Chromatin integrity of ram spermatozoa. Relationships to annual fluctuations of scrotal surface temperature and temperature-humidity index.

@article{Malama2013ChromatinIO,
  title={Chromatin integrity of ram spermatozoa. Relationships to annual fluctuations of scrotal surface temperature and temperature-humidity index.},
  author={Eleni Malama and Heinrich Bollwein and Ioannis A Taitzoglou and Theodosios Theodosiou and Constantinos M Boscos and Evangelos Kiossis},
  journal={Theriogenology},
  year={2013},
  volume={80 5},
  pages={533-41}
}
The objective of the present study was to explore the potential relationships of ovine sperm chromatin integrity, quantified using the sperm chromatin structure assay (SCSA), to the heat load of the scrotum and the discomfort felt by the animals because of fluctuations of microclimatic factors at different time periods before ejaculation. Ejaculates were collected once per week from five Chios rams and four East Friesian rams for 12 months and stored in liquid nitrogen. Frozen-thawed semen… CONTINUE READING

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