Studies on the maturation of the small intestine in the fetal sheep. II. The effects of exogenous cortisol.


The effect of cortisol on small intestinal maturation was investigated in catheterized fetal sheep by infusing 2 mg cortisol/d between 105 and 115 d gestation (term ca. 147 d). This treatment resulted in a fivefold increase in plasma cortisol compared with catheterized control fetuses of the same age. There were no detectable changes in enterocyte… (More)


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