Advanced search
Start date

Effect of vitamin B12 in the seminiferous epithelium recovery after Busulfan®-induced germ cells depletion

Grant number: 11/19454-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2012
Effective date (End): June 30, 2013
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Morphology - Histology
Principal Investigator:Estela Sasso Cerri
Grantee:Bárbara Oliveira
Home Institution: Faculdade de Odontologia (FOAr). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Araraquara. Araraquara , SP, Brazil


Busulfan, a chemotherapeutic drug, causes damage in proliferative tissues such as the seminiferous epithelium. Regarding that vitamin B12 stimulates DNA synthesis, the effect of this vitamin in the recovery of the damaged seminiferous epithelium by busulfan, mainly in the spermatogonial cells, will be evaluated. Sixty-four male rats will be distributed into 8 groups (n=8/group). The animals will receive daily intraperitoneal injections of 3 µg of vitamin B12 during 10 (GB, GVVit, GRec and GVrec-1) or 17 (GRecVit and GVRec-2) days. These animals will also receive intraperitoneal injections of 10 mg/Kg of Busulfan (GB, GRec e GRecVit) or polyethylene glycol (GVVit, GVRec-1 and GVRec-2) in the 1st and 4th days. In the control groups (GV e GVRec-3), the animals will receive polyethylene glycol (1st and 4th days) and saline solution during the other days. The animals will be anaesthetized and the blood will be collected for the hemogram evaluation. The testes will be removed and embedded in glycol methacrylate. In 45 tubular cross-sections per animal, stained by H.E., 15 tubules at specific stages of the seminiferous cycle (I-VI, VII-VIII and IX-XIV) will be randomized selected and the total and epithelial tubular areas will be measured. The frequency of damaged tubules will also be obtained. The number of spermatogonia in the tubules at stages IX-XIV will also be quantified. The results will be statistically analyzed (pd0.05).

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
SASSO-CERRI, ESTELA; OLIVEIRA, BARBARA; DE SANTI, FABIANE; BELTRAME, FLAVIA L.; CANEGUIM, BRENO H.; CERRI, PAULO S. The antineoplastic busulphan impairs peritubular and Leydig cells, and vitamin B-12 stimulates spermatogonia proliferation and prevents busulphan-induced germ cell death. BIOMEDICINE & PHARMACOTHERAPY, v. 95, p. 1619-1630, NOV 2017. Web of Science Citations: 5.

Please report errors in scientific publications list by writing to: