[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Prolonged food deprivation in mammals typically reduces glucose, insulin and thyroid hormone (TH) concentrations, as well as tissue deiodinase (DI) content and activity, which, collectively, suppress metabolism. However, in elephant seal pups, prolonged fasting does not suppress TH levels, and is associated with up-regulation of adipose TH-mediated cellular mechanisms and adipose-specific insulin resistance. The functional relevance of this apparent paradox and the effects of glucose and insulin on TH-mediated signaling in an insulin resistant tissue are not well defined. To address our hypothesis that insulin increases adipose TH signaling in pups during extended fasting, we assessed the changes in TH-associated genes in response to an insulin infusion in early- and late-fasted pups. In late fasting, insulin increased DI1, DI2 and THrβ-1 mRNA expressions by 566%, 44% and 267% at 60 min post-infusion, respectively, with levels decreasing by 120 min. Additionally, we performed a glucose challenge in late-fasted pups to differentiate between insulin- and glucose-mediated effects on TH signaling. In contrast to the insulin-induced effects, glucose infusion did not increase the expressions of DI1, DI2, and THrβ-1 until 120 min suggesting that glucose delays the onset of the insulin-induced effects. The data also suggest that fasting duration increases the sensitivity of adipose TH-mediated mechanisms to insulin, some of which may be mediated by increased glucose. These responses appear to be unique among mammals and evolved in elephant seals to facilitate their adaptation to tolerate an extreme physiological condition.
Full-text · Article · Jan 2016 · AJP Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Norepinephrine (NE), the primary neurotransmitter of the sympathetic nervous system, has been reported to be a chemoattractant
for enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC). Here we show that nonpathogenic E. coli K-12 grown in the presence of 2 μM NE is also attracted to NE. Growth with NE induces transcription of genes encoding the
tyramine oxidase, TynA, and the aromatic aldehyde dehydrogenase, FeaB, whose respective activities can, in principle, convert
NE to 3,4-dihydroxymandelic acid (DHMA). Our results indicate that the apparent attractant response to NE is in fact chemotaxis
to DHMA, which was found to be a strong attractant for E. coli. Only strains of E. coli K-12 that produce TynA and FeaB exhibited an attractant response to NE. We demonstrate that DHMA is sensed by the serine
chemoreceptor Tsr and that the chemotaxis response requires an intact serine-binding site. The threshold concentration for
detection is ≤5 nM DHMA, and the response is inhibited at DHMA concentrations above 50 μM. Cells producing a heterodimeric
Tsr receptor containing only one functional serine-binding site still respond like the wild type to low concentrations of
DHMA, but their response persists at higher concentrations. We propose that chemotaxis to DHMA generated from NE by bacteria
that have already colonized the intestinal epithelium may recruit E. coli and other enteric bacteria that possess a Tsr-like receptor to preferred sites of infection.
Full-text · Article · Sep 2014 · Journal of Bacteriology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Food deprivation in mammals is typically associated with reduced thyroid hormone (TH) concentrations and deiodinase content and activity to suppress metabolism. However, in prolonged-fasted, metabolically active elephant seal pups, TH levels are maintained, if not elevated. The functional relevance of this apparent paradox is unknown and demonstrates variability in the regulation of TH levels, metabolism and function in food-deprived mammals. To address our hypothesis that cellular TH-mediated activity is upregulated with fasting duration, we quantified the mRNA expression and protein content of adipose and muscle deiodinase type I (DI1) and type II (DI2), and TH receptor beta-1 (THrβ-1) after 1, 3 and 7 weeks of fasting in northern elephant seal pups (N=5-7 per week). Fasting did not decrease the concentrations of plasma thyroid stimulating hormone, total triiodothyronine (tT3), free T3, total thyroxine (tT4) or free T4, suggesting that the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis is not suppressed, but rather maintained during fasting. Mean mRNA expression of adipose DI1 and DI2 increased threefold and fourfold, respectively, and 20- and 30-fold, respectively, in muscle. With the exception of adipose DI1, protein expression of adipose DI2 and muscle DI1 and DI2 increased twofold to fourfold. Fasting also increased adipose (fivefold) and muscle (fourfold) THrβ-1 mRNA expression, suggesting that the mechanisms mediating cellular TH activity are upregulated with prolonged fasting. The data demonstrate a unique, atypical mechanism of TH activity and regulation in mammals adapted to prolonged food deprivation in which the potential responsiveness of peripheral tissues and cellular TH activity are increased, which may contribute to their lipid-based metabolism.
Full-text · Article · Dec 2013 · Journal of Experimental Biology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The ability of West Indian manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris and Trichechus manatus manatus) to inhabit both freshwater and marine habitats presents an interesting model to study osmoregulation in sirenians. Blood samples were analyzed from manatees held in fresh- and saltwater and from wild animals captured in fresh-, brackish, and saltwater for concentrations of aldosterone, arginine vasopressin, plasma renin activity, Na+, K+, Cl-, and osmolality. Two separate experiments were also conducted on captive animals to evaluate osmoregulatory responses to acute saltwater exposure and freshwater deprivation. Spurious differences were observed in plasma electrolyte and osmolality among the captive and wild groups. Wild brackish water animals exhibited the highest vasopressin concentrations, while wild freshwater manatees had the highest aldosterone levels. A significant correlation between mean vasopressin and osmolality was demonstrated for captive and wild animals. When freshwater animals were acutely exposed to saltwater, osmolality, Na+, and Cl- increased 5.5%, 8.0%, and 14%, respectively, while aldosterone decreased 82.6%. Saltwater animals deprived of freshwater exhibited an almost twofold increase in aldosterone during the deprivation period and a fourfold decrease when freshwater was again provided. Within this group, osmolality increased significantly by 3.4% over the course of the study; however, electrolytes did not change. The lack of consistent differences in electrolyte and osmolality among wild and captive groups suggests that manatees are good osmoregulators regardless of the environment. The high aldosterone levels in wild freshwater animals may indicate a need to conserve Na+, while the high vasopressin levels in wild brackish-water manatees suggest an antidiuretic state to conserve water. Vasopressin levels appear to be osmotically mediated in manatees as in other mammals.
Full-text · Article · Oct 2013 · Physiological and Biochemical Zoology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The role of thyrotropin (thyroid-stimulating hormone, TSH) in driving peripheral thyroid function in non-mammalian species is still poorly understood. Thyroxine (T4), the principal hormone released from the thyroid gland in response to TSH stimulation, circulates with a robust daily rhythm in the teleost fish the red drum. Previous research suggests that the red drum T4 cycle is circadian in nature, driven by TSH secretion in the early photophase and inhibited by T4 feedback in the early scotophase. To determine whether TSH is produced in a pattern consistent with feedback inhibition by this T4 cycle, we used quantitative real time PCR (qPCR) to quantify the daily cycle of expression of the pituitary TSH subunits GSUα, and TSHβ. We found that TSH expression cycled inversely to, and 6-12 hours out of phase with, the T4 cycle, consistent with the hypothesis that TSH secretion drives the T4 cycle. To examine the potential role of deiodinases in negative feedback regulation of this TSH cycle, we also utilized qPCR to assess the pituitary expression patterns of the TH activating enzyme outer-ring deiodinase (Dio2) and the TH deactivating enzyme inner-ring deiodinase (Dio3). Dio2 was not expressed with an obvious daily cycle, whereas Dio3 expression mirrored the expression of TSH. These results are consistent with circulating T4 providing the negative feedback signal controlling both TSH production and Dio3 expression in the pituitary, and suggest that TH inactivation by inner ring deiodination is an important component of TSH negative feedback control.
No preview · Article · Oct 2013 · General and Comparative Endocrinology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Thyroid (TH) and growth (GH) hormones, and insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) are anabolic regulators in fish and responsive to nutrient intake. A study was conducted to determine if previously reported growth effects of dietary arginine (ARG) in channel catfish were related to the activation of endocrine axes. In a first experiment, catfish were fed incremental levels of ARG (0.5 - 4% of diet) for 6 weeks and sampled at 2-week intervals. In a second experiment, fasted (48 h) fish were fed a single ration of ARG (0.5 or 4% of diet) and sampled at various intervals (0 to 72 h postprandial, PP). Experiment 1 did not reveal any influence of ARG on circulating TH, GH, or IGF-I despite the significantly increased growth of fish fed ARG-enriched diets. In experiment 2, feeding the 4% ARG diet significantly increased the amplitude of pulsatile plasma GH levels and also significantly increased IGF-I mRNA in liver and muscle, (at 2 h PP) and plasma IGF-I levels (at 6 h PP). Although relatively infrequent sampling failed to reveal alterations in TH or GH levels in response to ARG-induced growth activation, PP high frequency sampling unveiled high amplitude pulsatile GH secretions and may be important in activating IGF production in target tissues. Additionally, expressed and secreted IGF-I exhibited discernible patterns which closely correlate with ARG-induced growth effects in catfish.
No preview · Article · Jun 2013 · Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A, Molecular & integrative physiology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Fish are becoming an increasingly important research species as investigators seek alternatives to mammalian models. Combined positron emission tomography/computed tomography with (18) F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG-PET/CT) is a powerful new technology that has been extensively applied for high-resolution imaging in mammals but not fish. CT scanning provides detailed anatomical three-dimensional imaging. PET scanning detects areas of cellular activity using radio-labelled molecular probes with specific uptake rates appropriate to the tissue involved. FDG-PET is used in oncology because tissues with high glucose uptake, such as neoplasms, are intensely radio-labelled. PET/CT combines the two technologies, so that images acquired from both devices are merged into one superimposed image, thus more precisely correlating metabolic activity with anatomical three-dimensional imaging. Our objective was to determine if fish can be viable replacement animals in cancer studies using this technique by analysing the similarities between fish and humans in glucose uptake in select organs across multiple fish species. Rapid, quantifiable glucose uptake was demonstrated, particularly in brain, kidneys and liver in all imaged fish species. Standard uptake values for glucose uptake in the major organ systems of fish were more similar to those of humans than mice or dogs, indicating that fish may serve as effective alternative animal models using this technology. Applications for this technique in fish may include oncogenesis and metabolism studies as well as screening for environmental carcinogenesis.
No preview · Article · Mar 2013 · Journal of Fish Diseases
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Thyrotropin (TSH) is a pituitary glycoprotein hormone heterodimer that binds to its G-protein coupled receptor (TSH-R) at the thyroid to promote the synthesis and secretion of thyroid hormone. Very little is known about TSH-TSH-R interactions in teleost fish. Mammalian gonadotropins have been reported to have an intrinsic ability to activate teleost fish TSH-Rs, suggesting the TSH-R in teleost fish is more promiscuous than in other vertebrates. In this study we utilized the goldfish T(4)-release response and recombinant human TSH analogs as in vivo tools to evaluate the structural constraints on hormone-receptor interactions. We found that four positively charged lysines substituted for neutral or negatively charged amino acids within positions 11-20 of the glycoprotein hormone subunit α (GSUα) significantly increased biological activity of hTSH in fish, as it does in mammals. We further found that bovine follicle stimulating hormone but not luteinizing hormone, whose GSUα subunits also contain four lysine or arginine amino acid residues in the N-terminal portion of GSUα, was thyrotropic in goldfish, suggesting gonadotropin β subunit contributes to the heterothyrotropic activity. Though recombinant human FSH did not produce a dose-dependent increase in T(4), thyrotropic activity could be acquired with the addition of positively charged amino acids at the N-terminal portion of its GSUα, confirming the importance of the charge on those amino acids for activation of the goldfish TSH-R. These studies demonstrate that mammalian glycoprotein hormone analogs can be utilized to evaluate the conservation of receptor binding and activation mechanisms between fish and mammals.
No preview · Article · Feb 2012 · General and Comparative Endocrinology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Few studies have examined the underlying hormonal mechanisms that mediate reproductive cyclicity, male pregnancy and reproductive behaviour in syngnathids. Progress in these areas has been hampered by the small size of most species in the family and a lack of validated techniques for assessing endocrine function. Research on a relatively small number of species has suggested that androgens are likely regulators of spermatogenesis and the development of the male brood pouch prior to pregnancy whereas prolactin and corticosteroids synergistically promote brood pouch function during pregnancy. No evidence supports a reversal of reproductive steroid hormone function in sex-role reversed behaviour, but neuropeptides such as arginine vasotocin or isotocin should be examined for their role in regulating parturition and mating behaviour. The diversity of reproductive patterns exhibited by syngnathids suggests that they will provide a unique opportunity to assess how hormonal regulation of integumentary function, gametogenesis and reproductive behaviour have evolved within a teleost lineage. Additionally, their coastal distribution and embryo retention make them potentially important subjects for studies on the effect of endocrine disruption on fitness.
Full-text · Article · Jun 2011 · Journal of Fish Biology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Full-length cDNAs for thyrotropin β (TSHβ) and glycoprotein hormone α (GSUα) subunits were cloned and sequenced from the red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus). The cDNAs for TSHβ (877 bp) and GSUα (661 bp) yielded predicted coding regions of 126 and 94 amino acid proteins, respectively. Both sequences contain all invariant cysteine and putative glycosylated asparagines characteristic of each as deduced by comparison with other GSUα and TSHβ sequences from representative vertebrate species. Multiple protein sequence alignments show that each subunit shares highest identity (79% for the TSHβ and 86% for the GSUα) with perciform fish. Furthermore, in a single joint phylogenetic analysis, each subunit segregates most closely with corresponding GSUα and TSHβ subunit sequences from closely related fish. Tissue-specific expression assays using RT-PCR showed expression of the TSHβ subunit limited to the pituitary. GSUα mRNA was predominantly expressed in the pituitary but was also detected in the testis and ovary of adult animals. Northern hybridization revealed the presence of a single transcript for both TSHβ and GSUα, each close in size to mRNA transcripts from other species. Dot blot assays from total RNA isolated from S. ocellatus pituitaries showed that in vivo T3 administration significantly diminished mRNA expression of both the TSHβ and GSUα subunits and that goitrogen treatment caused a significant induction of TSHβ mRNA only. Both TSHβ and GSUα mRNA expression in the pituitary varied significantly in vivo over a 24-h period. Maximal expression for both TSHβ and GSUα occurred during the early scotophase in relation to a peak in T4 blood levels previously documented. These results suggest the production of TSH in this species which may serve to drive daily cycles of thyroid activity. Readily quantifiable, variable, and thyroid hormone-responsive pituitary TSH expression, coupled with previously described dynamic daily cycles of circulating T4 and extensive background on the growth, nutrition, and laboratory culture of red drum, suggests that this species will serve as a useful model for experimental studies of the physiological regulation of TSH production.
Full-text · Article · Dec 2010 · Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Thyrotropin (TSH), a pituitary glycoprotein hormone that stimulates the thyroid gland, has been cloned and sequenced from over a dozen teleost fish species. Although TSH is established as a primary driver of systemic thyroid status in mammals, its importance in the regulation of fish thyroid function is still uncertain. We review recent studies indicating that TSH structure is highly conserved across species representing six teleost families. These studies have found TSH messenger RNA consistently expressed in teleost pituitary tissue, although ectopic expression, particularly in gonads, has also been observed. They have also provided evidence for negative feedback inhibition of TSH expression by thyroid hormones, as well as stimulation by hypothalamic peptides. Descriptive studies have found increased TSHbeta expression associated with life history events thought to be promoted by thyroid hormones. These results, coupled with the discovery of a G-protein coupled TSH receptor in several teleost species, supports an active and conserved role for TSH in the regulation of teleost thyroid function. The relative importance of central pathways in regulating thyroid hormone provision to targets and the identity of a proposed thyrotropin-inhibiting factor in teleost fish are still unanswered questions whose resolution will be facilitated by development of methods to measure circulating TSH and its secretion from the pituitary gland.
No preview · Article · Mar 2009 · General and Comparative Endocrinology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The effects of fasting and increased feeding on plasma thyroid hormones, glucose, and total protein levels were investigated in immature greens (Chelonia mydas) and Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempi) sea turtles. Under constant temperature, nutritional status affected plasma thyroid hormones and glucose level, but not protein level in green and Kemp's ridley turtles. Plasma T4 in green turtles decreased with deprivation of food, but did not do so in Kemp's ridleys. Increased feeding did not affect circulating levels of plasma T4 in either species. Plasma T3, in contrast, tended to decrease during fasting and increase with refeeding or increased feeding. Blood glucose level fell with deprivation of food, but remained constant during increased feeding. Sea turtles may use glycogen or lipid during short-term fasting as in endothermic vertebrates.
No preview · Article · Jan 2009 · ZOOLOGICAL SCIENCE
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) in pond culture, sampled once per day, have been reported to exhibit significant seasonal cycles in the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and 3,5,3′-triiodothyronine (T3), rising from levels generally below 2 ng/ml in January to above 8 ng/ml in July. To determine if daily thyroid hormone cycles underlie these seasonal changes, we blood sampled groups of 20 catfish (10 males and 10 females) in the morning (approx. 1 h after sunrise), midday, and evening (approx. 1.5 h before sunset) on January 9, April 4, and July 29. From January to July, pond temperatures rose from 7 ° to 32 °, associated with significant (p < 0.05) increases in mean fish weight (from 477 to 1052 g) and in monthly mean food consumption (from 34 to 474.7 g/kg fish). On all three dates, significantly (p < 0.05) greater levels of both hormones (except T3 in April) were found in midday and evening compared to morning samples. In January, the daily change was small (from morning to midday, mean T3 rose from 2.2 to 3.6 ng/ml and mean T4 from 2.3 to 4.8 ng/ml), whereas in July it was considerably greater (from morning to evening, mean T3 rose from 7.2 to 17.8 ng/ml, and T4 from 9.0 to 22.4 ng/ml). No significant differences were found between midday and evening levels, or between males and females. Additionally, no seasonal phase-shifting of cycles was apparent. A subset of animals was examined to evaluate the potential contribution of peripheral mechanisms in generating these seasonal and daily cycles. Whereas we observed only minor changes in thyroid hormone binding to plasma proteins during any single day, a significant seasonal increase in the ratio of free T4:free T3 indices (from a mean of 1.3–1.5 in January to 2.0–2.1 in July) indicated enhanced T3 binding by plasma proteins in July. Furthermore, in vitro hepatic T4 and T3 deiodination activities showed across dates no significant change in T4 outer-ring deiodination to produce T3 (ranging from a mean of 53.1 to 70.1 pmol T4 deiodinated/h/mg microsomal protein), but a significant (p < 0.05) decrease in T4 inner-ring deiodination to degrade T4 to 3,3′5′-triiodothyronine (from a mean in January of 2.4 to 0.65 pmol T4 deiodinated /h/mg protein in April) and a significant (p < 0.05) decrease in T3 inner-ring deiodination to degrade T3 to 3,3′-diiodothyronine (from a mean in January of 115.5 to 3.1 pmol T4 deiodinated/h/mg protein in July). These results demonstrate that channel catfish under conditions of natural temperature and photoperiod exhibit robust daily cycles in total plasma T4 and T3 similar in magnitude to those reported for other fish species held under controlled laboratory conditions. These cycles maintain a similar phase throughout the year, indicating that apparent seasonal increases in thyroid hormones are not due to phase-shifting of daily cycles. However, seasonal studies sampling fish only in the morning would underestimate the magnitude of the annual changes in blood thyroid hormones. Thyroidal status, as judged from total plasma T4 and T3 levels in the afternoon, is greatest in July, coinciding with the postspawning peak in food consumption and growth. Enhanced T3 plasma protein binding and a shift from predominantly hepatic inner-ring deiodination in winter to outer-ring deiodination in summer suggest that peripheral mechanisms contribute to the generation of these seasonal changes.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We collected adult cave swallows (Petrochelidon fulva) and cliff swallows (P. pyrrhonota) during the breeding seasons in 1999 and 2000 from eight locations along the Rio Grande from Brownsville to El Paso (unless otherwise specified, all locations are Texas, USA) and an out-of-basin reference location. Body mass, spleen mass, hepatosomatic index (HSI), gonadosomatic index (GSI), thyroxine (T4) in plasma, DNA damage measured as the half-peak coefficient of variation of DNA content (HPCV) in blood cells, as well as acetylcholinesterase and butyrylcholinesterase in brain were compared with concentrations of organochlorines, metals, and metalloids in carcasses to determine potential effects of contaminants on swallows during the breeding season. Concentrations of 1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)ethylene (p,p'-DDE) were significantly greater in swallows from El Paso than in those from most locations, except for Pharr and Llano Grande. All swallows from these three locations had p,p'-DDE concentrations of 3 microg/g wet weight or greater. Swallows from El Paso either had or shared the highest concentrations of p,p'-DDE, polychlorinated biphenyls, and 13 inorganic elements. Swallows from El Paso exhibited greater spleen mass and HPCV values as well as lower T4 values compared with those from other locations. Thyroxine was a potential biomarker of contaminant exposure in swallows of the Rio Grande, because it was negatively correlated with p,p'-DDE and Se. Spleen mass was positively correlated with selenium and HSI and negatively correlated with body mass, GSI, Mn, and Ni. Overall, the present study suggests that insectivorous birds living in areas of high agricultural and industrial activity along the Rio Grande bioaccumulate environmental contaminants. These contaminants, particularly p,p'-DDE, may be among multiple factors that impact endocrine and hematopoietic function in Rio Grande swallows.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The accumulation of mRNA encoding for hepatic and intestinal T3-receptor (TR) and body and liver masses were measured in fed and 3-week fasted juvenile and swim up stage rainbow trout embryos. Plasma and total body thyroid hormone (TH) levels were measured for juvenile and swim up stages, respectively. Fasted juveniles exhibited a lower hepatosomatic index (HSI), liver mass and plasma T4 and T3 concentrations than fed animals, but there were no changes in body mass or the accumulation of mRNA encoding for either of the TR(alpha) or TR(beta) isoforms in liver or intestine. TR(beta) mRNA accumulation was greater than TR(alpha) mRNA accumulation in both tissues. Fasted embryos had lower whole body TH levels and body, liver and intestinal tract masses, in addition to a lower intestinosomatic index. However, there was no change in HSI. Fasting did not affect whole body or hepatic TR(alpha) and TR(beta) mRNA accumulation, although intestinal tract TR(alpha) and TR(beta) mRNA accumulation was lower in the fasted embryos. The HSI and body mass changes in fasted juvenile and embryo stages, respectively, indicated that both developmental stages were impacted by fasting. Both stages also showed evidence of decreased TH production. The lower TR gene expression in the intestinal tract of fasted embryos may suggest a role for THs in the transitional stage of intestinal development during this period of development.
Full-text · Article · May 2005 · Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A Molecular & Integrative Physiology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Several experiments were conducted to investigate the dynamics of central regulation of thyroid function in the red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus, by manipulating a well-characterized circadian rhythm of T(4) secretion. In the first experiment, red drum were reared under either a long (16L:8D) or short (8L:16D) photoperiod and fed at the same time relative to dawn. The same feeding time under different photoperiods maintained the same phase relationship between T(4) cycles under each photoperiod. This suggests that the circadian clock that determines when the hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis is activated is comprised of a feeding-entrained oscillator and a light-entrained oscillator that interact to determine the phase of the T(4) rhythm. Additionally, the amplitude of the main T(4) peak of the cycle was inversely related to the frequency of feeding, while the duration of the main T(4) peak was directly related to feeding frequency under a long photoperiod. Feeding time appears to modify the diurnal profile of circulating T(4) by stimulating post-prandial T(4) secretion that subsequently results in negative feedback on the HPT axis to regulate thyroidal status. In following experiments, red drum immersed in T(3), in lieu of a meal at a specific time that would diminish the main T(4) peak, exhibited a dose-dependent decline in amplitude of the T(4) cycle. This demonstrates that T(3) can exert negative feedback on the HPT axis of red drum to maintain appropriate thyroid hormone concentrations. These data are consistent with a dynamic and physiologically important central component of the regulation of thyroid function in fish.
No preview · Article · Jul 2003 · Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A Comparative Experimental Biology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Previous studies with red drum and other species have indicated that diurnal rhythms of circulating thyroid hormones (thyroxine, T(4), and 3-5-3'-triiodo-L-thyronine, T(3)) are synchronized to the light cycle, and not to time of feeding. In this study we set out to address the effects of various lighting regimes on thyroid hormone levels in the red drum. The first experiment was undertaken to determine the effects of long and short photoperiods on diurnal thyroid hormone rhythms, growth rate, feed efficiency and food consumption. Red drum raised under a long photoperiod (16L:8D) grew significantly larger and exhibited greater feed efficiency than their short photoperiod (8L:16D) counterparts. There were no changes in food consumption or the diurnal profile of plasma thyroid hormones, e.g. increased peak amplitude or duration, that would explain this increase in growth rate and feed efficiency. The second experiment was undertaken to determine if diurnal thyroid hormone rhythms in the red drum originate from an endogenous circadian clock. To address this question, red drum were housed under a 12L:12D photoperiod and fed once daily at variable times before the lighting was switched to constant dim illumination for up to 3 days. The rhythm of circulating T(4) levels persisted for two complete cycles with constant amplitude in fish that continued to be fed during constant dim illumination, and did not appear to entrain to feeding. The T(4) rhythm also persisted for three complete cycles under constant conditions in feed-restricted fish, although with a diminished amplitude over time. To our knowledge, these data provide the first evidence for a free-running circadian rhythm of plasma T(4) levels in a fish. These findings implicate the involvement of an endogenous circadian clock that determines when the hypothalamo-pituitary-thyroid axis is activated.
No preview · Article · Sep 2001 · Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A Molecular & Integrative Physiology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The more biologically active thyroid hormone 3,5,3'-triiodothyronine (T(3)), is primarily derived from peripheral deiodination of thyroxine (T(4)). We characterized hepatic deiodination for a commercially important, warm water teleost fish, the red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus). Low K(m) outer-ring deiodination (ORD) activity was determined by production of free iodide ((125)I) upon incubation of hepatic microsomes with radiolabeled T(4). HPLC analysis demonstrated that (125)I, and T(3) were produced in equal amounts, thereby validating 125I as a measure of T(3) production. A small amount of 3,3',5'-triiodothyronine (reverse T(3)) was also produced by inner-ring deiodination. Production of (125)I was linear over a range of 0--100 microg protein/ml and for incubations of 30 min--4 h. Maximal ORD activity was measured at pH 6.6, 50 mM dithiothreitol (DTT) and an incubation temperature of 20 degrees C. Double reciprocal plots demonstrated that the average apparent K(m) was 5.1 nM and the average V(max) was 3.7 pmol T(4) converted/h per mg protein. ORD was not inhibited by propylthiouracil but was 50% inhibited by 90 microM of iodoacetic acid and 7 microM of gold thioglucose. The substrate analog preference was T(4) = tetraiodoacetic acid = reverse T(3) > triiodoacetic acid > T(3). In relation to other tissues, ORD for liver>gill>intestine>kidney. Similar hepatic deiodination activity was present in adult wild, aquacultured and laboratory-reared red drum, but in adult wild red drum the optimum temperature was higher. Red drum hepatic low-K(m) deiodination activity appears to most closely resemble rainbow trout hepatic and mammalian Type II deiodination. Evidence of inner-ring T(4) deiodination suggests a more active hepatic iodothyronine catabolic pathway than in other teleost species.
No preview · Article · Apr 2001 · Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To characterize seasonal changes in thyroid function in a terrestrial reptile, thyroid hormones were measured over a period of 2 years in desert tortoises, Gopherus agassizii, maintained at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. In all samples, triiodothyronine was nondetectable (less than 0.1 ng/ml). Thyroxine (T(4)) exhibited distinct cycles in both sexes, being lowest during hibernation and rising toward the time of emergence. Females exhibited only one peak in T(4), during the early spring. In males, T(4) levels peaked in early spring and again in late summer. The desert tortoise has distinct activity patterns that include increased feeding, mating, and locomotor activity in the early spring and increased mating and combat in the late summer. In an experiment to determine whether food intake influences T(4), food was withheld for 2 weeks. Compared to continuously fed controls, T(4) declined significantly in unfed tortoises, but increased significantly within 36 h of refeeding, indicating that thyroid activity is responsive to nutrient intake. The second seasonal peak of T(4) only in males suggests that male reproductive activity in late summer is associated with thyroid activation. To evaluate this possibility, adult, subadult, and juvenile males were sampled during the months of the second seasonal peak in T(4). Although all three age groups showed similar foraging and thermoregulatory behaviors, T(4) peaked in July only in the reproductively active adults, which also exhibited significantly higher testosterone levels. Elevated T(4) in desert tortoises is thus associated with periods of increased feeding and reproductive activity, supporting a role for thyroid hormones in these energy-demanding activities.
Full-text · Article · Mar 2001 · General and Comparative Endocrinology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Because thyroid hormones play a critical role in the regulation of metabolism, the low metabolic rates reported for manatees suggest that thyroid hormone concentrations in these animals may also be reduced. However, thyroid hormone concentrations have yet to be examined in manatees. The effects of captivity, diet and water salinity on plasma total triiodothyronine (tT(3)), total thyroxine (tT(4)) and free thyroxine (fT(4)) concentrations were assessed in adult West Indian manatees (Trichechus manatus). Free-ranging manatees exhibited significantly greater tT(4) and fT(4) concentrations than captive adults, regardless of diet, indicating that some aspect of a captive existence results in reduced T(4) concentrations. To determine whether this reduction might be related to feeding, captive adults fed on a mixed vegetable diet were switched to a strictly sea grass diet, resulting in decreased food consumption and a decrease in body mass. However, tT(4) and fT(4) concentrations were significantly elevated over initial values for 19 days. This may indicate that during periods of reduced food consumption manatees activate thyroid-hormone-promoted lipolysis to meet water and energetic requirements. Alterations in water salinity for captive animals did not induce significant changes in thyroid hormone concentrations. In spite of lower metabolic rates, thyroid hormone concentrations in captive manatees were comparable with those for other terrestrial and marine mammals, suggesting that the low metabolic rate in manatees is not attributable to reduced circulating thyroid hormone concentrations.
Full-text · Article · Jan 2001 · Journal of Experimental Biology