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      Milt production of sea bass Lates calcarifer Bloch administered an analogue of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone and 17α-methyltestosterone 

      GV Hilomen-Garcia, RB Baldevarona & F Lacanilao - The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture-Bamidgeh, 2002 - Society of Israeli Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology
      The milt production responses of sexually mature sea bass Lates calcarifer to (D-Ala6, Pro9-N- ethylamide) luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRHa) and 17α-methyltestosterone injections were examined.

      At 24 h after injection of a low dose of LHRHa (20 μg/kg BW), the sperm count decreased significantly compared to saline-treated fish, but it returned to pre-treatment levels 48 h after injection, suggesting a possible hydration of the milt. Other milt parameters (milt volume, spermatocrit, sperm production) in LHRHa-treated fish did not vary from their controls at 24 or 48 h after injection but the overall pattern suggested a reduction in milt viscosity. Total expressible milt and spermatozoa collected over the 48-h experiment was approximately three-fold higher in LHRHa-injected fish than in saline-injected fish, indicating a stimulation of spermatozoa production, not merely milt dilution due to hydration.

      In a second experiment, sperm count and spermatocrit were significantly lower than those of saline-injected fish at 17 and 48 h after a single injection of a high dose of LHRHa (80 μg/kg BW). A methyltestosterone injection combined with the LHRHa injection also resulted in a significantly lower sperm count, but the spermatocrit remained comparable to the control group, suggesting a suppression of the LHRHa-induced milt hydration response.

      Results demonstrate that LHRHa stimulates milt hydration and spermatozoa production in milting sea bass and that a simultaneous methyltestosterone injection partially suppresses this response.