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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 2)
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Gonadosomatic Index and Spermatozoa Morphological Characteristics of Male Wistar Rats Treated with Graded Concentration of Aloe Vera Gel

M.O. Oyeyemi and A.P. Fayomi
Corresponding Author:  Fayomi Adetunji Peter 

Key words:  Aloe vera gel, gonadosomatic index, graded concentration, male wistar rats, morphological characteristics, spermatozoa,
Vol. 3 , (2): 47-53
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2010 August, 09 2010 September, 17 2011 April, 05
Abstract:

Male Wistar rats were used to study the effects of graded concentration of Aloe vera gel on the gonadosomatic index and the spermatozoa morphological characteristics. Ninety six rats (140 to 255 g) were randomly grouped into four: A (Control), B (200 mg/kg), C (300 mg/kg) and D (400 mg/kg); and were treated for one, two and three weeks. Samples were collected after each of these periods. The results revealed significant increase (p<0.05) in the gonadosomatic index of the testis and the epididymis as well as significant increase (p<0.05) in the percentage of spermatozoa abnormalities in the test groups when compared with the control. These increase (p<0.05) were concentration-dependent for each week and increases (p<0.05) with duration of administration from the first week to the third week. It was therefore concluded that Aloe vera gel should be used with caution in breeding bulk, stud, ram and bull; and should be less than 200 mg/kg when being administered for up to 7 consecutive days.
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M.O. Oyeyemi and A.P. Fayomi, 2011. Gonadosomatic Index and Spermatozoa Morphological Characteristics of Male Wistar Rats Treated with Graded Concentration of Aloe Vera Gel.  International Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 3(2): 47-53.
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