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Abstract Title:

Does Coenzyme Q10 Supplementation Improve Testicular Function and Spermatogenesis in Male Mice with Chronic Kidney Disease?

Abstract Source:

Biology (Basel). 2021 Aug 17 ;10(8). Epub 2021 Aug 17. PMID: 34440017

Abstract Author(s):

Chih-Wei Tsao, Yu-Juei Hsu, Xiang-Ting Tseng, Ting-Chia Chang, Chang-Huei Tsao, Chin-Yu Liu

Article Affiliation:

Chih-Wei Tsao


The aim of the study was to examine the potential effects of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) on reproductive function in a chronic kidney disease (CKD) mouse model. Nine-week-old mice were randomly assigned to two groups: sham surgery (= 18) and CKD surgery (= 18). After surgery, the study groups received CoQ10 (10 mg/kg body weight dissolved in corn oil by oral gavage) or corn oil as a vehicle daily for 8 weeks. The groups that underwent 5/6 nephrectomy developed significant elevations of serum BUN and creatinine levels. The CoQ10 treatment significantly increased the serum and testicular CoQ10 levels and alleviated the poor semen quality from incomplete spermatogenesis. The testosterone concentration, in addition to the protein expression of enzymes related to testosterone biosynthesis, was also elevated, and the CKD-induced decrease in antioxidant activity in the testes was significantly ameliorated. The results suggest that CoQ10 could act against CKD-induced testicular dysfunction through improvements in the sperm function, testicular morphology, testosterone levels and related biosynthesis pathways, in addition to antioxidant activity.

Study Type : Animal Study

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