Maternal β-hydroxy-β-methylbutyrate (HMB) supplementation during pregnancy affects early folliculogenesis in the ovary of newborn piglets.


Department of Comparative Anatomy and Anthropology, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Akademicka St. 19, 20-033, Lublin, Poland. Electronic address: [Email]


Beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (HMB) is a leucine metabolite with protein anabolic effects. This study was designed to determine whether prenatal HMB treatment has an effect on oogenesis and folliculogenesis in the ovary of newborn piglets. HMB decreased the number of egg nests and primordial follicles and increased the pool of developing follicles compared to the control group. Although the percentage of TUNEL-positive oocytes within the egg nests was higher in HMB-treated group no increase in the Bax/Bcl-2 ratio and active caspase-3 expression was observed. Moreover, the granulosa cell proliferation index and StAR protein expression were higher in HMB-treated group. In contrast to the control group, the expression of E-cadherins was reduced after the HMB treatment. In addition, a significant increase in the serum level of gonadotropins and steroid hormones was detected in HMB-treated piglets. In conclusion, prenatal HMB treatment dysregulates hormonal homeostasis which impairs early folliculogenesis in piglets.


Folliculogenesis,Gestation,HMB,Neonatal piglets,Offspring,Ovary,

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