|MadSci Network: Biochemistry|
Glycerol is a cryoprotective when freezing sperm cells in liquid nitrogen. Without the cryoprotection of glycerol, cell death might occur. However, if glycerol is present there is a reduction in the amount of ice formed at subzero tempatures. I was wondering: What is it about glycerol that reduce the amount of ice during freezing? Also, glycerol also reduces the build up in salt concentration in the cell? Could you help describe How/Why glycerol reduces the solution effects (salt concentration)?
Re: Why glycerol reduces the amount of ice in cells during cryopreservation?
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