Evaluation and characterization of the hypothyroid hyt/hyt mouse. I: Somatic and behavioral studies.

Mice homozygous for the autosomal-recessive gene hypothyroid (hyt) had congenital hypothyroidism of fetal onset after 15 days postconception. Neonatal hyt/hyt mice had reduced serum thyroxine ranging from 1/5 to 1/6 of normal as well as significantly delayed somatic and behavioral development. Delayed somatic development included retarded eye opening and… (More)