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Gen Comp Endocrinol. 1986 Nov;64(2):189-98.

Short-term profiles of plasma gonadotropin and 17 alpha-hydroxy, 20 beta-dihydroprogesterone levels in the female rainbow trout at the periovulatory period.


Individual free-swimming female rainbow trout in which oocytes underwent final stages of germinal vesicle migration, maturation, or ovulation were bled via a dorsal-aortic catheter at frequencies of once every 1, 3, or 4 hr over periods of 9 to 36 hr. Gonadotropin (GtH) and 17 alpha-hydroxy,20 beta-dihydroprogesterone (17 alpha,20 beta-OHP) levels were measured in the plasma samples. GtH levels were elevated and showed wide and progressive daily variations. A high degree of synchronization appeared among the GtH profiles of individual fish. Two distinct daily GtH surges were observed, one at early photophase and the other during the mid-scotophase. The onset of the GtH increases was closely related to the beginning of the photophase and the scotophase, respectively. In females undergoing oocyte maturation or in ovulated females, 17 alpha,20 beta-OHP levels were increasing or high, showing progressive daily fluctuations that were either synchronized with the GtH changes or somewhat phase-shifted in relation to them. These data are discussed in relation to the seasonal changes in the short-term profiles of reproductive hormones in the trout.

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