Effect of season and photoperiod on the follicle-stimulating hormone receptors in a subtropical bird

Kazuyoshi Tsutsui, S. Kawashima, R. N. Saxena, S. Ishii

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Annual changes in and photoperiodic influence oh the weight of gonads, a parameter of gonadal activity, are much smaller in female birds than in males. Effect of season and photoperiod on the follicle-stimulating hormone receptors in the testis or ovary was studied using a subtropical weaver finch. The number of follicle-stimulating hormone binding sites per unit testicular weight showed a peak in the non-breeding phase; while the total number of binding sites per two testes was maximal in the breeding phase and minimal in the regressive phase. In contrast, seasonal changes in follicle-stimulating hormone binding sites in the ovary were less marked. Exposure to short-day during the breeding phase induced marked decreases in the numbers of binding sites per unit testicular weight and per two testes. These numbers markedly increased after transfer to long-day during the non-breeding phase. However, there was no significant effect of short-day or long-day exposure on follicle-stimulating hormone binding sites in the ovary. These results suggest that photoperiod is an effective environmental factor in the regulation of follicle-stimulating hormone receptors in the testis and the effect is manifested by pronounced changes in the testicular weight during annual breeding cycle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-489
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Biosciences
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Oct
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • annual change
  • Follicle-stimulating hormone receptor
  • subtropical bird

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Effect of season and photoperiod on the follicle-stimulating hormone receptors in a subtropical bird'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this