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General and Comparative Endocrinology

Tyler J Stevenson
Precise timing of gene transcription is a fundamental component of many biological rhythms. DNA methylation and histone acetylation are two epigenetic modifications that can affect the probability of gene transcription and RNA expression. Enzymes involved in DNA methylation (dnmts) have been shown to exhibit photoperiodic rhythms in expression in the hypothalamus, which coincide with hypothalamic expression of deiodinase type III (dio3), a gene involved in the photoperiodic regulation of reproduction. It is currently unknown whether enzymes involved in histone deacetylation (hdacs) also vary in response to photoperiod, nor have seasonal changes in the circadian waveforms of methylation and/or acetylation enzymes been examined...
December 1, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Md Shahjahan, Takashi Kitahashi, Hironori Ando
Water temperature is an environmental factor of primary importance that influences reproductive function in fish. To understand the molecular and physiological mechanisms underlying the regulation of reproduction by temperature, we examined changes in expression of genes encoding kisspeptin (kiss2), kisspeptin receptor (kiss2r) and three gonadotropin-releasing hormones (gnrh1, gnrh2 and gnrh3) in the brain and genes encoding gonadotropin (GTH) subunits (gpa, fshb and lhb) in the pituitary of grass puffer exposed to a low temperature (14°C), normal temperature (21°C) and high temperature (28°C) for 7 days...
December 1, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Diana C Koester, David E Wildt, Janine L Brown, Karen Meeks, Adrienne E Crosier
Cheetahs in managed zoological collections do not reproduce efficiently, a problem that may be related to environmental/management stressors. In this study, we examined 17 adult female cheetahs to determine the influence of two environmental factors, (1) being housed on- or off-exhibit and (2) number of adult conspecifics (males and/or females) in nearby enclosures, on profiles and concentrations of ovarian and adrenal hormones. Secondarily, we assessed a subset of group-housed siblings (n = 5 in groups of 2 or 3) for effects of long-term cohabitation...
November 28, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
S Simi, Valsa S Peter, M C Subhash Peter
Fishes have evolved physiological mechanisms to exhibit stress response, where hormonal signals interact with an array of ion transporters and regulate homeostasis. As major ion transport regulators in fish, cortisol and thyroid hormones have been shown to interact and fine-tune the stress response. Likewise, in fishes many interactions have been identified between stress and immune components, but the physiological basis of such interaction has not yet delineated particularly in air-breathing fish. We, therefore, investigated the responses of thyroid hormones and cortisol, ion transporter functions and non-specific immune response of an obligate air-breathing fish Anabas testudineus Bloch to zymosan treatment or hypoxia stress or both, to understand how immune challenge modifies the pattern of stress response in this fish...
November 18, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Nic R Bury
Basal ray-finned fish (Actinopterygii) possess a single glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and when compared to the lobe-finned vertebrate (Sarcopterygii) GR possess nine additional amino acids between the zinc-finger of the DNA binding domain. A whole genome duplication event which occurred between 320 and 350MYA in the teleost lineage following the split from the basal ray-finned fish resulted in 2 GRs: one GR group, GR1, has retained the 9 amino acids insert whereas the other group, GR2, has not. The exception to this is the zebrafish, that have lost one of the GRs, but they do possess 2 GRs with a splice variant that lacks the C-terminal portion of the GR to form GRβ which acts as a dominant-repressor of the wildtype GR...
November 10, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Seyed Hossein Hoseinifar, Roghieh Safari, Maryam Dadar
Propionate is a short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) that improves physiological and pathophysiological properties. However, there is limited information available about the effects of SCFAs on mucosal immune parameters as well as growth and appetite related genes expression. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of sodium propionate (SP) intake on the mucosal immune parameters, growth and appetite related genes expression using zebrafish (Danio rerio) as model organism. Zebrafish fed control or diet supplemented with different levels (0...
November 9, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Jan A Veenstra
Four genomes and two transcriptomes from six Chelicerate species were analyzed for the presence of neuropeptide and neurohormone precursors and their GPCRs. The genome from the spider Stegodyphus mimosarum yielded 87 neuropeptide precursors and 101 neuropeptide GPCRs. High neuropeptide transcripts were also found in the trancriptomes of three other spiders, Latrodectus hesperus, Parasteatoda tepidariorum and Acanthoscurria geniculata. For the scorpion Mesobuthus martensii the numbers are 79 and 74 respectively...
November 9, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Alison L Greggor, Karen A Spencer, Nicola S Clayton, Alex Thornton
Many species show individual variation in neophobia and stress hormones, but the causes and consequences of this variation in the wild are unclear. Variation in neophobia levels could affect the number of offspring animals produce, and more subtly influence the rearing environment and offspring development. Nutritional deficits during development can elevate levels of stress hormones that trigger long-term effects on learning, memory, and survival. Therefore measuring offspring stress hormone levels, such as corticosterone (CORT), helps determine if parental neophobia influences the condition and developmental trajectory of young...
November 9, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Kazutoshi Yamamoto, Masato Kiyomoto, Hidekazu Katayama, Masatoshi Mita
A relaxin-like gonad-stimulating peptide (RGP) from starfish Patiria (=Asterina) pectinifera is the first identified invertebrate gonadotropin for final gamete maturation. An antiserum against P. pectinifera RGP (PpeRGP) was produced by immunizing rabbits with a PpeRGP sulfanyl-polyethylene glycol derivative conjugated with keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH) as the antigen. The antiserum was used for the development of a specific and sensitive radioimmunoassay (RIA) for the measurement of RGP. In binding experiments using radioiodinated PpeRGP and antiserum against PpeRGP, a displacement curve was obtained using radioinert PpeRGP...
November 9, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
I Yu Rauschenbach, E K Karpova, E V Burdina, N V Adonyeva, R A Bykov, Y Y Ilinsky, P N Menshanov, N E Gruntenko
Insulin-like peptide DILP6 is a component of the insulin/insulin-like growth factor signalling pathway of Drosophila. Juvenile hormone (JH) and dopamine (DA) are involved in the stress response and in the control of reproduction. In this study, we investigate whether DILP6 regulates the JH and DA levels by studying the effect of a strong hypomorphic mutation dilp6(41) on JH and DA metabolism in D. melanogaster females. We show that DILP6 regulates JH and DA metabolism: the mutation dilp6(41) results in a reduction in JH-hydrolysing activity and an increase in the activities of DA synthesis enzymes (alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH))...
November 5, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Mark W Herr, Sean P Graham, Tracy Langkilde
Stress is believed to be an important factor mediating animal behavior. Here we explore the relationship between concentrations of a stress hormone and defensive behavior of a snake. The cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus) is an abundant, large-bodied pitviper that is well known for its intense defensive behaviors. The defensive behaviors and hormonal ecology of cottonmouths have been studied extensively, but the interaction between these is not well understood. We conducted field trials, recording the snake's behavior and obtaining blood samples to quantify plasma CORT concentrations, both upon first encountering a snake and after a 30min standardized confinement stressor...
November 5, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Marie-Pierre Dubos, Benoit Bernay, Pascal Favrel
Adipokinetic hormones (AKH) are key regulators of energy mobilization in insects. With the growing number of genome sequence available, the existence of genes encoding AKH related peptides has now been established in protostomes. Here we investigated the occurrence of a mature AKH-like neuropeptide (Cg-AKH) in the oyster Crassostrea gigas. We unambiguously elucidated the primary structure of this neuropeptide by mass spectrometry from peptidic extracts of oyster visceral ganglia. Cg-AKH mature peptide (pQVSFSTNWGS-amide) represents an additional member of the AKH family of peptides...
November 5, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Leesa M Keogh, Phillip G Byrne, Aimee J Silla
Antibiotics can inhibit bacterial contamination and extend sperm longevity during storage; a primary goal of captive facilities conducting biobanking and artificial fertilisation (AF). This study evaluated the effects of gentamicin on the short-term storage of Booroolong frog sperm. Sperm suspensions were obtained via either testis maceration, or as spermic urine, following hormonal induction of sperm-release. The effect of 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4mgmL(-1) gentamicin on bacterial abundance (CFUmL(-1)) was determined and sperm motility assessed...
November 5, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Andrew E Christie, Vittoria Roncalli, Matthew C Cieslak, Micah G Pascual, Andy Yu, Tess J Lameyer, Meredith E Stanhope, Patsy S Dickinson
In silico transcriptome mining is a powerful tool for crustacean peptidome prediction. Using homology-based BLAST searches and a simple bioinformatics workflow, large peptidomes have recently been predicted for a variety of crustaceans, including the lobster, Homarus americanus. Interestingly, no in silico studies have been conducted on the eyestalk ganglia (lamina ganglionaris, medulla externa, medulla interna and medulla terminalis) of the lobster, although the eyestalk is the location of a major neuroendocrine complex, i...
November 4, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Alison M Gardell, Frank A von Hippel, Elise M Adams, Danielle M Dillon, Ann M Petersen, John H Postlethwait, William A Cresko, C Loren Buck
Perchlorate is a ubiquitous environmental contaminant that has widespread endocrine disrupting effects in vertebrates, including threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). The target of perchlorate is thyroid tissue where it induces changes in the organization, activation, and morphology of thyroid follicles and surrounding tissues. To test the hypothesis that some phenotypes of perchlorate toxicity are not mediated by thyroid hormone, we chronically exposed stickleback beginning at fertilization to perchlorate (10, 30, 100ppm) or control water with and without supplementation of either iodide or thyroxine (T4)...
November 1, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Saana Sipari, Hannu Ylönen, Rupert Palme
The bank vole is a commonly used model species in behavioral and ecophysiological studies. Thus, presenting a validated method for noninvasive monitoring of corticosterone and testosterone secretion is of high relevance. Here, we evaluated the effect of time of day and an ACTH challenge test on measured fecal corticosterone (FCM) and testosterone (FTM) metabolites in both sexes. Furthermore, we performed radiometabolism experiments for both steroids and sexes to study metabolism and excretion of (3)H-corticosterone and (3)H-testosterone...
November 1, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Andrew E Christie, J Joe Hull, Josh A Richer, Scott M Geib, Erica E Tassone
Many strategies for controlling insect pests require an understanding of their hormonal signaling agents, peptides being the largest and most diverse single class of these molecules. Lygus hesperus is a pest species of particular concern, as it is responsible for significant damage to a wide variety of commercially important plant crops. At present, little is known about the peptide hormones of L. hesperus. Here, transcriptomic data were used to predict a peptidome for L. hesperus. Fifty-three L. hesperus transcripts encoding peptide precursors were identified, with a subset amplified by PCR for sequence verification...
October 24, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
A Acharjee, R Chaube, K P Joy
The commercial fish spawning inducer Ovaprim (OVP) containing a salmon gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogue and domperidone (a dopamine receptor-2 antagonist) has been widely used as an effective spawning inducer in artificial breeding of fishes. It induces a preovulatory LH surge resulting in final oocyte maturation (FOM) and ovulation through a mechanism involving a steroidogenic shift to secrete a maturation-inducing steroid (MIS). In the present study, a 0.5μL/g body weight dose of OVP each injected at 0h and 24h intraperitoneally into gravid female catfish, Heteropneustes fossilis resulted in periovulatory changes in gonadotropin (GtH) subunit gene expression and steroid hormone levels...
October 5, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Raju Murugananthkumar, Yarikipati Prathibha, Balasubramanian Senthilkumaran, Anbazhagan Rajakumar, Hirohiko Kagawa
Gonadal maturation is a critical event wherein gonads, under the influence of several hormones and factors, undergo cyclic morphological and physiological changes to produce functional gametes during the spawning phase. However, artificial induction can be effectively used to advance the maturation of gonad vis-à-vis spawning like behavior in seasonal breeders during the off-breeding season. In the present study, osmotic pumps loaded with 5000IU of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) or saline as control were implanted intraperitoneally for 21days during the pre-spawning phase (May-June) in catfish Clarias batrachus and C...
October 5, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Ishfaq Ali, Shobha Bhargava
Neuropeptide Y (NPY) has emerged as a novel peptide to antagonize various physiological consequences of stress within a mammalian brain. Hypoxia induced neuropeptide Y release in mammalian systems is well established. However, the possible role of NPY in regulating the effects of oxygen variation in lower vertebrates has not been investigated. We have studied the distribution and neuro-anatomical expression of NPY in the brain of Euphlyctus cyanophlyctus tadpoles, exposed to normal and reduced oxygen levels using immunohistochemistry...
September 20, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
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