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Table 4 Absolute testes weight, daily sperm production (DSP) and serum testosterone concentration in Sprague Dawley rats

From: Inhalation of welding fumes reduced sperm counts and high fat diet reduced testosterone levels; differential effects in Sprague Dawley and Brown Norway rats

 Absolute testes weight (g)DSP (107)SC/Gtestes (× 107)
Week 12 – exposure
 Air + Reg2.10 ± 0.21.39 ± 0.18.95 ± 1.2
 Air + HF2.02 ± 0.21.36 ± 0.19.09 ± 0.9
 GMA-SS + Reg2.06 ± 0.11.19 ± 0.2 ab7.90 ± 0.7ab
 GMA-SS + HF1.98 ± 0.21.23 ± 0.1 a7.75 ± 0.8
Week 24 – recovery
 Air + Reg2.29 ± 0.11.31 ± 0.73.50 ± 0.2
 Air + HF2.15 ± 0.21.24 ± 0.23.51 ± 0.6
 GMA-SS + Reg2.04 ± 0.2 a1.18 ± 0.13.53 ± 0.1
 GMA-SS + HF2.03 ± 0.1 a1.14 ± 0.73.42 ± 0.2
  1. Absolute testes weight (g), daily sperm production (107) and sperm content per gram of testes in Sprague Dawley rats at week 12 after a 5-week exposure to 20 mg/m3 of GMA-SS, and at week 24 after a 12 week recovery period. Mean ± SD (n = 6–12). Significant effects are highlighted in bold
  2. aSignificantly different from Air+Reg diet (p < 0.05)
  3. bSignificantly different from Air+HF diet (p < 0.05)