Optimisation of the process and the cooling protocol are critical to the success of cryotube freezing. Read on to find out more about the importance of optimisation, the implications of temperature fluctuations, and the complexities of low-cost cryotube freezing. Then, use this information to optimise your own cryopreservation process. Once you have achieved the desired outcome, you can use your own CPA in a commercial cryopreservation facility.
Optimisation of cryopreservation process
Optimisation of the cryotube freezing process is of key importance for biological samples. The process is based on optimizing the temperature, cryoprotectant, and cooling rate. These topics have been addressed in other works, and the references are listed in the fourth theme of this text. In this text, we focus on the latter. However, it is worth noting that the first two aspects are closely related.
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Optimisation of cooling protocol
The objective of this study was to optimise the cooling protocol for the freezing of cryotubes. The experimental temperatures were measured at various points within the cryomacs bag. This procedure took one hour and 45 minutes. The measured temperatures were in the middle and near the top of the bag. In the final analysis, the temperature near the top of the bag was the most suitable for optimal freezing of the cryotubes.
The study also found that a rapid cooling in 30% EG with 0.6 M sucrose gave good viability, whereas slow cooling reduced the viability to 65% and damaged the neurospheres. Thus, vitrification has enormous potential in the cryopreservation of stem cells. In this study, the cooling protocol was optimised using data from three studies that analysed the cryopreservation process of a 10 mL cryotube.
Effects of temperature fluctuations on cryopreservation
In real low-temperature biobanks, temperature fluctuations occur during handling events and transportation, which can compromise the integrity of cryopreserved materials. Such fluctuations, especially for patient-specific material, should be minimized or eliminated. In this context, the effects of temperature fluctuations on long-term cryopreservation of placental MSCs are of particular interest. These cells are important for the development of regenerative medicine therapies that use placental stem cells.
Although it is expected that biochemical processes in cells and tissues will be suspended during cryopreservation, fluctuations in temperature will inevitably result in the accumulation of stress. For example, periodic thawing of samples in cryotubes stored at -196 degC may result in the release of water fractions from them, compromising the survival of cells and altering their vital parameters. This effect, however, has not been studied in detail.
Complications of low-cost cryotube freezing
Cryotube freezing involves the use of multiple devices to freeze the affected area completely. During the procedure, the doctors insert six to eight applicators through the perineum, the tissue between the penis and scrotum. They apply pressure to prevent bleeding, and then bandage the opening in the skin. While sutures are not needed, they should be avoided if possible. The procedure can take up to three hours, during which time patients will experience an increased heart rate and blood pressure.
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