Neuroendocrine Control of Estrus and Ovulation Chapter uri icon


  • 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. The neuroendocrine control of the estrous cycle involves the integration of multiple regulatory signals. These signals form an intricate network that permits the fine control of gonadotropin release required for the complex sequence of ovarian follicular development, steroidogenesis, and ovulation. Secretion of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) into the hypothalamic- adenohypophyseal portal circulation is considered the primary endocrinological mechanism regulating gonadotropin synthesis and release. The nutritional control of gonadotropin release occurs primarily through the regulation of GnRH release in the median eminence. The interval from parturition to resumption of ovarian cycles in the bovine female represents a physiologically distinct and economically critical period of the bovine reproductive life cycle. Puberty is the process through which individuals acquire reproductive maturity. It involves physiological and behavioral changes that are largely driven by activation of gonadal function.

author list (cited authors)

  • Amstalden, M., & Williams, G. L.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Amstalden, Marcel||Williams, Gary L

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publication date

  • September 2015