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2014

Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology Publications

Sexual differentiation

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Exogenous Application Of Estradiol To Eggs Unexpectedly Induces Male Development In Two Turtle Species With Temperaturedependent Sex Determination, Daniel A. Warner, Elizabeth Addis, Wei-Guo Du, Thane Wibbels, Fredric J. Janzen Jan 2014

Exogenous Application Of Estradiol To Eggs Unexpectedly Induces Male Development In Two Turtle Species With Temperaturedependent Sex Determination, Daniel A. Warner, Elizabeth Addis, Wei-Guo Du, Thane Wibbels, Fredric J. Janzen

Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology Publications

Steroid hormones affect sex determination in a variety of vertebrates. The feminizing effects of exposure to estradiol and the masculinizing effects of aromatase inhibition during development are well established in a broad range of vertebrate taxa, but paradoxical findings are occasionally reported. Four independent experiments were conducted on two turtle species with temperature-dependent sex determination (Chrysemys picta and Chelydra serpentina) to quantify the effects of egg incubation temperature, estradiol, and an aromatase inhibitor on offspring sex ratios. As expected, the warmer incubation temperatures induced female development and the cooler temperatures produced primarily males. However, application of an aromatase inhibitor had ...