Journal article

Role of the pituitary gland in the development of photorefractoriness and generation of long-term changes in prolactin secretion in rams

GA Lincoln, IJ Clarke

BIOLOGY OF REPRODUCTION | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2000

Abstract

Hypothalamo-pituitary disconnected Soay rams were exposed to two photoperiodic treatments: 1) constant long days (16L:8D) for 48 wk after pretreatment under short days (LD group), and 2) constant short days (8L:16D) for 48 wk after pretreatment under long days (SD group). In the LD group, plasma prolactin (PRL) concentrations increased from 0 to 8 wk (maximum: 143.3 +/- 8.4 microg/l; 8.8 +/- 1. 2 wk), decreased from 9 to 34 wk (minimum: 15.6 +/- 1.6 microg/l; 34. 5 +/- 1.5 wk), and finally increased again under the constant conditions, with a similar cyclical pattern for all individuals. In the SD group, PRL concentrations showed an inverse pattern (minimum: 8.6 +/- 2.6 microg/l; 17.1 +/- 2...

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