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Theriogenology. 2006 Nov;66(8):1951-60. Epub 2006 Jun 19.

Prolonging bovine sperm-oocyte incubation in modified medium 199 improves embryo development rate and the viability of vitrified blastocysts.

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  • 1Center for Regenerative Biology/Department of Animal Science, University of Connecticut, 1392 Storrs Rd., U-4243, Storrs, CT 06269, USA.

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This study was conducted to compare the efficacy of four in vitro fertilization (IVF) media: Bracket and Oliphant's medium (BO), modified medium 199 (IVF-M199), modified Tyrode's medium (MTM), and modified KSOM (m-KSOM) on fertilization efficiency and blastocyst formation rate. In addition, we wanted to investigate the benefit of prolonging the IVF period (from 6 to 18 h) using the two most effective IVF media determined in our initial experiment; subsequently, blastocyst viability was assessed following vitrification. A higher incidence of polyspermic fertilization was observed in the MTM (6%) and in BO, in both the 6 and 18 h (7% and 11%, respectively) groups, than in the m-KSOM (1%) or in the IVF-M199 6 or 18 h (1 and 3%, respectively) groups. Cleavage rates were similar in BO, IVF-M199, and MTM 48 h post-fertilization; however, the lowest cleavage rate was observed for m-KSOM. A greater proportion of zygotes developed into 8-cell embryos in IVF-M199 than in other IVF media. Subsequently, a greater proportion of blastocyst formation and hatching was achieved in IVF-M199 (40% and 79%, respectively) or BO (35% and 74%, respectively) than in m-KSOM (18% and 58%, respectively) or MTM (22% and 66%, respectively). Prolonging IVF to 18 h did not alter cleavage rates; however, the highest rate of overall blastocyst formation was achieved in the IVF-M199 18 h (49%), rather than in the BO 18 h (20%) group. Vitrified/thawed blastocysts from IVF-M199 groups re-expanded and developed better, as compared to the BO 18 h group, and hatching rate and total cell number in IVF-M199 18 h group was comparable to the control groups (non-vitrified). Vitrification reduced survival compared to controls. In conclusion, IVF-M199 was successfully used for IVF, compared favorably to BO medium, and offered the advantage of an extended IVF period for up to 18 h that requires only one-half a dose of semen, and resulted in better quality blastocysts that endured vitrification with a hatching rate comparable to that of control groups.

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