Paula Gabriela Vissio

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Prolactin, growth hormone and somatolactin constitute a hormone family because they are structurally related and are secreted by acidophilic cells of different regions of the adenohypohyisis. In this work, we report the ontogeny of ir-prolactin, ir-growth hormone and ir-somatolactin cells in the developing pituitary gland of the cichlid fish Cichlasoma(More)
The adenohypophysis of the cichlid fish Cichlasoma dimerus was studied using the avidin-biotin-peroxidase method with antisera raised against piscine pituitary hormones and heterologous antisera against mammalian pituitary hormones. Antiserum raised against rabbit ACTH recognized a group of cells bordering the neurohypophysis (NH) in the rostral pars(More)
Neuropeptide Y (NPY) and orexin are neuropeptides involved in the regulation of feeding in vertebrates. In this study we determined the NPY and orexin mRNA tissue expression and their immunoreactivity distribution in both preoptic area and hypothalamus, regions involved in the regulation of feeding behavior. Both peptides presented a wide expression in all(More)
Distribution and development of the melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) system were examined by immunocytochemistry of the brain, pituitary gland and skin of the South American cichlid fish Cichlasoma dimerus. In adults, the most prominent group of MCH-ir perikarya was located in the nucleus lateralis tuberis (NLT). Outside the NLT, in the posterior(More)
Somatolactin (SL) is a pituitary hormone present exclusively in fish that is involved in different physiological processes. The role of SL was evaluated in Cichlasoma dimerus (Teleostei, Perciformes) exposed for 10 days to a black and white background (BB and WB). Changes in alpha-melanophore stimulating hormone (alphaMSH) and melanin concentrating hormone(More)
Many characteristics of the South American teleost fish Cichlasoma dimerus (body size, easy breeding, undemanding maintenance) make it amenable to laboratory studies. In the last years, many of the fundamental aspects of its reproductive and developmental biology have been addressed in our laboratory. Rather recently, the immunohistochemical localization of(More)
We detected a close morphological association between melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH)-immunoreactive (ir) fibers and somatolactin (SL)-ir cells in the pars intermedia of the cichlid fish Cichlasoma dimerus by double-label immunofluorescence. Male pituitaries obtained from adult C. dimerus were incubated with 0.1–10 μM salmon MCH, and the amount of SL(More)
Growth hormone (GH) is the main pituitary hormone involved in somatic growth. In fish, the neuroendocrine control of GH is multifactorial due to the interaction of multiple inhibitors and stimulators. Melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) is a cyclic peptide involved in skin color regulation of fish. In addition, MCH has been related to the regulation of food(More)
Somatolactin (SL) and SL receptor (SLR) belong to the growth hormone and cytokine type I receptor superfamilies, respectively. However, further research is required to define the duplications and functions of SL and its receptors in basal vertebrates including environmental background color adaptation in fish. In the present study, we cloned and sequenced(More)
Previous studies in the pejerrey, Odontesthes bonariensis, have demonstrated that fibers with immunoreactivity to gonadotropin-releasing hormone (ir-GnRH) reach all areas of the pituitary gland, the rostral pars distalis (RPD), the proximal pars distalis (PPD), and the pars intemedia (PI). A close association was shown between ir-GnRH fibers and(More)