Histidine buffered media maintains pH stabile during cooled transportation of human ovarian tissue

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  • Susanne Elisabeth Pors, University of Copenhagen
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  • Stine Gry Kristensen, University of Copenhagen
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  • Dmitry Nikiforov, University of Copenhagen
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  • Linn Salto Mamsen, University of Copenhagen
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  • Jesus Cadenas, University of Copenhagen
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  • Vinnie Hornshøj Greve
  • Margit Dueholm
  • Claus Yding Andersen, University of Copenhagen

The aim of this study was to investigate whether pH is stable when transporting ovarian tissue in media buffered with either HEPES or histidine. Furthermore, if the choice of transport media impacts the in vitro maturation rate of oocytes collected in connection with ovarian tissue cryopreservation. Human ovaries (n = 34) collected for ovarian tissue cryopreservation were transported immersed in either 30 ml of HEPES buffered (follicle flushing media (Origio; Denmark)) or histidine buffered media (Custodiol®-HTK, Koehler-Chemie, Germany). Tissue was transported on ice for 4–5 h. At arrival, the ovary was weighed, and the pH of the media was measured at 0 °C. From 15 patients, immature oocytes were collected for in vitro maturation, oocytes that matured to metaphase II were evaluated. The pH measured in the HEPES buffered media (pH = 7.5 ± 0.13, n = 18) was significantly higher (p < 0.001) than the pH measured in the histidine buffered media (pH = 7.2 ± 0.05, n = 16). The standard deviation of pH measurements for the histidine buffered media was significantly lower than for the HEPES buffered media measurements (p < 0.0001). A total of 170 and 247 immature oocytes were collected and in vitro matured from ovaries transported in HEPES and histidine buffered media, respectively. The maturation rate of immature oocytes after IVM was similar in the two groups. The results show that pH in the histidine buffered media is closer to the physiological level and more stable than in HEPES buffered medium and support the use of histidine buffered media for cooled transportation of human ovaries.

Original languageEnglish
Article number116
JournalJournal of Ovarian Research
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

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    Research areas

  • In vitro maturation, Ovarian tissue cryopreservation, Transport

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