Gulfam Ahmad

Paul Sabatier University - Toulouse III, Toulouse, Midi-Pyrenees, France

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Publications (2)6.62 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the effects of a mild induced testicular and epididymal hyperthermia (+2°C) on sperm chromatin integrity in men. Experimental prospective study. University hospital. Five healthy fertile volunteers. Testicular and epididymal hyperthermia was induced by maintaining the testes at inguinal position with the support of specially designed underwear 15 ± 1 hours daily for 120 consecutive days. Classic semen characteristics. Sperm DNA fragmentation index (DFI) and high DNA stainability (HDS) were analyzed by sperm chromatin structure assay. Compared with baseline values, sperm DFI and HDS were significantly increased as early as day (D) 20 and D34, respectively, and remained elevated during the entire period of hyperthermia. Percentages of motile and viable spermatozoa decreased as early as D20 and D34, respectively, and total sperm count decreased at D34 during hyperthermia and remained low during the entire hyperthermia period. All studied parameters returned to respective baseline values at D73 after cessation of hyperthermia. Mild induced testicular and epididymal hyperthermia largely impaired sperm chromatin integrity, which appeared before any changes in sperm output. These findings may have clinical implications in male contraception, infertility, and assisted reproductive technology.
    Fertility and sterility 03/2012; 97(3):546-53. · 3.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study was designed to investigate the in vitro effects of didanosine, zidovudine, saquinavir and indinavir, commonly used in highly active antiretroviral therapy, on human sperm fertility parameters. Thirty semen samples from healthy men were collected and prepared by gradient density method. Aliquots of 90% fractions with >80% motile spermatozoa were incubated for 1, 3, and 6h with different concentrations of the antiretroviral drugs (20, 40, and 80 μg/ml). Sperm motility was evaluated by computer assisted sperm analysis system. Sperm mitochondrial potential was evaluated using 3,3'-dihexyloxacarbocyanine iodide (DIOC(6)) and the acrosome reaction was examined using pisum sativum agglutinin method. A dose-dependent decrease in sperm motility was observed with saquinavir. Saquinavir also induced a significant time and dose-dependent decrease in mitochondrial potential and an increase in spontaneous acrosome reaction. These findings indicate that, in vitro, higher doses of saquinavir have adverse effects on sperm motility, mitochondrial potential and acrosome reaction.
    Toxicology in Vitro 03/2011; 25(2):485-91. · 2.65 Impact Factor

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8 Citations
6.62 Total Impact Points


  • 2012
    • Paul Sabatier University - Toulouse III
      • Groupe de Recherche en Fertilité Humaine - EA 3694 - GRFH
      Toulouse, Midi-Pyrenees, France