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Effects of Antifreeze Protein Supplementation on the Development of Porcine Morulae Stored at Hypothermic Temperatures

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BACKGROUND: Short-term storage is valuable method to reuse manipulated embryos. OBJECTIVE: The present study evaluated the effects of antifreeze protein (AFP) supplementation on the quality and development of in vitro-produced porcine morulae after short-term storage (24 h). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The morulae were stored with various concentrations of AFP type III for 24 h at 5, 15 and 25 °C. RESULTS: Supplementation of AFP type III (1.0 μg/ml) improved the developmental competence of embryos stored at 25°C. The proportions of DNA-fragmented nuclei in the blastocysts did not differ between the embryos stored at 25°C and the control embryos without storage treatment. However, the developmental competence of embryos stored at hypothermic temperatures decreased relative to that of the control embryos. CONCLUSION: Supplementation of AFP type III (1.0 μg/ml) maintained the quality of embryos stored at 25°C, but did not have beneficial effects on the development of embryos stored at hypothermic temperatures.
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Keywords: ANTIFREEZE PROTEINS; CHILLING; EMBRYO; PORCINE; QUALITY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2018

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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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