Ninety-day pregnant sheep were ovariectomized and received vehicle or trilostane every 12 h through 132 h, starting at 72 h postovariectomy. All trilostane-treated ewes aborted (P ≤ 0.05) between 36 and 50 h after initiation of treatment. Profiles of progesterone in jugular venous blood differed (P ≤ 0.05) and was lower (P ≤ 0.05) in trilostane-treated ewes. Profiles of estradiol-17β in jugular venous plasma of trilostane-treated ewes differed (P ≤ 0.05) from controls. Estradiol-17β increased after the first two treatments, followed by a return 2 h later to pretreatment levels (P ≥ 0.05), which was followed by a sustained increase (P ≤ 0.05) in estradiol-17β. Profiles of PGF2α in inferior vena cava plasma of trilostane-treated ewes differed and were greater (P ≤ 0.05) and occurred with the sustained increase in estradiol-17β and the onset of most of the abortions. Profiles of PGE in inferior vena cava plasma between control and trilostane-treated 90-day pregnant ewes did not differ (P ≥ 0.05). It is concluded that abortions occur at midpregnancy in sheep when the estradiol- 17β : progesterone ratio changes sufficiently to cause a sustained increase in estradiol-17β and PGF2α but without changing placental secretion of PGE.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Prostaglandins and Other Lipid Mediators|
|State||Published - Oct 1999|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
☆ This research was supported in part by United States Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Services (USDA-CSREES) Special Grant No. 95-34135-1776 to C.W. Weems and managed by the Pacific Basin Advisory Group and Hatch Project 259 as its contribution to USDA–W-112 Regional Research Project.
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- Cell Biology