Christopher W Tubbs

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A novel progestin receptor (mPR) with seven-transmembrane domains was recently discovered in spotted seatrout and homologous genes were identified in other vertebrates. We show that cDNAs for the mPR alpha subtypes from spotted seatrout (st-mPRalpha) and humans (hu-mPRalpha) encode progestin receptors that display many functional characteristics of G(More)
A novel cDNA with characteristics of the membrane progestin receptor regulating induction of oocyte maturation by a non-genomic mechanism, named st-mPRalpha, was recently discovered in seatrout. Subsequently, both recombinant and native mPRalphas have been localized to the plasma membrane in several vertebrate models where they have been shown to bind(More)
Progestin stimulation of sperm hypermotility remains poorly understood despite having been described in numerous vertebrate species. We show here that progestin stimulation of sperm hypermotility in a teleost, the Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus) is associated with activation of an olfactory G protein (Golf). Furthermore, we provide evidence that(More)
Recently a novel cDNA was discovered in spotted seatrout ovaries encoding a protein with seven transmembrane domains that has the characteristics of the membrane progestin receptor (mPR) mediating maturation-inducing steroid (MIS) induction of oocyte maturation in this species. Preliminary results suggested the MIS also activates an mPR on the spermatozoa(More)
The identities of the membrane receptors mediating the majority of rapid, cell surface-initiated, nongenomic (i.e. nonclassical) steroid actions described to date are unclear. Two novel 7-transmembrane spanning proteins, representing two distinct classes of steroid membrane receptors, membrane progestin receptor alpha (mPRalpha) and a membrane estrogen(More)
Circulating concentrations of thyroxine (T(4)) vary seasonally in many vertebrates. This study examined the seasonal variation in plasma concentrations of T(4) in juvenile American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) from three populations in central Florida, USA. One site, Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, is considered a reference site whereas(More)
The existence of direct progestin actions on teleost sperm to stimulate hypermotility is not widely acknowledged because it has only been demonstrated in members of the family Sciaenidae. In the present study, progestin stimulation of sperm hypermotility was investigated in a non-sciaenid, southern flounder, and the potential role of membrane progestin(More)
Recent results suggest that membrane progestin receptor alpha (mPRalpha) mediates nongenomic actions of progestin hormones to induce oocyte maturation and sperm hypermotility in several teleost species. The role of mPRalpha in gamete and gonadal physiology was further evaluated in the present study by examining gonadal expression of mPRalpha during gamete(More)
The captive southern white rhinoceros (SWR; Ceratotherium simum simum) population serves as an important genetic reservoir critical to the conservation of this vulnerable species. Unfortunately, captive populations are declining due to the poor reproductive success of captive-born females. Captive female SWR exhibit reproductive problems suggested to result(More)
Recently, California condors (Gymnogyps californianus) have been reintroduced to coastal regions of California where they feed on marine mammal carcasses. There is evidence that coastal-dwelling condors experience reproductive issues, such as eggshell thinning, likely resulting from exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). To address this problem,(More)