The effect of seasonal acclimatization on the extent of prolactin (PRL) gene expression and on the content of this was studied in summer- and winter-carp (Cyprinus carpio) hormone pituitary glands. PRL content in the rostral pars distalis (RPD) was evaluated by immunocytochemistry using antibodies against a cross-linked synthetic peptide comprising the sequence of 15 amino acids which conform to the primary structure of carp PRL. To assess the level of PRL gene transcription, a 24-mer synthetic oligonucleotide probe whose sequence included nucleotides 2041-2064 located in exon V of the carp PRL gene, was used. Employing in situ hybridization assays, a high expression of PRL mRNA was observed in the RPD of summer-acclimatized carp. A negligible level of transcription was observed in tissue sections of pituitary glands from winter-acclimatized carp. Concurrently, immunodetection of the PRL-producing cells in the RPD revealed that the pituitary hormone level was significantly higher in the warm season-adapted carp.
|Número de páginas||10|
|Publicación||Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology -- Part B: Biochemistry and|
|Estado||Publicada - ago 1994|
Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus
- Biología molecular