Long Term Incubation Resilience of Post-Thaw Ram Semen Diluted with Lecithin-Based Extender Supplemented with Bovine Serum Albumin

ALÇAY S., Toker M. B., GÖKÇE E., Onder N. T., ÜSTÜNER B., NUR Z.

KAFKAS UNIVERSITESI VETERINER FAKULTESI DERGISI, vol.25, no.3, pp.291-297, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


The objective of the study was to determine the optimum concentration of BSA in lecithin-based extender for post-thawing quality and incubation resilience (0 h, 6 h and 10 h) of ram sperm. Ejaculates were collected from five rams via electro ejaculation. Ejaculates were mixed to obtain pooled semen.Then, pooled semen was diluted with soybean lecithin-based extender without BSA (control) or supplemented with different concentrations of BSA (2.5 mg/mL, 5 mg/mL, 7.5 mg/mL and 10 mg/mL), at a final concentration of 150x106 spermatozoon/mL. Sperm motility, plasma membrane functional integrity (HOST), mitochondrial activity (rhodamine123), capacitation status (CTC), and DNA integrity (TUNEL) were evaluated. At the 10 h incubation, motility, plasma membrane functional integrity and mitochondria! function were better preserved in the BSA5 group compared to the control group. It was determined that high doses of BSA (5 mg/mL, 7.5 mg/mL and 10 mg/mL) affected acrosome reaction.The highest acrosome reaction rates were obtained in BSA10 groups in 6 h and 10 h incubation (P<0.05). TUNEL assay demonstrated that there were no differences among groups for DNA fragmentation at post-thaw and during incubation periods. The study shows that BSA supplemented extenders may have beneficial effect on ram semen parameters at 0 h, 6 h and 10 h of incubation. The results of the present study demonstrated a remarkable advantage of using 5 mg/mL of BSA in 1% lecithin-based extender.