Neither hepatic nor renal PEPCK activity was affected by dexamethasone in any group of animals.
A Go Fund Me page set up for April, giraffe father Oliver and their calf has raised more than ,000 out of a goal of ,000.
In addition, dexamethasone treatment raised fetal plasma tri-iodothyronine (T and thyroxine, but had no effect on thyroid hormone concentrations in the non-pregnant ewes.
These findings show that maternal dexamethasone treatment increases the glucogenic capacity of both the mother and fetus and has major implications for glucose availability both before and after birth.
Background from AP: A pregnant giraffe has its own website, a Go Fund Me page, an apparel line and millions of people worldwide watching live-streaming video waiting for it to give birth.
The 15-year-old long-legged You Tube star, named April, is expected to give birth any time now in her enclosed pen at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, rural upstate village 130 miles northwest of New York City.