Possible mechanism by which zinc protects the testicular function of rats exposed to cigarette smoke.

@article{Sankako2012PossibleMB,
  title={Possible mechanism by which zinc protects the testicular function of rats exposed to cigarette smoke.},
  author={Michele Kimie Sankako and Patr{\'i}cia Carvalho Garcia and Renata Carolina Piffer and Bruna Dallaqua and D{\'e}bora Cristina Damasceno and Oduvaldo C{\^a}mara Marques Pereira},
  journal={Pharmacological reports : PR},
  year={2012},
  volume={64 6},
  pages={1537-46}
}
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the changes in testicular function of rats due to cigarette smoke exposure and the possible mechanism by which zinc protects against these alterations. METHODS Male Wistar rats (60 days old) were randomly divided into 3 groups: control (G1, n = 10); exposed to cigarette smoke (G2, n = 10; 20 cigarettes/day/9 weeks) and exposed to cigarette smoke and supplemented with zinc (G3, n = 8; 20 cigarettes/day/9 weeks; 20 mg/kg zinc chloride daily for 9… CONTINUE READING