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Antimotility effects of Piper betele (L.) leaf extract on washed human spermatozoa

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W. D. Ratnasooriya ,

University of Colombo, Colombo, LK
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K. G. I. Jayawardena,

University of Colombo, Colombo, LK
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Department of Zoology
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G. A. S. Premakumara

University of Colombo, Colombo, LK
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Abstract

Polyvinylpyrrolidone (10,000 MW) co-precipimtc of dichloromethane: methanol (1: 1) extract of Piper betele (L.) (Piperaceae) leaves were investigated (N=12) for antimotility effects on washed human spermatozoa (up to 60 min. of incubation) using three parameters (percentage motility, average forward velocity and motility index). The concentration tested were 0.25, 0.5, 1.25, 2.5 and 5.0 mg/ml. The extract impaired these motility parameters in a dose related manner. The concentrations producing 50% inhibition were : percentage motility 0.47 ± 0.11 mg/ml, average forward velocity 0.37 ± 0.07 mg/ml and motility index 0. ± 0.02 mg/ml (mean ± s.e.m.). Futhermore the antimotility effects were irreversible and were not accompanied either with changes in the fluidity of-the plasma membrane (hypo-osmotic swelling test) or in the viability (nigrosin-eosin stain) of spermatozoa. The results suggest that potent antimotility agentls may be isolated from Piper betele (L.) leaves.
How to Cite: Ratnasooriya, W.D., Jayawardena, K.G.I. and Premakumara, G.A.S., 1990. Antimotility effects of Piper betele (L.) leaf extract on washed human spermatozoa. Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka, 18(1), pp.53–60. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jnsfsr.v18i1.8208
Published on 28 Mar 1990.
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