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Influence of exogenous corticosterone on testicular function and mating behavior of Nigerian indigenous cocks

Iyasere, Oluwaseun Serah; Ajadi, Temitope Ayisat; Sobayo, Richard Abayomi; Logunleko, Mariam Opeyemi; Adebayo, Adenrele Olalekan; Durosaro, Samuel Olutunde; Egbeyale, Lawrence Tokunbo; Famosaya, Oluwabukunmi Oluwayemisi; Ajiboye, Oluwatosin Olawanle; Akinbode, Sakiru Oladele; Daramola, James Olamitibo.
Anim. Reprod. (Online); 19(1): e20210026, 2022. tab
Artigo em Inglês | VETINDEX | ID: biblio-1363341


In bridging the knowledge gap on stress physiology of Nigerian indigenous chickens, this study investigated the effect of exogenous corticosterone (eCORT) as stress inducing agent on the testicular function and mating behavior of Nigerian indigenous cocks. Twenty-four (24) cocks and one hundred and forty four (144) hens (mating ratio of 1 cock: 6 hens) were grouped into four and assigned to each of the four eCORT treatments (0, 2, 4 and 6 mgeCORT/KgBW) daily for 14 days. Semen samples were collected on days 0, 7 and 14 and analyzed for semen volume (SV), progressive sperm motility (PSM), membrane integrity (MI) and sperm abnormality (SA). Mating behaviors were monitored on days 3, 5 and 8. Blood samples, for hormonal (Luteinizing Hormone (LH), Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) Testosterone (TEST) and stress analysis (heterophil/lymphocyte ratio, H/L) were collected from brachial vein on days 7 and 14. On day 15, cocks were euthanized and testes harvested for histomorphometry. Data were analyzed using multivariate analysis, one­way ANOVA and Kruskal-Wallis tests all in SPSS 23. Administration of 4 mgeCORT/KgBW declined (P0.05) influence on the mating behaviors, H/L ratio, FSH and TEST. However, 2 mgeCORT/KgBW enhanced LH levels. Administration of eCORT did not affect the testicular epithelial height and seminiferous tubular diameter. In conclusion, optimal stress induced by eCORT impaired semen quality but with less impact on reproductive hormones, H/L and mating behaviors of intensively raised Nigerian indigenous cocks.(AU)
Biblioteca responsável: BR68.1