Ethanol alters vasoactive intestinal peptide-induced steroid release from immature rat ovaries in vitro. Academic Article uri icon


  • The present study was conducted to examine the acute effects of ethanol (ETOH) on basal and VIP-induced release of testosterone (T) and estradiol (E2) from immature ovaries in vitro. Ovaries were collected from anestrus (A) and both naturally occurring and pregnant mare's serum gonadotropin (PMSG)-induced early proestrus (EP) animals. The ovaries were incubated in either media alone, media plus 1 microM VIP, media plus ETOH in doses ranging from 25 to 100 mM, or media plus each dose of ETOH containing VIP. The present results demonstrate that ETOH did not affect either basal or VIP-induced steroid release from ovaries collected from A animals. Likewise, the ETOH did not alter basal steroid secretion from EP animals; however, the drug significantly reduced the VIP-stimulated release of both T and E2 from EP ovaries. Thus, these data demonstrate for the first time that ETOH is capable of altering prepubertal ovarian responsiveness to VIP, a peptide known to be involved in the developmental regulation of ovarian function.

published proceedings

  • Life Sci

author list (cited authors)

  • Dees, W. L., Hiney, J. K., Fuentes, F., & Forrest, D. W.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Dees, WL||Hiney, JK||Fuentes, F||Forrest, DW

publication date

  • January 1990