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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2006

Freezing of stored, chilled dog spermatozoa

Hermansson U, Forsberg CL
Linde Forsberg, Catharina (ed.)


The aims of this study were to find out if dog spermatozoa can be stored chilled for 1 or 2 days prior to freezing without a deterioration in post-thaw vitality and longevity, and to compare two extenders; the Uppsala Equex-2 (UE-2) and a TRIS egg yolk extender (EYT). Pooled dog semen was frozen immediately after collection, or was extended and stored at 4 degrees C for 1 or 2 days before freezing. Sperm motility and acrosome integrity were evaluated before freezing and for 6 h post thaw at 38 degrees C, while sperm plasma membrane integrity was evaluated post thaw. There were no effects of pre-freeze storage time or extender on post-thaw motility or plasma membrane integrity, but a significant effect of extender (P < 0.0153) on post-thaw acrosomal integrity was found, UE-2 being better than EYT. There was a signiticant (P < 0.0001) negative effect of post-thaw storage time on acrosome integrity, but this was not influenced by pre-freeze storage time or extender. In conclusion, we found that dog spermatozoa can be frozen after 1 or 2 days of cold storage without significant deterioration in post-thaw motility, acrosome integrity or sperm plasma membrane integrity compared to when frozen immediately after collection. The UE-2 extender was superior to the EYT extender for freezing of cold stored dog spermatozoa. (c) 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved

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2006, Volume: 65, number: 3, pages: 584-593

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Animal and Dairy Science
Veterinary Science

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