Nuclear transfer and oocyte cryopreservation

Ching Chien Chang, Li Ying Sung, Tomokazu Amano, X. Cindy Tian, Xiangzhong Yang, Zsolt Peter Nagy

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Somatic cells can be reprogrammed to a totipotent state through nuclear transfer or cloning, because it has been demonstrated that the oocyte has the ability to reprogramme an adult nucleus into an embryonic state that can initiate the development of a new organism. Therapeutic cloning, whereby nuclear transfer is used to derive patient-specific embryonic stem cells, embraces an entire new opportunity for regenerative medicine. However, a key obstacle for human therapeutic cloning is that the source of fresh human oocytes is extremely limited. In the present review, we propose prospective sources of human oocytes by using oocyte cryopreservation, such as an oocyte bank and immature oocytes. We also address some potential issues associated with nuclear transfer when using cryopreserved oocytes. In the future, if the efficacy and efficiency of cryopreserved oocytes are comparable to those of fresh oocytes in human therapeutic cloning, the use of cryopreserved oocytes would be invaluable and generate a great impact to regenerative medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-44
Number of pages8
JournalReproduction, Fertility and Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2009



  • Cloning
  • Stem cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Endocrinology
  • Developmental Biology

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Chang, C. C., Sung, L. Y., Amano, T., Tian, X. C., Yang, X., & Nagy, Z. P. (2009). Nuclear transfer and oocyte cryopreservation. Reproduction, Fertility and Development, 21(1), 37-44.