LH Response (in vivo and in vitro) to an LHRH Agonist Administered to Domestic Male Cats

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We investigated plasma luteinizing hormone (LH) concentration in domestic male cats challenged with Luteinizing Hormone Releasing Hormone Analog (LHRH-A) [des Gly10, (DTrp6)-LHRH ethylamide] that mediates the function of the hypothalamic-piruitary-gonadal axis (HPG). Plasma LH concentrations in cats treated daily with LHRH (10 μg/ 100 μl/kg/day, subcutaneously - sc) for 19 days (LHRH group) and in controls treated with saline (NaCl - 0.9%, same volume - SAL group) were chronically studied. LHRH administration (sc) for 15 days induced a significant fall (P < 0.05) in plasma LH concentrations during the chronic study. After the 15th day of treatment the groups were divided once more into animals treated with LHRH (10 μg/100 μl/kg) or saline (iv), and a time course study (300 min) was performed (acute study). Next, four groups of cats were compared in an acute study involving the sc/iv administration of SAL/SAL, SAL/LHRH, LHRH/SAL, and LHRH/LHRH. The responses of the SAL animals challenged by acute iv administration of LHRH (group SAL/LHRH) were significantly higher (P < 0.01) than those of animals treated with LHRH (sc) (group LHRH/LHRH). LH release was also significantly increased in the latter group (P < 0.05), although the effect was short lasting, being recorded only at the first observation (45 min). An in vitro study with the pituitaries was also performed on day 20. Mean (±SEM) LH concentrations in the culture medium containing pituitaries with LHRH (10-7 M) or saline were determined. In vitro analysis of these pituitaries demonstrated a significantly reduced response (P < 0.05) by animals treated sc with LHRH for 19 days. This study represents a source of data for the domestic cat going beyond its own physiology. Serving as a model, this animal provide important information for the study of reproductive physiology in other members of its family (Felidae), almost all of them threatened with extinction.



Cat, Domestic cat, Felids, LH, LHRH, Reproduction, gonadorelin, gonadorelin derivative, gonadorelin[1-9] ethylamide[6 dextro alanine], luteinizing hormone, sodium chloride, animal experiment, animal tissue, cat, controlled study, culture medium, domestic animal, hypophysis, in vitro study, in vivo study, luteinizing hormone blood level, luteinizing hormone release, male, nonhuman, physiology, Animals, Animals, Domestic, Cats, Culture Techniques, Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone, Injections, Subcutaneous, Luteinizing Hormone, Male, Pituitary Gland, Anterior, Triptorelin, Animalia, Felidae, Felis catus

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Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry, v. 111, n. 3, p. 254-258, 2003.