Yolk testosterone levels and dietary carotenoids influence growth and immunity of grey partridge chicks.

@article{Cucco2008YolkTL,
  title={Yolk testosterone levels and dietary carotenoids influence growth and immunity of grey partridge chicks.},
  author={Marco Cucco and Beatrice Guasco and Giorgio Malacarne and Roberta Ottonelli and Aur{\'e}lie Tanvez},
  journal={General and comparative endocrinology},
  year={2008},
  volume={156 2},
  pages={418-25}
}
Early maternal effects in the form of substances accumulated in the egg, such as carotenoids and hormones, can be physiologically relevant for a good development of offspring. It has been found in different species that testosterone (T) can be beneficial to offspring by increasing growth rate, but detrimental by reducing immunocompetence and increasing oxidative stress. Carotenoids on the other hand are suggested to be beneficial because they can counteract the oxidative stress and the immune… CONTINUE READING

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