Prenatal exposure of nonhuman primates to glucocorticoids has long-lasting deleterious effects on cardiovascular, metabolic, and neuroendocrine function, according to a recent study by investigators at the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland (de Vries A et al. J Clin Invest. doi:10.1172/JCI30982 [published online March 22, 2007]). The effect has been documented in rodents and other nonprimates, and now the findings are mirrored in African vervet monkeys (Chloroceus aethiops).
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