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Free Content Studies on Cryoprotectant Toxicity to Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Ovarian Tissue Fragments

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Cryopreservation of ovarian tissue is a viable alternative to cryopreservation of oocytes and embryos in many species but it has not been studied in fish. Selection of cryoprotectant is an important step in designing cryopreservation protocols. In order to identify the optimum cryoprotectant (CPA) in a suitable concentration for zebrafish ovarian tissue cryopreservation, studies on toxicities of five commonly used cryoprotectants methanol, ethanol, dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), ethylene glycol (EG) and propylene glycol (PG) were carried out. Experiments were conducted on ovarian tissue fragments consisting of stage I and stage II ovarian follicles. Ovarian tissue fragments were incubated in 90% L-15 medium (pH 9) containing 1-4M cryoprotectants for 30min at 22°C. Three different tests were used to assess ovarian tissue fragment viability: trypan blue (TB) staining, fluorescein diacetate (FDA) combined with propidium iodide (PI) staining and adenosine 5′ - triphosphate (ATP) assay. Results from these tests showed that ATP assay was more sensitive than FDA+PI or TB staining for assessing cryoprotectant toxicity to follicles in tissue fragments. Methanol and ethanol were the least toxic cryoprotectants tested. Cryoprotectant toxicity increased in the order of methanol/ethanol, DMSO, PG and EG. Ethanol was used for zebrafish ovarian tissue for the first time and the results showed that the effect of methanol and ethanol on ovarian tissue fragments were comparable. As methanol has been shown to be the most effective cryoprotectant for zebrafish ovarian follicles in our laboratory, the use of ethanol will also be considered in assisting future freezing protocol design. The present study also showed that stage II ovarian follicles are more sensitive to cryoprotectant treatment than stage I follicles in tissue fragments. The results obtained in this study provided useful information for ovarian tissue fragment cryopreservation protocol design in the future.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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  • CryoLetters is a bimonthly international journal for low temperature sciences, including cryobiology, cryopreservation or vitrification of cells and tissues, chemical and physical aspects of freezing and drying, and studies involving ecology of cold environments, and cold adaptation

    The journal publishes original research reports, authoritative reviews, technical developments and commissioned book reviews of studies of the effects produced by low temperatures on a wide variety of scientific and technical processes, or those involving low temperature techniques in the investigation of physical, chemical, biological and ecological problems.

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