Top PDF Effects of salinity and ontogenetic movements on strontium: calcium ratios in the otoliths of the Japanese eel, Anguilla japonica Temminck and Schlegel.

Effects of salinity and ontogenetic movements on strontium: calcium ratios in the otoliths of the Japanese eel, Anguilla japonica Temminck and Schlegel.

Effects of salinity and ontogenetic movements on strontium: calcium ratios in the otoliths of the Japanese eel, Anguilla japonica Temminck and Schlegel.

The relationship between Sr/Ca ratios in the otoliths of reared eels and ambient salinity (Fig. These data also validate the use of Sr/Ca ratios in otoliths as [r]

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Effects of salinity and ontogenetic movements on strontium:calcium ratios in the otoliths of the Japanese eel, Anguilla japonica Temminck and Schlegel

Effects of salinity and ontogenetic movements on strontium:calcium ratios in the otoliths of the Japanese eel, Anguilla japonica Temminck and Schlegel

The relationship between Sr/Ca ratios in the otoliths of reared eels and ambient salinity (Fig. These data also validate the use of Sr/Ca ratios in otoliths as [r]

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Salinities, not diets, affect strontium/calcium ratios in otoliths of Anguilla japonica

Salinities, not diets, affect strontium/calcium ratios in otoliths of Anguilla japonica

b Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC Received 29 July 2006; received in revised form 23 October 2006; accepted 23 October 2006 Abstract Although otolith Strontium (Sr)/calcium (Ca) ratios have been widely used to reconstruct the past salinity environmental history of anguillid eels, factors affecting the Sr/Ca ratios in otoliths are incompletely understood. Japanese Eel (Anguilla japonica) elvers (mean length 54.7 ± 2.1 mm) were collected in the estuary during their upstream migration and reared at 5 different salinities (0, 5, 15, 25, and 35 psu) and 3 types of feeding conditions (formulated feed, tubifex, and starvation) for 30 days to evaluate the effects of salinity and diets on otolith Sr/Ca ratios. Ca and Sr concentrations in the ambient water significantly increased with salinity (SAL) as [Ca] water = 15.50SAL−5.56, and [Sr] water = 0.21SAL + 0.03, respectively. Sr/Ca ratios in otoliths increased with salinity (SAL) of the rearing water as [(Sr/Ca) × 1000] otolith = 0.091SAL + 3.790. In diets, Sr/Ca ratios were 4 times higher in tubifex than in formulated feed. However, in otoliths, ANOVA indicated that Sr/Ca ratios did not differ significantly between groups fed on tubifex or formulated feed (p = 0.118). Otolith Sr/Ca ratios were negatively correlated with fish growth rates while the growth rates differed significantly among rearing conditions with different salinities and diets. Partition coefficients of the Sr/Ca ratios from ambient water to fish tissues and otoliths significantly increased with salinity. The Sr/Ca ratios of Japanese Eel otoliths thus were positively correlated with the ambient salinity and decreased with increasing fish growth rate, but was not affected by fish diet.
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Use of otolith Sr:Ca ratios to study the riverine migratory behaviors of Japanese eel Anguilla japonica

Use of otolith Sr:Ca ratios to study the riverine migratory behaviors of Japanese eel Anguilla japonica

W. N. Tzeng 1, *, J. C. Shiao 1 , Y. Iizuka 2 1 Department of Zoology, College of Science, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan, ROC 2 Institute of Earth Science, Academic Sinica, Nankang, Taipei 11529, Taiwan, ROC ABSTRACT: To understand the migratory behavior and habitat use of the Japanese eel Anguilla japonica in the Kaoping River, SW Taiwan, the temporal changes of strontium (Sr) and calcium (Ca) contents in otoliths of the eels in combination with age data were examined by wavelength disper- sive X-ray spectrometry with an electron probe microanalyzer. Ages of the eel were determined by the annulus mark in their otolith. The pattern of the Sr:Ca ratios in the otoliths, before the elver stage, was similar among all specimens. Post-elver stage Sr:Ca ratios indicated that the eels experienced different salinity histories in their growth phase yellow stage. The mean (± SD) Sr:Ca ratios in otoliths beyond elver check of the 6 yellow eels from the freshwater middle reach were 1.8 ± 0.2 × 10 – 3 with a maximum value of 3.73 × 10 – 3 . Sr:Ca ratios of less than 4 × 10 – 3 were used to discriminate the fresh- water from seawater resident eels. Eels from the lower reach of the river were classified into 3 types:
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Salinity preference of silvering Japanese eel Anguilla japonica: evidence from pituitary prolactin mRNA levels and otolith Sr:Ca ratios

Salinity preference of silvering Japanese eel Anguilla japonica: evidence from pituitary prolactin mRNA levels and otolith Sr:Ca ratios

ABSTRACT: The salinity preference of Japanese eel Anguilla japonica during silvering was vali- dated from the viewpoints of physiological ecology by examining the pituitary prolactin (PRL) mRNA expression and the otolith strontium:calcium (Sr:Ca) ratios of the eels of different sexual maturity stages collected in an estuary of Taiwan. The PRL possessed a putative signal peptide of 24 amino acids and a mature peptide of 185 amino acids. RT-PCR and real-time quantitative PCR analyses indi- cated that the transcript levels of PRL mRNA significantly decreased from yellow to silver stage. On the contrary, the Sr:Ca ratios at the otolith edge of silver eels, which recorded their latest experience of salinity history, significantly increased. The increase in otolith Sr:Ca ratios and the decrease in PRL mRNA expression are consistent with the timing of migration from freshwater to seawater during silvering of the eel.
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Salinity preference of silvering Japanese eel Anguilla japonica: evidence from pituitary prolactin mRNA levels and otolith Sr: Ca ratios.

Salinity preference of silvering Japanese eel Anguilla japonica: evidence from pituitary prolactin mRNA levels and otolith Sr: Ca ratios.

ABSTRACT: The salinity preference of Japanese eel Anguilla japonica during silvering was vali- dated from the viewpoints of physiological ecology by examining the pituitary prolactin (PRL) mRNA expression and the otolith strontium:calcium (Sr:Ca) ratios of the eels of different sexual maturity stages collected in an estuary of Taiwan. The PRL possessed a putative signal peptide of 24 amino acids and a mature peptide of 185 amino acids. RT-PCR and real-time quantitative PCR analyses indi- cated that the transcript levels of PRL mRNA significantly decreased from yellow to silver stage. On the contrary, the Sr:Ca ratios at the otolith edge of silver eels, which recorded their latest experience of salinity history, significantly increased. The increase in otolith Sr:Ca ratios and the decrease in PRL mRNA expression are consistent with the timing of migration from freshwater to seawater during silvering of the eel.
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Gonadotropin Induced Synchronous Changes of Morphology and Gonadal Development in the Japanese Eel Anguilla japonica

Gonadotropin Induced Synchronous Changes of Morphology and Gonadal Development in the Japanese Eel Anguilla japonica

Abstract In a previous study, we had observed synchronous changes of morphology and gonadal development in wild Japanese eel during the silvering process. In this study, we aimed to clarify if gonadotropin is the key hormone responsible for this phenomenon. Yellow eels captured in the Kaoping River were repeatedly injected with human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), and changes of morphology and gonadal development were examined. After five weekly injection of HCG at a dosage of 0.75 IU/g body weight, eels was classified into well-responsive and poor-responsive groups according to skin coloration. Approximately 50 % of males and 20 % of females were responsive to become silver eels. Mean age, total length, body weight, condition factor, gonadosomatic index (GSI), fin-index (FI), hepatosomatic index (HSI) and ocular index (OI) were significantly higher in well-responsive eels than in poor-responsive eels. The mean digestosomatic index (DSI), in contrast, significantly decreased in well-responsive eels compared to poor ones. OI was positively correlated and DSI was negatively correlated with the GSI in both sexes. These results indicated that well developed eels are more sensitive to HCG treatment, and the skin color, eye size, gonadal development and digestive tract shrinkage were synchronous after HCG injection. The pituitary – gonad axis plays important role on eel silvering.
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The sex ratios and growth strategies of wild and captive Japanese eels Anguilla japonica

The sex ratios and growth strategies of wild and captive Japanese eels Anguilla japonica

The role of gender and sexual differences in the growth histories of Japanese eel Anguilla japonica were linked with respect to the sex ratio and growth rate of wild eels collected from Taiwanese rivers. The sex ratio of wild eels was compared with that of eels semi-intensively cultured in a pond and intensively cultured in an aquarium. The sex ratio of wild eels from a low-density river habitat was dominated by females (86.4% of sex-determined eels), slightly dominated by males (57.1%) in a cultured pond, and dominated by males (90.0%) in an aquarium. This evidence supported the hypothesis that the sex of eels is determined by population density. The parameters of the von Bertalanffy growth equation demonstrated that males grew faster to reach a smaller asymptotic length than did females. We propose that the variation in eel sex ratio interacts with sex-linked differences in growth strategy to play an important role in density-dependent population regulation.
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Timing of metamorphosis and estuarine arrival across the dispersal range of the Japanese eel Anguilla japonica.

Timing of metamorphosis and estuarine arrival across the dispersal range of the Japanese eel Anguilla japonica.

The mean increment widths of the otoliths from the outer core to the metamorphosis check for the elvers collected at the 6 estuaries showed a geographic cline that dec[r]

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The silvering of the Japanese eel Anguilla japonica: season, age, size and fat

The silvering of the Japanese eel Anguilla japonica: season, age, size and fat

2 Taiwan Fisheries Research Institute, 199 Hou-Ih Road, Keelung, Taiwan Abstract This study aims to understand the changes in age, total length, body weight, and muscle fat content in the Japanese eel Anguilla japonica during silvering, from yellow to silver eels, and their physiological significances. Eels were collected from the downstream of the Kaoping River of southern Taiwan from November 1998 through November 1999. The female eels were classified into three developmental stages based on external skin coloration and oocyte diameter, namely yellow, pre-silver and silver eel stages. The male eels were classified into yellow and silver eel stages only.
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Influence of Exogenous Gonadotropin and Sexual Steroids on Ovary Development in Japanese Eel Anguilla japonica

Influence of Exogenous Gonadotropin and Sexual Steroids on Ovary Development in Japanese Eel Anguilla japonica

Yung-Song Wang and Show-Wan Lou* (Received, May 1, 2007; Accepted, June 15, 2007) ABSTRACT This study examines Japanese eel ovary responded to the administration of exogenous sexual hormone throughout the reproductive process. In short-term experiment, ovarian follicle exhibited sensitivity to salmon pituitary homogenate (SPH) and sexual steroids (E 2 and MT) in the early vitellogenic stages. The apoptotic signals were exclusively localized in the outer theca layer which was detected from in situ TUNEL, furthermore, the appearance of the apoptotic signal in the early vitellogenic stage seems to correlate with a reduction of oocyte numbers in long-term experiment. In long-term experiment, the mean GSI and total oocyte numbers indicated that multiple injections of E 2 or MT were not of much benefit to promote the gonadal development of those fish. Despite SPH treatment was an effective and indispensable method to hasten artificially sexual maturation, and the size-frequency distribution indicated that the most developed oocytes of those were growing from the vitellogenic stage to the final maturational phase. However, the treatment of SPH plus E 2 failed to promote the ovarian development and exhibited a remarkable reduction of total oocyte numbers. Of interest is the synergistic effect of SPH plus MT revealed that MT, a potent, aromatizable androgen, provides a potential usefulness to participate the process of vitellogenesis when it combines with SPH treatments, furthermore, the synergistic effect actually enhances the survival and synchronous development of ovarian follicle throughout the reproductive process.
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Temporal analysis of population genetic composition in the overexploited Japanese eel Anguilla japonica

Temporal analysis of population genetic composition in the overexploited Japanese eel Anguilla japonica

Ming-Iu Lai, Student Member, IEEE, Tzung-Yu Wu, Jung-Chin Hsieh, Chun-Hsiung Wang, and Shyh-Kang Jeng, Senior Member, IEEE Abstract—In this paper a compact switched-beam antenna is proposed. The antenna is composed of a four-element antenna array based on L-shaped quarter-wavelength slot antenna ele- ments. Such an antenna element is a planar structure and presents a directional radiation pattern in the azimuth plane. Its maximum radiation direction is toward near the direction of the open end of the slot. As a result, the open ends of the four slot antennas are arranged toward 0 2 , and 3 2, respectively. The statuses of these antennas are controlled by some diodes. Con- sequently, by carefully controlling the diodes, an antenna with several switchable patterns can be achieved. To prove the concept, a 2.4–2.5 GHz switched-beam antenna for WLAN applications is designed and implemented. Its size is 52 mm in square. The antenna possesses eight directional patterns and many nearly omnidirectional patterns in the azimuth plane. The experiment results fully demonstrate the performance of the proposed design.
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Strontium bands in relation to age marks in otoliths of European eel Anguilla anguilla.

Strontium bands in relation to age marks in otoliths of European eel Anguilla anguilla.

Wann-Nian Tzeng, Kenneth P. Severin, Håkan Wickström and Chia-Hui Wang (1999) Strontium bands in relation to age marks in otoliths of European eel Anguilla anguilla. Zoological Studies 38(4): 452-457. Higher- concentration strontium (Sr) bands and hyaline zones in otoliths of European eel, Anguilla anguilla (L.), from both brackish waters and freshwater lakes were examined by wavelength dispersive x-ray spectrometry on an elec- tron microprobe and by visible light microscopy, respectively. The positions of higher-concentration (> 0.3 wt %) Sr bands and hyaline zones were identical in otoliths of eels from brackish waters; however, no corresponding higher-concentration Sr bands were discernible in otoliths of eels from fresh water. The higher-concentration Sr bands were deposited when the eels migrated from brackish water to high-saline seawater during winter. The number of hyaline zones in the otoliths corresponds to the age of the eel. Accordingly, higher-concentration Sr bands in otoliths can be used to determine fish age and migratory history in brackish waters.
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Population Genetic Structure of the Japanese Eel Anguilla japonica: Evidence for Panmixia in Spatial and Temporal Scales.

Population Genetic Structure of the Japanese Eel Anguilla japonica: Evidence for Panmixia in Spatial and Temporal Scales.

Yu-San Han 1, 2, *, Chia-Ling Hung 2 , Yi-Fen Liao 2 , Wann-Nian Tzeng 1, 2 1 Department of Life Science and 2 Institute of Fisheries Science, College of Life Science, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan ABSTRACT: Since the 1970s, the population of the Japanese eel Anguilla japonica has dramatically declined in East Asia. Consequently, conservation and resource management of this species are urgently required. However, the population genetic structure of this species, in temporal and spatial scales, is still poorly understood. We used 8 polymorphic microsatellite DNA loci to investigate its genetic composition. For cohort analysis, juvenile (glass) eels were collected yearly between 1986 and 2007 from the Danshui River, Taiwan; for arrival wave analysis, glass eels were collected monthly from Fulong Estuary, Taiwan; and for spatial analysis, glass eels were collected from Taiwan, China, Korea and Japan. Genetic differentiation among annual cohorts, arrival waves and spatial samples was very low; a significant difference was observed among annual cohorts and spatial samples, but not among arrival waves. However, specific temporal or spatial scale patterns were not seen in either pairwise genetic comparisons or the phylogenetic tree of all samples. Occasional genetic variations among samples occurred randomly, but a stable lasting genetic structure could not be formed. The isolation by distance (IBD) test showed no evidence of genetic structuring at the spatial scale, and the results of the isolation by time (IBT) test were insignificant among arrival waves. Genetic heterogeneity over a 21 yr time scale showed marginal significance, potentially reflecting a genetic drift in the Japanese eel. Our results suggest the existence of a single panmictic population of Japanese eel in East Asia.
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The sex-ratio reversal of the Japanese eel Anguilla japonica in the Kaoping River of Taiwan: The effect of cultured eels and its implication

The sex-ratio reversal of the Japanese eel Anguilla japonica in the Kaoping River of Taiwan: The effect of cultured eels and its implication

The sex ratio of wild Japanese eels in the Kaoping River of southwestern Taiwan has been extremely skewed towards females in the recent years. However, the sex ratio skewed towards males after Typhoon Mindulle, July 2, 2004 then recovered to the previous female-dominated status in the following year. To determine why the sex ratio drastically changed, eels captured in the river were examined by both morphologic characteristics and otolith elemental signatures by solution-based inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (SB-ICPMS) and laser-ablation ICPMS (LA-ICPMS). Most of the eels collected in the river after the typhoon had a blue-gray colored back, with morphology and sex ratio similar to that of cultured eels, which differed from wild yellow eels which had a green colored back. The chemical signature in otoliths of eels with a blue-gray colored back was similar to that of cultured eels, with significantly lower Sr/Ca ratios but slightly higher Mn/Ca ratios than for wild eels. This confirmed that the reversal in eel sex ratio in the Kaoping River estuary resulted from cultured eels that had escaped from eel farms. Eel farmers estimated that about 30,000 eels escaped during the typhoon, sufficient to reverse the sex ratio of the eels in the river. Furthermore, silver eels caught in the estuary in the winter 2004 were also mostly males. The chemical signature in otoliths of these silver eels was similar to that of escaped cultured eels. Their morphology and mean GSIs, however, were comparable to wild silver eels. Thus, cultured eels that have escaped from eel farms can silver normally in the wild. Consequently, cultured eels may help to balance the sex ratio of the wild eel population and may contribute to the spawning stock of Japanese eel.
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Synchronous changes of morphology and gonadal development of silvering Japanese eel Anguilla japonica.

Synchronous changes of morphology and gonadal development of silvering Japanese eel Anguilla japonica.

Abstract The gonadal development of Japanese eel Anguilla japonica during silvering was examined via gonadal histology and morphometric characteristics. Specimens were collected from the Kaoping River of Taiwan between November 1998 and November 2001. Female eels predominated, constituting 87.6% of the sex-determined eels. The degree of gonadal development was assessed by skin coloration, with female eels divided into yellow, pre-silver, and silver phases. Males were divided into yellow and silver phases because of small sample size. Silver phase eels predominated in the winter. Mean ( F S.E.) total length of silver-phase eels was significantly larger in females (642.2 F 10.4) than males (564.8 F 14.6) ( p < 0.001). The mean ( F S.E.) gonadosomatic index (GSI) of females increased significantly from 0.27 F 0.01 for yellow phase, to 0.55 F 0.03 for pre- silver and 1.32 F 0.07 for silver phase. Oocyte development progressed from the chromatin nucleolus stage in the yellow phase eel, through the peri-nucleolus stage in the pre-silver phase eel and to the oil-drop stage in the silver phase eel. Spermatogenesis was active for silver phase males which had a larger mean GSI (0.15 F 0.01) than yellow phase males (0.07 F 0.02), but the gonadal development of males was slower than that of females. GSI, ocular index (OI), and fin-index (FI) were positively correlated, and gut-index (GI) was negatively correlated with total length in both sexes. Residual analysis of the regression of the indices GSI, OI, FI, and GI on TL indicated that the variation of the indices with growth was greatly influenced by the developmental phase of the eel.
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Sex-dependent habitat use by the Japanese eel Anguilla japonica in Taiwan

Sex-dependent habitat use by the Japanese eel Anguilla japonica in Taiwan

In addition to the salinity-related habitat preference differences between sexes, the sex determination of young juvenile stage Japanese eels may also have been affected by salinity. The mean Sr:Ca ratios dif- fered significantly between sexes, not only beyond the elver stage, but also during the time period in which eel sex determination occurred. This indicated that the habitat use not only differed between the sexes but the habitat itself also might affect eel sex determination, e.g. high salinity habitats promote female sex differen- tiation and freshwater habitats promote male sex dif- ferentiation. The environmental sex determination has been demonstrated in many species (Docker & Bea- mish 1994) and evolves when an environmental factor is more advantageous to one sex than to the other, as is the salinity factor in the case of the eel. However, many other environmental factors that might affect anguillid eel sex determination are also reported. Individual eels experiencing rapid growth in the juvenile stage before sex differentiation tend to develop as males, whereas
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Identification and growth rates comparison of divergent migratory contingents of Japanese eel (Anguilla japonica)

Identification and growth rates comparison of divergent migratory contingents of Japanese eel (Anguilla japonica)

Advantages include such aspects as increased food supply, avoidance of potentially harmful environmental conditions and/or a movement to more favorable ones, the occupation of habitats that have specific or specialized habitat requirement, and the availability of more living space. Costs of migration include mortalities resulting from migration itself, changed environmental conditions that may be intolerable (in diadromous fishes, specifically osmoregulatory stress) (McDowll, 1988). Gross (1987) proposed that diadromy occurs when the gain in fitness from using a second habitat minus the migration costs of moving between habitats exceeds the fitness from staying in only one habitat. When the elvers migrate from offshore seawater to upstream freshwater for living habitat and feeding, they have to overcome the osmotic pressure of salinity gradient environment. If they stayed in estuary their osmoregulatory cost would be lower than those in both freshwater and sea water. Meanwhile, the stability of water volume, living space and food abundance for the eel is generally superior in the estuary than the upper stream of the river in the island countries, such as Japan and Taiwan. The estuary functions as a nursery and feeding ground for the juveniles of many inshore fish and offers commercially important fish (Wallace et al., 1984;
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Surface seawater temperature as a potential cause of delayed arrival of the Japanese eel Anguilla japonica elvers on the coast of Taiwan.

Surface seawater temperature as a potential cause of delayed arrival of the Japanese eel Anguilla japonica elvers on the coast of Taiwan.

(Received, March 08, 2006; Revised, April 23, 2006; Accepted, April 25, 2006) ABSTRACT The Japanese eel Anguilla japonica is one of the most important food fish in Taiwan. For cultivation, elvers of the eel are caught from the wild population in estuaries during their upstream migration. The relationship between recruitment timing of elvers and surface seawater temperature was analyzed based on the daily catch data of elvers in an estuary of northeastern Taiwan since 1980. It was found that most elvers recruited to the estuary during the period from December to January, with a rhythmic activity that follows the lunar cycle. However, the peak recruitment period in the years of 1986-87, 1990-91 and 1995-96 occurred in March, delayed approximately two months.
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Cloning of the cDNA for thyroid stimulating hormone β subunit and changes in activity of the pituitary– thyroid axis during silvering of the Japanese eel, Anguilla japonica

Cloning of the cDNA for thyroid stimulating hormone β subunit and changes in activity of the pituitary– thyroid axis during silvering of the Japanese eel, Anguilla japonica

development of the gonad. Accordingly, the HPT axis may be involved in eel silvering. However, no information is yet available with respect to the corresponding changes in thyroid status during silvering of Japanese eels. We therefore investigated the changes in the pituitary–thyroid axis during silvering of wild Japanese eels. As a direct assay of eel TSH is unavailable as yet, the TSH  transcript levels were estimated to represent thyrotropin expression activity from the pituitary. The circulat- ing thyroxine levels were estimated to reflect the thyroid status. Since the genome and peptide sequence of TSH  for Japanese eel are not known yet, we also cloned the TSH  gene for phylogenetic analysis. We report here the cloning of the genomic and cDNA sequences for Japanese eel TSH  and its deduced peptide sequence, the regulation of TSH  mRNA expression, and the changes in TSH  mRNA expression levels together with circulating thyroxine levels at various stages of ovarian development during silvering of wild female Japanese eels.
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