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Author Mosqueda-Romo, Néstor Aarón ♦ Morales-Montor, Jorge ♦ Legorreta-Herrera, Martha ♦ Aguilar-Sánchez, Margarita ♦ Buendía-González, Fidel Orlando ♦ Rodríguez-Morales, Ana Laura
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Publisher Hindawi Limited
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Date Created 2015-09-13
Copyright Year ©2014
Language English
Subject Domain (in LCC) R
Subject Keyword Medicine
Abstract We decreased the level of gonadal steroids in female and male mice by gonadectomy. We infected these mice with P. berghei ANKA and observed the subsequent impact on the oxidative stress response. Intact females developed lower levels of parasitaemia and lost weight faster than intact males. Gonadectomised female mice displayed increased levels of parasitaemia, increased body mass, and increased anaemia compared with their male counterparts. In addition, gonadectomised females exhibited lower specific catalase, superoxide dismutase, and glutathione peroxidase activities in their blood and spleen tissues compared with gonadectomised males. To further study the oxidative stress response in P. berghei ANKA-infected gonadectomised mice, nitric oxide levels were assessed in the blood and spleen, and MDA levels were assessed in the spleen. Intact, sham-operated, and gonadectomised female mice exhibited higher levels of nitric oxide in the blood and spleen compared with male mice. MDA levels were higher in all of the female groups. Finally, gonadectomy significantly increased the oxidative stress levels in females but not in males. These data suggest that differential oxidative stress is influenced by oestrogens that may contribute to sexual dimorphism in malaria.
ISSN 23146133
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2014-01-01
e-ISSN 23146133
Journal BioMed Research International
Volume Number 2014


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