Effects of gossypol on the estrous cycle and ovarian weight in the rat.

Abstract

The effect of subcutaneously injected gossypol on the estrous cycle and ovarian weights in rats was examined. Daily injections of 5 or 10 mg gossypol/kg/day for 20 days significantly reduced the ovarian weights by 32% and 29%, respectively. Injections of 0.1 and 1.0 mg gossypol/kg/day had no significant effect on ovarian weight. Similarly, ovarian weights were significantly reduced by 37% when hemi-ovariectomized animals were injected with 10 mg gossypol/kg/day for 15 days whereas those of control animals increased in weight by 15%. Animals receiving 5 or 10 mg gossypol/kg/day essentially remained in diestrus by the 15th or the 10th day of injections, respectively. No significant change was found in the liver, adrenal gland or body weight of gossypol-treated rats.

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@article{Gu1985EffectsOG, title={Effects of gossypol on the estrous cycle and ovarian weight in the rat.}, author={Y Gu and Neil Anderson}, journal={Contraception}, year={1985}, volume={32 5}, pages={491-6} }