October 1976
Volume 15, Issue 10
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Hormonal influences on photoreceptor damage: the pituitary gland and ovaries.
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science October 1976, Vol.15, 869-872. doi:
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      R P Olafson, W K O'Steen; Hormonal influences on photoreceptor damage: the pituitary gland and ovaries.. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1976;15(10):869-872.

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Abstract

To determine whether the absence of pituitary or ovarian hormones would influence retinal degeneration, female albino rats were either hypophysectomized (HYPEX) or ovariectomized (OVEX) before pubery. Later, they were exposed to continuous light for periods up to 45 days. Retinas evaluated by light microscopic measurements showed damage to the outer nuclear layer (ONL) and photoreceptor layer in both the operated and intact, control rats. However, the degree of damage observed in retinas of HYPEX and OVEX rats was significantly less than that observed in retinas of intact rats exposed to the same lighting conditions. Therefore, hypophysectomy and ovariectomy, which influence the normal development of sexual maturation when performed on immature rats, significantly reduce photoreceptor damage in adult rats exposed to continuous light.

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