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Research article2006Peer reviewed

The effect of ACTH stimulation on cortisol and progesterone concentrations in intact and ovariohysterectomized domestic cats

Chatdarong K, Ponglowhapan S, Karlsson A, Linde-Forsberg C


The objective was to evaluate the adrenocortical capacity for cortisol and progesterone production in female cats, both while intact and after ovariohysterectomy. Five privately owned female cats, 1-3 years old, were used in two trials while intact at an inactive stage of the cycle, and again in two trials, 2 weeks after ovariohysterectomy. The four trials were: intact saline injection control trial; intact ACTH injection (0.125 mg); ovariohysterectomized saline injection control trial; and ovariohysterectomized ACTH injection. Blood samples were obtained by an indwelling cephalic vein catheter at -30 and 0 min (immediately before injections) and at 60, 90, 120 and 180 min after injection. The mean basal pre-treatment concentrations of cortisol in the intact and ovarioltysterectomized cats were 33 +/- 19 and 32 +/- 19 nmol/L, respectively; the corresponding values for progesterone were 1.1 +/- 0.6 and 0.7 +/- 0.6 nmol/L, respectively. Saline did not alter the serum cortisol or progesterone concentrations. In contrast, both cortisol and progesterone were elevated after ACTH, with peak values at 90 min and returned to basal levels at approximately 180 min. There was a positive correlation between cortisol and progesterone concentrations (r = 0.8, P < 0.05). In some instances, the procedure used to restrain the cats during blood collection induced increases in cortisol and progesterone of the same magnitude as when the ACTH was administered; these effects of restraint could alter the results of assisted reproduction efforts. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved

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2006, Volume: 66, number: 6-7, pages: 1482-1487 Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC

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    Veterinary Science
    Animal and Dairy Science

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