Modification of testicular and thyroid function by chronic exposure to short photoperiod: A comparison in four rodent species

L. J. Petterborg, M. K. Vaughan, L. Y. Johnson, T. H. Champney, R. J. Reiter

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Abstract

1. 1. Exposure of male Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) for 10 weeks to short photoperiod (SP) providing 10hr light:14hr darkness (10:14 LD) produced a significant reduction in the weights of the reproductive organs, plasma thyroxine (T4) levels and free T4 index (FT4I) compared to the values of animals exposed to long photoperiod (LP, 14:10 LD). 2. 2. C57bl male house mice (Mus musculus) kept in SP (10:14 LD) had reproductive organ weights equivalent to those of mice kept in long days (14:10 LD) and lower T3 uptake (T3U) values. 3. 3. Male gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) exposed to 13 weeks of SP (10:14 LD) had lower body weights, testes and seminal vesicle weights and higher T,U values compared to LP (14:10 LD) controls. However, no effect was seen on plasma T4 and triiodothyronine (T3,) values nor the FT4I and free T3 index (FT3,I). 4. 4. White-footed male mice (Peromyscus leucopus) exposed to SP (8:16 LD) had significantly lower testes and seminal vesicle weights while plasma T4 and T3 levels were unaffected. 5. 5. Snell strain house mice (Mus musculus) exposed to SP (8:16 LD) had normal reproductive organ weights compared to the values of LP-exposed (16:8 LD) control animals. However, there was a significant depression in T3 and in the FT3I in the SP animals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-34
Number of pages4
JournalComparative Biochemistry and Physiology -- Part A: Physiology
Volume78
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

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