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Fundamental knowledge on the regulation of reproduction by gonadotropins (Gths) is quite limited in viviparous fishes. In the present study, we performed molecular cloning and characterization of cDNAs encoding two Gth subunits (fshb and lhb) from the pituitaries of viviparous white-edged rockfish, Sebastes taczanowskii; expression profiles of both gene transcripts were elucidated in the pituitaries of reproductive males and females which were kept in a captive environment. The cloned fshb and lhb fragments exhibited high sequence identities with corresponding β-subunit sequences from black rockfish, S. schlegelii. Notably, the fshb of white-edged rockfish appeared to lack a putative N-glycosylation site, whereas lhb conserved it. Expression of fshb and lhb transcripts in the rockfish pituitaries largely changed in synchrony but for minor exceptions. In males, levels of both transcripts increased with progression of spermatogenesis, although the peak for fshb (October) appeared slightly earlier than that for lhb (November). In females, both gene transcripts exhibited synchronous bimodal changes. High expression of fshb and lhb transcripts in the female pituitary during the gestation period, followed by the drastic decrease at parturition, suggest their possible involvement in regulation of gestation of this species. The knowledge gained for Sebastes in this study superimposes fundamental information necessary for further physiological understanding of viviparity in teleost fish. Copyright © 2021 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Yo Yamaguchi, Jun Nagata, Osamu Nishimiya, Takuma Kawasaki, Naoshi Hiramatsu, Takashi Todo. Molecular characterization of fshb and lhb subunits and their expression profiles in captive white-edged rockfish, Sebastes taczanowskii. Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A, Molecular & integrative physiology. 2021 Nov;261:111055

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