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Kyoya T.,Kyono ART Clinic Mitsuiseimei | Nakamura Y.,Kyono ART Clinic Mitsuiseimei | Miyatani S.,Kyono ART Clinic Mitsuiseimei | Miyagawa T.,Kyono ART Clinic Mitsuiseimei | And 2 more authors.
Reproductive Medicine and Biology | Year: 2014

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of transportation at prolonged low temperatures on the survival of pre-antral follicles. Methods: Ovarian tissue was removed from six women with gender identity disorder. Tissues were stored in an icebox at 4 C for 6 or 18 h prior to vitrification. After warming, ovarian tissues were cultured for 24 h and follicle survival was assessed via a viability/cytotoxicity kit. Morphological features and oxygen consumption rate (OCR) were evaluated by scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM). Results: Survival rate of isolated primordial follicles was 95.7 and 100 %, and that of primary follicles was 91.7 and 81.8 % in the 6- and 18-h groups respectively. There was no difference in morphology between the 6- and 18-h storage groups. In comparison with OCR of vitrified-warmed follicles and OCR of 24-h culture after vitrified-warmed follicles, OCR of 24-h culture after vitrified-warmed primordial follicles was significantly higher in both 6-hour (0.02 ± 0.02 vs 0.07 ± 0.04, P < 0.05) and 18-h groups (0.02 ± 0.02 vs 0.11 ± 0.10, P < 0.05). Conclusions: This strongly suggests that prolonged transportation of ovarian tissue at low temperatures is useful when there are no available local systems for fertility preservation. © 2013 Japan Society for Reproductive Medicine.

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