Michiya Matsuyama

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Juveniles of carangid fishes including jack mackerel Trachurus japonicus are known to associate with jellyfishes. The function of this association behavior was studied through rearing experiments and underwater visual observations. Association behavior of jack mackerel with moon jellyfish in experimental tanks was more frequent in the presence compared to(More)
Kisspeptins, encoded by the Kiss1 gene, have emerged as key modulators of reproduction in mammals. In contrast to the placental mammals, some teleosts express two Kiss genes, Kiss1 and Kiss2. In the present study, full-length cDNAs of Kiss1 and Kiss2 in the chub mackerel were cloned and sequenced. Chub mackerel Kiss1 and Kiss2 cDNAs encode 105 and 123 amino(More)
The kisspeptin receptor (Kiss1R) is a cognate receptor for kisspeptin (Kiss), and this Kiss-Kiss1R system has been shown to regulate seasonal reproduction in vertebrates. Our previous study found the chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus) brain expresses both kiss1 and kiss2 and exhibits sexually dimorphic changes during the seasonal reproductive cycle. The(More)
In our previous studies, we tentatively identified 17,20 beta-dihydroxy-4-pregnen-3-one (17,20 beta-P) as a maturation-inducing hormone (MIH) in yellowtail (Seriola quinqueradiata) through in vivo and in vitro experiments. In this study, we investigated the binding sites for radioactive 17,20 beta-P and characterized the receptor binding to the ovarian(More)
The cycle of oocyte development of the bambooleaf wrasse, Pseudolabrus japonicus, was studied to elucidate the endocrinological mechanism of oocyte maturation in a marine teleost. A single female reared with two males spawned every day for 17 days in captivity, indicating that this species is a daily spawner. Ovarian histology revealed that germinal vesicle(More)
The present study examined diurnal cycles of oocyte development and maturation in the kyusen wrasse, Halichoeres poecilopterus, and investigated the sensitivity of oocytes to maturation-inducing hormone (MIH) and gonadotropic hormone (GTH). Female fish were sampled at fixed intervals throughout the day, revealing that final oocyte maturation and ovulation(More)
DMRT1, a gene containing the Doublesex/Mab-3 DNA-binding motif (DM domain), encodes a transcription factor that regulates early differentiation of Sertoli cells in the testes of vertebrates. Here, we describe the pattern of expression of six DMRT genes (DMRT1, 2a, 2b, 3, 4, and 5) during gonadal development in the Japanese pufferfish, Takifugu rubripes, for(More)
The age and growth of chub mackerel Scomber japonicus collected from the East China Sea and the northern waters off Kyushu between June 2000 and June 2001 were determined by observing the otolith surface after dipping it in xylene. The translucent and opaque zones on the otolith surface were identified, and the number of translucent zones was counted.(More)
The steroid synthesis pathway in the ovarian follicles of the red seabream during final oocyte maturation (FOM) was investigated by incubating intact follicles with different radioactively labeled steroid precursors. During FOM, the steroidogenic shift from estradiol-17beta to 20 beta-hydroxylated progestin production occurred mainly due to a combination of(More)
BACKGROUND Kisspeptins (Kiss) are prime players in the control of reproductive function through their regulation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) expression in the brain. The experimental scombroid fish, chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus) expresses two kiss (kiss1 and kiss2) and three gnrh (gnrh1, gnrh2, and gnrh3) forms in the brain. In the present(More)