Sole use of sucrose in human sperm cryopreservation

A. M. Hossain, C. O. Osuamkpe

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Glycerol alone or in combination with other additives is one of the most widely used and successful cryoprotectants for human sperm. The glycerol method requires rigorous post thaw sample washing for use in ART and this may lead to low sperm yield from oligospermic samples. In this study the feasibility of the use of sucrose in sperm cryopreservation was explored. Sucrose as cryoprotectant was combined with direct plunging of sample into liquid nitrogen (vitrification) as a freezing method. Sucrose treated sperm from normozoospermic and severly oligozoospermic samples underwent rapid freeze and thaw. Motility and viability were evaluated before freezing (after sucrose equilibration) as well as post freezing (after thaw). The 100 mM concentration of sucrose showed better cryoprotectant features compared to that of higher concentrations (200-1000 mM). Sucrose (100 mM)treated sperm maintained low but acceptable motility (30%) and satisfactory viability (60%) after freezing and thawing. The cryoprotectant capacity of sucrose for normozoospermic and oligozoospermic samples were identical. The sucrose method utilizes rapid freezing of a micro volume of sample and thus quickly freezes, thaws, and maximizes recovery of the sperm from the sample.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-103
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Andrology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Cryoprotectant
  • Oligozoospermic sample
  • Sperm freezing
  • Sucrose

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology


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