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The multiple vitellogenin (Vtg) system of striped bass, a perciform species spawning nearly neutrally buoyant eggs in freshwater, was investigated. Vitellogenin cDNA cloning, Western blotting of yolk proteins (YPs) using Vtg and YP type-specific antisera, and tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) of the YPs revealed the complex mechanisms of yolk formation and(More)
Disparate proteolytic patterns of yolk proteins, derived from three types of vitellogenin (VgA, VgB, and VgC), were observed in gray mullet. Immuno-biochemical analyses of extracts obtained from vitellogenic ovaries (VO) and ovulated eggs (OE) confirmed that a large proportion of VgA-derived lipovitellin (LvA) was degraded into free amino acids (FAAs)(More)
The estrogen-inducible egg yolk precursor, vitellogenin, of the European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) has received considerable scientific attention by virtue of its central importance in determination of oocyte growth and egg quality in this important aquaculture species. However, the multiplicity of vitellogenins in the sea bass has only recently been(More)
Comparatively, little data are available detailing the geographic variation that exists in the reproductive endocrinology of adult alligators, especially those living in barrier islands. The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (MI) is a unique barrier island environment and home to the Kennedy Space Center (FL, USA). Seasonal patterns of sex steroids(More)
Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is a fetal glycoprotein that is known as a biomarker for monitoring pregnancy in many mammalian species. However, characterization of AFP has not yet been undertaken in any cetacean species. Here, we purified AFP from the serum of fetal striped dolphin by chemical precipitation followed by a combination of immunoadsorbent column(More)
A novel, incomplete-type vitellogenin (VgC) and its derived yolk lipovitellin (LvC) were immunologically detected in female serum and egg extracts, respectively, of Sakhalin taimen (Hucho perryi) using a subtype-specific antiserum against LvC of grey mullet (Mugil cephalus). The taimen VgC was purified from the sera of vitellogenic females by a combination(More)
Seven yolk proteins (YPs), four large lipoproteins (YPs1-4) and three minor yolk components (YPs5-7) including one phosphoprotein (YP7), were purified from extracts of vitellogenic ovaries of grey mullet (Mugil cephalus) by combinations of hydroxylapatite, ion exchange, immunoadsorbent, and gel filtration chromatography. The molecular masses of native YP1,(More)
We quantified three vitellogenins (VtgAa, VtgAb, VtgC) or their derived yolk proteins (YPs) in the liver, plasma, and ovary during pre-vitellogenic (PreVG), mid-vitellogenic (MVG), and late-vitellogenic (LVG) oocyte growth and during post-vitellogenesis (PostVG) in the striped bass (Morone saxatilis) using label-free quantitative mass spectrometry (MS).(More)
Two vitelline envelope precursors (choriogenin H: Chg H; choriogenin L: Chg L) and an egg yolk precursor (vitellogenin B: VgB) were purified from red lip mullet. The mass of intact Chg H and Chg L were estimated to be approximately 215 kDa and approximately 69 kDa, respectively. In SDS-PAGE, Chg H and Chg L separated to positions corresponding to(More)
A single radial immunodiffusion (SRID) assay and a chemiluminescent immunoassay (CLIA) were initially developed for alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) of the striped dolphin. Utilizing these developed assays, we investigated pregnancy-associated changes in the levels of AFP in the sera of fetuses and pregnant females of three dolphin species; samples were either(More)