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Many hormones are involved in the regulation of male reproductive functions, controlling sexual behavior, and influencing sexual arousal, the onset of erection and ejaculation, and the post-ejaculatory detumescence. The aims of this study were to analyze the plasma concentrations of 15-ketodihydro-PGF(2α) (PGFM), LH, testosterone (T), oestrone sulphate (OS), and cortisol (C) in relation to sexual stimulation and to evaluate the possible correlations among circulating hormones and between hormones and semen characteristics in the donkey stallion. Thirteen sexually experienced Martina Franca jackass of proven fertility were enrolled and semen was collected through an artificial vagina. Plasma samples were collected at 12, 9, 6 and 3 min before oestrous jenny exposure, at the first erection in the mating arena in the presence of an oestrous jenny, during ejaculation, at dismounting, 3, 6, 9 and 12 min after ejaculation in box, and then every 10 min during the following 50 min. PGFM showed an increasing trend with significant differences between the pre-ejaculatory and post-ejaculatory period, suggesting a role of this hormone in the control of ejaculation. LH showed a significantly higher concentration at ejaculation compared to last samples, while T showed significantly higher levels at erection, ejaculation and dismounting, probably for its influence on these processes and on sexual behavior. Finally, OS did not show any difference in the period of observation, while C presented a significant increase only 22 minutes after erection. The only hormonal correlation found was a positive one between LH and T at erection and dismounting, while T and OS were positively correlated with total and progressive motility, respectively. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


M C Veronesi, I De Amicis, S Panzani, Hans Kindahl, Nadia Govoni, Monica Probo, Augusto Carluccio. PGF(2α), LH, testosterone, oestrone sulphate, and cortisol plasma concentrations around sexual stimulation in jackass. Theriogenology. 2011 May;75(8):1489-98

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