Cortisol and progestin release, heart rate and heart rate variability in the pregnant and postpartum mare, fetus and newborn foal.

@article{Nagel2012CortisolAP,
  title={Cortisol and progestin release, heart rate and heart rate variability in the pregnant and postpartum mare, fetus and newborn foal.},
  author={Christina Nagel and Regina Erber and C Bergmaier and Mathias Wulf and J. C. Aurich and Erich Moestl and Chr Aurich},
  journal={Theriogenology},
  year={2012},
  volume={78 4},
  pages={759-67}
}
The mechanisms leading to parturition in the horse in many aspects differ from those in other species. Pregnancy is maintained not by progesterone but by 5α-pregnanes and the progestin precursor pregnenolone originates from the fetus. As parturition approaches, the fetal adrenal switches from pregnenolone to cortisol synthesis but it is not known whether cortisol crosses the placenta. We hypothesized that in parallel to fetal cortisol release, cortisol in the maternal circulation increases… CONTINUE READING
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