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Kolbe T.,University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna | Kolbe T.,University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna | Landsberger A.,Transgenic Technologies Charite | Manz S.,Transgenic Technologies Charite | And 3 more authors.
Lab Animal | Year: 2015

Superovulation is often used to increase the number of oocytes that can be collected from donor females for in vitro fertilization. Donor age can affect the quantity and quality of oocytes produced during superovulation, and in some strains of mice juvenile females are optimal donors. The authors reviewed donor and oocyte records from a breeding program to evaluate how donor age affects the number and fertilization efficiency of oocytes collected from C57BL/6J mice. Generally fewer oocytes per donor were collected from females aged > 32 d than from females aged 21-32 d. Fertilization efficiency of oocytes generally declined with donor age when oocytes were fertilized with fresh or with stored sperm. These findings suggest that the use of younger C57BL/6J donors, instead of older donors, can reduce the number of donors needed for IVF procedures. Source

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