Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics

, Volume 29, Issue 11, pp 1267–1271 | Cite as

The use of a metal container for vitrification of mouse ovaries, as a clinical grade model for human ovarian tissue cryopreservation, after different times and temperatures of transport

  • Adriana Bos-Mikich
  • Lis Marques
  • José Luiz Rodrigues
  • Nívia Lothhammer
  • Nilo Frantz
Fertility Preservation



Cryopreservation of ovarian tissue is paramount for fertility preservation, with important clinical applications, especially for women suffering from an oncological condition. Several cryopreservation methodologies have been tried in search of better outcomes, especially in terms of primor-dial and primary follicles integrity post-cryopreservation. Vitrification has successfully been applied to ovarian tissue using different carriers for tissue exposure to the liquid nitrogen (LN2).


We developed an enclosed metal vessel, which has the advantage of a faster heat transfer, when in contact with LN2 avoiding at the same time, the direct contact with tissue. Additionally, we assessed the effect of different times and temperatures of transport between the collection of mouse ovaries and the beginning of cryopreservation, on follicular morphology after vitrification.


Our results suggest that 37 °C and R.T. help to maintain normal primordial and primary follicle morphology for up to 4 hrs after collection and beginning of vitrification in a metal container.


These data show that the metal container is an appropriate carrier for mouse ovary vitrification. The rate of morphologically normal primordial follicles up to 4 hrs.


Metal container Vitrification Ovaries 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adriana Bos-Mikich
    • 1
  • Lis Marques
    • 2
  • José Luiz Rodrigues
    • 2
  • Nívia Lothhammer
    • 1
  • Nilo Frantz
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Morphological Sciences, ICBSFederal University of Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil
  2. 2.Reproduction Biotechnologies Laboratory, Veterinay SchoolFederal University of Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil
  3. 3.Nilo Frantz Research and Human Reproduction CentrePorto AlegreBrazil

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