The rhesus monkey corpus luteum is dependent on pituitary gonadotropin secretion throughout the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.

@article{Hutchison1984TheRM,
  title={The rhesus monkey corpus luteum is dependent on pituitary gonadotropin secretion throughout the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.},
  author={J. S. Hutchison and Anthony J. Zeleznik},
  journal={Endocrinology},
  year={1984},
  volume={115 5},
  pages={1780-6}
}
Experiments were conducted in rhesus monkeys to determine whether the corpus luteum of the menstrual cycle requires pituitary gonadotropin for progesterone production and normal functional lifespan. Eight adult females were rendered anovulatory by placement of radiofrequency lesions in the arcuate region of the medial basal hypothalamus. Endogenous gonadotropin secretion and ovulatory cycles were reestablished by chronic pulsatile infusion of GnRH. Control luteal phases exhibited typical plasma… CONTINUE READING