Alternative techniques for the cryopreservation of kangaroo spermatozoa that reduced or eliminated the need for glycerol were investigated including; (1) freezing spermatozoa with 20% glycerol in pre-packaged 0.25 mL Cassou straws to enable rapid dilution of the glycerol post-thaw, (2) investigating the efficacy of 20% (v/v) dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO) and dimethylacetamide (DMA-10%, 15% and 20% v/v) as cryoprotectants and (3) vitrification of spermatozoa with or without cryoprotectant (20% v/v glycerol, 20% v/v DMSO and 20% v/v DMA). Immediate in-straw post-thaw dilution of 20% glycerol and cryopreservation of spermatozoa in 20% DMSO produced no significant improvement in post-thaw viability of kangaroo spermatozoa. Spermatozoa frozen in 20% DMA showed post-thaw motility and plasma membrane integrity of 12.7+/-1.9% and 22.7+/-5.4%, respectively, while kangaroo spermatozoa frozen by ultra-rapid freezing techniques showed no evidence of post-thaw viability. The use of 10-20% DMA represents a modest but significant improvement in the development of a sperm cryopreservation procedure for kangaroos.
McClean, R., Zee, Y. P., Holt, W. V., & Johnston, S. D. (2008). Cryopreservation of kangaroo spermatozoa using alternative approaches that reduce cytotoxic exposure to glycerol. Cryobiology, 57(3), 304-307. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cryobiol.2008.08.007