Dog sperm cryopreservation is gaining importance both in breeding dogs for commercial purposes and for pet animals. Anyway, cryopreservation of mammalian spermatozoa, including dog ones, induces some negative effect on sperm fertility, leading to a lower use of this technique and limiting its widespread use. Therefore, studies to improve the quality of canine semen after cryopreservation could have a relevant impact on both the scientific advancement and the clinical practice. The aim of the present work was to investigate the putative ameliorative effect of Epigallochatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) addition to post thawing medium on dog sperm motility, mitochondrial activity, acrosome integrity and on zona-binding ability (zona binding assay). Spermatozoa were thawed in Tris-fructose-citrate medium supplemented with EGCG (0, 25 and 50 μM) and sperm motility, mitochondrial activity and acrosome integrity were assayed at 0.5, 1.5, 3 and 6 h after post thawing incubation at 37 °C. An aliquot of semen from each treatment group after 1.5 h post thawing incubation was washed and used to perform heterologous (using porcine oocytes) or homologous zona binding assay. The results obtained showed that no significant effect is exerted by EGCG on sperm parameters analysed neither at 0.5, 1.5, 3 or 6 h after thawing excepting for the reduction of the percentage of live cells with active mitochondria at the higher dose at 6 h; furthermore, both homologous or heterologous zona binding ability, was not influenced by EGCG. In conclusion, EGCG supplementation to thawing medium does not improve dog sperm quality or zona binding capacity.

Epigallocatechin-3-gallate added after thawing to frozen dog semen: Effect on sperm parameters and ability to bind to oocytes’ zona pellucida

Bucci D.;Cunto M.;Gadani B.;Spinaci M.
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Zambelli D.;Galeati G.
2019

Abstract

Dog sperm cryopreservation is gaining importance both in breeding dogs for commercial purposes and for pet animals. Anyway, cryopreservation of mammalian spermatozoa, including dog ones, induces some negative effect on sperm fertility, leading to a lower use of this technique and limiting its widespread use. Therefore, studies to improve the quality of canine semen after cryopreservation could have a relevant impact on both the scientific advancement and the clinical practice. The aim of the present work was to investigate the putative ameliorative effect of Epigallochatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) addition to post thawing medium on dog sperm motility, mitochondrial activity, acrosome integrity and on zona-binding ability (zona binding assay). Spermatozoa were thawed in Tris-fructose-citrate medium supplemented with EGCG (0, 25 and 50 μM) and sperm motility, mitochondrial activity and acrosome integrity were assayed at 0.5, 1.5, 3 and 6 h after post thawing incubation at 37 °C. An aliquot of semen from each treatment group after 1.5 h post thawing incubation was washed and used to perform heterologous (using porcine oocytes) or homologous zona binding assay. The results obtained showed that no significant effect is exerted by EGCG on sperm parameters analysed neither at 0.5, 1.5, 3 or 6 h after thawing excepting for the reduction of the percentage of live cells with active mitochondria at the higher dose at 6 h; furthermore, both homologous or heterologous zona binding ability, was not influenced by EGCG. In conclusion, EGCG supplementation to thawing medium does not improve dog sperm quality or zona binding capacity.
Bucci D.; Cunto M.; Gadani B.; Spinaci M.; Zambelli D.; Galeati G.
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