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    The optimization of spermatozoa preparation techniques in order to obtain cell fractions enriched with structurally and functionally "superior" spermatozoa is a key objective of the assisted reproduction industry.The purpose of this study was to evaluate a recent development of an electrophoretic spermatozoa separation device (Felix™, Memphasys Ltd, Sydney, Australia) and to compare its performance with conventional spermatozoa preparation by density gradient centrifugation (DGC). Particular attention was paid to the evaluation of sperm DNA/nuclear integrity.A cohort of 29 human semen samples was studied. Semen samples were analyzed fresh and after DGC or Felix™ preparation. Semen parameters monitored included sample volume, sperm count, total motility, progressive motility, sperm DNA fragmentation using the Sperm Chromatin Structure Assay and sperm DNA oxidation.Spermatozoa preparation with Felix™ resulted in significantly improved spermatozoa fractions with higher progressive motility, lower sperm DNA fragmentation, and lower sperm DNA oxidation compared with raw semen and DGC-prepared spermatozoa.The data collected in this study support the preparation of spermatozoa by the Felix™ system as it allows selection of spermatozoa with the highest progressive motility as well as the lowest nuclear/DNA damage. These improved sperm parameters, along with the fact that the Felix™ separation process is very fast and highly standardized, should be of great interest to the assisted reproduction technologies industry.© 2023 The Authors. Andrology published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of American Society of Andrology and European Academy of Andrology.

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    Pauline Villeneuve, Fabrice Saez, Elisa Hug, Areski Chorfa, Rachel Guiton, Benoit Schubert, André Force, Joël R Drevet. Spermatozoa isolation with Felix™ outperforms conventional density gradient centrifugation preparation in selecting cells with low DNA damage. Andrology. 2023 Jan 11


    PMID: 36629014

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