Locally elevated cortisol in lymphoid organs of the developing zebra finch but not Japanese quail or chicken.

@article{Taves2016LocallyEC,
  title={Locally elevated cortisol in lymphoid organs of the developing zebra finch but not Japanese quail or chicken.},
  author={Matthew D Taves and Jennifer A Losie and Titissa Rahim and Kim L. Schmidt and Benjamin A. Sandkam and Chunqi Ma and Frederick G Silversides and Kiran K. Soma},
  journal={Developmental and comparative immunology},
  year={2016},
  volume={54 1},
  pages={116-25}
}
Glucocorticoids are important for production of functional lymphocytes and immunity. In altricial neonates, adrenal glands are unresponsive and local glucocorticoid synthesis in lymphoid organs may be necessary to support lymphocyte development. Precocial neonates, in contrast, have fully responsive adrenal glucocorticoid production, and lymphoid glucocorticoid synthesis may not be necessary. Here, we found that in altricial zebra finch hatchlings, lymphoid organs had dramatically elevated… CONTINUE READING
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