Periódicos Brasileiros em Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

The interference of ozone gas in kinects and mitochondrial potential of equine sperm submitted on cryopreservation

Macêdo, Iara NóbregaArruda, Lucia Cristina PereiraSantana, Breno Barros deMoura, Thalles Cloves Maciel deGuerra, Maria Madalena PessoaBezerra, Diogo GutembergCarneiro, Gustavo FerrerSilva, Sildivane Valcácia

Abstract The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of the addition of different concentrations of ozone to quarter horse semen submitted to cryopreservation. Six ejaculates from four stallions were collected and were divided in four experimental groups: a control group (BotuCRIO® extender) and three other groups with BotuCRIO® ozonized at concentrations of 6, 8 and 12 g of O3/mL. The semen samples were diluted (200 x 106 spermatozoa/mL), filled in straws and frozen. After thawing (37 ºC, 30s), the samples were evaluated at 0, 30 and 60 minutes of incubation regarding sperm kinetics by a computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA), and plasma membrane integrity (PMI), acrosome integrity (ACi) and mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) by fluorescent probes. There was a reduction in the kinetic parameters total motility (TM), progressive motility (PM), curvilinear velocity (VCL), straight line velocity (VSL) and average path velocity (VAP) in all groups during the thermoresistance test (TT), a pattern also found in PMI and MMP analyses (p 0.05). There was no difference (p>0.05) between the control and treatment (6, 8, and 12 g of O3/mL) groups, in any of the evaluated times for the kinetic parameters TM, linearity (LIN), straightness (STR), wobble index (WOB), amplitude of lateral head displacement (ALH) and beat cross frequency (BCF). Regarding the VCL, VSL and VAP parameters, the group treated with 6 g did not differ from the control or from 8 g, but was higher than 12 g at 30 and 60 minutes. ACi and PMI did not differ between groups (p>0.05), but PMI was lower in groups 8 g and 12 g compared to the control and 6 g (p 0.05). It was concluded that the addition of ozone does not present beneficial effects for cryopreservation of equine semen at the concentrations used and decreases important parameters of fertility.

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