Helena Safarian

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The present work was designed to study certain aspects of the endocrine regulation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone receptor (GnRH-R) in the pituitary of the teleost fish tilapia. A GnRH-R was cloned from the pituitary of hybrid tilapia (taGnRH-R) and was identified as a typical seven-transmembrane receptor. Northern blot analysis revealed a single GnRH-R(More)
There is ample information on the hypophysiotropic function of pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) and neuropeptide Y (NPY) in fish as in mammals, although evidence as to their direct effects on gonadotropic cells is scarce. We have previously reported that NPY and PACAP38 augment gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH)-induced(More)
The role of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK, also known as extracellular signal regulated kinase; ERK) stimulation in gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) signaling was investigated in cultured pituitary cells of tilapia hybrids (Oreochromis niloticus x O. aureus). Exposure of the cells to salmon GnRH (sGnRH) resulted in a dose- and time-dependent(More)
Exposure of tilapia pituitary cells in culture to salmon gonadotropin-releasing hormone (sGnRH; 0.01-100 nM) elevated the phosphorylated extracellular signal-regulated kinase (pERK) levels. sGnRH also elevated the alpha, FSHbeta and LHbeta subunit mRNA levels. The phorbol ester, 1-O-tetradecanoyl phorbol-13-acetate (TPA; 12.5 nM) increased pERK levels,(More)
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