Maternal Programming of Body Weight in Syrian Hamsters

Integrative and Comparative Biology

Brozek_BehvaiorTests_20150629_160137 Food hoarding and intake are monitored using individual ‘borrows’ consisting of a home cage with tunnels running up a food source in 90 min tests. (Copyright © Jeremy M. Brozek)


Maternal programming of offspring energy balance has been viewed as an adaptation in which the gestational environment prepares the offspring to thrive and reproduce in that same postnatal environment. Programming might have the opposite effect, however, when gestational and postnatal environments are mismatched. Gestational programming would represent a trade-off if the mother can maximize fitness in one possible energetic future but cannot maximize fitness in another. The vast majority of research concerns rats, mice, or sheep, and dams are typically food restricted by 30–70% of ad libitum intake resulting in low birth weight and adult obesity in offspring. Few previous studies have used a lower level of food restriction, and no experiments, to the best of our knowledge, were designed to…

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  1. Robert Meisel

    No professor Schneider, only you rock. The rest of us just haphazardly sway or hippie dance, pretending there is an underlying beat we are keeping.

    We have been traveling a lot, going on actual vacations; New Zealand, Iceland, Zimbabwe, and now off to Malta in March. If you like low stress road trips with incredible scenery you would like Iceland.



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