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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Immunization of merino ewes with a synthetic inhibin peptide or with preparations obtained from bovine and porcine follicular fluids by immunoaffinity chromatography result in different effects on ovulation rate and on plasma gonadotrophin concentrations.

Ewes were immunized with either a synthetic peptide (peptide 1-32) that has an amino acid sequence identity with the first 32 amino acids at the amino terminal of the alpha-subunit of porcine inhibin, or with bovine or porcine monoclonal antibody purified inhibin (bMPI and pMPI respectively), obtained by immunochromatography from follicular fluids. The peptide 1-32 was conjugated to albumin before use. Peptide 1-32 and bMPI increased ovulation rate and number of follicles (greater than or equal to 5 mm diameter). Although bMPI increased plasma FSH concentration the peptide did not. pMPI had no effect on ovarian activity but markedly elevated both plasma FSH and LH concentrations. The plasma LH concentration was lowered in ewes immunized with peptide 1-32. It appears, therefore, that ovulation rate can be increased following increased plasma FSH concentrations at luteolysis or in the absence of such an increase. Conversely, greatly increased plasma gonadotrophin concentrations at luteolysis (pMPI) were not followed by an increase in ovulation rate. Antibodies in the plasma of ewes immunized with peptide 1-32 and bMPI bound to iodinated synthetic human inhibin alpha-chain 6-30 peptide. The results suggest that ovulation rate is at least partly determined by intraovarian factors.[1]


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