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Serum luteinizing hormone, follicle-stimulating hormone, pro-lactin, thyroid-stimulating hormone, and growth hormone and hypothalamic luliberin and thyroliberin contents were measured at given times of the estrous cycle in a dimethylbenz-(a)anthracene (DMBA)-susceptible strain of rat (Sprague-Daw ley) and in a DMBA-resistant strain of rat (Wistar) for(More)
Previous studies have shown that substance P (SP), an undecapeptide widely distributed in the gastrointestinal tract and in the peripheral and central nervous system, is a putative regulatory peptide involved in the control of reproductive function. Specifically, SP inhibited, at the anterior pituitary (AP) level, the stimulatory action of a physiological(More)
Using a high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system coupled with an electrochemical detector, the concentrations of dopamine (DA) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) and their major specific metabolites 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) and 5-hydroxyindole-3-acetic acid (5-HIAA), respectively, were measured in the median eminence (ME) throughout(More)
The binding of [3H]-spiperone to partially purified rat anterior pituitary plasma membranes was quantified throughout the estrous cycle in relation with the serum prolactin (PRL) levels. Receptor affinity remained unchanged throughout the cycle (Kd:0.08-0.16 nM). The number of receptors was constantly high from diestrus I 10.30 h to proestrus 10.30 h, as(More)
Seasonal variation in the gonad weight and biochemical composition of the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus from the Golf of Tunis (Tunisia) were studied between September 2003 and August 2004. The highest gonad indices occurred in March (16.71%). The spawning period occurred between April and July and resulted in a fall in gonad indices to low level (7.12 ±(More)
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