Animal Models and Fetal Programming of the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

  • David H. Abbott
  • Daniel A. Dumesic
  • Jon E. Levine
  • Andrea Dunaif
  • Vasantha Padmanabhan
Part of the Contemporary Endocrinology book series (COE)


At least 28 animal models provide insight into the etiological and pathophysiological basis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). About 50% of them, however, either do not show sufficient traits meriting designation of a PCOS phenotype or exhibit alternate features mimicking other disorders, such as hyperprolactinemia. In contrast, animal models of fetal programming through androgen excess show remarkable resilience and reliability in replicating PCOS, including metabolic defects in males, and therefore strongly implicate a fetal etiology in the developmental origins of PCOS. This chapter reviews the relevance of animal models for PCOS and their potential value for providing insight into the etiology and pathophysiology of this disorder.

Key Words

Polycystic ovary syndrome rhesus monkeys androgens prenatal fetal programming animal model anovulation hyperandrogenism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David H. Abbott
    • 1
  • Daniel A. Dumesic
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jon E. Levine
    • 4
  • Andrea Dunaif
    • 5
  • Vasantha Padmanabhan
    • 6
  1. 1.National Primate Research Center and Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of WisconsinMadison
  2. 2.National Primate Research CenterUniversity of WisconsinMadison
  3. 3.Reproductive Medicine & Infertility AssociatesWoodbury
  4. 4.Department of Neurobiology and PhysiologyNorthwestern UniversityEvanston
  5. 5.Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Molecular Medicine, The Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern UniversityChicago
  6. 6.Departments of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Molecular and Integrative PhysiologyUniversity of Michigan Reproductive Sciences ProgramAnn Arbor

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