Stephanie Lunn

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Plasma concentrations of progesterone, cortisol, LH and prolactin were measured in dominant and subordinate female marmosets in 10 well-established peer groups. Subordinate females never ovulated, had a reduced LH response to LH-RH and showed no positive feedback LH surge after oestrogen administration. There was no evidence of elevated plasma cortisol(More)
The possibility of stimulating or inhibiting paracrine factors regulating angiogenesis may lead to new approaches for the treatment of pathological conditions of the female reproductive tract. We examined the effects of a clinical candidate, a soluble truncated form of the Flt-1 receptor, vascular endothelial growth factor trap(A40) (VEGF trap), in a(More)
The rapid, controlled and cyclical nature of angiogenesis in the female reproductive tract suggests that interference with this process should provide a novel approach to manipulation of reproductive function. Many factors involved in the regulation of angiogenesis have been identified, and the possibility of stimulating or inhibiting these paracrine(More)
In primates, plasma testosterone concentrations are elevated for some 3 months from birth. The function of this rise is uncertain, but studies in rats suggest that its prevention by castration or administration of gonadotrophin hormone-releasing hormone (GnRH) analogues has effects on development and expression of social and sexual behaviours, and adverse(More)
Morphological changes in the corpus luteum following natural and induced luteolysis in the marmoset were investigated by light and electron microscopy. Functional corpora lutea were studied in the mid and late luteal phase, naturally regressed corpora lutea in the early and late follicular phase, and corpora lutea induced to regress by administration of(More)
Localization of inhibin/activin subunit mRNAs within the macaque ovary from the immediate pre-ovulatory period of the menstrual cycle, when serum immunoreactive inhibin begins to rise, to day 9 of the luteal phase, when serum inhibin concentrations are maximal, was investigated using in-situ hybridization. Ovaries were studied on the day of the LH surge(More)
A heterologous double-antibody radioimmunoassay was used to measure plasma prolactin concentrations in 27 marmosets. The assay was valid for the marmoset because plasma levels of prolactin were increased in response to TRH and metoclopramide and suppressed in response to bromocriptine treatment. During the cycle there were no consistent changes in plasma(More)
A self-sustaining colony of common marmosets, Callithrix jacchus, was established for reproductive research. Methods of management were developed to ensure optimal breeding conditions for marmosets in captivity. Studies of the reproductive biology and endocrinology of this species suggest that the common marmoset may be a suitable model for the human in(More)
The mechanism controlling luteal regression in primates is unknown but may involve cell death by apoptosis. Marmoset ovaries containing corpora lutea were studied at different stages of the normal ovarian cycle. Two additional groups of animals underwent induced luteolysis with either the prostaglandin F2 alpha analogue, cloprostenol, or the GnRH(More)
Video-tape recordings were made of behavioural interactions in eight family groups of marmosets for 24-30 days after parturition. Blood samples were collected from females for measurement of plasma luteinizing hormone (LH) and progesterone. A pre-ovulatory LH surge occurred in six females between days 10-18 (mean +/- sem, 13.8 +/- 1.3 days). In these(More)