Effect of ovary storage and oocyte transport method on maturation rate of horse oocytes. Academic Article uri icon


  • Two experiments were conducted to determine the effects of storage on equine ovaries or isolated oocytes. Ovaries were collected at an abattoir and were maintained at room temperature during collection and transport (3-9h total). After arrival at the laboratory, ovaries were divided into three groups: immediate oocyte collection (control), storage at room temperature overnight (15-18 h) before oocyte collection, or storage at 4 degrees C overnight before oocyte collection. Collected oocytes were cultured in maturation medium for 24h. There was a significant increase in the proportion of oocytes classified as having compact cumuli in the two storage groups when compared with the controls. For oocytes originally having expanded cumuli, the rate of maturation to MII was significantly higher in the control group (72%) than in either storage group, and the maturation rate for oocytes from ovaries stored at room temperature (27%) was significantly higher than that for ovaries stored at 4 degrees C (10%). A similar trend was seen for oocytes originally having compact cumuli (24, 11, and 3% in MI-II for control, room temperature, and cold groups, respectively). In Experiment 2, we evaluated the effect of different packaging systems on the maturation of horse oocytes within a portable incubator. Use of 1 ml of equilibrated maturation medium in a 1 ml glass vial was associated with maturation equivalent to that for standard incubation.

published proceedings

  • Theriogenology

author list (cited authors)

  • Love, L. B., Choi, Y. H., Love, C. C., Varner, D. D., & Hinrichs, K.

citation count

  • 41

complete list of authors

  • Love, Linda B||Choi, Young Ho||Love, Charles C||Varner, Dickson D||Hinrichs, Katrin

publication date

  • January 2003