In the donkey species, the application of cooled semen artificial insemination could aid the survival of endangered breeds. Fifteen ejaculates collected from three Amiata donkeys were used to evaluate the effect of three extenders on spermatozoal motility characteristics after cooling and preservation for up to 72 h. Semen was diluted at a 1:4 semen:extender ratio in INRA96 (R), INRA82 and INRA82 added of 2% centrifuged egg yolk (INRA82-Y) and motility was evaluated by the computerized analyzer CEROS 12.1 at hours 0, 247 48 and 72. Total motility, and rapid spermatozoa after 24, 48 and 72 h of preservation were higher in INRA82-Y than in INRA96 or INRA82, as was progressive motility after 72 h, INRA82-Y was thus used in a second study, where the effects of centrifugation and of removal of seminal plasma on cooled donkey semen were evaluated on 12 ejaculates from four males. Rapid spermatozoa after 24 and 72 h, and total motility after 72 h were better preserved in the non-centrifuged samples than when seminal plasma was removed, the contrary was true for the proportion of spermatozoa keeping their progressive motility at hour 48. In conclusion, INRA82-Y kept sperm motility characteristics during cooled storage better than INRA82 or INRA96, and removal of seminal plasma during in vitro preservation did not seemed advantageous. Further studies are needed to better understand the changes in motility patterns of donkey spermatozoa caused by seminal plasma and semen extenders, and their relation to fertility. (c) 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
ROTA, ALESSANDRA (Primo)
|Autori:||Rota, Alessandra; Magelli, C; Panzani, Duccio; Camillo, Francesco|
|Titolo:||Effect of extender, centrifugation and removal of seminal plasma on cooled-preserved Amiata donkey spermatozoa|
|Anno del prodotto:||2008|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.theriogenology.2007.09.003|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|