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ABSTRACT: Egg low-density lipoprotein (LDL) was added at concentrations (w/v) of 7%, 8% or 9% to the extenders used to freeze bull semen and its effects on seminal parameters and anti-oxidant activities of frozen-thawed sperm were assessed. Analysis of data showed that sperm exposed to 8% LDL exhibited the greatest percentages of sperm motility, acrosome integrity and membrane integrity, compared to the control which differed from the treatment groups by replacing LDL with 20% egg yolk (P<0.05). No difference was observed for membrane integrity between 8% and 9% LDL groups (P>0.05). The extender supplemented with LDL did not exhibit improvement in SOD levels. However, 8% LDL group favored the highest anti-oxidant activities of CAT, GSH-Px and GSH in comparison to other groups (7%, 9% LDL and the control) (P<0.05). No difference was observed for CAT activity between 9% LDL and the control group. In conclusion, sperm cryopreserved in the extender containing 8% LDL in place of egg yolk exhibited the greatest percentages of post-thaw sperm motility, acrosome integrity and membrane integrity, in comparison with the control, and favored the highest anti-oxidant activities of CAT, GSH-Px and GSH in comparison with other groups. The replacement of egg yolk by LDL in the composition of extenders was beneficial for bull sperm cryopreservation.
Cryobiology 02/2011; 62(1):83-7. DOI:10.1016/j.cryobiol.2010.12.007 · 1.59 Impact Factor