Sustained reproductive responses in Djungarian hamsters (Phodopus sungorus) exposed to a single long day

N. Spears, C. M. Finley, C. S. Whaling, C. R. Tuthill, I. Zucker
1990 Reproduction  
Male and female Djungarian hamsters maintained from birth in a short photoperiod (8 h light per day; 8L:16D) showed substantial testicular and uterine growth in response to a single long photoperiod or a 15-min light pulse that interrupted the 16-h dark period at 18 days of age. These light regimens resulted in heavier testes and uteri at 30 and 35 days of age when compared with those of control animals. Similar results were obtained in hamsters maintained from birth to Day 18 in a long
more » ... iod (16L:8D), given a single longer day (20L:4D) or constant light on Day 18 and then transferred to a short photoperiod (8L:16D) on Day 19. At 35 days of age animals that received extended light treatment on Day 18 had significantly more developed reproductive structures than did control hamsters. The marked effects of brief light treatment in producing long-term changes in the reproductive axis provide a convenient mammalian model system in which to study neuroendocrine events that underlie photoperiodism.
doi:10.1530/jrf.0.0880635 pmid:2325022 fatcat:3bxxkmmq3zgf5nfztq5q2mi4we