Short-term Storage of Canine Preantral Ovarian Follicles Using a Powdered Coconut Water (ACP)-based Medium

Theriogenology. 2010 Jul 1;74(1):146-52. doi: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2010.01.025. Epub 2010 Mar 6.


The objective was to investigate the use of powdered coconut water (ACP)-based medium for short-term preservation of canine preantral follicles. Pairs of ovaries from mongrel bitches (n=9) were divided into fragments. One ovarian fragment, treated as a fresh control, was immediately fixed for histological analysis, whereas the other six ovarian fragments were stored either in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS; control group) or ACP medium in isothermal Styrofoam boxes containing biological ice packs. The boxes were sealed and opened only after 12, 24, or 36h. After opening each box, the ovarian fragments were submitted to histological analysis. In total, 12,302 preantral follicles were evaluated, with 64.5% primordial, 33.3% primary, and 2.3% secondary follicles. There were multiple oocytes in 1.3% of the follicles analyzed. At 24h, ACP was more efficient in preserving follicular morphology than PBS (P<0.05). Compared with the fresh control group, a significant reduction in the percentage of morphologically normal ovarian follicles was observed for PBS, starting at 24h; however, the decline started only at 36h for the ACP medium. During the experiment, the temperature inside the isothermal boxes increased from 3 to 9 degrees C (P<0.05), despite a constant room temperature. In conclusion, powdered coconut water (ACP) was an appropriate medium for short-term storage of canine preantral ovarian follicles.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cocos*
  • Cold Temperature
  • Dogs*
  • Female
  • Fruit
  • Granulosa Cells / ultrastructure
  • Oocytes / ultrastructure
  • Ovarian Follicle / cytology
  • Ovarian Follicle / physiology*
  • Solutions
  • Time Factors
  • Tissue Preservation / methods
  • Tissue Preservation / veterinary*
  • Water


  • Solutions
  • Water