Cryopreservation of spermatozoa from closed colonies, and inbred, spontaneous mutant, and transgenic strains of rats.

Laboratory of Animal Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, Azabu University, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan.
Comparative medicine (Impact Factor: 1.12). 01/2004; 53(6):639-41.
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ABSTRACT We attempted to cryopreserve spermatozoa from closed colonies (Jcl:SD and Jcl:Wistar), and inbred (BN/Crj, F3441 DuCrj, LEW/Crj, Long-Evans and WKY/NCrj), mutant (Zitter [WTC.ZI-zi] and Tremor [TRM]), transgenic (human A-transferase [A], and green fluorescent protein [GFP]) strains of rats. Rat epididymal spermatozoa suspended in cryopreservation solution (23% egg yolk, 8% lactose monohydrate, and 0.7% Equex Stm, pH 7.4, adjusted with 10% Tris [hydroxymethy] aminomethane) were frozen and stored at -196 degrees C. After thawing at 37 degrees C, the spermatozoa were instilled into the tip of each uterine horn of the recipients. A total of five recipient females for each strain were inseminated with cryopreserved spermatozoa, and normal live offspring of all strains (Jcl:SD: 11, Jcl:Wistar: 13, BN/Crj: 9, F344/DuCrj: 28, LEW/Crj: 4, Long-Evans: 6, WKY/NCrj: 8, TRM: 24, WTC.ZI-zi: 27, A: 30 and GFP: 20) were obtained.

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