|The purpose of GM mouse line cryopreservation is:
Mouse embryo cryopreservation is currently restricted to FVB/N and C57BL/6N backgrounds. If other background strains are required, TCDM will need to test their viability. Approximately 300 embryos are collected and cryopreserved using a slow rate freezing method. Embryos are stored in straws submerged in liquid nitrogen, and divided between two tanks to prevent loss of lines in case of catastrophic failure. There is a yearly maintenance fee. The thaw-test is performed for embryos’ viability and fetus formation. The thawed embryos are transferred into pseudopregnant females. Upon completion of cryopreservation, we will notify you, and either return the males, or euthanize the remaining colony.
Archiving of mouse stocks by cryopreservation of sperm has great potential, because it is simple, rapid and cheap. Sperm cryopreservation only requires 2 sperm donor mice. The males are euthanized, sperm is collected from the cauda epididymis and cryopreserved in straws in liquid nitrogen. For further information, please contact TCDM.
|Cryopreservation of mouse embryos and sperm|