African Journal of
Biotechnology

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12193

Short Communication

Sperm quality of male rats treated with aqueous extract of Enantia chlorantha stem bark

Toyin M. Salman1* and Ayoade A. Adesokan2
  1Department of Physiology, College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. 2Medical Biochemistry Unit, College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 26 October 2007
  •  Published: 30 April 2008

Abstract

 

The effects of aqueous extract of Enantia chlorantha were studied on sperm motility, viability and counts in adult albino rats. Oral administration of 50 and 100 mg/kg body weight of the extract daily for a week caused dose-dependent changes in the sperm motility and viability without a significant change in the sperm counts. There was a significant increase in sperm motility and viability (P <0.05) and an insignificant increase in sperm counts at 50 mg/kg body weight. However, an insignificant increase (P >0.05) in sperm motility, and viability was observed at 100 mg/kg body weight. The results suggest that low doses of E. chlorantha could improve sperm quality.

 

Key words: Enantia chlorantha, Aqueous extract, sperm quality, albino rats.