Ultra-acute exposure to cadmium does not impair whitefish sperm motility.

Sareh Yaripour, Jukka Kekäläinen, Hannu Huuskonen, Matti Janhunen, Raine Kortet
Cadmium (Cd) exposure can impair the traits of aquatic animals associated with reproduction. In natural lakes Cd is typically detected at concentrations below 0.001 mg l1 . The authors investigated the impact of ultra-acute Cd exposure on sperm motility in European whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus). They activated sperm with water containing various nominal concentrations of Cd and recorded sperm motility parameters. Only the highest Cd concentration (500 mg l1 ) was associated with decreased sperm swimming velocity and increases in both the percentage of static cells and curvature of the sperm swimming trajectory. The results indicate that environmentally realistic concentrations of Cd during the sperm motility activation are not critically harmful to male C. lavaretus fertilization potential.

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