Journal article

Hormone-induced luteolysis on physiologically persisting corpora lutea in Eurasian and Iberian lynx (Lynx lynx and Lynx pardinus)

Johanna Painer, Frank Goeritz, Martin Dehnhard, Thomas B Hildebrandt, Sergey V Naidenko, Inigo Sanchez, Miguel A Quevedo Munoz, Katarina Jewgenow



The Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) is the most critically endangered felid. A high reproductive success within the Iberian Lynx Conservation Breeding Program is crucial to maintaining the goal of reintroducing captive born offspring to the wild and thus increasing the population. Lynx follow a unique reproductive strategy with a monoestrous cycle and persisting CLs over many years. These persistent CLs constantly produce progesterone (on average 5 ng/mL) and are hypothesized to hinder a polyestrous cyclicity in lynx. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether artificial luteolysis can be achieved with common luteolytic drugs and if luteolysis would induce a second estrus naturally. We obser..

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Awarded by Bundesministerium fur Bildung und Forschung

Funding Acknowledgements

The project was funded by Bundesministerium fur Bildung und Forschung 033L046. We thank M. Rohleder and K. Paschmionka for performing the hormone analysis. We thank K. Carnaby for editorial contributions. Furthermore, we thank the ILCBP for the fruitful cooperation.