Acrosomal structures of ram spermatozoa were prominently stained when air dried smears of diluted semen were fixed for 15 minutes in buffered formal saline and stained for 90 minutes in a 6 per cent (v/v) buffered solution of Giemsa stain. Progressive disruption of the acrosomes was demonstrated during chilling and deep-freezing of the spermatozoa, and the degree of damage was systematically scored. A rapid and repeatable estimate of the state of the acrosomes in a sample could be made from the mean score of 20 spermatozoa examined per slide.
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