Sophie St-Cyr

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Maternal obesity carries significant health risks for offspring that manifest later in life, including metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and affective disorders. Programming of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis during development mediates both metabolic homeostasis and the response to psychosocial stress in offspring. A diet high in fat(More)
A technique is described for quantitation of the human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) glycoprotein H (gH) gene in cells using a quantitative-competitive polymerase chain reaction (QC-PCR). Two recombinant DNA molecules, differing in size due to a 92-bp deletion within the HCMV gH sequence, were used in co-amplification studies to construct a standard curve from(More)
Maternal obesity and overconsumption of saturated fats during pregnancy have profound effects on offspring health, ranging from metabolic to behavioral disorders in later life. The influence of high-fat diet (HFD) exposure on the development of brain regions implicated in anxiety behavior is not well understood. We previously found that maternal HFD(More)
Understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying fish behavior is of fundamental importance to further our understanding of the proximate and ultimate causes of variation in this trait and informs us on issues of animal husbandry, conservation, and welfare. One way to approach this question is to study variation in gene expression in individuals exhibiting(More)
Perinatal stress mediated through the mother can lead to long-term alterations in stress-related phenotypes in offspring. The capacity for adaptation to adversity in early life depends in part on the life history of the animal. This study was designed to examine the behavioral and neural response in adult offspring to prenatal exposure to predator odor: an(More)
Prenatal stress mediated through the mother can lead to long-term adaptations in stress-related phenotypes in offspring. This study tested the long-lasting effect of prenatal exposure to predator odor, an ethologically relevant and psychogenic stressor, in the second half of pregnancy. As adults, the offspring of predator odor-exposed mothers showed(More)
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