Fertilizing capacity and motility of tench Tinca tinca (L., 1758) sperm following cryopreservation

Jelena Lujić, Gergely Bernáth, Zoran Marinović, Nataša Radojković, Vladica Simić, Miroslav Ćirković, Béla Urbányi, A. Horváth

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Experiments were carried out to develop an optimal cryopreservation protocol for tench sperm by testing the fertilizing capacity and motility parameters including progressive motility, curvilinear velocity (VCL) and linearity (LIN) of cryopreserved sperm. Three experiments were designed to this aim: first experiment where we tested the effects of two extenders (sugar-based Grayling and ion-based Kurokura 180) and two cryoprotectants (DMSO and methanol) on fertilization and hatching success; second where we tested the effect of cryoprotectant type (methanol or DMSO) in different concentrations (5%, 10% and 15%) on fertilization and hatching success; and third where we tested the effect of two cryoprotectants (methanol and DMSO) on sperm motility parameters (progressive motility, VCL and LIN) after 4 h post-thaw storage (4°C). Sperm prepared with the sugar-based Grayling extender displayed better fertilization and hatching rates independently of the applied cryoprotectant most likely due to glucose present which acted as an external cryoprotectant. Concerning cryoprotectant concentrations, the use of 10% methanol yielded the highest fertilization (85 ± 15%) and hatching (80 ± 13%) rates, which were significantly higher than in all other groups. During the post-thaw storage time, 5% methanol, 10% methanol and 5% DMSO groups had significantly higher motility parameters than other groups and we observed no significant decline in any of the parameters during the storage time. Overall, we found that a sugar-based extender in combination with methanol as cryoprotectant is suitable for the cryopreservation of tench sperm and allows storage of cryopreserved sperm for up to 4 h post thaw.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-110
Number of pages9
JournalAquaculture Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017



  • cryopreservation
  • fertilization
  • post-thaw storage
  • sperm
  • tench
  • Tinca tinca

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science

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Lujić, J., Bernáth, G., Marinović, Z., Radojković, N., Simić, V., Ćirković, M., Urbányi, B., & Horváth, A. (2017). Fertilizing capacity and motility of tench Tinca tinca (L., 1758) sperm following cryopreservation. Aquaculture Research, 48(1), 102-110. https://doi.org/10.1111/are.12865