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Kato A.,Tokyo Institute of Technology | Muro T.,Tokyo Institute of Technology | Kimura Y.,Tokyo Institute of Technology | Li S.,Tokyo Institute of Technology | And 4 more authors.
American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology | Year: 2011

The process of NaCl reabsorption in the distal nephron allows freshwater fishes to excrete hypotonic urine and seawater fishes to excrete urine containing high concentrations of divalent ions; the relevant transporters, however, have not yet been identified. In the mammalian distal nephron, NaCl absorption is mediated by Na+-K+-Cl- cotransporter 2 (NKCC2, Slc12a1) in the thick ascending limb, Na +-Cl- cotransporter (NCC, Slc12a3) in the distal convoluted tubule, and epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) in the collecting duct. In this study, we compared the expression profiles of these proteins in the kidneys of euryhaline and seawater pufferfishes. Mining the fugu genome identified one NKCC2 gene and one NCC gene, but no ENaC gene. RT-PCR and in situ hybridization analyses demonstrated that NKCC2 was highly expressed in the distal tubules and NCC was highly expressed in the collecting ducts of euryhaline pufferfish (mefugu, Takifugu obscurus). On the other hand, the kidney of seawater pufferfish (torafugu, Takifugu rubripes), which lacked distal tubules, expressed very low levels of NCC, and, in the collecting ducts, high levels of NKCC2. Acclimation of mefugu to seawater resulted in a 2.7x decrease in NCC expression, whereas NKCC2 expression was not markedly affected. Additionally, internalization of NCC from the apical surface of the collecting ducts was observed. These results suggest that NaCl reabsorption in the distal nephron of the fish kidney is mediated by NCC and NKCC2 in freshwater and by NKCC2 in seawater. Copyright © 2011 the American Physiological Society.

Motohashi E.,Kyushu University | Yoshihara T.,Kyushu University | Doi H.,Shimonoseki Academy of Marine Science | Ando H.,Kyushu University
Zoological Science | Year: 2010

The grass puffer (Takifugu niphobles) exhibits unique spawning behavior. Large numbers of fish aggregate to coastal spawning beds several hours before high tide during the spring tide. In order to examine the environmental and physiological regulation of this semilunar-synchronized spawning rhythm, the aggregating and spawning behaviors of the grass puffer were observed in the field, and in an aquarium without tidal changes. The fish aggregated to a spawning bed in the rising tidal phases both in the morning and evening during the spring tide, and several days after the spring tide. Spawning occurred on several days when large numbers of fish (200-1000) aggregated to the spawning bed. The timing of aggregation and spawning was tightly connected to the tidal changes; aggregation occurred 2-3 h before high tide, and spawning occurred 2 h before high tide. In the aquarium, in which a slope was constructed with pebbles, small groups of mature fish aggregated on the slope only in the rising tidal phases during and after the spring tide, when the fish aggregated in the field. However, there was no spawning in the aquarium. The aggregating behavior observed in the aquarium without tidal changes suggests that the semilunar reproductive rhythm is endogenously maintained with surprising precision during the spawning period in grass puffer. © 2010 Zoological Society of Japan.

Shahjahan M.,Niigata University | Doi H.,Shimonoseki Academy of Marine Science | Ando H.,Niigata University
General and Comparative Endocrinology | Year: 2015

Gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH) plays as a multifunctional neurohormone that controls reproduction in birds and mammals. LPXRFamide (LPXRFa) peptide, the fish ortholog of GnIH, has been shown to regulate the secretion of not only gonadotropin (GTH) but also growth hormone (GH) and prolactin (PRL), which are potentially important for gonadal function. To investigate the role of LPXRFa peptide on reproduction of the grass puffer, which spawns in semilunar cycles, we examined changes in the levels of gh and prl expression over the several months during the reproductive cycle, and the effects of goldfish LPXRFa peptide-1 (gfLPXRFa-1) on their expression were examined using primary pituitary cultures. The expression levels of both gh and prl showed significant changes during the reproductive cycle in both sexes with one peak in the spawning and pre-spawning periods for gh and prl, respectively. Particularly, gh showed substantial increase in expression in the spawning and post-spawning periods, indicative of its essentiality in the advanced stage of reproduction. gfLPXRFa-1 stimulated the expression of both gh and prl but there was a marked difference in response between them: gfLPXRFa-1 stimulated gh expression at a relatively low dose but little effect was observed on prl. Combined with the previous results of daily and circadian oscillations of lpxrfa expression, the present results suggest that LPXRFa peptide is important in the control of the cyclic reproduction by serving as a multifunctional hypophysiotropic factor that regulates the expression of gh and prl as well as GTH subunit genes. © 2015 Elsevier Inc.

Umezawa T.,Tokyo Institute of Technology | Kato A.,Tokyo Institute of Technology | Kato A.,Rochester College | Ogoshi M.,Tokyo Institute of Technology | And 8 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2012

The swimbladder volume is regulated by O 2 transfer between the luminal space and the blood In the swimbladder, lactic acid generation by anaerobic glycolysis in the gas gland epithelial cells and its recycling through the rete mirabile bundles of countercurrent capillaries are essential for local blood acidification and oxygen liberation from hemoglobin by the "Root effect." While O 2 generation is critical for fish flotation, the molecular mechanism of the secretion and recycling of lactic acid in this critical process is not clear. To clarify molecules that are involved in the blood acidification and visualize the route of lactic acid movement, we analyzed the expression of 17 members of the H +/monocarboxylate transporter (MCT) family in the fugu genome and found that only MCT1b and MCT4b are highly expressed in the fugu swimbladder. Electrophysiological analyses demonstrated that MCT1b is a high-affinity lactate transporter whereas MCT4b is a low-affinity/high-conductance lactate transporter. Immunohistochemistry demonstrated that (i) MCT4b expresses in gas gland cells together with the glycolytic enzyme GAPDH at high level and mediate lactic acid secretion by gas gland cells, and (ii) MCT1b expresses in arterial, but not venous, capillary endothelial cells in rete mirabile and mediates recycling of lactic acid in the rete mirabile by solute-specific transcellular transport. These results clarified the mechanism of the blood acidification in the swimbladder by spatially organized two lactic acid transporters MCT4b and MCT1b. © 2012 Umezawa et al.

Ando H.,Niigata University | Ogawa S.,University Institute of Health Sciences | Shahjahan M.,University Institute of Health Sciences | Shahjahan M.,Bangladesh Agricultural University | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Neuroendocrinology | Year: 2014

In seasonally breeding animals, the circadian and photoperiodic regulation of neuroendocrine system is important for precisely-timed reproduction. Kisspeptin, encoded by the Kiss1 gene, acts as a principal positive regulator of the reproductive axis by stimulating gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurone activity in vertebrates. However, the precise mechanisms underlying the cyclic regulation of the kisspeptin neuroendocrine system remain largely unknown. The grass puffer, Takifugu niphobles, exhibits a unique spawning rhythm: spawning occurs 1.5-2 h before high tide on the day of spring tide every 2 weeks, and the spawning rhythm is connected to circadian and lunar-/tide-related clock mechanisms. The grass puffer has only one kisspeptin gene (kiss2), which is expressed in a single neural population in the preoptic area (POA), and has one kisspeptin receptor gene (kiss2r), which is expressed in the POA and the nucleus dorsomedialis thalami. Both kiss2 and kiss2r show diurnal variations in expression levels, with a peak at Zeitgeber time (ZT) 6 (middle of day time) under the light/dark conditions. They also show circadian expression with a peak at circadian time 15 (beginning of subjective night-time) under constant darkness. The synchronous and diurnal oscillations of kiss2 and kiss2r expression suggest that the action of Kiss2 in the diencephalon is highly dependent on time. Moreover, midbrain GnRH2 gene (gnrh2) but not GnRH1 or GnRH3 genes show a unique semidiurnal oscillation with two peaks at ZT6 and ZT18 within a day. The cyclic expression of kiss2, kiss2r and gnrh2 may be important in the control of the precisely-timed diurnal and semilunar spawning rhythm of the grass puffer, possibly through the circadian clock and melatonin, which may transmit the photoperiodic information of daylight and moonlight to the reproductive neuroendocrine centre in the hypothalamus. © 2014 British Society for Neuroendocrinology.

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