Differential expression of Gnrh2, Gthbeta, and Gthr genes in sterile triploids and fertile tetraploids.

Key Laboratory of Protein Chemistry and Developmental Biology of the State Education Ministry of China, College of Life Sciences, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, 410081, China.
Cell and Tissue Research (Impact Factor: 3.68). 09/2009; 338(1):151-9. DOI: 10.1007/s00441-009-0850-6
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ABSTRACT Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), gonadotropin hormone (GTH), and gonadotropin hormone receptor (GTHR) are the pivotal signal molecules of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonad (HPG) axis, which plays a crucial role in regulating gonadal development in vertebrate. In this study, we comparatively analyze the expression characteristics of Gnrh2, Gthbeta, and Gthr in red crucian carp diploids, triploids, and allotetraploids. The expression patterns of these genes are similar in the three fish ploidy types: the Gnrh2 gene is expressed in midbrains, pituitaries, and gonads; the Gthbeta gene is expressed in pituitaries; the Gthr gene is mainly expressed in gonads. These results indicate that the three genes participate in the regulation of gonadal development. By real-time polymerase chain reaction and in situ hybridization, we find that, among these three fish ploidy types, the expression level of Gthr in the gonads of triploids is lower than those of diploids and tetraploids; this weakens the combination of GTHR with GTH released from the pituitary and leads to the sterility of triploids, since the gonad cannot produce enough sex steroids. In addition, the low expression of Gthr in triploids may affect the down-regulation of Gthbeta, which then affects the down-regulation of Gnrh2; hence, the expression levels of Gnrh2 and Gthbeta genes in triploids are the highest after the breeding season. In conclusion, the differential expression of Gnrh2, Gthbeta, and Gthr in triploids and tetraploids is related to their sterility and bisexual fertility, respectively.

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