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- 1 Introduction
- 2 Some Recent Findings
- 3 Taxon
- 4 Animal Models
- 5 Reproductive Overview
- 6 Normal Stages
- 7 Uterus and Ovary
- 8 Estrous Cycle
- 9 Male Pig
- 10 Neural Development
- 11 Palate Development
- 12 Additional Images
- 13 References
- 14 External Links
- 15 Glossary Links
Pig (Sus scrofa) developmental model is studied extensively due to the commercial applications of pigs for meat production and for health issues such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and organ transplantation (xenotransplantation).
Historically, there is an excellent description of the pig reproductive estrous cycle and the cyclic changes that occur within the ovary.
- Pig Links: Introduction | Estrous Cycle | Pig Embryo Development Plates (1897) | Estrous and Implantation (1921) | Limb Arteries (1922) | Category:Pig
Some Recent Findings
|More recent papers|
This table shows an automated computer PubMed search using the listed sub-heading term.
References listed on the rest of the content page and the associated discussion page (listed under the publication year sub-headings) do include some editorial selection based upon both relevance and availability.
Bao Yuan, Shuang Liang, Yong-Xun Jin, Jeong-Woo Kwon, Jia-Bao Zhang, Nam-Hyung Kim Progesterone influences cytoplasmic maturation in porcine oocytes developing in vitro. PeerJ: 2016, 4;e2454 PubMed 27672508
Fuminori Tanihara, Tatsuya Takemoto, Eri Kitagawa, Shengbin Rao, Lanh Thi Kim Do, Akira Onishi, Yukiko Yamashita, Chisato Kosugi, Hitomi Suzuki, Shoichiro Sembon, Shunichi Suzuki, Michiko Nakai, Masakazu Hashimoto, Akihiro Yasue, Munehide Matsuhisa, Sumihare Noji, Tatsuya Fujimura, Dai-Ichiro Fuchimoto, Takeshige Otoi Somatic cell reprogramming-free generation of genetically modified pigs. Sci Adv: 2016, 2(9);e1600803 PubMed 27652340
Marek Tomco, Eva Petrovova, Maria Giretova, Viera Almasiova, Katarina Holovska, Viera Cigankova, Andrej Jenca, Janka Jencova, Andrej Jenca, Martin Boldizar, Kosa Balazs, Lubomir Medvecky In vitro and in vivo study of microporous ceramics using MC3T3 cells, CAM assay and a pig animal model. Anat Sci Int: 2016; PubMed 27530127
Katharina Fleck, Georg Erhardt, Gesine Lühken From single nucleotide substitutions up to chromosomal deletions: genetic pause of leucism-associated disorders in animals. Berl. Munch. Tierarztl. Wochenschr.: 2016, 129(7-8);269-81 PubMed 27529988
Clemens Honeder, Chengjing Zhu, Hanna Schöpper, Julia Clara Gausterer, Manuel Walter, Lukas David Landegger, Nodir Saidov, Dominik Riss, Roberto Plasenzotti, Franz Gabor, Christoph Arnoldner Effects of sustained release dexamethasone hydrogels in hearing preservation cochlear implantation. Hear. Res.: 2016; PubMed 27519654
Taxonomy ID: 9823
Genbank common name: pig
Inherited blast name: even-toed ungulates
Genetic code: Translation table 1 (Standard)
Mitochondrial genetic code: Translation table 2 (Vertebrate Mitochondrial)
Other names: wild boar, swine, pigs
Lineage (full): cellular organisms; Eukaryota; Fungi/Metazoa group; Metazoa; Eumetazoa; Bilateria; Coelomata; Deuterostomia; Chordata; Craniata; Vertebrata; Gnathostomata; Teleostomi; Euteleostomi; Sarcopterygii; Tetrapoda; Amniota; Mammalia; Theria; Eutheria; Laurasiatheria; Cetartiodactyla; Suina; Suidae; Sus
|Postnatal Animal Models||Mouse||Rat||Pig|
|Pregnancy period (days)||18 – 21||21 – 23||110 – 118|
|Placenta type|| Discoidal, decidual
| Discoidal, decidual
|Litter size||6 – 12||6 – 15||11 – 16|
|Birth weight (g)||0.5 – 1.5||3 – 5||900 – 1600|
|Weaning weight male/female (g)||18 – 25/16 – 25||55 – 90/45 – 80||6000 – 8000|
|Suckling period (days)||21–28||21||28–49|
|Solid diet beginning (days)||10||12||12 – 15|
|Puberty male/female (week)||4 – 6/5||6/6 – 8||20 – 28|
|Life expectancy (years)||1 - 2||2 - 3||14 – 18|
Carnegie Stages Comparison Table
- Links: Carnegie Stage Comparison
- The gestation period of a pig is 112 to 114 days.
- Female pigs can become pregnant at around 8 to 18 months of age.
- The pig has an estrus cycle occurring every 21 days if not bred.
- Male pigs become sexually active at 8 to 10 months of age.
- Embryos begin to attach to the uterus on days 13–14 of pregnancy.
- Day 15-20 implanted and expansion of allantois.
- A litter of piglets is between 6 and 12 piglets.
The images below are from the 1897 Normentafeln zur Entwicklungsgeschichte der Wirbeltiere - Sus scrofa domesticus (Normal Plates of the Development of the Pig Embryo) by Franz Keibel
- Normal Plates Series: 1 Pig (1897) | 2 Chicken (1900) | 3 Lungfish (1901) | 4 Sand Lizard (1904) | 5 Rabbit (1905) | 6 Deer (1906) | 7 Tarsiers (1907) | 8 Human (1908) | 9 Northern Lapwing (1909) | 10 South American and African Lungfish (1909) | 11 Salamander (1910) | Franz Keibel | Embryology History
Uterus and Ovary
Diagram showing form and dimensions of the uterus and Fallopian tubes of the sow. Drawn from an average specimen taken from a young mature animal.
Female pig is called a sow.
Events of the average cycle of 21 days in the non-pregnant sow.
Diagram showing relationship between oestrua, ovulation, corpus luteum development, and the progress of the ova in the sow.
Events of the first weeks of pregnancy.
Diagram showing relationship between oestrua, ovulation, corpus luteum development, and the progress of the ova in the sow.
Scanning electron microscope images of the endometrial surface of a Day 13 pregnant sow.
Male pig is called a boar.
Capacitation alters the ultrastructure of the apical head and the acrosome of boar sperm.
Model for capacitation-induced stable docking of the acrosome to the sperm plasma membrane.
- 7 somite embryo - first apposition of the neural folds occurs at somite levels 5-7. (corresponds to closure site I in mouse).
- next stage - rostral and caudal parts of the rhombencephalic folds appose, leaving an opening in between.
- at this stage four neuropores can be distinguished, of which the anterior and posterior ones will remain open longest. (two rhombencephalic closure sites have no counterpart in the mouse, but do have some resemblance to those of the rabbit)
- closes in three phases
- dorsal folds slowly align and then close instantaneously, the slow progression being likely due to a counteracting effect of the mesencephalic flexure
- dorso-lateral folds close in a zipper-like fashion in caudo-rostral direction
- final round aperture is likely to close by circumferential growth.
22 somite embryo - anterior neuropore is completely closed. (closure sites for the anterior neuropore in mouse embryo, none of these were detected in the pig embryo)
- closes initially very fast in the somitic region, but this process almost stops thereafter.
- stage 20-22 somites the posterior neuropore suddenly reduces in size but thereafter a small neuropore remains for 5 somite stages.
- closure of the posterior neuropore is completed at the stage of 28 somites.
8-20 somite embryos - the width of the posterior neuropore does not change, while the rate of closure gradually increases.
Plates below are from a 1916 thesis on palate development in the pig.
- Corner, G.W., Cyclic changes in the ovaries and uterus of swine, and their relations to the mechanism of implantation. Contributions to Embryology Carnegie Institution, 1922, No.64 117-146.
- Binghua Xue, Yan Li, Yilong He, Renyue Wei, Ruizhen Sun, Zhi Yin, Gerelchimeg Bou, Zhonghua Liu Porcine Pluripotent Stem Cells Derived from IVF Embryos Contribute to Chimeric Development In Vivo. PLoS ONE: 2016, 11(3);e0151737 PubMed 26991423
- Matthew S Conrad, Bradley P Sutton, Ryan N Dilger, Rodney W Johnson An In Vivo Three-Dimensional Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Based Averaged Brain Collection of the Neonatal Piglet (Sus scrofa). PLoS ONE: 2014, 9(9);e107650 PubMed 25254955 | PLoS One.
- Tom C Freeman, Alasdair Ivens, J Kenneth Baillie, Dario Beraldi, Mark W Barnett, David Dorward, Alison Downing, Lynsey Fairbairn, Ronan Kapetanovic, Sobia Raza, Andru Tomoiu, Ramiro Alberio, Chunlei Wu, Andrew I Su, Kim M Summers, Christopher K Tuggle, Alan L Archibald, David A Hume A gene expression atlas of the domestic pig. BMC Biol.: 2012, 10;90 PubMed 23153189
- Pei-Shiue Tsai, Núria Garcia-Gil, Theo van Haeften, Bart M Gadella How pig sperm prepares to fertilize: stable acrosome docking to the plasma membrane. PLoS ONE: 2010, 5(6);e11204 PubMed 20585455
- Romia Hassoun, Peter Schwartz, Kerstin Feistel, Martin Blum, Christoph Viebahn Axial differentiation and early gastrulation stages of the pig embryo. Differentiation: 2009, 78(5);301-11 PubMed 19683851
- Francisco J Pérez-Cano, Àngels Franch, Cristina Castellote, Margarida Castell The suckling rat as a model for immunonutrition studies in early life. Clin. Dev. Immunol.: 2012, 2012;537310 PubMed 22899949 | PMC3415261 | Clin Dev Immunol.
- Corner, G.W., Cyclic changes in the ovaries and uterus of swine, and their relations to the mechanism of implantation. Carnegie Institution - Contributions to Embryology No.64 (1922) 117-146.
- Qian Ren, Shu Guan, Jinluan Fu, Aiguo Wang Temporal and spatial expression of Muc1 during implantation in sows. Int J Mol Sci: 2010, 11(6);2322-35 PubMed 20640155 | PMC2904919
- Pei-Shiue Tsai, Núria Garcia-Gil, Theo van Haeften, Bart M Gadella How pig sperm prepares to fertilize: stable acrosome docking to the plasma membrane. PLoS ONE: 2010, 5(6);e11204 PubMed 20585455 | PLoS One.
- H W van Straaten, M C Peeters, J W Hekking, T van der Lende Neurulation in the pig embryo. Anat. Embryol.: 2000, 202(2);75-84 PubMed 10985427
- Baumgartner RA. Development of the palate and the definitive choanae in the pig. (1916) Thesis, University of Illinois.
Tamás Somfai, Kazuhiro Kikuchi, Takashi Nagai Factors affecting cryopreservation of porcine oocytes. J. Reprod. Dev.: 2012, 58(1);17-24 PubMed 22450280
Esben Ostrup, Poul Hyttel, Olga Ostrup Embryo-maternal communication: signalling before and during placentation in cattle and pig. Reprod. Fertil. Dev.: 2011, 23(8);964-75 PubMed 22127002
Agnieszka Waclawik Novel insights into the mechanisms of pregnancy establishment: regulation of prostaglandin synthesis and signaling in the pig. Reproduction: 2011, 142(3);389-99 PubMed 21677026
O W Robison Growth patterns in swine. J. Anim. Sci.: 1976, 42(4);1024-35 PubMed 770410
S A Book, L K Bustad The fetal and neonatal pig in biomedical research. J. Anim. Sci.: 1974, 38(5);997-1002 PubMed 4596894
R M Moor Foetal homeostasis: conceptus-ovary endocrine balance. Proc. R. Soc. Med.: 1968, 61(11 Pt 2);1217-26 PubMed 4973146
R M Moor Effect of embryo on corpus luteum function. J. Anim. Sci.: 1968, 27 Suppl 1;97-118 PubMed 4951167
Romia Hassoun, Peter Schwartz, Detlef Rath, Christoph Viebahn, Jörg Männer Germ layer differentiation during early hindgut and cloaca formation in rabbit and pig embryos. J. Anat.: 2010, 217(6);665-78 PubMed 20874819
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