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El-Ratel I.T.,Animal Production Research Institution | Hussein Y.S.,Animal Production Research Institution | Shamiah S.M.,Animal Production Research Institution | Abdel-Khalek A.E.,Mansoura University | Saeed A.M.,Animal Production Research Institution
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The current study aimed to evaluate the effect of vitrification device (straw or cryotop) and embryonic stage (pronuclear or morula stages) on survivability, normality and embryo development rate into blastocysts/hatched blastocysts. A total of 24 mature rabbit does of Gabali breed (5-6 months of age, 3-3.5 kg live body weight) were used in this study as embryo donors. Rabbit does were super ovulated by PMSG and hCG. Embryos at pronuclear stage including 4-cell and 8-cell embryos were recovered by flushing oviducts 30-34 h and 40-46 h post-mating, while, embryos at late morula stage were recovered by flushing oviducts 72 h post-mating. Embryos were vitrified by straw or cryotop. Survival and normality rates were determined. The vitrified embryos were in vitro cultured for 5 days to record blastocyst and hatching blastocyst formation rates. Results showed insignificant differences in survival and normality rates of vitrified embryos as affected by embryonic stage, although there were a tendency of higher rates yielded from embryos at morula than at pronuclear stage (87.7 and 89.2% vs. 85.9 and 85.2%, respectively). Survival and normality rates were higher (P<0.05) using cryotop than straw, being 92.1 and 93.1% using cryotop versus 81.7 and 81.0% using straw, respectively. Expansion and hatching rates were higher (P<0.05) for vitrified embryos at morula than at pronuclear stage (80.0 and 71.5% vs. 66.0 and 54.0%, respectively) and using cryotop than straw (81.6 and 75.3 vs. 63.1 and 48.2%, respectively). It can be concluded that the feasibility of using the cryotop method to vitrify rabbit embryos rather than straw method at various developmental stages, particularly at morula stage. ©ISISnet Publishers. Source

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