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The Effects of Oral Methyl Tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE) on Mouse Sperms

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department Of Biology, College of Science, Boroujerd Branch, Islamic Azad University, Boroujerd, IRAN

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 3, Issue (2), Pages 74-75, February,10 (2014)

Abstract

Methyl Tert_Butyl Ether (MTBE) is an organic oxygenated compound for decreasing Carbon Monoxide emissions during combustion. In this research, the effect of MTBE on the NMRI mice sperm was studied, MTBE was administered to mice at dose levels of 1600 mg/kg/day. After two weeks of treatment, the mice were anesthetize, and their testes and epididymis were removed. Their epididymal ducts were dissected, then the sperms were studied. No Significant changes were observed in the number of sperms, but sperms` viability had been decreased significantly .This experiment indicates that, relatively high dose of MTBE can exert toxicity on cells in the mouse sperms.

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