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Product Code: SP/SFT/H-004

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Specially Developed Instruments & Accessories

Sperm Membrane Integrity & Osmotic Environment

Sperm Membrane Integrity
It helps in understanding the overall fertilization capacity of sperms.  Compromised sperm membrane integrity has an effect on: Sperm Motility, Sperm Capacitation, Acrosome Reaction & binding of sperm to the Zona Pellucida. 

Sperm Vitality is measurable through Sperm Membrane Integrity assessment and it reflects the proportion of live spermatozoa.  Sperms exposed to oxidative stress may have DNA damage and are likely to have compromised plasma membrane; thus, are incapable of natural fertilization.

Functional membrane integrity
Functional membrane integrity is defined as the ability of sperm's outer membrane to maintain equilibrium between the sperm cell contents & surrounding environment. It can be evaluated by response of sperm to osmotic environmental stress.

Intact sperm membrane permits passage of fluid into the Cytoplasmic space in hypo osmotic environment resulting into sperm tail swelling & curling.  The pattern of curling may vary from sperm to sperm within the same semen sample.

Evaluation of Hypo-osmetic Swelling Test

All the curled tail sperms are considered as Live and Dead Sperms exhibit no cytoplasmic swelling or tail curling (remains straight).

  • The sperm tail seems to be particularly sensitive to swelling & curling, as the membrane in this region is loosely attached in comparison to the sperm head area.

  • Tail swelling indicates membrane integrity. Curling pattern reflects skeletal integrity and it may vary from sperm to sperm.

  • Sperms with intact membrane swell within 5 minutes in HOS medium & all flagellar shapes are stabilized by 30 minutes.

  • No tail swelling in majority of the sperms and extreme low motility suggests that the Non-motile sperms are Dead sperm.

  • Prior to the HOS test, semen sample should be examined to determine if any sperms have undergone spontaneous swelling or tail coiling. The number of such sperms should be subtracted from the HOS test score in order to obtain accurate results.

Lab Equipments & Accessories

Equipments Accessories
Microscope Hand-gloves
Semen Analysis Chamber (Sperm Meter) Semen Collection Container
Controlled Temperature 370C Dry bath (Sperm Warmer / Water bath) Test-tubes
Centrifuge Machine (Androspin) Glass-slides
Set of Pipettes Non-spermicidal Semen Collection Pouch (Sperm Collect)
Staining Tray Microtips
Glass Slide Stand Coverslips
Stop-watch (Andro Watch) Microtubes / Storage Vials
  Pasture Pipettes
  Filter Papers

Safety & Environmental Precautions

  • Store the kit in appropriate conditions as per the instructions given on the package.
  • Do not use the kits beyond expiry date given on the package.
  • All the reagents are potentially hazardous and it is strictly advised to follow the MSDS instructions.
  • All the patients' samples should be treated as potentially infectious. Laboratory personnel are advised to wear protective gloves, face masks, laboratory coats etc while performing the tests.
  • Dispose off all the waste generated, during and after the tests, in an appropriate manner as per the governing compliance laws of the land.

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