Ovine fetal estrogen sulfotransferase in brain regions important for hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis control.


Ovine parturition is initiated by increases in fetal hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity which, in turn, increase placental estrogen biosynthesis and ultimately increase uterine contractility. In addition to their action in the uterus, estrogens in fetal plasma augment fetal corticotropin (ACTH) secretion. In late gestation, estrone sulfate… (More)