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Ultrastructural and hormonal changes in rat cauda epididymal spermatozoa induced by Boswellia papyrifera and Boswellia carterii

Ahmed, Mukhtar and Ali, Daoud and Harrath, Abdel Halim and Hussain, Tajamul and Al-Baghri, Nasser and Alokail, Majed S and Aladakatti, Ravindranath H and Ghodesawar, Mukhtar Ahmed G (2014) Ultrastructural and hormonal changes in rat cauda epididymal spermatozoa induced by Boswellia papyrifera and Boswellia carterii. In: COMPTES RENDUS BIOLOGIES, 337 (4). pp. 250-257.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.crvi.2014.01.007


Boswellia papyrifera and Boswellia carterii diffuses smoke polluting air that adversely affects indoor environment that certainly harm human health. Therefore, this study aims at ascertaining the effect of these plants on gonadal hormones and molecular changes in rat spermatozoa. The animals were exposed to 4 g/kg body weight of B. papyrifera and B. carterii daily for 120 days along with suitable controls. Significant decreases in FSH, LH and testosterone levels were evidenced, along with a reduction of protein, sialic acid, and carnitine levels. In sperm physiology, sperm count, motility, speed decrease, whereas sperm anomalies increase. TEM observation indicates morphological changes in plasma and acrosomal membranes, cytoplasmic droplet in the tail region, vacuolated, and disorganization of the mitochondrial sheath. These findings demonstrate that B. papyrifera and B. carterii smoke affects the process of sperm formation and maturation, which indicates the detrimental effects of these plants on the reproductive system. (c) 2014 Academie des sciences. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.d

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to the ELSEVIER FRANCE-EDITIONS SCIENTIFIQUES MEDICALES ELSEVIER, 23 RUE LINOIS, 75724 PARIS, FRANCE
Keywords: B. papyrifera; B. carterii; Spermatozoa; Hormonal assay; Biochemical study; Sperm analysis; Ultrastructure
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (formerly ASTRA)
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2014 05:57
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2014 05:57
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/49130

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