Elevated pituitary LH and depressed pituitary prolactin levels in female hamsters with pineal-induced gonadal atrophy and the effects of chronic treatment with synthetic LRF

R. J. Reiter, Linda Y. Johnson

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Abstract

Light deprivation by blinding leads to involution of the reproductive organs and cessation of cyclic vaginal phenomena in adult female hamsters. Associated with the atrophy of the reproductive system are elevated LH levels and depressed prolactin levels in the anterior pituitary gland. Chronic treatment (15 or 30 days) of blind hamsters with synthetic luteinizing hormone releasing factor (LRF) decreased pituitary levels and elevated plasma titers of LH. Neither pituitary nor plasma levels of prolactin were influenced by LRF treatment. Pinealectomy completely reversed the effects of blinding on the reproductive organs and on the pituitary levels of LH and prolactin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-320
Number of pages11
JournalNeuroendocrinology
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1974

Keywords

  • Blinding
  • Hamster
  • Luteinizing hormone
  • Luteinizing hormone releasing factor
  • Ovary
  • Pineal gland
  • Prolactin
  • Vaginal cycle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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