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      Effect of season on oocyte development and serum steroid hormones in LHRHa and pimozide-injected catfish Clarias macrocephalus (Günther) 

      JD Tan-Fermin, CL Marte, H Ueda, S Adachi & K Yamauchi - Fisheries Science, 1999 - Japanese Society of Fisheries Science
      Oocyte and blood samples were taken from gravid female catfish Clarias macrocephalus at 4-h intervals to monitor the stage of oocyte development and serum steroid hormone profiles after injection of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone analogue (LHRHa) and pimozide (PIM) during the off-season (February) and the peak of the natural breeding period (August). Results showed that the onset of final oocyte maturation (12h) and ovulation (16h), and levels of serum estradiol-17β (E2) did not vary with season in LHRHa+PIM-injected fish. In February, ovulated eggs were stripped from three and two hormone-treated fish at 16h and 20h post-injection, respectively. In August, ovulation was observed in all hormone-treated females (n=5) at 16h post-injection but stripping of the eggs was possible only 4h thereafter. Serum E2 levels were significantly different only with varying time post-injection; a marked increase occurred at 12h, but the elevation was higher in fish induced to ovulate during the peak (16.8ng/ml) than off-season (7.7ng/ml). Hormone-treated fish showed higher serum testosterone (T) levels during the peak season (17-23ng/ml) than those injected during the off-season (10-20ng/ml) at 4-12h post-injection. Serum 17α, 20β-dihydroxy-4-pregnene-3-one (DHP) levels of hormone-treated fish during the off-season were only about half the level (0.29 and 0.52 ng/ml) of those treated with the same hormones during the peak season (0.54 and 0.9ng/ml) at 8 and 12h postinjection, respectively. Development of oocytes and serum steroid hormone profiles after LHRHa+PIM-induced ovulation provide basic understanding of the processes that mediate final oocyte maturation and ovulation in captive C. macrocephalus.
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      Testicular histology and serum steroid hormone profiles in hatchery-bred catfish Clarias macrocephalus (Gunther) during an annual reproductive cycle 

      JD Tan-Fermin, T Miura, H Ueda, S Adachi & K Yamauchi - Fisheries Science, 1997 - Japanese Society of Fisheries Science
      Testicular development, gonadosomatic index (GSI), and related steroid hormones (testosterone or T, 11-ketotestosterone or 11-KT, 17α, 20β-dihydroxy-4-pregnen-3-one or DHP) in serum were monitored during an annual reproductive cycle in tank-reared, hatchery-bred male catfish Clarias macrocephalus to established the season optimum for its artificial propagation. GSI values were highest in June (0.80%), and lowest in December, February, April (0.36%). At most times of the year, lobules in the testis and seminal vesicles were mostly lined with spermatogonia B (SGb) and spermatocytes (SC) and few spermatogonia A (SGa); spermatids (SD) and spermatozoa (SZ) were the least and most abundant of the spermatogenic cells, respectively. In January however, almost equal counts of SGa, SGb and SC were observed, as well as a significant increase in the percentage of SD and corresponding decrease in SZ. Serum 11-KT fluctuated at high levels, with the lowest level in January (159.42 ng/ml), and peak in September (434.72 ng / ml). Serum T levels ranged from 15-25 ng/ml, and were not markedly different throughout the annual cycle. Serum DHP levels were extremely low in January-May, and reached maximum levels in July (0.18 ng/ ml). Seasonal changes in the percentage of spermatogenic cells, GSI and serum steroid hormone profiles showed that captive, hatchery-bred male C. macrocephalus have a continuous reproductive cycle. Although milt release was not observed, males can readily be used as source of milt for artificial propagation at any time of the annual cycle, except in January.