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Environ Toxicol Pharmacol. 2007 Jan;23(1):111-4. doi: 10.1016/j.etap.2006.07.009. Epub 2006 Aug 4.

Infrasound-induced changes on sexual behavior in male rats and some underlying mechanisms.

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Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation of Xijing Hospital, The Fourth Military Medical University, No. 17, Changle Western Road, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province 710032, PR China.


To investigate some bioeffects of infrasound on copulation as well as underlying mechanisms, we inspected the changes of sexual behavior, serum testosterone concentration and mRNA expression levels of steroidogenic factor 1 (SF-1), steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (StAR) and cytochrome P450 cholesterol side chain cleavage enzyme (P450scc) in testes of rats exposed to infrasound of 8Hz at 90 or 130dB for 1, 7, 14 and 21 days (2h/day), respectively. Rats exposed to 90dB exhibited significant decrement in sexual behavior, serum testosterone levels and mRNA expression levels of StAR and P450scc at the time point of 1 day but not at the rest time points, and no significantly change of SF-1 mRNA expression was observed over the period of 21 days in spite of mild fluctuation. Rats exposed to 130dB exhibited significant decrement in all aspects above, which became more profound with prolonged exposure. Our conclusion is that adverse bioeffects of infrasound on reproduction depend on some exposure parameters, the mechanism of which could involve in the decreased expression of some key enzymes or regulator for testosterone biosynthesis.


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