Alejandro S. Mechaly

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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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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)
In vertebrates, kisspeptins and their receptors are known to be related to puberty onset and gonadal maturation, however, there are few studies concerning their role in early development. Here, we characterize the kisspeptin system in the pejerrey, Odontesthes bonariensis, a fish with strong temperature-dependent sex determination. We reconstructed the(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)
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