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Volume 12, Number 3, Oct-Dec 2018, Pages: 242-248

Protective Effects of Matricaria chamomilla Extract on Torsion/ Detorsion-Induced Tissue Damage and Oxidative Stress in Adult Rat Testis

Malihe Soltani, M.Sc, 1, Maryam Moghimian, Ph.D, 1, Seyed Hossein Abtahi-Eivari, Ph.D, 1, Hamed Shoorei, Ph.D, 2, Arash Khaki, Ph.D, 3, Majid Shokoohi, M.Sc, 2, 4, *,
Department of Basic Sciences, School of Medicine, Gonabad University of Medical Sciences, Gonabad, Iran
Department of Anatomical Sciences, School of Medicine, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
Department of Pathology, Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran
Student Research Committee, Gonabad University of Medical Sciences, Gonabad, Iran
* Corresponding Address: P.O.Box: 5166/15731 Department of Anatomical Sciences School of Medicine Tabriz University of Medical Sciences TabrizIran Email:



There is some evidence indicating that Matricaria chamomile (MC) had protective effects on ischemia- reperfusion. In the present study, a rat model was used to investigate the effect of hydroalcoholic extract of MC on torsion/detorsion-induced testis tissue damage.

Materials and Methods

In this experimental study, 28 male Wistar rats were randomly divided into 4 groups as follows: G1, Sham operated; G2, testicular torsion/detorsion (T/D); G3, rats with testicular torsion/detorsion that received 300 mg/kg of MC extracts 30 minutes before detorsion (T/DMC); and G4, healthy rats that received 300 mg/kg of MC extracts (MC). Also, the reperfusion period was 24 hours. After blood sampling, the oxidative stress marker [e.g. superoxide dismutase (SOD) levels], blood levels of testosterone, and anti-oxidant enzyme levels [e.g. glutathione peroxidase (GPx)] were assessed by ELISA methods. Serum activity of malondialdehyde (MDA) was evaluated by spectrophotometry. Another assessment was carried out by histomorphometry, 24-hour post-procedure. The histological parameters investigated by Johnson’s scores (JS), also the seminiferous tubule diameter (STD) and the height of the germinal epithelium (HE) measured using the linear eyepiece grids using light microscopy.


Histological features significantly differed between sham and the other groups. The levels of SOD, GPx, and testosterone hormone were significantly decreased in T/D group as compared to sham group, while these parameters increased in T/DMC group as compared to T/D group. During ischemia, the MDA levels increased; however, treatment with MC extract decreased the MDA levels in G3 and G4 groups.


Results of the present study demonstrated that MC can protect the testis tissue against torsion/detorsion- induced damages by suppressing superoxide production.