Influences of exogenous epinephrine on two reproductive parameters in female mice: Disruption of receptivity but not implantation
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Diverse stressors impede female receptivity and fertility. Since epinephrine is released from the adrenal during stress, it might play a role in stress-induced disruptions of female reproductive parameters. Experiment 1 examined whether exogenous epinephrine would disrupt lordosis behavior in estrogen- and progesterone-treated ovariectomized female mice. Single dosages of 20 and 40 micrograms almost eliminated sexual receptivity. Experiments 2 and 3 examined whether chronic dosages of epinephrine shortly after insemination would lead to a failure of implantation of mouse embryos. Results indicated that epinephrine had little effect on the number of dams delivering pups, the number of pups born, litter weight, or the number of stillbirths.
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