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Estrous Cyclicity in Mammals

  • Harvey H. Feder

Abstract

In the previous chapter, several experimental manipulations designed to demonstrate that the secretions of the hypothalamus, the anterior pituitary, and the ovary can have stimulatory and inhibitory effects on one another were discussed. These experimental approaches were basically analytic. They served to dissect the effects of a particular hormone on one tissue from its effects on another tissue. From this analytic approach, an appreciation was gained of the range of potential reactions to hormonal stimuli of individual components of the hypothalamo-hypophyseal-ovarian axis. However, the analytic approach does not indicate which of the potential reactions are actually utilized during the course of normal reproductive cycles. Nor does the analytic method deal with the question of how the various stimulatory and inhibitory actions of hormones become linked together to form a repeatable endocrine pattern with a consistent periodicity. To resolve these problems, one must adopt a more synthetic outlook.

Keywords

Luteinizing Hormone Corpus Luteum Estrous Cycle Luteinizing Hormone Surge Ovarian Vein 
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  • Harvey H. Feder
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Animal BehaviorRutgers UniversityNewarkUSA

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