Kisspeptin Synchronizes Preovulatory Surges in Cyclical Ewes and Causes Ovulation in Seasonally Acyclic Ewes

University of Tours, Tours, Centre, France
Endocrinology (Impact Factor: 4.5). 12/2007; 148(11):5258-67. DOI: 10.1210/en.2007-0554
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We determined whether kisspeptin could be used to manipulate the gonadotropin axis and ovulation in sheep. First, a series of experiments was performed to determine the gonadotropic responses to different modes and doses of kisspeptin administration during the anestrous season using estradiol-treated ovariectomized ewes. We found that: 1) injections (iv) of doses as low as 6 nmol human C-terminal Kiss1 decapeptide elevate plasma LH and FSH levels, 2) murine C-terminal Kiss1 decapeptide was equipotent to human C-terminal Kiss1 decapeptide in terms of the release of LH or FSH, and 3) constant iv infusion of kisspeptin induced a sustained release of LH and FSH over a number of hours. During the breeding season and in progesterone-synchronized cyclical ewes, constant iv infusion of murine C-terminal Kiss1 decapeptide-10 (0.48 mumol/h over 8 h) was administered 30 h after withdrawal of a progesterone priming period, and surge responses in LH occurred within 2 h. Thus, the treatment synchronized preovulatory LH surges, whereas the surges in vehicle-infused controls were later and more widely dispersed. During the anestrous season, we conducted experiments to determine whether kisspeptin treatment could cause ovulation. Infusion (iv) of 12.4 nmol/h kisspeptin for either 30 or 48 h caused ovulation in more than 80% of kisspeptin-treated animals, whereas less than 20% of control animals ovulated. Our results indicate that systemic delivery of kisspeptin provides new strategies for the manipulation of the gonadotropin secretion and can cause ovulation in noncyclical females.


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    • "The expression within the ventral posterior area (including the ARC) was greater than the expression within the anterior area (including the POA) (Ainu Husna et al., 2013). These interspecies variations in Kiss-1 distribution might be due to factors related to differences between seasonal/ non-seasonal animal species, sex steroid hormone effects, nutritional status, anatomical and physiological variations, and differences in the volume of kisspeptin synthesized from different hypothalamic nuclei (Caraty et al, 2007;Colledge, 2008;Overgaard et al., 2013;Poling and Kauffman, 2013;Liu et al., 2014;Cui et al., 2015). In addition to the finding of Kiss-1 mRNA in buffalo POA and ARC areas, the results of our study's immunohistochemistry testing found evidence of kisspeptin synthesized from Kiss-1 mRNA. "
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    • "This lack of effect might reflect a loss of responsiveness produced by continuous kisspeptin administration as seen in some other species (Ramaswamy et al., 2007), but this seems unlikely because intermittent administration (once/day) was also ineffective in Siberian hamsters (Greives et al., 2008b). It is interesting to note in this regard that constant infusion of kisspeptin was more effective than intermittent (twice/day) injection in inducing ovulation in anestrous ewes (Caraty et al., 2007), and that continuous icv administration of this peptide (6 nmoles/day) to Syrian hamsters exposed to short days stimulated testicular growth (). On the other hand, a similar dose of kisspeptin (10 nmoles/day) failed to stimulate testicular growth in Syrian hamsters when given sc (Ansel et al., 2011). "
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    • "Intracerebroventricular perfusion of KP10 (0.25 nmol/h) for 4 wk in SDmaintained hamsters elicited a full reactivation of the reproductive axis as measured by the increase of testicular size and of testosterone-circulating levels (Revel et al., 2006 ). As mentioned above, in anoestrus ewe, an intravenous perfusion of low doses of KP10 for 48 h was able to induce ovulation in 80% of the animals (Caraty et al., 2007). Hence, in hamsters as in sheep, KP is a key factor for the reinstatement of the breeding season. "
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