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Table 4 Effects of chemical lesion of the DRN or MRN raphe nuclei on sperm quality, of rats sacrificed at 65 days-of-age (Mean ± S.E.M.)

From: Dorsal and medial raphe nuclei participate differentially in reproductive functions of the male rat

Group n Sperm concentration (1x106 cells/ml) Sperm motility
(%)
Sperm viability
(%)
Control 22 71.1 ± 4.2 58.7 ± 2.9 60.9 ± 1.4
Sham DRN 20 70.2 ± 4.8 63.1 ± 4.7 58.2 ± 2.7
Lesion DRN 22 41.2 ± 2.8* 39.6 ± 4.4* 52.1 ± 3.5
Sham MRN 10 67.0 ± 2.8 55.0 ± 2.3 57.2 ± 1.8
Lesion MRN 15 71.3 ± 2.7 50.4 ± 2.0 61.7 ± 2.0
  1. Mean ± s.e.m; Sham; sham operation; DRN, dorsal raphe nucleus; MRN, medial raphe nucleus
  2. *p < 0.05 vs. Sham DRN (Two way ANOVA followed by Tukey 's test)