Reproduction and Physiology
The objective of this study was to examine the potential utility of a commercially available sperm separation and purification product for the in vitro production of bovine embryos. Bovine oocytes were purchased from a commercial supplier, and matured oocytes were randomly allocated to one of two treatments. Oocytes were co-incubated with frozen-thawed semen washed twice with BoviPureTM (BoviPure group) or with modified Brackett-Oliphant medium (control group). After a 6-hour insemination period, oocytes were cultured in vitro for 8 days. Cleavage rate of embryos was determined 48 hours post-insemination, and blastocyst formation rate was assessed on day 8 of culture. The experiment was replicated three times, and data were analyzed using chi-square analysis. Washing of sperm in BoviPureTM had no effect (P>.05) on either cleavage rate (77.2%) or blastocyst development (21.6%) when compared with controls (71.9% and 17.1%, respectively). These results indicate that, under conditions of our study, the washing of sperm with BoviPureTM did not significantly enhance the ability to produce bovine embryos in vitro.
Iowa State University
Sieren, K. R. and Youngs, C. R., "Assessment of BoviPureTM for the In Vitro Production of Bovine Embryos" (2002). Beef Research Report, 2001. 34.