Cryopreservation of nematode Caenorhabditis elegans in the adult stage is of importance as the nematode is a powerful research model organism. In this study, we applied the protocol previously established for cryopreservation of the L4 nematode to the adult one, and achieved
a survival rate of 84%. When ice seeding was induced with bacteria P. syringae directly added to the nematode suspension instead of using a pre-cooled steel sticking needle, comparable survival rate was obtained after thawing. Moreover, a simple freezing device composed of a polystyrene
foam box surrounded by a Dewar vessel put in a deep freezer was developed for a practical use. This simple method obtained a survival rate of 69 ± 4% for the adult nematode after thawing.
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Publication date: July 1, 2013
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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
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