The effect of dexamethasone (DXM) on circulating testosterone (T) and luteinizing hormone (LH) in young postpubertal bulls;.

Theriogenology (Impact Factor: 1.85). 03/1976; 5(2):53-60. DOI: 10.1016/0093-691X(76)90168-0
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ABSTRACT Testosterone (T) and luteinizing hormone (LH) in the peripheral plasma of 6 young postpubertal (52 weeks of age) bulls were measured by radioimmunoassay. For 3 bulls blood samples were collected at half-hour intervals for 6 hours one day before dexamethasone (DXM) injection (20 mg) and two days after. For the 3 others blood collection occurred two days before injection and two days after. On the days before treatment, T and LH concentrations fluctuated similarly to what was previously observed. After treatment LH decreased rapidly and remained between 0.25 and 1.0 ng/ml until the end of the experiment. We observed a small peak of T (between 1.9 and 6.1 ng/ml depending on the animal) immediately after DXM injection; this peak was followed by a decrease to low values (0.25 to 0.5 ng/ml) as soon as 4 hours after injection. It is concluded that DXM suppresses the testosterone secretion. Since we observed a large decrease of LH, we postulate that DXM lowers LH release and therefore indirectly lowers the T synthesis and/or release.

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