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Griffin M.J.,Mississippi State University | Quiniou S.,Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit | Khoo L.,Mississippi State University | Bollinger T.K.,Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Center
Journal of Fish Diseases | Year: 2015

The goal of this study was to identify a myxosporidian parasite infecting the central nervous system of yellow perch Perca flavescens (Mitchell, 1814) observed while investigating a fish kill in Saskatchewan, Canada. Fish were collected from seven different lakes, from two distinct watersheds. Sixty-four per cent (54/86) of yellow perch contained myxozoan pseudocysts located throughout the spinal cord and brain. Myxospores measured 16.5 μm (range 16.2-16.8) long and 8.2 μm (range 7.9-8.4) wide and contained two pyriform, mildly dissymmetrical, polar capsules measuring 7.7 μm (range 7.3-8.1) long and 2.7 μm (range 2.4-3.0) wide. The polar capsules each contained a single polar filament, with 7-9 turns per polar filament coil. Sequencing of the 18S SSU rDNA gene demonstrated >99% similarity to Myxobolus neurophilus. In 60% of infected fish, there was a mild to moderate, non-suppurative myelitis or encephalitis, or both, associated with myxospores. Axonal degeneration was present in rare cases. These findings extend the geographical distribution of M. neurophilus and suggest it may be widespread in yellow perch populations in Saskatchewan. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


Bazyar Lakeh A.A.,Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries | Bazyar Lakeh A.A.,Humboldt University of Berlin | Farahmand H.,University of Tehran | Kloas W.,Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries | And 6 more authors.
Aquaculture International | Year: 2015

Juvenile rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) were passively immunized by intraperitoneal immunization against somatostatin-14 (SS-14) using an antibody originating from egg-laying chicken (Gallus domesticus). Fish were immunized weekly (0, 7, 14, 21, 28, 35 days) with chicken egg yolk-derived immunoglobulin (IgY) against SS-14 (1:25 IgY, 5 mg mL−1), and growth performance, feed utilization as well as plasma concentrations and mRNA levels of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) were compared to the control group that received placebo immunization with PBS. Passive immunization significantly increased weight gain of treated fish (67.7 ± 7.4 g) compared to the control group (40.1 ± 2.0 g) after 35 days (p < 0.05). Feed conversion ratio (FCR) was significantly improved in the immunized fish (0.7 ± 0.08) compared to control group (1.2 ± 0.06) (p < 0.05). The concentrations of GH and IGF-I in the blood plasma showed no significant differences between the fish treated with anti-SS-14 and those of control during the treatment (p > 0.05). In both groups, GH levels decreased over the 35 days of the experiment (p < 0.05). However, IGF-I level during the period of treatment remained unchanged in both control and immunized fish with the anti-SS-14. Similarly, no changes were observed in pituitary GH and liver IGF-I mRNA levels between treatment and control at each sampling time (p > 0.05). There was no indication of a cumulative, long-lasting effect of repeated immunization on GH or IGF-I plasma concentrations or mRNA expression. The present study shows that a passive immunization of rainbow trout against SS-14 using a chicken egg yolk-derived SS-14 antibody could increase growth rate and improved FCR. © 2015 Springer International Publishing Switzerland


Chatakondi N.G.,U.S. Department of Agriculture | Chatakondi N.G.,Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit
Journal of the World Aquaculture Society | Year: 2014

Hormone-induced spawning of channel catfish held communally in tanks is a reliable method to produce channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus ♀ × blue catfish, Ictalurus furcatus ♂, F1 hybrid catfish fry. However, mature catfish are crowded, and repeatedly handled during the process of induced ovulation. Repeated handling of gravid females is stressful and may impair ovulation, egg quality, and reproductive performance. Three trials were conducted to evaluate the effects of two methods of confining post-hormone-injected female channel catfish on stress response (cortisol concentrations) and reproductive performance: fish were either held individually while suspended in soft, nylon-mesh bags or communally in a concrete tank. Percent of females ovulated to hormone treatment, relative fecundity, percent egg viability, and latency of channel catfish did not differ for fish in the two treatments. However, percent hatch and fry/kg of females was higher (P < 0.05) for fish held in bags that for fish held communally in tanks. Mean plasma cortisol response immediately prior to the first hormone injection (0h) did not differ among fish groups in the two treatments. However, mean plasma cortisol concentrations were significantly lower (P < 0.05) for fish in the bag treatment at 16 and 36h compared to fish held communally in tanks. Plasma estradiol levels (measure of oocyte maturation) were assessed at 0, 16, and 36 h after hormone injection; concentrations were (P<0.05) higher at 16h compared to 0 and 36h; however, estradiol concentrations did not differ for fish held in the two treatments (P > 0.05). Suspending hormone-injected broodfish individually in soft bags reduced stress response, improved egg hatching rate, and increased hybrid fry produced per kg weight of female broodfish. Using this simple technology, farmers can improve the efficiency of hatcheries producing hybrid catfish fry. © by the World Aquaculture Society 2014.


PubMed | Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Mississippi State University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Genome announcements | Year: 2015

Aeromonas hydrophila occurs in freshwater environments and infects fish and mammals. Here, we report the complete genome sequence of Aeromonas hydrophila AL06-06, which was isolated from diseased goldfish and is being used for comparative genomic studies with A.hydrophila strains that cause bacterial septicemia in channel catfish aquaculture.


Schroeter J.C.,Southern Illinois University Carbondale | Peterson B.C.,Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit | Small B.C.,University of Idaho
Aquaculture | Year: 2016

Large-scale, gene expression profiling methods allow for high throughput analysis of physiological pathways at a fraction of the cost of individual gene expression analysis. Systems, such as the Fluidigm quantitative PCR array described here, can provide powerful assessments of the effects of diet, environment, and management on physiological pathways affecting production parameters. A targeted microfluidic PCR array was designed and validated, for channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) representing key pathways involved in appetite, growth, metabolism, and intestinal inflammation for their potential to provide insight into the effects of diet and dietary supplements on these important physiological processes regulating feed efficiency and growth. With few exceptions, PCR primers were designed from Ictaluridae gene sequences published in GenBank. PCR amplicons from primers designed outside of Ictaluridae were sequenced to verify gene identity. All target gene primers were initially validated via conventional real-time qPCR (RT-qPCR). Combined hypothalamus/pituitary, hepatic, stomach, and intestinal tissue were used validate a 48.48 microfluidic PCR array to analyze multitissue gene expression. Use of the Fluidigm array resulted in reliable cycle threshold levels (Ct), efficiencies (E), and quality threshold scores (QS) for all but eight genes examined. Of the potential reference genes included in the panel, alpha-tubulin (TUBA) had a high QS, E, and acceptable Ct. The high throughput application of this technology, relative to conventional RT-qPCR, for assessing dietary effects on these pathways is demonstrated. Development of this targeted multi-tissue microfluidic array paves the way for the rapid evaluation of regulatory pathways in response to alternative feeding strategies, dietary formulations, and supplementation, as well as environmental and management effects for improving channel catfish culture and validates a cost-effective, dynamic, gene expression platform for use with other cultured fishes. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.


Rosser T.G.,Mississippi State University | Griffin M.J.,Mississippi State University | Quiniou S.M.A.,Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit | Greenway T.E.,Mississippi State University | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Parasitology | Year: 2014

The actinospore diversity of infected Dero digitata was surveyed (May 2011) from a channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) production pond in the Mississippi Delta region for the elucidation of unknown myxozoan life cycles. At present, only 2 myxozoan life cycles have been molecularly confirmed in channel catfish, linking the actinospore stage from an aquatic oligochaete (D. digitata) and the myxospore stage from the catfish. In this study D. digitata (n = 2,592) were isolated from oligochaetes collected from the bottom sediment of a channel catfish production pond. After 1 wk of daily observation, a total of 6 genetically different actinospore types were observed. The collective groups were classified as 2 aurantiactinomyxons, 2 helioactinomyxons, 1 raabeia, and 1 triactinomyxon. Overall prevalence of myxozoan infections in the isolated oligochaetes was 4.4%. Actinospores were photographed and measured for morphological characterization. Four previously undescribed actinospore types were identified and characterized molecularly and morphologically. Phylogenetic analysis revealed the raabeia and one of the helioactinomyxon (type 1) actinospores were closely related to the group of myxozoans known to parasitize ictalurids in North America. To date, no myxospores have been linked to the newly sequenced actinospores reported in this survey. The morphological and molecular data generated from this study will assist in the identification of myxospore counterparts for these actinospore stages and aid in the elucidation of unknown myxozoan life cycles in closed production systems. © 2014 American Society of Parasitologists.


Rosser T.G.,Mississippi State University | Griffin M.J.,Mississippi State University | Quiniou S.M.A.,Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit | Khoo L.H.,Mississippi State University | Pote L.M.,Mississippi State University
Parasitology Research | Year: 2014

In the southeastern USA, the channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus is a host to at least eight different species of myxozoan parasites belonging to the genus Henneguya, four of which have been characterized molecularly using sequencing of the small subunit ribosomal RNA (SSU rRNA) gene. However, only two of these have confirmed life cycles that involve the oligochaete Dero digitata as the definitive host. During a health screening of farm-raised channel catfish, several fish presented with deformed primary lamellae. Lamellae harbored large, nodular, white pseudocysts 1.25 mm in diameter, and upon rupturing, these pseudocysts released Henneguya myxospores, with a typical lanceolate-shaped spore body, measuring 17.1 ± 1.0 μm (mean ± SD; range = 15.0–19.3 μm) in length and 4.8 ± 0.4 μm (3.7–5.6 μm) in width. Pyriform-shaped polar capsules were 5.8 ± 0.3 μm in length (5.1–6.4 μm) and 1.7 ± 0.1 μm (1.4–1.9 μm) in width. The two caudal processes were 40.0 ± 5.1 μm in length (29.5–50.0 μm) with a spore length of 57.2 ± 4.7 (46.8–66.8 μm). The contiguous SSU rRNA gene sequence obtained from myxospores of five excised cysts did not match any Henneguya sp. in GenBank. The greatest sequence homology (91 % over 1,900 bp) was with Henneguya pellis, associated with blister-like lesions on the skin of blue catfish Ictalurus furcatus. Based on the unique combination of pseudocyst and myxospore morphology, tissue location, host, and SSU rRNA gene sequence data, we report this isolate to be a previously unreported species, Henneguya bulbosus sp. nov. © 2014, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Rosser T.G.,Mississippi State University | Griffin M.J.,Mississippi State University | Quiniou S.M.A.,Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit | Khoo L.H.,Mississippi State University | And 3 more authors.
Parasitology Research | Year: 2015

There are more than 200 species of Henneguya described from fish. Of these, only three life cycles have been determined, identifying the actinospore and myxospore stages from their respective hosts. Two of these life cycles involve the channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) and the freshwater oligochaete Dero digitata. Herein, we molecularly confirm the life cycle of a previously undescribed Henneguya sp. by matching 18S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene sequence of the myxospore stage from channel catfish with the previously described actinospore stage (Aurantiactinomyxon mississippiensis) from D. digitata. Gill tissue from naturally infected channel catfish contained pseudocysts restricted to the apical end of the primary lamellae. Myxospores were morphologically consistent with Henneguya spp. from ictalurid fishes in North America. The spores measured 48.8 ± 4.8 μm (range = 40.7–61.6 μm) in total spore length. The lanceolate spore body was 17.1 ± 1.0 μm (14.4–19.3 μm) in length and 5.0 ± 0.3 μm (4.5–5.5 μm) in width. The two polar capsules were 6.2 ± 0.4 μm (5.8–7.0 μm) long and 5.0 ± 0.3 μm (4.5–5.5 μm) wide. The polar capsule contained eight to nine coils in the polar filament. The two caudal processes were of equal length, measuring 31.0 ± 4.1 μm (22.9–40.6 μm). The 1980-bp 18S rRNA gene sequence obtained from two excised cysts shared 99.4 % similarity (100 % coverage) to the published sequence of A. mississippiensis, an actinospore previously described from D. digitata. The sequence similarity between the myxospore from channel catfish and actinospore from D. digitata suggests that they are conspecific, representing alternate life stages of Henneguya mississippiensis n. sp. © 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


PubMed | Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit and Mississippi State University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Systematic parasitology | Year: 2016

The smallmouth buffalo Ictiobus bubalus Rafinesque (Catostomidae) is native to North American waterways and occasionally grown in pond aquaculture. Species of Myxobolus Btschli, 1882 have been reported from the gills, integument, and intestinal tract of buffalo fish, although there is ambiguity in some host records. In the summer of 2013, thirteen adult smallmouth buffalo were seined from a 0.1-acre (0.04-hectare) experimental research pond at the Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center in Stoneville, Mississippi, USA, and examined for the presence of parasitic infection. Two previously unknown species of Myxobolus were observed parasitising the gills. Plasmodia of the two species differed from each other in both size and shape. Morphologically the two species were distinct from one another and from other Myxobolus spp. previously reported from buffalo fish. Myxospores of Myxobolus ictiobus n. sp. were spherical and measured 12.7-14.5 (13.9 0.4) m in length and 10.7-13.6 (12.5 0.7) m in width with a thickness of 10.3-14.8 (12.6 2.3) m. Polar capsules measured 5.6-7.4 (6.6 0.4) m in length and 3.7-4.9 (4.5 0.8) m in width and each contained a coiled polar filament with 5-6 turns. Myxospores of Myxobolus minutus n. sp. were circular in shape and measured 7.4-9.6 (8.6 0.7) m in length and 7.5-9.9 (8.8 0.7) m in width with a thickness of 6.5-7.3 (6.7 0.3) m. Polar capsules measured 3.6-4.9 (4.3 0.3) m in length and 2.8-3.8 (3.3 0.3) m and each contained a coiled polar filament with 5-6 turns. Supplemental 18S rRNA gene sequencing identified unique sequences for each isolate. Phylogenetic analysis of 18S rRNA sequences demonstrated a strong clustering of both isolates with other species of Myxobolus from cypriniform fish.

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