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Free-radical production after post-thaw incubation of ram spermatozoa is related to decreased in vivo fertility

AutorOlmo, Enrique del ; Bisbal, Alfonso ; García-Álvarez, Olga; Maroto-Morales, Alejandro ; Ramón, Manuel; Jiménez-Rabadán, Pilar; Anel-López, Luis; Soler, Ana J. ; Garde, José Julián ; Fernández-Santos, M. Rocío
Palabras claveFlow citometry
Frozen semen
Artificial insemination
Fecha de publicación2015
EditorCSIRO Publishing
CitaciónReproduction, Fertility and Development 27(8): 1187-1196 (2015)
ResumenThe aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of sperm reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and DNA changes on male fertility. For that purpose, six rams with significantly different pregnancy rates were used; these were classified as having high fertility, i.e. 59.4% average pregnancy rate, or low fertility, i.e. 23.1% average pregnancy rate. Sperm quality was assessed after a two-step process of sample thawing followed by an incubation of 2h, either in the freezing extender (37°C) or after dilution in synthetic oviductal fluid (SOF; 38°C, 5%CO2). Sperm viability (YO-PRO-1), ROS production (5-(and-6)-chloromethyl-2′,7′-dichlorodihydrofluorescein acetyl ester (CM-H2DCFDA)) and undamaged chromatin (sperm chromatin structure assay, terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labelling, chromomycin A3) were evaluated by flow cytometry. Although no significant differences in sperm viability were observed, our results showed increased ROS production during incubation in the freezing extender as well as in SOF medium. Comparison between fertility groups showed significant differences in ROS production after 2h of incubation for the two treatments. Regarding DNA integrity, our results showed no significant differences either between treatments and incubation times or fertility groups. Linear regression analysis showed that ROS production determined by CM-H2DCFDA was a good indicator parameter for in vivo male fertility of SOF-incubated samples, yielding a fair correlation between both parameters (r≤-0.92). These results indicate that detection of ROS production by CM-H2DCFDA and flow cytometry after 2h of incubation in SOF could be a useful procedure for predicting fertility of ram spermatozoa.
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/141876
DOI10.1071/RD14043
Identificadoresdoi: 10.1071/RD14043
e-issn: 1448-5990
issn: 1031-3613
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