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Animals, Vol. 11, Pages 2961: Canine and Feline Epididymal Semen—A Plentiful Source of Gametes

Animals doi: 10.3390/ani11102961

Authors:
Hiba Ali Hassan
Guillaume Domain
Gaia Cecilia Luvoni
Rana Chaaya
Ann Van Soom
Eline Wydooghe

Canine and feline epididymal semen provide an additional source of gametes to preserve the genetics of valuable breeding dogs and tomcats, especially for those that fail to ejaculate, need castration as a therapy or die unexpectedly. Moreover, since it is quite common to perform castration of non-breeding dogs and cats, the development of a gene bank of epididymal semen collected after castration would greatly contribute to increase the genetic diversity in dogs and cats. Collection and cryopreservation of epididymal semen necessitates a full understanding of the function of the epididymis and of the characteristics of epididymal spermatozoa as opposed to ejaculated semen. During collection of epididymal semen, specific factors may have a negative effect on epididymal semen quality and freezability. Accordingly, the elimination of these triggers could enhance epididymal semen freezability and consequently positively influence post-thaw semen quality and outcome for different ARTs.

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