In order to test the possible negative effect of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) on the pituitary-gonadal axis, two gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) tests, on two consecutive days, were performed in five normally cycling women in the midluteal phase of the menstrual cycle. The first GnRH test was performed after 2 h during which time basal blood samples were collected every 10 min. On the second day, the GnRH test was repeated after a 2-h CRF infusion which was continued throughout the GnRH test. Our results demonstrate that while CRF increases cortisol levels it affects neither the basal nor the GnRH-stimulated gonadotropin levels. Similarly, both basal and luteinizing hormone (LH)-stimulated progesterone concentrations were not modified by the CRF infusion thereby also excluding a possible direct effect of the peptide on corpus luteum steroidogenesis. © 1995 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted.

Effect of corticotropin-releasing factor on the pituitary-ovary axis in human luteal phase

Guido M.;
1995

Abstract

In order to test the possible negative effect of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) on the pituitary-gonadal axis, two gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) tests, on two consecutive days, were performed in five normally cycling women in the midluteal phase of the menstrual cycle. The first GnRH test was performed after 2 h during which time basal blood samples were collected every 10 min. On the second day, the GnRH test was repeated after a 2-h CRF infusion which was continued throughout the GnRH test. Our results demonstrate that while CRF increases cortisol levels it affects neither the basal nor the GnRH-stimulated gonadotropin levels. Similarly, both basal and luteinizing hormone (LH)-stimulated progesterone concentrations were not modified by the CRF infusion thereby also excluding a possible direct effect of the peptide on corpus luteum steroidogenesis. © 1995 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted.
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