Effects of long-term corticosterone implants on growth and immune function in juvenile alligators, Alligator mississippiensis.

@article{Morici1997EffectsOL,
  title={Effects of long-term corticosterone implants on growth and immune function in juvenile alligators, Alligator mississippiensis.},
  author={Lisa A. Morici and Ruth M. Elsey and Valentine A. Lance},
  journal={The Journal of experimental zoology},
  year={1997},
  volume={279 2},
  pages={
          156-62
        }
}
Sixty juvenile alligators were implanted subcutaneously with slow release pellets of corticosterone or placebo. Alligators were divided into five different groups such that each group received a different dose. A blood sample was taken prior to and 4 days after the implants were in place to measure hormone levels. Additional blood samples were collected at 1 month and 3 months. At 4 days corticosterone levels ranged from 3,400 ng/ml in the group treated with the high dose to 40 ng/ml in the… CONTINUE READING
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