Short report: A practical technique for the cryopreservation of Dirofilaria immitis, Brugia malayi, and Wuchereria bancrofti microfilariae

Lyric Bartholomay, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Hoda A. Farid, Ain Shams University
Ebtesam El Kordy, Ain Shams University
Bruce M. Christensen, University of Wisconsin–Madison

This article is from American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 68 (2001): 162.

Abstract

A technique to cryopreserve microfilariae has been developed. This method was used to cryopreserve microfilariae of Dirofilaria immitis, Brugia malayi, and Wuchereria bancrofti at a controlled rate of 1degreeC/min by use of a freezing tank. Microfilariae of each of these species retained their ability to infect susceptible mosquito species and develop to the infective stage after cryopreservation. The method presented here is quickly and easily carried out with inexpensive equipment.