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In our recent study we demonstrated that the holding of fresh semen in fractionated seminal plasma (SP1, >40 kDa; SP2, <40 kDa), obtained by gel filtration chromatography, significantly improved the sperm quality characteristics following cryopreservation (Wasilewska-Sakowska et al. 2019). In this study we investigated the effect of post-thaw (PT) supplementation of fractionated SP (SP1 and SP2) on the survival of spermatozoa from boars with good and poor semen freezability, GSF and PSF, respectively. Two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2D-PAGE) analysis showed distinct differences in the protein profiles of SP1 and SP2 from boars with GSF or PSF regarding the number of protein spots. Sperm motility characteristics and the motion patterns, assessed using the computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA) system, were markedly higher in PT semen supplemented with SP1 and SP2 from boars with GSF. Post-thaw supplementation of either SP1 or SP2 from boars with GSF significantly improved mitochondrial function, plasma membrane and acrosome integrity, and viability during storage. The findings of this study have confirmed that the presence of protective protein components in varying abundance in either fractionated SP from boars with good freezability ejaculates significantly improved the sperm survival following PT storage.
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Lipoproteins, isolated from ostrich egg yolk (LPFo), provide excellent protection for boar spermatozoa against cryo-induced damage. The present study was performed to investigate the effects of LPFo on the freezability and fertilizing capacity of frozen-thawed (FT) boar semen after post-cervical artificial inseminations (post-CAIs). Semen, collected from 7 Polish Large White (PLW) and 4 Polish Landrace (PLR), was frozen in an extender containing LPFo. Post-CAIs were performed in 38 multiparous sows, using a catheter-cannula kit. Sows were inseminated 2× within one oestrus, and fertility parameters were recorded after farrowing. Neither boar (within breed) nor breed affected the quality of the pre-freeze (PF) semen, such as total motility (TMOT), mitochondria membrane potential (MMP), plasma membrane integrity (PMI), osmotic resistance test (ORT) and DNA fragmentation. Differences in the freezability of boar semen were observed among the boars, whereas there were no marked breed effects. Post-thaw TMOT markedly declined over storage time in most of the boars, particularly at 60 min after thawing. Inseminations of post-weaned oestrus sows resulted in pregnancy and farrowing rates of 84.2% and 81.6%, respectively. Neither the mean number of piglets born (NB) nor the mean number of piglets born alive (NBA) was affected by boar or breed. The total number of piglets born was 365, resulting in 11.8 NB piglets, whereas the total number of piglets born alive was 353, with 11.4 NBA piglets per litter. The findings of this study reaffirm the variations in the freezability of boar semen. In this study the supplementation of ostrich egg yolk lipoproteins to the freezing extender of boar semen produced high proportions of functionally viable FT spermatozoa that were capable of providing acceptable fertility results after post-CAIs in multiparous sows.
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