Corticosteroids: Friends or foes of teleost fish reproduction?

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Abstract

Reproduction in vertebrates is controlled by the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Gonad axis and the main hormone actions have been extensively described. Still, despite the scattered information in fish, accumulating evidence strongly indicates that corticosteroids play essential roles in reproductive mechanisms. An integrative approach is important for understanding these implications. Animal husbandry and physiological studies at molecular to organismal levels have revealed that these corticosteroids are regulators of fish reproductive processes. But their involvements appear strongly contrasted. Indeed, for both sexes, corticosteroids present either deleterious or positive effects on fish reproduction. In this review, the authors will attempt to gather and clarify the available information about these physiological involvements. The authors will also suggest future ways to prospect corticosteroid roles in fish reproduction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-251
Number of pages10
JournalComparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A, Molecular & integrative physiology
Volume153
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2009

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