Osmotic stress induced by sodium chloride, sucrose or trehalose improves cryotolerance and developmental competence of porcine oocytes

Population Genetics and Embryology, Department of Genetics, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Aarhus, DK-8830 Tjele, Denmark.
Reproduction Fertility and Development (Impact Factor: 2.4). 02/2009; 21(2):338-44. DOI: 10.1071/RD08145
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Exposure of porcine oocytes to increased concentrations of NaCl prior to manipulation has been reported not only to increase cryotolerance after vitrification, but also to improve developmental competence after somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). In the present study we compared the effects of NaCl with those of concentrated solutions of two non-permeable osmotic agents, namely sucrose and trehalose, on the cryotolerance and developmental competence of porcine oocytes. In Experiment 1, porcine in vitro-matured cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs; n = 1200) were exposed to 588 mOsmol NaCl, sucrose or trehalose solutions for 1 h, allowed to recover for a further 1 h, vitrified, warmed and subjected to parthenogenetic activation. Both Day 2 (where Day 0 is the day of activation) cleavage and Day 7 blastocyst rates were significantly increased after NaCl, sucrose and trehalose osmotic treatments compared with untreated controls (cleavage: 46 +/- 5%, 44 +/- 7%, 45 +/- 4% and 26 +/- 6%, respectively; expanded blastocyst rate: 6 +/- 1%, 6 +/- 2%, 7 +/- 2% and 1 +/- 1%, respectively). In Experiment 2, COCs (n = 2000) were treated with 588 mOsmol NaCl, sucrose or trehalose, then used as recipients for SCNT (Day 0). Cleavage rates on Day 1 did not differ between the NaCl-, sucrose-, trehalose-treated and the untreated control groups (92 +/- 3%, 95 +/- 3%, 92 +/- 2% and 94 +/- 2%, respectively), but blastocyst rates on Day 6 were higher in all treated groups compared with control (64 +/- 2%, 69 +/- 5%, 65 +/- 3% and 47 +/- 4%, respectively). Cell numbers of Day 6 blastocysts were higher in the control and NaCl-treated groups compared with the sucrose- and trehalose-treated groups. In conclusion, treatment of porcine oocytes with osmotic stress improved developmental competence after vitrification combined with parthenogenetic activation, as well as after SCNT.

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    • "For instance it was observed that placing the cells in controlled stress conditions could enhance the consequent stress tolerance during future stresses like cryopreservation [46]. So far, several stressors have been applied to induce mild stress including hydrostatic pressure [28] [45], osmotic stress [30], mechanical stress [36], and ethanol challenge [49]. In all of these studies the purpose was to initiate a protective mechanism in cells. "
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    • "These may be used alone or in combination with protein synthesis inhibitors such as cycloheximide (CHX) or kinase inhibitors such as 6-Dimethyl- aminopurine (6-DMAP) (Loi et al., 1998). Parthenogenetic activation of vitrified oocytes has been reported in cattle (Dinnyes et al., 2000, Hou et al., 2005, 2009; Yang et al., 2008), pigs (Du et al., 2008; Lin et al., 2009; Somfai et al., 2006), goats (Begin et al., 2003), mice (Endoh et al., 2007), humans (Morbeck et al. 2009), and sheep (Moawad et al., 2010). The use of cryopreserved oocytes as cytoplasts for nuclear transfer (NT) may also provide an additional method by which to evaluate their developmental potential. "
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