Effect of aspiration of the preovulatory follicle on luteinization, corpus luteum function, and peripheral plasma gonadotropin concentrations in the mare. Academic Article uri icon


  • Follicular fluid from small- to medium-sized follicles has been shown to have an inhibiting effect on luteinization of granulosa cells in vitro. This study was conducted to investigate the effect of in vivo removal of follicular fluid on luteinization, peripheral gonadotropin concentrations, and ovulation of secondary follicles in the mare. Follicular fluid was aspirated from the preovulatory follicles of mares when the diameter of the follicle was 30-34 mm (Group A), 35-39 mm (Group B), or 40-44 mm (Group C). Mares in Group D served as controls and the preovulatory follicle was not aspirated. Mares in Group A had a significantly earlier rise in peripheral progesterone concentrations than did controls. There was no difference in duration of progesterone secretion or peak progesterone production between groups. LH and FSH values were significantly higher for mares in Groups A and B than for control mares. Mares in Group A tended to have a higher incidence of secondary ovulations than did mares in other groups. These data support the in vitro findings that follicular fluid from small- to medium-sized follicles may contain a luteinization inhibitor, and indicate that presence of follicular fluid during the final days of follicular maturation is not essential for development of a normal CL.

published proceedings

  • Biol Reprod

author list (cited authors)

  • Hinrichs, K., Rand, W. M., & Palmer, E.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Hinrichs, K||Rand, WM||Palmer, E

publication date

  • February 1991