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Mature boars were subjected to chronic treatment with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist, goserelin (D-Ser[But]6, Azgly-NH2 10), and serum luteinizing hormone (lh) and testosterone concentrations were measured. Ten sexually mature boars were randomly assigned to treatment (n = 5) or control (n = 5) groups. On day 0, boars were implanted sc (day 0) with 2 GnRH agonist implants (1 mg of GnRH/implant) or sham implants. Blood samples were collected at 12-hour intervals on days – 2 and –1, at 6-hour intervals on days 0 through 4, and at 12-hour intervals on days 5 through 8. In addition, blood samples were collected at 15-minute intervals for 6 hours on days –1, 0, 4, and 8. Serum testosterone and (lh concentrations were determined by radioimmunoassay. Maximal (lh (7 ± 1 ng/ml) and testosterone (26 ± 3 ng/ml) concentrations were observed at 5 and 18 hours, respectively, after GnRH agonist treatment. Subsequently, (lh and testosterone concentrations decreased to pretreatment values (0.3 ± 0.1 ng/ml and 1.8 ± 0.4 ng/ml, respectively) by 24 and 48 hours, respectively, after GnRH agonist implantation. Few differences in the characteristics of pulsatile (lh release were observed between the groups. Testosterone and lh concentrations in samples collected at 6- and 12-hour intervals and pulsatile (lh release did not change after sham treatment of control boars. Whereas previous reports indicated that chronic GnRH administration suppressed serum lh and testosterone concentrations in rams, rats, and dogs, our results indicate that chronic GnRH agonist treatment induced transitory increases, without subsequent suppression, in lh and testosterone concentrations in mature boars.

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in American Journal of Veterinary Research