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Male deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) respond to short photoperiod with a range of spermatogenic responses. About one-third of all short day exposed mice exhibit a complete cessation of spermatogenesis (reproductive responsive), while about an equal number remain reproductively competent (reproductive nonresponsive). These differential spermatogenic(More)
The neural mechanisms by which short photoperiod induces gonadal regression among seasonally breeding mammals are not well understood. One hypothesis suggests that the proximate cause of seasonal gonadal regression is a photoperiod-induced modification in GnRH secretion. This hypothesis is indirectly supported by our recent findings using(More)
The purpose of this study was twofold: 1) to examine photoperiod-dependent and steroid-dependent adjustments in hypothalamic GnRH and catecholamine content in male deer mice, Peromyscus maniculatus, and 2) to evaluate whether the commonly used measure of GnRH accumulation serves as an accurate indicator of altered reproductive function in short-day-housed(More)
Protein kinase C (PKC) is a critical regulator of signal transduction and cell function in many tissues, including pituitary. Although PKC influences pituitary hormone secretion in adults, its role in determining characteristic perinatal patterns of hormone secretion and synthesis is not known, and the expression of major PKC isotypes in perinatal pituitary(More)
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