Early embryonic environment, the fetal pituitary-adrenal axis and the timing of parturition.

@article{Mcmillen2004EarlyEE,
  title={Early embryonic environment, the fetal pituitary-adrenal axis and the timing of parturition.},
  author={I Caroline Mcmillen and Jeff Schwartz and Catherine L Coulter and Lisa J Edwards},
  journal={Endocrine research},
  year={2004},
  volume={30 4},
  pages={845-50}
}
It is well established in the sheep, that the normal timing of parturition is dependent on a prepartum activation of the fetal pituitary-adrenal axis. We have recently demonstrated for the first time that embryo number, embryo sex, and alterations in the environment of the early embryo, including exposure to maternal undernutrition during the… CONTINUE READING