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Short-term telomere dynamics is associated with glucocorticoid levels in wild populations of roe deer

Abstract : While evidence that telomere length is associated with health and mortality in humans and birds is accumulating, a large body of research is currently seeking to identify factors that modulate telomere dynamics. We tested the hypothesis that high levels of glucocorticoids in individuals under environmental stress should accelerate telomere shortening in two wild populations of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) living in different ecological contexts. From two consecutive annual sampling sessions, we found that individuals with faster rates of telomere shortening had higher concentrations of fecal glucocorticoid metabolites, suggesting a functional link between glucocorticoid levels and telomere attrition rate. This relationship was consistent for both sexes and populations. This finding paves the way for further studies of the fitness consequences of exposure to environmental stressors in wild vertebrates.
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Jean-François Lemaître, Jeffrey Carbillet, Benjamin Rey, Rupert Palme, Hannah Froy, et al.. Short-term telomere dynamics is associated with glucocorticoid levels in wild populations of roe deer. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - A: Comparative Physiology, Elsevier, 2021, 252, pp.1-7. ⟨10.1016/j.cbpa.2020.110836⟩. ⟨hal-03060315⟩

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