Green tea extracts attenuate doxorubicin-induced spermatogenic disorders in conjunction with higher telomerase activity in mice

Kenji Sato, Kou Sueoka, Reiko Tanigaki, Hiroto Tajima, Akira Nakabayashi, Yasunori Yoshimura, Yoshihiko Hosoi

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

25 Citations (Scopus)


Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate the protective effect of green tea extracts against doxorubicin-induced damage in the mouse testes correlating with telomerase activity. Methods: Green tea extracts were administered orally. Doxorubicin was coadministered intraperitoneally. These testes were evaluated histologically and the telomerase activity was analyzed. Additional immunostaining was carried out. Results: Both the sperm density and sperm motility were significantly increased in green tea extracts coadministration groups as compared to the doxorubicin-treated groups. By histological analysis, germ cell damage was greatly attenuated by green tea extracts coadministration. Telomerase activity significantly increased in association with the coadministration of green tea extracts as compared to that of doxorubicin-only groups. In all groups, human telomerase reverse transcriptase signals were mainly observed in the spermatocytes and spermatids. Conclusions: These findings suggest that green tea extracts exert protective effects against doxorubicin-induced spermatogenic disorders in conjunction with higher telomerase activity levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-508
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Aug 1



  • Catechins
  • Doxorubicin
  • Green tea
  • Telomerase
  • Testes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics(clinical)

Cite this