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Evidence that acute stress inhibits ovarian steroidogenesis in rainbow trout in vivo, through the action of cortisol


Pankhurst, NW and Van Der Kraak, G, Evidence that acute stress inhibits ovarian steroidogenesis in rainbow trout in vivo, through the action of cortisol, General and Comparative Endocrinology, 117, (2) pp. 225-237. ISSN 0016-6480 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1006/gcen.1999.7401


Sexually mature (preovulatory) rainbow trout exposed to confinement stress showed a transitory increase in plasma cortisol levels that was accompanied by a similarly brief depression in plasma testosterone (T) levels. Plasma levels of maturational gonadotropin (GtH) and 17β-estradiol (E2) were unaffected by stress. A similar pattern was displayed by fish exposed to stress in midvitellogenesis. Treatment of vitellogenic fish with exogenous cortisol resulted in significant increases in plasma cortisol at 1 and 3 h postinjection (p.i.). This was associated with significant depression of plasma T levels at 1 and 3 h p.i. and plasma E2 levels at 3 and 6 h p.i. Plasma levels of GtH were unaffected by treatment with cortisol. Treatment of fish at an earlier stage of vitellogenesis with two different doses of cortisol resulted in very high elevations of plasma cortisol, but no effect on plasma levels of E2 or GtH. In contrast, plasma T levels showed a stepwise decline over time. These results suggest that the inhibitory effects of stress on reproduction are mediated by cortisol and that the effect does not involve inhibition of GtH secretion and possibly acts at the level of GtH signal-transduction. (C) 2000 Academic Press.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Fisheries - aquaculture not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Pankhurst, NW (Professor Ned Pankhurst)
ID Code:18319
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:107
Deposited By:TAFI - Aquaculture
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2011-10-06

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