Ontogeny of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons in hybrid striped bass Morone sp. Whole-mount in situ hybridization analysis

Y. Yashuvi, U. Klenke, O. Palevitch, E. Abraham, Y. Zohar, Y. Gothilf

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Abstract

The ontogeny of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) mRNA-producing neurons was studied in developing hybrid striped bass (white bass Morone chrysops female × striped bass Morone saxatilis male), 1-55 days post-fertilization (dpf), by whole-mount in situ hybridization. Neurons that produce salmon (s) GnRH were first detected at 32 h post-fertilization in the olfactory placodes. These neurons migrated posteriorly during development and reached their final position at the olfactory bulbs-telencephalon boundary, possibly the terminal nerve ganglion (TNg) by 11 dpf. First signal of chicken (c) GnRH-II neurons appeared in the midbrain 2 dpf and remained there throughout development. A signal of seabream (sb) GnRH mRNA was first detected at 21 dpf in the preoptic area (POA) and as a bilateral continuum along the ventral telencephalon at 32-55 dpf. The expression of all three forms of GnRH increased throughout development. These results suggest that cGnRH-II neurons originate in the mid-brain, and that sGnRH neurons originate in the olfactory placodes and migrate caudally to the TNg. Neurons that express sbGnRH seem to originate at the preoptic area and then to migrate anteriorly along the ventral telencephalon. An olfactory placodal origin of these neurons, however, cannot be ruled out.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-30
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Volume69
Issue numberSUPPL. A
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2006

Keywords

  • Development
  • GnRH
  • In situ hybridization
  • Striped bass

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