Immunization against GnRH in male species (comparative aspects)

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Active immunization against gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) was recognized in the 1970s as a potential means by which the reproductive system of mammals might be shut down for various practical and clinical reasons. Numerous studies in males have been performed since that time to determine the applicability of the technique as an alternative to surgical removal of the testes. Reasons for such immunocastration include improvement of meat and carcass characteristics for cattle, sheep, goats, and swine; improvement in feed efficiency relative to castrates in those same species; reduction in male aggressive behavior; reduction in male-associated odors in goats and swine; and fertility neutralization in pet species. Although application as a fertility control agent in men is unlikely, there is renewed interest in active immunization against GnRH as a means of treating prostate cancers and related steroid-dependent pathologies. (C) 2000 Published by Elsevier Science B.V.

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Animal Reproduction Science

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