Aminoglutethimide, a corticosteroid inhibitor, administered at a daily dose of 150 mg per kg body weight, showed a dramatic interference with ovarian histology in the rat. The drug caused thinning of the germinal epithelium and disruption of the layers of the follicular cells. It also resulted in the appearance of cytoplasmic vacuoles and distortion of follicle cell nuclei. In the corpus luteum, it caused shrinkage of the lutein cells, resulting in large spaces between the cords of cells. It also arrested immature follicles at various stages of their development. Our results indicate that aminoglutethimide, by modifying ovarian structure in the rat, interferes with the ovulation process.

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