Effect of neonatal oestrogen and hCG treatment on the genital organs of adult female rats
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The ovaries and the uterine as well as vaginal mucous membranes of 80-, 180- and 365-day-old intact female rats and females neonatally treated with a single dose of oestrogen and repeated doses of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) were studied. Numerous follicles, interstitial cells and corpora lutea (CL) were present on the ovary of intact females from 80 up to 365 days of age. The number of primary and secondary follicles decreased in the intact female rats between Day 180 and Day 365 of life. On the ovaries of 180- and 365-day-old female rats neonatally treated with oestrogen, interstitial glandular cells and cystic follicles predominated. No CL were present on these ovaries. The height of epithelial cells of the uterine and vaginal mucous membranes increased in intact female rats from 80 to 365 days of age, whereas in oestrogen-treated females the height of epithelium decreased. From 80 up to 365 days of age, the height of epithelial cells of uterine and vaginal mucous membranes o...f rats neonatally treated with repeated doses of hCG was similar to that in the corresponding control animals.
Keywords:rat / ovary / uterus / vagina / oestrogen / hCG
Source:Acta veterinaria Hungarica, 1999, 47, 1, 109-115
- Akademiai Kiado Zrt, Budapest