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J Endocrinol. 1982 Dec;95(3):293-300.

Oestradiol-17 beta in the blood during seasonal reactivation of the diapausing blastocyst in a wild population of tammar wallabies.


Oestradiol-17 beta was measured by radioimmunoassay in cardiac blood from 143 pregnant and post-partum tammar wallabies shot in the wild during reactivation of the diapausing blastocyst, embryonic development, birth and post-partum oestrus. A transient rise in circulating oestradiol on 3 January coincided with or shortly preceded corpus luteum growth and blastocyst expansion; before 5 January mean corpus luteum weight was 14.3 +/- 0.44 mg (n = 65), while thereafter it exceeded 20 mg in two-thirds of the animals. Expanded blastocysts were first noted on 5 January. A second rise in the concentration of oestradiol in plasma, which occurred in late January, preceded parturition and coincided with follicular maturation; the mean (+/- S.E.M.) oestradiol concentration before 17 January was 27.9 +/- 1.10 pmol/1 (n = 110), whereas on or after this date it was 57.3 +/- 4.15 pmol/1 (n = 33). Thus oestradiol levels in peripheral plasma increased at parturition and postpartum oestrus, and showed a rise early in gestation which may be related to the termination of diapause.

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