Measurement of free radicals and their effects on human spermatozoa

Lampiao, Fanuel (2006-03)

Thesis (MSCMedSc (Biomedical Sciences. Medical Physiology))--University of Stellenbosch, 2006.


In this study, we presented data on the role of free radicals in human spermatozoa, particularly in the context of centrifugation and the potential development of defective sperm function. In order to achieve this, methods were developed to directly measure intracellular free radicals in human sperm and the effects of exogenously applied free radicals on sperm function were established. The role of brief and prolonged centrifugation and the associated generation of free radicals was also investigated.

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