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Effects of the Insemination of Hydrogen Peroxide-Treated Epididymal Mouse Spermatozoa on ?H2AX Repair and Embryo Development
Published: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Author: Jianfeng Xiao et al.

by Jianfeng Xiao, Yanmei Liu, Zhiling Li, Yongcui Zhou, Hong Lin, Xiaoyan Wu, Man Chen, Wanfen Xiao


Cryopreservation of human semen for assisted reproduction is complicated by cryodamage to spermatozoa caused by excessive reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation.

Methods and Findings

We used exogenous ROS (H2O2) to simulate cryopreservation and examined DNA damage repair in embryos fertilized with sperm with H2O2-induced DNA damage. Sperm samples were collected from epididymis of adult male KM mice and treated with capacitation medium (containing 0, 0.1, 0.5 and 1 mM H2O2) or cryopreservation. The model of DNA-damaged sperm was based on sperm motility, viability and the expression of ?H2AX, the DNA damage-repair marker. We examined fertility rate, development, cell cleavage, and ?H2AX level in embryos fertilized with DNA-damaged sperm. Cryopreservation and 1-mM H2O2 treatment produced similar DNA damage. Most of the one- and two-cell embryos fertilized with DNA-damaged sperm showed a delay in cleavage before the blastocyst stage. Immunocytochemistry revealed ?H2AX in the one- and four-cell embryos.


?H2AX may be involved in repair of preimplantation embryos fertilized with oxygen-stressed spermatozoa.