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Reproductive organ weights and semen quality of pubertal boars fed dietary fumonisin B1



Reproductive organ weights and semen quality of pubertal boars fed dietary fumonisin B1



Animal 3(8): 1133-1137



Fumonisins, a group of toxic metabolites produced by the genus Fusarium, are known to be consumed by farm animals and are the causative agent or a suspected contributing factor in farm animal diseases. Pigs are particularly susceptible to fumonisins. Reproductive inefficiency is recognized as the most costly limiting constraint to efficient animal production. To account for potential reproductive effects of fumonisin in boars, dietary fumonisin B1 (FB1) was fed to 24 male Large White weanling pigs, 8 to 9 weeks of age. The animals were randomly assigned to four diets containing 5.0, 10.0, 15.0 and 0.2 mg FB1/kg constituting diets 1, 2, 3 and control diet, respectively. After 6 months, semen samples were collected from the pubertal boars and analysed. After the semen collection, all the pubertal boars were killed by decapitation, their reproductive systems dissected and the weights of the testes and epididymides as well as the volumes of the testes recorded. Dietary FB1 did not influence both the relative weights of the testes and epididymides as well as the volumes of the testes. Except for the semen volume and spermatozoa morphological abnormalities, all the semen characteristics studied decreased in a dose-dependent manner and the decrease was statistically significant (P < 0.05). The sperm concentration, total sperm and motile sperm per ejaculate of the animals on diet 3 were 83.3%, 79.1% and 59.6% of the controls, respectively. The dietary FB1 levels influenced the mass activities of the semen, which ranged from very turbulent motion for animals on the control diet to absence of wave motion for those on diet 3. The study revealed that male weanling pigs for breeding should not be exposed to dietary FB1 higher than 5 mg/kg for optimum reproductive performance. The results of this present study suggest that the recommendation of 10 mg/kg by the United States Food and Drug Administration as the maximum level of total dietary fumonisins was above the no-observable-effect level of dietary fumonisin for swine.

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DOI: 10.1017/s1751731109004467


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