Fredrick Stormshak

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The male-oriented ram is a unique and valuable animal model for the study of hormonal, developmental and genetic contributions to sexual partner preference. Unlike most other mammalian models that are in use currently, variations in sexual attraction occur spontaneously in domestic ram populations. It is estimated that as many as 8-10% of rams exhibit a(More)
A review of the current state of knowledge of oxytocin production by the preovulatory follicle and corpus luteum is presented. Corpora lutea of a number of mammalian species have been found to synthesize oxytocin. However, the synthesis and secretion of this nanopeptide by the corpus luteum of the ruminant has been most extensively studied because of the(More)
The ruminant corpus luteum, in addition to producing progesterone, synthesizes and secretes oxytocin (OT) during the estrous cycle. Secretion of oxytocin occurs by exocytosis of membrane-encapsulated granules of this hormone. Exocytosis of oxytocin involves transport of granules through a cytoskeletal matrix including an actin cortex closely associated with(More)
The present study was conducted to determine if progesterone (P4) would inhibit oxytocin-stimulated phosphoinositide hydrolysis in COS-7 cells expressing transfected ovine oxytocin receptor (OTR) with little or no nuclear P4 receptor (nPR) protein present. The relative absence of nPR in these cells was confirmed by immunocytochemistry and RT-PCR. To(More)
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