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BACKGROUND: Immature oocytes are more sensitive to cold injury than mature oocytes. OBJECTIVE: The study was to evaluate the post thaw normal oocytes, cleavage and blastocyst rates of ovine cumulus oocyte complexes (COC's) using different cryoprotectants by slow freezing and Open pulled straw (OPS) vitrification. METHODS: In five replicates, abattoir derived COC's were collected and distributed into three groups. In Experiment 1, COC's were cryopreserved by a slow freezing protocol using 10% concentration of ethylene glycol (EG), 10% dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO) or 5% EG and 5% DMSO mixture. In Experiment 2 and 3 embryos were cryopreserved by OPS vitrification using either 33% or 40% (EG, DMSO or an equal mixture of EG and DMSO mixture. Normal oocytes post thaw were in vitro matured and parthenogenetically activated. RESULTS: Although, there was no difference in the number of post thaw normal oocytes between the groups, cleavage and blastocyst rates were higher in 10% slow freezing group than any of the vitrified groups. CONCLUSION: The study demonstrates better cryopreservation of ovine COC's by controlled slow freezing than OPS vitrification.

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Keywords: DMSO; ETHYLENE GLYCOL; IMMATURE OOCYTES; SLOW FREEZING; VITRIFICATION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2014

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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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