Ikumi Nakamura

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In salmonid fishes, estradiol-17beta (E2) and 17alpha,20beta-dihydroxy-4-pregnen-3-one (17,20beta-P) are the major steroid hormones controlling oocyte growth (vitellogenesis) and final maturation (resumption of meiosis). The aim of this study was to determine changes in mRNAs encoding ovarian steroidogenic enzymes and steroidogenic acute regulatory protein(More)
Honey bee queens produce a sophisticated array of chemical signals (pheromones) that influence both the behavior and physiology of their nest mates. Most striking are the effects of queen mandibular pheromone (QMP), a chemical blend that induces young workers to feed and groom the queen and primes bees to perform colony-related tasks. But how does this(More)
In vertebrates, sperm development and maturation are directly regulated by gonadal steroid hormone secretion. The relationships among the expression of genes encoding steroidogenic proteins and receptors for gonadotropins, and testicular steroid production have not yet been comprehensively determined in male teleosts. In this study, the changes in levels of(More)
Cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) may play a role in host defence against hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, and HCV-specific CTL epitopes may be included in vaccines to induce protective CTLs. We identified three new epitopes within the HCV nucleoprotein recognized by CTLs. HCV nucleoprotein residues 28-37 are the minimal epitope recognized by CTLs in(More)
Keywords: Rainbow trout Steroidogenic proteins mRNA Estradiol-17b Ovarian follicle a b s t r a c t Numerous recent reports have demonstrated effects of estrogenic chemicals on reproductive physiology of fish. However, there is little information available on the regulation of ovarian steroidogenesis by physiological levels of endogenous steroids in(More)
The white sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanus, is a primitive bony fish that is recognized as an important emerging species for aquaculture. However, many aspects of its stress and reproductive physiology remain unclear. These processes are controlled by various steroid hormones. In order to investigate the regulation of steroidogenesis associated with acute(More)
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