Short-term glutamate administration positively affects the number of antral follicles and the ovulation rate in cyclic adult goats

Reprod Biol. 2014 Dec;14(4):298-301. doi: 10.1016/j.repbio.2014.05.001. Epub 2014 Aug 8.


The acute effects of short-term glutamate administration on the number of antral follicles and ovulation rate were examined in adult goats. Neither live weight (44.5±1.3 kg) nor body condition (3.3±0.8 units) differed between the control (untreated) and glutamate-treated (0.175 mg/kg) animals (p>0.05). However, the number of antral follicles (3.4 vs. 2.1, p=0.05) and ovulation rate (2.5 vs. 1.5, p=0.05) was higher in the glutamate-administered group than in the controls.

Keywords: Acute effect; Antral follicles; Glutamate; Goats; Ovulation rate.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Body Constitution / physiology
  • Body Weight / physiology
  • Breeding / methods
  • Female
  • Glutamic Acid / administration & dosage
  • Glutamic Acid / pharmacology*
  • Goats / physiology*
  • Least-Squares Analysis
  • Mexico
  • Ovarian Follicle / drug effects*
  • Ovulation / drug effects*


  • Glutamic Acid