Journal article

ONTOGENY OF THE SENSITIZING EFFECT OF ESTRADIOL AND LUTEINIZING-HORMONE RELEASING HORMONE ON THE ANTERIOR-PITUITARY GLAND OF THE FEMALE RAT

R MEIDAN, G FINK, Y KOCH

JOURNAL OF ENDOCRINOLOGY | J ENDOCRINOLOGY LTD | Published : 1981

Abstract

The ontogeny of the facilitatory effect of oestradiol and luteinizing hormone releasing hormone (LH-RH) on the responsiveness of the anterior pituitary gland to LH-RH has been studied in vitro using pituitary glands from female rats age 15, 17, 20, 31, 35 and 38 days. The facilitatory effect of oestradiol was already well established by day 15, while the facilitatory effect of LH-RH (priming effect) developed only after day 17. Although it increased the overall response of the gland to LH-RH, oestradiol did not selectively enhance the priming effect of LH-RH. Both the effect of oestradiol and LH-RH reached a peak on day 25, 7 days before vaginal opening in this colony, and, as assessed by me..

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