Oocyte vitrification has significantly improved the survival rate and become the mainstream method for cryopreserving oocytes. Previous studies have demonstrated that the ultrastructure, mitochondrial function, DNA methylation, and histone modification exhibit an irreversible effect after oocyte vitrification. However, little is known about the effects of oocyte vitrification on glucose transport and metabolism. This study aims to determine whether mouse oocyte vitrification causes abnormal glucose metabolism and identify a strategy to correct abnormal glucose metabolism. Furthermore, this study further investigates the effects of oocyte vitrification on glucose uptake, and glucose metabolism, and energy levels. The results indicated that vitrification significantly reduced the glucose transport activity, NADPH, glutathione, and ATP levels, and increased reactive oxygen species levels in oocytes (P < 0.01). Vitrification also reduced the expression of glucose transporter isoform 1 (GLUT1) (P < 0.01). Adding a GLUT1 inhibitor reduced the glucose uptake capacity of oocytes. Furthermore, the inclusion of vitamin C into thawing and culture solutions restored abnormal glucose transportation and metabolism and improved the survival, two-cell embryo, and blastocyst rates of the vitrified groups via parthenogenesis (P < 0.05). Overall, this method may improve the quality and efficiency of oocyte vitrification.
Yufei Wang, Haoya Chang, Qifu He, Yaxing Xue, Kang Zhang, Jian Kang, Ying Wang, Zhiming Xu, Yong Zhang, and Fusheng Quan
Hongzheng Sun, Jianmin Su, Teng Wu, Fengyu Wang, Jian Kang, Jingcheng Zhang, Xupeng Xing, Yuyao Cheng, and Yong Zhang
Coactivator-associated arginine methyltransferase 1 (CARM1) is a type I arginine methyltransferase that methylates the arginine residues of histone and nonhistone. Carm1 regulates various cellular processes, including transcriptional regulation, mRNA processing, cellular proliferation, and differentiation. Blastomeres with high Carm1 expression levels show cleavage tendency to inner cell mass (ICM) in mouse embryos. However, details about the factors for CARM1 distribution in mouse early embryos and the role of Carm1 in blastocyst development remain unclear. Here, the endonuclear distribution of CARM1 protein was heterogeneous between blastomeres from the late four-cell stage to the blastocyst stage. The heterogeneity of CARM1 distribution in blastomeres at the late four-cell stage was randomly obtained from two-cell stage embryos. From the four-cell stage to morula, CARM1 in individual blastomere remained heterogeneous. In the blastocyst stage, CARM1 protein level in ICM was much higher than that in trophoblast. We found that microRNA (miRNA) miR-181a is an important regulator for Carm1 distribution at the late four-cell stage. The ratio of heterogeneous embryos was reduced in all the embryos when miR-181a was inhibited. CARM1 inhibition reduced the level of symmetrical histone H3 arginine-26 dimethylation and impaired blastocyst development. Silencing Carm1 reduced cell number and increased cell apoptosis at the blastocyst stage. These results show a CARM1 heterogeneous distribution from the four-cell embryos to the blastocysts. miR-181a regulates the control of CARM1 heterogeneous distribution in the four-cell-stage embryos, and CARM1 is an important protein in regulating blastocyst development.