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Effect of the stage of pregnancy and post-partum on the number of gonadotrophin responsive follicles in ewes.
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PMID:  11354709     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The present study was designed to study follicular growth and its interactions with the corpus luteum of pregnancy in sheep during early, middle and late pregnancy and during postpartum anestrus. Ewes with 1 or 2 corpora lutea in one ovary were selected from a larger group of Serres ewes. All pregnant ewes were randomly allocated to two groups, with 10 to 12 ewes per group. Ewes of Group I were treated with 750 IU hCG at Day 25 or 45 or 70 or 100 or 125 of pregnancy. In Group II, ewes were treated with a combination of 1000 IU PMSG + 750 IU hCG either at Day 25 or 45 or 70 or 100 of pregnancy. The results demonstrated the presence of gonadotrophin-responsive follicles during early pregnancy (Days 25 to 45), reduction of their number during mid-pregnancy (Days 70 to 100), and their disappearance during late pregnancy (Day 125). Administration of hCG to Serres ewes at 10 and 20 days postpartum induced ovulation of a high proportion of ewes at 10 days postpartum (62%) with a further increase observed at 20 days postpartum (75%). During pregnancy, as well as during the postpartum period, there was no significant difference in the number of ovulations induced according to the location of the corpus luteum of pregnancy. These data demonstrate that the presence of the corpus luteum of pregnancy does not affect the number of gonadotrophin-responsive follicles until Day 100 of pregnancy. However, during late pregnancy such follicles were no longer present in the ovaries. Gonadotrophin-responsive follicles were again present as soon as Day 10 postpartum.
M Avdi; A Pampoukidou; M A Driancourt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Theriogenology     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0093-691X     ISO Abbreviation:  Theriogenology     Publication Date:  2001 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-05-16     Completed Date:  2001-06-21     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0421510     Medline TA:  Theriogenology     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1501-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Production, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Chorionic Gonadotropin / pharmacology*
Gonadotropins, Equine / pharmacology*
Ovarian Follicle / drug effects,  physiology*
Ovulation Induction
Postpartum Period / physiology*
Pregnancy, Animal / physiology*
Sheep / physiology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Chorionic Gonadotropin; 0/Gonadotropins, Equine

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