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Effects of hemicastration and unilateral vasectomy on the remaining gonad and on the FSH, LH and testosterone blood concentration in bulls


Leidl, W; Braun, Ueli; Stolla, R; Schams, D (1980). Effects of hemicastration and unilateral vasectomy on the remaining gonad and on the FSH, LH and testosterone blood concentration in bulls. Theriogenology, 14(3):173-184.

Abstract

The effects of unilateral castration and vasectomy on the weight and microscopic appearance of the contralateral testis and on the blood levels of testosterone, LH and FSH, were studied in German Fleckvieh bulls. Testicular weights were higher in hemicastrated bulls (P < 0.01) and unilaterally vasectomized bulls (P < 0.05) when compared to controls, 377 ± 45g (x ± s, N = 4 and 281 ± 12g, N = 4 vs 226 ± 38g, N = 3, respectively.
Testosterone concentrations were higher during the weeks 14 to 22 after surgery in both treated groups. LH levels were not different from controls, but FSH levels increased significantly (P < 0.01) two weeks after hemicastration and unilateral vasectomy.
Different factors appear to regulate the LH and the FSH concentrations in bulls. The increase of FSH after hemicastration may indicate a reduced production of inhibin or an inhibin-like substance from the testes, and a similar increase after unilateral vasectomy suggests that this substance may be resorbed distal to the testes.

Abstract

The effects of unilateral castration and vasectomy on the weight and microscopic appearance of the contralateral testis and on the blood levels of testosterone, LH and FSH, were studied in German Fleckvieh bulls. Testicular weights were higher in hemicastrated bulls (P < 0.01) and unilaterally vasectomized bulls (P < 0.05) when compared to controls, 377 ± 45g (x ± s, N = 4 and 281 ± 12g, N = 4 vs 226 ± 38g, N = 3, respectively.
Testosterone concentrations were higher during the weeks 14 to 22 after surgery in both treated groups. LH levels were not different from controls, but FSH levels increased significantly (P < 0.01) two weeks after hemicastration and unilateral vasectomy.
Different factors appear to regulate the LH and the FSH concentrations in bulls. The increase of FSH after hemicastration may indicate a reduced production of inhibin or an inhibin-like substance from the testes, and a similar increase after unilateral vasectomy suggests that this substance may be resorbed distal to the testes.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Farm Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Language:English
Date:1 September 1980
Deposited On:25 Jan 2019 11:05
Last Modified:25 Sep 2019 00:16
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0093-691X
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/0093-691x(80)90002-3

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