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Exploring dry storage as an alternative biobanking strategy inspired by Nature

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Project "DRYSTORE" data sheet

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Organization address
address: VIA RENATO BALZARINI 1 3 5 7
city: TERAMO
postcode: 64100

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 180˙277 €
 EC max contribution 180˙277 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2019-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TERAMO IT (TERAMO) coordinator 180˙277.00


 Project objective

Biobanking under liquid nitrogen (LN) has satisfactory efficiency but it comes with many drawbacks (e.g. expensive, high carbon footprint, need dedicated facilities, trained personnel, and continuous monitoring and LN supply). Searching Nature for alternatives, long-term preservation there is done by drying rather than freezing. To date, however, mammalian cells do not survive the drying process. Even so, if somatic cells genetic and epigenetic load is maintained, drying can find an important role in biobanking, a fast growing global industry. We aim to elucidate the effects of drying on DNA structure and function, crucial aspects of long-term biobanking not investigated yet, using fibroblast as a model cell, and combining advanced freezing and drying techniques with state-of-the-art Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) and latest genomic technologies. The expected outcomes are definitive data on effects of drying on genomic stability/function, and possible discovery of a protocol to protect the epi/genetic load during cell drying. The crossing between the Researcher’s scientific interest and experience in sperm biology, andrology, cryobiology and drying and the Supervisor’s expertise in embryology and SCNT creates an attractive and very solid background for this proposal, with mutual benefit to both Host and Researcher. While strengthening the Supervisor’s laboratory with his expertise, the Researcher will enhance his creative potential and further develop his interdisciplinary and communication skills by learning SCNT and whole genome analysis as well as mentoring students, participating in conferences, and communicating research results to targeted audiences (scientists, general public, students, stakeholders, policymakers), thus enhancing his scientific profile. This proposal is the perfect stepping stone for the Researcher to become an independent scientist and an expert in desiccation for biobanking, while contributing a competitive advantage to the Host.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Luca PALAZZESE, Jaime GOSÁLVEZ, Debora A. ANZALONE, Pasqualino LOI, Joseph SARAGUSTY
DNA fragmentation in epididymal freeze-dried ram spermatozoa impairs embryo development
published pages: 393-400, ISSN: 0916-8818, DOI: 10.1262/jrd.2018-033
Journal of Reproduction and Development 64/5 2020-01-27
2019 Joseph Saragusty, Pasqualino Loi
Exploring dry storage as an alternative biobanking strategy inspired by Nature
published pages: 17-27, ISSN: 0093-691X, DOI: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2018.11.027
Theriogenology 126 2020-01-27

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