A radioimmunoassay for rabbit luteinizing hormone (rLH) in which rLH shows no significant cross-reaction with human LH (hLH) or human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) was employed to test for the existence of a short-loop feedback for LH in the rabbit. Two weeks after castration, hCG and hLH were administered intravenously to rabbits, and the effects on circulating rLH were measured. Purified hLH (10 ng or 100 IU) produced significant depression of blood rLH within 30-60 min of intravenous injection. Saline administered to the same animals produced no changes in rLH. Injection of hCG (2,000 IU) under the same conditions also produced a significant fall in rLH. However, hCG administered to rabbits castrated 6 wk prior to study failed to suppress endogenous rLH. These data demonstrate, by direct radioimmunoassay quantification of blood hormones, the existence of a short-loop negative feedback for LH in the rabbit. They also suggest that the sensitivity of the short-loop changes with time after castration.
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