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Andrologia. 2014 May;46(4):399-407. doi: 10.1111/and.12095. Epub 2013 Apr 14.

Kolaviron protects against ethylene glycol monoethyl ether-induced toxicity in boar spermatozoa.

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Drug Metabolism & Toxicology Research Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.


This study investigated the ameliorative effects of kolaviron (a biflavonoid from the seed of Garcinia kola) and vitamin C on ethylene glycol monoethyl ether (EGEE)-induced oxidative damage in boar spermatozoa in vitro. EGEE (1.0 mm) was incubated with boar spermatozoa for 3 h with or without either kolaviron (50 and 100 μm) or vitamin C (1.0 mm). Spermatozoa parameters were determined hourly during the incubation period, whereas aminotransferases and alkaline phosphatase activities and oxidative stress indices were assessed after the incubation period. Results showed a time-dependent decline in spermatozoa motility and viability with significant elevation in total abnormalities in EGEE-treated spermatozoa. Exposure to EGEE resulted in significant increase in aminotransferases, alkaline phosphatase and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activities, whereas it markedly decreased glutathione (GSH) level, catalase (CAT) and glutathione S-transferase (GST) activities with concomitant increase in hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ) and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels. Pre-treatment of spermatozoa with kolaviron or vitamin C significantly decreased H2 O2 and MDA levels, improved spermatozoa characteristics and ameliorated oxidative damage in EGEE-treated spermatozoa. Taken together, EGEE exhibited its spermatotoxicity via induction of oxidative stress. The protective effects by kolaviron and vitamin C against EGEE-induced oxidative damage may be due to their intrinsic antioxidative potentials.


Boar; ethylene glycol monoethyl ether (EGEE); kolaviron; oxidative stress; spermatotoxicity

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