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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Arana Valencia, Nicole
Author's Email Address naranava@gmail.com
URN etd-07022013-185713
Title Changes in Plasma Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone, ACTH, Prolactin, GH, LH, FSH, and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone in Response to Injection of Sulpiride, Thyrotropin Releasing Hormone, or Vehicle in Insulin Sensitive and Insensitive Mares
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Animal Science (Animal, Dairy, & Poultry Sciences)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Thompson Jr., Donald L. Committee Chair
Paccamonti, Dale L. Committee Member
Williams, Cathleen C. Committee Member
  • thyroid stimulating hormone
  • sulpiride
  • insulin sensitivity
  • pituitary hormones
  • mares
Date of Defense 2013-07-01
Availability unrestricted
Six insulin sensitive and six insensitive mares were used in a replicated 3 x 3 Latin square design to determine the pituitary hormonal responses (compared to vehicle) to sulpiride and thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH), two compounds commonly used to diagnose pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) in horses. Mares were classified as insulin sensitive or insensitive by their previous glucose responses to direct injection of human recombinant insulin. Treatment days were February 25 and March 10 and 24, 2012. Treatments were sulpiride (racemic mixture, 0.01 mg/kg BW), TRH (0.002 mg/kg BW), and vehicle (saline, 0.01 mL/kg BW) administered intravenously. Blood samples were collected via jugular catheters at -10, 0, 5, 10, 20, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120 min relative to treatment injection. Plasma ACTH concentrations were variable and were not affected by treatment or insulin sensitivity category. Plasma melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH) concentrations responded (P < 0.01) to both sulpiride and TRH injection, and were greater (P < 0.05) in insulin insensitive mares than in sensitive mares. Plasma prolactin concentrations responded (P < 0.01) to both sulpiride and TRH injection, and the response was greater (P < 0.05) for sulpiride; there was no effect of insulin sensitivity. Plasma thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) concentrations responded (P < 0.01) to TRH injection only, and were higher (P < 0.05) in insulin sensitive mares in almost all time periods. Plasma LH and FSH concentrations varied with time (P < 0.05), particularly in the first week of the experiment, but were not affected by treatment or insulin sensitivity category. Plasma GH concentrations were affected (P < 0.05) only by day of treatment. The greater MSH responses to sulpiride and TRH in insulin insensitive mares were similar to, but not as exaggerated as, those observed by others for PPID horses. Also, the reduced TSH concentrations in insulin insensitive mares are consistent with the previous observation of elevated plasma triiodothyronine concentrations in hyperleptinemic horses (later shown to be insulin insensitive as well).
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