Antioxidative Effects on MaleFertility: Roles of reactive oxygenspecies (ROS) on D. melanogasterfertility and sperm viability Weily Lang, Preethi Radhakrishnan CUNY LaGuardia Community College
HYPOTHESIS• We hypothesized that when flies are fed antioxidants, sperm viability and fertility will increase because the antioxidants accumulated within gametic tissue will help rescue cells from prolonged paraquat- induced ROS damage.
Results: Fertility 120Total Number of Offspring 100 80 Produced 60 Male Female 40 20 0 ETHANOL MELATONIN LIPOIC ACID
Conclusion• Mating probability and Copula Duration: − Antioxidant- fed treatments had no influence in male to female attraction or mate guarding behavior. − This indicates that feeding antioxidants does not significantly influence pre- copulatory behaviors• Sperm viability: − Males fed Melatonin and Lipoic acid had a significantly higher proportion of live sperm (74% and 56%) than the Ethanol treatment (32%). − This indicated that both antioxidants Melatonin and Lipoic Acid, might protect sperm from the lipid peroxidation activity of Paraquat• Fertility: − Males fed Melatonin and Lipoic acid sired significantly more offspring (mean = 187 and 148) the Ethanol treatment (mean = 82). − This shows that antioxidant-fed males, passed more viable sperm to females than the Ethanol treated flies, thereby siring more offspring.
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Acknowledgements• Dr. Preethi Radhakrishnan• NIH-Bridges R25 PAR-11-285• Dr. Thomas Onorato• Cheryl Pinzone, University of Georgia• Judith O’Toole, CUNY LaGuardia Community College