Case report: the use of annexin V coupled with magnetic activated cell sorting in cryopreserved spermatozoa from a male cancer survivor: healthy twin newborns after two previous ICSI failures
The aim of the study is to report successful outcome (live births) after sperm sorting with annexin V-MACS on cryopreserved spermatozoa with high level of sperm DNA fragmentation from a cancer patient survivor.
Cryopreserved spermatozoa were sorted with annexin V-MACS prior to ICSI. Sperm DNA fragmentation was evaluated by SCSA® and TUNEL.
The couple had two previous IVF/ICSI cycles failures using sperm cryopreserved before cancer treatment. On third ICSI cycle attempt results were as follow: pre-annexin V-MACS sperm quality: 10 × 106/ml, 3.3 % progressive motility, 1 % normal forms, TUNEL: 72.5 % positive cells, SCSA®: 76.6 % DFI. Post-annexin V-MACS sperm quality: 2.8 × 106/ml, 10 % progressive motility, TUNEL: 58.8 % positive cells. Eight metaphase II oocytes were collected, 4 fertilized, 2 embryos were transferred on day 3 and healthy twins were born (1 boy, 1 girl).
Annexin V-MACS technique could be a potential tool to improve sperm quality on cryopreserved spermatozoa of cancer patient and improve ICSI outcome.
KeywordsCancer survivor Cryopreserved sperm Annexin V-MACS
The authors wish to thank Lorraine Lavigne, R.N., for co-ordination of all clinical visits with the couple and to the Centro de Estudios en Ginecología y Reproducción (CEGYR, Argentina), for sharing their knowledge on MACS columns. The study was supported by CIHR grants SUR-103395, MOP-86636 to PC.
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