NCERA57: Swine Reproductive Physiology

(Multistate Research Coordinating Committee and Information Exchange Group)

Status: Active

SAES-422 Reports



Basic Science and Technology

  1. Gruhot, T.R., Rempel, L.A., White, B.R., Mote, B.E. 2020. The effect of varicocele on semen quality in boars exposed to heat stress. Translational Animal Science. 4(1):1-6.
  2. Kerns K, Sharif M, Zigo M, Miller D, Sutovsky S. 2020. Sperm capacitation-induced zinc efflux is necessary for increased proteasomal activity and release from oviduct glycans of the sperm reservoir. Int J Mol Sci 21:2121.
  3. Rubessa, M., Feugang, J.M., Kandel, M.E., Schreiber, S., Hessee, J., Salerno, F., Meyers, S., Chu, I., Popescu, G., Wheeler, M.B. 2020. High-throughput sperm assay using label-free microscopy: morphometric comparison between different sperm structures of boar and stallion spermatozoa. Animal Reproduction Science. 106509.
  4. Sharif M, Kerns K, Sutovsky P, Bovin N, Miller. DJ Progesterone induces porcine sperm release from oviduct glycans in a proteasome-dependent manner. Submitted.
  5. Walsh, S.C., Miles, J.R., Yao, L., Broeckling, C.D., Rempel, L.A., Wright-Johnson, E.C., Pannier, A.K. 2020. Metabolic compounds within the porcine uterine environment are unique to the type of conceptus present during the early stages of blastocyst elongation. Journal of Molecular Reproduction and Development. 87:174-190.
  6. Boettcher AN, Kiupel M, Adur MK, Cocco E, Santin AD, Bellone S, Charley SE, Blanco-Fernandez B, Risinger JI, Ross JW, Tuggle CK, Shapiro EM. Human Ovarian Cancer Tumor Formation in Severe Combined Immunodeficient (SCID) Pigs. Front Oncol. 2019 Jan 22;9:9. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2019.00009. eCollection 2019. PMID: 30723704.
  7. Schultz, R., Serao, N.L., Ross, J.W. 2019. Genetic improvement of livestock, from conventional breeding to biotechnological approaches. In: Animal Agriculture:Sustainability, Challenges and Innovations. Eds. Bazer, F.W., Wu, G. In Press (Elsevier).
  8. Mayorga E.J., Renaudeau, D., Ramirez, B.C., Ross, J.W., Baumgard, L.H. 2019. Heat stress adaptation in pigs. Animal Frontiers 9:54-61.

Boar Performance

  1. Feugang JM, Rhoads CE, Mustapha PO, Tardif S, Parrish JJ, Willard ST, Ryan PL. 2019. Treatment of boar sperm with nanoparticles for improved fertility. Theriogenology 137:75-81.
  2. Hufana-Duran D, Duran PG, Venturina E, Peralta MD, Parrish JJ. 2019. Predicting bull fertility by sperm nuclear shape in water buffalo (bubalus bubalis). Thai J. Vet Med 49:75-81.
  3. Lugar, D.W., Harlow, K.E., J. Hundley, M. Goncalves, J. Bergstrom, and K.R. Stewart. 2019. Effects of increased levels of supplemental vitamins during the summer in a commercial AI boar stud. Animal 1-13. doi:10.1017/S1751731119001150

Genetics and Genomics

  1. Wijesena, H.R., Rohrer, G.A., Nonneman, D.J., Keel, B.N., Petersen, J.L., Kachman, S.D., Ciobanu, D.C. 2019. Evaluation of genotype quality parameters for SowPro90, a novel genotyping platform for swine. Journal of Animal Science. 97(8):3262-3273.
  2. Lents, C.A., Lindo, A.N., Hileman, S.M., Nonneman, D.J. 2020. Physiological and genomic insight into neuroendocrine regulation of puberty in gilts. Domest Anim Endocrinol. 11:106446. doi: 10.1016/j.domaniend.2020.106446.

Sow and Gilt Performance

  1. Harlow, K., Ferreira, C.R., Sobreira, T.J.P., Casey, T. and K.R. Stewart.   Lipidome profiles of postnatal day 2 vaginal swabs reflect fat composition of gilt’s postnatal diet. PLoS ONE 14(9): e0215186.
  2. Harlow, K., Suarez-Trujillo, A., Hedrick, V., Sobreira, T.J.P., Aryal, U.K., Stewart, K.R. and T. Casey. Temporal analysis of vaginal proteome reveals developmental changes in lower reproductive tract of gilts across the first two weeks of postnatal.  Sci Rep. 2019 Sep 13;9(1):13241. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-49597-w. 
  3. Leonard, S.M., Xin, H., Brown-Brandl, T.M., Ramirez, B.C., Dutta, S., Rohrer, G.A. 2020. Effects of farrowing stall layout and number of heat lamps on sow and piglet production performance. Animals. 10:348.
  4. Seibert, J.T., Adur, M.K., Schultz, R.B., Thomas, P.Q., Kiefer, Z.K., Keating, A.F., Baumgard, L.H., Ross, J.W. 2019. Differentiating between the effects of heat stress and lipopolysaccharide on the porcine ovarian heat shock protein response. J Anim Sci. 97:4965-4973. doi: 10.1093/jas/skz343. PMID: 31782954.
  5. Bidne KL, Romoser MR, Ross JW, Baumgard LH, Keating AF. 2019. Heat stress during the luteal phase decreases luteal size but does not affect circulating progesterone in gilts1. J Anim Sci. 97:4314-4322. doi: 1093/jas/skz251.
  6. Hines EA, Romoser MR, Kiefer ZE, Keating AF, Baumgard LH, Niemi J, Gabler NK, Patience JF, Haberl B, Williams NH, Kerr BJ, Touchette KJ, Ross JW. 2019. The impact of dietary supplementation of arginine during gestation in a commercial swine herd: I. Gilt reproductive performance. J Anim Sci. 97:3617-3625. doi: 10.1093/jas/skz233.

Teaching and Extension

  1. Boyd, R., Zier-Rush, C., Moeser, A., Culbertson, M., Stewart, K., Rosero, D., & Patience, J. 2019. Review: Innovation through research in the North American pork industry. Animal, 13(12), 2951-2966. doi:10.1017/S1751731119001915


Abstracts/Posters/Professional Presentations

  1. Adur, M.K., Romoser, M.R., Bidne, K.L., Schultz, R.B., Keating, A.F., Baumgard, L.H., Ross, J.W. 2019 Proteomic assessment of the intra-uterine secretome during the peri- implantation phase to understand effects of increased ambient temperature on the porcine heat stress 52nd Annual Meeting Society for the Study of Reproduction, San Jose, CA. July 18-21.
  2. Corredor, F.A., Sanglard, L.P., Ross, J.W., Keating, A.F., Serao, N.L. 2019. Phenotypic and genomic relationships between vulva score and reproductive performance in first- parity sows. American Society of Animal Science Midwest Section Meeting. Omaha, March 11-13.
  3. Desaulniers, A., Cederberg, R., Knox, R., Lents, C.A., White, B. 2019. Use of genetic engineering to elucidate reproductive physiology of the boar. In: Missouri Physiological Society 2019 Annual Meeting Abstracts, 26Oct2019, Columbia, MO. pp. 6.
  4. Doungkamchan K, Parrish JJ, Miller DJ. 2020. Proteomic identification of molecular pathways and biomarkers related to porcine seasonal heat-induced infertility in males. 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction.
  5. Ebrecht, M.A., Ross, C.E., Cederberg, R.A., Lovercamp, K.W., Desaulniers, A.T., White, B.R. 2019. Effects of GnRH-II on spermatogenic function of swine. Proceedings of the 16th Annual Gilbert S. Greenwald Symposium on Reproduction and Perinatal Research. p. 44.
  6. Kerns K, Sharif M, Zigo M, Miller DJ, Sutovsky P. 2019. Sperm capacitation-induced zinc efflux is necessary for increased proteasomal activity and release from oviduct glycans of the sperm reservoir. 52th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction.
  7. Kiefer, Z.E., Chipman, A.L., Studer, J., Johnson, C., Rademacher, C.J., Linhares, D.C.L., Ross, J.W. 2019. Update on Prolapses and Pig Survivability Initiative. James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference. Ames, Iowa. November 7-8.
  8. Kiefer, Z.E., Chipman, A.L., Studer, J.M., Koester, L.R., Showman, L., Keating, A.F., Schmitz-Esser, , Ross, J.W. 2019. Identification of putative factors associated with pelvic organ prolapse in sows during late gestation. 52nd Annual Meeting Society for the Study of Reproduction, San Jose, CA. July 18-21.
  9. Knox RV, Belstra BA, Willenburg KL, D Gómez-López DH, and Stewart KR.   Effects of number of sperm and site of uterine semen deposition on conception rate and number of embryos in weaned sows receiving a single fixed time insemination. IXth International Conference on Boar Semen Preservation. Sydney, Australia
  10. Mills, K., U.K. Aryal, T. Sobreira, A.M. Minton, T. Casey, K.R. Stewart. 2020. Shotgun proteomics reveal seminal plasma proteomes are reflective of boar reproductive performance. 2020 Midwest ASAS.
  11. Park, S.B., Gruhot, T.R., Liao, S.F., Rude, B.J., Mote, B.E., Feugang, J.M. 2019. Favorable seminal plasma environment to sperm fertility after L-arginine addition to boar diet. 42nd International Conference of Boar Semen Preservation (ICBSP), Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia.
  12. Rohrer, G.A., Cross, A.J., Keel, B.N., Brown-Brandl, T.M., Cassady, J.P. 2019. Genetic factors associated with changes in feeding behavior due to elevated temperature. In: Proceedings of the Plant and Animal Genome Conference, San Diego, CA, Jan. 12-15, 2019. pg. 8, W034. Available:
  13. Ross, C.E., Choat, F.H., Plager, K.N., Desaulniers, A.T., Cederberg, R.A., Mills, G.A., White, B.R. 2019. Effect of GnRH-II and its receptor on boar semen quality. Reproduction, Fertility and Development. 32(2):201.
  14. Ross, J.W., Hale, B.J., Seibert, J.T., Adur, M.K., Keating, A.F., Baumgard, L.H. 2019. Physiological mechanisms through which heat stress compromises reproduction in pigs. 52nd Annual Meeting Society for the Study of Reproduction, San Jose, CA. July 18-21.
  15. Schultz, R.B., Bidne, K.L., Romoser, M.R., Adur, M.K., Baumgard, L.H., Keating A.F., Ross, J.W. 2019. Effect of heat stress on the corpus luteum proteome during early pregnancy establishment in pigs. 52nd Annual Meeting Society for the Study of Reproduction, San Jose, CA. July 18-21.
  16. Sharp, K., Mills, K., Garcia, R., K.R. Stewart.   Impacts of various farrowing induction protocols in attended farrowings.  Midwest ASAS, Omaha, NE.
  17. Shirley, L.K., L.K. Shirley, M. Burgett,A.P. Schinckel, T. Field, R. Garcia, J.S. Johnson, K.R. Stewart, R.M. Stwalley. Evaluations of cooling pads on late lactation sows.  Midwest ASAS, Omaha, NE.
  18. Stewart, K.R., T. Casey, K. Mills, U.K. Aryal and A.M. Minton. Shotgun proteome anaylsis of seminal plasma proteins differentiate boars by reproductive performance.  ICBSP, Hunter Valley, Australia.
  19. Studer, J.M., Kiefer, Z.E., Keating, A.F., Baumgard, L.H., Olsen, K.M., Rambo, Z., Wilson, M.E., Rapp, C., Ross, J.W. 2019. Investigating the impact of manganese supplementation on corpus luteum function. 52nd Annual Meeting Society for the Study of Reproduction, San Jose, CA. July 18-21.
  20. Supakorn, C., Lents, C.A., Martinez, X., Vallet, J.L., Boyd, R.D., Rohrer, G.A., Dedecker, A.E., Stalder, K.J. 2019. Associations between day one piglet serum immunocrit ratio and subsequent growth during gilt development [abstract]. Journal of Animal Science. 97 (Supplement 2):146. Abstract 352.
  21. Walsh, S., Miles, J.R., Wright-Johnson, E.C., Keel, B.N., Rempel, L.A., Pannier, A.K. 2019. Transcriptomic profiles of uniform populations of in vivo-produced spherical, ovoid, or tubular porcine embryos during the initiation of elongation. Reproduction, Fertility and Development. 32(2):152.

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