Title

Effect of administration of adrenocorticotropic hormone on plasma concentrations of testosterone, luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone and cortisol in stallions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1988

Abstract

In boars and rabbits, administration of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) results in a testis-dependent, short-term increase in concentrations of testosterone in peripheral plasma. This experiment was designed to assess the short-term effects of a single ACTH injection on plasma concentrations of testosterone, luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and cortisol in stallions. Eight light horse and two pony stallions were paired by age and weight and then one of each pair was randomly assigned to the treatment (ACTH, .2 IU/kg of body weight) or control (vehicle) group. Injection of ACTH increased (P<.01) plasma concentrations of cortisol by approximately twofold in the first 60 minutes; control stallions showed no change (P>.10) in concentrations of cortisol during the blood sampling period. Control stallions exhibited a midday increase (P>.05) in concentrations of testosterone similar to that reported previously; ACTH treatment prevented or delayed this increase such that concentrations of testosterone in treated stallions were lower (P<.05) than in controls 4 to 5 hours after injection of ACTH. Treatment with ACTH had no effect (P<.10) on plasma concentrations of LH or FSH up to 12 hours after injection. © 1988, William E. Jones, All Rights Reserved. All rights reserved.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Journal of Equine Veterinary Science

First Page

168

Last Page

170

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