Bisphenol A exposure and healing effects of Adiantum capillus-veneris L. plant extract (APE) in bisphenol A-induced reproductive toxicity in albino rats

Yousaf B., Amina A., Liu G., Wang R., Qadir A., Ali M. U. , ...More

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLLUTION RESEARCH, vol.23, no.12, pp.11645-11657, 2016 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11356-016-6330-0
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.11645-11657
  • Keywords: Exposure, Rehabilitation, A. capillus-veneris, Bisphenol A, Testicular injury, Rats, OXIDATIVE STRESS, ANTINOCICEPTIVE ACTIVITIES, ASSOCIATION, JUVENILE, REGION, LIVER, TESTOSTERONE, TESTIS, HEALTH, INJURY


The current study presents the bisphenol A exposure and the ameliorative effects of Adiantum capillus-veneris on testicular toxicity induced by bisphenol A. Adult male albino rats were divided into five groups of five animals each: A (control), B (vehicle control), C (toxic), D (protective), and E (ameliorative) were served distilled water, olive oil, bisphenol A (BPA) at 100 mg/kg body weight, A. capillus-veneris plant extract at 25 mg/kg body weight, and BPA + A. capillus-veneris, respectively. All of the doses were administered orally for 15 days, and the rats were then sacrificed. Blood samples for the testosterone assay and both testes were collected for histological examination. The body weight, paired testes weight, relative tissue weight index, Johnsen scoring of tubules, and level of serum testosterone decreased in BPA-treated rats. Similarly, histological examination of the testes in BPA-treated animals revealed a lower number of Leydig cells, an irregular basement membrane, sloughing of germinal layers, vacuolization, a lower number of spermatocytes, and debris in the lumen. However, co-administration of A. capillus-veneris with BPA increased the total antioxidative capacity (330.82 +/- 22.46 mu mol/mg protein) of the testes and restored the serum testosterone level (1.70 ng/ml); histological features showed restoration in the stages of spermatogenesis. Conclusively, A. capillus-veneris plant extract overcomes the estrogenic effects of BPA on the reproductive system of rats and protects rats' testes against BPA-induced injury/damage via an antioxidative mechanism that appears to be conciliated.