There is a pressing need to develop and use assisted reproductive techniques in wildlife species living in small and captive groups. We evaluated the effect of freezing on membrane integrity and fertilizing capacity of European mouflon (Ovis gmelini musimon) spermatozoa collected during the breeding season. After thawing, the percentage of live spermatozoa, stained with fluorescein isothiocynate labeled Pisum Sativum agglutinin and propidium iodide, was 47% of which 19% showed intact acrosomal membrane. After culture in TCM 199 + 10% FCS, the number of live spermatozoa was significantly (P < 0.01) lower than in a medium with oviductal epithelial cells. The absence of oviductal cells decreased significantly the fertilization rates (P < 0.05), 24.0 vs. 63.1 with oviductal epithelial cells and 59.1 in vivo of in vitro matured ovine oocytes. Polyspermic fertilization rate of oocytes was lower (P < 0.05) with oviductal epithelial cells (1.6) than in absence of cells (12.8). However, the percentage of embryos that reached blastocyst stage was significantly higher in vivo than in vitro. These results provide interesting preliminary data for the development of genetic resource banks for European mouflon.
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|Titolo:||Membrane integrity and fertilizing potential of cryopreserved spermatozoa in European mouflon|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1998|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|