This study examined whether cortisol, present in amniotic fluid (AF), could reach the fetal blood, and might be available to various fetal organs and to the fetal membranes and placenta. [3H]Cortisol ([3H]F) was injected into the AF of five sheep at 130--143 days gestation. Samples of AF and fetal blood were collected for 120 min, at which time the fetuses… (More)
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