Pseudopregnancy: Controls For Prolactin Secretion

  • John W. Everett
Part of the Monographs on Endocrinology book series (ENDOCRINOLOGY, volume 32)


In retrospect, the Long and Evans (1922) monograph contained the first evidence that different AP secretions are responsible in rats for ovulation and for corpus luteum function in early pregnancy or pseudopregnancy. It was almost 20 years later that Astwood (1941) purified material from rat pituitaries that was distinct from FSH and LH and had the selective power of maintaining luteal secretion. Evans et al. (1941) identified the luteotropic material as prolactin.


Corpus Luteum Estrous Cycle Median Eminence Prolactin Secretion Hypothalamic Stimulation 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • John W. Everett
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  1. 1.Department of NeurobiologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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