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Table 2 Effects of testosterone and, aqueous and methanolic extracts of F. asperifolia on total proteins, total cholesterol and prostatic acid phosphatase in normal immature rats after four weeks of treatment

From: Androgenic effects of aqueous and methanolic extracts of Ficus asperifolia in male Wistar rats

Groups Total proteins Total cholesterol Prostatic acid phosphatase (U/g)
Epididymis (mg/ml) Plasma (mg/ml) Testes (mg/g) Plasma (mg/dl)
Control (Distilled water, 10 ml/kg b.w.) 85.70 ± 8.82 61.18 ± 3.33 0.86 ± 0.21 7.42 ± 0.23 2.55 ± 0.63
5% Tween 80 (10 ml/kg b.w.) 83.44 ± 15.20 54.58 ± 2.28 1.77 ± 0.30 6.30 ± 1.14 2.37 ± 0.59
Testosterone (0.5 mg/kg b.w.) 72.88 ± 14.20 48.50 ± 6.43* 1.03 ± 0.19** 7.31 ± 1.1 1.00 ± 0.13**
F. asperifolia
 Aqueous extract
  100 mg/kg b.w. 121.82 ± 5.77 60.89 ± 1.55 0.59 ± 0.19 7.01 ± 1.07 0.93 ± 0.18**
  500 mg/kg b.w. 101.05 ± 22.51 53.06 ± 3.35 0.39 ± 0.09 8.05 ± 0.45 1.19 ± 0.16*
 Methanolic extract
  100 mg/kg b.w. 107.37 ± 17.58 60.61 ± 1.65 0.16 ± 0.07**≠≠ 7.78 ± 0.68 0.74 ± 0.11**
  500 mg/kg b.w. 109.45 ± 21.03 63.04 ± 1.98≠≠α 0.34 ± 0.07*≠≠ 7.26 ± 0.36 1.39 ± 0.25*
  1. All values: Mean ± SEM; Number of rats per group =5; *p < 0.05; **: p < 0.01 compared to distilled water; : p < 0.05; ≠≠: p < 0.01 compared to testosterone group; α: p < 0.05 at equal dose of plant extracts