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Memorias del Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Salud

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ECHEVARRIA, Luisa et al. First characterization of preantral follicles in the ovaries of adult alpaca. Mem. Inst. Investig. Cienc. Salud [online]. 2019, vol.17, n.2, pp.102-106. ISSN 1812-9528.  https://doi.org/10.18004/mem.iics/1812-9528/2019.017.02.102-106.

It is a fact that while even basic reproductive information on alpacas is unavailable, the normal ovarian reserve of this species in comparison to other species is also unidentified. In this study, the ovarian preantral follicles in healthy adult alpacas were characterized in order to establish a general model to in vitro studies. Ten ovaries were collected from five adult alpacas. The ovarian cortex samples were fixed with paraformaldehyde and histological analysis was done. Normal and degenerated follicles percentages were determined. The normal follicles were measured and classified in primordial, transitional, primary and secondary stages. Most of the preantral follicles present in the ovarian cortex of alpacas were primordial and transitional stages; primary (6.10%) and secondary (0.37%) follicles were rarely found. The primary and secondary follicles were larger in diameter when compared with the primordial and transitional follicles. The largest oocyte diameter was recorded in the secondary follicles (P < 0.05). This study serves to establish a biological model for future reproduction studies in Alpacas or as possible biological model for studies of folliculogenesis in humans.

Palabras clave : Alpaca; follicle; ovary; histology.

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