Testing for context-dependent effects of maternal thyroid hormones on offspring survival and physiology: an experimental approach manipulating temperature in a wild bird species [article]

Bin-Yan Hsu, Tom Sarraude, Nina Cossin-Sevrin, Mélanie Crombecque, Antoine STIER, Suvi Ruuskanen
2020 bioRxiv   pre-print
Maternal effects via hormonal transfer from the mother to the offspring provide a tool to translate environmental cues to the offspring. Experimental manipulations of maternally transferred hormones have yielded increasingly contradictory results, which may be explained by environment-dependent effects of hormones. Yet context-dependent effects have rarely been experimentally tested. We therefore studied whether maternally transferred thyroid hormones (THs) exert context-dependent effects on
more » ... spring survival and physiology by manipulating both egg TH levels and post-hatching nest temperature in wild pied flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca) using a full factorial design. We found no clear evidence for context-dependent effects of prenatal THs related to postnatal temperature on growth, survival and potential underlying physiological responses (plasma TH levels, oxidative stress and mitochondrial density). We conclude that future studies should test for other key environmental conditions, such as food availability, to understand potential context-dependent effects of maternally transmitted hormones on offspring, and their role in adapting to changing environments.
doi:10.1101/2020.05.08.083725 fatcat:mz4o3kkmjvhyfm6lxvikmlkqii