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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 241-246

Melatonin as an antioxidant preserving sperm from domestic animals

1 Department of Animal Sciences, Faculty of Superior Studies Cuautitlan, National Autonomus University of Mexico, Mexico
2 Posgraduate Master Programme on Animal Production and Health Sciences, National Autonomus University of Mexico, Mexico

Correspondence Address:
Alfredo Medrano
FES Cuautitlán - Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Carretera Cuautitlán-Teoloyucan s/n Cuautitlán Izcalli, Edo México 54714
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2305-0500.217317

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The role of melatonin on sperm function as well as its use as antioxidant for sperm conservation is analysed in this review. Melatonin has been included in the cooling/freezing media for the conservation of spermatozoa. Depending on the animal species, the best dose to improve sperm quality and fertile capacity is in the range from 0.01 mM to 3.00 mM. Since the work started on the use of melatonin as antioxidant for the conservation of spermatozoa (2011), a search for references was done on the subject using internet and our university libraries: journals, proceedings, thesis, etc. The search focused on animal spermatozoa, but a collection of papers on human spermatozoa was also carried out.

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