Reference : Annual variation in the concentrations of circulating hormones in capercaillie (Tetra...
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Annual variation in the concentrations of circulating hormones in capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus).
Hissa, R. [> > > >]
Saarela, S. [> > > >]
Balthazart, Jacques mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences biomédicales et précliniques > Biologie de la différenciation sexuelle du cerveau >]
Etches, R. J. [> > > >]
General and Comparative Endocrinology
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[en] Animals ; Birds/physiology ; Body Weight ; Corticosterone/blood/physiology ; Female ; Follicle Stimulating Hormone/blood/physiology ; Hormones/blood/physiology ; Luteinizing Hormone/blood/physiology ; Male ; Prolactin/blood/physiology ; Seasons ; Sexual Behavior, Animal/physiology ; Thyroxine/blood/physiology ; Triiodothyronine/blood/physiology
[en] Seasonal variation in the levels of immunoreactive lutropin (LH), follitropin (FSH), prolactin (PRL), corticosterone (B), thyroxine (T4), and triiodothyronine (T3) was measured in the plasma of male and female capercaillies (Tetrao urogallus, Galliformes) in captivity (latitude N 67 degrees). In male capercaillies there was an increase in the concentrations of LH and FSH beginning in March and reaching their maxima in May, which correlated with the nesting period. The concentration of plasma PRL increased from the end of April and reached its highest level simultaneously with the rapid fall of plasma LH and FSH concentrations. It remained elevated until August, Plasma T4 level was depressed after levels of plasma FSH and LH had reached their maxima and was correlated to simultaneous elevation of plasma PRL level. No dramatic seasonal changes in plasma T3 level were noted. In the female capercaillie no marked changes in plasma FSH and LH concentrations were observed. Although four of six females laid eggs only one of them managed to terminate its nesting successfully; five eggs hatched. Changes in prolactin concentration in females parallel those in males. No marked variations were observed in plasma corticosterone concentrations. On the basis of these results it seems probable that captive female capercaillie show depressed gonadotrophin secretion, resulting in unsuccessful nesting. On the other hand it has to be emphasized that gonadotrophin assays may not be sensitive enough, especially in the female, to measure LH and FSH in the volumes of plasma put in the assays.

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