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Differences in the ovulation rate of the right or left ovary in unilaterally ovariectomized rats: effect of ipsi- and contralateral vagus nerves on the remaining ovary


Journal of Endocrinology 113(3): 397-401
Differences in the ovulation rate of the right or left ovary in unilaterally ovariectomized rats: effect of ipsi- and contralateral vagus nerves on the remaining ovary
The possible existence of peripheral asymmetry in the neuroendocrine mechanisms participating in the response of the ovary to gonadotrophins, and the participation of the vagus nerve, was investigated. At oestrus, the ovulation rate (number of ovulating/number of treated rats) of the left ovary in right unilaterally ovariectomized rats was lower than that in the right ovary in left unilaterally ovariectomized rats (42 vs 84%). No differences in the number of ova shed per ovulating animal nor in compensatory ovarian hypertrophy (COH) were observed. Bilateral section of the vagus nerve resulted in reduced COH only in those animals with the left ovary in situ (right unilaterally ovariectomized). Section of the left vagus nerve induced different effects depending upon which ovary was left in situ. When the left ovary was in situ an increase in ovulation rate, COH and number of ova shed was observed; however, when the right ovary was left in place the above three parameters decreased. Section of the right vagus nerve produced a decrease only in COH in both right and left unilaterally ovariectomized animals. It is concluded that in the unilaterally ovariectomized rat the right ovary seems more able to react to compensatory regulatory systems than does the left. The character of the information carried by the left and right vagus nerve is different.


Accession: 005151450

PMID: 3625097

DOI: 10.1677/joe.0.1130397



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