Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences in Nitra Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences 1338-5178 special issue 2 (Biotechnology) vol. 4 2015-02-02 2015-02-02 CURCUMIN IN MALE FERTILITY: EFFECTS ON SPERMATOZOA VITALITY AND OXIDATIVE BALANCE 120 EN Eva Tvrdá Eva Tvrdá Norbert Lukáč Norbert Lukáč Tomáš Jambor Tomáš Jambor Jana Lukáčová Jana Lukáčová Peter Massányi Peter Massányi The aim of this study was to assess the dose- and time-dependent effects of curcumin on bovine spermatozoa during short-term (0h, 2h, 6h) and long-term (12h, 24h) in vitro culture periods. Semen samples were collected from 20 adult breeding bulls, and diluted in physiological saline solution containing 0.5% DMSO together with 0, 1, 5, 10, 50 and 100 μM/L of curcumin. Spermatozoa motion parameters were determined using the SpermVisionTM and CASA (Computer Assisted Semen Analyzer) system. Cell viability was measured using the metabolic activity MTT assay, and the nitroblue-tetrazolium (NBT) test was used to assess the intracellular superoxide formation. The CASA analysis revealed that concentrations of 50 μM/L and 10 μM/L of curcumin were able to significantly prevent the decrease of motility and progressive motility (P<0.001 in case of group B and P<0.01 in case of group C) over all time periods of the in vitro incubation. At the same time, supplementation of concentrations ranging from 50 μM/L to 5 μM/L of curcumin led to a significant preservation of the cell viability in comparison to the control (P<0.001 in case of groups B and C; P<0.05 in case of group D). Concentrations in between 50 μM/L and 5 μM/L of curcumin demonstrated antioxidant properties, translated in a significant reduction of the intracellular superoxide production throughout the in vitro culture (P<0.001). The results indicate that the addition of curcumin, especially in concentrations between 50 μM and 10 μM to the culture medium could be beneficial for a complex enhancement of spermatozoa activity and protection against complications resulting from in vitro culture.