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Effects on the secretion of pituitary growth hormone, thyroid stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone in rats rendered hyperprolactinaemic by chronic treatment with oestrogen


The induction of hyperprolactinaemia in the male rat following chronic high-dose oestrogen administration over 3 months was associated with a significant inhibition of the secretion of growth hormone (GH) (P less than 0.02) thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) (p less than 0.0025), luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) (both P less than 0.01). Acute, but not chronic, administration of bromocriptine (1 mg/kg) to these hyperprolactinaemic animals had the effect of normalizing the serum levels of GH and TSH but not those of LH or FSH. While the effects observed on GH, TSH, LH and FSH following induction of hyperprolactinaemia are likely to be consequential to brain actions of prolactin, the present data do not exclude the possibility of direct actions of oestrogen itself.

Type Journal
ISBN 0004-9417 (Print)
Authors Smythe, G. A.;Brandstater, J. F.;Vining, R. F. :
Publisher Name Aust J Biol Sci
Published Date 1981-01-01 00:00:00
Published Volume 34
Published Issue 3
Published Pages 321-4
Status Published In-print