Comparing ethylene glycol with glycerol and with or without dithiothreitol and sucrose for cryopreservation of bull semen in egg-yolk containing extenders

Buyukleblebici S., Tuncer P. B. , Bucak M. N. , Tasdemir U., EKEN A., Buyukleblebici O., ...More

CRYOBIOLOGY, vol.69, no.1, pp.74-78, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 69 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.cryobiol.2014.05.005
  • Journal Name: CRYOBIOLOGY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.74-78
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


There are few studies performed for investigating the roles of different ratio and cryoprotectants with dithiothreitol or sucrose on sperm motility characteristics and antioxidant capacities of post-thawed bull spermatozoa. The objectives of this study were to compare glycerol (G) and ethylene glycol (EG) at different concentrations as cryoprotectants and dithiothreitol (D) or sucrose (S) (with/without) as antioxidants in Tris extender for cryopreservation of bull semen. Twenty-four ejaculates obtained from three bulls were included in the study. Each ejaculate was split into four equal aliquots and diluted using both of the Tris extenders with glycerol (5% or 7%) or ethylene glycol (3% or 5%). After that, each extenders were split into three equal aliquots and diluted using both of the dithiothreitol 5 mM or sucrose 25 mM, and control (without additives) was cooled to 4 degrees C and frozen in 0.25-ml French straws. when compared to control, different doses cryoprotectants and antioxidants addition no significantly increased the percentages of post-thaw sperm progressive and motitilities, acrosome abnormality and plasma membrane integrity (P > 0.05). However, EG3 + S yielded the greatest percentages of the total abnormality (P < 0.05). As regard to antioxidant activities G7 and EG5 led to lowest MDA activity with or without D or S but, these results were not supported to the GPx activity (P < 0.01). The sperm motion characteristics such as VAP, VCL, ALH and BCF gave significantly different results (P < 0.05). When compared the DNA integrity, different doses cryoprotectants without antioxidants addition significantly increased the percentages the tail intensity and tail moment (P < 0.05). There were no significant differences observed in non-return rates among all treatment groups (P > 0.05). (C) 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.