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Effects of exogenous FSH on follicular recruitment in a viviparous lizard Niveoscincus metallicus (Scincidae)


Jones, SM and Swain, R, Effects of exogenous FSH on follicular recruitment in a viviparous lizard Niveoscincus metallicus (Scincidae), Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A, 127, (4) pp. 487-493. ISSN 1095-6433 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S1095-6433(00)00279-8


In the viviparous skink Niveoscincus metallicus clutch size appears to be determined before vitellogenesis, and is not altered later by follicular atresia or embryonic loss. This suggests that the number of follicles recruited is determined by the endocrine environment early in the vitellogenic period. Through a series of experiments in which we manipulated gonadotropin concentrations by administering exogenous FSH, we aimed to investigate this hypothesis. Pre-vitellogenic females showed no response to exogenous ovine FSH. In early vitellogenic females, FSH induced follicular recruitment: follicles were enlarged and clutch size increased by recruitment of a second cohort of follicles; some females also ovulated. Females treated with FSH in mid-vitellogenesis had elevated mean plasma estradiol concentrations compared to controls; no follicular recruitment was observed, but most of these animals ovulated. Females treated with a range of doses of FSH in late vitellogenesis ovulated at least one month before natural ovulation, again without recruitment of extra follicles. It appears therefore that in Niveoscincus metallicus exogenous FSH can induce recruitment of additional follicles only if administered during early vitellogenesis. We conclude that in this species clutch size is determined by proximate environmental factors influencing gonadotropin levels early in follicular recruitment, and cannot be increased even if conditions become more favourable once vitellogenesis is established.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Comparative physiology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Jones, SM (Professor Susan Jones)
UTAS Author:Swain, R (Dr Roy Swain)
ID Code:19672
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2014-04-17

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