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Histological (tissular and cellular) indices have a tradition of determining the nutritional condition of fish both in the laboratory and in the wild. The assessment of condition by means of microscopical methods is probably the mos accurate indicator of nutritional status during the early life stages of fish. This success is partly attributable large(More)
The Vasa protein is an RNA helicase belonging the DEAD (Asp-Glu-Ala-Asp)-box family. The crucial role played by the vasa gene in the germ-cell lineage of both vertebrates and invertebrates has made this gene a useful molecular marker for germinal cells and a useful tool in surrogate broodstock production using primordial germ cell transplantation. With the(More)
Epidermal, branchial and digestive mucous cells, and the gastric glands of larvae/postlarvae (from hatching until 45 days posthatching) of three fish species (two teleostean and a chondrostean) were investigated using conventional histochemical methods (periodic acid schiff -PAS-, diastase-PAS; alcian blue pH 0.5, 1 and 2.5) in order to distinguish neutral(More)
In November 2002, the oil spill from the tanker Prestige in the Galician Coast caused an ecological catastrophe in Spain. The adverse effects associated with the contaminants bound to sediments were tested using juveniles of the fish Sparus aurata (seabream). The approach evaluates sediment quality by using an integrated assessment including chemical and(More)
Cytochrome P4501A monooxygenase has an important function in the biotransformation of many xenobiotics, including polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, and planar organochlorine compounds. The metabolism can lead to detoxification or activation to reactive intermediates. Exposure of fish leads to a receptor-mediated induction of CYP1A gene expression. The(More)
Senegales sole, Solea senegalensis, adult specimens were subjected to sublethal copper exposure (100 microg SO(4)Cu/L) for 7 days (contamination period) and afterward kept for 4 days without copper exposure (depuration period). In contaminated and detoxified specimens, the hepatocytes indicated a great number of lipid droplets compared to the control(More)
Assessment of cholinesterase (ChE) inhibition is widely used as a specific biomarker for evaluating the exposure and effects of non-target organisms to anticholinesterase agents. Cholinesterase and carboxylesterase activities have been measured in larvae of gilthead seabream, Sparus aurata, during the endogenous feeding stage, and ChE was characterized with(More)
In this study, we have analyzed the ontogenic expression of three gonadotrophin-releasing hormones (GnRH) systems expressed in the brain of a perciform fish, the European sea bass, using in situ hybridization. The riboprobes used correspond to the GnRH-associated peptide (GAP) coding regions of the three prepro-GnRH cDNAs cloned from the same species:(More)
During cryopreservation, dilution in the extender media reduces the seminal plasma constituents being cells more vulnerable to oxidative stress. Vitamins (C and E) and the amino acids taurine and hypotaurine are powerful antioxidants naturally present in seminal plasma. Whether their effect may improve sperm quality and reduce sperm DNA damage after(More)
We report the distribution of serotonin immunoreactive (5-HT-ir) structures in the brain of the adult Senegalese sole, Solea senegalensis, using the streptavidin-biotin-peroxidase complex immunohistochemical method. We have found a wide distribution of immunoreactive fibers throughout the entire brain. 5-HT-ir cell bodies appeared restricted to some(More)