Journal article

EFFECTS OF CONSTANT INFUSION OF GONADOTROPIN-RELEASING-HORMONE IN OVARIECTOMIZED EWES WITH HYPOTHALAMOPITUITARY DISCONNECTION - FURTHER EVIDENCE FOR DIFFERENTIAL CONTROL OF LH AND FSH-SECRETION AND THE LACK OF A PRIMING EFFECT

IJ CLARKE, KJ BURMAN, BW DOUGHTON, JT CUMMINS

JOURNAL OF ENDOCRINOLOGY | J ENDOCRINOLOGY LTD | Published : 1986

Abstract

Experiments were conducted in ovariectomized ewes after hypothalamo-pituitary disconnection (HPD) to examine LH and FSH secretion during constant infusion of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) or physiological saline and to determine whether or not a constant GnRH background enhances or diminishes pituitary responsiveness to GnRH pulses. Whereas pulsatile GnRH infusions maintained LH and FSH secretion, constant infusions (125 or 250 ng/h) led to the complete cessation of LH secretion and reduced FSH secretion. The rate of decline of plasma FSH concentrations was significantly (P less than 0.01) greater in animals receiving 250 ng GnRH/h than in saline-treated animals, whereas that in ani..

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