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J Zhejiang Univ Sci B. 2013 Mar;14(3):247-52. doi: 10.1631/jzus.B1200287.

Anethum graveolens Linn. (dill) extract enhances the mounting frequency and level of testicular tyrosine protein phosphorylation in rats.

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Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand. iamsaard_sitt@yahoo.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the effect of Anethum graveolens (AG) extracts on the mounting frequency, histology of testis and epididymis, and sperm physiology.

METHODS:

Male rats induced by cold immobilization before treating with vehicle or AG extracts [50, 150, and 450 mg/kg body weight (BW)] via gastric tube for consecutive 1, 7, and 14 d were examined for mounting frequency, testicular phosphorylation level by immunoblotting, sperm concentration, sperm acrosome reaction, and histological structures of testis and epididymis, respectively.

RESULTS:

AG (50 mg/kg BW) significantly increased the mounting frequency on Days 1 and 7 compared to the control group. Additionally, rat testis treated with 50 mg/kg BW AG showed high levels of phosphorylated proteins as compared with the control group. In histological analyses, AG extract did not affect the sperm concentration, acrosome reaction, and histological structures of testis and epididymis.

CONCLUSIONS:

AG extract enhances the aphrodisiac activity and is not harmful to sperm and male reproductive organs.

PMID:
23463768
PMCID:
PMC3596576
DOI:
10.1631/jzus.B1200287
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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