Effect of oestradiol treatment during GnRH-induced ovulation on subsequent PGF(2 alpha) release and luteal life span in anoestrous ewes

G. E. Mann, W. Haresign

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Abstract

In sheep, induction of ovulation during anoestrus is accompanied by a high incidence of short luteal phases, though pre-treatment with progesterone can overcome this problem. We have investigated the effects of supplementing oestradiol during GnRH-induced ovulation on subsequent PGF2α release and luteal life span. Thirty anoestrous crossbred ewes received 250 ng GnRH i.v. at 2 h intervals for 48 h to induce ovulation either alone (group 1; n=10) or in association with either an i.m. injection of 20 mg progesterone 3 days earlier (group 2; n=10) or 3 i.m. injections of 10 μg oestradiol at 8 h intervals on the second day of GnRH treatment (group 3; n=10). Laparoscopy, performed 3 days following GnRH to confirm ovulation and 8 days later, coupled with plasma progesterone analysis were used to determine luteal life span. On day 4 following GnRH, plasma samples were collected at 20 min intervals for 8 h to monitor PGF2α release. One ewe from group 1 failed to ovulate and was excluded from further analysis. All groups showed an increase (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-252
Number of pages8
JournalAnimal Reproduction Science
Volume67
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2001

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