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Cortisol in Fetal Fluids and the Fetal Adrenal at Parturition in the Tammar Wallaby (Macropus eugenii )1
Biology of Reproduction
Glucocorticoid hormones may play a critical role in initiating parturition in tammar wallabies. In this study, we investigated the concentration of cortisol in fetal fluids and cortisol production by fetal adrenals over the last 3 days of the 26-day pregnancy and within 24 h postpartum. The fetal adrenals almost doubled in size between Days 24 and 26 of pregnancy, and their cortisol content increased over 10-fold during this period, from 10 pg to over 100 pg per adrenal pair. After birth,doi:10.1095/biolreprod60.3.651 pmid:10026112 fatcat:dz6loeh2ljc7njyqzj6szwdck4