Methods for long-term 17 beta-estradiol administration to mice
2012 (English)In: General and Comparative Endocrinology, ISSN 0016-6480, E-ISSN 1095-6840, Vol. 175, no 1, 188-193 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Rodent models constitute a cornerstone in the elucidation of the effects and biological mechanisms of 17 beta-estradiol. However, a thorough assessment of the methods for long-term administration of 17 beta-estradiol to mice is lacking. The fact that 17 beta-estradiol has been demonstrated to exert different effects depending on dose emphasizes the need for validated administration regimens. Therefore, 169 female C57BL/6 mice were ovariectomized and administered 17 beta-estradiol using one of the two commonly used subcutaneous methods; slow-release pellets (0.18 mg, 60-day release pellets; 0.72 mg, 90-day release pellets) and silastic capsules (with/without convalescence period, silastic laboratory tubing, inner/outer diameter: 1.575/3.175 mm, filled with a 14 mm column of 36 mu g 17 beta-estradiol/mL sesame oil), or a novel peroral method (56 mu g 17 beta-estradiol/day/kg body weight in the hazelnut cream Nutella). Forty animals were used as ovariectomized and intact controls. Serum samples were obtained weekly for five weeks and 17 beta-estradiol concentrations were measured using radioimmunoassay. The peroral method resulted in steady concentrations within - except on one occasion - the physiological range and the silastic capsules produced predominantly physiological concentrations, although exceeding the range by maximum a factor three during the first three weeks. The 0.18 mg pellet yielded initial concentrations an order of magnitude higher than the physiological range, which then decreased drastically, and the 0.72 mg pellet produced between 18 and 40 times higher concentrations than the physiological range during the entire experiment. The peroral method and silastic capsules described in this article constitute reliable modes of administration of 17 beta-estradiol, superior to the widely used commercial pellets.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier , 2012. Vol. 175, no 1, 188-193 p.
Estradiol, Mice, Slow-release pellets, Silastic capsule, Per os, Uterine weight
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-74854DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2011.11.014ISI: 000299065800022OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-74854DiVA: diva2:496556