Glucocorticoids: mediators of vertebrate ontogenetic transitions.

@article{Wada2008GlucocorticoidsMO,
  title={Glucocorticoids: mediators of vertebrate ontogenetic transitions.},
  author={Haruka Wada},
  journal={General and comparative endocrinology},
  year={2008},
  volume={156 3},
  pages={441-53}
}
In adult vertebrates, glucocorticoids are thought to trigger transitions between life history stages within breeding cycles. This review explores possible roles of glucocorticoids as mediators for vertebrate ontogenetic transitions. Overall, glucocorticoids prepare organisms and trigger transitions into the subsequent life history stage. Across taxa, ability to secrete glucocorticoids appears to depend on functional maturity at birth. Slow strategist or precocial species tend to have larger… CONTINUE READING
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