Sperm cryopreservation in the spermcasting Australian flat oyster Ostrea angasi by a programmable freezing method.

Md Hassan, Yibing Liu, Xiaoxu Li, Jianguang Qin

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    Abstract

    Cryopreservation offers long-term storage of gametes without constraint from seasonal gamete maturation, provides opportunities to improve the efficiency of breeding and genetic programs, and protects endangered species from extinction due to epidemic diseases and natural disasters. In this study, a protocol for cryopreserving sperm of the spermcasting Australian flat oyster Ostrea angasi was developed by optimizing key factors influencing the quality of cryopreserved sperm. Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) was non-toxic to sperm within the concentration and duration assessed in the toxicity experiment whereas 10% methanol or a higher concentration was toxic to sperm from the exposure duration of 30 min onwards. DMSO produced higher post-thaw sperm motility among the treatments with a single cryoprotectant. The inclusion of trehalose or glucose with DMSO further increased the post-thaw sperm motility (%) and plasma membrane integrity (PMI). Sperm equilibrated for 30 min showed higher post-thaw motility and PMI than those for 10 or 50 min. Higher post-thaw sperm motility and PMI were achieved at the freezing rate of −3 °C/min than at −7 °C/min. Sperm packaged in 0.5 ml straws had a higher post-thaw motility and PMI than those packaged in 0.25 ml straws. In this study, 44.4% post-thaw sperm motility and 49.2% PMI were achieved when sperm were equilibrated in 10% DMSO +0.45 M trehalose for 30 min, packaged in 0.5 ml straws, frozen at −3 °C/min from 4 °C to −80 °C, and thawed at 40 °C for 8 s. The availability of viable cryopreserved sperm would open an option for future breeding and genetic improvement programs for the spermcasting Australian flat oyster.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)119-124
    Number of pages6
    JournalCRYOBIOLOGY
    Volume76
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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