Tropical summer induces sperm DNA damage in boars which can be mitigated by antioxidant therapy

Pena, S., Gummow, B., Parker, A., and Paris, D.B.B.P. (2017) Tropical summer induces sperm DNA damage in boars which can be mitigated by antioxidant therapy. In: [Presented at the JCU Science Research Festival]. From: JCU Science Research Festival, 7-8 September 2017, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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Despite pork being the most widely consumed meat in the world, summer infertility due to heat stress significantly reduces pig production and can potentially limit sustainable pork supply particularly in tropical regions. The boar's characteristic non-pendulous scrotum, inefficient capacity to sweat and the high susceptibility of boar sperm to temperature shock makes this species particularly vulnerable to heat stress. While traditionally considered a sow problem, recent studies demonstrate that DNA damage in sperm caused by heat stress can result in early embryo loss in mice.

The aim of this study was to determine whether sperm DNA damage is higher during summer in boars and evaluate antioxidant supplementation to alleviate the problem.

Item ID: 54257
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: antioxidant, boar, summer infertility; DNA damage, sperm, infertility
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Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2018 00:10
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0601 Biochemistry and Cell Biology > 060103 Cell Development, Proliferation and Death @ 25%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0606 Physiology > 060602 Animal Physiology - Cell @ 25%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0702 Animal Production > 070201 Animal Breeding @ 50%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8303 Livestock Raising > 830308 Pigs @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences @ 20%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies @ 30%
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