Gonadal and pituitary responsiveness of stallions is not down-regulated by prolonged pulsatile administration of GnRH. Academic Article uri icon


  • The objective of this study was to determine if prolonged pulsatile administration of homologous gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) at therapeutic or 5x therapeutic doses would cause down-regulation of the stallion's hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis. Fifteen stallions were randomly assigned to three treatment groups (n=5/group) and received a 0.5 ml subcutaneous dose of saline (group 1), 50 microg GnRH (group 2), or 250 microg GnRH (group 3) every 2 hours for 75 days. Weekly evaluations of follicle stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, and testosterone and monthly evaluations of daily sperm output and spermatozoal motility failed to demonstrate any decreased pituitary or gonadal responsiveness within or among treatment groups (P > 0.1) as a result of treatment with GnRH. Results of this study demonstrate that the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicularaxis of the stallion, unlike that of other domestic species, is remarkably refractory to GnRH-induced down-regulation.

published proceedings

  • J Androl

author list (cited authors)

  • Brinsko, S. P., Squires, E. L., Pickett, B. W., & Nett, T. M.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Brinsko, SP||Squires, EL||Pickett, BW||Nett, TM

publication date

  • January 1998