Comparison of permeating and nonpermeating cryoprotectants for mouse sperm cryopreservation.

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Cell-Survival, Comparative-Study, Cryopreservation, Cryoprotective-Agents, Embryo-Transfer, Female, Fertilization-in-Vitro, In-Vitro, Male, Mice, Mice-Inbred-C57BL, Permeability, Pregnancy, Semen-Preservation, Solutions, Sperm-Motility, Spermatozoa, SUPPORT-U-S-GOVT-P-H-S

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RR01262/RR/NCRR, RR09781/RR/NCRR, RR15012/RR/NCRR


Mouse sperm has proven to be more difficult to cryopreserve than sperm of other mammalian species. Published reports show that only three cryoprotectant agents (CPAs), alone or combined, have been studied: glycerol and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), as permeating agents, and raffinose, as a nonpermeating agent. To date, the most consistent results for mouse sperm cryopreservation have been achieved by use of raffinose/skim milk as cryoprotectant with rapid cooling at 20 degrees C per minute. In this study, we compared the cryoprotection provided by permeating (glycerol, formamide, propanediol, DMSO, adonitol) or nonpermeating (lactose, raffinose, sucrose, trehalose, d-mannitol) compounds for freezing mouse sperm. Different solutions were made using 3% skim milk solution as the buffer or extender in which all different cryoprotectant agents were dissolved at a concentration of 0.3 M, with a final osmolality of approx. 400 mOsm. Sperm samples from CB6F1 (hybrid) and C57BL/6J (inbred) mice collected directly into each CPA were frozen/thawed under identical conditions. After thawing and CPA elimination (centrifugation) raffinose (59%), trehalose (61%), and sucrose (61%) sustained the best motility (P = < 0.1) of the nonpermeating agents, whereas the best of the permeating agents was DMSO (42%). Membrane integrity was analyzed and showed that the simple exposure (prefreeze) to sugars was less harmful than the exposure to glycols. Coincidentally, sperm frozen in trehalose (41%), raffinose (40.5%), and sucrose (37.5%) were the samples less injured among all different postthawed CPA tested. The in vitro fertilization results demonstrated that hybrid mouse spermatozoa frozen with sugars (lactose 80%, raffinose 80%, trehalose 79% of two-cell embryos production) were more fertile than those frozen with glycols (glycerol 11%). Copyright 2001 Academic Press.

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