Effect of non-sperm cells removal with single-layer colloidal centrifugation on myeloperoxidase concentration in post-thaw equine semen. Academic Article uri icon


  • Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a pro-oxidant enzyme contained in and released by neutrophils during degranulation or after lysis. Post-thaw semen contains MPO and its concentration is associated with decreased sperm motility. Recently, MPO concentration in post-thaw semen was shown to be associated with the presence of non-sperm cells (NSC). The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of a single-layer colloidal centrifugation before cryopreservation on NSC and MPO concentrations in equine semen. The experimental design consisted of freezing semen with or without previous centrifugation through two concentrations of single-layer colloid media. Non-sperm cells and MPO concentrations were assessed in pellet and upper layer at each step of the procedure and MPO was detected in cells by immunocytochemistry. Single-layer colloid centrifugation decreased NSC and MPO concentrations in post-thaw semen. The MPO concentration was correlated with concentration of NSC in the upper layer of the supernatant. In post-thaw semen, with or without previous single-layer colloid centrifugation, MPO concentration was correlated with concentration of NSC. Overall, neutrophils were rarely observed and NSC were mainly epithelial cells or cellular debris, as demonstrated by MPO immunocytochemistry. At all steps of the semen processing and cryopreservation, MPO immunostaining was clearly identified only on NSC. In conclusion, our study shows that NSC present in fresh semen release MPO during freezing.

published proceedings

  • Theriogenology

author list (cited authors)

  • Ponthier, J., Teague, S. R., Franck, T. Y., de la Rebire, G., Serteyn, D. D., Brinsko, S. P., ... Deleuze, S. C.

complete list of authors

  • Ponthier, Jérôme||Teague, Sheila R||Franck, Thierry Y||de la Rebière, Geoffroy||Serteyn, Didier D||Brinsko, Steven P||Love, Charles C||Blanchard, Terry L||Varner, Dickson D||Deleuze, Stéfan C

publication date

  • January 1, 2013 11:11 AM