In order to study the effects of deep freezing on the energy metabolism of bovine spermatozoa, a cytochemical quantitative study was carried out by a microdensitometric method on cytochrome oxidase and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activities. These were evaluated in situ on individual frozen-thawed bull spermatozoa collected at different times during in vitro capacitation. The results showed that in bull spermatozoa both the initiation of motility and capacity to fertilize eggs were associated with the anaerobic rather than aerobic glycolysis. The freezing-thawing processes and storage in liquid nitrogen induced a general enhancement of both the enzymatic activities examined. The high ionic strength treatment gave rise to a significant but reversible decrease in both the cytochrome oxidase and LDH activities in the fresh as well as in the frozen-stored sperm. The findings, based on cytochemical observations of energy metabolism of spermatozoa and evaluated during in vitro capacitation, suggest that the respiration and the anaerobic glycolysis of spermatozoa seem to be slightly impaired by the freezing-thawing and storage processes.

Effects of deep freezing on bovine spermatozoa energetic metabolism during in vitro capacitation: a cytochemical approach. / F. Ferrandi, A. Lange-Consiglio, F. Cremonesi, A. Carnevali, F. Porcelli. - In: THERIOGENOLOGY. - ISSN 0093-691X. - 30:3(1988), pp. 563-573.

Effects of deep freezing on bovine spermatozoa energetic metabolism during in vitro capacitation: a cytochemical approach.

F. Ferrandi;A. Lange-Consiglio
Secondo
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F. Cremonesi;A. Carnevali
Penultimo
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F. Porcelli
Ultimo
1988

Abstract

In order to study the effects of deep freezing on the energy metabolism of bovine spermatozoa, a cytochemical quantitative study was carried out by a microdensitometric method on cytochrome oxidase and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activities. These were evaluated in situ on individual frozen-thawed bull spermatozoa collected at different times during in vitro capacitation. The results showed that in bull spermatozoa both the initiation of motility and capacity to fertilize eggs were associated with the anaerobic rather than aerobic glycolysis. The freezing-thawing processes and storage in liquid nitrogen induced a general enhancement of both the enzymatic activities examined. The high ionic strength treatment gave rise to a significant but reversible decrease in both the cytochrome oxidase and LDH activities in the fresh as well as in the frozen-stored sperm. The findings, based on cytochemical observations of energy metabolism of spermatozoa and evaluated during in vitro capacitation, suggest that the respiration and the anaerobic glycolysis of spermatozoa seem to be slightly impaired by the freezing-thawing and storage processes.
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