In the present work, we evaluated the effect on further in vitro embryo development of inserting rabbit adult fibroblasts into in vivo-fertilized rabbit embryos. To this end, we inserted either 4 or 15-20 rabbit adult fibroblasts in two different early embryo stages of development, 1-cell stage and 4-8-cell stage embryos. We observed that fibroblast insertion not only did not negatively affect further embryo development, but also may have exerted a positive effect on development on it. Therefore, in forthcoming works were where we intend to study a possible cell helper role on early embryo development. The early embryo microenvironment may reprogram somatic cell gene expression of fibroblasts inserted within the embryo, making them suitable as nuclear donors.
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- Developmental Biology