Interrelationships of estradiol, inhibin, and gonadotropins during follicle deviation in pony mares

F X Donadeu, O J Ginther

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Abstract

The changes in circulating concentrations of FSH, LH, estradiol, and total inhibin associated with the beginning of follicle diameter deviation were compared among the last anovulatory follicular wave of the year and the first and second ovulatory waves in pony mares ( n=7 ). Follicle diameters and circulating hormone concentrations for each wave were normalized to the observed beginning of deviation (Day 0). Follicle deviation was demonstrated during the anovulatory wave as well as during the ovulatory waves, and the diameter of the future dominant follicle at the beginning of deviation was similar for the three waves (overall mean: 23.7+/-0.6 mm). Circulating estradiol concentrations did not increase during the last anovulatory wave but increased similarly for the two ovulatory waves, beginning near the onset of deviation. There were no differences among waves in concentrations of inhibin encompassing deviation. The FSH concentrations for the wave-stimulating FSH surge did not differ significantly among the three waves; combined for the three waves, concentrations decreased between Days -3 and 7. Circulating LH did not increase during the last anovulatory wave but increased during the first and second ovulatory waves beginning on Days 6 and -2, respectively. Results indicated that the increase in circulating estradiol at the beginning of deviation was not required for suppression of the wave-stimulating FSH surge and the initiation of deviation, based on an estradiol increase in association with deviation during the ovulatory waves but not during the anovulatory wave. Concentrations of inhibin were similar among waves and, therefore on a temporal basis, the similar suppression of FSH was attributable to inhibin. The later increase in LH before the first ovulation was not attributable to estradiol, based on the similarity between the two ovulatory waves in the increasing estradiol concentrations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1395-405
Number of pages11
JournalTheriogenology
Volume61
Issue number7-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2004

Keywords

  • Animals
  • Estradiol
  • Female
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone
  • Horses
  • Inhibins
  • Luteinizing Hormone
  • Ovarian Follicle
  • Ovulation
  • Time Factors

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