Alejandro S. Mechaly

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The KISSPEPTIN-1 receptor (KISS1R) and its ligands (KISSPEPTINS) are implicated in the regulation of the onset of puberty. We report the coding region and genomic structure of the kiss1r gene of a modern teleost, the Senegalese sole (Ss). Ss kiss1r cDNA contained an opening frame of 1137 bp, which results in a predicted 378 amino acid protein. Searching(More)
The kisspeptin system plays an essential role in reproductive function in vertebrates, particularly in the onset of puberty. We investigated the kisspeptin system in two Perciform teleosts, the Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT; Thunnus maccoyii), and the Yellowtail Kingfish (YTK; Seriola lalandi), by characterising their kisspeptin 2 receptor (Kiss2r) genes. In(More)
It is well established that Kisspeptin regulates the onset of puberty in vertebrates through stimulation of the secretion of gonadotropin-releasing hormones. However, the function of kisspeptin in peripheral tissues and in other functions is still poorly understood. Recently, the evolution and distribution of kisspeptin genes in vertebrates has been(More)
Kisspeptin signaling in the brain is involved in the control of the onset of puberty in vertebrates. In this study, we present novel evidence indicating that kisspeptin may link energy balance and reproduction. For that purpose, we determined the complete gene structure of kisspeptin in a teleost fish, the Senegalese sole (Ss). In contrast to the situation(More)
We detail an approach for the identification of human tissue-specific transcriptional enhancers involving three steps: delineation of search space around a locus or target gene, in silico identification and size definition of putative candidate sequences, and testing through several independent genomic insertions in a transgenic zebrafish reporter assay.(More)
Kisspeptin and its receptor, Kiss1r, play an essential role in the control of the onset of puberty in vertebrates. We characterized the cDNA and genomic DNA encoding Kiss1r in Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus). The 1146bp open reading frame predicts a 381 amino acid protein with high homology to the Kiss1r-2 of other teleost fish. Phylogenetic(More)
Spermatogenesis is a complex process where hormonal signals regulate the interaction of different cell types in a tight spatial and temporal fashion. The Senegalese sole (Solea senegalensis) is a marine flatfish that, in contrast to many fish, exhibits a semi-cystic, asynchronous pattern of spermatogenesis progression. This pattern is characterized by the(More)
Kisspeptin is thought to have a major role in the control of the onset of puberty in vertebrates. However, our current understanding of its function in fish and how it integrates with other hormones is incomplete due to the high diversity of this group of animals and a still limited amount of available data. This study examined the temporal and spatial(More)
Protein-coding mutations in the transcription factor-encoding gene ARX cause various forms of intellectual disability (ID) and epilepsy. In contrast, variations in surrounding non-coding sequences are correlated with milder forms of non-syndromic ID and autism and had suggested the importance of ARX gene regulation in the etiology of these disorders. We(More)
We have cloned and analysed the partial putative promoter sequences of the Yellowtail Kingfish (Seriola lalandi) Kiss2 and Kiss2r genes (380 and 420 bp, respectively). We obtained in silico 1.5 kb of the zebrafish (Danio rerio) Kiss1, Kiss2, Kiss1r and zfKiss2r sequences upstream of the putative transcriptional initiation site. Bioinformatic analysis(More)