Effects of supra-zero storage on human ovarian cortex prior to vitrification-warming

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Abstract

This study investigated the effects of supra-zero storage on ovarian cortex of 12 premenopausal patients before cryopreservation. Fresh ovarian tissue (control) was either vitrified immediately or stored at 4°C for 24 h or 48 h before vitrification. This study assessed malondialdehyde release during storage and the capacity to synthesize oestradiol in culture, follicle morphology and the proportion of apoptotic follicles subsequent to vitrification-warming. The malondialdehyde concentration in the storage medium increased significantly in a time-dependent manner (P = 0.029). Oestradiol release during tissue culture decreased statistically significantly in both storage groups compared with the immediate vitrification group (P = 0.043). The proportion of high-quality follicles was significantly different between the fresh group and the two storage groups (24 h, P < 0.01; 48 h, P < 0.001). The proportion of apoptotic follicles was significantly different between the fresh and immediate vitrification groups (P < 0.05). The 24-h and 48-h groups were not different compared with the other groups. This study provides evidence that storage at supra-zero conditions has detrimental effects on the human ovarian cortex. Storage duration should therefore be limited to a minimum to prevent potential damage. © 2014 Reproductive Healthcare Ltd. © 2014 Reproductive Healthcare Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Klocke, S., Tappehorn, C., & Griesinger, G. (2014). Effects of supra-zero storage on human ovarian cortex prior to vitrification-warming. Reproductive BioMedicine Online, 29(2), 251–258. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbmo.2014.03.025

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