metabolite, plays a role in oocyte development and maturation in different ways including gene expression alteration and/or prohibiting oxidative stress. The objective of this study was to examine the effect of 9-cis-retinoic acid (9-cisRA) on the quality and maturation rate of buffalo oocytes. Cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs, n = 460) were collected from ovaries of slaughtered buffalos. Varying concentrations of 9-cisRA (0, 5, 50, and 200 nM) were added to the maturation medium, and the following parameters were analyzed: (i) maturation and cleavage rates, (ii) mitochondrial activity and reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels, (iii) expression level of antioxidant-related genes (PRDX1, SOD1, CAT, HOMX1, and GPX4) using RT-qPCR. Maturation rate was significantly improved in 5 nM 9-cisRA oocyte group (95.8{%}, P {\textless} .05) compared to control and other treatment groups (86.7{%} in control group). The same oocyte group exhibited significantly higher mitochondrial membrane potential activity and lower ROS accumulation level compared to other treatment groups. Antioxidant-related genes were up-regulated in oocytes matured with 5 or 50 nM 9-cisRA compared to control and 200 nM 9-cisRA groups. In contrast, 200 nM of 9-cisRA showed a clear down-regulation for antioxidant-related genes except for PRDX1. In conclusion, supplementation of 9-cisRA with a lower concentration (5 nM) to the buffalo oocytes maturation media promotes maturation rate through a protection mechanism that maintains adequate levels of antioxidant-related transcripts and improves mitochondrial activity. However, 9-cisRA has no significant effect on the cleavage rate of the treated oocytes.

a. Gad, K. Schellander, M. Hoelker, and D. Tesfaye, "Transcriptome profile of early mammalian embryos in response to culture environment", Animal Reproduction Science, vol. 134, issue 2010: Elsevier B.V., pp. 76-83, 2012. Abstract

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Gad, A., J. M. Sánchez, J. A. Browne, L. Nemcova, J. Laurincik, R. Prochazka, and P. Lonergan, "Plasma extracellular vesicle miRNAs as potential biomarkers of superstimulatory response in cattle", Scientific Reports, vol. 10, no. 1: Nature Publishing Group UK, pp. 1–16, dec, 2020. AbstractWebsite

The ability to predict superstimulatory response would be a beneficial tool in assisted reproduction. Using small RNAseq technology, we profiled extracellular vesicle microRNA (EV-miRNA) abundance in the blood plasma of heifers exhibiting variable responses to superstimulation. Estrous synchronized crossbred beef heifers (n = 25) were superstimulated and blood samples were collected from each heifer on Day 7 of consecutive unstimulated (U) and superstimulated (S) cycles. A subset of high (H) and low (L) responders was selected depending on their response to superstimulation and EV-miRNA profiles were analysed at both time-points in each heifer. Approximately 200 known miRNAs were detected in each sample with 144 commonly detected in all samples. A total of 12 and 14 miRNAs were dysregulated in UH vs. UL and in SH vs. SL heifers, respectively. Interestingly, miR-206 and miR-6517 exhibited the same differential expression pattern in H compared to L heifers both before and after superstimulation. Pathway analysis indicated that circadian rhythm and signaling pathways were among the top pathways enriched with genes targeted by dysregulated miRNAs in H vs. L responding heifers. In conclusion, heifers with divergent ovarian responses exhibited differential expression of plasma EV-miRNAs which may be used as a potential biomarker to predict superstimulation response.

Gad, A., L. Nemcova, M. Murin, J. Kanka, J. Laurincik, M. Benc, L. Pendovski, and R. Prochazka, "MicroRNA expression profile in porcine oocytes with different developmental competence derived from large or small follicles", Molecular Reproduction and Development, vol. 86, issue 4: John Wiley {&} Sons, Ltd, pp. 426–439, feb, 2019. AbstractWebsite

Oocyte developmental competence is acquired during folliculogenesis and regulated by complex molecular mechanisms. Several molecules are involved in these mechanisms, including microRNAs (miRNAs) that are essential for oocyte‐specific processes throughout the development. The objective of this study was to identify the expression profile of miRNAs in porcine oocytes derived from follicles of different sizes using RNA deep sequencing. Oocytes were aspirated from large (LO; 3–6 mm) or small (SO; 1.5–1.9 mm) follicles and tested for developmental competence and chromatin configurations. Small RNA libraries were constructed from both groups and then sequenced in an Illumina NextSeq. 500. Oocytes from the LO group exhibited higher developmental competence and different chromatin configuration compared with oocytes from the SO group. In total, 167 and 162 known miRNAs were detected in the LO and SO groups, respectively. MiR‐205, miR‐16, miR‐148a‐3p, and miR‐125b were among the top 10 highly expressed miRNAs in both groups. Eight miRNAs were differentially expressed (DE) between both groups. Target gene prediction and pathway analysis revealed 46 pathways that were enriched with miRNA‐target genes. The oocyte meiosis pathway and signaling pathways including FoxO, PI3K‐Akt, and cAMP were predictably targeted by DE miRNAs. These results give more insights into the potential role of miRNAs in regulating the oocyte development.

Gad, A., U. Besenfelder, F. Rings, N. Ghanem, D. Salilew-Wondim, M. M. Hossain, D. Tesfaye, P. Lonergan, a Becker, U. Cinar, et al., "Effect of reproductive tract environment following controlled ovarian hyperstimulation treatment on embryo development and global transcriptome profile of blastocysts: implications for animal breeding and human assisted reproduction.", Human reproduction (Oxford, England), vol. 26, issue 7, pp. 1693-707, 2011. Abstract

In mammals, the reproductive tract plays a crucial role in the success of early reproductive events and provides an optimal microenvironment for early embryonic development. However, changes in the reproductive tract environment associated with controlled ovarian hyperstimulation and the influence on the embryo transcriptome profile have not been investigated. Therefore, we investigated differences in the development rate and the transcriptome profile of bovine blastocysts developing in the reproductive tract of unstimulated or superovulated heifers.

Gad, A., L. Nemcova, M. Murin, V. Kinterova, J. Kanka, J. Laurincik, M. Benc, L. Pendovski, and R. Prochazka, "Global transcriptome analysis of porcine oocytes in correlation with follicle size", Molecular Reproduction and Development, vol. 87, issue 1, no. July: John Wiley {&} Sons, Ltd, pp. 102-114, 2020. AbstractWebsite

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Gad, A., U. Besenfelder, V. Havlicek, M. Hölker, F. Rings, I. Dufort, M. A. Sirard, K. Schellander, and D. Tesfaye, "In vitro Culture During Oocyte Maturation and Fertilization Influences The Treanscriptome Profiles of Bovine Blastocysts", Reproduction, Fertility and Development, vol. 27, no. 1: CSIRO PUBLISHING, pp. 186–187, 2015. Abstract

Early embryonic development, the period from oocyte maturation until blastocyst formation, is the most critical period of mammalian development. It is well known that in vitro maturation, fertilization, and culture of bovine embryos is highly affected by culture conditions. However, the stage-specific effect of culture environment is poorly understood. Therefore, we aimed to examine the effect of in vitro culture conditions during oocyte maturation and fertilization on the transcriptome profile of the resulting blastocysts. Bovine oocytes were matured in vitro and then either directly transferred to synchronized recipients, fertilized, and cultured in vivo (Vitro_M), or transferred after in vitro fertilization (Vitro_F), or at zygote stage (Vitro_Z) and blastocysts were collected at Day 7 by uterine flushing. For in vivo or in vitrofertilization, the same frozen-thawed commercial bull semen has been used. Complete in vitro (IVP) and in vivoproduced blastocysts were used as controls. Gene expression patterns between each blastocyst group and in vivoproduced blastocyst group were compared using EmbryoGENE's bovine microarray (EmbryoGENE, Québec, QC, Canada) over six replicates of each group (10 blastocyst/replicate). Microarray data were statistically analysed using the Linear Models for Microarray Data Analysis (LIMMA) package under the R program (The R Project for Statistical Computing, Vienna, Austria). Results showed that, the longer the embryos spent under in vitro conditions, the higher was the number of differentially expressed genes (DEG, fold-change = 2 with adjusted P-value = 0.05) compared within vivo control group. The Vitro_M group showed the lowest number of DEG (149); in contrast IVP group represented 841, DEG, respectively compared to in vivo control group. Ontological classification of DEG showed that lipid metabolism was the most significant function influenced by in vitro maturation conditions. More than 55% of DEG in the Vitro_M group were involved in the lipid metabolism process and most of them showed down-regulation compared to in vivo control group. On the other hand, Vitro_F and Vitro_Z groups showed nearly similar numbers of DEG (584 and 532, respectively) and the majority of these genes in both groups were involved in cell-death- and cell-cycle-related functions. Pathway analysis revealed that retinoic acid receptor activation pathways were the common ones in the Vitro_M and Vitro_F groups. However, different signalling pathways were commonly dominant in the Vitro_F and Vitro_Z groups. This study provides the transcriptome elasticity of bovine embryos exposed to different environments during maturation, fertilization, and culture periods of development.

Gad, A., M. Hoelker, U. Besenfelder, V. Havlicek, U. Cinar, F. Rings, E. Held, I. Dufort, M. - A. Sirard, K. Schellander, et al., "Molecular Mechanisms and Pathways Involved in Bovine Embryonic Genome Activation and Their Regulation by Alternative In Vivo and In Vitro Culture Conditions.", Biology of reproduction, vol. 87, issue 4, pp. 1-13, 2012. Abstract

Understanding gene expression patterns in response to altered environmental conditions at different time points of the preimplantation period would improve our knowledge on regulation of embryonic development. Here we aimed to examine the effect of alternative in vivo and in vitro culture conditions at the time of major embryonic genome activation (EGA) on the development and transcriptome profile of bovine blastocysts. Four different blastocyst groups were produced under alternative in vivo and in vitro culture conditions before or after major EGA. Completely in vitro (IVP) and in vivo produced blastocysts were used as controls. We compared gene-expression patterns between each blastocyst group and in vivo blastocyst control group using EmbryoGENE's bovine microarray. The data showed that changing culture conditions from in vivo to in vitro or vice versa, either before or after the time of major EGA, had no effect on the developmental rates, however in vitro conditions during that time critically influenced the transcriptome of the blastocysts produced. The source of oocyte had a critical effect on developmental rates and the ability of the embryo to react to changing culture conditions. Ontological classification highlighted a marked contrast in expression patterns for lipid metabolism and oxidative stress response between blastocysts generated in vivo vs. in vitro, with opposite trends. Molecular mechanisms and pathways that are influenced by altered culture conditions during EGA were defined. These results will help in the development of new strategies to modify culture conditions at this critical stage to enhance the development of competent blastocysts.

Gad, A., M. Murin, L. Nemcova, A. Bartkova, J. Laurincik, and R. Procházka, "Inhibition of miR-152 during In Vitro Maturation Enhances the Developmental Potential of Porcine Embryos", Animals, vol. 10, no. 12, 2020. AbstractWebsite

Oocyte developmental competence is regulated by various mechanisms and molecules including microRNAs (miRNAs). However, the functions of many of these miRNAs in oocyte and embryo development are still unclear. In this study, we managed to manipulate the expression level of miR-152 during oocyte maturation to figure out its potential role in determining the developmental competence of porcine oocytes. The inhibition (Inh) of miR-152 during oocyte maturation does not affect the MII and cleavage rates, however it significantly enhances the blastocyst rate compared to the overexpression (OvExp) and control groups. Pathway analysis identified several signaling pathways (including PI3K/AKT, TGFβ, Hippo, FoxO, and Wnt signaling) that are enriched in the predicted target genes of miR-152. Gene expression analysis revealed that IGF1 was significantly up-regulated in the Inh group and downregulated in the OvExp group of oocytes. Moreover, IGF1R was significantly upregulated in the Inh oocyte group compared to the control one and IGFBP6 was downregulated in the Inh oocyte group compared to the other groups. Blastocysts developed from the OvExp oocytes exhibited an increase in miR-152 expression, dysregulation in some quality-related genes, and the lowest rate of blastocyst formation. In conclusion, our results demonstrate a negative correlation between miR-152 expression level and blastocyst rate in pigs. This correlation could be through targeting IGF system components during oocyte development.

Gebremedhn, S., A. Gad, H. S. Aglan, J. Laurincik, R. Prochazka, D. Salilew-Wondim, M. Hoelker, K. Schellander, and D. Tesfaye, "Extracellular vesicles shuttle protective messages against heat stress in bovine granulosa cells", Scientific Reports, vol. 10, no. 1: Nature Publishing Group, pp. 1–19, sep, 2020. AbstractWebsite

Elevated summer temperature is reported to be the leading cause of stress in dairy and beef cows, which negatively affects various reproductive functions. Follicular cells respond to heat stress (HS) by activating the expression of heat shock family proteins (HSPs) and other antioxidants. HS is reported to negatively affect the bi-directional communication between the follicular cells and the oocyte, which is partly mediated by follicular fluid extracellular vesicles (EVs) released from surrounding cells. As carriers of bioactive molecules (DNA, RNA, protein, and lipids), the involvement of EVs in mediating the stress response in follicular cells is not fully understood. Here we used an in vitro model to decipher the cellular and EV-coupled miRNAs of bovine granulosa cells in response to HS. Moreover, the protective role of stress-related EVs against subsequent HS was assessed. For this, bovine granulosa cells from smaller follicles were cultured in vitro and after sub-confluency, cells were either kept at 37 °C or subjected to HS (42 °C). Results showed that granulosa cells exposed to HS increased the accumulation of ROS, total oxidized protein, apoptosis, and the expression of HSPs and antioxidants, while the viability of cells was reduced. Moreover, 14 and 6 miRNAs were differentially expressed in heat-stressed granulosa cells and the corresponding EVs, respectively. Supplementation of stress-related EVs in cultured granulosa cells has induced adaptive response to subsequent HS. However, this potential was not pronounced when the cells were kept under 37 °C. Taking together, EVs generated from granulosa cells exposed to HS has the potential to shuttle bioactive molecules to recipient cells and make them robust to subsequent HS.

Gebremedhn, S., A. Ali, A. Gad, R. Prochazka, and D. Tesfaye, "Extracellular Vesicles as Mediators of Environmental and Metabolic Stress Coping Mechanisms During Mammalian Follicular Development", Frontiers in Veterinary Science, vol. 7, pp. 961, 2020. AbstractWebsite

Extracellular vesicles are evolutionarily conserved nano-sized phospholipid membraned structures and released from virtually all types of cells into the extracellular space. Their ability to carry various molecular cargos (mRNA, miRNA, proteins, and lipids) from one cell to the other to exert functional impact on the target cells enables them to play a significant role in cell to cell communication during follicular development. As the molecular signals carried by extracellular vesicles reflect the physiological status of the cells of origin, they are expected to mediate any effect of environmental or metabolic stress on the follicualr cells and the growing oocyte. Recent studies have evidenced that reproductive cells exposed to various environmental stressors (heat and oxidative stress) released extracellular vesicles enriched with mRNA and miRNA associated with stress response mechanisms. Moreover, the metabolic status of post-calving cows could be well-reflected in the follicular extracellular vesicle's miRNA profile, which signified the potential role of extracellular cellular vesicle molecular signals in mediating the effect of metabolic stress on follicular and oocyte development. In the present review, the potential role of extracellular vesicles in mediating the effect of environmental and metabolic stress in various reproductive cells and oocytes are thoroughly discussed Moreover, considering the importance of extracellular vesicles in shuttling protective or rescuing molecular signals during stress, their potential usage as means of targeted delivery of molecules to mitigate the effect of stress on oocytes are addressed as the focus of future research.

Ghanem, N., D. Salilew-Wondim, A. Gad, D. Tesfaye, C. Phatsara, E. Tholen, C. Looft, K. Schellander, and M. Hoelker, "Bovine blastocysts with developmental competence to term share similar expression of developmentally important genes although", Reproduction, vol. 142, issue 4, pp. 551-64, 2011. Abstract

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Ghanem, N., D. A. - E. R. Ahmed, S. M. Dessouki, M. S. Faheem, A. Y. Gad, J. Peippo, and A. H. Barkawi, "Cellular and molecular alterations of buffalo oocytes cultured under two different levels of oxygen tension during in vitro maturation", Zygote: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1–11, 2021. AbstractWebsite

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Gunawan, A., S. Sahadevan, C. Neuhoff, C. Große-Brinkhaus, A. Gad, L. Frieden, D. Tesfaye, E. Tholen, C. Looft, M. J. Uddin, et al., "RNA deep sequencing reveals novel candidate genes and polymorphisms in boar testis and liver tissues with divergent androstenone levels.", PloS one, vol. 8, issue 5, pp. e63259, 2013. Abstract

Boar taint is an unpleasant smell and taste of pork meat derived from some entire male pigs. The main causes of boar taint are the two compounds androstenone (5α-androst-16-en-3-one) and skatole (3-methylindole). It is crucial to understand the genetic mechanism of boar taint to select pigs for lower androstenone levels and thus reduce boar taint. The aim of the present study was to investigate transcriptome differences in boar testis and liver tissues with divergent androstenone levels using RNA deep sequencing (RNA-Seq). The total number of reads produced for each testis and liver sample ranged from 13,221,550 to 33,206,723 and 12,755,487 to 46,050,468, respectively. In testis samples 46 genes were differentially regulated whereas 25 genes showed differential expression in the liver. The fold change values ranged from -4.68 to 2.90 in testis samples and -2.86 to 3.89 in liver samples. Differentially regulated genes in high androstenone testis and liver samples were enriched in metabolic processes such as lipid metabolism, small molecule biochemistry and molecular transport. This study provides evidence for transcriptome profile and gene polymorphisms of boars with divergent androstenone level using RNA-Seq technology. Digital gene expression analysis identified candidate genes in flavin monooxygenease family, cytochrome P450 family and hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase family. Moreover, polymorphism and association analysis revealed mutation in IRG6, MX1, IFIT2, CYP7A1, FMO5 and KRT18 genes could be potential candidate markers for androstenone levels in boars. Further studies are required for proving the role of candidate genes to be used in genomic selection against boar taint in pig breeding programs.

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