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SEASONAL VARIATIONS IN THE HYPOPHYSIAL RESPONSIVENESS TO GnRH IN CYCLING BUFFALO (Bubalus bubalis)

  • Palta, P. (Embryo Biotechnology Centre, National Dairy Research Institute) ;
  • Madan, M.L. (D. D. G. (A. S.), Indian Council of Agricultural Research)
  • Received : 1996.03.30
  • Accepted : 1996.07.30
  • Published : 1996.12.01

Abstract

The present study investigated the hypophysial responsiveness in terms of GnRH induced LH and FSH release in cycling buffalo during the tropical summer and winter climatic conditions (seasons). Peripheral plasma LH and FSH levels were measured at 1 hour before and 6 hours subsequent to the administration of GnRH (1 ug/kg body weight) or saline on Day 14 of oestrous cycle in 2 groups of buffalo (n = 6 each) during summer and winter seasons. Although GnRH induced LH peak concentrations did not differ during the two seasons, time to attain LH peak concentration was shorter (p < 0.05) and the area under LH peak was 39% higher (p < 0.05) during winter season in comparison to summer season. However, season had no effect on GnRH induced peak FSH concentration, time to attain peak FSH concentration and the area under FSH peak. Pretreatment basal LH and FSH levels did not differ during the two seasons. The present study suggests that the summer season adversely affects the GnRH stimulated release of LH in buffalo.

Keywords

GnRH;LH;FSH;Seasons;Buffalo