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Anim Reprod Sci. 2013 Oct;141(3-4):177-88. doi: 10.1016/j.anireprosci.2013.08.009. Epub 2013 Aug 24.

Changes in plasma steroid levels during oocyte development in Indian shad, Tenualosa ilisha (Hamilton, 1822): role of gonadotropins on in vitro steroid production and development of oocyte maturational competence.

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  • 1Department of Zoology, Presidency University, 86/1 College Street, Kolkata 73, India. Electronic address:


Circanual variations in plasma testosterone (T), 17-estradiol (E2), and 17,20-dihydroxy-4-pregnen-3-one (17,20-P) levels and ovarian steroid synthetic potential of Tenualosa ilisha of river Hooghly, West Bengal, India were examined. This fish exhibited bi-annual spawning; one during April-May and another during August-September. Coinciding with the GSI values, present study recorded a decline in plasma T and E2 levels from October, reaching their lowest values in January followed by a rapid rise in March when the ovary contained mostly vitellogenic follicles and remained high up to April (postvitellogenic stage). Plasma 17,20β-P level was detected in March and reached peak value in April during oocyte maturation. After spawning, all the steroid levels declined to reach lowest values in June. From June onwards, T and E2 levels again increased for the next cycle and peaked at the end of vitellogenesis. Plasma 17,20β-P was reappeared in August and reached maximum in September during oocyte maturation and spawning. Of the two gonadotropins tested, in vitro production of both T and E2 by the vitellogenic and postvitellogenic follicles was regulated by FSH and LH respectively. Production of 17,20-P by the post-vitellogenic follicles was regulated by LH only. Acquisition of in vitro oocyte maturational competence (OMC) was developed by the addition of HCG in culture medium. Treatment of a 3β-HSD inhibitor blocked LH-induced steroid production, but not development of OMC. Both Cycloheximide and actinomycin D inhibited LH-induced development of OMC, indicating the requirement of de novo protein synthesis for this process.


Gonadotropins; Oocyte maturation; Ovarian steroidogenesis; Plasma steroids; Tenualosa ilisha

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