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Potential ultrastructural changes in rat epididymal cell types induced by Boswellia papyrifera and Boswellia carterii incense

Ahmed, Mukhtar and Al-Daghri, Nasser and Harrath, Abdul Halim and Alokail, Majed S and Aladakatti, Ravindranath H and Ghodesawar, Mukhtar Ahmed G and Alwasel, Saleh (2013) Potential ultrastructural changes in rat epididymal cell types induced by Boswellia papyrifera and Boswellia carterii incense. In: COMPTES RENDUS BIOLOGIES, 336 (8). pp. 392-399.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.crvi.2013.04.004

Abstract

Boswellia papyrifera and Boswellia carterii, known as Arabian incense, diffuses smoke, contaminating the air, which adversely affects human health. Therefore, this study was designed to ascertain the effect of these plants on histopathological and ultrastructure changes in cauda epididymis of Albino rats. Animals were exposed to 4 g/kg body weight of B. papyrifera and B. carterii daily for 120 days along with suitable controls. Our study indicates a significant reduction in epithelial heights. Cells showed signs of degeneration. The ultrastructural study revealed that the cauda epididymis was affected, including its cell types. Furthermore, a decrease in the size of mitochondria, Golgi complex, and both ERs was observed. In all treated groups, plasma fructose decreased considerably, indicating the sign of reduced energy, vital for motility and other sperm functions. The results of this study suggest that these plants systematically affect cauda epididymal cell types and its lumen through its potential toxicity. (C) 2013 Published by Elsevier Masson SAS on behalf of Academie des sciences.

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Keywords: B. papyrifera; B. carterii; Albino rats; Cauda epididymis; Ultrastructural; Fructose assay; Morphometry
Department/Centre: Others
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2013 11:15
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2013 11:15
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/47623

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