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Biol Reprod. 1985 May;32(4):813-9.

Changes in luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone content of discrete hypothalamic areas associated with spontaneous and induced preovulatory luteinizing hormone surges in the domestic hen.

Abstract

It is widely assumed that luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) neuronal activation is involved in the preovulatory surge of LH in the hen. In addition, this LH surge may be initiated by ovarian progesterone (P4) release. Thus, spontaneous and P4-induced LH surges should be associated with acute changes in LHRH content of discrete hypothalamic areas associated with LHRH cell bodies and/or LHRH axon terminals. Medial preoptic area (mPOA) and infundibulum (INF) LHRH content was measured by radioimmunoassay at intervals before, at, and following peak LH levels of a spontaneous preovulatory surge of LH, as well as when this surge was advanced by P4 administration in laying hens. Nonlaying birds served as additional controls. Levels of serum LH, P4, 17 beta-estradiol and pituitary LH were also measured. Increased (P less than 0.05) LHRH content in mPOA without changes in the INF are associated with peak serum LH levels of the spontaneous LH surge. By contrast, decreased (P less than 0.05) LHRH content in both mPOA and INF is associated with peak serum LH levels when the spontaneous surge was advanced 8 h by P4 administration to laying hens. Medial preoptic area and INF LHRH contents were significantly lower (P less than 0.05) in nonlaying than in laying hens.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

PMID:
3890966
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