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Plasma melatonin and progesterone profiles of Suffolk and Romney Marsh ewes implanted with melatonin during anoestrus season at lower latitudes in Southern hemisphere

Sasa, Aya; Rodrigues, Paula Almeida; Nonaka, Keico Okino; Balieiro, Julio César de Carvalho; Coelho, Lia Alencar.
Acta Sci. vet.; 44: 01-08, 2016. tab, graf
Artigo em Inglês | VETINDEX | ID: vti-722691


Background: The subcutaneous implants of melatonin are stimulatory and mimic the positive effects of short photoperiod on reproduction in small ruminants. This study investigated the daily plasma melatonin profiles in ewes treated with melatonin implants and kept under natural photoperiod in Southeastern Brazil. The plasma progesterone concentrations were also investigated before and after melatonin implantation. Materials, Methods & Results: Romney Marsh (n = 11) and Suffolk (n = 10) ewes, which had been isolated from rams for at least 2 months prior to the beginning of the trial, were randomly allocated in two groups based on melatonin implant treatment (with or without melatonin implant). For plasma melatonin concentration, 43 days after melatonin implantation and 3 days before the ram introduction blood samples were collected every 2 hours during 24 hours. For plasma progesterone concentrations, blood samples were collected every once to twice a week for 2 different periods: prior to melatonin implantation and 46 days after the melatonin implantation and at the same day of the introduction of rams. The hormonal concentrations were determined by the radioimmunoassay method (RIA). The data were analyzed according to MIXED procedure (SAS) as repeated measurements for random animal effects. The effect of melatonin treatment on plasma melatonin 24-h period varied according [...](AU)
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