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The prolactin family and pregnancy-dependent adaptations

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ABSTRACT

The prolactin gene family represents species-specific expansions of hormones/cytokines contributing to the regulation of pregnancy-dependent adaptations. In this review, we discuss the prolactin family expansion in the mouse and rat, its linkage with viviparity and its potential role in regulating adaptations to physiological stressors.
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Keywords: gene families; placenta; pregnancy; prolactin

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Institute of Maternal–Fetal Biology, Division of Cancer and Developmental Biology, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA

Publication date: February 1, 2006

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