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A backpack system for long-term osmotic minipump infusions into unrestrained marmoset monkeys
- de Elvira, M.-C. Ruiz, Abbott, D. H.
- Laboratory animals 1986 v.20 no.4 pp. 329-334
- Callithrix jacchus, cannulas, females, gonadotropin-releasing hormone, hormone secretion, laboratory animals, luteinizing hormone, monkeys, pumps, socioeconomic status
- A backpack system is described whereby osmotic minipumps are used to infuse gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) subcutaneously in a pulsatile manner into infertile socially subordinate female marmoset monkeys (Callithrix jacchus jacchus). This procedure enables long-term infusion of GnRH without the necessity of repeated subcutaneous implantation of pumps and GnRH reservoirs. The backpack and cannulae system is inexpensive and can be constructed from commonly available materials. The GnRH treatment successfully overcame the suppression of pituitary luteinizing hormone secretion imposed by the low social status of female marmoset monkeys.