Tomomi Karigo

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The KISS1/Kiss1/kiss1 gene product kisspeptin is suggested to be involved in the steroid feedback system in vertebrates. In addition to kiss1, kiss2 has been identified in many vertebrates, including some mammals, suggesting that the both genes were originally expressed in the common ancestor of teleosts and tetrapods. Moreover, peptides from both genes(More)
Accumulating evidence suggests that up to three different molecular species of GnRH peptides encoded by different paralogs of gnrh genes are expressed by anatomically distinct groups of GnRH neurons in the brain of one vertebrate species. They are called gnrh1, gnrh2, and gnrh3. Recent evidence from molecular, anatomical, and physiological experiments(More)
GnRH neurons in the preoptic area and hypothalamus control the secretion of GnRH and form the final common pathway for hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis regulation in vertebrates. Temporal regulation of reproduction by coordinating endogenous physiological conditions and behaviors is important for successful reproduction. Here, we examined the temporal(More)
Two types of gonadotropins, luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), are important pituitary hormones for sexual maturation and reproduction, and both of them are centrally regulated by gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) from the hypothalamus. In mammals, these two gonadotropins are secreted from a single type of gonadotrope. The(More)
GnRH2 is a molecule conserved from fish to humans, suggesting its important functions. However, recent studies have shown that GnRH2 neurons project widely in the brain but not to the pituitary, which suggests their functions other than stimulation of gonadotropin secretion. In contrast to the wealth of knowledge in GnRH1 and GnRH3 neuronal systems, the(More)
Kisspeptin neuronal system, which consists of a neuropeptide kisspeptin and its receptor Gpr54, is considered in mammals a key factor of reproductive regulation, so called hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis. However, in non-mammalian vertebrates, especially in teleosts, existence of kisspeptin regulation on HPG axis is still controversial. Here, we(More)
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