Journal article

Blockade of the oestrogen-induced luteinizing hormone surge in ovariectomized ewes by a highly selective opioid mu-receptor agonist: Evidence for site of action

JP Walsh, IJ Clarke

NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY | KARGER | Published : 1998

Abstract

Endogenous opioid systems in the hypothalamus inhibit gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) secretion, and a reduction in this inhibitory input (disinhibition) is thought to be part of the neural mechanism of the preovulatory GnRH/luteinizing hormone (LH) surge. We showed previously that intracerebroventricular infusion of the highly specific opioid mu-receptor agonist DAMGO delayed the oestrogen-induced LH surge in ovariectomized (OVX) ewes, whereas both delta- and kappa-agonists were ineffective. The aim of the present study was to establish the anatomical site of this effect. The most likely hypothalamic sites of action are the medial preoptic area (MPOA), where most GnRH perikarya are lo..

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