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Abstract Title:

Effect of long-term ingestion of chromium compounds on aggression, sex behavior and fertility in adult male rat.

Abstract Source:

Drug Chem Toxicol. 1997 Aug;20(3):133-49. PMID: 9292274

Abstract Author(s):

H Bataineh, M H al-Hamood, A Elbetieha, I Bani Hani

Article Affiliation:

Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Jerash Private University, Jordan.

Abstract:

The effects of long-term ingestion of chromium chloride (trivalent compound) and potassium dichromate (hexavalent compound) was investigated on sexual behavior, aggressive behavior and fertility in male rats. Adult male rats were exposed to chromium chloride and potassium dichromate in drinking water at a concentration of 1000 ppm for 12 weeks. The exposure of male rats to chromium chloride and potassium dichromate reduced the number of mounts. The exposure of male rats to potassium dichromate increased the time to ejaculation. On the other hand, the exposure of male rats to chromium chloride and potassium dichromate increased the post ejaculatory interval. The number of animals ejaculating were reduced in chromium chloride and potassium dichromate exposed male rats. The exposure of male rats to chromium chloride and potassium dichromate decreased lateralizations, boxing bouts and fights with stud male. The exposure of male rats to chromium chloride and potassium dichromate had no effect on fertility. Testes, seminal vesicle and preputial gland weights were significantly reduced in chromium chloride- and potassium dichromate-exposed males. In conclusion, the long-term ingestion of chromium chloride and potassium dichromate would have adverse effects on sexual behavior and territorial aggression in adult male rat.

Study Type : Animal Study
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