Cloning and sequence analysis of the extracellular region of the polar bear (Ursus maritimus) luteinizing hormone receptor (LHr), follicle stimulating hormone receptor (FSHr), and prolactin receptor (PRLr) genes and their expression in the testis of the black bear (Ursus americanus).

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Male black bears undergo seasonal changes in testicular activity. The testes are fully functional from May through July, regress from July through December, and recrudesce from January until May. The mechanisms responsible for the initiation of testicular recrudescence in the bear are unknown. The objectives of this study were to: (1) clone and sequence a… (More)

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