Plasma levels of LH are generally higher in male than in female quail. This dimorphism was found to persist in quail which had been through a breeding cycle and then gonadectomized. Under long daylengths (12 h light : 12 h darkness (12L : 12D) or 16L : 8D) ovariectomized quail had plasma levels of LH that were 55-70% of those seen in castrated birds. The difference was reduced after transfer to short days (8L : 16D) when LH concentrations fell to basal levels, but again became more pronounced when the quail were restimulated with long photoperiods. Thus, the photoperiodic response system is sexually differentiated.
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- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism