Influence of temperature regime on endocrine parameters and vitellogenesis during experimental maturation of European eel (Anguilla anguilla) females

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We examined the effect of temperature in European silver eels during their maturation induced by injections of carp pituitary extract on endocrine parameters: pituitary fshß and lhß expression, plasma 17ß-estradiol (E2) and vitellogenin, estrogen receptor 1 (esr1), and vitellogenin 2 (vtg2) expression in liver. A variable thermal regime (T10) that increased from 10° to 14° and 17 °C was compared with a constant 20 °C regime (T20) during 12. weeks. T10 caused a faster development until week 8, higher fshß, lhß, esr1 expression, and higher E2 levels. The results strongly suggest that T10 is inducing a higher endogenous FSH level which increases the E2 circulating level during vitellogenesis. A variable thermal regime induced an fshß expression and E2 profile in vitellogenic hormonally matured eel females that were more similar to the profile observed in other naturally maturing fish. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.