PMID: 1768313Jan 1, 1991Paper

Effect of the increase of steroid binding plasma levels after passive immunization against testosterone on the control of luteinizing hormone (LH) secretion in ovariectomized underfed dairy heifers

Reproduction, Nutrition, Development
V LermiteM Terqui


The ability of passive immunization against testosterone to increase sex steroid binding levels in plasma and thus to overcome the negative feedback of oestradiol-17 beta (E2) on LH secretion in underfed heifers was investigated. Dairy heifers were ovariectomized and divided in 3 groups: high energy diet (H group, n = 4), low energy diet (L group, n = 3) and low energy diet + E2 implants (LE2 group, n = 4). Twenty-four h before injection of bovine immunoglobulins, the mean concentrations of LH were not different between H and L groups. LH baseline was lower (0.8 vs 1.1 ng/ml, P less than 0.03) and the median number of LH pulses was higher (10 vs 5, P less than 0.03) in H than in L group. E2 markedly decreased (P less than 0.01) the mean and basal concentrations of LH (0.27 ng/ml), and number of LH pulses (0) in the LE2 group (P less than 0.05). After injection of anti-testosterone immunoglobulins in the L group, mean and basal LH concentrations tended to decrease. The median number of LH pulses in the L group rose 8 days after immunization (5 vs 7 on day -1 and day +8, P less than or equal to 0.05). Amplitude of pulses tended to decrease after injection (P = 0.08). In the LE2 group, the mean concentration and baseline of LH wer...Continue Reading

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