Journal article

THE NEGATIVE FEEDBACK EFFECTS OF TESTICULAR-STEROIDS ARE PREDOMINANTLY AT THE HYPOTHALAMUS IN THE RAM

AJ TILBROOK, DM DEKRETSER, JT CUMMINS, IJ CLARKE

ENDOCRINOLOGY | ENDOCRINE SOC | Published : 1991

Abstract

This study aimed to delineate the hypothalamic and/or pituitary actions of testosterone and its primary metabolites 5 alpha-dihydrotestosterone and estradiol (E) in adult castrated rams (wethers) during the breeding season. In Exp 1, wethers were treated for a week with twice daily injections (im) of peanut oil, 8, 16 or 32 mg/day testosterone propionate (TP) or dihydrotestosterone benzoate (DHTB) or an sc silastic implant containing 1 or 3 cm E. TP decreased plasma LH concentrations, increased (P less than 0.05) LH interpulse interval, did not have consistent effects on LH pulse amplitude, and had minimal effects on plasma FSH concentrations. DHTB decreased LH and FSH concentrations and inc..

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