Short communication: Influence of vitamins C and E on sperm motility of rabbit bucks

Amel Najjar Ben Maâtoug, S. Ben Saïd, T. Najjar, S. Kalamoun, N. Ben Khalifa, E. Ben Aïchae, M. Ben Mrad


The objective of the study is to investigate the effect of vitamin C and E supplementation on rabbit sperm motility. Forty INAT breed bucks aged 8.5 mo were divided into 2 groups: control group (C) and treated group (T) receiving vitamins C (1 g/L) and E (1 g/L) incorporated in the drinking water. Semen was collected using an artificial vagina over 6 wk (C, total ejaculates=81; T, total ejaculates=76). The massal motility (MM) was evaluated in the fresh and raw semen. Then, the individual motility at 0 (IM0), 2 (IM2) and 4 h (IM4) after semen collection was determined in diluted semen and conserved at +4°C for the 2 groups. MM was higher in T than in C group (P=0.0012). However, the individual motilities IM0, IM2 and IM4 did not vary between the 2 groups. In conclusion, the supplementation of vitamins C and E in the drinking water for rabbit influenced only the MM in both fresh and raw semen.


vitamin C; vitamin E; sperm motility; rabbit bucks

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