Cryopreservation of in vitro produced bovine embryos: effects of lipid segregation and post-thaw laser assisted hatching. Academic Article uri icon


  • The objective was to determine if lipid segregation, with or without post-thaw laser assisted hatching (LAH) of in vitro produced (IVP) bovine embryos, would enhance in vitro survivability and development 24 h post-thaw. On Day 6 of culture (Day 0 = IVF), in vitro produced bovine embryos were divided into three developmental stages: 32-cell (n = 78), compact morula (CM n = 223), and blastocyst (n =56). Embryos within each stage were allocated to the following treatments prior to cryopreservation in 1.5M ethylene glycol: no treatment (Control), 7.5 g/mL Cytochalasin B for 20 min (CB), or CB with centrifugation (16,000 g) for 20 min (CBCF). All CB treatments were extended to include embryo freezing. Immediately post-thaw, one-half of the CBCF and Control groups were subjected to zona pellucida drilling (LAH), using the XY Clone system, creating groups CBCFLAH and LAH, respectively. All thawed embryos were cultured for 24 h and evaluated. No treatment differences were observed for either post-thaw survival or 24 h development. Within the CM stage, CBCFLAH and LAH exhibited a greater number of both total and live cells than Control (total: 69.4, 69.3, 53.0, live: 56.4, 54.7, 39.3 respectively; P < 0.05). In conclusion, LAH post-thaw alone or in combination with CBCF improved embryo viability following cryopreservation.

published proceedings

  • Theriogenology

author list (cited authors)

  • Pryor, J. H., Looney, C. R., Romo, S., Kraemer, D. C., & Long, C. R.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Pryor, JH||Looney, CR||Romo, S||Kraemer, DC||Long, CR

publication date

  • January 2011