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Jia-Jiun Yan, Yi-Chun Lee, Yi-Ling Tsou, Yung-Che Tseng and Pung-Pung Hwang

Timely adjustment of osmoregulation upon acute salinity stress is essential for the survival of euryhaline fish. This rapid response is thought to be tightly controlled by hormones; however, there are still questions unanswered. In this work, we tested the hypothesis that the endocrine hormone, insulin-like growth factor 1 (Igf1), a slow-acting hormone, is involved in the activation of salt secretion mechanisms in euryhaline medaka (Oryzias melastigma) during acclimation to acute salinity stress. In response to a 30-ppt seawater (SW) challenge, Na+/Cl secretion was enhanced within 0.5 h, with concomitant organization of ionocyte multicellular complexes and without changes in expression of major transporters. Igf1 receptor inhibitors significantly impair the Na+/Cl secretion and ionocyte multicellular complex responses without affecting transporter expression. Thus, Igf1 may activate salt secretion as part of the teleost response to acute salinity stress by exerting effects on transporter function and enhancing the formation of ionocyte multicellular complexes. These findings provide new insights into hormonal control of body fluid ionic/osmotic homeostasis during vertebrate evolution.

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Ferng-Chun Ke, Su-Huan Fang, Ming-Ting Lee, Shiow-Yhu Sheu, Si-Yi Lai, Yun Ju Chen, Fore-Lien Huang, Paulus S Wang, Douglas M Stocco and Jiuan-Jiuan Hwang

The present study was designed to explore the role of gap junctions in follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and transforming growth factor β1 (TGFβ1)-stimulated steroidogenesis in ovarian granulosa cells of gonadotropin-primed immature rats. There were three specific aims. First, we investigated the effect of FSH and TGFβ1 as well as lindane (a general gap junction blocker) on the level of connexin43 (Cx43), the major gap junction constituent in granulosa cells, and on gap junction function. The second aim was to determine the effect of lindane on FSH and TGFβ1-stimulated progesterone production and the levels of two critical players, cytochrome P450 side-chain cleavage (P450scc) enzyme and steroidogenic acute regulatory (StAR) protein. The third aim was to further investigate the specific involvement of Cx43 gap junctions in FSH and TGFβ1-stimulated steroidogenesis using a Cx43 mimetic peptide blocker. Immunoblotting analysis showed that FSH plus TGFβ1 dramatically increased the levels of phosphorylated Cx43 without significantly influencing the level of nonphosphorylated Cx43, and this stimulatory effect was completely suppressed by lindane. Also, immunofluorescence analysis showed that Cx43 immuno-reactivity increased in the FSH plus TGFβ1-treated group and predominantly appeared in a punctate pattern at cell–cell contact sites, and lindane reduced such cell periphery immunostaining. Furthermore, TGFβ1 enhanced the FSH-induced gap junction intercellular communication and lindane completely suppressed this effect. In addition, lindane suppressed the FSH and TGFβ1-stimulated increases in progesterone production and the levels of P450scc enzyme and StAR protein. This study demonstrates a clear temporal association between the Cx43 protein level/gap junction communication and progesterone production in rat ovarian granulosa cells in response to FSH and TGFβ1 as well as lindane. Furthermore, a specific Cx43 gap junction blocker suppressed FSH plus TGFβ1-stimulated progesterone production. In conclusion, this study suggests that Cx43 gap junctions may play a critical role in FSH plus TGFβ1-stimulated progesterone production in rat ovarian granulosa cells.