International Journal of Environmental Health Research
The objective of the study was to examine the associations between environmentally relevant low metal concentrations and semen quality parameters in men. The concentrations of zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), cadmium (Cd), arsenic (As), selenium (Se), and lead (Pb) in the seminal plasma and urine were measured from 196 male human subjects in Taiwan. Urinary Cd concentrations were negatively associated with sperm viability (p=0.006). Seminal plasma Cu concentrations of the normal group (>= 15 x 10(6)/ml) were significantly lower than those of the abnormal group (p=0.023). However, the linear regression analysis showed a weak association between Cu concentration and sperm concentration, along with other semen parameters. No significant relationship between other metals (As, Pb, Zn, and Se) and semen quality was observed.
Original Publication Citation
Jeng, H. A., Huang, Y. L., Pan, C. H., & Diawara, N. (2015). Role of low exposure to metals as male reproductive toxicants. International journal of environmental health research, 25(4), 405-417. doi:10.1080/09603123.2014.958137
Jeng, H. Anna; Huang, Yeou-Lih; Pan, Chih-Hong; and Diawara, Norou, "Role of Low Exposure to Metals as Male Reproductive Toxicants" (2015). Community & Environmental Health Faculty Publications. 39.