+1 Recommend
1 collections
      • Record: found
      • Abstract: found
      • Article: found

      Action of Luteinizing Hormone-Releasing Factor (LRF) in the Initiation of Lordosis Behavior in the Estrone-Primed Ovariectomized Female Rat

      Read this article at

          There is no author summary for this article yet. Authors can add summaries to their articles on ScienceOpen to make them more accessible to a non-specialist audience.


          In order to evaluate the precise role of luteinizing hormone-releasing factor (LRF) in mediating the onset of sexual behavior, the specificity, time-course, and dose-response relationship of LRF-facilitated lordosis behavior were determined. Ovariectomized female rats, pretreated with estrone and LRF, displayed a pattern of lordosis behavior which differed little from that produced by estrone-progesterone. Little if any lordosis behavior was observed in response to LRF alone, estrone alone, or estrone in combination with luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), or thyrotropin-releasing factor (TRF). Furthermore, LRF-induced lordosis behavior occurred in the absence of the adrenals, thus eliminating adrenal progesterone as a factor in facilitating the appearance of lordosis behavior. The LRF-facilitated lordosis behavior was seen 2 h after the injection of LRF and was maintained for a total of 8 h. A minimal dose of 150 ng LRF was required to initiate the first consistent appearance of lordosis behavior; the maximum response was obtained with 500 ng. It is thus suggested that LRF is not only responsible for the ovulatory discharge of LH and subsequent ovulation, but may also play a role in the initiation of the onset of mating behavior in the female rat.

          Related collections

          Author and article information

          S. Karger AG
          20 March 2008
          : 17
          : 4
          : 309-318
          Department of Physiology, University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Tex.
          122369 Neuroendocrinology 1975;17:309–318
          © 1975 S. Karger AG, Basel

          Copyright: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be translated into other languages, reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, microcopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in government regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug. Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.

          Page count
          Pages: 10


          Comment on this article