Esther Isorna

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The purpose of the present study was to elucidate the possible role of neuropeptide Y (NPY) in the feeding regulation in fish. We examined the effects of intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) or intraperitoneal (i.p.) neuropeptide Y administration on food intake in satiated goldfish, at different time intervals postinjection (0-2, 2-8 and 0-8 h). Food intake was(More)
Thyroid hormone-induced metamorphosis seems to represent an ancestral feature of chrordates (urochordates, cephalochordates and vertebrates), but also of nonchordate animals. Although thyroid hormones and thyroid hormone receptor profiles during metamorphosis have been analyzed in different vertebrate taxa, including fish, developmental expression and(More)
Leptin is a hormone involved in feeding and body weight regulation in vertebrates, but the relationship between energy status and leptin has not been clearly established in fish. The aim of this study was to investigate in a teleost, the goldfish (Carassius auratus), the tissue expression pattern of two leptins (gLep-aI and gLep-aII) and leptin receptor(More)
It has been suggested that melatonin is synthesized in nonphotosensitive organs of vertebrates in addition to the well-known sites of the pineal gland and retina. However, very few studies have demonstrated the gene expression of melatonin-synthesizing enzymes in extrapineal and extraretinal locations. This study focuses on the circadian expression of the(More)
The present study investigates the possible circadian dependence of leptin effects on food intake, locomotor activity, glycemia and plasma cortisol levels in goldfish (Carassius auratus). Fish were maintained under 12L:12D photoperiod and subjected to two different feeding schedules, one group fed during photophase (10:00) and the other one during(More)
Ghrelin is a potent orexigenic signal mainly synthesized in the stomach and foregut of vertebrates. Recent studies in rodents point out that ghrelin could also act as an input for the circadian system and/or as an output of peripheral food-entrainable oscillators, being involved in the food anticipatory activity (FAA). In this study we pursue the possible(More)
The present study investigates the possible direct actions of melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine) on intestinal motility in goldfish (Carassius auratus) using an in vitro system of isolated intestine in an organ bath engaged to an isometric transducer. The longitudinal strips from goldfish intestine in the organ bath showed a resting spontaneous(More)
The aim of this study was to characterize 2-[125I]iodomelatonin binding sites in the neural retina and central nervous system (telencephalon, diencephalon, and optic tectum) of the anuran amphibian Rana perezi. Saturation and kinetic studies and pharmacological characterization revealed the existence of a unique melatonin-binding site that belongs to the(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate how photocycle and feeding-time cues regulate the daily expression of Per1a, Per2a, Per3, and Cry3 in the goldfish hindgut. For this purpose, we studied the daily rhythmicity of these genes in fish maintained under different lighting conditions and under different feeding regimes (scheduled or not). We also(More)
Orexins are neuropeptides mainly known for regulating feeding behavior and sleep-wakefulness cycle in vertebrates. Daily variations of orexin-A expression have been reported in fish, with the highest levels preceding feeding time. However, it is unknown if such variations could be related with daily rhythms of clock genes, which form the molecular core of(More)