Non-atretic follicles dissected from prepubertal and adult ovaries were allocated in three groups: a) < 1 mm; b) 1-2 mm; c) > 2 mm. After 24 h of maturation, a lower percentage of adult oocytes from group a (P < 0.01) reached metaphase II than those from groups b and c (70.4 versus 89.5 and 95.5). Prepubertal oocytes showed similar results (P < 0.01; 27.2 versus 79.8 and 81.8). There was a significant difference (P < 0.01) in meiotic progression between prepubertal and adult oocytes of < 1 mm follicles. The diameter of prepubertal oocytes derived from group a was significantly lower (P < 0.01) compared to groups b and c (138.1 versus 142.1 and 145.6); adult oocytes showed similar results (P < 0.01; 142.2 versus 157.2 and 158.1). Oocytes with the same diameter derived from different follicles of prepubertal and adult ovaries showed similar meiotic progression rates. (C) Inra/Elsevier, Paris.
Follicular size affects the meiotic competence of in vitro matured prepubertal and adult oocytes in sheep / Ledda, Sergio; Bogliolo, Luisa; Leoni, Giovanni Giuseppe; Naitana, Salvatore. - In: REPRODUCTION NUTRITION DEVELOPMENT. - ISSN 0926-5287. - 39 (4):4(1999), pp. 503-508. [10.1051/rnd:19990409]