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Andrologia. 2012 May;44 Suppl 1:74-80. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0272.2010.01140.x. Epub 2011 Sep 15.

Effect of α-lipoic acid on sperm quality, reproductive tract measures in thinner exposed rats.

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Department of Reproduction and Artificial Insemination, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Afyon Kocatepe University, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey. dyeni@aku.edu.tr

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of alpha lipoic acid (ALA, an universal antioxidant) on thinner-induced testicular toxicity regarding spermatological features, body and reproductive tract measures in rats. Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into five treatment groups, eight rats in each. Control group was treated with placebo. Group O was given only olive oil. The group L received only α-lipoic acid. Thinner + Lipoic Acid group received thinner + α-lipoic acid and group T received only thinner. Thinner alone administration caused significant decreases in body and some reproductive organ weights, sperm count, motility and sperm membrane integrity, and significant increases in seminal vesicle weight and abnormal sperm rates compared with the values in the control group. However, concomitant administration of thinner with α-lipoic acid provided significant improvements in sperm parameters compared with values in alone group T. In conclusion, the results of this study suggest that α-lipoic acid has a protective effect against thinner-induced reproductive dysfunction in male rats.

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