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The plasmatic profiles of androgens, estradiol, and progesterone, together with gonads and SSC modifications, have been followed, throughout the post-reproductive period in two Rana esculenta populations, inhabiting, respectively, a mountain pond (Colfiorito) and a sea level lagoon (Lesina). Testosterone and progesterone progressively decrease in the blood(More)
Mammalian gonadotropins and partially purified gonadotropins (FSH and LH) from an amphibian (Rana esculenta) were used to investigate their action on enzymatic activity of delta 5-3 beta-HSD in male and female hypophysectomized Rana esculenta in stage of genital activity (October) and in stasis or hibernation stage (January). Amphibian and equine LH(More)
In hypophysectomized females, Rana esculenta, a significant uptake of labeled ovine FSH and LH was evident in both the ovary and oviduct. This binding was specific only for the ovary. Ovariectomy did not modify the affinity of the oviduct for these gonadotropins. The possibility of the presence of discrete receptor molecules for FSH and LH in the ovary of(More)
The aim of this study was to clarify the possible involvement of nitric oxide (NO) on prostaglandin (PG) E2-9-ketoreductase activity in the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH)-dependent PGF2 alpha synthesis by the interrenal gland of the female water frog, Rana esculenta, during the post-reproduction. Interrenal glands were incubated in vitro with GnRH,(More)