STUDY OF THE PROTECTIVE EFFECTS OF QUINCE (CYDONIA OBLONGA) LEAF EXTRACT ON FERTILITY ALTERATIONS AND GONADAL DYSFUNCTION INDUCED BY MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE IN ADULT MALE WISTAR RATS
Background and Aims: Starting from the cytotoxic effects of monosodium glutamate (MSG), the aim of this study was to evaluate the protective effects of quince leaf extract as natural antioxidant on the reproductive dysfunction induced by monosodium glutamate in rats. Material and methods: Monosodium glutamate was administrated with a dose of 30 and 60 mg/kg and quince leaf extract was administrated with a dose of 500 mg/kg. At the end of study, body and testicular weight measurement, hormonal and epididymal sperm analysis were performed. Results: Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and testosterone levels were reduced after administration of monosodium glutamate. The levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) exhibited no significant changes. Treatment with quince leaf extract led to improvement in follicle stimulating hormone and testosterone levels. Epididymal sperm population was reduced after administration of monosodium glutamate and treatment with quince leaf extract. The increased sperm motility rate induced by monosodium glutamate was reduced after treatment with quince leaf extract. Administration of monosodium glutamate led to more body weight gain in comparison to combined administration monosodium glutamate and quince leaf extract. Conclusions: The quince leaf extract can be effective in reduction of functional alterations of reproductive system induced by monosodium glutamate.