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J Anim Sci. 2004 May;82(5):1494-8.

Semen characteristics and libido in boars treated repeatedly with PGF2alpha.

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Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg 24061, USA. mestienn@vt.edu

Abstract

The objective was to determine the effects of repeated injections of PGF2alpha (Lutalyse; Pfizer) on semen and libido characteristics in terminal-line boars. Semen was collected once weekly from wk 0 to 15 and on four consecutive days during wk 16. Boars received an i.m. injection of 10 mg of PGF2alpha (n = 11) or 2 mL of vehicle (n = 11) immediately before entering the collection room. For the weekly collections, semen volume (220.3 +/- 3.2 mL; mean +/- SE), gel weight (38.7 +/- 0.7 g), total sperm cells (65.4 +/- 1.2 billion), motile sperm cells (67.4 +/- 0.6 %), and sperm velocity (125.9 +/- 1.2 microm/s), were affected by time (P < 0.01) but not by treatment (P > 0.10). Sperm concentration (0.31 +/- 0.01 billion/mL) was not affected (P > 0.10) by time or treatment. The percentage of morphologically normal sperm cells, assessed at wk 16, did not differ (P = 0.39) between groups (80.8 +/- 1.0). Libido was evaluated from wk 0 to 16. There were no effects of treatment or time (P > 0.10) on the period from injection to the start of ejaculation (225.6 +/- 9.1 s). Duration of ejaculation was affected by treatment (P < 0.01; 472.0 +/- 43.1 s and 280.4 +/- 43.1 s, for PGF2alpha-treated and control boars, respectively) and time (P < 0.01). During the intensive collection period (wk 16), semen volume (200.1 +/- 7.1 mL), gel weight (39.2 +/- 1.5 g), sperm concentration (0.19 +/- 0.01 billion/ mL), total sperm cells (39.5 +/- 3.6 billion), motile sperm cells (65.6 +/- 2.2%), and sperm velocity (117.8 +/- 3.7 microm/ s) were affected by time (P < 0.10) but not by treatment (P > 0.10). The period from injection to the start of ejaculation tended to decrease (by 44%) during the intensive collection period in PGF2alpha-treated boars, but not in controls (treatment x time, P = 0.07). Regardless, the period from injection to the start of ejaculation did not differ (P = 0.63) between groups on d 4 of the intensive collection period. Duration of ejaculation was affected by treatment (P < 0.01; 459.1 +/- 24.1 s for PGF22alpha-treated boars vs. 303.1 +/- 24.1 s for controls) but not by time (P > 0.10). Overall, there were no exceptional positive or negative effects of long-term treatment with PGF2alpha on semen characteristics and libido in boars.

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