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Title: Cryopreservation of Danube barbel Barbus balcanicus sperm and its effects on sperm subpopulation structure
Authors: Kojadinović, Nataša
Marinovic, Zoran
Veličković, Tijana
Milošković, Aleksandra
Jakovljević, Marija
Horvath, Akos
Simić, Vladica
Issue Date: 2020
Abstract: © 2020. by the Serbian Biological Society. The objective of this study was to develop a successful freezing protocol for cryopreservation of Danube barbel sperm, and to identify the presence of different spermatozoa subpopulations. By testing different concentrations of different cryoprotectants, we determined that the use of 5% dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) yielded the highest total motility of ∼25%. Cooling rates influenced by frame height and cooling time in liquid nitrogen vapor showed that a frame height of 3 cm and cooling time of 2 min yielded the highest post-thaw motility. Supplementation of cryomedia with 0.1 M of sugars led to an increase in the total post-thaw motility by ∼50%, while protein supplementation lowered post-thaw motility. Motile spermatozoa hierarchically clustered according to their motility parameters, displaying a four-subpopulation (SP1-SP4) structure. SP1 was defined by low values of velocity but high overall linearity; SP2 was comprised of fast non-linear spermatozoa, that had high velocity values but low linearity; SP3 was characterized by fast linear spermatozoa, and SP4 by slow non-linear spermatozoa. Protocols developed in this study will lead to the creation of new and enhanced conservation strategies for this species.
Type: article
DOI: 10.2298/ABS200831046K
ISSN: 0354-4664
SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-85099160851
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Science, Kragujevac
Institute for Information Technologies, Kragujevac

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