Suppressive action of gonadotropin-releasing hormone and luteinizing hormone on function of the developing ovine corpus luteum.

O. Slayden, F. Stormshak

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    Experiments were conducted to examine the effects of exogenous GnRH and LH on serum concentrations of progesterone (P4) in the ewe. Ewes in Exp. 1 and 2 were laparotomized on d 2 of an estrous cycle and ewes with corpora lutea (CL) in both ovaries were unilaterally ovariectomized. Ewes with CL in one ovary only were not ovariectomized. While they were anesthetized, ewes (n = 5) were injected with 25 micrograms GnRH (Exp. 1) or 50 ng GnRH (Exp. 2) into the artery supplying the ovary bearing the CL. Control ewes (n = 5 in each experiment) were injected similarly with saline. In Exp. 3, six ewes were injected i.v. (jugular) on d 2 with 100 micrograms oLH (t = 0) and 50 micrograms oLH at 15, 30 and 45 min; six control ewes were injected similarly with saline. Jugular blood was collected from all ewes at frequent intervals after treatment for LH analysis and on alternate days of the cycle through d 10 or 11 for P4 analysis. Treatment with 25 micrograms GnRH increased serum concentrations of LH at 15, 30, 45 and 60 min postinjection (P less than .001) and reduced serum concentrations of P4 on d 7 through 11 (treatment x day interaction; P less than .05). Injection with 50 ng GnRH caused a slight increase in serum concentrations of LH at 15 min but had no effect on serum concentrations of P4.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)2425-2429
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of animal science
    Issue number8
    StatePublished - Aug 1990


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Food Science
    • Animal Science and Zoology
    • Genetics

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