Selected heavy metals versus antioxidant parameters in bull seminal plasma - A comparative study

Article (PDF Available)inJournal of Environmental Science and Health Part A Toxic/Hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering 47(9):1261-6 · July 2012with30 Reads
DOI: 10.1080/10934529.2012.672117 · Source: PubMed
To investigate the effects of lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) content on basic motility characteristics (motility, progressive motility) and selected antioxidant parameters (total antioxidant status - TAS, superoxide dismutase - SOD, albumin - ALB) in the bovine seminal plasma semen samples were collected from breeding bulls and used in the study. Motility analysis was carried out using the Computer Assisted Sperm Analysis (CASA) system. Subsequently, the samples were centrifuged and fractions of seminal plasma were collected. Pb and Cd concentrations were determined by the voltametric method (ASV), antioxidant parameters were analyzed by UV/VIS spectrophotometry using commercial kits. The analysis showed that the average concentrations of the trace elements were 0.57 ± 0.01 μg/mL for Pb and 0.11 ± 0.01 μg/mL for Cd. The correlation analysis revealed that both heavy metals were negatively correlated with motility (r = -0.777; P < 0.001 for Pb and r = -0.786; P < 0.001 for Cd), progressive motility (r = -0.763; P < 0.001 for Pb and r = -0.792; P < 0.001 for Cd), TAS (r = -0.375; p > 0.05 and r = -0.334; P > 0.05, respectively), SOD (r = -0.746; P < 0.001 and r = -0.537; P < 0.05, respectively) as well as with ALB (r = -0.609; P < 0.01 and r = -0.699; P < 0.001, respectively). Moreover the samples were categorized in three quality groups (Excellent, Good, Medium) according to their motility values. The lowest Pb and Cd concentrations but the best antioxidant characteristics were found in samples of excellent quality, medium quality samples were described by the highest Pb and Cd concentration and the worst antioxidant power. This study demonstrates that Pb and Cd are serious toxic elements, which are able to increase the risk of oxidative stress development and a subsequent decrease of semen quality.
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    • At the same time, the semen characteristics met the criteria established for the Holstein Friesian bovine breed, which is why a possible health impact on the outcomes collected from further examinations was ruled out. The data collected from the CRP, IL-6, TAS and MDA assessments suggest that all the studied characteristics were within the physiological limits and comparable to the results of other authors [6,[18][19][20]. Table 2displays the results of the correlation analysis between the selected motion characteristics, inflammatory, prooxidant and antioxidant parameters quantified in bovine seminal plasma.
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